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 Post subject: Tumissa, Do Chaka and Pan Chaka
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Having looked through the maps in the site archives, I was inspired by the look of the map of Tumissa. I'm definately considering running a game set there, and was hoping that people could help me with the any canon information on the city and surrounding area.

The information alreadyhave on "Ever-Glorious Tumissa" is as follows...

The old TOME "Growing Up on Tekumel" book lists Tumissa as one of the four largest cities in Tsolyanu, with a population of around half a million (the others being Bey Su, Fasiltum and Jakalla). The grandest temples on the map are those of Vimhula and Chiteng, and most of the prominent clans from the city are worshippers of these gods. There is a monastery of Thumis on the outskirts of the city, however, so these faiths do not completely dominate the city.

The city is the closest in Tsolyanu to the homelands of the Pe Choi and Pachi Lei, and has a Pe Choi quarter in the city itself.

The city right on the borders of the protectorates of Do Chaka and Pan Chaka, and right in the path of any Mu'ugalavyani army that seeks to menace the empire. It combined with the militaristic nature of the city, this means that the inhabitants will stand on the front rank of any conflict with Mu'ugalavya or over the protectorates.

I get the overall picture that the city is highly militaristic, and the guardian of the western border of Tsolyanu in the same way that Khirgar guards the north. There will be strong anti-Mu'ugalavyani feelings, and service in the Legions may well be expected of the children of many clans.

If anyone spots an error in my assumptions, or has any other information to add to this- such as details of actual personages or events- I would be grateful. I especially need anything on Do Chaka and Pan Chaka- all I know is that they are both protectorates of the Empire which have been fought over by Tsolyanu and Mu'ugalavys several times, and I suspect any campaign set in Tumissa would involve them at some point.
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Do you have the sourcebook? That will help with some things. Also try searching the Blue Room archives: http://www.tekumel.com/blueroom.html
Also, you should buy Deeds of the Ever-Glorious. It's a huge collection of legion histories. It's especially useful in your case for the Pe Choi and Pachi Lei. Hardcover from Tita's House of Games or you can buy a pdf file from DriveThruRPG.com

Some other bits and pieces:

--The Temple of the Flame (Vimuhla and His Cohort) is the most influential temple in the city, so it certainly is somewhat militaristic. However, many of the Red clans of the west (Red Mountain, Red Stone, etc.) have kindred across the border in Mu'ugalavya that they maintain recurrent trade and social ties with. So militaristic yes, but not ready to burn down all the Red Hat towns...

--The Pachi Lei hate the Mu'ugalavyani, and have good reason. The Red Hats seem to consider PL subhuman, and when they have invaded or controlled Pan Chaka (2020 A.S. and during the recent Civil War), they attempted to exterminate the Pachi Lei there, and did great harm. The Petal Throne has two legions of Pachi Lei, one each for Stability and Change, and despite their religious differences, both would dearly love to fight the Mu'ugs. They have in the past fought the Itos too, but never the Pe Choi. A Pe Choi legion once rescued the first Pachi Lei legion when both were serving against the Salarvyani, and the Pachi Lei still sometimes refer to the Pe Choi as "our northern forest brothers." There are however many different communities of Pachi Lei. Some isolated deep in the jungles of southern Pan Chaka, some more "civilized" (or "humanized" around Butrus, and some in cities across Tsolyanu, very much part of human society. There is probably a sizable Pachi Lei community in Tumissa.

--The Ito clan is a powerful and ancient group of humans who have lived in Do Chaka since time out of mind. They are very old-time Sarku-worshippers, and have very high status. The Itos, like the Vriddi in Fasiltum, have historically been reluctant subordinates to any empire, and have occasionally rebelled against Imperial rule, often playing one empire off against the other.. Iirc, they were somewhat reluctant backers of Prince Dhich'uné. They are not a big presence in Tumissa or (I think) any other large city. Their strongholds seem to be back in the hills...

--The Pe Choi in the Chakas are politically and religiously divided. There are Pe Choi legions in the armies of both adjacent empires (4 for Tsolyanu, 2 I think for Mu'ugalavya), and there are "wild" Pe Choi who serve neither and occasionally raid either or both. There are rumors of an ancient pre-Collapse Pe Choi city somewhere deep in their enclave.

--During the recent Tsolyani Civil War, the Mu'ugalavyani invaded. They took Butrus and Pan Chaka, and besieged Tumissa, but couldn't not capture it. There's not much canonical information about the military and political events in the west and southwest during the war.

oh, also, join the tekumel yahoogroup and download the tekfiles from the Misc. section of the file archive. There are lots of personalities in there.

hope this helps. Tell us more specifics about what kind of game you want to run (high politics? gritty combat? underworld delving? social scheming? what status level?) and we can probably add more useful stuff.
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re Red Clans, here's the entry from T:EPT, from the High Clans listing:[quote]Red Sword, Red Sun, Red Mountain, Red Stone
A group of related clans based in the west around Tumíssa and Butrús. The “Redâ€
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Where exactly was the information on the relocation of the Legion of Translucent Emerald to Tumissa found? I would guess the sourcbook on the Legions, but perhaps it's one of the novels.

Epengar's description of the Legion's arrival in the city has started me thinking. I had originally intended to use the Red Clans as the focus of the campaign, but they are essentially the "Establishment" in the city. One thing that I am repeatedly reminded of from all the source material is that Tsolyanu is a VERY complex society, and the Red Clans would be interconnected into every level of Tumissan society, to such an extent that half the game would consist of giving the players backstory on who is who and how things are.

While not going to the traditional extent of being the Barbarians freah off the boat, the Legion of Translucent Emerald are certtainly going to be outsiders in the city. Which means that if the PCs are members of, or aligned with, the Legion, the characters will be getting to grips with Tumissa at the same time as the players. (It also helps that Dlamelish is one of the gods that the modern mindset will find easier to grasp and less offensive than other Tsolyani deities, since Sexuality has a universal appeal. Her cohort might be another matter, though...)

This certainly makes for a more interesting and playable campaign for a first time GM and players. If the game is set just as the Legion arrives int he city, then the war with Mu'ugalavya might still be going on as well.

One question that occurs to me- how does the war affect the Red Clans' relations with their Mu'ugalavyani branches?

Clan is supposed to be the most fundamental loyalty on Tekumel, so what happens when the Empire expects you to go to war with your Clan-cousins. I imagine they will actually fight- the Emperor would doubtless have stripped them of their lands and status long ago otherwise- but how do they feel about it?
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