(Warning! Text wall ahead! Lol)
Well, I wanted a sort of nickname/alias whenever I began dating my fiancé. His DJ name is Synthetik Nightmare, and I wanted an alias to match. That's where the "Nightmare" part comes in, as sort of a matching "last name" I guess you could say.
As for the Persephone part: Persephone is my favorite goddess in all of Ancient Mythology. I feel that I can relate very much to her story, of at first being an innocent maiden, and then being somewhat 'transformed' into a darker, more mature woman.
Not only that, but Pomegranates are *awesome!*
~*Just a warning, you may want to get comfy. It's story time
Persephone is the Greek Goddess of innocence, spring, renewal/rebirth, darkness and light (and even by some as the protector of marriage, since Hades and Persephone were probably the most devoted couple in Greek mythology [pertaining to the Gods] and stayed faithful to each other). She was the daughter of Demeter, Goddess of agriculture, and Zeus, but was not an Olympian Goddess. She stayed on Earth with her Mother, who wanted to shelter her from the other gods who did live on Mount Olympus. Hades, God of the Underworld, saw her and fell in love/lust with her. He went behind Demeter's back, and asked Zeus for permission to marry her, which he was granted.
One day, when Persephone (also known as Kore at that time, which means "maiden". She mainly became known as Persephone after her marriage to Hades), was picking flowers in the fields of Enna and she saw a black narcissus and picked it. When that happened the ground shook and from a chasm in the earth, Hades burst out with his chariot. He grabbed her and took her to the Underworld to be his Queen.
When Demeter found that she was missing, she looked everywhere trying to find her, but there was no trace of her. When she asked Helios, the sun, (who sees everything) she found out exactly what happened. She went to Zeus and when she figured out that he had a hand in it, she vowed to him that she wouldn't allow the ground to grow anything, and the earth became barren.
After all that initial story, the myth is split into two different versions. In one variation, Persephone is unhappy in the Underworld and doesn't like being with Hades. In the other variation (the one I personally like*) Persephone grows to realize that she honestly loves him and is actually happy with her husband and his dark kingdom.
But the humans of earth were starving, some to death because of the Eternal Winter caused by Demeter's wrath/sadness. People began to lose faith in the Gods, which made the Nectar and Ambrosia of the Gods practically dry up, and thats what makes the Gods immortal. So, Zeus finally had enough of it and sent Hermes to the Underworld to retrieve Persephone and take her back to Demeter to appease her.
Now, according to myths and folklores, if you eat or drink anything while in the Underworld, you'll be bound there forever (the same applies to faerie realms and such) and won't be allowed to return home. Just before leaving the Underworld to be reunited with her mother, Persephone ate a handful of Pomegranate seeds, which are considered the food of the dead. Depending on which version you read, either Hades made her eat them by either force or trickery; or, Persephone ate them of her own free will, fully aware of the consequences, because she wanted to be with Hades, her husband, since she loved him.
But anyway, Hermes took her back to the surface of Earth to meet her mother, who was overjoyed to see her. Until, that is, she learned that Persephone had eaten Pomegranate seeds while with Hades. Zeus, who didn't want Demeter to keep trying to kill the world, suggested that for half of the year, Spring and Summer, Persephone would be with her Mother. For the other half, Fall and Winter, Persephone would be with her husband, Hades. Which is why, in Spring and Summer, everything is green and growing, and why in Autumn and Winter, everything dies.
*Alot of people question why I prefer the, "she grew to love him" version, and here's why: 1) I'm a hopeless romantic, lol, and 2) the myth about Mintha.
A good while after the above story, a nymph named Minthe caught the eye of Hades. Luckily, he only just fawned over her and all, and didn't actually "do" anything (which is probably because he's not as much of a horn-dog as Zeus, who practically had sex with anything that moved even though he was married to Hera). Anyway, Persephone noticed and confronted Minthe about it. Minthe started jeering at Persephone and saying that she was more beautiful, Hades loved her more and that soon *she* would be his Queen, while Persephone would fall to the wayside. Persephone, to be blunt, was pissed. And in her anger, she stomped on Minthe, and when she moved her foot, Minthe had been turned into a mint plant by Persephone's power.
Put that all together, and you get my name: Persephone Nightmare
I personally think it has a nice sound to it
Hope you liked the storytime