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  1. So, to take the pronounciation issue away from Anglophone biases (English vowels are notoriously unpredictable), how would Gloranthans pronounce the "i" in Pavis? Pa-VIS? Pa-VIIS? Pa-VYS? Pa-VIYS? (I'm mostly joking, just imagining if the main audience of RQ/HQ came from a language where the letter "i" was extremely ambiguous in any context - which, theoretically, at least, in-universe Gloranthans might be).
  2. So here's a question: Are all Vingans (cult) vingans (gender?). I'd assume, knowing Glorantha, that the two would be inseparable, as one provides the raison d'etre for the other, as it were, but just wanted to make sure.
  3. Remnants of Cyclopean architecture of the Green or Golden Age in the Choralinthor bay. Alternatively, something off the coast of Old Seshnela, a remnant of the Silver Empire, although not sure how clear those waters would be. Then there's always something in the East Isles. (Really beautiful geology, btw).
  4. If you insist on Elem being a celestial title, she could be some kind of forgotten Feminine Sun, as opposed to the mainstream Sun Patriarch going around since (at least) Time. Not sure what the earth connection would be then, though, nor why they'd be offering wish granting.
  5. For non-fiction sources I would heartily recommend some anthropological classics (don't overly worry about some of the outdated terminology or theory, the empiricism is still sound): - Turnbull, "Forest People", about the Mbuti Pygmies in Belgian Congo. The ethnographer lived with them, and provides an rich look into a band-based hunter-gatherer culture entering into a specific niche in relation to a more dominant agricultural neighbor, including the ways the Mbuti rationalize their own way of life as superior. It reads very much like a treatise on a Hsunchen people who live next to Orlanthi or Doraddi or something. - Malinowski, "The Argonauts of the Western Pacific". This is the granddaddy of long-term deliberate fieldwork, the coiner of the phrase "participant observation" and whole slew of other things. It's a monograph on the Melanesian Trobriander people living on islands off Papua New Guinea during WW1. As a matrilineal and patriarchal horticulture society, they have a good deal in common with the Doraddi, and possibly some Pelorian cultures. East Islanders possibly also, with their complex system of reciprocal gift-giving which increases the prestige of a gift the farther it has traveled, prompting ambitious men to travel as far as possible to gain distant friends. Also a lot about yams. So much yams. Yams is basically to these people what cows are to the Orlanthi. - Barth, "Ecological Relations among Ethnic Groups in the Swat Valley, North Pakistan" (off the top of my head). The Pathans, more commonly known as the Pashtuns are cattle herders and agriculturalists with tightly-knit clans and a tendency to wager long-lasting feuds, while entering into patron-client relations with member of other ethnic groups in the area that exploit other ecological niches (such as the transhumance mountain herder people who I've forgotten the name of). Basically, these guys aren't too far off from Orlanthi, if not in material culture, then in a general outlook. Worth a read, not too long. https://www.uio.no/studier/emner/sv/sai/SOSANT1600/v12/Barth_Ecologic_relationships.pdf I've got more, but obviously a lot of this is significantly drier and less adventurous (with some exceptions) than fantasy or historical fiction. They provide some insights for Game Masters and hobbyists though, I wager.
  6. I go with PAH-vis. Admittedly, an open-mouthed AH is a bias from my mother tongue.
  7. If the illness of an individual can be tied to, say, passing by a source of miasma or spiritual impurity, breach of a taboo, mood imbalance, someone else casting the evil eye and so forth and so on, then the illness of a large group of people (ie. an epidemic) can reasonably be extrapolated from there, in my opinion. Some spot on the tula has been infected. The tribe broke a spirit treaty. A high-ranking member did something that backfired on everyone. Enemy clan did it. Nearby hostile entity (trolls, wild witch, elves, etc.) did it. It doesn't have to be made very complicated.
  8. Maybe we can conceptually separate the Disease Spirit and the Disease as cause and effect, as it were. Or maybe the Disease Spirit spawns a "mini-me" for every new person that turns ill, as a sort of hive-mind. Maybe there's a "Disease Spirit Prime" in patient zero. Maybe not. I'll admit, I have no idea, just throwing out some ideas for play.
  9. I have subconsciously also used an uvular trill (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uvular_trill). I can't quite make the Dzh and R fit together otherwise. It's easier to change from a sound made in the front of the mouth to the back of the mouth for me. Granted, I come from the Throaty (uvular)-R part of Norway, so it's pretty much just cultural bias. If I were to use an alveolar trill (ie. a Scottish or Spanish-style R), it would be markedly more pressure there, as it's a lot of change to shift between two different sounds produced in the same part of the mouth. There's obviously the American/Irish-style R as well, (postalveolar approximant or Retroflex approximant), but since it's produced in the back of the mouth, the points for the uvular trill kinda ring true here too, although it's going to be a more "buzzy" sound overall, going from "dzh" to an American "rrr". It's not too far off from the word "Journey"... sorta. I'm influenced by Latin and Tolkien's Quenya, and automatically assume that any ending -i is prononounced as the vowels in "lid" or "leave" (the first being short, the other long, but otherwise identical).
  10. Nothing about Jrustela? That's a name that popped out to me immediately as "someone definitely just made this up for a laugh." My best guess is "Dzh(e)'-RUST-ela", but I have no idea.
  11. This is highly circumstantial, but the numbering scheme of the texts in the Knowledge temples based on how they're written in the Guide and Sourcebook, with the multiple numbers and letters, seem to imply that there is quite a lot of written pieces to keep tabs on. Such lengthy and highly abstract designations wouldn't really be needed otherwise. If Lhankor Mhy Knowledge Temples and Libraries are also used as repositories for censuses, royal accounting, property evaluation, contracts, and other largely non-narrative documents, that could explain some of the need for complex numbering systems though. It's very possible that the actual number of narrative documents in those temples compared to archived inventory lists and legal documents (genealogies, etc.) might be quite small. (And apropos Iceland, I seem to remember something about it being the most literate society in the High Middle Ages in Western Europe.)
  12. "Big wheels keep on turnin', Big Serpent keeps on churnin'. Ronance, Ronance, Ronance down the river."
  13. I'm eagerly awaiting "RuneQuest: Oops, All Ducks!"
  14. I was sure you were going to say "until ejaculation".
  15. Well, Shaggy is based on a stoner archetype, and there's stuff like "Drunken Master", so maybe there's some kind of hallucinogen-fueled superpowers involved. Sort of a "does eating this herb make him really powerful, or just so incredibly lucky that it just SEEMS like he's powerful, and is there a difference?" If the drug analogy is a bit too adult, feel free to replace it with some other kind of substance, or ritual, or divine patronage.
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