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For the Harmast / Bad Rain reference, see:

In that, the Manthi Flints were used by Harmast to kill the Only Old One's son Angorsk Ig.

In Sartar Kingdom of Heroes (pg 196) and Storm Tribe (pg 18) there are Manthi stones that wounded Zorak Zoran's "evil son".

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1 hour ago, Martin said:

so any guesses on what they are anyone?

Real world flints are opal (silicaceous algae shell fragments) sedimented and then compacted into a mineral glass.

With the Manthi being sea deities, they may have some form of organ containing material which can sediment or remain as dry residue if they die on dry land. Such residue might compact to flint under sufficient stress - possibly exposure to lightning or thunderbolts.

One fun way would be to find them in Godtime, Flood Age, on the Trembling Shore while Worcha approaches again and again, its impact causing earlier defeated attacks and loss of substance to aggregate as flints. That would explain how such artifacts exist in the region where Harmast lived.

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I would pick a simple explanation, even if Occam's razor is not a reliable tool in Glorantha. Thunderstones are always flintstones. Manthi stones are badass thunderstones, and getting them requires a heroquest to get Manthi to gift them to you. Harmast probably discovered or rediscovered this myth. Considering the relationship between water and air, I would make it a non-violent quest, except for getting to Manthi's realm. That could have some martial challenges. 

As a second explanation, if there are electric eels in Glorantha, that could be a source, a gem in their body that generates lightning. Manthi could be their overlord or father.

Or you could combine both, with a trip to Manthi's realm and facing off giant electric eels for the gems in their heads.

A way to have a thunderstone with a rating over the 15-20 maximum of the Bless Thunderstone spell. Hero stuff, or munchkinism, but just think of what could be done with a 50 rating thunderstone, or something like that.

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I Doubt the manthi Flints are "super thunderstones" as Harmast had a Thunderstone and it was not that he used to defeat the bad rain and used the manthi flints out of desperation or accident perhaps...could these be something from the defeat of the sea at trembling shore...sure thats feasible...the blood of the defeated sea king and his sons?

Do they somehow "capture"  the ""water" aspects  of the Bad Rain or "dry them" up?

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Hmmm... Manthi Flints used to defeat the Bad Rain, which is a Storm Tribe entity, the shadow of Orlanth. We know Manthi is King of the Water Tribe, but not the ruler of the Oceans.

We don't know much about the Water Tribe creatures that defeated Storm Gods, whose children are Gnydrons. Manthi could have been one of them. Maybe they're the weapon Manthi used to defeat a Storm god. If a lot of Water creatures were being defeated, Manthi may have taken something from the enemies and changed it; water is all about transformation and cycles of change.

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2 hours ago, AlHazred said:

We don't know much about the Water Tribe creatures that defeated Storm Gods, whose children are Gnydrons. Manthi could have been one of them. Maybe they're the weapon Manthi used to defeat a Storm god. If a lot of Water creatures were being defeated, Manthi may have taken something from the enemies and changed it; water is all about transformation and cycles of change.

The Manthi (or Manthie) are the offspring of Manthe (or Manthi) and Natea, and their sibling Magasta. Lorion is one of the most prominent first generation offspring or Manthi and Natea. Descended from Daliath and Framanthe, Mind and Soul of the Waters. The Sea Kings (or Queens) would take the asociated bodies of water (offspring of Sramake and Daliath) as wives/husbands, giving birth to the currents of the Seas and the primal rivers (other than the Styx).

The Gnydron ancestress (then ancestor) Janelosp was one of the Niiads descended from Mirintha and Phargon, children of Triolina - Mirintha with Nelat, Phargon with Grandfather Mortal. Descended from Sramak and Framanthe, Body and Soul of the Waters.

 

 

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Did any of them defeat storm gods other than (IIRC) Lorion?

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41 minutes ago, AlHazred said:

Did any of them defeat storm gods other than (IIRC) Lorion?

The general trend was that Storm overcame Sea, but remember that there is plenty of bronze to be found in and around Kerofinela, so we can assume that Storm had its casualties in its war with the Seas during the Flood. None famous, though (but then we don't know the name of the Vadrudi mother of the Gnydron either), and possibly without any chance for the victor to boast about it after the battle as most of the battles were won by Storm.

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2 hours ago, Joerg said:

we can assume that Storm had its casualties in its war with the Seas during the Flood. None famous, though

Sure, the written sources we have from that period are overwhelmingly from the human camp (either Lhankor Mhy or Irripi Ontor, for the most part) so I wouldn't expect them to record the Storm Tribe's occasional utter failure! 🙂

I just feel like, if the Sea Tribe did have a victory, the victor is likely to have held onto whatever they plundered from Storm, and whatever it is will transform while in possession of the Sea. It's inevitable, like the tide! And if it was tied to lore that was key to defeating a Storm God one time, then it would likely be useful for anybody else looking to defeat a Storm God in the future, like Harmast.

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