Setting Contest: Initial Notes

November 18, 2006

Yes, I think I’m finally ready to write this game. And Clinton’s Solar System is astonishingly appropriate. Andy K better watch out.

Possible Title

Folkways

Premise

Tricksters, skinchangers, and storytellers owe a debt to the folkways for their gifts and must repay it with devoted service in a purgatorial afterlife until they work through all their masks.

At this point, that probably doesn’t mean much to anyone other than myself, and maybe the 3 people who’s payed attention to the various versions of Quixote & Coyote, Storypunk, Facedance, Beneath This Facade, etc. (all based on the same basic concept) over the last several years. I’ll get into the details more later.

The protagonists should be literary characters or historical figures romanticized in literature such they they are more myth than truth. Examples follow:

Storytellers

Scheherazade
Marco Polo
Gulliver
Aesop
Jesus
Falstaff
Don Quixote
Victor Frankenstein
Zhuang Zi

Tricksters & Skinchangers

Loki
Sun Wukong
Raven
Coyote
Anansi
Iblis
Dionysus
Feste
Hop-Frog

Note to Self

I need more female examples.

3 Responses to “Setting Contest: Initial Notes”

  1. Mo Says:

    Scheherazade’s Sisters: Trickster Heroines and Their Stories in World Literature by Marilyn JurichMadcaps, Screwballs and Con women: The Female Trickster in American Culture by Lori Landa

  2. Jonathan Walton Says:

    Thanks!I came up with some others later: Eris, Kitsune, Selkies, Titania, etc.

  3. Brendan Says:

    Weirdly, I’ve actually written a couple stories about Scheherazade and masks. I want to hear more about this setting!


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