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About Minlister

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  • RPG Biography
    Well, I began to play rpg in 1982 or 83, suffering two inglorious deaths during the first hour. Since then I never stopped. I mainly played Basic-based games, but on personal settings and with custom made Basic-based rules. Incredibly I discovered Glorantha only recently through the Sartar/Pavis Heroquest books. I contributed to RPG fanzines and a couple of professional products in France, but always little things.
  • Current games
    CoC, WWII setting; Glorantha, Basic-based home rules, but considering trying the new RQG. Basic-based home rules in GRR Martin GoT world.
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    Oxford, UK
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    Well, as a matter of fact, Blurb could be my middle name...

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  1. @Shiningbrow do you think about the blue boar quest?
  2. I have checked the material I have, Storm tribe, p. 173 mentions henna ; TT5, p. 32, in the write-up pf the cult that they use a dye which last one year, dying their hair during the high holy day, so difficult to think it is henna. I would go for something blood or rust/iron related considering the cult's orientation. Initially Vinga's hait were not red, they turn red when she flared in anger for being sent back from a fight by Elmal.
  3. well, there is even a kizilbashdurulz on the right...
  4. Yes, I know this but I think it is all the more interesting. Sovereignity is not residing in the fanciful, most obvious part of the plant, the golden flowers, but in the non-assuming, humble part, the leaves. It is perfetly reminiscent of Ernalda's share of Asrelia's inheritance: "Maran Gor received The Great, Esrola received The Most and Ernalda received The Least". For the colour, you certainly have a point there, but Orlanth entered the Bath of Nelat, after it became king, so after it received Ernalda's love. So maybe the bath of Nelat only made this blessing manifest? Because what would be the bath of Nelat if not some vat where Ernalda would have washed the shaggy woold she sheared from Nelat's sheeps, revealing the clear sky with this shearing (BoHM, p. 21)? Which should be another way of saying giving legitimacy to Orlanth? woad vats would be a nice surrogate/mythical equivalent for the Bath of Nelat. Especially if the blue color of the woad only reveals itself after, with exposure to air (if I remember well how tinctorial process works). Not sure of any of that just wondering.
  5. Great game! Superb gloranthan flavour! Thanks for allowing us to partake!
  6. I don't think it is so hard to create an index for the LM great library. It seems clear that Joerg's parents managed to do it...
  7. Thanks Joerg! I am not absolutely clear about what you mean, could you elaborate a little? Sorry for asking, I am completely lost when anything linked to astronomy pops up in the discussion and I don't know this follower of Kallyr you allude to.
  8. There's a slight flaw in this - it would presume a teleport from the Gate of Dusk to the Gate of Dawn (like Mastakos/Uleria/Emilla), as Lightfore exists through the western gate as Yelm enters from the east, and vice versa. Otherwise, nice idea. Maybe for the more inclusive-minded sages and philosophers, this is made possible by Elmal and Kargzant alternating in the role of disk bearer? In this way no "teleport" needed? Or, in an "Orlanthi-centric" vision, this could be a nice mythical task for Mastakos: bringing back Elmal in a blink of an eye to the Gates of Dawn. Not so many myths about Mastakos, as far as I know, so could be a nice addition. And Speak and Spoke could be linked to dawn (you wake and speak) and dusk (you spoke and slept).
  9. Flowers, like woad, are probably the jewels of Ernalda and it is striking that the flower ot the plant giving the blue woad is actually yellow. Maybe the woad flowers were the jewels Ernalda had to wear as handmaiden in Yelm's palace and the fact they ultimately give woad a reflection of her real love for Orlanth, hidden under her sky court duties? In a way it would be the expression of her desire conferring power and legitimacy to whomever she loves, hence its use for magical marking. Does it make mythical sense?
  10. Do you realize that the last descendant of your clan seize power in France 50 years ago? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/René_Coty Give me the creeps!
  11. Danfive Xaron mystical name is probably DeordOrlanth...
  12. In my game, I have a Elmali NPC whose position is as follow For Hedlakar, Yelmalio is not the true essence of Elmal, quite the contrary. According to him, when Elmal realized the injustice of the Fire Tribe and decided to enter Orlanth's service, he stripped himself of his old self like a man rejects an old coat. Yelmalio is none other than this "rag" that survives from Elmal's remanent, lingering power, like an old, too worn garment keeps the smell and shape of its wearer. For Hedlakar, Yelmalio is the Blinding Sun, whose brilliance compels men to lower their gaze, hiding freedom from them, and he calls the Yelmalites "Those of the Tatters".
  13. Indeed, and always handy to have one in the vicinity in summer as living flypaper!
  14. but one could had into the rituals a constant renewing of the wooden structure as part of a religious activity/meditation, as in the case of the Ise temple in Japan. It adds a nice touch, I think
  15. @M Helsdon Thanks, yes, I know "sâr" is considered to mean king, I was not proposing to use the title in the original sense; just that the sound was similar enough to convey continuity while shaking off the medieval feeling. Duke was used in Rome and king is nearly ubiquitous, so I have less problem with it. I confess that my only trouble with Glorantha is in titles and toponomastic and I have changed nearly everything for my campaign. It is a bit silly I know but my imagination is mainly fueled by names so I have to live with that. The best inspiration I know for Glorantha is the Salammbô novel by Gustave Flaubert (whose art by Mucha seems to have served as model for Jar-Eel famous picture*), I don't know if there is a good enough translation in English to convey the splendor of the original. Compare https://www.wikiart.org/en/alphonse-mucha/salammbô-1896 and https://www.artstation.com/artwork/yb4wD8
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