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    Once upon a time wrote for Enclosure #2. Semi-professional game writer for Paizo and a few other companies. Copyeditor for Goodman Games. Started gaming with my dad in the early 80s.
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    Single father, librarian, Elizabethan historian

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  1. I second Hazia activities. This is an excellent hook.
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    Reversed runes

    The left-handed/reversed Air rune appears in Dragon Pass/WBRB. Maybe that's significant? After all, it's where the spirits for Argrath's warlock societies go... Wait: I may have them inverted. Certainly the Air Rune, however, appears inverted on some counters versus the map. I think the left handedness of the other direction is probably significant, however.
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    Who are the Tamali

    Well, they are delicious anyway.
  4. It's next to the Fish market and seems to be among the most ancient parts of the city, curiously enough. Probably a Water-cult affiliated slum, I think... Edit: the Maps in Esrolia, the GS book, are schematic, but suggest there was building there continuously from the period following the Green Age. The choice of site was perhaps based on some innate power in the landscape there but perhaps the original village was not under the protection of a House, being in a sense, older than the Houses, with its own peculiar fishy customs... (I'm not an expert on Esrolia, so maybe I'm way off the mark).
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    The Earth Twins

    Babeester and her sister Voria? They are opposites/a pair and both born from the Dead Earth/Ernalda, without an (acknowledged) father. Edit: I think Voria has a much more important ritual role for the Earth cult than she appears to among the Heortlings, where she's the virgin goddess of spring. She is also resurrection, rebirth, dawn (Theya is born at the same moment as she) and hope. Paired with fury, sacrifice, and madness I think you have the mystery cult of the rejuvenating world.
  6. There's quite a few associations between the House of Sartar and Nochet - Arkilia, for one. And several members of the House were murdered there, obviously having taken refuge among the multitudes... There may even be descendants of Marlesta somewhere, among the Nochet demimonde. You may wish to consider if any betrayed the Sartar princelings described in the "Crimes of Assassination" there. It wouldn't surprise me if Sartar spent time there before venturing north into Quiviniland (he was kind of a cosmopolite and a wanderer). Maybe he has relations there (though his clan seems to be from near the Stone Woods). So I suspect this goes back to the beginning of the kingdom.
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    A sense of scale

    California is plenty big... I think it's important to realize that before the size of our Earth was known - i.e., the later Iron Age, most geographers believed the world to be a to smaller than it is. Glorantha reflects ideas about the universe similar to those of Cosmas Indicopleustes (though he should have known better, and was an outler in his time, I think he based his notions on pre-scientific tradition: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmas_Indicopleustes). Cosmas saw the world as a cube. The inhabitable part of the world in his map consisted of Europe, Africa north of the Gulf of Guinea, and Asia as far east as India. Thus his world map is rather approximately on the same scale as Glorantha as a whole, and his notions - shared with more orthodox geographers like Ptolemy - of the size of Europe shows a continent the same size as North America, or even smaller.
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    Six husband-protectors of Ernalda

    Yes, that's true... extrapolating from King of Dragon Pass, a bit, where in the 14th century we find a correlation of the Bad Emperor with the Sun, though Elmal remains the Sun God. Harono I think has been noted above. He's the Sun God in Esrolia, who was displaced by Kodig/Orlanth; it is Ernalda that returned him to the sky at the end of the Great Darkness. I believe that this name is related to Halamalao, Yelmalio among the Elves. R is interchangeable many languages with L, hence the Esrolian Yelmalio might have been *Haranaleo. My reconstruction of the proto-Esrolian (pre-Vingkotling) myth of the return of the Sun: *Haranaleo probably was birthed by Ernalda from her dead husband's seed to bring light back (Hell, as the trolls know, is also a womb). He became the lover of Esrolia, her daughter (nothing like incest between the gods, after all). Despite his parentage, Vingkot-Orlanth (*Wingak) or his mortal representative accepted him as his son and thane, because this was part of the marriage bargain (if the wife is pregnant at the marriage). This may well be what Aldryami still believe. After all, sun, earth, water, and wind are all necessary for plants to be birthed and prosper. [Heler no doubt also was present in Ernalda's bed at some proper point] I know this doesn't work at all chronologically - but it kinda does if one acknowledges the Vingkotlings and Kodigvari as ultimately a symbolic construct for "common ancestral rulers"; I strongly suspect that Theyalan and Earth Tribe myths have been reconciled and were once further apart. Edit: I should add, Argan Argar is 'cool shade'. Properly "husband-protector" therefore means "the powers that permit the seed to germinate, grow, and produce more seed" - the fertility of the Earth. Every region makes into a husband god the most important local factors to that end. In rice regions, the pooling water god and the sun god are chiefly important. Forest regions may promote the wind-god, as he spreads seeds and pollen. In volcanic regions, the fiery mountain makes rich soil directly.
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    Six husband-protectors of Ernalda

    Recall also that the Bad Emperor is associated with the sky and fire, but is not identified as the Sun by traditionalist Orlanthi. Ernalda was a slave-wife to the Bad Emperor, so even though he wasn't a protector, he was a "husband". Elmal, however, served as husband-protector while Orlanth was exiled and possibly during the Lightbringers' Quest (when he was "dead") though in Esrolia I believe they identify Ernalda as Ginna Jar and the secret leader of the quest. Of course a part of Ernalda was warmed by hearth-Elmal while another part lay in the hall of the dead gods, given that she has many aspects. Or at least I see it that way.
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    Aldryami Zombies

    I'm pretty sure that the only think more appealing than eating an elf for a proper Zorak Zoranite is burning their kin alive by in-rushing elf-zombies on fire through the forest. But any other troll devotee would be rather appalled at the waste (and the fire).
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    17th century Paris

    I have a contract to write something else game related this summer - this was a standby and the project I'm on was a surprise. I will pick this up again when the other project is finished.
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    re-incarnating with others' bodies

    It's slightly off topic, but in South Asian myth, Ila/Ilā, ancestor of the Lunar dynasty, who was the consort of Budha, son of Chandra (the male Moon) was an androgyne, able to father and bear children. In Indo-European myth the sex of the moon god is one of the more noticeably divergent features. Of course, the Sun, where the Moon is male, is often female (as in ancient German myth). However, I suspect that the Gods Wall genders gods according to function within Dara Happan society rather than according to physical sex (or lack/ambiguity thereof).
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    Clans of the Dinacoli

    Whatever it is, it is possibly a Helering clan. The closest settlement is Herongreen. I suggest this also suggests a watery clan.
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    re-incarnating with others' bodies

    He does have sentient undead, however, the Dancers in Darkness, who apparently do worship him. He clearly has adopted the guise on Nontraya and may even be said to be sitting on top of Ernalda and Orlanth's steads (see my research in other threads); an undead avatar of Ernalda is even resident in the swamp on one of the islets as a consort. I think he hero-quested to be Nontraya after his seizure of Ernalda's "not-dead" corpse.
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    re-incarnating with others' bodies

    Well, she does presumably have seven parts. This reminds me of Osiris, who, of course, lost his penis when it was eaten by a crab before Isis could put him back together. Because the Red Goddess is probably made out of seven different parts of seven different Lunar gods, only one has to be male for her to have both genders. The only male one I can think of is Rashoran[a], but perhaps I'm overlooking something.
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