Province of Jiyun

Table of Contents

Geography of the Province
Climate, Flora, Fauna
Today’s Society
Military and Police
Courts and Prison
Temple of the Wood
Order of the Mahotsukai
Provincial Languages
Naming Conventions
Classes in the Province
Provincial Currency
Races of Jiyun
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Map of the Provinces

Government: Democratic Republic

Founded: the 3012th Year of the Third Cycle

Current Daimyo: Chancellor Hajimoko no Oboro

Climate, Flora, Fauna

The verdant land of Jiyun sits on the northern coast of the continent of Eoda, located on the eastern side of the northernmost peninsula. It’s geographical position sandwiched between the Inori Sea to the West and the Weeping Sea to the East ensures an almost continual rainy season from Tiger Month to the beginning of Monkey Month.

Winter is usually mildly cold and dry with temperatures rarely dropping below 20 degrees. Though in the higher altitudes, snow is inevitable. This atmosphere has helped to create a beautiful green land of hills and leafy forests.

Flora & Fauna

The forests of Jiyun are primarily deciduous trees and shrubs with only a few copses of evergreens. Much like the Rosewylds, the Jiyuni forests display a wide variety of growing flora useful in any number of remedies and poisons.

Plants:

Jiyuni plants display a far greater visual aspect than any other nation in Eodaia with colorations ranging from the grotesque to the mesmerizing.

  • Rakka Hoshi or Falling Stars Anemone – A beautiful plant and the most pervasive wild flower in all the districts. It comes in over a hundred varieties all in the warmer color ranges from red to yellow. The flower is placed on the Jiyuni Flag in yellow on a field of white and red. It’s scent is known to produce a calming effect and can help induce sleep if brewed as tea.
  • Kemuhana or Catterpods – one of the main staples found in the Jiyuni diet. This legume is hardy and can survive in a number of environments. It also lends itself to a wide variety of food uses. It’s eaten steamed in it’s pod, or the beans inside are toasted. When cooked and mashed with its liquid removed, it becomes bricks of a spongy paste used in soups and stews and noodle dishes. The liquid is often drank cold in the morning as it helps the digestive process.
Animals:

Jiyun also boasts the highest population of primate species on the continent from the playful and mischievous Threefingers to the indolent and sometimes aggressive Weavelings.

  • Honyobi or Threefingers is a playful small monkey species with wide inquisitive eyes. Known for their playful natures, it is common to find them in the populated areas stealing food from stalls, or even hats and jewelry from people. It’s coloring is white with a black stomach and black rings up its tail. It’s hands only have 3 fingers located oppositional to each other like a tripod.
  • Yiba or Weavelings are a large ape species found in the forests and near the base of Mt Obiwara. They are powerful apes with a tendency towards anger for anyone who disturbs their little clans. They have shown the ability to use tools to create rudimentary shelters as well as weaving elaborate nests in the branches of tall trees where they sleep. Each clan is ruled by the females which are larger than the males. the oldest and strongest female controls the entire clan. Their fur is grey and brown. They appear much like gorillas.

Today’s Society

Jiyun was founded nearly 450 years ago by those who could not find a place for themselves in the Empire. After suffering through the injustices of being classless or exiles, they packed their bags and trudged north through the Wylds. Traveling for almost 10 years before finding what would become Jiyun.

During their long journey north, the elders of the exiles began to write the doctrine that would change their society for the better. The doctrine became known as the Meiyo Code, in which the 8 tenets of joyous living are outlined. The code set the foundation for the society of Jiyun. Every single Jiyuni lives and dies by the code.

Code of Meiyo

  • Gi – Righteousness
  • Isamiki – Courage
  • Itoshi – Benevolence
  • Sonkei – Respect
  • Shijiki – Honesty
  • Meiyo – Honour
  • Chusei – Loyalty
  • Oyakoko – Filial Piety
Clothing

The style of clothing in Jiyun can be seen as both complicated and simple. Jiyuni take great stock in tradition and giving honour which can be reflected in the complicated style of dress adopted by those in official positions or at official functions.

Women will often wear elaborate 12 piece dresses. While men wear robes as well as elaborate headpieces.

When not attending official functions, their clothing is much more subdued.

Military & Police

The Provincial Military known as Gunji is made primarily of enlisted soldiers who must undergo at least 3 years of training at the Jiyunji Budo School located in the Capital of Jiyuna city.

Among their number are two elite forces, the Kishi and the Butoka. Both of these forces are populated by commissioned officers trained for years by the Temple of the Wood in the ways of martial arts and the art of warfare.

The Kishi are the Samurai and swear an oath to protect their district’s governor. Their training reflects a wider range than the Butoka. The Kishi are trained in warfare on foot and mounted. Their traditional armor and weaponry reflect this training. When they graduate from the Temple, they are considered Promised of the Temple and must adhere to the 4 oaths, able to forgo the oath requiring them to be celibate. They also forge their own katana and make their own yumi bow.

The Butoka are the full fledged monks of the temple, trained in all melee weapons but specializing in one or two usually. They do not wear armour as their skills are stronger when not seen. Their uniform is form fitting and stealth is their guide.

The Civil Police force is an extension of the military and requires 2 years of training at Jiyunji Budo School. Their uniform is a grey kimono with black hakama. They are armed with crossbows and wakizashi.

Courts & Prison

The judicial system is led by the Chancellor of Jiyun also known as the Daimyo who oversees the entire hierarchal network of regional judges called the Saibankan. In Jiyun, it is common practice to assume the guilt of an accused party and then precede to prove their innocence. While being tried, the accused is kept imprisoned in special towers where the cell is raised and lowered by the guards. The towers are usually 100 feet tall. While raised, the inner cell has no door and only 4 inch holes for windows. This is used for only the most egregious of crimes. Others are kept in the regional jail which is built underground.

If the person is found to be guilty, then their punishment is usually decided by the offended party within reason, failing that the Saiban will pass judgement.

Temple of the Wood

The Temple of the Wood is the official designation given to the holy place in Jiyun. There is only one Temple carved out of the stone at the base of Mt Obiwara, a massive complex housing several thousand monks in training to become Kishi and Butoka as well as traditional monks. The three are kept separate in different parts of the complex to focus on their training.

In the cities, there are only small shrines to the gods, each given a single caretaker always a monk to look after it. These shrines are simple structures of 4 support columns of wood with a peaked roof. They have no walls but are open to the air and the elements. There is a single large block of stone in the center with a great bell above. The stone is covered in small holes wherein the faithful light incense and place them as they pray.

The Temple is headed by a monk called the Bosantakai who has the authority over the Temple and all shrines and does not answer to any temporal head of government.

The Bosantaki is supported by the 3 Masters, the Bosanomo each of which is in charge of the Kishi, Butoka and the Ascetic Shisai respectively.

The Order of the Mahotsukai while a part of the Temple, does not fall under the Bosantakai but is headed by another trio of battle mages called the Omamatsukai.

Order of the Mahotsukai

The Order is populated by those who have come to the Temple to train as a Kishi or Butoka and discovered a talent for magic on the way. The moment their talent shows itself, they are forced to become Mahotsukai. Learning to combine their magic with martial arts as well as channeling their own Tamashi (magic strength).

The Mahotsukai are very similar to the Shou Moshu of the Empire in that they have to use material components to channel their power but the Maho have discovered how to transform their own Tamashi into the components they need. Using their own saliva, blood and other fluids they channel their power into martial arts and the weapons they wield.

They still use the same rules as Shou Moshu.

Provincial Languages

Primary Spoken & Written Dialect: Dai Ichi Gengo
Civil Service Dialect: Kominko Dai
Military Dialect: Gunji Hojin

Naming Conventions

Jiyuni naming conventions are trilateral in nature given the geographical makeup of the country. The eastern districts (hisaaki, zomori, tehime, tayi, ranamoto, anaga, ikazu, and ranu) all use traditional naming practices of family name followed by given name.

Example: Noboru Chiba

The Northern districts (Ienobu, shoma, mino) give their children three names. Beginning with the clan name, then family name and given name.

Example: Sato Shouhei-Masashi

The western districts have begun naming their children geographically after their birth place. Beginning with the family name then birth name attached to their birth place

Example: Nakamaru Tenn no Riuji

Classes in the Province

Samurai (Kishi)
Ninja (Butoka)
Monk (soryo)
Bard (yushijin)
Magus (mahotsukai)
Fighter (senshi)
Ranger (anta)
Rogue (dorobo)

Provincial Currency

Jiyuni currency is made from chemically treated wood carved into different shapes. Okan are shaped into rounded rectangles with the monkey king on his throne. Kin are shaped into discs with tapered edges depicting 3 crossed katana. Gin are shaped as rounded triangles with the two suns setting/rising. Do are simple 2″×.5″ slivers etched with the Provincial Symbol on them.

1 Okan (P) = 100 Kin
1 Kin (G) = 100 Gin
1 Gin (S) = 100 Do
1 Do {C} = lowest denomination

Jiyuni Races

  • Maora – call themselves Bumano Mao though a sense of pan-nationalism has sprung up lately among the younger people so they began referring to themselves as Jiyuni-Mao, always putting emphases on Jiyuni. The Bumano stand between 5’ and 6’ tall, with pale skin and hair colors ranging from dark brown to light blonde (this is regional). Eastern Bumano tend to be on the taller end with darker hair colors, rarely having anything lighter than a light brown. Northern Bumano have a range of hair colors in the blonde tones, a small percentage of appeared with red hair. Western Bumano tend have the darkest hair color of them all with the lightest colored eyes, their skin is also darker than the other regions.
  • Eola – call themselves Eo Shibara. There are technically two types of Eola in the world, the Eo Juren and the Eo Mian. The Mian will be found in the 4 nations, while the Juren will always be found outside the borders living free as tribes. The Shibara refer are descended from the Eola Mian owned by the other races. When they arrived in Jiyun, an arrangement was reached wherein the Mian would always swear allegiance to the State of Jiyun, rather to any particular person. They renamed themselves Eo-Shibara or the bound and have become rather productive members of society. They are among the most passionate believers of the Code and enforce it wholeheartedly. The Shibara tend to be on the taller end of the range for their race, with only a small number shorter than 10’, their skin is much paler all through the Province.
  • Asta – call themselves the Shen-Ast. The Shenasta have been almost wholly responsible for the culture that defines Jiyun as they settled there and used their musical and writing skills to begin to write stories based on the Code to help guide future generations away from the inequalities of the Empire that they were fleeing. There are three main types of Shenasta, all demarcated by their coloring. The Eastern Shen have dark green scales, almost dark enough to be black and their frill is much larger and flares more than any other. The Northern Shen are yellow colored with smaller frills, they also sport a small row of spikes down their foreheads to their noses, they consider it to be attractive. The western Shen have stripes on their faces and their frills of dark and light green.
  • Notta – the Genga Not are a very proud and almost haughty people, who felt the sting of exile from the Duanas and Imperial Society more than any other race. The Genga are great artisans and strive to master all of the arts as best they can. They are responsible for founding the three great schools of art in Jiyun, each located in the three geographical ditrict areas. The Eastern School specializes in sculpture and the use of wood for many practical items. The Northern School specializes in painting and the making of glassware. The Western School specializes in textiles and silkwork creating beautiful artworks used as indoor screens. The Eastern Not are paler skinned and their horns and nails are almost exclusively black. The Northern Not are lighter colored in their hair and their eyes are almost a deep sapphire blue, their horns and nails are colored deep blue. The Western Not are typically traditionally colored though their horns and nails are the color of ivory.
  • Bloma – The Jeffa tribes were displeased with the Bloodkin War and refused to trust another Imperial again. They are responsible for keeping the communication between the two nations at a minimum. The Jeffa brought with them their love of mysticism and combined that with the martial arts to create the Mahotsukai and their Order. It was through their study that they found a way to use blood and saliva and what have you to channel Tamashi. The Jeffa were primarily made up of the Gula peoples with their pale yellow skin and their spots, though two tribes of Blao did come with, their numbers have remained very low.

Province of Jiyun

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