Anyone can hate. It costs to love.
The mistress of Apollo, Ryssa is the cause of the curse that now affects the Apollites. The Apollite queen was so jealous of Apollo’s love of his human consort, that she sent out her men to slaughter Ryssa and her son.
Ryssa was twenty-seven when she died and it’s why the Apollites are forbidden to live past their twenty-seventh birthdays.
She was also the older sister of Acheron and Styxx, and Ash mourns her loss to this day. In his human life, she was the only one who offered him kindness.
If he ever has another daughter, he plans to name her after his sister.