PROJECT A sacred mountain

Discussion in 'CREATING WORLDS & SETTINGS' started by Lstorm, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. Throughout history, many mountains have been given special treatment by the local cultures or the people who lived around them. For example, the Olympus was considered the resting place of the gods because fog shrouded its peak so often that people could not see what was happening up there. Similarly, local folklore often centres around mountains, not to mention that there may be several shrines, or even a temple dedicated to the gods on said mountain.

    Your exercise is to create a mountain which is seen as special either by the local people or a whole mythology. You can use the following sheet as a guide or make up your own.
    Name:

    Peak Height: (A rough estimate is fine)

    Description:

    Associated Deity or Deities:

    Places of Importance: (Shrines, sacred stones or meadows, etc.)

    Animals of Importance: (Animals that are seen the most frequently or have some significance to the local people or the myth circle)

    Associated Traditions: (If there are none, just leave this area empty. Otherwise, a short description is fine.)

    Role: (What role does it play in local mythology or the mythological cycle? Is the mountain seen as benevolent of maleficient?)

    Importance: (Just how sacred is this mountain? Are outsiders allowed to travel through it? Are people allowed to live on it?)

    Associated Myth(s) or Legend(s): (A short summary is enough, but if you want to go for detail, be my guest.)
     
  2. Throughout history, many mountains have been given special treatment by the local cultures or the people who lived around them. For example, the Olympus was considered the resting place of the gods because fog shrouded its peak so often that people could not see what was happening up there. Similarly, local folklore often centres around mountains, not to mention that there may be several shrines, or even a temple dedicated to the gods on said mountain.

    Your exercise is to create a mountain which is seen as special either by the local people or a whole mythology. You can use the following sheet as a guide or make up your own.Name:
    Mount Crayus

    Peak Height:
    Pretty damn high

    Description:
    A bare, jagged mountain with a blunt summit. The ground is sheer rock, with streaks of gray and brown; no trees grow for ten miles around it, and no animals live on it save for mean squirrels and rats

    Associated Deity or Deities:
    It is said that this mountain is the mark where the Creating God's fingers touched the earth to put life into it

    Places of Importance:
    Within the mountain is a mine and a fortress which used to be a glory of glories to the strongest wizard who ever lived

    Importance: Storm clouds which move over this mountain are harbingers of doom; game that came from that mountain must not be eaten. At the beginning of the world it was a rich place, full of animals and fruit and trees and minerals and fertile earth; now it is a place that brings only death and emptiness

    Associated Myth:
    Years ago, the world's Greatest Sorcerer established his home in that mountain, so to become more in tune with the energies of nature, which at the time thrived nowhere more than on that mountain. He found there a unique mineral, which enhanced his casting and allowed him deeper insight into his magic than had ever been gained before; this power drove him to corruption, believing he could use it to shape the world in a better image, and he waged war on the world with it. The world won, but at the price of the mountain.
     
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  3. Peak Height:

    31,000 feet

    Description:

    A mountain made of aggregated diamond nanorod, in areas there are sharp points. It’s situated in the middle of a hot desert which the normal temperature reaches 101 degrees. This mountain has many nests home to the bird sandgrouse.

    Associated Deity or Deities:

    This mountain is the most valuable of mountains. If you want to be rich than you have to earn it, If you can stand the heat and the over protective sandgrouse who lives here who will attack anyone who comes near.

    Importance:

    The storm comes once a year here and lasts for 7 days. Lightning is always seen striking around the mountain hitting the silver mine below, It’s rumoured that there is an entrance from the mountain to the silver mine. No one has ventured there and returned alive.

    Associated Myth:

    The tale goes there was a man many many years ago who was a friend to all sandgrouses and let them have the mountain while he stays underground mining out the silver. The greed inside him was so great they say he’s still down there mining out the silver never aging and transformed into a half bird half man creature. The sandgrouses of the mountain protect him no matter what. If people tried climbing the mountain they say the diamond can slice your hand. That’s if you managed to climb the mountain without the millions of sandgrouses not realising your there.
     
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