As you've seen in Lords of Kobol - Book One: Apotheosis, I decided to use her as a framing device, for all intents and purposes. I depict her as a young woman in the priesthood, high off her ass on chamalla so she may channel whatever powers she has and being visited by her ex-fiancé, who is intent on dispensing loads of information for her to transcribe. (If you've read it, you likely already know the truth of Ino, the fiancé.) She also bookends the forthcoming Book Three: The Final Exodus. Some might be disappointed to know that she's not more heavily featured, but I believe she serves her purposes well in these small doses.
Now, about Pythia. The show vacillates a bunch on how much she wrote, what she wrote, how much was prophecy and how much wasn't, did she write all that stuff about the Thirteenth Tribe, etc. I had to make some choices and I decided to draw from real-world history when it comes to religious texts.
You ever hear of the Council of Nicea or the Council of Trent? These were two conventions (among others) of Christian leaders as they huddled up to decide what they really believed. As they decided what they liked about their church's history, they tossed aside a bunch of stuff they didn't (look up Lost Gospels). Point being, even Holy Bibles and Sacred Scrolls have editors. In order to make Pythia get credit for writing stuff she couldn't have known about (like Athena's suicide) and not simply saying, "Oh, she's a prophet," I thought the most credible thing to do was say that she was an editor and compiler of the Sacred Scrolls, like a one-woman Council of Trent. That way, even with her own contributions to the Scrolls, it's easy to see why people might make the mistake of assuming she wrote all of it.
Long winded, I know. Here's the fun stuff. You saw in a previous post how I used Propworx to find a good Kobollian eagle for my art. I used them again to find awesomeness in the form of the Sacred Scrolls, namely the Book of Pythia:
They huddled together on the shores waiting to board the Great Ship Galleon. They brought with them as much of their worldly possessions as the could hold. Most had nothing but for what they had in their hearts. Large and small they began to move, lining up they spoke aloud of their name and heritage one at a time as if this were their sole possession, a final piece of KOBOL that they were not to leave behind. They were ready.
And on the Cliffs of Aragon, the Gods gathered and bore witness to the gathering below. They watched as each member of each tribe walked up the gantry, turning only once to say farewell to the lords they knew they will never see again. Though heavy of heart, they continued to board all through ...
Again, I placed that whole passage (with only minor tweaks) in Book Three, so credit to the writer or props guy who came up with that.
Since I'm standing by my interpretation that Pythia herself did not write these very detailed passages on the Final Exodus 1,600 years before it happened, someone had to be there to witness it and survive to write about it later. Thus, I created the character Alexandra Gideon. She's named "Gideon," and not after the Old Testament bloke who needed a bunch of proofs from YHWH, who slew pagan hordes and even his own people, who destroyed places of Baal worship, who bore lanterns and blew horns, etc. No, she's named "Gideon" because that name popped up a couple of times in Caprica and was the name of a transport ship in the ragtag fleet of Battlestar Galactica. I figured it bore some significance.
Another Pythia-related tidbit on Earth I (that's Cylon Earth and not Earth II, on which we reside): in the Sacred Scrolls there is a picture of the Temple of Aurora, and since that's the only god mentioned in relation to the Thirteenth Tribe, that's why I have Aurora playing such a large role with the Thirteenth Tribe's exodus in Book One.
OK, so here's some more Pythia stuff.
I'm working on something ... different. Pythia plays a larger part in it, and here's a taste:
More on that project some other time ...