Cups of Clearwine is a sourcebook for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, detailing the lives of ordinary people who can help you have extraordinary adventures. Cups has details for a dozen households, each with plot hooks for the area and beyond. Every household was created to add to the interest and playability of the area.
Cups expands the area halfway up the city, between the newest areas of the city, and the old, rich nobility. Here there are food and wine shops, crafters, and old, retired warriors. A vendref who left the grazelands lives next to a trollkin night watch guard. The distant cousin of Samastina of Esrolia has a home in the area, making a living and spreading joy as a courtesan.
In addition to the highly detailed households, there are general plot hooks suitable for any level of party, and a fully realised, ready-to-play five-page adventure. There is an appendix of goods for those who wish to buy from the crafters or the food and wine shops.
The download files are the full PDF and a no-background version designed for the Amazon Kindle and smaller or older computers. The street map, footprint map, and Brudelia’s house are also available as separate files.
- Oraninna and Rastadath, landholders with buried grief
- Indromast the Perfumer and his troublesome Telmori friend, Tifira
- Brudelia, an Esrolian courtesan with a secret
- Senulf the Outlander, a runaway vendref whose Ernaldori wife has disappeared
- A value trollkin called Sagak, who works as a night guard
- And a number of other individuals and their families
… Get a drink at the House of Cups, dinner from the Hot Food Shop, and pick up a treasure for your sweetie from one of the skilled craft people of the neighbourhood. Just be sure to steer clear of the Cursed House!
The PDF book contains a demo adventure, written from hints and plot hooks in the main text. If your PCs have too much fun, they might end up permanently changing the landscape of Clearwine itself.
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“In “Cups of Clearwine,” the Beer With Teeth collective details a more up-market corner of the Colymar tribal capital, fleshing out the everyday lives of the residents of Sandy Corner (or “Elisada’s Grove,” as older and more aspirational locals still call it). Every household comes with a big box of plot-hooks, profiles inc. RQG stat-blocks for the more interesting residents, and insights into what makes these people tick and how they all get along (or not). A wonderfully-imagined community for your adventurers to visit, complete with price lists, bronze age crafting tips, and gorgeous illustrations.“Nick B.
“This is a great resource! Buy it NOW and get your cup of Clearwine. It comes in nice pottery bowls.”Jeff Richard, Chair of Chaosium’s Board of Directors
“Like its companion book Dregs, Cups of Clearwine gives us a view into a slice of Clearwine life, allbeit a nicer area of the Fort! Presented with the same care and attention to detail, Cups immerses us into a little corner of the town, with its people (who all have their own hopes, fears and desires) events and day to day life. I find this book invauable when running games in Clearwine! You will too. Both this and Dregs have incuded information and advice for GMs running characters here. All of the people are beautifully illustrated and the map of the area has rooftop and footprint versions. No need to try to come up with a map on your own! As I said regarding Dregs, you should buy this! You will not regreat it! Oh, Jeff said of this book ‘This is a great resource! Buy it NOW’. As always, Jeff is not wrong!”Paul S.