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Offline BeorningTopic starter

Advice needed: origin for an Ancient Greek heroine
« on: March 13, 2012, 03:51:03 PM »
On another RPing site, I'm a player in a game set in Ancient Greece (strictly speaking, the *mythological* version of Ancient Greece). I want to create a character of a female warrior, a heroine of "larger than life" variety. And I could use some inspiration from you, people :)

Any ideas for an origin story for such a character? It's Ancient Greece, after all - so, a female warrior would be an unusual occurence. Also, as mentioned, my character needs to be a hero of somewhat epic proportions (or, at least, potential) - so, her origin story needs to be something more special than a story of run-of-the-mill hoplite. I'm considering giving this character some sort of ties to the goddess Athena - but that's all I have for now.

Any suggestions?

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Re: Advice needed: origin for an Ancient Greek heroine
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2012, 04:06:50 PM »
A demi-goddess seems to be the natural choice, though not absolutely necessary. The myth of Atalanta could be a good starting point.

Offline BeorningTopic starter

Re: Advice needed: origin for an Ancient Greek heroine
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2012, 04:13:24 PM »
Yes, Atalanta is one of my inspirations - although I was thinking more of a "human favoured by a god" character type instead of a demigod.

I need some motivation for her, though... At first, I wanted her to simply be a martially-gifted princess - but it turns out that, for story reasons, she needs to be a travelling / wandering hero. So, I need some idea on how to put her on her way...

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Re: Advice needed: origin for an Ancient Greek heroine
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2012, 04:18:20 PM »
The way most male heroes did the same: something really weird happens, and the Oracle hands her a cryptic quest. Plenty of adventures to be had along several false leads.

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Re: Advice needed: origin for an Ancient Greek heroine
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2012, 12:57:59 AM »
Suppose she is born the daughter of a warrior or tribal leader but the man wants a son to be his heir.  She could have been brought up as a boy, either having her true gender disguised or ignored, and trained to be a warrior like her father.  Meanwhile the father is trying to find a way around the rule that only a son can inherit.  Before he can do this and enemy attacks and the father is killed.  The daughter is left homeless and alone and this is where the Oracle in Lillias's post steps in with a heroic quest.  Perhaps this is in response to the girl's request to become a man or to be given the right to avenge her father.