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    First played RQ sometime in grade 7-9 in ... 1980? Streak ended early 1990s.
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    Defender of the monomyth.

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  1. The God Learner

    Uz Language Questions

    That's my view. The troll Pavarotti heroically(!) belting out Nessun Dorma not only makes the breast bones of his enemies rattle and their internal organs feel distinctly wobbly and not nice at all, he is also cheered by his fellow Uz, some perhaps discreetly dabbing the corners of their eyes.
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    Stafford Library - Arcane Lore

    Sketches mainly, as Jeff wrote above. Here is an example reward (The Quest to Maintain Spirit, p. 85): "... If the Humakti defeats his foe, as his prize he must take his victim's Sever Spirit connection with his deity. This is in lieu of any other prize. If the Humakti is beaten, he fails his quest and loses his Maintain Spirit gift. He may attempt the quest again, from the beginning. The hero gains no benefit from this quest until he has conquered all the representatives. At that time, he becomes immune to Sever Spirit." It walks through the Hill of Gold and Lightbringer Quests, though I'm not sure those are the canonical versions (if any exist). I would put Arcane Lore more in the category of 'inspiration' than hard rules and systems.
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    Stafford Library - Arcane Lore

    I found Arcane Lore to be interesting but from what I recall (it was a few years ago) it's basically a jumble of ideas and working notes that are not always consistent, complete or finished. It reads a bit like a failed project to really define heroquesting in Glorantha. While the material seems somewhat familiar from other older presentations and discussions, and extends those, I would expect nothing in it to be canon.
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    Uz Language Questions

    Troll Opera must be popular. And contests, of course; who can sing a Trollkin away in the most amusing manner? I can also envision Troll Battle Choirs, as well as Choir Battles. Not to mention Mistress Race communicating in an, er, whale-like manner. This also suggests, let's see what happens when the Trolls meet the deep Tritons somewhere near Sramak's River. Friends or enemies?
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    RQG Pavis Campaign

    This all seems suspiciously clever-like, but I'll allow it.
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    RQG Pavis Campaign

    A pit ... with a great troll in it.
  7. The God Learner

    List of dead characters

    First of all, it's Call of Cthulhu, so players shouldn't grow too attached to their characters. It actually sounds like a good, memorable death. My favorite character in a moment of foolish curiosity entered a dimensional gate and was immediately, and to his great surprise, snatched up by a winged abomination and carried off, never to be seen again. A bit annoying at the time but I do still remember it. Second, I have tried recording character fates with varying success. I try to keep a binder of dead characters with character sheets, each with a leading 'tomb stone' page. There, I record date of death and its cause, especially if important/heroic (e.g., "killed in ambush by goblins" or "killed in duel by Echermet Dead-Eyes while holding the bridge in Siege of Tanelorn". You can elaborate with an obituary if you like, though in my case it seldom happened. In CoC, you could also now and then hold a service over party members recently lost. It could add a quite gloomy feeling.
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    Sphinxes in Glorantha

    A quick look at Wikipedia shows that there were androsphinxes and gynosphinxes in Egypt, who were temple guardians. Famous examples include the Great Sphinx and the Alabaster Sphinx. Also in the same hieratic roles were criosphinxes (ram headed) and hieracosphinxes (hawk headed). In Greece, there was the gynosphinx Phix, who seems to have been something of a pest. After her riddle was answered, this winged creature in a fit of pique either threw itself off a cliff to its death, or ate itself. Either demise appears somewhat questionable to my eyes, but she did disappear thereafter.
  9. The God Learner

    Vermin!

    What a pity, and what a coincidence. Apart from his movies he also wrote a number of books on Hollywood that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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    Vermin!

    I have heard rumours of Rodents of Unusual Size.
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    Sphinxes in Glorantha

    Without considering any prior work, I'd like to see sphinxes in the Wastelands and that they have some strong association with Genert's Garden. Some should be wounded by Chaos. Some might be mighty pre-Dawn remnants who still stalk the world. As a rule solitary. Illumination due to riddling optional. One surprise could be that they guard the last and secret remnant of the Garden (... achingly green, solemnly still, with a tomb).
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    Lunar Hell -Underworld

    Ho ho ho, an interesting question but certainly not explained in the text (Life of Sedenya).
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    Lunar Hell -Underworld

    So far, I have found the following sequence described in Godtime. Zaytenara - Verithurusa - Lesilla - Demiska - Gerra - Rashorana - Ulurda There are also Natha and Sedenya. There are apparently one white (Zaytenara), two red (Verithurusa, ?), two blue (Lesilla, Rashorana), one invisible (?) and one black moon (?), along with a future white moon. Some of them are tied together in a rather perfunctory manner, like Lesilla and Demiska. After the Dawn, the RG was first incarnated as Sethir, Verener, Morga, Sendaranpola, Urstenus, Davu, Nysalor, and Kerestus. Then, in 1220, as Teelo Estara. Though why reincarnate a god? Further stitchwork, one presumes.
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    Lunar Hell -Underworld

    I had some thoughts about lightbringers as well, but, as described in Life of Sedenya, what the construct Teelo Estara does is really a replay of, and improvement on, the Godtime of the RG. After being rescued by Yanafal Tarnils, the RG is still not finished. (As an aside, it looks like she fails an appalling number of heroquests through her career, actually.) I haven't found the deeper details on the subsequent apotheosis at Castle Blue yet, but they seem to be available in Fortunate Succession and elsewhere. Entirely undescribed, to my knowledge, is how the original myth of the RG was stitched together and planted in the Godtime. I don't really like overusing this one myth, but conceivably there is a Lightbringer Quest with a divine resurrection in there.
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    Lunar Hell -Underworld

    Thanks, I have actually already received a translation by a kind member of this forum and hence, happily, won't have to try my hand at it. I'm looking through the various early Lunar histories and myths to see what a close reading can yield. (I hope to extract some heroquests, artifacts, powers and suchlike.) The main blank spot at this point appears to be the Seven Mothers and what they really did in the planning and execution stages. (And of course many details, such as who was She Who Waits? Who was the "horse tribe shaman" that wounded Humakt? What was the crime of Irrippi Ontor? and more, and more.)
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