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Everything posted by jeffjerwin

  1. 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?
  2. Blood for the Blood God! (sorry, not sorry) Alkoth?
  3. Cybele (as imported into Gaul by the Romans) is an interesting one. She has been argued - by Pamela Berger in The Goddess Obscured - to have been a major figure in the development of the Virgin cult in Christian Gaul. Her one of her largest sanctuaries in the West was in Lyons.
  4. Thank you all for this discussion. Errr... what about the gap in initiation rates? It seems as if the Sartari at least initiated virtually everyone, where (to my, perhaps out of date) knowledge the average Imperial citizen was not privy to the inner secrets of their cults. Has that shifted? Would a(n average) Dara Happan think of the events outside Tarsh as "the ongoing disorders/rebellion in the south" or actually know more? (I.e., how does Imperial propaganda operate?) My gut feeling up to this point is that the ongoing tendency for stasis among the DH gives me the sense that a non-officer-level, non-academic member of the Heartland cities is going to spend very little time thinking about what happens down there; in a sense, it is almost the function of the Orlanthi to rebel. From this I'm also getting the sense that the Windstop (note, I think the similarity to Sunstop in nomenclature, though it's far smaller) is what happens when Dara Happan magicians get put in charge of pacification programs in the Empire - they restore things to Divine Order, damn the consequences. At some point the notion of substituting Tarumath or Douburdan (this is hypothetical on my part) must have either been abandoned or failed, leaving only Molanni, the still spot in the heart of Orlanth... ---- The impression I get of Celtic Britain from studying it extensively is that it did have an interconnected priesthood, which while not providing political cohesion, encouraged mythic and artistic patterns. I also get the sense that the same facts prevailed in pre-Roman Greece, but as in Britain, localization of divinities and stubbornly maintained contradictions all played a role in the spiritual autonomy of the poleis. I see the tribes of Sartar and the Hendriki in the same way. However the Roman way was the intepretatio Graeca, that is, the enclosing of religious difference into the roman pantheon - it was the Jewish resistance to this simple fact of Imperial life that led to so much trouble. The Britons show no sign of caring, of course, though Celtic gods have a very wide range of identifications, so that in a sense the Roman god has been subsumed into the Celtic rather than the other way around; Sulis Minerva is far more Sulis than Minerva... That said, Caesar and other authors make clear that they are offended and opposed to the forms of human sacrifice and cultic organization that the Britons had. The official policy of extirpating the Druids and their sanctuaries (as a source of competing authority) does resemble the whole policy of cutting off Orlanth's priesthood from the people. I suppose that to the Lunar Heartlanders this is also a moral issue, since Orlanth is Rebellus Terminus... was it not the Nysalorean Bright Empire that first made this connection? The prototypes in Orlanthi culture differentiated between Elmal and the Bad Emperor (who appears to be Light/Fire in general?) so far as I can tell, though the moral and remarkable corrective power of the Lightbringers/Lifebringers Quest is deeply strengthened by making it a "sun-returning" myth. There is probably some balance, as well, in the corrective of the "smallness" of the (Lunar) Empire, though its still immense in Bronze Age terms. The Babylonian empire is a close parallel..., as might be "A Sense of Scale" notes that it's about 430 miles from Glamour to Furthest; however... it's a further 180 miles from Furthest to Whitewall. Rounding to 1000 km/650 miles we find the distance is akin to that between Babylon and Jerusalem, or between Rome and Byzantium, Rome and Jutland (a similar geography), or between Byzantium and Persia; my best analogy, however, would be Qin China. In the Chinese Empire, the barbarian frontier is of course not a major matter to non-governing people living their lives in Shandong.There are differences and ignorances as vast as between the Qin and the Xiongnu as between Rome and Britain, and between Glamour and Whitewall. Though we discuss the Lunar elite as indeed theistic and dominated by pre-Lunar religion, the tendency of Dara Happa and the Empire to exemplify Law and Enlightenment speaks to a similar type of superiority as between Romanitas and the barbarians.
  5. Theory on Dragonewt Weirdness

    I promise, we'll keep guessing, however... This keeps any of our outlandish ideas from being "corrected" too, which is a net bonus.
  6. True. It's just fairly accurate for the Britons to be called pagani by Romans, of any age. The use of "pagan" to mean generic polytheists is of course a specifically Christian tendency, but reflects the Romano-centric notion that weirdos in the sticks are the kind of people who worship that way. As a polytheist myself I tend to be frustrated with how people use "pagan" as a synonym for "New Ager" or reconstructionist... (I forgot the sarcasm tag for my other comment and apologize. We are all odd barbarians today.) Anyway... I do think the prevailing theme of a civilized power against a conservative, magic-obsessed people from a obscure part of the Empire does sound like Dragon Pass in a nutshell. The impression I get is that a fair bit of the early Hero Wars goes practically unnoticed in the Heartlands.
  7. Technically, "pagan" means rustics. It was applied to the holdouts against Christianity by the victorious Church... from a viewpoint of urban supremacy. The Romans were never pagans in the sense of "hicks with a backwards religion". We should be referring to the Britons (as we do now): as "barbarian savages", of course.
  8. And the first one has a Donovan song. I think it's supposed to be meta and humorous.
  9. Aldryami vs uz

    On a more serious note, do Aldryami have the problems with sexual/patriarchal violence that define her mission among humans? It seems like she would operate entirely differently. Moral "Wrongness" from an Earth perspective within the forest ecosystem would - I think - be more likely to be disease, chaos, invasive species (including humans and trolls), or other disruptions. Hunting down dryad molesters alone seems awfully limited.
  10. I painted these for my daughter and I for our game. The girl in the rainbow dress is Kora, wearing Sacred Time robes for her role as Voria; the alynx is "Fluffy" - not my first choice of name, an intelligent member of the clan thanes; and the fierce looking redhead is her father, Rolan, chief of the Gavrenings. Anyone else got some little guys or gals they want to show off?
  11. Aldryami vs uz

    Is there an Elven god of flower arranging?
  12. 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.
  13. Oh yeah! There's a puzzle canal in both (I have played Morrowind), for one...
  14. 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.
  15. I want this. The Arkham and Lovecraft Country maps in the 7e edition might make nice posters as well...
  16. "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.
  17. "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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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...
  21. Aldryami passions

    Love Sunlight
  22. 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.
  23. Hearts in Glorantha 6 is now available

    Can it be ordered in the States?
  24. 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.