Oracle of Delphi: Mistress Isobel of Beddingfield

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All teams of questers approach the Oracle at the same time. This is the only station for which this should be true.

Large bowl of water with sealed glass vials containing riddles to begin quest. Riddle might be the wrong term.

The Delphic Oracle often said things that were veiled references, often clear only in retrospect. Looking at those examples, more than riddles I think we might be better off offering obscure advice on how each team should move through the quest. (Susanna Grey, I could really use your writing help here.) different problem for each team (5 different tasks – riddle in a bottles in a transparent bowl of water), success gains the team their escort. Blind folded, on a “altar”, with small columns one topped with brass bowl with riddles. If you fail the penalty will be sub-quest find the Three Fates and pass their test in order to gain an interpretation of the oracle's statement.

The idea here should be to send the teams in different directions, so they don't all stack up behind one another at the same station.

Isobel, if I can get you to write some of the oracular statements, that would be a big help.

Isobel is handling her own costuming.

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Who appears at this station?

As best I can figure, this would be the station where the Fates appear--or perhaps the first time.

Or is Hera the right person for this? Athena, Goddess of wisdom? Apollo, god of Delphi?

Que Les Mauvais Soient Dévoré de la Flamme

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Who will be the Oracle?

How we design this and the role we assign is going to depend heavily on who plays the role.

As other comments suggest, the Fates are the wrong people to have here. We need an Oracle.

Male or female, doesn't matter. What does matter is that the Oracle has to be a good presenter, impressive, able to ad lib and to really project the feel we want for the day.

We need a suggestion for who should do this!

Que Les Mauvais Soient Dévoré de la Flamme

Oracle thoughts

There were two Oracles: Apollo's was at Delphi, and Zeus' was at Dodona. If you went to those, the respective gods spoke through the Oracle. The Fates and Minerva (are we using Roman names? Or Greek?) appeared at random when they felt like it. Minerva loved tricky, clever men.

For really creepy prophecy, you had to try the Sibyl of Cumae (see the Aeneid)--very icky, lots of hoops to jump through.

I can't see Juno (Gk. Hera) attempting prophecy, unless she's being asked by a pregnant woman or a wronged wife.

(I've been rootng around in Edith Hamilton's Mythology. Useful index in that thing!)

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I do need to get everything switched over to Roman.

Though "Zeus" sure sounds cooler than "Jupiter."

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possibly useful cross-ref

Haven't vetted it deeply, but as a quick reference this may prove handy:


Let me know what you want

Let me know what you want written and I can probably give Susanna a hand so she's not stuck writing all of the texts. (unless that's what she wants to do! hehe)

What the world needs is a good ELE. - Jonathan Blackbow

Susanna is not writing

Susanna is not writing texts. Susanna is sewing. ;-)

I'm hoping that clues for the Fates will be written by someone (who is not us).

You all have an incredible brain trust going on here! :-)


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Two Susannas

I should have mentioned earlier.

There are two Susannas: Mistress Susanna and THL Susanna, my squire. Both sew, one writes.

If I refer to "Susie" it isn't me being overly familiar with MistressTHL Susanna Grey, it's me speaking of my squire.

I hope we'll start to see some posts from her today.

Que Les Mauvais Soient Dévoré de la Flamme

LOL Only my sisters call me


Only my sisters call me Susie. ;-)


Now you're confused.

Good Sir,

For clarification of "...isn't...with Mistress Susanna Grey, it's me speaking of my squire":

Mistress Susanna is not grey, though she is an honorable lady.
The squire Susanna holds no such title, though she does aspire to grey.

Cordially and with much familiar giggling and finger pointing,

Love is never wrong.

LOL Now we have them running


Now we have them running in circles. For while I am rather gray, I am not a Grey. ;-)

I tend to have misspelled fiber tools nearby. And you'll never find me in armor. I cry when I get hit...

I am honored to have my name confused with such a fine lady. :-)


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Oracle Clues

I'm starting to draft the initial oracular clues for the 9 starting stations. They appear under the entry for each station, with a link labeled "Oracular Statement for Minotaur" for example.

I think Isobel should play

I think Isobel should play her like Emma Thompson's character in the Harry Potter movie. :-)

ooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOHHHHH! The Fates are speaking to me!!!!!

Sir Bryce de Byram, OL, OP

Late to the fray, I had

Late to the fray, I had password issues. With the oracular statements, can I get a cheat sheet so I know what the heck it is I'm telling them to do?