How did Kratos got his scars & red markings – God of War Lore Explained

The Norse saga of God of War does not go much deep into Kratos’ immense tragic and complex backstory. The latest games majorly rely on old games to convey his past. 

There are eventual dialogues that shed some light on what Kratos did back in Greece, but that is not enough to convey to the new fans what all Kratos went through and how he got the scars on his arms and belly or his unique red markings.

Kratos’ hands are scarred from the chains of Blades of Chaos which were burned onto his wrists by Ares as a reminder of Kratos’ loyalty to him.

How did Kratos got his scars & red markings – God of War Lore Explained
Kratos Pledged Allegiance to Ares

During his time in Greece, Kratos became a brutal Spartan general and was settled down with a wife and daughter, but during a battle against a barbarian tribe, he found himself cornered and near death, and thus he pledged his allegiance to Ares, so long as he remains victorious in the ongoing battle.

Why does Kratos have scars on his belly?

Kratos was stabbed with the Blade of Olympus by his father, Zeus, in God of War II, which led to the nasty scar on his belly.

How did Kratos got his scars & red markings – God of War Lore Explained
Kratos’ Belly Scar

He further stabbed himself with the same blade in God of War III in order to commit suicide and release the “Hope” to the people of the world instead of giving it to Athena.

Why does Kratos have red markings?

Kratos tattooed his body with the iconic red markings in memory of his brother, Deimos, who had similar-looking birthmarks and was captured by Ares and Athena.

How did Kratos got his scars & red markings – God of War Lore Explained
The Unique Red Markings

Kratos and Demios were the sons of the supreme Greek god, Zeus himself. Because of a prophecy that stated that Zeus would be killed by “a marked mortal warrior,” he sent his son and daughter, Ares and Athena, the gods of war, to kill any such marked man.

Demios, who had a unique red birthmark all over his body, was captured by Ares and Athena, who considered him to be the marked mortal man from the prophecy.

Kratos, who was just a boy at that time, failed to save his brother. He then swore that he’d never fail again, and tattooed the red markings on himself as a reminder.

Why is Kratos so pale in God of War?

An Oracle cursed Kratos to wear the ashes of his dead wife and daughter forever, turning his skin pale white and giving him the infamous name the “Ghost of Sparta.”

After Kratos pledged loyalty to Ares, he used Kratos to wage various wars, kill innocents, and pillage in his name, which caused Kratos to lose his humanity gradually. During one such raid, Ares decides to transport Kratos’ wife and daughter to a village that he was plundering in the hope that he will kill them and become the perfect warrior with no links to the mortal world. 

Despite an Oracle’s warnings, Kratos ended up slaughtering everyone in the village’s temple, including his wife and daughter. He later realized his mistake, but it was too late. To make sure he always remembers his terrible deeds, he was cursed.

About God of War Ragnarok

God of War Ragnarok is an action-adventure game developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. It was released on November 9, 2022, for PS4 and PS5.

Ragnarok is the ninth installment in the God of War series, chronologically, and the sequel to 2018’s God of War. Loosely based on Norse mythology, the game is set in ancient Norway and features series protagonists Kratos and his young son Atreus. The events of the game are expected to initiate Ragnarok – a series of events that, according to Norse lore, bring about the end of days and the death of the Norse gods.

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