Lore Ipsum: Chained by Love
Hello! Today’s cards both bind their targets.
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!
It was an average day in the life of Apollo, as he literally chased after a mortal human he fell in love with and who wanted nothing to do with him. Today’s mortal was Daphne, a celibate huntress of Aphrodite. Daphne begged the gods to help her escape Apollo’s grasp, and her prayers were kind of answered as she suddenly started turning into a tree. Apollo was heartbroken until he spotted Hyacinthus, Daphne’s brother, and he became the new mortal of the day. Hyacinthus was also an object of interest for Zephyrus, god of the west wind, but, when given the choice, chose Apollo. The two then went on a date playing discus on a field, because that’s what you do in ancient Greece, until the west wind started blowing just a little harsher and the discus swung and hit the head of Hyacinthus, killing him on the spot. Heartbroken once again, Apollo decreed that where the blood of Hyacinthus fell, hyacinth flowers would grow. He then went on to fall in love with someone else, probably.
Devotion of Apollo is a reference to how plants seem to grow whenever someone dies near Apollo. The title is sarcastic.
I found Golgari Germination as i was looking up cards to see if the mana cost was accurate. Good news is that the cost seems accurate; bad news is that the card basically already exists.
Annoyed at how Zeus birthed Athena by himself, Hera decided to do a parthenogenesis of her own and created baby Hephaestus. She wasn’t very impressed with his less-than-divine looks, however, and decided to punt him off Olympus before anyone knew he existed. Hephaestus fell down into the ocean and was found by Thetis, a sea nymph, who took him in into an underwater cave. In this cave Hephaestus set up a workshop, crafting jewelry beyond compare for the nymphs. As the years went by, Hera eventually spotted one of these jewels being worn by Thetis, and learned that Hephaestus had survived. Possessing no shame, Hera told Thetis to have Hephaestus craft something for the Olympians. Hephaestus was not terribly impressed by the request but came up with a plan, crafting a set of beautiful thrones for each of the gods. Hera’s was the most beautiful of all but, as she sat on it, she immediately became stuck and could not be removed from it by any means. The gods beseeched Hephaestus to release Hera in return for a seat in Olympus and the hand of Aphrodite, and he finally agreed.
This card wanted to be very similar to the underworld seat of Theseus, but i wanted to make it an artifact instead of an enchantment. It started off as an equipment that attached to a creature as it entered the battlefield, but that was really just an aura in disguise.
Until next time!