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About Sumath

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    GM of RQ2 & RQ3, Golden Heroes, and player of CoC, MERPS, WFRP 25 years ago. Just started playing, GMing again. Starting a RQ campaign in 2019.
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    48 year-old grognard who's returned to RPGs after a 25 year break. Gods, I'm old.

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  1. What do we know about spirit magic (and apologies because its been a while since I've read the spirit magic or shamans chapters)? Shamans (or priests) have to find spirits to obtain the knowledge of each particular spell - so a spell is either knowledge of an effect or an ability known to an inhabitant of the spirit world that is able to affect the middle world. In other words a spell is either: The use of knowledge imparted by a spirit to draw upon and manipulate one's own reservoir of spiritual energy to produce a particular effect in the Middle World - this seems the most likely candidate from what we are told about spirit magic. The effects of a spirit acting (on demand) to bring about an effect using its abilities (like a Sandestin in Vancian magic) with the effect either powered using the spellcaster's power, or with the spirit briefly summoned (using the spellcaster's power) to use its own power - in this case the spell knowledge is the ability to impel a spirit to generate the effect from the Spirit World into the Middle World. This seems convoluted and much less likely from the examples given. If we then assume that the first option is how spirit magic works - that spells are methods of manipulating one's inherent magical power - then it is clear that the term 'spirit' in spirit magic is largely referencing the soul of the caster, rather than the invocation of other spirits (apart from when learning spells, of course).
  2. I have five players in my group - their characters are as follows: A Humakti warrior (heavy cavalry) - he works out of Clearwine for the clan/tribe, but is obviously mobile An Orlanthi noble - his family is based around Clearwine but lands owned outside (and now in Apple Lane) A Uroxi redsmith - he trades in Clearwine, not clear where he resides An Ernaldan merchant - she trades and worships in Clearwine, resident either in or just outside A Vingan madam (pimp) - she works in Clearwine because that's where her employees find work, and therefore most likely to be a permanent resident So I'd agree that many of the permanent residents are likely to be either the dissolute, ambitious misfits, or the ones who are meant to stop them. But doesn't that describe most adventurers? Cities are places of enormous opportunity, and therefore also of danger. The rootless (or free agents) of society are often best placed to take advantage of this, but they can only exist there because of the steady flow of other people who are not dissolute (or at least not primarily so) upon whom they can prey. Clearwine is not a particularly rough city, but despite their differences all cities give rise to the same (or similar) social and economic forces - it's just a matter of degree. So you can expect them all to have class distinctions, criminality/immorality (whatever that means in that place), injustice and exploitation. Things like slavery will vary, as will the meting out of justice, not just because of laws/mores/traditions but also because of competency/organisation/wealth of the ruling class. But there will also be a tipping point of how many grifters/thieves/pimps a city can support, and this will be based upon how much 'honest' activity goes on there, and how effective law enforcement is. Obviously cities will foster innovation (incl. magical research), intellectualism and learning, high art, exquisite craftsmanship and a cosmopolitan outlook, so cities will attract the cream of society as well - doers and thinkers. Pavis under the Lunars was both an organised foothold of civilisation and also a hangout for the dregs of several societies. It's that cheek-by-jowl placement of the virtuous and enlightened alongside the villainous and venal that gives cities their distinctive vibrancy and tension. Of course, this being Glorantha, nobody need be wholly villainous or wholly virtuous all the time...
  3. The Philosopher and Scribe (and to a lesser extent Assistant Shaman, e.g. Vishi Dunn) are occupations that are less likely to lend themselves to traditional combat-oriented play. Therefore, I'd say that their additional non-combat skills are a form of game balance in so far as they make them more generally useful to a party otherwise made up of fighters, and more attractive to players who don't want to play a warrior archetype.
  4. Sumath

    Spell Matrix

    If I pick up a spell matrix, but I don't fulfil its conditions of use, will I even know that it is a spell matrix?
  5. There's only a few of those that resonate with me, and some of them are bizarre - the Gandalf-like figure for Lhankor Mhy just looks very non-Gloranthan.
  6. Nochet ba-doom-tish...
  7. If you need a trap, narratively, I wouldn't worry too much about compliance with RQG enchantment rules. But if you want to, you could say that a guardian temple spirit (as per RQG Bestiary) that belongs to the god of the ancient site activates the spell and provides the renewable MP for it.
  8. @Jason Durall Personally, I'm always going to print stat blocks out separately anyway, as during the game they're easier to handle and I'll scribble over them as HP, RP & MP change - I wouldn't do that in the scenario hardcopy. The size of stat blocks in RQ is huge compared to other games (one individual and their mount takes up more than a page), so page flipping is going to happen anyway in something like Defending Apple Lane where you have stats for eight riders and mounts - unless you print them out as separate sheets from the PDF.
  9. A trap could be just an alarm that brings guards running or wakes up the dogs. Or a coating on a wall that makes climbers lose their grip half way up. It could also be something that destroys the contents of a chest if set off (e.g. sensitive documents). Most traps found within a building ought to be non-lethal, or as @jajagappa notes highly selective in who they affect, and therefore magical in nature.
  10. Sure, but with Spirit Magic and Rune Magic you have competent casual users (e.g. starting adventurers) and then you have specialists/experts, in the shape of Shamans and Rune Priests/Lords who wield tremendous power because of their commitment to their path. With Sorcery you have incompetent casual users, who cannot be trusted to light kindling with their ability, and then Sorcerers who wield tremendous power etc. There seems to be a glaring hole where the competent casual Sorcery users should be. And to me - and this is just my personal opinion - Sorcery just doesn't feel fun. It feels like work, because it's unnecessarily crunchy. Accordingly, I've made sure none of the adventurers in my campaign are Sorcery users.
  11. My campaign start was delayed, so we're kicking it off in the new year, but usually map detail is determined by whether, narratively, you want to 'play the journey' or just get the party to a destination promptly. I've written three scenarios in the past six months, two of which I've created no maps for, and one of which I've created a large map (made up of three smaller maps) for, and may need to create another map of a village for. Where I've made no maps, that's been because there are existing maps I can use (as in a 'whodunnit' scenario set in Clearwine), or because the terrain is very simple and can be pictured mentally (as in a simple Broo hole in the hills). In my experience, unless the map ends up being a hand-out, half of the detail a GM puts into a map is usually for their own satisfaction rather than a necessity for player understanding. Nothing wrong with that either - just saying.
  12. But it would still be useful to have e.g. in the event of the GM having to decide which of two adventurers advances she takes up (using her Charm defensively rather than actively in this case). It also seems an odd omission from a character that is repeatedly referred to as effervescent, graceful etc.
  13. Sumath

    Latest version

    Go to the Chaosium website, log in with your account details and download the pdf again. Whatever is on the Chaosium website is the latest version.
  14. Page 42 "Treya is beautiful, funny, and charismatic, so adventurers may become smitten with her" Correspondingly, she ought to have a Charm skill % listed, but there isn't one provided in her stats.
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