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  1. Yes, but I can understand the confusion. The guide mentions on 117 she dies after quarrelling with Harrek the Berserk, which given the earlier reference of King of Sartar, it's easy to understand why people may not have realised that KoS's events have changed, and that her quarrelling with Harrek and then dying are not as intimately linked as the phrase would suggest. It's like how the guide mentions she lit the Flame of Sartar, but there's no mention of that in RQ:G or the Sourcebook, except noting she's not done it yet, which leads to the question of exactly when she'll find time, given the previous date of her lighting it (KoS 212) is after her death.
  2. Since they're often said to be a chaotic parallel to the nymphs incarnations of fertility. I'd be tempted to handle succuboxen by starting with the Nymph statistics in the bestiary, swap their elemental rune for the Chaos Rune and add some Chaos Features. Their nightly assaults could be a form of spirit combat, taking place when discorporate, and since many of their children are incomplete creatures (such as vampires), they can command them like a dryad commands animals. Of course, most horrifyingly, if they don't have some way to detect Chaos, it would be easily to mistake the succubus for a regular nymph, and some may worship her without realising, especially if she possesses rune spells like Bless Pregnancy and Reproduce. By the time they realise those spells carry the taint of Chaos, it might be too late, and they'd be happy to accept other, more obvious Chaotic "blessings."
  3. Given some wyters are "artificial psychic constructs" (RQ:G 286), I'd see Malkioni having no problems supporting such a thing. A wyter doesn't necessarily have to have theistic trappings. Hsunchen societies will have them as well, local genius loci or ancestors being obvious options. And even third age Seshnela is far from as non-henotheistic as their wizards would like, the warrior societies and likely the worker guilds as well would be easily seen as "pagan" to an outsider.
  4. I imagine the social cohesion would also crumble as well, as Malkioni societies aren't any different ruleswise. They guard more than just against physical threats after all, and the sundering of communal bonds is the inevitable fallout of a wyter's death. It's just that sorcerers don't have to necessarily view wyters with respect, just as they don't have to treat gods with them. "Yes, you're a vital piece of the cosmos and without you things wouldn't work. But on the other hand, I understand the laws of the cosmos, so I see no reason to worship you."
  5. I doubt the Malkioni see it as contractual or mutualist, just the nature of how things are. You wouldn't call a Lunar master/slave relationship as mutualist just because the master understands that the slave dies if you don't keep them fed. (Although the Lunar master might try to paint it that way...) Having to keep on replacing the wyter because they kept running out of POW would be really annoying for the wizard.
  6. Compare these two situations: And Ultimately, there's probably not a massive amount of difference. And Aeolians might be more likely to use the latter method anyway. It really comes down to respect, as Arkat warned us. And if it's one thing sorcerers are good at, it's not showing respect.
  7. Yes, but technically speaking horses aren't birds. Doesn't stop them being so in Glorantha. But whatever works.
  8. Depends on how the sorcerous community. I mean, Seshnela's probably a useful model, and their cities have wyters like the lion-headed guardian of Fralos who needs a Talar woman to act as an intermediary (likely as the wyter's priest, and given the mention of how the Rokari wizards have tried to compel the guardian to serve them without the intermediary, likely suggests that Fralos is an exception that proves the rule that wizards usually act as the "priests" to wyters;) or Loronaga the magical serpent woman of Laraness; or even Paliros's ever burning fire. Then there's the guardian spirits of the warrior societies to contend with. Then there's Loskalm, another heavily fundamentalist state, where you might see Brisa's lamps and braziers as manifestations of a wyter -- as they're said to be fragments of the Flame of Ehilm. Crosium likely has a guardian from the moon rock that lies within the crater, Dorsomon's statues are likely another example of a wyter, likewise Feleor's cattle and Ramona's Bright Lady. "God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are"? I'm not sure how that necessarily relates to dietary restrictions.
  9. Would this also be an origin for eels? I could certainly see eel as a popular dish in Esrolia, fished up from the mirrorsea and cooked along the streets for sale.
  10. Given its associated with the moon and rising waters, it wouldn't surprise me if the Oasis of Moonbroth was related to the Blue Moon, and the waterspouts are related to the blue streak's pull on the tides. There could be Selenes found there, along with blue moon stones, and the mysterious spirit who prophetises there may herself be a powerful intelligent Selene.
  11. In HQ1, etc, nodes were "regions" within the sorcery plane/essential world/world of forms where different runic energies mixed, which appeared to those experiencing them (a purely mental/spiritual viewpoint, as they were beyond physical bodies) as representations of a saint's residence (or the home of a founder of a wizardry school). These nodes were connected to other ones, either of associated saints/school founders, or with smaller nodes representing specific spells, where they would learn them. On page 161 of the guide is a diagram of various otherworlds. The circles seen there would presumably be examples of these nodes.
  12. I'm betting a lot of "minor" deities usually get worshipped as subcults/associated cults. "Guy who sits at the top of the sky dome" included. Major Temples have a shrine to one associated cult and Great Temples have shrines to all of them (RQ:G 284)
  13. Probably not helped by the fact that Polaris is sometimes the father of the Lightfore (Glorantha Sourcebook page 98)
  14. So Chen Durel, instead of practising mummification has instead got the funeral rite of marinading? Well, given the troll fondness for insects, I could actually see them having mellified men there.
  15. One of the weirdest things I find in Glorantha, is that despite so many temporal positions being linked to spiritual ones, you still have specific groups specifically mentioned as theocracies. It's kinda odd since it seems more important to note the few that aren't.
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