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    Default Alternate Cults in RQ

    Has anyone done alternate cults in their RQ settings?
    I was never a big Glorantha fan myself, but I like the monsters and basics, so RQ6 is a definite winner for me.
    Since most characters use magic in RQ I decided to go with a Dunsanian base, using the Gods of Pegana as my core pantheon and branching out from there to include various deities of monsters and villains from a variety of sources (including Mythos deities and some CAS gods as well), most of which are merely tucked into the category of the Thousand Home Gods.
    Using the work of Lord Dunsany as a core and as a big fan of his writing (my username is a character from his writing) I am trying to emulate a sort of Dreamlands like quality into my setting as Dunsany inspired Lovecraft to create the Dreamlands and obviously borrowing material from that supplement will meld in well.

    Has anyone else created pantheons for their RQ games? I did a Google search for similar ideas, but didn't find anything.
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    I tried drumming up a similar question on Reddit(http://www.reddit.com/r/Runequest/), but the worm was left wriggling on the hook.

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    Sheesh. I would have thought someone else was running alternate pantheons. It seems natural to branch out and house rule that sort of thing.
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    Tal Meta once did the entire Greyhawk pantheon in RQ3 stats and it was AMAZING.
    http://talmeta.net

    You might need to email him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skarl View Post
    Has anyone done alternate cults in their RQ settings?
    What do you mean by alternate cults?

    If you mean cults that are not described in RQ/BRP/Legend then yes - have a look at the websites in my signature for some examples.

    If you mean variants of cults that have been described then I have done a few.

    If you mean brand new pantheons, then I haven't done many as most of my gaming is in Glorantha. Merrie England contains a writeup for the "Pantheons" of medieval Catholic Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

    Quote Originally Posted by skarl View Post
    I was never a big Glorantha fan myself, but I like the monsters and basics, so RQ6 is a definite winner for me.
    Since most characters use magic in RQ I decided to go with a Dunsanian base, using the Gods of Pegana as my core pantheon and branching out from there to include various deities of monsters and villains from a variety of sources (including Mythos deities and some CAS gods as well), most of which are merely tucked into the category of the Thousand Home Gods.
    Using the work of Lord Dunsany as a core and as a big fan of his writing (my username is a character from his writing) I am trying to emulate a sort of Dreamlands like quality into my setting as Dunsany inspired Lovecraft to create the Dreamlands and obviously borrowing material from that supplement will meld in well.
    Sounds good to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by skarl View Post
    Has anyone else created pantheons for their RQ games? I did a Google search for similar ideas, but didn't find anything.
    Pantheons tend to be very setting-specific and can take a lot of work.

    I wrote up some Dark Age cults at http://www.soltakss.com/indexnonglor...ml#aePantheons but they are very sketchy indeed.

    It all depends on what you are after.

    I would love to see the major pantheons of Mythic Earth written up (Celtic, Viking, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Babylonian, Canaanite, Aztec, Mayan, Incan and so on) but I can't find anyone who has done that yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harshax View Post
    Tal Meta once did the entire Greyhawk pantheon in RQ3 stats and it was AMAZING.
    http://talmeta.net

    You might need to email him.
    Wow, a name from the past! Harshax, where yah been?

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    Been on hiatus from gaming but RQ6 brought me back. Thanks for the warm welcome!
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    Re: Realism Rule #1 ...

    ... but if I wanted gritty realism, I'd go watch the news instead of role-playing. In a game, I want to be able to one-punch King Kong, fire freakin' laser beams from assorted portions of my anatomy, leap through the air like a wuxia star, outsmart the combined intellects of Lex Luthor and Doctor Doom, and radiate such suavity that I make James Bond look like Rick Moranis.

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    Dammit Seneschal, how do I +1 / Kudos your comment?!

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    I am writing some up for my setting. There's a simple set of 4 in Book Of Quests.
    We'd love to see your writeups.

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