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  1. Treaty of Yong Ping, 1849 Agreed on the 4th of Horen’s Calling, 1849 / 4th of Snow’s Maiden, 53 of the Second Age By the Holy Orenian Empire and the Jade State of Yong Ping Renewed early, with additional provisions. Article I - Recognition of Sovereignty The Holy Orenian Empire and the Jade State of Yong Ping (henceforth ‘the signatories’) recognize each other’s Realms as independent lands ruled by their respective leaders, and will make no attempt to subvert those authorities governing them. Article II - Territorial Boundaries The territory to the south of Oltremont and the east of Yong Ping will be maintained as per the previous agreement signed in 1820, with the Holy Orenian Empire ruling over the easternmost half and the Jade State over the westernmost ((Tile 66A/66B)). The cost of developing and maintaining the aforementioned territory will continue to be split evenly between the governments of Yong Ping and the Holy Orenian Empire. All other territorial recognitions and agreements made in the previous 1820 treaty are reaffirmed by the signatories. Article III - Defensive The Signatories agree to support and defend one another to the full extent of their military, economic and political capacity, in the case wherein any nation or paramilitary polity attacks, intends to attack, or declares war upon a signatory in an aggressive manner. In the case wherein the Signatories would come into conflict with allies bearing treaties of defense, or military alliance; the signatories shall not be required to offer military, political, or economic aid to their fellow signatory but cannot offer aid to their respective allies for the duration of the conflict. Article IV - Trade Signatories will adhere to the following terms regarding trade: Signatories will trade specialty goods free of tariff, including in cases of purchase, exchange, or bartering Signatories will reserve the option to host a ferry in their docks to the other’s port. The ferry’s cost will be split between both signatories equally, including the construction and upkeep costs. Article V - Passage The Signatories will allow free passage for civilians or refugees through their respective territories, under the law of both nations. The road to Yong Ping passing through Orenian territory will not be obstructed to such individuals. The Signatories will cooperate militarily to keep the region free of bandits. Article VI - Anti-Azdrazi Provision The Signatories shall cooperate and assist one another in the eradication of the vile race of heretics and Iblees spawn known as Azdrazi. This provision will compel them to share intelligence and assist each other in operations pertaining to the destruction of the Azdrazi, where those actions are not against the Sovereign interests of their respective Signatory. Article VII - Acceptance of a Patron Saint The Signatories shall appoint and accept a Patron Saint, Nafis of Al-Dirahk ‘the uncut diamond’, as the patron saint for the Jade State of Yong Ping and the Canonists visiting and living within the boundaries of the Jade State of Yong Ping. A shrine to St. Nafis will be maintained within the Jade State. Article VIII - Violations In the case wherein either signatory is found by the other to be in violation of this pact, all articles shall remain in effect for the next two years, while the signatories search for diplomatic resolutions according to the articles of this document. Article IX - Duration This treaty shall expire after twenty years. It may be renewed by mutual consent of both signatories. Signed, His Imperial Majesty, Philip II, by the grace of GOD Holy Orenian Emperor, forever August, King of Renatus, Curon, Kaedrin, Salvus, and Seventis, Defender of the Faith, Grand Duke of Ves, Duke of Helena, Novellen and Lorraine, Baron of Renzfeld, Protector of the Heartlanders, Orenian Highlanders, and Farfolk, etcetera Signed, Her Excellency, Anna d’Arkent, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Signed, Tianrui Ryu, Patriarch and Zhu of the Jade State of Yong Ping Signed, Chen Yunya, Minister of Interior of the Jade State of Yong Ping
  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 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 Senate Clerk, 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
  3. OOC The following parchment may only be viewed and interacted with by @PeachLova, unless shared with others ICly. “To Wen Zi Shu, The recent occurrences of this dragon’s day lay with great displeasure in my heart. The actions portrayed by members of your household dishonor not only our ancestors, but also the whole of our nation. As a statesman yourself, I hope you understand that such actions must go neither unexplained nor unpunished. While the issue stands unresolved and unexplained, I am hereby suspending yourself from any offices within the Jade State’s government you had held thus far. I expect swift correspondence. Signed, Tianrui Ryu, Zhu of the Jade State of Yong Ping”
  4. 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.
  5. THE DRAGON’S RISE “Honor and Service” During the winterly and cold day of the 4th of the Amber’s Cold, the birds had seized their chirps long ago, the bards played songs in the streets of the Jade State of Yong Ping in their stead, only to be interrupted by the sound of large and loud gongs tolling from each corner of the city. The citizens and visitors to the nation rushed to the government building with eyes of great interest and began waiting for an announcement, their eyes blooming from interest and curiosity. Shortly after a crowd had gathered, a clerk to the Jade Council stepped before the crowd and cleared his throat and said ... “As the sun sets upon the second era of the twin dragon, a new one arises from its former shadow. I stand here before you in the name of the Jade Council to announce that our Chancellor Tianrui Ryu has been elected into the office of Zhu by a majority of eighty percent by the jade council. Thus, he is to be officially inaugurated into the service of the people of the Jade State as Zhu.” Spoke the Clerk to the crowd with a loud and fiery voice. Following the announcement, the Clerk steps into the yard and begins to nail parchments of this news throughout the city. He then turns inside to the government building and begins to make preparations for the event. He begins by sending a letter of invitation to all allies of the Jade State for them to convene at the inauguration of Tianrui Ryu. OOC: ((The Event shall take place upon Wednesday the 24th at 5 PM EST))
  6. The following parchment may be found throughout the Jade State of Yong Ping and her streets, as well as the surrounding countryside. “Honor and Service” To my fellow citizens, Our Jade State has grown from a small district to the nation we all cherish and are proud of today. It is through the hard work and innovative thinking of citizens such as the great statesmen and stateswomen who have come before me and are my contemporaries, as well as their service and loyalty of the citizens of Yong Ping that our homeland has grown and evolved into a place of peace, prosperity and security for those who call the Jade State their home. Throughout the history of our nation, be it our beginning, or our current years, Yong Ping has been protected by the shield and sword of the Twin Dragon, with each head being a loyal servant and protector of the Jade State and her citizens. However, with the recent resignation of our second Zhu Tianrui Ren, the second era of the Twin Dragon comes to its end and with it our nation loses one of its greatest. Though as it always has been and always shall be, as one of the two heads of the Twin Dragon lays downward, a new head arises to serve and protect the citizens of the Jade State of Yong Ping. It is with the aforementioned in recognition, that I humbly accept the recommendation by our former Zhu, Tianrui Ren, to serve the people of our nation and to continue my service to them that I have done not only as Chancellor but before that as Duhu and to henceforth with the council’s recognition as the successor of our former Zhu, Tianrui Ren. It shall be, as always has been, my dearest goal as your humble servant to place not only the security, prosperity and stability of our Nation at my heart, but to also ensure that the Twin Dragon stands between the citizens of Yong Ping and any threat of both external and internal nature. Just as during my time as Duhu and Chancellor, I shall serve the people of Yong Ping in order to keep peace and safety as words which define us, as words over which our ancestors shall be greatly proud. I hence say to the citizens of our Nation, as I say to those who shall serve the people of Yong Ping as I shall: I bear nothing to offer but blood, sweat, and honor. No Mud, No Lotus. Signed, Tianrui Ryu, Chancellor of Yong Ping
  7. 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:
  8. [!] Elegantly scribed rice paper flyers are hung around Yong Ping! Year of the Dog 狗年 Festival The Dog, being a loyal, faithful and brave animal. While being our best friends for centuries. Due to this, the tea house will celebrate this animal by hosting a story session. Here a senior citizen, who stayed faithful and loyal to our ideals, will tell the guests about Yong Ping's history and culture. During the telling, the tea house staff will offer tea for a price. Join us in the Yong Ping Tianrui Teahouse for an event sponsored and hosted by the Tianrui Teahouse - Sun’s Smile, Year 47 of the Second Age. Event Planning, Tianrui Paraskevi Event Hosting, Tianrui Ren OOC: Sunday 24th October, 4pm EST in the Yong Ping Tianrui Teahouse
  9. Created and published by Chen Yunya Transcribed by some poor passerby ┏━°⌜ 赤い糸 ⌟°━┓ 冰冻三尺,非一日之寒。 Bīngdòng sān chǐ, fēi yīrì zhī hán. "It takes more than one cold day for a river to freeze a meter deep." ┗━°⌜ 赤い糸 ⌟°━┛ ┏━°⌜ 赤い糸 ⌟°━┓ 吃得苦中苦,方为人上人。 Chī dé kǔzhōngkǔ, fāng wéi rénshàngrén. Enduring deepening pain is how man ascends. ┗━°⌜ 赤い糸 ⌟°━┛
  10. 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 ⌟°━┛
  11. Moon Festival 中秋节 The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is one of the most celebrated eastern festivals amongst the citizens of Yong Ping. Little is known of how the celebration started, but, legend has it that several thousand centuries ago, the world was once tormented by seven demonic suns, plaguing the realm with ghastly eternal heat, and to face these terrible foe was one man alone, a skilled hunter. Rewarded by the kami for his heroic feat for shooting down the seven suns, he was given an elixir of eternal life; however, the elixir was only fit for one life and the hunter was already blessed, happy with his life on earth with his beautiful and loving wife. The two were troubled by the thought of ever being apart, and so, they had decided to instead keep the bottle of immortality safe from the greed and evil of man. One fateful night when the hunter was out, one of the hunter’s students had broken into the home intending to steal the potion. Caught in a crossfire between handing over the potion, the hunter’s wife drank the elixir and became the moon goddess, whisked away to the moon leaving the poor hunter alone. The hunter, every night, would search desperately for his wife’s figure on the seemingly lifeless orb, but each time they met for three days in mid-autumn, he would prepare for her mooncakes, taro, and a large assortment of delicacies that she once enjoyed and food that she could take there on the moon. This coming celebration, the citizens of Almaris are cordially invited to celebrate with the families of Yong Ping the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival. It is encouraged that families bring along their children for the activities, as well as the many different foods that will be on display. Itinerary OOC: Friday 6:00 PM EST Mooncake Making Contest Ever wanted to learn how to make a tasty eastern pastry? How about ruining it and getting paid for it? Well now you can! Contestants participating in this activity will be given a brief summary of how a mooncake is made before being put to the test to make their own styles of mooncake. A number of three to four judges will pick the best mooncake out of the lot and give the grand prize of 30 yen AND an additional special item to the Mooncake Making Contest. Crab Cooking Contest Get ready to flaunt your culinary expertise with the fresh local catch known as hairy crab, caught during the cooler periods of the dragon year due to its abundance in meat and flavor. The three winners of this contest will be rewarded with a limited edition culinary Li-Ren knife with the prize winner receiving 30 mina. Mid-Autumn Festival Firework Show OOC: Saturday 6:00 PM EST The Lion Dance Coming together to celebrate in unity, the acrobats in Yong Ping will perform a dragon dance for the citizens of Almaris to enjoy; only able to be seen inside the walls of the Jade State. Lantern Floating Ceremony After sunset, a small and short ceremony will be done in honor of Chang’e, the moon goddess. Citizens can participate and even make their own lantern for this special event. OOC: Sunday 7:00 PM EST Dragon Boat Racing Racing across the waters of Yong Ping, participants get the chance to compete in a battle against time, skill, and endurance. At the very end of the Mid-Autumn festival, large constructs will be set on the water which players must avoid while getting to the end; blindfolded. The prize will be disclosed day-of the race. Mid-Autumn Festival Firework Show [OOC] Attire Although optional, players can participate even further in the cultural aspects of this event with some of the hanfus us skinners have prepared! You can either buy a hanfu from one of our talented skinners in the Yong Ping discord (contact me Gamma Rose#0258) or make one yourself with pre-made templates made weeks prior to making this post :D HANFUS - FREE TO USE: https://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/free-to-use-honey-melon/ https://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/freetouse-faux-love/ TEMPLATES - FREE TO EDIT: https://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/free-to-edit-template-hanfu-4/ https://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/free-to-edit-redone-template-hanfu-3/ https://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/free-to-edit-redone-template-hanfu-2/ https://www.planetminecraft.com/skin/free-to-edit-redone-template-hanfu-1/
  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. You are hereby invited to the wedding vow renewals of Tianrui Ren and Tianrui Delphina! [!] A portrait of Tianrui Ren and Tianrui Delphina. Parade The long-awaited and auspicious vow renewal will first begin with a parade as is traditional. The bride will be met at the Tianrui household, where she will 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 Heaven and the Land, Family and Ancestors, and then each other 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 all of Yong Ping, with a handful of distinguished invitations. Tianrui Lina Yehenara Jieru Tianrui Leo Tianrui Paraskevi Tianrui Ryuji Tianrui Kai Tianrui Mei Tianrui Rei Tianrui Meixing Tianrui Fumi Tianrui Chesi Tianrui Zhi Shan Tianrui San Tianrui Carla Tianrui Ji Tianrui Galilean Tianrui Suihe Retainer Maelstrom Watanabe Shiro Watanabe Akemi Watanabe Tsukiya Watanabe Goichi Chancellor Nanako Hirano Secretariat Chen Twilight Minister of Interior Chen Yunya Minister of Justice Chen Wenping Minister of Foreign Affairs Atsuki Waythe Minister of Rites Kamiyama Izanami Minister of Education Cirice And their respective families Emir of the Fakhr Emirate, Hakim Bin Mutayr Al-Hattan Nai'b al-Emir, Azzam Bin Hakim Al-Hattan Elmirah and Sheikha, Esmae bint Saqr Al-Nabeel Sheikh of the Haybah, Mishal Bin Faris Al-Haybah Sheikh of the Hamad, Utayr Bin Amr Al-Hamad Sheikh of the Haddad, Thamer "Al-Ahmar" Al-Haddad And their respective families Monarch of Vortice, Queen Lenora Jusmia Doctor Sana Medii’la Silas Astasel Sylvain Sanguine And their respective families Lady Anna d’Arkent and her family Aerilith Oakenarrow and his family Li Xiuying and her family Wen Zi Shu Takai Eiji and his family Masamune Musashi and his family Signed, Tianrui Ren, Patriarch and Zhu of Yong Ping
  15. 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 ⌟°━┛
  16. 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.
  17. [!] Rice paper scrolls scribed in tight, swooping strokes are hung around Yong Ping and neighboring cities. Dragon's Rebirth Celebration (“Along the River During the Qingming Festival”) It is my pleasure to extend an invitation to the friends of Yong Ping, who were steadfast through our most trying times. All are welcome to join in celebration of our newly constructed Yong Ping and the auspicious friends that helped us to achieve it. Festivities shall take place in the Tianrui Teahouse at Tianrui 28 in two Dragon’s Days of this missive’s posting. the river creek flows bubbles, bright under summer sun, bright too- my heart Event Agenda Reception Reception shall take place to allow all to arrive and become settled in a timely manner, introduce themselves to new friends, and enjoy complimentary refreshments before the performance begins. Performance A lineup of local cultural performances shall grace the teahouse stage, featuring a dance of magical proportions to premier a range of traditional dance and music of the zither. Feast Once the performance has concluded, guests are invited to enjoy the rest of the evening in the teahouse in good company and good spirit. Direct invitations are sent out to the following. Emir of the Fakhr Emirate, Hakim Bin Mutayr Al-Hattan Nai'b al-Emir, Azzam Bin Hakim Al-Hattan Elmirah and Sheikha, Esmae bint Saqr Al-Nabeel Sheikh of the Haybah, Mishal Bin Faris Al-Haybah Sheikh of the Hamad, Utayr Bin Amr Al-Hamad Sheikh of the Haddad, Thamer "Al-Ahmar" Al-Haddad HIM John VIII and his pedigree HE Simon Pruiva-Provins Lady Anna d'Arkent HRM Heinrik Barbanov II and the Barbanov royal family Ser Karl Amador and his knight squire Monarch of Vortice, Princess Athri Onfroi-Belrose and her Council Crown Prince of Ando Alur, Vulnir Syllar and his Council Grandmaster Naffog Hennington and the Crimson Edict Duke Eugeo de Astrea of Elysium and his Council Signed, Tianrui Ren, Patriarch and Zhu of Yong Ping Signed, Yunya of the Chen Household, Minister of Interior and Revenue and Leading Lady of the Arts
  18. [!] 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.
  19. THE SUMMER'S END - A FESTIVAL OF LOVE A YONG PING TRADITION [MUSIC] With her dying breath, she professed her love to him, and only him. Forlorn wishes to forgo her royal duty and be with the man who truly mattered. And the promise to wait. Over the bridge between life and death, until his time had come and he could join her to the afterlife. This end of the First Seed, join the citizens of Yong Ping in celebrating the gift of love. The Summer’s End Festival of Love will be a celebration of all forms. Enhanced by the talents of the nation’s citizenry - The arts of song and dance, spanning from each of the unique cultures residing within the Jade State. Joined by a massive banquet catering to those in attendance. Attendees are encouraged to dress formally. Free to indulge in the lavish silks of Oyashiman and Li-Ren culture. Or that of their own, if they so please. ITINERARY [OOC: Friday, August 20th. 7:00 PM EST] The Main Banquet A mix of Li-Ren and Oyashiman cuisine will be served to those in attendance. Group and private tables offered in the like. In addition to a wide selection of drinks to those over the age of eighteen. Song and Dance A set of performers will grace the night. All of varying background to the delight of attendees. In addition to so, music will be played to background an open dance floor for those interested in partaking. The Story of the Princess and the Scholar The legend that inspired the festival - The unfortunate circumstance of a Li-Ren princess having fallen for a palace scholar. The story will be performed in dance. Towards the end of the performance, a fireworks show will close the festival.
  20. “For without mud, we’d be without lotus.” The Gratitude of a Healing Dragon An old proverb and beloved saying of the military and citizenry alike describes our current situation perfectly, that being: “No mud, no lotus.” For those not entirely versed in Li-Ren proverbs, mud must form first for the lovely lotus blossoms to grow and we apply that to now. The tsunami may have grown large and came down heavy, wrecking everything in its path but through the power of belief and faith, it’d split just before the temple and thus spared the lives of the citizenry. Now, we rebuild. Akin to a Phoenix reborn from the ashes, bricks being laid and belongings salvaged. How disaster can reveal the true beauty of things is an interesting feat. Bringing people together in ways never imagined and allowing any previous concepts to wash away. The Jade State of Yong Ping gratefully accepts the offered assistance as they heal and grow. Our homes may have broken and washed away but when a bone breaks, it only comes back stronger and the Jade States backbone will be stronger than ever. Let us usher in a prosperous time, of love and laughter, abundance and auspicious moments. When the city comes to a point of reconstruction, we would like to extend an invite to the Duchy of Elysium to join us in celebrations within the teahouse. For then, we will have healed. Signed, Yunya of the Chen Household, Minister of Interior and Revenue and leading lady of the Arts of Yong Ping Signed, Tianrui Ren, Patriarch and Chancellor of Yong Ping
  21. [!] Rice paper scrolls scribed in tight, swooping strokes are hung around Yong Ping. 5th of Snow Maiden, SA 36 It is with heavy heart that we learn of Xiong Mei’s passing. Friends, family, and any who would wish to pay respects are invited to a funeral service held in the Tianrui Teahouse on the next Dragon’s Day. A meditation shall be led by myself before any who wish to speak of her life may come forth, and offerings placed for the cremation. Signed, Tianrui Ren
  22. 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.
  23. [!] Rice paper scrolls scribed in tight, swooping strokes are hung around Yong Ping and neighboring cities. The red wax seal emblazoned with the golden roaring maw of the Long Dragon. 13th of Amber Cold, SA 35 With the stepping down of Li Xiu-Ying as Zhu, the first era of Twin Dragons has come to end. In the next, I offer to continue the work I have done as Chancellor - to put myself forward in service to the people as Zhu. Through pirate slavers on our shore, through tsunami wreaking terrible destruction on our city, I promise we can see through to a new dawn on Yong Ping. It is my prerogative to prioritise our people’s religion within Yong Ping. I know the importance of Huajiao’s presence in any Easterner’s life from my time, especially now as a student of the Yujin Monastery. With this, I would remove the separation of faith and state. As surely the soundness of mind and self afforded by Huajiao, Tsaoism, Shidoism, Kami worship, and their respective schools shall benefit us- so too shall the renewed community found within. With community in mind, I shall also be seeking to better support those who hold citizenship in Yong Ping. Work in the Yong Ping People’s Army (hereafter referred to as the YPA) of course affords free housing, food, and medical care to those in active service- however the aspect of military life does not appeal to all. There are two major changes I would wish to put forward. The first of which being that service in the YPA shall also afford one free tutelage sponsored by the state. The second of which is to make more clear to those in service that not all duties of the YPA are martial in nature. We have need of smiths, carpenters, cooks, and lorekeepers in the Long Keep. If you wish to avail of state services, the YPA is here for you, so you may be here for your community. Especially in these times, we must stand together against all threats. Citizenship shall no longer be mandatory to live within the walls of Yong Ping, however it shall afford the holder better opportunities. The first shall be priority granted to housing, allowing citizens proper and suitable accommodation, as well as access to higher districts. The second shall be of course eligibility to seek employment in the YPA, and further any government office. With an ever burgeoning populace, more are always needed to fill the offices of the Jade State. The third is already written but worth noting, that citizens are afforded full rights as written in The Official Laws of the City State of Yong Ping. We have all lost much, our homes, property, Ancestral Heirlooms for some even. What we still have though, is each other. The work to rebuild shall be hard, but worth the effort to grow to new heights. As it was with the founding of Tai Ping, then Yong Ping, we shall rebuild ever greater. After all; no mud, no lotus. Signed, Tianrui Ren, Patriarch and Chancellor of Yong Ping
  24. THE YOUTH EXPOSE A SHOWCASE OF OUR NATION'S FINEST OOC Credit: Mo Dao Zu Shi Yiling Hunt A river shall never run backward, and a person shall never recapture their youth. However, one should take every chance to showcase his or herself at their very best - Upon their most prime years. For when they succumb to the sands of time, they can look back in pride as yet another upstanding individual who made their mark. The delegation of Yong Ping invites all to its first ever showcase. An expose set to shine a light upon the many talents of its younger populace. Set to last two dragon days. The first opening with various competitions that will set the tone for the second. A hunt with many stakes for those involved. ITINERARY [OOC: Saturday, July 31st 7:00 PM EST] Expose in Archery For those participating, a bow and a quiver of arrows will be allowed. Participants will compete with one another in showcasing their finesse with the bow. In a series of rounds about a course of varying levels of difficulty, that will conclude with a winner. OOC NOTE: A bow and stack of arrows will be provided to each contestant. Contestants will be shooting mechanically. Expose in Equestrianism Participants will be allowed a stallion of the finest choosing to showcase their knowledge in equestrianism. Whereas each rider will be timed on how they navigate a complex obstacle course. Expose in the Arts To conclude the first day, a competition will be held for various talents. A panel of judges will be set to choose a winner from those participating. Those skilled in dance, song, or instrument are heartily encouraged to join. [OOC: Sunday, August 1st 6:00 PM EST] The Great Night Hunt Details pertaining to the beasts hunted the day of will be withheld from participants. However, hints towards the nature of the beasts will be disclosed to the winners of the individual showcasing of the previous day. A maximum of four groups will be allowed. With a maximum of three per group. Those wishing to oversee the hunt will be allowed access to a series of secure stands. (OOC: Thorough instructions will be disclosed at the event. The event will last as long as needed. Coordination and cooperation are heavily encouraged.) To those in attendance, show your pride. Come donned in the colors of your family, or people. Wear sigils and sing songs of past glories.
  25. 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.
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