Lore Ipsum: Post-Mortem Persecution
Hello! Today’s cards both come from myths revolving around the fate of the dead, or the underworld-bound.
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!
One day, as Pirithous is doing his thing, he comes up with a brilliant plan: “I should totally kidnap Persephone from the underworld and make her my bride”. He goes to Theseus, his best bro, and lays out his plan. Theseus isn’t terribly thrilled by the idea, but wants to do his mate a solid and agrees. They head off to the underworld through a cave that apparently anyone can just go through, somehow convince Charon, the ferryman, to give them passage, go straight up to Hades and present their case. Hades is a little perplexed, but invites the pair to sit down and discuss the subject over dinner. The two happily agree and promptly sit down on a couple of stone slabs. As they do, however, the stone instantly melds with their skin and renders them unable to move. There they stood for months until Heracles, as he was performing his last labor, came across the pair. Being friends with Theseus himself, Heracles promptly rips him off the chair, leaving behind chunks of his skin in the process; as Heracles attempts to do the same with Pirithous, however, the entire underworld shakes and Pirithous stays stuck to the chair, as punishment for being the one who came up with the plan, and there he remains for the rest of eternity.
The card is pretty straightforward, even if it might not look like it at first: as a creature sits on the stone, they become stuck; they can be released with the help of another creature, but will lose some of their flesh in the process.
During the events of the Seven Against Thebes, Eteocles and Polynices, who were ruling the kingdom together, turn on each other and end up killing one another. The next in line of succession, Creon, declares as his first law as king that Polynices must not be buried or mourned, under penalty of death. Polynices’ sister, Antigone, does not take kindly to this decree. She decides to take matters into her own hands and bury her brothers herself, but is caught in the process and sentenced to be entombed alive. Then a series of actors die in a domino of despair and regret, as these tales tend to go.
The exile from graveyard is meant to represent a proper burial, or a funeral pyre, from which there is no reanimation. Antigone, or the creature of your choice, loses their life in the process.
Until next time!