A friend sent me this image a few weeks ago, saying that it made him think of Mythender:
From the Star Trek wiki:
According to Klingon mythology, Kortar (also Kotar) was the first Klingon. He and his mate destroyed the gods who created them, and as punishment, Kortar was condemned to ferry the souls of the dishonored to Gre’thor on the Barge of the Dead.
This unlocked an idea in my head, that blends Mythender with the idea of the heroquest (as from Heroquest), where people recreate moments of mythic stories as part of mystical ritual in an otherspace.
What if some Klingon rites involved the mythical reenactment of killing the old gods? Since Star Trek is told from a human perspective, that’s not a story that we could see through the Federation’s lens—no matter how well regarded Picard is to the Klingon ruling class, he’s still human and thus cannot enter the mythic Klingon otherspace.
There would have to be a bunch of small changes to it for flavor, notably:
- The bat’leth isn’t worthy of being a Weapon in Mythender terms. Every warrior has one. Your mythic Weapons have to go beyond that.
- Corruption and apotheosis is linked to being able to come back from this heroquest analog. Maybe it’s bloodlust—falling too far into ancient rage perhaps moves you away from modern Klingon honor.
- I don’t know if I would keep or throw out Fates. There would need to be a Forms element, but it could be a general concept or maybe match with other Klingon Myths that would need to be described.
- I have no idea how to solve the Mythenders’ Moments element here, but we need those mechanics to keep the cycle of the game in tune
Any Star Trek/Mythender fans out there? What do you think?