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Monday 11 December 2023

Jonstown Jottings #87: Porcupine Cat

Much like the Miskatonic Repository for Call of Cthulhu, Seventh Edition, the Jonstown Compendium is a curated platform for user-made content, but for material set in Greg Stafford’s mythic universe of Glorantha. It enables creators to sell their own original content for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, 13th Age Glorantha, and HeroQuest Glorantha (Questworlds). This can include original scenarios, background material, cults, mythology, details of NPCs and monsters, and so on, but none of this content should be considered to be ‘canon’, but rather fall under ‘Your Glorantha Will Vary’. This means that there is still scope for the authors to create interesting and useful content that others can bring to their Glorantha-set campaigns.


What is it?
Porcupine Cat is a “A 2 page terror for padding out Prax” for use with RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha which presents a creature and three hooks to use the creature in a campaign that the Game Master can develop and run as a single session’s worth of play.

It is a two page, full colour 255.71 KB PDF.

The layout is tidy, the artwork rough, but serviceable.

The creature and the scenario hooks can be easily be adapted to the rules system of the Game Master’s choice.

Where is it set?
As written, Porcupine Cat details a creature found in Prax and the Big Rubble.

Who do you play?
Porcupine Cat does not require any specific character type, but as it can be found anywhere where there are granaries or rats and other vermin, almost any type of character encounter it.

What do you need?
Porcupine Cat requires RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha only.

What do you get?
Porcupine Cat details a simple creature and provides three hooks involving the creature. The Porcupine Cat is a feline-like creature noted for the quills that run along its back and protrude from the end of its tail. It is not a threat to most adults, but can be to children. It can fire the quills from its tail. Quills that get stuck in the flesh are difficult to remove and painful enough to impede movement and other physical activity.

The supplement provides a general description of the Porcupine Cat, the effect of its quills, and an illustration along with the stats. This followed by the three adventure hooks. These are quite inventive, including spine getting stuck in the spirit of a warrior, obtaining quills for a
Tarshite Lunar scribe who believes them to be perfect for writing the New Pelorian script, and going into the Big Rubble to find a sample beast for a local alchemist. These contain a reasonable amount of basic information, but will require the Game Master to develop further details.

Ultimately the usefulness of Porcupine Cat will depend upon if the Game Master does not mind adding another creature to Glorantha and does not mind developing the included scenario hooks.

Is it worth your time?
YesPorcupine Cat is a short and simple supplement, and surprisingly better than anything intended “... for padding out Prax” deserves to be.
NoPorcupine Cat is either set in Prax where the Game Master’s campaign is not or leaves too much for the Game Master to do given the simplicity of the content—if not both.
MaybePorcupine Cat is not as bad as it sounds and the scenario hooks are workable.

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