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Statting a God?
« on: May 04, 2012, 03:47:59 AM »
Ares, God of War
Overwhelming, insatiable in battle and needlessly destructive, Ares is the Greek God of War. Born the son of Zeus and Hera, he is a savage and violent being. Unlike many deities, Ares really doesnít care about his worshippers motivations. He isnít interested in why they fight, only that they do. Ares rides into battle on a mighty chariot, pulled by the twin steeds Phobos and Deimos, and wields a mighty golden spear.

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Re: Statting a God?
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2012, 04:38:00 AM »
The thing about gods in games is you have to let go of Judeo-Christian preconceptions, Iron Age and Bronze Age mythology often does not make the gods all-powerful and unkillable. Often the word 'god' is a poor translation. The Book of Invasions features mortal men (with the help of the Land) defeating the gods (though the gods get payback and the accounts we have were recorded by later Christians...)

(Hope that made some sense had a bit too much wine)
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Re: Statting a God?
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2012, 05:36:35 AM »
I'm fairly sure Phobos and Deimos are Ares's sons, not his horses.

EDIT:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobos_(mythology) - Fear
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deimos_(mythology) - Dread
« Last Edit: May 04, 2012, 05:39:46 AM by Agent 333 »
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Re: Statting a God?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2012, 05:42:25 AM »
Sleipnir was Loki's son, and he's Odin's horse.

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Re: Statting a God?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2012, 11:26:24 AM »
The thing about gods in games is you have to let go of Judeo-Christian preconceptions, Iron Age and Bronze Age mythology often does not make the gods all-powerful and unkillable. Often the word 'god' is a poor translation. The Book of Invasions features mortal men (with the help of the Land) defeating the gods (though the gods get payback and the accounts we have were recorded by later Christians...)

(Hope that made some sense had a bit too much wine)

That's not too hard to combine the two, you just make lesser gods with stats and higher gods (or just one higher god) without stats. It's similar to how Tolkien's Valar are in relation to their creator. It could also allow for a mortal to somehow obtain the lesser god status, without getting too much power (nothing worse than a once-mortal with too much power ;) ), if your cosmology works that way. It's the system I use and it works pretty well.
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Re: Statting a God?
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2012, 01:58:49 PM »
Sleipnir was Loki's son, and he's Odin's horse.

I believe that Loki was also shaped as a mare at the time and mated with one of the other horses to produce Sleipnir.

Don't know what explains Fenris and the World Serpent though, Loki couldn't just have normal kids.

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Re: Statting a God?
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2012, 02:04:55 PM »
I'm fairly sure Phobos and Deimos are Ares's sons, not his horses.

EDIT:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobos_(mythology) - Fear
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deimos_(mythology) - Dread

They were Ares's sons. They also pulled his chariot. They were either able to change shape, or they were horses.
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Re: Statting a God?
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2012, 02:36:20 PM »
Or Ares made his kids into pony boys  :o

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Re: Statting a God?
« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2012, 10:04:10 PM »
So, any comments on the actual stats?
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Re: Statting a God?
« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2012, 10:12:25 PM »
Well, I wouldn't want to have to fight him...

Not sure he needs such high Charisma, but it looks good.  Something to consider (an idea based on the comic book representation of him, so maybe not actually useful) is to give him Class Ability: Blade Practice III.  Comicbook Ares can pick up any weapon that exists (even one that he has never seen before) and be an instant master of it, Blade Practice III lets him basically do that (and it's the only modular feat ability that I can recall).

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Re: Statting a God?
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2012, 12:14:12 PM »
Something to consider (an idea based on the comic book representation of him, so maybe not actually useful) is to give him Class Ability: Blade Practice III.

That is a damn good idea. That said, I still say the Tarrasque could have him for breakfast.
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