Pantheon Story Deck
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Who PlaysVision CardsFrontBack
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Prelude
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everyone1Character
What did the Hero do with his time before setting out on his quest? What sort of person is he? Is he male? Does he juggle? What's he all about?
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everyone1Setting (world)
What kind of world is this? Is there (non-divine) magic here? Is this the distant past or future of Earth? An alien planet? A vast jungle full of sentient animals?
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everyone1Setting (home)
Does the Hero live in a big city? A small town? Is he part of a nomadic tribe in the mountains? Where is "home"?
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everyoneat least 2Inner Coalition
What motivates the Hero? Which parts of his mind pull against the others for controll of his actions? Does he want to out-shine his brother? Is he a preference utilitarion? Does he want to get back home quickly to care for his ailing mother? Choose at least two motivations that appeal to you to form his Inner Coalition.
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The Call
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gods1Adversary
Who's the bad guy? An evil king? An oragnization? Nature? Is the hero lost in the desert searching for water to survive? What's he up against?
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The Hero's Goal
Has the Hero's sister been kidnapped? Must he steal The Great Weapon before it falls into the hands of the enemy? Will his tribe starve if they can't make it over the mountains to escape the drought?
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The Inciting Incident
How do the gods make their plans known to the Hero? What event acts as The Call To Adventure?
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gods1Or Else...
What's the gods' ackup plan? What if the Hero resists the call? What incentives can you offer to ensure his cooperation?
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The Quest
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hero1The Plan
What's the Hero's overall strategy for victory? Where will he go, and what will he do on his quest?
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The Adventuring Party
Who will accompany the Hero on his quest? Must he raise an army? Convince one loyal friend to join him? How does he do that?
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hero1Inventory
What supplies, tools, or weapons will the Hero take with him? How does he acquire those things? How does he cary them?
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At Dawn, We Ride!
What's the first order of business? What's the next thing the Hero must do once he's set out on his quest?
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And Then It All Went Wrong
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gods1Challenge 1
Things have been going smoothly for the Hero and his party up 'til now, but they're about to get more interesting. Something goes wrong. What is it? How is the Hero's original plan thwarted? Consider sending him a monster, a physical obstacle from the setting, a minion of the villain, or a temptation to contrary part of his Inner Coalition.
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hero0Response 1
How will you deal with the challenge the gods have sent you? Will you need a new plan, even if you overcome this obstacle? Can you somehow turn it to your advantate?
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gods1Reward
Send the Hero some good fortune to keep him motivated. Not too much! Just enough to drive him onward.
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hero1Recovery
The Hero has earned himself a rest. What shenanigans will he and his party get up to while the gods turn their attention elsewhere?
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But the Gods Weren't Done Yet
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gods1Challenge 2
What messes up the Hero's plan this time? Send him something harder, and watch him dance.
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hero0Response 2
And what does the Hero do about that?
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gods0Reflection
You're starting to see what the Hero's made of. Does his tory seem worthy of legand so far? What's missing? What could be even better? What have you found to be the Hero's weaknesses, and how can you exploit them? What can you send to show off his strengths?
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The Calm Before the Storm
The Hero is nearing his destination. What mistakes has he made so far, and what can he do to prevent similar ones in the future? Has he gotten to know his enemy well enough to predict and prepare for his next actions? Is it time for a speech to rally the troops?
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Nightmare
Note: The Muse may blend this chapter with the next as she sees fit.
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gods1Disaster!
Just when the Hero's goal is in sight, disaster strikes. What goes horribly wrong? What puts the Hero, the quest item, or perhaps the entire world in jeopardy?
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gods1It Gets Worse
But that's just the beginning. How is the Hero even worse off than it seemed at first?
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And Furthermore
How can you escalate the catastrophe even further?
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godsat least 1
The Hero Is DOOMED
Continue to pile on the hardship until you expect the Hero, his party, and future generations who hear his tale to lose all hope for the quest.
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Resolution
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hero
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I See Your Disaster, and Raise You a Twist!
An ordinary mortal would give up about now - but you are The Chosen One. You must trimph against all odds! But how will you do it? It's all up to you, Hero. Show the gods what you're really made of, and win your place in history.
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Happily Ever After (?)
everyone
as many as needed
How does this story end?
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