Red Moon Rising

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Now that Ducks are unlocked for the 13th Age in Glorantha Kickstarter, our next stretch goals are Monster silhouettes and the Red Moon Rising. I’ll let Rob talk about the silhouettes later today (they are cool!), but I want to talk a little about the Lunar College of Magic.

A prominent superiority of the Lunar Army is their unique use of sorcerers, shamans, and priests organized into permanent military units. Most magical units are assigned to the Lunar College of Magic, including, among others, the Field School of Magic, the Crater Makers, the Spell Archers, the Blue Moon School, the Seven from Vistur and the Crimson Bat. The notorious Broo Regiment and the dreaded Vampire Legion are assigned to the College of Magic when mobilized by the Red Emperor. The largest contingent of the Lunar College of Magic is the Field School of Magic, with its 4 Minor and 2 Major classes (some 1200 magicians in total).

The Lunar College of Magic is not a university for magicians, or some kind of Gloranthan Hogwarts. It is a group of magicians, sorcerers, priests, and shamans that gave been gathered together into regiments under the direct supervision of the Red Emperor and subject to his rules. Each regiment is trained to specialize in a particularly type of magic, and can create mass magical efforts that are far greater than the sum of the individual members.

Most regiments in the Lunar College of Magic have up to 250 magicians and fewer bodyguards than their Sartar Magical Union counterparts. They are collective defended by the veteran University Guards.

Some units of the Lunar College of Magic
I’ll describe the Field School in a later post, but among the other units of the Lunar College of Magic, the most famous were likely the Blue Moon School, the Crater Makers, and the Spell Archers:

Blue Moon School
The Blue Moon School was an independent school of the College of Magic. They preserved ancient Blue Moon secrets from lost Mernita, predating the rebirth of the Red Goddess. They were not subject to the Lunar cycle. Their magic was rumored to involve concealment, invisibility, and mysterious Otherworldly forces.

William Church’s original Crater Makers art

Crater Makers
The Crater Makers were an independent school of the Lunar Magical Corps. Their training allowed them to collectively call upon the Red Goddess to hurl down huge chunks of roaring rock from the Sky to fall upon their foes. Their magic was subject to the Lunar cycle.

Spell Archers
The Spell Archers were an independent school of the College of Magic. They were mounted sun priests of Yelm who could shoot bolts of fire and collective cast down huge fiery bolts down from the heavens with their spells. Their magic was not subject to the Lunar cycle.