Cults of RuneQuest: The Prosopaedia is an indispensable reference to the many gods and goddesses, monsters, locations, artifacts, and events that have shaped Gloranthan mythology since its making!
Chaosium Unveiled: Inside Cults of RuneQuest: The Prosopaedia
The Encyclopedia of the Gods
Hundreds of entries describing these beings and forces in brief, informative prose, cross-referenced where appropriate. Each entry describes the subject’s name, pronunciation, other titles, associations, and other references, with a description of how that being is depicted within the world of Glorantha.
Combine this with the other books in the Cults of RuneQuest series for quick references across all volumes.
The Art of Gloranthans
Full color illustrations and design by Katrin Dirim bring the divine world to vivid life! Showcasing the art that is created in Glorantha by the many worshippers of the various gods, the art throughout Cults of RuneQuest: The Prosopaedia is a display of Gloranthan culture, and can be used to inspire players and Gamemasters alike.
A System-Free Sourcebook
Rules-agnostic descriptions of the gods and locales throughout Cults of RuneQuest: The Prosopaedia make it an invaluable resource for RuneQuest players, any fans of Glorantha, players of other roleplaying games, and anyone with an interest in creative mythology.
Note: This supplement is an enhancement to the books of Cults of RuneQuest. It is not a standalone product and is intended to provide a greater understanding of the rich and textured mythological world of Glorantha.
What The Critics Say
“A beautiful introduction to the pantheons and mythological figures of Glorantha. Superbly comprehensive, it sets up and serves as a companion to the Cults of RuneQuest series and if the rest of the titles are going to look as good and delve deeper into their subjects, then the RuneQuest fan is going to very pleased with each new volume.”
— Reviews from R’lyeh, Gods & Sods.
"The single most comprehensive survey of Glorantha's rich mythology that we have ever seen."
— Andrew Logan Montgomery, THE CULTS OF RUNEQUEST: Part One, Some Thoughts on Chaosium Cults and the Prosopaedia.
“If I were to measure the depth of the community’s collective drool, I’d need a yardstick...”
— Akhelas, REVIEW: The Prosopaedia for RuneQuest.
“A wonderfully illustrated encyclopedia of the entire mythical landscape of Glorantha, a proof that RuneQuest isn’t like any other fantasy game.”
— The Godlearners, Review: Cults of RuneQuest, The Prosopaedia .
"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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This isn't an easy review as this is book nicely done with tons of info, but it depends on what you would be looking for as a buyer. If looking for playable content without having to brainstorm much, then there is little to offer on my sense compared to other contents. If looking at background info to develop your own content, then it is a treasure throve. Therefore, if you are on a budget then other cults books would be a must, if you can afford it without question then go ahead.
A fantastic reference guide.
I was away from RQ for years. It was Covid and Discord that really got me back into it. This first publication in a series of...10 is it,..has brought me up to date and stopped me from trawling wikis and getting it skewed. Lavishly illustrated, alphabetised, with mostly brief descriptions of the gods or heroes including how they are represented, I have found this Prosopaedia invaluable, especially when creating content for my small group. I am aware that it is not 'comprehensive' in that there are other gods listed in other web resources but this is the official publication so it is canon. I would have found it better if the pantheons had been tabulated somehow with whatever aspect the gods are worshipped for. And it could've been better still for newbies or people who've been away for a while to understand where the pantheons reach and overlap on a couple of maps. Maybe there will be supplement at some point in the future.
A wonderful book, a real must-have for every gloranthophile. The illustrations of Katrin Dirim are beautiful.
At first I though that I wasn't gonna like this one as much as other books, but, I was wrong. The inside and great ideas that gives to the mythology is just great
Sur le modèle de l'ancienne version dans Gods of Glorantha dans les années 1980, une version augmentée, mise à jour pour le Glorantha post-Guide (2015) servant de cadre au nouveau Runequest, le tout magnifiquement illustré. Premier volume de la série Cults of Runequest, c'est un outil très pratique, et de la volupté pour les yeux !
Ernalda, bless my brain with fertility to blossom these 1000 idea seeds I've picked up reading this book! Perfect combo of art and words to make your imagination kick into gear. Very, very pleased with this, and looking forward to the rest of the series even more now.
This is such an awesome book, I can't stop reading it. There's so much to absorb. The art by Katrim Dirim makes this one of the most beautiful books released for RuneQuest. It was worth the wait!
Glorantha is a deep, detailed setting, whether you look at it as a roleplaying game ‘world’ or just the fantastic creation of one man like Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. Obtaining a surface understanding is not hard. There are core myths and essential lore. Yet, you can easily stray “into the weeds” with Glorantha without much effort. This encyclopedia is your crowbar for prying into Glorantha’s gods, religions, and interesting and powerful movers and shakers. That’s important because gods, spirits, and even sorcerers are important to unlocking Glorantha. They don’t exist to facilitate some “cleric class”, rather they are integral to this fantasy world, it’s lore, and the RPG. The Prosopaedia is your “who’s who” of the Gods and Spirits and the more important heroes. It’s an easy to read, accessible volume, and should be definitive enough for most people. Plus, If you read the Glorantha forums, I think this will catch you up on most discussions about Gods, Spirits, and important heroes and sorcerers. No need to feel lost on that topic with this around!