ISS1102 Glorantha: Introduction to the Hero Wars (2000)

Glorantha, Introduction to the Hero Wars By Greg Stafford and Peter Metcalfe

  • Product Number ISS1102.
  • ISBN 1-929052-02-2.
  • $19.95
  • 256 pages, trade paperback size
  • Introduction by Roderick Robertson
  • Edited by Roderick Robertson
  • Cover Art by Angelo Montanini
  • Interior Art by Simon Bray, Heather Bruton, Dario Corallo, Jim Pavelec, Kevin Ramos, Steve Swenston

Glorantha, Introduction to the Hero Wars is the first book you need to learn about this fascinating mythic world.

Glorantha, Introduction to the Hero Wars covers the epic landscape with a sweep that is broad enough to reveal the melange of cultures and religions, yet focuses in upon individuals of import, key places, and occasional curiosities.

Glorantha, Introduction to the Hero Wars gives information about many subjects and issues which have never been revealed before.

Glorantha, Introduction to the Hero Wars is useful for anyone playing in the companion roleplaying game, HeroQuest.

Contents

  • Preface 4
    • Map: The Oceans 5
  • 1. Introduction 6
    • What is Glorantha 6
    • The People of Glorantha 6
    • The Magic of Glorantha 7
    • The Gods of Glorantha 7
  • 2. Before Time Began 9
    • The Age of Creation 9
    • The Golden Age 11
    • Picture: The Tower of Yelm 12
    • The Storm Age 13
    • The Birth of Chaos 14
    • The Devils: Wakboth and Kajabor 15
    • The Triumph of Chaos 16
    • The Age of Terror 17
    • Mortals Strike Back1 8
    • The Gods Strike Back 19
    • Picture: The Green Age 20
  • 3. History 23
    • Chaos and Compromise 23
    • The Dawn Age 24
    • Box: Waertagi, the Sea People 25
    • The Sunstop 26
    • Arkat and the Gbaji Wars 28
    • Box: What Came Before the Beginning? 31
    • The Imperial Age 32
    • The EWF 32
    • The God Learners 32
    • Box: What is Chaos? 33
    • Picture: The Battle of Brond’s Serpent 34
    • The Modern Age 36
    • Map: Genertela 38
  • 4. Seshnela 39
    • The Kingdom of Seshnela 39
    • Picture: Great King and the Ecclesiarch 40
    • The Wasted Lands, Failed Histories 41
    • Arolanit 41
    • Old Seshnela 41
    • The Quinpolic League 42
    • Map: Seshnela 43
  • 5. Malkioni Culture and History 44
    • What Types of People Inhabit this Cosmos? 44
    • Box: Brithos 45
    • What Does God Expect from Me? 46
    • What is Our History? 46
    • Malkionism 49
    • Major Malkioni Religions 50
    • Picture: The Gate of Banir 51
    • Saints of the Invisible God 52
    • Heresies and Minor Religions 53
    • False Gods 53
  • 6. Ralios 54
    • Safelster 54
    • Vesmonstran 55
    • Box: Politics of Safelster 56
    • Map: Ralios 59
    • Pic: Five Famous Arkats 60
    • Eastern Wilds 60
    • 7. Mostali, the Dwarves 62
    • Mostali History of the World 62
    • Box: The Elder Races 63
    • Box: Mostal, the World Machine 64
    • Who are the Workers in the Machine? 67
      • Pic: Mostali 68
  • 8. Fronela 70
    • Loskalm 70
    • Box: Lords Temporal 71
    • The Janube River Valley 72
    • Pic: The Cathedral of Saint Hrestol 73
    • Map: Fronela 74
    • Box: Corpses Rot in the Streets of Perfe 75
    • Pic: The War Against War 76
    • The Kingdom of War 77
    • Doctrines of the Hrestoli Church 78
    • Wild Fronela 78
    • Pic: The End of the World 80
    • Box: Companies 81
    • Box: The Perfecti 82
    • Box: Church Organization 82
  • 9. Aldryami 83
    • Box: Aldrya, Goddess of the Woods 84
    • History of the Elves 86
    • Pic: Elves 88
  • 10. Peloria 90
    • Lunars: People of the Moon 90
    • Box: Dart Competitions 91
    • Map: Peloria 92
    • Box: The Celestial Religion 94
    • The Lunar Empire96
    • Box: Goddesses of the Moon 97
    • Box: Other Great Gods 98
    • Pic: Takenegi, the Red Emperor 100
    • Box: Gods Who Were People 102
    • Pic: JarEel the Razoress 104
    • Dara Happa 104
    • Pic: Glamour from Above 108
    • Darjiin 110
    • Pelanda 112
    • Box: Lunar Culture 114
    • Carmania 114
    • Box: Nysalor Riddlers 121
    • Rinliddi 121
    • Box: The White Moon 122
    • Pic: Son of Death 124
    • Kostaddi 125
    • Oraya 125
    • Sylila 127
    • Darsen 127
    • The Provinces 128
    • Box: Yara Aranis 130
    • Lunar Allies 132
  • 11. Maniria 134
    • Kethaela 134
    • Box: Tarsh Exiles 135
    • Pic: City of Wonders 136
    • Map: Maniria 138
    • Box: Not Monsters, But Not Human 141
    • Pic: Boldhome 143
    • Box: Orlanthi Culture 144
    • Wenelia 150
    • Dragon Pass 151
    • Box: The Storm Pantheon 152
    • Pic: Kallyr and Minaryth 157
  • 12. Dragonewts159
    • Pic: Planner of Mayhem 161
  • 13. Wastelands 162
    • Pent162
    • Box: Waha, the Great Khan 164
    • Prax 165
    • Box: Animal Nomads 166
    • Map: The Wastelands 170
    • Box: Pentan Nomads 173
  • 14. Uz176
    • History of Hurtplace 177
    • Box: Kyger Litor, Dark Mother of Uz 178
    • Pic: Uz 181
  • 15. Kralorela183
    • Pic: Kui Hui, the Giant Hero 184
    • Box: Can Shu, the Lord of Ignorance 185
    • Map: Kralorela 187
    • Box: Religion of Kralorela 188
    • Pic: The Bridge of Light and No Light 192
    • Box: Kralori Culture 194
    • Chern Durel 195
    • Hsunchen Mountain People 199
  • 16. Verenela 201
    • Teshnos 201
    • Pic: The Serpent and Elephant 202
    • Trowjang 204
    • Map: Verenela 205
    • Box: Chal 206
    • Melib 206
    • Pic: The Juggernaut 209
  • 17. Oceans210
    • The Cosmic Whirlpool 210
    • The Oceans and Seas 210
    • Pic: The Iron City 211
    • Box: Triolini 212
    • The Western Waters 212
    • Pic: Zabdamar 215
    • The Eastern Waters2 16
    • Box: Magasta, King of the Sea Gods 217
  • 18. Vithela219
    • Pic: Mystic Archer 220
    • Vithelan Religion 222
    • Mystics 224
    • Antigods 224
    • Pic: The Monastery of Immortality 225
  • 19. Pamaltela 226
    • Fonrit 226
    • Box: Ompalam 227
    • Map: Pamaltela 228
    • The Northern Mountain Chains 229
    • Box: Pamaltelan Shamanism 230
    • Interior Pamaltela 231
    • Pic: Pic: Jeren Darow, the Pirate Admiral 232
    • Elf Coasts 233
    • Umathela 235
    • Pic: The Cult of Immanent Mastery 236
  • 20. The Outer Limits 237
    • Altinela 237
    • Theyela 238
    • Sakum 238
    • Luathela 239
    • Otherworld Hero Planes 239
    • The Visible Sky 240
    • Pic: Enstresa, Star Lady 242
    • The Sky World 245
    • Below the World 246
    • The Higher Realms2 47
    • Chaos 248
  • 21. The Future of Glorantha 251

Corrections (2003)

Page 136“Before the Gods War the Esrolians were Heortlings.” should be changed to “Before the Gods War the Esrolians were Vingkotlings.”
Page 205On the map of Verenela, the city of Lur Nop is incorrectly named. This city is Gio (Lur Nop is a city on the island of Fanzai in Kralorela).
Page 209Fanzow is incorrect, should be Wanzow.

Page 8, The Truth rune does not belong next to the Foes title, it should be Destruction.

Truth Rune
Destruction Rune

Page 60, The five Arkat runes are:

Knight (Arkat, Hrestol)

Arkat Rune
Hrestol Rune

Martyr (Arkat, Death)

Arkat Rune
Death Rune

Troll (Arkat, Darkness)

Arkat Rune
Darkness Rune

King (Arkat, Mastery)

Arkat Rune
Mastery Rune

Devil (Arkat, Devil)

Arkat Rune
Kajaboor Rune

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