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Monster Analysis: Orthax the Vengeful Shadow Demon
  • Encounter Appearance: 35 Denouement
  • AC 21 (decreased by Daylight)
  • Speed 30 ft, Fly 30 ft
  • Darkvision 120 ft, passive 11
  • Vulnerable to radiant damage (MM, appears to be unimplemented)
  • Resistant to acid, fire, necrotic, thunder, and nonmagical physical weapons
  • Immune to lightning, cold, and poison damage
  • Immune to prone, restrained, grappled, paralyzed, exhaustion, petrified, and poisoned
  • Textbook Shadow Demon average/max HP: 66, 108
  • 353 taken (~406 with radiant vulnerability), 44 combined HDYWTDT by Grog and Trinket

This encounter was a lot of fun to research and break down. It’s great to see where Matt took inspiration, modifying its abilities and personality to turn a low-level monster into a terrible fiend that both haunted Percy’s thoughts and provided a decent challenge for the drained party.

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Greek Wolfology

Saw yet another Greek Wolfology mashup and I’m a HUGE mythology geek, so I (yet again) put way too much thought into whether or not I agree. For the most part I disagree with the usual role matchups, Peter/Hades, Stiles/Apollo Sheriff/Zeus Chris/Ares etc.

Here are my feelings on the subject -

Zeus > Chris Argent The only thing Zeus is remembered for is his womanizing, so at first glance he doesn’t fit Chris. However, he was also the ‘Lord of Justice’ and acted as a peacemaker, upholding the law and defining the rules of morality for everyone. He saw the evils in his father’s rule and took down the entire Titanomacy, rebuilding and recreating the kingdom of immortals from the ground up, focusing on keeping the balance of the entire Olympian Pantheon. He was strong and imposing and everything hinged on his verdicts. He was primarily a protector but would unhesitatingly smite the fuck out of anyone who deserved it. Judge, jury and executioner.

Hera > Victoria Even Zeus feared her temper and bent to her will without being able to stand up to her. Known for cold, implacable fury. She was a majestic, solemn goddess who was ruler over marriage, but had very little to do with love. Her worship far outdated any male deity and she is considered one of the original female powers. Her depiction as a jealous shrew was an attempt to lessen her and submit the previously powerful female figure to the dominance of men. The Greeks were some of the first to worship the male as more powerful than the female, much like Victoria lost her power to Gerard and was eventually killed by Chris.

Hades > Sheriff Stilinski This is probably a surprise, but Hades was a really laid back guy most of the time. He stayed in the underworld and kept out of things until someone pissed him off. Most of the terrible things he’s remembered to have done were actually Persephone. (I have so many Hadinski feels that he has to live without his wife) He was loyal to his wife, even in her absence. He was actually one of the fairest and most just of the gods, known to be somber and dignified and work oriented. Also, he had nothing to do with death/dying (that was Thanos) he just ruled the dead. There are several myths where, when a god or hero actually made the effort to travel to Hades, he would give permission for a dead soul to return to life.

Poseidon > Peter Moodiest, greediest, most vengeful god on Olympus. He loved throwing earthquakes and tidal waves at those who upset him. He spent 8 years plaguing Odysseus for killing the Cyclops. Tried a few times to overthrow Zeus. Most of his myths involve schemes to edge out the other gods and expand his domain. 'Nuff said.

Dionysus > Stiles The god of wine, madness, hallucination, homosexuality and effeminacy. He alternated periods of deep profound meditation with maddened frenzies and revelry. He’s sometimes laid-back and called a 'joy-god’ but he is also known to be unbelievable cruel. He wandered wherever he wanted and any king who objected to his presence was driven completely insane (sometimes their whole families or their entire country was as well) to unbelievably bloody effect. He’s two-sided and unpredictable, showing both the heights of greatest potential and the darkest danger of harm to ourselves and others, very much like Stiles. People tend to gloss over how vindictive he can be. He was however, one of the few gods to be faithful and respectful to his wife.

Artemis > Allison I feel like this is overdone b/c of the archery but it’s deeper than that. Goddess of hunting, wilderness and sudden death, protector of young women. Artemis was very confident and prone to losing herself in her impulsive vengeful rages. She only truly loved one man and was tricked into killing him, much like Gerard tried to do. She brought sudden death to infants, girls and women, her role as protector had another side as she was also the instrument of their destruction.

Apollo > Jackson The original overachiever, literally the golden son of the pantheon. Disgustingly good at everything and never humble about it. Hated being shown up at anything and took vicious revenge for it every time (once skinned a satyr that played better music than him and gave the judge permanent donkey ears). Wicked jealous streak. Hated the intermingling of mortals and gods, felt that they should 'know their place’. His symbols were wolves and snakes.

Hestia > Danny Quiet, respectful, kind and forgiving, friendly. Even with all their infighting, raging tempers and bitter jealousies everyone liked Hestia. She was worshiped at EVERY temple, regardless of who it was dedicated to.

Hephaestus > Derek Lonely, injured god often shunned and abused by the other gods, he was cast out of Olympus. Not being very social, he quickly gave up on being treated better and just wanted to be left alone to try and create something in his forges. He is known to be strong and dependable, he was a god of fire and could not be burned. Married off to a slightly unwilling Aphrodite, he was often miserable as she slept around on him despite his loyal and faithful love. I have strong Derephaestus feelings. Fun fact, Hera conceived Hephaestus with the use of an herb without any male help, I can totally see Talia doing something like that.

Eris > Kate Discord, strife, contention and rivalry, sinister and mean, her greatest joy is to make trouble. She haunts battlefields and delights in insatiable bloodshed.

Aphrodite > Isaac Hedonistic goddess of love, sex and beauty. Mercurial, meddling and weak willed. (I love Isaac, but his loyalty is very wishy-washy) Loved adorning herself with elegant, highly fashionable clothing, she was never seen without her girdle. (*cough* scarf *cough*) Stuck in arranged marriage with Hephaestus (Derek) but not loyal to him. Had many lovers of all persuasions and was very sexually free. Lover not a fighter.

Ares > Liam God of war, rage, courage and manliness, but also of fear and cowardice. Although well trained he represented not the strategy of war, but frenzied bloodlust and close quartered combat. He acted on primal and primitive instinct and actually lost more often than he won. As a child he was captured and kept in a jar, almost losing his mind until Hermes (Scott) rescued him. Had a hard time connecting with the other Olympians and didn’t make allies easily, but would often jump into hopeless fights he couldn’t win in defense of those few he cared about. Very straight forward he never used trickery and thus fell for it constantly.

Hermes > Scott God of hospitality, diplomacy, persuasion, protector of the home and guard dogs. Known as the ambassador of the gods for his persuasive negotiation skills, also the protector of sacrificial animals, shepherds and travelers. Given many responsibilities by Zeus due to his trustworthiness, even Hades liked him enough to give him a free pass to travel the underworld. Found two snakes in mortal combat and convinced them to reach a peaceful solution, they wound themselves around his staff and live forever in perfect harmony. He has helped almost every god at one time or another.

Athena > Lydia Goddess of wise council, reasoning, war strategy and defense, the arts, military victory, mathematics and skill (artistic/lingual/craftsmanship/etc). She was born in full armor and is companion to and patron of heroes. She taught humanity the skills of shipbuilding, navigation, agriculture and metallurgy, she also invented the chariot, the bridle, the pot, the trumpet, the flute, the rake, the plow and the yoke. Basically everyone is useless without her and she knows everything about everything. She is rarely the aggressor in her disagreements and uses her skills in wars of defense.