October 5, 2014 at 6:14 pm #11115
Since Spirtes/Pixies are tiny in most Aldryami areas, and the flowers there are of normal size, are the Sprites/Pixies of the Vale of Flowers Elf sized? And would they make viable player characters?
Also, what trade goods/valuables does the Vale of Flowers produce?
Finally, does anybody else find the idea of a Connan knockoff looking up at a sprite several inches taller than himself amusing?October 6, 2014 at 4:07 am #11123
There is no great tree in the Vale, and so far as I know, no outsized Alryami. This is troll country, and it is the Bees that are Giant, not the elves. Your Glorantha is free to vary, of course, and giant fairies picking on conan (or a suitable stand-in) is certainly a worthy excuse for variance.
As a godlearner, I might look for giant pixies in Redwood, rather than the Vale however. You could also get a similar effect with Human (gorakiki) Butterfly cultists just about anywhere.
The Vale of Flowers
“This is the richest portion of Dagori Inkarth, well-watered by rains and winter snow. Immense flowers, insects, and the occasional giant fill valley after valley. Giant Bees are often seen travelling from flower to flower, occasionally ridden by a watchful trollkin pilot. Various Aldryami can be found here on occasion, tending the flowers and other vegetation, but they seem uncommonly non-antagonistic to the local trolls.”
The main export from the Vale is Honey, most of which goes to the First Tribe beneath the castle of lead. It is possible that this tribute is the source of the persistent rumors that the trolls are collecting vast quantities of gold beneath the castle of lead for some unknown purpose…October 7, 2014 at 8:52 am #11193
I think an oversized Vale of Flowers pixie is an excellent idea. Perhaps it is an elf who just thinks he is a pixie, or a real life pixie. I wouldn’t make it overrun with them though. Do pixies only live for one year, or are they hardy perennials?October 7, 2014 at 3:16 pm #11199
Given that there is an Uzuz aboutbto give birth to a new prototype, trollkin resistant type of troll down in the Castle of Lead, I would expect that the most important export would be the royal jelly of those giant bees. Other pregnant uz might crave it, too.October 7, 2014 at 11:19 pm #11208
There might be some unfortunate side-effects to that Royal Jelly, however…
“Persistent rumors amongst the other Tribes claim that the Queen of the Bee Tribe is actually a terrible hybrid half-bee/half-uz monster that produces hundreds of giant bee eggs every day, and gives birth to a steady stream of unnaturally obedient uzko. They claim that she escaped the trollkin curse by becoming half-bee, or that she was spared from it because she was less than half-uz. Either way, no one seems terribly enthusiastic to attempt to duplicate her feat, or to press the issue with members of the Tribe.”February 15, 2015 at 7:59 pm #14392
Wouldn’t a Pixie’s lifespan be related to the flowers they were linked too? If the flower is an annual then so is the Pixies. If the flowers are perenials, the Pixies would share the same lifespan.
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