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  • Jürgen Hubert
    replied to German folklore in Scion
    Here is another good one:

    In this story, a major castle is about to be built, and a custom that persisted "from the old days" was to sacrifice an infant (that is, it was walled into the foundations of the building) in order to protect the building against storms and the vagaries of war. An infant had already been purchased from its mother, and before they were about to do the deed, the masons discussed:

    "“What is sweeter than a mother’s breasts?”

    And the infant replied:

    “The grace of God!”

    The masons were...
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  • Jürgen Hubert
    replied to Science vs. the World
    The last one I encountered in German folklore was the "grain angel", a creature that snatches children away when they go too deeply into the grain fields when the grain is ripe....
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  • Jürgen Hubert
    replied to Science vs. the World
    On a more humorous note, a folklore student would make for an excellent NPC fatebound to the PCs - getting into absurd situations for their research, usually using the excuse: "I needed the credit!"

    http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comi...0#.XVVZh7ebGh8
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  • Jürgen Hubert
    replied to Science vs. the World
    If it's possible to scientifically study the criminal underworld - and it is - then it's possible to study the gods and their works, if the gods in fact exist.

    And they do, in the World....
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  • Jürgen Hubert
    replied to Science vs. the World
    I am not sure that follows.

    I mean, let's take gravity. You can study it by letting a ball drop and describe it scientifically.

    Then you repeat that experiment in a public place - and sometimes a passersby catches the ball before it drops the ground.

    This does not mean you can no longer describe the event scientifically. It just means that now, instead of being primarily about gravity, it becomes a scientific study about how often and why people catch the ball. It is no longer a question of simple physics - instead it involves statistics (measuring how often...
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  • Jürgen Hubert
    started a topic Science vs. the World

    Science vs. the World

    There was a fascinating discussion in the Crashing World Views thread which I think deserves its own thread - how Science and the World interact.

    Since I have some scientific training myself (PhD in Computational Materials Engineering), this topic is one of my pet peeves: The scientific method is a process of attaining knowledge that, in my view, is in no way incompatible with worlds where magic (or Fate) exists. Popular media frequently portrays some sort of opposition between "Science" and "Magic", but that is solely because magic has not been scientifically...
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  • Jürgen Hubert
    replied to What happens when world views crash?
    If three ordinary people visit the South Pole, they will most likely find the physical South Pole described by science (and satellites, and previous visitors...).

    However, if Characters A and B are also Scions or other beings touched by Fate, they will not only find the physical South Pole described by science, but also the horrible monster dimension and the vastness of space.

    And they will also discover that the horrible monster dimension and the vastness of space have, through an extremely implausible and convoluted but somehow still perfectly logical chain of events,...
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  • Consider all those weird fraternities and sororities, especially ones catering to the upper classes. Assume that at least half of them pay homage to some non-Christian deity.
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  • The German craftsmen's associations, which grew out of medieval guilds, would be good candidates for this.
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  • Jürgen Hubert
    replied to German folklore in Scion
    Well, it will be a while until we see the text of Scion: Dragon, so I still have some time for further studying German folklore for traces of dragons...
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  • Jürgen Hubert
    replied to German folklore in Scion
    You know, I was initially skeptical whether the upcoming Dragon game for the line would be a good fit for German folklore, since dragons mostly seem to be portrayed as animalistic monsters - see these stories for an example.

    But this story make me wonder. In it, the dragon is more portrayed like a spirit of air and fire, with shapechanging capabilities, and who is clearly able to distinguish between those who have offended it and those who have not. There are similar appearances in other stories, where the dragon is called "Drak" (instead of the more conventional "Drache")....
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  • Jürgen Hubert
    replied to German folklore in Scion
    That reminds me - I've recently published a translation of one variant of the Vineta legend here:

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/that-s...3?cid=24307533

    The story is especially relevant for Scion since it explicitly describes a city where multiple pagan faiths from different tribes co-existed. If you assume that the city still exists as a Terra Icognita, it might serve as a neutral ground for Nordic, Slavic, and other European pantheons....
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  • Jürgen Hubert
    replied to German folklore in Scion
    Glad you like it!

    German folklore has such an amazing range of oddball stuff that is eminently gameable, but too few are aware of what's out there.

    Oh, and here's another good location - the Untersberg near the German-Austrian border. It has all sorts of mountain fairies, two sets of armies, and a sleeping emperor. I've translated a few stories:

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/weird-locations-25978238
    https://www.patreon.com/posts/weird-locations-26002270
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  • Jürgen Hubert
    replied to German folklore in Scion
    As it happens, that is the plan once my folklore translation Patron campaign has been running for a while and I have enough material to work with....
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  • Jürgen Hubert
    replied to German folklore in Scion
    Okay, here is a good one - a legend of how the island of Hiddensee (in the Baltic Sea) separated from the nearby island of Rügen. I recently translated it and will publish the translation at some later date on my Patreon page, but here is a quick summary:

    Basically, two woman - one miserly and evil, one charitable and kind - were visited by a strange man (in the story it is speculated that he was from a monastic order, but in the World it might very well have been a God) who asked for something to eat and a place to sleep during the night (for it was a cold and stormy night, as...
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  • Jürgen Hubert
    replied to The Nexus is Coming!
    A question about this "Material detailing monotheistic pantheons is not permitted." line:

    Is this merely about not writing them up as pantheons, or does this prohibit writing about all their mythological elements?

    For example, the Devil is pretty hard to avoid in German folklore. Could I write something about him on the Nexus, or is this prohibited?
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