The War For Free Will Is About To Begin
The mythology of Shotgun Mythos spans cultures and ages. The Apocryphal Book of Enoch gives us the Watchers, or Grigori--a group of angels who refused to take part in the war heaven, choosing instead to protect and teach mankind. By the same token, Greece gives us Prometheus, a child of Themis and brother to the Fates, who saw mankind struggling and came to teach them, even stealing fire from the gods.
How these myths all come together is recounted in the Book of Knowledge. This letter chronicles not only the fall of the Grigori and Prometheus, but also the work of their descendants on behalf of mankind.
Tracing the roots of the myths through history, we see the descendants of these protectors transform from myth to legend, from legend to fairy tale, with their stories losing much of the power and strength of the originals. The buffoonish giant in Jack and the Beanstalk has little in common with the fierce giant warriors that fought alongside King David in the Bible, or at Troy.
You will find more on the mythology behind the individuals on Shotgun Mythos the Bio pages of each cast member.
A recurring point in Shotgun Mythos is the kidnapping of mortals by the Gentry. This tradition spans back into folklore, with tales abounding of humans being taken into the fairy realms, reappearing hundreds of years later, if at all. Looking back through history, many disappearances, right up until modern day, resemble fey kidnappings. Many of these are chronicled in the Vlog for the series, but a few mentionable ones include:
Hamelin, Germany: Most people believe that the story of the Pied Piper is nothing but a children's story. But this story is based in fact. On July 26, 1284, 130 children did, in fact disappear from Hamelin, never to be seen again.
Roanoke Colony: In 1587, 90 men, 17 women and 11 children were left to found a new colony. When the supply ship returned, they had disappeared, leaving behind no sign of a struggle or battle.
Benjamin Barthurst: In 1809, Barthurst stepped in front of the carriage to check on the horse, and in full view of his colleague, vanished without a trace.
Orion Williamson: In July 1854, Williamson started across a field when he disappeared. Neither neighbor Armour Wren, who had been speaking to Williamson moments before, the workers in the field where he was walking, nor the extensive search that followed could provide a clue to what happened.
The Factions of the Fey
The word fairie is derived from the Latin fata or personified Fates; guardian spirits who determine the course and ending of human life. The word fey originally meant "fated to die, forebodings of death, visionary or mad. None of the etymological roots present the picture of the cute little butterfly winged pixies that are so common in modern culture.
The Fey of Shotgun Mythos are divided into three factions:
Gentry Endowment Fund:
(Seelie Court, The Good Folk) These are the aristocrats of the fairy realm. And as with any court, there are politics, intrigue, gossiping and rivalry. Their code believes in Death before Dishonor, Love Conquers All, Beauty is Life and Never Forget a Debt.
(Unseelie Court, Unblessed Ones)
This faction is made primarily of the Slaugh, members of the Wild Hunt, who presaged war or plague, and often caused death of those who witnessed it. Their code believes that Change is Good, Honor is a Lie, Passion before Duty and Glamour is Free.
As their name suggests, the Solitaries act independently, without the politics and machinations of a court. They each have their own rules and beliefs. Descended from nature spirits, the Solitaries take many forms and manifest many abilities.