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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Some of the reactions here (and to some extent the original question) seem to me to be about looking for mechanical rules for situations that inherently require roleplaying out. There are few, if any, magical abilities in Glorantha that are automatically successful when there is some possibility of opposition. If a Chaotic does not want to be detected as such and where they have relevant magic or chaos, then why should Storm Bull be able to detect them automatically? If an Illuminate does not want to be detected by another Illuminate, then why should detection be automatic? There are even
  7. If I remember correctly, the HeroQuest Illumination rules indicated that there were many different paths to Illumination but they were all fundamentally the same Illumination. During the Gods War, the Dragons and their kin generally did little to resist Chaos. To me, that indicates that they were very accepting of Chaos.
  8. The Argrath appears to have enough power and smarts to create a whole new power structure to replace that of Sartar. But why bother when he can take up an existing power structure without the lifetime's effort of creating a new one, while tearing down the old one _and_ fighting the Lunar Empire? He may well also have the power and smarts to 'create' a relationship with Sartar... And if that means he has to assume the identity of a dead heir of Sartar, or even manufacture a dead heir of Sartar so he can assume that identity, well I'm certainly not going to make that accusation. No sir, I'd
  9. Thanks @Jeff, I had forgotten that scenario.
  10. @Jeff Is there any chance that you can elaborate on this: who on the High Council and why? Perhaps as a separate post?
  11. I reject the premise. There is no reason that a Villain cannot be a Hero and no reason a Hero cannot be a Villain, even ruling out the matter of perspective of which side one takes. The terms are just not binary choices however much we might wish it to be so.
  12. Kallyr is very sad towards the end of her life and has little reason to keep going. Her son is dead, killed during his godquest. A lot of her friends and companions were killed during the failed LBQ. And there is huge resistance to her as a woman in what many reactionary Orlanthi of the hill tribes think is a man's role. At some con, I remember Greg telling us that he'd like to set it up so the decision of whether to resurrect Kallyr be left in the hands of the player characters, who would have a lot of knowledge of why she would not want it. Her remaining closest friends would not want t
  13. Minaryth Purple is killed but not eaten (only the heel of one boot is eaten if I recall).
  14. it depends on our definitions of manuscript and ready to go to print. My understanding is that a manuscript is just the text (perhaps copy edited, probably not edited for Chaosium Canon). Ready to print includes art and layout, which are huge tasks in their own right, plus full editing of the manuscript (of course). Other considerations include the publishing pipeline and marketing. Many Gloranthaphiles have limited budget and might not be able to purchase all of several books published in close succession. It may make far better business sense for Chaosium to delay a specialist boo
  15. My guess is most marriages are among clans of a tribe but a noticeable minority are inter-tribal. For most clan members, marriages would be arranged by households and bloodlines, however, for close relatives of the upper ranks, there likely will be clan ring involvement. Given a clan size of 1,500 I'd guess around 20-30 marriages a year, about 20 of them first marriages (some really nasty back of an envelope calculations ). For the clan to be involved in every marriage would mean that at least one person would have to have full-time support from the clan to travel both inside the clan and o
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