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My quest to create art for MAR Barker's classic Empire of the Petal Throne RPG continues - with its animals and friendly nonhumans!
My quest to create art for MAR Barker's classic Empire of the Petal Throne RPG continues - with its animals and friendly nonhumans!
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This project is the 12th installment of my ongoing series of projects to re-visit or re-create artwork from early tabletop role-playing games.

Last time I returned to M.A.R. Barker's classic Empire of the Petal Throne RPG, I created new illustrations for the inimical nonhuman races from that game - and I also created seven brand new drawings of sea creatures who didn't get 'em in the original EPT rulebook.

This time, I'm creating new illustrations for the 12 unique land creatures:

Chlén (the Armour-Beast)
Chnélh (the Ape-Mutant)
Dnélu (the Concealed Leaper)
Dzór (the Forest Giant)
Feshénga (the Many-Legged Serpent)
Hyayú'u (the Whooper)
Kurukú (the Small Giggler)
Mnór (the Shaggy Insect Creature)
Rényu (the Loyal Follower)
Sérudla (the Pale Murderer)
Tsi'íl (the Giant Herbivore)
Zrné (the Barbed One)

Few of them received illustrations In the original Empire of the Petal Throne RPG rulebook. Which is a tragedy, because EPT creatures are awesomely cool! Here's an example, the inimical nonhuman Hluss from one of my previous projects:

Click here to visit my DeviantArt page, where you can see lots more of my Tékumel® art!

BONUS! EVERY backer will receive a PDF copy of my new 4 to 8 page systemless Tekumel adventure: "The Circle of Columns" - based Professor Barker's Northwest Frontier Gazeteer (hex 4407) - in addition to their other backer rewards.

I love Tékumel! Empire of the Petal Throne was one of the first tabletop RPGs I ever owned or played, and Tékumel is still by far my favorite role-playing setting. I recently announced plans to publish my own Tékumel-based RPG with Béthorm: The Plane of Tékumel. The Tékumel artwork created in these projects will appear in Béthorm. If you want to try gaming on Tékumel right away, lots of material is available online to help get you started!

Listen to an interview including a discussion of my efforts to re-create my lost TSR art here. All of the new artwork from these projects is posted to my DeviantArt page (jeffdee.deviantart.com) as it's completed, so you can see how they turned out.

STRETCH GOALS!
Every set of twelve postcard prints - and every set of twelve signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints - will ALSO include prints of my brand new drawings of these friendly nonhuman races when backing reaches the following levels:

UNLOCKED! $2720: Ahoggyá (the Knobbed Ones)
UNLOCKED! $2940: Hláka (the Furred Flyers)
UNLOCKED! $3160: Páchi Léi (the Forest Dwellers) - plus all backers receive color tokens of every inimical nonhuman and unlocked creature for use in virtual tabletops like Roll20!
$3380: Pé Chói (the Listeners)
$3600: Pygmy Folk
$3820: Swamp Folk
$4040: Tinalíya (the Gnome-Like Ones)

The Tékumel Foundation has graciously offered to make some of Professor Barker's previously unpublished drawings available to me for reference. Which is freakin' awesome. Here's an example, showing a side-by-side comparison of a quick pencil sketch of a 'Hrá' (aka Bloodsucker) by Professor Barker, and my own interpretation of the creature based upon his:

Where possible, I've included links to renditions of these creatures by later artists. Brett Slocum's GURPS Tékumel Conversion site also provides short text descriptions of all of these creatures and more.

This project is dedicated to Victor Raymond of the Tékumel Foundation, for all his encouragement and support!

Tékumel® and its related products and materials are copyright © 1975 and 2010 by Prof. M.A.R. Barker. Tékumel® is a registered trademark. Used with the permission of the Tékumel Foundation.

Risks and challenges

This project essentially follows the same model as my previous Tekumel art projects. Once again I'm (1) creating new drawings of creatures from Empire of the Petal Throne, some of which have never been depicted in published worked before, and (2) I'm relying on the Tekumel Foundation for access to previously unpublished visual reference for some of the stretch goals.

#1 poses no difficulty. I've drawn pictures throughout my professional career.

#2 could be an issue if the Tekumel Foundation isn't responsive to my requests, though this wasn't a problem during my previous Tekumel art projects. Furthermore, many of the creatures have been depicted by artists other than Professor Barker in official Tekumel products other than the original EPT over the years, and I can turn to those for visual reference if need be.

In addition to those issues, I recently went through a period where I'd fallen behind on delivering backer rewards. I've been working hard to get back on track, and I foresee no difficulties in delivering the backer rewards for this project in September.

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    A postcard-sized print of the new drawing of the Chlén - Tékumel's renowned beast of burden!

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    A signed 8 1/2" x 11" print of the new drawing of the Zrné - ferocious predator of Tékumel's forests!

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    Postcard-sized prints of all twelve of the Beasts of Tsolyánu drawings AND all of the unlocked Friendly Nonhuman stretch goal drawings!

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    Own the original artwork for the new drawing of the Chlén (the Armour-Beast). Signed, and with a certificate of authenticity. Add $60 ($185 total) to also receive postcard-sized prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, add $240 ($365 total) to also receive signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, or add $300 ($425 total) to also receive the postcard AND signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings.

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    Own the original artwork for the new drawing of the Chnélh (the Ape-Mutant). Signed, and with a certificate of authenticity. Add $60 ($185 total) to also receive postcard-sized prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, add $240 ($365 total) to also receive signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, or add $300 ($425 total) to also receive the postcard AND signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings.

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    Own the original artwork for the new drawing of the Dnélu (the Concealed Leaper). Signed, and with a certificate of authenticity. Add $60 ($185 total) to also receive postcard-sized prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, add $240 ($365 total) to also receive signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, or add $300 ($425 total) to also receive the postcard AND signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings.

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    Own the original artwork for the new drawing of the Feshénga (the Many-Legged Serpent). Signed, and with a certificate of authenticity. Add $60 ($185 total) to also receive postcard-sized prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, add $240 ($365 total) to also receive signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, or add $300 ($425 total) to also receive the postcard AND signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings.

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    Own the original artwork for the new drawing of the Hyayú'u (the Whooper). Signed, and with a certificate of authenticity. Add $60 ($185 total) to also receive postcard-sized prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, add $240 ($365 total) to also receive signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, or add $300 ($425 total) to also receive the postcard AND signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings.

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    Own the original artwork for the new drawing of the Kurukú (the Small Giggler). Signed, and with a certificate of authenticity. Add $60 ($185 total) to also receive postcard-sized prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, add $240 ($365 total) to also receive signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, or add $300 ($425 total) to also receive the postcard AND signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings.

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    Own the original artwork for the new drawing of the Mnór (the Shaggy Insect Creature). Signed, and with a certificate of authenticity. Add $60 ($185 total) to also receive postcard-sized prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, add $240 ($365 total) to also receive signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, or add $300 ($425 total) to also receive the postcard AND signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings.

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    Own the original artwork for the new drawing of the Rényu (the Loyal Follower). Signed, and with a certificate of authenticity. Add $60 ($185 total) to also receive postcard-sized prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, add $240 ($365 total) to also receive signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, or add $300 ($425 total) to also receive the postcard AND signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings.

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    Own the original artwork for the new drawing of the Tsi'íl (the Giant Herbivore). Signed, and with a certificate of authenticity. Add $60 ($185 total) to also receive postcard-sized prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, add $240 ($365 total) to also receive signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, or add $300 ($425 total) to also receive the postcard AND signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings.

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    Own the original artwork for the new drawing of the Zrné (the Barbed One). Signed, and with a certificate of authenticity. Add $60 ($185 total) to also receive postcard-sized prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, add $240 ($365 total) to also receive signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, or add $300 ($425 total) to also receive the postcard AND signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings.

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    Own the original artwork for the new drawing of the Ahoggyá (the Knobbed One). Signed, and with a certificate of authenticity. Add $60 ($185 total) to also receive postcard-sized prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, add $240 ($365 total) to also receive signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings, or add $300 ($425 total) to also receive the postcard AND signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints of all of the original and stretch goal drawings.

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