Lore Ipsum: Dionysus

Hello! Today’s card follows the life of Dionysus.

As always, this myth was recently recounted in vlog form by Dael Kingsmill, which i highly recommend you watch before you proceed to the cards. I won’t be covering the whole myth in detail, only the aspects my cards drew from, and she tells it far better than i ever could.

Zeus was cheating on Hera, for a change. Hera found out and wasn’t amused. Disguising herself as an old woman, she went to Semele, the mistress in question, and began questioning Zeus’s devotion to her. Semele took the bait and asked Zeus to be less discrete, to appear to her in his godly form without any disguises; when Zeus complied, Semele failed to take in the divine sight and immediately crumbled to dust. Semele had a child in her womb, however, which Zeus rescued and sewed into his thigh as surrogate.

The child grew up to be Dionysus, while being the victim of many a murderous plot by Hera. Dionysus survived all of these, but not without Hera making him and everyone around him insane. Through the rest of his existence, Dionysus wandered the Earth making everyone in his path homicidally mad, until finally Zeus offered him a place in Olympus.

godly-entrance insanity-by-dionysus

These are both tweaks of existing cards. Godly Entrance is based on Dramatic Entrance, because that immediately entered my mind and just had to happen. Insanity is based on Insurrection; it was originally red/black and had you sacrifice the creatures at end of turn, but them dealing damage to themselves felt more appropriate.

Until next time!