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July 10th, 2007


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01:43 pm - Caucasian Adventures
There was a recent Story Games thread, Caucasian Adventures! -- which sprang out as a take-off of supplements like D&D's Oriental Adventures, along with various other fantasy worlds that try to evoke the flavor of a culture without actually being accurate. The thread was launched by Daniel Solis' inspired cover illustration:


I didn't start the thread, but my main contribution was the gods, as follows:

So rather than try to write something up completely, here are some of my thoughts on Caucasian mythology. Now, it's important to remember that in reality, Caucasians aren't actually all one culture. Actually, they don't even speak the same language! Thus, "Caucasian" mythology will actually a mix of different sources. But I think to have playable PC clerics, we need to simplify.

One thing which not many people know is that the word "Caucasian" comes from the Caucasus mountains in Europe. This regions had a fascination for most of the Caucasians, and it was where one of their important gods, Prometheus, comes from.

So, let's take some prominent gods:

Prometheus - God of Progress

The god who brought fire to mankind and furthered technology. He can also take the form of an eagle, and that is used as a symbol for many of the Caucasians. As an eagle, he can throw arrows from his claws -- this is a symbol of the power of progress, and the Caucasians still use this symbol today.

The Mighty Thor - God of Strength

One of their popular gods, he wears a winged helmet and flies using a magic hammer. He is also known as "The Avenger", and his followers as "The Avengers".

Santa Claus - God of Wealth

He generally appears as a jovial fat man dressed in red, and he has a flying sleigh and a enormous bag full of valuable stuff. He lives in the frozen north of Caucasian, where he has armies of elven servants.

Venus - Goddess of Beauty

She is known by several names, including Aprodite ("ah pro dit") and Marilyn Monroe. She is also the goddess of the sea, and is often associated with beaches and the sea. She rides in a giant clamshell that can appear anywhere from the sea.

Jesus - God of the Sun

He is often pictured with a glowing light coming from him, and his holy day is "Sunday". Sometimes he is simply called the Sun God. He is closely associated with Santa Claus, and on his holy day his followers will dress in their most expensive clothes and gather to compare who has the finest.

I think that's sufficient for the moment. We need to give them their spell domains, I guess.

Now, before going too far in the comments, let me say that my wife is actually Caucasian, and I talked to her about this before posting even this draft -- cf. her comments. I don't have anything against Caucasians, and I'm trying to take into account the concerns of real Caucasians in here.

However, remember that this is a game. It's not supposed to be historically accurate. This is mythic Caucasia, not historical Europe or America. I just want to convey the feel of Caucasian culture in broad strokes.
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From:chris_goodwin
Date:July 10th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
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For what it's worth, I thought it was frickin' hilarious.
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From:thebitterguy
Date:July 10th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
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I laughed so hard tears ran from my eyes.
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From:lpsmith
Date:July 10th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Now, before going too far in the comments, let me say that my wife is actually Caucasian, and I talked to her about this before posting even this draft -- cf. her comments. I don't have anything against Caucasians, and I'm trying to take into account the concerns of real Caucasians in here.

This is the best part of the whole post.
From:vito_excalibur
Date:July 10th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely.
From:luckymarty
Date:July 10th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
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It strikes me that 7th Sea is rather closely analogous to Oriental Adventures, actually.
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From:rob_donoghue
Date:July 10th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
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Your neglect of Lexus, god of travel, will not go unpunished!
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From:meowpurrr
Date:August 9th, 2011 12:15 pm (UTC)
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In Caucasia he's called Škoda.
From:codexarcanum
Date:July 10th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Oh man, one of the funniest things I've read in a long time, going to check the thread right now. Hilarious.
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From:revena
Date:July 10th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
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I have such a big crush on your brain.
From:immlass
Date:July 11th, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
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The goddess of beauty has many avatars, like Estee Lauder and Mary Kay.
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From:princejvstin
Date:July 11th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
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Beauty *should* have many faces.
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From:jimboboz
Date:July 11th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
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This is brilliant. But my question is: are you brave enough to post this on therpgsite? 'Cos I am, but it's your thing :D
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From:judd_sonofbert
Date:July 11th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
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This is great stuff.

Some of my best friends are caucasions and the setting material is very authentic.
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From:sim_james
Date:July 11th, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)

My character. Let me show you it.

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Elvis Svendottor
3rd-level GI Joe, 13th-level cleric of Jesus

He has a +3 Swiss yacht!
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From:edda
Date:July 14th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)

Re: My character. Let me show you it.

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Bwahahaha!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 11th, 2007 10:52 am (UTC)

Languages in Caucasian Adventures

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This sounds like an excellent supplement, especially for those GMs and players who are unfamiliar with Caucasian culture.

As for languages, I do think that some detail is needed. Just like a serious Oriental setting will have more than one language (often Japanese and Chinese, with everyhing else being regarded as tinily irrelevant), a Caucasian setting should have Germanic and Romance as its two only important languages. Things like regional dialects can be ignored completely.

Or for a slightly cinematic feel, just make English the lingua franca. It's close enough in most of Europe, and even more so in north America.

Also if setting the campaign in Europe, remember that (as a sweeping generalization, completely ignoring places like Poland and Ireland and Poland and the Vatican and Poland), people take religion much less seriously than they do in Asia or in north America. It's more "local colour" than it is anything that matters. Which, come to think of it, probably means that D&D3 would be a good system, at least for that aspect of the setting.

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Peter Knutsen
sagatafl.org
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From:3countylaugh
Date:July 11th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
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I think you missed a very important recent introduction into Caucasia:
Celtica the goddess of bards & drinking green beer and her lesser known consort Pat. They celebrate the spring with the festival of bagpipes, green beer and the great bards Enya & Loreana McKinnet.
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From:librisia
Date:July 13th, 2007 11:48 am (UTC)
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FYI: I am married to bar_sinister

This is fucking INSPIRED. I am lmao.
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From:edda
Date:July 14th, 2007 03:16 am (UTC)
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You are made of WIN and AWESOME. +20, even.

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