|Creator|| Van Rijn|
|Purpose|| Inspiration of the arts|
Hiding in plain sightEdit
To avoid damage and misuse by overly curious sparks the muses needed to hide. Two, Tinka and Moxana hid undisguised in plain sight by connecting themselves with traveling shows, most recently Master Payne's Circus of Adventure. One, Otilia hid in the body of the construct Von Pinn aboard Castle Wulfenbach guiding and protecting the children, notably, Gil and Tarvek. Recently in Volume X, the Van Rijn body of Otilia hidden in the subterranean Heterodyne lair of Lucrezia Monfish Heterodyne, made her appearance. It is now in need of serious repair, both physical and psychological. The mind inside the body is that of much vaster Castle Heterodyne.
Desperation due to the condition of his sister prompted Tarvek to commandeer Tinka from the circus three years ago. The muses were an irresistible lure to other Sparks, who wished to disassemble them in order to find out how they worked. Since Van Rijn was exceptionally Sparky, this has not met with much success. However, an imperfect, but impressive copy of Tinka was built by Tarvek Sturmvoraus. When the circus stopped in Sturmhalten, Tinka went and brought back Moxana and Van Rijn's notes to Tarvek.
Comparison to the classical musesEdit
The picture on the west inner tympanum of Tarsus Hall of Transylvania Polygnostic makes them look as if they were intended to mimic the classical muses in form and function. Tinka is obviously the "Muse of dance and movement." Tarvek who studied the muses extensively has called the winged muse Otilia the "Muse of Protection", and Moxana the "Muse of Mystery". These do not have obvious classical equivalents. It is likely however that Otilia takes the place the grand muse Calliope and Moxana the place of Polyhymnia.
Outside World Edit
Although writers accounted the Muses in Greek mythology as anywhere from one (Mousa) to three (Memory, Practice and Song) to four (Heart-delighting, Song, Beginning and Meditation) to seven to nine , eventually Hesiod, naming them, settled the count of nine Muses adopted by later Europan cultures. They were:
|Calliope||epic or heroic poetry|
|Erato||love or erotic poetry, lyrics, and marriage songs|
|Euterpe||music and lyric poetry|
|Polyhymnia|| sacred poetry, sacred hymn and eloquence
as well as agriculture and pantomime.
|Terpsichore||choral song and dance|
|Thalia||comedy and bucolic poetry|
Foglio World Edit
In the Foglio world they are:
|Foglio Name||Muse of ...||Symbol||Clasical Name||Muse Of...|
|Otilia||protection.||Wings, Bow and Arrows||Calliope||epic or heroic poetry|
|Orotine||maps||T-square and protractor||Erato||love or erotic poetry, lyrics, and marriage songs|
|Contasia||music||One muse band instruments||Euterpe||music and lyric poetry|
|Mawu||tragedy||White coat with dark trim, frown||Melpomene||tragedy|
|Moxana||mystery||Game board and fortuneteller setup.||Polyhymnia||sacred poetry, sacred hymn and eloquence as well as agriculture and pantomime|
|Tinka||dance||ballet shoes and poses||Terpsichore||choral song and dance|
|Liza||comedy||Dark coat with white trim, smile||Thalia||comedy and bucolic poetry|
|Prende||astronomy||collapsable gold wire globe||Urania||astronomy|
Muses on Murals Edit
Mouse over the a muse for her name. The outside world names are placeholders until the storytellers tell more of the their tale. Clicking on a muse will link to her page if she has one.