Moon Chases Sun

Moon Chases Sun
The Mythology of You

Corvus Elrod | 19 Jun 2007 12:04
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The Arbiter. This god is often a forum moderator. Sometime he is someone affiliated with the studio, other times he is merely one of the first levelheaded community members to prove himself to the Allfather. Regardless, his even temperament is respected by the other gods, even when they don't agree with his decisions.

The Wise Elder. Iconoclastic, witty and willing to dispense the lessons learned from a long life. The Wise Elder often does not want the hassle of official involvement in the community, preferring to remain an unofficial authority. If anyone is going to post long, drunken philosophical ramblings, it's the Wise Elder. Although he can provide great insight, he's often acerbic or obscure and prone to fits of extreme grouchiness when faced with disrespectful behavior.

The White Knight. This is the god most concerned with noble behavior. He's often the first to communicate with the other gods via instant message or e-mail. Betraying a tender heart, he's the first to ask you if you're alright when your posts seem a bit cranky, and the first to call you to task if you're being mean. The White Knight is often loved and respected by all members of the community.

The Fool. The fool can't seem to get anything right. He posts old news and false rumors; he tells bad jokes. Despite never quite fitting in, he is rigorously defended by the rest of the pantheon.

The Trickster. It can be easy to confuse the Trickster with the Fool at first. Unlike the fool, this god revels in the confusion he creates with nonsensical jokes and off topic threads. His use of sarcasm and irony is often so subtle as to be transparent, and he delights in leading the hot-headed on a merry chase. If anyone is going to open the gates to the enemy when Ragnarok arrives, it will be the trickster. Even when the pantheon is amused by the Trickster's wit, their suspicion runs deep.

The Warrior. Unlike the White Knight, the Warrior simply likes to fight. Direct, lacking in subtlety and arguing in straight lines, the Warrior steadfastly clings to his beliefs on anything and everything, regardless of opposing evidence or logic. The Warrior is often the most fanatically dedicated of the entire pantheon, lacking the judgment needed to question or temper his beliefs. He may be dedicated to the game or studio whose realm he inhabits, or he may be dedicated to another game altogether. Most of the pantheon finds the Warrior tiresome even when on the same side of an argument. Only the Trickster delights in his presence, steering him in directions sure to result in maximum carnage.

There are also Placaters, Hopeless Dreamers and the Disconnected. Whatever the game, however large the community, each message board hosts a mythic band of erstwhile gods, forming alliances that eventually fall apart due to misunderstandings and entropy.

But until they do, remember: The gods are watching. So the next time you stop by a message board to ask about hardware requirements or release dates, show some respect, or at least some good old fashioned fear. After all, you're in divine company.

Corvus Elrod is a storyteller and game designer who is working on bringing his
16 years experience into the digital realm. He has a habit of taking
serious things lightly and frivolous things seriously, a personal quirk which
can be witnessed on his blog, Man Bytes Blog.

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