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a random plot bunny

December 5th, 2009 (04:29 pm)
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Out of nowhere today, I was bit by a Greek myth AU idea: Perseus, instead of cutting Medusa's head off so he can use her power to fight the Kraken, just asks for her help. And she does. And then Medusa's a hero of the city and Andromeda asks Medusa to stay, and they fight crime there is intrigue, because in ancient warfare Medusa is basically the equivalent of a tactical nuclear weapon, and rival cities fearful of her power will try to suborn her, neutralize her -- or cut her head off so they can have her power for their own. I think I will work on this as a comic book story.

Sample dialogue:

PERSEUS. "So, um, your sisters -- their hair looks --"
MEDUSA. "Beautiful?"
PERSEUS. "I was going to say 'normal.'"
MEDUSA. "Ah."
PERSEUS. "So, what's the --"
MEDUSA. "Ever make love in a temple of Athena?"
PERSEUS. *puzzled* "...no..."
MEDUSA. "Don't."

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Posted by: Persephone (persephone_kore)
Posted at: December 5th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)

I am intrigued. I like the dialogue snippet. And I am guessing the artwork would never actually show Medusa's face except maybe in reflections?

Is Athena still annoyed enough that they have to deal with her hassling them, or would Zeus overrule her?

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: December 7th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)

I hadn't thought about the gods much, yet. Mostly focusing on the people.

Interesting thoughts on Medusa's face. I haven't decided what the rules are, yet -- if she can go masked, or if she can't even look at people. The latter would raise a ton of staging issues. I am planning on considerable use of curtains and silhouette.

Posted by: Persephone (persephone_kore)
Posted at: December 8th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)

Cool.

I can understand wanting to focus on the human characters; it just came to mind that (unless you skip the gods almost entirely) the question of what grudges they're holding -- or that the mortals think they might be holding -- would probably be a factor.

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Posted by: Karl Gallagher (selenite)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
couple

Yep. And I read it out loud to my wife and there was more LOL.

Posted by: Coaster (coasterchild)
Posted at: December 5th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
quinto and zoe

I think I will work on this as a comic book story.

Do iiiiiit. Even though I know painfully little about Greek mythology, I would read the heck out of it.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: December 8th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)

I'm about halfway through scripting issue #1 now. It'll be two or three issues, open-ended so potentially ongoing if I were to go insane. But the art is the sticking point; I'll probably try rendering it, but that'll take ages, and I have two superhero issues (with back-up features!) in the can now with no art...

Basically, once I wind up "a poem every day," I'm pretty much going whole hog on comics.

Edited at 2009-12-08 01:17 am (UTC)

Posted by: doctor_alice (doctor_alice)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)

What an awesome idea. I'd read it too.

Posted by: the high four-and-a-half (nextian)
Posted at: December 6th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
ladies

That would be amazing. Plus there's the potential of a Sparklelord characterization of Pegasus.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: December 7th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)

Pegasus appears only as a punchline. I think it's a pretty good one.

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