The Fates (Morae) are white-robed immortals of destiny. There are three fates. Clotho spins the thread of life, Lachesis measures it, and Atropus cuts it, and they watch over their sister Atë and make sure she doesn't cause trouble. They are also called the Morae in some other versions of the myth.
The Fates are severe, inflexible and stern.
The Fates are described as ugly old woman and sometimes lame. Clotho carries a spindle or a roll (the book of fate), Lachesis a ruler and Atropus a scroll, wax tablet, sundial, scales or a cutting instrument.
They appear 3 days after a childs' birth to determine the course of its life. When the dead arrive at the gates of the Underworld, they are tested by the Fates to see where their souls should go- to Elysium, the Asphodel fields or Eternal Punisment.
The official Greek name for the Fates is Μοῖραι.