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  • #61
    And don't forget the level of Orwellian surveillance governements would probably inflict on their populations to regulate the apparition of new religions. Not only to avoid the fanatical zealots parts, but because it only takes enough believers to, ya know, create a full blown wild card Pantheon that has retroactively existed since the beginning of the COSMOS

    -Crosspantheon customs will slow tourism and negatively affect global trade as people become wary of any culture outside of their own lest they offend some foreign god or fall prey to some foreign monster.
    Or it could be the reverse. Imagine a Kami materializing in Western Lands and sighing in disbelief as it feels its Mantle shift to accomodate the paradigm of weeaboos.
    Last edited by Adrasalieth; 08-17-2018, 03:25 PM.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by Darksol-aeternium View Post

      Hmm… Active gods will hurt the insurance business, devils actually making people do things puts a monkeywrench into legal proceedings, exorcism and cleansing will become a new industry, divination will see a boom in business, more as I think of em.

      Devout Cultist: I just bought my family some volcano insurance!


      Normal Citizen: That's stupid, there's no volcano around here for thousands of miles!


      Hephaestus: ... Hold my Ambrosia!

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      • #63
        I wonder if there would be an active anti-Gods/supernatural group. I can imagine them getting sick of the gods for all the reasons above and possibly doing things like committing terrorist acts on temples/holy sites, kidnapping cultists, and lobbying for tougher restrictions on the supernatural.

        "In the news today, the radical anti-deity group No Gods, No Masters has detonated an IED in front of the Temple of Anubis in Chicago today, injuring 25 and killing at least 8. The radical group was responsible for the disruption of the Festival of Bacchus in San Antonio this March, as well as the kidnapping and eventual murder of Anubis High Priest Bob Jones in January".

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        • #64
          That's a possibility but wouldn't the Gods either squash such a group themselves or send in their Scions to do it? Or just let the Titans nom on them the next time they show up and then warn people that becoming Titan-chow is a risk if you piss off your resident deities.

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          • #65
            Originally posted by Mysteris View Post
            That's a possibility but wouldn't the Gods either squash such a group themselves or send in their Scions to do it? Or just let the Titans nom on them the next time they show up and then warn people that becoming Titan-chow is a risk if you piss off your resident deities.


            Yeah, just take a look at Greek mythology if you want examples of how the Gods respond to insults from mortals.
            Last edited by Nyrufa; 08-17-2018, 09:01 PM.

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            • #66
              There are many series along the lines of X for Dummies, targeting some area of life (First Kiss, Hiking, Dyslexia) and compiling connected mythology - what/who causes this? what will improve your chances? Who will shun you? Where are the best places to go for this?

              Unfortunately, while many Gods are flattered by their inclusion in such books, others will inevitably be insulted for being left out (or inaccuracies, being lumped in with others, etc.). While the backlash usually lands on writers/publishers, some Gods aren't as discriminating. In fact, there have been a few cases where widespread popularity of a particular ritual has led to a reversal of the effects - cursing instead of blessing.

              Another issue is intentionally false inclusions. Tricksters are fond of inserting ridiculous and embarrassing acts. More worrisome are the Titan cults, who seek widespread adoption of certain rituals to weaken their master's bindings.

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              • #67
                Brigid is, at this point, reigning Queen of the Tuatha de Danaan, on account of Manannan not technically qualifying and The Morrigan both a) not really being the political leadership type and b) being kind of on the back foot due to three thirds of her being dead (things get harder for you when there's only one third of you to go around, y'know?). Brigid technically has some connection to leadership due to her (ex?-)husband, and everyone else with a better claim is dead (and therefore disfigured). This is the reason for her recent increase in prominence in the religion. She doesn't have the Leader Calling yet, not having held the position long enough, and therefore plot happens.

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                • #68
                  While worship of the Canaanite/Phoenician gods (the Elohim) has continuously survived in the World unlike in reality, it has not done so in the ancient land of Canaan (Israel and Palestine). North Africa, in what was historically the Cartheginian Empire, is the heartland of Elohim worship.

                  To the shock of Elohim and Mal’akhim alike, secular Zionists have invited Elohim worshipers of Canaanite ancestry to immigrate to Israel. This move is opposed by both religious Zionists (who see it as a desecration of YHWH’s commandment to take Ancient Canaan from the idolaters) and anti-Zionists (who see it as an effort to settle more territory and further push aside the Palestinian population).


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                  • #69
                    The most well known cult to champion lgbt culture and issues in the Western world is of course the Dionysians, for whom gender liberation is a sacred matter. There are other lgbt associated cults though with much stricter relationships to gender (which is not to say they are unaccepting of trans men or women, but the gender fluid and queer would have less of a place among them, as they specifically exalt MANHOOD or WOMANHOOD as central to their religion). The Cult of Artemis obviously approaches womanhood this way, and would not be particularly surprising to anyone from our world familiar with lesbian feminist communes. The precedent of Sipriotes assures an embrace of trans women among their number.

                    Meanwhile, the Mithraic Mysteries are exclusively male and exalt expressions of manhood, virility, and masculinity - including a reputation for sexualizing said expressions in man-on-man worship, and warrior bonding. Hermes has been known to joke about Mithras’ “masc4masc” Grindr profile.

                    (Note: this is Roman Mithras, not the Yazata Mithra, or the Deva Mitra)


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                    • #70
                      Most attempts by mortal governments to organize and control scions in their borders have been miserable failures. While some Scions might end up a loyal servant of their government through personal loyalty or fatebinding, all attempts at “super teams” inevitably fail as the Scions grow more powerful, become more embroiled in their divinely appointed duties and can’t be bothered to follow mortal chains of command. The only notable exceptions are the Chinese and the Japanese, whose pantheons value obedience to the national governments of their cultures.

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                      • #71
                        My headcanon is that Scions have a subconscious tendency to spread the purview that they have the most affinity towards. For example, a Scion who's associated with the Death purview will find that their very presence brings about the deaths of those around them. Regardless if they intended for it to happen or not, those who spend too much time around a Scion of Death will inevitably become involved in some manner of horrible tragedy.


                        On a lighter tone, a Scion who's associated with the Justice purview may find themselves constantly stumbling upon criminal activity, or sinister plots to which they constantly end up thwarting the villains and bringing the criminal element to justice. And since they're Scions, the criminals they happen to run into may be much bigger than your run of the mill street thug.


                        Once again, the Scion may not intend for any of this to happen, but Fate just keeps willing it to happen, because these purviews are intrinsically tied to their identity as Scions.
                        Last edited by Nyrufa; 09-09-2018, 09:42 PM.

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                        • #72
                          I have this weird idea of White Wolf - or whatever their in-universe counterpart would be - having their flagship 90s game being a Scion-like Olympians: The Arete, with the Dodekatheoi + Hades as the 13 "clans" (Dionysius and Hestia in the Tremere and Salubri roles), "lesser" deities as "bloodlines", and the Roman counterparts as the Sabbat antitribu. This followed by Aesir: Ragnarock, Magicians: The Ma'at, Loa: The Riding, Tuatha De Dannan: The Glamour, and Shen: Gods of the East. This might end up in some weird forms of fate binding or something, though.


                          What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly. That is the first law of nature.
                          Voltaire, "Tolerance" (1764)

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                          • #73
                            Santa Claus is one of the Overworld's greatest masters of Psychopomp.

                            Visiting all the good children of the world in a single night isn't that hard when you can become omnipresent!

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                            • #74
                              The Holiday calendar in the world looks fairly different from ours. Despite many people still nominally being Christian or Muslim, the fact that most never really abandoned their Gods means that the Abrahamic holidays are a much smaller affair. Christmas, in particular, is basically a non-event, with most people putting more emphasis on Saturnalia or Yule. Many of the Aesir rib Odin during the holiday season about the proliferation of “Mall Odins” who listen to children’s gift lists.

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                              • #75
                                I’d just abandon the Christianization of Yule/Saturnalia/etc being a thing. The original holidays are celebrated with trees and fairy lights, socks hanging for Jolnir, etc etc. Other than the absence of manger scenes, and replacing some of the more religious carols, it’s largely the same. Charles Dickens’ “Yule Carol” is pretty much identical for example.

                                Jesus being born in spring anyway, the early Church treated (and Protestants followed suit) the mass celebrating his resurrection as also celebrating his birth - which means that Jesus resurrected on his birthday. Birth and Rebirth. Manger scenes and people singing Silent Night are thus part of Pascha (overlapping in the English speaking world with the festival of the Vanir goddess Eostre, who as a goddess of spring rebirth and dawn, is comfortable sharing a birth and resurrection festival).
                                Last edited by glamourweaver; 09-12-2018, 09:50 PM.


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