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I realized on Thursday night I hadn’t scheduled the Fangirl post for today, which is a terrifying concept in itself—in last week’s poll, you picked BLOODLINES, which is what I was hoping for. Today’s fandom is Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and no one wanted it two weeks ago, and I put a whole lot of work into that project, so it is definitely for sure getting posted.
This post springs from a question that plagued me throughout my adoration of PJO: Who would my godly parent be?
I took many quizzes and soul-searched and asked people’s opinions all over the place to decide that I didn’t think Athena was my godly parent, and I really, really wanted Hades to be. He was my favorite god, why didn’t I ever get him? Now I have a better understanding of why.
The quizzes tended to ask about your likes, dislikes, hobbies, even your favorite drink. There’d be twelve different answers, from water to milk to the blood of your enemies (hi Ares) and based on those preferences it would spit out a name you weren’t sure you liked.
That’s the problem: preference-based questions. The fact that you like a thing says little more than the obvious: you like it. For example, I love my dad, and he loves me, and I’d say we get along well. However, when it comes to eating eggs, my dad always pulls out Tabasco sauce. I do not—I am not a Tabasco person at all. Now, I know what you’re thinking—how could my parents still be married when I’m clearly the product of a disgusting and traitorous affair?!
Well, I’m not. Whether you like putting Tabasco on your eggs or drinking milk, it doesn’t really reflect what your parents have passed on to you. Some preferences are genetic, some are your own, but overall, I think there’s a reason paternity tests aren’t run primarily through Quibblo. Your parents rub off on you, sometimes a lot, sometimes not. My (mortal) parents endowed my sisters and me with a value for good finance, hard work, education, and our faith—you’ll also notice all four of us are VERY different people.
And that’s the thing: there shouldn’t be a different answer for every god or goddess to determine your godly parent. Many gods had the same perspectives and values, none of which had to do with eye color. My theory is that your godly parent would be better revealed through value-alignment, splitting the gods into groups and narrow down the suspects from there.
Hence, the flowchart. Using a dichotomous system, I have made not the best way to determine your godly parent, but I think the best one I’ve ever seen.
At the very least, it doesn’t ask you what your favorite drink is.
1) Finagle with your browser to make the image big enough to read; if you'd like you can save it and enlarge it on a photo-viewing program, or whatever.
2) Visit the Piktochart link and see it big within your web browser before you get frustrated and tired.
3) Do one or the other, but be sure you don't overthink it. I used a lot of fancy words because I didn't have a lot of space. And remember the black pictures are part of the key below. And I'm here to answer questions. (I don't think I should make more tests, but I did this so I'm going to see it through.)
The choice is yours.
PHOTO SOURCES: PBS Kids, Clker, Image Soup