Nippon No is the largest island nation known and is the most western nation known as well. They are best known for their exotic fighting styles and martial discipline.
Nippon No is a large island nation formed from people on the mainland who crossed the sea to the island over a thousand years ago. Rumor has it the people from the mainland were the losers in a war. They took parts of the culture from their homeland and reworked it on their new land.
They formed a noble class who in turned established a caste system centered on warfare and combat. The first caste were the warriors, the second ones were scholars and priests, the third were merchants, and the last was peasants. The first caste being full of warriors has lead to a host of martial arts being developed.
Six Centuries ago a group of Thelis from Kauna-Unahan tried to invade, the first real test of the defenses and readiness of the Nippon No in their existence. The Thelis from Kauna-Unahan failed utterly against Nippon No and only a handful were allowed to escape so they could lead the military back to their homeland. However Kauna-Unahan proved completely uninteresting and unworthy of conquest.
The dominant religion is called Shinto (神道) and is a form of ritualized spirituality. It is a set of practices, to be carried out diligently, to establish a connection between the present day and the ancient past. The word Shinto (“Way of the Gods”) is written combining two kanji: “shin” (神), meaning kami or spirit, and “tō” (道), or “dō” meaning a philosophical path or study. Kami can be human-like, others can be animistic, and others still can be associated with more abstract “natural” forces in the world. Kami and people are not separate; they exist within the same world and share its interrelated complexity. However unlike most other religions Shinto can be practiced along-side other religions.
Shinto also has two types of priests, wandering hermetic nature priests (Doruido sō) and town priests (Seishoku-sha). Though the distinction is not always so clear. Their temples are typically built at shrines, or holy sites, around the country. Sometimes Seishoku-sha may attend a shrine in the woods between towns or on a mountain. Other times those sites are instead run by Doruido sō. Besides the priests most shrine temples house groups of monks (either Seisen-shi or Budō-ka) that try to find enlightenment and defend the shrines.
Politics and Government
Nippon No is a layered monarchy. The highest authority is held by the Shogun, under which the daimyo hold power. Each daimyo holds a region of the island under his control in the name of the Shogun. The daimyo are members of the warrior caste themselves and leaders of a clan within their domain, usually the most powerful clan. Should the Shogun die without heirs the daimyo’s compete for the position by whatever means they can to decide who is strongest among themselves.
Nihongo gengo is the language of Nippon No, it has a rythmic spoken form and not one, but two written forms: hirogana and katakana. Both are similiar to the written form of Zhōngguó, though each is distinct from the other and Zhōngguó. They also use Kanji which is their term for the written form of Zhōngguó.
Most of the island Nippon No exists on is tropical, however the northern parts are temperate. It consists of jungles, grasslands, forests, and mountains.
A wide variety of clothing exists in Nippon No, much like their neighbor Tiāncháo however they use a lot of silks. Traditionally the dominant clothing are a type of robe called a kimono and variations are worn by both men and women.
Races of the Empire
- Gin’yūshijin – Bard (3rd or 4th Caste)
- Seishoku-sha – Cleric (2nd Caste)
- Doruido sō – Druid (2nd Caste)
- Seisen-shi – Holy Warrior (1st or 2nd Caste)
- Samurai – Knight (1st Caste)
- Budō-ka – Martial Artist (1st or 2nd Caste)
- Sukauto – Scout (1st Caste)
- Narazumono – Thief (4th Caste)
- Mahōtsukai – Wizard (2nd Caste)
- Kōan-sha – Artificer (2nd Caste)
- Gakusha – Scholar (2nd Caste)
- Teishu – Innkeeper (3rd Caste)
- Ninja (4th Caste)
- Shihō Chōkan – Justicar (1st Caste)
- Shinrei genshō no – Mentalist (2nd Caste)
Martial Arts of the Empire
- Atarashii Naginata/Naginatado
- Den Jeng School (Pyramid 3-14, page 14)
- Fen Quo School (Pyramid 3-14, page 14)
- Fen Sang School (Pyramid 3-14, page 14)
- Goju Ryu
- Nito Ryu
- Clan Armies
- Shogunate Army
Nippon No is based heavily on Japanese history and culture.