Heroquest replicates the events of the moon’s fall from the sky and it’s
rebirth into a new incarnation. It’s aim is to re-enforce the mythic events of
the moon falling and re-appearing to either re-enforce the current moon or to
hasten the arrival of the new moon. The Heroquest was lost for many years until
a Moon Priestess recovered the ritual from a group of
Blue Moon Trolls that had kept it secret on the Blue
Moon Plateau for many centuries. The Heroquest was performed
by the Seven Mothers and culminated in the formation
of the Red Moon. The Heroquest has been performed in
secret by Senior Lunar Priestesses for many years to
re-enforce the Red Moon's ascendancy in the sky. The
Heroquest has a number of sections to it that often
appear in random order.
Passing Over to Hero Plane
first thing that the questers must achieve is to pass over to the Hero’s Plane
from the mundane plane. This is standard on all Heroquests.
The Death of Old Moon
first station of this Heroquest is to oversee the death of the old moon and see
it’s fall one the sky. One of the questers must bring death to the old moon.
The old moon may take on a recognisable form such as an old woman to the
quester. A Deathbringer is required for this particular portion of the quest.
The Crossing to the Underworld
The Heroquesters must cross the great lake of Dark water
known as Styx. Legends mention a great Black Sea of Hell where listless waves
wash upon a lifeless grey shore. The questers must answer true to the questions
of the Goddess else the Furies of the deep will devour the questers. Truth and
Knowledge are the keys to crossing the Goddess Styx.
The True Reflection of the Moon
questers must find the true moon in Hell from amongst the many reflections that
are down there. The questers must reject all the false reflections that they
find down there and must embrace the true moon. The true moon will be different
for different people and the interpretation of the true moon will be different
for worshippers of the Blue Moon to worshippers of the Red Moon and the White
Healing the Moon
questers must heal the moon of the injuries that caused it to crash down into
hell. Strictly speaking this is the removal of death, which in itself may be
considered a Heroquest. Myths from previous attempts at this quest speak of
this stage requiring the questers to provide suitable souls for the moon, or to
re-create the soul. There is some uncertainty on exactly the form that this
takes and some believe that this stage is dependent on what happens in the
first part of the quest.
Re-balancing the Moon
moon will not be able to re-ascend in the same form as she fell from the night
sky, and their must be a re-balancing of the moon’s physical and mental well
being for there to be an attempt to re-ascend. The moon must be re-harmonised
is an expression that is often used for this part of the quest. This part is
often perceived to be a metaphysical manifestation of the mental attributes of
the God and the questers must be very careful in getting the balance just right
here else they may end up with a result that they are not expecting. There are
seven aspects to the Goddess that must be harmonised and balanced. These relate
to the "Binder Within", "Spindle Hag", "Young
Life", "Brown Man", "Ram and Warrior", "Bridge
for the Seeker.", and “She who waits”.
Re-Ascent of the Moon
part of the quest involves the capture of the great white sky horses that pull
the Cosmic carriage of the moon to bring her back up into the sky. The questers
must seek out and capture the steeds and harness them to the carriage. They
must then control the beasts such that the carriage brings the moon forth back
into the night sky for all to see.
Proclamation of the New Moon
Heroquesters must spread the word of the New moon far and wide to ensure that
everyone hears about the coming of the New Moon. The spread of the proclamation
is key as the participants in the ritual will see the message spread amongst
the world by the willing whisper. The willing whisper will re-interpret the
words that has come from the previous speaker, and it is the job of the
questers to ensure that the Willing Whisper is minimised and the correct
message is given to all.