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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Interpantheon politics
    At this point, I figure some of the have been a part of it.

    I admit that, in my head canon, the War College really owes a lot of its existence to Athena developing whatever the purely intellectual version of a crush is for Guan Yu back when he was a mortal general....
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  • Just speaking for myself, Technocrats - at least those who aren't Master level - think in terms of Procedures (ie Rotes) they've been trained in. Specific methods, tools, and processes they've learned as part of their training (or if you prefer, indoctrinations), rather than metaphysics. Thinking about the specific Sciences (Spheres) involved comes later, when they've reached a higher level of loyalty and programming. Forensics and crime scene analysis, for example, is training that makes them the equivalent of Sherlock Holmes by way of Criminal Minds. The fact that it's Time, Mind, and other...
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  • Professional Football (the American kind)

    So, I'm not really much of a sports person. Which is part of why this post has taken so long. The other part being that "professional sports" ended up being such a sprawling entity that I had to break it up into individual sports. Starting with professional (American/gridiron) football and the NFL/National Football League.

    The NFL goes back to 1920, formed by teams in Ohio and quickly joined by ones from Indiana, Illinois, and New York. (Only two of those teams still exist, the Chicago Bears and the Arizona Cardinals,...
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  • No One of Consequence
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    The Divine War College, created by Athena and Guan Yu during the 14th century, partially as a reaction to the stunning success of the Mongol Empire(s), but also as a way of furthering Athena's curiosity about the Middle Kingdom that goes back to the Greco-Bactrin encounters with the Han. It has received additional input from interested parties among the Irish, Egyptian, Persian, Indian, and Japanese pantheons, among others. The school teaches martial disciplines, with a special focus on tactics, strategy, logistics and the philosophy of war. Its lessons draw upon the Art of War and numerous other...
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  • My favorite comment about Midnight Circus was from Geoff Grabowski, who said he'd stopped taking it seriously as soon as he got to the Black Spiral Dancers as trained dog act. It was an interesting idea, but suffered from execution IMO. Not necessarily because of the excessively heavy crossover angle, but from the very RIFTS-like way they did it. For those unfamiliar with it, RIFTS is/was a very popular post-apocalyptic sci fi fantasy mash up RPG from the late 80s, 90s and 2000s, somewhat infamous for it's "everything and the kitchen sink" setting. Cyborgs, wizards, elves, aliens, giant...
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Help me brainstorm some ideas
    No, I just made them up off the top of my head. Thou the name is from one of Vampire's clans, which sort of inspired it. But it seemed like a good idea for some sort of telanovela/luchador movie inspired villain cabal....
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  • No One of Consequence
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    The Foundation for Law and Good Governance, also known as FLAGG or simply "The Foundation", an NGO/think tank founded in the early 80s by a number of wealthy philanthropist benefactors. Its stated goal is to advance the ideals equality under the law, both in protection and enforcement, transparency and honesty in government and its officials, and combating corruption and cronyism. It also employs Heroes and other agents to deal with threats to their ideals that come from mythical enemies and other criminals "who operate above the law". The Foundation is the brainchild of Athena,...
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Help me brainstorm some ideas
    Lasombras, the secretive Titan cult of the Monkeys of the Second Sun, whose members hold positions of power and prestige within Mexico's government, military, entertainment industry, business community, Catholic Church, and criminal underworld....
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  • Random thoughts ...

    I was also a huge fan of the New Universe back in the day, specifically DP7. Of special interest to anyone trying to find copies of the old series are a series of prestige books. The Pitt, where the city of Pittsburgh is completely destroyed by one of the setting's main characters. The fall out from this leads to The Draft, where the US government forces all superhumans/paranormals they can find to enlist in the military. After this was the four part series The War. They make for a useful template for catastrophic disaster spinning out of control into global chaos....
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Atlantean Pantheon in 2E
    I mean that movie he was in....
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Atlantean Pantheon in 2E
    With Kevin Sorbo as his aging father or mentor (for those old enough to remember that movie...)....
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Interpantheon politics
    The Earth Recovery Alliance is a loose collection of environmental groups - charities, conservatories, research laboratories, lobbying groups, and those of a much more "direct action" mindset - all devoted to saving the planet and the biosphere. They are all also mystery cults devoted to various deities of nature. Exactly which god or goddess each group ultimately serves usually ties into its focus. The North Sea Shield, for example, is devoted to combating overfishing, industrial/agricultural runoff, illegal dumping, and whaling in the waters off of Scandinavia, the United Kingdom and...
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  • If I can actually get one off the ground, probably like an anime series....
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Gods without Pantheons
    I forget which of the Robin Hood tv series from the past few decades it was that tried to tie him to Herne the Hunter. Which is, from my understanding, ahistorical. But still an interesting idea in a world like Scion....
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Gods without Pantheons
    Although my understanding is that what Scion classifies as Demigod is different than the way Riordan uses it (in the literal sense of half-god "offspring of god and mortal").

    But yeah, Harriet Tubman is on my list of historical people who would make cool Heroes, as are a number of others Riordan has name dropped in his books....
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Gods without Pantheons
    Hmm. Good point. I think to a slight degree, I'm still in a 1st ed mindset of Demigod and God being just a scaling increase and not the major shift in concept/world view that 2nd ed seems to be aiming for.

    Of the various examples I mention, I admit that I really like the idea of Mammon being a Scion of Hades who actually made it to Demigod status in the late medieval or early Renaissance period, and maybe full God level by the 19th century.

    Mother Nature I could see as an alias/aspect of Demeter, Mezzu-Kumik-Quae, and others, depending on circumstances. Likewise Lady...
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  • No One of Consequence
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    This is a really great supplement. I'd really love to see something similar for the other pantheons, if anyone out there has the interest and expertise....
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  • No One of Consequence
    replied to Gods without Pantheons
    Well, my thinking is that, over the centuries, all the pantheons have - in theory at least - had various Heroes rise to Demigod and God status, resulting in possible patrons (or allies, rivals, enemies, Guides, etc.) that aren't part of the textbook mythology, but some of those may be part of general folklore or pop culture or even historical figures. Mammon as a member of the Theoi, General Winter as part of the Rus, High John the Conquer among the Loa, Oscar Wilde as an Irish demigod, etc....
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  • No One of Consequence
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    Regarding the idea of Mammon as a modern (relatively speaking, say starting as a Hero in the late Middle Ages or early Renaissance period, likely a scion of Pluto/Hades) god of materialism (money, affluence, consumerism, business, capitalism), I'm wondering what other personifications might also be modern deities attached to one or more of the existing pantheons. Maybe Liberty, Father Time, Lady Luck, Mother Nature, Jack Frost/Old Man Winter, John Q. Public, and the like....
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  • I like that Steve Kenson is involved. I have long enjoyed his work with Mutants & Masterminds, and my initial reaction to their Paragons setting book was "this is what Aberrant should have been." Also, he had a number of interesting ideas for the line before Arthaus decided to do nothing but OGL licensed products, so I'm really curious to see what else he's come up with since then....
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