In The Mark of Athena, we see the villain Chrysaor, also referred to as the Golden Boy. He wore a gorgon mask that covered his face. When Frank Zhang attacked him (in the form of a grizzly bear), he swiped off his mask. Chrysaor screamed, covered his face, and dove into the sea.

Why? Why would he cover his face? What was under the mask? Answers from Rick Riordan's books and/or Greek mythology are welcome (so anything from the old stories works, too).

  • Not revealed yet, as far as I can tell. The wiki just says that it's not known
    – Valorum
    Mar 14 '21 at 13:37
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    If a grisly grizzly bear swiped a mask off your face you might scream in horror, and be pleasently surprised that your face still worked well enough to scream with. And you might not know how badly your face had been damaged and so tried covering it to prevent losss of blood and face parts. And if a grizzly bear attacked you diving into the sea to escape might seem like a good idea. I haven read the books, but your description doesn't make it seem like there was anything that particularly needed explaining. Mar 14 '21 at 15:28
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    @M.A.Golding - He screams, covers his face (Phantom-of-the-Opera-style) and then runs away.
    – Valorum
    Mar 14 '21 at 17:08
  • I also doubt there's enough from mythology to actually shed any light on this. Chrysaor wasn't very prominent, unlike his sister.
    – Carson
    Mar 15 '21 at 16:09
  • @Carson Yeah, Percy mentions in the book that Chrysaor didn't have any legends, but I thought I'd ask anyway
    – Righter
    Mar 15 '21 at 16:49

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As you mentioned in the comments, Chrysaor doesn't have any legends.

Little is known about Chrysaor; he was considered a stout-hearted warrior, and his name means "he who bears a golden sword". He did not have a major role in Greek mythology.
Source: https://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Creatures/Chrysaor/chrysaor.html

In fact, even the bit Rick Riordan wrote about him in The Mark of Athena is stretching the myths; there's no evidence that he ever controlled the dolphin warriors created by Dionysus.

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