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  1. I've just updated for flying critters of all sorts – Griffins, Hippogriffs, Sky Bulls, Wind Children, Wyverns, Wyrms (guess whose campaign is off to Pegasus Plateau). And Unicorns (not sure why I wanted Unicorns). The "there are now" list in the original post is updated for the full list of what's available. I think Tusk Riders will be needed soon. The original link should work, or repeated below: https://basicroleplaying.org/files/file/851-npc-squads Enjoy.
  2. I’m not much of a movie buff (but, I have at least seen I Claudius…), so, for what it’s worth: Patrick Stewart (Sejanus, I Claudius) for Fazzur Wideread. Though Fazzur might be more honourable... I'd suggest Brigitte Nielsen (from her Red Sonja days) for Kallyr Starbrow, but I've not seen it, and you if you're after acting skills, I'm not sure she got good reviews... Seconded. I'm glad you afford Goosebery Sprig his rightful place in the pantheon of Major NPCs.
  3. It was a major factor when my wife and I decided to have kids, and, 10 years on, it’s seemed to have worked; the campaigns a year-and-a-half old, and going great guns. Our kids (10 and 8 now) love Glorantha, and they love the gods and cults, so that’s worked really well for them. And it works for me as well, because I’ve little spare time, the setting and rules for RuneQuest in Glorantha are so vivid and alive, the scenarios just write themselves, and keeping the campaign ticking over is low effort.
  4. you are not alone 🙂 I believe that congratulations are in order. May your Windchildlets be blessed with many years of roleplaying fun when they come of roleplaying age... Or am I wilfully misreading posts again!
  5. Lore wise, sacred time makes complete sense for the resolving the yearly cycle, because, mythically that’s exactly what sacred time represents. Mythically, it is the death of the old world, and the rebirth of the new. If you don’t muck up the rituals too badly...
  6. Though I too have great nostalgia for the early days of RQ classic, for me, RQinG wins. The inspiration it provides for the GM is quite unbelievable, and the campaign I’m running at the moment is better than *anything* I have ever run before. Last sacred time, the players summoned hippogriffs to ride to heaven’s vault to rescue a star maiden, battling fire daemons to unite her with her true love, Prince Illavarn. I’ve never had inspiration like that before. For me RQinG is visceral, vivid, alive and immediate, whilst RQ classic is a glimpse of something wonderful, vaguely seen
  7. There was Baroshi, a godling devoted to chaos fighting, in the original Snake Pipe hollow. Could that be a reference to him? Though the original post was meant in jest, there are many roleplaying opportunities by which a male Earth warrior might achieve Rune Lord status. Following in the footsteps of an obscure Male Earth Warrior (effectively a sub cult). Finding such a godling as Baroshi, and worshipping him. The player characters are heroes, I'm sure they'll find ways of breaking the rules (or rather making new ones).
  8. A lot of the tuskers in the defending Apple Lane scenario of the GM pack had it. They used it to some effect, but were still skewered by the formidable cavalry skills of the party. One of the more amusing scenes was the lead tusk rider was getting away, and the only way the players could think of stopping him was using a sylph to toss the Humakti duck in his path. The duck offed him in a single blow. I'm regretting the precedent, imaginative ways of tossing the duck places he really shouldn't be has become something of a theme of the campaign...
  9. Of course, you could just play it that he only has to convince the examiners he's a girl. Then it just becomes a roleplaying opportunity.
  10. However, the compelling piece of evidence overlooked by Beekes, is that calling the 3 headed hound of hell, “Spot”, is funny enough that it *has* to be true. Therefore, I reject Beekes conclusions. (Good piece of research though. Wikipedia, way deeper research than I’m willing to go, except in extremis. Strong opinions are much easier to hold on subjects on which one knows nothing)
  11. I thought Cerberos mean Spotty? Any Greek scholars out there?
  12. You do that often, then?
  13. I have very fond memories of running an RQiii Viking campaign. The RQ rules translate very naturally and with very little effort for the Vikings (especially if you’ve access to the RQiii Viking supplement. I vaguely remember not using the scenarios from it though, but the rest was good). And RQinG rules would be even more amazing. For me it lacks the Bronze age feel of RQ (on the otherhand, Beowulf feels right, though). But then it was a good campaign, and people had fun, which is all that matters. If you’re after something less serious, how about adding dragons and turning i
  14. 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....
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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/
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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...
  22. 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!
  23. Version 1.5.0


    If anyone finds them useful, here are some squads of NPCs I’ve generated. Updated to version 1.5, to include lots of winged monsters (and unicorns). 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
  24. 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
  25. 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)
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