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  1. Created and published by Chen Yunya Transcribed by some poor passerby ┏━°⌜ 赤い糸 ⌟°━┓ 小洞不补,大洞吃苦。 (Xiǎodòng bù bǔ, dàdòng chī kǔ.'small hole not mend; big hole eat hardship') — If small holes aren't fixed, then big holes will bring hardship. ┗━°⌜ 赤い糸 ⌟°━┛ ┏━°⌜ 赤い糸 ⌟°━┓ 水满则溢。 (Shuǐmǎn zé yì. 'water full but overflows') — Water flows in only to flow out. ┗━°⌜ 赤い糸 ⌟°━┛
  2. A Skin Auction Yong Ping Edition So! I decided to try my hand at skinning recently and think I did quite okay and therefore, I'll be selling some skins I made! Rules No editing your comment, you have to make a new one. When bidding against someone, tag them in your comment. No last minute skin sniping. Starting bid is 100 minas, at least 25 minas on going up! Ends this Sunday at 9pm EST, 9/26/21! Form Discord Username Skin[s] Bid[s] Li-Ren Hanfus Crimson Rider Hanfu Peaches and Cream Hanfu Oyashiman Kimonos Permeating Mandarins Kimono Sun-faded Kimono Day in the Clouds Kimono Hyeol-yeon Hanboks Vibrant Melon Hanbok A Scholars Hanbok Happy bidding!
  3. Yong Ping Persona Creation A Guide to Persona Creation within the Jade State So! You are looking to make a persona within Yong Ping. There are a few questions you’d need to answer for yourself first, that being the following: Which of the current cultures do you want your persona based on? Are you looking to join an existing family or make your own? If looking to join, what are the current existing families? What is the backstory of your persona or what do you want it to be? And What kind of skin would you need and how do you get one? We’ll now refer to the first question, cultures. As of current, there are three cultures within the Jade State; the Li-ren, Oyashiman and the Hyeol-yeons. The IRL equivalent being that of the Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The first two mentioned have an extensive history, which there is a multitude of forum posts on while the last is relatively new to the nation but growing. https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/196044-culture-li-ren-culture/ The Li-ren people hail originally from Li-guo, having fled from the ever-warring state to go on to find a place of refuge and safety. They are a people of the arts, often seen with ornate fans and parasols in the higher classes and wearing Hanfus all-around. A diagram below depicts the stylings of a hanfu. https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/203284-a-look-into-li-ren-fashion/ Fun fact, the first Zhu of the Jade State is Li Xiuying, the Li-ren who founded first the Tai Ping district followed by becoming that of a settlement led to Nationhood, the Jade State of Yong Ping. https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/194066-culture-oyashima/?tab=comments The Oyashiman people originally hail from Oyashima, bound within the confines of a rigid caste-system. They have many special weapons custom to their culture, one of many being the Katana most often used by the Samurai, an honorable class of warriors. The Oyashimans most often wear Kimonos, the diagram of one depicted below. Fun fact, the Ishikawas are a well-known family of high status both in Oyashima and the Jade State alike. A branch of the family had been founded in a castle of their creation, Tsutenkaku, by one Tsune Hirano. She later went on to become a fervent ambassador alongside our Wise Minister of Education before her passing. https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/203665-culture-the-hyeol-yeon/ The Hyeol-yeon peoples originally hail from the Cunyuan region and are found to be highly religious people who didn’t initially flee their home but have come to settle here. With a variety of religious rites, they are a fan of totems and statues; such as the Jangseung, among other things as they are superstitious people believing in that of Karma. They most often wear a Hanok, the diagram of one depicted down below. Fun fact, the Hyeol-yeon people were initially introduced to the Jade State through a series of pirate attacks that lasted years. Having been forcibly taken from their home, they had been enslaved on the Pirates ships and later freed by the Yong Ping Army and led back to the Jade State in order to recuperate, over five-hundred people were given their freedom and went on to incorporate themselves into the city. Before going into that of open families, it is always open to make a family of your own. Whether a lower class one within the slums or finding yourselves within the Port district as sailors, there are many options to those open to making a persona within the Jade State. The families listed below are ones currently open to accepting new members, though keep in mind to contact them first. The Tianrui family The Tianrui family is based on two cultures, Li-ren and Oyashiman, through a series of long history. Mainly that of Elves, there’d be some humans pocketed throughout, with a heavy presence in the military and merchant work. Leading the prosperous Tianrui Teahouse and with a member as Duhu of the Army, they are a family of great size to be reckoned with. Point of Contact: Tianrui Ren, Moo_Bot, Coffee.exe [BOT]#5456. The Chen family https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/202483-the-chen-family-history-%E9%99%B3%E5%AE%B6/ The Chen family is one that mainly focuses on that of the arts. Known for their love for calligraphy, dance and poetry, they aim to bring further beauty to the Jade State. Keeping this in mind, if one were to watch them closely, they are a family of drama with a taste for the finer things due to their higher status in the caste system alongside many a Minister and Government worker coming from their family. Consisting mainly of Li-rens, there would be a few Hyeol-yeon spotted among their ranks, alongside elves and humans alike. Point of Contact: Chen Yunya, tadabug2000, beautifulwatty#6584 or Chen Wenping, Bemoblue, Samuel The Cannibal#9401. The Takai family The Takai family is an Oyashiman family focused heavily on religious and scholarly pursuits, priding themselves on being a family of prodigies and intellectuals. Able to be identified by their signature white hair, they are Elves who keep a firm grip of the fan alongside a firm grip on the going ons about them. Point of Contact: Takai Eiji, Feebis, TemporalShift#3708. The Wen family https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/201542-the-wen-%E6%96%87-family-introduction/ The Wens are a Li-ren family, focusing on smithing and martial arts, namely a military family. With various traditions kept close to their sleeve, they are still mainly a mystery to most. Oftentimes known for their matching outfits or orderly way, they’re a family of structure. Point of Contact: Wen Zi Shu, Peachlova, PeachLova#6617. The Zhi Family The Zhi family, though newer to the Jade State, are already making a splash in the economy. Artisans, entrepreneurs and people of business, they immediately come to run multiple successful businesses, including but not limited to; a lovely mask shop and ramen business who people frequent. Made up of Li-rens they are a family of humans, though come to have honorary Zhis that can be of any race. Point of contact: Zhi Wuying, beedyourlasthaw, Frott#4491 or Zhi Kemai, Gamma__Byte, Gamma#8181. We’re getting closer now to the full creation of your persona, though backstory is an important factor. Referring to any of the cultures above, of course any backstory can be created from that but for those who need a little help, here are a few events that have happened that may help towards creating one for yourself. The Tai Ping Massacre For those looking for a persona that’d be in their forties or above, the Tai Ping Massacre happened during a time when the two cultures at the time [Li-ren and Oyashiman] had founded a district within the settlement Talons Port. A group of serial killers had harassed the district for a Dragon's week, with the grand total count of deaths being 30 at the end. Bodies had been strung up from every crevice, laid across every roof and blood permeated the air leaving quite the traumatizing irp year. The Fleeing of the Refugees Nearly forty years ago now, when news of Yong Ping first being founded spread to Aeldin, alongside a new venture made to bring forth unity between the ever-warring cultures [Li-ren and Oyashiman], both had fled to the newly found settlement. Tensions were tight, having fled from the bloodshed only to be close to those they’ve fought for many, many years but with time and effort, the cultures have come to respect each other with time. The Freeing of the Hyeol-Yeon Nearly twelve years ago now, when the pirate attacks began and it was found they held Slaves, the Yong Ping Army boarded their ship and through a hard-fought battle, freed five-hundred people who then went on to incorporate into the city as refugees. The Brewing Tsunami Only eight years ago now, a great disaster and yet one that was a religious moment, Susanoo, a Kami, had warned the people of the Jade State of a coming tsunami and to rush to the temple. Those that heeded the warning were spared, the large waves crashing down, only to split before the temple and spare those within. The people who hadn’t found themselves in the temple weren’t so lucky, some children having been orphaned during this time. The Final Destruction of the Pirates Just under a year ago now, the Pirates encampment has been fully destroyed. Many had died due to the Pirates attacking and killing their own and during this time, there had been twenty-one orphaned children saved and brought to the temple to be cared for properly. A diagram of clothing of all three cultures. When going about seeking a skin for your persona, you have a few options. With the use of @skinner in our main Discord, you can commission a skin from one of our fine skinners. If unsure on that option, there are free to use skins which will be linked below, alongside templates for those wishing to make their own. Hanfu Templates Li-Ren Free to Use Kimono Templates Oyashiman Free to Use Hanbok Free to Use Any Free to Use If you have any questions as to further character creation, join the Yong Ping discord today and look under #information for more, alongside #characterreferences in channels. We look forward to having you! https://discord.gg/7sUf6WFXHJ
  4. Created and published by Chen Yunya Transcribed by some poor passerby ┏━°⌜ 赤い糸 ⌟°━┓ 不作不死. (Bù zuò bù sǐ. 'Not do not die.') — If you don't do stupid things you won't end up in tragedy. ┗━°⌜ 赤い糸 ⌟°━┛ ┏━°⌜ 赤い糸 ⌟°━┓ 塞翁失马,焉知非福。 (Sài Wēng shī mǎ, yān zhī fēi fú. 'Sai Weng [legendary old man's name] lost horse, how know not blessing'.) — Blessings come in disguise. ┗━°⌜ 赤い糸 ⌟°━┛
  5. A depiction of the Chen Casino found at the port island of the Jade State. A Tuo Show What will be the first of many events planned within the casino, a Tuo Show is announced: An explanation for those not quite versed with the culture, it is a time when people will come in wearing garb generally meant for another gender. People are invited to come dressed as they wished and partake in provided catering alongside gamble to their hearts content with our three machines: Our slot machine, prizes guaranteed. Our spinning wheel, not as guaranteed but of a greater quality. Our roulette wheel, not guaranteed but in greater quality and quantity when won. Best dressed will win an undisclosed prize and all who wish to attend are welcome.
  6. [!] A variety of fliers and performers are sent out across Almaris, singing and detailing of the beauty of the newly constructed Jade State in vivid detail.
  7. Chen Wenqian Coming Up with her Marvelous idea. In recent events, The Jade State of Yong Ping has been thrown into a period of uncertainty and despair. Chen Wenqian, of the Chen Household. Has began preparation for a small performance and offers of hospitality and conversation. In attempt to uplift the spirits of Yong-Pings peoples. All those who'd wish to join in, may perform. A variety of performances such as; Singing, playing of an instrument, poetry reading, painting. Are encouraged to join as performers. Donations towards the city-folk, may come in form of food, or currency. Events and Such will transpire over a period of time, until the city has reached a recovery. Signed, Lady Wenqian of the Chen Household 文倩夫人
  8. With Tianrui Rens campaign to be the next Zhu made public, the Chens have decided to support him full-heartedly. As with support, comes means of how they'll do so, especially during this time of much strife after the tsunami the past Dragons day. Spreading his word and work, a station meant for rations for the citizenry has set forth, prayers being led by those there to Susanoo, the Kami who spared those within the temple, alongside Hualian and the other major religions of the state. Approval gotten and gained, the Chens as a whole offer this to the next Zhu of the Jade State of Yong Ping and watch on to be sure he uses it well. Various flyers meant to show those who they'd be voting for Provisions for the public from their very own stores Minas meant for the relief fund A carefully made scroll for the Temple And Long in the works, the previously burnt forest out of the cities being turned to that of fertile farmland. Though still underway, it'll ensure the populace shan't go hungry. With this stated, they hope to see his time as Zhu to be a prosperous one. Signed, Wenping of the Chen Household, Patriarch of the Chens and Minister of Justice. Yunya of the Chen Household, Minister of Interior and Revenue and leading lady of the Arts.
  9. The Guqin, or as its more commonly known, the Zither. The zither is an instrument found in Li-ren history for many generations, dating back even to the earliest Eras. Varied rumors have accumulated to how the instrument was invented, though no scholar or speaker could ever settle on just one and so it is still debated to this day. Some of the many stories will be covered with each edition to the Li-ren arts, though today we'll be touching on what exactly the zither is. The instrument has come under many names, Guqin, Guzheng but most commonly that of the zither. It's a seven-stringed long-bodied instrument, traditionally the length of the days of that of a Dragons year and inlaid are thirteen dots of ivory, jade and other decorative pieces, aesthetic but offering the player of the instrument instruction as to the positions of the pitch. Not quite commonly known, unless close to a player of the instrument or a player yourself, the back of the zither would have its own individual name alongside poems or seals meant to make it unique to the individual. When playing, fingers picks are used to prevent fingers from blistering and allowing sounds a better chance to come out. These finger picks would often be made of turtle shell, ivory or jade and to the untrained eye, seem to be fake nails upon the players fingers. The strings are made of silk and for that, a delicate trained hand is needed in order to play the instrument without snapping a string. The traditional playing style consists of using the right hand to pluck notes and the left to add the pitch and vibrato, shifting along the strings and moveable bridges. An unraveled rice-paper scroll, depicting the construction of the zither and each piece it takes. There is symbolism to the creation and decoration of the instrument, though that'll be covered further in the rumored stories of its creation. Personal symbolism comes in that of the decoration one would do upon getting the instrument, making a once foreign piece an extension of themselves. The decoration would be that of names, poems, seals or works of art printed onto that base. The carving of inscriptions is considered an artform, some even going as for as to collect zithers played by those in times before them, a great honor and even moreso if they were to be an ancestor. Some are passed down in the generations, each new user adding their own name in calligraphy, alongside a poem or saying to mark their work. On the ends, that being the Phoenix Tongue and Dragon's Gum labeled in the scroll, other forms of decoration often found themselves there. Ivory or jade hanging and braided into fine fabrics, intricate charms that'd add an extra sound to one playing with each tap against the instrument or a hairpin poking out, multi-threaded strings of many colors dangling from the piece. . An intricately detailed zither passed down through the generations, a work of art in itself and truly a beauty. On the next edition of Yong Ping artforms, look forward to the various stories and history to that of the Zither. With this published work, the Chen family hopes to see more take up the art and become familiar with the instrument. Signed, Yunya of the Chen Household, Minister of Interior and Finance and leading Lady of the Arts.
  10. On the Oyashimans You do not know me and you won't. You will know my words, my stories of the depths of the Jade State of Yong Ping and of the many lives found within. And with this next story, we shall begin that of the Oyashimans but more specifically Tsune Hirano. Minister of Education, Diplomat and High Steward, Tsune Hirano Lady Tsune Hirano was a woman of refined tastes before that of her passing. She prided herself on her way of dress and speak and kept closely to that of her culture and beginnings. An older woman, she was a rolemodel to many and had a way about her to set both examples and trends. Having originally come to Yong Ping when it was but a settlement, after its initial founding, she found a job in the Ministry of Interior as a Steward and soon worked her way steadily up to that of a High Steward with her sale rate. Shortly afterwards, when she received news her son Saburo Ishikawa would be coming to live with under an established branch of the Ishikawa family, she began her work of establishing Tsutenkaku as a personal estate. She'd been married to Yikuwashi Ishikawa and done much to bring both credit and honor to the name. Even after she came to move into the personal estate, she continued her work within the Jade State. Having undergone the state exams, she'd come to work as a diplomat, one who made contact with Krugmar and kept relations more then amiable. In her later years, plans began that of a Ministry of Education, the woman undergoing speaking with various people to set up an educational system for the youth of Yong Ping and Tsutenkaku both. Many a thing has been said about this woman, even that of darker tidings and she'd prove them wrong time and time again. Well-respected, with a name earned through her hard work, she is certainly one that someone should study the history of and learn through her actions how to better themselves. Stay tuned for our next gossip column! Signed, Lady Xianhua, speaker of truth, gossip and the entertaining
  11. The Beggar and the King in Yellow For one night only, this play of hope, intrigue and prosperity will be featured and be quite the sight. Written by Minister of Justice Chen Wenping, artist, philosopher and playwright. Based on verbal stories told of interactions with the man. A depiction of Tou Wang, the King in Yellow. The tale being told is that of an old one. One from our homelands of the Cathant, it speaks of fortune found. Of Tou Wang, a rumored God of scholars and the arts. Of rags to riches and how if one is open minded, one can achieve all that they desire.
  12. 혈-연우 Hyeol-yeon Introduction This is a starting post for a culture we hope to cultivate in Yong Ping. As time goes on, we plan to post more in-depth about clothing, food, and the culture in general. For reference, the Hyeol-yeon are roughly based off of Joseon-dynasty Korea. Origin During the Li Empire, they were called the Yuan, peoples of the Cunyuan Region. Since then they've undertaken two more name changes, referring to themselves in their native tongue-- first Salamdeul, which simply means “the people”. With time and history, they eventually settled on the name, Hyeol-yeon, meaning “blood-ties”, a name meant for loyalty to family. History Tribal Era As written in the Easterner Lore, elves were the first to inhabit the land of Ai-zho. Elves were known to inhabit the northern, mountainous area of Cunyuan, while humans began to move into the lower flatlands. In the rest of Ai-zho, elves were driven out by waves of human migration-- however, in the Cunyuan Region, they persisted as the primary race. At this time, there was a human empress known as Lady Hyeol, and an elven general named General Jeong, who went on to discover their respective kingdoms in the First Era, becoming near-legends in Hyeol-yeon history. At this time, they were all known as the Yuan. The First Era The Li empire forms, and the Yuan people of the Cunyuan Region are a tributary region to the Li, made up of two kingdoms. One kingdom, Jeong, was primarily proto-elven-- made up of elves that immigrated to Ai-zho before the splitting of elven subraces, the nation was known for intellect and grace, and founded by General Jeong. The other, called Hyeol, was primarily human, split off from the newly-founded Li empire and known for a rebellious bloodthirst for their Li masters-- founded by Lady Hyeol. At this time, the people of this region were known as the Salamdeul. The Second Era By this point, the elven and human kingdoms came together, forming the Hyeol-yeon Empire. The Hyeol-yeon Empire was formed by a descendant of General Jeong, named Jeong Jin-ae, and a descendant of Lady Hyeol, named Hyeol Tae-il. The two founded the two royal families of the Hyeol-yeon Empire-- since this time, the Empire would have two Empresses and two Emperors at any given time, almost as if they were two kingdoms that worked in tandem. Third Era The Li Dynasty exerts its power over the Cunyuan Region, beginning a rule to last 400 years. However, under the Li Empire, the Hyeol-yeon managed to work out a sort of symbiotic relationship-- as their intellectual sciences and propriety of courts drew in the Li, the Li repaid with protection to live in peace. The elven half of their courts thrived, as the proper, intellectual half of the kingdom, while the short-lived human half started dwindling in number. Fourth Era The Li Dynasty has ruled for nearly 400 years, serving to isolate the Cunyuan Region. The elves continued to thrive, hidden away in their elite courts with the Li, while the more crude human races were left to the streets. Only the most elite of human classes are allowed to exist in Hyeol-yeon courts at this point. However, in modern times, there is slight social reform as the Hyeol-yeon Empire begins to open to the outer world after the Li release their hold on the region. There is often a friendly but constant pressure from Oyashimans, reminding them of their common oppressor. Because of that, Oyashimans and Hyeol-yeon have a friendly but strained relationship-- more friendly with humans, and more strained with elves. Physical Appearance Within the culture, one might find the Hyeol-yeon people's appearance is an interesting one. Eye colors range anywhere from a honey brown, amber or to a deep black. Skintones range from an alabaster to honey or tan, generally darker in appearance than non-Easterner peoples. Hair colors range from light to dark browns and a variation of blacks. They take great care in their appearance, very uniform in nature. Their stature is the same as the average human, if not a bit on the small and lithe side. Clothing The main article of clothing Hyeol-yeon will wear is the hanbok. A hanbok consists of a blouse or jacket called a jeogori, and a skirt called chima or loose pants called baji. The colors and patterns of the hanbok often denote the status of the person wearing it. For example, a phoenix symbol denotes royalty. Culture Family Children within the Hyeol-yeon culture incur a debt to their parents who gave birth to them and raised them. This debt lies behind the idea of filial duty: treating parents respectfully at all times, taking care of them in their old age, mourning them well at proper funerals, and performing ceremonies for them after their deaths. Even fulfilling these duties, however, is not enough to repay the debt to one's parents. The full repayment also entails having children and maintaining the continuity of the family line. Younger children and their wives eventually split from their extended families after a few years of marriage but still considered dependent upon their family. While eldest siblings succeeded to the family leadership and inherited the bulk of the wealth. When their parents die, the eldest child adheres to complex mourning restrictions for one to three years, and conducts annual memorial ceremonies for their parents and other members of their family line. Young children are indulged; Hyeol-yeon feels there is no point disciplining children before they are old enough to reason. By the time a child reached six or seven, though, training began in earnest: parents began the strict separation of girls and boys and they trained children to use the respectful voice to those older or more socially prominent. By the time a child reaches seven, they’d know that they must use the respectful tone of speech to their older sibling, and knew that failure to do so would result in swift and certain punishment. Marriages are oftentimes arranged, though as of recently, love marriages have become more popular. Fighting Styles Hyeol martial arts are purely based on keeping their distance from an enemy, bows are heavily used, alongside spears and lances and the art of horseback is heavily taught. Tridents and flails are a part of the weapons training, giving the combat some more flexibility and reducing damage the user might find to themselves as close-quarters combat would be avoided. Traditions Jangseung Jangseung are extraordinary, striking statues that stand as protectors over the Hyeol-yeon people, sheltering them from harm and are totem poles usually made of wood and sometimes made of stone. Besides greeting visitors, these striking pillars were created to scare away evil spirits that caused famines, natural disasters or epidemics. They’d pray for the health of their families, for a baby, or for a wonderful husband or kind-hearted bride. Thus, the resilient jangseung protected the village from harm and also served as a guardian, with its ears open to the wishes and hopes of the people. Rituals would be conducted, placing offerings of rice cakes and fruit at the foot of their honored guardian. Ssireum A traditional Hyeol-yeon sport, Ssireum involves using one's entire body in a battle of strength and technique. Two competitors grab one another's belt (called "satba") or trousers and use a combination of physical strength and strategic technique to be the first to knock the opponent to the ground and be declared the winner. In order to win a Ssireum match, physical strength, technique and endurance are required. With the sport's balanced focus on the development of both physical strength and mental fortitude through accurate judgment and patience, Ssireum is a highly beneficial sport on many levels. Ssireum is a beloved sport and while tournaments are held year-round, they are especially prevalent at holiday celebrations and festivals. A Game of Jong A board game played is called Jongjeongdo, or “climbing the government career ladder”, it’s a game of the career path of an official. People become officials by passing an examination known as the gwageo and receive promotions or punishment according to their service and tenure. The game starts with a person passing the gwageo to become an official. Players toss a special five-sided die, and advance through government positions on the board based on the number that comes up. The winner is the first to reach the highest positions of premier and commander-in-chief of the military. If no five-sided die can be found, a normal six-sided die can be used, with a rule to roll again if a six comes up. A wrong move could get a player “impeached” and removed from office, or even forced to “drink poison”. Of course, no amount of die-tossing could make a player into the king. Naming Conventions Last names should be written first, [example, Byun Cha, Byun being the last name and Cha being the first name]. Hyeols usually spell two-syllable names as a joined word or with a hyphen in-between, [example, Chu Jeong would become Chu Je-ong]. Female Names: Ha Eun, Ji Ah, Chin-Sun, Dae and Gi. Male Names: Min Joon, Chul, Du-Ho, Hyuk and Joon Woo. Marriage The couple both wear a traditional outfit called the Hwarot, a variation of the Hanbok. The bride has to wear red and the groom has to be in blue. The color represents the balance of the energy between the two. Red dots also get painted on the bride's cheeks as a symbol to protect from evil spirits. Additionally, the bride and groom's mothers will also wear specific colors to symbolize their familial relationship with the bride and groom. The groom's mother will wear a light blue hanbok specifically and the bride’s mother will wear pink or purple. Guests should avoid wearing colors similar to those. Beforehand, betrothal gifts are brought to the bride's home by a band of the groom's closest friends. The gifts are placed in a box called a hahm. The group would arrive singing at the bride's family home and they would stop just outside the house, chanting, "Hahm for sale, hahm for sale!" The bride's family would rush out and offer money or gifts to the group. Through fun negotiation and laughter, the bearers would be bribed until at last the hahm was delivered. Hahm is supposed to be a box full of gifts to the new bride. It will be something like jewelry, money, nice clothing and such. It's a very festive and fun activity before the wedding, as they’d also make the groom wear a dry squid mask during the process of the gift-giving. To kick off a wedding ceremony traditional music is played. While the groom would ride to the bride's home by horse. As part of the parade, both mothers will walk in holding candles, the ceremony beginning when both moms enter and light a candle together and take a seat in the first row. The mother of the bride traditionally carried a red candle and the mother of the groom entered carrying a blue candle. Before the wedding, a tradition known as jeonan-rye takes place. As part of jeon-an-rye, the groom gives the bride's mother a wild goose Wild geese mate for life, so his gift is a promise that he will care for her daughter for life. To show their commitment to each other, the couple ceremonially bows during a part of the wedding ceremony known as gyo-bae-rye. Later, the couple will bow toward their parents during seong-hon-rye as a declaration of their marriage. After bowing toward each other, but before bowing to their parents, the couple historically sealed their marriage vows by sipping a special wine poured into a gourd grown by the bride's mother during a tradition known as hap-geun-rye. The bride and groom sip the wine from their separate cups and then the wine is mixed together, poured once more into the cups and it's sipped again. This is their wedding vow, the kunbere. The pye-baek is the part of a Korean wedding that follows the vows, or the kunbere part of the wedding. During pye-baek, chestnuts and dates, known as jujube, which symbolizes future children, are exchanged. Wedding banquets can be very simple: Noodle soup being the only required dish as long noodles, symbolizes a wish for a long and happy life and are boiled in beef broth and garnished with vegetables. Dok, a sticky rice cake, is served at most events, especially weddings. Death Hyeol-yeon funeral traditions begin as soon as a loved one dies. The family wails in a show of emotions called kok to announce the death in the community. The wailing may continue until the cremation. Sangju — the chief mourner — is the first child or grandchild of the deceased. They “let” their parents die, so they are believed to be committing crimes against heaven. As an expression of filial piety, they are in charge of the pre-burial, funeral rites, and memorial. The sangju is in charge of preparing the body. The deceased is covered with a white quilt or burial shroud. The body is washed with incense, nails are cut, and hair is combed. Cotton is put in the mouth and ears, coins on the eyes, and rice in the mouth. This ritual helps the deceased in their journey into the afterlife. In the end, the body is dressed in suui, the traditional hemp funeral garb. Mourning begins as soon as a family member dies, and it continues for three days. Mourners hold the funeral procession, and the body makes its way to the temple. During the funeral procession, a noje — roadside memorial — is held to make sure the deceased doesn’t come back to haunt the living if they weren’t given a proper farewell. The body is lowered three times to signal the departure from the home to the deceased spirit. The procession reaches the temple, and a monk performs a ritual to rid the site of evil spirits. An offering of food or wine is made to the spirit. Family members continue to visit the gravesite with offerings on the second and third day after the burial. They make deep bows at the gravesite on the third day. They put away any pictures or ancestral tablets placed in the home. A portrait is present at every Hyeol-yeon funeral. It’s common for Hyeons to choose their own portrait before death.Open grief is a sign of dedication toward the deceased. Wailing doesn’t stop for the entire mourning period, family members yelling “Aigu, aigu” for a parent or “Oi, oi” for other relations. The chief mourner wails for the longest time. It is an expression of grief or even guilt. There are three times to wail: After death. After the washing and dressing of the deceased. The sangju wails every morning and evening for three years. After the first year, the wailing subsides to twice a month. Hyeol-yeons show as much emotion as possible while they grieve. How hard family members sob is a reflection of their dedication to the deceased. Traditionally, they’d sing a loud and mournful chant. A black Sangbok is worn, consisting of a hemp hat, leggings, or an armband. The deceased are cremated and oftentimes turned into cremation beads which are put into special urns on an altar in the home. Social Hierarchy Royalty- The royalty of the Hyeol-yeon are the highest class on the hierarchy, leading the Hyeol-yeon people and given the highest of educations from a young age, following the matter of religion and learning various skills that’d assist them in the tenure of ruling or various high-ranking positions in life. Yangban- In the Hyeol-yeon social hierarchy, the Yangban refers to the elite class of office holders or government officials who have passed the prestigious civil service examinations. There are two groups in the yangban class itself: one that comprises of scholars and officials and the second group comprises of remote relatives of these officials. The yangban class generally achieved their positions through educational success and are considered merit based elite. Chungin- The chungin class is lower to the yangban in the social hierarchy and above the commoners, and comprises a small cluster of technical and secretarial officials. This is inclusive of interpreters, physicians, astronomers and artists as well as specialized military officers. Sangmin- The vast majority of Hyeol-yeon belongs to the Sangminor commoners class in the social hierarchy. Common merchants, farmers and craftsmen belong to this class and they bear the burden of. They were subject to military enrolment as well and live a hard life compared to yangban and chungin. In the social hierarchy, although the farmers enjoyed a higher prestige than merchants they nonetheless lived a tough life. Ch’ommin- The base people or Ch’ommin are considered below the commoners and they normally do the despicable or low grade jobs. This class is inclusive of the jail keepers and convicts, professional mourners, and executioners. The group known as Paekchong are also included in this class, who are believed to engage in ‘unclean jobs’ like dealing with hides of animals and meat. Religion Hua-jiao 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 Eight Noble Paths of the Huajiao religion. By following these Eight Paths, one can release themselves from the cycle, attaining the height of one’s existence by ending one’s ignorance and one’s rebirth - The true goal of the Path. Fine Arts Arts and Music The Hyeol-yeon culture focuses heavily on calligraphy, music, painting and pottery, often marked by the use of natural forms, surface decoration and bold colors or sounds. Hyeol-yeon calligraphy is seen as an art where brushstrokes reveal the artist's personality enhancing the subject matter that is painted. Some Hyeol-yeon paintings demand an understanding of ceramics and pottery as the glazes used in these works and the textures of the glazes make Hyeol art more in the tradition of ceramic art. Brush-strokes are very important and paintings are often judged on brush-strokes more often than pure technique. Hyeol-yeon is closely tied to ceramics which represents tile work, large scale ceramic murals, and architectural elements. Bamboo pyrography is a unique artwork involved with burning patterns and art on circular bamboo containers. Food and Agriculture Hyeol-yeon meals often include side dishes such as mandu, noodles, rice cakes, porridge, soups, and pickled vegetables. Meals are elaborate if you are at the top, there being a specific way you would place dishes and the amount you would get depended on your rank. The king would get twelve dishes and the nobility would get around nine. Architecture In Hyeol-yeon architecture, buildings often have a stone foundation leading to a curved roof covered with tiles, walls are made of earth and are sometimes composed of sliding doors. Architecture is built according to the kan unit, the distance between two posts (about 3 blocks), and is designed so that there is always a transitional space between the "inside" and the "outside." Language At the moment, we just use a rough, modern Korean dotted throughout our vocabulary for the sake of simplicity. You likely won’t need more than basic phrases. However, if you’d like to include things like dialects, accents, so on-- feel free to do so. A more in-depth language post may come one day, but in the meantime, it’s very loose-- not much to concern yourself over. Hello - Annyeong (informal), annyeong haseyo (formal) How are you? - Eottohge jinaeseyo? or jal jinaeyo? Good - Johayo or joheun Bad - Anjohayo or nappeun Thank you - Gamsa (informal), gamsahamnida (formal), gomawoyo You’re welcome - Cheonmaneyo Please - Juseyo Sorry - Mian (informal), mianhaeyo (formal) Yes - Ne or ye No - Aniyo Goodbye - Annyeong (informal), annyeonghi gyeseyo (formal) Father - Appa (dad), abeoji (father) Mother - Eomma (mom), eomeoni (mother) Brother- Hyeong Sister- Jamae Elder- Eoreun Daughter- Ttal Son- Adeul Child- Ai Relative- Chinche I love you- Dangsine sarang Credits/Citations/Lore Used Easterner Lore Recent History Easterner Cuisine The Li-Ren The Oyashiman
  13. A depiction of the Yong Ping Army and the Crimson Edict freeing many slaves atop the pirate vessel, 32 SA, 13th of the Amber Cold. The battle was a lengthy one, many a plan made as to the Pirates who thought to threaten their livelihood and home. Some, dressed up as Slavers to sell hidden allies to the opposition and others disguised as that opposition, the people of Yong Ping and Karmesinfels alike got aboard their ship through the well-thought plan and begun what'd come to be known in history as 'Battle of the Crimson Dragon'. The pirates made their orders and as the force atop their ship went into battle, the Pirates soon saw a chance in the tides and circumstances as the force pushed them back with each strike and each movement. People who were captured were threatened, fight alongside their masters or be keelhauled. Some out of fright took up arms, forced to fight against their would-be saviors. But alas, the words of our former Duhu, Tianrui Ren came clear to them, "Slaves, now is your chance for freedom. Help us, make your way below deck, or perish with your masters. You will likely get no second chances." Grandmaster of the Crimson Edict, Naffog Henningtons words came soon after, "Oh, fer fukk'z zayke- knukk da zlayvez uut- dey dun't knuw wub dey am duin'. Purge evurytin elze." Some continued to fight, blinded by their fear and the what ifs but as others heard these two mens words, they took up arms against their captors and the true fight began. Avenging fallen brethren and babies torn from the arms of sobbing mothers, the fought took a brutal turn, thrashing and bashing against those there. A lull came, the Pirates having seemingly escaped to jump into the waters overboard the ship but as Captain Ha-jun stood high above, he held a switch, a threat leaving him in the process. He'd blow the ship up, take him, the crew, the slaves and everyone there with him. The frantic escape began, the saviors of the Hyeol-yeon escaping with them via rescue boat and back to land. An anti-mage brick is thrown, bashing the pirate captain against his head, a bolt of flame shot forward at the ship, those retreating with the rescued slaves in tow. As the group got to shore, medics rushed those there, tending to the injured and releasing those from their chains. A freed people, many in number, they glanced about blearily, sobs meeting with cheers as they finally met with their freedom and as the sun drifted into that of night, a home was discussed for the people as they were integrated into that of the Jade State of Yong Ping. What was needed is done and celebrations soon commenced in the teahouse for those who could and for those who couldn't the clinic in a constant bustling motion.
  14. The Patriarchs Illuminated You do not know me and you won't. You will know my words, my stories of the depths of the Jade State of Yong Ping and of the many lives found within. And with this next story, we shall begin with the male leadership of our notable families of Yong Ping. Grand Chancellor, former Duhu and Tianrui Patriarch, Tianrui Ren Ren is a long-lived man, one that can be seen as a bit goofy but alas a force to be reckoned with. Happily married and with many a children, he led the Yong Ping Army to many a victory during his tenure as Duhu and has hosted many an event and served various tea within the family-owned Teahouse. Wearing auspicious colors and keeping a carefully cared for goatee, he is a lover of animals and giver of mooncakes alike. Well-respected within the Jade State and otherwise, he has many connections he can call on at a moments notice. Rumored to recently having learned the magical craft of Chi as a Sun Monk, he is a formidable and valuable ally to have at ones side. Alongside this, he is quite hospitable, putting up friends within rooms and feeding a good portion of the citizenry. Loyal, honorable and hospitable, he's quite the catch. Though, still one already caught. Minister of Justice and Chen Patriarch, Chen Wenping Wenping, our illustrious Minister of Justice, with a keen eye and a sharp tongue. Having singlehandedly worked and created the Jade States laws, he's been serving since the start. The Patriarch of the Chen family, he has many a responsibility on his shoulders, though he carries them with a proud tilt of his head. Having secured future heirs, through a rumored contract marriage meant to take place soon, the woman he marries is certainly a lucky one. Having hosted trials in the court of law, he has a no-nonsense attitude and yet is said to be a hopeless romantic with past courtships. An interesting and eclectic sort, each conversation leaves one wanting for more, as he's sure to leave you with a new understanding to things and life. Ladies, now might be your chance to ****** him up before the wedding. Stay tuned for ''Oyashiman Families" in our next gossip column! Signed, Lady Xianhua, speaker of truth, gossip and the entertaining
  15. YONG PING GUILDHOUSE AUCTION [!] A lengthy catalogue of rice paper bound in a hard-cover bamboo book would be distributed around the entirety of Almaris with detailed blueprints and sketches of various properties. WITH the blueprints of the new city finalised, the Jade State of Yong Ping has been diligently gathering materials required to materialise the dreams of its many hopeful citizens. [Sketch of the Guildhouse Docks] Yong Ping’s close relations with various trading parties, merchants, and dignitaries stand as a hallmark of Yong Ping’s pride. To better provide for the hardworking merchants of Almaris, we have opened up three Guild House spaces for Guilds interested in having a home base of operations secured close to their tradeships, next to a bustling and prosperous market. Bids for each property will be outlined underneath each property name as well as the details of property purchase. Interested parties kindly reply to this missive with your proposed amount for bid, we will publicise all bids so that all have an equal chance at contest. [Sketch of Dry Docks] [Sketch of Public Warehouse facility] Bids End 11:59pm EST 18th July 2021 GUILDHOUSE 1, WATANABE DISTRICT [Sketch of Guildhouse 1 Entrance] Floors: 4 Facilities: Close to rp hubs and warehouse space. Close to the fast travel island. Breathtaking scenery from the terrace, open-air and overlooking the sea. Interior decor completely at your discretion. Tax: 125 Mina a week. First week tax free. Starting Bid: 750 Mina GUILDHOUSE 2, WATANABE DISTRICT [Sketch of Guildhouse 2 Entrance] Floors: 4 Facilities: Close to rp hubs and warehouse space. Close to a fast travel island. Interior decor completely at your discretion. Largest interior space out of all the Guild Houses. Situated right above an amazing Dry Dock rp space Natural lighting Tax: 150 Mina a week. First week tax free. Starting Bid: 1250 Mina GUILDHOUSE 3, WATANABE DISTRICT [Sketch of Guildhouse 3 Entrance] Floors: 5 Facilities: Close to rp hubs and warehouse space. Close to the fast travel island. Interior decor completely at your discretion. A large Neon Sign to advertise your Guild. An open-air terrace with a view of the Teahouse and the Seaside view. Tax: 125 Mina a week. First week tax free. Starting Bid: 1000 Mina Signed, Li Xiuying, Zhu, Matriarch, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Yong Ping
  16. The Matriarchs Illuminated You do not know me and you won't. You will know my words, my stories of the depths of the Jade State of Yong Ping and of the many lives found within. And with this next story, we shall begin with the female leadership of our notable families of Yong Ping. Zhu and Matriarch Lady Li Xiuying As is often told in the illustrious Zhus tales, she not only founded Yong Ping but Tai Ping and the previous tower before that. Having brought her brother over from yet another brutal takeover by the Lis in Ai-zho, they made themselves a home, primarily making connections and making ends meet via Llama trade from city to city. Wares carried upon their back, they'd have made many a connection and talked to many a people and those talks eventually led to what allowed them a home within first Talons Grotto and as the world sailed to a new land, to Talons Port. The district they founded flourished, those flocking over from Ai-zho and visitors coming alike, until the once small and homely district became lively and bustling with life. As the homes filled, to the point of overcapacity, they'd concoct a plan, with the use of their connections made and make a settlement by the name of Yong Ping, becoming so popular, it became that of a nation: The Jade State of Yong Ping. Honored as the Zhu and Matriarch of both Yong Ping and the Li household, Li Xiuying has many feats beneath her belt. Quite the notable doctor and with a way of words, she is not one someone would mess with lightly, her discipline rod clutched close in hand. Unmarried, though certainly looking for no man or woman. Matriarch Lady Watanabe Setsuna A woman of high caliber, Lady Watanabe Setsuna runs her family with an iron fist and to survive its trials and within its depths, they'd need a spine of steel to forge on through the minefield. Having long been part of Tai Ping and Yong Ping alike, the woman is a well-known tattoo artist, inn runner and hostess of the Yong Ping fight arena. Said to have been worshipping something of the dragon sorts and having been a Geisha prior, she is an interesting and eclectic character. Swift with a katana and neat with her words of training to Maikos, Geishas in training, Setsuna represents a female superpower in Yong Ping and a rolemodel for many alike. Unmarried, it is possible to find yourself connected to this woman of mystery if one were to find themself within her acquaintance and without a blade to their neck. Secrets abound with this one, though someone brave or perhaps stupid, might find themselves as a confidant of the illusive woman. Minister of Interior and Revenue and leading Lady of the arts Chen Yunya Yunya, a beauty in her own right and one of the most sought after Bachelorettes within the Jade State of Yong Ping. As sweet as she looks, she is part of the prosperous Chen family, insanely rich and with the movements of a practiced dancer. Boasting skills in traditional dance, the zither and a side hobby of fan and parasol creation, she'd be an auspicious match if it weren't so hard to get past those always seemingly waiting for their next meeting with her with bated breath. Not only beautiful, her work as the Minister of Interior and Revenue has gotten Yong Ping to what it is at this very day, having been there from the beginning. Rumored to be a hopeless romantic, perhaps a would-be entrepreneur or romancer might find their chance at this most eligible bachelorette. Stay tuned for 'The Patriarchs Illuminated' in our next gossip column! Signed, Lady Xianhua, speaker of truth, gossip and the entertaining.
  17. [!] Invites marked with a crimson wax seal of fire 火 would be sent to all residents of Almaris, bearing with it a painting depicting a spectacle of fireworks fired over a sea of fire. [OOC CREDIT: Hosai Baido 1848-1920 'Fire Fighters Brigade' ] Evil lurks amongst the land as the cold winds of Spring dissipate to welcome the hot breeze of Summer. To lower the risk of wildfires, decrease the chances of wild animals decimating farmer's crops, and remove any cover where evil may hide, the people of Yong Ping will be hosting their first Yamayaki Mountain Burning in the mix with a Summer Festival. The Yamayaki Summer Festival will last for a number of three dragon days, preparing the earth for the last day where a mass-controlled fire will take place in the forest east of Yong Ping. Yamayaki Summer Festival Itinerary [OOC CREDIT: Firemen of Edo] [OOC: Friday 6:00 PM EST] The Ring-Around Race The Ring-Around Race is a massive two-player obstacle course taking place outside the walls of Yong Ping, consisting of four parts that require both players' participation. [MATERIALS & INFO ] 1) Player 1 will be blindfolded and handed a bucket 2) Player 2 is a guide that helps Player 1 navigate the obstacle course Further divulged at the event, players in teams of two will need to race around the nation of Yong Ping, starting from the west wall to the south, east, and North. The first to make it across the finish line will be awarded the prize-winning sum of 20 mina each and a trophy. The Beginning Summer Festival Show Part of the festival's booths and entertainment has been arranged at the North wall, sandwiched between the Sakura Forest and Yong Ping. With a vast variety of food and games set up at every stall, guests are more than welcomed to watch the Geisha show that will be performed later in the evening, accompanied by a firework show to end the night. [OOC: Saturday 5:30 PM EST] The Mid-Day Summer Festival Show Starting our event off with a bang, the Geishas of Yong Ping will perform a live show for the audience before the fireworks ceremony. Shortly after, the Grand Hunt will begin. The Grand Hunt Clearing the North Forest for the Yamayaki Mountain Burning is no easy task, so the citizens of Yong Ping invite all of Almaris to come and join in this festive hunt. Participants may group themselves into teams no larger than four members or can go solo throughout their rounds. The hunters who gather the most game within the borders of Yong Ping (boars, foxes, sheep, cow, pigs) will be rewarded with a trophy and the prize sum of 20 mina. (OOC: Instructions will be further divulged at the event. There will be no guides; this is an all-day event; participants will be provided chests to lock themselves for later inspection. The winner will be declared the following day VIA the forum post and at the Yamayaki Mountain Burning.) [OOC: Sunday 6:00 PM EST] The Yamayaki Mountain Burning + Festival Land cleared and appropriately prepared, a controlled fire will brush through the earth accompanied by a long firework show and geisha performance. Participants are more than welcome to help with the mountain burning so long as they do not spread the fire outside the controlled region. Later in the evening, those who have helped with the Yamayaki Mountain Burning will be rewarded with a Fire-Fighter Medal. Food, drinks, and entertainment will be set up for the viewers' convenience and a seating area to enjoy the firework show. Any acts of arson outside of the controlled region will be viewed as criminal behavior and shall be subjugated under national law.
  18. You do not know me and you won't. You will know my words, my stories of the depths of the Jade State of Yong Ping and of the many lives found within. And with any story, we shall begin at the top. The notable families of Yong Ping. How notable might they be? And just who are they? The four founding families of Yong Ping, each notable in their own right and having come into such esteemed status via varying ways. The Lis The Tianruis The Watanabes and The Chens The Lis, known within Ai-zho and Yong Ping alike as the ruling family and yet different in many ways. The Lis are known for their brutal takeover, their family long ago having taken over the varying states and instating their Empire. Though, quite interesting, the Lis found within Yong Ping differ from this greatly. Having rebeled against the rest of their family in Ai-zho, they came to Arcas and soon to Almaris, where they began what would have come to be known as Tai Ping. A relatively small district within Talons Port, they'd boast a teahouse, a few homes and a lovely park and temple above. Their scavenger hunt something often raved about and keeping those there for hours on end. As the attraction of the small district grew ever-popular, it'd seem they'd need to upgrade from a district to a settlement. As the settlement came underway, the people of Tai Ping looked to them ever more, close through their troubles and despite what their family had done back in Ai-zho itself, giving them what is known as the reputation of a notable and high-up family. Difficult to marry into, if one wished to do so and difficult to ally with. The Tianruis, a long-standing and long-living family. One might consider it valuable to marry into them if given the chance and with just how big they are, there is many a chance. Soldiers and farmers both, they've steadily worked their way up the totem pole so to speak. A powerful military family and in complete control of the food served within the borders, they are a force to be reckoned with. Not one, but two Tianruis have been a Duhu within the Yong Ping Army. Duhu meaning The General in common for those who might not know. Long being around, even in previous lands, they've long been a military force, many cousins and siblings alike filling the Yong Ping Armies ranks. Loyal and honorable, they'd be a valuable ally whichever way one might look. With the chaos of the Tai Ping massacre, it has been said by many a person, that it was the Tianrui teahouse they turned to, trusting Tianrui Ren even before the Army was in existence to protect those and protect them he did. Highly celebrated and honored, he is a man of high caliber and supremely loyal to his wife, oh how it makes a lady swoon. A mix of both Li-Ren, Oyashiman and something not quite named, they are an eclectic family, one to certainly keep an eye on. The Watanabes, cousins of the Tianruis, through a cousin of a cousin having married each other long back, they have made their own name even with the hefty one to find themselves compared to. A majority Oyashiman, some Li-ren will be found in there and they are what would be considered the opposite side of the coin of the Tianruis. With their lengthy trials to get introduced into the family and their rites as to their childhood, they are a proud family with many a tradition. Vibrant, intricately detailed tattoos often cover most of their skin, and with a bit of a brash tone, they are a family that most would look to for protection in the unconventional way. Running the Inn, they keep visitors to the Jade State on their best behavior and on the side, host that of the betting ring during fight nights and that of Geisha dances for the would-be masses. Entirely Matriarchal, it leads to an interesting dynamic, where beauty meets with deadly. Offering protection and a way to prove themselves, they've made quite the name and will continue to do for many years. Last and certainly not least, we have the Chen family. Insanely rich and known for their beauty and support of the arts, they're a family nigh impossible to take your eyes off of. Having come from Ai-zho and to Tai Ping, they fast made their name known through a series of performances and plays that put their name on the map. Or perhaps it was that of the many a beauty people pined over? Even so, as time went on and Yong Ping was founded, they'd soon prove themselves not only artfully but intellectually as their work allowed for the quick and concise creation of laws and funds for the Jade State. Their work with the arts continued heartily, dances of flame meeting with plays, events hosted and each one becoming flashier then the next. Each with a deep pocket and fingers in many a basket, they have many connections and many a people vying for an alliance, hence the hefty waitlist on those hoping for wardship with the prosperous family. Rumored to be one of the harder ones to marry into, the Patriarch himself is said to have contracted with someone for such a marriage, making one think that perhaps a secret or two is hidden. Signed, Lady Xianhua, speaker of truth, gossip and the entertaining.
  19. A Sirens Call Just barely two Dragons days ago, the smooth soprano tones of many seemed to emanate and carry from the shores of the Jade State of Yong Ping, alluring in its intensity and drawing those closer with a morbid curiosity. Alas, upon closer inspection past the dragon gates and to that of the shores, a long marooned boat was found to have not one but many a Siren swimming along its confines, the group crooning a melody that'd have many coming closer just to have a peek of such curiosities. These curiosities were not kind, nor were they Descendant-like in nature, scales slimy and grotesque, dark eyes seemingly almost peering into your very being. The calls, a careening cacophony of music continued, carrying out over the shore and gracing the ears of the citizenry and visitors alike, inviting them closer. Sometime later, bodies washed ashore, of Siren and Descendant alike, the gentle cadence of the song taking on a haunting note for those who knew of the deeds that day and yet, it continued to sway any who heard them closer, undiscriminating against good or bad, each note an illusion of peace, curiosity and the sereneness of the sea. Though, just how long would the illusion hold up before the peace and sereneness both drift out the waters, bringing in the lilt and roar of the waves?
  20. The Silk Movement: A Look Into Li-Ren Fashion [ 书香门第 (Courtyard), Wang Meifang & Zhao Guojing ] Introduction From humble beginnings on a simple tower atop Talon’s Grotto in Arcas to the nation that Yong Ping is today, the culture of the Li-Ren is now being appraised and pushed center stage, all across the continent. One of our culture’s most notable parts that tend to make onlookers stop and gaze is our customary dress — our hanfu. It is this style that elevates us from any other culture on Ai-zho — no, on all of Almaris for that matter. Unlike the western fashion of our neighbors, it is the fashion of the Li-Ren that prides itself on grace, elegance, and overall hygiene rather than appeals to a ‘marriage market’. It is our fashion that leaves room for more encompassing styles, rather than constantly sticking to a binary of the two sexes. Yet, it is something rarely ever deeply looked at compared to the fashion of the foreigners. Why is that? Is it simply just ignorance - blissful ignorance of our long history and how that itself ties into the very clothes we wear? I aim to change that. What is hanfu? Hanfu, 漢服, is a Li-Wen term, referring to the customary clothing of the Li-Ren, those who follow the customs of Li-Guo. They are characterized by their flowing sleeves, as well as the tight belt or sash to hold the ensemble together. The placement of this waistband can, but not always, depend on the gender of the wearer. What the hanfu is not is a robe for one unfamiliar or unassociated with the culture to simply put on like a simple costume, or ‘dress’. That would be a sight all too disrespectful. For both men and women, hanfu are all categorized by different names, creating hundreds of different styles with many accessories, and each of these styles come inspired all from the eras of our great history. The trending sides of fashion are never usually so fast paced - a style from centuries ago, or even our very beginnings, can be one you'd see in Yong Ping, or even back in our homeland. This study will be more about those styles, rather than the makings of the clothing. That information, I believe, should be held only amongst our own people. [!] Following the introduction of the study, the next pages would be filled with simple diagrams - painted sketches of each type of clothing Xiahong described. Though he wasn't so skilled in painting, he certainly tried his best. Men 裋褐 / Shuhe The shuhe combines a cross-collar tunic with a sash and trousers. This style I have seen more popularized amongst the common folk, and mostly small children as well. It proves to be convenient and practical, perfect for activities done in one's daily life, such as farming- or more laborious tasks. Though, since it was made for these tasks, finding a shuhe made in more expensive material can be a hard feat. Why risk ripping or dirtying expensive silks in such an outfit when you can wear one of more comfortable material? 道袍 / Daopao A style commonly seen among the old scholars and gentry of the past, a daopao, on its own, is a full length, cross-collar, single robe with side slits beginning below the waist. It is easy to see why it was such a common choice among the men of the upper-class. How fashionable one would find himself in a daopao! While I can’t speak for other Li-Ren men, I can say with all pride it is a personal favorite. A daopao can come in two different ensembles. One would be the pifeng 披风, a parallel-collared, open jacket. [Spoiler: Pictured in the 2nd example above] It bares similarities to the beizi 褙子 women wear over a ruqun. The other outer garment is a dahu 褡护, a wrapping robe with half sleeves. [Spoiler: Pictured in the 3rd & 4th] 圆领袍, 圓領衫 / Yuanlingpao, Yuanlingshan Making appearances around the formation of the newly prosperous Li Dynasty, the yuanlingpao is a closed, round-collared robe that can be combined with trousers. If I made a point of the daopao being a personal favorite, the yuanlingpao comes at a close second. With how long this type of hanfu has been present, it has had time to make an impact even to Li-Guo’s neighbors, the nobles of Oyashima once taking inspiration in their early history. The hem of this robe comes in either long or short sizes - the latter reaching to one's knees and the former often times reaching the ground itself. It is common to see those in the guard of Li-Guo wear this, but now, it is simply a popular style among men of any age. 曳撒 / Yisan The yisan - more high class, embroidered patterns referred to as the feiyu fu 飞鱼服 (the flying fish uniform), is a one-piece robe with a cross-collar top & large pleated skirt. Making its first appearance in the reign of Emperor Liu-hong, feiyu fu were once only awarded by the Emperor to eunuchs and members of the imperial guard. But, as time took its toll- and especially with our migration to new lands, the yisan became a common, preferred style of the younger upper class. The yisan of today can be differentiated from the uniform of the past with less embroidered designs - even the Zhanshi regiment carry out the style beneath the clads of their armor. 衣裳 / Yichang Similar to a ruqun for females, the yichang is a cross-collar top, that combines a wrap around skirt. A standard hanfu for men, there are many liberties one can take with a yichang. The flowing sleeves can often be wrapped up for combat with wrist guards. Or, one can simply don a dachang 大氅 over it, an open-fronted robe [Spolier: Pictured below]. Now, I have seen some make the mistake of confusing this combination with the Oyashiman haori and hakama, but these differences are easy to spot, as the haori is much shorter - in both sleeve and robe size. Women 齐胸襦裙 / Qixiong Ruqun Arguably one of the most popular styles among women, the qixiong ruqun (chest-high skirt) utilizes one of the most basic type of hanfus, a ruqun- quite literally a wrap-around skirt (top for ru/襦, skirt for qun/ 裙), and by placing the waistband at the chest, promotes strong posture among women. While it’s counterpart, the qiyao ruqun 齐腰襦裙 (a waist-high ruqun), is just as popular a style, this style is commonly seen amongst even the most noble of women, a look of elegance and beauty among the wearers. Coming into Yong Ping, this is a style you will see constantly. 袄裙 / Aoqun The aoqun consists of a top with double the layers, referred to as “ao 袄“ and the classic waist-high qun. Unlike other ruqun that have the top tucked inside the skirt, the top of an aoqun is worn untucked, above the skirt. There are two sizes an ao comes in- short and long. The short ao reaches the waist, while the long ao will cover the knees. They first made their appearance in the previous era of Li-Guo, just before the start of Tai Ping back in it's first continent - Arcas, relatively new, and mostly seen worn by the women of the court. The length of an ao can sometimes make all the difference; the shorter the ao, the more youthful the look, and a long ao gives a more conservative and mature one. 比甲 / Bijia A bijia is a sleeveless jacket with side slits, similar to a “vest” in the fashion of the foreigners. It’s typically worn over Aoqun. Bijia does come in different styles, just like the aoqun it is worn over - namely, different types of collars; a Jiao Ling 交领 (cross collar) [Spoiler: Pictured first], a fang ling 方领 (square collar) [Spoiler: Pictured third], and a dui jin 对襟 (parallel collar) [Spoiler: 2, 4, 5]. The length can go from either the hips, to all but an inch or two off the ground. It is not such a style that I see often, though I wish that would change, seeing how sophisticated it makes one look. 褙子 / Beizi The beizi is a parallel-collared “jacket” coming with side slits starting at either the armpit or waist. It is possible to secure one’s front with a tie or a metal button. Since they tend to be extremely versatile, they come in various sizes, as well as their sleeves. Perfect for the summer and hot temperatures, a style that has always been a trending look, even back in Li-Guo, is a beizi over a chest undergarment and skirt. Even for a woman with no noble or wealthy background, this style was easily accessible - at least, compared to other options of hanfu specific to women. Unisex 曲裾 / Quju A type of Shenyi 深衣 (a long full body garment), the quju is a curved-hem robe, in which the bottom hem of the left lapel spirals its way up to the waist of the wearer. This happens to be one the oldest types of hanfu, dating back to even the first days of Li-Guo’s unification. Though it’s a style seldom seen in Yong Ping, more modernized versions have been made, sleeker on the body than the quju of the past. 半臂 / Banbi A banbi is simply a half-sleeve jacket, worn by both men and women. Like most overgarments, it comes in various lengths, worn over ruqun or yichang, coming in either a parallel, crossed, or circular-shaped collar. When paired with one’s hanfu, it can be worn tucked inside the skirt as well as over the skirt, untucked. Like the beizi, this is an overgarment perfect for the summer's heat - keeping one cool while still making them fashionable! Due to it's lightness, it is perfect for daily activities, no matter the expense of the material - not in the least bit restricting to the body. 直裾 / Zhiju Another type of shenyi, the Zhiju is practically the basis for hanfu, a one-piece, cross-collar robe, obtaining its name in contrast to the Quju. However, unlike the Quju, the Zhiju’s bottom hem circles around levelly, making it essentially a straight robe. Worn by both men and women, wealthy and poor, this hanfu has been around since even before unification, going through just as many changes as it has lasted this long. Depending on the material - or even the overall mood of the wearer - it can either be something formal or just simple casualwear when one is going outside. I even happen to wear a light one in my sleep. Children [ credit to 伊吹鸡腿子 (ibuki satsuki) ] When one is so young, flashy appearance is not something always considered. A child you will most likely see in something more practical. Children’s hanfu is generally similar to that of their elders, only the outfits and materials favored are made to be gentle on a child’s skin. For example, it would be hard to picture a small girl in a qixiong ruqun, with a sash restricting her chest and keeping her straight posture at such a young age. Our little ones usually wear outfits with separate tops and bottoms, such as the shuhe mentioned earlier. It is not uncommon to see one’s toddler in just a banbi alone, or with a beizi over their ruqun. Any combination goes, so long as it lets the child do what they’re meant to do- play around freely. Hair [ [!] An author's note, written on the following sketch that showcased the many hairstyles and headresses of the Li-Ren. "This time, this sketch was not me! I've gotten a ghost artist - I'm afraid I've exhausted and grown insecure of my own artistic abilites!" (All credit to Mona! Wow, I drew that!) ] Where would we be in a study of fashion without including the most crucial aspect of Li-Ren culture— one’s hair. Every Li-Ren has uncut hair, the cutting of hair for men something more for foreigners. It is usually when speaking to them, even my gender has been constantly confused and assumed based on my hair alone. As a child, hair can be worn or cut however they want - it is by the parent’s hand the hair is being cut, anyway. However, upon reaching adulthood, one’s hair is to remain uncut until death. We have been taught from youth that our bodies - to every bit of hair and of skin - are bestowed to us by our parents, not something to be injured or wounded. However, just because it is uncut doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with it’s own elaborate styles. Upon reaching adulthood, a young man ties his long hair into a bun either on or behind his head. Having half of his hair down provides a youthful look, and I have seen much of the youth adopt this style - including myself. However, the topknot is something that always remains untouched. A hair stick called Zan 簪 goes across that bun in order to stabilize the hair. When one happens to be more privileged, they will use a guan 冠 to hold their topknot. If not wearing their hair down with their topknot, Li-Ren men adopt hats and headdresses over their hair, a display of either the wearer’s profession or social rank. It is the women, in almost every culture it seems, that do the most with their hair - even from youth. The most popular style among young girls, the Shuang Ya Ji 双丫髻, The Double Maiden Bun, is practically the symbolism of youth, and I have always seen, even when I was in my youth, the style worn by girls in their teens or much younger. The trending style consists of two buns atop the head, one on the left and one on the right. After reaching adulthood, foregoing coming-of-age ceremonies, or even getting married, women tend to give up these youthful double bun or loop styles, instead either putting up their hair into single buns fixed with jade hairpins, flowers, and other accessories, a look more mature and refined, or letting it flow down, accessories decorating the very top of their heads. In Closing As it stands this moment, I believe I have only scraped the surface of the extensiveness of Li-Ren fashion and its history. Like all fashion, with all the influences that face it, it is someday bound to change. As an old man with experience - and somewhat of a bias for the days of his youth - I hope that day does not come soon. A though even more worrisome - I hope that the coming influence does not come from the common cultures of the continent. Each beautiful style of the hanfu has survived for so long by being completely and utterly Li-Ren. Being on a different continent, away from your homeland - it instills a feeling of assimilation, and it will show in the fashion influences of the future should it go down that route. But, what will keep us prosperous is our unwavering pride for our culture, and the generation coming will keep it going for the years to come. Penned at the hand of, Li Xiahong
  21. The Nation Expansion Project A project intent on providing housing and amenities for the growing population of Yong Ping, construction will take place in our newly defined boundaries of our nation. Expansive homes of Li-Ren and Oyashiman architecture, freshly graveled streets with the scent of glass noodles on the air and a redone temple meant to encourage the ever-growing religion within the Jade state of Yong Ping. For those wishing to usher in this project at a quicker rate, there is a few ways to do so and not without its benefits, of course: Anything below the above, honor your family and home with your contribution and be added to a tablet of those who created the expansion to the capital city. For the sum of 50 minas, a jade plaque is made for one to keep within their home, their name etched upon it. For the sum of 100 minas, one can find themselves on the reservation list for homes within the new area of the city and fully furnished. For the sum of 500 minas, an individual or group can take a look at our newly graveled roads and decide on a name for the streets residents will live on, within reason. [10/10 slots filled, no longer available]. For the sum of 1000 minas, a statue will be constructed in your honor, engraving your family name to be seen for generations.
  22. A depiction of various people bustling about the interior of the teahouse, mingling and making future business connections for their ventures. The Chen Family presents... The Jade State of Yong Pings first ever Creatives competition! Those from all over are invited to partake in the creation of things new and old, hosted within the Tianrui teahouse in collaboration with the prosperous Tianrui family. Opening Event The opening event would consist of a short announcement made by the illustrious Yunya of the Chen Household. The Main Event Those who signed up will be given the chance to show off their creation onstage, whether it's food for the masses or something of the mystical sort to wow the eye, it is a time for businesses from not only Yong Ping but from all of Almaris to showcase their creativeness, advertise, make connections and get their name out there. The Judges and Prizes The illustrious Chen Yunya herself will pick a favorite among the items as the judges pick, alongside the crowd voting for what they enjoyed presented best. There are two prizes, though what they are go unmentioned, one for each category. The Rules 1. You must submit your own creation or have some form of permission from the creator. Do not steal others work. 2. All creations must be submitted into the provided chest and each submission is kept, where in a future event, an auction will take place. The creators getting a portion and the sellers taking a portion. 3. Submit as many items as you'd like, though you'd need to inform those running the competition of which items are yours. 4. Do not alter or attempt to mess with others entries or submissions in any way. Sign-Up You can sign-up here or find a representative in person. Username: RP Name: Item Submission [Be sure to drop it off in the chest the day of]: Something you enjoy immensely: The contest will be held in four days time, within the Tianrui Teahouse in Yong Ping! We hope to see you there.
  23. Li-Wen 李文 Li-Wen is vastly different from any existing languages on Almaris, 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. Li-Wen is tonal; tones must be correct in order to convey the correct meaning, which makes it more challenging to learn. 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. Basics With any language, one has to start with the everyday basics the users use for daily life. These are words you'll hear constantly in Yong Ping, and phrases each Li-Ren is guaranteed to know. Common Li-Wen (Hokkien [sometimes Mandarin] ) Usage Example Hello Lí hó (We just use the Hokkien instead of using, ‘Nǐ hǎo’- this would apply to ‘How are you?’ too.) How are you? How’re you doing? What’s up? Lı́ hó bô? Not too bad. bē-bái / buē-bái (You can use these interchangeably, these are just pronunciations.) “Lı́ hó bô?” “Ahh, buē-bái.” Fine, good hó “Lı́ hó bô?” “Hó, to xia.” Thank you To xia (In Li-Wen, much like Mandarin or Hokkien in real life, instead of the x making a ‘ks’ sound, it is more like a ‘sh’. So, think of this, for example, pronounced as ‘too shyah’) You’re welcome mián ke-kı̀ (The ‘ke’ would sound similar to, like, a keh) Please Bai tok Excuse me. I’m sorry! Paí se Don’t worry about it. It’s nothing. It’s okay. Bô-iàu-kín / bô-tāi-tsì (The ‘iàu’ sounds similar to a ‘yow’, remember that, it appears in other words) “Oh! Paí se!” “Bô-iàu-kín, lah.” What’s the matter? Xián-mìh-tāi-tsì? “Xián-mìh-tāi-tsì, fu tsin?” Yes Xi. No M-xi. Do you speak Li? Gong Liyu? Help! Kìu-miā! (Sounds like ‘kyo-myah!’) Actually, this phrase will come in handy if we’re being attacked or raided, ringing the bell or summ- Something only the Li-Ren would understand. Look out! Be careful! Suè-lī! This one too ;-) I don’t understand. Góa tian bô... Titles, Pronouns, & Family Common Li-Wen (Hokkien [sometimes Mandarin] ) Usage Example I, me Góa / Wǒ (Wǒ is Mandarin, but I think we can use either or.) Góa tian bô… Wǒ tian bô… (This sentence is in hokkien, but for Li-Wen I think we can use either Goa or Wo whenever.) You Lı́ they/them (also goes for she, he pronouns) ta Minister Koh-hā Koh-hā Tianrui Koh-hā Li Father Fu tsin (formal), ba-ba (informal, more for children) Mother Mu tsin (formal), má-má (informal) Husband thâu-ke Wife ke-āu Older Sister Jie-jie Older Brother Go-go Younger Sister Mei-mei Younger Brother Di-di Cousin(s) Piau-go (older male) Piau-jie (older female) Piau-mei (younger female) Piau-di (younger male) Cousins don’t necessarily get an honorific, you’d mostly just refer to them by their name and use the word when referring to them in 3rd person. Auntie A-yi Uncle Shu-shu Daughter Nu’er Son Er’zi Grandma Nai-nai Grandpa Ye-ye Elder If the elder you’re addressing is closer in age to a grandparent, you would add lǎo in front of the words for grandma and grandpa. Child Haizi Baby Bao-bao, bao-bei Time Common Li-Wen (Hokkien [sometimes Mandarin] ) Usage Example Wait a moment. Just a second. Sió-tán lah. What time is it now? Chit-má kúi tiám? (kúi = pronounced ‘kway’) Morning Zǎosàng (For morning - night, I used Mandarin) Zǎosàng hó! (Good morning) Afternoon Xiàwǔ Xiàwǔ hó! (Good afternoon) Evening Wǎnshàng Wǎnshàng hó! (Good evening) Night Wǎn’an (This is also just good night) Later Kah wànn “Will you join us at the teahouse?” “Kah wànn.” Earlier kah chá “When did you finish this?” “Kah chá, when you weren’t home.” Numbers Common Li-Wen (Hokkien [sometimes Mandarin] ) Usage Example Zero Khong One Jit Two Nng, Li (when it’s beside another 2) Three Sa Four Si Five Go Six Lak Seven Chhit Eight Bue Nine Gau Ten Saap When it comes to doing numbers in the teens, one would put the corresponding number right after 10. (i.e. 15 = saap-go, 18 = saap-bue) Hundred Ba For the hundreds and thousands, it’s the same way, however, you can put numbers before and after ba. 103 = jit-ba-sa 234 = nng-ba (200) + sa-saap-si (34) [in this order] Thousand Chien 1,045 = jit-chien (1,000) si-saap-go (45) 2,500 = nn̄g-chien (2,000) go-ba (500) Swears, Insults, & Extra Phrases As for these words right here, I don't think these would be exchanged in teachings with anyone other than the Li-Ren. I'd think these as slang- so we would never teach these in our class, it's just said by or to other Li-Ren. Common Li-Wen (Hokkien [sometimes Mandarin] ) Usage Example I love you. Góa aí lí. How are you? What’s up? (Informal) Ho seh bo? This is a very informal way to say how are you, to say to a close friend or siblings. When speaking to parents, elders or strangers, definitely use “Lı́ hó bô?” “Lah, long time no see! Ho seh bo?” Crazy, insane, dumb siáu-siáu (siáu = ss-yow) When this word is used, it’s usually referring to a noun. F**k kàn It’s a universal word, mostly said in dismay, disgrace, disapproval- or any kind of upsetting situation. But, when used in insulting someone, it gets extremely offensive. F**k your mom! = “Kàn lín niâ!” (One of the more notorious phrases, very very insulting) Get f*cked! = “Hiong kàn!” What the hell siá-siâu Like the f-word, this can also be used in upsetting situations, it’s just less insulting. What the hell are you talking about? = Lí sī teh kóng siá-siâu han? Cry khàu The phrase “Khàu-ba khàu-ma…” usually refers to noisy, incessant complaining, literally translates to “cry father cry mother”. To (not) care (i) chhap-siâu I don’t care about that! = “Mái kā i chhap-siâu lah!” Naming Practices What differentiates Li-Ren names from Oyashiman (Japanese) is that Li naming practices consist of a surname of a single syllable which comes before the given name of the person. The given name will then be either one or two syllables long, but never anymore than two. Each name a person is given will have two different characters coming together to create one meaning, and depending on the tone of the character, two names spelt the same can mean different things. Male Female Unisex Jin-xiang = flying, soaring Dai-yu = Black jade Xiao-xi = Little river Jun-yong = hero, eternal Wen-qian = Refined and modest Xiao-ming = Little light Xue-hai = The sea Xiuyue = Gentle moon Jiao-xi = Playful Shi-huang = Emperor, leader Tsi-lian = Lotus child Xiao-bai = Little, white Shao-hao = young, heaven Wei-yi = to tie/link, ceremony/rite Yan-dong = stretching to the east
  24. The Festival of Paper [!] Delicate flyers would find themselves being spread across all Almaris from Yong Ping, telling of a festival taking place primarily within the Tianrui Teahouse. Festivities Origami - The Serene Art of Paper Folding The beginning of the festival shall start with the festival-goers filing into the teahouse, origami paper prepared at every place on every table. A teacher shall be at the head of the seating area, showing off the Oyashiman art of the paper folding craft and teaching a simple bit of the art to others. Envelopes of Wishes Envelopes will be given to everyone participating in the festival, along with sheets of blank paper and writing utensils. The envelopes, unlike the red ones often used in larger Yong Ping events and given to others, are not colored in any way. The festival goers are to write a wish upon their paper before placing it into their given envelope. The envelope is then sealed with the mark of a deer for good luck. The wish, however, is meant to be kept secret, for only the wisher and the envelope itself to know the contents. Otherwise, the wish shall not come true. The wisher is to keep the envelope until their wish comes true, then after they can do whatever they wish with said letter, but it is still recommended to keep it safe in their home. Decoration of Lanterns After the sealing of the wishing envelopes, pre-made lanterns will be sold to those wishing to decorate one. The lanterns are light and delicate, so only light paints or pencil sketches are recommended. The decorator can then either send their lantern off into the sky by lighting a candle within the lantern, or take it home to hang within their abode. Gongbi - Ink Brush Art The old art of Gongbi, or merely ink brush art, is a stylized way to create art using only a few simple materials. Festival goers will be able to purchase a Gongbi kit of their own in order to create such art, and be informed of the various styles of such as well. Fan Decoration Sensu fans shall be given to anyone attending the festival, made from light bamboo wood and strong, thick paper. The fans can be left as is for the simplicity, or they can be decorated to the owner’s content. For a possible decoration, if a pair wished to write their initials onto a single fan, the act is said to bring the two together as a prosperous couple. OOC: There will be an auction of mina on whoever wants art and/or pixel art of the design described on their fans. The art shall be made by Moo_bot aka Coffee.exe [BOT]#5456 and prizes go to the three highest bidders. 1st Prize - Illustration & Pixel Art 2nd Prize - Illustration 3rd Prize - Pixel Art Samples of the art: Foods The foods and drinks served during the festival shall be provided by the teahouse the the festival is hosted within. The normal foods from the teahouse will be available, but so will Onigiri and Mochi placed in origami lunch boxes for easy taking and purchase. Signed, Li Xiahong, Minister of Rites Tianrui Carla OOC: The festival shall be held Sunday, June 13th, at 3pm EST
  25. Prior Log | YPA Log 3 Jotohei Masamune Fumi began plans for an upcoming camping trip, a friends coming of age meant as something that'd last for quite a long time as a series of trials are undertaken, the friend group as a whole attending. Before that, though, there was a rule. The only things to be brought are the clothes on your back and a blade you've made yourself. Her work as a blacksmith came in handy and with words that only came from her years of experience, she'd manage to explain the process of blacksmithing and show the others the concept, so they'd at the least have a rudimentary blade. Complaints were made by the neighbors as the teens gathered and planned and after speaking with their superiors, they'd set off the next day. The first night was cold, bitter as the group struggled with the basic necessities of life. Finding a place to set up, where the rain wouldn't flood the ground and where they could overlook any animals coming their way, turned into setting up a crude shelter and only grew from there. The struggle soon turned into something fun, the group finding something during that year spent out. A bond, furthering past that of friendship and evolving into that of brotherhood. The collecting of fruits spurred on talks of a future farmhouse, the finding of animals bringing mention of training their Shibas to sniff out drugs upon their return to the nation and the creation of tools from the most basic of things helping to better the very foundation their knowledge was based from. Laughter came as some get jump-scared by a falling coconut and wonder abound as a Turtle stood close by a newly hatched egg. And as the group eventually returned, a casual confidence is taken up, the group and Masamune Fumi herself sure of her steps and movements. Soon after their return, the trainings of the YPA seemed to ramp up. With more and more at the age of law and needing to commit to three years of service, she'd find her friends alongside her, clad in gear and marching along the road until they'd be briefed in the newly created training area. Looming walls met with the neighing of Horses as the clack of hooves sound as they're brought into the newly constructed stables. The military was seemingly undergoing an upgrade and more then ever, if she were to earn her place, let alone keep it she'd need to work harder then before. Ballista training bled into siege training, and soon she was learning to draw a bow at a moving target in the wheat fields below. How cruel the thought would be, at how the trainings began in true and the practice turned into reality. A thundering roar, bellowing out from the back of the city, the creature unknown in origin. Orders sent out and a group of the YPA, her included, marching out on a scouting mission to seek its source. As near silent footsteps came to a jarring stop, the group would crouch behind the stone boulders, though they were soon seen. A creature, large and frightening, with a tail akin to that of a swinging mace and seemingly made of ice, fur and flesh. An Ice Creature of gigantic proportions running at them, past bellowing roars and rattling the ground as the scouting group bolted for the city, shouts to ring the bell and to arm the ballista's soon reaching the citizenry and military alike. The air turned to ice, breaths frosty and fogging out in front of them as they'd reach and man the walls. Arrows fired and nay striking the target as intended, ballista's and arrows are lit aflame via molotov as they'd come at the creature rapid-fire, one after another in an onslaught of firepower. At first, it was the five, the scouting group just barely awake themselves before the roaring began. Jotohei Masamune Fumi leading the siege against the Ice Creature as requested but soon, more and more joined them. Citizens and soldiers alike banding together to take down the creature that dared threaten their prosperous home. With a bolt landing to blind one of its eyes and its fur and flesh scorched with flames, it'd finally flee, joy overcoming those there after their long battle and celebration would take place. Seventeen and enjoying the taste of aged plum wine with her friends in the teahouse, she'd slump back, exhaustion clear to her face though joy clear in her tone. Alas, this wasn't the end to what was to come, as the increased trainings weren't for the Ice Creature; but for the assistance offered to Luciensberg as they'd prepare a siege against the Ratiki who'd taken over their neighbors home. A drink is enjoyed after a battle hard won and the next battle prepared for in turn. Would a time come for the Apprentice to rest or would it only continue to build? Leaving her but a choice as she comes to a careening precipice: Rise or Fall.
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