Lore Ipsum: Underworld Bargains
Hello! Today’s cards both require that sacrifices be made.
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!
Everyone knows the myth of Persephone and how she relates to the seasons. What you may be less familiar with is exactly how she ended up in the underworld in the first place. Hades had basically taken to stalking her and wanted to send her a token of his affection, so he asked his mother Gaia to sprout an exquisite flower on her path. Persephone stops to look at the flower and Hades takes this as a sign, so he promptly bursts from the ground on his chariot and kidnaps her. A love story for the ages.
Hades is watching; pick his flowers at your own risk. This card is a little weird, mechanically speaking. It wants to be used by an opponent, but if they’re in a position to use it they would be close to defeat anyway, so it probably just prolongs the game. I suspect it would be most useful in a multiplayer game.
Aristaeus, son of the nayad Sirene and the god Apollo, was a bee-keeper. One day, all his bees dropped dead. Aristaeus became depressed and took to sacrificing cattle to appease the ire of the gods. Sure enough, from the carcasses new bees arose, and Aristaeus was content.
Both cards this month were intended to be on the silly side, but this one at least could be quite good in a token/death trigger deck. The closest effect is in Fanatical Devotion, which i think is too cheap (and off-color).
Until next time!