From: RuneQuest-Request@Glorantha.Holland.Sun.COM (RQ Digest Maintainer) To: RuneQuest@Glorantha.Holland.Sun.COM (Daily automated RQ-Digest) Reply-To: RuneQuest@Glorantha.Holland.Sun.COM (RuneQuest Daily) Subject: RuneQuest Daily, Fri, 07 Oct 1994, part 1 Sender: Henk.Langeveld@Holland.Sun.COM Content-Return: Prohibited Precedence: junk X-RQ-ID: Intro This is the RuneQuest Daily Bulletin, a mailing list on the subjects of Avalon Hill's RPG and Greg Stafford's world of Glorantha. It is sent out once per day in digest format. More details on the RuneQuest Daily and Digest can be found after the last message in this digest. X-RQ-ID: index 6496: niwe = (Nils Weinander) - Dead Kralorelans & some more 6497: davidc = (David Cake) - Kitori and stuff 6498: davidc = (David Cake) - Zorakarkat 6499: watson = (Colin Watson) - Walking corpses; Shamans 6500: SMITHH = (Harald Smith 617 724-9843) - red moon rising 6501: langham = (Bernard Langham) - Black Arkat, Kitori 6502: CHEN190 = (Peter Metcalfe, CAPE Canty) - Swamps and Orlanth 6503: igorlick = (ian i. gorlick) - Brithini resurrection 6504: gerakkag = firstname.lastname@example.org - Non-CA Resurrection 6505: 100270.337 = (Nick Brooke) - Resurrection; Karse 6506: pheasant = (Nick Eden) - Aeolian Heretic speaks 6507: pheasant = (Nick Eden) - Return of Geas 6508: sandyp = (Sandy Petersen) - Re: RuneQuest Daily, Thu, 06 Oct 1994 6509: aweill = (Andrew J. Weill) - Re: Volume 11, no 04, part 1 of 2: Lesser Faiths of Prax 6510: erisie = (Sven *Erik Sievrin) - Re: RuneQuest Daily, Thu, 06 Oct 1994, part 2 6511: ddunham = (David Dunham) - Orlanth subcults; Aztec swamps; Esrolia 6512: Argrath = Argrath@aol.com - Ohlson's questions; disease --------------------- From: email@example.com (Nils Weinander) Subject: Dead Kralorelans & some more Message-ID: <9410060928.AA29829@ppvku.ericsson.se> Date: 6 Oct 94 11:28:50 GMT X-RQ-ID: 6496 Nils Weinander writing Simon Lipscomb: > Nils points out where Kralorerlan souls go when they die. Fair enough. I don't > know much about Kralorela, but I think we still basically agree that they > wouldn't want to be brought back. Yes we agree. I'm sorry if that didn't come through in my posting. Sandy: >>Kralorelans in good standing with society get _out of_ >>reincarnation. > Technically, Kralorelans believe in the dragonewt philosohy >of "progression". They do believe that good Kralori that have >mastered their earthly lives go to Vithela, ultimately to continue >this progression and expansion of capacity. Well, since they progress out of Glorantha as known by everyone else, I see that as getting out of the reincarnation cycle which seems to exist in sky pantheon worshippers' thinking. _____ Yelmalio armouring geases: Ian Gorlick and Peter Metcalfe points out the Hill of Gold. OK that's fair enough, but then why do Humakti have the same stuff? Humakt didn't loose his armour in any myth I've heard of. _____ Ignorance architecture: Peter Metcalfe: > Really IMO about the Kingdom of Ignorance. They practice Aztec style > religious ceremonies before the New Kingdom of wisdom and their oldest > beliefs come from pyramids with picture writing on them which is also > a characteristic of Mayan Pyramids. Ergo the Ignorance architetural > styles are (IMO - loosely on factual evidence) based upon the > Mesoamericans. Add in some roman style amphitheaters for the ritual arena combats (or slaughterings). Oh, and the analogy makes perfect sense. I have a vague reminiscence from the daily a year ago or so where someone came up with the idea of inverted pyramids for the Ignorants. Am I remembering wrong or does someone else recollect this? _____ /Nils W --------------------- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (David Cake) Subject: Zorakarkat Message-ID: <199410061320.VAA11651@cs.uwa.oz.au> Date: 7 Oct 94 05:33:05 GMT X-RQ-ID: 6498 Err... ummm.... shuffles feet embarrasedly. I can only find one reference to Zorakarkat as well, the one in East Ralios. I had a feeling that there was at least one other, somewhere in Maniria, but it appears that I was thinking of Kaxtorplose. Um... sorry. Dave --------------------- From: email@example.com (Colin Watson) Subject: Walking corpses; Shamans Message-ID: <199410061421.PAA26381@pelican.csd.abdn.ac.uk> Date: 6 Oct 94 16:21:34 GMT X-RQ-ID: 6499 ____ Erik: > > I tend to adhere to the idea that newly-dead spirits retain their STR, CON > > and DEX for a while after death (though these characteristics are fairly > > useless in the spirit-world and tend to dissolve in a matter of days). > > I don't know. It sounds like a good thought [...], but I feel DEX,STR and > CON are part of the body, not the soul. But think of it like this: DEX & STR are what allow a creature to move around and interact with the physical world; CON gives the ability to respire - breathing, eating etc. Upon death these faculties depart from the body immediately. (Good thing too, otherwise corpses of the recently dead could wander about mindlessly (with no INT or POW) as do animate Skeletons.) But corpses don't breathe or move around; they don't have STR or DEX or CON. The question is where do these faculties go? I suggest they depart with the spirit, and if the spirit is recovered then they return with the spirit. _ > > If there was to be a ShamanPak[...] > For something similar, although it is non-RQ and > non-Glorantha, I recommend "Shamans" for Ars Magica. Having recently acquired this supplement I heartily second Erik's sentiment. "Shamans" contains some very evocative descriptions of the Spirit World - not the grey and featureless place RQ3 describes. And remarkably good value for 8 quid or so. ___ CW. --------------------- From: SMITHH@A1.MGH.HARVARD.EDU (Harald Smith 617 724-9843) Subject: red moon rising Message-ID: <01HHYBFN723KS9MYKP@MR.MGH.HARVARD.EDU> Date: 6 Oct 94 05:15:00 GMT X-RQ-ID: 6500 - Eric Rowe comments on the light/view of the Red Moon I assume this was in response to David Dunham's complaint (shared by myself) that the Red Moon should be visible beyond the Glowline, if it is indeed in or contesting the Middle Air. Though Eric's comments are reasonable, I still don't believe they prove that the Red Moon can only be viewed within the Glowline. Remember that the Glowline and the Temples of the Reaching Moon didn't exist until Yara Aranis was created in the Fourth Wane. This would imply that you couldn't see the Red Moon from the time the goddess rose into the sky until Sheng Seleris came on the scene! Yet the First Inspiration of Moonson claims she did rise into the sky, she could view her children on the earth, and I would surmise that she could in turn be seen. A further implication is that if you were outside the Glowline you wouldn't know what day of the week it was and whether your magic would have any effect. If you look at the map in Codex #2 showing the location of the Middle Air, which the Red Goddess is supposed to be contesting, then I think it makes a very difficult argument to say it can't be seen from elsewhere outside the Glowline. If she's in the Lower Air, fine then there are mountains that would block the view of her, but I've never heard or seen anything to suggest this. Harald --------------------- From: CHEN190@csc.canterbury.ac.nz (Peter Metcalfe, CAPE Canty) Subject: Swamps and Orlanth Message-ID: <01HHZ2GHM3NQ9YD4KG@csc.canterbury.ac.nz> Date: 7 Oct 94 12:24:51 GMT X-RQ-ID: 6502 Sandy ===== >>The marshes are not exactly the healthiest places to live in the RW, >>(note how we like to drain our swamps?) > There are plenty of people who live in swamps and love it. >There are swamp Arabs along the coast of the Red Sea, who have reed >boats and hunt marsh boars. There are the bayou folk of Louisiana. >There are the Seminole swamp indians of the Everglades. And there are >many many other examples. I'm not too sure about these examples exemplfying Swamps are good. The Bayou folk obviously have the technology to mitigate the worst of the swamps side effects such as mosquito netting. The others tribes as far as I am aware stick within the swamp because it's their home turf and can easily defend it and are acclimatized. Other tribes have not taken over the place (the Marsh Arabs of the Shatt-al-Arab are very old) because they do not wish to live there because of its 'worthlessnes' and the difficulty of invading it. I have never heard of, for instance, of bedouins invading the swamp nor marsh arabs emigrating to the desert. As a result, I would normally posit the existance of swamp humans in the minor swamps such as the churlwe marsh (Yes, I know there's three kingdoms in the sozganjio.) The only problem I have with this is how much competition would the swamp humans face from the goblins? IMO, the swamp humans would have to compete with the goblins for resources which is on par with a praxian trying to settle in Dagori Inkarth. If a tribe lives outside the swamp and hunts/raids it periodically, the swamp humans and the goblins would feel under pressure and retailate accordingly. thus IMO, a expedition into the swamps for hunting could easily be transformed as a raid into the scummy slime sucking catfish people. This IMO would transform the perception of the marshes in the Doraddi perspective to something less than flattering. Hugh ==== >SUBJECT: Orlanth subcults >Various supplements refer to the subcults of Orlanth Rex, Adventurous, >and Thunderous, but I have no idea where write ups of these are. Where >can I find them? Is there a big difference between each one, or is it >more like the difference between Catholic, Episcapalion, and Lutheren? Having brought this up, I shall respond. The Orlanth Writeup in River of Cradles has Orlanth Adventerous embodied in the form of the wind lord whereas Orlanth Thunderous is the Storm Voice or Priest. This is the standard writeup (which many people may or may not agree with). A Wind Lord seeks to be an embodiment of Orlanth. Since many of the myths tell of Orlanth adventuring, the Wind Lord may adventure a lot. A lot more myths tell of Orlanth listening to his charges and thus he goes and beats up the guilty. Thus the Wind Lord is almost always found in charge of the clan as he is responsible for social justice. The Storm Voice act as Messenger of the King of the Gods and act accordingly. Some God Learners have speculated they are actually the remants of the old Umath Cult who were absorbed by the Orlanth Cult. Just as Umath is Orlanths dad and so Orlanth owes him filial piety and so the Wind lord is subserviant to the Storm voice. For this impious learning they were seized and beheaded. Since the Wind Lord is responsible to the Storm Voice and the Storm Voice is prone to random acts of religious estascy (such as climbing up tall mountains and jumping off 'to be with the wind'), it is clear why Orlanthi civilization always collapses into barbarianism. To counteract this, mainly to provide an effective response to the EWF, the Cult of Orlanth Rex (detailed in Heroes volume i, issue 3 or 4) was invented which made the Storm Voices responsible to Tribal Kings who were convienently selected from the ranks of the clan chiefs (and Wind Voices). This is found in Ralios, Peloria and Maniria. Dorasar may have abandoned this when he left to settle new pavis. Other cults of Orlanth known are (no writeups alas!): Orlanth Dragonfriend: An EWF Cult. Probably defunct as the EWF magic to sustain it no longer is available. The main thing known about it was that one could perform both storm and EWF magics without being marked for destruction by the wind fists. Orlanth New Wind: A cult set up by Lokaymadon during the Empire of Light. It is dead now but one wonders why the Lunar Empire hasn't tried to ressurect this cult to integrate orlanthi belief better into the Empire? Orlanth Victorious: An obscure Cult lorded over by Argrath in Pavis. Argrath is stated to be a Wind Voice so perhaps this cult allows him to access the four magic weapons? Invisible Orlanth: A Carmanian Cult. The benefits of its worship is unknown as the Aeolians practice henotheism without contacting this spirit. I would postulate a form of saintly blessing. --Peter Metcalfe --------------------- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (ian i. gorlick) Subject: Brithini resurrection Message-ID: <_3040_Thu_Oct__6_12:13:email@example.com> Date: 6 Oct 94 08:13:00 GMT X-RQ-ID: 6503 I have the impression that the Brithini do not actually believe in the soul the way other Gloranthan cultures do. So they probably do not think of what they are doing as resurrection any more than we do when someone is revived after a brief period of "death". They probably just look at it as a very difficult healing. In the first few minutes after death, they probably use techniques that resemble our own resuscitation techniques. Stabilize the patient by using healing spells. Then use artificial respiration and heart massage (they may use special magics like Animate Air and Animate Water to force the flow of air and blood) to get the system running again. Patients who have been dead longer may require much more specialized magics to fix problems related to anoxia and eventual tissue decay. Obviously it becomes much more difficult as time passes until it eventually becomes effectively impossible to resuscitate someone. --------------------- From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Non-CA Resurrection Message-ID:
Date: 6 Oct 94 04:22:29 GMT X-RQ-ID: 6504 Chris Taylor rightly points out that oodles of Shamanic cults (or cults with shamanic ties) have divine magics that allow for resurrection -- i.e., Daka Fal, Eiritha, Aldrya, Kyger Litor, etc. I'm not sure about Seven Mom's shamanic links -- eh, it's probably some gross slimy chaos ability. :) However, I've gotten used to GMs that drastically limited the ability of shamans to obtain divine magic in RQ3. I myself have never really liked the idea that shamans just power up the ol' rune magic link and Daka Fal/Horned Man/Great Grampa Bob/Whatever resurrects yon dead familial member. Ergo -- since there is a lot of evidence in both RQ2 and RQ3 that shamans _can_ obtain divine resurrection, albeit often in one-use forms, it doesn't unbalance the game to allow Shamans to resurrect through a different mechanism. I prefer to use a "shamanic mechanism." Three reasons for this. First, even though the _end result_ is similar, I (and my players) like it when the bells ring, lights flash and spirits go "boo!" -- it's a way to emphasize the difference between divine magics and shamanic spirit practices. It can allow for some interesting roleplay, too -- the only person to be resurrected by a shaman so far decided to go NPC and become an apprentice... Second, we see Aldrya, Kyger Litor, etc encouraging worship of Daka Fal, I'm assuming both worship varients/sub-cults/whatever. (Horned Troll for the latter? Thorny Bush for the former?). Ergo, I'm not sure that the shamanism here is powered by the god in question -- with the caveat that the deity is the original ancestor. So who is giving the "divine" ability? Third, I like the way it fits into the cultures. Sure, if I happen to be the local leader of a troll clan, I just whip out the ol' RQ2 rules and exclaim "Waitaminute! Issaries can spell trade!" then run out and join said cult. You _can_ still obtain resurrection with a kind GM; i.e., you can always trot down to to a CA temple. But I prefer the idea that trolls/elves/hsunchen "take care of their own" instead of going to an alien pantheon. Anyway, thanks for all the comments on non-CA resurrection -- some of them have been really insightful. *Hey Look! The Sigfile is finally working* ========================================================================== James Frusetta "Close the city and tell the people that Arizona State University Trolls are coming to call; Box 871502 Death and darkness are rushing foward to Tempe, AZ 85281-1502 take a bite from the walls; ASJWF@asuvm.inre.asu.edu When you listen to Yelm -- Trolls overwhelm." -- Black Sabbath (the Gloranthan version) ========================================================================== --------------------- From: email@example.com (Nick Brooke) Subject: Resurrection; Karse Message-ID: <941006183223_100270.337_BHL28-1@CompuServe.COM> Date: 6 Oct 94 18:32:24 GMT X-RQ-ID: 6505 _____ Simon on Malkioni: > The Brithini are a seperate case IMO. My impression from the description > in Crucible etc. is that they fear death so much because they don't > believe in an afterlife or that the soul retains its identity upon death. > Certainly they would want a method of resurrection but may not feel it to > be possible. I can confirm that the Brithini in Greg's MS of "Arkat's Saga" definitely have access to Resurrection. It seems ludicrous to categorise this as the Divine magic spell rearing its ugly head again. Retreating Brithini troops would carry home the heads of their dead comrades, so the sorcerers could regrow the bodies and resurrect them. The head's the most efficient load. As for Shamans only getting Resurrect from "spirit cults", this is IMHO a grotesque God Learnerisation. The shaman is dealing with a "Great Spirit", but because the God Learners have decreed that this is in fact a "God" it doesn't count as bona fide Shamanism?? Typical semantic twaddle. _____________ Mike Dickison on Karse: A dozen people will tell you this, but: > Firstly: Is there more Official info I've missed? Yep. There was a 1986 Chaosium publication called "Carse: Urban Aid for Fantasy Roleplaying" (great title, guys!), a non-Gloranthan city write-up that was used in Chaosium's house campaign as the basis for the city of Karse, in much the same way as Thieves' World's Sanctuary was used as a model for Refuge. It's a damn' good supplement by Midkemia, the people who wrote "Cities", and should be relatively easy to Gloranthify. If nothing else, you should steal the street plans and perspective maps of the city. As for being "Official", who cares? It's your world, after all. But Karse isn't in Esrolia; it's "Lower Heortland" (down off the plateau). The culture is more Western than you'll find in the high lands, on account of all that sea trade. Yeah, there'll inevitably be some Esrolian influence -- but I doubt there'd be a lot. OTOH, it's your game! ____ Erik on Malkioni: > The ethical dimension comes in on the subject: Should I use this spell > at all? Not that question: I presume a Malkioni Wizard would think it appropriate to cast 'Worship Invisible God' at services. The ethical question is over whether an Evil Sorcerer could cast exactly the same spell by performing the same ritual. There are real-world arguments which suggest he could do so, incidentally: but nobody was interested last time I brought these up. __________ Tradetalk: > Our translators are native speakers of English - while I can express > myself somewhat fluently in English, my translations into English > are horrible. Ask Nick Brooke... Joerg writes extremely well in English, and I have told him so often. His only problem is that after receiving a corrected idiomatic text for one of his articles, he bins it and continues to work from the old version... _______________ Richard Ohlson: > High Holy Days Ernalda: Clayday of Fertility Week in Earth Season. The whole week is a great fun holy time almost anywhere in the world: Harvest Festival! Chalana Arroy: Second Week of Sacred Time, presumably with the high spot on Wildday (which is her usual Holy Day) > I have heard a lot about the magazine "Tales of the Reaching Moon", > people seem to be taking articles from it as gospel. How do I get my > little hands on a copy? Are there any back issues anywhere? If you're in the US, email David Gadbois and ask him for information. (Mind you, he's probably calling you already...). He can be reached on: firstname.lastname@example.org > Various supplements refer to the subcults of Orlanth Rex, Adventurous, > and Thunderous, but I have no idea where write ups of these are. Where > can I find them? Is there a big difference between each one? The fullest-ever Orlanth write-up was in "Heroes" magazine many years ago. This had details for O.Rex not available elsewhere. A slightly-shorter version is in River of Cradles, a recent Avalon Hill supplement; it omits O.Rex, but is otherwise pretty comprehensive. As for the others, broadly speaking O.Adventurous is the god of Wind Lords and O.Thunderous the god of Storm Voices. In some places they form rival cults, but usually they're just different aspects of the same religion. Adventurous is more, well, adventurous, emphasising martial prowess and heroic derring-do, while Thunderous is a more socially responsible cult. Adventurous gets Wind Words and Shield and Magic Weapons, while Thunderous gets to call storms and hurl thunderbolts. And Rex gets to lead tribes. > I was reading the write-up on Orlanth and I noticed something odd. > Orlanth and Ernalda aren't associate cults. Which write-up is that? They certainly are; but if there are no Ernaldans around (i.e. in Prax), it's a bit of a moot point. > Am I wrong in believing that Orlanth is a male only cult? If it suits your game, this can be so. Some people would call Vinga the "cult of Orlanth Adventuress" - i.e. women who join Orlanth are *really* joining Vinga, but nobody worries too much about this. I think Orlanth is for males only, but I know some people out there get upset when the real world impinges on Glorantha so I'm usually not dogmatic about it. As for Yelm, now... ==== Nick ==== --------------------- From: email@example.com (Nick Eden) Subject: Aeolian Heretic speaks Message-ID: Date: 6 Oct 94 18:50:37 GMT X-RQ-ID: 6506 In-Reply-To: <9410050815.AA07098@glorantha.Holland.Sun.COM> > From: JARDINE@RMCS.CRANFIELD.AC.UK > Also remember the Aolian heratics who allow St CA to function in their > midst. I doubt whether they would have accepted her unique gifts if > they came from a culture that was fervently against resurrection. Having spent some time as an Aeolian heretic I would dispute the idea that we have a western mindset. Now it could just be that Nick Brooke's version for How the West Was One (I'll try not to give anything important away) diverges from the standard, but the standard doesn't seem to exist in Greg's published writings anyway. The Aeolians are not Westerners. They have an Orlanthi view of the caste systems, they regard the Orlanthi pantheon as saints of their church, while giving St Rokar, St Dromar and St Geralnt Flamesword pretty short short shrift. basicly they are culturally Theylan's, who have altered the worship of the Invisible God to fit their culture. Just because we heretics regard St CA, the white lady, who the Invisible God gave the miraculous powers of healing and ressurection to shouldn't be interpreted as meaning that any 'normal' Malkioni would give them the time of day, let alone give their beleifs any serious consideration. To be frank I've never encounted a much as heretical as the Aeolians and I was VERY surprised not to be burnt at the stake during HtWwO.