> The God Learners were certainly aware of illumination, but I don't
> think they pursued or disseminated it widely. I think the answer is
> simply that the two mysteries of illumination and God Learning are
> basically unrelated.
And, indeed, incompatible (in my own view). An Illuminate can't see the world with the RuneQuest Sight any more: it isn't as simple as that, once you get beyond surface appearances. (Which, O Best Beloved, explains why Illumination doesn't fit neatly into the RuneQuest rules).
> I would like to think that [the ability to split into several parts]
> is one of the secrets a hero can learn through a difficult and dan-
> gerous quest.
We have an example of this in the "Troll Gods" excerpts from the "Jonstown Compendium", when Argrath is about to be made into a troll:
: And then there were four or five Arkats who all seized upon the : limbs of Kwaratch Kang, faster than I could tell. They weren't : there, then they were, with the rune lord held helpless...
And we all know by now that Arkat wounded himself on the Hero Plane (which is where he got his otherwise-unhealable injury from): two of his heroquests overlapped, and (all unknowing) he shot himself in the foot. Silly bugger.
(Ye Gods, Compu$erve is chopping up my posts something horrible these days. I'll do what I can, including complaining loudly, but it looks like things have taken a turn for the worse...)
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