Lore Ipsum: Greek God cycle part 2
Hello! Today i’ll be showing off the last 7 cards from my Greek God cycle.
You may have noticed this is a very tight cycle, that is, one with a lot of things in common.
All of them cost 6 mana. Since i’m making these in the classic style, i imagine that would ordinarily give us a 5/5 vanilla; all the power/toughness values were derived from that assumption and adjusted according to the mechanics.
Most of them also have both an activated and a non-activated ability – the exceptions being Hestia, but only because of how that specific mechanic was worded back when, and Ares who felt more at home this way.
Let’s get to the cards, then.
Hermes, Messenger of the Gods, would have gotten haste if it wasn’t taken already. I chose to focus on his symbols, namely his winged sandals and cap, to give him flying. The tapper ability can be seen as outrunning a foe to confusion but really it was strictly to fit the color. White is the secondary color of fliers and is a bit of a color dump here.
Athena, Goddess of Knowledge and Strategy, is my favorite and in my opinion the most flavorful of the bunch. White represents defensive tactics and blue represents wisdom.
Ares, God of War and Violence, a proud warrior who instills bloodlust in others. Black and Red are meant to represent violence at its most base, needlessly gory form.
Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Lust is somewhat similar to Dionysius. Where his Green/Red was meant to represent carnal pleasure, Aphrodite’s Blue/Red tries to reflect a more psychological lust, a bewitchment that is represented in her ability (the non-activated “ability” was kind of a cheat).
Hephaestus, Blacksmith of the Gods, master of the fiery forge represented by the color Red.
Demeter, Goddess of Harvest and Nature, the color Green in general. Plainswalk was added as a nod to her dominion over agriculture and wheat as her symbol, but mainly to finish the landwalking cycle.
Hestia, Goddess of Domesticity and the Hearth, invites the creatures in then cooks them in the oven. No really, that was my reasoning for the abilities because it just made perfect sense with the colors. I obviously took large liberties here.
Persephone, Queen of the Underworld and Goddess of the Spring, represents the birth and death of the crops as the seasons cycle. This is seen in the colors and the graveyard theme, both a perfect fit if i may say so.
Hades, God of the Underworld and the Dead, here represented as the commercial evil being who wants nothing more than to fill his realm with more souls, a large liberty but one common enough that i don’t feel bad for taking it.
And that concludes this cycle. Until next time!