Dumb UPG categorizing idea I've been playing with...
This is super hella unfinished and untested and not at all meant as a jab at anyone’s beliefs, just an idea I had and have been turning over in my head, so nobody freak out, okay? Deal? Deal. I’m mainly posting this for feedback and as an interesting HYPOTHETICAL idea, NOT a real set of Real True Guidelines.
So I was thinking, what if there was a scale for categorizing how close to or far from lore your UPG is? Like some kind of general, unified way to rate how unusual it is. Is it a useful idea…yeah, probably not, but look I just really like categories, don’t judge me.
So here is the rough rough rough outline of what I was thinking. (Examples are off the top of my head, more or less, and may be flippant as shit, sorry not sorry.)
5 - Your UPG matches known lore. This isn’t even UPG. This is just lore. Examples: Thor has a hammer. The Pope is Catholic. Bears shit in the woods.
4 - Your UPG mostly matches lore, with superficial differences. You’re probably fine and just experiencing a slightly different ‘face’ of the entity in question. Examples: Lucifer has appeared to you as female-presenting. Sekhmet also likes red wine.
3 - Your UPG sort of matches lore, with moderate differences. It doesn’t really conflict, but it doesn’t really jive 100% either. This calls for some research and talking to others to find out if this is a shared experience, just an unusual fluke, or something else. Most 'modern’ experiences with ancient gods would probably fall into this, just because we have a lot of things and concepts that weren’t even imagined back then. Examples: Hermes is also a god of the Internet. Lilith is associated with moths. Loki is a trans* deity.
2 - Your UPG doesn’t match up well with known lore; there are major differences. Honestly, an isolated instance of this probably isn’t enough to scuttle a whole practice, but it is a call to reconfirm who you’re dealing with and your knowledge of their known lore, and examine why you’re experiencing this entity differently. Examples: [okay I’m drawing a blank here]
1 - Your UPG directly contradicts known lore. Danger, Will Robinson. You might be dealing with an impostor entity or most likely your own sockpuppets. Proceed with extreme caution and fact-checking, if you decide to even proceed at all – which you might really want to reconsider. Examples: Hekate is a loving, cuddly mother goddess. Zeus is a paragon of marital fidelity. Bast actually dislikes cats.
N/A - Your UPG is not corroborated, positively or negatively, by any lore. Dealing with entities not referenced by any known material, or working with them in capacities they were not historically associated with, can cause this. It is not necessarily bad (animism is necessarily going to have a ton of it). It just means you’re on your own and need to exercise a lot of discernment and comparing notes, either with others if there are any, or your own notes over time. Examples: Apples and sugar lumps are acceptable offerings to Slepnir. You meet a variety of fairy not found in any stories. The huge old tree in the park houses a nature spirit.
Like I said, really rough, and likely not useful, buuuuuuuut I just really like numbering shit. It makes my brainmeats happy. I am also amusing myself with mental images of people screaming “LOOK OUT, INCOMING CATEGORY ONE UPG!! TAKE COVER!!” and hiding under tables, so, that’s about how seriously I am treating this…