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  • Scion 2e Kickstarter Update 67 - Atlantis!

    So for those unaware, we got the December update for the 2e Kickstarter (Apparently the last bits of errata are being written in and all the Page XXs are being replaced with actual numbers) and a teaser from the Companion. A blurb about Atlantis as it will be mentioned in the Scion Companion, under Build Your Own Pantheon, and two of its Gods.

    Atlantis Itself


    The Teros of Atlantis
    In the World of Scion, Atlantis is fallen, a ruined and lost Terra Incognita. Its Gods, if they ever existed at all, are long dead. The Atlantean pantheon depicted here is optional canon, which Storyguides can choose to integrate into their campaigns if they like.
    Atlantis was the first city. The birth of Ytar and Aeva, the Twin Gods of Time and Space, from the Void’s womb also marked the birth of the World, and Atlantis was there at its center. As centuries passed, humanity and its Gods came to Atlantis, refugees from some ancient crisis led through their flight by Badarus of the Oceans and Amnis of the Rivers. Ytar and Aeva, who’d grown lonely watching the World from distant stars, watched the rise of Atlantean civilization and descended to greet its Gods. The twins granted wondrous gifts to both the Gods and mortals of Atlantis — miracle-machines, god-technology, knowledge of transcendent sciences.
    Atlantis became a utopia unimaginable to even the most technologically sophisticated modern societies. Towers of crystalline song gleam in the sun, their interiors twisted through hyperspatial architecture to accommodate vast foundry-temples and palatial estates. Gene-forged clone lines and memory transplant gems afford Atlantis’ nobility nigh-immortality. The mighty arsenal of the Gods, from many-minded supersoldiers to word-weapons made of living stories, held at bay the aggression of the Titans, whom Atlantis calls the Deros.
    Long has Atlantis sequestered itself from the World, enjoying a splendid isolation from the tumult of what it sees as its primitive neighbors. While the myth of Atlantis is well-known throughout the World, and many seek it out, the island’s space-folding engines and singularity cloaking keeps it concealed from even the most intrepid explorers. Ruled by an immortal aristocracy and cut off from the rest of humanity, Atlantean culture has grown stagnant over the millennia. Now, some Atlantean Scions advocate for ending its isolation, for reaching out and taking a place on the World stage. They upload extensive primers on Atlantis’ history and culture to the mortal internet, and establish secret lines of communications with government leaders. Atlantis can no longer remain hidden away, but what will happen when it returns?


    And the Gods. Just two for now. Aeva, God of Time and Death, and Ytar, God of Space and Void.

    Aeva, the God of Time and Death
    Aeva is one of the genderless Gods of Reality, alongside their twin Ytar. When Aeva was born from the Void, their first act was to sing. Their music was the first thing in the World that had an order and a pattern to it, and the first thing that changed, marking the beginning of linear time. Though this was necessary for the World to begin, it also gives Aeva an ominous reputation, for the beginning of time was also the beginning of entropy, which guarantees death and destruction must come to all things. Aeva takes on a three-faced form, gazing into past, present, and future simultaneously.
    As God of Time, Aeva is worshipped by those who seek to forestall its ravages and postpone death, illness, or decrepitude for one day more. When the end comes, Aeva solemnly oversees the dissolution of the soul into the Void. Not all of Aeva’s roles must be so grim; they’re also the protector of procrastinators, musicians, horologists, and broken-hearted lovers. Aeva’s favorite Incarnations are singers and musicians, though they sometimes take on more somber roles as hospice nurses, gravediggers, crisis hotline volunteers, and executioners. Most of Aeva’s Incarnations travel outside Atlantis, where they can escape the baleful reputation associated with them.
    Aeva’s Scions are almost all Chosen; the guilt they feel over the suffering linear time causes humanity makes them reticent to create new life of any kind. They expect these Scions to do what is necessary, even if it is not pleasant, whether leading bloody revolutions to overthrow oppressive governments, providing counseling and therapy in the aftermath of tragedies and disaster, amputating a limb to save a patient, or investigating a criminal conspiracy at great danger to themselves.
    Callings: Creator, Guardian, Liminal
    Purviews: Artistry (Music), Death, Fertility, Forge, Health, Order, Passion (Dread), Stars


    Ytar, God of Space and Void
    A carefree fool and merrymaking trickster, Ytar is the other twin God of Reality. When Ytar was born from the Void, they stretched out their limbs wide, unfolding all of space so the World could take form. Their most common manifestation is a human-shaped silhouette cut out from a great darkness, filled with spinning galaxies and gleaming stars. Ytar holds no formal position among the Teros, abhorring responsibilities, but is venerated by God and mortal alike for sharing the wondrous technology of Atlantis.
    As the God of Space, Ytar answers the prayers of cartographers, navigators, architects, physicists, and those seeking lost things. Much of their time is spent devising sophisticated tricks to play on both their fellow Teros and Atlantis’ mortal rulers, teaching them the lessons Ytar believes they’d benefit from learning. They can take this jovial, lackadaisical manner to excess, shunning Godly duties even in times of crisis, but their twin Aeva forces them to live up to their obligations. Ytar takes on Incarnations as a way to enjoy the variety of mortal life, often taking roles that leave him well-placed to work mischief on the powerful and haughty: a multibillionaire C.E.O.’s secretary, a president’s chief of staff, a news anchor’s makeup artist, and so on. Ytar doesn’t limit their Incarnations to staying in Atlantis, enjoying the World’s diversity, though they’re careful to keep their true identity secret.
    Ytar’s Scions are usually Chosen from mortals whose mischief impresses the God of Space, or Created in their divine workshop from dark matter, crystalline nanomachines, or even stranger substances. They have some Scions through liaisons with mortals (almost always Atlanteans). Regardless of a Scion’s Genesis, Ytar’s expectations for them are the same: enjoy yourself, don’t take things too seriously, and make the World a better place. As carefree a parent as they are a God, they make no effort to control or direct their Scions, leaving some wishing they had more parental guidance.
    Callings: Creator, Trickster, Sage
    Purviews: Chaos, Darkness, Deception, Epic Strength, Forge, Journeys, Passion (Joy), Stars


    So, thoughts? I personally like what we've got so far, but I admittedly am one of the ones who never minded the idea of making an Atlantis Pantheon in Scion. And hell, why not go full Jack Kirby?

    Edit: Okay SOMETHING is funky with my formatting, I'll try to fix it.

    Edit2: Okay it seems fixed
    Last edited by Kyman201; 12-11-2018, 05:31 AM.


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  • #2
    This is more Exalted inspired then Kirby inspired me thinks...


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    • #3
      Originally posted by Eldagusto View Post
      This is more Exalted inspired then Kirby inspired me thinks...
      I mean it's possible, but on the Discord Neall has referred to Atlantis as "New Gods Wakanda"-


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      • #4
        I really liked these primordials. Also Amnis and Badarus are coming back! I can't wait to see the rest of the atlantean pantheon on this edition.

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        • #5
          Reading it I didn't immediately jump to Kirby, but I should have, and now I am seeing them with AMAZING space hats.


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          • #6
            This is the first take on Scion Atlantis and fictional pantheons in general that I've not been generally annoyed by in a long time.

            That said: these guys are gonna be horribly weak to Fatebinding if they aren't careful and get revealed, in a world where they exist.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Eldagusto View Post
              This is more Exalted inspired then Kirby inspired me thinks...
              How? The technological utopia existing in secret is straight Wakanda or Attilan. The two deities we see are literal Space-Gods...


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              • #8
                Originally posted by glamourweaver View Post

                How? The technological utopia existing in secret is straight Wakanda or Attilan. The two deities we see are literal Space-Gods...
                I mean the descriptions, towers made of chrystallized sound, godkings of hidden empire. It helps though that some of the same writers wrote for Exalted, where they were likely channeling the same Kirby inspirations. The clone line of bodies and preserved minds sounds like Exalted modern, where they are allowed to break the pure fantasy motif.


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Blackfox View Post
                  I really liked these primordials. Also Amnis and Badarus are coming back! I can't wait to see the rest of the atlantean pantheon on this edition.
                  Are these two Primordials? It mentions that the two Incarnate into the World, which Primordials don't really do because they're too darn big.

                  Eh, semantics, I suppose


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kyman201 View Post

                    Are these two Primordials? It mentions that the two Incarnate into the World, which Primordials don't really do because they're too darn big.

                    Eh, semantics, I suppose
                    My interpretation is they originate as Primordials as the creators of the cosmos, but they became Gods by incarnating themselves into the World.

                    (The Trimurti did the same thing)


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                    • #11
                      We already know the callings for Aeva and Ytar, but I've been wondering what callings the other gods will get. These are my guesses for the ones that are "confirmed" to come back:

                      Amnis: Guardian, Healer, Sage

                      Badarus: Leader, Liminal, Sage

                      I'm so hyped for these atlanteans hahaha I just hope the other five are brought back as well
                      Last edited by Blackfox; 01-05-2019, 12:30 PM.

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