I feel like throwing out a purely-for-fun exercise today. Maybe someone will get something out of it (maybe I will), or maybe it’ll just be fun. Fun is never a bad thing, though, right?
If your main character were a member of some ancient pantheon of gods and goddesses, what would he/she be the god or goddess of? Which pantheon would he fit best in – Greek, Hindu, Egyptian, or some made-up fusion…? What symbols would her temple be decorated with? What animal would represent him?
The character I’m currently working on, I’d probably put in a made-up pantheon, and he’d be a minor trickster god of luck, brotherhood, and woodlands. A god you want to stay on the good side of, as he thinks he’s exceedingly funny when he’s bringing down bad luck on someone. I’m calling the birch tree and the otter as his sacred symbol and animal representative, respectively. Why an otter? They’re clever, slick, deceptively charming, and adaptable. That’s why!