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Cults of RuneQuest: The Lunar Way - Hardcover

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Cults of RuneQuest: The Lunar Way is the player’s guide to the Lunar pantheon of Glorantha!

The Seven Mothers

What’s Inside?

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

The Gods of the Red Moon

The Red Emperor, armored and over the bodies of slain foes

Cults of RuneQuest: The Lunar Way contains 15 new cults, including Jakaleel the Witch, the Goddess of Youth Teelo Norri, the Chaos demon known as the Crimson Bat, and the Red Goddess herself—all playable for the first time!

The book also includes an expanded treatment of the cult of the Seven Mothers from the RuneQuest core rulebook.

The Gods Deezola and Danfive Xaron

Magic of the Empire

Lunar Sorcerer with a Third Eye

Bring the chaos-tolerating whims of Lunar magic to your games of RuneQuest! This book details a new and unique Lunar magic system, plus expanded rules for Lunar sorcery, and the unique way Lunar Rune spells are affected by the phases of the Red Moon.

Map of the Glowline

Lunar Lore

Two unprepared gladiators fighting

Cults of RuneQuest: The Lunar Way includes a deep dive of the unique organization, history, and nature of each of the fifteen cults. You’ll also find the richly detailed history of the Lunar gods, the Lunar Empire, the Red Emperor, and rules for adventuring on the surface of the Red Moon itself!

Maps of both sides of the moon

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

  • This is absolutely a must-own… another phenomenal entry into the Cults of RuneQuest - 10/10

    — The Gaming Gang, Cults of RuneQuest: The Lunar Way Reviewed.

  • This is literally the book I have been waiting to read for 44 years.

    — Award winning Jonstown Compendium creator Chris Gidlow, Chris Gidlow - On The Lunar Way.

  • The definitive take on the Lunar Empire… Unfortunately for those hoping to save their pennies, The Lunar Way is ultimately another "must-buy.”t

    — Andrew Logan Montgomery, Exploring the Otherworlds of Fiction, Magic, and Gaming, THE LUNAR WAY: A REVIEW.

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    Great book!

    Posted by Robert VH on 29th May 2024

    This is the first Cults book that really gives a view into a world outside Dragon Pass. Really excellent.

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    Runequest The Lunar Way

    Posted by Fredrik Holmstrom on 29th May 2024

    Fantastic. This is exatly what I need from my new campaign.

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    Just perfect

    Posted by Jorge on 29th May 2024

    A hole new light upon glorantha, so so so many fantastic info

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    The Lunar Way

    Posted by Christian Jensen Romer on 29th May 2024

    At the time of writing this review the physical book has not yet arrived in the UK warehouse, so I bought the pdf and within a day received a voucher discounting the price off the physical product: an excellent Chaosium offer if you buy direct. If you buy the physical book you will receive the pdf immediately as always. For some reason physical books and pdf versions are on different pages of the Chaosium webpage so keep looking if you can't see it. Obviously if you play RuneQuest and don't have this book you will want it, probably after Lightbringers and the Earth Goddesses. Those books are foundational to understanding the culture of Sartar; this book really explains the mindset of their enemies, the Lunar Empire. So is it really essential? No but it is very, very interesting and you will want it. If you have Lunar PCs I'd say yes it's essential. Have we seen it before? I believe i have pretty much every Chaosium RQ release that was not a convention book or auction or high kickstarter level and have been playing since the eighties. Much is familiar and yet there was plenty to surprise and delight me so even long time glorantha fans should find enough to justify purchase. So what has changed? Well within the Glowline Lunar magic functions as if it was Half Moon Day not Full Moon Day. That's a change from White Bear Red Moon and Dragon Pass the boardgames but it makes more sense in the history of an oft invaded Empire. YGMV. What's not in the book? The White Moon movement is sparsely covered: this is something I'd love to see more on, but i guess it might not meet the Cult format? Also there are no Blue Moon cults (well apart from Jalakeel maybe?) that presumably will appear in the Darkness book. I was hoping for something on She Who Waits but she remains as mysterious as ever. Maybe the Darkness book will contain hints? Also a number of minor Lunar cults and religions from the Heroquest Imperial Lunar Handbook number 2 along with the radiances and so forth have been scrapped. There is a clear Canon and it has repudiated those. What is covered? Everything you might want or need to know about the Lunar Faith for the vast majority of campaigns. The Moon, the Red Emperor, the Red Goddess, as well as the Seven Mothers, Honeel (far more interesting and sympathetic than earlier depictions), Hwarin Dalthipa, the Crimson Bat, Yana Aranis etc etc. I've read it cover to cover and thoroughly enjoyed it, and it has opened up new possibilities for me in terms of running a Lunar based campaign perhaps set in Furthest. I found no typos or obvious errors apart from two or three instances of missing spaces. Editing was very well done. Artwork is consistently of high quality with a very 1950 to 1985 tone in terms of overall design and colour palette. I did not test the pdf for accessibility. Overall 10/10. I'm glad i bought the pdf and will certainly buy the book, and gamer or Gloranthaphile there is plenty for you; if I have one criticism it is Lunar Sorcery deserves far more treatment (in the Sorcery book i expect) and that sadly Lunar magic is weak compared with the other pantheons. CJ, May 2024