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13th Sep '17 10:52:06 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The inn where Tyrion and Catelyn collide in "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things" is actually called the "Inn At the Crossroads" in the novels since it sits at the main crossroads of the realm's northern half.
** In "Mockingbird", Brienne and Pod debate the fork in the road leading either north to the North or east to the Vale. Ironically, they choose the Vale but end up heading north in the next season anyway.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', deals with "crossroads demons", the ones that actually make deals that both parties are bound to, have to be made [[ShapedLikeItself at crossroads]]. These demons can be summoned with some personal effects, a bag of graveyard dirt, a black cat's bone, and a few other things. Once you've summoned the demon, just BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor when you make your DealWithTheDevil.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Turn Left", Donna's decision whether to turn left or right at a road intersection determines the path her whole life will take and eventually affects the fate of the entire universe.



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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The inn where Tyrion and Catelyn collide in "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things" is actually called the "Inn At the Crossroads" in the novels since it sits at the main crossroads of the realm's northern half.
** In "Mockingbird", Brienne and Pod debate the fork in the road leading either north to the North or east to the Vale. Ironically, they choose the Vale but end up heading north in the next season anyway.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', deals with "crossroads demons", the ones that actually make deals that both parties are bound to, have to be made [[ShapedLikeItself at crossroads]]. These demons can be summoned with some personal effects, a bag of graveyard dirt, a black cat's bone, and a few other things. Once you've summoned the demon, just BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor when you make your DealWithTheDevil.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Turn Left", Donna's decision whether to turn left or right at a road intersection determines the path her whole life will take and eventually affects the fate of the entire universe.

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* The OlderThanFeudalism Ur-example and TropeMaker is probably the goddess Hecate of Myth/ClassicalMythology who was goddess of the crossroads as well as her prominent realms of the dead, ghosts, magic, night and moonlight (if you didn't live in a region big on Artemis or Selene). Like other deities of paths such as Hermes or the Roman Janus, her offerings would be placed at the crossroads so she would control the evil spirits that walked along them. The Romans had a comparable deity Trivia (though one a bit DarkerAndEdgier) so this aspect continued strongest. This rite survived for quite a while into the Christianisation of Europe which leads to religious figures specifically demonising the practice which leads to the strong DealWithTheDevil associations throughout Western Civilisation.
* Voodoo in particular has a fascination with the crossroads as symbolism. Papa Legba is the lwa of the crossroads that serve as the boundary between the living and the dead. Kalfou, his evil side is also associated with them.
* There are old legends that vampires and other supernatural creatures must be buried at a crossroads.
* Also, folklore tells us vampires get disoriented (or even driven mad) at crossroads, and cannot tell one direction for another. Urban vampires seem to have developed a strong resistance to this weakness, especially those that frequent downtown districts.
* There was an old German folk belief that a man can turn into a werewolf if he goes at a full moon's night to a crossroad, wearing nothing but a belt made of a wolf's pelt. At midnight, the transformation will happen.



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* In an episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Metalocalypse}}'', the band members are urged by one Mashed Potato Johnson (an obvious reference to the Music/RobertJohnson legend) to sell their souls to the Devil in exchange for the ability to play blues music. They go to a crossroads to do so, and HilarityEnsues when their negotiations result in the contract being significantly in their favor.




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* The OlderThanFeudalism Ur-example and TropeMaker is probably the goddess Hecate of Myth/ClassicalMythology who was goddess of the crossroads as well as her prominent realms of the dead, ghosts, magic, night and moonlight (if you didn't live in a region big on Artemis or Selene). Like other deities of paths such as Hermes or the Roman Janus, her offerings would be placed at the crossroads so she would control the evil spirits that walked along them. The Romans had a comparable deity Trivia (though one a bit DarkerAndEdgier) so this aspect continued strongest. This rite survived for quite a while into the Christianisation of Europe which leads to religious figures specifically demonising the practice which leads to the strong DealWithTheDevil associations throughout Western Civilisation.
* Voodoo in particular has a fascination with the crossroads as symbolism. Papa Legba is the lwa of the crossroads that serve as the boundary between the living and the dead. Kalfou, his evil side is also associated with them.
* There are old legends that vampires and other supernatural creatures must be buried at a crossroads.
* Also, folklore tells us vampires get disoriented (or even driven mad) at crossroads, and cannot tell one direction for another. Urban vampires seem to have developed a strong resistance to this weakness, especially those that frequent downtown districts.
* There was an old German folk belief that a man can turn into a werewolf if he goes at a full moon's night to a crossroad, wearing nothing but a belt made of a wolf's pelt. At midnight, the transformation will happen.

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\n[[AC:{{Mythology}}]]\n* The OlderThanFeudalism Ur-example and TropeMaker is probably In an episode of ''{{WesternAnimation/Metalocalypse}}'', the goddess Hecate of Myth/ClassicalMythology who was goddess of band members are urged by one Mashed Potato Johnson (an obvious reference to the Music/RobertJohnson legend) to sell their souls to the Devil in exchange for the ability to play blues music. They go to a crossroads as well as her prominent realms of to do so, and HilarityEnsues when their negotiations result in the dead, ghosts, magic, night and moonlight (if you didn't live contract being significantly in a region big on Artemis or Selene). Like other deities of paths such as Hermes or the Roman Janus, her offerings would be placed at the crossroads so she would control the evil spirits that walked along them. The Romans had a comparable deity Trivia (though one a bit DarkerAndEdgier) so this aspect continued strongest. This rite survived for quite a while into the Christianisation of Europe which leads to religious figures specifically demonising the practice which leads to the strong DealWithTheDevil associations throughout Western Civilisation.
* Voodoo in particular has a fascination with the crossroads as symbolism. Papa Legba is the lwa of the crossroads that serve as the boundary between the living and the dead. Kalfou, his evil side is also associated with them.
* There are old legends that vampires and other supernatural creatures must be buried at a crossroads.
* Also, folklore tells us vampires get disoriented (or even driven mad) at crossroads, and cannot tell one direction for another. Urban vampires seem to have developed a strong resistance to this weakness, especially those that frequent downtown districts.
* There was an old German folk belief that a man can turn into a werewolf if he goes at a full moon's night to a crossroad, wearing nothing but a belt made of a wolf's pelt. At midnight, the transformation will happen.
their favor.
13th Jun '17 11:21:11 PM jormis29
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* In ''{{Exalted}}'' there's a road-making demon, Jacinth, but he can't make his roads cross with each others. Going under or over is fine. If there is a crossroad, then it's not made by Jacinth.

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* In ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' there's a road-making demon, Jacinth, but he can't make his roads cross with each others. Going under or over is fine. If there is a crossroad, then it's not made by Jacinth.
22nd Jan '17 8:24:56 AM Onlythrice
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* In ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3'', the SatanicArchetype [[spoiler: Gaunter O'Dimm]] often makes his [[DealWiththeDevil deals]] with his victims at a crossroads.
11th Jan '17 5:24:15 PM MiddleEighth
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*Chapter 12 of ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' takes place at the Border Crossroads Inn, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin an inn at a crossroads on the border of two C'hovite provinces]].
20th Dec '16 3:41:00 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The inn where Tyrion and Catelyn collide in "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things" is actually called the "Inn At the Crossroads" in the novels since it sits at the main crossroads of the realm's northern half.
** In "Mockingbird", Brienne and Pod debate the fork in the road leading either north to the North or east to the Vale. Ironically, they choose the Vale but end up heading north in the next season anyway.
12th Sep '16 9:12:24 PM intastiel
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* One remote crossroads in the world of ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' is the home of Ephram, a wandering penitent who stopped for a rest and came to realize that he wasn't aging and somehow knew how to give directions to any passer-by. It's also easy to find by people who are lost, and impossible to reach by people who are looking for it.

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* One remote crossroads in the world of ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' is the home of Ephram, a wandering penitent who stopped for a rest and came to realize that he wasn't aging and somehow knew how to give directions to any passer-by. It's also easy to find by people who are lost, and impossible to reach by people who are looking for it.
it, and saturated with holy power.
25th Aug '16 5:29:02 PM Doug86
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* The OlderThanFeudalism Ur-example and TropeMaker is probably the goddess Hecate of Myth/GreekMythology who was goddess of the crossroads as well as her prominent realms of the dead, ghosts, magic, night and moonlight (if you didn't live in a region big on Artemis or Selene). Like other deities of paths such as Hermes or the Roman Janus, her offerings would be placed at the crossroads so she would control the evil spirits that walked along them. The Romans had a comparable deity Trivia (though one a bit DarkerAndEdgier) so this aspect continued strongest. This rite survived for quite a while into the Christianisation of Europe which leads to religious figures specifically demonising the practice which leads to the strong DealWithTheDevil associations throughout Western Civilisation.

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* The OlderThanFeudalism Ur-example and TropeMaker is probably the goddess Hecate of Myth/GreekMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology who was goddess of the crossroads as well as her prominent realms of the dead, ghosts, magic, night and moonlight (if you didn't live in a region big on Artemis or Selene). Like other deities of paths such as Hermes or the Roman Janus, her offerings would be placed at the crossroads so she would control the evil spirits that walked along them. The Romans had a comparable deity Trivia (though one a bit DarkerAndEdgier) so this aspect continued strongest. This rite survived for quite a while into the Christianisation of Europe which leads to religious figures specifically demonising the practice which leads to the strong DealWithTheDevil associations throughout Western Civilisation.
18th Aug '16 6:24:46 PM intastiel
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* The {{Ancient Egypt}}ians valued the symbolism highly enough that the hieroglyph representing a city, town, or settlement was a crossroad shape.




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* One remote crossroads in the world of ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica'' is the home of Ephram, a wandering penitent who stopped for a rest and came to realize that he wasn't aging and somehow knew how to give directions to any passer-by. It's also easy to find by people who are lost, and impossible to reach by people who are looking for it.



* Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}-[[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-023 023]], based on the mythological [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_shuck black shuck]], can only be contained in crossroads and other intersections, such as the intersection of two corridors.

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* Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}}-[[http://scp-wiki.The Wiki/SCPFoundation's SCP-[[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-023 023]], 023]] is a spectral hound, based on the mythological [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_shuck black shuck]], who can only be contained in crossroads and other intersections, such as the intersection of two corridors.
2nd Aug '16 12:25:39 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheBloodOfJesus'': When Martha starts her AdventuresInComaland, the angel tells Martha to bear right at the crossroads if she wants to go to Heaven. Sure enough, there's an actual crossroads, with a cross in the middle. The left side of the cross is labeled "to Hell", and there's a jazz band performing there. The right side is labeled "to Zion". Martha doesn't actually take a turn; instead she collapses at the foot of the cross and the blood of Christ redeems her.
29th Jul '16 8:00:21 AM MasamiPhoenix
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* The 'devil at the crossroad' myth is {{inverted}} in ''{{Exalted}}'': there's a road-making demon, Jacinth, but he can't make his roads cross with each others. Going under or over is fine. If there is a crossroad, then it's not made by Jacinth.

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* The 'devil at the crossroad' myth is {{inverted}} in ''{{Exalted}}'': In ''{{Exalted}}'' there's a road-making demon, Jacinth, but he can't make his roads cross with each others. Going under or over is fine. If there is a crossroad, then it's not made by Jacinth.
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