Re: Heroes

From: Donald R. Oddy <>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2000 01:07:46 GMT


>I do not think this is the point and I do not agree with your definition of a
>hero. Heroism is not about good training. It is about exceptional people with
>exceptional abilities. Heortling society is more likely to create heroic
>individuals because heroism is valued, the traits that exist is heroes are
>encouraged, and individualism makes the most of individual talents (that may
>have been supressed in a more civilised (eg Dara Happan) society.

Certainly exceptional aptitudes play their part in Heroism but without learning how to use them they won't become abilities and this takes time. Otherwise you get someone who's spent 20 years farming, suddenly prays to Orlanth and instantly becomes an heroic fighter. It makes much more sense to me for their prayers to be answered by a young hero striding out of the mist who turns out to be someone's long lost son who has spent the last ten years in hiding.

I don't know where you get the idea that Heortling society is more likely to create heroic individuals than Dara Happa. My view of Glorantha has always been that each culture had its own heros, they are different because of cultural differences but they are still heros. Such as the heroic Lunar tax collector who learns all the Orlanthi tax dodges.

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