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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. M Helsdon

    Ancient West

    Obviously not canonical, but may be of interest: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/325525/Men-of-the-West
  2. Jeff recently posted about the Sun Dome of Sartar: ‘With a dome approximately 30 meters in diameter, the Sun Dome Temple stands some 45 meters high, making it larger than the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. It is comparable in size to the ziggurat of Ur or Pantheon of Rome.’ Now I’m not an architect or archaeologist, but I like to find how things work, and a dome of that size can only be built in a number of ways. The Dome of the Rock has a wooden frame and roof, covered in gilt, so the Sun Dome of Sartar could be constructed from wood. In Prax there’s limited access to timber, s
  3. Small Lunar Provincial villa added to Temples & Towers. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/297497/Temples--Towers?affiliate_id=2310005
  4. Probably a mixture of stone (for the foundations and the lower level of the ground level walls), and cob, rammed earth, or wattle and daub in wooden frames and then plastered with lime to improve waterproofing. Adobe is a term that can cover all these soil/clayed based mixtures, but also more precisely sun dried bricks of sandy earth mixed with water and straw or dung, which are fine in fairly arid regions but unsuitable anywhere with significant rainfall (you'd find buildings of adobe construction in Bronze and Iron Age southern Spain and Portugal, but not much further north in Europe, b
  5. Hey! That building (or its components) looks oddly familiar! 8-) I am considering adding a Lunar villa to Temples and Towers.
  6. The 'plus covers' was an early test file I didn't realise was visible; it has been deleted and should no longer appear.
  7. To mark the one year anniversary since its first publication, this is now available with a new wraparound cover by Mark Smylie. The Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass The timeless appeal of the legends of the Hero Wars has resulted in an enduring interest in the period. Surviving texts, supplemented by archaeological evidence, are used here as the basis of this reconstruction of the combatants of the initial phases of that world-shattering conflict. Focused on Dragon Pass and the surrounding regions (Peloria, Pent, Prax and Maniria)
  8. Both appear on the front cover. The layout is based on Harald's map of Mirin's Cross.
  9. Preview of the front cover. In a day or two I will be updating the file on DriveThruRPG.
  10. I now have the first 'wash' colored draft, have made some (small) comments. Won't share it here until it is done.
  11. The 'take' in Men of the West uses a variety of inspirations, ranging from Indo-Bactrian-Greek, Sassanian, other Persians, Byzantine, to northern India, and a small dash of Kievan Rus. By necessity, in addition to the military, Men of the West has to delve some way into the cultures and religions.
  12. To celebrate a year since publication, I have commissioned a new cover for Armies & Enemies. I have seen the outline, and it is... impressive. The artist is now working on inking and coloring the painting.
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