King Gessar is an Buddhist culture hero (much like Arthur is for Christianity) with a living tradition of recitation. Dedicated storytellers, singers, and dancers have been revising and retelling his epics throughout central Asia. The fabled king has been slaying demons and monsters since he was 3 days old and dispatching their souls to the Buddhist spirit realms from which they will eventually be reborn to try and better their state of existence. Continue reading
Something has shifted in Asgard. Odin is now on the move, and his Valkyries are riding and breakneck speed to lay claim to the souls of those lost in battle. Is the twilight of the gods at hand, or is there some other offensive that Odin requires the additional troops for? Is it even Odin, or has his blood brother Loki played some trick upon the Valkyries?
In any case, few angels are comfortable with pagan gods moving about the mortal real so freely and in such numbers.
Nora Fox is a Red Riding Hood, no longer a child but not yet a woman. Gayle Vat is a Bad Wolf in good standing with the Lupine’s Malevolent Society. The pair are currently shacked up because Nora needs a family right now and doesn’t know that many people in the waking world. Gayle is going along with it because shes thinks Nora is cute, she’s a bit of a chaser, and she could use some help with rent. Neither expect the arrangement to work out in the long run (they both know the story they come from), but for now they have an uneasy truce. Continue reading
Iris has always been a goddess of the rainbow and a courier for the Olympian gods – and since Hermies went incommunicado her role as messenger has become even more important. She also serves as a cup bearer for the leader of the pantheon (currently Athena) and is known to also run messages for her parents Thaumas and Elektra (spirits of the sea and clouds respectively). Continue reading
“Key” is one of several dozen spirits of The Black Bloc. They have been proliferating since the strategy was first introduced in 1970’s Germany. Each spirit of the Black Bloc tends to incorporate an Element of Struggle, an Element of Society, and the Element of Darkness, though the exact mix varies from spirit to spirit.
Unfortunately, something has changed recently and The Black Bloc has started to be seen as singular body rather than a tactic adopted by diverse groups of individuals. The end effect is that the gestalt Spirits have been forced into an Assumption war.
The world is all alone in a vast void, give it what light and warmth you can.
Although he is billions of years old, Galgaliel remains a child. He has never really had the sorts of interactions which might cause him to mature – his corona is too dangerous for prolonged trips to earth, and most angels have little cause to visit him. Continue reading
I had not originally intended to revisit the world of Paranoia so soon, but given the warm reception Roy G. Biv received, an encore seems in order.
What is Alpha Complex?
Alpha Complex is the setting of the Paranoia RPG. It is a sprawling technological dystopia run by
tyrannical benevelent AI system that wants nothing more than for its drones citizens to live drugged happy obedient productive lives. Continue reading
Anansi the Spider comes from the Akan. He is the spirit of knowledge and stories and remains one of the more important characters in West African and Caribbean folklore.
The Akan people come from what is now Ghana, but the Atlantic slave trade spread his stories to the West Indies, Suraname, Sierra Leon, and the Netherland Antilles. From there they spread even further through the Americas – sometimes remaining distinct, and sometimes merging with Bantu and indigenous American stories of similar nature.
Anansi himself is a trickster who uses pranks, cunning, and confidence games to get his way rather than brute strength.
It should be noted that this version of Anansi is based on the Anansi tales that have been popularized in America, and should not be considered an accurate reflection of the character from Akan religion.
Roy is a Ethereal refugee from BIV Sector of the Alpha Complex (a totalitarian yet comedic dream realm run by an all powerful AI). In hir home domain, Roy holds down a mid-level security clearance – something xe marks by only wearing green outfits, typically jumpsuits. Continue reading
Common wisdom holds that Ethereals who look like angels either vanish or become angels. The Erotes are the Symphony’s most notable exception. These Greek deities are tied to feelings of love and romance and resemble nothing so much as winged youths. Continue reading