CHA4028 RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha – Chapter 17 Equipment & Wealth Q&A



Price List of Goods and Services (page 408)

Expedition Gear (page 412)

Torches & Lamps

How long does a torch burn?

For a hand held torch, probably 20 mins. This is dependant on wind and of course you could have bigger ones that are harder to carry. If you’re interested look up rushlights.

How much does it weigh in ENC?

Remember, ENC is not an actual weight:

Any item that can be held easily in one hand (a sword, a rock, an axe, a rope, etc.) is treated as a “thing.” 

“Things” for ENC, page 150.

Torches (5) ENC. That is using standard notation from the rules 5 torches = 1 ENC. 

They’d normally be wicker, but other resinous tree branches, fat dipped bones, and other localised materials would be available.

Same for the “load” of lamp oil one buys for 1C, and what is the volume?

Bronze / clay lamps (4) ENC. 1C fills the lamp (that’s the load). 2 hours.

Details for lamps

Clay lamps have a volume of around 20-30ml and the general formula for oil burning is 15ml/hr.

Bigger lamps will obviously burn longer. Oil would be bought in amophrae, or skins if butter.

I have a reproduction bronze Roman lamp (20ml) and with attention to the wick will burn 4 hours easily.


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