"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

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


You've chosen your gender and your name. You've received your Clan Keyword. You've started to play. In the game, you will be asked to pick your family (thus receiving a Professional Keyword), and your Runes. We'll talk a bit about them first.

Glorantha is made of Runes the way our universe is made of Periodic table elements. The Runes are powers, essences, gods, and spirits all at the same time. The Runes combine to create everything. For example, seaweed might be composed of the Runes for Water and Plant, fungi might be made up of Darkness and Plant, and cacti might be created from Fire and Plant.

Humans contain many Runic forces, but in every human being three are the most dominant. To pick yours, answer the following questions:

What is your nature?

1. Cold, cruel, and secretive

2. Mercurial, fluid, and ever changing

3. Pragmatic, prudent, and worldly

4. Passionate, violent, and unpredictable

5. Proud, loyal, and pure

Notes: 85% of Heortling men are #4, while 85% of Heortling women are #3. You can chose one of the others, but it will make things a bit more difficult for you down the road.

What is your personality like?

1. Forgiving, merciful, and peaceful

2. Destructive, reckless, and selfish

3. Generous and lustful

4. Relentless and unemotional

5. Stubborn, inflexible, and exacting

6. Adventurous, dynamic, and impulsive

7. Truthful and observant

8. Deceitful and amoral

Notes: If you decide to select two personality packages (see below) note that they are arranged in opposing pairs. Thus you could chose to be type 1 and 8 or 5 and 7, but not 1 and 2 or 5 and 6.

What are you interested in?

1. Woodlands, gardening, or farming

2. Animals, herding, riding

3. Socializing, community, people

4. Spirits and the invisible world

5. Being the best at everything

6. Magic

7. Trade and Communication

Notes: instead of selecting one of these, you can go back and pick a second set of personality traits.

Your Runes

Section One, "Your Nature"

1. Darkness 2. Water 3. Earth 4. Air 5. Fire

Section Two, "Your Personality"

1. Harmony 2. Disorder

3. Fertility 4. Death

5. Stasis 6. Motion

7. Truth 8. Illusion

Section Three "Your Interests"

1. Plant

2. Beast

3. Man

4. Spirit

5. Mastery

6. Magic

7. Communications

The Missing Runes

This list is not complete. "Luck" and "Fate" are omitted, as they govern all lives equally. Likewise, "Chaos" and "Moon" are missing, as Heortlings who manifest those are exiled or killed.

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