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  1. Roko Joko

    River Boats on the Creek Stream

    Going by the trade route map on GtG p. 469, I think part of the main international trade route that's on a river only goes up to Duck Point. Then it turns east to through Boldhome and that section could be via the Creek, but there's also a Sartar Royal Road (GtG 188) which I think is meant to be the primary route. And come to think of it, once you get to Wilmskirk coming from the north, I'm not sure how much traffic actually goes through Duck Point, as opposed to turning south on the Hendreiki road to Karse. That branch is on the main trade route map, too. It makes sense that the river run from the Mirrorsea would end at the waterfalls southwest of New Crystal. Then there'd be another river run that might either end at the Marsh that's right there, or it would go through it. The Marsh is unlabeled in GtG/AAA but in Kerofinela Gazeteer it's the Pharaoh's Marsh and is said to be home to Newtlings. So maybe those Newtlings run that section of the river traffic. Then there's the section through Beast Valley to Duck Point. It makes sense that the Beastmen wouldn't let them run Ox-pulling teams. It'd be natural for that run to be controlled by duck barges, except after Kallyr's Rebellion when they were outlawed. GtG p. 469 also shows an alternate trade route through the dragon skull, but Jeff said it's smaller than the Sartar route (I think he said a tenth the size). I think the Beast Valley boats would also run up that tributary, but on the North side of the skull, Grazeland detail maps show those rivers as being very rough, so that section might be all land traffic. I don't know how much of the propulsion would be sailing, rowing, polling, or magic. Or swimming, which canonically is how ducks do it (Sartar p. 233). Polling feels like it'd be more for smaller rivers. I'd probably say it's primarily rowing. IMG the ducks can get through the Upland Marsh using land-or-water "duck boats" which are pulled by teams of beavers, together with the driver who uses an oar/pole along with their own feet, Flintstones-style. But The Lakes section of The River is also hard to get through, so I'm not sure how much international freight would bypass Boldhome. Small loads for special delivery, maybe.
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    what are Plateaus like?

    Hmm, OK thanks. Also I forgot to check this first. http://www.glorantha.com/docs/postcards-from-glorantha/ It mentions the places I mentioned twice. "Sable Plateau 75, Benbulbin [irregular plateau type of thing in Ireland, small] We are looking here at the northern edge, which is nearly fifty miles wide. That shows that they are almost fifteen miles high (!)" "Shadow Plateau 230, Mardalsfoss [waterfall in Norway] Looking north, from the Mirrorsea" They're just cliffs (Benbulbin is kind of an outcrop) but we can use them for inspiration.
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    what are Plateaus like?

    Shadow Plateau, Blue Moon Plateau, Hungry Plateau, Plateau of Statues. They're surrounded by lowlands, hills at most, with steep sides or cliff sides and a flat top. The texts don't describe them very specifically but that appears to be the general idea. Are there any places on Earth that are like that geographically? Devils Tower doesn't count, too small.
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    Advice to a GM new to RQ and Glorantha

    Encounter balance is part of D&D culture and also is in the 1974 white box rules.
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    She's obviously just Umath's feminine, rainbowy side.
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    The Silence Spell

    The text you quoted means the spell suppresses noises enough that a failed Move Quietly is still quiet enough to count as a success.
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    Maybe Umath's people became the Altinae.
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    "To start off, did Umath himself ever gather about him followers beyond the scope of maybe a band of heroes, ie. something that could feasibly be called a "people", whether clan or tribe? In short, was there were a "Primal Storm"-people?" I *think* everything you can find on that is in Book of Heortling Mythology. As far as that goes, the number of people that were in Umath's Camp is the same as the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin. I feel it's about as obscure as it should be. One idea I had about Umath's camp is that it could have been a planet, sometimes known as his own body. That just comes straight from how Dara Happan myth describes him. And myself, I like to think the storm people in Umathela were there before the great darkness, with their own, old religion. It's a little more interesting than them being immigrants. Same with Helerings; I like to think there are more of them still around.
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    IMG the Dragon Pass ducks say that Orlanth, Heler, and Engizi are the same god - who obviously has the form of a duck and not a hairless monkey - and that they voluntarily sacrificed flying when they came down from the sky world with Engizi, but can still do it with magic.
  10. Also, GTG p. 101 "Many trolls remain [in Chen Durel], willing servants of the rulers, along with hundreds of thousands of enslaved trollkin".
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    Gloranthan 'Adventure Paths'

    Well, there are more modules, such as Dara Happa Stirs which is well-regarded.. You might consider trying to get a complete module list - someone probably has one - and see if any other campaign ideas fall out. Also Hearts in Glorantha and Gloranthan Adventures. Not sure if there's anything long-form in there.
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    Who were the God Learners' Heroes?

    Glorious Reascent of Yelm and Fortunate Succession don't say anything about time not existing, except before Yelm.
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    battlemat scale

    1 meter hexes/squares might be easier if you're going to have people in shield walls.
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    Real-World Chronology of Glorantha Concepts

    For a beginner a first step toward this would be to get to know the history of the publications themselves and the associated fandom. Being generally familiar with the publications would answer some of these questions. The closest thing to a written overview of that is Peter Maranci's The History of RuneQuest. The Chaosium and Issaries parts of Shannon Appelcline's Designers & Dragons are relevant too, although they're more about business and people. I think the most practical next step for an interested person would probably be to gather all the Glorantha publications that are available in PDF and do a cross-PDF search on any topic of interest.
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    Do you use figures in RQ Poll

    I love miniatures and prefer battlemaps to theater of the mind for most RPGs. I play more online though. The last time I played RQ was a few years ago and we did use minis. I forget what we did for flanking, probably tried to follow RQ6 as written. These days my RPG army consists of 1. Pathfinder/D&D prepainted minis for PCs. They're cheap-ish and rugged enough to jumble together in a box. 2. Numbered tokens for NPCs. Pictured are 20x27mm wooden cylinders with 15mm stickers, both from spielmaterial.de. I'd like to replace them with rectangular blocks that can be laid down without rolling. 3. A small set of 25mm minis from many years ago. I plan to keep it small because of cost, the time to paint them, and the inconvenience of storing them. On the other hand I recently ordered a Hero Forge mini for an IRL game and as a consequence I've just started to get into painting again. I like how Glorantha miniatures have been trickling out lately although it's hard to imagine that I'll ever buy many. I tried to get one of the freebie Arachne Solaras from Gods War as a display piece and that didn't work out, but I could maybe see buying one as a luxury. (In general the very small number of knick knacks in my life is quite enough.) And blackyinkin's trolls look great but if I ever wanted trolls for Glorantha, it'd be Games Workshop Orcs 10 times out of 10 - I love the way they look and I'd probably paint them green, too!