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The banner of the Followers of Ares

The Followers of Ares was a minor Greek faction which worshipped Ares, the Greek god of war. They were notable for their practice of sacrificing the land's fauna and people in service to their god. They were hostile to anyone who stumbled upon them and would often visit towns to preach their religion.


Described as being 'sadistic cult of fanatics' who sought 'violence and death', the Followers would attack anyone approaching them.[1]

The banner of the Followers of Ares featured a stylized, helmeted head, presumably that of Ares.[1]

The Followers could easily be recognized, for they wore dark clothes and black hoods, with imitations of skull and bones painted in white on their faces and bodies. At their ceremonies, all would stand in reverence for their god.[1]

The Followers had three distinct ranks:[1]

  • Priest
  • Elder
  • Fanatic


Before the Peloponnesian War, Harpalos, a member of the Cult of Kosmos, approached the Followers of Ares and was welcomed by them. Harpalos' sermons appealed to the Followers, and he rose quickly to lead them, gaining them the blessing of the Cult of Kosmos, and volunteering them as an army for the Cult.[1]

Eventually Harpalos was hunted down by the Spartan misthios Kassandra over the course of her quest to destroy the Cult.[2] Also, during her travels she repeatedly encountered scattered groups of the Followers throughout Greece.[1]