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  1. Akhôrahil

    Orlanth the Abuser

    The thing about Orlanth is that unlike most of his brothers, he's not awful all the time (only some of it).
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    Clanking City Paradox

    Has anyone drawn Orlanth vs. Zistor? Thunder God wrestling a magical Mecha ought to look pretty great...
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    Orlanth the Abuser

    Also, you get the impression in these myths that Ernalda knows exactly what she's doing. She's way smarter than her husband, after all. The world is a crummy place for women, but Ernalda knows how to navigate it.
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    About slavery

    Also, a slave's magic is likely to become pretty crappy without access to proper shrines and worship, one would imagine. And further, the Orlanthi are unusual in the amount of magic a regular joe has access to. Many cultures leave higher-level magic to the professionals. Specialist cults would also have enslavement magic (perhaps most common in Fonrit).
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    Kinship and Exogamy in Sartar

    Once, it was stated that all sex within the clan counted as incestuous, but that seemed pretty danged unlikely to me, and I believe it's been rolled back to just the marriage part (and with merely sex within the bloodline or with other immediate kin counting as incest). So it probably makes more sense to have this ogre seduction come in the form of pre-marital sex or adultery (the latter highly frowned upon, of course, but kept secret for obvious reasons). The chaotic taint of adultery might even help to father more ogres.
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    Elmal Yelmalio thing

    I'm sure the God Learners would have proven that most of those were the same god. Then switched two of the remaining ones for shit and giggles.
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    How to translate God Learner?

    It's cognate with "lore" and "learn". Etymology Online: lore (n.) Old English lar "learning, what is taught, knowledge, science, doctrine; art or act of teaching," from Proto-Germanic *laisti- (compare Old Saxon lera, Old Frisian lare, Middle Dutch lere, Dutch leer, Old High German lera, German Lehre "teaching, precept, doctrine"), from PIE root *lois- "furrow, track;" compare learn.
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    How to translate God Learner?

    For a Swedish translation, I would use "Gudalärd", which would essentially back-translate into something like "Gods-Learned", "person knowing a lot about gods". I imagine German would support something like this.
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    Wiki Rework?

    I think the wiki is really useful for looking up a particular place or person or object, and being directed to the source. It's not very useful as a stand-alone source of detailed information. That's just how it is.
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    Conan came to Glorantha and rode a bison.

    "The Four Winds" say Pentan storm worship to me.
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    Any good chaos heroquests out there?

    I love the Hellwood Hill of Gold version where at the end, Yelmalio turns Krjalki. 🙂 http://www.soltakss.com/hog1d.html
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    On illumination and real world enlightenment

    It's also canon that the Red Emperor's excessive, decadent parties can be sufficient to cause Illumination. "Many came to the Party and most left as burnt out husks, shattered by the delights of spirit and flesh that were designed for the enjoyment of a demi-god and his kin. Yet for every dozen who used themselves up in this way, there emerged one who saw the world with new eyes. The extremity of the acts they’d partaken of had shocked their souls into an appreciation of the Goddess’ message and their own oneness with the Cosmos. They had become enlightened, illuminated, Seventhed by the power of their bodily experience." http://www.glorantha.com/docs/does-the-emperor-party-or-not/ Or as Blake had it, "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." My issue isn't about austerities or not, it's that Illumination seems to require a mystical, holistic experience of oneness with the cosmos, a disintegration of the Self – which isn't at all what God Learnerism is about as far as I can tell. I don't think God Learners saw themselves as one with the Cosmos - rather, they had a super impressive set of tools to poke and slice the Cosmos with.
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    On illumination and real world enlightenment

    Is it canonical that God Learnerism is a form of illumination? If anything, it strikes me as the opposite of illumination. Illumination is the perception of the unity of existence, the simultaneous acceptance of opposites, a kind of holism if you like. God Learnerism, meanwhile, is one of the closest things we come to science in Glorantha. It's analytical and comes to its conclusions by means of understanding the components of stuff. It works by logic and reduction. If anything, I would expect God Learners to be less illuminated than the average man on the street.
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    On illumination and real world enlightenment

    Sheng Seleris went into a Lunar hell, for one. :-) Arkat built his own Otherside. I don't know what Argrath did, but I'm sure it was monomaniacal and fucked up.
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    A sense of scale

    The scale really does bring up some counter-intuitive things, though. At least to me, the Lunar Empire feels as as though it should be comparable to, say, the Persian or even the Roman empire. But going by the scale, it's about the size of, what, France (maybe a bit bigger)? Sure, it can still have the same relative power, as everything is smaller, but it still feels... kinda smallish.