Re: How prevalent is magic?

From: michaelL <michaelalewis25_at_...>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:25:42 -0000

Thanks Dr. I appreciate your explanation. I wish sometimes that the books did the same.

That's a problem with Glorantha. It has a high learning curve.

> > I tell my players that the role science and laws of science play in
> >our world, magic plays in Glorantha. Anything that has a scientific
> >cause for us has a magical cause for them.
> > /// You Godlearner you.
> >
> Some of it is mindset. The native Americans would put a small fish in with their seeds and would help the harvest. We would talk about the what the fish has and what chemicals the plant needs. In Glorantha one would talk about the quest of their go of agriculture and the deal he made with the god of the Sea. The Apache (?) have a technique that allows them to grow corn in arid climates without irrigation, this would be a Maize secret given to them by their god. And I think one premise of the setting is that the societies were right in regarding them as magic, no different than the Orlanthi that can throw lightning.
> So magic in Glorantha would go from things we consider proper techniques up to what we would consider obvious magic. From a Barntar ritual way to hold a plow, so it cuts the soil better, or to set the blade right to magically improve crops, up to Orlanthi teleportation. And if you come to a pool that seem very peaceful and beautiful, it is only reasonable to think that is because a naiad has been taking care of it. And if the beavers are avoiding your traps, it is only reasonable to think that beaver spirit has figured out how you hide them (and maybe you may even chance upon him in the form of a talking beaver).

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