socklever: (Default)
socklever ([personal profile] socklever) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2017-08-20 06:00 pm

The Hero's Journey Meme


There is pattern in many stories. Many center around the concept of the hero himself, and his path into the unknown, for either something he has to save or as a form of growth, in what Joseph Cambell studied and defined in his book The Hero of a Thousand Faces as the Monomyth, a classic sequence of events that follow the hero or heroines and their similarities with the human experience.

All steps in the heroes journey are all able to be repeated, mixed, or even skipped over, in events that can be roughly categorized as forms of departure, initiation, and return.

Much like all memes, events can be either chosen or randomized through 1-3 and then 1-6, at the players’ choice, as portions of a story they might want to tell.

① The Call to Adventure
② Refusal of the Call
③ Acceptance of the Call
④ Supernatural Aid
⑤ Crossing the Threshold
⑥ Belly of the Whale

① The Road of Trials
② The Meeting with the Goddess
③ Woman as Temptress
④ Atonement with the Father
⑤ Apotheosis
⑥ The Ultimate Boon

① Refusal of the Return
② The Magic Flight
③ Rescue from Without
④ The Crossing of the Return Threshold
⑤ Master of Two Worlds
⑥ Freedom to Live


1) The Call to Adventure

From whatever home or known world the hero lives in, stories begin with a calling, either internal or external, towards a new land, a new world, to fulfill a task or to simply know.

The call takes many forms: An old master coming to request help from a new student, the possibility of a better life in another land, or a need to prove oneself or to others, people receive the request, to either accept it...

2) Refusal of the Call

… or reject it. Much like the Buddha was horrified upon witnessing the aging man, the sick man, and the dead man, there may be a moment in which the person rejects the call, terrified of the great unknown, and the choices become clear: Either reject the call, and return to the life that is, or go deep into the rabbit hole.

3) Acceptance of the Call

However, there might be a reason the hero accepts, either by choice or by having his hand forced by events outside of his control, in which the hero ultimately begins. It may be a desire for knowledge, a desire for treasure, a desire to find something he has felt missing his entire life, or in a quest to simply survive as he realizes there is little left for him, the hero accepts the call to adventure.

4) Supernatural Aid

Among the ways in which a potential hero is called, and accepts the quest either consciously or subconsciously, is by something, or someone, coming to aid the hero in his new path. With knowledge, luck, a talisman, a weapon, a tool, or even the mentor himself, the hero is given the aid he needs for the perils ahead, preparing for the great unknown.

5) Crossing the Threshold

The hero leaves his home and the known, and ventures into the world that was alien to him. He may have to face somebody protecting the barrier between both worlds, wanting to keep the hero inside of his known world, but once he crosses that threshold, there is a new world waiting for him...

6) Belly of the Whale

Akin to Jonah inside the whale, or a knight into a dragon's lair, the hero enters the zone of danger, the definitive moment in which he is forced to evolve, and to which there is no return to the person that he was. For either a path to heroism, or a path to darkness and death.


1) The Road of Trials

The path ahead is fraught with peril. There are many dangers beyond the home of the adventurer. From bandits roaming the countryside, to the great soldiers of the tyrant, to dragons and beasts of many mythological tales that will stand in the way of the journey, either with an enemy the hero is far too familiar with such as in the case of the Brother Battle, or a great enemy to destroy akin to the Dragon Battle, both necessary for the survival and growth of the hero.

2) The Meeting with the Goddess

Not everything outside of the known world is misery. On the path, the hero might be able to find a loved one that could grant him support, synergy, or a bond, something that will make him whole. As either an ordinary person, or a supernatural being, this becomes part of the hero, as someone powerful that symbolizes creation, birth, and nurture.

3) Woman as Temptress

And yet, the world offers its temptations as well. Unlike what the name says, not necessarily in the form of a woman. The hero might be tempted for great riches, for a position of tyranny, for a false way to succeed his journey. Much like how the devil presented himself to Jesus in his days in the desert, these temptations can be intentional or unintentional, something the hero will have to go through, or else fail in his mission.

4) Atonement with the Father

Popularized in Star Wars through Darth Vader, the hero might face a ‘father figure’, either in person or as an idea, to be persuaded, to gain his approval of, or to be defeated. This can be for several reasons, to either become the master himself, to be allowed to go into a higher plane of existence, or to take his power.

5) Apotheosis

The becoming of a god. It is no longer the person that walked out of his home, but a powerful being that has become greater for his experiences, and can now face all dangers and foes that come against him, after a death and rebirth through the perilous journey.

There is no more need to be afraid. Now it is the turn of the hero's enemies to fear him.

6) The Ultimate Boon

After everything that has happened, the hero achieves his mission. After all trials, the ultimate villain might have been defeated, the great treasure might have been found, or finally learn the lesson the hero had for so long wanted to understand.

Often done at the climax of the story, this is when everything the hero has worked for has reached its conclusion.


1) Refusal of the Return

After hours, days, months, or perhaps years in that strange world, one might have decided he does not want to leave. Much like the beginning of the journey, perhaps it is fear of what kind of world will the hero return to, perhaps there is something the hero is attached to that he does not want to leave the new world for, or the hero might choose instead to continue his adventures.

2) The Magic Flight

The homeward journey. Either as a mad dash back home, or as a calm path to see everything that the hero went through, the hero might be in danger of losing of the boons he gained in his journey, there might be something that saves him from a great peril at the end of the adventure, or instead simply wanders back home, finally getting to rest.

3) Rescue from Without

The hero is rescued from a final plight from an unexpected source. Either as somebody saving the hero during the magic flight or during the hero’s darkest hour, it may not even be something that intended to save him. Such as how Gollum fought with Frodo and unwittingly destroyed the ring, or Han Solo came to aid Luke at the last moment, this is one more point where the hero might need help.

4) The Crossing of the Return Threshold

Home sweet home. But what did you return to? Would people recognize you? The hero finally returns to the known world, finally to the safety of his home, to either finally rest or save it from another threat, just as he sees how the world he once knew changed during his time away.

5) Master of Two Worlds

Having completed the journey, the hero now knows both worlds, and can now cross the threshold without further trial. Both his home and the alien outside are familiar, having overcome his fears, becoming a ruler or a teacher, either as the paragon for those to follow, or as somebody that knows the dangers, cruelties, and responsibilities of everything inside and outside of the known world.

6) Freedom to Live

The knowledge of the outside world, more than any treasure he gains in his quest, becomes what separates the hero that returned from the people of his land. With it, he instead lives the way he chooses, either to spend their time in solitude, to begin another journey in time, to rule over the land...

Or, as it is often the case, instruct the next generation, whose task will be to live in here, and perhaps begin the hero cycle anew.
dancingduelist: (gentle wink)

Laslow | Fire Emblem Fates

[personal profile] dancingduelist 2017-08-21 01:41 am (UTC)(link)
halfhorse: { hollowart } (❄ she tells me worship in the bedroom)

Lyanna Stark | ASOIAF

[personal profile] halfhorse 2017-08-21 03:11 am (UTC)(link)
castintofire: ({066})

Maedhros | Tolkien's Silmarillion

[personal profile] castintofire 2017-08-21 03:46 am (UTC)(link)
utulien_aure: insouciant (Box)

Re: Maedhros | Tolkien's Silmarillion

[personal profile] utulien_aure 2017-08-21 05:23 am (UTC)(link)
[in need of a friend for the road?]
utulien_aure: with armor and banner (Default)

[personal profile] utulien_aure 2017-08-21 06:04 am (UTC)(link)
[Anything in particular catch your eye?]
castintofire: ({009})

[personal profile] castintofire 2017-08-21 06:30 am (UTC)(link)
{I suppose that would depend how horrible or cute we want to be!}
utulien_aure: The archer prince (archery)

[personal profile] utulien_aure 2017-08-21 06:49 am (UTC)(link)
[RNG gave me1-5 and 2-2. Not sure how the latter would work, but either of interest?]
hunteroforcs: ({011})

Elrohir | Tolkien: Lord of the Ring

[personal profile] hunteroforcs 2017-08-21 03:47 am (UTC)(link)
totallynotanoni: (Default)

Kasen "Ibarakasen" Ibaraki | Touhou Project | ota

[personal profile] totallynotanoni 2017-08-21 04:26 am (UTC)(link)
[Definitely the mentor in the journey, likely the Morpheus or the Obi-Wan.]
Edited 2017-08-21 04:30 (UTC)
violinsnbobbles: (HNNNNNNG)

Belly of the Whale | Kotomi as apprentice

[personal profile] violinsnbobbles 2017-08-21 06:23 am (UTC)(link)
Kotomi's experiments into the study of other worlds brought her into Gensokyo. A land populated by fantasy creatures, youkai, and gods, from where a frail human like her could only cower at the might of many of these beings. Deep within the forests, and looking at the shrines elevating in the distance and with many spirits giggling and gloating around, Kotomi cowered like a kitten.

She still wore her school uniform from Hikarizaka. What else was there to have? But just as well, she had something she was recommended to have: A violin's bow.

"Is this... is this your home, what you talked about?" Kotomi cradled her hands around her chest.
intoxicatings: all by bangparty (Default)

jessica jones | marvel tv stuff

[personal profile] intoxicatings 2017-08-21 06:13 am (UTC)(link)
britanniae: (Default)

Arthur Pendragon | Fate/Prototype

[personal profile] britanniae 2017-08-21 08:36 am (UTC)(link)
[ F/GO version is also available at request. ]
kartereo: (10 Leaning on books)

[personal profile] kartereo 2017-08-22 12:41 am (UTC)(link)
[I'd be interested in these two in some capacity, either in Fate/Grand order mode or something else that you'd have fun with?]
britanniae: (Sir Tristan)

[personal profile] britanniae 2017-08-22 07:56 am (UTC)(link)
[ Dude you ain't Merlin I mean let's do it. I'm honestly fine with GO setting but if you want to roll any of the available prompts, I'm down with you. ]
kartereo: (Default)

[personal profile] kartereo 2017-08-22 12:21 pm (UTC)(link)
[....I kind of hate that you said that, because now all I can think is "what if we just switched out an Arthur adventure where it's Waver instead of Merlin."]
britanniae: (Sir Gareth)

[personal profile] britanniae 2017-08-22 12:58 pm (UTC)(link)
[ ........Fuck do it. I want my cranky caster bro instead of troll caster bro. ]
kartereo: (Default)

[personal profile] kartereo 2017-08-22 05:49 pm (UTC)(link)

[LET'S DO THE THING. Do you have a particular legend you want to muck with, or just let's freestyle and see what happens? Or, terrible Fate/Grand Order singularity? No matter what, I'm happy to write the starter.]
britanniae: (Sir Kay)

[personal profile] britanniae 2017-08-22 06:17 pm (UTC)(link)
[ To be brutally honest, I am a KOTR trash it's too obvious s-sob so I'm leaning toward Return prompts on Camelot (Arthur's or Altria's works for me) singularity myself. Still, I am just as savvy enough in the Three Kingdoms history if you want to do anything with Zhuge Liang's story.

However if you are up for a starter, I'm honestly interested in what you have in mind. I am just excited for the combination of them. ]
kartereo: (Default)

[personal profile] kartereo 2017-08-22 06:21 pm (UTC)(link)
[NOT GOING TO LIE 99% of my knowledge with Zhuge Liang is from watching Red Cliff too many times and then cackling when I learned about the Waver-Zhuge Liang fusion.

So, I'm thinking let's definitely do Arthur coming back from an Adventure of Choice to talk to Merlin, but there's a surprise Waver there to warn him about the singularity instead and we can roll from there?]
britanniae: (Sir Lucan)

[personal profile] britanniae 2017-08-22 06:30 pm (UTC)(link)
[ LMAOFJHSK Red Cliff is unironically good and you should feel good for that.

Anyway, that prompt sure works for me! I am probably going to be very slow for two days, but I'm definitely going to tag faster after Thursday. ]
kartereo: (06 Lighting up)

[personal profile] kartereo 2017-08-22 06:33 pm (UTC)(link)
[It is such a fun thing to enjoy.

And no worries on that!]

[I'll send you to Camelot Merlin said. It'll be fine! he said.

Bullshit. Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit as far as Caster was concerned. All Merlin had done was given himself a few days off while Caster was forced to lurk around a big castle, try to be unnoticed, and wait for this world's version of King Arthur to get back because surprise: the sodding Norman conquest was happening far too early and Chaldea needed to send a bit of an advanced guard so that it could have the assistance of the king.

Literally anyone else could have been sent too, which was what drove Caster to sit and fume, surrounded by a cloud of cigar smoke which was getting too strong even for himself. The only saving grace in all of this had been the fact that Merlin went so far as to do the equivilant of a permission slip for himself, so that Caster could present it to anyone and have it be known that this was under Merlin's authority.

At least it meant that whenever Arthur got back, Caster wouldn't have to fight for an audience. Judging by the commotion around the castle, that was happening about now. Rather than head out to meet the man though and explain everything in due course, Caster had sent someone else along to tell the man that Merlin had sent a messenger of sorts on the most gravest of topics, and that said messenger would be waiting in a little side room suitable for conversation.

Never mind that said side room smelled strongly of cigars, or that Caster's face would be scowling when Arthur entered. Nor was his voice going to be a friendly greeting. Instead, it addressed the king with a terse tone, and offered the same slip of paper confirming that this was all happening under Merlin's auspices.]

Here. This explains why I'm present rather than that other man.
britanniae: (Sir Grifflet)

[personal profile] britanniae 2017-08-22 07:16 pm (UTC)(link)
[ On the other end of the spectrum, Arthur, while not in the same intensity of problem as Caster, was having his own share of trouble. You know, the usual political bullshit. As well as daily case of Agravain, Gawain, Tristan, and Lancelot butting heads like some sort of dorks. It happened all the time but the king of knights was yet to get accustomed to it. Life did gave him lemons, and the knights stomped them into utter trash.

Still, when a messenger suddenly came up to him saying that Merlin had sent a messenger of his own to meet him, Saber knew what would be on the top of his mountain of priorities: that one. Merlin, after all, had never sent someone else to meet him (he would just slip into his radar like some fucker he was)... Unless it was very dire. And thus Arthur made a straight beeline towards the side room in question.

The moment he arrived to the said room though, he found nothing but... a man dressed in the sharpest way possible. Not that Arthur didn't like it, but he was obviously a bit taken aback by this. Made worse when Caster just basically gave a paper.

'My dear king, something is going to happen! I'll leave it to you~ If you need anything else, just ask the guy that gave you this ♥'... Complete with a small drawing of Merlin's chibi face. Drawn disgustingly cute with flowery pattern, even.


Saber just... scratched his golden hair in confusion before he returned Caster's scowl with a heartfelt chuckle on his own. ]

So uh... My apologies for asking this, but can I actually get a little more explanation than this?

[ He casually flipped the same slip of paper. Just in case Caster wanted to see what was Saber trying to prove here. ]
kartereo: (06 Lighting up)

[personal profile] kartereo 2017-08-22 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
[Caster paused just long enough to take back the note he was supposed to give Arthur, and then read it. His face became a grimmace, and he let out a long suffering sigh to compliment the expression.]

I hate that man so much.

[He couldn't have been more vague, or more of a pain in the ass. The next time he saw Merlin, Caster was going to unleash his Noble Phantasm just because he could.

But an actual explanation. There were a few angles to approach this from, and they involved various amounts of wondering how bad of an idea is it to tell him the Norman conquest is supposed to happen no matter what? Does that just create another singularity? Caster quietly weighed the options, then settled on what he liked best.]

In the far future, there's an organization that detects particular changes in the timeline of world history, thanks to a number of complicated factors I'm not going to get into here. Merlin is a part of this organization, which makes life about as easy as I think you'd expect.

Anyway, there's one about to occur here, and it involves an entire invading army. Normally we'd just deal with it ourselves, but there's two factors here: one, you'd probably hear about it anyway and want to butt in without any kind of context or knowledge of who Chaldea is and you might try to fight both this army and us, and two, it'd help to have someone who can provide extra forces as needed.

There's about a week until they hit the southern coast, by the way.
soulsteal: id=3497488 (03)

soma cruz; castlevania

[personal profile] soulsteal 2017-08-21 01:01 pm (UTC)(link)
preciousbrat: (sidelook)

Eren Jaeger | Shingeki no Kyojin

[personal profile] preciousbrat 2017-08-21 04:29 pm (UTC)(link)
18th_century_rockstar: (*explaining*)

Wolfgang Mozart | Amadeus

[personal profile] 18th_century_rockstar 2017-08-21 04:49 pm (UTC)(link)
needlebearer: (Default)

Arya Stark | Game of Thrones

[personal profile] needlebearer 2017-08-21 10:02 pm (UTC)(link)
teratias: (Default)

waver velvet (fate/zero) ota

[personal profile] teratias 2017-08-22 12:36 am (UTC)(link)
heartofwildfire: (trooper's best friend~)

Ryo Sanada | Yoroiden Samurai Troopers

[personal profile] heartofwildfire 2017-08-22 12:21 pm (UTC)(link)
{ AU this guy into your canon (I absolutely don't mind being canonblind), or we come up with our own as we go. Biased towards Departure and Initiation prompts.
Other prefs here. }
theantagonist: (☄014)

Anakin Skywalker | Star Wars

[personal profile] theantagonist 2017-08-22 05:51 pm (UTC)(link)
punchthemagicdragon: (Default)

Danny Rand | MCU | OTA

[personal profile] punchthemagicdragon 2017-08-22 06:20 pm (UTC)(link)
hardestbattle: (Stop)

Senua | Hellblade

[personal profile] hardestbattle 2017-08-24 08:12 am (UTC)(link)
stumbledfromtheashes: (✨ carry all as one)

Inquisitor Lavellan | Dragon Age Inquisition

[personal profile] stumbledfromtheashes 2017-08-24 09:19 am (UTC)(link)