HIG issue 8 cover by Dan Barker

HIG issue 8 cover by Dan Barker

The centrepiece of issue eight is the scenario I’ve been running at conventions/online since RuneQuest Glorantha came out, a Dry Run in Prax. It takes a group of six Lunars, from Tarsh, who are trapped on a rocky outcrop in the wastes of Prax at the start of the adventure. Each character has a quick background, their answers to questions about the current situation, and a list of what they think of the other characters in the party. This is all to quickly introduce the players, be they longstanding Gloranthafans or newcomers, to this group of interesting and diverse characters.

Here’s a quick preview of one of them, the group’s Humakti, because everyone wants to be a Humakti, it’s all about the Swords 🙂

Toran Deathfinger

Initiate of Humkat/Regimental Champion

Background

Toran is a grim and steadfast embodiment of the God of Death Humakt. They have died their hair black, painted their nails and lips with black makeup. They wear a black hooded robe. Their Humakt is a mix of the Lunar view, where Humakt is the embodiment of unavoidable death, and the Orlanthi one held by the Tarsh peasantry who see death as an everyday occurrence for both them and their livestock, so worship him to keep him away from their homes. Toran joined the Bastards after a family tragedy at home back in Tarsh, which they never ever talk about.
Like most Humakti they are obsessed with their sword (“this is my sword, there are many like it, but this is mine”)

What are your views on…

So, what do you think of life in the Lunar Army?

It’s home, it deals in death. Its where I want to be.

What do you think of the Praxian Animal Nomads?

I don’t think about them, I just kill them when they get in the way of my sword.

How do you feel about the expulsion of the Red Moon Army from the walled city of Pavis?

You win some, lose some.

What do you make of your current situation?

We are in a tight one to be sure. Everyone is tied and someone is going to mess up. I best be ready with my sword for when they do.

How desperately do you want to go home to Lunar Tarsh?

Home is wherever I lay my sword.

What is your biggest worry at the moment?

I am completely devoid of worry. When you are Dead you know no Fear.

What do you think about your companions?

Toran Deathfinger Initiate of Humakt and Warrior/ Regimental Champion (Me).I don’t think about ‘me’ much, except in a strange third person. I am filled with the oblivion of death. When I become a Sword of Humakt (Runelord) “I” will cease to exist.

Yarnal Farseer Initiate of Severn Mothers, Noble/Morale Officer. She is obviously mad. She was annoying when she was trying to turn the locals to the Lunar Way, before the Battle of Pavis. Now her poor mind has snapped and she believes she is turning into the Red Goddess!

Jarvel Moonglow Initiate of Issaries and Noble/Regimental Scribe and Quartermaster. A weak warrior who can barely lift his sword, but he knows more about our current situation than he lets on.

Benitu Badtooth, Initiate of Eurmal and Bandit/Probationary Scout. A worthless scumbag with no honour.

Nelda Sternmother. Initiate of Seven Mothers and Warrior/ Regimental Punishment Officer. Almost as good a fighter as me but distracted by her duties.

Ora Sunbright, Initiate of Yelm/Regimental Scout. A strange one. An ex-grazelander who rode into Tarsh when he was a teenager and fought with us in the wars against the Sartarites. Doesn’t say much but deadly with that bow of his.