Sea and Chaos: These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

Some of the more dangerous chaos things have still been missing in action for RQ Encounter Tool. Here is a gaggle – actually a Chaos Gaggle of them

They love a party so are usually always found together – to the detriment of characters who encounter them. These are based on Anaxial’s Annex version of them.

Here are some aquatic creatures for those who love adventures at sea.

In Kralorela there exist many kinds of Eastern Dragons – here is one variation of those

Aldryami forests are filled with creatures – here is one of the smallest of them

Lunar magicians can summon bodyguards – here is a relatively nasty variety of one of those that can be summoned

Demon Encounters for RQ6

Whereever there are sorcerors there is a pact being negotiated and usually with forces of darkness, even chaos. Wondered what you could evoke with your Evoke spell – here are few possibilities in RQ Encounter Generator.

Demons have been crafted as per Monster Island suggestions. Minor beings will have 100 characteristics points on average, skills are targeted to be on the intensity level that adepts would have. Moderate ones 150 and Major ones 200 with skills that mage’s or archmage’s intensity probably would be.

For color each demon has a chaotic feature which could also be considered a demonic feature. Demons are tough beings so had each of them to have “Undead” ability for increased resistance to weapons and they have varying natural or other armour.  All of the demons here look different and each of them might have an ability in addition to chaotic feature. This batch happens to four legged ones but there could be other shapes in future.

These are demon warriors – there are of course other kinds as well. Like mentioned in the Monster Island Elric books especially are a good source.

Demons are usually met alone with their master – a sorcerer- or in small numbers.

You can search for the demons using the tag Demon in the enemies page.

Currently there exists

Moderate and Major beings can be quite tough. It is unlikely to see demons in the earthly planes unless they are being evoked or forced to servitude by sorcerers. Here is one

Here is a party for a demon summoning sorcerer

 

 

 

 

 

What does the NPC look like?

There have been cases where the enemies have looked like stereotypic characters from a hack thriller – menacing, dark hair or bald, with a shade of beard, muscular. RQ Encounter tool has now new features you can add to bring a bit of variety to the looks of your shopkeepers, bosses and barkeeps.

There are now the following features that you can add:

  • Appearance (Arms, Back, Beard, Cheeks,Chest, Chin, Ears, Fingernails, Hair Color, Hair Condition, Hair Style – Men, Hair Style – Women, Hands, Legs, Lips, Mouth, Neck, Nose, Physique, Shoulders, Skin, Skin Texture, Stomach, Teeth)
  • Physical Expressions (Visual, Voice)
  • Motivation, Malformity, Personal Secret, Compulsion, Character Oddity, Character Looks, Character Complication, Character, Attitude, Social
  • Greetings
  • Fonritan Appearance
  • Fonritan hair color
  • Lunar appearance – skin, eyes, hair
If you like to rapidly create just the looks – take a look at this and generate the looks and discard the rest of the stats
Here is a test character that has almost all of the above features
These feature tables work best if you pick for example hair color and maybe one or two other attributes as 100% random feature and pick a few/all of the rest with a very small percentage thereby creating short descriptions that can vary quite a lot.
Here is a general barkeep following that guidance.
If you want to have features for Fonritan – use Fonritan hair color but not the general one.
 Sources
  • Appearance and Physical Expressions tables based on work developed by Darren Andrews. Used with permission.
  • Character, character complication, character looks, character oddity, motivation and social feature tables were started from The Covetous Poet’s Adventure Creator and Solo GM Guidebook and are used with permission of Frank Lee

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Gloranthan Cult One-Pagers get PDF of all cults

PDF file of all cult files is now available by popular request. It has bookmarks to individual cults. Thanks for Barry Baker for the first round of this – now will be provided every time cults change.

Gloranthan Cult One pagers have one page reference for RQ6 for most popular Gloranthan cults – more than 130 of them.

More info on the one pagers here

Updated cults main page exists here ! Updated cult descriptions, more cults. 

Rq6 Offensive and Defensive Special Effect Charts updated

Reformatted the offensive and defensive special effect charts for better glancability. All the related special effects should now be in the same groups (Defensive – move, Defensive – criticals, Defensive – fumbles, Defensive – does not need special conditions, Defensive – needs special conditions)

Similar grouping done also for Offensive (Does not need special conditions, move, needs special condition (for example certain kind of weapon), attacker critical, defender fumble etc)

The charts can be found here:

Offensive Special Effects

Defensive Special Effects

Rest of the charts

 

Gloranthan Timelines – Generational Perspective

In my campaign I have long wanted a view of Gloranthan history from a perspective of an ordinary people who might only think about just a few years back, in my father’s day, when my grandfather was young, when my great-grandfather was initiated.

At the same I wanted to see what was happening at other regions at the time. Created the database for the calendar information and wanted to share a generational perspective for the Gloranthan history.

Now your Sartarite NPC or your character can say that the Moon worshippers finally got us when my father was young. My grandfather died with the last true king of Sartar – Salinarg.  My grandfather had seen the opening of the seas and the Sun Worshippers receiving their land and starting to construct their temple.

Currently my campaign has some seafaring parts so I wanted to know when closing was in effect overall and in particular areas.

Almost all the dates and history information are compiled from the Guide, Kingdom of Sartar and the new Pavis book.

The generation is defined to be 25 years which might be a bit high for barbarian cultures but would work for civilized. The base year in the years ago is 1625. The table contains event per year for all areas, how many generations ago it happened, how many years ago it happened and whether closing was in effect at the time.

Timeline pdf is here

Mythras Encounter Tool – feature recap for busy GMs

Mythras Encounter Generator (formerly known as RQ6 Encounter Generator) (the creation of skoll (his nickname in thedesignmechanism forums)) has grown lately to have quite a bit of new features and content. Content is crowd sourced.

So for the hard working GM’s there is now an easy way to generate many types of enemies. You need a herd of allosaurs – click, select number press generate and unleash doom. The characters finished them off – need a bigger reserve herd – click a number and generate again. Other beasts got attracted to the noise – perhaps a tyrannosaur – click a number and generate again.

Endless supply of Lunar more what you need – pick from the list – generate again. In units nicely formed of up to 40 individuals – they will march to restore peace and order in the name of the Moon again.

Town guards noticed your character’s getaway from the second story job – click a number and generate.

Serpent People to fill your jungle with silent death – select from the list.

More than 1400 templates (more than 1700 in Feb 2015, more than than 1840 in April 2015, more than 2800 in April 2018, 4000 public ones in May 2022 (and more than that in non public) have already been created for Gloranthan, Monster Island, General Fantasy settings by the users of the system covering most of the monsters in Mythras, Monster Island, Anaxial’s Roster and Anaxial Annex and many more.

http://skoll.xyz/mythras_eg/

Need a new kind of enemy – use the templates from existing races and templates, modify to your heart’s content and create away. http://skoll.xyz/mythras_eg/instructions/ You can add features to your template by selecting from over 100 (more than 400 in June 2022) categories ranging from abilities and  combat styles to disguises.

Most of the Gloranthan cults have templates from initiate to a priest (more than 450 cult templates, more than 600 in June 2022). You can search for them by name in the enemies tab or by name and cult rank in the home page. The cults are created according to Gloranthan Cult One-pagers while we wait for the Adventures in Glorantha.

You can create parties that contain variety of enemies.  Here are a few for an example.

Your own parties can have party features ranging from mission and fatigue status to sartar tribe names.

If you are in a hurry you can go to party (or enemy) page, filter the results and press “Do you feel lucky”.

The generated enemies names and note fields can be modified and saved either as pdf or web page to save your favorite enemy stats.

You can save your favorite enemies to your home page.

If you would like to encounter something you might not see every day filter your party page by “Off the beaten path”

Visual guides to RQ Encounter tools

Mythras Charts and Tables

Here are some charts that I made that have been useful for my Mythras (former editions known as RQ6) campaign. All the relevant ones have been updated for Mythras 3rd printing (2018 Nov). The screen shots are still of the old versions.

This has been updated with the links to most recent resources as of May 2022.

AreaName and latest link to chartCommentMore info
Combat – FlowCombat FlowSmall chart on how combat flowsMore
Combat – FlowInteractive combat flow summaryInteractive version of combat flowMore
Combat – HealingHealing and WoundsCovers what happens to you when you get a wound and how to recover.More
Combat – ParryingParry and passive blocking to stop Damage by weapon and shield also known as Shields are awesomeMore
Combat – Reach (Optional)Shorter Weapons Reach effects to combat by weaponMore
Combat – Reach (Optional)Longer Weapon Reach effects to combat by weaponMore
Combat – Situational effectsMythras Visual Combat Modifier charts This is visual version of situational combat modifiersMore
Combat – Situational effectsClose Combat Situational EffectsIn Mythras the success of your attempt can be modified by the situation. More
Combat – Situational effectsRanged Combat Situational Modifiersand the visual version is hereMore
Combat – Skills, MovementEncumbrance calculator and Character Equipment listHelps to calculate whether you can actually carry that plate armor without serious penalties

Replaced by Fatigue, Encumbrance and Speed calculator
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Combat – Special EffectsOffensive Special Effects Combines all the special effects for the offensive one quick reference to see what you can do when hitting something.
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Combat – Special EffectsDefensive Special EffectsDoes the same for defensive More
Combat – Special EffectsTactics of choosing special effects – result based visualisationMore
Combat – Special EffectsTactics of choosing special effects – next generation – one pager version
offensive
defensive
Gives you easy way to select special effect based on what you want to do to the opponentMore
Combat – WeaponsGloranthan Weaponscurrent understanding how lunar, dwarves, elves, dragonewts More
Combat – WeaponsEastern WeaponsHow easterners weapons work More
Combat – WeaponsStandard Weapons
Combat – WeaponsShields and Passive BlockingMore
Combat Styles – ExamplesCombat Style Cards Encyclopedia
Updated early 2022,  hundreds of combat styles
There are now combat styles defined for almost all Mythras supplements (official or unofficial). Pick one or two for your players.

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Encyclopedia
Combat Styles – TraitsCombat Style Traits  All the combat style traits from all official and unofficial supplements should be on this EncyclopaediaMore
Encounters City Quarter Map CreatorSettings: Fantasy, Mythic Constantinople, Monster Island, GloranthaMore
EncountersMythras Encounter Generator (MeG) Generate with a touch of a button all the enemies or NPCs you need. Should contain all the stats for all the fantasy based supplements, also all Gloranthan creatures. Easy to add your own if you want. Almost 4000 NPC/Monster templates to generate encountersMain post
EncountersMythras and Gloranthan generators for GM Other generators for a Mythras or Gloranthan campaign.
EncountersGuides to Mythras Encounter Generator
generic
creating NPC’s
as a session tool
guidance in creating encounters
Various guides how to use Mythras Encounter tool
EncountersMythras Encounter Generator JSON finder tool (for Roll20) 
MagicMagic Situational Modifiers
MagicMythras Magic Modifiers VisualisedMore
Magic – Folk Magic OptionalProgressive (variable) Folk MagicMore
Magic – Setting – GloranthaHoroscope Personality Traits for GlorantMore
Magic – Setting – GloranthaRune List
Magic – Theist, Folk Magic, Animist – Setting – GloranthaCult one pagers for Glorantha150+ cults for Glorantha moddedMore
Magic – SorceryDiminish Effect on your opponenthas the goods on what can that pesky diminish spell do to you or your opponent.
Magic – SorcerySorcery ToolMore
Magic – SorceryGrimoire formexample: Grimoire of Ravenous SharkMore
Magic – SpiritsSpirit Combat tablesSpirit combat charts (Spirit damage, special effects and spirit combat results) have been gathered into this chartMore
MovementFatigue, Encumbrance and Speed CalculatorFatigue, Encumbrance and Speed calculator.
It makes it much easier to see all the effects that encumbrance, terrain and fatigue make. The aim here is to make movement speed also count – when escaping One-Eye the Carnosaur you do not have to be the fastest but faster than 2-4 of the slowest ones. You should also be make the hard decisions what to drop to escape easily from game mechanics point of view. 
The encumbrance and fatigue can make drastic changes to the speed and skills. This tool aims to help the use of them to support the game session.
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MovementMovement and Swimming EffectsIt contains now a table for movement rates between 1 and 14, effect of athletics on the speed when walking, running or sprinting.
It also has a table for the common modifiers for movement like encumbrance, armor and fatigue.  It has also the effects on ranged combat.
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MovementChase control roll resultsFor the future chase sequences in my campaign decided to combine all the movement effects into tables that fit into a single page.
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SkillsDifficulty Grade Progression mini-chartMore
SkillsMythras Skill Roll Evaluatoraugmentation and difficulty grade calculatorMore
Skills, Movement, CombatFatigue progression mini-chartMore
Skills,CombatCriticals and Difficulty Grade shortcut tableThere is an interactive version at http://toolsfrompavis.com

Here we have a quick reference chart for criticals and difficulty grade on skill. If you like maths – you do not need the chart, the calculations are simple but I find doing them in the heat of the game distracting.
TravelGloranthan Ships for RQ6They could be useful anywhere in fantasy worldMore
Travel (Setting – Monster Island)Exposure Modifiers for Camping in the WildernessMore
Travel (Setting – Monster Island)Monster Island Hex Crawl and Jungle (and other difficult terrain) travel effectsJungle Fatigue Calculator
(Replaced by Fatigue, Encumbrance and Speed Calculator)
Traveling effects in Jungle
Traveling rolls in Jungle
Traveling Distance in Jungle
Camping in the Wilderness

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Commerce (Setting – Monster Island)Bird Feather pricingMore
Setting – Monster IslandCity Map – AkakorMore

You might find this condensed version for starting GM’s useful