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  1. A DPC rumbles through a desert somewhere playing the cha cha slide. It almost sounds like it’s getting closer...
  2. Josh3738

    DNN #14

    Bhudand nods firmly as his secretary reads the news to him. “Very guud. Glad weh’ve got some propeh news back in t’is town.” An old dwarf continues to party his way through the beaches of [REDACTED] and is in fact heavily armed and dangerous.
  3. Meanwhile on a beach in [REDACTED], Zahrer catches wind of the nonsense from the mountain dwarf clan father of a cave dwarf clan and briefly wonders when his children are going to use the postcard he sent them. He shakes his head, as it’s not his problem, before going back to his drink and listening to Jimmy Buffet.
  4. Hierarchy of the Shinrin Daimyo “Die-me-yo” The Daimyo is the ruling noble of the Shinrin and is the sole figure to whom both the warrior and non-warrior classes owe their allegiance. The title typically follows the style of agnatic primogeniture, meaning that the firstborn male heir of the sitting Daimyo is destined to assume the role one day upon the death of his father. Councilor Those the Daimyo selects to run the general affairs of the province sit upon the Daimyo’s Council, earning them the simple rank of Councilor. Typically assigned to one aspect of the society or another, the Councilor’s job is to ensure the day to day running of the province proceeds in a manner that is satisfactory to the wishes and goals of the Daimyo. Samurai Traditionally the standing Samurai of the Shinrin swear loyalty to their Daimyo, pledging their lives to the protection and service of the Daimyo and his family. These warriors serve without expectation or reward, seeing it as their honorbound duty to carry out the wishes of their Daimyo or die trying. Ashigaru In times of war, it may be the desire of the Daimyo to hire soldiers from the peasantry to bolster the ranks of his army. These paid soldiers are given the title of Ashigaru, holding it only so long as the Daimyo preserves the state of war. Should such a conflict conclude, the Ashigaru are discharged from their paid service. Peasantry The vast majority of the Shinrin may be classified as farming peasantry or as artisans and merchants. Those holding such a ranking have the honor of working with the land and nature or else serving the Daimyo.
  5. Faith of the Shinrin The Shinrin are a very spiritual people, living their lives based on a code of honor in reverence to a variety of spirits they view as responsible for everything in their lives. In some cases, it has become the practice to acknowledge certain spirits as those of great ancestors who were the personification of something while they were alive and so must be responsible for it in death. An example of this might be a woman who dedicated all her time to keeping her garden pristine and productive. In death, this spirit may be prayed to for growth and prosperity of gardens. Nakama [Major Spirit] The elders of the Shinrin tell of a great ancestor known only as Nakama who was once a simple Shinrin himself. Known to be relatively tall and dark of hair, Nakama bore a fair yet weathered countenance with piercing forest green eyes. During the Time of Wandering, Nakama traveled the lands with a smaller caravan of shinrin which included his family and a number of clans who, at the time, were understandably minor in the greater Shinrin society. As the story goes, they wandered one day into a great valley penned in on three sides by vast, towering mountain ranges. Coming to rest on a hill overlooking a lake, later dubbed Heiwa, surrounded by lush trees and sprawling fields of flowers, Nakama said only that it would be a fine place to die. With that he and the caravan settled down in their camp and slowly but surely began to build huts, homes, and finally that which would come to be known as Nakama’s Rest, the seat of the Daimyo. Remarkably gifted in a number of arts and styles, Nakama would begin to instruct the Shinrin of the province in the ways of farming, fishing, and care of the earth itself. Under his tutelage, the bare fields would fill with numerous crops and the gardens of the Shinrin would bud and bloom with every color imaginable. Through his instruction a deep love and understanding of the earth and its nature became the cultural normality for the people of the forest. In his seemingly infinite wisdom, Nakama foresaw that peace and love of nature was only half of a fulfilled way of life, he began to educate those who desired to learn in the way of the blade and the path of the Samurai. Entrusting his lieutenants with a strict code of honor, the society of the Shinrin began to take on dual aspects. The samurai grew warlike, yet peace-loving, and culturally and artistically profound, yet still mindful of fighting. By observing Nakama’s code of honor, the Shinrin would further enter into their age of newfound prosperity in a blooming of art and culture alongside the perfection of swordplay and a direction of honorable action. The epitome of faith and honor, Nakama led the Shinrin into an age of settled tranquility, art, and growth. The Shinrin were both peaceful and warlike, naturally inclined and commanding of that nature, artistically and culturally advanced yet rooted to their origins. Looking on all he had helped to build, he saw that it was good and that he could rest. Naming a successor to carry on the leadership of the Shinrin through the title of Daimyo, he departed the village in a simple wooden canoe bound for the island in the center of the lake. At his final destination he would simply lay down in the grass and die without struggle or pain, and over the course of the next week the sapling of a great tree would sprout from his chest, growing into a mighty and powerful force of nature. It is to this awesome and legendary figure that the Shinrin primarily dedicate their meditation and prayer in the hopes that the powerful spirit may grant them long life, prosperous growth, and eternal peace. Oba Takeo [Minor Spirit] Long ago the Shinrin were known to be a traveling, nomadic people. Traveling from forest to forest and grotto to grotto, they enjoyed peaceful communion with nature. It was in one of these overgrown grottos that they set up camp one day, building fires in the middle of the clearing and roasting bits of game they had caught on their travels. The thick black smoke of their fires traveled upward through the trees where a long, green-scaled dragon lay perched asleep. Awaking with a start, its roar shook the trees as it sprung from the branches and down to the ground. With the sudden quake of the earth, a slide of earth buried the entrance to the grotto and sealed the Shinrin inside it. When the sudden surprise of the dragon’s arrival had passed, and the creature itself realized it was in no immediate harm, the Shinrin and the creature stood off on either side of the clearing. With a deep, intelligent voice the dragon would speak to them, condemning their entrance to his grotto and saying it was only just that they were now sealed within. It was then that a lone figure stepped forward from the group, his hand on his blade. Oba Takeo, a samurai in service to the group’s elder, spoke words of challenge to the beast which the dragon gladly accepted. Drawing his blade, the two rushed forward at one another. Ducking blows and sending his blade streaking across the scales of the dragon, the samurai fought for what seemed like hours against the dragon before finally his blade met the beast’s throat. With the blade hovering a mere inch above the creature’s exposed, scaleless neck, the dragon ceased fighting, accepting defeat and waiting for Oba to end his life. Drawing back his blade, the great warrior spoke words of mercy whereupon the dragon echoed his words and pledged his loyalty to the honorable samurai. Shifting the earth from the exit of the grotto, the dragon would free the Shinrin and allow them to leave in peace. It is said that at his passing many years later, the faint echo of roars could be heard from the furthest reaches of the land as if the green dragon, still loyal to the one who bested him, were reverently mourning the passing of Oba. The warriors of the Shinrin will often make offerings and pray to the spirit of Oba Takeo, asking for strength in arms and honor in combat. Every decade on the supposed anniversary of the great battle, a large celebration is often held in settlements of the Shinrin, memorializing his skill, his honor, and his mercy. Kurata Mari [Minor Spirit] One of the first Shinrin who settled in Nakamachi, Kurata began as a simple metal worker as the necessity for a supplier of farm tools grew. When the samurai of the village began making requests to him for weapons and armor, he would be seen working day and night seemingly without stopping, sometimes for days at a time, before unveiling some of the finest craftsmanship the Shinrin had ever seen. His crowning achievement, and what would make him the primary spirit to pray to for smiths, is the nameless set of blades and armor he gifted to Nakama before his passing. Though the pieces haven’t seen use in centuries, they are still said to be kept in pristine condition beneath Nakama’s Rest.
  6. Culture of the Shinrin This post is laid out with the goal of better defining several cultural points of the Shinrin that might be a bit more obscure or unclear. Additionally, the culture itself is intentionally bare bones so that it can be developed in character depending on how things carry on. General Culture “Shinrin” meaning Forest. The culture of the Shinrin can most aptly be compared to that of the ancient samurai. Guided by their code of conduct and their dedication to the different spirits they perceive as integral to their way of life, the Shinrin are a people driven by honor and spiritual dedication. With a strict hierarchy bound to a ruling lord, the Shinrin may often be found training or else practicing various arts in the form of painting, music, and gardening. Language of the Shinrin While the Shinrin may have originally maintained a distinctly different language from Common, their extensive period as a nomadic people forced them to adapt their tongue in order to more easily commune with those they came across in their travels. This would all but obliterate their original language from common use, even evolving so far as to cause the loss of accents when speaking common. In present times the only remnant of their original language would be that of a number of titles in the hierarchy of the society or other similarly rare examples. For example: “The duty of a Samurai is to his lord, the Daimyo.” Gender Opinions and Position in Society Just as the Shinrin a shifting in their language over the years, they also had a rather large shift in their perception of women and their roles in society. Originally a male oriented society, the Time of Wandering would have the effect of forcing a greater reliance on women to take over many of the necessary roles. Over time this reliance on women would come to generate a certain degree of respect and eventual acceptance as equals in all things. While it would have been unheard of for a woman to become a Samurai prior to this transition, it is now nearly commonplace, and it is even acceptable for women to occupy positions on the Daimyo’s Council. Racial Prejudices and Acceptance Since the old times of the Shinrin, it has been generally acknowledged that the Shinrin have few issues with other races. Typically those who were not Shinrin were welcome to visit Shinrin settlements, though they were very rarely welcome to live there. There have certainly been rare cases of this occurrence but only in cases where the newcomers have proven capable of replicating the Shinrin way of life. Code of Honor (When in doubt: Bushido) Rectitude or Justice Rectitude is one’s ability to decide on a course of action and conduct in line with reason. “To die when to die is right, to strike when to strike is right.” Courage A virtue of exercising rectitude given that doing so is for the purposes of righteousness. Mercy To fight and kill is an action of ease. To not do so is far more difficult. One who practices love, sympathy, and pity exudes traits of benevolence, that which all Shinrin must aspire towards. Politeness Courtesy, rooted in benevolence and mercy, is an expression of the regard for the feelings of others. Honesty and Sincerity Wealth and money, to those who follow the code, are items of distaste. For the accumulation of wealth is the root of greed and menace to those of practical wisdom. Honor The word of a Shinrin is everything to them. Their self worth and respect to their own is reflected in their unwavering honor. So much so that dishonor to one’s self is an act that can only be resolved by their lives given. Loyalty One of the strongest tenets of the Shinrin is that above all things to be observed is one’s loyalty to their Daimyo. They are utterly devoted to their fidelity to their lords and their given word. Character and Self-Control It is taught that all Shinrin shall hold themselves to an absolute standard. Regardless of the actions or attitude of other races or creeds, the Shinrin will never lower themselves to a baser way of being in reaction.
  7. OOC Grudge will be removed shortly as it’s based on events your character wouldn’t know about as, even though it may have been 30 minutes between death and the bits you referenced, it’s still the events leading up to the death and counts as metagaming if roleplayed.
  8. ”Fuckin ****’ead.” An old dwarf says as he reads of the announcement.
  9. Citizens of the Underrealm of Urguan, It has been an unfortunately long time since I have been able to write to you announcing the activities of our Rikkin Council. Several stone weeks of somewhat disorganized council meetings and stonewalls in discussion have been a thorn in the side of progress, but now I am pleased to be able to make known the discussions and conclusions of our Council once more. Decisions of the Council Penned on this day, the 6th of Sun’s Smile, 1721, by the Lord Chancellor Addition of Clan Frostbeard Following several meetings over the course of four stone weeks, the Rikkin Council finally came to the decision, with 6 in favor and 1 abstention, to accept the Frostbeard application to join the Rikkin Council. Their continued support to the Underrealm following their unbanishment and welcome back into the ranks of their kin has been noticed by the Council and we happily welcome them. Their seat became official with the conclusion of this stone week’s council meeting. Acknowledgement of Outdated Treaties Following the conclusion of the world war that has plagued the aboveground, it has come to the attention of the council that several of our treaties are outdated or simply void following the fall of the foreign nations we held them with. By order of the Under King, the Lord Chancellor will be dispatched to reevaluate and rework these treaties with the foreign powers they are with in order to bring them back up to working order. Should it be your desire, as a citizen of the Underrealm, to see changes made to our government or speak on the changes we have already made, I implore you to seek out your clan Rikkin or myself to make your views known. Charged as we are by Yemekar,
  10. The mood was tense in the capital of Kal’Varoth as the city began to fill with people. From as far above ground as the Hefrumm to as far below as Varoth’Akvel, the Dwedmar throng filtered through the gates and out of their homes as they made their way in mass to the throneroom. Standing on the dais below the Obsidian throne, Kazrin Starbreaker of the High Court and Zahrer Irongrinder the Lord Chancellor awaited the gathering. When the masses had sufficiently packed themselves into the hall, Zahrer began to speak. “Honored Kin, We gather tonight under the watchful eye of the Brathmordakin to announce the conclusion of the election period for the seat of Under-King. The race was long and difficult to call on many accounts but in conversing with Kazrin Starbreaker of the High Court we have come to a decision. In one of the closest canditorial races I for one have ever seen, and winning about 1800 to 1700, the winner and our Under-King Elect is… Atandt Irongrinder! May his reign be blessed by the Brathmordakin and upheld by all Dwedmar! Narval oz Urguan! Narvak oz da Brathmordakin!”
  11. The polls are closed. Tallying will now begin.
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