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The old World of Darkness (and new Chronicles of Darkness) books often completely reinvented the mythical creatures you played as, and then smugly asserted that the folklore got it all wrong. So I was thinking, what if the folklore was the "secret truth" and the WoD/CoD versions were the folklore / pop culture understanding? What if ...

  • Werewolves show up in action movies as noble beasts who fight pollution on behalf of Gaia, but are actually monsters that humans turn into endangered animals who avoid humans whenever possible?

  • Kitsune are portrayed in dark urban fantasy as arrogant princelings, who serve their stern lord Inari and endanger the humans they romance. But She is actually a harmless rice goddess, and foxes who take human form place themselves in mortal danger by doing so, much like transgender humans?

  • Vampires are depicted in pop culture as rich bloodsucking seducers, who tempt mortals into a life of eternal debauchery. But what if they actually are exactly like that sparkle in sunlight?

Maybe not that last one ~

Date: 2017-09-11 02:13 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
*bwee* Would read and/or play! And I'm chuckling at the vampires.

Um.

Kelpies are written into books as seductive equine shapeshifters; in actuality they're spooky, flighty herd creatures who can take human form, but rarely bother unless someone brings enough (non-metaphorical) sugar.

Selkies are portrayed as sad woobies with magic that doesn't quite belong to them (h/t Seanan McGuire). They're actually strongly heirarchical social creatures with elaborate patterns of movement and ritual.

Swan Maidens are portrayed as beautiful, mystical, and alluring oracles of wisdom. They're generally just big aggro geese substantially more aggressive and in-the-moment than their fictional counterparts.

Date: 2017-09-12 02:35 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
I get a bit sad about swan maidens too. (I miss our DW-local swan maiden.)

I've heard that. Also even American grey wolves are astonishingly large and powerful animals, and that's not getting into timber wolves, which are even bigger.

I'd read the heck out of that.

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