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Note -- In order to alleviate all the confusion regarding the lands of the Far East, I've combined them into one post. I've pulled together the following three approved histories:
Islands of the Far East
The Oriental Lands of NE Tyran
Martial Arts of the Oriental Lands of NE Tyran

The most notable updates to the histories other than cleaning up spelling and grammar, were made to The Oriental Lands of NE Tyran. The updates I've included are:
- I've given the region a proper name rather than "Oriental Lands" (also helps to not confuse this region with the Kyonobi Empire / Islands.)
- I've created a map to better illustrate the region


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The Lands and Empires of the Far East

Introduction
There are two distinct empires located in the Far Eastern regions of Tyrania: Kyonobi - located on the Kuratia Islands east of the Tyranian mainland, and Chindaria - isolated on a peninsula off the northeastern edge of Tyrania. While these two empires boast many similarities in their cultures, they are unique from one another.


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The Empire of Kyonobi
Kyonobi was founded thousands of years ago, among the Kuratia islands, made up of various clans; they developed a unique culture of weaving, metalwork and language. During this period, one clan, the Asuikati Clan unified the clans, establishing the foundations of a kingdom. Soon after, in the city of Onobi, the Imperial Court was established, however its power was soon to wane.

During this time, many cities were established. High in the mountains, Kyobi was founded as the new capital. Nestled between the peaks and the forest, on a plain of flat land, the city grew to be a beautiful monument to the wonders of eastern architecture. It contained the Imperial Palace, home of the Emperor as well as another Castle, home of the first Shogun, ruler of the Imperial Military. It was also when the warrior class known as Samurai was established.

However war soon engulfed the region, some 1000 years ago, the Shinato Clan defeated the Asuikati clan and a period of civil war which lasted 200 years began. It ended when the land (though smaller disputes sometimes arise today) was divided into respective regions, each ruled by its own Shogun. The Emperor began little more than a figurehead; this period was marked with the construction of great castles, which were great feats of engineering.

Once again, the power of each clan shifted and 6 emerged, Asuikati began the strongest clan, known for its honor and strength of character. Though smaller conflicts still occur, there has been no wide scale war for some time.

There are five main islands and incidentally, 6 major clans. The Asuikati clan, the Shinato clan, the Reitai Clan, Goukan Clan, Misati Clan and the Tokugosamo Clan.

They maintain a deep distrust of all outsiders and openly hostile towards the people north of them and refuse all access to their islands by them.

Asuikati Clan: This noble clan is one of the oldest and originally united Kyonobi into a single entity. Like all clans, it is honorable and follows the code of bushido. They control the main island and its capital, Kyobi. They are some of the wisest warriors known, taking great pride in their archery and sword-craft. So wise are their warriors, they guide their arrows with wisdom alone and developed the martial art known as Kudos (way of the bow).

Shinato Clan: This clan is known for its skilled Ninjas, they control the island of Hoko, below the main island, and within their home was Kendai. Kendai is a city built on the coast, its many fishing boats are the main provider of food for the region, as the sea of Tethmyr is filled almost literally with fish. The cooks of this city are celebrated for their skill; one will not find a greater variety of delicious food anywhere else.

Reitia Clan: Though they have great warriors, as all Samurai clans do, the Retia are known more for the great fields of rice crop, most of them are farmers. Though surprisingly, it is their fields of rice that have led them to war with the Misati clan, over a land dispute, with the Misati clan claiming several fields to be their own.

Misati Clan: Some regard this clan is greedy, is it true, they are not perfect. They have become bloated on their wealth as merchants and are known to trade heavily with outsiders, another source of distrust.

Goukan Clan: A Clan renowned for its monasteries, they have an order of monks, skilled in focusing their inner energy, to perform feats of martial skill. They are the wisest of the clans.

Tokugosamo Clan: This clan specializes in the work of the unseen, the Ninja. Often, the Tokugosamo are talked about, for their possible involvement in various incidents. They have no special place they call home, but do have various clan buildings in the central islands. The Ninja are called upon for espionage activities against the enemy, to plunder their food and weapon supplies and also to conduct attacks during the night. This clan is also known for its holy warriors, dedicated to riding the lands of the undead, through masterful use of the crossbow. They follow a similar code to the Samurai, however having loyalty to the path of defeating the undead.

The people of Kyonobi have different armors and weapons to those in the west. The Samurai are skilled with the Katana and wear unique armor, which is deeply intricate and artistic. They take great pride in their woodwork and treat it as a spiritual activity, which is why the castles of Kyonobi are so impressive.

The Samurai often give their weapons names, as they believe they represent the soul of their warrior abilities. They are constructed with carbon and iron, using fire, water and a hammer to shape the swords. Swords in Kyonobi are taught to (and some do) posses powers and to have lives of their own. Because of this, a strict code of etiquette has developed for handling the swords.

The armors are constructed from bamboo, cloth and metal. Lightweight, it allowed the Samurai to fight in hand to hand combat, which required fast and precise movements. It is known to the Kyonobi as Kikou and the helmet as Kabuto.

Visitors to Kyonobi will notice their initial mistrust of outsiders; they have developed a hardened shell towards outside ideas, protecting their unique culture from outside interference.

Each clan is responsible for its youngests' education. They are taught, that honor and respect are the two foundations of society and to breach them is a grave offence. Only through respecting the martial arts, can only attain purity and perfection within them. The Route to fulfillment has many paths; one can often choose one, to become a Samurai, artisan or Monk. Samurai represent the ruling class, followed by farmers, artisans and merchants. The Shogun is each clan, is the Feudal lord, to which the Samurai have absolute loyalty to. The Hatamoto category of Samurai, were the personal guard of each Shogun.

Each clan often has a Grand Master, the one who teaches all others the vital skills of the martial arts, the same arts which form the basis of sport among the people of Kyonobi. The Various styles of martial arts create a system of sports from which some of Kyonobi's entertainment is formed. Women are taught exactly the same as men and there are many female Samurai.

The traditional meal of the Kyonobi is rice, with meat, fish, vegetables and nuts serving as supplements. Rice has also been known to pay for taxes in some of the clans.

Honor is important to all Samurai, without it, they are nothing. To live in dishonor, is worse than to die in honor. If presented with a situation, in which to live would be dishonorable, they commit Hara-kiri, or Seppuku. Which involves plunging their blade into their stomach, this can often happen quickly on the battlefield, but when ordered as a punishment by a Shogun, it is a ritual. Not all the Samurai follow this however, some clans forbid it.

It was also done, to show contempt for the enemy, to protest against injustice or to convince their lord to reconsider an unwise action. The location of the more formal Seppuku is important. The ceremony is often carried out, at the local Temple, at this ceremony, the kaishaku cut the head off the 'victim', to prevent them from screaming out in dishonor as they killed themselves, this was generally done by a close friend. Dishonorable Samurai who do not commit Seppuku are often cast out into the streets, where they become drunks, beggars and some assassins; however, they do not become Ninjas, who are just as honorable, in their own way, as Samurai.

Loyalty to ones Shogun lord is an important part of life, only total loyalty is accepted and usually paying taxes to the Shogun is required, to feed and pay for the Samurai who defend the clan and attack its enemies.

There are several underlying principles to Bushido.

1. Gi: the right decision, taken with equanimity, the right attitude, the truth. When we must die, we must die. Rectitude.

2. Yu: bravery tinged with heroism.

3. Jin: universal love, benevolence toward mankind; compassion.

4. Rei: right action--a most essential quality, courtesy.

5. Makoto: utter sincerity; truthfulness.

8. Melyo: honor and glory.

7. Chugo: devotion, loyalty.

A map of Kyonobi and the Kuratia Islands can be found on the Tyrania Map


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The Empire of Chindaria
On the northeast edge of Tyrania, isolated from the rest of the mainland by a huge mountain range, lies the oriental land known as Chindaria. Plagued by many long centuries of painful civil war, Chindaria has finally been united under a single Emperor, the Yellow Emperor Li Zhimin. A powerful monarch, Emperor Zhimin had used force to eliminate his previous opponents from power. However, his descendants were weak monarchs and soon the land was plunged into civil war with three major warlords fighting amongst themselves for control. After several hundred years of division and constant warlord wars, the lands have just recently been reunited under a new emperor who goes by the name of Emperor Li Tao.

Geography
The lands of the north east encompass a huge area of land, featuring vast mountains, deep forests and far plains. It is basically a peninsula and isolated from the rest of Tyrania by a massive mountain range. The land is divided into are 5 main districts or provinces:

Northern District - Vast Mountains populate this area along with thick forests. This district is known for many of its mining towns, where mining excavations of different rocks and raw minerals are excavated. Several veins of gold have been found here. Deeper into the mountains lie monasteries where monks live in isolation. The deep mountains are perfect due to their tranquility and peace.

Eastern District - The east is dominated by a huge amount of flat land and beaches. Though the people call it the plains of Da-di, the area is highly fertile, and the district is well known for farming purposes and a few coastal towns.

Central District - A freshwater river flowing from the mountains lie in a huge pool of water in the Central area. Popping up around the edges of the huge reservoir of sorts are many fishing villages and eateries, where many people from all around the country come to enjoy the many varieties of freshwater delicacies. The biggest city of the lands called Ton Shu is located here and serves as Emperor Tao's capital

Southern District - This is where the great forest of Chin-Lin is found. The forest stretches from the central district to the coast. It is said that great magic and wonders are hidden within this forest. Very few people have explored the place but many nobles of house Tao claims that a secret resting place of their ancestors is hidden deep within the forest and is filled with the rarest treasures of the family. They say only the leader of the family, the Emperor, knows the way to the tomb. It is also known that there are a fair number of elves that live in this magical forest.

Western District - The northern part of this district is the edge of the Lin Sung mountain range that isolates it from the mainland. Because the people feel that they are in many ways superior to the western "barbarians", they block off the northwest part with a massive wall stretching from the western beach all the way to the eastern edge of the Lin Sung mountain range. The area north of the wall is very thickly forested and also quite hilly. This forms a natural wall to isolate the lands from the western people. The lands south of the wall are also quite forested and this is the district where wood and timber comes from. Also along the coast are some plains very suitable for planting rice.

Map of Chindaria
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Language
Because of shutting themselves out of the outside world, the people of the North East Tyran have developed their own unique language and language script. The language is based on a huge collection of characters that they use to form their words with. However, due to the many Elven artisans, many people have learnt to speak Elvish as well.

Monasteries
Monasteries are places where monks spend most of their time in. Monks take loyalty to their god to be more important than loyalty to their country, which means they can be rather unpredictable at times. Not all monks need to spend their entire life to the monastery, some people stay in the monastery for a while to hone their spiritual being, something like a pilgrimage of sorts, where they enhance their spiritual force, or ki, in them. The monks are mostly trained in unarmed combat, to protect themselves, but to also enhance their focus of their ki energies. This is called Wu-Do. Most of the monasteries are located in the northern mountains where monks take advantage of the serene environment and the isolation from curious eyes. Here the monks can truly meditate and worship their gods in peace. This is not to say that there are no monasteries spread out all over the lands but just that the majority is located in the north.

Martial Arts
There is a huge range of martial arts to be found in the eastern lands. People or warriors practicing the arts are called Wu-ren, or people of the arts. These people apprentice themselves to teachers or Sensei whom further hone their combat skills. The oldest and wisest teachers are known by many as Sifuis. Many warriors believe that it is truly essential to be an apprentice to a teacher in order to excel in the arts. They usually start as apprentices to sensei as these teachers are more common and in general more willing to accept students. Sifuis, on the other hand, is a very prestigious title given to the oldest and most famous of teachers. It is considered a great honor to be accepted by one of these teachers as students.

Martial arts have been integral part of the history of the oriental lands of the north east since beginning of civilization in that region. It is important not just because of its practical uses during physical conflicts buts its cultural benefits in providing the setting for the creation of tales of heroes, honor and good triumphing over evil. Martial arts in these oriental lands began as movement created by several monks to defend themselves. These monks named their individual styles of combat styles after themselves. Sho Tzu created the Sho-lin. Wu-bao created the Wu-dan fighting style. Shi-wan created the Shi-tan style. These were the three main styles of martial arts during the first centuries of north east oriental history. Each style has had their own monasteries many of which were located in the northern mountains. However, many of the teachers from each style wandered the lands and each style had their own areas where they teaching were more readily accepted by the commoners. In the western district, Shi-tan fighting style was more accepted. In the central region, Wu-dan style was the most popular. In the eastern region, Sho-lin style was the most readily accepted. The three monks created monasteries to teach their styles to others and they themselves became the leaders of these monastic orders.

Over the centuries, several minor styles would be created out of these three main styles. Three of these minor styles that survived over the centuries and or worthy note are the Wa-Shan-Pai, Her-May, and Twa-Ha-Dol. The three main styles also changed over time as the leaders of the monks of the styles would hone and perfect or even add to the style itself. The change in styles is very evident in that as the centuries passed the styles became more offensive as they were used more and more in combat. Martial arts became even the catalyst for several small wars as groups sometimes fought amongst themselves in order to prove they style was the superior style or to settle disputes between the groups. In these ways martial arts was an integral part of the history of these lands.

Brief overview of the three major styles:

Shi-tan
Shi-tan style is to date the most offensive martial arts style in the lands. It is centered on fast and furious strikes aimed at taking down opponents quickly and ferociously. The practitioners of this style have been commonly nicknamed tigers for there fierce quick movements. Speed and power is what this style is all about. Many ninjas and assassins try to acquire knowledge in this fighting style.

Wu-dan
Wu-dan style can be considered the most well rounded fighting style in existence. This style is unique in that its movement can be both fast and slow. It is also the first style to incorporate swords into its techniques and the first style to require a code of honor and conduct to be followed by all its members. Many of the practitioners of this style have gone down in history as heroes and people who care about the commoners and doing good above all else.

Sho-lin
Sho-lin style is unique for being the most defensive style around. The monks of this order are know to follow strict rules on living conditions such as what to eat and not participating in common vices. The teachers and students of this style are not allowed to marry for the leader say marriage and love as a weakness. The style focuses on using an attackers attack against them and is well known for its very effective counter attack techniques.

Weapons and Armor
Weapons and armor which are considered exotic in the west, are common items for those living in the east. Armor smiths and weapon smiths hone their skills in solitude, because they need utter concentration in their work, focusing their inner forces, or Ki, to enhance the weapons and armor they make. These weapons and armor are highly sought for in the west for its exquisite designs, beauty, and usefulness in battle. Like learning martial arts, many aspiring armor and weapon smiths also look to find worthy teachers to guide them through the path of smith-work.

Military System
The Emperor established a military system based on local militias composed of mounted horsemen and swordsmen. These professional soldiers were spread throughout the country and owed their loyalty to the emperor. They were "servants of the Emperor," or Guan-ren, warrior men. Normal soldiers, or Xiao-Bin, are normally drafted from villages all across the lands of the Far East. Each family who has a son would have to submit one of their sons in service to the military, working up the ranks to be a warrior held in highest regard, a Guan-ren. There are also many archers known as Shi-bin as a result of the interaction with elves. These archers are very skilled and some of the finest on the continent. The Emperor also had an elite group of soldiers known by all as the Golden Dragons, or Huang-Long guards. These soldiers acted in the position of Royal Imperial Guard and were in charge of the protection of the palace along with the Emperor and his immediate family. This elite group of men was specially selected amongst hundreds, or even thousands, of skilful men. They not only possess powerful fighting skills, but also intelligence and total loyalty to the Emperor.

Warfare
The soldiers marched to the sound of a horn and retreated at the sound of a gong. The gong was also used in many times as a signal of alarm. Before setting out on an expedition, it was customary to rub the regimental horn with the blood of a sacrifice, and to show the number of enemies slain, their left ears, instead of their heads, were often cut off by the victors. This was a form of humiliation to the enemy, and because of this, it was almost an honor to have both your ears on if you were a soldier, because it meant that you were powerful in battle, and respect should be given. The officers also would sometimes rub two streaks of boar blood across their faces in front of their men before setting out to battle as a way to increase morale, and to intimidate the enemy.

Social Ethics
Propriety, reverence for tradition, and filial piety are some ethics which the people of North east Tyran uphold with great importance. The last especially is the foundation upon which have stood the social life and security of their structure. Filial piety not only means dutiful behavior of children towards parents, but it also includes loyalty to the government and respect for authority. Again, "lack of bravery in battle is no true fealty." A father was supreme in a family just like the emperor was supreme in the lands. Also, all members of a village were supposed to show respect to the old men of the village. The village elder was usually one of the oldest men in the village. Every year the people of a big village met, when a banquet was given, presided over by a representative of the Imperial Family and with guests of honor seated according to their ages. This was one of the most solemn occasions and detailed rituals were prescribed and followed. This was also a time for the village to show their loyalty to the throne. During these times, everyone from the surrounding small villages would also come to the big village to celebrate along with everyone else.

Education and Literature
Education plays an integral part in the far east. There was a very good educational system with schools for the nobles as well as for the common people. The higher branches of learning consisted of (1) rituals, (2) music, (3) archery, (4) horsemanship, (5) literature, and (6) mathematics. In other words, education embraced moral, military, and intellectual training, and it is due to this education, that boys become men and girls become women. Common people had little chance to choose the "subject" they wanted to study, while nobles had more choices. The common people gained only the basic education for they needed to work in the fields or do other types of jobs. There were exceptions however. At times, talent spotters looked out for gifted children, and trained them to become people who could contribute better to society.

Their relationship with Elves
The only outsiders the people of the Far East allow into their kingdom would be the Elven race. The people of the Far East regard Elves as highly intelligent and artistic creatures, and they respect them as teachers and wisdom sharers. Over the course of their long history in the lands, the Chindaren people have always shared friendly relations with the Elven people. Because of this mix, the lands of the northeast Tyran are populated with Half-Elves and Elves. The majority of the elves live in the forest in the south.

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