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Herakles, also known by Hercules in Roman mythology, was a legendary Greek hero. The demi-god son of Zeus, Herakles was born to Alcmene and was the half-brother of Perseus, as well as his great-grandson.
The goddess Hera resented Herakles due to him being another illegitimate child of Zeus, as a result, she set out to make Herakles' life as miserable as possible. She once sent two snakes to kill him when he was a baby, but he squeezed them to death. 
Herakles' most famous weapon was his club, a branch of a wild olive tree in Argolis. This was taken and hidden from him by the cercopes, mischievous wood spirits, and the club was said to have sprouted roots and leaves when it hit the ground.
Labours of Herakles
Among his many adventures, the most famous were the Twelve Labours. When Herakles married and had children, Hera drove him mad and made him attack his family. His archenemy, Eurystheus who had replaced Herakles as king, forced him to complete Ten Labours as a form of repentance. However after completing ten Herakles was cheated by Eurystheus who made him complete two more raising the number to twelve.  In some of these, most notably with the Hydra, Herakles was aided by his nephew Iolaos.
His labours were the following:
- 1. Slay the Nemean Lion
- The hide of the Nemean Lion was said to be impervious to fire or weapons. Herakles cunningly trapped it in its den and strangled it with his own two hands. After succeeding he wore its hide as a cloak for the remainder of his journeys.
- 2. Slay the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra
- Herakles killed the hydra by cutting off each of its heads and cauterizing its necks to prevent them from growing back.
- 3. Capture the Golden Hind of Artemis
- After chasing the Hind for a year, Herakles succeeded in capturing it and presented it to Eurystheus.
- 4. Capture the Erymanthian Boar
- Herakles tracked the Erymanthian Boar near a forest in Elis where he also met and killed the centaur Pholos. He was eventually also successful in capturing the boar.
- 5. Clean the Augeian stables in a single day
- the Augeian stables were the home of 3,000 cattle with poisoned feces which Augeias had been given by his father Helios. He accomplished the near-impossible task by digging ditches and diverting the filth into the nearby rivers.
- 6. Slay the Stymphalian birds
- After the man-eating bird of Stymphalos had terrorized civilians, Herakles was sent to slay the fearsome birds, ending their plight.
- 7. Capture the Kretan Bull
- After subduing the father of the Minotaur, Herakles captured the legendary bull. After delivering it to Eurystheus, the king set the beast free and it rampaged again until it was killed by Theseus.
- 8. Steal the Mares of Diomedes
- The man-eating mares of King Diomedes were retrieved by Herakles who fed them their owner.
- 9. Obtain the girdle of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons
- Hippolyta was an Amazon queen and she had a girdle given to her by her father. Heracles had to retrieve the girdle and return it to Eurystheus. The Amazonians were ordered by Hera to kill Herakles, but he returned miraculously unscathed.
- 10. Obtain the cattle of the monster Geryon
- The next challenge was to capture the herd guarded by a two-headed dog called Orthrus, the herdsman Erytion and the owner, Geryon; a giant with three heads and six arms. He killed the first two with his club and the third with a poisoned arrow. Heracles then herded the cattle and, with difficulty, took them to Eurytheus.
- 11. Steal the golden apples of the Hesperides
- Aided by Prometheus and Atlas, Herakles succeed in stealing the apples from the garden of the Hesperides. After being tricked by Atlas, Herakles pushed the blame to the god to which he was punished.
- 12. Capture and bring back Cerberos
- His final and most difficult labour was to capture the Underworld's guard-dog Cerberos. To accomplish this, Herakles used Tainaros, the supposed gateway to the Underworld guarded by Cerberos and captured it. HeraKles succeeded and took the creature back to Mycenae, causing Eurystheus to be fearful of the power and strength of this hero.
On one occasion, Herakles became poisoned by one of his own arrows which eroded his own flesh. As such, he tore the tallest trees from their roots that he could find and built his funeral pyre before dying from the poison.
In a simulation created by the Isu Aletheia, Herakles's soul resided in a vault inside the prison fort of Tartaros within the Underworld. During the Peloponnesian War, he met the Spartan misthios Kassandra, who was sent by Hades to recruit him as a guardian of the Underworld. After being defeated by Kassandra in combat, Herakles agreed and traveled to the Gate of the Strong to defend it.
Legacy and influence
In 5th century BCE Herakles was widely celebrated all over Greece, whether by word of mouth or as statues and in murals. A tradition held that the island of Mykonos was built from the petrified corpses of Giants slain by Herakles,  and in Elis, a statue of him watched over the Sacred Way. In Argolis, not only was the olive tree his club had come from revered, but the southern region, full of sinkholes, was regarded as his.
Of special note is the island of Thasos, wherein Herakles was considered the most important of the Greek pantheon, and called Soter, the savior. He was celebrated as the protector of the city, and his image was minted on Thasian coins.
Personality and characteristics
Herakles was considered the strongest man to have ever lived, he was also incredibly intelligent being able to outwit many of his opponents. Having a considerable amount of willpower, Herakles was able to move enough to build his own funeral pyre even with dead Hydra poison in his veins.
In the simulation of the Underworld, Herakles was eagerly waiting to fight a worthy opponent.
Equipment and skills
In the simulation of the Underworld, Herakles was armed with his trusty club torn from an Argolian olive tree and was capable of delivering many powerful blows with it. He also wore a variant of the Arena Fighter's Helmet and wore the pelt of the Nemean Lion across his shoulders. A bow and mace are also allegedly attributed to the legendary Greek hero.
Behind the scenes
- Herakles (Ἡρακλῆς) is an Ancient Greek name meaning "Glory of Hera" combining Ἥρᾱ (Hērā) "Hera" and κλεος (kleos) "glory". Herakles took the name in an attempt to appease the goddess. His birth name is recorded as Alcaeus (Ἀλκαῖος) or alternatively Alcides (Ἀλκείδης), derived from Ἀλκα (alka) "strength" and appended by a patronymic.
- Assassin's Creed II (painting only)
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (mentioned in Database entry only)
- Assassin's Creed: Origins (mentioned only)
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey (artwork only)
- The Fate of Atlantis: Torment of Hades (simulation only)
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Argolis: Olive Tree of Herakles
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Argolis: Club of Herakles
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Argolis: Nemean Lion
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Argolis: Learna Swamp
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Elis: Forest of Pholos
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Erymanthian Boar
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Heracles on Wikipedia
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Arkadia: Stymphalos
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Kretan Bull
- ↑ Assassin's Creed II – Glyph 1: "In the Beginning"
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Lakonia: Tainaros
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis: Torment of Hades – The Fallen: Herakles the Legendary
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – The Fate of Atlantis: Torment of Hades – The Underworld's Fallen Guardians
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Assassin's Creed: Origins
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Mykonos: Mykonos City
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Trouble in Paradise
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Elis: Statue of Herakles
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Odyssey – Thasos: Temple of Herakles
- ↑ Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood – The Da Vinci Disappearance – Database: Ercole Massimo