Joshingun Ethnicity in Arcane Realm | World Anvil


The Joshingun are amazons who are native to Wakoku in the Yaojing region and had a significant influence on the samurai class of that nation's society.  


    Joshingun most often have pale, fair or light brown complexions with mostly brown and sometimes light brown or hazel eyes. They are known for their straight coarse hair often colored black or brown hair, rarely auburn. They are also have the highest amount of Amazons with epicanthal folds with no visible or low eyelid crease.        


  During the decades where the Iskuzai Amazons were campaigning invasions of various regions, one of their conquests was set for the archipelago were Wakoku resides. While they were ultimately a failure, it did lead to a significant group of Amazons settling in the northern and western islands and intermarrying with the native hauflin and homin inhabitants. The during the unification efforts of Wakoku, the descendants of these amazons were convinced to fight for the nation if they could join the emerging dominant class of noble warriors, the samurai. Although native hauflin tradition dictated that before that warfare was strictly the domain of men, the efforts by the physically adept amazons were effective and recognized in communities that lacked male fighters. Due to their overwhelming force on the battle field, clans with these Joshingun were favored, especially during warring periods.   Near the end of the feudal period, the end of Wakoku's isolationist policies by foreign powers resulted in dissatisfaction by the samurai class with the feudal military's handling. This would lead to a civil war between the feudal shogunate versus the modernizing imperial army. The Joshingun were on the side of the aging shogunate and led the most potent others against the Wakoku military. Even though the Wakoku imperial forces would eventually win, the last stand made by the Aizu clan lead to a stalemate and a treaty which would lead the clan to having the last line of feudal daiymo lords and samurai led by these women.


Culture and cultural heritage

Joshingun are raised from an early age in the ways of martial prowess. They begin with physical fist fighting, ki cultivation and move on to use naginata, dagger, and the art of sword wielding in battle. They are raised to be highly intellectual, endeavoring in both the military and literary arts, and strive to appear calm and collected in many circumstances.

Shared customary codes and values

Overall, joshingun have a complex cultural ideal of feminity influenced by their former amazon ethos and influenced by other Wakoku natives. Virtues include(d) loyalty, domestic ability, wisdom, maturity, and humility. However, a proper Joshingun will show a subtle, but definitely present, determination in that she is unwilling to let circumstances hurt the ones she cares about or distract her from her goals or missions. Even in circumstances where she may not ever show it publicly, but a Joshingun has a cunning mind with sharp intelligence and a strong will that won't bow for anyone. And should the time come to fight, she won't hesitate. A Joshingun fights—bravely, courageously, and without holding back from the danger or pain.     The active warrior and class of society have a peculiar value system called “bushido” which deems selfless devotion and taking responsibility by risking one's life as virtuous, and they will personally support their lord along their path and protect them. They never neglect their training, and continuously boost their power as swordswomen.

Common Customs, traditions and rituals

The most popular weapon-of-choice of a Joshingun is the naginata, which is a versatile and conventional polearm with a curved blade at the tip. The weapon has been traditionally favored for its length and is also relatively efficient against cavalry. It can even be useful when Joshingun train hauflin females as its reach can compensate for the strength and body size advantage of male opponents. Through its use by many legendary samurai amazons, the naginata has been propelled as the iconic image of a woman warrior for all human races. During the feudal Period, many schools focusing on the use of the naginata were created and perpetuated its association with women.   Joshingun have also trained certain members of Wakoku hauflin women in terms of espionage as kunoichi. These women were taught the skills they needed to be killers, spies and messengers. The training of kunoichi differed from the training given to male ninjas, as it prioritize traditional feminine skills to distract and disarm their male targets. Still they had a common core of skills, being trained in martial arts, such as hand to hand combat and ninja tactics.
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Cover image: Samurai by Yoo Soosang


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