Like his father, Triton carries a trident. However, Triton's special attribute was a twisted conch shell, on which he blew like a trumpet to calm or raise the waves. Its sound was so terrible, that when loudly blown, it put the giants to flight, who imagined it to be the roar of a mighty wild beast. Triton dwelt with his parents in a golden palace in the depths of the sea.
Triton was the father of Pallas and foster parent to the goddess Athena. Pallas was killed by Athena during a fight between the two goddesses. Triton is also sometimes cited as the father of Scylla by Lamia. Triton might be multiplied into a host of Tritones, daimones of the sea.
Triton was adopted by the Romans as the son of Neptune and Salacia. In the Aeneid, Misenus, the trumpeter of Aeneas, challenged Triton to a contest of trumpeting. The god flung him into the sea for his arrogance
His appearance resembles that of a merman (male mermaid).
In Popular Culture
- Various amphibious warriors called Tritons appear in Hero of Sparta II. They attack the player on the way to Khronos' fortress.
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