"The legions of the Reaching Moon came a generation ago, desecrating our temples, destroying the Old Ways. In the lowlands and the towns, the hand of the Red Emperor is at the people's throats, but here in the highlands we still live free as the wind that roars over the mountain peaks. We are the Haraborn of Black Stag Vale, and our clan has outlived false gods, Western sorcerers, and the lies of dragons. The Red Moon now thinks she can break us, and bend us to her filthy foreign ways. I say Shepelkirt is wrong. When Argrath comes as prophesied, and tears the Red Moon from the sky, we will still be here, faithful to our gods, loyal to our ancestors, and mindful of the ancient ways..."

- Joddi White Hart, Haraborn Lawspeaker

Monday, December 12, 2011

YOU ARE HERE (A Very Brief Introduction)

You live in a world called "Glorantha." It's flat. The sky is a dome overhead, and Hell--the land of darkness spirits and the dead--is beneath (click to enlarge any picture).

Welcome to Three Seasons in Sartar. Because Glorantha is a big world, and there is tremendous depth to it, I will try to ease those of you new to the setting into the campaign as painlessly as possible. With that in mind, let me spare myself some 6000 words or so by starting with some pictures.

This is the northern continent of Genertela. It is about the same size as the continental United States, and has about the same weather. It's cold and frozen in the northern and warm along the southern coasts.

You live in a kingdom called "Sartar." Your country was invaded sixteen years ago by the Lunar Empire and now they rule you. Your people are not so wild about that arrangement.

You live in the high mountain valleys in a place that looks just like this.

You live on a small farmstead run by the oldest man and woman in your extended family. You live and work here with your parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

You are a "Heortling." You probably have blonde or red hair, though black is not uncommon. Your skin is fair. You will have lots of tattoos. Once you are initiated as an adult, you will have tattoos marking which clan and family you belong to. More will come later.

Men are farmers, hunters, and warriors. Women are farmers, cooks, mothers, and crafts-makers. However, men and women can formally change their gender roles. Women can become warriors and treated exactly like men, and vice versa. These women have done just that.

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