Retribution of the Lotus Wheel
The continent of Tian Xia is a strange and exotic place. Here, humans rub shoulders with fox and bird people, honor is an almost palpable force capable of deciding the fate of nations, and any stone or bush at the side of the road could potentially hide a fiercely protective guardian spirit. The continent itself is massive, housing many different regions and climates from sweltering jungles to parched deserts, soaring mountains to rolling grasslands, and its people are nearly as varied as the environment.
The people of Tian Xia are nothing if not diverse. From the shapechanging kitsune to the avian tengus, or from the towering nagaji to the diminutive wayangs, those who dwell in the Dragon Empires cover a wide range of appearance, society, and belief. Even among humanity, by
far the most widespread and populous of the Dragon Empires peoples, customs and appearances vary. The most expansive and commonly encountered people of the Dragon Empires are humans, kitsune, nagaji, samsarans, tengus, and wayangs. While members of the nonhuman
races listed can sometimes be found beyond Tian Xia’s borders, they are most common on this continent. Likewise, foreign races like elves, dwarves, gnomes, halflings, half-elves, and half-orcs, while not common in the Dragon Empires, are not entirely unknown there.
A scant 10 years ago, the great empire of Imperial Lung Wa stretched its divine arms across the great majority of Tian Xia, had done so for nearly one thousand years. During its dynasties, Lung Wa changed the social face of the continent, drawing the people together in one unified culture…while others say forced it upon them with an implacable fist. Whether looked upon as a divine empire spreading prosperity and enlightenment, or a ruthless dictatorship that enslaved the world, there can be no doubt that while it existed peace reigned over Tian Xia. But now that that great nation has fallen in upon itself, chaos constantly threatens. The once unified people have splintered into ancestral states, not (in most cases) actively warring upon each other but always engaged in the delicate dance of diplomacy, assassination, and treachery. All while the common people suffer.