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Raiju... really Paizo?


Jade Regent


Pathfinder Adventure Path #53: Tide of Honor (Jade Regent 5 of 6)

There is a new monster called a Raiju, which looks like a rat with dark yellow fur that has electrical attacks (creature on the left).

Hmmm... I wonder where they got that idea from...


Raiju I chose you!!!!


Maybe from here: Raiju

Grand Lodge

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Japanese myth maybe?!
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raij%C5%AB

Edit: ninja'd by Weren Wu Jen


Weren Wu Jen wrote:
Maybe from here: Raiju

Raijū (雷獣,"thunder animal" or "thunder beast") is a legendary creature from Japanese mythology. Its body is composed of either lightning or fire and may be in the shape of a cat, tanuki, monkey, or weasel.

Oh, that makes more sense, especially since both the lightning and fire variants are presented in the stats block. But come on, what's the chance of gamers referring directly to that instead of the other more well-known fictional inspirations ?

Cheliax

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JiCi wrote:
Weren Wu Jen wrote:
Maybe from here: Raiju

Raijū (雷獣,"thunder animal" or "thunder beast") is a legendary creature from Japanese mythology. Its body is composed of either lightning or fire and may be in the shape of a cat, tanuki, monkey, or weasel.

Oh, that makes more sense, especially since both the lightning and fire variants are presented in the stats block. But come on, what's the chance of gamers referring directly to that instead of the other more well-known fictional inspirations ?

I suspect it's mostly a case of adapting from the same source

Osirion

Well, since (Including yourself) 4 folks before me have commented, and 3 of them did, then ...75%.

A lot of we older gamer-nerds are going to be aware, because we got our Nerd-Fu from books on mythology, as opposed to he Net/TV.

:D

PS:I played the Pokemon TCG, and Raichu is one of my faves...

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Comics Subscriber; Pathfinder Adventure Path, Tales Subscriber

Plus I think I read somewhere that Wes loves the pokemans. That's why we have the summoner.

My summoner is legacy of fire is named Ash Q'Asheem, my firey djinn eidolon is named Sharumander. Middle Eastern mythology meets 90s pop culture references!


JiCi wrote:
Weren Wu Jen wrote:
Maybe from here: Raiju

Raijū (雷獣,"thunder animal" or "thunder beast") is a legendary creature from Japanese mythology. Its body is composed of either lightning or fire and may be in the shape of a cat, tanuki, monkey, or weasel.

Oh, that makes more sense, especially since both the lightning and fire variants are presented in the stats block. But come on, what's the chance of gamers referring directly to that instead of the other more well-known fictional inspirations ?

If someone created a thunder god with a great hammer, would they be being inspired by Norse Mythology or Marvel comics? It seems in this instance both Paizo and that unnamed collectible card game got their inspiration from the same place, not from one another...


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JiCi wrote:
Weren Wu Jen wrote:
Maybe from here: Raiju

Raijū (雷獣,"thunder animal" or "thunder beast") is a legendary creature from Japanese mythology. Its body is composed of either lightning or fire and may be in the shape of a cat, tanuki, monkey, or weasel.

Oh, that makes more sense, especially since both the lightning and fire variants are presented in the stats block. But come on, what's the chance of gamers referring directly to that instead of the other more well-known fictional inspirations ?

Since the probability is that the 'more well-known fictional inspiration' took its own name from precisely the same source, that seems a moot question.


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Maybe they got it from the song ? :)
I'm not gonna Raiju a love song
('cause you Ash'd Furret...)

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tburke0 wrote:

Maybe they got it from the song ? :)

I'm not gonna Raiju a love song
('cause you Ash'd Furret...)

::applauds::


JiCi wrote:
Oh, that makes more sense, especially since both the lightning and fire variants are presented in the stats block. But come on, what's the chance of gamers referring directly to that instead of the other more well-known fictional inspirations ?

Considering the Devs probably looked at least a teeny-tiny bitsy at japanese myth before they made the JR adventure path... as evident with some of the other monsters that are inspired by said myth, and often called out as such, I would say chances are pretty high.


Raiju is actually one of my favorite monsters, the mythology came first but pokemon stole from EVERY mythology, you probably have a medusa and minotaur pokemon too.

Silver Crusade

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Pika pika!


Sincubus wrote:
Raiju is actually one of my favorite monsters, the mythology came first but pokemon stole from EVERY mythology, you probably have a medusa and minotaur pokemon too.

Surprisingly, I'm pretty sure there is not.

Wouldn't be surprised to see those two when the next batch of critters comes out though.

Sczarni

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Gluttony wrote:
Sincubus wrote:
Raiju is actually one of my favorite monsters, the mythology came first but pokemon stole from EVERY mythology, you probably have a medusa and minotaur pokemon too.

Surprisingly, I'm pretty sure there is not.

Wouldn't be surprised to see those two when the next batch of critters comes out though.

I think those are bad examples - they are too human like... I think there was a snake who had an attack with 'eye' in the name that turned the opponent to stone though


You're thinking of the move called glare I think (causes paralysis). It's actually the signature move of all the snake-themed mons, so that's more of an attack based on the medusa myth than any of the snakes themselves being based directly on it.

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