Lore Ipsum: Exquisite Crafting
Hello! Today’s cards both come from myths wherein the protagonist’s crafting is noticed by the gods.
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!
Pygmalion was a self-proclaimed misunderstood artist, who dedicated himself exclusively to sculpting a statue of what he believed to be the perfect woman. So obsessed was he with his craft that he ended up falling in love with it. When a festival for Aphrodite rolled by, he went out and wished to the goddess that she would send a woman his way who looked exactly like his statue. Curious, Aphrodite went to check out the statue and was shocked to realize it looked exactly like her. And so, more to stroke her own ego than anything else, she turned the statue into a real girl, who lived with Stockholm syndrome ever after.
Pygmalion’s abilities are costed to reflect their actual effort in the myth: crafting takes skill and creativity, but to animate the statue you just make a little prayer. The animating only works once both for power level issues but also to symbolize his basically being a hermit.
Arachne was a magnificent weaver, so everyone naturally assumed she had been taught by Athena. Arachne resented this, and proclaimed she was a better weaver than the goddess herself. So, naturally, Athena stopped by and challenged her to a contest. When Arachne won the contest, with a tapestry mocking the gods, the goddess turned her into a spider out of spite, so that she could weave forever.
This card wouldn’t see print because it’s not intuitive, but that’s the point: winning a contest against a Greek god is the worst result you can hope for.
Until next time!