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    Proofreader.... on Guide to Glorantha, King of Sartar, HeoQuest: Glorantha. Contributor to The Coming Storm. Etc.

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  1. Print preview now at printers. I expect delivery on the 28th.
  2. Derived from a draft document. Subject to change.
  3. Dendara has a write-up in the forthcoming Cults of Glorantha, I believe. Her Runes are Fertility, Earth, Harmony.
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    Would just like to note that putting books of any significant size together isn't quick or easy: text to write, check for consistency and proofread; art to procure, artists to be given direction; maps to draw; layout to be done. If there's a team available to do these tasks, then things are eased, to a degree, but then there are the issues of communication, management and editing. There's a reason, even in the professional mass market world for non-gaming books, that there's often a year of development hell between a book being delivered by an author, and the product hitting the shelves. Anyone doubting this should put something together for the Jonstown Compendium. 😉
  5. They are given in the RQ3 Gloranthan Bestiary, page 23. Nasty.
  6. My printer is old and doesn't give a good resolution - which was particularly of concern, because it printed illustration surrounded by a faint grey haze, which isn't there in the professionally printed copy.
  7. The Bestiary covers a larger area than Dragon Pass. I'm not going to get into an argument about canon, but Anaxial is not in the list of canonical documents, old or new, and some things in it are definitely not canonical. I've seen the older documents, including army lists which mention the different breeds of Seredae ridden by different regiments, and whilst I've made use of those, have been wary of using the Roster. There's an old list of canonical documents here: https://www.glorantha.com/docs/canon/ It is now a little out of date.
  8. It's my document; had it printed to permit a more detailed typo hunt and formatting check. You would have to ask Chaosium regarding author's printing and selling their work.
  9. It very much depends on the period and the efficiency of the organisation: having at least one remount was desirable, and for a cataphract, at least five plus pack animals was a good idea. For much of history, horses have been expensive, and suitable cavalry mounts even more so, making it generally an aristocratic game, unless the entity fielding the cavalry was well organised and wealthy. For Glorantha, the Mongols aren't a good model; even during the Celestial Empire, Sheng's forces were never that organised as his innovations were magical, not tactical. If I recall correctly, the arrow resupply was carried by thousands of camels.
  10. Will share this here... Test printout to check formatting.
  11. Roman: we don't know. British: prior to 1887, depended upon the decisions of the individual regimental colonels. Even when the provision of horses was made the responsibility of the Remount Service, horses were rarely plentiful; in 1900 a Major lamented that although a regiment was supposedly 350 strong, only about 180 horses could be put into the line on the occasion of a review, because there was a policy at the time of having fewer horses in a cavalry regiment than men! One excuse for this was that not all the men were actually cavalrymen, but support staff. In a House of Commons review one MP declared that the army should adopt the rules of Charles XII of Sweden who had had twice as many horses as men in each regiment. On campaign, the availability of suitable remounts for a British cavalry regiment was exceedingly variable, depending upon the competence of the commanding officer and the officer required to procure horses. Earlier than either the Romans or the British cavalry regiments, Xenophon recommended that 'There will need to be a reserve of remounts, or else a deficiency may occur at any moment, looking to the fact that some will certainly succumb to old age, and others, from one reason or another, prove unserviceable.' Unfortunately he does not recommend how many should be available.
  12. Anaxial's Roster is no longer part of canon. Many ancient armies could only operate when within easy access of supply depots or by the capture of enemy depots. The Persians inherited the roads and depots of the Assyrian system, and Alexander and his Successors inherited those; away from the Mediterranean coast, Alexander's forces could only operate by capturing the Persian supply system; when his own attempt to supply the army on the return from India went severely wrong, as it wasn't possible to supply the army by sea as intended due in part because of the monsoon winds, his army suffered terrible attrition. Even with a mule per three men, a Roman army could only operate without additional supplies for a few days. The Mongol system was far more advanced than that of their predecessors on the steppes, and no Gloranthan nomad army fights using Mongol organisation.
  13. I don't have experience of selling books to gamers!
  14. If you are referring to British cavalry horses from the late 18th century on, there had often been many generations of breeding, and a regime of particular fodder, but even then, a horse couldn't be in constant use, day after day, but had to be rested. Daron are still canon; not certain about the others. Most ancient horses were smaller, though there were breeds like the Nisean horse which were much desired and sought after, that could carry a heavily armored rider (and the large Daron is perhaps a continuation of the Persian influence on Carmania - but then Carmania in our world was a province of various Persian Empires, and the name still exists as Kerman), whereas most other cavalry weren't so heavily armored - at least until larger horses were bred, including from Niseans taken from the King of Kings' herds. Possibly, if they can retire behind the battle-lines, though it doesn't seem to have been common in the ancient world.
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