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  1. [!] Elegantly scribed rice paper flyers are hung around Yong Ping! The Second Tianrui Matchmaking Ball House Tianrui is a long-standing and respected family of Yong Ping. One of the Four Founding Families of Yong Ping, founders of the first Chapter of the YPA, owners of the Tianrui Trading Company, and the illustrious Tianrui Teahouse. As the leading family of the Jade State, we wish to offer the membership of this family to those of strong character and warm heart. Show to the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes of House Tianrui what you are willing to bring to the family at the Second Tianrui Matchmaking Ball, celebrating the turn of season, and a time of matchmaking. The current members of House eligible for courting and matchmaking shall be revealed during the festivities of the Matchmaking Ball. The Tianrui House members eligible for courtship and matchmaking will be presented anonymously and individually at the beginning of the event, after which members of the gathering may petition for their attention and an opportunity to speak with them. Following these introductions, the House members eligible for courtship shall reveal themselves from their guise to more personally speak with the potential courtiers. The ball shall culminate with general festivities and the eligible members of House declaring their choice. Join us in the Yong Ping Tianrui Teahouse for a most auspicious matchmaking ball and feast - The Grand Harvest, Year 73 of the Second Age. Event Planning, Tianrui Ren Watanabe Keleyo Hosting, Tianrui Ren OOC: Saturday 23rd of April, 4pm EST in the Yong Ping Tianrui Teahouse If you would like to contribute to the event, please fill out this form!
  2. An ornate bamboo scroll snaps out, unraveling as rice-paper revealed bold letters, printed clearly for all within the Jade State to peruse: By order of the Zhu, Chen Wenping An election shall be held within the Jade State, allowing those who filled out the Census to campaign for the probability of holding the position of Mayor for the duration of three Dragons months. Section Jit: On Campaigning All campaigns must be entirely legal under law of the Jade State. In order to campaign, the individual must have applied to the most recent Census, otherwise it’d be null and void. The Census as of this day is closed, no further responses being accepted. They may run up to two consecutive terms and no further. Any of the Senate may not campaign to become Mayor. With campaigns, posters can be made and/or speeches, events must be approved by the Ministry of Rites. You must announce your intention to campaign within the first two Dragons days, the following three Dragons days dedicated to the campaigns itself and the last two Dragons days the citizenry voting process. Section Nug: On Privilege and Duties Upon becoming Mayor, they have the privilege of sitting in on Private Senate Meetings. Upon becoming Mayor, they have the privilege of requesting a Senate meeting. Upon becoming Mayor, they have the privilege of recommending someone with outstanding work for a Ministry. Upon becoming Mayor, they have the duty to take petitions from the citizenry before the Senate. Upon becoming Mayor, they have the duty to host at minimum three events during their three Dragons month period in office. Upon becoming Mayor, they have the duty to keep the notice board updated with current events within the Jade State of Yong Ping. The Jade Campaign period will last one Dragons week, from SA 64 to SA 65. [!] A form is attached below for those wishing to declare their intention to campaign.
  3. The Jade Court On Retainership Foreword This written document is meant to expand upon something often practiced within the Jade State, extending unto the Jade Courts in of itself, that of Retainership. In its own way, it is the older version of Wardship, when an individual reaches past the age of majority. A unique position all of its own, one may consider it akin to that of the Gentry in other places, though these individuals and for some families spend their lives and generations working for and tending the family above them. With no official way previous of becoming or declaring that of a Retainer, the Jade Court presents this answer henceforth. Definition of Retainership As to the definition of Retainership, it can differ from family to family, depending upon traditions and culture. Even so, there are some things that it means universally: Oftentimes, a higher-up family would take on a Retainer from another family or an individual on their lonesome. They serve that family to their fullest extent and with the approval of that family, they may approach the Senate with that merit and if passed, be gifted that of the title Baron. What is to be Expected If a family or the courts take on a Retainer, it does not always end in that of Nobility for the Retainer, and for some, this may be their last chance at raising in class if not. For others, though, Feathood is an option, a document to come soon after this, though first refer to the Five Ways of Ascension in Nobility within Yong Ping. If a family or the courts take on a Retainer, the Retainer is expected to take on varying roles needed by those they serve, though it can often depend upon the abilities of the Retainer themself. It is not an easy feat to do so. If a family or the courts take on a Retainer, they are responsible for their well-being and actions, for better or worse. Ex, if one such family takes on an individual as a Retainer, and this Retainer is recognized by the Zhu for a feat of honor, it’d reflect back on the family that took them in as a merit though the same can be said as to a demerit, as is to two sides of a coin. If the courts take on a Retainer, they are not afforded the rights of Nobility, nor the duties that a family may have. Though, it is a unique position allowing the Leading Lady of the Courts to bequeath rights of Nobility to the individual that may not otherwise be an option under that of a Family. If the courts take on a Retainer, they may often work within it for some time, having taken on some form of position best suited to their talents. At the behest of the Leading Lady of the Courts, they may be presented to the Senate and if passed, they can be gifted that of Nobility. A difficult process in itself. If a family takes on a Retainer, the Retainer takes on the duties of Nobility listed within Nobility Within Yong Ping and are afforded certain rights of Nobility to aid them in their position; the privilege of using a Champion in an Honor Duel, the privilege of seeking a Private Meeting with the Senate, i.e at the behest of their sponsor family, the ability to take on one Ward of their own, the requesting of YPA guards for the family if under danger and the privilege of having the ability to sit within the families dedicated seat in a public meeting, refer to Rights of Nobility for the aforementioned above. If a family takes on a Retainer, if they are presented before the Senate with the prior approval of the family and be gifted that of Nobility, it counts as a Merit upon their family and that of the family that took them in. If that of Nobility is to be denied, depending on the circumstances behind so, a demerit may be taken from the family and Retainer both. How to Become or Take on a Retainer If one such individual, family or the court itself wishes to take on or become a Retainer, there is an official process to go about it. Henceforth, we will expand on how to do so below. The Seeking Individual If an individual wishes to become that of a Retainer, they need not be Nobility nor Commoner but simply someone that lives within the borders of the Jade State. Open to those with and without families, it is meant to be on a broad spectrum. It often helps if this individual had first been a Ward beneath the family in question. So long as this is achieved, they may go through any of the following processes. Noble Families For a noble family to take on a Retainer, there are a few things that must be met first. They must inform the Leading Lady of the Courts of their intention to take them on as a Retainer, so that documentation can be made as to whether later down the line, the individual may count as a merit or demerit to the family. Unofficial Retainers taken on may not be granted a merit, nor the gift of Nobility at the end of their tenure. This includes Retainers taken on past that of the allotted limit per family. After taking on that of a Retainer, if the family wishes to remove them from their purview, they must inform the Leading Lady of the Courts so as to document this. The Jade Court For the Jade Court to take on a Retainer, an interview must first take place as to whether they’d be a good fit for the Jade Courts. An interview can be sought via the Directorate of Servitude, alongside the Senior and Junior Ladies of the Courts. If they see the individual fit to become that of a Retainer, the individual is presented to the Leading Lady of the Courts, so that documentation may be made. There is not a limit to Retainers the Jade Court may take on. Afterword With the elaboration as to how that of Retainership works, alongside the general processes and ways of becoming them out to the public as a whole, we look forward to the ever-present expansion of the Jade Courts. Keep a careful eye out on documents following these, namely on that of Feathood. Signed, Chen Yunya, the Auspicious Minister of Interior and Revenue of the Jade State of Yong Ping, Nushi of the Chen Household and Leading Lady of the Courts and Arts.
  4. An ornate bamboo scroll snaps out, unraveling as rice-paper revealed bold letters, printed clearly for all within the Jade State to peruse: By order of the Prosperous Zhu, Chen Wenping A census shall be held within the Jade State, taking count of those who live within our boundaries and taking place every three Dragons months. Section Jit: The Jade Census This census will last the duration of three Dragons months before being considered expired. To be considered part of the Census, you must hold a permanent address within the Jade State. All heads of Household will have one Dragons week to fill out a separate form, detailing who lives in their household. Each individual is required to fill out the census, even those part of a familial household. Section Nug: Citizens Rights They will be granted the ability to vote in elections brought before the citizenry. Such as; the Mayor, ie. an individual to represent the citizenry with the ability to speak directly with the Zhu’s Senate Council. They are given citizens rights referred to in the Official Laws of Yong Ping. The Jade Census will last three Dragons months, from year SA 63 to SA 75. Individual Census Form Head of Household Census Form
  5. The Jade Court On Wardship Foreword This written document is meant to expand upon something often practiced within the Jade State, extending unto the Jade Courts in of itself, that of Wardship. A way to learn things you might not otherwise get the chance to, for those of Nobility to showcase their ways and to afford those a chance to raise in class and lifestyle. With the onslaught of questions from families and individuals alike, the Jade Court presents this answer henceforth. Definition of Wardship As to the definition of Wardship, it can differ from family to family, depending upon traditions and culture. Even so, there are some things that it means universally: Wardship is something that those of commonhood or nobility both could partake in. It is when a Higher-Ranking family, namely a Count and up, takes on a child from a young age who is then raised amongst their family members as one would their own child. Upon reaching the age of majority, they would have that merit which they could bring before the Senate and if passed, be gifted that of the title Baron. What is to be Expected If a family or the courts take on a Ward, it does not always end in that of Nobility for the Ward, though there is a next step after going through the process, that of Retainership, which will be expanded upon at a later date. If a family or the courts take on a Ward, the ward is expected to take on varying tasks or jobs set forth by the family in order to continue to earn the privilege of Wardship. If a family or the courts take on a Ward, they are responsible for their well-being and actions, for better or worse. Ex, if one such family takes on an individual as a ward, and this ward is recognized by the Zhu for a feat of honor, it’d reflect back on the family that took them in as a merit though the same can be said as to a demerit, as is to two sides of a coin. If the courts take on a Ward, they are not afforded the rights of Nobility, nor the duties that a family may have. Though, it is a unique position allowing the Leading Lady of the Courts to bequeath rights of Nobility to the individual that may not otherwise be an option under that of a Family. If the courts take on a Ward, upon the age of majority they may be presented by the Leading Lady of the Courts to the Senate and if passed, they can be gifted that of Nobility. Most often, though, you may see a Ward going onto take a position within the Courts itself affording them many opportunities. If a family takes on a Ward, the ward takes on the duties of Nobility listed within Nobility Within Yong Ping and are afforded certain rights of Nobility to aid them in their position; the privilege of using a Champion in an Honor Duel, the privilege of seeking a Private Meeting with the Senate, i.e at the behest of their sponsor family and the privilege of having the ability to sit within the families dedicated seat in a public meeting, refer to Rights of Nobility under Nobility in Yong Ping for the aforementioned above. If a family takes on a Ward, if they are to go before the Senate upon the age of majority and be gifted that of Nobility, it counts as a Merit upon their family and that of the family that took them in. If that of Nobility is to be denied, depending on the circumstances behind so, a demerit may be taken from the family and Ward both. How to Become or Take on a Ward If one such individual, family or the court itself wishes to take on or become a Ward, there is an official process to go about it. Henceforth, we will expand on how to do so below. The Seeking Individual If an individual wishes to become that of a Ward, they need not be Nobility nor Commoner but simply someone that lives within the borders of the Jade State. Open to those with and without families, it is meant to be on a broad spectrum, though if already part of a family familial permission is first needed in order to undergo the process. So long as this is achieved, they may go through any of the following processes. Noble Families For a noble family to take on a ward, there are a few things that must be met first. If the ward has a family of their own, familial permission must first be gotten. They must inform the Leading Lady of the Courts of their intention to take them on as a Ward, so that documentation can be made as to whether later down the line, the individual may count as a merit or demerit to the family. Unofficial Wards taken on may not be granted a merit, nor the gift of Nobility at the end of their tenure. This includes wards taken on past that of the allotted limit per family. After taking on that of a Ward, if the family wishes to remove them from their care, they must inform the Leading Lady of the Courts so as to document this. The Jade Court For the Jade Court to take on a Ward, an interview must first take place as to whether they’d be a good fit for the Jade Courts. An interview can be sought via the Directorate of Servitude, alongside the Senior and Junior Ladies of the Courts. If they see the individual fit to become that of a Ward, familial permission must be obtained, followed by presenting the individual to the Leading Lady of the Courts, so that documentation may be made. There is not a limit to wards the Jade Court may take on. Afterword With the elaboration as to how that of Wardship works, alongside the general processes and ways of becoming them out to the public as a whole, we look forward to the ever-present expansion of the Jade Courts. Keep a careful eye out on documents following these, namely on that of Retainers. Signed, Chen Yunya, the Auspicious Minister of Interior and Revenue of the Jade State of Yong Ping, Nushi of the Chen Household and Leading Lady of the Courts and Arts.
  6. POSITIONS OF THE JADE COURT FOREWORD Previously documented is that of the Overview of the Jade Court, detailing the varying positions within that of the Court itself. Today this document is created so as to showcase who holds these positions as of current, alongside which are still open. Leading Lady of the Court As to what the role consists of and does, refer to Overview of the Jade Court. Held by: Nushi Yunya of the Chen Household, @tadabug2000, tadabug2000, beautifulwatty#6584 Senior Court Lady As to what the role consists of and does, refer to Overview of the Jade Court. Held by: Danshaku Izanami Kamiyama, @GammaRose, Gammanokia, NOEL∆NI#0258 Junior Court Lady As to what the role consists of and does, refer to Overview of the Jade Court. Held by: The Jade Directorate of the Temple As to what the role consists of and does, refer to Overview of the Jade Court. Held by: Gong Ren of the Tianrui Household, @Moo_bot, Moo_Bot, Coffee.exe [BOT]#5456 The Jade Directorate of Ceremonies As to what the role consists of and does, refer to Overview of the Jade Court. Held by: Shishaku Akemi of the Watanabe Household, @Moonish_Imp, Moonish_Imp, Moonish_Imp#1468 The Jade Directorate of Court Seals As to what the role consists of and does, refer to Overview of the Jade Court. Held by: The Jade Directorate of Servitude As to what the role consists of and does, refer to Overview of the Jade Court. Held by: Nushi Linli of the Ishikawa Household, @discojazz, Discojazz, jazzie#3925 A Jade Court Curator As to what the role consists of and does, refer to Overview of the Jade Court. Held by: Vespira L., @PrincessSnowie, PrincessSnowie, PrincessSnowie#0848 Danshaku Edict Kin, @Hopesky123, Animewolf0080, Anime_Wolf#0080 The Jade Court Goat Caretaker As to what the role consists of and does, refer to Overview of the Jade Court. Held by: Guizu Xue of the Chen Household, @mrfruit_4, mrfruit_4, mr.fruit#5488 Guizu Zavar of the Tianrui Household, @ColonelKuehl1, ColonelKuehl1, ColonelKuehl#6302 AFTERWORD With the filling of the ranks of the Jade Court, we look forward to further expansions taking place and the prosperity of the Jade State. Signed, Chen Yunya, the Auspicious Minister of Interior and Revenue of the Jade State of Yong Ping, Nushi of the Chen Household and Leading Lady of the Courts and Arts.
  7. Those of the Jade State of Yong Ping had no need to gather as the New Century Festival commenced, already packed together due to the creatures who had hastily taken over their city. Ever different then the previous Century, and yet the same, as they’d been packed akin to sardines in the district of Tai Ping. Conflict followed them in both instances, as some things never did change and yet, so much was indeed different. And yet as they began their celebrations, bringing a moment of respite in their long years, it all began with a retelling of the Story of the Nian. An age old curse that has followed them no matter the lands they made our home, a creature of varying forms, hardly recognizable without the warnings passed on by the generations before them. With the mention of the Nian, perhaps akin to that of a dinners gong being rung, it had appeared. Having taken on a new form then it did the previous century, the tired denizens of the Jade State took up arms, weapons and firecrackers at the ready, ever-more prepared than the last Century to defend their home and their state. And so the battle raged on, the Nian heralded off for perhaps another century and a blessing in of itself came in the process. With the leaving of the Nian, so did the rest of these creatures inhabiting their fair city. Had they feared the creature that haunted them so? Or perhaps these creatures moved on with the time of things? Nonetheless, the city was now free once more and the celebrations truly began.
  8. FASHION IN THE JADE COURT FOREWORD Upon the introduction of the Jade Court, there has been a series of raised questions on that of expected appearance of the Nobility of the Jade State of Yong Ping and those who attend its courts. That of varying dress can relay many a thing with only that of a brief glance and we wish to elaborate on this more today. Clothing in the Jade Court In previous documents, an in-depth account as to clothing worn within the Jade State in the varying cultures, alongside that of hair-dos has been made. Keeping that in mind, we aim to not reiterate what is already known but instead expand upon it as a whole. On Furs Furs are something that have begun to make their debut in the courts, consisting of varying types and with peculiarities to them. The collected furs most often come from animals found within the Jade States borders, though some may be outsourced from other locations. A heavy ban on killing these animals are in place, instead the preference being sending workers out to collect shedded fur and to care for these varying animals. Bison Fur The Bisons of Yong Ping have been an animal the State has long cared for, mainly using them in assistance of caring for the farms along the walls of the Jade State. A territorial being, it takes quite a bit of time to establish trust between the Bison herd and oneself. Once this trust is established, though, workers are sent out to wash and care for the Bisons, brushing them down as they shed in the Spring and bringing back the collected fur. Panda Fur Most commonly found roaming the Sakura forests, the Pandas of Yong Ping are something newer to the Jade State overall. As the nation grows to understand the animals, a revelation has been made, mainly being that the Pandas shed year-long and are not limited to certain seasons as other animals may be. Under work, though being established, workers are starting to be sent out to care for the beings, washing and brushing them as they do the Bison. On Accessories With any outfit, something to complement the wearer is seen as a must. Providing an outlet of creativity and beauty, each varying piece is meant to aid in the outfit as a whole and not detract from the view. Hairpieces Fa-zan | Kanzashi | Binyeo These specific hairpieces mentioned are hairpins, mentioned in the order of language; Li-Ren, Oyashiman and Hyeol-Yeon. Quite notably, within all of the aforementioned cultures, there is a Coming of Age ceremony that comes with wearing a hairpin. Until an individual reaches 15, this includes men and women alike, they are not to have hairpins in their hair. Upon reaching the age of 15, they undergo what some may call a ‘hairpin initiation’ as a rite of passage. A lovely tradition that comes with this, is that upon one's engagement, they may gift their hairpin to their fiancee as a pledge of their future marriage. After the marriage ceremony, their newly made spouse would place the pin upon their significant other's hair. On the opposite side of the coin, it can be used as a form of love token. Lovers when forced apart would break it in half, each keeping half of the hairpin until reunited. Otherwise, those married but apart for a long time would break the hairpin in half, each keeping their own half. If they meet again in the future, the hairpin is put together once more. Buyao - 步搖 The Buyao is most often an elaborate hairpin, most often made with gold and decorated with highly sought after jewels and carvings. Seawater pearls directly from the Ports or polished jade being a fan favorite, carved designs often consisting of phoenixes, butterflies, birds and other winged animals. Buyao is a piece that would be added to tiaras, giving it further intricacies and faint shaking as one would walk. Shubi - 梳篦 The Shubi are combs made of bamboo, wood or bone more often than not. Intricate detailings would be found along its edges, whether with golden calligraphy, delicately carved lotus flowers or peach blossoms. Depending on the hairstyle preferred, one would pick between a thick-toothed comb or a thin-toothed. Fengguan - 鳳冠 Fengguan, though also known as the ‘phoenix crown’, is one of the most intricate pieces seen from the aforementioned. Inlaid Bokolo feathers, golden carved dragons, beaded pheasants, seawater pearls and auspicious gemstones all find a place within the piece. It is a crown of constant rebirth, never entirely finished as pendants, beads and ribbons are added frequently, making it a heavy piece to wear on any individual's head. Bira-bira Kanzashi - びらびら簪 A two-pronged hairpin with metal strips attached to a rounded piece at the end, mainly consisting of bells, silken flowers braided together and colorful ribbons. The hairpin itself is made of gold or silver, accented with jade, red and pink corals and other auspicious jewels. The wearer's family crest is often stamped on the rounded piece at the end. Hanagushi - 花櫛 Hanagushi is a thin-toothed comb, often made of silver or gold and decorated with folded silk flowers. Varying silk colors are seen most often, giving it a bright visage. More time consuming and uncommon, other silk pieces would be found folded along it, shaping to convey animals or other forms of nature one may find. Pārusanbāsuto - パールサンバーストティアラ The Parusanbasuto is a fringed tiara, with rows of seawater pearls topping it, a larger pearl within the center and layered with varying jewels to form a parure Beneath the pearls is exceptionally thin diamond arrays, all leading up to a top line. Binyeo - 비녀 Binyeo is a hairpin that is long but heavily ornamented, mainly towards the end with intricate shapes and carvings, making the need for it to be well-balanced a hefty one. Often made from gold, silver, brass or amber, the ends piece would have many a contrast of varying colors and materials such as wood, bones and diamonds. Kkoch - 꽃 빗 The Kkoch is a comb most commonly made of ivory, bone, tortoise shell or varying woods. It is thick-toothed, with delicate paintings of lotus flowers, beautiful scenery or scrawling calligraphy decorating its main body. Sinla - 신라 A Sinla is a crown, primarily made of gold, silver or bronze. Abundant use of jade is often used, chains of varying lengths decorating the crown itself and the chains holding blue jade and golden leaves at the ends of it. The crown has tree-like prongs on each side and antler-like prongs on the left and right. Variations are found within it, consisting mainly of varying jades, bones and jewels decorating the piece. AFTERWORD This is meant to be the first of many installations to that of the Jade Court as varying members of Nobility are introduced, our growing ways and traditions will ever be expanded upon, allowing a glimpse into the pillars of the Jade State. As this document is long in of itself, this is only the first part of what is meant to be what I shall lovingly refer to as the Jade Courts Catalogue. May the Jade State of Yong Ping ever prosper. “No mud, no lotus.” Signed, Chen Yunya, the Auspicious Minister of Interior and Revenue of the Jade State of Yong Ping, Nushi of the Chen Household and Leading Lady of the Courts and Arts.
  9. [!] Elegantly scribed rice paper flyers are hung around Yong Ping! A Tianrui Matchmaking Ball House Tianrui is a long-standing and respected family of Yong Ping. One of the Four Founding Families of Yong Ping, founders of the first Chapter of the YPA, owners of the Tianrui Trading Company, and the illustrious Tianrui Teahouse. As the leading family of the Jade State, we wish to offer the membership of this family to those of strong character and warm heart. Show to the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes of House Tianrui what you are willing to bring to the family at the Tianrui Matchmaking Ball, a start to the Jade Jiandi, a time of matchmaking. Our current Tianruis eligible for courting and matchmaking are as follows. Tianrui Ryu Second Duhu, second Chancellor, and third Zhu - the illustrious Ryuji’s achievements are ever-growing. While ever career-focused, the 100-odd year-old Li-Ren elf has a strong soft spot for family. Firstborn son of Ren and Delphina, he sits to inherit the family name with the title of family Patriarch in Almaris once resigned by his father. Tianrui Fumi Promoted to officer at the age of 16 in trial by fire, one of the few remaining katana smiths in Yong Ping, and one of the finest Oyashiman blacksmiths in the Jade State, Fumi is a woman of actions. The 50 year-old Oyashiman elf has a love of good food and good company, and sharing the former with the latter. Tianrui Noi Young and finding her path in life, Noi can most usually be found in the Tianrui Teahouse, having learnt the craft at her father’s hip. The 20 year-old Noi is the youngest of Ren and Delphina’s children, learning of the many travellers and their stories through Yong Ping’s ports by the way of the Teahouse. Edict Kin Finding himself the third Duhu of the Jade State, Kin has made a fine example of a balanced life managing his military service career with running his very own flower shop. The 48 year-old elf is a strong but tender soul, willing to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe. Tianrui Zavar Renowned fighter across many a nation, and lovingly known as the “Poncho Goblin” - Zavar is directly descended from the first warrior goblin family line. The 88 year-old goblin is well-travelled and world wise, a worthy companion to any. Watanabe Tsukiya Twin brother of the soon to be Watanabe Matriarch Akemi, Tsukiya approaches his problems with a tentative hand, making certain to measure twice and cut once. The 18 year-old Oyashiman human has an explorer’s heart, always looking for the next adventure. The Tianrui family members eligible for courtship and matchmaking will be presented at the beginning of the event, after which general festivities will commence and suitors may present themselves to each of the aforementioned in turn. Join us in the Yong Ping Tianrui Teahouse for a most auspicious matchmaking ball and feast - The Grand Harvest, Year 58 of the Second Age. Event Planning and Hosting, Tianrui Ren OOC: Saturday 8th of January, 4pm EST in the Yong Ping Tianrui Teahouse
  10. 不怕慢慢长大;只怕站着不动 (Be not afraid of growing slowly;Be afraid only of standing still- Wu Zixu) Not much is said about the Wu of this era, it’s prestige a fledgling flicker of its great past. The remnants shattered and spread across the realms due to constant wars, eventually fleeing their ancestral homelands in the Ai-zho peninsula. Spread thin by both weather and unfortunate events, a call comes from a lonely house in the Jade State, shouting for whatever family is left. [!]A lonely 朱 sits atop the missive, the tone of the letter solemn and heartfelt.[!] To my kin, my dearest family… I hope this letter finds you in good health, better than what was left when my father came to these shores. Long have we been separated, it is time once more for the family to stand tall, once again showing pride in our name. I write to my kin to join us in the Jade State, despite any rumors heard of it. It is a fairly peaceful place, a land to plant and grow our hopes and dreams together, however wide they may be. I write to my kin to join us, hear both the sense of duty to our people, and to our family. Not just those related by blood, but by our common heritage and love for our identity. Wu Baihu 朱白虎 朱 OOC INFORMATION 朱 Thank you for taking your time to read this! I am looking for member for my small but growing family. We are a family based out of Yong Ping, following the Li-Ren culture, which is based off the chinese culture of ancient times. We are a fairly active group, looking for like minded people to enjoy both family and cultural roleplay. Li-Ren Culture There is a small collection of family members available to play, free to play them as one likes. We are here just to help spread both the family and the fun behind the spice that is Li-Ren roleplay. I have skins to chose from or will commission ones for those that join. Contact Monke#8221 on Discord if you are interested! Current Living Characters Wu Fang- Born 1764 - Currently Unplayed. Would be a fun elderly character if one is interested! Wu Jing- Born 1789 - Son of Wu Fang. Currently Played! Wu Feng- Born 1793 - Son of Wu Fang. Available to Play! Wu Rong- Born 1826 - Son of Wu Feng. Available to Play! Wu Baihu- Born 1832 - Son of Wu Jing. Currently Played! Wu Qian- Born 1835 - Daughter of Wu Jing. Available to Play! Wu Xiaodan- Born 1839 - Daughter of Wu Jing. Available to Play!
  11. 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 ⌟°━┛
  12. 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!
  13. 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. 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
  14. 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 ⌟°━┛
  15. 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.
  16. [!] 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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
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