From: Mark A Vandermeulen
>> Mark VanderMeulen [] wonders if the gods would be
>> to mortals. A quick look at nearly any religion or set of ancient
>> settles this in the affirmative. See Hercules or Genesis.
>First of all, this is a bald overgeneralization (and you'd better be able
>to explain your reference to Genesis...).
In some versions of the bible (I haven't read them all, so I won't
generalize), in Genesis, there are references to angels being attracted to
human women and these unions producing many famous heroes in ancient times.
It was for these blasphemies, among others, that the great deluge took
place. I think this is the reference he's making, though I may not be
completely accurate, I haven't read that section in a while.
OK, I found an online copy, "Genesis 6:1 And it came to pass, when men
began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto
them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they [were]
fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. [DM: I cut out
verse 3] 4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after
that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare
[children] to them, the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of
renown." This is from the King James, other versions are different,
mentioning "Nephilim" specifically.
I do think it reasonable that the BR gods would be attracted to mortals,
after all, most of them were regular men and women once, and probably still
have a strong self-image of themselves as men and women, so they might still
retain their human attractions. Actually, a plotline in my campaign relies
on the mortal son of Haelyn, conceived before the battle but born afterward,
therefore unknown to the Roele line and actually unblooded in the BR sense.
This line has carried on through the centuries in an obscure corner of
Mhoried. Of course, this happened before deification, but it's not
unreasonable to think that something similar could have happened afterward,
if (for example) Erik or Haelyn had a wife and couldn't let go of their
mortality right away. I haven't a clue what would happen if a goddess had a
son by a mortal man (or was pregnant at Deismaar?), so I'll not touch that
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