This prepared, Orlanth set off for the World Mountain and entered the staircase that led down to Hell. He descended to the Underworld and through the Waters, smelling the cold vapours and musty odours that drifted up from below. He was plagued by insects as he entered Hell and had to summon a mighty wind to blow them away. He reached the bottom of the staircase and wandered through the Kingdoms of the Trolls trying to find Kyger Litor. At last he saw two trolls sitting a way of and talking, gesturing to a faraway mountain. Orlanth used the winds to bring their words to him and heard them talking about the Troll Mother who lived in the mountain yonder. Orlanth took heart at this and headed off for the Dark Mountain where he found a deep, dark cavern filled with the unmistakable odour of Kyger Litor herself. Orlanth descended deeper and deeper, guided by the strong scent of the Troll Mother until he found himself in a dark cavern with what seemed to be an empty couch in the centre. Orlanth approached the couch and saw the impression of a huge form laying on the couch but he could not see the person herself. Carefully, Orlanth made his way to the foot of the couch and found the feet there. Holding his breath, Orlanth unlaced the sandals and removed them one by one. As he removed the second sandal the sleeping form of Kyger Litor appeared and the room was filled with snoring. The second sandal cried out "Hey, who are you and what are you doing?" but Orlanth replied "I am Orlanth and you will obey me" and quickly fastened the sandals on his own feet where they shrank to his size and Orlanth disappeared.
At that moment, two giant trolls were passing and saw Orlanth talking to the sandals and disappearing, so they charged in and began swinging their clubs around the room, trying to bash him wherever he hid. Orlanth danced and jumped but could not evade the trolls so he skipped behind one of them and showed himself to the other. The troll swung his club as hard as he could as Orlanth slipped into the shadows and ducked out of the way. The club smashed into the other troll's leg, where Orlanth's head would have been, and smashed it into pieces. Orlanth slipped past and ran as fast as he could from the mountain, over the plains and up the staircase to the surface and did not stop running until he reached home.
Orlanth returned Yinkin's Darksight and Keen Smell and thanked him for
his help, offering to repay him some day. He set out for the Queen's Court
and gave her the Sandals of Darkness in person. Smiling kindly, she thanked
him and said "We thank you for the kind gift and we bid you to wear them
for us and, when you wear them, to think of us." In that way, she declined
the offer of the gift without offending Orlanth for she could see what
a proud and handsome young man he was.
This Station may be Invoked to find out the desires of another, normally from a third party. It allows the Invoker to find out from the person's friends what they desire.
If he takes Humakt's advice he must raise an army to go into Hell. Humakt
will assist him in this.
If he takes Storm Bull's advice then he will go himself, naked and painted blue as if to war, and will fight Kyger Litor.
If he takes Vadrus' advice then he will try and abduct Ernalda and carry her off from her Court.
If he takes Yinkin's advice then he gains the use of Catseye and Identify Scent heroically for the rest of the Quest and also gains the skill Track by Smell.
This Station may be Invoked to force kinsmen to give advice to the Invoker. This advice must come from the heart and may not necessarily be good advice but it cannot be withheld.
Eventually he will find two trolls talking about the Troll Mother and must use Wind Words to overhear them. He must then travel to the Dark Mountain where she is asleep. When at Dark Mountain he can use Track by Smell and Identify Scent to locate Kyger Litor.
This Station may be Invoked to cross Hell and to find someone in Hell. It allows the Invoker to find someone who knows where the person may be found and to overhear the conversation.
If Orlanth successfully removes the sandals and puts them on then he gains several benefits. He can sacrifice for the Dark Walk spell and can use the spell Heroically while wearing the sandals on the Quest.
The Troll Mother's guards will come in and will try and hit Orlanth in the Darkness. IN Practice Run Quests, these are normally Great Trolls with True Maul on their mauls. Orlanth must either fight them or trick his way out of the cavern.
If Orlanth arrives here with an army or as a warrior then he must try and defeat Kyger Litor and her guards. This is difficult and is normally doomed to failure.
This Station May be Invoked to act as the Dark Walk spell.
Orlanth must return Yinkin's gift and offer a deed of service in return.
This Station may be Invoked to escape from an underground location without meeting any enemies.
2. This myth is based on the story "How Orlanth Won Ernalda's Attention" by Martin R. Crim as told in The RuneQuest Con Compendium. Since this is a published work, I reckon it is fair game for use in other articles. If Glorantha is an open world then we should be able to build on other people's work and to use mythology from other articles as part of the common body of Glorantha. I would expect people to be able to use extracts from my articles as if they were part of standard Glorantha.
3. This is part of the Wooing of Ernalda Quest and can be used either stand-alone or as part of that Quest. Many Questors use this Quest solely to gain the Dark Walk spell in which case they ignore the Search for a Gift and Presenting to the Queen Stations. The Quest works just as well without those Stations but this can affect future attempts to perform the Wooing of Ernalda Quest.