Retribution of the Lotus Wheel
The world of Tian Xia, and this campaign in particular, is based around a loose amalgam of Asian cultures taken from our world. Players will notice a liberal blend of Japanese, Chinese, Mongolian, Indian, Korean, Cambodian, and Tibetan concepts and cultures, to just name a few. Some areas of this massive continent lean towards a particular culture (Minkai is roughly analogous to Japan, for instance) but in no way are those lands exact cultural or political replicas of those lands and should be remembered for what they are-colorful and fictional fantasy locales. In Chu Ye, where the heroes will begin their story, they will find Japanese themed political systems (i.e. Shogunate/Shogun), Chinese themed monastic orders, and creatures from several different mythologies. The best way to go about understanding the world is to take everything at face value, likening the campaign to similar popular Anime and wuxia conventions.
The Chu Ye Shogunate is currently controlled by a very strict Lawful Evil government, and as such every citizen must be accounted for at all times. Powerful oni soldiers and warlords lair around what seems like every corner, and just traveling the countryside without the proper paperwork can mean the death of even seasoned adventurers. Humans and the other mortal races are not allowed any type of weapon under penalty of death, the use of magic is strictly regulated, and even free peoples are under strict curfew at a very early hour (also punishable by death). A large portion of any income is given in the form of taxes to the local constabulary, and hunger and poverty are rampant. The price of mortal life is pathetically low, and the slightest infraction at the wrong moment can result in a death sentence. Meanwhile the oni and their higher ranking mortal followers enjoy every excess and are almost literally swimming in wealth. The environment is one of prevailing fear, paranoia, and hopelessness for the common citizen of Chu Ye. How is a young monk to strike back against these overwhelming odds? Thankfully, Leaping Sky has a plan.