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  1. AMBUSH AT WYVERN GATE The Yelmalio questers were nearing Wyvern Gate when a squadron of Sable cavalry in Lunar colors emerged from New Pavis. At a fast canter the Sable Riders headed towards them, ululating. With a grin, the Light Khan Golungan and his riders suddenly broke away from the count's party to meet them, joining in the yowling. Solanthos wondered if the “false friend” of the heroquest myth had finally appeared. The Light Khan saw that the Sable Riders were half-starved; any liberality with rations the new governor showed to his regular soldiers certainly didn’t extend
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  2. While Mister Bondaru was a visionary personality and an authority on body modification among other subjects, he could get a little "intoxicated" with his own rhetorical technique (Tarkalor was evidently impressed enough to memorialize the encounter) so perhaps we can give him the benefit of the doubt and say he was talking about the modern rune set. The Heortlings themselves have at least two traditions of skin writing going all the way back to Orlanth depending on whether you count from the needle or the more exotic brand.
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  3. I hear you. Two weeks after, in my case. On reflection though, if it means that the creators didn't take a pay cut then I am content with my lot.
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  4. Some things to keep in mind (and this depends a bit on the Creation myths) 1) the world was FORMED out of Chaos - without Chaos, there is no world to be 2) the dragons make no particular distinctions about Chaos, and you might consider that their utuma rituals return them to the Void (i.e. Chaos) 3) the dissolution of the world back towards Chaos may simply be inevitable - Things Fall Apart. Direct use of Chaos may hasten this, but it still occurs. 4) However, by returning to the Primal Chaos (e.g. the Primal Plasma), the world can be rebuilt/remade. This is one of the p
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  5. Oddly, I discovered this little note tucked into the Prince of Sartar comic today - one of those bits that had no reference when first read 6+ years ago. Carvak Zirian, the mind of the Talar. Known to be more than three hundred years old (his actual age is a mystery), he has served Belintar since the Stranger first arrived in Kethaela. Carvak Zirian is a materialist sorcerer who views the gods as magical entities to be studied and controlled, rather than worshiped. Carvak Zirian is friendly with many Lhankor Mhy sages. Two generations ago, his correspondence with Master Bondaru concerning
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  6. Some more interesting notes on Holy Country, Belintar, Jar-eel, Harrek, and City of Wonders from Jeff on FB: From the letters of Sorala Tor, Esrolian scribe in Prince Argrath's service: "Of all the many crimes committed by the the Poisonblood Witch-Queen of the Lunar Empire (a commonly used venomous title for Jar-eel the Razoress), perhaps the greatest crime was when she assassinated Belintar the God-King and ended the divine proximity of the Holy Country. A crime boasted of by the Lunars, serving no purpose except to faci
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  7. Just when we finally have a map of the City of Wonders, it's gone! I think we're going to have to have Flashback and Dream scenarios! Perhaps something from the pillaging of the city (if the adventurers were involved then), or a collective dream (maybe some weird hazia-induced event), or perhaps even an event from their parent's history (particularly for adventurers originating in the Holy Country) where the lucky kids tagged along and 'acted out' their own 'pretend' Tournament of Luck and Death... Hmm, some interesting possibilities there.
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  9. Now THIS is interesting. I wonder whether he referred to tattooing itself (if so, that's news to me! Maybe associated with Zzaburi skin-writing?) or whether he's talking about the graphical representations of the Runes, which makes a lot of sense.
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  10. Possibly your RQG Household Guardian counts?
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  11. The term Hecolanti appears in Dara Happans History (fortunate Succession) as a term for giants.
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  12. Some more Lunar stuff courtesy of Jeff: There was a recent question on where the Red Emperor's revenues come from. Here's a few thoughts: 1. The Red Emperor in legal theory "owns" the Lunar Heartlands. Much of that has been given to his satraps who pay him annually in taxes (mostly in coin, rice, and grain, but also in crafted goods, animals, etc.), and soldiers. He has kept the Silver Shadow, although parts of that have been given to friends and favorites (although Red Emperor is perfectly willing to reclaim that whenever
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  13. Posted by Jeff on FB: Where Sartar is a silk road kingdom, with its riches coming from its command over the trade routes through strategic Dragon Pass, the Lunar Empire is a river-and-grasslands civilization. Because of its continental climate, it is not truly a hydraulic civilization, and the Lunar Heartlands perhaps looks more the Mississippi Embayment or much of Iowa. I sometimes imagine the Lunar Heartlands superimposed on the American Midwest, with Alkoth being St. Louis, Glamour being Des Moines, and Yuthuppa being
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  14. JR> The disappearance of the City of Wonders is one of those sad melancholic things like a half-remembered dream after you wake up. You wish you could return to it, but can barely recall it. JR> imagine the myriad thousands gathered to watch the tournaments and to take part in its splendours. The diversity, the magic - heck, Jolly Fat God threw his parties (which I have to admit always have me thinking of Hedonbot from Futurama) JR> Jolly Fat God often visited the City of Wonders! As did Mister Bondaru, a noted Lhankor Mhy sage who served as a court philosopher for Belintar
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  15. JR: On the City of Wonders The City of Wonders circa 1550 was the greatest city in the Holy Country, and one of the greatest cities in the world. With a population of 50,000 souls it was probably about the same size as Nochet (remember this is before the Opening), and occupied much of Loon Island. The city was connected to the each of the Sixths by magical bridges, but most people traveled there by boat - remember that few ports along the Mirrorsea Bay is more than about 50 km from the City of Wonders. Belintar maintained a number of galleys to
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  16. JR>Mister Bondaru was a sage of Lhankor Mhy, and a noted philosopher in the City of Wonders. As stated before, his specialty was "The Physical Body and its Etheral Attributes" and he published a paper on the subject. Tarkalor met him when he was a young man, sent by his father to the Holy Country. His recollections of that meeting exist in fragmentary form. "I saw you come back from I Fought, We Won," Mister Bondaru said. "You are among the cursed who participate in consciousness." He s
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  17. JR> On Belintar: Over his centuries of rule, Belintar attracted and patronised many visionary and unorthodox thinkers. Aggressive reincarnation, philosophies of Luck and Fate ("our Lady giveth and she taketh away"), God Learner apologists, monomyth mythic synthesis, elemental progression theories, harmonic numbers (especially 2, 3, and 6), and so much more. Now Belintar no doubt strongly influenced these thinkers. How could he not? The presence of a powerful, immortal heroquester who could communicate with gods and Silver Age heroes alike, who knew Heor
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  18. Now I want to play it that Gonn Orta is a Hecalonit.
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  19. See The Company of the Dragon. The adventurers who rescued the Rainbow Wyrm are ipso facto going to become the Ring when it forms the Company. (NB: you don't have to sacrifice POW, just magic points)
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  20. SHAME STAYS HIDDEN BUT REDEMPTION IS SOUGHT *** Invictus the Light Captain made his way back to Sun County following his embarrassing interlude with the Lunar priestess Marusa. All around him Invictus saw the terrible grip the Great Winter had on the land: frozen fields that were once thick with golden corn lay dry and hard, and now that Daga was at large, withering corpses of farm animals lay clustered around drying up canals and wells. At the Sun Dome Temple the Light Captain was vexed to learn that the Count and his questers had already set off fo
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  21. Alliance with the Elves Shortly after the Count and his heroquesters returned from the Old Sun Dome a lone elf from Pavis arrived, parched and weary. Clad in copper armour, the wood lord Rohir Oaklimb* had heard the call for the Last Light. Rohir brought news of how the Aldryami of the Pavis Garden were suffering terribly. Their mother goddess Aldrya too was lost to them, and everything in the Garden lay enfeebled or dormant. Taking advantage of their weakened state, the trolls of the Rubble had gleefully devastated great swathes of elvish territory, forcing the Aldryami to retr
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  22. THE LAST LIGHT HEROQUEST AND AN UNEXPECTED ALLY In Sea Season the spring melt in the Rockwoods normally brings the Zola Fel back to full flow. In the year of the Great Winter though, the river had slowed to little more than a fitful trickle. The Sun Domers hoped the Zola Fel was ready to forgive them for their attack on the Cradle, but it proved impossible even to commence the River Ritual in the few stagnant pools that remained. With no prospect of a new harvest, the new high priest Gaumata called the Yelmalio cult leadership and community to announce a desperate measure. He fo
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  23. Come the end of the year and things only go from bad to catastrophically worse for the Sun Domers in the Great Winter... TERRORS AT SACRED TIME Worse was to come. During Sacred Time, the customary rituals to renew the world utterly failed. Perimides the Chaste, the aged high priest, collapsed at the Sun Dome's High Altar, spilling the sacred libation. He was carried away, raving about a red-clad seductress. As the shocked celebrants went to symbolically awaken the high earth priestess, Penta Goldbreath, they found she could not be roused. Meanwhile, a creeping rot spre
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  24. Forgot to add: And meanwhile, on the river a strange sea-monster, its breath like a poisonous cold mist, wreaked havoc. To the Count’s vexation, the Great Ballista at Harpoon was useless, lacking arrows to slay it – these had all been expended in the Cradle debacle! (Even Sor Eel’s soldiers couldn’t kill the monster. It eventually it made its way upriver to the Rubble, where it is said to have disappeared into the Puzzle Canal.)
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  25. I put the Light Son Wulf into my post-Cradle narrative (TL/DR: drowned in the River Ritual), so I thought I’d add in the two other Yelmalio characters from Rune Masters as well. Here's the rune lord-priest Xendar (TL/DR: killed in a duel by Rurik Runespear!) After the Great Winter, Haloric Glowbow was called to serve at the Great Sun Dome. The prominent rune master Xendar, chief of mercenaries, succeeded him as Light Captain of Pavis. In his role as patriarch of the Eiskolli family, Haloric also made arrangements for his daughter Rana Goldenhair to marry Xendar. Rana had fi
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  26. Of course this occurs the DAY AFTER I place my order! <grumble>
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