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Magic: the Gathering - The Mythology Behind Theros

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Magic: the Gathering - Greek Mythology Behind the Gods of Theros
The Roots of Theros
Heliod, God of the Sun
Likely based off of Zeus, God of Sky and Thunder and Helios, God of the Sun
Heliod's spear resembles Zeus's thunderbolts
Heliod's retributive nature alludes to Nemesis, Goddess of Revenge
Nemesis lured Narcissus to his death by a reflecting pool because of her disdain for his beauty
Heliod is friendly to mortals, unlike Greek Gods
Thassa, God of the Sea
Likely based off of Poseidon, God of the Sea and Athena, God of Wisdom
Her name is based off of Thalassa, Goddess of the Sea
Thassa's bident resembles Poseidon's trident and Hades's bident.
Thassa's nature ebbs and flows like the sea
She punished a mortal who stole her bident by turning his family into eels
Erebos, God of the Dead
Likely based off of Hades, God of the Underworld
Erebos's name derived from Erebus, a Deity who is the personification of darkness
Erebos was born from Heliod's shadow
Heliod was afraid of Erebos and banished him to the underworld
Erebos uses his whip to snare the dead into his realm
Erebos is also the God of wealth, since gold is abundant in the underworld and is valueless
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Likely based off of Hephaestus, God of Blacksmiths, Artisans, Fire, and Volcanoes
Purphoros's influence over earthquakes could be attributed to Poseidon
Purphoros's name could be inspired by Periphetes, son of Hephaestus and Anticleia
Unlike the Greek Gods, Purphoros is willing to share his creations and techniques with mortals
Nylea, God of the Hunt
Likely based off of Artemis, God of the Hunt
Confirmed to be based off of Diana, God of the Hunt
Could be based off of the Goddesses of the seasons, Eiar, Theros, Pthinoporon, Cheimon, which correspond to Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter respectively
Theros, the Goddess of Summer, is the inspiration behind the name of the card set Theros
Nylea retains control over the seasons
Unlike Greek Gods, Nylea abhors temples and sacrifices made in her honor
Nylea's bow could be based off of a bow that Artemis wished for from Zeus
Bibliography
http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/mm/263

http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/mm/264

http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/mm/265

http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/261c

http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/262c

http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/263c

http://puremtgo.com/articles/wild-myths-inspired-theros-cards
Magic: the Gathering
First trading card game
Collectible expansion-based fantasy art trading card game since 1994
Game started out with artifact creatures
Lucent Liminid, an enchantment creature, introduced in the set Future Sight
Both fans and developers wanted an enchantment-based set to be created
Idea of color-themed and dream-based gods with their boons in the forms of enchantments is thought of
Nyx, the realm of the gods
Theros is born, inspired by Greek mythology
Lucent Liminid
Theran Counterpart of Lucent Liminid
Art by Matt Stewart
First enchantment creature
Art by Eric Fortune
Celestial Archon
Heliod, God of the Sun
White God of Theros
Art by Jaime Jones
Spear of Heliod
Full name is Khrusor, the Sun Spear
Art by Yeong-Hao Han
Thassa, God of the Sea
Blue God of Theros
Art by Jason Chan
Bident of Thassa
Full name is Dekella, Two-Pronged Spear
Art by Yeong-Hao Han
Erebos, God of the Dead
Black God of Theros
Art by Peter Mohrbacher
Whip of Erebos
Full name is Mastix, Golden-Handled Whip
Art by Yeong-Hao Han
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Red God of Theros
Art by Eric Deschamps
Hammer of Purphoros
Full name is Akmon, Large Hammer
Art by Yeong-Hao Han
Nylea, God of the Hunt
Green God of Theros
Art by Chris Rahn
Bow of Nylea
Full name is Ephixis, Shortbow
Art by Yeong-Hao Han
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