Terminology

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  • apotheosize: to personify the archetype of an immortal
  • archetype: the abstract role of a god, goddess, or other mythic character, personified initially by the original personification and typically at any point in time by the current personification. Some mythic powers and property attach to the archetype; some remain with the original personification. (might want another word for this because of existing meanings in psychology and literature)
  • cestus: classically defined as "Aphrodite's magic girdle"
  • consort: a partner [although not spouse] of a god or goddess. Under LoO, consorts must be the oppposite gender. Consorts may also be married.
  • current personification: whoever is currently personifying an archetype; may or may not be the original personification
  • deptheosize: to give up the ability to personify an immortal
  • favorite: a person who's been designated the favorite (in some way) of a god or goddess. favorites may same-gender as well as opposite-gender (with somewhat fewer rights for same-gender favorites, but still, under Laws of Olympus this is one of the few cases where there are any rights, so becoming a god's favorite is a great career path for a mortal guy), and may or may not be sexual
  • goddess-born-goddess: a goddess who's both an immortal-born-immortal and a female; contrast with goddess-by-marriage and trans-goddess
  • goddess-by-marriage: a goddess who was not born an immortal, but has goddess status by virtue of being a god's consort. contrast with goddess-born-goddess
  • Gods of Olympus, LLC (GoOCo): the legal entity for the Olympian gods
  • immortal: umbrella term including those born as and currently-personifying gods and goddesses
  • immortal-born-immortal: an immortal who was born that way, as opposed to an immortal-born-mortal. Immortals-born-immortal often have elitist attitudes towards immortals-born-mortals; in addition, immortals-born-mortals rights' are transient
  • incarnate: a god or goddess temporarily or permanently occupying the body of a mortal [or potentially another god or goddess, although this is sometimes referred to as apotheosizing]
  • Laws of Olympus (LoO):, the legal system governing the Olympian gods and goddesses, their mythic property, and more generally the Olympian tradition
  • myth: a narrative [or fragment, or collection], potentially partially or completely fictional, about archetypes
  • mythic IP: intellectual property (IP) that relates to myths; for example, the term "kallisti"
  • mythic powers: special power attached in myths to an archetype, person, object, or ideas; for example, the cestus' power to make people fall in love with whoever's wearing it -- or Hephaestus' craftsmanship that allowed him to create the cestus
  • mythic property: objects with mythic powers (for example, the golden apple), or mythic IP. Mythic property is typically governed under the laws of whatever tradition it's part of (which creates problems when the same mythic property is part of multiple traditions, but that's hopefully beyond the scope of this story).
  • Olympian gods: Apollo, Ares, Dionysus, Hephaestus, Hermes, Poseidon, and Zeus
  • Olympian goddess: Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena, Demeter, Hera, and Hestia
  • Olympian tradition: the extended families of the Olympian gods and goddesses, and archetypes in the mythology surrounding them
  • Olympian: as an noun, the Olympian gods and goddess; as an adjective, of or pertaining to the Olympians
  • original personification: the immortal who originally personified the archetype
  • personify: to act as an archetype of a god, goddess, or mortal. For example, the Orpheus in this story is not the original Orpheus (who died), but a mortal or immortal who has inherited, claimed, or been appointed to the archetype. To personify an immortal, a mortal must be apotheosized.
  • ritual wedding: a ceremony establishing a marriage with some magical powers
  • tradition: a collection of archetypes and myths, typically with traditions and rituals, and governed by laws. Example traditions include Egyptian, Olympian, Hindu, Kabbalistic, Wiccan, Catholic, etc. Some traditions have strong taboos against cross-tradition contact or marriage
  • trans-goddess: a trans-immortal who currently identifies as a goddess. contrast with goddess-born-goddess
  • trans-immortal: a god or goddess who was born a different gender, blurs gender roles, and/or identifies as transgendered; in classic Greek mythology, Hermaphroditus and Dionysus are examples