Tantalus was one of the pseudo-gods
who became one of the inhabitants
of the deepest portion of Hades
, reserved for the punishment of
evildoers. Tantalus' punishment was to stand in a pool of
water beneath a fruit tree with low branches.
Whenever he reached for the fruit, the branches raised his intended
meal from his grasp. Whenever he bent down to get a drink, the water
receded before he could get any. Occasionally, Tantalus was employeed
to guard one of the Gates of Hades.
|SOURCE(S): Zork: Grand Inquisitor|