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Mythic Heroes

One is able to use the abilities of famous mythological heroes from every place and time like Achilles, Hercules, Karna, Beowulf, etc.; unlike folklore entities, they are directly associated with certain mythologies.

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Enter the Ascension Realm in the latest idle RPG from IGG: Mythic Heroes. Summon and forge friendships with your favorite heroes from myth and legend including Thor, Loki, Hades, and Artemis! Explore the ancient stories of the world from the depths of Atlantis to the heights of the Kunlun Mountains. Your journey in the Ascension Realm awaits, Summoner!Go to the Google Play Store or App Store to download the game now:

The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities: New Stories About Mythic Heroes is an anthology of short stories written by Rick Riordan and the other Rick Riordan Presents authors (Roshani Chokshi, J.C. Cervantes, Yoon Ha Lee, Carlos Hernandez, Kwame Mbalia, Rebecca Roanhorse, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Sarwat Chadda, and Graci Kim) which center around both characters from their previous books, and new heroes.

On his Tower of Nero tour in October 2020, Rick Riordan announced[1] that he and the Rick Riordan Presents authors would be writing short mythology-based stories in an anthology focusing on the theme of heroes; later, on January 24 2021, Rick Riordan publicly revealed[2] the official title, and said that his short story would focus on Irish mythology and be titled, "My Life as a Child Outlaw".

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents ten new stories--including one of his own--about beloved heroes that sprang from the imaginations of some of the best middle grade authors working today.

A cave monster . . . an abandoned demon . . . a ghost who wants to erase history . . . a killer commandant . . . These are just some of the challenges confronting the young heroes in this highly entertaining anthology.All but one of the heroes previously starred in a popular book from Rick Riordan Presents.

Players can form a powerful team comprised of an army of gods and heroes for epic battles. You can win fights against monsters or in PVP to collect rewards and currencies to buy more mythical Heroes or powerful weapons and items.

Players can summon heroes and gods from different pantheons to create a unique and powerful team. Battle it out to save the world against the dark forces. They can improve their heroes with new abilities, unlock powerful weapons and make them stronger as they level up.

The "mythic hero" is a particular breed of hero with particular traits. The Greek hero Heracles (Latin Hercules) will stand as our model Mythic Hero - since he exemplifies most of the associated traits - but we shall consider other mythic heroes from an assortment of cultures in our search to understand what exactly we mean by "heroic" in the "mythic" sense. Artwork used to illustrate these myths and heroes is deliberately drawn from a wide range of cultures, artists, periods and media to reveal the viability and popularity of such myths beyond antiquity.

Most fanciers of mythology are familiar with the old Pattern of the Hero, an attempt to boil down the main events of a hero's life and career: for example, he is said to be of elevated parentage, exposed as an infant, adopted by poor foster family, has marvelous adventures, saves a princess from a dreadful fate, marries her, and eventually meets with a mysterious death...). This general pattern has been molded to fit various methodological approaches and there is little distinction - on a thematic level - to be made between patterns presented by Lord Raglan (myth-ritualist), Otto Rank (Freudian), and Joseph Campbell (Jungian). The pattern works well for the hero of folklore, but not for most mythic heroes, for it doesn't necessarily include the single most important contribution of the mythic hero: insight into our sacred beginnings from which we have become alienated and with which we strive to reconnect. Mythology opens a door, an access way to what lies beyond our profane reality. The mythic hero can walk through that door and return to our world once again, while we cannot. So we depend on him to take that journey for us, and we hope to learn something about the cosmos and ourselves as a result of it.

Because the mythic hero must be able to cross the boundaries that separate our world from that of the gods, to make accessible to mortals that wondrous but forbidden world, the mythic hero must have a mythic passport, i.e., divine parentage (something the established "pattern" waters down to include "royal parentage" ). This commingling of divine and mortal will allow him to act beyond the ordinary limits of humanity, an essential characteristic of the mythic hero. Divine conceptions of mythic heroes may be accomplished in several ways. The trickster-god motif is used by a god when he disguises himself as a woman's husband in order to gain access to her sexually. She then has intercourse with her real husband and eventually gives birth to twins of different fathers. This is not an uncommon tale in classical mythology, but it does not offer any great opportunity to artists, since an illustration of the moment of such a heroic conception would show only what appeared to be man and wife. Heracles, the model mythic hero for today's talk, is the product of such a union between his mother, Alcmene and Zeus, king of the Greek pantheon. Born Alcides, our mythic hero is the son of Zeus and is therefore half-divine; his twin Iphicles is the mortal offspring of Alcmene's husband, Amphytrion. Heracles' paternity will be a never-ending source of pain during his life, for as the bastard son of Zeus he will continually suffer in the throes of Hera's jealousy.

Antiope also birthed a set of twins fathered by Zeus, this time in the form of a satyr. Amphion and Zethus become city-founders of Thebes, whose walls were made by stones moved by the music from Amphion's lyre, a gift of Hermes. City-founding alone is enough to qualify one born of divine parentage for mythic hero status.

What does it take, then, to be a mythic hero in classical Greek mythology? Does one need to embark on great adventures and be the dragon-slayer of great renown? No, although many mythic heroes do engage in such activities. This, however, is more of a folklore motif than qualification for mythic hero status. We must be careful to separate our preconceived notions of what makes a hero heroic from what the ancient cultures themselves demanded. Our list of classical Greek heroes might include the courageous Heracles, Perseus and Theseus, but a Greek's would also have included city-founders, eponymous heroes (those who give their name to a region or people) and others as well. This is an important distinction, for few women would fit the paradigm of the "dragon-slayer", yet there were actually as many female mythic heroes in the Greek tradition as male. To paraphrase Tristram Coffin, it is certainly more glamorous to grab a tiger by the tail than to pluck the feathers from a dead duck, and women simply did not have the opportunity (with few exceptions) to seek adventure in the manner of male heroes. Although the events of his life did not qualify a hero for mythic status, the circumstances of birth (as stated - divine parentage) and the reaction to his death are the qualifying factors. As we shall see, some form of immortality must be gained by the hero - in classical lore this is usually manifested by the hero having achieved cult status after death. Archaeological and epigraphical evidence (inscriptions) can be very helpful here - for example, even today you can still travel to Sparta and visit the Menelaion, a cult shrine dedicated to the worship of both Menelaus and his wife Helen.

But yes, the many classical Greek female mythic heroes tend to operate in a different way than their male counterparts, partly because of biology and partly because of social constraints. One of the premier differences might be summed up this way: men travel to places to establish themselves as heroes; women do it at home. Men found cities; women save them. Sacrificial heroism is based on the true evidence that human sacrifices were made to save cities, and the art and literature of antiquity provides details of particular instances.

In some versions of her story, Ipheginia willingly goes to her death, sacrificing herself in return for a Greek victory in the Trojan War. In other versions, this child of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra is rescued at the very last moment by Artemis and becomes her priestess in Tauris. Artemis decreed that henceforth the clothing of women who die in childbirth would be dedicated to Iphigenia, affording her the cult status necessary for a hero to become mythic.

The difference between male and female heroism in classical mythology is most clearly shown in the story of Alcestis. She willfully sacrifices her life for what she considers a greater good, the life of her husband. At the end of Euripides' play, Heracles rescues her from her doom. While she is deemed heroic for submitting to Death, Heracles proves his heroism by wrestling Death. In the end, female heroes are less active and more reactive than their male counterparts, yet they were no less effective or celebrated in antiquity.

But it is the male heroes who give us the sitting on the edge of your seat, cliff-hanger, action-packed adventure stories we so like - in Heracles, we have a figure who enjoys cult status after his death, but who also earned his reputation by engaging in many glorious and wondrous adventures. The twelve Labors of Heracles and his parerga (or side-adventures) form the bulk of the Heraclean corpus. Again, his connection with divinity is significant. Heracles becomes enslaved to his Uncle Eurystheus, a favorite of Hera, in a rite of purification for the murder of his first wife and child. It is Hera, of course, who is said to have caused the madness that overcame Heracles and caused him to kill his loved ones. The great hero, performing these labors at Hera's instigation, will henceforth be known as Heracles, literally the "Glory of Hera."

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