ISS1310 Storm Tribe: The Cults of Sartar (2001)

  • Storm Tribe, the Cults of Sartar By Greg Stafford and Friends
  • Product Number ISS 1310.
  • ISBN 1-929052-10-3.
  • $19.95
  • 256 pp. Trade paperback size, illustrated.
  • Latest update: 22 Feb 2004

This is the companion volume to Thunder Rebels. It describes the minority cults and societies that are important to the Heortling culture and Orlanthi religion.

Note that several items that were previously listed for this book were cut due to space constraints. Primary among these were long write-ups of the Kolat Tradition and Earth Witch Tradition, as well as additional information on animism among the Heortlings. Once Hero Wars Deluxe is released in its second edition, later this year, these write-ups will be made available as sample animist traditions.

Other items cut include listings of Orlanthi deities and enemy entities, several Orlanthi heroes, and the long cult of Maran. The latter write-up appears in Unspoken Word #1, a Gloranthan fanzine.

Vingan warrior
Cover Art by Stefano Gaudiano


  • We Are All Orlanthi (introduction)
    • Introduction
    • The Lightbringers
    • Jonstown Compendium
  • Become the Thunder! (new rules and occupations)
    • Disciples
    • Wind Lords: Disciples of Orlanth Adventurous
    • Shared Subcults
    • Hero Cults
    • Goddess Cults as Growth
    • Divine Companions
    • Unusual Occupations: Scribe, Smith, Clan or Tribal Council Member
  • Full Cult Write-ups
    • Chalana Arroy
    • Elmal
    • Eurmal
    • Heler
    • Humakt
    • Issaries
    • Lhankor Mhy
    • Odayla
    • Urox
    • Vinga
    • Yinkin
  • Minor Deities
    • Ana Gor
    • Asrelia and Ty Kora Tek
    • Babeester Gor
    • Barntar
    • Brastalos
    • Donandar (including Molamin)
    • Engizi
    • Gustbran
    • Kero Fin
    • Maran Gor
    • Minlister
    • Nandan
    • Pelaskos
    • Redalda
    • Rigsdal
    • Valind
    • Orlanthi Heroes
    • Alakoring Dragonbreaker
    • Gorangi Vak
    • Harmast Barefoot
    • Heort the Founder
    • Sartar the Founder
    • Torvald Meldekbane
    • Vogarth the Strongman

Corrections for Storm Tribe

Latest updated: 19 Feb 2005

  • Page 2: Credits The credit for Humakt should read as follows: “Humakt by Roderick Robertson and Greg Stafford, based on or derived from material by Greg Stafford, Steve Perrin, Sandy Petersen, David Hall, and Jon Quaife.”
  • Page 2: Credits The credit for Yinkin should read as follows: “Yinkin by David Gordon and Greg Stafford. Some ideas based on material by David Gordon and David Hall.”
  • Page 2: Credits The Cult of Eurmal was written by Greg Stafford.
  • Page 12: (Disciple) Benefits This section should not be interpreted to mean that initiates or devotees can use feats in ways that are outside the purview of the god. Rather, disciples are even more restricted than are devotees in having to follow the known, established paths of their god. A devotee might be able to convince a narrator to allow a new use of a feat (see the story of Javern Spithorn and the Sunset Leap), but a disciple generally has no such options. Thus, narrators should be more critical of feat usage for disciples than they are for other worshippers.
  • Page 13: Wind Lord Requirements The requirement that a candidate have to have completed a “complete Lightbringer’s Quest” is incorrect, and should be ignored.
  • Pages 20-25 Thanks to Nick Brooke for pointing out that the runes used to represent the phases of the Moon are incorrect on all six calendars. The runes listed for each crescent moon and half moon should be reversed. Thus, the crescent on the Crescent Go rune should be on the left side of the rune, not the right, and similarly for the Full Half Moon. The Crescent Come and Empty Half Moons have the lighter crescent or half on the right, not the left.
  • Page 26: Rules for Divine Companions Use of the word “follower” is confusing, especially in the second paragraph. The intent is that the exact relationship and nature of the divine companion should be determined by the narrator and player (which will possibly determine most or all of the divine companion’s ability ratings as well). Some divine companions are very much followers of their disciple, but some are very much independent entities, who will sometimes do what they want instead of what the hero might want. Regardless of these differences, however, when a divine companion is present with its hero it can always act as a follower in a contest by providing AP, etc. However, it might act as an ally in terms of actual ability ratings and improvement. See HeroQuest p.121 for updated information.
  • Page 50: The Long Night First paragraph, second sentence, should read in part: “He becomes a thane on Lightbringer Day, is elected chieftain … .” Note that the apparent contradiction between this revised entry (and the cult in general) and the description of Together Day in Thunder Rebels (page 117) is simply a function of the non-linear nature of mythology.
  • Page 68: Bonded Magic Third paragraph, first sentence: “those listed below” should read “those described under Presecribed Roles.”
  • Page 111: Secret Way Day Secret Way Day is stated to be one of the 28 Holy Days of the Heortlings. But it is part of the Sacred Time, whose 14 days are NOT part of the 28 days. So, Secret Way Day is one of the Sacred Fourteen Days, not one of the 28 Holy Days.
  • Page 160: Hiia Swordsman The write-up states that, “The Grazers forbid Hiia worship amongst the vendref.” This contradicts information in Hero Wars itself, which states that the Feathered Horse Queen has a bodyguard of fanatical Hiia-worshipping vendref. When a vendref is selected to become a bodyguard of the Feathered Horse Queen, then and only then are they permitted to become an initiate or devotee of Hiia Swordsman.
  • Page 174: Subcults of Vinga Second line: should read “…join any subcult of Orlanth….” Worshippers of Vinga may not join other aspects of Orlanth. Worshippers of Vinga that join a subcult of Orlanth gain only the subcult affinity; they do not gain the affinities of the aspect.
  • Page 191 The rune at the top of the right hand column is incorrect. The correct rune is .
  • Page 214-215 The rune next to “Engizi the Skyriver Titan” at the top of page 214 and next to the Engizi affinity on page 215 is incorrect. The correct rune in both cases is .
  • Page 251: Lokamayadon Add page 236.

Corrections for The Cult of Maran

The Cult of Maran was originally planned for inclusion in Storm Tribe, but was cut at the last moment due to lack of space. Issaries, Inc. is proud to announce that Mark Galeotti and Simon Bray have published it in Unspoken Word #1, a new Gloranthan fanzine. However, there were some technical difficulties in the preparation of that magazine, which caused some errors to appear in the write-up. File corruptions forced the printers to reformat the cult from plain text. They did a heroic job, but it is perhaps a little too much to expect them to know the difference between various runes and rune fonts, so some of the runes that should have been in the Core Runes font ended up rendered in the Ernalda font. Other clarifications and corrections are minor.

  • Page 61: Maran poetry The four lines of excellent poetry describing Maran are by Janet Anderson, who created similar pieces of poetry in Storm Tribe for several deities.
  • Page 64: Membership Requirements The sentence that states that male worshippers must become eunuchs is referring to initiates, not communal worshippers.
  • Page 65: Erantha Gor Second column: the rune next to the Axe Combat affinity should be the Death rune, not the Kero Fin rune.
  • Page 65: Erantha Gor Second column: the rune next to the Earthmaking affinity should be the Earth rune, not the Maran rune.
  • Page 65: The Three Warriors This text should have been boxed.
  • Page 65: Gatara Tor The header should have the Gatara Tor rune, not the Erantha Gor rune. The Gatara Tor rune is identical to the Maran rune, except that the line between the dark and light halves goes from upper right to lower left, making it a mirror image of the primary Maran rune. Page 65: Maran Devor Third column: the rune next to the Mace Combat affinity should be the Death rune, not the Kero Fin rune.
  • Page 65: Maran Devor Third column: the rune next to the Earthmaking affinity should be the Earth rune, not the Maran rune.
  • Page 66: Maran Gor Shake Earth ritual: the text states that “Initiates may not support the ritual with magical power.” This means that the devotees who enact the ritual gain no bonuses if supported by initiates (or communal worshippers, for that matter). Thus, the normal community support rules from Hero Wars do not aid the use of this secret. Devotees who do not know the secret, who are from another subcult, or who choose not to perform the ritual as participants, can provide such support.

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