One of the new elements added to RQG is Meditate. Pretty much every cult teaches some meditative technique to allow the initiate to clear their mind and receive the divine. This isn’t the same thing as Worship – although obviously they are combined.
To go back to the Mahabharata (the ancient Indian epic), the various characters often spend time in “austerities” or “meditation” before doing something kickass. When Arjuna “prepares himself with austerities” – you know he is about to do something mighty. But look out, Karna does the same!
As a result, I imagine RQ characters performing all sorts of yoga, mudras, chants of powers, strange exercises, etc. as they “meditate” to augment some other ability. To me it is a wonderful visual image – like out of Bollywood or a martial arts movie.
Meditate, Sing, and Dance seem to be everyone’s favourite go-to Augment skills in our group. Yanioth Dances at 71%, Meditates at 60%, and Sings at 76%. Vasana Dances at 46%, Sings at 66%, and Meditates at 52%. We had a session where Vasana announced she was going to spend a week Meditating at the Orlanth temple in Clearwine. And doing nothing else. She described it as being stripped down to a loincloth, painted blue with woad and ash, and trying to clear her mind of nothing but Orlanth. Then again, our group might be a bit odd at times.
The Satyamurti translation is definitely the way to go. And if you want to have some fun, I’d recommend the Illustrated Mahabharata by DK as a companion piece. Or, also, watch the superb Peter Brooks version of Youtube. Best five and a half hours of life you can spend: