According to Classical Mythology, Prometheus stole fire from the gods in order to benefit mankind. The gods decided to get back at mankind by creating a woman. Pandora was created by the gods as a gift to Epimetheus, the brother of Prometheus, and endowed with all manner of gifts and desirable qualities. They also gave Epimetheus a sealed container with instruction to NEVER EVER OPEN IT NO MATTER WHAT.
Well, wouldn't you know it, one day when Epimetheus was out, his curious wife couldn't resist taking a peek in the container. As soon as she lifted the lid, all manner of ills and misfortunes came flying out; the very evils which have afflicted men ever since. But at the very bottom of the box was one thing more: Hope.
Although the container is popularly known as "Pandora's Box", in the original Greek it was a jar or a pot. The word "box" was a mistranslation made by Renaissance writers.
The story has parallels with the biblical story of the Fall of Man
Game and Story Use
- Pandora's Box could make a dangerous artifact for your players to find.
- If you make it a jar instead of a box, they might not get the reference right away.
- Like the biblical story of Adam and Eve, the story of Pandora could make a good model for an old legend explaining the origin of Evil.
- Or why women can't be trusted.
- As Nietzsche might have pointed out, the last and most terrible evil to emerge from the 'box' was hope.