I got what I plan to use for my Halloween costume today. A bunch of plastic snakes.
…I’ve always had sympathy for Medusa. She got a seriously bad deal in ancient myth. Depending on the variant, either she was born a monster, or she was violated by Poseidon, then cursed on top of that by Athena ’cause she was attacked in Athena’s temple. And then after who knows how long cursed to turn anyone who looked at her to stone, some Hero who needs a superweapon sneaks up on her invisible and cuts her head off. And apparently all that time she was pregnant with the very odd twins of Pegasus and Chrysaor – so even if she hadn’t been horribly cursed, she had every reason to be grumpy.
Given Medusa was supposed to be one of the set of three Gorgons, and the other two were immortal, Perseus should have been looking over his shoulder the rest of his life.
We have plenty of sympathetic vampires out there in books, yet I hardly ever see a sympathetic medusa. At least not as a main character. I think it’s in part because the petrifying gaze is either completely lethal (as in most settings without stone to flesh spells) or just a temporary annoyance (as in a mid-level D&D campaign where you have those available). It’s a lot easier to scale a vampire’s powers up and down, whether you’re talking hypnotic gaze, blood-drinking, shape-shifting, or supernatural strength.
…And yes, I do have an idea for a story to write a medusa as one of the main characters. No details in case it tries to get away, outside of the fact that one of the main threats would be very hard to petrify….
Anyone else have a favorite Halloween idea they want to put into a story? 🙂