This volume presents the background materials required for a fantasy role-playing game campaign based upon the world of Tékumel. It is thus a reference work and not a game in itself. This book can be used to enlarge and enhance existing campaigns which employ the game "Empire of the Petal Throne" (by M.A.R. Barker, 1975) or it can be utilised as the foundation for gaming with the revised and rewritten version of this game which will follow as a continuation of this volume.
The book is divided into the following sections:
1.1 Astronomical Data
1.2 Early History
1.3 The Historical Empires
1.4 Physical Ethnology
1.5 Family, Lineage and Clan
1.6 Religion and "Magic"
1.7 Social Groups and Institutions
1.8 Organisational Structures
1.9 Customs, Entertainments, Costumes and Weapons
1.10 Knowledge and the Arts