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  1. [!] Elegantly scribed rice paper flyers are hung around Norland! Come one, come all! To the… Tianrui Teahouse Karaoke Night [!] A Li-Ren painting of a teahouse goat enthusiastically joins in on the night’s festivities! Join us friends, for the Alisgrad Tianrui Teahouse karaoke night! With a comprehensive list of hit Li-Ren, Oyashiman, and Hyeol-Yeon party tracks complete with an on-stage lyric book, experience a slice of Ai-Zho right in the heart of Norland! If you don’t know any Li-Wen, Oyashiman, or Hyeol-Yeon, fret not! Each song comes complete with Common translation, courtesy of the Tianrui Trading Co. translation and localization team. The first of our recurring karaoke nights shall take place this First Seed, SA 88! Event Planning, Tianrui Ren Eiji Takai Event Hosting, Tianrui Ren OOC: 4pm EST, Friday August 12th in the Alisgrad Tianrui Teahouse
  2. [!] Elegantly scribed rice paper flyers are hung around Norland! Tianrui Teahouse: Alisgrad Grand Opening After much work by the hands of the Tianrui family, we are happy to announce the grand opening of the Tianrui Teahouse on Frey Street! Come enjoy your favorite Li-Ren and Oyashiman cuisine once more, paired with the finest teas grown and imported from Almaris and beyond! Accompanying our signature refreshments will be the elegant sword dances of Chen Yunya, and beautiful zither music played by renowned bard Wu Meixing. When you have finished sampling refreshments come visit the relaxing baths, curated from years of traditional Li-Ren herbal remedies. Above the baths sits the Tianrui bookstore, housing a cultural museum of the Li-Ren and Oyashiman peoples! The festivities shall take place on The Sun’s Smile, Year 89 of the Second Age from opening until closing. Be sure to not miss such an auspicious event! Event Planning, Tianrui Ren Event Hosting, Tianrui Ren OOC: 4PM EST, Sunday August 7th in the Alisgrad Tianrui Teahouse We will be watching “Spirited Away” in the Norland VC in tandem with the event!
  3. [!] 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!
  4. A Collection of Haikus by Aigiarn Hatsumomo 12 Doyōbi 1861 JOYFUL DANCE / 楽しいダンス loving you was death, and our dances were love, i miss our joyful dance あなたを愛することは死でした、 そして私たちのダンスは愛でした、私は 楽しいダンスが恋しい MY BABY / マイベイビー my baby, baby of mine, where are you going? leave not, my baby 私の赤ちゃん、赤ちゃん 私の、どこに行くの? 残さないで、私の赤ちゃん SOMBER / ゾンバー pearl diver, dive down deeper, find in your spirit, her soft, somber songs. パールダイバー、ダイブダウン より深く、あなたの精神で見つけて、 彼女の柔らかく、くすんだ歌。 FIRE / 火 i was on fire, a burning sensation in me, and then, i knew love 私は燃えていました、 私の灼熱感、 そして、私は愛を知っていました A COLLECTION OF HAIKUS AIGIARN HATSUMOMO 12 DOYŌBI 1861
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. You are hereby invited to the wedding of Ishikawa Akihiko and Chen Linli -=-=- -=-=- As the Sakura leaves quietly fell along the Tianrui district, preparations were commencing for a celebration in the temple. A welcomed change from the ever-present chaos of the Jade Gambit, the members of the Ishikawa Family & the Chen Family would assemble to celebrate the union of Ishikawa Akihiko and Chen Linli. As members of the Jade State set aside any present anxiety for the sake of a celebration, the couple hoped the ceremony could provide a moment of levity for the city they loved so dearly. The special day would follow traditional festivities. -=-=- Parade The long-awaited and auspicious wedding will first begin with a parade as is traditional. The bride will be met at the home she was preparing in, where she’d be escorted into a palanquin and taken to the temple amidst great fanfare. Ceremony When the palanquin arrives at the temple, the bride will be escorted out and into the temple where a monk will begin the ceremony. Respect is offered to the parents, before a cup of wine is shared and the ceremony concludes. Catering and Performance With the conclusion of the wedding, the festivities will continue to the Tianrui teahouse where those will be invited to partake in a variety of food and drinks, alongside various entertainment organized for the prosperous event. -=-=- Invitations were extended to across Almaris, with a handful of distinguished invitations: OOC: The families of the Groom and Bride The Ishikawa Family, The Hirano Family, The Chen Family, & The Tianrui Family The Illustrious Zhu, Chen Wenping, and his family The Residents of Tsuenkaku and their families The various members of the Jade Council Members of the Watanabe Family, and Citizens of the Jade State Emir Qamar al-Nabeel, Asm’aa al-Nabeel, and the members of the Fakhr Tribe The Citizens of the Silver State of Haelunor, Dunrath, & Talon’s Port Brite Louise Palelight, and her family -=-=- The Ishikawa Family Crest The Chen Family Crest OOC: The wedding will take place Friday, January 28th, at 5:30 PM EST, at the Temple in Yong Ping!
  13. Circa Year 58 of the Second Age, creatures of all sorts descended upon the Jade State of Yong Ping during the Jade Jiandi. Merriment abound, the leading family of the Jade State opened the Jade Jiandi with a matchmaking ball, meant to find matches for their eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. Music coasted from the teahouse, upbeat renditions of varying songs on the zither and drinks aplenty made their way about. As some of the opening awkwardness abated, events really got into full swing, loud laughter echoing out as friends and family played varying games. Laughter soon turned to rumbling, the rapid sounds of footsteps and crashing as creatures big and small began their siege of the city. The ground shook with the heavy weight of monsters, the road cracked with the snap of a tail. Valiant as ever, the Yong Ping Army fought these descending creatures off, though supremely outnumbered. Citizens joined the fight, even as those unable to help were escorted to the temple for some semblance of safety. The fight went on. Minutes bled into hours, night soon falling as barricades found their way up around the various district entrances. The Jade State of Yong Ping is alive and teeming with creatures of all sorts, living within their homes, eating their food. With times in such dire straits, a plan is concocted as the Tianrui District is fortified, becoming the nation’s main base of operations. The Jade Gambit shall begin.
  14. The Jade Gambit INTRODUCTION To begin, this post is entirely oocly, meant as a prelude to an event the Jade State of Yong Ping will be implementing. The concept is based around an instance video game, with more to come. For those living or coming to Yong Ping, once this begins, all districts will be closed off except the main district as you enter, the Tianrui District. It starts as a series of creatures all entering the city, whether over the walls or otherwise, requirements must be met to go through the instances that would allow people to begin unlocking more districts. The District Levels The Tianrui Markets Requirements This is our base of operations. It cannot be lost. Players: N/A Key Points: Markets, government building, front gate. The Hirano Farms Requirements A week since the start of the event before anyone can do it. At least one scouting mission first. Players: Min of 5 Key Points: Farmhomes and crops The Zi Ji Slums Requirements For the Hirano district to have been gotten. For two weeks to have gone by since the last district was gotten. At least one scouting mission first. Players: Min of 5 Key Points: Walls, the mine. The Su Weng Military District Requirements For the Zi Ji District to have been gotten. For two weeks to have gone by since the last district was gotten. At least one scouting mission first of the district itself first, a separate mission for supplies from the Long Keep. Players: Min of 7 Key Points: Military keep, more housing. The Chen District Requirements For the Su Weng District to have been gotten. For two weeks to have gone by since the last district was gotten. At least one scouting mission of the district itself. Players: Min of 7 Key Points: More housing. The Jie Lu Ports Requirements For the Chen District to have been gotten. For two weeks to have gone by since the last district was gotten. At least one scouting mission of the district itself. Players: Min of 7 Key Points: More housing. The Watanabe District Requirements For the Jie Lu District to have been gotten. For two weeks to have gone by since the last district was gotten. At least one scouting mission of the district itself, a scouting mission of the enemies main base of operations, a rescue mission of the Goats. Players: Min of 10 Key Points: Save the Goats. Yishu Island Requirements For the Watanabe District to have been gotten. For two weeks to have gone by since the last district was gotten. At least one scouting mission of the district itself, a separate mission to take back the ferry, a siege of the Chen tower, unlock and free the city. Players: Min of 10 Key Points: Ferries and trade, unlock the city. MECHANICS The Tianrui District is in essence like Cloud Temple, at least in this eventline, monsters cannot get into it or otherwise and it cannot be lost. The first week of the event, district unlocking cannot begin just yet. Requirements must be met first before a team can attempt unlocking a district. Districts can be attempted to be unlocked every two weeks. Even after a district is gotten, if upkeep is not done, it can still be lost. RPly, people will not have access to their homes in the districts. OOCly, they can still store things and get to it. Taxes will not happen during this, after all, y’all rply don’t even have your homes. Challenges may include but are not limited to: -Monsters infesting the docks and climbing out of the water, preventing any further trade and immigrations, this one is for the murder hobos. -Monsters creeping through the slums, making for a dangerous horror-game-esque eventline. -Farms are ravaged, crippling the city’s food supply. This will require strategy to root out and keep out monsters, then keep farmers and farms safe. The eventline has not begun yet, you will know when it does. If you are interested in helping with the eventline: forum posts, builds, mats, planning and hosting the events themselves or otherwise, dm me at tadabug2000 or beautifulwatty#6584.
  15. [!] 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
  16. The ports of Oyashima, circa SA 12, 1808. Heat blistered against her skin, breaths coming frantic and short, cotton strained against her swollen belly. Sweat dotted her temples, feverish gaze sweeping across the port as the darkness of the night pressed in against her. Her gaze landed on the rocking ship, loud in her rushing ears as the moment came nigh. Guards exchanged posts, raucous laughter sounding as they exchanged strings of coin between greased palms, her coin; the last of it is clutched close. As the newly-arrived guards settle into their shift, one makes an excuse, dipping away from his partner on duty. Putrid, heavy breath hits her and the last of her coin is gone, clanking away in the guards pockets as a bruising grip finds its way to her wrist. Stumbling forward, her head ducked forward, tightly wound curls bouncing with her movement as she’s brought to the docks, nearest the boat. Niceties are exchanged between Guards, a commonality to see those dragging another individual off. Sweat soaked her neck, forehead scorching as her footsteps stumbled further upon the rickety ramp leading up towards the boat. Each movement lurched, stomach churning as bile rose, retching as acid burned her throat and she’s pulled in further amidst the all too loud waves smacking against the boat. Like sardine in a tin, she’s slid into a heavily confined space, a palm raising to shakily support her stomach and the other clutching at a rotting wood pillar, head lolling to rest against the scraping piece. Faces blurred before her, some old and some young, all with varying expressions: fear, apprehension, grief. Such a rare chance met with so many fleeing emotions, each creeping up on her as did her nausea. The filtered light of the lamps above goes dark as the brig slams closed, leaving only pitch black and heavy breaths. With the loss of one sense, the others only heighten, bringing the heavy scent of salt water and sweat to her nose as she lurched forward as the preparations to leave port soon began. Shouting sounds, indecipherable as blood rushes in her ears, footsteps pounding above as papers exchange. A cry is quieted, a worried fathers hand covering the near entirety of his daughter's face, almost suffocating in the darkness. Yasu’s vision faded in and out, time passing though she couldn’t be sure how long. Hours, days. Was it morning? The questions left her as her head bobbed back forward, all contents of her stomach long lost in the coming time that passed, consciousness hardly kept. A question barely reaches her, creeping away from grasping hands as light blared down into the pitch black brig for the first time in what felt like forever. Words are uttered, soon barked out as she couldn’t bring herself to quite catch them. Though, soon she’s hauled to her feet, unstable as she’s blindly pushed up the steps. The salty air of the sea met her flushed cheeks, head tilting back as sweat-soaked hair rustled, numb legs continuing its movement forward. Cries of relief follow her and the crack of a ramp being lowered sounds, eyes fluttering as she takes in the bustle of the new city. Trees soar high, homes of brick and terracotta reaching out into the distance as she’d stumble her way down, the first thing she could grasp in a while was that she was free. People, individuals crowd the docks, arms open as they welcome in families who fled. Her gaze swept over those there, each swipe causing dread to further sink into the depths of her stomach. She didn’t see him. Stumbling, searching, she spun desperately searching for a loved one. He should be here, he got away, didn’t he? Nothing made sense anymore, vision twisting as she collapsed to the ground, head cracking back against the cobbled alleyway. Something wet her legs, dark hand lifting as her blurred gaze took it in, disembodied as she faintly noted the feeling of being empty, weightless. Head lolling, she’d lost consciousness. On this day, one Goda Yasu, a refugee from the warring state of Oyashima died from prolonged sickness and childbirth. Her husband, Goda Botan had been thought to be separated from her in a previous escape attempt and within the Tai Ping district , body has never been recovered, sunk into the depths of the ocean at the ports of Oyashima. Goda Yusa - 1765 to 1808 [SA 12.] Goda Butan - 1764 to 1808 [SA 12.]
  17. OYASHIMAN FOR DUMMIES (GAIJIN) Hello, lowly peasant! I would like to begin with my congratulations at your capability to read, I am highly impressed! There are many reasons to have found this book: you may have noticed that even our peasants are happier than the nobility, more graceful, and more serene. Or perhaps you had recognized the inferiority of your culture, and wished to convert to a true society! I digress, today I am to give you a primer regarding the Oyashiman language, particularly with respect to everyday words that you may hear. I must warn you in advance, as someone with such a simple culture such as yourself may have difficulty in comprehending something so advanced. I will do my best to explain the cultural context under which you (as a member of the peasant classes, undoubtedly), would perhaps find yourself in these situations. San: This should be used mostly in common situations wherein they are referring to one of the same social class or occupation as themself. If they are referring to you as such, they are showing you much more respect than you understand and perhaps deserve. Sama: This is used in reference to those of a higher social class than you, who in that circumstance are neither familiar enough nor important enough for an occupational title. You should end everyone’s name with this. And I mean you, reader. Dono: This is used to refer to one’s liege lord. These people typically carry at least one sword on them every day (not necessarily, but quite often a katana). They are equivalent to your noblemen, you will never talk to them period. You shall use this for the people who are carrying such a blade. Tono: This is to refer to the head of one’s clan, if one serves under another member of their clan. Again, you will never speak to someone in such a manner, as they are far too important for your time. But now you know. Chan: Typically used to indicate a young female the speaker is familiar with. You will not be so familiar with our women, you will never use this. Even those children are considered of a higher social class than you. See Sama. Kun Chan, but for boys. The same rules apply. Do not be so familiar with our children. See Sama. Senpai Used to refer to an individual student within a martial art school or a student of bujutsu (a samurai in training) that is older than you, you should avoid people using this term if they do not appear to be doing either of those things. Kohai/kouhai This is a term used to refer to a student within a martial art school or a student of bujutsu (a samurai in training) that is younger than you, you should avoid people using this term if they do not appear to be doing either of those things. Sensei: Used to refer to a teacher of some form of martial art. Typically applied to skilled swordsmen, but can also be applied to any trade or craft wherein someone is typically skilled. If the speaker is addressing an individual wherein this does not appear to be the case, avoid the speaker. These are the ones that you, a gaijin, would perhaps hear most commonly on the street. Of course there are many more, however I am sure you are already having difficulty understanding the complexities of the great Oyashiman culture. This is understandable. Next we shall begin with the study of greetings and goodbyes. I shall show you the word, and then explain when it is used: Ohayou/ohayou-gozaimasu: This is used during the morning as a greeting. You will use the second of the two, always. Konnichiwa: This is used before morning but after dark. Konbanwa: This is used after dark, this is not the same as good night. Oyasumi/Oyasuminasai: These are the ways you would give your final goodbye to someone. You will always use the latter of the two. It is the most formal. You will use it. This concludes the topic of greetings and goodbyes. Now we will begin with units of measurement, as these are what we, as the body of the world, use. As is the superior custom, we will utilize our measurement system, not an inferior gaijin system. It is important to note that only the nobility are the ones with coins, or at least they are the wealthier merchants. As such, it is simple: Kan: This is the unit of weight of one bag of rice harvested by a villein (or peasant, as you might understand the name). However, it is much more than that. It is a representation of the work that was incurred in the harvesting of that rice. It is a useful bartering tool, as the merchants and smiths will value their labor and efforts through how much rice it would have put on their family’s table. Do not worry about our coin, you should not use it. Use the Kan, gaijin. Shaku: It is roughly equivalent to one… I forget the word. It begins with an f. Foot. That is the word. Do make mental note that there are many, many more systems and words used depending on the context of what is being produced or procured, to include garments, carpentry, and the like. These are all you will be expected to know. Learn them and use them. This concludes Oyashiman For Dummies (Gaijin). If you disagree with me, you admit to being an individual that needed to read this in the first place to understand Oyashiman. This argument does not hold up, I do not care. None of us will care. Please finish your business and be on your way. Thank you.
  18. THE YONG PING ARMY the Warriors of Yong Ping DEFINITION The People’s Army of Yong Ping, also named the Yong Ping Army, are a force of volunteering and conscripted citizens alongside allied mercenaries who have chosen to take up arms in the name of protecting the people of Yong Ping. Whether it be against an internal or external threat, the YPA and its Soldiers are purpose-trained to their specific duties. The most soldiers or regular ranks are familiarly known as Zhànshì or Lion Guard, whilst the commissioned officers are known as Guān or Dragon Guard. The Army has a strict code of honor, which all soldiers regardless of rank must follow. The soldiers stand as a representation of Yong Ping itself, alongside its history and its population. Hence they must portray utmost honor and bravery in every given scenario before them. The Yong Ping Army is divided into two Regiments. Those being the Zhànshì Regiment and the Bushi Regiment. The soldiers and officers of the Zhànshì Regiment specialize in siege work alongside community services, while the counterparts in the Bushi Regiment are trained and exercised specifically in the art of cavalry and tax collection. Both Regiments have a unique culture within them, yet follow the same ranking structure and code of honor: Their purpose is twofold; To serve and protect Yong Ping. HISTORY Formed as a defensive volunteer force conscripted from the City’s population, the Yong Ping Army has stood proudly as a protective barrier against all dangers and threats posed against the people of Yong Ping for many years. The Tianrui zhànshì have long stood a bulwark against that which would harm their people, serving as protectors and monster hunters in the past. With the growth of numbers in their countrymen joining them in the West though, they soon realized they alone could not uphold this duty alone. Tianrui Ren saw to the establishment and training of a civilian defense force in their then resident district in Talon's Port, a group which would be known as the Tai Ping People's Army. The militia at the time was aided in numbers as needed by the Icathian Company, an ally who continues to stand by Yong Ping and her people in valued service to this day. With an even further surge in population and founding of Yong Ping, the YPA was formally established and the handbook written as a guide of conduct and service for all enlisted. New supply requisition was contracted out to the local San Xiong Di Company, outfitting the ranks with the finest the city had to offer. It was also during this time that two main regiments were established. The Zhànshì, a regiment of Li-Ren under the command of then Duhu Tinarui Ren specializing in siege equipment and civil service; and the Bushi, a regiment of Oyashimans under the command of then Sōchō Masamune Musashi specializing in cavalry and tax collection. Whilst specializing in different categories, the two served the same purpose and remain flexible in duty to fill needs as required. In modern Yong Ping, the Zhànshì regiment serves as the sole pillar of the YPA in both law enforcement and city defense under the command of Duhu Tianrui Ryu. Stationed in the east wall side Long Keep, the crimson and gold uniform can be seen patrolling all districts as symbols of safety and security in the Jade State. BENEFITS After joining the Army of Yong Ping, the soldiers receive a number of benefits. These are: ⦁ A tax reduction for housing within Yong Ping ⦁ Yearly payment in form of minae ⦁ Free healthcare for treatments of any kind ⦁ Material benefits for the soldier’s specific needs ⦁ Free equipment maintained by the Army ⦁ Access to facilities and amenities of Long Keep HOW TO JOIN To join the Yong Ping Army, fill out the following form with your information: Minecraft Username: Discord Username: (Can be omitted from public application if sent via forum PM) Character Name: Character Age: Citizenship: (Yes/No) Reason for application:
  19. OVERVIEW OF THE JADE COURT FOREWORD Upon the introduction of Nobility within the Jade State of Yong Ping, a Jade Court has formed. With the goal of introducing various things and aspects of life to the newly named Nobility of Yong Ping; a series of measures have been taken to set up what is sure to be a good time. In order to achieve this, a number of positions are being introduced and will be granted to those taking an active part in the initial setup of the Jade Courts. Leading Lady of the Court The Leading Lady of the Court is the highest ranking court position in the Jade Court, they are an individual that takes on a role different than that of the Senate in court matters, ensuring a standard is met for that of the Nobility of the Jade State of Yong Ping. Tasked with setting the example, they are expected to keep up and set the standard for those to follow. They ensure the court is running smoothly with all the essentials it may need. Alongside this, is the hiring of Senior and Junior Court ladies meant to act as a second in all aspects of the Courts. Senior Court Lady The Senior Court Lady is the second highest ranking court position in the Jade Court, they are an individual directly hired by the Leading Lady of the Court and is someone meant to work closely with them with the upkeep of standards and expectations. They conduct the interviews of the heads of the Jade Directorate, are in charge of the updating of Court staff for the public, alongside keeping on top of Court matters. Junior Court Lady The Junior Court Lady of the Jade Court can be a tedious role, as the third highest ranking court position, they are tasked with a primarily management role. Helping to conduct interviews for the lower positions of the Courts, namely Wards and Retainers, they then bring this to the upper-levels for approval. Alongside this is the organization of the courts, keeping a close eye on Court matters and doing the various tasks delegated to them by their higher-ups. The Jade Directorate of the Temple The Jade Directorate of the Temple is hired directly by the Senior Court Lady and is in charge of the expansion of religion within the Jade State of Yong Ping. They are to direct ceremonies in the temple itself, keep to the care of Monks quarters and introduce new Monks to the way of Temple life. The Jade Directorate of Ceremonies The Jade Directorate of Ceremonies is hired directly by the Senior Court Lady and is in charge of various events and matters within the Court. They are tasked with the introduction of games, traditions and to ensure each thing is more exciting then the last. They are to interview and speak with potential Curators of the Jade Court and to introduce new and fun ways of doing things. The Jade Directorate of Court Seals The Jade Directorate of Court Seals is hired directly by the Senior Court Lady and is in charge of the court archives, the keeping of important documents and the introduction of new ones. They are to keep the Court relevant, with the finding of various art pieces, bringing forth traditions old and new and keeping a keen eye to our history. The Jade Directorate of Servitude The Jade Directorate of Servitude is hired directly by the Senior Court Lady and is in charge of the lower levels of the court, interviewing potential Servants and other various positions such as the Court Goat Caretaker and delegating them their tasks. Ensuring the court is fully stocked with necessities, they are to keep the cabinets full, the lower positions running smoothly and ensure the Court standards are upheld. A Jade Court Retainer A Jade Court Retainer is one that doesn’t come directly beneath a Noble family of the Jade State but instead under the Jade Court itself. They do not have specific tasks set, as Retainers can be hired on for any number of reasons, depending on talent and ability. They are called upon when their particular set of talents are needed within the Courts, i.e. varying performances, origami work. A Jade Court Ward A Jade Court Ward is one that doesn’t come directly beneath a Noble family of the Jade State but instead the Jade Court itself. They are often set menial tasks, giving them an education as they’re raised amongst the courts. They’ll often be found delivering missives, being set tasks from varying Directorates, among other things that’ll allow them to learn the ins and outs of the Court at a young age. A Jade Court Curator A Jade Court Curator is not a direct part of the Court but still an important position in of itself. They are interviewed and can come from any settlement or nation, provided they have something valuable to offer. This can be mainly considered a merchant role, where artists may be invited in, jewelers or other various skills certified to sell within the Jade Court. A Jade Court Servant A Servant of the Jade Court can mean a variety of things, as they are set a variety of tasks from those of the Directorate. Most often, you’d see them conducting tea ceremonies for the various meetings happening within the Court, ensuring a standard of cleanliness is upkept and serving during various functions. The Jade Court Goat Caretaker A highly important and respected position is that of the Court Goat Caretaker, the Goats within the Jade State have become a national animal that the government and citizenry alike strives to protect and care for. The Jade Court Goat Caretaker is to ensure the housing and cleanliness of Goats, their protection from any would-be harmers, training and other various measures that would need to be taken to constitute proper care. AFTERWORD With the creation of the Jade Court, there is much work to come. Those of varying talents and skill sets are welcome as we usher in a new era under the reforms of the Jade State. As each pillar we shall soon stand steady upon is constructed, we will need the people, you, to help us in this endeavor. With the official announcement of positions, the Jade Court begins their search for those to take us high and prosper. “No mud, no lotus.” Signed, Chen Yunya, the Auspicious Minister of Interior and Revenue of the Jade State of Yong Ping and Leading Lady of the Courts and Arts.
  20. 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, Tianrui Ryu The citizenry votes for the next Mayor shall be conducted and held within the Jade State, allowing those who filled out the Census to vote for their peoples representative and Mayor, lasting a duration of three Dragons days. Section Jit: On Voting In order to vote, an individual must have applied to the most recent Census, otherwise it’d be null and void. If the Census had not been filled out, the individual must wait until the next Census comes out. A voter must be of the age sixteen and above. The Jade Mayoral Campaign voting period will last two Dragons days before being closed. [!] A form is attached below for those wishing to vote.
  21. 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, Tianrui Ryu 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 53 to SA 54 of the Deep Cold. [!] A form is attached below for those wishing to declare their intention to campaign.
  22. 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, Tianrui Ryu 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. Once the census is posted, those have one Dragons week to fill it out to be considered valid. 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 A. 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. B. They are given citizens rights referred to in the Jade State of Yong Pings laws. The Jade Census will last three Dragons months, from SA 52 to SA 63 of the Deep cold. Individual Census Form Head of Household Census Form
  23. With Tianrui Ryus campaign to be the next Zhu made public, the Chen Household has decided to support him full-heartedly as they did his predecessor, Tianrui Ren. As with support, comes means of how they'll do so, especially with the various things being introduced to the Jade State. They have taken note that compared to the last Zhus focus on religion, this one in particular is focused on that of the Military, these following gifts meant to symbolize that. 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 A chest worth of iron dedicated to the military from their very own stores. A chest worth of meat provisions dedicated to the military from their very own stores. A blade that had been used by the first Zhu, Li Xiuying, herself. And Long in the works, the government farmhouse will be revealed with well-kept horses meant for the military, alongside a way to further the meat stores longterm. 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. 陈 文平 Yunya of the Chen Household, Minister of Interior and leading lady of the Arts.
  24. 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!
  25. 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
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