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DoubleYuggoth

OK, Lucretius supposedly went insane from drinking a "love potion." Just how Mythos-y/creepy can we make this? Maybe it was actually a dominate person potion or something?

 

Also - what if Ovid was exiled for a (now lost) work on the Mythos, and not for Ars Amatoria at all?

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MrLogic
OK, Lucretius supposedly went insane from drinking a "love potion." Just how Mythos-y/creepy can we make this? Maybe it was actually a dominate person potion or something?

 

Also - what if Ovid was exiled for a (now lost) work on the Mythos, and not for Ars Amatoria at all?

 

I really like that Ovid idea, and i think the concept of running a game with that as the backstory (In any period) would be wonderful. But... what would it be? Ovid's delving into the mythos... what would he find?

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deuce

OK, Lucretius supposedly went insane from drinking a "love potion." Just how Mythos-y/creepy can we make this? Maybe it was actually a dominate person potion or something?

 

Also - what if Ovid was exiled for a (now lost) work on the Mythos, and not for Ars Amatoria at all?

 

 

Mythos author (and scholar) Richard L. Tierney played all kinds of Mythos games with first-century Roman history in the Simon of Gitta tales:

 

https://www.sfsite.com/02b/scr27.htm

 

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...as well as in his Drums of Chaos novel. A review by Dan Harms:

 

https://danharms.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/on-the-shelf-review-the-drums-of-chaos/

 

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IMO, they're scarier than Ovid discovering the Mythos.

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DeaconBlackfire

And, in reference to the "REH Mythos" thread going on, the Simon of Gitta tales are loaded with references to the Conan saga as well.

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amandoti

To the OP, don't forget there is a nice Roman representation of witchcraft in Apuleius's Metamorphoses (aka The Golden Ass), and Apuleius himself was accused of sorcery (see his Apology). It might be fun to take those portrayals seriously and give them a mythos twist.

 

Come to think of it, a lot of Roman magic seems to involve bodily transformation, and Ovid's Metamorphoses are fascinated by it. What if Ovid's exile in Tomis was to a town dominated by Deep Ones? Wikipedia calls it "a remote [harbour] town on the edge of the civilised world", a "war-stricken cultural wasteland" where no one spoke Latin. Maybe the PCs could be summoned by arcane clues in Ovid's letters and poems, and then find when they get there that he has disappeared and the townspeople are uncommunicative...

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