Modern Nights Explanation

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Okay, after the last story, I've realized that the magic is gone from these stories…it left just after finishing The Musician and it turns out that The Harvest was just me pushing my luck.

So, I'm out of good stories and I guess it's time to come clean on the truth and hidden secrets within them; enjoy. Also, points go to Reaper for being the first person to figure out the thing linking all the stories and the truth in each of them

So here it is; all the stories are about characters from various mythologies living in the Modern World; they are immortal gods and heroes who have faded into the background of a world that doesn't believe in them any more.

And now, for the individual stories and the clues/facts about them; prepare for a lot of text on mythology.

The Good Night

The first of my stories is centered around Norse Mythology, specifically the myth of Baldur. The blind man in the story is the less well known god called Hodr, god of winter and darkness; he was also the twin brother to the better known Baldur, god of light and beauty.

In myth they were the twin sons of Frigg and Odin, with Baldur being the loved child while Hodr was usually ignored. Their mother, Frigg blessed Baldur when he was young and made all the things of the world promise never to hurt him, making him idestructable, meanwhile, Hodr got nothing.

Eventually Hodr fonund himself a girl and they were soon to be married, and Baldur fell in love with the bride to be, and challenged his brother for her. Baldur won the fight and blinded Hodr along with taking his fiancee for himself. It goes with out saying that Hodr was not a happy god after that and always hated his brother.

Baldur was now invincible and had a beautiful bride and the attention of all the gods and mortals alike. He used his gift in a rather mudane way by simple standing around during a party and letting people throw things at him and watching them bonce away harmlessly. However, Loki found out that Frigg had forgotten to ask one thing to never harm Baldur; now then, stories vary here, the most common one states it was the mistletoe plant, but this version only appears after Chrisitan misionaries started trying to convert the Norse, the original story states it was a sword from Helheim called The Mistletoe that could still harm him.

Anyway, Loki got hold of whatever it was that could harm Baldur and brought it along with him to a party where Baldur was doing his trick in the hopes of bringing him down a peg. But Loki knew if he threw it, everyone would instantly turn on him, so what's he do? Give it to the bitter and jealous Hodr to throw at his brother.

Surprise surprise, it hits and kills Baldur dead in one shot. Loki get imprisoned and Hodr gets kicked out of the gods as punishment.

Clues

  • The main character being blind
  • Keeping his apartment cold as he is a god of winter
  • The painting of him and his brother depicts his brother as taller and more handsome, like Baldur being the god of beauty and always liked more than Hodr
  • His states his brother was a bastard and isn't upset about his death; because his brother blinded him and stole his wife.
  • His brother died performing his party trick; getting dangerous things thrown at him
  • Finally his date seeing the mistletoe he keeps as a reminder as mistletoe (either the plant or the sword) is what killed his brother

For Blood or Money

In this story, the arms dealer is actually the Egyptian God of storms and chaos known as Set, famous for having the head of a Salawa, a bizaree species of extinct dog. He is usually depicted as evil in most stories and representations but in original myths he's more just plain chaotic and uses an "ends justifies the means" type approach.

He's most famous for betraying and murdering his benevolent brother Osiris and acting as the Protector of Ra when the sun goes down. Now then, the reasons for killing his brother are hazy at best, some times it's just cause he's evil, sometimes it's because Osiris was gonig to become the next leader of the gods instead of Set or the simply because Set found out that his son Anubis was actually Osiris's son (Osiris wasn't all good, he slept with Set's wife).

The murder is pretty quick and he cuts up his brothers body into 11 or 12 pieces depending on the story and he scattered the body parts across Egypt. Osiris's wife Isis finds all the parts and puts her husband back together and Anubis helps bring him back to life, unfortunately, Set threw Osiris's genitals into the Nile and they got eaten by crocodiles, meaning that he couldn't be whole again and therefore he couldn't lead Egypt as ruler of the gods.

His other son however, Horus, could lead Egypt and he also wanted revenge on Set. Horus battled Set but he wasn't strong enough and got his left out cut out during the fight and had to flee. His mother Isis poured water into his eye socket and made a new eye (this is the famous, iconic eye you see in a lot of Egyptian art, it is the eye of Horus). And in the end, set runs free.

Clues

  • He hates arrogance, a common thing with Set was to break down the haughty and those undeserving of their title and power
  • Selling weapons into chaotic parts of Africa helps spread and maintain the chaos
  • He particularly does all these actions to cause chaos in the group
  • There are 12 body guards, 11 of which are loyal; this is a weird clue as it links to Osiris getting cut into 12 peices, one of which was lost and prevented his rise to power. 12 guards, 1 of which destroys the Warlords leadership.
  • There are several references to him being viscious, and dangerous, like the storms he represents, as well as a few mentions to being like a dog, as he had the head of a species of Dog
  • He talks about the way he killed his brother and cut him up along with cutting out his nephew's eye when he came to get revenge. This refers to his actions with Osiris and Horus.

The Eagle and The Snake

This is certainly one of the more obscure one's I've written as it focuses on a far less common Mythologies, ancient Slavic/Russian.

This depicts the yearly battle between the Holy God of Lightning, The Skies and Honor known as Perun and his courrpt brother Veles, the God of Earth, The Underworld and Money.

Jealous of his brother, Veles stole all of Perun's cattle (and in some stories his wife as well) but Perun would not sit idly by and chased Veles around the world, hurling lightning bolts at him from his magical axe. Eventualyl the battle ends as Perun slays Veles at the roots of the world tree and all the things he has stole returns to the world.

This battle depicted the yearly cycle of the seasons, with Veles stealing 'fertility' as represented byt hte cattle and/or wife and Veles causing the rain and storms to bring them back. This ritual battle brings fertility with Veles death and at winter, he comes back to life and steals fertility again which means Perun has to fight him again each year.

Clues

  • It takes place in Russia, the place where this myth originated and had the most influence
  • The feild they are in has a massive Oak tree in the middle, this represents the world tree which is depicted as a gigantic oak tree.
  • References to Eagles and Snakes refer to the two gods as Perun was usually seen as the golden eagle in the branches of the world tree while Veles was the snake around it's roots.
  • Veles mentioning all the blood in the ground and the years that this event has been going on refers to his own yearly murder
  • The old copper headed axe in the roots in Peruns own magical axe which has similarities to Thors Hammer and was made of copper.
  • Mentioning that is started with stealing a cow is the reference to the whole cycle starting with Veles stealing Perun's cattle.

The Musician

Interestingly, this one isn't specifically about a god as it's center but more an immortal hero who had dealings with the gods. This is the tale of the famed Greek Musician known as Orpheus.

In myth, Orpheus's music was so beautiful and powerful that it could move the earth, control the trees and calm even the most evil of all monsters. He could even charm the gods themselves with his music.

His heroic tale takes a turn for the worst though when his Eurdicye (his soon to be bride) gets attacked by either Pan or a Saytr (depending on the story) and ends up getting killed one way or another. This drives Orpheus into an extreme depression.

Using his skills he actually makes his way into Hades, using his music to put Cerberus to sleep and convicing Charon to let him across for free. When he finally meets Hades and Persephone they refuse to let him take his wife back to the world of the living but his music eventually convices them to let him take his wife back.

There is one catch however, because the living aren't meant to see the dead, he isn't allowed to look at her until they are both back in the living world. He gets impatient when he can see the light out day and turns around just to make sure she's still behind him before they go to the surface, this of course breaks the deal and sends her back to Hades with no chance of ever getting her back.

In a fit of depression, Orpheus turns his back on all the gods apart from Apollo (as he was the god of music). This was a bad idea because he entered the domain on Dionysus and his Meanads (psycho women servants) and he got torn apart. The power of his music kept the shredded parts of his body alive and some myths even say that he was put back together by his followers and lived on forever.

Clues

  • Constantly refering to him as a musician is reference to his musical prowess
  • His overal depression about losing her and turning his back on everything is his reaction to losing his wife in Hades and turning his back on the gods.
  • The scars around his body are from when he got torn apart and then put back together.
  • The swarthy man is Hades, who Orpheus always blamed for the loss of his wife, even though it wasn't really Hades fault (he's not the one who broke the rules)
  • The final bit about him not drinking alcohol is an odd reference to the fact that is was Dionysus, the God of Wine who had him torn to pieces in the first place. It is also a hint that Hades usually made the dead drink the waters of a magic river to make them forget the past and implies that Hades may simple erase Orpheus's memory to make him finally forget and move on.

The Harvest

Firtly, I would like to apologize to Reaper for trying so many times to figure this one out but failing because of my poor writing in the original version (it has been modified slightly since then to help make it a bit less misleading)

This one focuses on the Aztec God, Xipe Totec AKA The Red God. He is most famous for skinning people but his actually domain covers much more than that; he was also a god of corn, seasonal change, fertility and health. The skinning is actually a representation of the change of seasons, shedding the old for the new - also, peeling the 'skin' off of corn so you could eat it.

A common ritual when during times of draught or famine was to take someone into the middle of a corn feild and puncture their chest six times (either with a knife or with six archers) and let their blood fuel the soil in honor of Xipe Totec. Once the blood had soaked into the soil, he would shed his skin (often starting at the finger tips/hands or the mouth) to symbolize the change and new life it would bring.

After shedding his skin he would reveal his true body underneath that was made of gold and would shine under the light of the sun; sometimes this reflected light would make the world more fertile.

Also as a note to those who tried to figure it out - the biggest reason it was Xipe Totec and not one of the 1000 other corn gods is because Xipe Totec is one of the four main/central gods of the Pantheon; he was on of the four brothers. The brothers were the first and most powerful/important gods, they were Quetzalcoatl (the white god), Tezcatlipoca (the black god), Huitzilopochtli (the blue god) and Xipe Totec (the red god) and they covered all the domains of the world and it's people.

Clues

  • Him owning a corn feild is a reference to him being a corn god
  • The famine/draught and his mentioning that the seasons had turned against him reflect the fact that nobody sacrfices to the Aztec gods anymore and he can't fix things or continue the cycle as it was intended
  • The tycoon wearing a white suit is a reference to Xipe Totecs brother Quetzalcoatl who is seen as the white god of the four brother (all of which rarely got along and usually hated eachother)
  • He makes a few mentions to skin, such as feeling like his was gonig to fall off, the tycoons skin looking like it was going to jump off. Skin was of course a common theme for him.
  • Just before he kills the tycoon he starts to pluck at the dead skin around his finger tips; his skin would peel off starting at his fingers after each seasonal sacrifice, one of which he is about to perform
  • He stabs the tycoon six times in the chest in the middle of a corn feild, this is the common ritual to help crops grow and is dedicated to Xipe Totec
  • After he kills the guy, it mentions that his skin was glowing golden in the sunlight, just like it does when he sheds his skin after a sacrifice.
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