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The Glorantha Sourcebook


A Guide to the Mythic Fantasy World of Glorantha

The Glorantha Sourcebook is an essential resource for Greg Stafford’s world of Glorantha, one of the most extensively developed and renowned fantasy settings of all time. A world of mythology, gods, and heroes, Glorantha has inspired roleplaying games, board games, computer games, comics, fiction, and more, a setting beloved and revered worldwide.

An invaluable resource for gamemasters, players, and readers of fantasy worlds, this sourcebook is gorgeously illustrated and filled with informative maps and diagrams. Drawn from a variety of out-of-print and rare sources, this material has been dramatically revised, updated, and expanded. Alongside this foundational material are new essays, insights, and extrapolations on the world and its incredible denizens.

Inside this sourcebook, you’ll learn about the creation of the world; the main ages of its past; the history of Dragon Pass and its people; the pantheons of the gods, including the Lightbringer and Lunar pantheons; the Coming of Argrath; Elder Races such as the Elves, Dragonewts, Dwarves, and Trolls; genealogies of the major royal dynasties; legends and lore of the various tribes and peoples inhabiting Glorantha; the fundaments of Gloranthan magic and the Runes that shape the world; the history and gods of the mighty Lunar Empire; and finally, the Hero Wars!

This systemless sourcebook can be used to enhance and support any fantasy roleplaying game of your choosing, including RuneQuest, Questworlds13th Age Glorantha, and others. 

The LightBringers

“Glorantha is my personal North Star as an author of vast fantasy game narratives… a sacred but unattainable goal.”
-- Ken Rolston, The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, Oblivion.


The Glorantha Sourcebook covers the following subjects:

  • Geography: A basic overview of the geography of Glorantha.
  • History of Dragon Pass: A history of the central crossroads of Glorantha.
  • The Elder Races: A short overview of the main non-human species that predate humanity and once dominated the world.
  • Theogony: The story of the gods of Glorantha, primarily arranged by element (Darkness, Water, Earth, Fire, and Air).
  • Time: A history of Glorantha since the first Dawn.
  • Gods of the Lunar Way: The new gods of the Lunar religion.
  • Redline History of the Lunar Empire: A comprehensive history of the Lunar Empire since its founding and going until the early Hero Wars.
  • Gloranthan Magic: A short essay on the Gloranthan Runes, types of magic, and some theories about what is magic.
  • Gods and Mortals: An overview of gods, mortals, and those who straddle both worlds.
  • Sartar Magical Union: A list of the magical units that served Prince Argrath in his war against the Lunar Empire.
Map of the Golden Age

An Excellent Companion to the award-winning Guide to Glorantha!

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Sergio V October 09, 2020 7:53 am UTC
I am sorry to write a silly question, but this sourcebook must be used together with a 13° Age core rulebook? I have seen there is a 13th Age Glorantha rulebook, which cannot be used without a 13th age core rulebook...

And so, yes, I am a little confused... thanks for any clarification
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Michael O October 09, 2020 12:41 pm UTC
The Glorantha Sourcebook was part of the 13th Age Glorantha Kickstarter. It is a systemless sourcebook that can be used to enhance and support any fantasy roleplaying game of your choosing, including 13th Age Glorantha, plus RuneQuest and others. You do need the 13th Age core rules (or SRD) to use the 13th Age Glorantha book.
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Sergio V October 08, 2020 5:50 pm UTC
Is there a printed version available?
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Michael O October 09, 2020 4:51 am UTC
You can get the printed version from
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Igor M October 08, 2020 5:49 pm UTC
Ah! How it feels good to see an image of a flat planet and know it was made to be fictional and mythological!!

Glorantha is awesome!
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Igor M October 08, 2020 5:46 pm UTC

How this Glorantha Sourcebook relates with the 13th Age version? Will they contradict somehow?
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Michael O October 09, 2020 4:58 am UTC
No, the Glorantha Sourcebook was part of the 13th Age Glorantha Kickstarter
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Roy O February 21, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Hi, similar question. I have the big Guide to Glorantha volumes 1 and 2. Is this a paired down version of those books?
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Michael O January 10, 2020 12:29 am UTC
The Guide is two volumes and 800 pages, a comprehensive gazeteer of the whole of Glorantha. The 226 page Sourcebook focusses more on Dragon Pass and the Lunar Empire. It also details the deities of Glorantha in more detail than the Guide does. The sourcebook is not a pared-down version of The Guide.
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Diego B February 20, 2018 8:03 am UTC
I already have the "HeroQuest Glorantha" corebook and the two PDFs of the fantastic "Guide to Glorantha". What can this new setting book be useful for?
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Ian C February 20, 2018 2:02 pm UTC
Diego, this book gives a lot of background to current events in Dragon Pass, in detail that does not exist within the Guide or in Heroquest Glorantha, particularly the Redline History as well as the History of Dragon Pass. In addition, its information on the gods of Glorantha does not exist within the other two books.

This is definitely not a reprint of material in those two volumes. It is a focused look at what Dragon Pass campaigns need.
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Diego B February 20, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Thank you Ian :)
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