Persian Mythology for Age of Mythology II

Zoroastrianism eventually became a monotheistic religion . However, before it became just that, Zoroastrianism had many gods and was at one time considered a polytheistic religion. If Persia was to be represented in the AoMII game, it should definitely focus on the era that was before it became a monotheistic belief.

Here is a list of Persian gods/goddess and its subsequent and dreadful beasts:

PERSIANS

Ahura Mazda - God of Wisdom

Angra Mainyu - God of Evil, Chaos, and Discord

Mithra - God of the Sun, Covenants, and Kingship

Anahita - Goddess of Health, Water, and Fertility

Verethragna - God of Warriors

Vayu - God of the Wind

Persian Bestiary:

  1. Agh Baland - The description of this creature is that it is up to 6 meters tall, is all white and its body is like a soul. It draws people to it, dissolves them in its body and causes their death.
  2. Azhdaha - they are gigantic snake-like creatures living in the air, in the sea, or on the earth. They have a huge body, a fierce face, their mouths are wide with many teeth, and flaming eyes.
  3. Azi Dahaka - a monster with three mouths, six eyes, and three heads. It was extremely cunning, strong, and demonic.
  4. Bomberah Torrow - bat-like humanoid monster who, overtime, can reach titanic proportions if it is not stopped.
  5. Buslameh - humanoid-like sea creatures known to capsize ships and devour sailors. Their lower bodies are fish-like while their upper bodies are that of a scary creature. (vague I know).
  6. Chamrosh - a giant bird with a dog’s body and the head and wings of an eagle. It lives beneath the Tree of All Seeds and, when the great bird Saena-Simurgh – living high in the trees’ branches – flaps her wings, the seeds scatter and Chamorsh distributes them into the wind and rain to fall across the earth. Chamrosh is also a protective entity, who swoops down upon non-Iranian invaders, pecking at them and driving them away.
  7. Div - monstrous and demonic creatures with having a body like that of a human, only of gigantic size, with two horns upon their heads and teeth like the tusks of a boar. Extremely powerful, cruel and cold-hearted. They love to eat human flesh and would use weapons and armors. They are also capable of sorcery and magic.
  8. Fulad-zereh - extremely large horned demon who wore steel armor. Only the sword, Shamshir-e Zomorrodnegar, can harm it.
  9. Gao Paiti - mythical winged creatures with a cow or a lion body and a human head. They carry a liquid called the “Zohar” which is capable of exterminating the evil creatures of the sea.
  10. Ghad Daar - one of the most frightening and terrifying monsters on this list. Extremely large figures with cat-like face and a large tongue. Its limbs contain toxins. (WARNING: Do not read further if you are easily triggered!) These gigantic feline-like creatures are known to outright murder men. It will immediately try and rape a woman if it sees one. In one incident, a young girl was able to survive this encounter. The Ghad Daar targeted her but before the monster could rape her, the clever girl was able to pull out a goat skin bag out and threw it at the monster. The tricked monster had intercourse and produced swarms of scorpions within this bag itself. Scary stuff.
  11. Ghor-Ghor-Momo - a demonic creature that usually appears during a severe thunderstorm. Its hearing is very sensitive, so much that it is able to hone in and target excited or grunted noises from children or adults. Once marked, the gigantic demonic creature would capture its victims by hooking them with human hair. At the end of the human hair is a golden hook attached to it.
  12. Hadhayosh - a fearsome ox-like beast that raided Persia.
  13. Huma - mythical birds that is said never to alight on the ground and instead to live their entire lives flying invisibly high above the earth.
  14. Jinn - supernatural entities, neither immortal nor human spirits, who are better known as genies. They were neutral in the war between the forces of Good and those of Evil and based their actions on circumstance rather than ideology. When a human encountered a jinn, the entity might grant the person’s wishes or trick them at the last moment.
  15. Kalle Vessen - brutish and extremely ugly monsters that are known to remove heads of its victims via sword decapitation.
  16. Karmak - the giant bird of evil so large that its wings blot out the sky and prevent rain from falling, thereby bringing drought to the land. Karmak continuously fed on human beings and livestock.
  17. Khrafstra - evil demons that were invisible unless they wanted to be seen. Sleeping mothers, children, and even newborns are not safe from them.
  18. Manticore - “man-eater”, a monster with the head of a man, body of a lion, and tail of a scorpion who devoured people whole, leaving no trace of them except – sometimes – spatters of blood. It has three rows of razor sharp teeth in its mouth. It was thought to live in lonely places outside of communities, could kill anything except elephants, and was invincible because its hide was so thick. It struck without warning but, sometimes, would announce itself with a growl like a trumpet.
  19. Peri - humanoid winged creatures with a neutral alliance. They are usually seen as messengers that may help or trick someone.
  20. Roc - the giant bird of prey best known from the stories concerning Sinbad the Sailor from One Thousand Nights and a Night.
  21. Shamaran - is a mythical creature, half snake and half woman.
  22. Simurgh - the “dog bird” who cares for the hero Zal after he is abandoned by his father Sam in the Shahnameh. Simurgh had the head of a dog, body of a peacock, and claws of a lion and lived 1,700 years, acquiring all knowledge, before dying in a flame of its own making and rising again. It is strong enough to easily carry off an elephant or a whale.
  23. Tiarika Savars - entities of darkness that ride on shadowy horses. They are relentless in their pursuit and attacks. They hunt down other supernatural beings and monsters.
  24. Umm-Naush - nocturnal demonic predators who threatened human lives and cosmic order.
  25. Vausi - an extremely large and mythical fish-like monster. It is so unbelievably big that none of the monsters on this Persian list come close to it in size. It is the protector and guardian of all living things.
  26. Vazak - the hellish evil toad that is capable of destroying and annihilating the mighty Gaokerena (Tree of Life).
  27. Zaar - dangerous and malevolent wind demons who can enter someone’s body and make them sick or lifeless.

Titan:

Aka Manah - one of the arch-demons of Angra Mainyu’s creation. He is known as the “Evil Mind” and is a massive demonic entity of sensual desire. The demon is known to have blue eyes, long hair, and a mouthful of tusks instead of teeth. In addition, because of his title, “Evil Mind”, he has a terrifying and in-human roar which constantly spouts 99 specialized questions to break and annihilate one’s conviction.

I think by adding a Middle Eastern belief alongside the Mesopotamian myth to the game would obviously benefit the franchise in regards to variety. The more, the merrier. Besides, I think there will be some cool rivalry between Persian and Greek players, competitively.

Should the Persian Mythology be added in Age of Mythology II?
  • YES! We need the Persian myth in this game 100%. They have so many unique monsters and demons.
  • No. Not interested.

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Thoughts and opinions?

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Persians could be cool, if Microsoft or FE remembered the game exists

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Great run down, really enjoyed it. but just one thing, isn’t the god of Evil called Ahriman in Zoroastrianism?
at least that’s what I’ve heard throughout these years as a Persian

also if devs are interested in introducing some sort of Heroes system for Persians as they did with the Greeks, I think Shahnameh by Ferdowsi would be a gold mine for that. it’s filled with Persian tales about iconic mythical personalities, and some of them are very well known among Persians:
Rostam, Espandiyar, Kaveh Ahangar (literally translated to Kaveh the Blacksmith), Gordafarid, Sohrab, Bahram, Zal, Siyavash, and Garshasp on the top of my head

I would also add Arash Kamangir ( literally translated to Arash the Archer ) to the list of Persian heroes, he’s a very well-known heroic archer-figure that is mysteriously missing in Shahnameh’s tales

Ariobarzan could also be a good candidate. Altho being a real-life military commander in Achaemenid Empire, his heroic acts in Battle of the Persian Gate made him an icon in Persia and definitely has the potential to become a mythical hero

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Maybe Indians could work as well, though from what I heard they’re as protective of their religion as Christians.

Ahriman had many names but I believe the name “Angra Mainyu” predates it. Semantics aside, it shouldn’t affect the game at all if it was changed to Ahriman if the name is more popular with other fans and historians.

Angra Mainyu might be slightly popular due to being used by Fate (the Japanese franchise).

Sounds cool! You can have a Persian War campaign if you include them

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This is great but… People, let’s request a DE first. Our first AoM deserves it, and we deserve it too. They could add this Persian Mythology to a DLC for AoM DE.

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Yes, although I think Zorastrianism was monotheistic, so I don’t know if they are going to put it in, I see more likely the Indian or the Aztec mythologies…

What about Zahhak? He’s a fav

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I did consider him but I wanted a titan that wasn’t “human” from the past.

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Age of Mythology 2 - The Persians - YouTube

beat you to the punch =P

These are myth creatures i considered for Persians, from weakest to strongest:
1 maran > shahmaran (snakelike / nagalike monsters)
2 karkadan > shadhavar (ram / unicorn-ish monsters)
3 fulad-zereh > div-e-sepid (steel armor skin demon)
4 hadhayosh > sarsaok (fire ox/bull)
5 manticore > scorpicore (already in use but hey)
6 azhdaha > azhi dahaka (hydra like monster)
7 huma > simurgh (mythic magic bird)

from left to right is from basic to upgraded version.
Let me know what you think

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I think maybe it’d be a good idea to add a more aoe2-ish dlc civ to AoM even though arguably, that is already the Greeks, then you’d expand to the other ones as you get more comfortable.

In a way like, we am viewing a zoo, and they are strange animals, but you have to feed them a food, and do special things, if you want to be amused at them and keep them happy.

Imagine how much whining when aoe2 players try again, or for the first time, when they try to make farms in the classical age? Then they end up blaming the game instead of themselves, negative reviewing, never learning learning why anything is either inefficient or defeated them.

High gold, fast raiding archers? sure. needlessly large farms? ok. spam half-pop villagers that do half the health/gathering, but you need to make 100 of them? delightful. swarm infantry militia-champion line, a cavalry resembling knights rush/paladin upgrades, a ‘spear’ line that is like 5x vs cavalry but literally loses vs a villager. Oh how can I forget, a tower rush? (other than heimdall?) The only difference is finally it finally wouldn’t take ~40-60 minutes per game (about 3x the time).

I personally think it would be nice to troll those players by giving them exactly wahtthey want, because they thought everything that isnt aoe2 is flawed even when it’s improved, and maybe revealing why it’s also not so good in the process. But still gives them like an option like ‘hey you can try to micro all those units and it’ll basically work but… k’. Altho arguably Egypt/Greek should already keepthem happy as like the defensive and well rounded civs but, I think it would be like a good thing to show support for those players too, even tho I can’t understand them.

Not exactly a specialist in mythology, let alone zoroastrianism, but I thought the whole point of this guy is that he should not be worshipped. It’s like making christians worshipping Satan.

I guess they remembered

I always see it as “my myth and the entirety of it are my allies. Your myth is my enemy.”

Great Achaemenid rich culture

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