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  1. I think that there's no edge (or no way to get to the edge). Sramak's River becomes exponentially more violent as characters try to sail further out. Depending on who they are and what they intend, they may find a way to sail up into the Sky world or down into the Underworld. This is likely much easier than trying to survive the torrent.
  2. Tatius is one of the highest priests of Yelm, has the backing of a large proportion of traditionalist Solars', and has sufficient lineage to try for the 10 tests, and is blocked by the Lunars. In Sartar, he found an immense source of power that could not be classified as Theistic, Sorcerous, or Spiritist. So he built his New Model Temple Of The Reaching Moon on it. Taking the Throne was his primary goal. Killing Orlanth and dominating the Orlanthis was a significant secondary goal. Using Chaos was just a means. Many years ago, Nick suggested Darth Vader as a model for Tatius. He could no
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    I wouldn’t read too much into that as a guide to personal access to ancestor Heroes, as it’s more about the Heortling respect / worship of ancestors as a group or even as embodied tradition. From some of Greg’s stories, anyone that can recite their (believable) ancestry to a Hero can learn to summon / incarnate / use their magic. However, given the disruptions of each Age, I doubt that few in the greater Dragon Pass region (and I mean almost none) can truly recite their ancestry back to the Dawn or before. But some appear to do so. I think that there’s a bit of a trick to it 😀 I
  4. My bad choice of words. Orlanth Rex has very specific powers that were quested for within time by Alakoring. However, I hope that there is still an Ernalda the Queen cult...
  5. I believe that there is also an Ernalda Rex, which is the norm in Esrolia, exactly as Orlanth Rex is the norm in Sartar. I think that there are a very few clans in Sartar that will usually have an Ernalda Rex rather than Orlanth Rex. Almost always, a new clan chief will initiate to Orlanth (Ernalda) Rex and a new tribal king always (even if already an initiate of another god). That way they become the Chief Priest of all priests in the clan or tribe. In many clans, there will only be one other priest of Ernalda (Orlanth), and that often will be the wife (husband) of the chief. Many or mos
  6. I had to leave many of my books and games behind when I left London for Singapore, and I think Trollpack is the one I miss the most.
  7. Isn't there something in Trollpack about Arkat having many companions, each seeming to be a replica of Arkat?
  8. My sources for Argrath are King of Sartar and Prince of Sartar. King of Sartar is presented as a collection of documents from different, sometimes conflicting sources, and some of which are noted within the book to have possible dubious basis. While Prince of Sartar (which I loved and spent money to support) petered out way too early [1] and skipped his youth in Prax In many ways we know too much about Argrath 'did', as compared with the other movers and shakers of the Hero Wars. However we understand less of the motivations and why of Argrath as compared with those others. The why of
  9. I agree that it's good to give players and their characters more agency. Sartar: Kindom of Heroes also allows the characters to take part in a heroquest that is later ascribed to Argrath. Having said that, it also allows one of the characters to become (an) Argrath.
  10. from Kallyr's Dragonrise heroquest I'm unconvinced that Argrath is any more an asshole than other contemporaneous figures. I suspect that the animosity is generated from two things: He succeeded where Kallyr failed. He may have taken credit for some of her achievements, however it's more than possible that some of his fan-bois / sycophants may have tried to credit him without his active encouragement. And Kallyr was not without her own flaws. She had many enemies, some ancestral / political, some from prejudice against a extremely powerful woman worshipper of Orlanth, and some
  11. I don't see how the totality of the quote contradicts what I see as a possibility, and my chosen sentences seems to emphasise it as a probability. It certainly is true that the Orlanthi hated Chaos much earlier, with their wars against the PreDark.
  12. Darius, please consider being slightly more accepting in your opinions? One of the greatest strengths of Glorantha for me is that it encompasses so many different and opposing philosophies. I believe this is what brings so many thoughtful people into our community. When one of us persistently and categorically denies the validity of others’ opinions, then my enjoyment of the community is reduced. For a specific counter to a core point of yours, do read Esrolia, Land of 10,000 Goddesses, and look for the shrine to Primal Chaos in the Ezel temple complex and the inscription there, whic
  13. I believe that one of the insights of Illumination is that there are no incompatibilities between the 3 major approaches to magic. Illuminants may learn any type of magic and can ignore any restrictions, taboos and rules. And this includes combining the casting and results. Their only limitations are their imaginations and their access to means to learn the alternative approaches to magic.
  14. My feeling is that many rituals and ceremonies were lost during the Greater Darkness. Since the Silver Age, the Orlanthi created and shared new Ceremonies and Rituals that worked or somewhat worked. Which leaves plenty of room for wide variation by region and history. Having said that, I vaguely remember some source with a warning not to try to make the world revolve around one person (i.e. Lokamayadon / Loko Moko) while comparing it with the Foundation Ritual used to create a clan, which does exactly that. I'm assuming that this is around the first Chief and possibly his allied spirit, t
  15. I guess that I should clarify my understanding. All paths of Illumination lead to the same set of powers and abilities. But a) most Illuminates do not get all of the powers, and b) the morality and discipline of their path does lead the Illuminant to behave very differently (most of the time, there are always exceptions, even to the exceptions). An ascetic that spent 50 years of their life in poverty and self-abnegation to achieve unity with the All (or with the Void) will not suddenly become a glutton and rapist. While a noble that indulges their desires in Moonson's parties and almost p
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