Moon Rites Capsule Review by André Jarosch on 29/01/03
Style: 4 (Classy and well done)
Substance: 5 (Excellent!)
And remember: This is a GloranthaCon fundraiser, so it's a small print run! If you donīt buy it now, you might not get the chance to buy one when "Imperial Lunar Handbook" is out, and you feel you might want it If you are not going to GloranthCon: Buy at least this fantastic book! If you are going: Buy it nevertheless... :-)
Product: Moon Rites
Company/Publisher: Chaos Society
Line: Hero Wars / HeroQuest
Cost: about 15.00 $
Page count: 68
Year published: 2003
Comp copy?: no
Capsule Review by André Jarosch on 29/01/03
Genre tags: Fantasy
This book is a fundraiser for the GloranthaCon VIII, which will be held from March 7th to 9th in Toronto, Canada.
The cover is a greyscale picture of the Crimson Bat in front of the Red Moon, except that the greyscale is in fact a redscale. The backcover has a lunar priestess in fromt of the Red Moon; also very nice. The interior layout is professional looking (good man this John Hughes), and the illustrations are also good (I liked especially the ones done by computer; you can also see them at the www.GloranthaCon.com webpage).
The book starts with "Power Greya Two-Eyes", an excerpt of Greg Staffords Lunar novel. When you liked Gregs Orlanthi writings you will LOVE this one, because it is more accessible than a lot of his other writings. Greya will become known as widely as Harmast; at least in the Glorantha tribe (the fans of Glorantha), as far as i am concerned.
"Broken Pot County" by Mark Galeotti describes the folk of the Durnvokings, a primitive barbarian culture northwest of the Yolp mountains, in the Lunar Empire. They are a not so typical Lunar culture, but an interesting one; if you are in their lands as a Lunar to spread the faith of Sedenya, or as Orlanthi to seek potential allies against the Lunars. This article will be enaugh to start a campaign in this land (if you own Hero Wars, of course).
David Millians tells us the "Aggari Tales of Creation". Everything sounds familiar, but at the same moment strange. The feelings I had previously only with Harald Smithīs descriptions of Imther in other fanbooklets come here to mind.
Simon Bray gives us three descriptions of "Dirty little Gods" which didnīt made it upon the Godīs Wall of "The Glorious ReAscent of Yelm". They are very funny, but also feel right in their gloranthan content. The will find a place at least in MY Glorantha.
Peter Nordstrand gives us a hero band: "97 Child Missionaries of Raibanth". What will your Orlanthi characters do if the Lunars missionaries they have sworn to kill are KIDS??? What will your Lunar characters do to protect this innocent child missonaries who seek to pray in Dragon Pass?
"The Surgeons of Vitality" is a masterpiece to bring the insane modern plastic surgeon into glorantha, and let it feel right! That is why I love Peter Metcalfe; he can add a piece of satire into Glorantha, without making it feel wrong. These guys are wonderful adversaries.
"The Crimson Bat" YES this part of the book is about the bad Bat. The Bat is a Cult and a hero band in one! Roderick Robertson shows us all details of gloranthas "Deathstar".
Mark Galeotti tells us something about the things he knows best: Crime and Punishment AND the Lunar Empire. "Crime and Punishment in the Lunar Empire" is not only about Thieves. Itīs about how they and their kind are handled in the Empire. And that can be very different: Dara Happan, Lunar and Carmanian judgement in the empire is not the same. Now we can truly imagine how important it can be to be a Lunar Citizen.
In "As the Moon turns" Stephen Martin, Alex Ferguson and Nils Weinander give us an expanation why the calendars in Glorantha, have different length of month (moons). Maybe the gloranthan correct reason, maybe not, but a very good and logical sollution.
Nils Weinander gives us two narrator characters "The Lunar Twins". A nice background description is given along with their Hero Wars stats. You can join one or the other, or get one or the other as adversary. If your group is Orlanthi or Lunar makes no difference. These two are useable as they are.
"Fellowship of the New Wane" by Bryan Thexton is a hero band of Lunar fanatics which hate the Empire. The use for a series are obvious: Friends/Allies or Foes/Adversaries? Your Orlanthi group might like them because they hate the empire, but might also hate them because of their love of Sedenya. Your Lunar group might love and hate hem exaclely out of the same reasons, but the other way around.
Trolls! Yes, "The Ice Fair of Yolp" is an episode about Uz in the Lunar Empire. The most loved nonhumans of glorantha are brought into action by James "Uz - The Trolls of Glorantha" Fruzetta himself.
(Almost) Everybody who plays in Glorantha has visited it, (almost) everybody loves it: Pavis! "The Imperial Society for the Reclamation of Pavis" is an article about, well, the Lunars in Pavis. Bo Rosen and Ian Thompson give us new informations about this hero band. Give your Pavis campaign a lunar touch!
Gian Geros "Encounter with a Dilettante" describes a Lunar Character with stats. Feels like a not so naive Version of Jaxarte. :-) A Lunar whom you might meet at some point (when your narrator owns Moon Rites).
Finally five "Rules of Game Mastering" by Sandy Petersen show you why he is such a successful GM.
This book is worth every single cent that you might have to pay for it, when you are a Glorantha fan. Moon Rites is a great collection of lunar articles by some of the most talented (fan-)writers of the gloranthan tribe. It is a great book by itself, and will enhance Isaries Inc.īs "Imperial Lunar Handbook" greatly when it hits the shelves.