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“Know then, oh Prince, that in the Sea Season after the Battle of the Queens was Colymar’s Black Spear sent forth to rouse Argrath from his slumbers.”

An epic saga of the Hero Wars, festooned with heroquests and deep Gloranthan weirdness. Probably the strangest thing I’ve ever written. Designed as a follow-up to The Duel at Dangerford, but it also works as a stand-alone mini-campaign. Canonically set in Sea Season 1627, with suggestions at the back of the book for changing things around. Illustrated lavishly by Mike O’Connor: 50+ pictures, one or two songs, some poetry, not many stat-blocks.

"The sheer audaciousness of Nick's plot makes my head spin... One of the greatest scenarios ever written for RuneQuest and the world of Glorantha." - Michael O'Brien (Sun County)

"Top-shelf, high-grade Gloranthan psychedelia. I simply cannot recommend it highly enough." - Andrew Logan Montgomery (Six Seasons in Sartar)

SILVER BONUS CONTENT: Violence is Always an Option (1 page) - seven suggested skirmishes for hardcore RuneQuest combat addicts.

ELECTRUM BONUS CONTENT: Drawing the Black Spear (43 pages) - the evolution of the book and its art, via a year and a half of Nick Brooke & Mike O'Connor's conversations.

NOTE: Material in this book deals with mature themes. GMs are advised to adjust their presentation of this subject matter in accordance with their own and their group’s comfort levels.

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Stuart B December 12, 2021 12:44 pm UTC
Much as I was amused by the thought of scareing the hell out of the characters with a warband riding hell for leather towards the open gates of their "Hold" I am now left thinking a) Are the parties I play with more parnoid and trigger happy than normal? and b) Do the Othanthi tribes use big flags which can be identified outside of crossbow range? - If not I suspect a very major blue on blue incident with the Queen getting the gates slammed in her face and he horse cut down by a mix of earth elementals and crossbow bolts with multi missile (and thats only the Dwarf) before she gets into Othanthi poem range. Anyone any clue about how much it costs to replace the Queens horse and pay for her damaged dignity? At the mere thought of liability for "compensation" to arch foe and the Queen my party is likely to start giving thought to joining the Lunars!
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Axel J August 17, 2023 5:24 pm UTC
Farsee is a Spirit Magic spell. I would expect at least one gate guard to have a few points in it to prevent mistakes like that.
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Eric W October 07, 2021 10:40 pm UTC
Will this be offered in print at any time soon?
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Christoph K October 08, 2021 8:27 pm UTC
Yes, it will!?!
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Nick B October 21, 2021 10:23 am UTC
I hope so. A proof-printed copy of the book is on its way to me now.
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Nick B October 21, 2021 1:35 pm UTC
Blimey, that was quick! The cheap "standard colour" edition of BLACK SPEAR is now available as a print-on-demand hardcover book for $35.95.

There will in due course be a more expensive "premium colour" edition, for customers with more money than sense, but I honestly don't expect anyone to pay for that (and besides, my proof-printed copy hasn't yet arrived, so I can't put it on sale).
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Eric W November 06, 2021 11:41 pm UTC
Premium Color it is!!!!
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