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  1. M Helsdon

    Swords of Central Genertela

    These designs are illustrative but not definitive examples. Differences in size, weight and detailed design vary according to the requirements of the customer and the skills and patterns of individual smiths. The style of hilt also varies enormously, and many of the styles shown might appear in conjunction with other blades. A: Pelorian sickle-swords. The examples shown vary from those almost indistinguishable from agricultural implements (though of much finer quality) through to Moonswords, khopesh and the form often described as a scimitar. B: Examples of Kopis swords. C: Examples of Doblian two-handed Rhomphaia. D: Orlanthi leaf-shaped broadswords E: Orlanthi long-leaf swords, also common in Esrolia. F: Western broadswords. The shorter swords are often carried as secondary weapons by Humakti and hoplites.
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    Swords of Central Genertela

    As usual, a mixture of both. The Pelandans formed the first hoplite phalanxes, and one source states they had helmets, corselets, shields and a greave on the left leg. Based on a piece of Six Ages art recently shared depicting Third Eye Blue warriors with the shoulder pieces and gorgets, I decided to adopt those as well (though mine are not so large). To avoid yet more pteruges, I gave him groin-flaps, which were probably worn by some early Greek hoplites. As their armor was made by the TEB or dwarven slaves, I decided that their armour should be plain but functional, and as there's a source that says Pelandan phalanxes never had to raise their kilts like Dara Happans to charge/pursue, he's depicted with a short kilt. The helmet lacks a crest because most of the ones I've drawn have crests, and again, decided to be different. Some Pelandan hoplites probably have crested helmets... It is also my assumption that the Pelandans would, like most Gloranthans, retain the forms of their ancestors (and perhaps to retain the magics of Daxdarius) so plain and functional would be kept as the template. After researching on the web, I found an ancient email by Jeff referring to Daxdarius probably having the Runes of Death and Stasis (the later, I believe would be useful in a phalanx formation holding its ground in a push of shields and spears). There are more sources for the Granite Phalanx hoplite, so he's hopefully definitely canonical. Both of these provided an opportunity to show something of the interior of the shields.
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    Swords of Central Genertela

    Pelandan and Dara Happan hoplite compared.
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    Swords of Central Genertela

    If you look between her right arm and body, you'll see a portion of a quiver/gorytos with arrows. Did deliberate having the arrows extend upwards beyond her arm, but it didn't work.
  5. M Helsdon

    Regimental Information

    I wonder if anyone has canonical information about these units they can share? For all, I have their 'type' (cavalry, infantry, light, heavy, magical) and for a few 'uniform' details, but little else. Flint Legion - may not be canonical Lavic Legion - may not be canonical Horde Breakers - may not be canonical Whipstock Riverfork Unriver Wing Temple Green Bows Baron’s Friends Old School Flint Legion Type Heavy Infantry Armor Bronze cuirass and greaves Weapons Long spear, hoplite shield, kopis Morale Regular 4 Patron Deity Daxdarius Notes Pelandan Phalanx Magic Factor Medium 4 Missile Factor 0 Melee Factor 4 Despite their name this phalanx is not one of the Stonewall regiments. Lavic Legion Type Heavy Infantry Armor Bronze cuirass and greaves Weapons Long spear, hoplite shield, kopis Morale Regular 4 Patron Deity Daxdarius Notes Pelandan Phalanx Magic Factor Medium 4 Missile Factor 0 Melee Factor 5 Despite their name this phalanx is not one of the Stonewall regiments. Their home city is Karresh. Horde Breakers Type Heavy Infantry Armor Bronze cuirass and greaves Weapons Long spear, hoplite shield, kopis Morale Regular 4 Patron Deity Daxdarius Notes Pelandan Phalanx Magic Factor Medium 4 Missile Factor 0 Melee Factor 4 Their home city is Pelandre. This city beneath Mount Jernotius is famous for its temple which holds the panoply of Daxdarius. Whipstock Type Heavy Cavalry Armor Bronze Weapons Kontos, broadsword Morale Regular 4 Patron Deity Humakt Notes Cataphracti Magic Factor Low 3 Missile Factor 0 Melee Factor 4 This regiment of Carmanian cataphracti comes from the province of Worian, a satrapy of the Western Reaches. They ride Daron destriers. The regiment was at the Battle of Dangerford in 1625. Riverfork Type Light Cavalry Armor None Weapons Bow, kopis Morale Militia 2 Patron Deity Lendarsh Notes Horse Archers Magic Factor None 0 Missile Factor 2 Melee Factor 2 This regiment of Carmanian horse archers is noted for its skill at fighting Pentan cavalry. In 1602 a troop of the regiment vanished into the Upland Marsh. Unriver Type Light Cavalry Armor None Weapons Bow, short sword Morale Militia 2 Patron Deity Sagittus Notes Horse Archers Magic Factor Low 2 Missile Factor 2 Melee Factor 2 These mounted archers from the Redlands are noted for their ability to shoot their bows while retreating away from the enemy. They ride Seredae horses. Wing Temple Type Light Cavalry Armor None Weapons Bow, shield, light kopis Morale Militia 2 Patron Deity Sagittus Notes Horse Archers Magic Factor Low 2 Missile Factor 2 Melee Factor 1 These horse archers from Oraya are scouts and skirmishers. Their tunics are blue and the helmet decorations of their officers blue and white. They ride Seredae horses. Green Bows Type Light Infantry Armor None Weapons Bow Morale Militia 2 Patron Deity Greenbow Notes Psiloi. Male and female unit. +1 fighting in Woods Magic Factor None 0 Missile Factor 2 Melee Factor 1 The cult of the Green Bow is popular in the provinces. It allows its members to use only their self-made sacred bows. The regiment is split into male and female companies. Baron’s Friends Type Magical Notes Worship Orlanth Magic Factor High 6 Missile Factor 0 Melee Factor 3 Old School Type Magical Notes Worship Orlanth Magic Factor Medium 5 Missile Factor 0 Melee Factor 2
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    Regimental Information

    Here's an example page shot of two of the more heavily documented regiments.
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    Regimental Information

    That's why I asked the question. Jeff has been kind enough to send me information on some regiments, and there's significant amounts scattered across the old Glorantha.com site, HQ:G and Sartar books, WF#15, the Glorantha Sourcebook, and the Guide.
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    Regimental Information

    Yes. Here's an old sketch of one of his horali... Have been pointed to a source that has Daxdarius' Runes as Death and Harmony, but probably not canonical.
  9. M Helsdon

    Regimental Information

    And is now a war god credited with creating the first phalanxes. Tomorrow am going to sketch a Pelandan hoplite - would be nice to feature the Daxdarius Runes, but I can get around it, by not showing the face of the shield.
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    Regimental Information

    Sir Narib's regiment is quite distinct; he entered Argrath’s service in 1624 after the Battle of Pennel Ford (his mercenary company had been active in Esrolia from 1620). After the battle, Mularik went west where he became Baron of Sanuel, a castle on the Seshnelan coast.
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    Regimental Information

    Afraid I don't believe they are one and the same. As Mularik is the Baron of Sanuel, its one of many changes from earlier material. Most have a quarter of a page, including the stats block. Others have half a page or more. This has required considerable archaeology over a period of time, and a detailed analysis of published sources. My latest question, for the next sketch, is: What are Daxdarius' Runes? As a war god, I'd assume Death and ?
  12. M Helsdon

    Libraries & Records

    It very much depends on the wealth of the clan/tribe, and whether it has a lawspeaker. Given the complexity and variation of Orlanthi marriages, making a record for the purposes of inheritance etc. would be a necessity in the marriage of anyone of at least thane status and above. As for location of any ceremony, it again probably varies by the type of marriage, but it would certainly be at a shrine, even if it is 'only' the shrine of the wyter, because the patron spirit has to be apprised of events affecting their people.
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    Regimental Information

    It's purely my guess. Will update to Invisible God.
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    Regimental Information

    I know: in Seshnela. Which has been renamed as Mularik's Men. Afraid I don't find any clear association between him and the Exiles. Thank you for your help. I'd hoped there was some information out there. Every other regiment, I've been able to source at least a paragraph or two (a couple half a page or more) but these ones remain obscure.
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    Regimental Information

    I don't believe so, as early in the Hero Wars, Mularik has no association with Tarsh, or the Exiles. His regiment is: Mularik’s Men Type Heavy Cavalry Armor Iron Weapons Kontos, broadsword Morale
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    Regimental Information

    I don't believe so, as early in the Hero Wars, Mularik has no association with Tarsh, or the Exiles. His regiment is: Mularik’s Men Type Heavy Cavalry Armor Iron Weapons Kontos, broadsword Morale Veteran 5 Patron Deity Hrestol Notes Western mercenaries Notes Sorcerers, cataphracti Magic Factor Low 3 Missile Factor 0 Melee Factor 5
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    Troll Devotional Art / Clark Ashton Smith

    It is getting very pricey (I purchased a copy when it came out) but In the Realms of Mystery and Wonder: The Prose Poems and Artwork of Clark Ashton Smith is a more recent appraisal of his art and well worth a look.
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    Swords of Central Genertela

    Thank you for that. Jeff has 'liked' the sketch on my FB page, so I suspect it is sufficiently canonical for my purposes.
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    Black Sails (The Argan Argar Association)

    There's a black galley in The Eleven Lights.
  20. M Helsdon

    Swords of Central Genertela

    And the average SIZ is? [If the unicorn is supposed to be larger than a standard horse, I can simply put the components together with a less reduced in size unicorn...] Any sword or long dagger is on her right hip. Her war belt is supporting the quiver, the pouch and her other weapon.
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    Swords of Central Genertela

    In the copy of the Bestiary I have... Unicorn: SIZ 2D6+18 Average 26 [Even if the 2D6+18 is in error, the average is still smaller than an average standard horse and I determined the size by comparing it with drawings of Seredae.] Maybe it's been updated. I haven't had a notification that the PDF has been changed... Afraid this image is only 2D.
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    Swords of Central Genertela

    Finished (deliberating if the unicorn is large enough, but they are smaller than horses).
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    The Many and the One, or has there always been a Yelm?

    Yet very early outlines for a Glorantha wargame did. Yet Yelmalio has the Kuschile horse archery association, as does Elmal. Yelmalio was also associated with the Sun Dome chariot regiment destroyed in the Dragonkill. Being unable to access that game, unsure how canonical it is.
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    Swords of Central Genertela

    Arthritis still a pain (feel like one of the undead for much of the day, having upped the painkillers) but still working... Progress so far, from rough to latest (not yet finished). Need to finish the shading and then join up with the unicorn. Realised that as unicorns are smaller than horses, her other foot might show, so prepared for this.
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    The Many and the One, or has there always been a Yelm?

    Much of that is perhaps due to most of the available information on Yelmalio being filtered through the Praxian Sun Dome, whose horses have been extinct for centuries due to the hostility of the Animal Nomads. Even so, Yelmalio has retained geases related to horses. In the Guide, in Saird, Yelmalio seems to have a relationship with Redaylda and her husband Hyalor at Mirin's Cross.
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