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  • Races

    [[Game rules for each race]] (There are many other intelligent species and creatures, but these are the ones you can choose as player-characters) [[File:466666 | class=media-item-align-none | garuda_e809ddd903be71ad8ebf1ea7d551bb0a.jpg]] *Garuda* …

  • Monsters

    Obviously, this is a mash-up setting that is rife with potential monsters. These you will enjoy discovering in play I'm sure, but there are a few things to keep in mind as working assumptions. _People can become monsters._ While many monsters are …

  • The Middle Kingdom

    The Middle Kingdom is an ancient name for China, and in this setting the Middle Kingdom is derived from medieval China. As the game begins, the Middle Kingdom is not properly a kingdom anymore at all. It is a collection of city-states and towns and …

  • The Shogunate

    Many generations ago, the armies of the Middle Kingdom conquered the lands now known as the Shogunate. The first warlord, or Shogun, organized his people to fight off the invaders, and in the process, a country of warring factions was unified under one …

  • Tengudo

    The native lands of the Tengu are known in the Shogunate as Tengudo - whether these are their ancestral lands, or simply the lands they happened to inhabit when the Shogunate was formed is unknown. The Tengu were crucial, however, in the formation of …

  • Animals

    The animals of the Middle Kingdom, both domesticated and wild, are sometimes familiar and sometimes not. Unfamiliar animals include the sivatherium, elasmotherium (unicorn), giant sloth and stegodon. More familiar ones include the cave lion, dwarf …

  • New Harmony

    h3. Local People [[:commander-toda | Commander Toda]] is now in control of New Harmony, having negotiated a tense agreement with [[:constable-lo | Constable Lu]]. [[:shu-lao | Shu Lao]] and his only daughter, [[:gui-nu | Shu Gui Nu]], operate the Mo …

  • Languages

    The setting-specific languages I've defined thus far include: Han (for this campaign, Han is the closest thing to 'Common', the Middle Kingdom's language) Yamata (for the northern Shogunate) Agama (for the southern river-lands) Lao (for the …

  • Dandaka Forest

    Also known as Himmapan Forest - Dandaka Forest has no official borders, or even government discernable to the outside world. Situated to the south of the Middle Kingdom, Dandaka is the ancient homeland of the Vanara. Legend has it that Dandaka Forest …

  • Mount Sumeru

    Also situated to the south, often described as being near, or even inside of, Dandaka Forest, Mount Sumeru is the homeland of the Garuda, and is still sacred to them and jealously defended.

  • Dragons

    Dragons, in this setting, are more varied than dragons in "vanilla" D&D. For the mythologies from which I'm drawing inspiration, a "dragon" could be a huge turtle, phoenix, giant sea serpent, six-legged lion, and so on. What brings them together, though, …

  • Ishita Empire

    The most recent political and culture power to unite the world was the Ishita Empire, originating in the northern lands once colonized by the Middle Kingdom. Combining powerful magic and their own technology, the Ishita conquered the 'civilized' world - …

  • The Riverlands

    Huge rivers descend out of the vast mountain range surrounding Mount Sumeru in the southwest of the world. These rivers flow southward to the sea, and ancient civilizations have sprung up around these rivers, organizing their lives around their cycles of …

  • The Lao

    The people living in the southeast of the known world, in a mountainous green land of rivers, rainforests and tangled coastlines. The people do not refer to themselves with this single term, but it is a term that the Middle Kingdom has used for most of …

  • The Maluku Islands

    South and east of the lands of the Lao lie the Malaku Islands. More than an archipelago, these hundreds (possibly thousands) of islands range in size from enormous to mostly-submerged atolls. They are known as a source of exotic foods, animals, spices and …

  • The Dry Lands

    Once one passes through the Maluku Islands, on a heading of south and east, it is said that one will come at length to the Dry Lands, a broad uncharted land with a few forests clinging to the coast but a desiccated interior, home to strange creatures seen …

  • The World's Edge

    The known world is bound by a fast frozen tundra in the north, the Barrier Wastes in the west, and the World's Edge to the east and south. Some say the sea goes on forever, while others say it spills over the edge of the world into the void. Some scholars …

  • The Barrier Wastes

    Far to the west of the Middle Kingdom and the Shogunate and the Riverlands, there is a vast howling desert, freezing at night and broiling during the day. A few scattered nomadic tribes live there, herding animals and finding water by closely-guarded …

  • Mandarins

    In the Middle Kingdom, only Han are elligible to become mandarins, or civil bureaucrat-scholars. To become a mandarin one must enter into the civil examinations, which test not only one's knowledge of history and law but also culture, music, and basic …

  • Lucky Forest

    Far to the north and east of the Middle Kingdom, near the border with the Shogunate, is Lucky Forest, province and city. Scratch that - it is near the border to the southern half of the Middle Kingdom, maybe sort of a resort town.

  • Heaven's Landing

    Tianjin is in the north, a port city that serves nearby [[Bohai Bay]]. Much of the city proper is inland from the Bay, accessible by a large system of canals. Not all of them are still functional, as they are expensive to maintain, but there is still one …

  • Imperial City

    Also known as the "Hidden City" or "Forbidden City." It is near the Northern Capital, from long ago, when the predecessor culture of the Ishita conquered and unified the Middle Kingdom. The Imperial City, legend tells, is magically hidden. It is …

  • Northern Capital

    [[File:486848 | class=media-item-align-none | northern_capital_outside_view_3373606135_fb002ce674_n.jpg]] A city of rectangles, affluence and poverty, ordered streets and lives. Long ago, the Middle Kingdom was formed when the south conquered the …

  • Old Gods

    Most people in the world believe in some for of reincarnation, whether the point is to transcend that cycle, or move along it toward godhood, etc. Most also believe that there are multiple primary worlds, and in each of those worlds, souls can be born or …