Friday, January 30, 2015

Weekly Update 1.30

Disclaimer: This is being written about a project that is in progress, what is an attempt to give you a glimpse of the process of making the game and abilities and powers discussed in this blog my not work as described here.

Hello! So this week, John is in California doing a show so he wasn't able to attend the meeting this week. Anne sent him off with a binder of blessings to work on while he is on the road, which included the Devotional Blessings. But because I haven't been able to talk with him this week, I don't have a concrete update for you. I did however get to talk with Anne who had the following to share.

That is the review copy of Children of the Sun, she's busy reviewing and correcting printing errors so that the final books can be printed. The novel is now a physical thing!

So while I don't have a blessing update, Anne and I did spend some time working through your questions, presented here without further ado.

The Hindu Divinity Sphere mentioned that Hindu Heroes could choose to be it possible to be an Avatara of a God who is not your patron, thus following in the footsteps of Hanuman (Touched by Vayu, Avatara of Shiva) and Savitri (Touched by Surya, Avatara of Sarasvati)?

This will most likely be possible at higher levels. I want to be able to say more, but this is currently in the process of being finalized. I will revisit this at next week's meeting.

If you were not working on this project and instead looking at it from the outside what kinds of questions would you be asking?

This one is a tough one, they're constantly surprised, but at the same time empathize with the fact that they're working from a place of having all the answers. Many of the questions they're expecting would would have unsatisfying answers like "You'll see when you see the system."

From their JSR days, they're used to answering edge case questions based on everyone having the rules in front of them. So they're currently (between finishing the core book) bracing for the flood of questions when the book is in your hands.

In some stories the Gods aren't always the most interesting characters, I for example really like Utgard-Loki of Norse mythology. What kind of support do you see having in the future for players interested in these kinds of characters or chosen of them?

It's a matter of taste as to who the most interesting characters are in a story. Out of the gate there will not be a lot of official support for heroes of non gods. But the line as to what is and is not a god can get a little blurry sometimes. Ultimately the decision will be between you and your GM when you want to have a patron that is not one of the "official" Hero's Journey gods.

Heroes in stories tend to fall into distinct heroic archetypes or Aspects, that broadly cover the kinds of characters in a story. From a more literary perspective do villains or antagonists have their own separate arch-typical character types that broadly represent the kinds of opposition the hero might meet in a story, or do they fall into the same patterns as hero's?

Villains definitely fall into their own archetypes, but right now Hero's Journey is focused on just that, creating a hero's journey and archetypes of a hero. In the future John and Anne might explore villainous archetypes, but for the time being Hero's Journey is focused on the heroes of the story. Villains will follow the NPC creation guides.

What is your favorite Pantheon that nobody seems to have ever heard about?

If you have followed Anne on their previous blog she has a fondness for the Hittite Gods and their legendary tantrums. But honestly, there are so many pantheons that they just haven't had time to explore.

Modern understanding of Time is very different from how ancient peoples understood time. Are there and good myths related to time and how ancient people understood it?

In the ancient world the perception of time tended to fall into two broad categories. Cyclical and a binary "Now" and "Then". Mexican mythology tended to view time as a cycle, whereas let say Native Australians viewed time in terms of now, when things are happening, and the Dreamtime when their legends occurred.

As for stories, it is difficult to pin down stories that demonstrate these viewpoints and to separate what is a literal depiction of time and what is just using figurative language to describe its passing.

If all of the pantheons got together and had a beauty contest how badly would it end? Would Baldur win? Would Earth survive the resulting war?

Beauty, as always, is in the eye of the beholder. Just look at what has been considered beautiful over the last 100 years, heck, just the last 20. I'm just talking about things from my western perspective. My point is that there are so many gods of beauty, and so many perspectives as to what is beautiful.

There are gods of beauty that are secure in their beauty, they are others... who are not. But sadly there are little to no stories when two pantheons have decided to have a beauty contest, so it is only in our own stories where we are left to speculate, and this blog is not going to enter that fray... It's just dangerous.

Whew! That was more than I've written in a while, thanks for the workout. That's it for this week!

Have a great weekend, and I'll talk to you next week when it's February!

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