Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Colours of Tékumel

Chirine over at Chirine's Workbench sent me a link to this site as an example of, or inspiration for, their Butrús Clanhouse.

And I quite agree that it is a great Real World example that helps one get a feel for "what it might be like" on Tékumel.

After admiring the palace pictures, I delved deeper and went back to the root of the site:

Here we can get a glimpse of some of the scenes that [I think] must have inspired Professor Barker when he was creating and developing Tékumel. Just check out the vivid colours in some of the photo galleries.

Example 2

Example 3

Example 4

I know that each of Tsolyánu's cities has its own distinctive features as described in the Swords and Glory source book but I think vibrant colours such as those in the pictures on that site would be a feature of everyday Tsolyáni life.

A far cry from the drab colours we [I] normally associate with medieval Europe.

Just one more reason why I appreciate Tékumel so much. :-)

1 comment:

  1. When I put together the "Butrus Gazetteer" I was explicitly trying to merge Tang China/Heian Japan with Mesoamerica, with no real thought to India at all. But when Chirine sent me those links, years later -- wow! It was so perfect. Hit the spot juuuuust right. Padmanapuram palace *is* what Pan Chakan elite clan houses are like, as far as I can tell.

    -- Kim / a.k.a. Lehele Jui