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PostSubject: Re: Pendorian Religion   24.05.13 5:20

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or example, how would a Greek philosopher look at the Scandinavian gods and decide who is evil and who is not. It is an entirely different perspective. Apply it to Pendor, how would a "heretic" decide whether Azi Dehaka is evil or not?

Many things could happen, among which:

- See the foreign gods as another aspect of their own. This is what is called the Interpretatio Romana. So the "new" gods are basically the same as the Roman ones.

- Consider one's gods are those truly good and shun everything foreign as dangerous. This seems to be really common.

- Incorporate elements from the new gods into one's existing religion. So after contact with Christianism, Buddhism began to worship the Buddha a god, a big change in the religious system. This element was not present in earlier Buddhism, since, technically, a Buddha is not necessarily a god (nor a human).


The tricky thing with Pendor is that the gods there manifest themselves, so human interpretation is not as important as in Earth and there's not much room for theories. What if your heretic says Azi Dahaka is another aspect of Erica Occisor, then suddenly is visited by a demon telling him to shut up, because that's not true? That's totally possible in a world where gods give bows to strangers.


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There is a Pendorian war god, but we are forbidden to discuss it now at risk of giving massive spoilers about our current story. Dudes, you're only at the prologue!


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PostSubject: Re: Pendorian Religion   24.05.13 5:30

Actually for the lore of Pendor, Erida Occisor is not inherently evil, she is just childlike. The heretics worship her, and make her happy so she rewards them in the only way she knows how. That the rest of Pendor (and the Order of the Dawn most specifically) view this as "wrong" leads to them being outcast from society.

They then have to turn to violence to survive, and the evil myth just spreads.

@ Evedas : Churchill famously said "History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it", I think that sums up your revelation rather well Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Pendorian Religion   24.05.13 5:38

Well it is true that history is written by the winner. Well since it can give spoilers, let just drop the topic and talk about how will you plan your summer trip!

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PostSubject: Re: Pendorian Religion   28.05.13 13:18

Question for Mordred: do you think Skyrim can be read as a retelling of Norse mythology? What triggered my curiosity was the realization that Alduin, in my mind, is remarkably similar to Jormungandr.

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PostSubject: Re: Pendorian Religion   28.05.13 13:23

*Scolds Saeros for believing in Skyrim's retcons!*

Alduin is Akatosh. Alduin is watching Akatosh watching Alduin watching back! Lorkhan is also Akatosh, but in a much more metaphorical way. (Still literal for TES, but, /shrug!)

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PostSubject: Re: Pendorian Religion   28.05.13 13:36



Said my old professor of Greek mythology.

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PostSubject: Re: Pendorian Religion   28.05.13 14:06

Except for TES. Instead it's the conglomerate of a dozen copies that have been copied from copies and thrown in a blender with a bit of awesomesauce.

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