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JonL last won the day on November 11 2019

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  1. No way is that an unbreakable rule. Jenarong proved the falsity of it, and Khordavu as well. There are likely other instances if one were to comb through the lists.
  2. One of my annoyances with Death and Beast rather than Eternal Battle for Storm Bull in RQG is Death clashing with his paternal fertility aspect. He may not embody Life per se, but he's a virile family bull.
  3. @HeartQuintessence, you should check these out.
  4. They enthusiastically embrace and cultivate it, but it predates them
  5. The sense in which I was speaking had little to do with mechanics or runes. The Orlanth cult is the primary vehicle by which Heortling boys are taught to be a man. The Ernalda cult is the primary vehicle by which girls are taught to be a woman. Whatever deeper mysteries lie beyond, defining and expressing gender norms and work is their main presence in day to day life.
  6. Orlanth and Ernalda are also somewhat extreme cases for gendered cults, since they are also cultural exemplars for normative gender performance. Women who follow Lhankor Mhy wear beard tokens because it's the symbol of their lord, not because they are ritually men.
  7. I strongly suspect that a Nandan male could meet the motherhood requirement for priestly status through Heroquesting as a female figure on the other side. Hero(ine)-forming would be another theoretical possibility, but maintaining that long enough to carry a child to term would be... "impractical" seems like an understatement.
  8. Gender requirements for cults are one of the first things I hit with the "All means about 6/7" stick when interpreting the setting.
  9. It now occurs to me, that being descended from the Pentans, the Grazelanders are eligible to take the Ten Tests in Dara Happa to become Emperor. By extension, so too would be the descendants of a Feathered Horse Queen and King of Dragon Pass couple. Man, what a way to dethrone the Red Emperor that would be.
  10. Ask David Dunham very nicely? It looks like he's got some of the Enclosure material uploaded to his Glorantha site, but not that particular bit that I can see.@jajagappa is prepping a revised New Lolon Gospel for a Johnstown release so who knows, maybe some other blasts from the past will get a re-release. @soltakss has some fun theme-and-variation on HoG from different perspectives in his quest collection too. @Iskallor ran a PBF on rpg.net a few years back wherein the PCs get sucked into a Zorak Zoran quester's run at Hill of Gold, and (being PCs) knock it off the rails in the most awesome way possible.
  11. Three Blows Struck in Anger follows the Women in Refrigerators pattern pretty well, as far as that goes.
  12. I'd be pleasantly surprised for someone in the US who hasn't specifically devoted attention (whether formally or casually) to the intersection of comics fandom and Feminist literary critique to be familiar with Gail Simone's critical writings, let alone someone farther afield with a different native language. In Ivarna's case, I don't think she's an example of the fridging-trope, despite being literally frozen. Her fate matters to Heort, sure, but the whole world is falling apart. She also has a broader place in the Heortling cultural narrative as an exemplar of normative womanhood, rather than being narratively nonexistent outside Heort's pathos (though we have less of that material to read thanks to the historical gender imbalance in the RPG creator/consumer space, it is at least specifically mentioned as being part of the in-fiction context). Finally, and crucially in the context of Simone's work, she gets better by the end - and probably comes back stronger than before if you place her story in the context of Ernaldan initiation. A key point in Simone's work that often gets overlooked in hot-takes is that while bad things happen to comics characters all the time (Drama!), the men usually are back in fine form by the end of the next arc or two, while the women who get crippled/depowered/killed/exiled/whatever often don't get better for years or decades - if ever. When Bane snapped Batman's spine in the 90's, he was back in the the cowl inside two years. When Batgirl was similarly injured, she was a wheelchair-bound for 20+. When Hawkeye died in 2004, he reappeared in a reality-warp story that ran for much of '05-'06, and was fully back in '07. When Wasp (seemingly) died in '08, she didn't disprove that until 2012. (I actually prefer a resurrection story like that getting more time to breathe, but the double standard is nonetheless crappy.) Circling back to Glorantha for contrast, when Kallyr suffers setbacks, even fatal ones, she bounces back and continues her great work. Only when her oath to liberate her people is fulfilled does she finally lay down her burdens and accept the final rest.
  13. Circling back to this, it depends on the situation. A character's gender is central to some story roles and concepts, while to others it's incidental to the character's role in the story. In the latter cases though, it can contextualize other story/character elements in meaningful ways; e.g. Ripley in Alien could carry much the same plot as a man or a woman, but her being the latter adds a "Smart woman's ideas and opinions being unfairly discounted my men in the workplace." dimension, making the unfolding horror even more tragic. A helpful concept to keep in mind as a newcomer to Glorantha, is that in Theyalan cultures "All" implicitly means "mostly" or "roughly six-out-of-seven" when generalizing about groups of people. The understood context is that exceptions to the general case are not only to be expected, but are an accepted part of social norms.
  14. Yeah, even Chaosium's Glorantha Will Vary, frustrating though that can be. (Elmal forever. )
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