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Basic Information

The Bacchanalia were wild and drunken revels in honor of the Greek/Roman god Bacchus/Dionysus. Originally, they were held in secret and only attended by women, although this changed over time.

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Game and Story Use

  • In fantasy games, the bacchanalia might be attended by supernatural creatures, such as satyrs or nymphs. Or by an actual deity - while Dionysus is the obvious choice, Pan might also fit.
    • And, of course, any of these entities could actually be demons, creatures of the Cthulhu Mythos, or something similar in your campaign.
  • Perhaps attending these celebrations also gives the celebrants unnatural powers - there are stories that the attending women tore intruding men apart with their bare hands.
    • But do these powers only last for the festivities themselves, or are they more lasting effects?
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