Here’s another sneak peak of what I have been playing around with. I’m not going to explain it or answer questions about how it works – just showing it off because it might be in..
Yesterday I posted some thoughts on thinking about the unconscious existence of characters. Now it is important to note that this is not something that underpins any game mechanics at this point. But it gives us some interesting hard limits on spiritual participation. So yesterday I compared Vasana, our budding heroine, with Alvin the Ordinary. ..
Runequest distinguishes three basic levels of spiritual participation in a cult – lay member (casual), initiate (dedicated), Rune Master (professional). Another way of thinking about it is how much of our Unconscious Life is devoted to a particular cult or thing. So let’s imagine what percentage of our unconscious life is dedicated to specific pursuits. ..
Mead is well-known to the Orlanthi and it is a ritually important drink. The Orlanthi make mead mixed with various plants and fungi to produce a drink called “Crazy Black Widebrew”. This drink is an entheogen and often consumed in vast amounts during religious rituals and as the preparations for a heroquest.I hear it is ..
For most Pelorians, the drinks of choice are:Corn beer. Like chicha, this is made in huge earthenware vats and because of its low alcohol content (1-3%) is consumed in vast quantities. Corn beer is often drunk in Lunar celebrations and ceremonies because of its connection with Hon-eel.Rice wine. Many varieties of rice wine are known in the ..
The most common alcoholic drinks in Dragon Pass are:Beer. Made from emmer wheat,einkorn, or barley, beer (I am using the term broadly) is the most common drink. Brewing is often associated with the Ernalda cult and most brewers are women. Lots of different varieties and styles.White wine. White grapes are grown in much of Sartar. It is ..
The connoisseur knows that the best alcoholic drinks are associated with the Holy Country. The most popular are: Beer. Made from einkorn, emmer, or barley, beer is made in vast quantities by the Earth Temples. It is also drunk in vast quantities, and celebrated as the Gift of the Goddess. Many suggest that the Jolly Fat ..
Had a fantastic time playtesting the near-final heroquesting game mechanics for RuneQuest with Neil Robinson, Claudia Loroff, David Larkins, and Matt Ryan. Andrew Logan Montgomery has really done a fantastic job putting up with my constant changes. Key highlights – it is definitely not Super RuneQuest, and we are doing our playtesting with the pregens ..
From time to time I get asked what are the most important source references for me when I am writing RuneQuest and Glorantha materials. As I am waiting on hold for a long time trying to rebook flights, I thought now would be a great time to answer that question! Published Sources Guide to Glorantha: ..
I have lots of plans with sorcery. But I see no point in releasing a whole series of “generic” sorcery spells until we really have a vehicle where sorcery is more than just the plaything of Lhankor Mhy and Irrippi Ontor. Sorcery is an intellectual and magical activity – INT and POW are always going ..
Glorantha is held together by the Web of Arachne Solara, a vast net woven out of the strands of myths – each the encapsulated deed of gods or heroes in the Godtime. We can understand these myths through stories, song, and worship – or we can enter the Hero Plane and follow along these strands, ..
For most Gloranthan religions, Chaos is something outside of the realm of gods and spirits. There are a few gods or spirits that were corrupted by Chaos or who otherwise embraced it during the Greater Darkness. The Orlanthi, Praxians, Malkioni, Doraddi, and followers of the Old Gods (animism) all agree on this. Most celestial cults ..
The Telmori have two basic forms – more or less ordinary human or all-but-invulnerable wolf (when the moon is full). When they are human, they can become wolf-like through magic, but to become fully wolf is a lot of magic. Or it just happens automatically on Wildday. On Wildday the Telmori are a tribe of ..
We know that the Red Emperor is called Moonson, Lord of the Four Quarters, Staff and Pillar of God, Leader of the Egi, Shah of Shahs, and the Bright and Illustrious Emperor of Dara Happa. He rules the Red Goddess’ earthly interests – so Lunar Empire is absolutely appropriate (meaning literally where the Moon has ..
Safelster is a fascinating area, both familiar and very different. Some 2.9 million people are within 100 km of Lake Felster, which itself is about 200 km long. The area is densely populated, with an overall average density of 21 per square km. However, it gets closer to 80 per sq. km near the lake ..
Erenava Chan is the High Priestess of the Clearwine Earth Temple. She’s a good example of some of the tribal nobility in Sartar – born in 1596, her father was King Kallai (king of the Colymar tribe from 16013-1613) and her mother was high priestess of the Clearwine Earth Temple until 1613. When she was ..
It is the right time of year (at least in Colorado) to talk about the trinity of winter deities – Valind, Inora, and Himile. These gods are much more important than their tiny cults would suggest. Valind is the Winter King. He is a dangerous and powerful god who brings the winter storms, snow, and ..
So the basic story is that Argrath was exiled to Prax as a youth. He was taken as a slave by the Bison Tribe, but while a slave he found/freed the White Bull spirit. The White Bull is a son of Storm Bull/brother of Waha who the Praxians believe will lead them to fight a ..