Hareva The WayMaker
Hareva the WayMaker is a hero cult of Vinga the Pathfinder. It was first created by John Hughes and the Questlines team for HeroWars (go here to see the original, without totally plagiarising I cannot fully describe the cult here and it is described in a far more succinct fashion than
I am capable of)). The version presented here is that used in our campaign, John Hughes and Questlines bear no responsibility
for any ‘heinous travesties’ of RuneQuest/HeroWars that may occur in this write-up.
Hareva The WayMaker was a Vingan of the Black Spear Clan of the Colymar. She and her sisters
scouted the way for Colymar when he first entered Dragon Pass, helping the Resettlement of the Colymar tribe to succeed. Hareva
established the WayMaker hero band, a group of Pathfinder cultists active in the Quivin Mountains and Southern Sartar.
The hero cult can only be joined at Clearwine shrine. Would-be candidates must be Pathfinder
cultists in good standing, convince the shrine’s Loyal Daughter of their sincerity, and be able to pass a brief test
of their wilderness skills (Make 3 checks out of Hide, Run, Scan, Sneak, Track, Vinga Lore).
Those who are accepted must sacrifice 1 POW at the Clearwine shrine. They become probationary
members of the WayMakers and must spend 10% of their time working for the cult, normally acting as assistants to more senior
WayMakers. After one to three years, the probationer will become a full member.
Advancement in the cult results from dedication. Members who devote more time to the WayMakers
than they are required to (i.e. 11%+), are more likely to be given positions of responsibility such as leading a caravan,
or exploring a new area (as long as they are competent to do so). A WayMaker of Daughter rank is usually based at Clearwine
shrine; they lead worship ceremonies, provide training, spirit magic, and enchantments, and will offer advice to visitors.
The cult is based at Clearwine Vinga shrine, which was established by the WayMakers. There,
Vingans can get training in all cult skills, learn spirit magic, sacrifice for common Vingan divine magic, and hero cult members
can learn the Vinga’s Eye ritual.
Clearwine shrine has a large collection of Vingan myths and stories in its small library. Only WayMakers are allowed
to use it freely, although it is not uncommon for the priestesses to allow access to other Vingans, as long as they are convinced
of their need to do so and their sincerity.