Tomes of Kulthea
The Tomes of Kulthea were the official game documents of GemStone III in the I.C.E. Age, directly analogous to the "Tomes of Elanthia" of today. They were mostly excerpts from source books published by Iron Crown Enterprises, especially the Shadow World Master Atlas (1st Ed.) and the Quellbourne adventure module which covered the Kelfour's Landing region.
Some of the documents were unique to GemStone, but most were scrapped after 1995 when the world history was re-written from scratch.
This is an excerpt from the Kelfour Edition in the middle of 1991. Some of the later documents, especially those pertaining to The Broken Lands, had not been written yet.
A Guide to the Tomes of Kulthea """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ___________ by Elwyn Moonstorm / \ ______ \ Seeker of Knowledge and \@| /~/~~\_\ | Professional Street Urchin | \~\____~ | _| _~~~~\~\ | Number Name (Keyword[s]) /@| \~\__/~/ |ince my recent arrival ---- ------------------------- \_/ ~~~~~~ / to Kelfour's Landing, 0001 Introduction and Help ~~~~~~~~~~ I have been possessed (Kulthea) of a desire to learn all there is to 0100 Necropolis of Etrevion know about our fair land and the (Unlife) world in which we live. One of the 0101 Unusual Weapons greatest sources of information, of (Weapon, Weapons) course, is the renowned Tomes of 0102 Gemstone III House System Kulthea. Unfortunately, indexing of (Kulthea) the Tomes leaves something to be 0103 Iorak's Reach desired. (Magic) In a meager attempt to correct 1000 Introduction & Storyline this deficiency, I assembled the (Unlife) following catalog of its contents. 1001 The Early World I have little doubt that it is (Channeling, Kulthea) incomplete; even were able to find 1002 Kulthea, World in Context all the articles which exist (Kulthea, Planet, World) currently, new materials are added 1003 Kulthea's Geography regularly. In spite of difficulties (Geography, Kulthea) inherent in tracking down all 1004 The Weather functional query keywords, I believe (Seasons, Weather) this list, when all is said and 1005 The Moons of Kulthea done, is reasonably comprehensive. (Moons, Tides, Weather) The format is simple. I include 1006 Kulthea's Magnetosphere the article number and title, (Kulthea, World) followed by a list of one or more 1007 The Flows of Essence keywords that point to that article. (Essence, Flow, Magic) There are at least 150 usable query 1008 Flora and Fauna keywords, many of which point to a (Kulthea) single article. Those I found yield 1009 Peoples of the World the best results are Channeling (11 (Essence, Flows, Kulthea) entries), Essence (23), Gods (19), 1010 The Past of Kulthea Kulthea (14), Orhan (8), Navigators (History, Loremaster) (10) and Unlife (15). 1011 Appearance of Loremasters It should also be noted that, in (Loremasters) many cases, singular and plural 1012 The Coming of the Unlife versions of a keyword yield differ- (Shadow, Unlife) ent results. A case in point: 1013 The Wars of Dominion there are eight articles in the (Unlife) Tomes dealing with Kulthea's 1014 The Third Era satellites. Three of them are (History, Kulthea) accessed by the keyword Moons, the 1016 Interregnum other five with the keyword Moon. (Navigators, Unlife) Finally, only about half of the 1017 Timeline articles seem to be accessible by (Altha, Kadaena, Utha) using their titles as keywords. 1018 Land Masses Article #1017 Timeline, for example, (Geography) is not accessible by querying 1019 The Poles Timeline. It is only available if (Poles) you query the names of historical 1020 Isles figures mentioned therein. (Essence, Navigators) -7- 1023 Land Masses 1059 Foci (Geography) (Essence, Navigators) 1024 Vegetation 1060 Transport (Flora) (Essence) 1028 Special Elements 1061 Flow-storms (Elements) (Essence, Flow) 1029 The Waters 1062 Channeling (Ocean, Seas) (Channeling, Unlife) 1030 Fresh-water Bodies 1063 Origins of Channeling (Seas) (Channeling, Power) 1031 The Seas 1064 From Orhan (Seas) (Channeling, Orhan) 1032 Tides 1065 Local Gods (Tides) (God) 1033 Great Deeps 1066 Artifacts (Seas) (Channeling) 1034 Ocean Hazards 1067 Effects (Ocean) (Power) 1035 Reefs 1068 "Holy" Places (Navigator) (Deities) 1036 Whirlpools 1069 Channeling (Kulthea, Navigator) (Channeling, Power) 1037 Icebergs 1071 Gods (Currents) (Gods) 1038 Climate 1072 Deities (Seasons, Weather) (Deities, Loremasters) 1039 Calendar 1073 Interpretation (Seasons) (Channeling, Essence) 1040 Storms 1074 Involvement (Weather) (Essence, Gods, Unlife) 1041 Essence Influence 1075 Lords of Orhan (Essence, Flow, Weather) (History, Lords) 1042 The Moons 1076 Orhan (Moons) (Lords, Moon, Orhan) 1044 The Moons 1077 Nature of the Lords (Moons) (Lords, Unlife) 1045 The Moon Varin 1079 Kuor (Moon) (Gods) 1046 Charon 1080 Valris (Moon) (Essence, God) 1047 Mikori 1081 Reann (Moon) (Gods, Unlife) 1048 Tlilok 1082 Eissa (Moon) (Gods) 1049 The Flow of Essence 1083 Phaon (Essence, Flow, Flows) (Gods) 1051 Essence 1084 Oriana (Essence, Flow, Power) (Gods) 1052 Channeling 1085 Cay (Channeling, Power) (Gods) 1053 Mentalism 1086 Iloura (Deities, Mentalism) (Gods) 1054 Arcane Power 1087 Shaal (Flows, Power) (Gods) 1055 A Note on Telepathy 1088 Jaysek (Mentalism) (Gods) 1056 Barriers 1089 Kieron (Essence) (Gods) -8- 1090 Teris 1135 Claedesbrim Current & Bay (Gods) (Current, Sea) 1091 Iorak 1136 The Land of Quellbourne (Gods) (Kaldsfang) 1092 The Lords vs Local Gods 1137 Flora of Quellbourne (Gods, Lords) (Flora, Kaldsfang) 1093 Local Gods 1138 Wild Beasts of Q'bourne (Gods, Lords) (Creatures) 1094 The Unlife 1139 Animals of Quellbourne (Evil, Unlife) (Animals) 1095 The Nature of Evil 1140 Sea Life, Claedesbrim Bay (Essence, Evil, Unlife) (Sea) 1096 Origins 1141 Fortune Hunters (Essence, Flows, Unlife) (Gods, People) 1097 Manifestations 1142 The Gnolls of Stonehold (Unlife) (Gnoll, People) 1098 Organizations 1143 Trolls of Upper Kaldsfang (Loremasters) (Troll) 1099 Home of the Loremasters 1144 Worshippers (Loremasters) (Hrassk) 1101 Navigators 1147 Ice Kral of Trelkinaark (Loremasters, Navigators) (Ice Kral) 1103 Some Navigators 1149 Kelfour's Landing (Navigators) (Kaldsfang, Kelfour) 1104 Facts about Navigators 1150 Seoltang Language (History, Navigators) (Claedesbrim Bay) 1105 Compasses 1151 Ice Kral Language Notes (Compasses) (Ice Kral, Language) 1106 Recruiting 1152 Troll Language Notes (Navigators) (Language, Troll) 1107 The Navigators' Purpose 3000 The Defensive Bonus (DB) (Navigator) (Armor, DB, Parry) 1108 Scribes of Nomikos 3001 The Offensive Bonus (OB) (Nomikos) (OB, Parry, Weapons) 1109 The Library 3002 Parry Percentage (Library) (DB, OB, Parry) 1110 Dragonlords 3003 Armor (Dragonlords) (Armor, DB, Parry) 1111 The Dragon Helms 3004 Open Channeling List (Armor) (Channeling, Spells) 1112 The Five Dragonlords 3006 Mage Base Spell List (Dragonlords) (Essence, Magic, Spells) 1117 Heralds of Night 3007 Cleric Base Spell List (Unlife) (Channeling, Spells) 1119 Navigators 3008 Closed Essence Spell List (Navigators) (Essence, Magic, Spells) 1120 Contacting a Navigator 3101 The Labyrinth of Zenon (Navigator) (Sage) 1123 Portals 4000 Quest of the Navigator (Portals) (Navigator) 1124 Essence Currents _______________________________ (Currents, Flows) | | 1126 By Sea | Next time you feel like it, | (Navigators, Sea) | | 1131 Quellborne: A History | Throw back your head and | (History) | | 1133 Land of the Silver Mist | !!!!! H-O-W-L !!!!! | (Kaldsfang) |_______________________________|
- Kelfour Edition volume I number XII (May 1991)