Mercury: Dominyk Wolfram

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Mercury does not need a real station. He can hang out, wander around, run where ever he wants though he should stay within a minute or two's jog from the Temple of Mercury.  Staying away from the rapier and armored combat field is a good idea too, since there are plenty of stations there.

He knows many things and can carry messages for a small fee--say a coin. Though I don't know why the questers would want this done.

The trick should be to catch him. They can summon him at the Temple of Mercury of course.

I can imagine some smart quester agreeing to a race like this: "Very well, I'll race you to the nearest god besides you" as a way to "trick" mercury into leading them somewhere "for free." That's fine.

Mercury is the god of merchants and of knowledge and is the herald of the gods. So he at the very least knows that Vulcan's Forge is among the merchants. He also knows where every quest station is, but doesn't necessarily know any details about what happens there or how to beat them. For that sort of wisdom, Mercury should refer the questers to Minerva or Jupiter.  "Minerva is the goddes of wisdom. She's over near the fighting fields, usually." "Jupiter is the King of the Gods and knows all things. Pass the Gorgons to reach his home on Olympus, over that way."

Most simply put, Mercury knows the "what" of things but not necessarily the "why." His answers are straight and clear, but not necessarily complete.

So, for example, if asked how to reach Pluto, Mercury could say "He resides far down the road through Erebus, along the far side of the lake." But if asked how to cope with Pluto, he does not know. "He is a god as I am. I cannot tell a mortal how to act toward him." Or if asked why the gods aren't doing their jobs. "Venus has left Vulcan. That's why."

Costuming--winged helmet, winged shoes, loincloth--or something warmer in case it is cold out. Body stocking? I think it could be silver or red. 

Since Mercury is the herald of the gods, when we enter afternoon court, he should announce and precede us.

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Duke Alaric,of Caid is another who fits the bill.
Chances are high he will be there ,let me know if you want contact info for him ,VAL

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Alaric would be great

Alaric would be great, though his talents might lend themselves to some more central role. Perhaps he could be the oracle of Apollo?

Then he could actually do something else in another role after that. Hmm.
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Mercury's Temple

Mercury's temple is a station.

Summoning Mercury is the test. Perform to impress the priest of Mercury, then he rings the gong. which summons the god.

MERCURY in Chaucer / Ovid / etc


MERCURIE, MERCURIUS, MERCURYE. Mercury, son of Jupiter and Maia (one of the Pleiades), was born on Mount Cylennius, hence his byname of location, Cylennius. At an early stage of development, his myth took over the aspects of the myth of Hermes, the Greek messenger of the gods. He was Jupiter's winged messenger, the god of cunning, wit, and eloquence, and became the guide of souls, a function of Hermes Psychopompos (Met I and II). Isidore says that Mercury devised deception (Etym VIII.ix.33) and that the magic wand with two snakes entwined, or caduceus, represents the power of language (Etym VIII.xi.48). Petrus Berchorius adds that the wand signifies eloquence (De formis figurisque deorum, fol. 6ra, 46-55, fol. 6rb, 9-16). Mercury was famous for his feat of putting the hundred-eyed Argus to sleep. Jupiter loved Io, whom he changed into a white heifer to save her from Juno's anger. Juno set Argus with his hundred eyes to guard Io and to report to her any visits from Jupiter. Jupiter, however, commanded Mercury to slay Argus, quite a project since the hundred eyes were never closed all at the same time. Taking his sleep-producing wand and his reed pipe, Mercury approached Argus. He put him to sleep with the aid of the music and the wand, then slew him (Met I.668-721).

The winged Mercurie appears to Arcite and bids him be merry, KnT 1384-1386; he carries his "slepy yerd," KnT 1387, which, Berchorius says, induces sleep. He is arrayed as when he put Argus to sleep, KnT 1388. The poet Marcian (Martianus), who has written about the wedding of Mercurie and Philology, must hold his peace, for both his pen and his tongue are too meager to describe the marriage of Januarie and May, MerchT 1732-1735. To excuse Eneas, the book says that Mercurie commands him to leave Dido and go to Italy, HF I.427-432, LGW 1295-1300. Mercurie helps Ulixes escape Circe's enchantments, Bo IV, Metr 3.16-23. Boethius does not mention Mercury by name but writes: Sed licet variis malis / Numen Arcadia alitis, which Chaucer expands to: "But al be it so that the godhede of Mercurie, that is cleped the bridd of Arcadye, hath had merci on duc Ulixes." Troilus invokes Mercurie who loved Hierse, Tr III.729. Mercurye acts as psychopompos or soul-guide to Troilus, Tr V.321, 1826-1827. Mercury provides an abode of refuge for the fleeing Venus, Mars 113-121.

Mercurie, Mercury is the second planet, counting away from the earth (see Ptolemaic map). It is exalted (or has its greatest power) in Virgo, and Pisces is the sign in which it is weakest or has its depression (Tetrabiblos I.19). It is thus the very opposite of Venus, whose exaltation is Pisces and whose depression is Virgo. Mercury controls speech and thought (Tetrabiblos III.12). Those born under Mercury are studious and love ease and rest (Confessio Amantis VII.755-770). Mercury is quicksilver in alchemy.

The children of Mercury are "contrarius" to the children of Venus, WBP 697-698. Mercury's children love wisdom and science, WBP 699. The illustration in Christine de Pizan's Epître d'Othée, British Library Ms. Harley 4431, fol. 102r, shows a group of monks discoursing, while Mercury presides in the stars above them (Seznec, plate 23). Pisces is Mercury's depression but Venus's exaltation, WBP 703-704. The sun is in Mercury when Apollo whirls his chariot up to the mansion of Mercurius, SqT 671-672. The sixth inequal hour of Saturday belongs to Mercury, Astr II.12.25-26. [Aglawros: Argus1: Cilenios: Gemini: Hierse: Marcian: Mars: Venus]

Mercurie is quicksilver in alchemy, CYT 772, 774, 827, 1431, and is also called the Dragon, CYT 1438.

Mercurie, the ME variant, appears twice initially, WBP 699; Tr III.729; six times in medial positions, WBP 697, 703, 705; CYT 1438; HF I.429; LGW 1297; and twice in final rhyming position, KnT 1385, MerchT 1734. Mercurius, the Latin form, appears once medially, SqT 672, and in the Treatise on the Astrolabe; Mercurye, a spelling variant, appears twice medially, Tr V.321, 1827.
Petrus Berchorius, Ovidius moralizatus, ed. J. Engels, 25-26; Isidore, Etymologiae, ed. W.M. Lindsay, I; John Gower, The Complete Works, ed. G.C. Macaulay, III: 253-254; Ovid, Met, ed. and trans. F.J. Miller, I: 2-121; Ptolemy, Tetrabiblos, ed. and trans. F.E. Robbins, 91, 321; J. Seznec, Survival of the Pagan Gods, trans. B.F. Sessions, 74.
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