Wuzhen was created by the Goddess of Light, Meihui, in 1 BC (Before Civilization) and is considered the Mother of the Dragons. She knew that the dragons would need a home and so she created Wuzhen as a place of solace. It is believed that Meihui’s true form is a Celestial dragon and that she is the great dragon of the Chinese Zodiac.
The dragon population began with ten adult dragons, a male and female from each sect: Shuǐ (Water), Huǒ (Fire), Tǔ (Earth), Kōng (Air), and Tiān (Celestial). Meihui hoped that they would reproduce and increase the dragon population, allowing the lands to prosper.
However, the dragons were instinctual. They refused to bring children into the world unless they knew that they would be safe and secure. A leader would be needed to direct their empire to glory.
The dragons fought for their rightful place on the throne, but it was quickly understood that the Celestial sect held the most power. Their flames contained traces of purity that transcended the normal dragon flame. And within their souls, sat a part of Meihui's very essence.
Celestial Dragons Zhihao and Xiuying became Wuzhen's First Emperor and Empress in 1 AC (After the Creation of Naestrirea). And while they resided over Wuzhen, the country was separated into four distinct territories where each sect could make their home.
To the northwest of the center of Wuzhen (soon after named the Mainlands), lies the region of Xianyang. Rivers snake through the territory, leading to numerous lakes and ponds, but most importantly, the Suzihua Sea. The first water dragons, Jie and Yue, became the sect leaders and the water sect's first mated pair. They oversaw matters that occurred in their province, but directly reported to the Emperor and Empress.
To the southeast of the Mainlands lies Hanghua. The lands of these areas were made slightly elevated so that dragons in their human form could touch the sky. These dragons gained their strength from the clear winds. Within these lands lived the air dragons. The first air dragons, Ru and Hua, became the sect leaders and the air sect's first mated pair. Similarly to the water sect, they oversaw matters that occurred in their province, but directly reported to the Emperor and Empress.
In the northeast lies Zhenyuan, the home of earth dragons. The grounds are rough and lined with jagged rocks, which makes the land extremely comfortable to the dragons that like to blend in with the terrain. The first earth dragons, Mu and Mei, became the sect leaders and the earth sect's first mated pair.
The last region of Wuzhen is Shangzihua, where humans, demons, and kitsune live amongst one another. Humans were the first to roam the Realm of Naestrirea and were not created by Meihui or the Goddess of Darkness, Hena. They were created by Castimonia, the Goddess of Morality, in the hopes that they would serve as moral compasses for the mythical creatures that would roam the lands of Naestrirea.
The citizens of Húlí Falls, a waterfall near Shangzihua, Wuzhen, consist of kitsune refugees who were displaced during the third century. The Forbidden Forest is exclusively demon territory and is linked to Shangzihua.
Emperor Zhihao and Empress Xiuying ruled from 1 AC. until 678 AC. During this time, the dragons were a symbol of Meihui, both divine and wise. The crown passed onto their firstborn, Zhelan who ruled from the end of 678 AC. until 1128 AC. Former Emperor Zhihao and his mate passed in 720 AC.
Wuzhen was peaceful and prosperous for the following centuries. However, 1400 AC through 1600 AC was considered the Age of the Dragons. Its population was at its peak and dragons were revered as the kings of the skies. They were feared for their strength and agility, but also respected for their noble, diplomatic nature.
Towards early 1600 AC, uprisings within the nation of Auzineia began. The Elemental Mages became displeased with how strong the dragons were and ultimately let their fear take control of their decisions. The Elemental Mages were concerned that the dragons would eventually strike down all of the weaker beings with the powerful tarot cards they possessed, so they decided to take matters into their own hands.
Many dragons were exploited and killed during the period of 1600 - 1800, which later came to be known as the Great Dragon War. The war only ended when Emperor Fang Xun used the fourth contract with the Major Arcana (The Emperor; see Dance of the Dragons, Book 0.5). However, the tarot is known to tear apart its user, thrusting them into a state of chaos and insanity.
After the Great Dragon War, the Imperial Family used their limited resources to search for remaining dragons in other regions. They only found the bones of the fallen dragons, leaving them at a dead end.
Prior to the discovery of the last celestial dragon in Shangzihua (see A Celestial Requiem, Book 1), the Fang household implemented new laws and policies to ensure the security and safety of Wuzhen's people. The humans were kept out of the affairs of mythical creature affairs but as a result, were terribly mistreated which led to a significant amount of bitterness between the two races.
Wuzhen's Current Tarot Card(s) | Major Arcana III: The Empress, Major Arcana IV: The Emperor, and Minor Arcana: Wands.
It grants the contractor the ability to create any existing object. It must be a realistic object that people know about in the time period they are summoning it. These summonings can take the form of animals, plants, and inanimate objects. However, they cannot use this card to summon human beings. This card also allows the contractor to accelerate plant growth. Side effects: age acceleration of the contractor and disintegration of self.
It grants the contractor the ability to command anyone to do their bidding. The stronger the command, the more spiritual energy it takes. Side effects: paranoia and hallucinations. It can only be used once every six months to prevent the side effects from taking root.
Members of Wuzhen's Imperial Guard are equipped with The Wands. This gives them the ability to manipulate the fire around them. They cannot manipulate the fire if it is produced by supernatural means and these abilities can only be used for one hour as it requires the contractor's energy to be full.
No. 1 ➺ Mages are not permitted within the borders of Wuzhen. If a mage is discovered within Wuzhen's borders, they will be imprisoned and bound so that they cannot perform any sort of magic.
No. 2 ➺ Yaoguai are not permitted within the Mainlands of Wuzhen. Yaoguai that are found in the Mainlands, will be returned to the city that they came from.
No. 3 ➺ Trafficking of dragon scales is forbidden. Those found to be participating in such acts will receive corporal punishment.
No. 4 ➺ Humans of Wuzhen are not to be eaten or killed by any person or creature while they are on Wuzhen's lands.
No. 5 ➺ Dragons, national affiliation does not matter, are not to be killed, even in self-defense.
No. 6 ➺ Celestial dragons cannot bond with any other creature that is not one of their own, to ensure a pure royal bloodline. This applies to dragons from different sects.
No. 7 ➺ Telepathic coercion is forbidden. Those that are found to be engaging in such acts will receive corporal punishment and temporary binding of their abilities.
No. 8 ➺ Trafficking of Zhen feathers is forbidden. Those found to be participating in such acts will be imprisoned and may be subjected to corporal punishment.
No. 9 ➺ Stealing is forbidden. If an individual is found stealing or using something that does not rightfully belong to them without the owner's permission, it will result in shaming penalties and possibly temporary imprisonment.
No. 10 ➺ Children under the age of sixteen are not permitted to work.
No. 11 ➺ All children are required to attend school starting at the age of four. They may choose to discontinue or continue schooling once they've reached the age of eighteen.
No. 12 ➺ Mistreatment or abuse of the ill, mentally or physically impaired, or children will result in corporal punishment and temporary imprisonment. Imprisonment length can change depending on the severity of mistreatment or abuse.
No. 13 ➺ Abandonment of one's post in the Imperial Army will result in shaming penalties, followed by imprisonment.
No. 14 ➺ Whistleblowing is forbidden and result in execution.
No. 15 ➺ Outside propaganda is forbidden and will be seized if discovered. Those spreading outside propaganda will be temporarily imprisoned and interrogated.
No. 16 ➺ Slandering the Imperial Family's name will result in interrogation and temporary imprisonment to determine if that individual is a threat to the Crown.
No. 17 ➺ Impersonation of members of the Imperial Family will result in imprisonment and depending on the circumstances, execution.
No. 18 ➺ The Crown Prince or Princess will go through a process of meeting potential mates until they find their one true mate. These potential mates are selected by the Emperor. Duties fall to the Wuzhean Council if the Emperor is suffering from any sort of physical or mental ailment.
No. 19 ➺ Stealing another individual's mate is a punishable offense. A bond may be challenged if the couple does not demonstrate all aspects of a bond (telepathic connection, a scent that can only be detected by their mate, increased strength and speed, and ability to call out that mate's dragon). The challenge will last until one concedes or dies. There must be at least one member of the Wuzhean Council present to witness the challenge and recognize its authenticity.
No. 20 ➺ No Wuzhean citizen shall interfere in kitsune matters or matters of Húlí Falls.
➺ It is customary to bow to other people out of respect. A full bow is only done to those of higher status, including the Imperial Family.
➺ One of Wuzhen's well known traditions is Remembrance Day. It's the day where lanterns are lit and released into the air. The sky is lit with various colors as dragons light the lanterns with their unique flames.
➺ Wuzhen's main crops are rice and Chinese tea leaves. They eat various types of meat, ranging from fish to cattle.
➺ They export their rice and various teas to other nations all over Naestrirea, excluding Auzineia, via ships or avian envoys.
➺ Wuzhen is a tropical country and is typically humid. At nightfall, the temperature drops considerably to a chilling 40° Fahrenheit. During the day, temperatures can get up to 100° Fahrenheit. These temperatures can be very irksome to humans who are more vulnerable to the weather.
➺ Wuzhen was the first nation to have an openly gay couple as rulers (see The Sins of the Serpent, Book 1.5).
➺ Wuzhen was the first nation to employ a female for their envoy (see Broken Bonds, Book 2.5).
➺ Wuzhen’s creation was inspired by Southern Song Dynasty (for Books 1-4) and Tang Dynasty (Book 0.5). And the medicinal practices described are derived from traditional Chinese medicine, including herbology and acupuncture.
➺ Mingxia’s character was inspired by Wera’s younger brother and her experiences growing up as a mixed girl in a predominantly white environment.
| Dragon |
A dragon that has not yet hatched is referred to as a hatchling. A young dragon who has hatched but not reached maturity is a wyrmling. Dragons are creatures who are able to shift between a human form and that of a dragon. They don’t possess magical powers, but have great strength and can generate powerful flames. The color of the flame depends on what sect the dragon belongs to.
Dragons have two consciousnesses, human and dragon. They are able to communicate with their dragon as though it’s another being, but sometimes it is difficult to fight against their dragon’s desires.
A member of the Imperial Family is capable of communicating with other dragons telepathically. However, they typically forge these telepathic connections with members of the Imperial Army, their mate, and other servants in the Imperial Palace.
A dragon typically appears like any other human in their human form. However, stressful situations can cause their dragon to emerge in different ways: (1) their eyes may develop gold flecks (if Celestial) or glow (if belonging to another sect); (2) an outward transformation may begin; or (3) they begin acting irrationally.
The first shift is painful for a dragon as it’s the process of breaking and moving bones around to complete the transformation. The color of a dragon’s scales is indicative of whatever sect that dragon belongs to.
| Yaoguai |
Yaoguai are demons who dedicate their lives to searching for the next meal that will bring them divinity or immortality. These demons love feasting on Celestial creatures because they believe it allows them to ascend into godhood.
| Human |
Creatures who are unable to practice magic. They resort to physical labor to get what they need.
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