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Cults of RuneQuest: The Prosopaedia - Hardcover

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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!

Gagarth and the Wild Hunt

What's Inside

Chaosium Unveiled: Inside Cults of RuneQuest: The Prosopaedia

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

The Encyclopedia of the Gods

The Aeolian Pantheon

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.

Orlanth fighting the Machine God

The Art of Gloranthans

Solar Pantheons

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

Arkat (below) and Nysalor

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.

Holy Land

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.

  • “What Greg Stafford, Jeff Richard, and the team at Chaosium are doing with these books is nothing short of brilliant, and The Prosopaedia and Mythology, have to come highly recommended, not just the depth they add to Glorantha, but for sheer readability and entertainment value.”

    — EurocultAV, Cults of Runequest Prosopaedia Review.


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    The Prosopaedia

    Posted by Gregory Molle on 18th Oct 2023

    Very beautiful and useful book !

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    Great book, poor playability content.

    Posted by Philippe Grillot on 19th Sep 2023

    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.

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    The Prosopaedia

    Posted by Tim on 16th Sep 2023

    A fantastic reference guide.

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    Great Crystallisation

    Posted by Philip Mcdonnell on 16th Sep 2023

    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.

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    Beautiful !

    Posted by frédéric PITOUT on 13th Sep 2023

    A wonderful book, a real must-have for every gloranthophile. The illustrations of Katrin Dirim are beautiful.

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    Sublime art, top content

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

    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

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    The Prosopaedia

    Posted by Gregory Molle on 18th Aug 2023

    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 !

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    Posted by Christopher Regan on 28th Jul 2023

    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.

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    Posted by Brian Sailor on 25th Jul 2023

    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!