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Towards an Iconography of a Gloranthan Mystery Cult


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3 minutes ago, Joerg said:

Neither Sea nor Storm? Or are those in a future Triskele (Mobility)/Stasis superimposition?

No just running variations on light–dark using the truth–illusion superposition that was surely always intended. I thought about curving the arms of the truth rune to suggest the motion rune, but … nah!

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Fire, Darkness, and Moon would be one set of replacements for the three small Darknesses of the Illusion rune. The other three runes are less circular, but might work there, too, or the Y for Truth might be made from the remaining three elements. E.g. Earth in the center, surrounded by water, then Storm (or vice versa, depending on your message).

Mobility-Stasis are the Powers pair which lends itself least for such schemes. Fertility-Death offers a capped eight-armed star or almost a black square, nearly as good as Truth as the negative of Illusion and vice versa in their hexagon, and Harmony-Disorder gives an almost black square when superimposed, too.

One fun thing would be a series of opposing powers superpositions created by arranging another opposing powers superpositions which in turn get created from another opposed powers superposition - ideally five iterations so that the smallest and the largest are the same. Might work better as an animated gif, though.

 

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24 minutes ago, Joerg said:

One fun thing would be a series of opposing powers superpositions created by arranging another opposing powers superpositions which in turn get created from another opposed powers superposition - ideally five iterations so that the smallest and the largest are the same. Might work better as an animated gif, though.

Yeah, I came back here to ponder the notion of Gloranthan mystery cults pursuing runic combinations the orthodox magicians consider paradoxical or absurd. Maybe most apparently go nowhere but you never know if a particular combination will unlock the world. I like doing it with sacred geometry. New runes from old!

On the other hand, the more systematic combinatorial thinkers got rolled up into the zistor program, leaving only the most idiosyncratic behind.

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46 minutes ago, Joerg said:

nearly as good as Truth as the negative of Illusion

You say negative, I say inescapable complement or concomitant. Truth values are 1 and 0, not 1 and -1. More of this anon (i.e. once I have drawn the pictures).

25 minutes ago, scott-martin said:

New runes from old!

Derivations coming. Honest, guv!

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Once upon a time, I contemplated making the "Pelandan Ideograms" that sit in the background of the Entekosiad and the Fortunate Succession material on New Pelorian for a page of New Pelorian text, and I did them up as similar to cartouches or zhuwen-type seals: exterior border around the characters. For "Carmania", I made a couple of jumbly characters for Kar Ma N Os and a little sigil- :20-sub-light: :20-element-darkness: :20-rune-law: arranged in the order of :20-power-illusion:. But there it was explicitly scriptural rhetoric, like the furigana-esque tiny Khordavan characters above it that spelled out "Western Reaches". 

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Though a Lunar through and through, she is also a human being.

"I just read an article in The Economist by a guy who was riding around with the Sartar rebels, I mean Taliban," -Greg Stafford, January 7th, 2010

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35 minutes ago, mfbrandi said:

Derivations coming. Honest, guv!

ta, a tad distracted from our more trollish pursuits this week as Mother of Markets has us all on call. derivatives welcome, will pick up again soon.

One thing I liked about this particular series is the way it interacted with a dream that told me how the death of the old sun to make way for nysalor and the current yelm relates to what we now call the ultimate rite of the northern hrestolic church . . . when things get too bad to resolve any other way, the king must die. (No overt comment on GBP intended.) Then there's another rite of the west that engineers a succession, a new birth. TLDR this looks like an artifact of the old sun, something impossibly archaic now but still vibrant.

By which I mean "elfin."

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1 minute ago, scott-martin said:

I just realized we can probably code specialized Gloranthan "dream machines" to strobe and flicker and seed new meditative patterns of thought. How interesting!

Possibly cheap mass-produced kaleidoscopes from Second Age God Forgot, not even requiring a visit to the Clanking Ruins to be dug up somewhere? Available as "no-price" participation rewards at Casino Town? Could be done on parchment or in stained glass.

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1 hour ago, scott-martin said:

By which I mean "elfin."

Well, we are not a million miles away from the plant rune, are we?

1 hour ago, scott-martin said:

specialized Gloranthan "dream machines" to strobe and flicker and seed new meditative patterns of thought.

All part of the secret of the light within, so be careful what you wish for.

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8 hours ago, Joerg said:

Mobility-Stasis are the Powers pair which lends itself least for such schemes.

Breaking the Moon

We have already derived Phi and Harmony. Moon is a trivial derivation. We get Stasis and Motion by breaking the Moon and playing with the pieces.

Storm is like Motion but diminished, an altogether lesser thing:

The dullness of Air

Sea/Water and all the other straight line segment runes are too boring to construct. The Man rune is straight lines plus Light and the Moon segment we used to create Motion and Storm/Air.

If we ever have any non-runic pieces left over, we just multiply them by Light. (This shows that Light is as much the void as Darkness is.)

Multiplication by Zero

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Derivations of Darkness, Cold, Heat, and Fire from Light:

Look into the Light

The cultic sigil (rotate at will):

The Secret of the Light Within

What are the cult’s runes? It surely cannot have all of these. Depends who you ask. Ostensibly, Harmony, Darkness, and Disorder — they seem safe — but in the right company, this is displayed:

Cryptorune

And that, I promise, is it.

 

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