Fortress Godstorm: Compendium
The sole purpose for this section is to enhance the experience while playing a game of Risk Godstorm. Many of the references and locations are arcane and some appear to have been invented just for the game itself. If nothing else, it will serve as a source of trivia while awaiting your next turn. The information is divided into three main sections: Characters, Locations and Objects (people, places and things). The various items are arranged according to their appearance in Godstorm. For example: Stonehenge is listed under the Objects section as it appears on a card in the game but nowhere on the map board itself. The information included here merely skims the surface; the waters of these myths are deep. I encourage you to add any other information you deem appropriate.
Note: Babylonian mythology borrowed heavily from the Sumerians.
Druaga - Godstorm’s Babylonian god of death. He is the ruler of Kurnugia, the underworld, the devil world. The Babylonian afterlife was very dismal, filled with devils and evil creatures. There was no equivalent to heaven or Avalon.
Gilgamesh - The Babylonian god of war in Godstorm. He was the king of Uruk and found deep friendship with Enkidu, originally an opponent. The epic of Gilgamesh is the earliest known epic found on 12 clay tablets written in cuneiform. The epic not only describes the many adventures of Gilgamesh but the death of Enkidu. The flood that appears in the epic has many similarities to the biblical flood. The most important quest for Gilgamesh was finding the plant of eternal life which he managed to lose to a serpent.
Ishtar - The Great Mother and the Babylonian goddess of magic in Godstorm. It is suspected that she developed from the Sumerian, Inanna and became Astarte to the Phoenicians. She is the daughter of Anu (the sun) and Sin (the moon). She is the goddess of sex and fertility.
Marduk - Godstorm’s Babylonian god of the sky. Marduk kills Tiamat and Kingu, the dragons of chaos in a gods war battle. He becomes the supreme deity. Originally the god of water, as his status grew he evolved into the bringer of light, justice and the creator of all things. Thunderstorms were seen to demonstrate his power.
Note: Each of the Celtic mythologies had some all powerful god (Dagda) who possessed a cauldron that was always full. It was from this abundant cauldron that all natural things (fruit, vegetables, etc.) flowed. The Celtic myths viewed the world of the gods as a reflection of the ‘real’ world. The female divinities were strongly associated with nature.
Arawn - His white hounds chase the souls of the damned into his Cauldron of Life where they are reborn.
Brigid - She is the goddess of magic in Godstorm and is called The Fire of Inspiration. According to the legend she tends the apple orchards on Avalon (the Land of Eternity). As The Lady of the Lake, she gives Arthur the Excalibur.
Nuada - In Godstorm, the Celtic god of war. During a battle he had his arm hacked off and it was later replaced with a silver arm; he is known as the silver armed one.
Lugh - The Shinning One. He is the Celtic god of the sky in Godstorm. Lugh is the leader of the Tuatha de Danaan which according to myth are the early ancestors of the Irish.
Ares - Son of Hera and Zeus, Ares was the Greek god of war. (Mars in the Roman pantheon.) He personified the brutality of war and was unpopular with both the gods and the humans. His battle companions were Deimos (fear) and Phobos (Rout). Note: Deimos and Phobos are the names of the moons of Mars.
Hecate - Goddess of magic in Godstorm, she was known as the goddess of darkness to the Greeks. She represented terror and rode on moonless nights with a pack of howling dogs (some believed the dogs were ghosts). Later she became the goddess of sorcery and witchcraft. Hecate is said to have had three heads with serpents rounding her neck.
Hades - The Greek god of the dead, brother of Zeus and Poseidon. When the three brothers carved up the universe, Hades selected the underworld. He was considered to be grim and cold. He abducted his wife, Persephone and the two ruled the underworld together. Sometimes known as Pluto as it was believed that crops and precious metals emanated from the underworld.
Zeus - Ruler of the sky, the rains and Olympus (the home of the gods). Zeus is known as Jupiter in the Roman pantheon. He used his thunderbolts as weapons. The Olympic games were held every four years in his honor. According to the myth, Cronus the father of Zeus swallowed all of his children at birth so that they could never dethrone him. Zeus’ mother, Rhea, wrapped a stone and fed it to Cronus when Zeus was born and then sent the child to Crete where he was raised by nymphs. When he matured, zeus returned and forced Cronus to disgorge his brothers and sisters. A huge battle ensued. The Titans fought on the side of Cronus while the gods joined Zeus in his attempt to defeat his father and the Titans. The gods won and the Titans were banished to the lower realms of the underworld. With the end of the battle, Zeus and his brothers, Poseidon and Hades, divided up rule of the Universe.
Note: Egyptian mythology was not as ‘organized’ as many other myth systems. It is actually a collection of fables and stories that grew, mixed and changed during the various dynasties.
Isis - The Egyptian god of magic in Godstorm. Isis is the wife and sister of Osiris. After her husband was murdered and dismembered, she retrieved all of his ‘parts’ and magically revived him. She was called the Queen of Heaven and was credited with making the Nile flow. Later myths have her as the protector of children.
Osiris - The Egyptian god of death in Godstorm. Murdered by his brother, Set, he is the god of the underworld. Osiris uses scales to measure the value of dead souls. In many Egyptian myths he represents male fertility. He is the father of Horus.
Ra (Re, Amun Ra, Amun Re) - In Godstorm, Ra is the Egyptian sky god. Egyptian mythology has Ra ferrying the sun across the sky during the day and through the underworld by night. Though referred to as ‘he’, Ra was considered to be both male and female. He creates his own female companions.
Set (Seth) - In Godstorm, Set is the Egyptian god of war. In Egyptian mythology, he is the brother of Osiris. He is known as the god of darkness and evil. Set murders and dismembers his brother Osiris. Horus, the son of Osiris, avenges his fathers death.
Note: Norse mythology is based on the tales of the Scandinavian Vikings who explored, invaded and settled northern Germany, France, Spain, The Low Countries, Britain, Ireland and Scotland from 780 C.E. to 1030 C.E. Viking is the Scandinavian word for pirate or rover.
Freya - The goddess of magic in Godstorm she has twin identities in Norse myths. Freya is the goddess of sensual love and the goddess of war and death. She was a ‘seer’ who could know the future but was unable to change it. As leader of the Valkyries, she claimed half the souls lost in battle and invited their wives and lovers to the afterlife with them. Freya was the wife of Odin.
Loki - The Norse god of death in Godstorm he is considered the embodiment of evil. He is the god of mischief and was responsible for beginning the battle of Ragnarok.
Odin - The ruler of the Norse pantheon, Odin is the Protector of Heroes. He is the god of the sky in Godstorm. Odin is the father of Thor. He had a powerful spear and is said to have ridden an eight legged horse named Sleipnir. The wolf and the raven are symbols often associated with Odin.
Thor - The Norse god of war in Godstorm. He is known as the God of Thunder. Thor is the oldest son of Odin. He is considered the strongest of the Norse gods. He wielded a magic hammer that returned to him when thrown. He wore special iron gloves to aid in controlling the hammer. Thunder was said to be the sound of his rumbling chariot. Thursday is named for Thor (Thor’s day.)
Atlas - Atlas was a titan and the brother of Prometheus. Having warred with the gods and lost, he was condemned by Zeus, to hold up the world. He is often pictured with the world on his shoulders. Today, this is a mountain range in northwest Africa.
Carthage - The legends suggest that Carthage was founded by Queen Dido. It is known to have been founded in the 9th century B.C.E. Established with two seaports, Carthage became a powerful city state. Warring both with Greece and Rome, Carthage eventually established an empire stretching across the Mediterranean. There are three famous wars between Carthage and Rome known as the Punic wars. In the first Punic war (264-241 B.C.E.) Carthage conquers part of Spain. In the second Punic war (218-201 B.C.E.) Hannibal crosses the Alps and enters Italy, threatening Rome itself. The third Punic war (149-146 B.C.E.) saw Carthage defeated by Rome. Following the destruction of Carthage itself, the Roman emperor banned everyone from entering the ruins and ordered salt spread over the area (a sign of contempt). Eventually Julius Caesar ordered a new city to be built on the spot and the new city flourished; considered second to Rome itself. Carthage was destroyed for the final time in 698 C.E. Today it is a suburb of Tunis.
Cyrenaica - Settled by the ancient Greeks during the 7th century B.C.E. it is the eastern most section of present day Libya.
Egypt - The Sphinx, the pyramids, pharos, etc. The Egyptian dynasties were one of the first and most enduring of the ancient empires.
Gaitulia - ?? I have been unable to locate any reference to Gaitulia.
Kush - one of the states/provinces of the Nubian empire.
Nubia - An ancient kingdom in North Africa from 2000 to 1400 B.C.E. Powerful enough for their kings to have ruled Egypt for a period.
Assyria - Originally covered the area of present day Iraq. There is evidence of settled, agricultural life as early as 6500 B.C.E. It is difficult to separate the Assyrian culture from the Babylonian as they were almost identical. The Assyrians were believed to be more sophisticated. The Assyrian Empire was the first established in the Middle East but it had existed only 20 years when Hammurabi invaded and conquered. There was a series of other groups that asserted influence over the Assyrians and occasionally they managed to defeat these invaders and re-establish their own government. Sargon II reigned in the early 700’s B.C.E. and began his reign by deporting the entire population of Israel. He then expanded in all directions forming a huge empire that lasted another 100 years.
Babylon - Babylon, the ‘Gate of God”. It was one of the most important ancient cities in the Middle East and was the imperial capital of several different empires. Around 1890 B.C.E. it became an independent city state for a short time but soon fell to the Assyrians. It thrived under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar and grew to be the largest city in the ancient world; both a governmental and religious center. Babylon was soon captured by the Persians (modern day Iran) and then by Alexander the Great. By the birth of Islam the city had basically disappeared.
Parthia - Ancient empire covering the area occupied by Iran and Afghanistan today. Their warriors were noted for their precision archery and horsemanship. The developed a battle strategy in which the horsemen would ride away from the enemy (appear to be retreating) and then launch their arrows backward. This tactic is known as the Parthian Shot.
Phoenicia - Settled about 2500 B.C.E. this was not a single kingdom, rather a collection of city/kingdoms. The two largest and most influential were Tyre and Sidon. The Phoenician ‘empire’ was in the area known today as Lebanon. They were notaed as sailors and traders. Eventually they were defeated by Alexander the Great and absorbed into the Greek empire.
Sheba - Ancient kingdom in southwest Arabia (Yemen today). It was also known as Saba. The kingdom of Saba originated in the 10th century B.C.E., ruling the area until 115 B.C.E. The story of the Queen of Sheba meeting with Solomon can be found in the bible (1 Kings 10: 1-13).
Sumer - Found in the area later known as Babylonia early settlements date to the 5th century B.C.E. Originally settled by the Ubaidians. As people migrated into the area and intermarried they became known as Sumerians. By 2800 B.C.E. the Kingdom of Sumer had been established. 500 years later the Sumerians were conquered by Sargon the Great who established a new capitol that flourished. Eventually the entire area was conquered by Hammurabi.
Note: Atlantis is a legendary land first described by Plato. He indicated that Atlantians were a highly advanced civilization. Atlantis was destroyed by a tremendous earthquake causing it to sink into the sea. The common belief is that it had west of the Rock of Gibraltar.
Hespeide - Another land constructed just for Godstorm. It was named for the daughters of Atlas and Hesperis. They were entrusted with the task of guarding Juno’s golden apples. (One of the labors of Hercules.)
Oricalcos - This is a land specifically created just for Godstorm. There appear to be two possible explanations for the name. The first is of Greek origin. An area/person who offered the opportunity to consult the gods was known as an oracle. The most famous oracle was at Delphi but there were many scattered about. Oricalcos then would be a group of these oracle sites. The second possibility is that the Wizards of the Coast crew were hiding a ‘cookie’ here. In the Yu Gi Oh saga/card game there is something called the Seals of Orichalcos. Alternate spellings are: Orikalkos and Oricalcos.
Posidononis - This is a mythical land apparently constructed just for Godstorm as there is no reference to it in literature that I was able to locate. It is named for the Greek god Poseidon, god of the sea, brother of Zeus. Zeus called on Poseidon to bring on a great flood when he became displeased with Man. In the Roman pantheon he was known as Neptune.
Tritonis - Another mythical land constructed just for Godstorm. Tritonis was named for the son of Poseidon and Amphiltrite. He was half-man and half fish. He was believed to have the gift of prophecy.
Note: On some of the cards Europa appears as Mediterania
Anatolia - Part of Turkey. It is believed that the city of Troy (Troas) was part of Anatolia. The Trojans had kidnapped Helen (the face that launched 1000 ships) and refused to return her. The Greeks used the Trojan Horse to sneak into the fortified city and destroy it.
Apulia - Region of southern Italy that forms the ‘heel of the boot’. Originally settled by Greeks (Illyria) about 800 B.C.E. Captured by Rome in the fourth century B.C.E. and was the site of Hannibal’s victory in the Second Punic War.
Corsica - Strategically important island first settled by the Ionians (Greeks) about 550 B.C.E. The Romans conquered the island in 259 B.C.E. during the First Punic War. There was a parade of conquerors following the Romans: Vandals, Byzantine Empire, Lombards, Moors, The Pope, Pisa, Genoa, France and England. During WWII the island was occupied by both German and Italian troops. It was liberated in 1943.
Dacia - The Kingdom of Dacia formed during the second century B.C.E. Repeatedly provoking Rome, the Romans conquered the country in the early second century C.E. The area of Dacia is roughly Romania today.
Dalmatia - Another area of the world often fought over. Dalmatia was first settled by the Greeks and then conquered by a variety of groups including: Romans, Avars, Croats, Hungry, Venetian Republic, Austria, Kingdom of Serbia (Yugoslavia), and Italy.
Gracia - Ancient Greece was first inhabited during the Stone Age (50,000 B.C.E.). The period of most interest is from 3000 B.C.E to 100 B.C.E. in which Greece and the Greek culture made it’s greatest contributions. These included advances in mathematics, philosophy, democracy, sports, architecture, science and much, much more. They developed the concept of a city/state. Under Alexander, Greece became an ancient superpower.
Ionia - What is today modern Turkey, this was settled by the Greeks and was considered part of Magna Grecia, Greater Greece.
Liguria - Region of northwestern Italy that includes Genoa, Imperia, La Spezia and Savona.
Minoa - Bronze age culture that rose on the island of Crete. Very advanced relative to their neighbors, the Minoans had developed a complex system of weights and measures, metal working, art and a primitive form of printing with stamps. The grand palace at Knossos stood three to four stories tall. Minoa is named for the Greek king that, legend states, kept a half-man/half-bull (The Minotaur) in the labyrinth built in the palace.
Roma - Based on the myth, Romulus and Remus were sons of Mars and descendants of Aeneas who had arrived in Italy after the burning of Troy. (This ties Roman mythology to that of the ancient Greeks.) Romulus and Remus were the grandsons of King Numitor who was deposed by his brother. The brother than tried to kill the heirs, Romulus and Remus by throwing them in the Tiber River, hoping they would drown. The two boys washed ashore and were raised by a she-wolf. In 753 B.C.E. the boys founded a city. Romulus kills Remus and names the city for himself.
The early Romans were heavily influenced by the Etruscans. Eventually organizing into a kingdom, giving way to a form of democracy ( a republic) and finally installing an emperor. As the Roman Empire stretched across the known world, they absorbed many of the attributes of the lands they conquered. For example, the Roman pantheon is based on the Greek gods with a few modifications.
Historians generally date the major events as follows:
City of Rome founded, Age of Kings: 753 - 510 B.C.E.
Roman Republic: 509 - 27 B.C.E.
Roman Empire : 27 B.C.E. - 800 C.E.
Holy Roman Empire: 800 C.E. - 1806 C.E. Note: The Holy Roman Empire was founded by Charlemagne and was officially dissolved by Emperor Francis II in 1806. Francis II was the last ‘official’ Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
Sicilia - One of the most conquered areas of the world beginning with the Greeks in 415 B.C.E and followed by the Phoenicia, Carthage, Rome, the Byzantine Empire, the Normans, Spain, Savoy and Austria. It is the reputed birthplace/homeland of the Cosa Nostra.
Thracia - Became a kingdom in the fifth century B.C.E. Flourished due to farming and natural resources. Conquered by several different groups.
Note: This is an apparently arbitrary designation, for the Godstorm map, of any area that may have been attacked by the Germanic tribes and did not fit into the board’s requirements for Europa.
Alemannia - Area occupied by a confederation of Germanic tribes in the 3rd century C.E. The area rests between the Main and Danube rivers. In the 5th century these groups invaded Gaul several times finally being defeated by the Franks in 496 C.E.
Anglia - Latin name for England. Occupied by the Celts and later the Romans.
Caledonia - Roman name for Scotland. Originally inhabited by a tribe known as Picts about 1000 B.C.E. They continuously attempted to prevent the Romans from establishing any settlements here. In 200 C.E. they expanded into modern day Ireland.
Galacia - An area of the Iberian Peninsula occupied by Germanic tribes. It appears mis-placed on the Godstorm map.
Gaul - Area of Europe that encompasses France. Originally inhabited by the Gauls, one of the most prominent of the Celtic people. First mentioned about 600 B.C.E. The conquest of Gaul was described by Julius Caesar. The last Roman outpost was destroyed in 486 C.E. by the Franks.
Hibernia - Latin for Ireland. The Greeks referred to this area as Ierne. Named by Aristotle who claimed it was one of two islands that lay past the Pillars of Hercules (Straights of Gibraltar. Ptolemy described the geographic area in great detail though neither the Greeks or Romans ever established a settlement here.
Iberia - Ancient name for the Iberian Peninsula which today includes Spain, Portugal and the British dependency Gibraltar.
Thule - Ancients considered this the most northern part of Europe. First mentioned in the 4th century B.C.E. it was said that this was a land where the sun never sets. There are some who suggest that this was the original land of the Vikings.
Varangia - Land of one of the larger Viking tribes. The Varangies entered what is today Russia and are believed to have founded the first settlement on what is today Kiev. They are credited with naming the Slavic tribes living in the area Rus.
Note: Hyrkania is the mythical land of Conan the Barbarian. It translates “Wolfland”.
Cimmeria - Named for one of the 10 prophetic, Greek Sybils. The Sybils lived in caves usually nearby streams. The most famous prophecy concerned the Trojan War.
Rus - Inhabited by tribes known as Slavs, these were the ancestors to modern day Russians. The area was named by the Vagrangies (Vikings). Both Greek and Roman outposts were established here.
Sarmatia - A group of nomadic tribes that united into a small empire in the 5th century. Sarmatia absorbed Scythia in the 4th century.
Scythia - Found in the Caucasus Mountain area, it is said that Abaris, with the help of Apollo, fled Scythia to avoid a great plague. Heracles (later known as Hercules), traveled through Scythia while performing his tenth labor. Named by the Greeks, Scythia was a an empire that extended from southeast Europe to central Asia. It is believed to have originated in the 11th century and was conquered by Sarmatia in the 4th century.
Avalon - Celtic tradition claims that Avalon is the “Island of the Blessed” and is ruled by Morgan le Fay. It is the final resting place of the legendary King Arthur.
Duat - Ruled by Osiris this is the afterworld for the Egyptians. Great preparation was required for the journey to the underworld including embalming, a copy of the Book of the Dead, treasures, replicas of the person (should the mummy be damaged or destroyed) and much more. The Egyptians believed that Osiris would weigh their souls sending them to eternal bliss or damnation. The Egyptian death rituals were extremely complex.
Elysium - The Greeks believed that this was a land located at the far western edge of the world. It was believed to be a land of perfect peace and happiness after one died. There was another underworld ruled by Hades. The Titans were imprisoned in the lower level of the underworld.
Kurnugia - The Babylonian world of afterlife was dismal at best. There is no ‘upside’ to their view. The underworld was populated with demons and monsters. It was this view that created such importance in the Gilgamesh epic concerning the search for the plant of eternal life.
Valhalla - In Norse mythology, Valhalla is the “Hall of the Slain”. It is ruled over by Odin. The hall has 540 doors and a roof made of the shields of fallen heroes. The souls of the slain were brought to Valhalla by maidens known as Valkyries.
The Cards (Relics)
Aegis, Shield of Athena - Worn by Zeus and his daughter Athena, this shield protected these gods and terrified their enemies. It is believed to have been a breastplate or shield with serpent images.
Arawan’s Cauldron of Life - The souls of the damned are reborn here to return and hunt again.
Book of the Dead - This was the Egyptian guide to the underworld. It included information on the underworld and spells to protect from some of the expected hazards. It presented ideas on what should be done when confronted with the judges on judgment day.
Excalibur - The sword of King Arthur. It was given to him by the Lady of the Lake. It was originally called Caliburn.
Freya’s Tears of Gold - Odin disappeared shortly after marrying Freya. Though she did not believe him dead, she cried tears of gold.
Golden Fleece - The fleece of the winged ram, Chrysomallus. The fleece was made of gold and guarded by a dragon. Jason stole the fleece while the dragon slept.
Gungnir, Spear of Odin - A powerful weapon, almost the equivalent to Thor’s Hammer.
Mjolnir, Hammer of Thor - Powerful weapon that would magically return to Thor when thrown.
Pandora’s Box - Created by the gods, Pandora was the most beautiful woman on Earth; she was created with the perfect body. She was given a box by the gods and told to never open it. Of course she decides to open it, unleashing all of the ‘sorrows of the mind’ and every plague known to Man.
Scales of Osiris - Scales used by Osiris to measure the value of dead souls. The soul was placed on one side of the balance and the ‘feather of truth’ on the opposing balance.
Stonehenge - Prehistoric monument in England. Some believe it was built by the Druids (a caste of Celtic priests) others believe the Romans constructed it. The latest theory suggests that the monument the monument was built some 2000 years before the Celts or Romans appeared in the area. It is believed to have been a temple for a religion that worshipped the sun.
Tree of Life - There are several different references in literature to the tree of life. The most familiar involves Adam, Eve, a serpent and an apple. It is often associated with eternal life. In some literature it is also referred to as the tree of knowledge.
Trojan Horse - Helen (Greek Queen) is kidnapped by the Trojans. After a 10 year siege, the Greeks built an enormous ‘horse’ and gifted it to the Trojans. Soldiers, hiding inside, entered the city during the night and slew the Trojans.
Re:Fortress Godstorm: Compendium
The reason you couldn't find anything on "Gaitulia" is because it was spelled wrong.
The generally accepted spelling is GaEtulia.
Gaetulia was a North African country that extended from the Atlas Mountains in the East to the Atlantic Ocean on the West. However, one could say this was a less civilized interior of the African continent and technically became a Roman province after failing to repulse the Roman army even with their Numidian allies.
Though the region was never completely conquered and Rome did not have a Proconsul in the area, Gaetulians did serve in the Roman auxiliary army. The most famous "Roman" to emerge from the region (Gaetulia/Numidia) was Lucius Apuleius.
You may remember that Apuleius authored the novel, Metamorphoses. He was also a brilliant Platonic philosopher and orator. He could speak and write Latin as well as any educated Roman although he was considered a "barbarian". He had a profound knowledge of Egyptian lore and was an anointed priest of Isis & Osiris.
As with many of the peoples in this area of Africa, Apuleius was a Berber (Amazigh), which is to say that genetically he belonged to the Afro-Asiatic group that populated the area around 8000 BC.
Re:Fortress Godstorm: Compendium
Oricalcos - is likely a throw to Orichalcum (sp?) i'm not sure where this originated from, but in an old Indiana Jones game "the fate of atlantis" - orichalcum was the metal used by atlanteans for fuel. it "glittered like fire" and could generate incredible amounts of power. Orichalcum has also been referenced in White Wolf's Exalted RPG. It is the token metal of the Sun characters. A strong tie with the sun was in the Indiana Jones game i believe, but it was a LO-ONG time ago.
Wonderful stuff! I love the wealth of information you've posted. I'll be picking up GodStorm this weekend and hopefully will be able to use it to enhance our games.