When Pantheons Conflict

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When Pantheons Conflict

Postby MichaelMcAfee » Fri Jun 19, 2015 3:33 pm

So, in your fantasy work, you want characters from two different cultures, each with their own gods, to meet and have adventures together. What does it mean for one world to have two sets of gods, presumably with overlapping spheres of interest? Are they the same gods known by different names? Is one set older and being replaced by the newer set? Did they simply never meet before and now they have to sort out who's got control of what? What are some valid justifications for this situation? How does a writer avoid a giant deity snafu in this case?
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Re: When Pantheons Conflict

Postby Gecko » Mon Jun 22, 2015 12:50 pm

I was thinking of a panel along similar lines, but I was going to call it 'Kitchen Sink Universes.' There are many fictional universes that combine mythologies or bring in everything possible from deities, sorcery to high tech. Marvel, DC, the Dresden Files, Monster Hunter International and others play that way. What are the potentials and what are the problems of such worlds?
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