- "Her pupils were the color of butter. She was wearing a long, simple gown made of a shimmering material that moved gently in a wind that didn’t seem to touch anything around her. As it shifted, rainbow colors ran down its length, like oil on water."
- — Description of Hekate in The Alchemyst
|Aliases & Nicknames||Trivia (Roman name), Three-Faced Goddess|
|Age (Circ. 2012)||Unknown; at least 10,000|
|Died||May 31 2012|
|Official Date of Death||Unknown|
|True Date of Death||Unknown|
|Aura Scent||Apples (Maiden)
Pomegranite (Matron) Lime (Crone)
|Allies/Alignment||Nicholas Flamel, Perenelle Flamel, Sophie Newman, Josh Newman, Scathach|
|Parents|| Perses (Father)
|Other Relatives||Bastet (Sister)|
Tall and broad, Hekate looks as if she had been carved from a solid slab of jet-black stone. The merest fuzz of white hair covered her skull like a close-fitting cap, and her features were sharp and angular: High cheekbones; straight, pointed nose; sharply defined chin; lips so thin they were almost nonexistent. Hekate's eyes were the color of butter, with long slitted cat-like eyes. The Goddess of Three Faces wore a long, simple gown made of shimmering material that moved gently in a wind and didn't seem to touch anything around her. If it shifted, rainbow colors would run down its length, like oil on water. In her different moods, Hekate's gown would change color and pulse. Hekate wore no jewelry, though Sophie Newman noticed that each of Hekate's short, blunt fingernails were painted a different color.
The World Tree, Yggdrasil
Main article: Yggdrasil
Hekate, and Odin were the only two Elders who nurtured their seeds of the World Tree, Yggdrasil to grow.
The Yggdrasil was a tree with the height and circumference of a large skyscraper, maybe even bigger. The topmost branches and leaves were wreathed in wisps of white cloud, and the roots that burst from the ground like clawing fingers were as tall as cars. The tree itself was gnarled and twisted, its bark scored and deeply etched with cracks and lines. Long vines, like huge pipes, wrapped around the tree and dangled down from the branches. There were hundreds of windows cut into the bark, with lights flickering in the rooms beyond.
The interior of the tree was hollow. From just inside the entrance, a person could look straight up to where wispy clouds gathered inside of the tree. A gently curving staircase curled up along the inside of the trunk, and every few steps brought them to an open doorway spilling out light. Dozens of tiny waterfalls spouted from the walls and splashed down onto the floor far below, where the water gathered in a huge circular pool that took up most of the foyer. The interior walls were smooth and unadorned, except from the twists and knots of vines that broke through the surface. Josh Newman thought the vines looked like veins.
Hekate created and maintained the Yggdrasil by an extraordinary use of magic. But magic, like everything else, follows certain natural laws. Magic needs energy, and it takes that energy wherever it can find it, even from the tiny batteries in electronics. If no other source of energy is available, the magic will take the life force of the magician who created it. Basically, the Yggdrasil will drain the energy it needs to survive from any source it can. The Yggdrasil also trapped the soul-devouring monster, Nidhogg, in its roots.
Hekate was immensely powerful and was more or less immune to the effects of the magic she generates, but Hekate was connected to the tree so if one or the other is harmed then both were be harmed. She also had the power to Awaken as she awakened Sophie's powers.
AllegianceHekate was always neutral in the wars between the Elders and the Dark Elders, but agreed to Awaken Josh and Sophie Newman's powers. When the Yggdrasil was attacked by Bastet, the Morrigan, and Dr. John Dee, she finally chose a side, standing against the Dark Elders.
It is possible, since Hekate is known for her Magic, that she was the Norse Goddess Frigg, explaining also why she and Odin are lovers.
Hekate was killed when Dr John Dee plunged Excalibur into the Yggdrasill, freezing it, inflicting pain on her, freezing her into ice, before the tree collapses on her, crushing and ultimately killed her.