Lore Ipsum: Perceived Unfaithfulness
Hello! Today’s cards both come from myths where everyone suspects everyone else is screwing around.
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!
Coronis, one of the many one-night stands of Apollo, made the sensible decision of carrying on with her life after the act, and eventually got married. One of Apollo’s white crow messengers reported this to him and, sensibility not being the greatest quality of Greek gods, made him furious. He decided to start his vengeance with the messenger, cursing it and all crows henceforth to be singed black. He continued his vengeance by asking his sister Artemis to continue his vengeance for him. Artemis proceeded to slaughter Coronis and anyone who happened to be in her vicinity at the time. Apollo then remembered that Coronis was pregnant, and asked Hermes to take the unborn child from her womb and have it be raised by Chiron, who had a reputation of being a great tutor.
The child, Asclepius, grew up to be a master of medicine, so much so that he could heal death itself. He dedicated his life to reviving anyone he could get his hands on. This caught the attention of Hades, who resented the slow influx of souls Asclepius was causing. Hades complained to Zeus, who resolved the issue the only way he knew how: by zapping Asclepius to death.
I literally stopped the vlog when Apollo singed the crow to make the first card. It just had to be done.
Asclepius’ card references both his resurrection powers and how that made him a target for angry gods.
Eos, goddess of dawn, one day looked upon a hunter named Cephalus and thought he was rather handsome, so she kidnapped him. Cephalus resisted her advances, insisting that he was loyal to his wife Prokris. Eos kept prodding him for eight years before finally relenting. She let Cephalus go, while implying that his wife would have caved if she were in his place. Cephalus resented this and decided to prove Eos wrong. She promptly transformed his face and gave him a wealth of riches to bribe Prokris with. Cephalus showed up at Prokris’ door and offered her all his riches for one night with her. Prokris hesitated at first but, having been presumably widowed for eight years, finally accepted. Cephalus dispelled his disguise and started expressing his disbelief, while Prokris angrily responded in kind and stormed off.
Prokris ended up gaining the sympathy of Artemis, who granted her a magical spear that never missed its target and a magical hound that always caught its quarry. Prokris decided to turn the tables on her husband; she cut her hair short, dressed herself as a man, and approached Cephalus bearing the magical gifts, saying they would be his if he spent one night with her. Cephalus excitedly agreed; Prokris then revealed her disguise, at which point they just shrugged it off and reconciled. Still suspicious of her husband, however, Prokris decided to follow him on a morning’s hunt, thinking he was still meeting with Eos. However, she snapped a twig on her approach and caught the attention of Cephalus, who instinctively threw the magical spear and ended up killing her.
The enchantment allows you to test your opponents’ faithfulness to their creatures by bribing them with cards. It’s worded to minimize the impact of shenanigans, but shenanigans can probably still occur in political formats like Commander.
The spear has a very simple effect which gains additional depth just by including first strike.
Until next time!