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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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  1. jeffjerwin

    A new Torkani Canpaign

    Also there's a picture and information on a Kitori Shadowlord in the Sartar Companion, in I think the chapter on Argan Argar. The Torkani probably settled in Dragon Pass originally with the full support of their Kitori relations, unlike the 'pure' Heortlings. I think the Torkani would also have old grudges against the tribes that drove them from Caroman Pass.
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    A new Torkani Canpaign

    The Torkani live near some sacred areas belonging to Asrelia. You could adapt Asrelian heroquests like the Vanak Spear... There's also significant overlap into the Maboder lands now taken over by the Telmori and the Wulflanders - for which the Coming Storm campaign is pretty in depth. A great deal of info on the Alone region is in Zin Letters #3 (plus a lovely map) and of course at https://myth-o-logic.org/glorantha/. Kyger Litor is probably worshipped as Deloradella by the Torkani, like among their Kitori ancestors. In fact, there's possibly a masked cult among the Torkani mirroring the Shadowlords. There's always the old trading caravan to Crabtown adventure, to start things off.
  3. jeffjerwin

    Libraries & Records

    Also another reason why Yinkin is a friendly cult to Lhankor Mhy. Rats love vellum (and cockroaches paper).
  4. jeffjerwin

    Heortland: Tribes, Clans and Maps?

    You may find my old thread useful:
  5. jeffjerwin

    Blue Moon Stuff

    That might make sense, but may be unnecessary. Note the overlap between Entekos, 'mother of moons' and Dendara in the Entekosiad... and the fact that Verithurusa, the white moon, is right there as Tolat's sister in the Sourcebook. Verithurusa is transformed or reincarnated as the Blue Moon when she is trapped in the Underworld and gives birth. (White Moon = childhood; Red Moon = adolescent/young woman; Blue Moon = mother; Black Moon = crone).
  6. jeffjerwin

    Regimental Information

    Truth and Mastery? He usurped power in Pelanda and took slaves.
  7. jeffjerwin

    The Many and the One, or has there always been a Yelm?

    Beren and Redalda are mortals. Their story becomes stories about the gods, that is Elmal and Reydalda. The mortal world casts a shadow on the divine. Hence the Emperors and kings of Dara Happan cities and states and the Rider and Wheel chieftains are not merely representing their god (whichever Sun it is) but actively altering and influencing the god in whose name they rule... Every city and every culture has its own Sun, which is in part a representation of what they think is an ideal ruler or Earth-consort. Making 'Yelm' in the First Age in a sense created the synthetic history of pre-Dawn Dara Happa. But these emperors and hence the Suns they were were not really ruling a unified realm. It only appears that way because of the triumph of Raibanth and the rewriting of myth.
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    MoN: Fictive Nairobi?

    A more historical Nairobi is extensively described in the MoN Companion, as well as the details on how the game city differs. However, I suspect the original reason was that the authors of that section had only sparse information on the city as it was in the 1920s and 'winged it'. It's hard to describe how much more difficult such research was without the internet.
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    The Many and the One, or has there always been a Yelm?

    Entekosiad is pretty much about the struggle of archaic Earth matriarchy and communities versus Solar patriarchy and violence. But the sense one gets from it is that there were suns and moons and night and day before the advent of Brightface the Emperor - as Joerg says. Not every little sun is the child of Yelm or Aether, and there has always been a Sun Daughter, who may have once been the Moon-White Sun, and the death and regeneration of the Sun is a process of ritual sacrifice and death and birth. Every day the sun dies in the embrace of the West and is birthed in the East. It is hubris (or a lie) for the Sun to shirk death, and hubris to claim he (or she) has no mother. The Yelm which does not move cannot lovingly die in the ritual bath of the Western Ocean, and cannot be born. The trouble with Gbaji is that obscures such things. This is despite the fact that Rashoran[a] is also an aspect of the cyclical White Moon-Sun, the god/dess of being Yes and No. Illusion is more truthful than Law, and here Antirius' justice, of having 'codes' and 'laws' breaks down. The Entekosiad makes clear that decisions were temporary, judgments are contextual, and everyone gets a say in the wide circle. Yet Antirius is born out of the weaving woman, or out of the part of the ancient goddess that is Dendara, or Entekos, the Mother of Moons. There is a constant return: the boy is given authority to fight and aid the women, but he refuses to relinquish it. He fights his brothers for it, claims he was king all along. The crown of the Red City, of the incestuous tyrant, is part of the panoply of the Emperor. He rises up and seizes his mother and his sister, and calls them wives. Every night the moon rose and refuted the Sun. She is older and eclipses Him. So she was torn apart. Here she is again. One of her suns, Sons, Antirius, is bound in the Emperor; another Kargzant, is the Sun of the Morning. Yelm pretends she is not there. Of course it is he who is not there. Being Rashorana, she can see through him, there is no dazzling the Mother/Sister. With the Compromise, of course, the Cycle seems abeyant. But this is temporary. There are always new Gods, who step into the names and stories and shadows of older ones. The warrior beats his mother. Death comes for the Emperor. We may not be able to be spirits again for good, but we can be for a little while. The thing about spirits, and sons, and mothers, is that there are always many of them, and there being only one of anything is pretty silly and unsustainable. The Red King has a substantial human component, as do the ordinary women who are what they later called Gods. The word god doesn't come up in the Entekosiad. There are other, more specific, and more general terms. There has long been a loophole in the Compromise that made ancestors Gods. The divine lords of Dara Happa are earthly because their souls are made of people. 'Now he is with the Sun' is close to 'Now he is the Sun'. One of the secrets of Orlanth is that he is in every breath. One of the secrets of Yelm is that he is light. They used to be Breath and Light and that was sufficient. Glorantha is a world where myths are real. But it is also a world where they are simply stories. N.B. I think Six Ages illustrates this rather well.
  10. jeffjerwin

    Sartarite Greetings

    A loud shout would seem to be religiously appropriate. Orlanthi are boisterous. Edit: for an amusing problem to experience when sneaking around, one could run into a kinsman or friend. "Jarolar!!!! I thought you were on the run!"
  11. jeffjerwin

    Ernalda to Vinga

    Nandan is the god of women's work for Nandans (women with a male appearance). This includes cooking, hearth-keeping, childcare, woman-only earth rituals, weaving, and so forth. (Weirdly, brewing seems to be a male activity, though brew-wifes are what I think of). This is entirely separate from homosexuality, note. A Nandan can marry a man, or be the consort of a woman. The important distinction is that a Nandan will have an Earth rune, not an Air rune, as their primary elemental rune. Vingans have an Air rune if they are 'confirmed Vingans' is always how I saw it. It's my contention that Geo was a Nandan, and that the 'Bouncer' is the spirit of a Nandan Babeester Gor hero. However... you can certainly do gendered work that doesn't belong to your apparent gender. But if you are drawn to it and enjoy it because of your runes and your disposition - you will be categorised as Nandan, Vingan, or Heler (the latter when everyone is confused about your mix of interests).
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    Sureela the Far Traveled

    'She Who Waits' was equated with Ernalda by the Hon-eel tradition in Tarsh, if I'm remembering correctly.
  13. This makes sense to me. This is what Greg wrote in The Middle Sea Empire, p.42: "They used the Abiding Book as a source, a “cosmic grimoire,” and cast great magic that did bad things. They did not know it but the entity that had led them there was Gbaji, the Deceiver. It led many, including some of the greatest and most powerful people among them, to do evil and to worship Malkioneran, revealed later to be the Devil."
  14. jeffjerwin

    Why are Pelorians so (comparatively) culturally diverse?

    However there are major similarities between Vedic religion and Old Irish, at least for two people so distant.
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    Esrolian Assassin

    Or simply an Esrolian worshipper of Orlanth Adventurous, who is also a thief god (particularly in Nochet)... Also Yinkin can be a thief god.
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