Disease and opposing world views

From: Stephen McGinness <stephenmcg_at_u5ilVP4TouzCqhQVL0dxpH8pmFffgeqcHJMf8QD_TX0aXeVkIzm1e84j1aT-QGtCF>
Date: Sat, 03 May 2008 09:50:20 +0100

One of the things I love about Glorantha is the richness of the various magic systems and world views. I also loved the list of diseases in RQII that helps players to immerse in the world. It isn't TB or AIDS but instead purely Gloranthan terms.

My problem came when I took my Sartarite theists to Prax and among the animists for a broo hunt.

Now as heroes they have come across broo before and their disease effects but I hadn't put any real thought into it - I had disease rules and used them. It was when I brought them among animists who spoke of disease spirits and the need to drive those spirits from the bodies of the afflicted. The theists did not see disease in that way.

Are diseases different in Prax? Are they the same and present differently to different people - like mystics in reverse? :-)

I'm not sure I need a 'right' answer but I would like one that people think would be most fun to play...


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