FAQs on "To Serve The Petal Throne" - The Adventures of Chirine ba Kal
Please note that this is a work in progress; the work is divided into six volumes, for the ease of use of the reader:
(A Note to the Reader; these titles show all of the adventures of Chirine ba Kal, across all six books of the series. We hope that this makes it easier to keep all the tangled events of recent Tsolyani history in the proper order, and that it will pique the reader’s interest.)
Relating the beginnings of the original Thursday Night Group, and their adventures up until the revealing of Prince Mirusiya hi Tlakotani…
Book Two: Beneath The Blazoned Sail
Relating the further adventures of our heroes, on their first voyage to the Southern Continent with Captain Harchar of the Clan of the Blazoned Sail, and what befell them there…
Book Three: Advance Standards!
Relating the epic adventures of our heroes as they go to war, on the Northwest and Northeast Frontiers, and their battles lost and won…
Book Four: Across The Sea Of Worlds
Relating the adventures of our heroes on their second voyage of discovery with Captain Harchar, and the strange places they visit…
Book Five: The Golden Seal
Relating the adventures of our heroes as they march forth on the marches, trying to preserve the City and Province of Hekellu and the Chaigari Protectorate, and the many and strange occurrences on their way…
Book Six: To The Distant Shores
Relating the continuing epic (and not so epic) adventures of our heroes as they attempt to age gracefully in a time of strife and civil war…
What is this all about, anyway?
This series of books are the adventures of the original Thursday night gaming group of Prof. M. A. R. Barker, 1976 - 1988. The text is taken from the logbooks and audio recordings made during those game sessions, with additional enlightenment from the Professor as thought needed for the education of the reader.
Why should I take the time to read this?
You may be able to learn something about the way the Professor viewed his creation and how he liked to present it to the group. You might also find a few nuggets of information that you might be able to use in your own games set in his world.
How can I get a copy?
We'll be setting up a dedicated website for the book; watch this space for announcements. It is our intention to make this book available as a digital publication, as that will allow us to include all sorts of artwork and illustrations. Back in Ye Olden Days, it cost a fortune to do just the typesetting and keylining, and we don't have to do that anymore - so, I'm putting that part of the budget into what I think is a better resource - people!
Will there be artwork and illustrations?
Yes, very much so; creating artwork was a very big part of our gaming with Phil, and I want to recreate that sensation of place and time for people. Our group was fortunate enough to have some very talented artists in it, and they'd create amazing stuff based on the inspiration they got from the game sessions. To recreate that, we'll be inviting artists to read the book, and create art based on what inspires them in our adventures. You get to see the art, I get to have a lot of fun, and the artists get some money for their work and rights to their creations - all we'll ask for is first publication, like we used to do back in the day, and then the rights revert back to the individual artists. If you are interested, drop me a line and I'll send you the information packet that I've got.
We'll add to this FAQ page as time goes on…
Thanks! - The Management