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Dionysus (Bacchus) Spotter's Guide

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Spotter's Guide

You want to hang out with Dionysus? He shouldn't be too hard to find. Just go out in the woods and follow the sounds of singing and dancing. He'll be the one semi-mortal with a bottle of wine, dancing in the middle of a crowd of scantily clad women and these little goat-men called Satyrs. Dionysus himself usually appears as a slim, effeminate looking young man with long hair, though sometimes he's an old man with a beard (people age, you know?). The wine god is almost always seen wearing vine leaves in his hair and is sometimes holding his thyrsus, a staff topped with a pine cone. You have to be careful if you go to one of Dionysus' parties, though. People have been known to get completely torn up – literally.

Physical Description

Sex: Male
Age: Late teens
Build: Slim
Complexion: Pale
Hair Color: Blonde or brown
Facial Hair: None
Scars/Marks/Tattoos: None
Jewelry and Accessories: Vine wreath in hair, drinking cup (usually filled with wine) in hand
Clothing: Not much
Armor: None needed – he gets his followers to do his dirty work for him
Type of Weapon: Thyrsus, a staff topped with a pine cone (deadlier than you think)

Typical Companions

  • Satyrs
  • Nymphs
  • Maenads
  • Pan
  • Silenus
  • Ariadne

Known Hangouts

  • The Woods
  • His dad's thigh
  • Bars
  • Napa Valley
  • Mount Cithaeron
  • College parties

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