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  1. HELL GATE FESTIVAL [!] Posters have been distributed all throughout Arcas, with an ink painting in a distinctly Asian style depicting a hundred ghosts pouring out of the Underworld, each carrying empty bowls. It is that time of the century on the Li-Ren calendar, where the Gates of Hell have opened and the boundaries between the Other and the Living are at it’s thinnest. The air has turned colder and many households find items missing or moved around in their homes… Join us in our festivities to curb the spirits’ wrath, and their appetites! Activities: Hungry, Hungry Ghosts: There will be a designated area marked out for this activity in red wool. Do not stray beyond these boundaries as that will be counted as cheating and ALL players must remain on ground level for this game. Two players will don spooky-looking player heads and act as the ‘Ghosts’. Participants will each get stacks of one type of food, eg. Participant 1 will get only bread. Participant 2 will get only carrots, and so on. Ghosts get 10 irl seconds to get into position (no hiding, you must position yourself in a place able to be seen) After the countdown Participants are to seek out the ghosts and pelt food at them (literally). Ghosts may run to evade participants but they are NOT allowed to sprint. Participants may sprint. Whoever gets the most of their food into the Ghost’s combined inventories wins a custom rp item of their choosing. Each round lasts 3 minutes irl Spice Challenge: Think you have what it takes to become the King of Spice? Prove your worth in the Spice Challenge. Players line up outside the Spice stall, where they will be fed a course of spicy Li-Ren Cuisine. Each round consists of a different dish, slowly ramping up spice levels. Roll to see if your character can take the spice, scores will slowly add up to a total of 100. Players will be eliminated from rounds depending on their rolls but worry not! You can rejoin the game if you head over to the tea stalls for recovery. Tea Stalls: Calling all Tea enthusiasts to sell their wares here. Taking a break from Hungry hungry ghosts? Need replenishment for your burning mouths from the Spice Challenge? Sip on some of Arcas’ finest teas before rejoining the festivities. OOCLY: EVENT IS 31st OCTOBER (tomorrow lol), 8PM EST. [!] An illustration of the directions to Talon’s Grotto would be down here. To get to Talon’s Grotto, begin to make your way towards Sutica and keep going until you see a gate with a boat in an item frame on the left of the road. Turn down the path until you get to the Ferry with blue and white sails. Then, take the ferry to the Queen’s Isle, and follow the path that leads to the left, and you’re here!
  2. Yeeee ngl needed some spice to rp on LotC. Idk if there are still any Hou-zi around but would be cool to rp together sometime . So far only seen like one hou-zi on big sad wish there were more around.
  3. Li-Guo 李國 APPEARANCE The people of Li-Guo call themselves Li-Ren and are an assortment of different races, though the population is predominantly Farfolk with pale to sallow skin, dark hair, and dark eyes. With their long history of trade and diplomacy, other races such as elves and dwarves have made Li-Guo their home, choosing to adopt the customary dress of Hanfu. Hanfus are characterised by their flowing sleeves which act as extra storage, as well as the tight belt that holds the ensemble together. The placement of the belt depends on the gender of the wearer, with males loosely cinched about their mid-waist whilst females’ are bound round the chest to emphasise posture. The rich and aristocratic favour luxurious silks and intricate embroideries, with decorative elements such as buttons or jade pendants hung from the belt are used to denote status. As it is customary for both genders to leave their hair long, hair ornaments such as a small crown and pin for men, or an intricate dangling buyao for ladies are used to style hair in elegant coiffs. [! Skin references below in OOC] HISTORY As one of the first centralised civilisations on Ai-Zho, Li-Guo’s history is rich just as their fertile soils and beautiful rivers. Situated in the heart-land of Ai-Zho, the first Li-Ren were a myriad of ethnic minorities that thrived off the yellow silt of the Huang-he river. Much of their early history is shrouded in myth, with only meagre carvings and relics hinting at the society before the first Unification. The First Era The first Emperor Li Huang was an apt politician skilled in diplomacy. He unified the ethnic minorities that had taken residence around the Huang-he river through using his cunning, earning the trust of the people and slowly eliminating his competition until only he stood atop. Although his reign was controversial, Emperor Li Huang established a solid foundation in terms of the early development of a ‘universal’ written language and measurement system for all different dialects of ethnic tribes to communicate with. He also established the earliest semblance of Li-Guo’s judicial system, although historians would look back on his approval of legal polygamous marriage with disapproval after the Fourth Era. Despite his prowess in leading the nation, Emperor Li Huang was unable to prevent the inevitable, as before he could complete his work and stabilise Li-Guo, he died due to sickness. The underlying tensions between the different ethnic groups eventually burst, causing a long period of political infighting that eventually led to Li-Guo’s downfall. The Second Era The stability of the Li Empire did not last and soon, the court was embroiled in another round of in-fighting. The greatly weakened power of Li-Guo made it easy for the Hou-zi, a superior foreign race of sentient monkeys to invade and conquer the Li-Ren in one fell swoop. The existing cultural differences between the small minorities were quashed under the indoctrination of Hou-zi, resulting in a homogenous culture largely derived from Hou-zi teachings. Despite recognising the advantages of adopting Hou-zi practice, the proud people of Li-Guo still harbored dreams of a return to their former free state. After many centuries under the yoke of the Hou-zi, the remnants of the Li-Ren decided to act. Using the influence they had carefully cultivated over the ages, the Li family successfully rallied the various human peoples of Ai-Zho, amongst them the Oyashimans, Huinans, Zhous, and Salamduels. They rose up against the Hou-zi Empire and broke free from the shackle of Monkey rule, yet that was not the end of the fighting. Hungry for more, the Li-Ren quickly turned on their allies and conquered them one by one, forming a new era of glory for Li-Guo. Third Era With the newly formed Li Kingdom and the conquered human neighbours, the Li Dynasty is formed, and would rule over the Eastern peoples for 400 years. Contrary to expectations, the Hou-zi governors were allowed to remain in Li-Guo as a well-respected minority valued for their cultural knowledge which informed much of the Eastern people’s new cultural practices. Several cultural, religious, and lingual revolutions occurred in this era, with the development of Li-Wen, a derivative dialect of the Hou-zi tongue used throughout Li-Guo as the official language. On the religious front, the Hou-zi spread the teachings of the prophet Hualian, making Hua-jiao the dominant religion among the commoners of the Eastern Peninsula, with off-shoots such as Shidoism and varying interpretations emerging from their scriptures. Fourth Era The Li Dynasty has ruled for nearly 400 years in peace thanks to a series of wise and able rulers. However, the peace came to an end with the Emperor Li Liu-Hong, who had ascended the throne and become complacent. He over-indulged in wine and women, with historical annals narrating his Garden of Sweetmeats and his Harem of a Thousand. Taking advantage of the Emperor's lavish lifestyle, corrupt officials began lining their pockets with the people’s taxes, gradually increasing them until the rage finally boiled over. With the Empire rotting from the inside, the former allies of Li-Guo saw this as their chance to seize back their independence, with Oyashima being the first to take the charge. Soon the Huinan, Zhou, and Salamduel people followed in their steps, breaking away and setting up their own civilisations, leaving the once-great Li Dynasty to crumble. Fifth Era (Current Era) A series of succession wars destroyed what was left of the Li Dynasty, with many families fleeing the Ai-zho peninsula, setting out on their great ships to head towards a better future. A small few, namely the medical branch of the Li family, the Tianrui family, and a couple other citizens sailed Far West, braving many perilous storms and sea monsters until they finally landed in Arcas where they set their roots anew. This would be later known as the Great Journey to the West by their descendants. Starting over in a new country surrounded by foreign faces and foreign tongues proved difficult, with many of the former glorious houses resorting to less than honorable work during these hard times. Whilst the Li family continued to earn coin through medical practice, they were met with great resistance as many of the Westerners were not fond of the idea of acupuncture. Meanwhile, the Tianrui family resorted to becoming sell-swords in order to make ends meet. Just when they believed their foundations were set in Ves, the city was razed by Dragon Knights and Legion troops after political tensions, forcing the families to flee once again. Whilst the Li Family immediately sought for a secure home for their people, the Tianrui family found themselves embroiled in the Empire’s civil war, with the failure of the siege of Helena ending in the execution of two of their family members. Reeling from their sudden loss, the Tianrui family reunited with the rest of the community in the city of Thyra, Korvassa, and eventually moved the community towards Talon’s Grotto where they live today. Having gone through these trials, the Li-Ren learned from their past mistakes. The matriarch of the Li family, Li Xiu-ying, ironically was the first to suggest abolishing her claim to the throne out of shame for the past sins of her family. The small community elected a ruling council to govern the people, with a focus on meritocracy rather than lineage based on the ministers’ contribution to the village. Several laws were also passed, most notably the enforcement of monogamous marriage and the banning of katanas. To this day, the Li-Ren live quietly on the fringes of society, having been humbled by their experiences, of course, there are the few who still hunger for glory... CULTURE Cathant Culture is founded upon the core tenets of Order and Respect. Everyone does their share for the betterment of everyone, where the youth respect their elders and the elders are to take care of the youth as if they were their own. The Li people are known for their neutral stance on most political and religious issues, not imposing their judgement on others yet not allowing imposition either. The general greeting performed by Li-Ren is a salute by putting the left palm on top of the back of the right hand and pressing outwards towards the person being greeted. Women tend to add a little bend in the knees, but that is completely optional. It is important to note that Li-Ren will never bow their heads to someone else unless they hold that person in high esteem, or are asking for forgiveness on a grave trespass. SOCIAL HIERARCHY The social hierarchy of Li-Guo is an interesting phenomenon amongst the Cathant subraces. Whilst there is a degree of rigidity in terms of respecting your elders and superiors, social mobility is significantly easier than the other Cathant ethnic counterparts, such as Oyashima. Historically, Li-Guo has always been ruled over by the Imperial Li family, alongside the nobles acquainted with them. Separate to the aristocrats are the cabinet of Ministers and officials which serve to aid the country. These seats are usually taken up by people of the scholar or military class, having proven their worth in their contribution to building the community’s knowledge or ensuring the people’s safety. It is important to note that anyone is capable of applying to be an official, as the selection process is based on passing an exam with a combination of the people’s votes. The domination of the cabinet by the scholars or military is only due to the nature of the requirements needed to become part of a ministry. Noble and Commoner alike have equal chance at official seat. Underneath the scholar and military class is the peasant or farmer class. Greatly respected for being a core tenet of Li-Guo, these people who work the fields are held in high esteem for keeping the country going in rough times. Next on the rung of the social ladder are merchants, who despite the perceived lack of honour in trade are one of the key players and most socially mobile in Li-Guo’s society. Many past instances of merchants hitting it rich and marrying into nobility or getting into government demonstrate that despite the social order, these underdogs are not to be sniffed at. Lowest on the social food chain are criminals or traitors, they are marked by a branded Li character on their face, detailing the crime they committed. They have limited rights in terms of property ownership and business conduct. RELIGION The Li-Rens practice a variety of religions, primarily Dharma and Tzaoism, however it welcomes all religious practices so long as it doesn’t threaten the public peace. Dharma: To become an individual that is connected to the world and enlightened to the true cycle that has the world’s peoples reborn continually, an individual must liberate themselves from the cycle of rebirth that has encompassed the land through the following of the seven noble paths of the Dharmic religion: Good conduct, good speech, good livelihoods, good effort, and a good conscience. By following these seven paths, one can release themselves from the cycle, ending one’s ignorance and one’s rebirth - The true goal of the Dharmic individual. Tzaoism: Where there is light, there is dark. Two opposites cannot exist without each other, the balance must be preserved. Followers of Tzao recognise their place in the world and also their own abilities to carve out their own path. They exist in a plane of neutrality, seeking to attain immortality by gaining more knowledge and understanding about worldly sins. The ultimate goal of a Tzaoist is to cultivate their mind and inner energy until they ‘ascend’ into higher beings, detached from the world. Shidoism: The philosophy of Shidoism rests in the idea of doing one’s best to be morally good and achieve true inner peace through mindfulness. To be good to one another and free of suffering through the teachings of Dharma and Tzaoism. It is an off-shoot of the two main religions, taking more from the ancient religion of Hua-jiao than the other two more modern counterparts. GENDER ROLES On the surface, Li culture may seem patriarchal but upon closer inspection, it is clear that there is little way of difference in terms of gender power imbalance. In following the way of the Tzao, it is believed that Men are like the Sun, bright and valiant, whilst Women are like the Moon, gentle and demure. As such, on the surface level men are tasked with handling civil and military affairs whilst women are charged with handling domestic affairs such as household management. However, in Li society men and women both have equal opportunities at business and official positions. In the course of Li-Guo’s history there have been many able women and men serving the Emperor in his court, much to the surprise of those unfamiliar with Li culture. FESTIVALS New Century (December Month OOCLY): It is Li custom to wear red when welcoming the New Century. Sumptuous feasts are held and Fireworks are lit in order to scare away evil spirits and celebrate new beginnings. There are many performances, in particular Lion dances inspired by martial arts with plenty of tumbling and acrobatics. Lunar Festival (August Month OOCLY): The Lunar Festival celebrates the waxing of the full moon. Night banquets lit by lanterns are held where people gather with their friends and family, drinking tea and alcohol whilst admiring the natural beauty of the night sky. Mooncakes, sweet lotus-paste filled confectionaries are commonly eaten during the Moon Viewing feasts. Hell Gate Festival (October Month OOCLY): Once every year the Gates of the Underworld open, the boundary between the Other and the Living thins to the point where you will frequently see spirits walking around. To appease the restless spirits the Li people leave out food and wine as well as small gifts, sometimes conversing with their ancestors or seeking advice from people passed. Winter Solstice Festival (March Month OOCLY): On the coldest night of the year, the Li people dedicate a whole day to spend with just family. All work is stopped and loved ones gather round the fire, drinking a special warm broth and bonding over fond memories of the past year. WEDDINGS Contrary to most other cultures, Li wedding apparel is a bright festive red with lots of gold decorations. The process begins with a marriage proposal from the groom’s family, facilitated by the match-maker where both families will give the marriage their blessings. Then on the day of the wedding, the groom’s family will bring a parade of dowry gifts to the door of the bride’s family residence and pick up the bride. The groom and bride will then proceed to the Temple, where they will bow thrice; the first time to Heaven and Earth, the second to Family and Elders, the third to each other. Once the bowing ceremony is done, the couple will share a cup of wine, linking arms and tie a red ribbon on their wrists, signifying their eternal bond with each other. Afterwards there will be a feast for all to partake in before the newly married couple will enter their residence together. FUNERALS When a loved one passes, the family will don white headbands as a sign of mourning and wail as they carry the coffin to the Temple. The Eldest son and daughter will lead the procession, including the prayers at the Temple. After sending prayers and burning incense for the deceased, the direct family members (children, siblings, and parents) will cremate the body and keep the ashes in an urn. The urn is then put in the temple under the family’s register as part of the ancestral shrine. CUISINE Li cuisine is filled with a variety of different styled dishes packed with intense flavours and spices. The typical course of Li cuisine includes the staple white rice, with several side dishes sporting a combination of savoury, sweet and/or spice. Different regions within Li-Guo have different palates, with the northern dishes more focused on a salty-savoury taste, with plenty of helpings of meat and pickled vegetables to balance nutrition. On the other hand, southern dishes are known for their heavy use of spice, specifically Ma and La flavourings (pepper and chili) in accompaniment with stir-fried food. Li desserts are just as varied in range as Li dishes, with pastries made of rice-flour to shaved-ice and fruit parfaits. These sweet snacks are often based around red, green or lotus paste with a combination of berries or natural sweeteners to enhance the original flavour of the ingredients. Beverage-wise, Li-Ren hold Tea in high esteem. In Li culture, serving tea to guests is a primary way of showing respect, to the point where it has evolved into an entire art. The tea ceremony is only used for distinguished guests or banquets, often solemn and lengthy in process emphasising grace and tranquility. MUSIC AND ARTS Throughout their history, Li-Ren have held the Arts in high regard, with rich arrays of different cultural practices that have been slowly cultivated over the eons into an art form. Li-Ren arts mostly revolve around their appreciation for the cultivation of the Self, with inward reflection and expression of emotions as an outlet given their conservative society. Calligraphy: Unlike other subcultures, Li-Ren write using a brush made out of horsehair, dipped in ink ground from an inkstone. This way of writing is highly dependent on the steadiness of one’s brush as many variations of script style can be created just from a change in the pressure exerted when writing. Script styles vary from war-like and valiant to smooth and flowing, sometimes blending characters together to create a deeper impression. It is believed that one’s calligraphy reflects one’s true spirit. Tea Ceremony: Tea ceremony is a long and lengthy ritual reserved for guests of the highest esteem. It begins with the careful selection of the dried tea buds and preparation of the tea set. White porcelain is usually used for green tea whilst Red sand clay is reserved for black tea. Here are the steps below: Begin boiling the water. Spring water is best, as it enhances the natural flavour of tea leaves the most. Rinse the teapot and teacups with the hot spring water - just before it finishes boiling. This helps preheat the cup which enhances the fragrance of the tea. Put the tea leaves into the teapot until it is a third filled. Pour the boiling water into the teapot and let it steep for a few seconds before quickly pouring it all out down the grate in order to Wash the tea leaves of any impurities and dirt. Brew the tea. Pour the boiling water back into the teapot for a fresh batch and let it steep appropriately. Pour tea into a larger tea cup first before filtering it and pouring the tea into the smaller serving cups. This is to filter any loose leaves from the kettle. Serve the tea. It is important to use both hands as a gesture of respect when you serve tea to the guests. As the recipient of a tea ceremony, there are certain etiquette guidelines you should follow. When you watch the person brew the tea, remain still and respectful with your questions. When you are served tea, accept with both hands to reciprocate respect, and always appreciate the fragrance of the tea first before taking a sip. Dance: Li-Ren dance uses the whole body, using their long sleeves, fans, or soft swords as props to emphasise the beauty of the dance. Li-Ren dances often put intense strain on the dancer from the sheer demand of flexibility, grace, and acrobatics involved, a skilled dancer will seem like they are soaring in the air, body ceaselessly moving with the flow with dazzling twirls and bends that are admired by those far and wide. Opera/ Theatre: Li-Ren Opera is a peculiar type of theatre and an acquired taste for outsiders. Plays are sung in a whiny, flowing tune that may be unpleasant to those unaccustomed to Li-Ren songs. Unlike the Western counterparts, Li-Ren theatrical works contain archetypal characters signified by the mask or face makeup they wear as well as the gestures they make. Heroes will usually wear a red mask and gesticulate broadly, whilst Villains wear black or green masks and tend to slink around on stage. Many slapstick comedies were also derived from this practice. Music: Li-Ren music exists on a different scale and tone than its western counterparts. Although not as dark and moody-sounding as Oyashman’s music, it carries a hint of a minor tone and moves in a pentatonic scale (by fives). Songs in Li-Ren culture are often epic ballads or small drinking ditties to be sung whilst playing drinking games. The ballads often are recitations of historical events, seen in their valiant war songs and romantic tragedies, whilst the drinking ditties tend to be coarse in their euphemisms, perhaps learned from the sailor merchants that trade with other nations. Below are a couple of instruments unique to Li culture: Zither: A harp-like musical instrument laid horizontal, strings strung onto a blank of hollowed out wood plucked with long nails and fingers with pegs to adjust the tuning. It is the equivalent of a piano in range. Pipa: A guitar-like instrument without the hollow base and several more frets than its Western counterpart. The curves of the body resemble a lute but the sound is distinctly more twangy and exotic. Erhu: A vertical string instrument with only two strings, its baleful sound can mimic the fiercest of battle cries or reduce a listener to tears with its haunting melody. The base is made of sturdy wood with snakeskin as the covering, whilst the two strings are strung upon the body with the horse-hair bow cinched in between them. It is played in a similar way to a cello might be, though the register would sound similar to a violin’s. Bangdi: a bamboo flute played horizontally, with a varied range of keys and tones depending on the length of the flute. It is light and compact, with six finger holes and a range of two octaves, usually relegated to the melody line in an ensemble. LANGUAGE Li Wen is vastly different from the existing languages on Arcas, borrowing greatly from the Hou-zi in its use of characters and pronunciation, often very difficult for those unfamiliar to pick up. Words are often made of a combination of up to three syllables in phonetics, with five different inflections. One mispronunciation of an inflection can result in calling your mother a horse. It is heavily context-laden and lacks preposition, requiring knowledge of background information before full understanding of a conversation. Below are some basic words and phrases for the layman to enable sufficient communication. General words: Numbers: Family: Lí hó = Hello Hó, to xia = Good, thank you Zai jin = Goodbye Bai tok = Please To xia = Thank you Mian keki = You’re welcome Xi = Yes M-Xi = No Paí se = Sorry/ Excuse me. Gong Liyu? = Do you speak Li? Wo aí lí = I love you Jit = 1 Nng = 2 Sa = 3 Si = 4 Go = 5 Lak = 6 Jit = 7 Bue = 8 Gau = 9 Tsap = 10 Ba = 100 Nai nai = Grandma Ye ye = Grandpa A-yi = Aunty Shu shu = Uncle Mu tsin = Mother Fu tsin = Father Jie jie = Older Sister Go go = Older Brother Mei mei = Little Sister Di di = Little Brother Nu’er = Daughter Er’zi = Son Sun zi = Grandkids Naming Practices Li naming practices consist of a surname of a single syllable which comes before the real-name of the person. For example, in “Zhu Geliang” the “Zhu” is the surname, and “Geliang” is the real-name. Below are some Male and Female naming ideas, along with some non-binary ones. Male Female Gender Neutral Jinxiang = Flying, soaring Wencheng = Cultured, accomplished Junming = Valiant, bright Xue Hai = The sea Danian = Long life Mengli = Fierce, war-like Shihuang = Emperor, leader Anli = Refined, peaceful Xifeng = Flourishing phoenix Daiyu = Black jade Wenqian = Refined and modest Xiuyue = Gentle moon Tzilian = Lotus child Shuqin = Delicate lute Yinyu = Calm rain Linli = Smart, daring Xiaoxi = Little river Xiaoming = Little Light An’an = Peace, harmony Zhiyi = Follower of Knowledge Yangqin = Bright Sun Mengyou = Wanderer Jiaoxi = Playful Dafu = Fortune in abundance.
  4. Overview: Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice originating from the Far East, passed down by the Li-Ren’s great ancestors. It requires solid knowledge of the flow of ‘qi’ or energy in the body, usually alongside the nervous system in channels called ‘meridians’. By inserting sterilised silver needles into particular channels, one can redirect nervous sensations or hormonal imbalances within the body. It is important to note however, that acupuncture itself cannot completely treat any ailments, it is best to accompany it with dietary or lifestyle changes. Tools: To administer acupuncture, one must have a set of thin, silver needles. Similar to sewing needles, the point must be strong but exceedingly thin, with a sturdy but light wooden end to enable easy insertion into the body such that the patient will not feel much sensation. The needles must be silver as silver is a metal that can draw out impurities or poisons within the body. One must cleanse and sterilise the needles regularly, whether through flame or through strong alcohol. Sanitation is crucial to practice as substances from previous treatments may still linger on the needles if not tended to properly. Channels: There are 14 main channels in the body that dominate energy flow and the nervous system. Each channel has a major point which can be triggered to treat certain ailments, as seen in the following below: Large Intestine Channel: Hegu This point is located on the back side of the hand between the thumb and first finger. The primary use of this point is to relieve pain and treat inflammatory and feverish diseases. Pressing upon it is particularly known to help with headaches. Lung Channel: Lieque This point is located above the wrist on the inside of the arm. It is used to treat several disorders of the upper body, including respiratory disorders, sore throat, facial paralysis and wrist conditions. Stomach Channel: Zusanli This point is located on the front of the leg, just below the knee. It is helpful for digestive disorders. Research shows that using this point results in positive effects in treating anemia, immune deficiency, indigestion and diarrhea. Spleen Channel: Sanyinjiao This point is located on the inner side of the leg just above the ankle. It is well known for treating hormonal disorders (such as irregular menstruation) and other disorders dealing with reproduction and general genital health. Gallbladder Channel: Fengchi This point is located at the base of the skull where it joins the neck in back. It is used in the treatment of acute disorders, such as the common cold, influenza, headache, neck pain and fever. In addition, it lowers blood pressure. Liver Channel: Taichong The point is located on the top of the foot, between the first and second toes. It is used to balance emotional energy, helps regulate menstruation, to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol. Pericardium Channel: Neiguan This point is located on the inner arm, just above the wrist. This channel is useful for cardiac disorders, such as heart palpitation and chest pains. It is also useful for nausea, vomiting, spasms and convulsions. Heart Channel: Shenmen This point is located on the outer side of the wrist. It is used in the treatment of a variety of mental disorders, such as insomnia, agitation and fatigue. Urinary Bladder Channel: Weizhong This point is located at the back of the knee. It is utilized in the treatment of back pain, hip impairment, muscular cramps, leg pain, and abdominal pain. Kidney Channel: Taixi This point is located just behind the inner ankle. It is used for disorders in several areas of the body, including sore throat, deafness, dizziness, lower back pain and can help or hinder bedroom activities. Triple Burner Channel: Waiguan This point on the channel is located on the outer side of the arm, above the wrist. It is mainly used in treatment of disorders along the pathway of this meridian, that is, of the fingers, hand, arms, neck, ears, cheek, and top of the head. Small Intestine Channel: Houxi This point is located on the side of the hand, below the little finger. It is used for treating general stiffness, seizures, night sweats and fevers. Governing Vessel: Baihui This point is located at the top of the head. It is traditionally applied in the treatment for headache, vertigo, ringing in the ears and nasal obstruction. It is best used in accompaniment with the Kidney Channel. Theory / Capabilities: Before administering acupuncture, always clean your patient’s body by wiping them down, whether through rice alcohol or water. When inserting the needles into the patient’s points, one must take extra care not to insert directly upon the nerve endings as doing so would block energy and nerve transmission into said areas. Instead, when promoting sensation or hormonal surge in the general area, insert the needle a little towards the outside of the body from the point, as this will stimulate the flow of ‘energy’ towards the desired treatment area. Treatment Examples: [!] The following only intend to act as examples of treatment. Not all the herbs listed in the prescriptions exist rply but it’s just an example for people to get a better understanding of how treatment would work. Treatment of a Common Cold: - Get the patient to suck on a slice of raw ginger whilst you administer acupuncture. - Warm up the room so that the patient will break out into sweat. - Cleanse the body. - Insert needles into the Large Intestinal, Lung Channel, Gallbladder, and the Governing Channel. - Leave the needles in for around 15 minutes before taking them out. - Prescribe the patient ginger, ginseng, honey and kumquat tea and encourage drinking the concoction every day until their cold gets better. Make sure that the patient is also adequately warm throughout this process. Treatment of Headache: - Cleanse the patient’s body. - Begin inserting the acupuncture needles into the Governing, Large Intestine, Gallbladder, and Heart Channels. - Leave needles in until the patient begins to feel less tension/stiffness in the area before taking them out. - Prescribe patient with a mild, diluted Frostvine salve along the area of pain for external application and some rejuvenating Mandragora tea for consumption. Treatment of Respiratory Diseases: - Air out the room first and free it from any lingering dust. - Cleanse the patient’s body. - Begin inserting acupuncture needles into the Lung, Pericardium, Heart, and Governing Channels. - Leave needles in for 15 minutes before taking them out. - As this is a long-lasting lifestyle disease, encourage the patient to come for routine acupuncture treatments. The patient should also maintain a clean house free of dust at all times and keep a light diet and avoid oily, fatty foods as well as excessive indulging in red meats. Treatment of Menstrual pains and irregularities: - Warm up the room so that the patient is comfortably warm, but not sweating. - Cleanse the patient’s body. - Begin inserting acupuncture needles into the Urinary, Kidney, Liver, and Spleen Channels. - Leave the acupuncture needles in before beginning to massage the patient’s pained areas with a heated ceramic ball, careful not to burn the patient. - Finish the massage and take out the needles after an hour’s time. - Prescribe the patient with a herbal concoction of Mandragora, Desert Berry, ginseng, ginger, and pomegranate. Inform the patient to keep their body warm at all times during the menstrual period, and eat red meat, in particular pig’s liver cooked in rice wine and ginger. - Encourage the patient to attend regular acupuncture and massage sessions until the irregularities ease. [!] Well performed treatment over a prolonged period can help women recover from miscarriages within reasonable bounds. Treatment of Indigestion/ Food poisoning / ingested poisons: - Cleanse the patient’s body and ready a nearby pot for the patient to vomit into. - Feed the patient ground and boiled Goblin’s Ivy with Alabaster Leaf, then induce them into vomiting. - Once the patient has vomited out all the contents, insert needles into the Pericardium, Stomach and Kidney channels. - Wait until any poisonous substances have been drawn out by the silver. If no poison was ingested, leave the needles in until the patient feels the nausea subside. - Prescribe the patient with Mandragora tea afterwards and encourage them to adhere to a lighter diet, refraining from oily, fatty foods as well as excessive wine. REDLINES: Acupuncture itself CANNOT heal any ailments, it has to be used in tandem with other treatments, such as herbal remedies or lifestyle changes. Acupuncture is NOT a miracle cure and often needs repeated treatments in order for successful treatment. Acupuncture can only enhance or take away nervous sensation or balance out hormones slightly in targetted areas each session. You can damage someone’s nerves on purpose with acupuncture but it has to be done over time and the damage has to be gauged by a roll to prevent powergaming (esp. in the case of nervous breakdown). PURPOSE (OOCLY): I’m surprised acupuncture hasn’t been done in an official capacity but I just thought adding acupuncture to LotC would make medical rp much more interesting. So far medical rp is a one-off rp experience but with acupuncture you can have repeat or regular patients, try combining western and eastern medical practices back from medieval ages, and facilitate a more engaging rp experience – because who doesn’t like getting needles stuck into them? Overall I think it’s too interesting a concept to pass up on and I’m sure many other medical rpers would enjoy adding acupuncture to their repertoire.
  5. Kemobrown

    Kemobrown

    I was born in the city of Talu’lareh, since the age I was able to pick up and fight, my father and mother began teaching the ways of combat. My father teaching me ways of swords, shields, knives, staffs, axes, hammers, clubs, chains, ropes and his personal favorite hand to hand. My mother taught me the ways military type tactics and theories. While my mother always tried to teach me to take my time to see all angles and think of every possibility in any situation, my father taught hesitation is weakness and those who cannot act will surely die. Each of them tried so desperately to carve their ideals into my brain I eventually reached a point of my life in which I feel my mind is split in two with two voices speaking to myself. On one side its the ideals of my mother telling me asses the situation before proceeding and the other its my father driving me to just go ahead and fight, I would live with these effects for the rest of my life. In the early days of my youth I spent my time mostly training with my mother and father, everything I needed to learn about the world was from them so I didn’t really have too many friends or know a lot of people except the few my family would introduce me to and the occasional sparring partners and tutors. This would go up till my 30th birthday, my father enlisted me into the military under his recommendation as he was an Ivae’Fenn at the time. While in barracks I learned the details of comrades, hierarchy and the grim life of a soldier of war. Within my days of being in the military I fought and survived each war until the day the Grand Prince evicted us Fenn from our halls. Through being in war, I became thirsty for combat. In addition to the betrayal of my liege, I was tired of the conformist fighting style that would eventually get us beaten down and nearly wiped out. Against my father's wishes I left the military in pursuit of all the tactics and strategies of the enemies I’ve fought before. I travelled around the continent, learning combat from various races' mercenary groups. Around the time of my 50th birthday I began to study the ways of the Kharajyr people and their ideologies till I was the age of 60, before deciding it was finally time to return to my people and share what I’ve learnt.
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