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  1. Now up for sale. Men of the West The timeless appeal of the legends of the Hero Wars has resulted in an enduring interest in the period. Surviving texts, supplemented by archaeological evidence, are used here as the basis of this reconstruction of the combatants of the initial phases of that world-shattering conflict. This volume is a companion to The Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass. Many mercenaries and adventurers from the West have been drawn to the conflict in Dragon Pass. Their homelands of Seshnela, Fronela, and Ralios are also fighting their own Hero Wars. Seshnela strives to impose the ambition of One God, One King, One Empire on the divided city-states and kingdoms of Ralios, where many look to the long-prophesied return of the hero Arkat for their salvation. In Fronela the idealists of Loskalm must confront the bloodthirsty armies of the Kingdom of War raging across the land bringing destruction and death. And there are yet more threats and perils. This book presents details of the warriors, soldiers and mercenaries fighting during opening periods of the Hero Wars, their arms and armor, their ships, their cultures, histories and organization, terrain, the battlefields on which they fought, their fortifications, their magic, and their religions. Army Lists provide details of some of the regiments which fought in these epic conflicts, supplemented by numerous illustrations of the participants. Warning: adult themes - some aspects of Bronze Age warfare may be distressing. There is also a description of Gloranthan sorcery. Note: The Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass provides details of arms and armor, formations and many other things useful to the reader. https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/325525/Men-of-the-West?src=newest_community
  2. Today, though the players do not know it, we are going to experience the Battle of Dangerford. Part of my description I have written down mentions having to walk across the corpses of men and horses to ford across the Creek to Isle Dangerous. This morning, one of my player's sends me this out of the blue: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/slaughter-bridge-uncovering-colossal-bronze-age-battle Quite interesting, but now they are going to think I stole the whole story!
  3. The following is derived from reading Aelianus and Asclepiodotus: even in translation the meanings aren't always apparent, despite the drawings they helpfully provided. As such, even though modified for Glorantha, some of my interpretations are probably wrong. This assumes a Pelorian phalanx, with some of the counter-march orders arbitrarily associated with various gods or emperors. A phalanx requires drill and discipline to function, and is capable of performing numerous maneuvers upon command. Commands are given by voice, by trumpet or by the movement of the standard, or a combination of these. The movement of a phalanx on the battlefield performing precise exercises can intimidate and cower the enemy: a thousand or more glinting spearheads moving in unison to a common purpose will overawe a foe, lowering their morale before a blow has been struck. With the sound of a thousand or more men marching together the effect may daunt even the bravest barbarian. A number of Pelorian phalanx drill commands are given below. Attention! Await order about to be issued. To arms! Gather weapons and shield, shield resting against knees, spear vertical. Stand to your arms! Face front, shield in front of body, spear vertical. Raise spears! Spear held upright, base off the ground. Front ranks! Lower spears! Front ranks lower spears to the horizontal attack position. Fall in! Gather in formation. Fall out! Drop out of formation. Mark distances! Form the correct distance from soldiers in front and to the sides. Form files! Files form a straight line. Form ranks! Files maintain a straight line from flank to flank. Dress files! Straighten the files. Dress ranks! Straighten the ranks. Eyes front! Look to the front. Leaders, order your files! File-leaders ensure their file is in proper order and spacing. Take the first distance! File-leaders stop, defining the first distance. March! March forward. Advance! Advance to contact enemy. Halt! Halt. The depth, double! Close order to open order: file merges into the file beside it. The width, double! Open order to close order: rear file moves forward to the left to fill the gap between two forward files. Shields lock! Adopt close order. About-face! Fully turn to face in the opposite direction. To the pike, face! Turn right. To the pike, wheel! All soldiers in the formation turn to the right. To the shield, face! Turn left. To the shield, wheel! All soldiers in the formation turn to the left. As you were! Disregard the previous order and return to the most recent order. Daxdarius File Counter-march! Counter-march by file: formation halts, file-leader about-faces to face in the opposite direction and steps into the space between the files; the file advances past them with each member wheeling about, stepping into position. Once complete the formation is facing in the opposite direction to its initial orientation and positioned ahead of its original position. Polaris File Counter-march! Counter-march by file: formation halts, the men in each file about face. The file-leaders are now at the rear of the formation. The formation occupies the same location it did prior to the order. Khordavus File Counter-march! Counter-march by file: formation halts, the file leader about-faces, steps into the space between files and moves down between his file and the next; as each soldier in the file is passed they wheel about and follow the file-leader. Once complete the formation is facing in the opposite direction to its initial orientation and positioned behind its original position. Daxdarius Rank Counter-march! Counter-march by rank: formation halts, and counter-march commences at the wing closest to the enemy. The soldier at the end of each rank steps into the space between the ranks; their original rank advances past them with each member wheeling about, stepping into position beside the previous soldier. Once complete the formation is positioned beside its original position, and closer to the enemy. Polaris Rank Counter-march! Counter-march by rank: formation halts, and the counter-march commences with the soldier at the end of each rank stepping into the space between the ranks and moving along between the files, followed by the rest of the rank until the last soldier has stepped back. The phalanx files are now in the reverse order. Khordavus Rank Counter-march! Counter-march by rank: formation halts and countermarch commences on the wing furthest from the enemy. The soldier at the end of the rank steps into the space between the ranks and moves down between the files; as each soldier in the rank is passed they follow the rank-leader. Once complete the formation is positioned beside its original position, and further from the enemy.
  4. A number of Gloranthan shields; the top four rows are grouped by Element (Moon, Air, Sun, Earth) whilst the lower two depict shields carried by members of various Pelorian regiments. Note that only a few regiments carry uniform shields.
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