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Art preview: Orlanth, King of the Gods. From the forthcoming Gods of Glorantha

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Here's a sneak peek Jeff recently shared on Facebook:

ORLANTH, KING OF THE GODS. Art by Andrey Fetisov. From our forthcoming GODS OF GLORANTHA book, currently in development for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha.

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I wonder what is it with this "effectively nude but for greaves" look? Compare Vasana in RQG p.373. Same design of greaves, btw.

The sandals as accoutrement have a myth to them. Do these greaves have one?

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34 minutes ago, Joerg said:

I wonder what is it with this "effectively nude but for greaves" look? Compare Vasana in RQG p.373. Same design of greaves, btw.

The sandals as accoutrement have a myth to them. Do these greaves have one?

Well in this picture anyway, I do note he has a helmet as well as his grieves so he is not totally nude*, what lies between helmet and greaves is protected by the weapons he wields in his left hands: a shield and a dragon's head (the shield protecting  his body as well as left arms, would be my guess and the dragon's head protecting his spirit perhaps..?). That leaves his right arms bearing sword and lighting bolts protected visibly only by the woad (?) he is wearing.

The Helmet and greaves protect what the shield does not. Mostly covered by weapons and armour if not clothes from head to shin. Do not know if this explains the fashion entirely  as it definitely does not apply to Vasana on page 373. I would think that storm gods, unless the myth says otherwise, would go into battle as skyclad as possible.

* We can not see whether like the red hot chilli peppers, he is wearing a sock to go with those well positioned ribbons of clouds.

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It took me a while to spot the fingers holding Aroka's head, so I began wondering if the fourth arm was a chaotic feature.

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5 hours ago, Bill the barbarian said:

with those well positioned ribbons of clouds

That's clearly the Scarf of Mist.

And the central rune of the shield is an Earth Rune, which would make it the Shield of Arran.

The helmet has ram's horns.

Maybe he took the greaves from Yelmalio - they are rather shiny.

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8 minutes ago, Brootse said:

What's that thing in his top right hand that looks like two Mastery runes?

A vajra, aka thunderbolt.

 

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On 8/31/2019 at 11:21 PM, Joerg said:

I wonder what is it with this "effectively nude but for greaves" look?

It's sexy, that's what is up with it.

 

After all, Orlanth was known for seducing the Ladies in a lot of his legends~

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