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    Roleplaying since the early 80s. A Runequest in Glorantha fan
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    Runequest in Glorantha, a Colymar campaign.
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    Physicist, mathematician, erstwhile academic, musician, writer, but always return to roleplaying and Glorantha. And now the kids are old enough...

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  1. This was also covered a bit in the thread about Sartar population densities: https://basicroleplaying.org/topic/13662-population-density-dragon-pass-holy-country/ However, I'm not sure there were many more suggestions for anywhere else not covered in you list The duck of the party in my campaign now has a Hadrosaur steed....
  2. This doesn't surprise me at all. I wanted to encourage augments, and I thought the penalty would be a real deterrent, so I have ignored it. There are two things that have influenced my thinking of this in my campaign. I have a lot of new players (many new to roleplaying), and half of them are younger than 11. And almost as soon as we started the campaign we went into lock down, so it is run remotely by Zoom. This means I want to involve as many people as I can in every piece of action, so no-one gets bored. This has been achieved by me encouraging as many augment
  3. The Dragonnewt wilds are an excellent idea. Lush, fertile, uninhabited, and the weird Dragonnewts ignoring human settlers. Except every so often the Dragonnewts inexplicably decide to eradicate the humans. It's called Huntland. The subject of the following thread: https://basicroleplaying.org/topic/13011-two-questions-about-dragonewts/?do=findComment&comment=202121
  4. If it helps I've a *lot* of pre generated stat blocks for NPCs monsters, available on down load. They're quick to generate (Typically the data files that controls the how the NPC is generated typically takes about an hour to put together, and then you can have as many of whatever as you want). So if you need anything specific, drop me a line. https://basicroleplaying.org/files/file/851-npc-squads-txt-v14zip-npc-squads-v14pdf/
  5. I'm glad it's of use (all the replies on the post have helped me). Apparently, riding to the stars on Hippogriffs to rescue a star maiden from fire demons was very much enjoyed by the players.
  6. There is "honour and good faith" in real world ransoms. King John of France was captured at the battle of Poitiers, he was eventually provisionally released to help raise his ransom. When his son broke the terms of the provisional release agreement, King John voluntarily returned himself to the English for re-incarceration. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ransom_of_King_John_II_of_France It is also a good example of how ransoms worked in real life.
  7. Many thanks for the pointers. The Sartar companion was invaluable for a guide to the Star Fire ridges. So in the end, I plumped for a re-creation of the tale of how Illavarn Orgorvantes won the hand of Elven Star Maiden. If any one finds anything of use this is how it went... Orgorvale Summer emerged to the wonderous landscape of the lands in Gods time, leading the players across Nymie vale to the Star-Fire ridges, not blasted and barren, but golden and rich, dotted with prosperous steads. At its heart, not the blackened cinder pits with fuming vents of noxious gasses, but a
  8. The Thane of Apple Lane. In my campaign, she has a fear spiders passion after the last encounter. It was quite a memorable moment. As darkness fell, and the players pulled across the capstone of the ancient tomb, one of them looked puzzled. "If that's the only entrance," they said, "and we uncovered it, what do the spiders down there eat?" Just as the Thane was jumped by a particularly nasty spider, and ran off screaming into the night...
  9. New version uploaded. Mainly to correctly include the fan policy. The PDF is all one document now. However, if you needed spiders in your campaign, they're now included. However, sadly lost the review comments, especially as I'd just earned a 5 star!
  10. Version 1.4.0


    If anyone finds them useful, here are some squads of NPCs I’ve generated. Updated to version 1.4 to correctly include Fan statement. There are: txt files (which print to one side of A4 if font is set to 8, and margins small .5cm. Works best with a fixed font such as Consolas) and a PDF of them all (to A4, I’m afraid I’m UK based). There are now: Humans: Orlanthi Warriors – the general muster, so more an armed rabble. Orlanthi Thanes – the leaders or hand-picked guards. Lunar Irregulars – Bunch of armed Lunars, I use as bandits and such
  11. Yes, I considered doing exactly this, for many good reasons, yours being particularly compelling. In the end I decided against it, in that I want there to be momentum in world events following the Dragon Rise. Rather than the Dragon Rises… and everything goes on hold for a bit. But I was a hair's breath away from doing exactly as you suggest. So the path I’ve taken is that I’m keeping to timeline, but I am currently averaging about 2 adventures a season, which gives space to cover all the multiple threads. So as not to penalise the players I’m allowing experience check’s after a s
  12. Yes, most certainly, she is a source of information on Yerezum Storn, whom she knew personally, and the adventures book has rumour 98 marked as true: Or at least about the Dawn. Also her Shanassee Tree (again the adventures book)
  13. For those who have played through the scenario for Dragon for Thunder Hills, just picking some brains for ideas for the First Sacred Time for Orgovale Summer. One of my characters took the opportunity to become (a rather unlikely) high priest of Orgovale Summer. I do have an idea for a sacred time ritual, which I’m pleased with. But it’s too long, because they are going to be sucked into Kallyr’s lightbringer quest. So I’m looking for more of an hors d’oeuvre. My idea for a first sacred time was a ritual emissary to establish good relations with the land, i.e. Tarndisi.
  14. Not necessarily. Kallyr might have been raising a Star Dragon to disrupt the Lunar ceremony in the heavens. Perhaps it collided with Tatius's powerful 'As in Heaven above, so on Earth below' magic with some very unintended effects by everyone present.
  15. Possibly, elements. (though I have to mention Njal's and Egil's Sagas which are quite extraordinary.) If we're in the North, then I think Beowulf (Seamus Heaney's translation is very good) is closer the mark, at least for me. Also the Celtic myths, e.g. the Mabinogion. But for me it more Mediterranean: Iliad and Odyssey and Aeneid, The Greek Myths (Robert Graves) (no one's mentioned any of them, are they just way too obvious, or just not as obvious as I think) and the early bits of Livy. The Epic of Gilgamesh feels very Gloranthan to me. I've Lavinia by Ursula Le Gui
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