Orpheus was a hero who entered the underworld of Hades to rescue his wife.
Orpheus entered the underworld, the land of the dead to rescue his loved from Pluto. He carried a willow branch with him into the underworld, which symbolized grief, melancholy and suffering. Orpheus was an expert lyre musician, a skill that moved the ruler of Hades to granting his request, if only for a short time.
Orpheus could likely have moved even Samhain, if he had the chance to play before him. It is said that while Alexander isn't bad on the flute, he is no where as good a musician as Orpheus, in contrast Samhain would not be amused by Alexander's amateurish playing.
Behind the scenesEdit
In Greek myth Orpheus was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet. His instrument of choice was a lyre. He once travelled to the underworld to rescue his wife, Eurydice. His music softened the hearts of both Hades (Pluto) and Persephone. The gods agreed to allow her to return to earth on one condition, that she follow him, and that he never look back at her until both had reached the surface. Unfortunately, when he reached the surface, he looked back, before she had made it out, and she vanished forever.
Alexander's journey to save the parents of his loved Cassima in KQ6 is also a nod to the Orpheus story. Though, KQ6 does make a nod towards Orpheus himself if you try playing the flute to Samhain. However, whereas Pluto is married, according to KQ6, Samhain is eternally mateless and without companionship. However, it is unlikely that Orpheus encountered Death as personified by Samhain, as by Samhain's own admission, from the moment he ruled the Realm of the Dead his heart has never been softened, and he has never shed a tear. The KQ6 Hintbook also states that before Alexander no other mortal had successfully defeated Death, nor lived to tell of their journey before him.