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After reading Neil Gaiman's American Gods (excellent book, BTW), I have mythological echoes bouncing through my brain.

Odin, who has always had a particular resonance for me.

The Green Knight, from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, who I'm playing in a PBeM. I am planning on going through Tolkien's translation of this. My character is based on a sloppy interpretation from a mythology book I had as a kid. The poem has a lot of details I had missed, like the Green Knight being from a place near "Logres".

Most recently, I've had an idea floating in my head, more of a composite than anything directly from mythology.

A tall man, antlered, with jet black skin, clad in robes, a sword belted at his side. His eyes burn red. Nine queens surround him, dressed all in black, as if in mourning. The Nine Queens can become black swans.

This is, I think, mashed together from Celtic myths (the antlered man is, I believe, Cernunnos or Arawn), Arthurian (I seem to recall nine queens in black escorted Arthur to Avalon. Or maybe it was 3, and the nine is from elsewhere.), and wherever Swan Lake is drawn from (the queens being swans).

I have a sharp image of the king and his nine queens standing in a clearing in a dark forest, the trees leafless and the ground barren and fog-shrouded. It is night, a sliver of moon casts a bluish light on the scene.

The queens stand around the king in a circle, naked swords in their hands, their faces veiled. The king stands with his eyes flashing and his right hand raised, commanding.


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Jan. 3rd, 2002 08:06 am (UTC)
Two things.

1. This image is absolutely beautiful. I want to see the movie, or read the book.

2. American Gods is an amazing book.

3. And maybe you could help dj and me come up with the game based on some ideas from the book that we were theoretically going to run at TBR though that seems unlikely at present.

So I can't count. So sue me. :-)
Jan. 3rd, 2002 04:54 pm (UTC)

  1. I've been sketching it a bit, I may turn it into an actual piece at some point.

  2. Damned straight. I want to go through it again with a notebook and try to track down all the mythological references.

  3. Feel free to bounce any ideas for an American gods game off of me. I have, of course, already figured out how to do the king as an amber character. I also want to play a young Odin of Chaos.

Jan. 3rd, 2002 06:32 pm (UTC)
I replied at length in email. But...

A little-known fact about Fiona: I've been to the House on the Rock.
Jan. 3rd, 2002 07:37 pm (UTC)

The closest I've ever been to a roadside attraction is, I think, the big apple, a shop that sells apple products, and has a giant steel apple (two stories high) out front.
Jan. 3rd, 2002 08:22 pm (UTC)
That's definitely a roadside attraction. Probably sacred to Johnny Appleseed. :-)

You-all need to come do a summer driving tour of the midwest, we could find all kinds of roadside attractions for you. In fact, maybe I'll do that regardless. Sounds like fun.

Kay-ro Illinois is not far from here, either.
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