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Cults of RuneQuest: The Earth Goddesses - Hardcover

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Within the earth is life. Within the earth is death.

Cults of RuneQuest: The Earth Goddesses is the player’s guide to the earth pantheon of Glorantha!

This book covers the mythology of the Earth pantheon of gods, and provides mechanics for each of their cults to create your RuneQuest adventurer.

What’s Inside?

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Watch the unveiling video to see the book for yourself. Remember that you get the PDF when getting the physical copy.

The Goddesses of the Earth

Asrelia - The Grandmother Goddess

Cults of RuneQuest: The Earth Goddesses features 16 cults, including Uleria Goddess of Love, Ty Kora Tek Goddess of the Dead, Donandar God of Music, Asrelia Goddess of Wealth and Fortune, Maran Gor the Earthquake Goddess, and more.

The book also includes cults especially suitable for non-human adventurers such as Aldrya, the Ancestress of the Elves, and Mostal, the Maker of the Dwarves!

Three Grain Goddesses

Build Your Earth Priestess

Ernalda the Earth Goddess

New rules to use these cults in character creation in RuneQuest, detailing the skills, passions, spirit magic, and Rune magic these cults offer. You’ll also find new cult-specific skills and even some Rune magic! Embody the power of your god with rules for how your adventurer can grow into a God-talker, Rune Priestess, or even a mighty Rune Lord.

Maran Gor - The angry earth

The Lore of the Earth


The book details the unique organization, history, and nature of each of its 16 cults. It also covers the storied history of the Earth pantheon—mythology of blooming life, death, and transformation.


Note: This supplement can be used with the RuneQuest core rules, or combined with the other books in the Cults of RuneQuest line to build a RuneQuest adventurer belonging to multiple cults.

What The Critics Say

  • “A powerful follow up to The Lightbringers. While the first book is a splendid onramp to the wonders of the various Cults for new players and GMs, The Earth Goddesses is where you really get the sense that the writers decided to really showcase the grandeur and depth of the fictional mythology at the heart of the game.”t

    — Philgamer, Cults of RuneQuest: The Earth Goddesses Review.

  • “As a new-ish GM to RuneQuest, I was worried that I would never be able to "get" the setting. This series of books is making sure I will, and that I fall in love doing so.”

    — Jay Anyong, Twitter.

  • "These are not simply splat books meant to give player characters kewl new powers and endless buffs (the trap so many other games fall into). There are skills and spells in here, but this is a series primarily about world building."

    — Andrew Logan Montgomery, The Cults of RuneQuest Part Three: The Earth Goddesses.

  • “5/5 – The Earth Goddesses is a rock-solid release (pun intended), which lays the foundation for more mythic adventures exploring the Earth religion in Glorantha… a valuable addition to your shelf, and heartily recommended.”

    — AKHELAS, REVIEW: The Earth Goddesses .

  • "In this day and age, RuneQuest‘s best bet is in emphasising the distinct and unique flavour of Glorantha and these books do a wonderful job with it... Though much of the material here was developed before his death by Greg Stafford, the job of finishing the project has fallen to Jeff Richard, who has made it a labour of love, along with a wealth of collaborators, including artists who’ve made some of the nicest and most flavourful-looking art I’ve ever seen in a RuneQuest book."

    — Refereeing & Reflection, a RuneQuest Encyclopedia.

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Greg Stafford, Jeff Richard
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    Great content, beautiful book.

    Posted by Philippe Grillot on 19th Sep 2023

    Love those Cults books, very happy this is coming and this really delivers on playable contents you would be wishing for.

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    The Earth Goddesses

    Posted by Tim on 16th Sep 2023


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    Earth Goddesses

    Posted by Helen Ainsworth on 14th Sep 2023

    Absolutely brilliant and completly indispensable

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    Admirable !

    Posted by frédéric on 13th Sep 2023

    The best book on gloranthan cults ever ! And the illustrations are wonderful.

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    Posted by Neil Edmond on 22nd Aug 2023

    Of all the wonderful books published in this Runequest renaissance, this is my favourite. It's such a thorough exploration of the earthy powers that it will transform my campaign, allowing my PCs and I to confidently play and meet the whole array of earth-worshippers, from folk musicians to tusk riders. It's beautiful.

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    Bringing the Earth to life

    Posted by Angus MacDonald on 18th Aug 2023

    This is an excellent volume beginning to end. With only a couple of minor quibbles (see below) I can highly recommend this lovely volume. This book covered Earth-related deities of many stripes. Most of them fit into the Ernalda-related pantheon, from Ernalda herself to Maran Gor to Ty Kora Tek. There are full write ups for each of the 16 cults included in this volume and they should inspire your players no end. This is very important in that its companion volume (The Lightbringers) has obvious hooks for adventurers, given that Orlanth is himself the god of adventurers among other things. But, as Ernalda points out, there is always another way and by applying less physical force and instead applying wit, grace, and societal pressure much may be achieved. There are two "outliers" in this book -- The Cult of the Bloody Tusk and Mostal. Neither of them is intended for PCs, but their inclusion feels a little odd. In the end, though, they had to go somewhere and both of them are indeed Earth-related cults. There are two quibbles that I have with this. There are some maps here that are both small and difficult to read. The one relating to the spread of Earth goddess society is particularly difficult, in that some of the of the colours for the extent of the cults is so similar to that for depicting mountain ranges that it is difficult to say which is which. The other problem, and it is a very small one, is also a very common one with all of the BRP games over time -- skill creep. There are several new skills introduced, some of which (such as Bloody Cut) are no real imposition as it is limited to the cult, but others (Mineral Lore comes to mind) could be more widely applicable. As I said, this is a problem that has been found in all editions of RuneQuest, BRP, and COC over time. Beyond these small quibbles, I can highly recommend this volume. Open it and you will find that even cults such as Ernalda will appeal to adventurers.

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    Fantastic supplement

    Posted by Ryan Bergen on 18th Aug 2023

    As a newcomer to Glorantha, this supplement really helped to build and fill out the world for me. The mythic archetypes these gods repersent are fully realized and engaging. A masterclass in worldbuilding. I can't wait to bring this to the table for my players to peruse and flip through. Also, compared to the Lightbringers, this was my favorite! My game group includes players that are drawn to the earth goddess archetypes and it was great to give them more details and character options to play with.

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    Really make greater my Glorantha

    Posted by Jorge Alonso-Colmenares Gualda on 18th Aug 2023

    The insides of the earth cults give life to the people of Glorantha and it's costumes. New great options for players and GM, super happy