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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. Aldryami vs uz

    Is there an Elven god of flower arranging?
  2. How do you create NPC's

    You can also borrow them from here: http://skoll.xyz/mythras_eg/ I usually start with a picture (the internet is your friend and backstory - sometimes on the fly) and fit the stats to match.
  3. Oh yeah! There's a puzzle canal in both (I have played Morrowind), for one...
  4. I never played Skyrim, so there you go. The solstice preview shows runes tattooed on a druid's skull: And "we will not defeat these people by fighting their warriors; we will defeat them by fighting their gods..." followed by the line that follows. I'm a Celt myself so this is all very self-indulgent of course.
  5. I'd like this to be as good as it looks... The Solstice preview might even be more on point. Anyone else planning on watching?
  6. I want this. The Arkham and Lovecraft Country maps in the 7e edition might make nice posters as well...
  7. "The Trial of the Queen of Quavers"

    Indeed. 17th-18th century satire has a lovely way with names - viz. Ben Jonson, though Dickens attempted to follow in that fine tradition.
  8. "The Trial of the Queen of Quavers"

    A strange and perhaps lewd satire from 1777, regarding a witchcraft trial in the "Lunar Empire"... https://books.google.com/books?id=2AVXAAAAcAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false (The real world subject was the castrati and their vogue in Opera). Still... I vaguely recall that castration was practiced in our Lunar Empire. Is it found elsewhere?
  9. The Underwater Grotto Restaurant: what's on the menu?

    Seaweed is eaten by many cultures around the real world, and comes in many varieties. Or... you can always go with the Krusty Krabb.
  10. The Aces & Eight supplement Judas Crossing is simply amazing. It's an incredibly detailed Western town and could make an excellent basis for a campaign (just add a Great Old One...) http://www.kenzerco.com/product_info.php?products_id=683
  11. Kingdom of War

    I noticed this: http://www.glorantha.com/docs/kow/ It implies that the difference between 2nd and 3rd Age maps of Fronela (people may notice that Fronela changes shape when RQ2 changed to RQ3) is because the KoW was wedged in there. Is this still canon? It appears that the Third Age appearance of Fronela was retroactively applied to historical maps in the GoG...
  12. Aldryami passions

    Love Sunlight
  13. Gloranthan Dance/Ritual

    Interesting the first formal ballet, that of the Ballet Comique de la Reine https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballet_Comique_de_la_Reine (1581) was conceived for Catherine de Medicis as an act of ritual magic, invoking the sorceress Circe and her powers in an attempt to end the French Wars of Religion/Civil War. The occult/hermetic strain in Henri III and his mother's regime was also fertile ground for the then Paris-dwelling Giordano Bruno, among others attracted to the "Art of Memory" and systems of geometric movement, music, and mathematics... Hence ballet is one of the real world things that could conceivably reflect a Lunar theistic/sorcerous ritual magic, akin to the dancing magic army of the Great Sister.
  14. Hearts in Glorantha 6 is now available

    Can it be ordered in the States?
  15. The Eleven Lights artwork

    Very much yes. Elizabeth Wayland Barber suggests (in books I'm seemingly always also recommending, The Dancing Goddesses and Women's Work, as Jan mentions above) suggests that string and rope skirts were a pre-historic fertility dress developed as ritual wear for dancing, and that weaving developed as a technology as women developed more elaborate variations on the skirt, which seems to be a universal among Indo-Europeans (and people of North Africa and the Fertile Crescent as well). She writes (in the latter book), p.59: "In no case do the string skirts — whether Palaeolithic, Neolithic, or Bronze Age — provide for either warmth or modesty. In all cases they are worn by women. To solve the mystery of why they were maintained for so long, I think we must follow our eyes. Not only do the skirts hide nothing of importance, but if anything, they attract the eye to the precisely female sexual areas by framing them, presenting them, playing peekaboo with them..." The dancing exaggerates and confirms this pattern, of course. The Dancing Goddesses also discusses the excessively long sleeves of Balkan and Slavic ritual women's wear as an approximation of geese or swan wings; compare the Swan maidens and similar figures in folklore, as well as the Vely among the South Slavs... I'd suggest that this reflects a primeval knowledge, in a Gloranthan context, of the Green Age, before most humans lost their feathers and beaks.
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