Jade Empire

This is an NPC only Kingdom

Kingdom Summary

A self-proclaimed kingdom of balance and enlightenment led by the August Personage of Jade. The supernaturals rule here as much as anywhere. However, unlike in other places, where the supernaturals have been hidden and disregarded, they have been integrated into the Jade’s cultures for generations. Humanity thrives here, protected rather than enslaved by their supernatural rulers, beneath the Sun and Moon of old.

Dominant Races

Chi’n-Ta (Mages), Kuei-Jin, Hsien (Fae), Hengeyokai (Shifters)

Politics & NPCs

The nobility follow a feudal system of Clans and Houses in which the clans are divided along species lines, and Houses are the various groups within those creature types. Each House is led by a Daimyo who owes fealty to their Clan Daimyo. The Clan Daimyo, in turn, serves the Jade Emperor. The nobles of the Jade Empire ascribe to the tenets of Bushido. Though conflicts can, and do arise, they are settled through duels of personal honor far more often than armed warfare.

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Kingdom of Aether, Kingdom of Lazarus, Kingdom of the Iron Lotus

Kingdom Views

The truth of the world can be found sitting at the riverside, The river never begins, the river never ends. All of life is like the river, lessons never begin and lessons never end. What is now has been before and will be again. It is the short sighted and foolish who believe that life has no patterns, no purposes. All that is now is part of what has been and what will come to be. To master the future, one must study the past. Understand the Will of Heaven, and you make all things possible. Ignore it, and you will accomplish nothing.

Aether - Wherever there is light, there must be shadow. The yang cannot exist without the yin. Oblivion is within every being as both the source and the end of every soul. It is as natural to existence as life or Paradise, and the wise do not fear its coming. One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world, for it is the journey from beginning to end that gives life meaning.

Aztlan - The actions of this kingdom are reminiscent of the tortures of Yomi - the Hell of Being Skinned Alive, the Hell of the Heartless Sinners... Clan Kuei-Jin could list a dozen. It is unclear if they are unwitting pawns of hell, or willing servants. It is unclear which is worse.

Dischordia - When darkness descends, a man must find allies in the shadows. In other circumstances, the chaos of Dischordia would be anathema to the balance of the Jade. Indeed, at one time, an assassin was sent to remove Balor before he became a threat. The August Personage of Jade, in his infinite wisdom, put the wheels in motion to create the strongest lasting alliance of this age, and the assassin, Tao no Shi, became the voice of two kingdoms.

Jukurrpa - The allies of Clan Hengeyokai revere the dreams of the Emerald Mother, and keep alive the seed of Yang during the drought of Yin. When the Wheel of Ages turns once again, we will look to Jukurrpa as the fertile ground from which the new world grows.

Lazarus’ Empire - Both Stygian wraiths and the kin-jin have long been enemies of the Clans of the Jade Empire. Lazarus continues in the Vatican tradition of trying to impose his beliefs on the world, but the proud traditions of the Jade will not acquiesce so easily to the demands of the power-mad.

Kingdom of the Iron Lotus - Countless Akashayana were slaughtered at the hands of the Chakravanti during the Himalayan Wars. The Consanguinity of Eternal Joy is a beacon of corruption and death. Countless revered ancestors met their final end at the hands of the abomination that awoke during the Week of Nightmares. The Lotus and their goddess have brought little but pain and death to the world, and only furthers the foothold of the Aether in the world.

Ukhu Amarumaya - We have had little contact with those of Ukhu, and know little of their way of life. What we do know of them, is that they serve a god of death. However, the wise do not judge a man by the lord he serves, but by his choice of enemies... and Ukhu Amarumaya has chosen a worthy enemy indeed. They, like us, oppose the rampant imperialism of Lazarus. It is possible we would have much in common with this kingdom.

Umbral Realms

Low Umbra - Shroud 4

  • Clan Kuei Territory (Yellow Springs - Shroud 0)
  • Clan Kuei-Jin Territory (Yomi-Wan - Gauntlet 5)

Middle Umbra - Gauntlet 4

  • Clan Hengeyokai Territory - Gauntlet 0 (Umi, Tiger Lands, Mountains of Heaven)
    Clan Five Metal Dragon Territory - Gauntlet 10 (CyberRealm, Digital Web - Gauntlet 2)
  • Dreaming - Mists 9 / Banality 6

High Umbra - Periphery 4 (Afterworlds, Elemental Courts of Orient, Fortress of Government - Periphery 3)

Historical Information

Rise of the Yama Kings

In the Western world, the fall of the Shroud saw the ghosts of the dead warring upon the living. In the East, it was an event that welcomed the return of revered ancestors. Yet the fall of the Shroud held within it dire omens. The walls holding back the thousand hells fell shortly after.

Read more: (Shroud Fall) Rise of the Yama Kings

Land of the Rising Sun

Within the Jade Empire, the nobles of Clans Hengeyokai and Chi’n-Ta gathered shards of Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi. With the aid of Clan Five Metal Dragon, they joined the shards to strengthen the spirits of the sun and moon. Amaterasu's light, though weaker since her fall, brought harm those of Clan Kuei-Jin. The Kuei-Jin rebelled and left the East in pursuit of land beneath the black sun, and free of Amaterasu’s curse. Clan Kuei-Jin seized Hawaii, displacing thousands of Rokea in the process. The Rokea, attempting to find a home, collided into conflict with the Kingdom of Lost Angels.

Read more: (Foundation Era) Land of the Rising Sun

Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations between Dischordia and the Jade Empire expanded during the Surveyor's Era. Many Dischordian surveyors received invitations to the Jade Courts. Among them, Appalachia, Aranta-Shadur, and Unification represented their domains.

Read more: (Surveyor’s Court) Diplomatic Relations

War of Aether

When Nul struck the East, he wasted no time. A dark fog fell over the Jade Court as Nul moved against the August Personage of Jade. The sudden and unanticipated attack caught the clan Daimyo off-guard and outnumbered. Even so, they slew many of Nul's officers who descended upon the court with malevolent purpose.

Read more: (War of Aether)

Court of Empires

Ambassadors from Dischordia invited each kingdom to the Court of Empires. The Jade Empire, Dischordia's longest standing alliance, was the first to join. Though the two had suffered significant loss, diplomatic efforts kept the two allied. After some time, it was this shared loss which brought the two kingdoms closer than ever before. Yet despite their alliance, Dischordian politics strained the Jade Ambassador's diplomatic skills. Dischordia's mantra, "Honor is a lie," was anathema to the Code of Bushido. The inclusion of the Jade's longtime enemies, Lazarus and the Iron Lotus, was unwelcome. But the ambassador tolerated these things in the interests of diplomacy, and to honor the memory of Tao no Shi.

War of Maelstrom's Rebuke

During the Court of Empires, diplomatic relations between Dischordia and Lazarus' Kingdom failed. Dischordian nobles learned of a dark ritual planned by the Prince Alyosha Buljiev. In response, Dischordia launched a coordinated attack on Buljiev's domain of Carpathia. Their attack, seen by Lazarus' Empire as unprovoked, precipitated the conflict. The hostility between the two kingdoms erupted into the War of Maelstrom's Rebuke.

Read more: (War of Maelstrom's Rebuke)

The Sublime Cataclysm

As two powerful kingdoms waged their war, the other kingdoms watched and waited. No matter who would be victorious, their victory would alter the political landscape. Few could have suspected the true cost of the end of the war, or the impact it would have on their own kingdoms. In the war's final months, Lazarus' Legion marched on Dischordia and laid waste to their domains. In response, the Dischordian lords enacted a plan of unsurpassed devastation. None outside of Dischordia witnessed the ritual, but kingdoms the world over felt the impact.

Read more: (Sublime Cataclysm)

Treaty of Maelstrom's Rebuke

The war ended one year, to the day, after the events which marked its beginning. Delegates from Dischordia and Lazarus met to solidify a treaty and bring the war to a close. Every kingdom sent diplomats to witness the signing, but each had ulterior motives. Each hoped to see their kingdom's goals reflected in the final document. The Treaty detailed terms of ceasefire, such as returning prisoners and withdrawing troops. Yet it also contained several initiatives which advanced specific agendas.