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Valley of Plenty is the first book of The Jaldonkillers Saga, a grand campaign that follows the careers of a band of player characters through the destruction of their tribe, its reconstitution in exile, and the effort to reclaim its lost lands and glory. The saga begins in 1602 and stretches to the Dragonrise and beyond. It is intended as a vehicle to support the development of characters from childhood to Herodom in a fluid but consistent setting, in which players can experience adventures ranging from slice-of-life challenges to world-changing conflicts.
This book details the adventures of a closely-knit clique of youngsters, the Wildlings, from their early childhood through their adulthood rites. Along the way, GMs and players learn about the culture and community that produced the Wildlings in a natural, organic progression. Neither the GM or their players are forced to drink lore from a firehose.
Valley of Plenty is a campaign source book for Glorantha written for the QuestWorlds rule-system. It is completely compatible with HeroQuest: Glorantha and easily adaptable for use with RuneQuest: Glorantha. The lovingly detailed presentation of the Dundealos tribe’s culture and community is system agnostic.
You can find the QuestWorlds SRD here: Download the SRD – QuestWorlds (chaosium.com)
Valley of Plenty features:
- Detailed description of the Elmal worshipping Dundealos tribe and the Horse Orlanthi
- Learn a Non-Orlanthi Sartarite culture by beginning play as a Dundealos child
- Alternate rules for creating child characters
- Organic development of PC community and family relationships
- Adventures with escalating risks based on character age
- Elmal-oriented adulthood rites of the Dundealos
- Cult descriptions for Elmal, Redalda, and Drogarsi from a non-Orlanthi perspective
- New shamanic tradition write-up, including spirit societies
- New cult: Andred
- Extensive player handouts based on character age
- 7 scenarios and 6 additional scenario seeds
- Buckets and buckets of frogs!
Potential triggers in Valley of Plenty include:
- The interlude charts refer to the deaths of parents and/or siblings. If this is problematic, replace those results with ones of your own.
- The Manhunt episode revolves around a young boy who is kidnapped to be sold into slave labor. Player characters could face this threat as well. Note that the boy and PCs are in no danger of becoming slaves, but the threat is there.
Praise for VALLEY OF PLENTY:
“Valley of Plenty is an excellent campaign, an excellent campaign for Glorantha, and an excellent entry point for playing in Glorantha—so good that it could easy have been published by Chaosium. It guides both Game Master and her players, step-by-step, into the game and the world of Glorantha as well as the mechanics of QuestWorlds, in an enjoyably gentle fashion, supporting the process with an easily digestible background and details that can be brought into play. As an introduction to, and a first campaign—literally and narratively—for, Glorantha for QuestWorlds, this is a must buy, and were not for the fact that Valley of Plenty is written for use with QuestWorlds rather than RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, one of the first purchases which should be made from the Jonstown Compendium.”
“This is a Beautiful work. Written for the HeroQuest / HeroWars rules, it describes the Dundealos tribe of Sartar in Glorantha. They’re exotic because they’re “Horse Orlanthi” and worship Elmal, the Sun God, otherwise it’s politics as usual. They continuously fight the eastern threat of praxian and their ancestor killed Jaldon Broken Tooth, the hero of praxian heroes, hence their other name : the Jaldonkillers.
The players start very small, when they’re 8 or 9 years old. Even children can stumble on Magic in this world, and they do meet a… Frog spirit. A few years later, now 11 or 12, they have a hard decision to make : should they go after a praxian kidnapper now or call on the adults ? Fast forward a few more years and it’s Initiation time, the moment they have been waiting for their whole young lives. It is described as an Elmali Heroquest and has potentially surprising consequences.
This book is pleasant to read, elegantly written, with the love for its subject glowing (it’s an Elmali thing) through the pages. It’s an easy campaign to play, with a lot of wise and useful advice about how to run different scenes. The whole story happens during lunar occupation but it would take little work to fast forward it to 1626.
So if you’re into Glorantha, Horses or parenting, go ahead and read this. Even better, play it ! Enjoy.”
“Valley of Plenty is a great campaign book. By far one of the best, I’ve read for a long time. If you are looking for an unusual campaign and setting, (you are playing pre initiated children of the Dundealos Tribe), Valley of Plenty have everything you need to start playing… A complete backgroung description of the dundealos tribe and valley in 1602, scenarii, plot hooks / Story Seeds, special rules for character generation, rite of passage, etc. The artworks and the layout are great even if a printer friendly version will be an appreciated bonus… A really good product.”