Abducted by Hades and imprisoned within his underworld kingdom, Persephone initially tried to break free like the spring shoots and blossoms she adored and tended as a young daughter of Zeus and Demeter. But as the years passed and she witnessed the violence of gods and men, the afflictions they set upon each other as they squandered the precious life and freedom that had been stolen from her, she became disillusioned with the mortal world and no longer sought to be among the living. Instead, she grew obsessed with punishing those who were condemned to the underworld by their own fell deeds. She became an embodiment of misfortune and carried the curses of men among their shades, harvesting hope with a terrible swiftness, and when Hades learned of this he knew she was finally ready to be unleashed upon the living. For the flocks need culling, and the underworld always needs more souls.