Friday, December 10, 2010

The Three Fates

The Moirae, Moerae or Moirai (in Greek Μοῖραι – the "apportioners", often called The Fates), in Greek mythology, were the white-robed personifications of destiny (Roman equivalent: Parcae, euphemistically the "sparing ones", or Fata; also equivalent to the Germanic Norns). Their number became fixed at three, the three Moirae were:
  • Clotho (English pronunciation: /ˈkloʊθoʊ/, Greek Κλωθώ [klɔːˈtʰɔː] – "spinner") spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle. Her Roman equivalent was Nona, (the 'Ninth'), who was originally a goddess called upon in the ninth month of pregnancy.

  • Lachesis (/ˈlækɨsɪs/, Greek Λάχεσις [ˈlakʰesis] – "allotter" or drawer of lots) measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. Her Roman equivalent was Decima (the 'Tenth').

  • Atropos (/ˈætrəpɒs/, Greek Ἄτροπος [ˈatropos] – "inexorable" or "inevitable", literally "unturning", sometimes called Aisa) was the cutter of the thread of life. She chose the manner of each person's death; and when their time was come, she cut their life-thread with "her abhorred shears". Her Roman equivalent was Morta ('Death').
Read the whole article on the Moirae on Wikipedia.

1 comment:

Teresa Neves said...

Awesome post. I've always appreciated the existence of Temporis cards related to the Moirae, especially since I'm a big mythology geek.

Atropos is, understandably, a constant in the World of Darkness, but Lachesis and Clotho? As the Mother and the Maiden, respectively, it's s bit harder to see how they fit, but with the True Brujah's dominion over the time flow it becomes acceptable and interesting.