Inspiration drawn from Legend

What I liked most about Stargate and Stargate SG-1 was tha tit was steeped in legend. I took some untouched legends and myths and am working on a campaign that is centered around the lost continent of Mu.

The Lost Continent of Mu

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Mu is the name of a hypothetical continent that allegedly existed in one of Earth’s oceans, but disappeared at the dawn of human history.

The concept and the name were proposed by 19th century traveler and writer Augustus Le Plongeon, who claimed that several ancient civilizations, such as those of Egypt and Mesoamerica, were created by refugees from Mu — which he located in the Atlantic Ocean. This concept was popularized and expanded by James Churchward, who asserted that Mu was once located in the Pacific.

The existence of Mu was disputed already in Le Plongeon’s time. Today, scientists universally dismiss the concept of Mu (and of other lost continents like Lemuria) as physically impossible, since a continent can neither sink nor be destroyed in the short period of time required by this premise. Mu is today considered to be a fictional place.

The Nacaal

Naacal is the name of an ancient people and civilization claimed to have existed by first Augustus Le Plongeon and later James Churchward. Though there is no scientific or archaeological evidence for the existence of the Naacals, various later fictional works have made use of them.

The Naga

Naga is the Sanskrit and Pali word for a deity or class of entity or being, taking the form of a very great snake—specifically the King Cobra, found in Hinduism and Buddhism. The use of the term naga is often ambiguous, as the word may also refer, in similar contexts, to one of several human tribes known as or nicknamed “nagas”; to elephants; and to ordinary snakes, particularly the King Cobra and the Indian Cobra, the latter of which is still called nag in Hindi and other languages of India. A female naga is a nagī or nagini.

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Gukumatz/Quetzalcoatl

Olmec/Mayan/Aztec

The Feathered Serpent refers to prominent serpent deities throughout Mesoamerica. Thought to have originated during the times of the Olmec(1150-500 BC), as some of the earliest known depictions of the serpent god have appeared in their sculptures. There is no surviving account of Olmec religious belief, unlike the later Maya and Aztec. It is apparent however that the Olmec had significantly influenced later mesoamerican cultures as many of the later religions and mythologies are similar to apparent Olmec beliefs, based on archeological findings of various sculptures and jade carvings of the Olmec culture and later pre-Columbian accounts. The Olmecs however did not depict their serpent deity with feather or bird-like characteristics. It is believed that the serpent deity received its precious feathers from the people of Teotihuacan, as several representations exist of a “feathered” or “plumed” serpent. Like the Olmec however, the people of Teotihuacan left little account of their belief system.

In later traditions held throughout Mesoamerica, the feathered serpent was known as a bringer of knowledge, the inventor of books, and associated with the planet Venus (Although traditions vary from different cultures). Along with the feathered serpent deity, several other serpent gods existed in the pantheon of Mesoamerican gods with similar traits.

Quetzalkoatl was a god and a culture bringer of the Maya cultures and the Aztecs.

Quetzalkoatl is also known with the names Kukulcan and Kukumaz. Based on tradition, Quetzalkoatl came to the Incas from heaven and founded the Inca empire. From there he flew on a huge beating ship over the sea. He said that he would return, making the Spanish conquest of South America possible because the Maya thought they were the returning gods.

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Vimana

Indian Sanskrit for “Chariots of the Gods”

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Brahmastra

In ancient Sanskrit writings, the Brahmastra. As described in a number of the Puranas, it was considered the deadliest weapon. It was said that when the Brahmastra was discharged, there was neither a counter attack nor a defense that could stop it, except by Brahmadanda, a mythical stick also created by Brahma. The Brahmastra never missed its mark and had to be used with very specific intent against an individual enemy or army, as the target would face complete annihilation. It was believed to be obtained by meditating on the Creator in Vedic mythology, Lord Brahma; it could only be used once in a lifetime. The user would have to display immense amounts of mental concentration. According to ancient Sanskrit writings, the Brahmastra is invoked by a key phrase or invocation that is bestowed upon the user when given this weapon. Through this invocation the user can call upon the weapon and use it via a medium against his adversary.

Since Brahma is considered the Creator in Sanatana Dharma, it is believed by Hindus that Brahmastra was created by him for the purpose of upholding Dharma and Satya, to be used by anyone who wished to destroy an enemy who would also happen to be a part of his (Brahma’s) creation. The target, when hit by Brahmastra, would be utterly destroyed. Brahma had created a weapon even more powerful than the Brahmastra, called the Brahmashira. The Brahmashira was never used in war, as it was four times powerful than the Brahmastra, i.e Fourth power square, as the name suggests, since Brahma has Four Heads. Only Arjuna and Ashwathamma possessed the knowledge to summon the Brahmashira. source.

The weapon was also believed to cause severe environmental damage. The land where the weapon was used became barren and all life in and around that area ceased to exist, as both women and men became infertile. There was also a severe decrease in rainfall with the land developing cracks, like in a drought. There are various descriptions of weapons created by Hindu deities such as Agneyastra, Brahmastra, Chakra, Garudastra, Kaumodaki, Narayanastra, Pashupatastra, Shiva Dhanush, Sudarshana Chakra, Trishul, Vaishnavastra, Varunastra, and Vayavastra; the personal weapons of the gods, the trishul, chakram and the brahmastra) are the most powerful. These mythological weapons are at times compared to similar Greek mythological weapons such as the arrows of Apollo as well as modern nuclear weapons.

Moai of Easter Island (and other Polynesian conncetions to Mu)

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