Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Reading The Guide to Glorantha



I decided to start an archive for my brief G+ posts on my read-through of the Guide to Glorantha. Most are posts of a picture from a specific section of the Guide, with brief commentary. Consider them flags marking my ascent of a world-mountain. The most recent posts at the top, and we'll be updating this archive as we continue our read-through.

Are there models for dungeons in Glorantha?
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/2uCDfaqknZS

The Goddess Glorantha and her mother:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/L37e9EHAgdx

The Scorpion Man, one of the Lesser Elder Races of Glorantha:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/XEzogMQg8nn

The Ysabbau, the host hostile to humans of the Merfolk (Black Lagoony):
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/acQ8punyHok

The Gnydron, the most colossal of the Merfolk (Krakenoids?):
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/JRVzLLyyLJn

On the Uz, also known as Trolls:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/hYYrFQXJSDL

A more prosaic view of the Mostali, or Dwarves:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/fE7F5Z9EmYe

The Weirdest look at the Mostali, or Dwarves:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/J2ecVD8d5vX

Dream Dragons:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/PejXPHBDLCt

Dragon Mondays - hopefully not happening to a community near you:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/YeGRLFg8XxG

The Dragonewts:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/VNmLnnzFVWf

The Aldryami, or Elves:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/8M9C95W78YB

Kralori Exarch:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/MwvnbiznF7w

Kralori Mandarin and Soldier:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/E4CSgJQjXnQ

The Pelorians aren't that easy to like:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/87NaJRsPBeG

The Pelorians:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/5Fbe1ro4yt4

The Orlanthi:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/5Fbe1ro4yt4

Out of sequence - mural on the Lightbringers' Quest:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/8qFafexKsQp

Out of sequence - Temples of the Reaching Moon:
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/JYYywoGJVgN

The Guide has arrived!
https://plus.google.com/115784387768601652189/posts/cN1x4LEUwxe


9 comments:

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    1. I'm not sure if it's in there or not (I'm thinking Vol. 2 if it is). I took the image from Wyrm's Footnotes. I'd certainly like to learn more about what it portrays, as the source image had no explanation.

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    2. They are Earth goddesses - Maran Gor, Babeester Gor, Gorgorma, perhaps HonEel

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    3. Keith, thanks for stopping by! You'll see some answers below!

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  2. I had the idea of having dancers re-enacting myths, with the gods in the background. In this case it was meant to represent the Red Goddess' encounter with Gorgoma. It is a bit off, as she hadn't got her star cloak by then, but I liked the idea of it making a crescent in the background.
    I was pressed for time, so I didn't get to add the spots on the Gorgoma dancers skirts.
    A clearer copy can be found here:
    http://arkat-kingtrollkin.deviantart.com/art/Title-page-304043700

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    1. Gorgeous! One thing I've been wondering for: were the trollish echoes of this Gorgorma deliberate or just a happy coincidence? Because while ugly sister is obviously herself here, some have confused her with Kyger over the years.

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    2. Thanks so much for stopping by and shedding some light on this wonderful illustration of yours', Daniel!

      And Bombasticus, great question - and Daniel's response pretty much confirms your earlier archaeology on this point!

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    3. The trollish aspects never occurred to me, but I see what you mean. When i drew this I don't think I knew Gorgoma's role as Mother of Nightmares, just that she was a "Dark Earth" goddess who the Red Goddess met on her journey to godhood. Looking at it now, it is obvious the cross over, but I doubt she's an aspect of Kyger, just a kindred spirit of the Underworld/Wonderhome.

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    4. Thanks! I doubt that too but the family resemblance has been remarkably fertile. One of the great visual artifacts of the setting.

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