|The Fates have the subtle but,
awesome power of deciding a mans destiny. The assign a
man to good or evil. There most obvious choice is chosing
how long a man lives. There are three Fates. Clotho, the
spinner, who spins the thread of life. Lachesis, the
measurer, who choses the lot in life one will have and
measures off how long it is to be. Atropos, she who can
not be turned, who at death with her shears cuts the
tread of life.
The Fates are old and predate the gods. It is not entirely clear how far their power extends. It is possible that they determine the fate of the gods as well. In any case, not even the most powerful is willing to triffle with them.