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Discussion in 'Role-Playing' started by Zyta, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. Zyta

    Zyta Drifting Super Mod

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    I've had this idea bubbling in my head for some time now, but I'm woefully ignorant about one thing and I'm hoping someone on here can help (if they're interested in this).

    The foundation of my idea is a pre-apocalyptic world. Ice/snow is steadily creeping down from the north: the thousand year Ice Age that people from all over the world have foretold about in one form or another is beginning. At the end of the thousand year ice age there is supposedly going to be heaven on earth, but except for a few survivors everyone will die. And no one wants to die, they (the players and NPCs) fight against their destiny, because not doing so will be death.

    That's the basic premise of the story. The part I need help with is about Roman/Greek/Viking/Ect. mythology. My knowledge of this is zero, but I want to craft a world like our own, but set with these gods/goddesses and beings like monsters and demons (if they exist in those mythologies). Think God or War; that is what I'm looking for in this RP. The reason being is each player will be a Champion for a god/goddess with long life (600+ years), stronger bodies, and some powers granted to them by their god.

    Is anyone like a walking Wikipedia about those mythologies that would like to help? The pre-apocalyptic world doesn't have to be an ice age, I chose that because it is easy. If either of those mythologies have an end of the world scenario that better fits my god -> champion mechanic feel free to say so so I can change the ice age to that.
     
  2. Isa

    Isa Dovie'andi se tovya sagai

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    You've come to the right place for those sorts of questions my friend- mythology is one of those fields I study as a hobby. My skype contact info is in my profile if you don't have it already, and I'm on the DH facebook group your free to shoot questions about mythology at me any time.

    As for if those mythologies have demons- eh not really per-say. The greek concept of a daemon is a spirit or entity that was never human to start with, essentially creatures like Nymphs, Dryads, even the gods and goddess themselves were Daemons. Although The Greeks have a lot of monsters, similarly while the Norse don't have a concept of actual demons they did tend to view some things as predominately evil with some exceptions- Jotunn were typically evil although some were part of the pantheon- according to Snorri Sturleson's translations of the edda's both Tyr and Loki were Jotunn although it should be noted Loki get's a undeserved bad reputation, most of the crap he pulls was a result of his "blood brother" Odin being an utter idiot and making bets and boast he couldn't back up while drunk. (Sorry don't care how much I like a guy I'm not turning myself into a mare and getting knocked up by a super horse because you bet a giant your wife he couldn't build a wall around your kingdom in a week and he's about to win).
     
  3. Zyta

    Zyta Drifting Super Mod

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    >____>; Don't have Skype and I left Facebook years ago....

    So demons are out. Good that makes life easier. Of the two I think Greek monsters are more famous, but then I don't know any Norse monsters. How many are there gods from each? (Could even throw in Egyptian gods for the heck of it.)
     
  4. Isa

    Isa Dovie'andi se tovya sagai

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    The Egyptian gods I'm not as familiar with since each dynasty and kingdom/era sorta reinvented the mythology (hence the conflicting story about the sun being ta sailing his ship across the sky and a dung beetle pushing it across the sky). As for the number in each- hard to say off the top of my but both the Greek/Roman and the Norse had a lot (Think 20+each counting major and minor) although with the Norse the role of what each god did (Some say Odin's wife was Frigg, some Freya, some say they were the same goddess, some say Oden and Wodenz were the same god etc) varies based on the source and what part of Scandinavia/Russia your getting your info from as a lot of primary sources were wiped out by Christianity. If you want to take some time to read up on them and get some basics you can visit www.godchecker.com/ which is well researched and pretty accurate in my experience although I can't vouch for anything outside north america or western Europe.