by Trotsky

Special Note: The following description is written for use with the Harnmaster rules. 1st edition rules are marked 'HM1', while the 2nd edition rules from Harnmaster Religion are marked 'HMR'. For those of you without these rules, a guide to terminology is provided. Translation rules for RuneQuest (3rd ed.) are also available.

Circles & Offices

Kubora shamans are graded into five Circles, based on Ritual ML. There is, however no structured hierarchy like that of civilised religions. Use the following table:

Circle ML Office RML Office
1st 26+ assistant 1+ adult
2nd 41+ 21+ assistant
3rd 61+ shaman 51+ shaman
4th 76+ 71+
5th 86+ 86+


Existing shamans select young men to follow in their path, although the criteria for selection vary from tribe to tribe. If they show aptitude, they will eventually become shamans, but such people are relatively rare compared with other Harnic tribes. Only among the Rathiri, Obodu and Iorzu are shamans reasonably common.


The assistant gains the following skills:

Ritual/2, Herblore/2, Survival/2, Awareness/1, Embalming/1, Foraging/1, Oratory/1, Tracking/1

The assistant then gains three option points to be expended to improve his or her skills or open appropriate elective skills. For each year spent in training, the character may improve their Ritual skill by half SB.

Ritual Invocations

In some tribes, the shaman may opt to follow the path of Heneryne instead of that of Kemlar, although he still worships both deities and is not thought of as being subservient to the goddess herself. In a small number of tribes, such as the Asawne and Iorzu, shamans may even follow the path of Crador.


All Shamans

Kemlar Shamans

Heneryne Shamans

Crador Shamans

SKINCHANGING (New Invocation)
       by Eric Anderson

This invocation allows the shaman to create an enchanted animal pelt. The pelt must belong to a non-magical wild animal familiar to the shaman, but otherwise there are no restrictions on its nature, so long as the pelt is reasonably intact and in a good condition. The ritual takes several hours to complete, during which the shaman must not be interrupted.

Once the pelt has been created, the Shaman may use it to alter his or her form by wearing the pelt and expending 25 fatigue. Only the shaman who created the pelt can use it in this way. The transformation takes 1 minute to complete, during which the Shaman is unaware of his/her surroundings. The Shaman will fully take on the form of the animal from which the pelt was taken, including its natural abilities, physical characteristics, etc. and will be unable to use any specifically human abilities such as speech.

The shaman must make a Will x3 roll (Will x5 on a CS result) to retain his own mental characteristics for the duration of the spell, otherwise he must employ those of the animal. The transformation lasts as long as the shaman's ritual SI in hours (x3 on a CS result).

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This document was created 18th October 1998 by Jamie 'Trotsky' Revell. Comments are welcome.