Kinlu

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Overview

GM overview: An area based on mythological and pseduo-historical (shogunate) Japan, blended with the elven history of Alusia. A land where elven Samurai fight for their noble houses, and human peasants toil in rice paddies.

History

Little is known of the history of the Erelheine in their former homeland of Erelhei, but it is known that some 2,000 years ago that land sank beneath the waves, and many perished.

The survivors made their north to the islands of Kinlu, where most of them settled. Some of the survivors left shortly thereafter (or were forced to leave) and travelled further north before settling in the Dragon Isles. Unconfirmed information from Lord Yo has it that the survivors consisted of three of the great houses and a dozen of the minor houses of Erelhei, and that when members of the three great houses intended or began to become involved in the same arts that that caused their previous homeland's destruction the minor houses rose in rebellion and forced the three houses to leave Kinlu.

Geography

An archipelago of three major and many minor islands far to the east and south of western alusia. Total land area of about 145,000 square miles.

Notable Islands

Outline Map
Hiroyasu 
Northern island, largest of the group. Heavily wooded in the central area and increasingly barren and mountainous in the north.
Kozukura 
Southern island, second largest island of the group. Sheltered and particularly fertile in the north. On the western, side towards the north end, lies the capital city of Kyoshin, home to House Tajin, and from where a permanently open public portal provides transport to Borovia in Western Alusia.
Takafumii 
Smallest of the major islands, to the west of Kozukura. Mountainous and rich in mineral resources.
Ryuushima 
Small island to the north of Takafumi, mountainous with volcanic activity.
Akira 
Very small island to the west of the far north of Hiroyasu, possessing unusually high mana levels for the archipelago, home to house Amdijin and training area for most Kinlu mages.
Ohta 
Small island to the east of Kozukura, rich in crystals and strange metals.

People

Ethnic Groups

Two distinct racial groups inhabit Kinlu, the Erelheine (an elven sub-race), and humans. Humans in Kinlu are divided into two major ethnic groups: Akinrosi, (the majority, integrated with the Erelheine), and the Akros (mountain dwellers in the hinterland of two major islands, often in conflict with both Erelheine and Akinrosi).

Population

Total population: approximately 12 million.

  • Erelheine: 2.5 million
  • Akinrosi: 9 million
  • Akros: 0.5 million

Social Status

The Erelheine and Akinrosi follow a strict class structure with four tiers: Nobles/Warriors, Artisans, Merchants, and Peasants (Farmers, Fishers, Labourers, and Menials).

While the Samurai class of Nobles and Warriors is almost exclusively Erelheine, not all Erelheine are members of the class. Across all of Kinlu the class numbers only about 1 million, with the remaining 60% of the Erelheine mostly falling into the Artisan and Merchant Classes. Akinrosi form the great bulk of the Peasant class, which at over 9 million makes up some 80% of the total population.

Social strata amongst the Akros is believed to be much looser, with only a few tribal chiefs and very few full-time warriors.

Government

  • Ruling house Tajin.
  • Ruling triumvirate (Daikhan, Hajiin, Yuken).
  • Council of three advisors (Kokhan the Summoner, Akrenza Tajin, General Olorin).

Houses

Twelve major nobles houses, number of minor houses (generally allies with / under patronage of one of the big twelve).

House Symbol Colours Monopoly Location Notes
Tajin Eagle feather Blue Rice & Iron North Kozukura Ruling house
Atsan Circle/Ring Gold/Green Gold/Money Takafumii Bankers, coiners, printers of money
Otaka Wave Dark Blue/Grey Fishing & Shipping South Hiroyasu Naval forces
Amdijin Wheel Red/Gold Magic Akira Training, mercenary mages
Yokosama Interlocking rings Black/Gold Mercenaries South Kozukura
Komasi Mulberry Light grey Silk/Cloth Hiroyasu
Kokatsu Pine Brown Wood Central Hiroyasu
Takama Crescent Black Shaping Ohta
Mou Lung Lozenge & circle Green Dragons Ryuushima
Damara Mountain Red Gems North Hiroyasu
Kaima Crane Lilac Paper South-Central Hiroyasu
Gotami Tea-plant fruit Tea Central Kozukura

Economy

Houses hold traditional monopolies on certain commodities, or concepts. Other houses may make they goods or perform these services but usually with some licencing, or similar. In the case of food production all houses produce and consume food, but the houses that specialise in this area have considerable control of the overall market and prices.

Game Materials

Several additional weapons and skills are available for Kinlu.