Also. It might just be me, but Torhu the Destroyer sounds a little bit like the Summoning Dark.
Believe it or not, that wasn’t intentional on my part. (Though subconsciously…yeah. I wouldn’t be surprised.)
There is a modified Discworld line in this fic, though. ;) Bonus points to anyone who spots it.
(And….now I’m imagining the final showdown with Palpatine in some SW/Discworld fusion universe. Palps is expecting his broken down current apprentice, the boy who will shortly be his new apprentice, and the girl Vader’s bringing as collateral. What he gets is three Skywalkers and…something else.
A deep and terrible darkness consumes everything in the room, but it’s not like any darkness Palpatine has ever known. This darkness is alive. It’s breathing.
The emergency lights flicker on. Palpatine finds that his guards are sprawled out on the floor, dead. Their bodies form a pattern, something almost like a distorted skull, almost but not quite like Vader’s mask.
Vader doesn’t look cowed. Skywalker doesn’t look afraid. Actually, neither of them are looking at Palpatine at all. They’re both looking at the girl.
There’s something ancient and terrible in her face. Something older than the dead hearts of stars, and far hungrier.
Her eyes stare unblinking at Palpatine, and he can see them burning.
“Who are you?” he asks, and tells himself that what he feels is not fear.
The girl speaks in a voice like the last echo of the heat death of universes. “I am Alderaan,” she says. “I am the dead who do not forget.” She steps forward, and Palpatine steps back. “I am vengeance.”)
The army was sent back to Asgard immediately, but The Warriors, Thor, Loki and Alexia remained for a time after, something Alexia was none too pleased over. She was still sitting down on the grass, surveying the damage that had been done when her father came over to her, Loki had gone to discuss a matter with Thor. ‘So you…’
Could I get a list of example characters from popular fiction of each of the classes, and how their character arc represents it? For example, beyond Robin Hood, I can't really think of anyone who is definitely a Rogue and not something else, and I can't really think of any Pages at all. On the other hand there are tons of Heirs, Magi, Knights, Muses, Princes, and even Bards and Maids to use as examples of what a given class looks like in practice. I just feel horribly biased right now.
Minor disclaimer: my idea of “popular fiction” after three years of literary I Don’t Even Know consists of Disney movies, webcomics, Undertale, the occasional anime, a couple of TV shows, and quite a few books, including the Harry Potter series. I’m going to stay away from the more niche books (like the Gone series or anything by Darren Shan) in order to keep this list as accessible as possible.
What are all the variant names you use for Persephone?
In order of appearance in the book:
Kore: from HHtD, meaning ‘maiden’ or ‘girl’
Persephone: also from HHtD. It’s real meaning has largely been lost to the ages (unlike her husband, as Āïdēs means Unseen One), but the leading theory is that it is pre-Mycenaean or untranslated Mycenaean. From close matches to Linear B, perse- means destroyer, and -phone is voices. The one who silences men’s voices: the goddess of the dead. But another name, Persephassa or Perephatta, has the destroyer prefix, and it is theorized that the suffix means ‘light’, therefor, Destroyer of Light, or She Who Destroys the Light.
Praxidike: from Orphic Hymn 29, meaning ‘exacted of justice’.
The Iron Queen: from the Odyssey, the honorific used by Odysseus when addressing her.
Despoina: in Arcadian myth she was ‘The Maiden’, and in their mythology she was the daughter of Poseidon. She is often identified as a separate goddess, but her similarity to Persephone is uncanny, and the Arcadian and Eleusinian cults were very similar.
Related Mediterranean chthonic deities: Ereshkigal: Sumerian goddess of the underworld Nephthys: Egyptian goddess of mourning Isis: Egyptian wife of Osiris, goddess of the cycle of death and rebirth
Aristi Chthonia: the best of the chthonic deities. An epithet used in Ancient Greece to indirectly refer to Persephone, as ancients did not want to speak her real name and summon the Destroyer.
Wanakt-ja: Archaic Mycenaean for ‘Queen’, the closest word we can get to actual Minoan.
Sotiera: Savior, a common cult title for Persephone in the Eleusinian Mysteries
Anessa: Queen in Ancient Greece, feminization of Anax
Metra: would be ‘mitera’ in modern greek for Mother, but I used the Ancient Greek pronunciation. edit: I grabbed the word ‘metra’ from ‘Demetra’ on one website, but found out that it means ‘uterus’ in modern greek. *headsmack* oh well… things to focus on in the rewrite…… edit 2: just found what I was referencing!… in the Classical period, Demeter’s name was spelled Δήμητρα, which is where I got Demetra (Dimitra?) Hot damn, I really need to learn Greek….
Thea: literally, Goddess
Karpophoros: bringer of fruit, i.e., the Goddess of Spring