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The provinces to the east tend to be more civilized, particularly along major trade routes such as the Silk River and Jade Road. From rural farming communities and smaller cities, the land eventually becomes heavily populated near the coast. It is here you will find the province of '''Zhōngzhōu''' ("zhohng-zhoo"), home of the imperial capital and emperor’s palace, along with the [[TianXia Geomancy | Ministry of Architecture]].
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The provinces to the east tend to be more civilized, particularly along major trade routes such as the Silk River and Jade Road. From rural farming communities and smaller cities, the land eventually becomes heavily populated near the coast. It is here you will find the province of '''Zhōngzhōu''' ("zhohng-zhoo"), home of the imperial capital and emperor’s palace.
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The provinces to the east tend to be more civilized, particularly along major trade routes such as the Silk River and Jade Road. From rural farming communities and smaller cities, the land eventually becomes heavily populated near the coast. It is here you will find the province of '''Zhōngzhōu''' ("zhohng-zhoo"), home of the imperial capital and emperor’s palace.
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The provinces to the east tend to be more civilized, particularly along major trade routes such as the Silk River and Jade Road. From rural farming communities and smaller cities, the land eventually becomes heavily populated near the coast. It is here you will find the province of '''Zhōngzhōu''' ("zhohng-zhoo"), home of the imperial capital and emperor’s palace, along with the [[TianXia Geomancy | Ministry of Architecture]].
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None are exclusive; many people pay at least lip service to all three. There are as many irreligious (or even anti-religious) folks as there are truly pious ones, with the vast majority falling somewhere in between. All three roughly agree on cosmology (gods, planes of existence, etc.); for details, see ''Spirits, Beasts & Spells,'' pp. 16-21.
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None are exclusive; many people pay at least lip service to all three. All three roughly agree on cosmology (gods, planes of existence, etc.); for details, see ''Spirits, Beasts & Spells,'' pp. 16-21. There are as many irreligious (or even anti-religious) folks as there are truly pious ones, with the vast majority falling somewhere in between.
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None are exclusive; many people pay at least lip service to all three. There are as many irreligious (or even anti-religious) folks as there are truly pious ones, with the vast majority falling somewhere in between.

(''Note:'' While these were obviously adapted from Buddhism
, Taoism, and Confucianism, they are fictional faiths designed to fit into this setting. Any differences are intentional, not discrepancies.)
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None are exclusive; many people pay at least lip service to all three. There are as many irreligious (or even anti-religious) folks as there are truly pious ones, with the vast majority falling somewhere in between. All three roughly agree on cosmology (gods, planes of existence, etc.); for details, see ''Spirits, Beasts & Spells,'' pp. 16-21.

''Note:'' While these were obviously adapted from Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, they are fictional faiths designed to fit into this setting. Any differences are intentional, not discrepancies.
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These are a few of the interesting places inside the city of Băo.
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Within the city of Băo Jiāng, notable locations include:

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''Beggar’s Haven:'' A "between area" of town, claimed by no neighborhoods, where the poor and disenfranchised squat.
** ''Blue Lotus:'' A low-class brothel, suspected to be directly connected to the gang underworld.
** ''Brother Bo Lin’s House of Fine Teas:'' A small shop known for discreetly helping clients find people with the right useful skills.
** ''Devil Doctor of Feng Street:'' The nickname is affectionate, as Dr. Wong is a compassionate and caring healer.
** ''Di Yu:'' Local nickname for the underground chambers, catacombs, sewers, waterways, and tunnels underneath much of Băo Jiāng.
** ''Drunken Dragon Inn, Playhouse, and Bath:'' Three conjoined buildings. A popular and versatile meeting spot.
** ''Golden Harvest Market:'' A prestigious emporium. The poor are not welcome here. You can find almost anything, including employment.
** ''Governor’s Palace:'' A sprawling estate on the outskirts of town. Current governor Meng Gouzh is known as "Tenth Tael Meng" (not to his face) as he pockets 1/10 of taxes and fees levied.
** ''Fearless Solicitor Xiū:'' A respected and tenacious lawyer, for those in need of such things.
** ''House of Soft Sighs:'' This high-end courtesan establishment is considered neutral ground by most local gangs.
** ''Uncle Lung’s:'' A restaurant famed for its spicy food. Rumored to be home to a local crime family.
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!!!! Băo Jiāng Locations

* ''Beggar’s Haven
:'' A "between area" of town, claimed by no neighborhoods, where the poor and disenfranchised squat.

* ''Blue Lotus:'' A low-class brothel, suspected to be directly connected to the gang underworld.

* ''Brother Bo Lin’s House of Fine Teas:'' A small shop known for discreetly helping clients find people with the right useful skills.

* ''Devil Doctor of Feng Street:'' The nickname is affectionate, as Dr. Wong is a compassionate and caring healer.

* ''Di Yu:'' Local nickname for the underground chambers, catacombs, sewers, waterways, and tunnels underneath much of Băo Jiāng.

* ''Drunken Dragon Inn, Playhouse, and Bath:'' Three conjoined buildings. A popular and versatile meeting spot.

* ''Golden Harvest Market:'' A prestigious emporium. The poor are not welcome here. You can find almost anything, including employment.

* ''Governor’s Palace:'' A sprawling estate on the outskirts of town. Current governor Meng Gouzh is known as "Tenth Tael Meng" (not to his face) as he pockets 1/10 of taxes and fees levied.

* ''Fearless Solicitor Xiū:'' A respected and tenacious lawyer, for those in need of such things.

* ''House of Soft Sighs:'' This high-end courtesan establishment is considered neutral ground by most local gangs.

* ''Uncle Lung’s:'' A restaurant famed for its spicy food. Rumored to be home to a local crime family.
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* ''Five Demon Forest*:'' A grove nestled along the Silk River, supposedly home to bandits, evil spirits, yao guai, wise sages, and who knows what else.

* ''White Widow Forest*:'' A ''huge'' woodland that extends south into Gaozhou Province. Home to the White Widow Sect, a cult of women and girls who live somewhere deep in the wild.
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* ''Five Demon Forest:'' A bamboo grove nestled along the Silk River, supposedly home to bandits, evil spirits, yao guai, wise sages, and who knows what else.

* ''White Widow Forest:'' A ''huge'' bamboo woodland that extends south into Gaozhou Province. Home to the White Widow Sect, a cult of women and girls who live somewhere deep in the wild.
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* ''Beggar’s Haven:'' A "between area" of town, claimed by no neighborhoods, where the poor and disenfranchised squat.
* ''Blue Lotus:'' A low-class brothel, suspected to be directly connected to the gang underworld.
* ''Brother Bo Lin’s House of Fine Teas:'' A small shop known for discreetly helping clients find people with the right useful skills.
* ''Devil Doctor of Feng Street:'' The nickname is affectionate, as Dr. Wong is a compassionate and caring healer.
* ''Di Yu:'' Local nickname for the underground chambers, catacombs, sewers, waterways, and tunnels underneath much of Băo Jiāng.
* ''Drunken Dragon Inn, Playhouse, and Bath:'' Three conjoined buildings. A popular and versatile meeting spot.
* ''Golden Harvest Market:'' A prestigious emporium. The poor are not welcome here. You can find almost anything, including employment.
* ''Governor’s Palace:'' A sprawling estate on the outskirts of town. Current governor Meng Gouzh is known as "Tenth Tael Meng" (not to his face) as he pockets 1/10 of taxes and fees levied.
* ''Fearless Solicitor Xiū:'' A respected and tenacious lawyer, for those in need of such things.
* ''House of Soft Sighs:'' This high-end courtesan establishment is considered neutral ground by most local gangs.
* ''Uncle Lung’s:'' A restaurant famed for its spicy food. Rumored to be home to a local crime family.
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** ''Beggar’s Haven:'' A "between area" of town, claimed by no neighborhoods, where the poor and disenfranchised squat.
** ''Blue Lotus:'' A low-class brothel, suspected to be directly connected to the gang underworld.
** ''Brother Bo Lin’s House of Fine Teas:'' A small shop known for discreetly helping clients find people with the right useful skills.
** ''Devil Doctor of Feng Street:'' The nickname is affectionate, as Dr. Wong is a compassionate and caring healer.
** ''Di Yu:'' Local nickname for the underground chambers, catacombs, sewers, waterways, and tunnels underneath much of Băo Jiāng.
** ''Drunken Dragon Inn, Playhouse, and Bath:'' Three conjoined buildings. A popular and versatile meeting spot.
** ''Golden Harvest Market:'' A prestigious emporium. The poor are not welcome here. You can find almost anything, including employment.
** ''Governor’s Palace:'' A sprawling estate on the outskirts of town. Current governor Meng Gouzh is known as "Tenth Tael Meng" (not to his face) as he pockets 1/10 of taxes and fees levied.
** ''Fearless Solicitor Xiū:'' A respected and tenacious lawyer, for those in need of such things.
** ''House of Soft Sighs:'' This high-end courtesan establishment is considered neutral ground by most local gangs.
** ''Uncle Lung’s:'' A restaurant famed for its spicy food. Rumored to be home to a local crime family.
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* ''Bodhism:'' To attain enlightenment, the followers of Bodhisattva reject wealth and privilege, which lead to suffering and jealousy. They try to avoid violence and mitigate the suffering of others.
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* ''Bodhism:'' To attain enlightenment, the followers of Bodhisattva reject wealth and privilege, as those lead to suffering and jealousy. They try to avoid violence and mitigate the suffering of others.
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* ''Devil Doctor of Feng Street:'' The nickname is affectionate. Dr. Wong is a compassionate and caring healer.
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* ''Devil Doctor of Feng Street:'' The nickname is affectionate, as Dr. Wong is a compassionate and caring healer.
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* ''Heavenly Rest Inn:'' The last stop on the western trip into the wasteland desert. A hotbed of outlaws, spies, and rebels due its No Questions Asked policy.
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* ''Heavenly Rest Inn:'' The last stop on the western trip into the wasteland desert. A hotbed of outlaws, spies, and rebels due to their No Questions Asked policy.
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* ''Tiānqiáo (Sky Bridge) Mountains:'' Act as a border with Huángzhōu Province to the north. Difficult to navigate, they hide exiles and secret monasteries, and hold the famed but now-abandoned Three Mountains School.
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* ''Tiānqiáo (Sky Bridge) Mountains:'' Act as a border with Huángzhōu Province to the north. Difficult to navigate, they hide exiles and secret monasteries, along with the famed but now-abandoned Three Mountains School.
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Shénzhōu is divided into nine provinces, but most people discuss it in terms of directions. Going counter-clockwise:
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Shénzhōu is divided into nine provinces, but most people discuss it in terms of directions. Going counter-clockwise . . .
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Shénzhōu is divided into nine provinces, but most people discuss it in terms of directions:
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Shénzhōu is divided into nine provinces, but most people discuss it in terms of directions. Going counter-clockwise:
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* ''Băo Jiāng ("bow jee'yong"):'' Capital of Jiāngzhōu and the default location for a TianXia game. Just Băo to the locals. Located between the Jade Road and Silk River roughly in the center of the province. City officials cannot keep up with the overwhelming number of transient visitors, which has led to various organizations (both legitimate and criminal) stepping up to pick up the slack.
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* ''Băo Jiāng ("bow jee'yong"):'' Capital of Jiāngzhōu and the default city for a TianXia game. Just Băo to the locals. Located between the Jade Road and Silk River roughly in the center of the province. City officials cannot keep up with the overwhelming number of transient visitors, which has led to various organizations (both legitimate and criminal) stepping up to pick up the slack.
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One significant change from "historical" Shénzhōu, in the name of more enjoyable roleplaying, is that this Shénzhōu is a more egalitarian and diverse land. Women occupy positions of authority, from the Bureaucracy to bandit camps. LGBT+ folk already existed, but here they're accepted a bit more openly. And while most people ''are'' of Han stock, many other ethnicities can be found. In other words, this Shénzhōu is as much ''The Man With the Iron Fists'' as it is ''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.''
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One significant change from "historical" Shénzhōu, in the name of more enjoyable roleplaying, is that this Shénzhōu is a more egalitarian and diverse land. Women occupy positions of authority, from the Bureaucracy to bandit camps; LGBT+ folks face less hostility; and while most people ''are'' of Han stock, many other ethnicities can be found. In other words, this Shénzhōu is as much ''The Man With the Iron Fists'' as it is ''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.''
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The provinces to the east tend to be more civilized, particularly along major trade routes such as the Silk River and Jade Road. From rural farming communities and smaller cities, the land eventually becomes heavily populated near the coast. It is here you will find the province of '''Zhōngzhōu''' ("zhohng-zhoo") home of the imperial capital and emperor’s palace.
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The provinces to the east tend to be more civilized, particularly along major trade routes such as the Silk River and Jade Road. From rural farming communities and smaller cities, the land eventually becomes heavily populated near the coast. It is here you will find the province of '''Zhōngzhōu''' ("zhohng-zhoo"), home of the imperial capital and emperor’s palace.
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The provinces to the east tend to be more civilized, particularly along major trade routes such as the Silk River and Jade Road. From rural farming communities and smaller cities, the land eventually becomes heavily populated near the coast. It is here you will find the province of '''Zhōngzhōu''' ("zhong-zhoo") home of the imperial capital and emperor’s palace.
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The provinces to the east tend to be more civilized, particularly along major trade routes such as the Silk River and Jade Road. From rural farming communities and smaller cities, the land eventually becomes heavily populated near the coast. It is here you will find the province of '''Zhōngzhōu''' ("zhohng-zhoo") home of the imperial capital and emperor’s palace.
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* ''White Widow Forest*:'' A ''huge'' woodland to the south. Home to the White Widow Sect, a cult of women and girls who live somewhere deep in the wild.
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* ''White Widow Forest*:'' A ''huge'' woodland that extends south into Gaozhou Province. Home to the White Widow Sect, a cult of women and girls who live somewhere deep in the wild.
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As one heads north, the land moves from rich farmlands to barren tundra, hills, and evergreen forests. In addition to the mountains that provide a natural barrier in the northwest, a great wall of interconnected fortresses has been constructed to protect Shénzhōu
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As one heads north, the land moves from rich farmlands to barren tundra, hills, and evergreen forests. In addition to the mountains that provide a natural barrier in the northwest, a Great Wall of interconnected fortresses has been constructed to protect Shénzhōu
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* ''Five Demon Forest:'' Bamboo woodland along the Silk River, supposedly home to bandits, evil spirits, yao guai, wise sages, and who knows what else.
* ''White Widow Forest:'' Home to the White Widow Sect, a cult of women and girls who live somewhere deep in the wild.
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* ''Five Demon Forest*:'' A grove nestled along the Silk River, supposedly home to bandits, evil spirits, yao guai, wise sages, and who knows what else.
* ''White Widow Forest*:'' A ''huge'' woodland to the south. Home to the White Widow Sect, a cult of women and girls who live somewhere deep in the wild.
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-> Note that forests are ''bamboo'' forests.
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* ''Tiānqiáo (Sky Bridge) Mountains:'' Act as a border with Huángzhōu Province to the north. Difficult to navigate, they hide exiles and secret monasteries.
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* ''Tiānqiáo (Sky Bridge) Mountains:'' Act as a border with Huángzhōu Province to the north. Difficult to navigate, they hide exiles and secret monasteries, and hold the famed but now-abandoned Three Mountains School.
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* ''House of Soft Sighs:" This high-end courtesan establishment is considered neutral ground by most local gangs.
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* ''House of Soft Sighs:'' This high-end courtesan establishment is considered neutral ground by most local gangs.
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!! Religion

The three most common religions in Shénzhōu are:

* ''Bodhism:'' To attain enlightenment, the followers of Bodhisattva reject wealth and privilege, which lead to suffering and jealousy. They try to avoid violence and mitigate the suffering of others.
* ''Daoism:'' Daoists seek universal harmony, a balance of positive and negative forces, by living naturally, simply, and spontaneously. Many become exorcisms or embrace other mysticism.
* ''Legalism:'' The official religion of the Empire, which focuses on spiritual contentment and universal harmony through obedience to law, social tradition, and family loyalty.

None are exclusive; many people pay at least lip service to all three. There are as many irreligious (or even anti-religious) folks as there are truly pious ones, with the vast majority falling somewhere in between.

(''Note:'' While these were obviously adapted from Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, they are fictional faiths designed to fit into this setting. Any differences are intentional, not discrepancies.)

!! Social Classes

People in Shénzhōu are generally thought to be grouped
into four categories. In rough order
of ascending social importance
these are: ''nong'' (peasant
farmers), ''gong'' (craftsmen),
''shang'' (merchants), and ''shi'' (noble
scholars). Shi are clearly the more
respected and powerful of these
classes, comprising the nobility
and various ministers. However,
the wealthiest shang can rival
or exceed most shi in power.
Likewise a famed gong might be
more highly thought of than your
average shang.

Wu (warriors) are a special
case. Many shi over the years have
been great warriors, but in an
effort to promote civil service and
the image of stability, Shénzhōu
favors downplaying martial skill as
part of the social order even while
praising a particular swordsman
or general. This has helped lead
to the creation of the Martial Arts
World ([[TianXia Jianghu Rank | Jianghu]]), a subculture of
warriors and martial artists that
is both romanticized and avoided
by many in normal society.

Monks and priests
exist outside this social order
completely, but are usually well
respected by all for their wisdom
and spirituality. Monastic orders
with high levels of Kung Fu
proficiency are often thought of
as part of Jianghu, or at least as
spiritual associates.

!! The Land of Shénzhōu

To put it simply, Shénzhōu is the mythical China found in stories of the ancient past, a land where flawed-yet-brave heroes protect the common folk from bandits, evil magicians, and Yao Guai (monsters, pronounced "yow gwy"). The Imperial Bureaucracy is a tower of stability and support, but corruption runs rampant in that tower's shadow.

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!! Shénzhōu

To put it simply, '''Shénzhōu''' ("shen-zhoo") is the mythical China found in stories of the ancient past, a land where flawed-yet-brave heroes protect the common folk from bandits, evil magicians, and Yao Guai (monsters, "yow gwy"). The Imperial Bureaucracy is a tower of stability and support, but corruption runs rampant in that tower's shadow.

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The provinces to the east tend to be more civilized, particularly along major trade routes such as the Silk River and Jade Road. From rural farming communities and smaller cities, the land eventually becomes heavily populated near the coast. It is here you will find the province of '''Zhōngzhōu,''' home of the imperial capital and emperor’s palace.
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The provinces to the east tend to be more civilized, particularly along major trade routes such as the Silk River and Jade Road. From rural farming communities and smaller cities, the land eventually becomes heavily populated near the coast. It is here you will find the province of '''Zhōngzhōu''' ("zhong-zhoo") home of the imperial capital and emperor’s palace.
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The western area is dominated by '''Jiāngzhōu''' (jyong-zhoh) Province, a border region known for bandits, gangs, and corrupt officials, which is the default location of a TianXia game.
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The western area is dominated by '''Jiāngzhōu''' (jee'yong-zhoo) Province, a border region known for bandits, gangs, and corrupt officials, which is the default location of a TianXia game.
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Important landmarks include:
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* '''''Băo Jiāng:''''' Capital of Jiāngzhōu and the default location for a TianXia game. See below!
* ''Northern and Southern Hai:''
Twin villages facing across the Silk River. Home to two rival security companies, White Sun and Black Moon.
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* ''Băo Jiāng ("bow jee'yong"):'' Capital of Jiāngzhōu and the default location for a TianXia game. Just Băo to the locals. Located between the Jade Road and Silk River roughly in the center of the province. City officials cannot keep up with the overwhelming number of transient visitors, which has led to various organizations (both legitimate and criminal) stepping up to pick up the slack.
* ''Northern and Southern Hai ("hi")
:'' Twin villages facing across the Silk River. Home to two rival security companies, White Sun and Black Moon.
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!! Băo Jiāng

The largest city in Jiāngzhōu, '''Băo Jiāng''' (bow jyong) is located between the Jade Road and Silk River roughly in the center of the province.



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Within the city of Băo Jiāng, notable locations include:

* ''Beggar’s Haven:'' A "between area" of town, claimed by no neighborhoods, where the poor and disenfranchised squat.
* ''Blue Lotus:'' A low-class brothel, suspected to be directly connected to the gang underworld.
* ''Brother Bo Lin’s House of Fine Teas:'' A small shop known for discreetly helping clients find people with the right useful skills.
* ''Devil Doctor of Feng Street:'' The nickname is affectionate. Dr. Wong is a compassionate and caring healer.
* ''Di Yu:'' Local nickname for the underground chambers, catacombs, sewers, waterways, and tunnels underneath much of Băo Jiāng.
* ''Drunken Dragon Inn, Playhouse, and Bath:'' Three conjoined buildings. A popular and versatile meeting spot.
* ''Golden Harvest Market:'' A prestigious emporium. The poor are not welcome here. You can find almost anything, including employment.
* ''Governor’s Palace:'' A sprawling estate on the outskirts of town. Current governor Meng Gouzh is known as "Tenth Tael Meng" (not to his face) as he pockets 1/10 of taxes and fees levied.
* ''Fearless Solicitor Xiū:'' A respected and tenacious lawyer, for those in need of such things.
* ''House of Soft Sighs:" This high-end courtesan establishment is considered neutral ground by most local gangs.
* ''Uncle Lung’s:'' A restaurant famed for its spicy food. Rumored to be home to a local crime family.

!! Religion

The three most common religions in Shénzhōu are:

* ''Bodhism:'' To attain enlightenment, the followers of Bodhisattva reject wealth and privilege, which lead to suffering and jealousy. They try to avoid violence and mitigate the suffering of others.
* ''Daoism:'' Daoists seek universal harmony, a balance of positive and negative forces, by living naturally, simply, and spontaneously. Many become exorcisms or embrace other mysticism.
* ''Legalism:'' The official religion of the Empire, which focuses on spiritual contentment and universal harmony through obedience to law, social tradition, and family loyalty.

None are exclusive; many people pay at least lip service to all three. There are as many irreligious (or even anti-religious) folks as there are truly pious ones, with the vast majority falling somewhere in between.

(''Note:'' While these were obviously adapted from Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, they are fictional faiths designed to fit into this setting. Any differences are intentional, not discrepancies.)

!! Social Classes

People in Shénzhōu are generally thought to be grouped
into four categories. In rough order
of ascending social importance
these are: ''nong'' (peasant
farmers), ''gong'' (craftsmen),
''shang'' (merchants), and ''shi'' (noble
scholars). Shi are clearly the more
respected and powerful of these
classes, comprising the nobility
and various ministers. However,
the wealthiest shang can rival
or exceed most shi in power.
Likewise a famed gong might be
more highly thought of than your
average shang.

Wu (warriors) are a special
case. Many shi over the years have
been great warriors, but in an
effort to promote civil service and
the image of stability, Shénzhōu
favors downplaying martial skill as
part of the social order even while
praising a particular swordsman
or general. This has helped lead
to the creation of the Martial Arts
World ([[TianXia Jianghu Rank | Jianghu]]), a subculture of
warriors and martial artists that
is both romanticized and avoided
by many in normal society.

Monks and priests
exist outside this social order
completely, but are usually well
respected by all for their wisdom
and spirituality. Monastic orders
with high levels of Kung Fu
proficiency are often thought of
as part of Jianghu, or at least as
spiritual associates.
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!! Shénzhōu
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!! Religion

The three most common religions in Shénzhōu are:

* ''Bodhism:'' To attain enlightenment, the followers of Bodhisattva reject wealth and privilege, which lead to suffering and jealousy. They try to avoid violence and mitigate the suffering of others.
* ''Daoism:'' Daoists seek universal harmony, a balance of positive and negative forces, by living naturally, simply, and spontaneously. Many become exorcisms or embrace other mysticism.
* ''Legalism:'' The official religion of the Empire, which focuses on spiritual contentment and universal harmony through obedience to law, social tradition, and family loyalty.

None are exclusive; many people pay at least lip service to all three. There are as many irreligious (or even anti-religious) folks as there are truly pious ones, with the vast majority falling somewhere in between.

(''Note:'' While these were obviously adapted from Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, they are fictional faiths designed to fit into this setting. Any differences are intentional, not discrepancies.)

!! Social Classes

People in Shénzhōu are generally thought to be grouped
into four categories. In rough order
of ascending social importance
these are: ''nong'' (peasant
farmers), ''gong'' (craftsmen),
''shang'' (merchants), and ''shi'' (noble
scholars). Shi are clearly the more
respected and powerful of these
classes, comprising the nobility
and various ministers. However,
the wealthiest shang can rival
or exceed most shi in power.
Likewise a famed gong might be
more highly thought of than your
average shang.

Wu (warriors) are a special
case. Many shi over the years have
been great warriors, but in an
effort to promote civil service and
the image of stability, Shénzhōu
favors downplaying martial skill as
part of the social order even while
praising a particular swordsman
or general. This has helped lead
to the creation of the Martial Arts
World ([[TianXia Jianghu Rank | Jianghu]]), a subculture of
warriors and martial artists that
is both romanticized and avoided
by many in normal society.

Monks and priests
exist outside this social order
completely, but are usually well
respected by all for their wisdom
and spirituality. Monastic orders
with high levels of Kung Fu
proficiency are often thought of
as part of Jianghu, or at least as
spiritual associates.

!! The Land of Shénzhōu

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* '''''Băo Jiāng:''''' Capital of Jiāngzhōu and the default location for a TianXia game. See below!
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!! Religion

The three most common religions of the area are:

* ''Bodhism:'' To attain enlightenment, the followers of Bodhisattva reject wealth and privilege, which lead to suffering and jealousy. They try to avoid violence and mitigate the suffering of others.
* ''Daoism:'' Daoists seek universal harmony, a balance of positive and negative forces, by living naturally, simply, and spontaneously. Many become exorcisms or embrace other mysticism.
* ''Legalism:'' The official religion of the Empire, which focuses on spiritual contentment and universal harmony through obedience to law, social tradition, and family loyalty.

None are exclusive; many people pay at least lip service to all three. There are as many irreligious (or even anti-religious) folks as there are truly pious ones, with the vast majority falling somewhere in between.

(''Note:'' While these were obviously adapted from Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, they are fictional faiths designed to fit into this setting. Any differences are intentional, not discrepancies.)

!! Social Classes

People in Shénzhōu are generally thought to be grouped
into four categories. In rough order
of ascending social importance
these are: ''nong'' (peasant
farmers), ''gong'' (craftsmen),
''shang'' (merchants), and ''shi'' (noble
scholars). Shi are clearly the more
respected and powerful of these
classes, comprising the nobility
and various ministers. However,
the wealthiest shang can rival
or exceed most shi in power.
Likewise a famed gong might be
more highly thought of than your
average shang.

Wu (warriors) are a special
case. Many shi over the years have
been great warriors, but in an
effort to promote civil service and
the image of stability, Shénzhōu
favors downplaying martial skill as
part of the social order even while
praising a particular swordsman
or general. This has helped lead
to the creation of the Martial Arts
World ([[TianXia Jianghu Rank | Jianghu]]), a subculture of
warriors and martial artists that
is both romanticized and avoided
by many in normal society.

Monks and priests
exist outside this social order
completely, but are usually well
respected by all for their wisdom
and spirituality. Monastic orders
with high levels of Kung Fu
proficiency are often thought of
as part of Jianghu, or at least as
spiritual associates.
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!! Băo Jiāng

The largest city in Jiāngzhōu, '''Băo Jiāng''' (bow jyong) is located between the Jade Road and Silk River roughly in the center of the province.

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!!!! The East

The provinces to the east tend to be more civilized, particularly along major trade routes such as the Silk River and Jade Road. From rural farming communities and smaller cities, the land eventually becomes heavily populated near the coast. It is here you will find the province of '''Zhōngzhōu,''' home of the imperial capital and emperor’s palace.

Citizens in the central east are used to the constant presence of imperial officials, magistrates, and the emperor’s eunuch advisors. This creates an environment of stability and order, but this also hinders the freedom of many inhabitants. Those seeking more independence travel west to wilder lands such as Jiāngzhōu.

Toward the southeast, the distance from the capital and a tradition of strong regional cultural identity gives the whole area a more independent feel than the central provinces. Pirates and smugglers are common sights in the ocean waters near the southern coasts.

!!!! The North

As one heads north, the land moves from rich farmlands to barren tundra, hills, and evergreen forests. In addition to the mountains that provide a natural barrier in the northwest, a great wall of interconnected fortresses has been constructed to protect Shénzhōu
from barbarian raiders in the north. Large settlements are rare, though many small villages dot the landscape.

Northern provinces are filled with hard people used to hard living and many of the people can claim descendants both from Shénzhōu and the barbarian lands beyond. Many workers and craftsmen toil to maintain northern defenses, some of who are criminals sentenced to hard labor. Along the sea the region becomes more temperate and pleasant, but it still remains less hospitable than the coastal regions to the south.

!!!! The West

The western area is dominated by Jiāngzhōu, the default location of a TianXia game.

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!!!! The East

The provinces to the east tend to be more civilized, particularly along major trade routes such as the Silk River and Jade Road. From rural farming communities and smaller cities, the land eventually becomes heavily populated near the coast. It is here you will find the province of '''Zhōngzhōu,''' home of the imperial capital and emperor’s palace.

Citizens in the central east are used to the constant presence of imperial officials, magistrates, and the emperor’s eunuch advisors. This creates an environment of stability and order, but this also hinders the freedom of many inhabitants. Those seeking more independence travel west to wilder lands such as Jiāngzhōu.

Toward the southeast, the distance from the capital and a tradition of strong regional cultural identity gives the whole area a more independent feel than the central provinces. Pirates and smugglers are common sights in the ocean waters near the southern coasts.

!!!! The North

As one heads north, the land moves from rich farmlands to barren tundra, hills, and evergreen forests. In addition to the mountains that provide a natural barrier in the northwest, a great wall of interconnected fortresses has been constructed to protect Shénzhōu
from barbarian raiders in the north. Large settlements are rare, though many small villages dot the landscape.

Northern provinces are filled with hard people used to hard living and many of the people can claim descendants both from Shénzhōu and the barbarian lands beyond. Many workers and craftsmen toil to maintain northern defenses, some of who are criminals sentenced to hard labor. Along the sea the region becomes more temperate and pleasant, but it still remains less hospitable than the coastal regions to the south.

!!!! The West

The western area is dominated by '''Jiāngzhōu''' (jyong-zhoh) Province, a border region known for bandits, gangs, and corrupt officials, which is the default location of a TianXia game.

Jiāngzhōu is not the most populated province in terms of permanent residents, but has a large transient population due to trade along both the Jade Road and Silk River. This constant
traffic makes Jiāngzhōu a chaotic place filled with
traveling merchants, mercenaries, and spies. Banditry
and crime is rife in the region, with many small
towns and settlements controlled by various criminal
organizations. These bandits often clash with local
trade houses and security companies who hold sway
in other parts of Jiāngzhōu. In truth, many of these
supposedly legitimate organizations are little more
than bandits themselves. As merchants and thieves
fight over land, trade, and gold, the common people
suffer under the weight of corruption and lawlessness.

This conflict draws all manner of wandering
warriors and hired killers. Some are looking for work,
others see Jiāngzhōu as a place to escape their past,
and still others hope to take advantage of the lack of
one ruling authority to hide from past troubles. Monks
and priests are also common emigrants, seeking to
enlighten or exploit the populace depending on their
nature. Scholars, doctors, entertainers, spies, courtesans,
and even dispossessed nobility also sometimes come
to Jiāngzhōu, all drawn by necessity or opportunity.

Important locations include:

* ''The Jade Road:'' The main trade route, connecting the central provinces to the western border. Named for the local jade mining trade. Security and safety varies wildly.
* ''The Silk River:'' Ranges from northwest of the province down to the sea. Named for the silkworm farms which border its banks. Watch out for river pirates.
* ''Tiānqiáo (Sky Bridge) Mountains:'' Act as a border with Huángzhōu Province to the north. Difficult to navigate, they hide exiles and secret monasteries.
* ''Northern and Southern Hai:'' Twin villages facing across the Silk River. Home to two rival security companies, White Sun and Black Moon.
* ''Five Demon Forest:'' Bamboo woodland along the Silk River, supposedly home to bandits, evil spirits, yao guai, wise sages, and who knows what else.
* ''White Widow Forest:'' Home to the White Widow Sect, a cult of women and girls who live somewhere deep in the wild.
* ''Hónghŭ Hills:'' Dotted with shrines to obscure gods and mysterious cave systems.
* ''Heavenly Rest Inn:'' The last stop on the western trip into the wasteland desert. A hotbed of outlaws, spies, and rebels due its No Questions Asked policy.



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One significant change from "historical" Shénzhōu, in the name of more enjoyable roleplaying, is that this Shénzhōu is a more egalitarian and diverse land. Women occupy positions of authority, from the Bureaucracy to bandit camps. And while most people ''are'' of Han stock, many other ethnicities can be found. In other words, this Shénzhōu is as much ''The Man With the Iron Fists'' as it is ''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.''
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One significant change from "historical" Shénzhōu, in the name of more enjoyable roleplaying, is that this Shénzhōu is a more egalitarian and diverse land. Women occupy positions of authority, from the Bureaucracy to bandit camps. LGBT+ folk already existed, but here they're accepted a bit more openly. And while most people ''are'' of Han stock, many other ethnicities can be found. In other words, this Shénzhōu is as much ''The Man With the Iron Fists'' as it is ''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.''
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!! Religion

The three most common religions of the area are:

* ''Bodhism:'' To attain enlightenment, the followers of Bodhisattva reject wealth and privilege, which lead to suffering and jealousy. They try to avoid violence and mitigate the suffering of others.
* ''Daoism:'' Daoists seek universal harmony, a balance of positive and negative forces, by living naturally, simply, and spontaneously. Many become exorcisms or embrace other mysticism.
* ''Legalism:'' The official religion of the Empire, which focuses on spiritual contentment and universal harmony through obedience to law, social tradition, and family loyalty.

None are exclusive; many people pay at least lip service to all three. There are as many irreligious (or even anti-religious) folks as there are truly pious ones, with the vast majority falling somewhere in between.

(''Note:'' While these were obviously adapted from Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, they are fictional faiths designed to fit into this setting. Any differences are intentional, not discrepancies.)

!! Social Classes

People in Shénzhōu are generally thought to be grouped
into four categories. In rough order
of ascending social importance
these are: ''nong'' (peasant
farmers), ''gong'' (craftsmen),
''shang'' (merchants), and ''shi'' (noble
scholars). Shi are clearly the more
respected and powerful of these
classes, comprising the nobility
and various ministers. However,
the wealthiest shang can rival
or exceed most shi in power.
Likewise a famed gong might be
more highly thought of than your
average shang.

Wu (warriors) are a special
case. Many shi over the years have
been great warriors, but in an
effort to promote civil service and
the image of stability, Shénzhōu
favors downplaying martial skill as
part of the social order even while
praising a particular swordsman
or general. This has helped lead
to the creation of the Martial Arts
World ([[TianXia Jianghu Rank | Jianghu]]), a subculture of
warriors and martial artists that
is both romanticized and avoided
by many in normal society.

Monks and priests
exist outside this social order
completely, but are usually well
respected by all for their wisdom
and spirituality. Monastic orders
with high levels of Kung Fu
proficiency are often thought of
as part of Jianghu, or at least as
spiritual associates.

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Citizens in the central east are used to the constant presence of imperial officials, magistrates, and the emperor’s eunuch advisors. This creates an environment of stability and order, but this also hinders the freedom of many inhabitants. Those seeking more independence travel west to wilder lands such as Jiāngzhōu.

Toward the southeast, the distance from the capital and a tradition of strong regional cultural identity gives the whole area a more independent feel than the central provinces. Pirates and smugglers are common sights in the ocean waters near the southern coasts.


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!! Shénzhōu

To put it simply, Shénzhōu is the mythical China found in stories of the ancient past, a land where flawed-yet-brave heroes protect the common folk from bandits, evil magicians, and Yao Guai (monsters, pronounced "yow gwy"). The Imperial Bureaucracy is a tower of stability and support, but corruption runs rampant in that tower's shadow.

One significant change from "historical" Shénzhōu, in the name of more enjoyable roleplaying, is that this Shénzhōu is a more egalitarian and diverse land. Women occupy positions of authority, from the Bureaucracy to bandit camps. And while most people ''are'' of Han stock, many other ethnicities can be found. In other words, this Shénzhōu is as much ''The Man With the Iron Fists'' as it is ''Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.''

Shénzhōu is divided into nine provinces, but most people discuss it in terms of directions:

!!!! The East

The provinces to the east tend to be more civilized, particularly along major trade routes such as the Silk River and Jade Road. From rural farming communities and smaller cities, the land eventually becomes heavily populated near the coast. It is here you will find the province of '''Zhōngzhōu,''' home of the imperial capital and emperor’s palace.

Citizens in the central east are used to the constant presence of imperial officials, magistrates, and the emperor’s eunuch advisors. This creates an environment of stability and order, but this also hinders the freedom of many inhabitants. Those seeking more independence travel west to wilder lands such as Jiāngzhōu.

!!!! The North

As one heads north, the land moves from rich farmlands to barren tundra, hills, and evergreen forests. In addition to the mountains that provide a natural barrier in the northwest, a great wall of interconnected fortresses has been constructed to protect Shénzhōu
from barbarian raiders in the north. Large settlements are rare, though many small villages dot the landscape.

Northern provinces are filled with hard people used to hard living and many of the people can claim descendants both from Shénzhōu and the barbarian lands beyond. Many workers and craftsmen toil to maintain northern defenses, some of who are criminals sentenced to hard labor. Along the sea the region becomes more temperate and pleasant, but it still remains less hospitable than the coastal regions to the south.

!!!! The West

Jiāngzhōu is the westernmost central province.

!!!! The South

The lands to the south are generally temperate
and in places even tropical. Southwestern Shénzhōu is
sparsely populated though among the most ethnically
diverse regions, with various indigenous tribes and
their descendants living in remote locations on the
large plateau that dominates this region. To the
extreme southwest a vast mountain range establishes
a clear border between Shénzhōu and its neighbors.
This region boasts ample natural resources, but with
the sole reliable trade route being the Da Jiang (“Great
River”), much of the region is undeveloped. The
remoteness of this area makes it an attractive haven
for rebels, exiles, and other groups who cannot survive
in more populated regions.
Moving east along Shénzhōu’s southern border
one finds many farms, forests, and ever-increasing
population, especially along the Da Jiang. Small villages
give way to towns and eventually vast coastal seaports.
These southeastern regions boast many officials and
a strong government presence, but the distance from
the capital and a tradition of strong regional cultural
identity gives the whole area a more independent feel
than the central provinces. Pirates and smugglers are
common sights in the ocean waters near the southern
coasts.
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