Lore Ipsum: The Longest Journeys

Hello! Today’s cards both come from myths wherein the protagonist undertakes a long quest.

As always, both of these myths were recently recounted in vlog form by Dael Kingsmill, which i highly recommend you watch before you proceed to the cards (links to the specific vlogs will follow). I won’t be covering the whole myths in detail, only the aspects my cards drew from, and she tells them far better than i ever could. Let’s get started!

 

Seeking Shelter

During the events of the sack of Troy, when Greek soldiers take the city by hiding inside a massive wooden horse, Aeneas, a Trojan prince, was visited in his sleep by the ghost of a Trojan hero. In this dream he learns that his city is being destroyed, and is spurred to leave immediately and reform Troy elsewhere. Aeneas woke up and ignored this counsel, immediately running off into combat. Venus, mother of Aeneas, eventually appears before him and reveals that the gods are aiding the Greeks, and Troy is destined to fall, commanding him again to leave the city at once. Finally accepting his fate, Aeneas gathers his family and they run off. Along with a large gathering of other survivors, they build themselves a fleet of boats and embark on a long, long, LONG journey, hopping from land to land before finally settling on what would generations later become the city of Rome.

Aeneid Migration

I thought the land regeneration ability was more common, but the closest effect to this i could find was Fortitude. My version attempts to be more flavorful, making the creature move from land to land until they finally settle down (or there is nowhere else to go). And yes, i did use Aeneid as an adjective. #thuglife

 

Seeking Salvation

Odin was a pretty wise god, constantly on the search for new sources of knowledge in an attempt to stop Ragnarok from happening. One of these many pursuits led him to seek out the Runes, a mystical alphabet used by the Norns to manipulate fate. Knowing that the Runes would only show themselves to the worthy, he promptly hung himself on a branch of Yggdrasil — the World Tree, overseeing the Well of Urd where the Runes were hidden — and stabbed himself with his own spear, staring at the Well for nine days with no food or water. The Runes, apparently enjoying a good show of masochism, finally reveal themselves to Odin and grant him immense knowledge.

Runes of the Norns

This card was pretty straightforward; the longer you leave your creature bleeding out, the more knowledge you gain from the Runes. Unsure if it’s too good.

 

Until next time!

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