A few months ago we summarized the first volume of God of War Fallen God, the comic miniseries set between the end of the Olympians and the soft reboot of 2018. At the beginning of this adventure given birth by writer Chris Roberson – who also signed the prequel comic for God of War PS4 – we saw the Spartan ashen succumb to madness and go as far as the lands of Egypt, tormented by his unspeakable sins and the Blades of Chaos.
On several occasions Kratos encountered what appeared to be the god Thoth, which manifested to him in the form of an old lord as he spoke to him of his destiny, a destiny that the Spartan wanted to evade at all costs. Since we were dying to see how events would unfold, we read the other three volumes of Fallen God, then summarize them in great detail and bring them back to you.
A ghost from the past
In the first issue of Fallen God we had left Kratos on the ground and unconscious and here we see him awakening in a totally empty space with bluish hues. The Spartan is bewildered why he does not understand where he is but suddenly he hears a familiar voice: “you took a long journey just to get back to where it all started.” He is the ghost of the goddess Athena, another of her victims. Another of his torments. Kratos begins to yell at her, believing her to be responsible for the perpetual reappearance of the Blades of Chaos.
Athena does not care about the Spartan’s accusations and rather orders him to go home and stop opposing his fate. Her stepbrother curses her, convinced that her escape is already too great a punishment to bear. The Ghost of Sparta suddenly wakes up, under the watchful eye of the old lord, who shortly after asks the warrior if in dreams he has managed to find the answers he was looking for. Kratos talks to him about his sentence but the old man cuts short: “you must collect your swords and prepare for the battle to come”.
The exterminator of gods is fed up with the mysterious words of the old man and, after cursing him along with his revelations, collects the chained swords and then throws them as far as possible. Days go by and the Spartan ashen walks relentlessly between rocky mountains and verdant areas, until he reaches a village. When he realizes he has already visited that place (during the events of volume 1) he is stunned and wonders why the inhabitants of the area are so afraid of him.
Shortly after, however, he discovers a reality different from what he imagined: those poor souls were not afraid of him, indeed they trusted in his help to survive an imminent threat. The warrior has no idea what is happening but the more he tries to get away from the villagers, the more they ask him for help against the Beast of Chaos. Just then the Spartan sees a large monster emerge from the water and panic the bystanders, who continue to consider Kratos the answer of the gods to their prayers.
“The gods are monsters and monsters do not answer prayers”, says the Spartan to the frightened crowd but the old lord appears once again to convince him otherwise. After all, the slayer of gods arrived at the village at the right time and that is shortly before the Beast could carry out the slaughter, as it was written. Tired of hearing about prophecies and destiny, the warrior throws the villagers into the air and even threatens to kill them before the monster itself. But the old man pushes him to reconsider his decision.
Kratos on the other hand has repeatedly asked for mercy and should be the first to bestow it on the innocent in case of need. The Spartan’s wrath subsides for a moment as the old man tells the truth but a few moments later he explodes again with unprecedented violence: no god will give Kratos more orders. No god will decide his fate anymore. The ashen fighter is about to leave the villagers at the mercy of the beast, heedless of the old man’s appeals, but he suddenly disappears into thin air.
Overwhelmed by emotions, Kratos believes he has gone insane but the roar of the Chaos Beast brings him back to reality. The Spartan, now animated by the desire to do away with the story of the monster, launches himself on the attack and dodges the mortal bite of the creature by a breath. With the unheard-of strength that has always distinguished him in battle, lifts the creature, so that you have a chance to hit its abdomen with a powerful punch. The abominable being screams in pain but manages to wipe out Kratos with a direct attack, which however does not bother the god of war. After a further assault, the Ghost of Sparta is crushed to the ground by the paw of the beast but, as the legends tell, it is just when it is cornered that the ghost unleashes all its power. Thanks to a grip full of anger, in fact, he manages to tear off the entire jaw of the beast, who collapses to the ground lifeless. The battle is over but the villagers are still trembling with fear, for a reason that the Spartan is about to discover.
The (real) Beast of Chaos
“Fools, the monster is dead,” Kratos shouts to the group of restless mortals but they keep on fleeing. The wise old man interrupts the fighter again and tells him that his purpose has not yet been fulfilled. The Ghost of Sparta does not trust this elusive figure, who meanwhile continues to engrave symbols on a tablet. At one point, the old man shows the god of war the real threat: a titanic hippo with a reinforced back or, better said, the true Beast of Chaos.
“When will my torments end?” Shouts the Spartan in the direction of the gigantic being, even if he does not understand whether he has come to avenge his fellow man or simply to devour mortals. The answer does not really interest him and in fact begins to move away from the fight. The monster, however, wants to devour the Phantom of Sparta, who – with the cry of “so be it” – throws himself into battle again. Cursing the beast, Kratos takes a mighty leap and delivers one of his most powerful punches… but this time the situation does not turn in his favor.
The hippo-like abomination appears to have taken no damage after Kratos’ strike and instead counterattacks with a paw. The legendary warrior remains suspended in the air for tens of meters, until he lands violently on a rocky territory. Once again he awakens in the bluish empty space, which however no longer hosts only Athena but also an Egyptian god with an ibis head: it is precisely the supreme Thot, the old man who accompanied Kratos throughout his stay in Egypt.
Both deities want to push him to embrace his own destiny and point to flaming objects in the distance. At the sight of the Blades of Chaos, the Spartan emits a scream of rage and falls to his knees in despair. “This is your great and awful purpose,” Athena tells him, while Thoth adds that if destiny is a destination that cannot be avoided, why delay the inevitable? Kratos continues to curse the gods but this time he mostly curses himself. This is how with a calm full of despair he reaches the blades, and then takes them and fanned them – as he hadn’t done for a long time – against the horrid monster. The Spartan uses them as a grappling hook to climb onto the being and tear its flesh with unprecedented violence. The beast pushes him back into the air but this time Kratos uses the blades to cling to the ground and cancel the force of the blow. The warrior’s senses are refined again and it is thanks to them that he senses where to strike.
Within an instant he manages to cut off the beast’s huge leg, and then unleash a series of violent attacks until it reaches its head. At the end of the battle, the monster remains only a few strips of torn flesh and tens of liters of spilled blood. The blood of his enemies and his own anger are all that remains at the Olympic era, they are the prison from which he cannot escape. Its hell.
Filled with this awareness and in the throes of his darkest emotions, Kratos falls to the ground exhausted and once again hears the voice of Thot. The wise god wishes him good luck, because he well knows that the warrior’s journey has just begun. After a moment of rest, the exterminator of gods gets up and resumes his journey, a journey that will lead him to the lands of Midgard to face his destiny. Speaking of Midgard: have you read our preview of God of War Ragnarok?