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September 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm #5631
Lunar and solar are English translations of words in Gloranthan languages meaning of or related to the/a moon/sun. It’s capitalized in English not because the word itself is a name but because it’s used within a place name.
I don’t feel like it’s important to take the word too seriously. It would be easy to say they call it Rufelzan – which I think is a nice idea – or whatever you want. The people who run it probably have multiple names for it anyway, and different groups probably call it different things anyway (like Germany/Deutschland etc.)
Another way to answer a question about etymology is to look at this early map
and say it’s called the Lunar empire because there’s a huge crater in the middle of it.
It’s interesting to wonder whether the early Lunars considered their new goddess to be a moon goddess before she created the red moon. It’s not hard to imagine that they had visions or saw things on the Other Side.
Even if they didn’t, you can still call them Lunars in hindsight.September 3, 2013 at 5:27 pm #5541
“Corflu is a miserable failure of a port city.”
Can you say why?
FWIW I just noticed that the guide draft v8 says Alda-Chur is on the main Lunar-HC trade route, but also characterizes the Grazelands as “astride the rich trade route between the Lunar Empire and the Holy Country.” The phrasing of the latter statement implies that the Grazelands route is the main one, making the two statements contradictory. Given the above, I don’t think the latter is accurate; it’s astride *a* trade route and *near* the main trade route, but not astride the main one.
Also, I’ve been wondering. On Earth, what did bronze/iron age civilizations do when they had to ship goods across cascades? I’m wondering how often they would
(a) maintain a separate set of boats/barges for each navigable section of the river,
versus (b) portage the boats/barges,
or (c) do something with locks and canals.
Cascades look like a significant factor in the northwestern part of the Grazelands, as well as near the Building Wall. The rivers there have rough spots in multiple places.
That said, in spite of the rivers being broken I find it hard to see why, based only on the map, the Grazelands route would be worse, because more of it is by river. (I’m not saying it’s anyone’s job to prove that it should be. But I am saying that without more information I’m inclined to vary my Glorantha.)August 24, 2013 at 6:24 am #5472
Very brief “literature review”:
and other good references and stuff in that thread.August 24, 2013 at 5:58 am #5471
“The Cryptic Verses of the Yellow Calendar is a series of 42 surreal drawings, each accompanied by an equally obscure poetic couplet.”
It’s in a chapter in the GtG that lays out hints about Hero Wars events through in-game documents like prophecies and historical fragments, like in King of Sartar. (The geographic chapters also have “The Hero Wars Begin” boxes that describe individual events more prosaically, like in Genertela, Crucible of the Hero Wars.) There are a few paragraphs on the background of the verses, and 11 short paragraphs that describe plates 30-40. The paragraphs are prose commentary rather than the obscure poetic couplets.August 14, 2013 at 8:06 am #5450
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