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Ok… here we go. This is my scratchpad on Kaxtorplose. The City that Does Not Fall. As is My Way, the first post in this thread will most be lit review, identifying what we know from various canonical and canonically-adjacent sources on Glorantha. A second post will be a few mild interpretations. EDIT: Oh, I forgot to answer a question: WHY DO I CARE? My answer is simple: Kaxtor is a demigod who resisted Palangio and the Bright Empire for 3 solid years before Arkat shows up, but who disappeared without a trace. Meanwhile, his temple-city has survived with continuous occupation for about 1,200 years. In that time, not only did it survive the Iron Vrok, but it also survived the Lopers, getting absorbed by the Middle Sea Empire, the sinking of the Middle Sea Empire, and the opening. It is a glorious enigma. Also, here are some abbreviations: BoG: Blood over Gold GtG: Guide to Glorantha HotHP: History of the Heortling People MSE: The Middle Sea Empire So what is known about Kaxtorplose in the Third Age? Kaxtorplose is a small city organized around a temple to Kaxtor, a hero worshipped here since the 1st Age (GtG: 361). The Kaxtori view him as “an avatar of the original and supreme God beyond the world of illusion” (GtG: 361), and it is a pilgrimage site for Malkioni. It also has maintains an ancient library, with texts going back at least to the Flood, if not earlier (MSE: 44). Its identity focuses in part of being the rightful seat of whatever remains of the Church of Slontos (BoG: 121). However it is also relatively isolationist, with most of its trade ties coming through Handra (BoG: 119). What is known about Kaxtorplose in the Second Age? Almost nothing, other than it was part of Slontos, and its temple to Kaxtor remained (GtG: 351). It managed to survive the flooding of Slontos, something no other city outside of Ramalia did (with the possible exception of Bemelor, as Jubal is in the same location). What is known of Kaxtorplose and its founding hero in the First Age? Fodalor & Herolal Once upon a time, there was a kingdom called Herolal. Herolal rose from the ashes of the Herlaning kingdoms created by the Theyalan Vathmai who came to Maniria. Despite Herolal being Entruli, it remained in contact with Dragon Pass. By 200 ST, it was the dominant polity in Maniria (GtG: 352). All was not well in Herolal, however. In 315, its greatest champion, Fodalor, was sent into exile after a feud with the Herolali King. By 320, Dragon Pass no longer had communication with Herolal. The Birth & Life of Kaxtor There is little canonical detail on Kaxtor. We know he is the son of Fodalor and Esrola. Esrola, as many know, is the Goddess of Good Earth, and she has many protector-husbands. They include Heler, Elmal, Argan Argar, and Faralinthor. (SKoH: 153, GtG: 687) Fodalor, on the other hand, was the great champion of the First Age city of Herolal. We know that there was a Temple of Kaxtor that existed by 429, and that it was roughly 40 miles west of Herolal. Finally, as mentioned above, at some point, Kaxtor came to be viewed as an avatar of the Invisible God. I will be getting to my thoughts on Kaxtor in a few posts. Palangio Conquers the Entruli In 370, the Entruli Fodluth, son of Arigor became king of Herolal. (HotHP: 79). It is implied that he was a capable ruler, but his reign was hardly peaceful. In 378, a plague came to Maniria (HotHP: 97). As with Ralios, Nysaloran missionaries soon came after the plague with promises of a cure. In 387, Pro-Nysloran forces create a rebellion on the Wenelian Peninsula against Herolal. In 401, the Bright Empire conquers Slontos under command of Palangio the Iron Vrok (GtG 352). In 408, the territory controlled by Herolal, is consquered by “Krjalki” who came down the Tigrionor River (HotHP: 97). King Fodluth is killed. [I am aware these dates are a mess, and that the Guide's dates take priority.] It does not appear Maniria was completely pacified, however. In 411, Iridwin the Diver leads a revolt against the Bright Empire, wielding items of power he brought back from Erenplose (HotHP: 97). Palangio returns to the region in 413 with an army of Krjalki. By 417, the entire region has been re-pacified, and Iridwin is killed by Palangio. Kaxtorplose, Palangio, & Arkat In 429, another rebellion begins, this time in Lukae (HotHP: 98). The rebels quickly flee Lukae to the North, taking refuge in the Temple of Kaxtorplose. Palangio and an army of Krjalki lay siege to Kaxtorplose (HotHP: 98, GtG: 352). Kaxtorplose survives the siege for three long years. In 431, Arkat (now an Orlanthi) lands in western Slontos. In the Battle of Sardrandos, he defeats all of western Slontos, and in the battle of Stenentos, Slontans kill each other (HotHP: 35). This all comes to a head in 432, at the Battle of Kaxtorplose. Arkat defeated Palangio and liberated Kaxtorplose, with the help of Hendrik who made a Great Leap. (HotHP: 35) That is, as far as I can tell, the full literature on Kaxtor and Kaxtorplose. If I missed something or misrepresented something, as always: please let me know Next post: some basic interpretations