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Here we forged a tribe called Hurricane, birthed by a blue arrow, led by a high king’s courage, strengthened by a star queen’s wisdom, borne upon a desperate storm, forged by feat and fire and the bitter blade-clash of battle.
Here the world changed, forever. Time and the Great Before came together as one. Here we lived each day within a myth, an eternal story most holy and most real, and one not always one of our own telling.
To Walk in Far Places, the collected Far Point fictions of John Hughes, is now available for free download in e-pub (for most readers, including iPad and iPhone) and mobi (for Kindle) formats.
The Far Place Orlanthi of Northern Sartar are a barbaric tribal hunting and farming people given to incessant warfare and raiding. These illustrated tales of death and laughter give an insight into their lives, their myths, their history and their poetry at the beginning of the Hero Wars.
Many of these stories were first published in Tales of the Reaching Moon, Tradetalk, Ye Book of Tentacles, Questlines, or Dragon Pass: Land of Thunder.
Glorantha is the creation of Greg Stafford, and is used with permission.
All artwork by John Hughes.
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- Tribes of the Far Place
- Lagerwater Tales
- The Yelmalians
- The Palisade by Night
- Harmony Lodge
Short stories and kennings
- Exile 1614
- A Visitor From Prax
- The Finest Music
- The Sheep of Luck
- A Rope of Cedar Bark
- Warriors went to Whitewall
- Runo I: Stasis
- Runo II: Spirit
- Runo III: Water
- Runo IV: Truth
- Runo V: Harmony
- Runo VI: Disorder
- Runo VII: Kinship
- Runo VIII: Fate
- Runo IX: Darkness
- Runo X: Mastery
- Runo XI: Fertility
- Runo XII: Magic
- Runo XIII: Illusion
- Runo XIV: Infinity
- Bluefoot Orlanthi
- Lagerwater Stead
- The Stead Year
- Life In Landscape
- Of Food And Drink
- Flora & Fauna
- Wilderness Resources
- Imports and Exports
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Humakti warrior. DAZ Studio and Photoshop. Click for full-size image.
Dangerford Death Song
They were not.
Too silent to be real, they appeared—eleven gaunt and empty warriors—out of the fog-cloaked gors at dawn. Black cloaked, blood-banded, they sought the fyrd fight, the game of iron.
Halting but a spear-throw from our fires, the sword-troop stood motionless as sentries raised our sleeping camp.
Black-cloaked, horse-crowned, lacking in armour. Kin-less ones, their clan markings faded and pale. Death-hungry.
Our spearthane hefted his great ash and bellowed a challenge.
The answer came on the world’s breath from nine ragged throats. A song, a summoning, gentle and in an ancient mode, as if uttered by maids calling kin to a wedding.
The sundered ones began their advance with slow and measured step, singing their swords. Each held a blood-band, iron-black and high of hilt, gleaming against the dawn with blueish unlight. They came not as a shieldwall, but as blood brides, arrayed in three open columns, their order wyrded by lot. Three firsts would fight till felled, then one behind would step to take their place. Their feet were wrapped in rune-pocked leather: there would be no healing.
This was not mercenary work, this was death song.
We raised shields. Wall-holders we, fyrd-strong, our band some six hands in number, and none a stranger to the emnity of edges.
The foe advanced.The spearthane weighed our wyrd, gave voice to thunder.
Wind-born, storm-swift, we fled for the safety of the trees.
Friends and Tribesfolk! Bright Blessings all for Sacred Time! Let us quest together, that one day the sun will return. Let us remake the cosmos. Let us celebrate friendship with love and beer and loud singing. Let us make peace between the tribes, and in our hearts. Let us walk in joy, together.
A young Vingan warrior stands before her clan hall, somewhere in Northern Sartar. The white deer on her shield marks clan identity. The rune is a Vinga variant gifted in questing, interpreted as the point of Vinga’s javelin, propelled over vast distance by the Wind.
This is a modelling project in DAZ Studio and Photoshop. The blue-grey/red-brown colour scheme acknowledges Vinga’s parentage, daughter of both Earth and Storm.
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