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    I had a rather specific idea that didn’t seem to justify a whole thread, so I thought I’d use it as a jumping off point for a broader discussion.

    Do you think the Theoi Scent of the Divine description works well enough for their Roman Mantles, Scions, and distinctly Roman gods, Monsters, and spirits. I’m the first to argue the Romans cribbed the bulk of their myths from the Greek and created a mythic narrative for themselves to make them the direct continuation of an Olympian worshipping civilization - so in Scion, yes Jupiter needs to be a Mantle of Zeus rather than the supreme god of a separate Pantheon - BUT, there are still enough differences that “olives in hot air and the murmurs of a crowd” don’t seem to fit great.

    If I was making a new Roman Pantheon without the Greek, I’d make them smell like the Colosseum: boiling wine and saffron covering up blood and feces, with the distant sound of war trumpets.

    But that seems too divergent for a sub-Pantheon where most of its core gods are just Mantles of the same guys as the original Pantheon. Should I leave the olives the same, but replace the murmur of the crowd with the war trumpets?

    By all means, use this as a jumping off point to discuss other Pantheons and Scent of the Divine!


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    I think the smell of olives should be in both, it serves as a common link between the two.

    I like to think that Scent The Dvine on sub pantheons is like sniffing a new offshoot from the same perfume brand, So in this case the Roman fragrance is a bolder, louder scent, you smell the same olives like usual but there's now the screaming war trumpets and vague undertone of blood and feces reflecting the now crowded, expansionist nature of the Roman Empire.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Corax View Post
      I think the smell of olives should be in both, it serves as a common link between the two.

      I like to think that Scent The Dvine on sub pantheons is like sniffing a new offshoot from the same perfume brand, So in this case the Roman fragrance is a bolder, louder scent, you smell the same olives like usual but there's now the screaming war trumpets and vague undertone of blood and feces reflecting the now crowded, expansionist nature of the Roman Empire.
      That works. Like I said, I wasn’t sure if olives were resonant enough with Rome, and what the colosseum used to cover the stink was boiling wine with saffron, but I do like linking the scents together.


      On a separate note... the Netjer... sand has a smell?


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      • #4
        I’m leaning strongly toward making the Netjer smell “perfumes and oils” along with the sound of desert wind.


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        • #5
          Some of the pantheons would logically be linked with unrecognizable scents. Example: a Southeast Asian pantheon might have a sacred incense that never got popular in the West.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post


            On a separate note... the Netjer... sand has a smell?
            Not a sand specialist here, but... Desert (sand) has a different smell from beach (sand). This kind of sand often reminds me of a "salty" smell, but I think the desert one is a different approach.

            Indeed. "perfumes and oils" make a lot more sense for the Netjer imho.

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            • #7
              Olive oil was still pretty common in Rome, and indeed the entire Mediterranean. It might not have served the same vital social function for Rome as for Athens and Sparta, but it was omnipresent. Pliny the Elder is noted as having written that Italian olive oil was the finest in the world.

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              • #8
                Here’s another issue: tobacco and rum make perfect sense for the Loa... but both are distinctly “New World” scents, and less resonant with West Africa to work for the Orisha Mantles that haven’t gone through the Middle Passage. Thoughts on better replacements there?


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