Oct 23, 2015 12:40:47 GMT -5
Post by Varos Talantos on Oct 23, 2015 12:40:47 GMT -5
Goddess of Sight
Arketa Medusa is the well-known ancestor of the Medusa gorgons. Medusa and her sisters Euryale and Stheno were once followers of Erlang Shen. They resided in his Library, and were the gatherers of information. They would go out into the various worlds to seek new knowledge to place in his library. Medusa would write down what she learned to pass along knowledge. However, the three sisters became curious and greedy, and used the knowledge they found to amass large amounts of magical power. Erlang cursed them, turning them into snake-woman, as a clear symbol of their trickery. Still, they retained their power, so much so that they became immortal Goddesses. Medusa moved on to become the Goddess of Sight, and is often associated with beauty, art, and illusions. However, she was ashamed of her snake body, and longed for the beauty of her old body. She attempted to use her skills to overcome to curse, and changed. However, the change was not what she expected. While she had legs, she was still covered in scales like a snake.
Hero/Heroine of Arketa Medusa
Those who please Arketa Medusa significantly might become a Hero/Heroine of Arketa Medusa; that is, they will be granted blessings that vary by tier. Each tier of this nature is progressively more beneficial than the last, and past blessings are retained. Those who attain the fifth tier as a Hero/Heroine of Arketa Medusa are very powerful indeed, fighting for the glory of their Goddess with abilities that approach Godliness in and of themselves.
Unmasked - The first tier of official favor has been gained from Arketa Medusa. the Unmasked have the ability to know the true appearance of someone if they are disguised or have changed sight. While other might see a Shapeshifter as a chair, the Unmasked will see both it and the true person.
Enhanced - The second tier of official favor has been gained from Arketa Medusa. They will have a tattoo of two open eyes, as lovely as Medusa’s. The ‘Enhanced’ have been granted with perfect vision, and may see as far as 50 m. They may also choose to see infrared, ultraviolet and polarized light vision. Those whom have reached the tier of 'Enhanced' have the power of the previous tier.
Scryer - The third tier of official favor has been gained from Medusa. They have the benefits of the prior tiers as well as the ability of 'Scryer'. They may view any location they wish, and see what is currently happening there. They do not need to have been there, but need to know what the place looks like.
Illusionist - The fourth tier of official favor has been gained from Arketa Medusa. They have the benefits attained at the prior three tiers, as well as the ability to cast illusions on multiple people. Each person may see a different illusion, or all may see the same, but the Illusionist has no need to keep watching the victim to continue casting the spell.
Basilisk - The fifth and final tier of official favor has been gained from Arketa Medusa. The Basilisks are the beloved of Medusa and killing one could bring on the wrath of Arketa Medusa herself. Extreme caution should be taken if you find yourself at odds with a Basilisk. They are granted a pet Basilisk, a giant snake with a deadly bite and the power of mesmerize, which obeys only their owner.
Accursed of Arketa Medusa
Those who anger Arketa Medusa significantly might become Accursed; that is, they will be inflicted with curses that vary by tier. Each tier of the Accursed is progressively more dangerous than the last. Those who attain the fifth tier of the Accursed generally have very short life expectancies.
Sightless– The first tier of the Accursed has been cast by Arketa Medusa. Those whom anger the Goddess have had their sight removed, making them blind.
Cracked - The second tier of the Accursed has been cast by Arketa Medusa. The Cracked will find that their skin dries to it's breaking point. Looking like broken stone, the skin withers and tears, often leading to bleeding and painful rashes.
Gorgon's Hair - The third tier of the Accursed has been cast by Arketa Medusa. Those whom have received the curse of 'Gorgon's Hair' shall grow snakes for hair. It cannot be banished by any level of shapeshift. The hair will constantly bite the Accursed. If cut off, the Accursed may bleed to death. However, no matter what they do, the snakes will always grow back.
Narcissus - The fourth tier of the Accursed has been cast by Arketa Medusa. Lifted from the curse of 'Sightless' but still under the effects of the other tiers, the ‘Narcissus’ will fall in love with their own reflection. Whenever they see themselves, they will gaze into the reflection. They are unable to detach themselves from it, and many starve looking at themselves.
Eyeless - The fifth and final tier of the Accursed has been cast by Arketa Medusa. Every morning, upon waking, the 'Eyeless' will have their eyes melt in the most painful way possible, leaving the eye sockets empty. Every night, while they sleep, their eyes will reform, so that they may live the torture once more. T Those who manage to anger Arketa Medusa to such an extent are wanted dead by the Goddess who cursed them and doing so would gain one favor from Arketa Medusa.
When the prayer 'Hysteria' is communed by a follower of Arketa Medusa, the affected will believe themselves to be paralyzed and made of stone.