PC: Clark van der Beken
I'm thrilled you guys are enjoying the two-minute myths! I had a lot of fun writing them.
Today, the minor myths that influenced or were referenced in The Icarus Aftermath.
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Talos is based on a character from Greek mythology. The mythological Talos was also known as Perdix. He’s the nephew of Daedalus and also an inventor. Mythological Daedalus is jealous of him because he thinks Talos invents things more useful to humanity than Daedalus does. (Which isn't totally inaccurate.)
There was at least one Byzantine woman named Athanasia, but mine bears no resemblance to her. (Look up Saint Athanasia of Aegina, if you’re curious.) Incidentally, I didn’t know about her until after I had named this character. I’d had this name stored on a list for a while because I loved the sound and meaning of it (immortal). Sometime around the writing of the second or third chapter of this book, I wondered if any other fictional characters shared her name and googled it. Answer: yes, a few … and that’s how I found out about Athanasia of Aegina.
Most of the rebels from this particular book are not characters from Greek Mythology, although their stories will intertwine with various myths later on.
The Hestanoi Order are in part based on the Vestal Virgins, which were historical, not mythological. Also Rome, not Greece, but I've mixed in a lot of Greek elements. Yes, you'll be hearing a lot more of them.
All of the Amazon generals and most of the other Amazons named in the book come straight out of mythology. You'll be hearing a lot more about them, so that's all I'll say about them right now.
Minos of Crete really did sleep around a lot, or so the various myths imply. Some of the myths state that, at some point, Pasiphäe cast a curse on him that would ... well, for the sake of this blog's reader rating, let's just say it prevented other women from having any children with him.
The kentauri are my version/this galaxy's version of centaurs, and you are going to hear a lot more about them too. (I'm hyped.)
In many of the later versions of Greek myth, Aphrodite was married to Hephaestus and cheated on him with his brother (or half brother) Ares. A lot. A lot of cheating. I've gone with that version of the myth and added a few details you'll find out later.
At one point, Koralia mentions she has brothers, and Phobos is mentioned a few times. Phobos and Deimos were the mythological sons of Ares (yes, the moons of Mars are named for them), and their mother is usually given as Aphrodite.
Once or twice, it's mentioned that certain olympian swear words are almost never used unless the person basically has a death wish. One of those is holy titans. This is because to say 'holy such and such' is seen as 'calling on' that thing or person or swearing by it. And there are Really Big Reasons why no one in the galaxy is keen to do that regarding the titans. Said Reasons will show up later on ... and boy, will that be fun.
I also referenced various other creatures and concepts from Greek mythology. This isn't a complete list, but a few fun facts:
- An eidolon is a spirit-image of a dead person ... aka a ghost.
- The word ker is used as an insult at least once. The Keres (singular: Ker) were death demons.
- Some of the names Ariadne rattled off as notable patrons of Krete's day-club were ancient and/or mythological Greek sculptors and inventors.
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Most of this will at some point be compiled into a short world guide people will be able to download. It'll also include family trees, to delight the inner nerds of my proofreader and myself and anyone else who loves such things. *grins* And a list of the major planets of the galaxy—or the ones that have been named so far.
Next up: what exactly does space opera mean and is it any different from science fantasy or are they the same?