May Tekumel, one of the most complete, most impressive, most mind-bogglingly-awesome settings in the history of storytelling, never be forgotten.Tekumel: The World of the Petal Throne
Almost a thousand Tsan upstream from Jakalla, along the muddy banks of the broad Mssuma River, stands the city of Bey Su.
The name means "Soul of the World" in the ancient Bednalljan tongue. Though it has undergone many changes, this mighty metropolis has remained the capitol of Tsolyanu for millenia.
"First time, eh?" Tetkoru hiSashan, your caravan-master, asks sympathetically. "La! You'll see it all. You'll get a peek at the Pyramid of Ssirandar III, the Governor's Palace, the Hirilakte Arena, and a lot more. And you shall have a litter and a guide to show you around and see you don't get lost."
Welcome to a world as complex and fascinating as our own, but unlike anything you have ever experienced.
Welcome to TÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©kumel.
The world of TÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©kumel, the creation of Professor M.A.R. Barker, is an incredibly detailed science fantasy world which, to my mind, is easily the match of the creations of J.R.R. Tolkein, Frank Herbert or Stephen Donaldson. However, in comparison, TÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©kumel remains largely unknown and unexplored by the general public.
I was introduced to 'Empire of the Petal Throne', the first role-playing game based in TÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©kumel, in 1978. I feel a special debt to the game because it captured my imagination and inspired me to to detail 'underworlds' and design character sheets, setting me on the path which eventually led to my adult career as a graphic designer. TÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©kumel's rich, lovingly detailed atmosphere seems as alive to me now as it was when I was twelve years old. I find it continually surprising that this remarkable creation has not received the widespread recognition it deserves.
I hope this site inspires you to look deeper into this beautiful world. I'd like this web site to be an exciting, inspiring nexus for the literature and visuals of TÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©kumel, to give Professor Barker's world as much exposure as possible. There have been several games and novels based in TÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©kumel, and a wealth of material waits to be discovered. I welcome all comments and contributions. If any material offends copyright, please inform me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will credit it or remove it immediately; but remember this is a totally non-profit site, and my motives are only to inspire interest in the world of TÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©kumel.