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The Rathori are the “werebears” of Glorantha. Children of Rathor, the Great White Bear, they inhabit the wide pine forests of the northwest, beyond the fringes of civilisation. But their life is not a peaceful idyll. The forests can be home to fell creatures and hostile tribes, and the civilised folk of the south press at the eaves, felling trees for new cropland.

The Rathori’s defences against such threats include their deep bonds with the spirits of the woodlands, granting them potent magic from the Other Side. For almost a hundred years, during the Syndic’s Ban, the Rathori slept, oblivious to the outside world and safe from its incursions. Just over two decades ago, they began to awake, finding the world changed, but no safer than before.

Now they must find their new place within it.


This is a guide to the Rathori people and their world. It is written for both RuneQuest and QuestWorlds, and the relevant rulebooks will be required to make full use of it. For example, spell descriptions (including those for shapeshifting) are not duplicated here. 

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Brian D December 16, 2021 1:03 pm UTC
Just a question, review to follow. In Guide to Glorantha, a Rathori hunter is illustrated wearing a bear's-head cap, shoes soled from bearskin, and a bearskin cloak. He carries charms made from bear parts. Bearwalkers says nothing to support a view that Rathori would hunt bears, and that would seem odd if they believe they are bears! So do you have a view on this?
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JK R December 16, 2021 6:22 pm UTC
It wouldn't be my interpretation that the Rathori deliberately hunt and kill bears (although there are other hsunchen who certainly do hunt their totem animals, so it's not impossible). They might, perhaps, use the parts of bears that die naturally, after some suitable ritual of appeasement.
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