This project is the 10th installment of my ongoing series of projects to re-visit or re-create artwork from early tabletop role-playing games. Last time, I revisited seven illustrations I did in Professor M.A.R. Barker's article, "Legions of the Petal Throne Painting Guide" in Dragon Magazine Issue 6 - and I also created eighteen brand new drawings of underworld creatures who didn't get 'em in the original Empire of the Petal Throne rulebook.
This time, I'm returning to EPT and creating new illustrations for the inimical nonhuman races from that game (minus the Ssú, who were covered in my previous project):
Click here to visit my DeviantArt page, where you can see lots more of my Tékumel® art!
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.
In the original Empire of the Petal Throne RPG rulebook, few of the aquatic creatures received illustrations. Which is a tragedy, because EPT creatures are awesomely cool! So: every set of three postcard prints - and every set of three signed 8 1/2" x 11" prints - will ALSO include prints of my brand new drawings of these overlooked creatures when backing reaches the following levels:
UNLOCKED! $970: Akhó (the Embracers of Ships)
UNLOCKED! $1190: Chashkéri (the Water Maidens)
UNLOCKED! $1410: Ghár (the Armored River Monsters)
UNLOCKED! $1630: Haquél (the Toothed Dwellers Below)
UNLOCKED! $1850: Kruá (the Slashers of the Deeps)
UNLOCKED! $2070: Mu'ágh (the Jellyfish)
UNLOCKED! $2290: Nenyélu (the Eel Fish) - plus all backers receive color tokens of every inimical nonhuman and unlocked creature for use in virtual tabletops like Roll20!
$2510: Ngrútha (the Leeches)
$2730: Qáqtla (the Swamp Snakes)
$2950: Sró (the Dragons)
$3170: Tletlákha (the Mouths With Eyes)
$3390: Tsóggu (the Drowned Ones)
$3610: Ngóro (the Whelks)*
$3830: Aqá'a (the Worms of the Catacombs)*
*These underworld creatures didn't get unlocked during my previous project. Let's give 'em another chance!
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 the Tékumel Foundation, in gratitude for their 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 project. 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 project. Furthermore, many of the creatures in the stretch goals 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 March.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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