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About Manimati

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    I started playing Runequest in the mid 80s
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    RQG, The Gods War, HQ1, HQG
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    Near Paris (France)
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    The highlight of my RQ life was meeting Greg at the RQ convention in Baltimore...

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  1. Is that the thing you're talking about? Yes indeed.
  2. That is precisely how we felt when Greg "gregged" us when he introduced Elmal. Greg did explain how and why it happened in the RuneQuest-Con convention booklet of 1994 "The birth of Elmal or, why I screwed up your Glorantha". You might find solace/consolation reading it (if you can get it).The booklet also included other essays on that issue by Stephen Martin and David Hall. Since then "Yelmalio and Elmal" has been a bottomless source of discussions among Glorantha communities.
  3. I tend to like 1618-1621. At this time one can feel that something huge is cooking, but (unless you've read King of Sartar) the direction of history is not yet set. After the Dragonrise, the dynamics of history is clear for all to see, although there are quite a few hiccups and hesitations from there to the dragons taking the moon down. We had a HQ1 campaign set in 1620-1622, in which a group of lunars got wind of a dragon sitting under the new Sartar Lunar temple, and managed to avert the disaster (they had to travel to Kralorala and meet the emperor there to get his blessing on the weapon used to take down the dragon : a pregnant unicorn horn (!!!) used to bind the great dark eater spirit !). In the end, the brown dragon did rise, but instead of eating all the Lunar army, it coiled around the the new Lunar temple and died, containing the moon field within only a few square miles. We called it the Dragonshiver (TM). YGWV, that's also why I like Glorantha.
  4. As external observers, with god-learner like perspective, we do realize that they are the same myth, but how do the people in Glorantha feel about it ? My guess it that a Yelmalion convert coming from Elmal worship should be aware of it, as most Yelmalio priests (with >50 % cult lore). But the common Yelmalion (for example a freshly initiated Yelmalion born in Vanntar with the customary 15% Yelmalio cult lore) probably doesn't care. On the other hand, common Elmal worshippers in Runegate are probably more or less in deep denial on this issue, as are probably many Elmal priests and god-talkers.
  5. Thanks for the answers, I have a follow-up question : What does the Elmal temple in Runegate look like ? Does it look like the sun dome temple on P 285 of RQG or like the Elmal temples of King of Dragon Pass: or , which don't have a dome and are visibly horse oriented ? It is hard to tell from the Runegate map p 49 of the RQ Gamemaster Adventure book. The map and text p 61 of Sartar Companion describe a KoDP-like temple, but that was before the city had been destroyed by the Crimson Bat and subsequently rebuilt.
  6. What happens when a yelmalion goes to an Elmal temple (for example that of Runegate) to worship ? Does he get the benefits from the worship ? (I think he does IF he is allowed to attend) How do the Elmal worshippers and priests react to his presence ? Is he welcomed coldly like a distant wayward cousin or is he prevented from accessing the site by local worshippers ? (I am not sure of that one) Conversely, what happens when an Elmal worshipper goes to a sun dome temple (in Sartar, in Prax or in Tarsh) ?
  7. All I can tell is this quote from the HeroQuest and Glorantha Vault page on the Chaosium website: "Be warned! These books are not be considered to be canonical Gloranthan references and may differ from the views presented in the Guide to Glorantha. " One the other hand YGWV ! Canon is only important if you are planning to write an official supplement for Chaosium.
  8. The now non-canon ILH2 "Under the red moon" supplement for HQ1 had a lunar goddess of dreams named "Merasedenya". It featured feats, spells and sprits (in ILH2 lunar magic was described as a kind of fusion between the spirit, theistic and sorcery types of magic), all related to dreams. ILH2 had many weird lunar gods (including one for the stay-at-home good husband) and also rules for lunar illumination (called "sevening").
  9. I guess that his largest temple is in Wilmskirk...
  10. Hi, I have found a recently published article on bronze age swordsmanship and the resulting damage to weapon. The paper uses an experimental approach which compares the damage to to replica weapons in simulated fights to damage observed on archeological weapons. It concludes on the way these weapons were likely used. The article also describes things like sword handgrip, and shows pictures of recreated swords and sword fights. I think it might enlighten us on the historical parallel of bronze age warfare for our Gloranthan interests. The article : https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10816-020-09451-0
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