Friday, November 03, 2017

Happy Birthday Firu baYeker!



  


Had MAR Barker still been alive he would have turned 88 today. Although I never got the chance to game with him, I was fortunate to have enjoyed an email correspondence with Phil in the mid 90's, and interact with him on the old Blue Room site. His creation has provided my group and I countless hours of enjoyment over the years. There have been many RPG settings created over the years, but none have held my attention as thoroughly and for as lengthy a period as Tékumel. I remember the first time I was introduced to the setting. One of my closest friends in High School, Harvey, showed me the Sourcebook –Vol.1 in the hallway, in between classes, one autumn day in the mid 1980's. I been exploring the world ever since! Over the years my groups have survived the Stews of Jakalla, and fought in the underworlds of the same city, tramped over the Chaigari Protectorate, been taken as slaves, and feted as heroes. They have thwarted nefarious plots and have had comrades die in ancient caverns far below the world –alone. Tékumel has provided my group and I a little bit of everything, and has kept me coming back for more.
Recently I had the pleasure of being invited to play in an online game. Those of you who have spent any time online looking for, or at, gaming blogs have no doubt come across Ben L.'s Mazirian's Garden . A wondrous and truly inspired work, it led me to leave a comment for one of the entries, something I never do, with the exception of Chirine's blog that is. One thing led to another and I was invited by Ben to join the group. Yesterday was my first game and it was great time for me.  I can honestly say that I felt much of the same magic that I experience when gaming on Tékumel in Ben's game. The same majesty and sense of wonder is present, along with an otherworldliness that makes it easy to immerse oneself in the environment. Not surprisingly I brought in a Tsolyáni to the Dreamlands, the brave Bashán hiTankolel. A devoted follower of Mighty Chiténg, he is a Kuruthúni of the 8th Imperial Heavy Infantry, a member of the Red Mountain Clan, and a nephew of Shemék hiTankolel of Pecháni fame. His first session went well, and I look forward to the next game.       

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Update

Spent a few minutes today cleaning up the blog, reformatting, and adding some new images ( pictures of the different types of  Pecháni coins). Going forward I will be including a lot more images in order to give a clearer presentation of what Pecháno looks like.
In the meanwhile, here is a small painting that Shémek showed me. As he said: "my scribe, Khóhesh Tsa'ankhél, completed this the other day. For some reason he insists on drawing me, and then with a ridiculously weak chin. That's supposed to be me behind the fellow in red, my Quartermaster Qu'méch Tuhéshmu Chelésh. I guess he figured that I wouldn't look in the ledger, or notice if he hid me behind Tuhéshmu.It's a good thing that I'm semi-retired these days or I'd really thrash him for his impertinence. A good whipping would do him a world of good and remind him where his place is! I don't know what his obsession is with drawing me? I've told him a dozen times that he shouldn't, but he continues. It's hard to get good help these days."  Shémek seems to be getting crankier the older he gets. 

Soldiers of The Nchésh of the Splendid Slayers of Ssü claiming their bounty.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Calendars



Calendars

            The Engsvanyáli year (and hence that of the Five Empires, and Pecháno) is divided into 12 months of 30 days each. Five intercalary days are added to bring the total to 365. every fourth year another day (Tsolyáni: Kolúmehagi) is appended to the account for certain orbital irregularities. In Tsolyánu the Kòluméhagi is dedicated to the glories of the Emperor, as its name implies, while in Mu'ugalavyá it is devoted to Hŕsh, in Yán Kór to Karakán, in Livyánu to Qame'él, and in Salarvyá and Pecháno to orgiastic festivities as an "empty day."
            The Pecháni employ the calendar devised by the Priest-King Kazhiloob during the last centuries of the Engsvanyáli Empire, and the current year is 9,932 AK (After Kazhiloob). The Salarvyáni also favours this era, but their scholars reckon the length of The Time of No Kings differently, and the "Era of Tsatsayágga" therefore adds 3,250 years, and it is thus presently 13,182 ET. Pecháno officially uses the former calendar, although in the past the Salarvyáni calendar was also used.
           
The Pecháni days are organised thus:

Days of the Week

1st. Sárna, 2nd. Múnnu, 3rd. Zíkkuná, 4th.Harása, 5th. Takáhl. 6th. Dúnnúlla.

Intercalary Days

1st. Genérru, 2nd. Turkkúm, 3rd. Vurúmma, 4th. Naguqqú, 5th. Chatáshshu.

Months

1. Héshak, 2. Eshpíru, 3. Dómmu, 4. Varúttu, 5. Pessúrru, 6. Ójaz, 7. Péshru, 8. Prúddu,
9. Khillǘrra, 10. Muggtá, 11. Omuggtá, 12. Menmuggtá.

Pecháni Calendar Stone

Where has the time gone...?




Where has the time gone? Between work and prepping for my Tékumel game I have neglected Pecháno for the last seven months. So what has transpired since the last posting? My campaign is now in its second year, and shows no sign of petering out any time soon. I have toyed with posting campaign notes on this site, but the truth is the adventuring has all taken place in Tsolyánu and seeing as how this is a Pecháni blog… Well, if the party ever makes it to Pecháno then I will certainly post their adventures here. In the meanwhile, stay tuned as new content will be up soon. 

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