Once, long ago, they were Elves. There was a great war with the Yuan-ti, serpent beings of unmatched cruelty and sinister intellect. Both sides fought with everything they had, the Yuan-ti bringing to bear every trick they could muster, and the Elves with the determination and forethought that comes from having fought a single war for a four-hundred year lifetime.
As the bloody affair neared it's end, it became apparent that the Elves would be the victors. Refusing them a true victory, the Yuan-ti, in a last act of malice, sacrificed scores of basilisks to their gods. Though the Elves won, it was at a terrible cost. Their gaze turned those who had been missed by the curse to stone, their skin took on the scales of serpents and their hair turned into snakes.
Cast away from their frightened brethren, the cursed Elves took to the sea. For years they sailed, until finally they found a remote island. Upon this island, along with many perils, were the ruins of some unknown civilization. The cursed Elves, who had now adopted the name "Medusa", or "Curseborn" in the Elven tongue, took refuge in the buildings.
It was only then that the final aspect of their terrible curse became apparent to them. They were nearly incapable of conceiving male children. Of their offspring, 95 out of 96 were female. Since that time, Their numbers have been in steady decline. Alone, on a dangerous island, they struggle to survive. They despise the Elves now, from the belief that they were abandoned in their hour of need. They now devote much of their time to trying to find a way to negate the gender-based aspect of the curse in order to save their race, for they have come to embrace what they have become.
They have found that their petrifying gaze, though it has no effect on other members of their race, allows them to live on the island without fear of any being with sight. They have inherited the mystic traditions of the Elves, and are competent sorcerers. Interestingly, it seems that the birth of a new race has also lead to the birth of new gods, Gethserath and Amarane. What this means for the leaders of other religions is so far unknown.
Just thought I'd mention that as this is my first submission, advice and thoughts are welcomed.
Not Registered Yet? No problem.
Do you want Strolenati super powers? Registering. That's how you get super powers! These are just a couple powers you receive with more to come as you participate.
- Upvote and give XP to encourage useful comments.
- Work on submissions in private or flag them for assistance.
- Earn XP and gain levels that give you more site abilities (super powers).
- You should register. All your friends are doing it!
? Responses (11)
First off, welcome to the Citadel, Grey. This is a nice new look at the medusa as a race (though I prefer to call them gorgons, since that's the actual name of the creature, and not simply the most well known one). The history is interesting, and it is nicely detailed. A few more details about this "infant god" of theirs would be nice. Great first sub.
A good idea of how they came to be.
An interesting take on reworking the classic Greek mythos creature. Your presentation is quite good - I look forward to see more from you.
An interesting perspective on the Medusa. A solid submission and good first effort. Welcome to the Citadel Grey.
Updated: Now that I've written about their goddesses, it seemed necessary to update this sub as well.
I like this! Like Valadaar stated, it's a great take on an old creature. I look forward to checking out your related submissions.
I like this one as well. Completely re-inventing a well-known creature's tale of genesis. A sacrifice of dozens of basilisks is a nice visual :) And the 95/96 being born female is a nice otuch too. Are you perchance familiar with the 'maedar'? I believe they appeared in an old Dragon magazine once. The rarer-than-rare male counterpart of the Medusa. (Perhaps that 1/96?)They were able to pass thru walls and turn stone to flesh (for eating). Anyway, i just mentioned them because they would make a perfect addition to your myth.
You need but one male to impregnate many, many females. A man could sire what, almost a thousand kids per year, given ample appetite and stamina. Even five hundred is enough.
Their culture had to adapt, and most likely this would be taken into account.
As others have said, an intriguing take on a mythological creature.
I agree with the comments, always fun to reinvent the origin story for sure!!!
This reads as embarrassingly juvenile to me now, but I'm going to leave it up for posterity's sake.