This page will provide a summary of life in the Empire of the Fang.
On the matter of naming
In the Empire of the Fang it is traditional for people to arrange their name in the following formation “[Clan Name] [Family Name] [Personal Name].”
This tradition has spread throughout the Empire, even being adopted by isolated tribes of Goliaths and Firbolgs, although they tend to substitute the name of their tribe or an ancestor since they are not typically members of a named clan.
For example: Naoki of the family Nakanishi, proud members of the Blood Clan would be known as Blood Nakanishi Naoki, although it is permitted to use just a personal name in more informal surroundings.
Helpful name generator
This campaign world is Wuxia themed and as such we recommend the use of Japanese or Chinese names, some generators are listed below:
The Heavenly Virtues
It is the mistaken belief of a handful of devious heretics that once the proud and honourable race of Gnolls were little better than black hearted beasts, this changed the four primeval shaman bound themselves to greater spirits, receiving power in return for following the code that the spirits laid down. This code was adopted by their ancestors and formed the basis for the Heavenly Virtues a code of eight virtues adhered to by all honourable people throughout the Empire.
- Righteousness: Be acutely honest throughout your dealings with all people. Believe in justice, not from other people, but from yourself. To the true warrior, all points of view are deeply considered regarding honesty, justice and integrity. Warriors make a full commitment to their decisions.
- Heroic Courage: Hiding like a turtle in a shell is not living at all. A true warrior must have heroic courage. It is absolutely risky. It is living life completely, fully and wonderfully. Heroic courage is not blind. It is intelligent and strong.
- Benevolence, Compassion: Through intense training and hard work the true warrior becomes quick and strong. They are not as most people. They develop a power that must be used for good. They have compassion. They help their fellow men at every opportunity. If an opportunity does not arise, they go out of their way to find one.
- Respect: True warriors have no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. Warriors are not only respected for their strength in battle, but also by their dealings with others. The true strength of a warrior becomes apparent during difficult times.
- Integrity: When warriors say that they will perform an action, it is as good as done. Nothing will stop them from completing what they say they will do. They do not have to ‘give their word’. They do not have to ‘promise’. Speaking and doing are the same action.
- Honour: Warriors have only one judge of honour and character, and this is themselves. Decisions they make and how these decisions are carried out are a reflection of whom they truly are. You cannot hide from yourself.
- Duty and Loyalty: Warriors are responsible for everything that they have done and everything that they have said, and all of the consequences that follow. They are immensely loyal to all of those in their care. To everyone that they are responsible for, they remain fiercely true.
The Divine Order of Society
The Fang Empire is organised along strict social lines, it is the belief of the nobility that each person benefits from knowing their rightful place in the world.
- Samurai: A warrior class, often bound to a particular lord or seeking honour in battle to redeem themselves as Ronin.
- Peasants: Common people who are able to own land on the sufferance of their Daimyo, they pay taxes to the Daimyo in return for protection.
- Merchants & Artisans: Daimyos and Samurai do not produce any goods themselves, this need is fulfilled by artisans and wandering craftsman, many have amassed a large amount of power through involvement in unofficial merchant houses, although those who get too over-confident tend to come to a sticky end as nobles do not like their authority challenged.
- Nobles: Nobles are the rulers and administrative heart of the Empire.
- Priests: Those who dedicate their lives to the Small Gods are greatly respected for their dedication and sacrifice throughout the Empire.
Everything in nature has a spirit, most often these spirits slumber (or Mushi as they are also know) and cause little trouble as long as they are given appropriate respect (accounting for the large number of traditions and amount of folklore), occasionally however a spirit will become irate and will lash out, causing all manner of trouble. At this point a wandering priest or mystic is normally called in to calm down the spirit and return it to sleep.
The more widespread a concept the spirit embodies, the more powerful it will be and the more intricate the rites of respect associated with it will be.
For Example: The great spirit of the Imperial River is far stronger than the lowly spirit of a farmer’s field.
The greatest of the spirits seldom interact with the world directly, preferring to occupy themselves with others matters or slumber away eternity, only awakening on the most momentous of occasions. The Great Spirits last stirred when the four primeval shaman made their pact thousands of years ago, embracing the Heavenly Virtues and setting their people on the path that eventually lead to the formation of the Fang Empire.
The Honoured Dead
In the Fang Empire a death occasions an elaborate funeral and regular rites of remembrance dedicated to the spirit of the departed, even the poorest of peasants scrape to afford the best funeral that they can and conduct humble rites to their ancestors. Whilst this may have one been purely a matter of ceremony, since the raising of Zakkir into unlife these rites have become vitally importance. Although not a widely discussed topic, those academics allowed to ponder the matter believe that the Traitor Clan broke something in the world with their evil magics.
Since then the ghosts of the departed have rested fitfully in their graves, if they are placated with a good funeral and regular ceremonies they largely remain peacefully in the earth, however if a ghost is forgotten or angered it can become a corrupt spectre that returns to menace the living.
The current Empress of the Fang Empire rules from her manor in the Imperial Capital, as is tradition she ceased being a member of her former clan and took on a new name upon her ascension to represent that her soul was now dedicated to running and protecting the Empire. All mention of her previous name were stricken from official records.