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Deucalion

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    Deucalion was a total goody two-shoes. Good thing, too, because it saved the lives of him and his wife Pyrrha. See, way back in the day, Zeus decided that humanity was completely corrupt, so he sent a giant flood to drown everybody. Well, everybody except the god-fearing Deucalion and Pyrrha, that is. At the advice of his dad, Prometheus, Deucalion built a floating wooden chest. (Sounds a lot like Noah, right?) The last man and woman ended up landing on the top of Mt. Parnassus, where they hung out until the water went away. After that, they threw some rocks over their shoulders to create a new race of human beings. Aw, we love happy endings.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Deucalion

    Nickname

    Greek Noah
    Dooky (I hate this one.)

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Elysium

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    King of Thessaly (retired)
    Shipwright

    Education

    The Prometheus School of Ship Building

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Pro-Zeus (though he can be a little harsh sometimes)

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Prometheus (Dad)
    Pronoia or Clymene (Mom)

    Siblings

    N/A

    Children

    Hellen (the ancient Greek king, not "of Troy")
    Amphiktyon
    Pandora (named after her famous grandma)
    Protogeneia
    Thyia
    Orestheus

    Friends

    Prometheus (my awesome dad who suggested I build a boat—thanks, Pops!)

    Enemies

    Water

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Married to Pyrrha

    Interested in

    My wife

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    When the Levees Broke 
    Treme 
    The Blue Planet 

    Quotations

    "Water, water, everywhere,
    And all the boards did shrink;
    Water, water, everywhere,
    Nor any drop to drink."
    "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    "Flood-tide below me! I watch you, face to face;
    Clouds of the west! sun there half an hour high! I
    see you also face to face."
    "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman

    "DELUGE, n. A notable first experiment in baptism which washed away the sins (and sinners) of the world."
    – Ambrose Bierce

    "We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear."
    – Martin Luther King Jr.

    "I was in another lifetime
    one of toil and blood.
    When blackness was a virtue
    and the road was full of mud
    I came in from the wilderness
    a creature void of form
    'Come in' she said
    'I'll give you shelter from the storm'."
    – "Shelter from the Storm" by Bob Dylan

    Books

    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge 
    Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Proof that it's a bad idea to take animals with you on a boat.) 
    Moby-Dick by Herman Melville 
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy 
    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 
    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis 
    The Tempest by William Shakespeare 
    Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 
    "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman 
    The Seafarer 
    Genesis in the Bible

    Music

    Colder Weather by The Zac Brown Band 
    Shelter from the Storm by Bob Dylan 
    Home by Phillip Phillips 
    On the Sea by Beach House 
    Rock the Boat by Hues Corporation (me and Pyrrha's song) 
    Sloop John B by The Beach Boys 
    Row Row Row Your Boat (Pyrrha got so annoyed when I got this stuck in my head during the flood.)

    Movies

    Titanic (They should have went simpler; a wooden chest worked for me.) 
    2012 
    The Blue Lagoon 
    Hard Rain 
    Life of Pi 
    Das Boot 
    The Perfect Storm 
    Jaws (You should've seen the size of sharks in my day.) 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Toy model boats
    Battleship Online
    Rock tossing
    Manatees
    Mountain Goats

    Interests

    Marine Biology
    Nautical Engineering
    Meteorology

    Groups

    Flood Survivors
    Shipwrights 
    Mountain Climbers 

  • Spotter's Guide

    Deucalion was alive way back in the day, so if you want to talk to him you'll have to head down to Elysium, the city of the blessed dead. His wife, Pyrrha, gets kind of annoyed with him these days because he's always building boats, so you might find him in the middle of a little marital squabble. But you'll know it's him because of all the shipbuilding tools.

    Sex: Male
    Age: Lived to a ripe old age
    Build: Average
    Complexion: Olive
    Hair Color: Brown
    Facial Hair: Beard
    Scars/marks/tattoos: None
    Jewelry and accessories: Floating chest; stones that repopulated the earth
    Clothing: Robes
    Armor: None
    Type of Weapon: None

    Typical Companions:

    Pyrrha

    Known Hangouts:

    Elysium
    Mountaintops

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Library by Apollodorus

    Get the skinny on flood survival from this ancient text.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 0199

    The Metamorphoses by Ovid

    The fight of the century—Deucalion and Pyrrha vs. the Deluge—comes to life in this mega-famous collection of poems.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 0099

    Fabulae by Hyginius

    Read all about how people will sprout out of the ground if you throw a rock over your shoulder. (Well, it worked for Pyrrha and Deucalion.)

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Dionysica by Nonnos

    The great deluge is described in major detail in this last great poem of antiquity. (Squids on land, oh my!)