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6 months 4 weeks ago - 6 months 4 weeks ago #67219 by Schol-R-LEA
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OK, I'll admit that the character idea for Iron Curtain goes back to a Champions campaign I was in circa 1990; at the time, my idea was that her granddaughter was to be one of the characters I was going to play, but the idea never got fleshed out.

In this concept as I have worked it out currently, Natalie Pavlovna Commenska had begun her service as Stalin's bodyguard in 1940 at the age of 16; she was too confused by her newfound powers, and too intimidated by the NKVD, to refuse, even if she had wanted to (given that her mother was Ukrainian, she was under some suspicion of being less than perfectly loyal, but Beria had personally managed to put the fear of the State into her... among other things :-(). Officially, she was to be his stenographer, with her ability to create an opaque hemispherical force field of up to 700 meters in diameter and capable of withstanding an explosive force of 15000Kg of TNT kept as a state secret. After Stalin's death, she continued to serve Khrushchev, Brezhnev, and finally Andropov; however, rumors of her real role and powers had reached Western analysts by the early 1960s, and shortly after Chernenko took office, his personal dislike of her led to her being, ah, encouraged to retire. She died in 1996.

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6 months 3 weeks ago - 6 months 3 weeks ago #67226 by Schol-R-LEA
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OK, so we really don't know much about Aillen the Burner aside from the fact that he could put an entire castle to sleep with his singing, and that he breathed fire. Still, what if he had a reason for burning down Tara every Samhain? Say, something to do with yet another arranged marriage, which the king had failed to uphold (maybe because he knew that the mortal bride would become the septennial Tiend later on)? Unwanted arranged marriages are not exactly an unknown theme in Celtic mythology, after all, while the whole Tam Lin/Corn King theme of someone being feted and temporarily uplifted to royal/quasi-divine status as payment for them later being a human sacrifice appears in many, many different cultures.

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6 months 3 weeks ago #67230 by null0trooper
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Schol-R-LEA wrote: OK, so we really don't know much about Aillen the Burner aside from the fact that he could put an entire castle to sleep with his singing, and that he breathed fire.


How well might his persistence pay off at Whateley?

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6 months 3 weeks ago #67288 by null0trooper
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For a minute I was asking myself why Archon and Esoteric would be getting involved in a fight with the Lit Chix?
But "Vicky is short for Victory", so I'll just point out that Weaver is dark-skinned.

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6 months 3 weeks ago - 6 months 3 weeks ago #67322 by Schol-R-LEA
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null0trooper wrote: For a minute I was asking myself why Archon and Esoteric would be getting involved in a fight with the Lit Chix?
But "Vicky is short for Victory", so I'll just point out that Weaver is dark-skinned.

Are you suggesting that Weaver is actually Simone - or perhaps Simone's spirit? I'm not sure I see the connection.

Or maybe you're suggesting that Weaver might make more sense as the host of Grandmother Spider, rather than Arachne, which is plausible I suppose.

TBH, I originally made that connection in an earlier micro , because I wanted another Paladin character who would stop a prank war between Sun Wukong, Coyote, Raven, and Hermes (Tracer). I had thought to throw Anansi into the pranking originally but decided against it, then it occurred to me that a spider spirit which wasn't a trickster archetype would be the right one to end the insanity. Since few places are as associated with spiders as Down Under, I looked up Dreamtime spirits and found Grandmother Spider, at which point I remembered that Arachne was also from Australia, so it just fell into place.

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6 months 2 weeks ago #67323 by null0trooper
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Schol-R-LEA wrote:

null0trooper wrote: For a minute I was asking myself why Archon and Esoteric would be getting involved in a fight with the Lit Chix?
But "Vicky is short for Victory", so I'll just point out that Weaver is dark-skinned.

Are you suggesting that Weaver is actually Simone - or perhaps Simone's spirit? I'm not sure I see the connection.

Or maybe you're suggesting that Weaver might make more sense as the host of Grandmother Spider, rather than Arachne, which is plausible I suppose.


Arachne can't easily host both Arachne and Grandmother Spider, now can she? Especially when Grandmother Spider is the North American "Aboriginal" totem?

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6 months 2 weeks ago - 6 months 2 weeks ago #67324 by Schol-R-LEA
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null0trooper wrote:

Schol-R-LEA wrote:

null0trooper wrote: For a minute I was asking myself why Archon and Esoteric would be getting involved in a fight with the Lit Chix?
But "Vicky is short for Victory", so I'll just point out that Weaver is dark-skinned.

Are you suggesting that Weaver is actually Simone - or perhaps Simone's spirit? I'm not sure I see the connection.

Or maybe you're suggesting that Weaver might make more sense as the host of Grandmother Spider, rather than Arachne, which is plausible I suppose.


Arachne can't easily host both Arachne and Grandmother Spider, now can she? Especially when Grandmother Spider is the North American "Aboriginal" totem?


I was pretty sure I had read about a Grandmother Spider from Australian myth, entirely separate from the Native American figures of the same (translated) name (plural, as the name is applied to several unrelated myths from different Native American groups), but now I can't find the references to that. Damn it; I must have been mistaken about that.

As for Whateley!Arachne, she isn't the host for the mythological Arachne (who was a mortal woman, after all, rather than a spirit or deity - not impossible, since we've seen things like Shine and so forth, but unlikely). The canon is that she hosts an 'ordinary', unnamed spider spirit; my idea was that she'd been using that as a cover story to hide that fact that she was bonded with a more significant being than the records indicated.

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6 months 2 weeks ago #67325 by null0trooper
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Schol-R-LEA wrote: As for Whateley!Arachne, she isn't the host for the mythological Arachne (who was a mortal woman, after all, rather than a spirit or deity.


The story of Arachne is quite well known, and spirits can take on folkloric or mythic templates.

Besides, no one ever said that the original was transformed into a mortal spider. The Olympians did favor permanent solutions when they could engineer them.

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6 months 2 weeks ago #67330 by Schol-R-LEA
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Fair enough.

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6 months 2 weeks ago #67336 by Schol-R-LEA
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/me flees before anyone can start groaning at that reference

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