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  1. I actually strongly doubt that Solar Society has balls. This was not a feature of Ancient or Classical life on Earth, so why would it be in Glorantha either? I suspect the idea of chaperones, matchmakers, and arranged marriages, with a bit of awkward conversation under the hawkish gaze of a black clad grim faced widowed aunt is far more likely. The whole Romeo soliloquy beneath the balcony, and subsequent climb and "seduction" would be considered a chaotic act in Yelmish society. The birth of a bastard child will lead to ogres.
  2. Solar pantheon grabs me as having a lot of arranged marriages rather than ideas of Fine Amor. Much more Apollonian rather than Dionysian. I daresay that the culture of Yelm would likely regard Fine Amor as scandalous and provocative, and providing far too much space for female misbehavior.
  3. It might be worth having a peek at the current edition of Warhammer Fantasy RPG. The present WFRPG system has interesting mechanics that definitely reward higher skill quite neatly.
  4. I choose not to play HQ. Trollkin will fight more effectively if they use the benefits of a create shadow rune spell.
  5. Agreed. This is how RQ3 handled it. I would also draw people's attention to page 167 of RQ:RiG, and "training riding animals", wherein it says that if you have a riding skill of 50%+ you can train an animal to rideable status, but only a master of Ride (90%+) can train mounts to cavalry or warbeast status. I would suggest that skills like Animal Lore, and Beast Speech could be used in a similar way for training hunting animals. The notion being that you can train dogs and shadow cats to co-ordinate in hunts relatively easily, but you need to be a master in those skills to train them to figh
  6. Argan Argar is not primarily a war deity. Argan Argar is a troll deity of mediation between the trolls and the surface folk. His "mercenaries" are swarms of spear armed trollkin, and they are just fine at what they do i.e. be cheap disposable arrow fodder. There is more than one way to hunt. Yinkin is not primarily a god of hunting, but of shadowcats, while Odayla is a god of bears. You don't necessarily need a ranged weapon to hunt as animals in the wild amply prove. It is perfectly possible to hunt by scent or ambush or pursuit. For example the classic trick of using beater to
  7. That would be a terrible mistake imo. Elmal is a separate deity in every way that matters, as it represents a completely separate tradition, tied to the Storm Pantheon not the Solar Pantheon. To disallow the overlap of these different traditions is to ignore something at the core of what deities are in Glorantha. For example, we know that Yelmalio loses his fire on the Hill of Gold to Zorak Zoran, but if a Yelmalio Sun Lord defeats their troll adversary during their hero quest on that hill, they gain fire powers. Well... None of this story is part of Elmal's story. Elmal guarded Orlanth's
  8. I would make it your classic urban versus rural culture clash. I mean, Elmali still have their fire rune and so can use fireblade and firearrow, but they don't have the Chaotic Severed Head magic of the Yelmalios.
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    As the Inuit invented them, perhaps we should use their name for them? That is the long standing convention in English.
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    Scrabble is huge with the Inuit population.
  11. I don't think option 3 is correct given how the canon lines up.
  12. It is based on an old Italian siege bread made with soda. For obvious reasons, siege cuisine is often a bit of an acquired taste, but often serves as a way to experience unusual new foods.
  13. I am more than happy to help out if you want campaign input.  I don't know how big your factions are likely to be i.e. whether they are just clan-sized or tribe or nation sized.

    I'd be happy to fill any role.

    (1) I would like to play an Issaries oriented clan like say the Konthasos "Wine Clan" who dominate in the city/town of Clearwine and are members of the Colymar.

    (2) It might be fun to play the Lismelder Tribe.

    (3) I would really like to be running the Tarsh Exiles/Earthshaker temple.


  14. I would save that for when someone begins the inevitable Griffin Grapple/Plummet routine. Summon an air elemental too soon and the Griffins will likely claw it apart. Edit: Yanioth: "Griffins? I don't remember any Griffins up there Vasana." Vostor: "Yes, Yanioth was singing and smiling the whole way up."
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    Eskimo snow goggles are called "iggaak", or "inuktitut". A pity they aren't in the dictionary, as you can't use those words in Scrabble.
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    He mixes a mean mojito too.
  17. I am pretty sure that Yelm makes a troll's eyes water. Trolls share a man rune, and all the emotions that the man rune gets imo. They are alien enough in other ways.
  18. Wow. This cover is a TPK in the making. None of the party has a climb skill over Base (40%) + Agility bonus. As the griffins close in Yanioth has a grin on her face as she is unencumbered and isn't engaged in a fight against griffins on a mountain ledge. "Climb a mountain, she says... Easy ticks she says..." - Vishi Dunn's player.
  19. Why stop there? If everyone is dead, there is peace and equality for all. Zombies have no peer pressure. - Quote from Gark the Calm.
  20. Everyone knows that death can bring life, but the illuminates will try to persuade you that death and life are the same thing... Then kill you.
  21. In short, yes. Arkat mainly kept the info to himself. The God Learners later found Arkat's notes in an otherwise innocuous text with a misleading cover they had imported accidentally from a Stygian Empire deceased estate library sale (if memory serves me correctly).
  22. Far and away the best source I can find is "Under the Red Moon" for HQ. It names the White Moon "Zaytenera", and lists 14 sub-denominations of White Moon organizations that follow different interpretations of the prophecy. Most of the organizations have weird sexual hangups, either preaching a single gender, or chastity, or orgies, or nudism. Two organizations stand out for their violence, the Mob of Truth (think Paris Mob), the Pale Flame (arsonists), and the Prescient Army (who await the day when they will rise up for their goddess Erema). This seems in many ways to be like the many fac
  23. The God Learner Secret is the RuneQuest Sight, which allows the 4th wall of roleplaying to be breached. It is literally access to the RQ Rule Book so you can munchkin the crap out of it. Case closed. Did Arkat do it first? Yes.
  24. Well... This is not quite what I expected to find when I came to this Forum Topic. I was under the misapprehension that it would relate to issues of real world info translating into Glorantha, and when mythology should over-rule RL info. Instead I get people getting harassed for religious beliefs they don't even adhere to by religious fanatics. This is actually pretty bad. Perhaps someone needs to educate people about what the 4th Amendment of the US Bill of Rights says?
  25. Yeah, ZZ stole fire powers from Yelmalio though, not Yelm. Bijiif is the ashes of dead Yelm, not dead Yelmalio. Everyone knows Yelmalio never died, he just joined Chaos and became either Krjalk or Tien/Thanatar (jk).
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