ISS1608 Gloranthan Classics Vol III: Cult Compendium (2002)

Welcome to the Cult Compendium.

In the fantasy roleplaying world of Glorantha, magic works because relations between the spiritual and physical planes are firm and immediate. Maintaining good ties with your chosen god allows your character to learn special magics or to receive visions of other places, provides him with trusty companions in a cut-throat world, and may even give him the chance for divine intervention to escape a tight spot. In many ways Glorantha has a depth and consistency unparalleled in gaming.

This major supplement explores religions useful in and designed for fantasy settings. Starting with the most primitive ancestor worship, the book progresses through tribal deities of nomadic barbarians, the intricacies of more civilized cults, and the horrors of chaos. All cultists receive broad benefits from their divine relations, but some deities specialize in a certain activity or area, such as a war god or a chaos god. Non-human religions include an elf cult and numerous troll cults.

This book offers over 100 Rune and Battle magic spells and skills not in the standard rules, handy for the gamer intent on long-living characters. The wealth of conceptual material can be applied to any role-playing game. Referees will enjoy the many new lines of thought; dozens of examples of tribal behavior and custom can make any encounter more realistic. Excerpts from The Travels of Biturian Varosh and The Reminiscenses of Paulis Longvale suggest many scenarios while providing local color.

Over 40 religions originally printed in Cults of Prax, Cults of Terror, and Trollpak are detailed here. A guideline chapter shows how to design your own new cults. Appendices include a daily sun-time calendar.

Descriptions combine fact, fiction, legend, and magic to add the flavor so useful in campaign play. If they wish, characters can advance without bloodshed or fighting. Only this series provides so much imaginative scope and so much every-day detail.

Each Cult Description includes:

Mythos and History — the acts of the gods before time, the behavior of the cult once time started, afterlife promised to members, and Runic associations.

Nature of the Cult — why the religion continues to exist, what its worldly position and power has been, its likes and dislikes.

Cult Organization — inter-cult and intra-temple structures, centers of power, holy places, and holy days.

Cult Membership — here are the requirements to join the cult (species, birth, ability, money, offerings, etc.), the requirements to remain in the cult (sacrifices, hates, geases & gifts from the gods, codes of conduct), the benefits received from the cult (food, shelter, training, healing), the skills taught or restricted, available battle magic, skills and spells peculiar to the cult, Rune magic and cult duties by membership level, and so on. Such aspects are examined separately for Lay, Initiate, and Rune Lord and Rune Priest membership.

Subservient Cults — includes cult spirits of reprisal (they keep your characters on the straight-and-narrow in such a world) and various hero cults, which may offer added Rune spells or skills.

Associated Cults — due to Godtime or later actions, certain cults are more friendly to one another and will teach certain Rune spells or skills.

Miscellaneous Notes — information on diet, behavior, dress, conceptions of the universe, ethics, ostentatious display, behavior toward members of other cults, rituals, architecture, and so on.


Original publications

Cults of Prax, Cults of Terror, TrollPak, Rune Masters, and the RQ Companion, plus magazine articles from Wyrms Footnotes, Different Worlds, and White Wolf

  • Main Authors: Greg Stafford, Steve Perrin & Sandy Petersen
  • Additional Cults: Bagog – Charlie Krank and John Natzke, Caladra & Aurelion – Chuck Huber, Crimson Bat – Rudy Kraft, Krarsht – John Natzke, Lynn Willis, and Charlie Krank, Mallia – Anders Swenson, Primal Chaos – Ken Kaufer, Thanatar – Paul Jaquays, Vivamort – Sean Summers.
  • Original Art: Rick Becker, Gene Day, Lisa Free, Paul Jaquays, Luise Perrin, Steve Swenston, William Church & Guy Conrad
  • Maps: William Church & Charlie Krank
  • Edited: Lynn Willis
  • First Edition: Cults of Prax 1979, Cults of Terror 1981 Second Edition: April, 2002

Moon Design Reproduction

  • Graphic Design, Scanning, and Editing – Rick Meints
  • Proofreading – Nick Brooke and Rick Meints
  • New illustrations – Jimmy Almén, Dan Barker, Simon Bray, Dario Corallo, Addy Corstiaensen, A Davis, Juha Harju, Ossi Hiekkala, and Rick Lippiett.
  • Cover by Dario Corallo.
  • 352 pages
  • Price $45 (softcover), $60 (hardcover)


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Table of Contents

  • Introductions
  • Cosmology
    • Chronology
    • History
  • Runes
    • Cult Information
    • Spirit Cults
    • Rune Cults
    • Rune Magic
    • Divine Intervention
    • Elementals
    • Devising Rune Spells
    • What it Takes to Convince the Examiners
  • The Travels of Biturian Varosh
  • The Barbarian Gods
    • Daka Fal
    • Storm Bull
    • Waha
    • Eiritha
  • Invader Deities
    • Humakt
    • The Seven Mothers
    • Pavis
    • Black Fang
    • Flintnail
    • Lanbril
    • Yelorna
    • Zola Fel
    • Sun Dragon
    • Yelmalio
  • Lightbringers
    • Issaries
    • Chalana Arroy
    • Lankhor Mhy
    • Orlanth
  • Non-Human Gods
    • Kyger Litor
    • Zorak Zoran
    • Aldrya
    • Argan Argar
    • Gorakiki
    • Hunter (Foundchild)
    • Xiola Umbar
  • Lone Wolves
    • Caladra & Aurelion
    • Donandar
    • Geo
    • Lodril
    • Yelm
  • The Reminiscences of Paulis Longvale
  • Cults of Terror
    • Primal Chaos
    • Mallia
    • Bagog
    • Thed
    • Vivamort
    • Thanatar
    • Crimson Bat
    • Krarsht
    • Nysalor/Gbaji
    • Cacodemon 325
  • Designer Notes
  • Appendices & Index
  • Miscellaneous Subjects
    • Maps of Prax
    • Nomad Weapons and Magic
    • Truestones
    • Eirithan Genealogy
    • Orlanthi Genealogy
    • Illusion Magic
    • Spirit Cult of the River Horse
    • Frog Woman Spirit Cult
    • Pike, or 2-handed Spear with Shield
    • Map of Sartar
    • Slave Bracelets
    • Slavery in Dragon Pass and Surrounding Areas
    • Calendar of Praxian Holy Days
    • Genealogy of Darkness Deities
    • Tokaz Varaz, the Wild Dark
    • Spirits and New Runes
    • Elven Genealogy
    • New Troll Skills
    • Map of Geos Inn Locations
    • Languages of Dragon Pass
    • Map of Dorastor
    • Mallian Diseases
    • Minor Infections
    • How Divination Works
    • Nets

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