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  1. Imarja is the feminine principle of the world. She was identified with Gata by the God Learners or with Glorantha herself. She does not have initiates but is offered worship by most Esrolians. Think of her like an analogue to Shakti.
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    Stagwood?

    Stagwood (hill fort): This hill fort is the main settlement of the Rostoak Clan of the Curtali Tribe. It is the political center of the Curtali Tribe, although Vorda Hill is the religious center. There is a minor temple to Orlanth Thunderous and Ernalda, with a shrine to the Barntar subcult.
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    Gloranthan mythemes

    Since many of the major gods are kin - especially the Air and Sky gods - the Gods War is going to also be a tale of kin strife. Yelm's father is Orlanth and Humakt's grandfather. Storm Bull fought against Ragnaglar, his brother. That's in the nature of the Gods War - the original Unity was shattered by the birth of Umath and the Young Gods expanded and grew, coming into conflict with the Old.
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    Gloranthan mythemes

    For what it is worth - in some older stories and in places like Saird, Orlanth and Yelm are the Two Rival Brothers. And the Orlanthi readily acknowledge that killing Yelm had Bad Consequences. Just as the Greeks readily admit that Zeus was dick about that hold Prometheus thing.
  5. But getting to the original question, there isn't much of a Lodril cult among the Yelmalion farmers of Sartar or Prax. Yelmalio is a husband-deity of Ernalda, so that cult works perfectly well to get her blessings.
  6. Actually the problem was simpler. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Greg wasn't writing any RuneQuest - he was working on First Age material for his Harmast novel. So he needed to answer questions like: what did the survivors of the Great Darkness in Dragon Pass call the Sun when it first rose? What did they call the Volcano Gods of what would later be Caladraland? And so forth. Same thing with Dara Happa - Greg's focus was on how the Dara Happans viewed the world before they really started interacting with the Theyalans in the Broken Council. This was all fascinating stuff - but also more t
  7. This stuff is all in the Cults Book. I do wish people would not say "Chaosium does this" or "Chaosium does that" Oria is a Grain Goddess - same as "Pelora". Dendara and Ernalda are a strange pair. The God Learners were convinced that Dendara and Ernalda were the same entity, and even managed to transpose worshipers with no ill effects. But they never succeeded in getting either goddess to admit identity with the other. Which gets us to Lodril. Veskarthan is just a localised name for Lodril. Probably just means Big Volcano or even The Vent. But Lodril is also used as the name - and has bee
  8. Although I think this captures the feel better:
  9. Please direct the thread back to topic of the Holy Country, Silver Age Heroes, and Belintar.
  10. Oppressed Ernaldans in a Yelmalion patriarchal theocracy IN PRAX. The Yelmalions in Dragon Pass have the bare-boobied snake cult and probably are as shocked as other Sartarites by the low status of Ernalda in Praxian Sun County.
  11. If you all want to have a discussion about your preferred use of articles and particles in the French language, please create a new thread.
  12. They might often serve as loose auxiliaries and skirmishers (and many do) - but they do not patrol or participate in the muster. They don't have the required equipment to begin with.
  13. Sort of (the Highland Games are a Victorian creation - think more like an informal Greek gymnasia). The militia musters together and learns to fight together. They aren't drilled so much as learn how to gather together in groups, how to fight with sword and shield (this is organised by the Orlanth cult after all), how to march in groups, etc. They have foot races, wrestling matches, boxing, swimming contests, and other athletic competitions. They engage in mock single and group sparring contests, with anywhere from one to ten contestants on a side. The wealthy engage in hunts from horseback or
  14. And meanwhile you also have the women of the community - the priestesses, the wives, the mothers, etc. I suspect that they ululate in support or opposition, and urge on the warriors one way or another. And meanwhile the tribal council are typically some of the most magically powerful members of the community. In short, I can imagine that most assembly meetings are ceremonial, but when they go bad, they go VERY bad. And quickly.
  15. But remember, the assembly always includes hundreds, maybe even thousands of armed militia. And most of the time, they vote by banging their weapons. So they are not a group to take lightly.
  16. So during the reign of King Kallai Rockbuster, the Colymar assembly tended to follow whatever the king wanted. They'd gather, show off their weapons, and cheer on the king. During Leika's first reign, it was more unruly and confrontational. There were more obvious divisions within the assembly, and they were more vocal. Ultimately a faction ended up forcing her out and exiling her in favour of Kallai's son Blackmor. In Leika's second reign she is much more cautious about the assembly and careful coopts it.
  17. Its the Orlanthi so the answer is "it depends." Sometimes the assembly has the real power, sometimes the tribal king has the real power. Sometimes the assembly is raucous and uncontrollable; sometimes it is just a rubber stamp. Sometimes the assembly threatens to kill the leaders; other times they tolerate no dissent. Sometimes the assembly tells the leaders no; more often the assembly and the leaders are in some sort of agreement. Sometimes votes are counted; more often it is based on shouts and spear-waving.
  18. If you assume every free member of the tribe shows up, that's a little over 6100 people. I personally imagine it normally about half that or less.
  19. So if you want to think about what happens at the tribal assembly - you have the militia mustered, led to the assembly place by their chiefs. The militia - along with any other free members of the tribe - meet in assembly with the king and the tribal council, who offer sacrifices to Orlanth Rex and the tribal guardian (wyter). Disputes are raised and resolved, but a big part of what happens is a ceremony showing the connection between the assembled people and their tribal leaders. The assembled people then do their militia service or labor for the benefit of the tribe. What is important is thi
  20. That last piece is very important in understanding the dynamics in most tribal assembly.
  21. The most anyone travels to a Tribal Assembly is about 40 km (from Lizard Kicks Inn to Halfort or from the far side of Two Sisters to Clearwine). In most cases, the maximum is around 30 km. In many tribes, pretty much everyone is within 10 km of the assembly place. Even among the Colymar, most attendees travel no more than about 10 km (which means the clans around Clearwine often play a disproportionate role in the assembly). There's also little difference between the tribal assembly and the militia mustering. FIRE SEASON Fire Season is the equivalent of summer. It is mostly war
  22. As an aside, it is less than 100 km from Lake Helby to Highwater.
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