This area is now a vast wind and drought-swept plain, with sparse grass and almost no water. It is said that the Chukei plateau is haunted by the ghosts from the dead Imperial capital of Kuo Meilan, who scream eternally in the frozen night.
The people of Chukei are the tallest of the Shou, slender, with high cheekbones. They are the only Shou who commonly have reddish or brown hair, rather than the usual black; in fact, the term for a redhaired person is chukien. They are somewhat wild in temperament, with a cold anger that reflects their courageous bearing. They are excellent horsemen and swordsmen.
The Governor overseas the province and the magistrates working under them. Governors answer to the ministries of the Bureaucracy.
The mines are the main resource for the province. The city of Fukiow is said to be blessed by the Jade Ladies with its rich deposits of copper and gold, as well as the primary jade deposit being mined in Shou Lung today.
Kangste city is the major trade town on the Kuangchiu Road to Koryo. The province also maintains a border garrison covering the junction of the Kuangchiu and Spice Roads.
This is the original province in which the Empire began, originally known as Chu’ ta Te. For one full Dynasty, the original Shou Lung Empire flourished here. The land was a fertile, open plain, in which millet and barley were grown. But by the end of the Li dynasty, the Nine Immortals, seeing the decadence of the Court, decimated the kingdom with drought and fire, forcing the survivors to flee southward.