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  1. Hmm, Revealed Mythologies must be wrong then, when the Western section claims the rescued Kachasti worshiped Worlath and became the Winkoti. Obviously they weren't the origin of all the Vingotlings, but Sartar: Kingdom of Heroes tells us many refugees were adopted by the Vingkotlings either as members of their tribes or as serfs. It is my speculation that not all the Kachasti joined the Vingkotlings, and became part of the basis of the more sophisticated 'Hsunchen' populations. And yes, I know it's a slur, but not necessarily entirely without basis.
  2. Um no. If you check, you will see that what I actually originally said was: Whilst the Westerners adopted this name for the 'Sun God', its usage among the Enerali, the Pendali, and probably the Enjoreli, is suggestive that the Westerners adopted the name used by the natives of the mainland. For example, the Enerali knew of the conflict between Ehilm and Erulat over the hand of the Great Green Lady before the Theyalans arrived. And I have never stated that the ' Safelstrans are Kachasti/Hsunchen!' What I actually said was: The Enerali might have been partially descended fro
  3. This one, I believe, is named for the custom that if a chieftain intends to send the clan nobles (thanes) to war, he summons them by sending out the Black Arrow. This tells the gods, the wyter, and the ancestors of the clan’s intent, and so offers magical benefits for the participants. It suggests a limited clan war band muster, of only those who will be well equipped with arms and armor.
  4. Such as? A few partial songs and possibly portions of the Greetings. From: Jeff Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:07:47 -0000 > Awesome stuff, Jeff. Would be nice to see something akin to a questionnaire > for Safelster clan creation, so can we perhaps hear a bit more about the > area before the Dawn? Creation myths, etc.? Well that is likely to be quite a bit in the future, unless that ends up being a project for those who attend Eternal Con. Maybe we'll do some Dawn Age Safelster experiment! But from the material posted, you can see that the peoples of the Dar
  5. Hmm. They took on some Orlanthi customs in Time, a very long while afterwards. Not quite. The Enerali myths we do know of deviate from those of the Vingkotlings, such as the conflict between the Evil Emperor and Erulat/Orlanth not being between Yelm and Orlanth but between Seras and Orlanth, where Seras is identified with the Maker of the Dwarves or with Malkion (or perhaps even Zzabur). Their lifestyle, their culture, their gods. They show evidence of being of mixed Hsunchen/Kachasti in culture, and perhaps in .descent. It's a God Learner map, and doesn't have the
  6. The Enerali were never Vingkotlings. So: there's no evidence of the Enerali having any Malkioni myths? Other Kachasti further east may have joined the Vingkotlings. Can you identify your source? Doesn't seem to be the God Learner maps in the Guide.
  7. Today. Only one small sketch.
  8. And they know Zzabur as Seras (perhaps, or is Seras Malkion)? Similarity of names simply denotes contact, at some point. I am unaware of any Enerali myths that show Malkioni elements. There was certainly interaction in the world of Time. In my attempt to outline a history of the West, I have assumed that the Enerali, Enjoreli, and perhaps the Pendali, Redeli and Bemuri were part Kachasti, explaining why they were more sophisticated than the true Hsunchen, but their gods seem to be native. There may have been a cultural synthesis, but it is impossible to tell to what degree.
  9. The Enerali might have been partially descended from enslaved Malioni, but not all.
  10. Whilst the Westerners adopted this name for the 'Sun God', its usage among the Enerali, the Pendali, and probably the Enjoreli, is suggestive that the Westerners adopted the name used by the natives of the mainland. For example, the Enerali knew of the conflict between Ehilm and Erulat over the hand of the Great Green Lady before the Theyalans arrived.
  11. Latest. Another three ships to do.
  12. Wolf Pirate ships. Still only able to draw for an hour or two. [The Wolf head on the sail was GoT inspired.]
  13. I am counting these as one sketch, though I may split them up in the book. Am roughing out a Wolf Pirate penteconter and bireme. Though not without their own difficulties, these were far easier than trying to draw a figure at present.
  14. Thank you. Well, I have finished another sketch, after three attempts. This isn't as I'd like, but I lose fine control due to the flare-up. This noble should be riding a horse, but I decided to attempt to draw the articulated leg armor. I think that tomorrow I will attempt to do some needed illustrations that should be simpler.
  15. Regret there may not be many sketches in the next few weeks. My arthritis has gone active, possibly due to the change in the weather here, and spending so much time sitting and writing and drawing in the last few months. The current project I am working on will take longer to finish. I need about fourteen more sketches to illustrate it - one is partially done.
  16. Glorantha is a simulation running on the World Machine mainframe.
  17. Orlanthi societies are very mutable, according to location. Sartar, much of Vesmonstran around the Upper Tanier, and most of the Provincial Kingdoms are rich in resources, so tribal groupings are very likely. In other areas, especially those reliant solely on herding, and even more those who are basically hunter-gatherers with fairly basic horticulture, clans are likely, and some areas will be too poor for centralized clans. So you can find 'high kingdoms' composed of multiple tribes, tribes, clans, and family groups. All Orlanthi but varying in wealth and organization.
  18. One aspect of ancient cultures, whether in the Near East, India, China or anywhere else, is that there was a belief that future events (and the will of the gods) are foretold in the sky, by the movement of the stars and planets. There was very much a belief that 'so above, so below'. In Glorantha, however, the gods can't predict the future, and most are locked into immutable roles by the Compromise. The Sky includes not only Sky and Solar entities, but other elements as well, and major gods who are not Solar or Sky gods. Shameless plug, but the implications are covered in some d
  19. Hopefully, if the gods are kind, a POD is coming. Hmm, that's probably down to my vocabulary... 8-( The index is fairly extensive.
  20. Sakkar is the God of Fear and the Hunter of Men. He had many battles in the God Time, and only the mightiest could defeat him, eventually driving him into the wilds so that his children are now rare. His temples are guarded by his children, and only let pass those whom he favors. He is the patron of the Doblian Dogeaters regiment. So... the most simple might be that the character discovers that one of his ancestors was of that regiment - either some time ago, or depending on their age, and the year, more recently when the regiment served in Sartar. It might be due to a relationship their
  21. The picture is also in Armies & Enemies of Dragon Pass, with the kind permission of Chaosium.
  22. Entirely un-canonical, but in attempting to find a way of differentiating between Seshnelan and Ralian cataphracts, I tend to give the former face masks (with the conceit that they were originally adopted to counter Enerali horse archers who, confronted by heavily armored Seshnegi proto-cataphracts, would shoot them in the face as the only exposed area) and the latter 'spectacle helmets' (with the conceit that the style dates back to Arkat's assaults on Kartolin, when armor was often enhanced to counter missiles, so this serves to strengthen the helmet from dropped rocks). The Safelstran's arm
  23. Latest. [The horse should be wearing more armor, but I decided to do something different for variety.]
  24. Thank you. Latest. [The horse should be wearing more armor, but I decided to do something different for variety.] Hmm. I think the horse's face needs more shading. Had a run in with a band of non-Uz trolls in a Glorantha Facebook group today.
  25. The Middle Ages term would be peytral, though those were usually of metal plate or thick leather or felt. Equine chest armor was very much older, also made of scale or lamellar. Peytral is probably the best descriptive term, if anachronistic.
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