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It is mentioned in several sources, but I can't seem to locate it. Presumably the seat of the Lunar Empire's Vampire Legion, which might be connected to the Vampire Legion of Tanisor?

Note: In TotRM 19 it is implied that the "Vampire Kingdom" borders the Lunar Empire in northern Peloria.

..and the Sourcebook says they are rumored to 'train in the mountains'. (the Pavis book for HeroQuest further states that they 'train in the mountains of Peloria').

I doubt if these are the Yolp Mountains or Blue Moon Plateau because they are troll country, which leaves the Western Reaches/Carmania, Doblian, the Jernalf Mountains (I think this one is unlikely because the Jernotians wouldn't stand for it), Ford, or maybe Imther (I am dubious about those). If there's a connection to Dorastor... maybe the Tobros Mountains?

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16 minutes ago, jeffjerwin said:

It is mentioned in several sources, but I can't seem to locate it. Presumably the seat of the Lunar Empire's Vampire Legion, which might be connected to the Vampire Legion of Tanisor?

Note: In TotRM 19 it is implied that the "Vampire Kingdom" borders the Lunar Empire in northern Peloria.

..and the Sourcebook says they are rumored to 'train in the mountains'.

The location has not been specified canonically.  I've read that the mountains concerned are the Grey Mountains (which places them a bit far from any human food)

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1 minute ago, metcalph said:

The location has not been specified canonically.  I've read that the mountains concerned are the Grey Mountains (which places them a bit far from any human food)

Huh. Yes, that would be difficult for them. Though perhaps they keep a population of thralls on hand.

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What exactly are the feeding habits of the Gloranthan vampires that would make up a vampire "legion"?

Do they still have a full stable of human Vivamort initiates spending their existence to feed their vampire masters in the hope of joining their ranks?

The effects of the Vivamort touch in RQ2 was downright humane - you would lose temporary POW (aka magic points)  and when drained to 3 MP or less, the knowledge of the latest rune spell you sacrificed for would be transferred to the vampire, in RQG speak along with the rune points to cast it if divine, and some general hit points when donating blood. Ok, so you had to provide a victim from among your kin - I wonder whether nasty in-laws count...

I don't have the RQG bestiary yet (need to wait for christmas...), which means I haven't seen the RQG treatment of vampires and sorcery yet.

 

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1 hour ago, Joerg said:

What exactly are the feeding habits of the Gloranthan vampires that would make up a vampire "legion"?

Do they still have a full stable of human Vivamort initiates spending their existence to feed their vampire masters in the hope of joining their ranks?

The effects of the Vivamort touch in RQ2 was downright humane - you would lose temporary POW (aka magic points)  and when drained to 3 MP or less, the knowledge of the latest rune spell you sacrificed for would be transferred to the vampire, in RQG speak along with the rune points to cast it if divine, and some general hit points when donating blood. Ok, so you had to provide a victim from among your kin - I wonder whether nasty in-laws count...

I don't have the RQG bestiary yet (need to wait for christmas...), which means I haven't seen the RQG treatment of vampires and sorcery yet.

 

It's roughly similar - the rune spell stuff is gone - Vampires and their like no longer have POW, though they have some means of getting Vivamorti Rune Spells. So it is possible to 'responsibly' keep a community of human thralls to drain for magic points, without killing them. Neither Rathorelans nor Char-Un seem like pliant subject peoples. In TotRM 19 it was implied they took slave tribute from the Lunar Empire (probably in Spol) in exchange for their service.

At least one Carmanian Shah (Ammas the Black, r. 834-873) associated with Spol was allied with 'inhuman' allies in the Grey Mountains. He was deposed...

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2 hours ago, Joerg said:

What exactly are the feeding habits of the Gloranthan vampires that would make up a vampire "legion"?

Do they still have a full stable of human Vivamort initiates spending their existence to feed their vampire masters in the hope of joining their ranks?

In my Glorantha, the Vampire Legion is an arm if the Lunar Army and many of its members are Yanafal Tarnils Rune Lords. There is a detachment of Yanafal Tarnils troops permanently stationed with the Vampire Legion, although some are rotated in and out. These, together with other non-combat support personnel, are used as food by the Vampire Legion. When a Yanafal Tarnils Rune Lord from this unit reaches retirement, he has the opportunity to join the Vampire Legion. However, not all of the members of the Vampire Legion are Yanafal Tarnils worshippers, some are straight-up Vivamorti, others are associated with other cults. However, all are Illuminated.

My Glorantha does vary, though.

 

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