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Halfbird Quest – ions:

I am wondering as to more information on the Eye of the Halfbird, associated topics and how to integrate it into a line of scenarios.

Not sure about the spoilers but just in case:

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These will not only thwart the efforts of the Lunar Empire to obtain the Eye of the Halfbird and no Erianda will not obtain it but actually the PC's will eliminate the Lunar's ability to obtain it permanently by assisting the Halfbird to restore life to its dead half. (My Glorantha will surely very.)

“I got this from one of the Masters of Luck and Death many years ago. He said it was the mortal eye of the immortal Halfbird – a strange creature born before the Emperor. Half of it proved mortal and is little more than a skeleton, the other half seeks to restore the dead half to life.” (Sartar Companion p.176)

Blind Bird's Tree: in the Underworld – Martin – “Blind Bird's Tree in the Underworld, where the dwarves beat the trolls in the gods age? Do we think this maybe the roost of the immortal part of the Halfbird? or could it be the dead mate of the Halfbird?”

Why are the Dwarves all over anything to do with the Halfbird is it related/could it be or is it just the Blind Bird's Tree? – Scott Martin “Looking at the Halfbird again it looks more like a proto-gloranthan document roughly as old as Snodalsaga . . . I do not know how the dwarves fit in but they are all over this.” They defeated the Trolls at Blind Bird's Tree – is there more info on this?

Jaja – “The Tree likely died in the Gods War, and departed for the Underworld. But I'd suggest that's not the only place it could be found.” Where else might it be found? At a tree line way up a nearly impassible mountain or even above the tree line as its magical?

Swiftbriar Woods – where are they? (Wyrms Footprints p.83)

Unfinished Mountains – where are they? (Wyrms Footprints p.83)

Does possession of the Eye of the Halfbird allow one to move across the borders between the mundane world and the HeroPlane more easily? Charles – “Some magical tools change the strength or nature of a barrier, e.g. the Eye of the Halfbird.” Charles – “Eye of the Halfbird (from S:KoH) might even allow the veil of the otherworld to be pierced to see exactly who an enemy is.” I didn’t find any info on these items in Sartar Kingdom of Heroes?

Where else in the voluminous World of Glorantha are there references on the Unfinished Mountains, Swiftbriar Woods, Blind Bird’s Tree and the Halfbird?

Spoiler

What wing, floor, section and shelf might PC’s find information on these items, in which Lhankor Mhy Library, after they are given the Eye of the Halfbird by Mr. Goodsell. Possibly Jonstown? If there are no sewers there maybe they need to go to Nochet or even back to Heortland and the library at Derensev near Whitewall or Jelenkev to the west of Mount Passant if either of these have sewers? The lunars are in hot pursuit as spies/agents depending on the year this all pans out… before Dragon-Rise but after the fall of Sartar of course?

Could they not make haste to a city to research the Eye, escape the via the underground sewer system (Does Jonstown have a sewer system?) trek to the Swiftbriar Woods, some sort of Lhankor Mhy magic/divination shows how to get to the Halfbird? They go up the mountain and meet the Bear (whatever it is) and then move to the HeroPlane and the tree and the Halfbird is restored?

Thank you all.

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Have look in the Return to Apple Lane demo game, page 8, box - Narrator’s Information. It details what it does.

There's also an article in Wyrms Footprints (1995) - if you can find a copy, called The Half bird - a fragment, unpublished elsewhere.

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Thank you Mr. Scott, I have both those sources. In Wyrms it talks about Thumbless Talcon and in the Yellow Bear. In Return to Apple Lane we get: The Eye of the Halfbird The Eye of the Halfbird is part of the mortal remnants of that remarkable bird. It allows the possessor to look into the Otherworld when he is in this World and into the Middle World when he is in the Otherworld. The Halfbird greatly desires his mortal eye and would offer much for its return.

I was hoping for more and some ideas for a quest series, input anyone? (please use spoilers just in case)

Thanks again!

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5 minutes ago, Erol of Backford said:

the Yellow Bear

This is likely one of two entities.
 

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Guide p.228 in Northern Fronela: Yellow Bear Hills: These wooded hills are named after the Yellow Bear, a petty god who accompanied the First Age Hero Beobard into exile among the barbarians and was later enslaved by the magic of Jonat Big Bear. The Yellow Bear ceaselessly toils at his task of building upon these hills; as a result, the hills are growing higher each year.

Glorantha Sourcebook p.209 re: Androgeus.  Her children are too many to name, but five are wellknown: the Preserver, the Twisted Horse, Goldtooth, Wily Joker, and Yellow Bear.

 

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11 hours ago, Erol of Backford said:

Jaja – “The Tree likely died in the Gods War, and departed for the Underworld. But I'd suggest that's not the only place it could be found.” Where else might it be found? At a tree line way up a nearly impassible mountain or even above the tree line as its magical?

In the God Time before it died.  On the slope of the Spike is a likely option, but you could postulate any number of locations.  Where would you most likely find a Blind Bird?  High up on the Spike where it has been staring too long at the Sun?  In Rinliddi where it challenged Yelm and was blinded by a curse?

11 hours ago, Erol of Backford said:

Swiftbriar Woods – where are they? (Wyrms Footprints p.83)

Unfinished Mountains – where are they? (Wyrms Footprints p.83)

Both unknown as far as I know.  These were likely one-off references.

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It makes sense to me that the Unfinished Mountain is actually in the Yellow Bear Hills, he keeps working on them and some day the hills will eventually be transformed physically into the Unfinished Mountain. I would just make the semi-impassible Swiftbriar Woods the perimeter of the Unfinished Mountain where Yellow Bear lives. There must be some forest spirits dwelling there. I see Elves on the other side of the Nidan Mountains but not the northern side?

Why would the Halfbird need Yellow Bear's help? Maybe its something related to the Yellow Bear's task or how he goes about it? The Halfbird needs to be reborn or made new again via missing parts?

No matter, its a hell of a long way from Backford!? Like 1200 miles... and the lowest pass looks to be over 8000' up. Better not cross in Dark Season?

I was thinking on using something like the Hut of Darkness from TotRM 09 to get up a river towards the Nidan mountains but 1200 miles would take the better part of three seasons minimum unless hippogriffs or air elementals, something like that could be used? (Do air elementals get tired?)

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20 hours ago, jajagappa said:

This is likely one of two entities

Or, of course, it is both of those entities, and the Yellow Bear God in Fronela is also a child of Androgeus. And was later befriended by Jonat. 
I really like the idea that the Yellow Bear is building the Unfinished Mountain. 
How this ties into the already considerable world of magical bears in Fronela is another question (we already have black, brown, magical blues, and extinct Polar bears, what’s another colour.)

anyone with access to Jonats saga got anything to add? 

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