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"Everyone has a wild beast within them".

This book is aimed at anyone who is interested in the Hsunchen, the shape-changing totem animal peoples of the world of Glorantha, the setting for the RuneQuest role-playing game. The Hsunchen inhabit the fringes of Gloranthan geography and include some of the most peculiar and fascinating peoples in this world. Because they mostly live far away from mainstream society they are often obscure and poorly documented, and perhaps rarely encountered in many RuneQuest games. This book is here to put that right!

Twenty-two Hsunchen tribes living in the western and central parts of the continent of Genertela are described across 170 pages, alongside extensive information regarding their culture, myth, technology, magic and more.

The tribes are: skunk, black owl, mammoth, badger, raccoon, bear, bobcat, wolverine, reindeer, yellow quill porcupine, moose, mountain goat, deer, beaver, sun horse, wolf, opossum, boar, elk, lion, puma and gopher.

The book explains how to create a Hsunchen adventurer, gives tips on using them as adventurers or as non-player characters, ideas for high-level campaigns, and even information on Hsunchen Heroquesting!

Appendices provide the author's notes, answers to Hsunchen Q&A, a spells index, Hsunchen mega-list and more.

Note: This product contains assets that were procedurally generated with the aid of creative software(s) powered by machine learning.

Version 1.2

This new version is expanded by several pages including one new tribe, additional fiction, and other improvements throughout, including double-page spreads for two art pieces. The spirit images at the start of each tribe chapter have been replaced with mask images (and I have left version 1.1 available so you can see the old art, if you wish).

Version 1.2 is also available print-on-demand.

Bonus content!

Copper best-seller: I added a file containing the art commissioning text, sketches from the art development stage, and some of the art from the book at a larger scale so you can see the detail in greater glory. For version 1.2 of the book, the art notes were updated to describe the "making of" the entirely new cover. Total: 15 pages.

Electrum best-seller: I have added the complete transcript of the God Learners podcast episode which discussed the Hsunchen and this book, and also a short set of words from the Lotari raccoon shaman, which were originally produced as background material for a player in my own campaign. Total: 17 pages.


"This book is a magisterial examination of the many Hsunchen beast-totem tribes of Genertela ... Thirty pages of vigorously footnoted and cross-referenced appendices show the depth of the author’s obsession and research. The book’s human-created artwork brings the setting to life, while every tribe is illustrated with AI-generated, somewhat psychedelic god-beast imagery. This book is creative, original, respectful of its sources (which are drawn from all ages of Gloranthan publication, but especially the Guide to Glorantha and Armies & Enemies of Dragon Pass), but never afraid to argue for its own vision, and tell the reader why. Highly recommended." - Nick Brooke, Jonstown Compendium Index 2022, July 2022.

"You have created an amazing labor of love with this book!" - Evan Franke of Exploring Glorantha (YouTube), July 2022.

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Yngve S January 03, 2023 12:59 am UTC
Beautifully made and nicely presented. A comprehensive look at the hsunchen, ready-made for your game. I got it to look up a thing from an authorative source a bit more elaborate than the Guide, and got what I wanted.

It's not gonna paint the canvas for you, but it will provide the tools you need
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Brian D January 04, 2023 2:30 pm UTC
Thanks for the kind comments, Yngve, if you want to add anything under the Review tab as well, that would be greatly appreciated!
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Niall T July 31, 2022 2:31 pm UTC
Really good! I left a review. If you're wondering about future projects, I would really love to see some adventures or sandbox campaigns focusing on the Hsunchen. Who needs Griffin Mountain when you have the forests of Rathorela!?
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Brian D July 31, 2022 2:49 pm UTC
Yes, I'd love to do something like that, although I have a couple of other projects I'm looking at first, so I certainly can't promise anything.
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José V July 19, 2022 11:24 am UTC
Most excellent. A must have ...
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