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2nd Aug '17 11:59:32 AM Jubileus57
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* Medusas are regular enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'', where they are serpentines ladies with a Mii mouth on their faces and a Mii eye on five snakes of her hair. Of course, one of their attack can petrify Miis.
20th Jun '17 11:38:32 AM WanderingBrowser
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** In 2nd edition, Medusas are a race that resemble elven maidens with serpents for hair and the ability to petrify with their gaze, even affecting creatures on the Ethereal or Astral Planes (which they can see into). Approximately 10% of the females are "Greater Medusae", who have super-toxic blood and [[SnakePeople a giant snake's body in lieu of humanoid legs]]. There are also male Medusae, called Maedar, who appeare as [[BizarreSexualDimorphism bald muscular elven men]]. Maedar are ridiculously rare; whereas female Medusae produce 2-6 Medusa daughters by [[InterspeciesRomance mating with human men]], the result of a Medusa/Maedar coupling is 2-6 offspring, with 25% being male and the remaining 75% being female. Only ''1%'' of the males are Maedar; the rest of them, and ''all'' of the females, are pure human. In addition to lacking the hair-snakes, Maedar have no petrifying gaze; instead, they are immune to petrification, paralyzation and Medusa venom, can walk through stone, and can undo petrification with a touch.

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** In 2nd edition, Medusas are a race that resemble elven maidens with serpents for hair and the ability to petrify with their gaze, even affecting creatures on the Ethereal or Astral Planes (which they can see into). Approximately 10% of the females are "Greater Medusae", who have super-toxic blood and [[SnakePeople a giant snake's body in lieu of humanoid legs]]. There are also male Medusae, called Maedar, who appeare appear as [[BizarreSexualDimorphism bald muscular elven men]]. Maedar are ridiculously rare; whereas female Medusae produce 2-6 Medusa daughters by [[InterspeciesRomance mating with human men]], the result of a Medusa/Maedar coupling is 2-6 offspring, with 25% being male and the remaining 75% being female. Only ''1%'' of the males are Maedar; the rest of them, and ''all'' of the females, are pure human. In addition to lacking the hair-snakes, Maedar have no petrifying gaze; instead, they are immune to petrification, paralyzation and Medusa venom, can walk through stone, and can undo petrification with a touch.



** In fourth edition, Medusae are a species in the usual sense, with both males and females. The female are the classic medusa, pretty much the same as in the previous edition except that she can now un-petrify her victims by applying a drop of her own blood. The males have different powers, in that they're bald (so no snake-hair attacks) and they can poison with their gaze rather than petrify, rather like certain mythological depictions of the basilisk. Having male medusas with different powers has been done by the game before, as stated above, but this is the first time the concept made it into a core book.

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** In fourth edition, Medusae are a species in the usual sense, with both males and females. The female are the classic medusa, pretty much the same as in the previous edition except that she can now un-petrify her victims by applying a drop of her own blood. The males have different powers, in that they're bald (so no snake-hair attacks) and they can poison with their gaze rather than petrify, rather like certain mythological depictions of the basilisk. Having male medusas with different powers has been done by the game before, as stated above, but this is the first time the concept made it into a core book. Both sexes resemble the scaly humanoid from 3rd edition, though with less haggish features.


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** The 6th Bestiary introduces the Euryale, an epically powerful Medusa variant supposedly representing ancient Medusa {{sages}} corrupted by [[OneBadMother Lamashtu]]. They have the lower body of a giant serpent, with stony plate-like scales and are ''enormously'' more powerful -- Challenge Rating 20, which is just behind things on the level of DemonLordsAndArchDevils! As well as the spellcasting abilities of 18th level Oracles, they have a wide array of extra abilities. For starters, not only can they turn the petrified corpses of their victims into [[AnimateInanimateObject animated statue defenders]], but if those corpses [[LiterallyShatteredLives shatter]], they can "consume some of the victim's essence" and [[VampiricHealing restore health by doing so]]. Perhaps not coincidentally, they also have several powerful [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic attacks]], in the form of spell-like abilities for Greater Shout, sonic analogues of Fireball, and even the "kills you if you hear it" Wail of the Banshee spell, and a special trait that makes it easier for them to shatter petrified creatures with their sonic attacks. Their venom and their serpents are much nastier than those of their little sisters, and they can turn any blunt weapon they wield into a Rod of the Viper -- an enchanted item consisting of a [[LivingWeapon live and angry serpent]] they can use to simultaneously beat someone to death and bite repeatedly with venomous fangs. Oh, except their version can also spit fangs like poisoned darts.
9th Jun '17 10:25:41 AM Morgenthaler
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Originally a character in Myth/ClassicalMythology, Medusa has taken a life of her own, and now exists in all kinds of fantasy sometimes as a person, [[AKindOfOne sometimes as an entire species]]. Medusa's main characteristics are snakes for hair and that people [[TakenForGranite turn to stone]] just by seeing her face. So [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou don't look at that illustration]].

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Originally a character in Myth/ClassicalMythology, Medusa has taken a life of her own, and now exists in all kinds of fantasy sometimes as a person, [[AKindOfOne sometimes as an entire species]]. Medusa's main characteristics are snakes for hair and that people [[TakenForGranite turn to stone]] just by [[DeadlyGaze seeing her face.face]]. So [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou don't look at that illustration]].
21st May '17 11:35:03 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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One origin is that she and her fellow Gorgons was simply created/born that way. In this origin, the Gorgons are typically three sisters, the other two being Stheno and Euryale. The Greek word "gorgon" means "horror". Besides having serpents for hair, the Gorgons were described as having tusks, brazen claws, and wings; in a few very early depictions they are shown as quadrupeds, possibly because Pegasus was born out of Medusa's blood when she was beheaded by Perseus. Note that the Erinnyes (Furiae) were depicted very similarly as hideous snake-haired women.

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One origin is that she and her fellow Gorgons was simply created/born that way. In this origin, the Gorgons are typically three sisters, the other two being Stheno and Euryale. The Greek word "gorgon" means "horror". Besides having serpents for hair, the Gorgons were described as having tusks, brazen claws, wings and wings; strongly acidic blood; in a few very early depictions they are shown as quadrupeds, possibly because Pegasus was born out of Medusa's blood when she was beheaded by Perseus. Note that the Erinnyes (Furiae) were depicted very similarly as hideous snake-haired women.
19th Apr '17 3:32:18 PM KOman
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''Manga/OnePiece'': [[WorldsMostBeautfiulWoman Boa Hancock]] and her two sisters earned the title "Gorgon Sisters" after they allegedly slew a Gorgon, who left them with eyes on their back that will petrify anyone who sees them. Hancock has the ability to intentionally petrify anyone who feels lust toward her, while her sisters can transform into snakes, with one of them being able to transform her hair into snakes. In reality, their powers come from [[GreenRocks Devil Fruits]], and the story about the eyes on their backs is intended to hide their [[spoiler:slave marks]].
2nd Apr '17 5:08:32 AM dreamofwritting
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** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2'', a reboot, also introduces Medusa's sisters Stheno and Euryale. In this game, they are closer in appearance to their original description in ClassicalMythology, rather than as snake-women.

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** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2'', a reboot, also introduces Medusa's sisters Stheno and Euryale. In this game, they are closer in appearance to their original description in ClassicalMythology, Myth/ClassicalMythology, rather than as snake-women.
17th Mar '17 10:53:28 PM Dvandemon
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** Later in Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus. Percy meets the two other Gorgons, Stheno and Euryale. They can't freeze people though.

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** Later in Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus. Percy meets the two other Gorgons, Stheno and Euryale. They can't freeze people though.though, they're also a little touchy about it so don't bring it up. Apparently they had faded away but were restored by a demigod [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve googling their names]].
** Percy also confronts the forgotten other son Chrysaor, embittered at being ignored in legend, who honors his heritage as a son of her and Poseidon by becoming a fearsome pirate. He wears a golden mask modeled after her face and trounced Percy in combat, [[WakeUpCallBoss hard]].
13th Feb '17 5:33:34 AM ClatoLawa
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* ''Fanfic/PowersOfInvisibility'' has Madusa, an akuma modeled on Medusa, who turns people to stone via EyeBeams.
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11th Feb '17 10:32:24 AM emperors
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** ''VideoGame/LordsOfShadow2'', a reboot, also introduces Medusa's sisters Stheno and Euryale. In this game, they are closer in appearance to their original description in ClassicalMythology, rather than as snake-women.

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** ''VideoGame/LordsOfShadow2'', ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2'', a reboot, also introduces Medusa's sisters Stheno and Euryale. In this game, they are closer in appearance to their original description in ClassicalMythology, rather than as snake-women.
11th Feb '17 10:31:59 AM emperors
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** ''VideoGame/LordsOfShadow2'', a reboot, also introduces Medusa's sisters Stheno and Euryale. In this game, they are closer in appearance to their original description in ClassicalMythology, rather than as snake-women.
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