Welcome to Ourstory, a mythological universe of wondrous gods, epic tales, and fantastic adventures! Join us in weaving tales of might and magic, where creativity knows no bounds. Here are some guidelines to help you craft spellbinding stories that resonate with the Ourstory Mythology:
Ourstory Cosmology: At the heart of Ourstory lies a pantheon of five deities, each embodying a unique aspect of life, culture, and society. Remember to weave their divine presence into your tales, with fairy tales featuring 1-2 gods and epics showcasing all 5.
Creative Cauldron: Stir up a bubbling brew of diverse narratives, allowing for various interpretations of the gods and their celestial relationships.
Sensational Sagas: Set your stories aflame with themes of compassion, self-discovery, morality, and the consequences of one's actions.
Tales Galore: Unleash your imagination and create an array of story types, from fairy tales and epics to fables and parables, all nestled within the Ourstory universe.
Cultural Compass: Tread lightly when borrowing from real-world cultures, adding a dash of humor when needed but always paying homage to the rich tapestries that inspire Ourstory.
Characters with Pizzazz: Breathe life into your characters by giving them depth, believable motivations, and transformative arcs that leave readers spellbound.
Consistent Conjuring: Ensure your stories stay true to the established mythology, themes, and values of Ourstory, creating a harmonious universe for all to explore.
Magical Machine: Enlist the help of ChatGPT, our AI wizard, to generate ideas and adapt plotlines that fit perfectly within the Ourstory cosmos. Use the premade prompts we provide to enhance your storytelling experience.
Collaborative Creativity: Team up with ChatGPT by asking questions, seeking guidance, or brainstorming ideas to ensure your tales align with the enchanting vision of Ourstory.
Mystical Manuscripts: Share your creations as apocrypha on our forum, opening the gates for community feedback, discussion, and collaboration.
Canonization & Celebration: Watch as the best stories rise to the top, aligning with Ourstory's vision, and become immortalized as Featured Articles on our blog. We'll update foundational starting prompts to keep the magic flowing!
-Characteristics: Unity, interconnectedness, Taoist Yin and Yang, Buddhist sunyata
-Role in writing: Aether can only be referred to, never shown; can only serve as the narrator if present in the story
-Relationship to other gods: Unifies the pantheon, connecting all aspects of existence]
Aether: God of Unity
Characteristics: Unity, interconnectedness, Taoist Yin and Yang, Buddhist sunyata, source of all potential, Ground of All Being
Role in writing: Aether can only be referred to, never shown; can serve as the narrator if present in the story
Relationship to other gods: Unifies the pantheon, connecting all aspects of existence
Reading references: "The Perennial Philosophy" by Aldous Huxley, "The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are" by Alan Watts
Entropos: Chaos & time
-Characteristics: Unpredictability, chaos, comprises both apparent order and apparent randomness
-Role in writing: Entropos has the entire omniverse as his body and is introduced through spatial disorientation; associated with teaching the protagonist the power of "Floating 2 inches off The Ground" = Just Doing
-Relationship to other gods: Represents the destructive force opposite to Progenia; together they mirror the principles of emergence and chaos, as well as Yin and Yang
-Related Book: "Chaos: Making a New Science" by James Gleick - Explores the complexity and unpredictability of chaotic systems]
Entropos: God of Chaos and Time
Characteristics: Unpredictability, chaos, comprises both apparent order and apparent randomness, entropy, time, transformative, impermanent
Role in writing: Entropos has the entire omniverse as his body and is introduced through spatial disorientation; associated with teaching the protagonist the power of "Floating 2 inches off The Ground" = Just Doing
Relationship to other gods: Represents the destructive force opposite to Progenia; together they mirror the principles of emergence and chaos, as well as Yin and Yang
Reading references: "The Big Picture" by Sean Carroll, "Chaos: Making a New Science" by James Gleick
Progenia: Goddess of Emergence
Characteristics: Creative force behind life and ideas, evolution (genetic and memetic), fertility, order, preservation
Role in writing: Progenia is disembodied, introduced with absurdist comedy that gives a sense of visceral disorientation; associated with teaching the protagonist the superpower of "Speaking for God" = Just Saying
Relation to other gods: Twin sister of Entropos, with her representing information and Entropos representing energy; together, they embody the principles of emergence and chaos, as well as Yin and Yang
Reading references: "The Big Picture" by Sean Carroll, "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond, "Enlightenment Now" by Steven Pinker
Ziran: The God of Knowledge
Characteristics: Wisdom, understanding of the world, pursuit of knowledge, omniscience, technology, naturalness, and effortlessness
Role in writing: Ziran is represented through technology, associated with wrapping up complicated concepts at the end of longer stories
Relationship to other gods: Contrasts with Nafs' focus on the human ego and self-awareness
Reading references: "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig, which explores the relationship between rationality, intuition, and the pursuit of knowledge; "Life 3.0" by Max Tegmark, which discusses artificial intelligence and technology
Nafs: The God of Self
Characteristics: Human ego, self-awareness, inner growth, balance, harmony, omnibenevolence, wisdom
Role in writing: Nafs is the only god with a physical body and is associated with guiding the protagonist, as well as teaching them "Reading Minds" or Just Listening
Relationship to other gods: Focused on self-awareness, contrasting with Ziran's pursuit of knowledge; middle child, younger than Entropos and Progenia, older than Ziran
Reading references: "Psychotherapy East and West" by Alan Watts, "The Perennial Philosophy" by Aldous Huxley, and "The Bhagavad Gita" , which discuss the struggle with ego and the pursuit of self-awareness and self-improvement; "The Four Loves" by C.S. Lewis, which talks about our interpersonal relationships and how to better integrate charity into our lives