Wednesday, April 11, 2012

J is for Júmre's Ladder

The Átkolel Heights in north-western Tsolyánu are right on the border with Yán Kór. When the war started the Yán Koryáni seized the heights and advanced south around them on either flank only to be halted by hastily raised Tsolyáni forces. A stalemate occurred as both sides gathered their forces. When the Tsolyáni counter-attacked they found it necessary to take the heights to prevent the Yán Koryáni leaving a sizeable force in their rear.

The Átkolel Heights are the eroded cone of an ancient volcano of massive proportions. The caldera is a wooded area with a large lake surrounded by peaks that were the eroded sides of the volcano. The heights are easily accessible from the north, but from the east, south and west are surrounded by steep cliffs. The only access is a feature known as Júmre's Ladder; this is a narrow cleft about ten paces wide that ascends the cliffs from the south. The "ladder" is a series of rough terraces that resemble giant steps; each is about fifty paces deep and five or six feet high. The sides of the cleft are steep cliffs. The climb is long and arduous, made more difficult by the fact that the Yán Koryáni controlled the top third of the "ladder". Several attempts to force the passage failed before the heights were finally recaptured.


  1. wow. certainly put a lot of effort into creating your world@!
    Happy A-Zing!

  2. Tekumel is the creation of the late MAR Barker. I am merely a fan.

  3. 3rd blog tonight that I've been on that's about gaming. Interesting world it is.
    Happy Gaming!

    Stopping in via the A-Z blogging challenge.

    Bev @ Blue Velvet Vincent

  4. I like the scene- you described it so well I thought it might be a real place at first. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet is at

  5. Hi PHF - so far, so good. There's still a few days left to bundle up a few more posts and share a little more of this incredible world you've created.

    Jenny @ Pearson Report
    Co-Host of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

  6. Please, please read the Acknowledgements to the right! Tekumel and the Empire of the Petal Throne are the creations of the late MAR Barker. I am merely a fan who is attempting to showcase bits of the setting. I also run a company that make 28mm miniatures for the setting:


    Howard Fielding
    The Tekumel Project

  7. Hello.
    Visiting from the Post A-Z Road Trip.

    Fascinating post! Thanks for sharing.

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