: I've seen several references throughout the Asylum to the
: comet that heralds a great change in the Myth world.
: But one fact everyone seems to miss is that the comet
: only comes to announce the rise of a Hero, and is
: never mentioned as ushering in The Leveler.
Actually, it is said to herald the arrival of "saviour or destroyer". I think it heralds both at the same time; it rises, the dark comes, it crosses the sky, the light and dark clash, it passes from the sky, the light defeats the dark. Real comets can last quite a long time; the recent comet that just passed Earth a year or so ago (Hale-Bopp?) was visible in the skies of Earth for almost a year. And given that the Myth comet is certainly no ordinary comet, it could certainly last a while.
But now, this gets me thinking about cycles again. The comet hasn't been seen for a thousand years at the end of Myth 1. But Balor has been around for at least 300 years (when he subborned the Myrkridia). You could be right, and the "saviour or destroyer" remark was a mistake. But, now that I'm thinking of what Balor was doing so many centuries ago, I'm come up with this: in the beginning, everything was nice and happy and some guy was leading the forces of the Light to glory. 500 years later, he turned bad. He started to amass an army, to spread his evil influence, and eventually to attack the great empire he had built. This process takes hundreds of years. Things get worse and worse and worse. Finally, 500 years after he first turned bad, his forces of the Dark have almost completely annihilated the forces of the Light. But then, a comet appears in teh sky, a hero arises from the ashes of civilization, and kills the evil guy. 500 years of reconstruction and rebuilding progress, and that hero turns bad. He starts to build an army, to spread his evil influence, and eventually to attack the great empire he had sought to rebuild. 500 years after he turns bad, the forces of the Light are almost gone. But a comet appears in the sky, and a hero arises from the ashes of civilization...
This is a good system for many reasons. For one, the Myrkridia could have been subjegating and attacking mankind for countless centuries before they finally got around to annihilating us, and then they were destroyed by Connacht. Second, it explains what Balor was doing all those years before he attacked Muirthemne; he was building his army. Finally, it restores balance to the system, with equal periods of construction and destruction, both of which get off to a slow start.