Nyx is a figure from Greek mythology who represents the primordial goddess of the night. She is one of the first beings to have emerged at the creation of the universe, born from Chaos, the void of emptiness. Nyx is often depicted as an incredibly powerful figure, one of the few whom even Zeus, king of the gods, is said to fear.
Nyx is said to have given birth to a number of deities, often by herself, that personify various aspects of the world and the human condition. These include Aether (Brightness), Hemera (Day), Moros (Doom), Thanatos (Death), Hypnos (Sleep), the Fates, and many others. In some myths, she is also said to be the mother of Eris (Strife), and through her, the grandmother of various spirits associated with conflict and distress.
She is often depicted as a figure of exceptional beauty and is typically associated with mystery, as she embodies the darkness of night, a time traditionally associated with the unknown and the supernatural in many cultures.
Despite her fundamental role in the cosmogony, Nyx doesn’t play a major active role in many myths, instead serving as the personification of night and the mother of several significant deities. Her power, however, is unquestionable in the ancient sources, making her one of the more formidable figures in the Greek pantheon.