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About Tcneseleis

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  1. Zorak Zoran and Xiola Umbar are well-known Darkness deities who have no inherent Fire/Sky relationship. It also seems that Styx, who is not quite Water yet, but nearly so, has a distant connection with Annilla, and might be closer to Sky deities.
  2. It is not Harmony or either of the Power runes because any of the pairs of opposites can be replaced by its opposite. Harmony must be maintained and can be removed. Infinity is too neutral. It has little effect on the mundane realms of finiteness.
  3. I see this is in the Guide to Glorantha, so I am catching up. A lot of details which belonged to Middle Age terminology have been changed.
  4. Segregation does not only take place in schools. Malkioni towns have a market place where people from different castes meet. The Talars must manage the relations between them, even if the castes have more freedom to organize themselves and do their business as they see fit. If a Zzaburi is suspected of a crime, the Talars may order them taken into custody, but should not a Zzaburi be tried only by another Zzaburi?
  5. So, are some of the Zzaburi lawyers or spiritual advisers? (not the equivalent of Christian clerics) I don't think it is right to call them philosophers in the same sense as the Ancient Greeks had philosophy schools, because they were not so widespread. And I doubt the Malkioni have schools, other than for Zzaburi. Yes, I doubt they rigidly follow such rules, but have a lot of divine advice and recommendations.
  6. I think all Malkioni have the notions of sin we are familiar with. The Rokari probably do not have so many food strictures as the Brithini, except possibly eating fish on Freezedays (because freeze preserves fish?). Since tapping is allowed, tapping animals before eating them must be frequently done.
  7. It's what I think about the Mostali. Some individuality, but not much in the way of it. They may not even bother telling themselves apart. It contrasts with the dreariness and bleakness which Brithini lands are well-known for. I think the degree they indulge in pleasure is relatively small, but they certainly do. They may also have games and other activities on special days.
  8. The social models, role models, systems of organizations, have little changed. How Yelm was understood by the Emperor and great magicians (rather than heroes) resulted in the foundation of shrines and priesthoods. Others were given up. They are not Dara Happan nobles but they obey the Solar order, which was not suppressed by the Red Goddess. Their heresies did not survive the destruction they caused of the old Dara Happan Empire. But the Yelmites could also have all converted to carmanism. It describes the Empire quite well, although it no longer works exactly the same. It challenges the Orlanthi point of view that it is stagnant, but they do not tend to form stable governments with strong central power.
  9. I was in fact serious because Dara Happa is based on Yelm's cult who is a very important deity, who "makes" the Rich Land (and many or all other lands). It is essential to the conservatism of Solar cultures that Yelm is extremely reliable.
  10. The changing forms of rule reflect temporal failures of the aristocratic Solar religion to stand up to external conditions. Although pretensions to empire are vainglorious under the Lunar Empire, the language and cults of old Dara Happa have endured perhaps because they dominate by divine order most of the population and land powers. Catastrophic events may disturb the stars and Yelm's mundane states may be shaken (I think this is true of other Sun-worshipping cultures too), but the general order is mostly stable. Empire as such is always Yelmic at the root.
  11. It sounds really good. Impressive. I agree some names should not appear here for those lineages certainly did not stay in Dara Happa proper, unless they have intermarried among nobles in the more recent and peaceful centuries too.
  12. I didn't remember... "Miscellaenous Observations on Odd Runes" mentions the god Khor. I think divine names can be used as prefixes too. There is one named Elmatryan. And Bisoshan, referring to Bisos the Bull god from Carmania.
  13. Couldn't Dara Happan and Pelorian languages form names based on divine names such as Lodrilius, Dendarius or Yelmia, with the divine names expanded by a suffix?
  14. Then maybe Dara Happan uses case-endings that can be dropped in some words and in other similar languages. I'm not really a language expert.
  15. Concerning Temples of Uleria dedicated to prostitution, I think most cities in Glorantha, including the smallest ones such as New Pavis, have at least a whore's street. Temples are independent, or form some sort of guild, and must sponsored by nobles.