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The Fates were a common motif in European polytheism, most frequently represented as a group of three mythological goddesses (although their number differed in certain eras and cultures). They were often depicted as weavers of a tapestry on a loom, with the tapestry dictating the destinies of men. The primary instances include:

This motif has been replicated in fictional accounts, such as:

  • The Fates/Moirai, characters in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, Heroes of Olympus series, and The Trials of Apollo series
  • The Sisters of Fate, characters in the God of War video game series, based on the Greek Fates
  • The Fates, characters in Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown