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 Post subject: Mythical Aliens
PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:05 pm 
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Since High School I have been toying with the idea that all my aliens are actually represented in mythology. This is probably influenced by the "Watchers at the Well" series by Jack L. Chalker and later the Vorlon/Angels of Babylon 5.

Basically, some of the iconic mythical creatures are actually aliens.

So you get:

Centaurs
Elves/Dwarves/Orcs etc - Demi-humans (or just humans)
Angels/Demons
Etc.

But, does that seem to cheesy these days?

My original idea was a simple 1d6 roll for which type of mythical creature the alien was descended from. So ALL aliens discovered would fall into one of the six broad categories of mythical creatures - humans being one of them (well humanoids, which would let you have elves, dwarves etc.). It would also let you interbreed with various aliens of a similar category (popular with the Star Trek crowd...)

But, I was always stuck trying to come up with iconic mythical creatures that are not just western European/greek in origin. I was looking for mythical creatures that would also be recognized by native american cultures and oriental cultures.

Any thoughts?

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 Post subject: Re: Mythical Aliens
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Cyborg IM1 wrote:
But, does that seem to cheesy these days?

Sorry, I think it does seem too cheesy.

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 Post subject: Re: Mythical Aliens
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I think it'd be "cheesy" if you weren't careful because it would probably end up being pretty obvious what you were doing (e.g. Vulcans or Darrians = space elves). However, you could make it less obvious and more scifi-ish if you used the "mythical races" more as a general template - e.g. instead of "elves" you have "low gravity humanoid", "dwarves" = high gravity humanoid, "centaur" = hexapod (e.g. K'Kree), etc.

But I guess it does depend on how obvious you want to make it.

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 Post subject: Re: Mythical Aliens
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Another vote for "cheesy" here.

Heck, these days even putting good old flying saucer aliens in your setting is starting to look cheesy.

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 Post subject: Re: Mythical Aliens
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If they're represented in mythology because they visited Earth at some point long ago, then I think making decent aliens out of them is all in the execution.

Like, say, a centaur. A primitive human might have said "half man, half horse" because that was the easiest way to rationalize what they saw. But the actual alien being would be much more complex and unusual than that.


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H.P. Lovecraft had it about right, IMHO.

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 Post subject: Re: Mythical Aliens
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Also, Arthur C Clarke's "Childhood's End" was a good way to do one mythical creature, at least.

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 Post subject: Re: Mythical Aliens
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Yeah, I thought this was how people would feel. Clarke's "Childhood End" was another inspiration.

Well, another high school idea into the rubbish bin.

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