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  1. Akhôrahil

    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.
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    A sense of scale

    Sure, but you didn't have a China, an India and an entire Steppes empire in the same space as well. Going by this map again, Kralorela is about California's size?
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    A sense of scale

    I've always thought it seriously weird how small Genertela is. It feels as though it should be the size of the Eurasian land mass, supporting large swathes of different lands, room for a semi-Mongol steppes empire, an ersatz-China, and so on, while in fact it's only about the size of the continental U.S.
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    A Uz/Kitori lullaby I wrote

    An actual and common Swedish lullaby, "Mother Troll's Lullaby": If we assume that they're regular troll children, eleven is a remarkable number for any Uz mother.
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    Elmal Yelmalio thing

    It's probably just a matter of perspective, but I think the Hill of Gold is a pretty strong myth - not for pure war power, of course, but the point of it is survival and maintenance of purity, which isn't to be scoffed at either. I think it's safe to say that this is part of the way the cult keeps bouncing back from seeming extinction. I agree that Yelmalio has a deeper tradition and 'theology', as well as being more fundamentally ingrained in its own society.
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    Casualty rate in Gloranthan battles?

    Sufficiently large Sunspears - such as at Pennel Ford - could also count.
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    Elmal Yelmalio thing

    Does either have a stronger myth cycle, something that should also be relevant? The defining myths are surely Elmal Guards the Stead and The Hill of Gold, respectively. It would make sense that Yelmalio has stronger myth support, but I'm not sure. Both are really good at not getting killed. The Yelmalio cult comes and goes like no other, but I'm not sure whether that's a sign of strength or weakness. Most likely, neither and both – it gets knocked down, but it gets up again.
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    [HeroQuest 1E] Flesh Man Common Religion?

    But flowery speech!
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    [HeroQuest 1E] Flesh Man Common Religion?

    And the Plant rune, where you just stand about in the sunlight?