CHA4028 RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha – Chapter 04 Homelands Q&A

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This covers the first section of Chapter 4, pages 98-135:

Contents

    Homelands of Dragon Pass (page 99)

    Rivers (page 100)
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    All the rivers shown on the maps are hazards to crossing, and where they are navigable, cannot be easily crossed except by boat.

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    Cultivated Lands (page 101)
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    Tribes: Most tribes presented here are listed with the city they are allied or otherwise associated with.

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    How to Use the Homeland Sections (page 102)

    Explanation of Temperature and Precipitation Charts (page 102)
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    Rainfall: Typically the amount of precipitation that will fall, in centimetres.

    Days of Rain: Typically the number of days that it will be rainy.

    Snow: Typically the amount of snow that will fall, in centimeters.

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    Sartar (page 103)

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    After marrying the Feathered Horse Queen, Sartar was named King, and the region began a rapid growth to power and prestige.

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    Religion (page 103)
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    (page 104)

    A small minority belongs to the Yelmalio cult, although most Yelmalio cultists reside in the semi-autonomous tributary state, the Sun Dome County.

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    Lismelder (page 108)
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    Lismelder Tribe

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    Grazelands (page 114)

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    The Pure Horse People typically have golden-tan skin, with yellow-blonde hair; a minority has black, brown, or reddish-hair.

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    Queen’s Post Temperature and Precipitation (page 116)
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    Total Precipitation: 68 cm rain with 160 cm snow..

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    Prax (page 118)

    Mythos and History (page 118)
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    Those who lived without struggle and effort could not survive when Oakfed the Fire Spirit, and the Devil blasted the plains.

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    Bison Riders (page 119)
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    They were defeated at the First Battle of Moonbroth and the survivors fled past Vulture’s Country to the Wastelands.

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    High Llama Riders (page 119)
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    Men and women often shave their heads except for a ponytail at the back, with the women’s longer and more decorated than those of the men.

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    Prax Map (page 120)
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    Vultures Country


    Impala Riders (page 121)
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    After their defeat in 1610, they shared the Bison Tribe’s exile in the Wastes past Vulture’s Country until their recent return to Prax with the White Bull.

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    Morokanth Tribe (page 121)
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    This is due to ignorance: they do not know of the Survival Covenant, and they have not experienced the hard life of the plains of Prax, nor or they would know of the desperation that drove men and beasts to risk becoming herd-things in return for a chance to survive at all.

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    Sable Rider (page 122)
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    Each clan has men of a different troop types mixed together.

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    With the defeat of the Lunar Empire in 1624, the Sable Tribe lost their ascendency and many have fled past Vulture’s Country into the Wastes.

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    Pol-Joni (page 122)
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    The tribe is originally from Dragon Pass, founded in 1420 by Derik Pol-Joni to protect Old Tarsh from the nomads.

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    Climate (page 122)

    The start of this section says “Prax was beloved of Eiritha and was fertile and pleasant, but she gave its essence to aid the Storm Bull against the Devil. Now, little grows here”.

    To me this sounds wrong, or at best misleading. It reads as if it was Eiritha blasted the whole of Prax instead of the Devil. Eiritha was responsible only for the devastation of the Dead Place, wasn’t she?

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    Eiritha then lent him all her Power, and, where he had lain, the land lay withered and was forever the Dead Place.

    The Dead Place is where he lay (where his heart laid actually – look at its shape) and it was transformed into what it is now. Eiritha lent him all her power. She along with Storm Bull, Ragnaglar, Wakboth, the Death of Genert, Tada, Yamsur, Seolinthur and all the unnamed sons of Storm Bull were together responsible for the laying the land wasted. It was pretty much the final effort to save the world, but at what cost.


    Dragon Pass map (page 134)

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    • Larnste’s Foot Plinth to Larnste’s Footprint
    • Stone Woods to Stonewood
    • Vultures Country to Vulture Country

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