Why does Kratos look the way he does? Papy's got this one: it's roughly six months to a year after he killed his wife and kid. The whole idea of the story was 'how do you undo selling your soul to the devil?' Because in essence that's what he did. His 10th Labor, his last task, was killing his wife and kid and so you get the ashes of them being infused on to him.
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