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Started by Matt Snyder, May 15, 2003, 01:09:11 PM
QuoteThere exist among mortals individuals who remain ignorant of their power. These men and women work and play upon the nations of Earth, guided by what they know and what they've experienced in life. They may ask questions about their world. They may pray to divine powers. They may doubt. They may pretend they don't care about it all. Like all mortals on earth, they exist in a lie. Their world is an illusion crafted of science and ignorance and faith and dreams made almost-real.But, there are moments of grace and fortune in their lives that they cannot explain with what they have lived and learned. These moments are crucial points in their lives. They are the decisions that shape who and what these individuals are, whether by loss or by gain. So it goes for all of humanity, ever struggling with its mortality to win or lose or simply to live well.Yet for these individuals there is a difference. They do not experience fortune. The cause it. The do not answer to fate. They guide it, one moment at a time. These few possess a grace and power they do not yet comprehend. They are Archons, and they possess the power to shape the universe.So they continue living a lie. Everything they know is wrong. The world is not the place they thought it was. Until one day a man -- or what appears to be a man -- shows up in their lives and peels back the illusion of the universe as they know it. He shows them a passage to experience worlds they've never known.He explains to these often-skeptical individuals that he is Prometheus, the Titan of ancient myth. He reveals a universe governed by immortals, the gods and titans they know from myths and legends. He unveils the Nine Worlds, and shows them vistas of hidden worlds they never imagined existed outside the fanciful minds of thinkers and dreamers.But, there remain some things Prometheus cannot show them, some things he cannot unmask. These newly awakened Archons may have a new worldview and awareness of their power, but their hearts and minds remain very much the same. There are greater truths they cannot answer knowing that the sun is a golden city or that Hades imprisons the dead. They are mortals who love and hate, who dream and lust, and who cheat and avenge. They are fallible men and women with a fabulous gift. They have the power to change the way things are. They can judge for themselves what is virtuous and what is good. And, though mortal, they can execute that judgement just as the gods can. With all their power to shape the universe, to bend and break the rules as they desire, the Archons possess no great power to answer: Should they?On that question, Prometheus provides little insight; he offers no spark of inspiration. He can, for reasons of his own, only show the Archons the journey. He knows nothing of the destination.
Quote from: Matt SnyderArchons does indeed roll of the tongue more easily, and it's quite appropriate given all-things-greek (archons were something like nobles with power/judgment in ancient Athens).
Quote from: Matt SnyderHowever, the Demiurge remains. It's just that individuals aren't commonly called "Demiurgists." Doing so is appropriate, however. Think of the Demiurge as the collective unconscious of all the Archons, who "vote" how the Demiurge shapes the universe by making decisions about changing the world piece by piece.