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    American Gods?

    Post by Josh on 11/03/10, 01:26 am

    This might be more properly included in another section, as this is by no means canonical even in our game, just something that had been discussed by several of us previously. In keeping with the skeptical view we're taking towards the gods, as representations and archetypes, a few conversations have turned to what exactly it takes to form a new pantheon. Alongside that discussion, I know at least me, Tuck and Zari talked about the idea of, essentially the 20th century American pantheon, the modern legends. This what we came up with.

    First off, it really helped coming up with at least the concept of the American pantheon's purview, what defined them as a whole. While the Yankee Pantheon in The Scion Companion has Industry, we decided that legends of America in the 20th century lend themselves more to the idea (and the name rip-off) True Grit. Its the embodiment of the blustering, larger-than-life attitude those legends seem to espouse. Essentially, as long as you can bullshit your way through it and you look awesome, for good or ill, you can manage it.

    Anyway, these are the 'gods' we came up with:

    Elvis - The King, obviously, god of music and really the embodiment of celebrity
    JFK - the Martyred King, god of leadership and politics
    Jacqueline Kennedy - the Widowed Queen, goddess of women
    Marilyn Monroe - seemed only fitting with JFK, goddess of Hollywood and the power of sex appeal
    John Wayne - honestly, he's essentially the god of manliness, at least as envisioned in his time and still a lot today
    Richard Nixon - the dark side of power, this pantheon's Set, god of secrets and conspiracy
    Babe Ruth - have to give credit to Pail for this one, but he's the god of sports
    Chaplin/Kaufman/Carlin- the triple-aspected god of comedy and social gadflies
    Patton - the god of war, obviously
    Edison- the god of invention
    Ford - the god of industry

    Obviously not a full write-up by any means, but just something that seemed fun to play around with. Kit, Ella and I also discussed the concept of a Disney (proto-)pantheon, but I'll come back to that at a later date. Just felt like getting this up while i remembered it.
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    Post by Josh on 11/03/10, 01:44 am

    Quick reply, as I forgot to mention this, but it bothers me that there are only two goddesses in this pantheon, and they are both connected to one of the gods. Whether this is a product of 20th century American focus on masculine celebrity, latent sexism on my part (hopefully not), or merely oversight, I can't say. That said, I'd love if people could throw in some more goddesses for this pantheon.
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    Post by Queenofinsanity6 on 11/03/10, 01:57 am

    If we want to include historical figures, I've got a few potentials

    Susan B Anthony-Goddess of Empowerment
    Sojourner Truth- Goddess of Freedom
    Florence Nightingale- Goddess of Medicine

    It seems like a good place for a goddess would be love, but I can't think of someone appropriate for the life of me
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    Post by Kitrazzle on 11/03/10, 02:15 am

    Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Shirley Temple, Amelia Earhart, Emily Dickinson, Julia Child, Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Keller, Georgia O'Keefe, Sacagawea. No idea what the purviews would be, though.
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    Post by Queenofinsanity6 on 11/03/10, 02:20 am

    OOOOOH
    Shirley Temple- Goddess of Children
    Emily Dickinson- Goddess of Creativity
    Helen Keller- Goddess of the handicapped
    Sagagawea- Goddess of exploration
    Amelia Earhart- Goddess of... something. Not sure what, but I love the idea of using her for something
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    Post by Josh on 11/03/10, 03:30 am

    Oh, this reminds me, I thought of two others:

    Martin Luther King, Jr.- god of equality and vision
    Cesar Chavez - god of the common man
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    Post by elanya on 11/03/10, 08:30 am

    D: Shirley Temple as a Goddess of children is terrifying. Have you ever seen any of her skits? D: D: D:

    Anyway, you need Martha Stewart as a goddess of the modern domestic home.

    Also, Optimus Prime.
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    Post by Queenofinsanity6 on 11/03/10, 03:25 pm

    Since when is Martha Stewart a goddess of anything but awfulness?
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    Post by elanya on 11/03/10, 05:53 pm

    It doesn't need to be true, it just needs to be believe by the masses.

    She and Oprah practically have cults anyway, they are probably legitimate inclusions.
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    Post by Kitrazzle on 11/03/10, 06:23 pm

    I'm not sure if we should have living people in the pantheon.
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    Post by Queenofinsanity6 on 12/03/10, 09:55 am

    It does seem a little odd
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    Re: American Gods?

    Post by Zari on 15/03/10, 11:13 am

    Could we have FRANK from ACCOUNTING?
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    Re: American Gods?

    Post by tuck on 15/03/10, 12:14 pm

    We should include Phil, Prince of Insufficient Light.

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