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Help me make a Heortling Clan!

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Help me make a Heortling Clan!

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During the couple of weeks that I was without internet, my Glorantha fever ran its course.  Mostly, I'm better now.  But I did put some work into an idea that I came up with while down with the Glorantha fever that I hope you loyal readers might help me out with.

In the original "Heroquest" rules under Community Support there is a suggestion that when you are designing the community, you should set up a questionnaire for the players to answer, which will give you an idea of how  to rate the community in five different areas - wealth, diplomacy, morale, military, and magic.  For fun I started working up such a questionnaire for a Heortling clan.  It proved to be a larger effort than I had initially planned for, but I got it done this weekend and thought I would post it to see what people came up with.

I tried to make the questions clear enough that they would be mostly self-explanatory, but here's a brief overview (info on the world of Glorantha is also widely available on the internet):

Heortlings are a tribal/clan society in Greg Stafford's world of Glorantha.  They are a cross between the Norse and the Scots.  Their society revolves around ideas of personal freedom and responsibility towards one's family, clan, and gods.  They are extremely close to their gods, and god magic is a part of everyday life.  For the last several generations the Heortlings have been increasingly involved in difficulties with the powerful Lunar Empire to the north, which came to a head a generation ago when the Lunars conquered most of Heortland, restricted or banned the worship of several of the Heortling gods, and instituted slavery.  Since then the Heortlings have tried several times to throw off Lunar rule, but have failed each time.

The questions below are designed to create a clan which is within the Lunar sphere of influence, bot not directly occupied by the Lunars - yet.


Poll #1731147 Help me make a Heortling clan

Our clan

has many cows
5(62.5%)
is bold
2(25.0%)
has many friends
1(12.5%)
is quite large
0(0.0%)

We are known within our tribe for

a magical artifact we possess
0(0.0%)
the quality of our cattle breeding stock
2(25.0%)
the wisdom of our chief
5(62.5%)
the deeds of our ancestors
1(12.5%)

Our fyrd (clan militia) is renowned for

utter ferocity in battle
0(0.0%)
its skill in defeating raiders
4(50.0%)
its many and varied battle magics
1(12.5%)
its stalwart defense of our lands
3(37.5%)

Our clan alynxes have a reputation as

advisors
2(25.0%)
guardians
4(50.0%)
friends
2(25.0%)
magical guides
0(0.0%)

Our thanes

are mighty warriors
2(25.0%)
are crafty advisors
5(62.5%)
are wealthy and generous
1(12.5%)
visit the God Plane often
0(0.0%)

The clan chief

has fallen under the sway of the Lunar Empire
1(12.5%)
is old and devious
5(62.5%)
is well-loved by the clan
2(25.0%)
is a fell warrior
0(0.0%)

Our clan's chief priestess

knows the God Plane well
3(37.5%)
has powerful blessings for our crops and herds
2(25.0%)
is a conniving and scheming crone
2(25.0%)
knows great healing magic
1(12.5%)

Our clan's champion

has killed Lunar soldiers by the score
1(12.5%)
can fly
1(12.5%)
is a skilled raider
1(12.5%)
is feared by our foes
5(62.5%)

Our clan's law speaker

is wise and fair
2(25.0%)
is a terrible diplomat
0(0.0%)
is devoted to Humakt, god of death and oaths
3(37.5%)
Has won many disputes against other clans
3(37.5%)

Our clan trade thane

travels far
0(0.0%)
brings us many goods
5(62.5%)
has mercenary contacts
3(37.5%)
is devoted to Issaries, god of trade and travel
0(0.0%)

Our clan Carls (farmers)

mostly raise cattle
1(12.5%)
have a very strong voice in council
2(25.0%)
are well respected and honored
3(37.5%)
are well armed
2(25.0%)

Our herds are most remarkable for being

favored as sacrifices
1(14.3%)
exceptionally healthy and strong
3(42.9%)
highly sought after as breeding stock
2(28.6%)
attractive, smark, and easy to care for
1(14.3%)

Our tula (clan land) is remarkable for its

defensibility
3(37.5%)
many powerful standing stones
1(12.5%)
rich pasture lands
2(25.0%)
peaceful and breathtaking vistas
2(25.0%)

Our clan decorates its steadings with

drawings and carvings of our heroes
2(25.0%)
the skulls of our enemies
1(12.5%)
sacred runes
2(25.0%)
various works of our many talented craftsmen
3(37.5%)

Our clan ancestors are

wise
5(62.5%)
steadfast
2(25.0%)
bloodthirsty
0(0.0%)
strong
1(12.5%)

The most popular aspect of the goddess Ernalda in our clan is

Esrola, the mother
5(62.5%)
Ernalda, the queen
0(0.0%)
Ernalda Allmother
3(37.5%)
Ernalda the healer
0(0.0%)

The most popular aspect of the god Orlanth in our clan is

Orlanth Adventurous
1(12.5%)
Orlanth Allfather
3(37.5%)
Orlanth Thunderous
2(25.0%)
Orlanth the faithful husband
2(25.0%)

Another god highly favored by our clan is

Yinkin - god of alynxes, hunting, and sensuality
2(25.0%)
Elmal - god of the sun
1(12.5%)
Lhankor Mhy - god of knowledge and literacy
4(50.0%)
Issaries - god of communication and trade
1(12.5%)

Another goddess highly favored by our clan is

Vinga - godess of protection and war
3(37.5%)
Ana Gor - godess of death and human sacrifice
0(0.0%)
Asrelia and Ty Kora Tek - godesses of plenty and keeper of good things
5(62.5%)
Kero Fin - mother of mountains
0(0.0%)

Our clan's wyter (guardian spirit)

speaks to our God-Talkers often
0(0.0%)
protects our cattle herds
2(25.0%)
eases kinstrife and turmoil
2(25.0%)
is a clever negotiator
4(50.0%)

The tribe to which our clan belongs is

wealthy
0(0.0%)
generous towards refugees and strangers
2(25.0%)
united by particularly strong kinship bonds
4(50.0%)
divided and mistrustful
2(25.0%)

Our tribal king

is a great hero
1(12.5%)
has sold out to the Lunar Empire
2(25.0%)
has tied us to other tribes in a confederation
3(37.5%)
is honest, brave, and noble
2(25.0%)

Our main contact with outsiders is

hired Esrolian mercenaries
0(0.0%)
No-God mystics from Esvular
2(25.0%)
Lunar Empire merchants and sightseers
3(37.5%)
Tarshite skalds
3(37.5%)

As a whole, our tribe has an unusual number of

skalds
2(25.0%)
Humakti death warriors
0(0.0%)
God-talkers
1(12.5%)
cows
5(62.5%)

Outsiders often see our tribe as extremely

hospitable
4(50.0%)
honorable
3(37.5%)
dangerous
1(12.5%)
pious
0(0.0%)

Generations ago, when the Lunars first came, our clan

raided them
1(12.5%)
made treaties with them
2(25.0%)
made fun of them
4(50.0%)
fought them
1(12.5%)

Two generations ago, when the Lunars invaded Tarsh, our clan

sent its heros to fight them on the God Plane
3(37.5%)
raided Tarsh lands while they were weak
3(37.5%)
spied on the Lunars for the Tarsh
0(0.0%)
fought bravely
2(25.0%)

A generation ago, when the Lunars invaded our lands, the clan

avoided fighting whenever possible
0(0.0%)
captured a Lunar artifact
1(12.5%)
took bribes to aid the Lunars
2(25.0%)
helped to organize the other clans of the tribe
5(62.5%)

When the Lunars conquered most of Kerofinela, we

fought bravely until the end
2(25.0%)
fled the final battle
0(0.0%)
hid away some of our magic
3(37.5%)
took what we could from defeated clans
3(37.5%)

Since then our clan has

paid tribute to the Lunars
2(25.0%)
hurt the Lunars when we could
3(37.5%)
stockpiled weapons and armor
2(25.0%)
raised many hero bands
1(12.5%)


Please take a few minutes to fill out the poll.  You don't have to know anything about Glorantha - really you don't even have to know anything about roleplaying, just pick the response that seems interesting to you.
 
 
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