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The timeless appeal of the legends of the Hero Wars has resulted in an enduring interest in the period.

Surviving texts, supplemented by archaeological evidence, are used here as the basis of this reconstruction of the combatants of the initial phases of that world-shattering conflict.

This volume is a companion to The Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass.

Many mercenaries and adventurers from the West have been drawn to the conflict in Dragon Pass. Their homelands of Seshnela, Fronela, and Ralios are also fighting their own Hero Wars.

Seshnela strives to impose the ambition of One God, One King, One Empire on the divided city-states and kingdoms of Ralios, where many look to the long-prophesied return of the hero Arkat for their salvation. In Fronela the idealists of Loskalm must confront the bloodthirsty armies of the Kingdom of War raging across the land bringing destruction and death. And there are yet more threats and perils.

This book presents details of the warriors, soldiers and mercenaries fighting during opening periods of the Hero Wars, their arms and armor, their ships, their cultures, histories and organization, terrain, the battlefields on which they fought, their fortifications, their magic, and their religions.

Army Lists provide details of some of the regiments which fought in these epic conflicts, supplemented by numerous illustrations of the participants.

Warning: adult themes - some aspects of Bronze Age warfare may be distressing. There is also a description of Gloranthan sorcery.

Note: The Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass provides details of arms and armor, formations and many other things useful to the reader.

182 pages plus covers.

By Martin Helsdon with invaluable assistance from Jeff Richard. Based on the mythic universe created by Greg Stafford.

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andrew T October 09, 2020 12:43 pm UTC
It's a very nice product. Ideal as reference material.
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Martin H October 09, 2020 5:26 pm UTC
Thank you.
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Evan F October 02, 2020 2:27 pm UTC
Amazing new cover! Another definite enhancement to an already outstanding product!
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Martin H October 02, 2020 5:29 pm UTC
Thank you.
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Evan F August 25, 2020 12:25 pm UTC
Thank you Martin Helsdon for this book! I am in the "cooling off" period after purchase, so I cannot yet leave a review, but I would like to express my appreciation for another amazing work of Gloranthan background. Your survey of the military and warrior traditions of the "West" of Genertela live up to the magisterial work you produced for central Genertela in "The Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass." The central tension in the Glorantha setting at the end of the Third Age are The Hero Wars, and, while it is by no means necessary to play a military campaign, the fact of war, warriors, armies and their impact hangs over the setting. This volume significantly expands on the discussions and descriptions in the first volume and takes us off the beaten path of the Prax/Sartar region. The imaginative treatment of militarizes in a heroic bronze age work of myth and magic is a model of the melding of creativity and scholarship that I think would make Greg Stafford proud. The illustrations...See more
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Martin H August 25, 2020 5:38 pm UTC
Evan, thank you for your comments.

I believe that 'The Armies and Enemies of Dragon Pass' is a numbers weeks away from a POD option, which I believe you have asked about in the past.
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Evan F August 25, 2020 6:02 pm UTC
That will definitely make many people happy! I hope that Men of the West can follow a similar path, even with the difficult hurtles to pass! Congratulations!
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