Talk:Pax (3.5e Deity)

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What is the source of this name? I'm surprised that the character is named "Peace" rather than a name more traditionally associated with mirth... just curious. --EldritchNumen 18:22, 16 January 2007 (MST)

I MoI'ed Ymir, he should respond soon. --Green Dragon 22:55, 16 January 2007 (MST)
yes your right, romans used it.
pax romana or rome's peace --Ymir 10:56, 17 January 2007 (MST)
Is the name going to be changed? If so, to what? --Green Dragon 15:25, 17 January 2007 (MST)
No I was planning to keep using Pax (I doubt there is a copyright on a normal latin word, and WotC seems to be doing it to since most of the deity's from the core set are plucked from "real" historical religions).
If you or someone has a better name I'm certainly willing to think about it and change it if I like the name.
-- Ymir 03:18, 18 January 2007 (MST)
The name is certainly not copyrighted or otherwised "owned" by anyone. My point was that I would generally think that a god named Pax would be associated with peace, compassion, etc., rather than mirth, songs, good-natured pranks, etc., as your short description seems to suggest. In any case, I'm not concerned about a name change if you aren't. It just seemed a bit of a non-sequitor. If, however, you are interested, the latin word for "mirth" is "laetitia". I think it would make a fine name for a deity, though obviously a female one. However, the deity is entirely yours, and I'm happy with whatever decision you make. I was just curious about how the association between peace and mirth was made in the first place. --EldritchNumen 00:29, 19 January 2007 (MST)
Alot more to laugh about during peace times? --Calidore Chase 02:31, 19 January 2007 (MST)
I'd like to think mirth brings peace. --Xenophon 02:47, 19 January 2007 (MST)
:) Fair enough. Though pax means tranquility and serenity more than anything else; it seems to me that mirth is at least animated, if not outright exuberant. :) In any case, I absolutely cede the point the mirth is a road to peace. I like that concept. It would be awesome if that idea was worked into this deity (part of the dogma is that peace is a product of expression of the lighter sides of mortal existence, such as food, drink, music, good company, and laughter). I could see a deity with these concerns becoming extremely popular among commoners, especially, who tend primarily to value lack of conflict (read:raging monsters) and a plethora of good times. What do you think? --EldritchNumen 11:28, 19 January 2007 (MST)
Honestly I think the name you gave above, laetitia, is better... Just my opinion. --Green Dragon 17:17, 19 January 2007 (MST)
Wow nice to see a lot of discussion about Pax; the name Laetitia certainly has a nice ring to it and it does encompass the ideas that I had for the deity, but the problem is it sound to feminine for a male god.
This god is basically about all that is good (the road towards peace, the motivation to want peace and the ultimate goal of everyone having a good life) and more so a direct counterpart of the deity Chemosh (3.5e Deity), chemosh is a female and goddess of war, dedication and conquest and therefore "Pax" is male (a reason for me to chose Pax at the time I thought of him since it had the appropriate "male" sounding name for a gentle god) and there is a specific reason for this: I wanted a male god of pleasure and peace and gentleness and a female goddess of war and strife, the pantheon of The Test of Time (DnD Campaign Setting) is a balanced circle of the last gods in that multiverse, the rest has been killed and forgotten.
Therefore maybe the used to be a female goddess named Laetitia and she encompassed about the same concepts than Pax holds dear but since she was killed eons ago who knows what happened to her or her followers? most likely Pax just took over from there and since he still embodies almost the same principles her followers would have joint the church of Pax.
If any other names pop up I would really like to hear them. Nothing is ever finished so Pax can still be renamed :-), but to fit into the current The Test of Time (DnD Campaign Setting) pantheon he will have to be male.
-- Ymir 01:41, 23 January 2007 (MST)
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