Re: How common is powerful magic? [was: New One Man and...]

From: Paul King <paul_at_cqSoUJt5zQxOqnlSn55vm4Xnl-3zrkypWUwdB7Z8BMu7P-KfBuGRQCl6mTgFcq-2EhmwnP2>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2008 19:47:27 +0000

On 26 Oct 2008, at 12:13, valkoharja wrote:
> The podcast really did sound like the new version would be good for
> portraying Glorantha like Greg writes of it. I just started to wonder
> if _every_ adult heortling (for the usual value of every) really has
> 17+ in three runes, and most of the males have the storm rune.
> If I understood things correctly, that means that every Swen, Jürgen
> and Harald can throw lightning bolts and call down winds.

Not quite.
Now, I'm referring to the published playtest rules, and not the updated version which is going to be printed, so things may have changed.
In the rules I have, the start is 17 in one rune and 13 in the other two. Then you need to be a full Initiate to use magic actively (which may be the case for most Heortlings - it was in HQ1, but with the changes to magic it may not be - especially with the minimum 1W in a Rune that Mark Mohrfield mentioned). And lastly there is an automatic -6 (or +6 to opposition, which is similar in effect) so they won't be that good at it unless they have improved their ability in the Storm Rune.            

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