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  1. (Note: Bold text refers to a Trait, Ability, or Rune that a character in question has). (Another note: we didn’t have another session this last weekend because I was sick and Androgenus’s player’s partner had a death in the family, so I’m posting the rest of our last session now--sorry for the delay!) DRAMATIS PERSONAE Iris, an Esrolian Earth Priestess in service to Takakia, the Goddess of Moss. She holds the Earth, Movement, and Spirit runes. Iris is the supposed leader of the party, but finds that bossing around a bloodthirsty Duck, an erratically insane Trickster, and a somewhat gormless volcano priest to be a tad more difficult than nailing Jell-O to the wall with an office stapler. Right now, she’s also finding that staying conscious is just as hard, but more on that later. Waddlestomp the Bloodybeaked, a Hueymakti Duck thane with the Water, Death, and Truth runes. Creator of Waddlestomp’s Big Ol’ List Of Humans That Need Killin’™, and now seriously considering adding his fellow adventurers to the list after being captured by mythic Sun Empire soldiers. In fact, the party got their butts handed to them so badly by the onrushing troopers that he did the previously unthinkable and surrendered! Androgenus, a genderfluid Esrolian Eurmali trickster with the Illuminated Illusion, Earth, and Luck runes. They’ve found themselves trapped in Myth with the rest of their companions, and capture by Sun Empire soldiers who sense a strange, unknown (to them) power in the weird little Trickster. They’re utterly convinced that their “best friend Waddlestomp” (their own words) will come save them--despite the mountains of evidence to the contrary. And, of course: K'dud (pronounced Ka-Dude). A warrior priest of Vestkarthan and the Lowfires, K'dud holds the Fire, Truth, and Mastery runes. Though and through them has mastered the Bronze Arms and Sharp Soul styles of unarmed combat. His player, after two weeks struggling to define a personality trait for K’dud beyond “Vaguely helpful and a bit dumb,” has decided to embrace it, renaming his core trait Volcano Himbo. And he’s going to make good use of that trait in the second part of this session… ...because we came back to the action (after the first half of the session’s argument over whether or not a Hueymakti warrior would ever surrender) with Iris drowning in a sacred pool beneath an enslaved river-dragon, and K’dud (barely) fighting off fish spirits under the command of, to his astonishment, the same Merfolk hero that the PCs had thought they’d slain in the last session! Stunned by this revelation, K’dud failed in a contest against the hero (using his Fire rune versus the hero’s Water rune) and was trapped in a bubble of crushing, ice-cold water. The Merfolk introduced himself...and I realized with horror that I forgot to name a critical NPC. Immediately, Androgenus’s player suggested “Fssh,” after a fish-man barbarian hero from a Dungeon World livestream performed by the Canadian comedy group LoadingReadyRun. Everyone groaned. They then suggested “Bruce,” after the shark from Finding Nemo, and decided to try a supposedly Australian accent that sounded more vaguely South African than anything else. Everyone groaned louder. Then Iris’s player suggested “Sashimi,” and weirdly enough, everyone agreed. Thus, the Merfolk hero was named S’shiim, holder of the Water, Storm, Death, and Mastery runes, hero of the vile, slimy, fangly-jawed Ysabbau, Breaker of Ships, Drowner of Cities, and current questor for Magasta. Well, to put more of a fine point on it, questor for Brastalos, Goddess of Waterspouts and spouse of Magasta. I gave Iris a Hero Point for coming up with the name, which she promptly used to barely regain consciousness and struggle to shore while S’shiim was distracted with the fire priest. “What do you want from us?! Why harry us like this, fishman?!” exclaimed K’dud. “Me?!” burbled S’shiim, “You worthless dirt-crawlers are hunting me through my people’s most sacred story! Your interference will ruin everything!” “Huh?” asked K’dud, rolling (and getting a decent success with) his Volcano Himbo Trait to convince S’shiim to monologue about what’s going on and give the heroes an exposition dump. Meanwhile, (as I cut back to Androgenus and Waddlestomp and made the other two players groan with anticipation), Waddlestomp and Androgenus were being brought to the island’s governor, Iramat. Androgenus was in fiery chains, Waddlestomp was being warily surrounded by soldiers, but otherwise unmolested. The bickering twosome were dragged before Iramat’s marble throne in the center of a garishly-painted, palatial villa overlooking the waterfall (which, close up, could be seen to be a captured Water Dragon!). I described the throne “room” as an opulent, gold-and-jewel-set pavilion of sorts, with two sides open to the courtyard, one to the cliffside, and one leading deeper into the palace. It was the governor’s meditation garden as well as seat of governance, with a rock garden, reflecting pool (in fact a spring, with a small stream flowing out from it that left the throne room and rushed forth to join the raging cataract beyond), and elegant mural depicting Yelm’s Celestial Court and the birth of a solar deity. “Barbarian filth,” drawled the governor, barely able to look up from the sand painting he was working on, “You stand accused of violating the sanctity of Secret Cradle Island. Before executing you, have you anything to say?” “Secret what nrrfghg--” began Androgenus, before being gagged by the nearest guard. They glared at the guard, struggling against the chains. “We apologize, O mighty lord,” quacked Waddlestomp, to Iramat’s evident amusement, “But we had no idea where we were. Our ship was run aground of the reef during a storm, and we came ashore to gather supplies and repair our vessel before continuing on. We meant no trespass.” I had Waddlestomp roll his Truth rune’s breakout ability Zone of Truth versus Iramat’s Arrogant Sun Empire Bureaucrat ability, and Waddlestomp scored a respectable success. Showing his Truth rune shining forth, Iramat scratched at his beard and considered this. “You speak truly….obviously, but still, I know not why a….mutated Keet? Whatever you are, you and your….” Iramat stared quizically at Androgenus. “Pleasure slave?” Waddlestomp managed to choke back a violent response (with a bare success against his Humakti Geas: Suffer No Insult Without Violence Flaw, as Waddlestomp would see any intimation that he would be intimate with any human, much less this human, as a deadly insult) and Androgenus went from grumbling to laughing uproariously behind their gag. “...or whatever they are, you have no right to come here. By decree from the Sun Himself, any but those without his personal authorization on this island must die. It has ever been thus since the creation of this island. I see no harm in telling you, for you will die anyway, I suppose: in ancient days, Yelm once favored a concubine called Tihs, a minor goddess no people pray to in these times. Yelm’s affection sparked vicious jealousy among his Court, who sought to hurt the object of his affection since they could not hurt Him. When Tihs was with child, she was hidden away—here—and though she died bringing the Forgotten Sun into the world, neither she nor the holy child were ever found by their enemies. To this day, the most important treasures of the Golden Empire have been hidden here. Any outsiders must be slain, by order of the Sun Himself.” Waddlestomp considered this. It certainly explained all the finery around the place, and the heavy guard. ...meanwhile, at the bottom of the cliff… Exasperated (and somewhat entranced by) K’dud’s handsome cluelessness, S’shiim launched into the story of How Magasta Won the Hand of Brastalos. Before the Sea claimed the world, Magasta was alone, and sought companionship. No lord or lady of His domain would join with him as his spouse, or even his mate. Magasta loved many, but few loved him in return. Then he met Brastalos. (“Who?” “Shut up and the merperson will tell us, K’dud.” “Oh.”) Lady of the No-Wind, Queen of the Cyclone, Daughter of the First Storm, Spray-Twinkling, Still-And-Moving, Umath’s paradox daughter. Magasta saw her frolicking in the clouds above his domain and knew he had to have her. Singing a song of roaring beauty that reminded her of her own lusty brothers’ cries, Brastalos came to the edge of Magasta’s waters and sang back. The two loved one another from their first glance. Magasta desired her for his spouse, not merely a mate of convenience. Brastalos desired this, too, but knew that proud Umath would not consent to give his daughter to an upstart Water Lord. “But there is another way,” said fair Brastalos. (“Wait, I thought ‘there is always another way’ is an Earth Goddess thing?” “That’s a lot of gods’ thing, K’dud. Shut up.”) Magasta whistled in confusion. “The Bad Emperor seeks stillness in all things, and punishes my father by stripping his greatest treasures from him. He refuses to allow the Air People to have a place in the way of things. To cow my father and my brothers, he took our peoples’ regalia to a secret place. Find the treasure stolen by the Sky People. With it, my bride price will be paid, and my father shall have no choice but to let us claim one another. Brastalos accepted this, and with a kiss soft as a breeze set off to reclaim his love’s treasure from the Sky People. Foolishly, they set their dirt-loving hovels at the edge of His domain to taunt him. With crashing waves and rushing torrent, he drowned them, swept their huts into the sea, and picked through the remains. He found a few baubles, but not a treasure worthy of the Storm. Magasta went to the Gull People and demanded they repay the favor he had done by saving them from famine. Eagerly, they told of the Sky People sending boats of all things-- (“Wait, I thought Merfolk’d like boats, ‘cause, well, they’re water things, right? Both of them are water things?” “...Neither of us have time to explain how wrong that is right now. Shut up..” “But--” “Shut Up!” “Thank you, S’shiim.” “Don’t mention it. Now where was I? Ah, yes…”) Magasta went to the Gull People and demanded they repay the favor he had done by saving them from famine. Eagerly, they told of the Sky People sending boats of all things across Magasta’s realm, furtively sneaking treasure stolen from other peoples they had oppressed for too long. Magasta went in search of the boats, led by the young scouts of the Gull People. He called Six-Mouthed-Deep to devour the boats of Admiral Savatilan and spit the treasure out into Magasta’s grotto, but no Air treasures were to be found. He chased the flagship helmed by Captain Never-Runs-From-Battle into the Dragon Eye Atoll and sucked it down to the seabed, but although the cargo was rich with strange spices and pelts, it had no Air treasures. Finally, Keehar, youngest scout of the Gull People, found a ship hidden by powerful magic. It was found by looking at where a ship should have been, but wasn’t. Magasta called his kinsman Charax, he of the many rows of teeth, and bade him chase the ship to its destination. Charax did so, but the captain was too wily, and sailed in a wide circle around the port they sought until Charax got tired and swam away to seek prey. Magasta howled in frustration--if the Gull People could only barely find the ship, if his fearsome cousin couldn’t track it, and if they wouldn’t stay still to meet him in battle, then how could he find the bride price? He wept, and hearing his sobs, Brastalos stood at the edge of his realm and sang. She sang of lost hope, of a happy life with Magasta that may not be, of her rage at how she was kept from having a place in the cosmos--not only by Yelm the Bad Emperor, but by her father, Umath. The rage in her song became a storm, and the storm trapped the treasure ship on a reef just before it reached its destination. Magasta and his warriors stormed the ship and found one of the treasures, Umath’s favorite arm-ring. The others had already been hidden away, but Magasta learned from the captain where they had gone: Secret Cradle Island, where a forgotten solar god was hidden as he was born. No island was hidden from Magasta. He went to Secret Cradle Island, and befriended the dragon-- (“Wait, this dragon?” “Yes, that dragon, now shut the hell up!”) He went to Secret Cradle Island, and befriended the dragon that was enslaved to guard the place-- (“I’m sorry, but how in Magasta’s holy name can you stand travelling with this man?” “He’s handsome, and he punched a hole all the way through your chest like it was nothing.” “....Fair point. Where was I?” “The dragon?” “What dragon? Oh, that dragon. The dragon. Yes. A-hem:”) He befriended the dragon that was enslaved to guard the place. Its name was Oraka, and it was the dragon of a secret spring deep under the Earth. A creature of great Darkness and Water, the island’s governor cruelly forced it out into the light to serve as would a hermit crab use an anemone growing on its shell. Magasta took pity on the great beast, and with a mighty pull snapped the chains binding to dragon to the cliff side. In gratitude, Oraka swore a life debt to the lord of the deeps. He let Magasta swim up him to his source, where the governor had reshaped a holy spring to a reflecting pool for his own vanity. The greedy governor, puffed up with his own self-importance, was set to guard Yelm’s most coveted treasures, here on an island that nobody knew of. He saw himself as Yelm’s most trusted servant, and his arrogance knew no bounds. But yet, he was bored. Guarding a treasure hoard that was not sought after led to no challenges save wringing recognition from a distant Emperor, and he always craved distraction. Wily Magasta, hidden in the spring, took on the form of a beautiful water nymph. He sung a song that inflamed the governor’s lust, and, beguilingly, called the governor to tryst with him in the spring. The jaded man leapt into the water, where Magasta drowned him and stepped out from the spring, wearing his shape. Magasta then had the governor’s guards lead him to the vault. There, he found astounding wealth! Treasures robbed or extorted as tribute from all manner of the world’s peoples and gods. There was Lodril’s first Spear, still smoldering with heat. There was the Crown of Mastery, surging with such power that even Emperor Yelm could not wear it without risk. There were Rastalos’s Rings, used by the primeval trickster to amuse the Celestial Court. And, of course, in pride of place, was Umath’s tribal regalia, as cold as the wind, as bright as lightning. Magasta took the treasures he sought and fled the palace, leaping atop Oraka as the palace guards found the drowned corpse of their lord. Magasta’s laughter and Oraka’s roars of rage sunk the island beneath the sea, drowning the Sky People and their stolen treasures forevermore. Magasta rode Oraka across the sky to Umath’s grotto, where he was greeted coldly by his son Storm-Thane and belligerently by his other son Hurt-Everything. “I have come for the hand of Brastalos!” He called, and when the Air gods laughed, he threw Umath’s stolen treasures at their feet. “I offer a bride price: your honor, so long ago taken from you by the Bad Emperor.” Umath scowled, for he was loathe to let his daughter marry such a lowly Water lord, for such was Magasta at this time. “Trinkets cannot buy the heart of my daughter,” he growled, and made to turn his back. Storm-Thane saw his sister’s dismay, and said, “I guess we won’t be getting the Bag of Winds back, father. Oh, or the Widebrew Cauldron, too, we’ll miss that at feasts. And oh, look! You’re rather generously allowing Magasta to keep your favorite arm-ring, the one that duplicates itself every season?” Umath made a strangled noise in the back of his throat and looked at Brastalos, who was beaming at Magasta with loving pride. “They are beneath you,” he rumbled, like a thunderclap. “And they always will be,” whispered Brastalos, taking Magasta’s hand, “But they will ever be my equal. The fates of Sea and Storm will forevermore be joined, for good or ill.” Umath saw that he could not disobey his daughter’s heart-wish, and allowed the match. Magasta took Brastalos to their grotto. Although she could not stand to live beneath the Water, she ever stayed near her spouse, circling around him as currents encircle the whirlpool. And there she remains to this day. “That was...beautiful…” breathed K’dud, after a while. Then he looked confused. “But what does it have to do with—“ Iris groaned and slapped her forehead. “The myth, you, you—rragrh! We’re stuck in the myth! S’Shiim was—is—heroquesting to re-enact the myth, this myth, the story of Brastalos’s Bride Price, yes?” “Yes,” Burbled S’shiim, still staring at K’dud incredulously. “The attack on your ship was when my lord Magasta attacked the hidden ship in a storm, and found the location of Secret Cradle Island. Though you fended us off and wounded me terribly, I still learned of the island. And now, I must navigate the rest of this sacred story with you dirtcrawlers in the flotsam, messing everything up.” “Oh. Oh,” said K’dud, realization dawning. “Oh, my. I’m so sorry! How can we help?” S’shiim and Iris looked at him, dumbfounded. I had K’dud roll for his Volcano Himbo Trait again, opposed by S’shiim’s Haughty Merfolk Hero Trait, and he got a critical success against a critical failure! Despite himself, S’shiim began laughing. He couldn’t help but like the empty-headed firehunk, and said, “I...I don’t know. But any assistance you can grant in freeing the dragon so I may resume the story would be gratefully accepted. I admit, the wounds you dealt me almost threw me from the storypath. And now—“ All of a sudden, there was an almighty roar, and the water dragon thrashed above— —as the governor of the island called Oraka to heel. I moved the action back a few minutes, and gave the PCs a chance to explain themselves. Waddlestomp had decided that blunt honesty was the best way of things. “We were traveling by ship to a distant land,” he said, “And were attacked by merfolk. Water people,” he continued, looking at the governor’s incredulous expression. “They stranded us on the reef out there—“ he pointed a wing to the She’s One Of Ours, Sir!, now surrounded by Golden Empire longboats bearing warriors, “—And we came ashore only to gather supplies before heading on.” “Ah, the cargo ship,” said Iramat, the myth easily slotting the She’s One Of Ours, Sir into the role of the treasure ship. “Bearing the latest addition to the vault. Why didn’t you say?” “Cargo...ship?” Asked Waddlestomp, looking at Androgenus, who wordlessly gestured for the Duck to play along. “Right. Yes. Cargo ship. The ship indeed carries cargo, and we are here,” finished Waddlestomp, lamely. “Yes. If you had but sent word, you would have received aid, not spears. Now...water people, you say? They attacked you?” Waddlestomp nodded. “Ah. In that case, there is a risk, however slight, that they have tracked you here. No matter, however. Let me call the guard—“ and with a wave of his hand, the waterfall started falling upwards, spraying ice-cold water over the palace. Oraka’s chains tightened, the dragon RRROOOOAAARRED, and reared above the palace, circling it in midair, sniffing and snuffling for signs of intruders. “Oraka, the dragon of this place. He serves Yelm now, as do we all. He shall find these water people, and devour them! Have no fear, little Keet. Your diligence does you credit.” Below, S’shiim started screaming in anguish. We ended the session there, on a cliffhanger, and me desperately trying to figure out where to take the game from here.
  2. IMPORTANT WARNING: The following reference documents use trademarks and/or copyrights owned by Chaosium Inc/Moon Design Publications LLC, which are used under Chaosium Inc’s Fan Material Policy. We are expressly prohibited from charging anyone to use or access this content. These reference documents are not published, endorsed, or specifically approved by Chaosium Inc. For more information about Chaosium Inc’s products, please visit www.chaosium.com. The [House Rules] Yes, but... thread taught me a lesson. I put some work in my gaming aids and I should share them because they could be useful to someone else. Let's start by a summary of the character creation rules of HQ2 and HQG: HQ2G_Character_Creation_Summary.docx The basic contest rules: HQG_Basic_Contest_Rules.docx My three panel screen (from left to right): The first two files are for those that prefer separated Simple Contest Results and Extended Contest Resolution Points tables: HQG_SCREEN_01_CONTEST_TABLES.docx HQG_SCREEN_01_CONTEST_TABLES.pdf The two following files (V02) are for those that prefer a single table for Simple Contest Results and Extended Contest Resolution Points: HQG_SCREEN_01_CONTEST_TABLES_V02.docx HQG_SCREEN_01_CONTEST_TABLES_V02.pdf HQG_SCREEN_02_CONTEST_PROCEDURES_V04.docx HQG_SCREEN_02_CONTEST_PROCEDURES_V04.pdf HQG_SCREEN_03_OTHER_TABLES.docx HQG_SCREEN_03_OTHER_TABLES.pdf Next is what I call my gaming aid booklet. References that complement the screen and informations I like to have on hand (the last four files are the French and English versions of the same two files): HQG_REFBOOKLET_01_Spot_Rules_Summary_v09.docx HQG_REFBOOKLET_02_Magic_Abilities_V02.docx HQG_REFBOOKLET_03_Runes_and_Personality_Traits_English_v02.docx HQG_REFBOOKLET_03_Runes_and_Personality_Traits_French_v02.docx HQG_REFBOOKLET_04_Calendar_HolyDays_v00.docx HQG_REFBOOKLET_04_Calendar_HolyDays_v00_English.docx Note: the text in french in the "Spot_Rules_Summary" file (beginning of the first page) is the translation of "The HeroQuest game system doesn't simply tell you how well you succeeded at a particular task: it tells you whether or not you achieved your entire goal. What is the goal? What is the expected reward? Combat (conflict) is often the mean... not the goal!" My alternate contest results table coming from the [House Rules] Yes, but... thread: HQ2G_ALTERNATE_CONTEST_RESULTS_TABLE.docx A two in one gaming aid that is a smaller size "alternate contest results table" should I decide to use this option (it's very likely) and a cheat sheet for setting narrative difficulties should I need some kind of safety net. I fold the sheet in half so it can be put into a plastic sleeve. Thus, I can take it in my hand if needed or the gaming aid can lie against the screen so I can throw an eye at it from time to time. The cheat sheet is based on David Scott (the sample difficulties) and jajagappa (the middle and final climaxes) posts in the Setting Narrative Difficulty thread. Unfortunately, I don't remember whom the tension bit is coming from. Please, let me know and I will edit my post accordingly: HQ2G_ALT_CONTEST_RESULTS_TABLE_and_DIFF_IN_HQ2_English.docx Another gaming aid with difficulties and pregenerated rolls. When it is extended conflict time, especially with group extended conflicts, there can be a lot of rolls to make behind the screen. Rolling dice when I am running a game is not something I enjoy, it can be more of a distraction than anything else for me. Here is a gaming aid with pregenerated rolls and the difficulties and augment values that can be updated as the number of sessions grows. The D20 results can be copied and pasted before a session from a random dice generator. Each A5 side holds 350 rolls or so with the current font: HQ2G_DIFF_AND_PREGEN_ROLLS.docx Feel free to use and change those files as you see fit, they are here for that.
  3. Hello together, being a fellow player of @Chiarina, who already posted some questions here, I am very new to the HeroQuest system. So I better apologize in advance, in case my question seems rather silly to you. Reading HeroQuest: Glorantha I am still trying (without success) to get my head around the "Group Simple Contest". I thought I understood the game mechanics quite well, until I read the Example "Samstina's Sage: Leaving Nochet (part2)" on page 72. QUESTION: Is it possible that there are two mistakes in the example? What 's the problem The example arrives at a point, where: Rick and Claudia both roll a 14, arriving at a degree of success of "success" each. Which resolves to a "tie". I could follow the explanations up to this point pretty well. But now things seem to contradict the rules given in the sections before: Rick wants to use a Hero Point to bump his degree of success from "success" to "critical" contradiction 1: Claudia claims: You can't do that in a Group Simple Contest contradiction 2: To overcome the resolved victory level "tie" resulting from the Resolution Point ratio of 4:4 the group finally invests 2 Hero Points to boost the victory level from "tie" to "marginal victory" So, where are the contradictions? contradiction 1: The general rules section "Bump Up with Hero Points" (page 60) states: Given the rules above, I don't see why Claudia's claim is valid. Sure you can't burn as many Hero Points as you like as in step 6 of a Simple Contest. But this is not what Rick is trying to do here. (1) The result he wants to bump sure falls in the "any result" categroy (2) It is his own roll he wants to bump (3) He decided to bump after results were calculated, which again is valid (4) He didn't want to spend more than one Hero Point on his roll contradiction 2: The Section "Boosting Results" (page 70) states: Quite sure the group is not "at the beginning" of a group simple contest" as required by the rules, when they invest their 2 Hero Points to boost their victory level. Help! I would be thankful for any help, telling me what is going here.
  4. Hi all - Picking up from my former thread... https://basicroleplaying.org/topic/11023-using-hq-in-the-lunar-empire-tips-tricks-and-homebrew/ I just reread the Lunar magic section (starting page 179 of the Heroquest: Glorantha edition) and the example of Magatheus on p55; I scanned the Seven Mothers section and the Illumination section but haven’t reread closely yet. In any case, here’s my understanding on how to create a Lunar character in HQ:G - please confirm/correct: 1. Lunar magic stems from the character’s Moon Rune a. This is one of the 3 tunes that the character gets during character creation b. Lunar characters select a specific phase of the Moon c. The All Phase rune is only accessible to Illuminates ie not starting characters 2. Lunars can choose to initiate to one of the gods of their phase (those listed in the Seven Mothers or New Gods listings). a. When doing so they have access to the runes of that god, as sub-abilities of their Moon Phase Rune b. The character has to have a rating of at least 1W in the moon phase rune. c. The individual Seven Mothers qualify as New Gods for this purpose (p185) despite being listed as separate in the Moon Phase list (p180 and following). 3. Lunars can use their Moon Phase Rune to “create glamours mimicking the runes that Phase can replace”. a. I think I understand that this means the runes the phase “Embodies”? Eg Darkness and Death for Empty Half Moon? b. As an aside a little definition of the various characteristics of the Phases would the helpful, eg, what Embodies means. c. In any case these “mimicking Glamours” can be used at the Phase Rune rating for augments. d. “The direct use of the Lunar Phase incurs a Stretch penalty of -6 (see page 103) – unless: (1) the Lunar is an initiate of a Lunar New God cult and is creating glamours in accordance with the teachings of that New God; or (2) is using a Lunar Grimoire.” 4. Lunar characters can buy access to Grimoires a. These seem to function just like Sorcery Grimoires? Except for the lunar cycle in play. b. Each Grimoire inherits the rating of the relevant Rune, which might be the Moon Phase or might be a different one (eg Magatheus has one off his moon phase and one off his law rune). c. Characters can assign a bonus to this rating. (E.g. Magatheus has assigned +1 to each Grimoire). This applies to all spells in the Grimoire. 5. Characters can replace their Moon Phase Runes with a Chaos rune. a. Game mechanically this seems to allow the character to use the Rune for active / direct actions without the Stretch penalty? And use it more widely?
  5. I'm just curious what kind of stories other Heroquest aficionados will be telling during the celebration of Greg Stafford's life and works. I'll be running two HQ:G games that week, one for my wife and kids which will involve their Balazaring characters accompanying Joh Mith on his trade route through Dragon Pass in 1615 and one for my online game which sees their Anmangarn clansfolk on a dangerous mission to bring their stricken chief's heir back from Whitewall. I'm looking forward to both of them and sending warm thoughts out to Greg in thanks for all the fun and inspiration he's gifted me with over the years! What are you folks up to? Feel free to be vague, as I was. I know there are players on the forum, too, with their prying little eyes and nosey little noses!
  6. If any good folk here are planning on attending Archon 41 at the end of this month month, I plan on running "Red Moon Rising" from Pavis: Gateway to Adventure there on Saturday afternoon. (After having made a set of the masks for Gen Con, it would be tragic to leave them sitting on the shelf.)
  7. So, after plenty of reading, I've got a solid handle on the various ways a character can have grimoires and spells, the interoperation of the techniques and the runes to describe specific spells within a grimoire's theme, and so on. I'm good on the principles. What I'm really struggling with are the fictional capabilities the rules are trying to represent. I never played RuneQuest or HeroQuest 1, the only examples I have to go on are the examples in the HQ:G book and the historical things referred to in the Guide. Are there things that are particularly difficult or impossible for sorcery to accomplish? Things like instant communication from afar or teleportation have significant impacts when present within a setting, are those available? Are they easy? It seems like life extension must be difficult or impossible since people like Delecti or the Brithini have to go to such extreme lengths to achieve it. I expect ressurection to be off the table for Malkioni as they don't believe in the afterlife the way that the Theyleans do. Might a Lankhor Mhy sage develop a Seperate Death from Man spell though (even if using it might draw unwelcome attention from Humakt or Daka Fal cults)? Could a Combine Man & Air spell permit flight, or is the Middle-Air just for Air Rune Theists? In the play examples, Magatheus & Orensulva both cast spells more or less instantly within the flow of the narrative, so there's a bit of a baseline there for things that a competent sorcerer can do on the go. OTOH, we also have allusions in the fiction for things that require groups, rituals, preparations, holy/astrologically-significant days, etc. Are those just augments or calling on a community's magic resource? What are things that a sorcerer would need to go to such lengths to accomplish that they couldn't do alone or quickly? Tapping is mentioned as a way to gain magical energy to empower one's spells, but without any detail. It it just a way to get an augment in the future? What about the magnitude of spell effects, do those play into the resistance one might roll against to cast them? Say a grimoire had a Banish Man from Your Presence(Dismiss Man) spell and a Force an Army to Retreat (Dismiss Man) spell within it. The caster's ability rating with this grimoire is the same either way. Should the former face Moderate resistance while the latter Nigh Impossible? What about Tapping Earth from a pebble vs a boulder? (I have a similar struggle with what the bounds should be for things that a Theistic Initiate cannot do, but the Devotee level feats in the cult write-ups at least give some guidance there.) Ian commented on RPG.net the last week, "You only really need materials if they have a shared fiction that you don't all share or know." I need materials to provide this shared fiction, please. I know it's OK for my Glorantha to vary, but I really have no clue what the baseline is from which I might deviate. The examples in HQ:G and the Sartar & Pavis books are very few, while the Guide mostly mentions epic things that Zzabur or the God Learners did, which is a bit out of scope for typical PCs. I'm half tempted to hunt down old RQ & HQ1 books for examples, but with so much changed since then I don't know if that's really a solution. Help, please?
  8. I posted this over on the Google+ Glorantha page, but I thought I might share it here as well. I ran a game of Heroquest for a group of Glorantha newbies last week: a quest to drive off Daga and to bring back the rain stolen by the Blue Dragon Aroka. It was a lot of fun for everyone involved, and I thought I'd share the story of our adventure. After entering the God World through a ritual on the Starfire Ridges, a left-handed Orlanth, Elmal, and Eurmal traveled to Daga's Desert to confront their enemy. Orlanth cast a thunderbolt into the desert sand, melting it into fractured glass. This affront brought forth Daga, who materialized out of the harsh desert sand and wind. Elmal shot arrows of sunfire and Orlanth cast thunderbolts into his enemy, causing droplets of bronze blood to fall and spatter onto the sand. After a sharp fight, and being wary of kinstrife, Orlanth and Elmal pinned Daga to the earth and wrested an agreement from him that he would not cross the Urox Hills so long as they abided by that same stricture. Released under those conditions, he then whirled away into the depths of his desert. While this was happening, Eurmal had become lost when he accidentally created a quagmire by tripping and spilling his vial of endless water. Caught in it, and unable to escape from the resulting quicksand, Eurmal sunk deep into the earth, where he fell into Ty Kora Tek's underworld. There he quickly fled from the terrible Grandmother, but not before stealing a magical embalming tool used to extract souls. Eurmal fled through the vast and chthonic tunnels of Hell only to find Humakt, who told him to get the hell out of his Underworld. Eurmal did not hesitate to obey, but told Humakt about Orlanth's quest to slay Aroka, and this Humakt did not wish to miss. Sword and Trickster together left the Underworld and emerged back into the sands to find Elmal and Orlanth standing victorious against Daga. Reunited, Orlanth and his companions traveled to Heler's Stead, seeking the Rain which would heal the wounds inflicted on the world by Daga. There they found the stead destroyed and Heler missing, consumed by the Blue Dragon, Aroka. Following the river which lead from the stead, carried by Orlanth's chariot of winds, they encountered 7895 Gold, a census dwarf who attempted to catalog them as part of the hectare under his survey. My players, like good Orlanthi, immediately bridled at such presumption, so reminiscent of the days of the Bad Emperor, and refused to participate. Trickster told the dwarf that they were all named Christopher, and Elmal made his heat to melt the wax tablet used to record their part in the census. This had consequences later, once the dwarf and the group had parted ways: they found themselves unstuck and cast apart as the World Machine itself forgot of their existence. When they reattached, they found themselves each alone and it was at this time that the Uz attacked. Our Humakti and Orlanthi fought them off easily, but the Elmali burnt too brightly and melted off the tip of his own spear. The trolls lunged for him, but he found his inner light and burnt them to dust. Trickster actually convinced the trolls attacking him to instead accompany him on his quest, and flanked by the two Uz, he made his way to the mountain of Aroka's lair. On the verge of confronting Aroka, Orlanth found himself faced by a tall man who blocked his path, armored all in silver and glowing with a ruddy light; Shepelkirt waxed full in the sky above him. After a short exchange of names, and the delivery of the Moon Son's challenge, Orlanth attacked with a loud thunderbolt that his opponent was forced to deflect with his mirrored shield, leaving him open for the thrust of Orlanth's sword which finished him easily. In the distance, as the Red Moon faded, her champion left dead in the dirt, Orlanth saw his companions approach at the foot of Aroka's lair -- all but Trickster. Trickster and his troll companions had found a secret way into Aroka's lair, and they wormed their way through the crack in the mountain as Orlanth, his Sword and Shield at his side once more, moved to confront the sleeping dragon. Elmal stepped into the flowing waters of the river leading from Aroka's lair and used his heat to turn it to hot steam. When he did this, Orlanth summoned a phalanx of Rams which charged down on the Wind, passing through the steam so that it caught on their bodies like fur. A scream of pain erupted from Aroka as the Umbroli slammed home into the body of the Blue Dragon, and with its eyes flashing and its mouth agape, Aroka came forward to face his enemies. Orlanth charged to meet him, carrying his Sword and Shield on a chariot of whirling Air. This moment was when Trickster betrayed them. Using his enchanted embalming tool, Trickster had stolen the Rain from Aroka's soul and taken it into himself. Abandoning Orlanth to his doom, and escaping with his prize secure, Eurmal used his power over Disorder to collapse the cavern on top of everyone -- including his troll companions, who died under falling rocks. Shattered stone rained down around Orlanth and Aroka as they fought, the Umbroli battering their horns against the body of the Blue Dragon as Sword and Shield fought as one. One great spear of stone broke Orlanth's chariot and sent them all tumbling to the earth. As Aroka pounced on them, tongues aflail, they fought fiercely: Humakt was gravely wounded, but Elmal and Orlanth fought back and together they fled the cavern just as it collapsed on top of Aroka and ended him. Reunited outside the collapsed entrance, and after some tough questions directed at Eurmal, Orlanth and his companions took stock of their situation and returned to their camp to meet with Ernalda. They realized that although Trickster had the Rain inside of him, they didn't know how to get it out. That was when Trickster had an idea: he had Orlanth use the embalming tool on Eurmal himself, and as Orlanth with his left hand put the screw to Eurmal, all watched in amazement as Heler suddenly appeared where Trickster had been standing. Thunder rumbled in the distance as heavy clouds rolled in, bringing the life-giving rain. Show less
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