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    My first RPG book was Star Wars D6 Revised back in the late 1990s, but I didn't start playing until years later. Also D&D, Call of Cthulhu, Fiasco, Exalted, FFG Star Wars, Heroquest 1e.
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  1. There's a consistent uncertainty about whether Harrek or the White Bear is the dominant figure in their relationship. This may be a willing partnership- the White Bear yearning to break beyond the bounds of Rathorela and wander the world freely. Of course, for the traumatized people who lost the White Bear's magic as he settled around Harrek's shoulders, this could not have been the case, it must have been cruel blasphemy on the part of the conveniently departed Harrek.
  2. Eff

    Lunar Old Carmania

    This analytical approach certainly offers a different context on Oria and Dendara, as well! I think you could go even further and attribute other liminal/unusual goddesses (Ourania, Gorgorma, etc.) to the similarly liminal figures of Sabrina Spellman and Valerie Smith, especially where they offer crossover points into strange cosmologies. Of course, as dedicated fans of Josie and the Pussycats know, any divine trio is a bit unstable. Prone to breaking down, getting cancelled, having to replace members.
  3. Eff

    Lunar Old Carmania

    A puckish suggestion came to mind- Betty or Veronica as the two axes of the entropic directions. But then you'd have to incorporate Cheryl Blossom... Of course, each hexagon recreates that binary (or quarternary, or hexagenary) decision tree. The fractal offers a truly stunning number of pathways between Theya and Rausa even as they all come together in the singularity points.
  4. Player characters are by default 21 years old and have been adults participating in historical events for 3-5 years. Presumably, they've sacrificed for Rune magic twice more after joining their cult in that interval.
  5. Who's to say that people aren't engaging with the playful Bless Pregnancy button? Why else do you think player characters trend so tall?
  6. The secret technique: deal yourself the unhealable wound, becoming "The Arkat With The Dolorous Papercut" etc., distinct from the other Arkat facing you, shortcircuiting that process of recognition. This may, of course, catapult you randomly through the Godtime. Results not guaranteed. (The classic Firesign Theater album, "I think we're all Arkats on this bus"...)
  7. Umathela is underexplored in public-facing materials (and thus probably equally so in private notes or unfinished manuscripts), but there's quite a lot of complexity there- Orlanthi transplants synchronizing with the locals and promoting a 9-god Lightbringer cult, Sedalpists, the Gift Carriers of the Sending Gods, all those Aldryami, and of course we have Silence and Ompalam and Pujaleg and Artmal and Pamalt and Vadeli all poking their heads in. So it's like much of Glorantha in that regard- room for fractal complexity. With that in mind, in Pamaltela the Doraddi peoples consider the motion of the Sky Dome to be a positive thing, so here we may have an antipodean Sun that proves more dynamic. And in this sense, the Halamalao form may be more static as a counterbalance.
  8. The Elmal of Sartar is interesting because a fusion of Hot and Cold Suns (the Katy Perry Sun) is something most people seem to have believed in at the Dawn. But a general separation happened at some point as people began to compare notes and experiment and so on. So why does Elmal, this throwback cult, exist in the Modern Age? Well. We know that there are some divinities, like Ogorvale Summer, so draconified by EWF worship forms that they were simply forgotten and suppressed rather than cleansed of draconic influence. We know there was a Dragon Sun cult the EWF promoted, and which the Dara Happan emperors struggled to cut out of their myths after the Dragonkill. We know there's a draconic Yelmalio, also suppressed in the Prax Sun County. So perhaps Elmal worship emerged from the need to cut away all possible EWF influence, or indeed due to the holes in the post-EWF cults (from Minarian Memory Removal or similar) the Big Sun and Little Sun collapsed together. But only where EWF held sway and where there wasn't a surviving Yelmalio/Tharkantus cult to separate the deities. So Maniria and Ralios and Fronela and Umathela, never under EWF influence, never had to cut out the Sun's arangorf and so maintained a consistent but diverging set of cults, until the Revelation of the Many Suns began the process of stitching these separated cults together again...
  9. I don't think you need a specific myth of "How Chalana Arroy's Apprentice Experimented With Breatharianism". You have primal myths about the necessity of eating, if you need something more rhetorically sophisticated you have the Grower/Maker/Eater mythos to explain that plants are physical expressions of the concept of "raw materials" and therefore meant to be eaten, you have seed-related myths of regeneration which don't apply to animals but do to plants... it's all pretty easy to put together.
  10. I rather suspect that if an educated Kralori fellow went on a visit to the Block, they would probably conclude that this was where Vayobi defeated Sekever and could also point to various proofs of this fact in and around the Block.
  11. Perhaps this denotes a metafictional sating of her appetite, going from feasting on the diabolical buffet to contenting herself with one or the other. At some point she may end up only needing a snack.
  12. Just possibly they saw art of Orlanth and Ernalda being intimate, or rather, saw an unruly masculine figure with a thunderbolt and a goddess with a prominent addi putting it to use on said figure. And then they put two and two together and got fourteen.
  13. The Curse of Kin was unintentional. Kyger Litor swallowing Nysalor and Nysalor bursting out of her made Nysalor her child. As such, her children in turn give birth to Nysalor-like children, the enlo. Because Nysalor was divided, multiple births are usually enlo. Because Nysalor's rebirth was traumatic and painful and because he's a being of Light, uz pregnancies are difficult and enlo are frequently born with disabilities from physical incompatibility between mother and children on an elemental level. And with Nysalor shattered and dismembered, there's no chance of reconciliation because Nysalor can't be invoked to allow for safe births of enlo/N-lor Uz. EDIT: Alternately, reassembling Nysalor and then making him get unbirthed and rebirthed by Kyger Litor in a less traumatic way would also work, and may be easier than talking it out.
  14. Eff

    On Redeemed Broo

    I've always read the Wild Healer as Illuminated enough to not be tormented by Thed for daring to escape mommy's dictates, but still mutated and visibly Chaotic. Which I think is probably a straightforward way to read broo who don't behave like the cannon fodder bestial monsters they're divinely abused into being- they've become enlightened enough to escape that cycle of violence in some fashion.
  15. A mildly interesting question is whether Chalana Arroy cultists are lacto-ovo vegetarians and may consume animal products that don't require the death of an animal. Which makes the cult a bit more practical in pastoral societies. I suppose that's how I'd run it if it came up.
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