Pholus is a mortal centaur, borther of Nessus
. But unlike his brothers he rejects the animalistic side of his character, aspiring to the peaceful nobility of Cheiron
. Nonetheless, he is not afraid to speak out against his brothers' excesses. Despite Pholus' birth Creon welcomes his friendship. But this relationship and his respect for humans will place him in a perilous position when Heracles seeks his aid.