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Since this is a rather grim page, I thought for the blog I would share a random thought I had today that turned into quite a black humor romp through childhood tales. The thought was this:

What if 1000 years from now the only remnants of our culture are Dr. Seuss stories passed down by oral tradition? What would that look like?

Upon further thought, I decided that in my version of this strange future, the stories would all get morbid and mashed together in disturbing ways. This was my version of the Seussian legends of our distant future:

“And then the Great Grinch, rather than look upon the Grinning Cat in the Daboo Dori Hat, plucked out his own great green eyes and laid them on the back of one fish, two fish, a red fish, and a blue fish.

The fish hopped on the back of their Pop, and, not knowing the places they would go, carried the eyes to the war-torn realm of the Sneetches.

Here, the eyes were snatched up by the Sneetches without stars and presented to the great warlord, the Lorax, who spoke for the trees, those silent monoliths that stalked the battle ground, smothering their victims in truffula fur.

The Lorax took them to the wise sage, Sam I Am, and asked for the sage’s advice on their use. Sam I Am declared the warlord boil the green eyes in salt water and eat them indoors with the flesh of a mouse.

The Lorax, thinking Sam I Am was attempting to make him look like a fool, had the sage put to death. “I do not like that Sam-I-Am,” he said. “Let the fox lie in a box, and may the train carry his body with his false green eggs into the dark.”

What are your future ancient myths? If something of our current culture, whether a book or film or fandom, was passed down from one person to another in the form of traditions and ritual, what would that look like in 1000 years?

…”Drink this Butterbeer, for it is my childhood delight.”

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Children visit this site. Moderate your language accordingly.

I love the layout of this page. Also, Una has the best hair.

…your imagination often terrifies me…

Also, I think it’s entirely possible that the current culture of “fandom” will be interpreted as a religion in the future.

One of the things I have the most fun with in my world of Sarant is planning out an adventure for some characters at one point in the timeline, and then have it become a legend that some people in another book several thousand years down the timeline retell. 😀
And then there’s the handful of gods who know exact how those events played out, listening to the retelling and shaking their heads in amusement…

I love that with the image of the hanging, you put the jeering crowd in the background. Adds just that much more dimension to it.

The idea of religion based on the twisting of truths has always interested me, which I think bears itself out in the fiction I enjoy most.

David Weber’s War God series, for example, plays with the lore of what enemies tell themselves about each other… and then breaks each story with testimony from someone who was actually there.

The Kiesha’ra books by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes do the same thing.

My favorite video game is FFX, which focuses on a world controlled by and founded on a religionafter a monster decimated it… and then goes on to bust apart every preconceived notion thruogh some well-devised storytelling tricks and the truth of what actually happened a thousand years ago.

One of my favorite book series is the Raven duology by Patricia Briggs, which she states, in her author’s notes about the second book, was written on the premise of how tired she was of the fact that every time you read a fantasy book and there’s an old legend about somebody who slew a dragon with a magic sword, you would later find the sword sitting in the bones of the dragon. Nothing ever changed or got twisted around… so she deliberately built a world where the old stories could not be trusted.

Some of that comes out in Dragon’s Bones, too, one of her other books.

Stories founded on that sort of twisted mythos really appeal to me. it’s a shame I haven’t written any, myself.

Because I love playing with religions I finally ended up making one. Me and a friend of mine took a science fiction roleplay we’re in together and I thought to myself, “what would this world be like in the future.” And then I had this crazy idea, since a lot of the characters were experiments based in myth, that what if real magic got loose and the world destroyed itself over it and nobody remembered what technology was like? And then we took a bunch of characters from our roleplay site and elevated them to divine status and gave them domains based on their personality and extrapolated what myths people would tell about them based on their actual adventures and how those stories grew or diminished in the telling.

And one of my ideas is that, the gods are real, they were the changed souls of the actual people,and endlessly amused by the discrepancies between their religion and their actual real histories and sometimes them deciding it was for the best.

And one of the other themes is, how being gods changed them, since people chose to venerate one aspect of their personalities that became their domains and thus bound them to that splinter of their destinies.

And I’m running the whole thing as a campaign setting for a roleplaying group 😀

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