For Old Times’ Sake – Part II 

The 2nd part of mini scenario set in Glorantha.

The Village of Swaton

Swanton is a small hamlet of around 35 steads and houses centred around a small open green , next to an Inn called the Swan.  An low & irregular palisade surrounds the village, but it has not been well kept of late.

Statues that function as shrines to Ernalda, Hiord(Ancestor Worship),  Safeela , Orlanth and Banatar all lie on the north side of the Green.

Usually the hamlet holds a small market in the green every clayday and a redsmith, potter, weaver and carpenter have their dwellings  within the settlement.  An oxen powered millstone sits unused at the south side of the green, harness empty with no oxen in sight.

The village is surprising quiet there is little sign of life,  no one is moving round  and the Inn is open but there is only one visitor in the inn described below.

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For Old Times’ Sake – Mini Scenario for Runequest Glorantha – Part I

Authors Note

These adventures are never quite as sequential or direct as written, so I would suggest reading the scenario as written, taking the flavour and letting the players attack the plot in the order of their own choosing, ( or more likely to get distracted and do something else).

I have created plot, setting, characters and story line here. I leave many of the stats open so it can be played with whatever Gloranthan system takes your fancy, but has been created with RQG in mind so key stats will be provided for that system.

I’ve set it in Swaton next to Apple Lane, but location could be moved to any small village in Sartar. The scenario will be in 4 posts all of which will made over the next week. All character writes up and stats will be in part 4

The adventure is not one that should test the characters combat abilities, but social , discernment, spirit combat and magical powers should be to the fore.

Backstory

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

27 years ago Garanth Oakfriend married for love, Ernala Landottir though a well disposed and pretty girl was an orphan from one of the less significant bloodline  in the Hiording clan, he was a prominent young man from the clan chieftains  family. His family was not keen but  the couple were smitten and all seemed good.

12 years later the couple were still childless, Garanth put aside Ernala to take up a new younger prettier, more fertile  wife from a well connected  family. Ernala was given a cottars holding on clans lands, but no one was surprised when she slipped away and out of the clan lands. Alone, spurned and shamed she had little to stay for.

In the intervening years things went on like Ernala had never existed, Garanth and Kendrella are happily married but never had children, the clan has neither prospered of suffered more so than any other through recent upheavals and troubles.

But it now Ernala has returned and she seeks retribution.  She has been slowly twisted in bitterness and regret towards the whole clan which she blames, and has come back as a disease mistress of Malia, to wreak havoc on the community and people that spurned her.

She is well aware of the ways and personalities in the clan, as well as her vulnerability in direct conflict, so she has come up with a way of infecting the clan and delivering a little payback with little personal risk to herself.

Authors Note: It is very possible that the ruthlessly efficient  players will never find out the who or why here. The threat can be dealt with no understanding why. However Garanth and Kendrella always did have a sense of guilt in how Ernala was treated, which will turn into a sense of shame and self blame if details become apparent.

A Roadside ConfrontationThe Gottirs Brothers

If you characters are based in Apple Lane we can move this encounters into apple lane itself, as it would work easier.

The party is travelling on the in Hiording lands on the road towards Swaton.  The party hear female scream from the next bend around the road.

As they move towards it 3 young fit aggressive men The Gottir brothers local Stormbullites ) standing over a bloodied girl on her knees, an older  old peddler lies on the floor in a pool of blood his wares scattered about him.

The older man is unconscious, with a badly bruised face and three broken ribs.  The warriors are demanding the girls tells them where the “Chaos Witch” she serves is?  The Girl is obviously has been struck more than once and is terrified and is claiming to know nothing. The warriors are three Stormbull worshipping brothers, from the village of  Swaton.   Hopefully the players characters will intervene ( if not it will be a short nights gaming. )

When questioned The Gottir brothers claim, the couple have been spreading chaos diseases within the town and must be the service of a Chaos Witch to do so.  The two older brothers seem keen to kill both of these  accused chaos cultists on the spot, the younger seems to pushing to spare them to investigate and catch the chaos witch.

The brothers claim to have had a vision from Stormbull that the disease attacking the  comes from a chaos witch, and this pair must be her servants.

If the girl is questioned she will state her name is Entale and the figure on the floor Taralor. She will claim that they are merely peddlers selling everyday items as well as herbs, medicines and charms of protection.  After sickness broke out in the village the brothers started to blame them so they then left . She also claims the accusation is because she turned town the younger brother at the tavern two nights ago.

This will be met by laughs and a couple of uncouth comments from the older brothers and a red blushed faced from there ‘Virgin Little Brother’, before saying it doesn’t matter as they can tell these two are ‘Servants of Chaos’.

The brothers can be threatened, cajoled , persuaded or bribed into not killing the couple on the road, but insist that they must be take to  the village of Swaton  to face the village Elders. The brothers a will refuse to pick up the items, touch them or heal or aid either of the accused. The older man  Taralor has been badly beaten and will need successful first aid or travel to allow him to travel. Entale will use her magic to heal him if the players can convince the brothers to let her do so.

If attacked the brothers will fight till they think they can’t win, If it seem obvious that they are outclassed Broamast will fight a rearguard action and allow his brothers to run. However the brothers have a inflated view of the own abilities seeing themselves as Bullsmen  and warriors when their capabilities are those of yokel bullies.

Players examining the wears spread over  the floor will find a mix of small bronze utensils, dried healing herbs, useless ointments and potions, a number of useless charms, but three of the charms contain disease spirits(Soul Waste) containing spirits are in forms sacred to Malia, which wearing them will release spirit to attack the wearer.

Powerful magic, special roles on treat disease or very specialist knowledge skills will be needed to determine the nature of the items.

Authors Note: Playing this scene initially with a hint of  the ‘She’s a Witch’ scene from Holy Grail would give the scene a sense of the ridiculous, which will then juxtapose very strongly with the very real threat that becomes apparent through the conversations.

More to come in part 2…..

Advanced Professions for Runequest Glorantha

Advanced professions are professions are those taken up later in life, they can be a senior or advanced versions of more basic professions or something much more unique and esoteric.

These are written to work with the extended character profession and experience system I posted a couple of weeks ago.

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Actor

Actors can be found only in major cities of most cultures performing either classic or religions plays for the nobility or the faithful, or sometimes more rumbustious comedies and morality plays for the general public in the market squares and taverns.

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Extended Character Profession’s and Previous Experience for Runequest Glorantha

Detailed Character Career and Skills for Runequest Glorantha

OK inspired by ways I used to play with RQ3 Character Gen system, and a little bit by the old Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay System I have created  an advanced option for character professions and skills in RQ.

Let me first say is I don’t think the character creation system in RQG is particularly flawed, difficult troublesome or lacking when it comes to skills. It is a very good system for those who want to create characters quickly, effectively with a good balance of skills, and a sense of culture.

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However some of us may want to spend longer to craft our characters and NPC’s previous experience, in ways where we sacrifice time to get some advantages in terms of outcome.

The advantages which I hope the extra time required  delivers is the following;

  • Previous experience system that allows characters multiple previous roles
  • A greater sense of your characters story to date
  • A system that reflect character progression and movement between roles
  • Greater levels of player choice in both profession and the consequences of those professions
  • Characters with more diverse and graduated skills sets
  • A better system for dealing with more experienced characters
  • The avoidance of spending points of skills which would not be right but are demanded by broad categories used in standard RQG character creation.
  • Avoidance of skills gaps which are not believable and leave characters vulnerable
  • Having less characters generated which are skills masters by the age of 21

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Extended Profession Lists for Runequest Glorantha

A list of basic professions for Runequest Glorantha to be used with my extended professions and previous experience , These have no entry requirements and the skills in bold are considered Key Skills for the profession.

Assistant Priest
Any cult skill, Lore (Cult), Dance , Read/Write (Own) , Charm, Orate, Insight (Human), Manage Household , Sing, Play Instrument, Worship (Deity) , Meditate , Prepare Dead

Assistant Shamans
Speak Spiritspeech , Sing , Animal Lore , First Aid , Manage Household,  Plant Lore, Prepare Corpse,  Spirit Dance, Spirit Lore , Spirit Combat , Spirit Travel, Meditate, Play Instrument

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Bandit
Animal Lore, Conceal, First Aid, Intimidate, Hide, Plant Lore , Scan, Survival , Shield , Track, Primary Weapon, Secondary Weapon, Shield, Fist, Kick, Grapple, Dodge

Bodyguard
Dodge, Ride, Intimidate, Intrigue, Battle, First Aid, Insight(human), Listen, Scan, Primary  Weapon, Secondary Weapon,  Shield , Fist, Kick, Grapple

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Runequest Glorantha – Cultural Skills;

The following is a slightly modified list of cultural skills for the major and minor human cultures in the Dragon Pass area of Glorantha;

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Satar:
Customs (Heortling), Dance, Farm ,Herd, Ride, Sing, Speak Own Language (Heortling), Speak Other Language (Tradetalk), Spirit Combat, Battle Axe, Broadsword, Composite Bow, Dagger, Javelin, Sling, 1H Spear, Medium Shield, Large Shield, Fist, Kick, Grapple, Dodge 

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Runequest Glorantha – Cult Skills

Cult Skills

A slightly extended list of cult skills for Runequest Glorantha, they have been amended slightly to allow for more similar numbers and usefulness of skills for each cult

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Argan Argar
1H Spear, Bargain, Cult Lore (Argan Argar),Customs (other), Evaluate, Insight (Human or Troll), Meditate, Read/Write (Darktongue), Speak (Darktongue), Worship (Argan Argar),

Babeester Gor
1H Axe, 2H Axe, Battle, Cult Lore (Babeester Gor), Intimidate, Listen, Meditate, Search, Medium Shield Parry, Large Shield Parry, Track, Worship (Babeester Gor).

Chalana Arroy
Alchemy, Charm, Cult Lore (Chalana Arroy), First Aid, Insight (human), Meditation, Plant Lore, Treat Disease, Treat Poison, Worship (Chalana Arroy).

Daka Fal
Customs (Home),Cult Lore (Daka Fal), Speak (Spiritspeech), Meditate, Orate, Sing, Prepare Corpse, Play Instrument, Spirit Combat, Spirit Lore, Spirit Dance, Spirit Travel, Worship (Ancestors).

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List of Magic Items for Sale at Gon Orta’s Castle

I created this list for when my PC’s visited Gonn Orta’s Castle a couple of weeks ago. Thought it’s not the full rewrite up on Gonn Orta I was after ( it may come later and its concepts underpin some parts of the list.), but in the spirit of sharing I thought id share this list of items and agendas as it may help, inspire or just save people bit of time.

I have also in a spirit of generosity described things in a away that works best for RQG, but they should translate into most Gloranthan Systems very easily.

A real Place called Giants castle… But I could use it for the approach from the Pavis side.

Prices are not included as money works differently in everyone else campaigns, and I think for the big exciting stuff Gonn Ortas Agneda is more than cash, and barter will be the name of the game.  Smaller items with be traded for cash without question.

Crystals

  • Power Storage Cystals: POW 4,4,4,6,6,7,8,9,11,13,14,18
  • Healing Focus Crystal: POW 1,2,3,3,5,7
  • Sensitivity Crystal: POW 2,3,4,5
  • Power Yielding: POW 2,3,4
  • Power Enhancing: POW 3,4,5
  • Spell reinforcing:  POW 3,4
  • Spell strengthen: POW 1,1,4
  • Spell resisting: POW 2,2,3
  • Spirit Supporting POW 3, 4
  • Spell Storing POW 3, 4

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Trollkin Names for Runequest & Glorantha

Trollkin names can vary greatly dependent on

  • Who named the trollkin
  • The trollkins status
  • A troll mothers view on her offspring

The most loved and highest status trollkin may even have full troll names, many will have shortened or abbreviated troll names, whilst others nick names, insults names, jokes, sounds and some may still not have there own a name.

Most trollkin just have a forename, but small numbers maybe given a title which is usually something to distinguish the trollkin as a trollkin and not a full troll, so tends not to be complementary.

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Trollkin Miniatures by Mad Knight Castings, A Review

It’s a pleasure to review this figures which I can only describe as delightfully Gloranthan. The team who conceptualised, designed and created these miniatures have the same love and knowledge of Gloranthan than everyone else in the forum and it is clear to see.

I have never really done the kick-starter thing, so now regret only dipping my toe into the water with this wonderful kick-starter from Mad Knight miniatures, and only ordering the trollkin.

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