Dionysus (The Bon-Vivant)

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Also Known As

Daring Dean Devereaux

on MUX as



The Bon-Vivant



Apparent Age

Late Twenties

Played By

Brad Pitt

Faction Membership

Stunt Rider/Escape Artist/General Daredevil


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Start by admitting from cradle to tomb
It isn't that long a stay
Life is a cabaret, old chum
It's only a cabaret, old chum
And I love a cabaret!
Why are we here? What is our purpose? What is the meaning of life? All questions humanity's asked itself for millennia.

And we still don't know. Oh, sure, there've been theories. Millions of people have died over them! And yet: millennia, and no one's pinned it down.

So fuck that. What we do know is this: we've each got, what, maybe 70, 80, 90 years? A century at the outside, and all that's if you're lucky. Might die tomorrow. Might die in ten minutes. All you're promised is one life. All you're promised is now. But that's still a hell of a promise.

Eat the cake. Drink the wine. Smell the flowers, climb the mountain, watch the sunset, blast the music, kiss that new friend, take a chance. Life's for living. Live the shit out of it until it makes you stop.

Because it will.

Archetype Roster Concept 

Today you shall party, for tomorrow you'll probably die. Live life to the fullest, enjoy every last thing you can, and always leave a fabulous corpse. The world is ending - drink up!

Role in Carnival

Coming to America

Dionysus arrived with the New Smyrna settlement in Florida, 1768; always the wanderer, he wandered to California by 1769 and inspired the first vineyard and winery out there — but the Catholic missionaries horned in and took it over, which probably did him a little damage. Still, while the priests were a problem, he made headway amongst some of the connected laypeople, who continued the slow increase of the grape and wine out there. Meanwhile he headed back across the country, and while grapes only seemed to flourish there while he was present, sugarcane did a good deal better. Mead and beer had already been folded into his repertoire over the centuries, and as his people encountered other spirits, so were they: in this case, rum.

Still, it didn't last long. By the time the settlement dissolved, Dionysus was restless in any case. He spent the next century exploring the developing country. In 1802 he was in Ohio, where the local Catawba grapes were found to make good wine; in 1820, a man in Connecticut founded the Church of Bacchus and declared himself high priest. After some pleasant time soaking up that worship, his travels took him across to Los Angeles, and for the following decades he made a bit of a circuit, building up the nascent wine industries up the West Coast, in Ohio and the Finger Lakes area, and various points throughout mainly the southern states, where the weather was kinder to the crop. His cult picked up strays as they went, as it was wont to do, American wine began to move from merely existent to actually quite good, and for a country that tended to consider itself Christian, he could have been doing a lot worse.

War was never much Dionysus's concern. Prohibition, on the other hand, was a different story. Some might expect it to have been an unalloyed disaster, and in fact it destroyed the quality (if not necessarily the quantity) of the country's wine for decades to come. But on the other hand, the spirit of the time became a more rebellious one, claiming freedom and celebration. Speakeasies, a greater fascination with mysticism, and all that bootlegging and rum-running — well, worries about the grapes aside, it wasn't too hard to maintain a little base of worship. It was also a hell of a lot of fun. By the end of the decade, he'd moved on from the exciting world of illegal production and transport (go on, let him drive) to running a small speakeasy ('The Bacchanal') with his cult in New Orleans. When the building that housed it burned down in late summer '32, he'd declared he'd been getting restless in any case, and a month or so after that, their paths crossed with the carnival's. The rest, as they say, is history. Or possibly mythology.

The God That Comes

Big Top Performer

[...the rest after I sleep, I hope.]

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Daring Dean Devereaux


Stuff needs to be written here. By me, unfortunately.


Brawn: Normal
+ Enduring (Positive)

Be it a punch, fatigue, or far too much to drink, he can take a lot and keep on going. Very little seems to slow him down.
Finesse: Normal
+ Escape Artist (Positive)

You can't keep a good god bound. He's always been able to get out of just about anything, and okay, maybe there's less supernatural power behind it these days, but he's got the knowledge and flexibility to make up the difference.
+ Daredevil (Positive)

He's got a knack for things that ought to be — and sometimes have been — prefaced with "Hey, y'all, watch this!" Is it up high, moving fast, about to explode, on fire, liable to attack him, or similarly unwise? That shot of adrenaline always has him at his best.
+ Agile (Positive)

Quick and well-balanced, whether it's a matter of dancing, climbing, or just getting the hell out of the way.
Brains: Normal
- Distractible (Negative)

When Dionysus gets bored — and he does — focus goes out the window, and anything he finds more interesting can easily distract him. Anything enticing enough has a decent chance even if he wasn't deeply uninterested in the first thing.
Spirit: Good
+ Charismatic (Positive)

Poets called him the 'joy of men' and 'much-cheering', and he's always drawn a crowd. There's just something about him people tend to find magnetic, and it can make all kinds of things seem like a much better idea than they are.
+ Animal Ken (Positive)

Animals like him too. Those with ancient connections to him are the most cooperative — bulls, goats, all the big cats, serpents, deer, foxes, bats, bees, and dolphins (though the last are probably unlikely to turn up) — but they all tend to be positively disposed toward him. Except owls. Fuck owls.
+ Strong-Willed (Positive)

A god is hard to intimidate or sway from what he's decided he wants... for better or worse.
- Capricious (Negative)

Gods do as they wish. And what Dionysus wishes can change from moment to moment, some days. It's made him adaptable, over the centuries, but over the hours it can be a real pain in the ass. Or wherever.
- Hedonist (Negative)

If it feels good, why aren't you already doing it?
- Attention Please! (Negative)

The guy's gone everywhere with an all-singing, all-dancing, all-frenzying entourage for millennia, entering towns at the end of that procession for most of it. In a chariot pulled by panthers. The most famous instances of his wrath center on insufficient adulation. He ain't exactly a shrinking violet.

Perks and Quirks

+ Minor Power — Intoxicate

Having ever been a god of wine, madness, and ecstasy, he can enhance or induce any of the emotional states associated with intoxication, driving the target to ecstasy, mania, violence, affection, weeping, etc. Uses Spirit.
+ Minor Power — Transubstantiate

That water into wine, loaves and fishes stuff? Yeah, he was doing that first. All right, it certainly won't feed multitudes these days, but when all your available liquids are annoyingly nonalcoholic or you need two or three times more eggs or bunches of grapes or whatever you have to feed your flock, it's still a neat trick. Uses Spirit.
+ Minor Power — Illusion

Once upon a time, there were quite a lot of other powers, but over time and with the dwindling of mass belief, many have faded away. Some of them he can still fake with illusions, though, if need be. Change what people see and hear and often the rest won't matter. Uses Brains.
+ Cult

Dionysus has always been a wanderer... and he's always had an entourage. There's always a decent party if you bring it along.
- Too Pretty

C'mon, have you seen him? Some claimed he and Adonis were one and the same. Of course, others just said they were lovers...
- Minor Weakness — Sobriety

Is there anything worse than being absolutely stone-cold sober? Probably, but when he is it's hard to think of what... or much else.
- Major Weakness — Crucifixes

The symbol of the beginning of— let's not say the end. But certainly the end of the golden days.
- Monstrous Diet — Blood and Alcohol

Wine and blood have really always been one and the same, underneath.


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It's a popular misconception that the cult of Dionysus is all about wine, women, and song. Not that there aren't plenty of all of the above, plus spirits, men, and dance besides. But those are as much symptoms as ends in themselves. The true core of the cult is freedom — the freedom of the chaos of nature, before and still beneath the strictures civilization placed upon humanity. Those who join the Iobacchoi are those who chafe under the restrictions and expectations placed on them by others and themselves — the rules imposed by family, society, church — and in every land it touches, his cult has provided some liberation for those marginalized by their society, whatever aspect of their identity might be the cause.

In the old days they attended him as members of his thiasus, now more often seen as an entourage (and, should he manage to hold out a few more decades, probably later to be groupies). Over the years, the ratio of nature spirits to simple mortals has shifted, as nymphs and maenads and satyrs found less and less belief to sustain them. These days, all but one member of the group are mortals, and that one lingers on the edge. [will finish this later, I've been failing at writing this sentence for ages now]

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Cy Lennox

Role: Ex-Tutor, Companion, Foster Father
Age: Ancient
Played by: Jerry Garcia

The oldest, wisest, and most drunken of the followers of Dionysus, Silenus was once more than mortal himself. A forest spirit, he was said to be the father (or maybe grandfather, it's so hard to keep track of these things after so long) of the satyrs. Been rather a while since the last time they saw a satyr now, though, and that same fading of belief has reduced him to his current state: indistinguishable from any mortal except that he's still alive after so many years. He'd like to stay that way.

He's absolutely devoted to Dionysus, always has been, and a staple in the thiasus for... ever. In the carnival, he goes by the name of 'Cy Lennox', and he's broadly in charge of the bar tent. Used to be he spoke prophecy when he was drunk, but people are happy enough for sympathy, and maybe a little wisdom now and then. It sounds even wiser when they're drunk too. When the carnival passes through dry areas, he tells stories, instead.

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The Lovely Zelda & Imelda

Role: Performer's Assistants
Age: Early 20s
Played by: Nancy Carroll

Identical twins — or so they claim, at least, and they do look an awful lot alike — [...and this is another thing I'll finish in a bit. Honest.]

No supporting cast found for this story.

No badges for Carnival.

Snake on a Plane
(2019-05-02 • Out Standing in a Field) Oh gets that plane ride; Dionysus is somewhat better at amends than apologies.
Cast  •   Ouroboras  •  Dionysus (as David)  •
Say Sekhmet!
(2019-05-01 • Carnival Grounds - Big Top) The Big Cats draw a huge crowd and Eleanor tries something different at the end of her act.
Cast  •   Osiris (as Dorothy and John)  •  Ouroboras (as James and the boss)  •  Hodr (as A family)  •  Sekhmet (as Eleanor)  •  Dionysus (as Helen and Grace)  •
Smaller Things Grow Larger
(2019-04-30 • The Bacchanal) Dean and Kemen discuss Plans.
Cast  •   Dionysus (as David)  •  Osiris  •
Fly Away Home
(2019-04-29 • Barnstormer Field) Dean, Holden, and Diamanto steal a plane. Oh and Aya flee ahead of the mob.
Cast  •   Dionysus  •  Hodr  •  Diamond Devil  •  Ouroboras  •  Aya Chione  •
Ghosts in the Graveyard
(2019-04-25 • Carnival Grounds - Midway) Mr. W's minions deliver a message: Management is to meet with Washington at a specified location in exchange for Mephistopheles.
Cast  •   Taema and Tilafaiga  •  Hypnos  •  Thunderbird  •  Dionysus  •  Hodr  •  Manticore  •  The Unicorn  •  Osiris  •  Urania  •  Mad Sweeney  •  Gran Brigitte  •  Coyote  •  Sekhmet  •  Áine  •  Loki  •  Zeus  •
Rite of Spring
(2019-04-17 • Egyptian Camp) The Wonders and their Mortal Followers celebrate a Fertility Festival.
Cast  •   Osiris  •  Sekhmet  •  Ouroboras  •  Diamond Devil  •  Manticore  •  The Unicorn  •  Chiva  •  Dionysus  •  Hodr  •
Bonds Beneath the Desert Sky
(2019-04-10 • New Mexico Desert) In the midst of chaos, two souls unite beneath the desert sky one night in Truth or Consequences, embracing their own truth in the process.
Cast  •   Manticore  •  Sekhmet  •  Osiris  •  Loki  •  Gran Brigitte  •  Arthur Grim  •  Fenrir  •  Hodr  •  Diamond Devil  •  Urania  •  Nike  •  Dionysus  •
Priests and Cannibals
(2019-03-27 • The Colorado Wilderness) Lorraine, Leona, and Kemen stumble on Dean and Diamanto and their thiasus.
Cast  •   La Llorona  •  Sekhmet  •  Osiris  •  Dionysus  •  Diamond Devil  •  Maahes  •  Ethel Whitmore  •  Philomena Mitchell  •  Georgia Stavros  •
There Must Be a Morning After
(2019-03-26 • The Steps of Kemen's Trailer) Dean checks on Kemen after the Party.
Cast  •   Dionysus  •  Aya Chione  •
(2019-03-25 • Carnival Grounds - Big Top) The Big Top puts on a flashy show in Nowhere, Colorado to draw repeat visitors and spark belief in magic.
Cast  •   Dionysus (as Dean)  •  Ouroboras (as Oh)  •  Sasha Savage (as audience)  •  La Llorona (as audience)  •  Thunderbird (as audience)  •  Mad Sweeney (as audience)  •  Taema and Tilafaiga (as Kiri)  •  Diamond Devil (as audience)  •  Osiris (as Kemen)  •  Áine (as Eve)  •  Manticore (as audience)  •  Theodore Walker  •  Aya Chione  •  Nike (as Nikki)  •  Sekhmet (as Leona)  •  Kitsune (as The Tangerine Torpedo)  •
The Story So Far
(2019-03-24 • Carnival Grounds - Carnie Camp) A fairly typical carnie morning turns to less typical conversation concerning a particular radio ad. They learn others went to investigate and talk about that.
Cast  •   Diamond Devil (as Diamanto)  •  Dionysus (as Dean)  •  Mad Sweeney (as Cedric)  •  Áine (as Eve)  •  Theodore Walker  •  Nike (as Nikki)  •  Hodr (as Holden)  •  Zeus (as Sky)  •  Osiris (as Aya)  •  Maahes  •  Urania (as Cultist: Lily Justin)  •
Going Nowhere Fast
(2019-03-21 • Nowhere) Nikki shows off her car to Dean and Lorraine on a trip to Nowhere, where they run into Rana, Leona, and a more unexpected familiar face...
Cast  •   Dionysus (as Dean)  •  Nike (as Nikki)  •  Zeus (as Sky)  •  Osiris (as Rana)  •  La Llorona (as Lorraine)  •  Sekhmet (as Leona)  •