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Everything posted by scott-martin

  1. Love it all. As usual many of these are not trying hard enough to be dumb and actually deserve their own development threads when time permits. For example . . . "Executive" is its own category. From now on in a Glorantha very near mine the wizard schools are known as "legendary houses."
  2. Lokarnos was a sun once in his native land reasonably well equipped to contend for the crown of heaven. He was a chariot god before they broke him. There were others.
  3. If it helps, retranslate the "rightness" of these answers as "historically successful, conventional," much as anyone with the right paperbacks can respond to the question of a dog's buddha nature with "mu" without triggering the illumination mechanics or attracting the riddler's attention. We know that in such and such a time, so and so said a thing and was illuminated. People tell the story and feel spooky. Maybe with the right meditation and lucky rolls even the story can provoke a transformation in consciousness. More likely, nothing changes. Esoterically there is only one "right" answ
  4. IMG it serves MGF. Any reasonably alert riddler should realize that a response has "provoked the great doubt" or relief from certainty that triggers the illumination mechanics. The linguistic content (if any) of the response is secondary to the riddler. You're just looking for the existential release. However, in the absence of broader experience, the respondent will often fixate on his or her personal "answer" as the key to the epiphany and so can miss the signs when they present in someone else. As noted across this thread, narcissism or at least solipsism is a common byproduct of the
  5. "It's always the '90s somewhere in Glorantha fandom. It's just unevenly distributed." Your original question was very helpful to me personally in terms of figuring out how Orlanth works in the southern corner, so far from Dara Happan chauvinism and the suns northerners know. When they think of an Evil Emperor, they think of someone different. Thanks.
  6. And now, ladies and gentlemen, we have cracked the puzzle of Why Desert Trackers Persist.
  7. This is great and probably worth a FAQ. It's not them. It's you. The best initiators can cheerfully give it their best shot but the rite just won't take.
  8. A lot of wonderful things here but this is the distinction I like best. As scrutiny of the lozenge expands, we'll discover a lot of "water" populations with original triolini descent (usually maternal, a nymph replacing an earth ancestress) but boating is not necessarily part of that birthright. If anything, as the first person in historical times to circumnavigate Iceland by kayak told me once, the whole point of boats is to avoid contact with water. If sailors loved swimming they wouldn't be sailors, and if the air wanted to cross water he would fly. [digression on "wareran" peoples an
  9. Ashara is one of my favorite of the silly things in this world, so thanks for that. Tilt the Talking God and suddenly a lot of hidden etymological insight shakes loose. I'm told there are still around 3,000 "Āsōrī" in Armenia today.
  10. The prodigal returns! IMG Arstola is special because it participated directly in IFWW and so has a history of cooperation with all the standard races and cultures of the Dragon Pass region. It looks to the east and understands Unity. They're the pure Weberian type, as it were, the stereotype against which Central Genertelans measure all other forests. From what I can figure out, Tarin's survival covenant seems to have been a bit less generous and more introverted. Their achievement was getting different elf communities to work together with a few liminal outsiders but that's reall
  11. One pragmatic methodology would be to work in the "short realm" the acceleration to 1625 has given us and concoct snapshots of the region in 1616-24. This would allow space for exploration without forcing any assumptions about the state of play in the publishing present, effectively feeding Jonstown Compendium effort that might or might not persist into the Hero Wars. This is important because (a) the aeolians provide a wonderful transition experience from pure storm polytheism into the westernized complex as our view of the lozenge expands (b) I suspect the rise and fall of Malkonwal was
  12. This cultural rhyme deserves continued investigation.
  13. For all I know they started it and the big E is the convert. </dumbtheory>
  14. I like the pagan direction kings receiving the male -ela, in which case there's a lot more to Enjor than meets the eye. Maybe this is a vestige of the world the Pendalites [retaining my eccentric demonyms here for emphasis] knew before the colonists came and insisted that the land was female. Either way, Jonatela preserves it in the north/west.
  15. Got to shout this out as one of your crowning career achievements. And there’s a reasonable number circulating.
  16. Thanks for documenting these and so much more ... your pages on Before The Moon and Our Great Empire were in the background as I was thinking about this. The evolution of the 2007 “rainbow” edition can be better told by others but I can say it is rarer and more extensive than the one commissioned in 2015. Even so, I hope people grab when either inevitably comes up. That’s the spirit! The briefest of notes here since all are worth a lot more meditation because they matter to you: * Bertalor does marry and have a kid so there are either multiple people of that name or “metals of Aco
  17. That is the goal. While I'm assured my beard will turn green if I share en bloc (and odds are good one or more fellow collectors will just have me killed, I am pretty easy to find and they are resourceful people), there's no reason this side of the lozenge's evolution should remain locked up among a handful of people when other researchers could benefit us all.
  18. So it's been a few years since the Guide kickstarter and we've all seen a lot of the Blank Lands around the lozenge pushed back. Maybe we could benefit from a little more information about what's in some of the rarer publications and, more importantly, what isn't in there. Sometimes the anxiety of influence is crippling. While it can be frustrating to know material is unavailable, it can be worse not to know whether it's available or not. With that in mind, I hope it's useful or diverting to describe the contents of the Roots of Glorantha series. I have to emphasize that everything said a
  19. What I would want at such a moment is a way to contact some ancestors so I can negotiate a new survival covenant. Luckily those tools are available locally but it means settlers can't really go home again. Which is a good epic to have. And if corn grows down there, what a miracle.
  20. If OOO came from the darkness and blue Belintar washed in from the sea, I'm sure there are apocalyptic Esrolian factions trying to ensure that the next cycle gives birth to a green god. Whether they succeed or not, it makes good high-level plotline.
  21. Love it. After all, they can only send you to Corflu once. After that, technically they have to send you somewhere else before they can send you back.
  22. Love it. While we've mostly encountered pragmatic lunar perspectives on the Wastes, the early and uh seminal Red Moon in Prax hints at a more visionary and even apocalyptic response to the region's unique challenges and strategic resources. This probably becomes a more dominant chord with the pragmatists eaten or otherwise out of power. There's some spooky Old Moon stuff out there calling to people.
  23. Hot stuff throughout! A little crazed elsewhere so still digesting the points. This bit can be a little simpler though. One of the historical constants of Glorantha is that New Forests come and go. Often they seem more expressive than instrumental . . . a method of communication that only incidentally looks like attempted biocide. Then when the forest has delivered its message the Takers move in to restore equilibrium. Feeders feed and eaters eat. Seeds get propagated and the worms with their funny hats reserve what they need for a next cycle somewhere. The green tide recedes again.
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