The Four Pillars of Ryuujin
The Four Symbols of Vinyata
Ryuujin's four children and the spirit pillars of The Republic of Vinyata form a group that symbolize the heart of the land.
If you can't drink with family, then well, drink anyway! But sadder. And more.
Birth and Exit
Promise to Lead
The Azure Dragon
The Black Tortoise
The White Tiger
The Vermillion Bird
Well, I'll tell you my favorite Lord Byakko story if that helps? Yea? Alright so I use to live up on the east side of Forefront, it was different back then. We were always on the edge of war with Garuda and it didn't sit well on the town. The spirits were low so people turned to drinking. That's what you did back then. That's another thing though. Anyway, so I'm on the east side in this little tavern. Real nobody type bar, you know? The kind where the only customers are regulars? Like, the creepy kind of regulars?
Me? No, no I'm not a regular. I just happened to stop by in need of some refreshment. If you know what I mean! No, not that kind, not the drinkable kind. How old are you again now youngin? Good, then I shouldn't have to explain to ya how grown folk get! HahahahHA! Oh boy. Anywho I'm sitting there drinking a pint and in struts The White Tiger. Now I don't know what its like where you're from, but up here on the 'Front we don't often see the Pillars. So needless to say, his entry caused quite the ruckus. There's no way you can't notice him, he's just fucking huge I tell you! 7 foot tall, fluffy and just white like snow. What you never expect though, is his voice. Its so light and jovial, the second he starts talking you almost forget his size. Everyone just crowds around him and is saying his name, oh Lord Byakko! oh, Great Tiger bless us! Oh, Ivory Joker lift our spirits! It was all a little sad, to say the least.
Me? Oh, I don't grovel like that, haha. Oh no. Too old for all that. He then just bellows out, "Drinks on the Republic!", and boy, that place stopped being a dive real quick. I'm pretty sure half the place left to tell the rest of the town. Poor Berna, I'm not sure he's ever had to work that hard. Who's Berna? That's the bartender, he's been there forever, I mentioned that already. Well, at least that's what I heard because ya know. First time there and all. You're getting me off track now boy, let me finish before I lose my train of thought. So the whole bar is packed full of people, and everyone is drinking and laughing and having a good time. Then some drunken 'whisperer blurts out that HE drank more beers so far than Lord Byakko.
Have you ever seen a tiger smirk? It's the scariest damn thing you'll ever see. It's sly but toothy and a little menacing. Poor fool was one card too short of a deck to see. Well my Lord smirks, reaches into his pocket and pulls out a piece of gold, a good-sized chunk mind you. A good 4 months pay, easy. The room quieted down as everyone was eyeing this hunk of money the Pillar had. Then he goes, "This to the victor of any who may outdrink me this night! Bartender, bring us the GOOD stuff."
So, of course, immediately the dumbass one sits down next to Lord Byakko and takes up the challenge. He made the rules simple, shot for shot with our Lord until the first one pukes, passes out or quits. The foolish 'whisperer only made it 7 shots in before he spewed. Boy, I tell ya, it was almost as funny as it was gross. After that, another lined up. And another and another. We were quite the drinkers back then at Forefront. I swear there had to be a line clear around the block to win the challenge.
Ol me just sat in the corner laughing. Oh, that was a good night. Especially because toward the end of it I met this cute Wanderer from-what? Oh, I'm sorry, haha, you know how old age is! You get lost in the good memories if you know what I mean! HAHAHA! So I fell asleep sometime during the night, but I woke up a little bit after dawn to see my Lord still sitting there drinking. And it seemed like the last poor sap was trying to finish. Boy, did it just smell awful in there, like the insides of a hundred vomit burps. I look up right as this guy just sort of crumble slumps to the floor. Byakko just bounces up and starts to walk out, calmly stepping over all the passed out idiots.
As he gets to the door he sees me and says, "Sometimes you have to get sick of something before you're ready for change." Then just sort of winks and leaves. The next day the town was basically closed. Oh yea, that many tried the challenge and failed. It was single-handedly the lowest productive day the city had ever seen. The Image had to call it a city-wide day off. All because everyone had hangovers! Even Chief! HAHAHAHA.
The Gut Buster closed after that. Berna said he couldn't get the smell out. Its a bit of a shame, I loved going there. Also, I don't think anyone really had a taste for the stuff anymore. So yea, we've celebrated Hazeyday ever since. We toast with juice though these days, haha!
Each of The Four Pillars are alike in stature and power. While each may have their own specialties and goals, they are all uniquely of the same caliber. While Seiryu, The Azure Dragon is the so-called leader, not even the dragon will agree, instead insisting that he just the one who often carries the final message. None of the other Pillars ever interject on his behalf, most likely not envious of the spotlight.
However that is not to say that they don't get things done, the Four Pillars of Ryuu'jin are all brethren created under one great being. They have a sense of unity that in man ways humans don't understand. This allows them to often eschew the standard shuffle of organization and management. The four work independently, but when they need each other its only a moment before the rest show up. Additionally, they have a level of trust with each that's uncanny, often trusting into situations that humans would think impossible.
The goal of the Four Pillars is simple, to stand up to their namesake and keep The Republic of Vinyata afloat no matter what. They are the eternal guardians of Vinyata, and despite each of their own agendas, they only wish prosperity for the desert nation. Each Pillar approaches it in their own way.
Seiryu, The Azure Dragon is the most direct, often showing up at The Council of Syujin meetings as an ear and voice for the nation. He prefers to be at the forefront of Dracon affairs, guiding the ship in a sense. Genbu, The Black Tortoise , always the teacher, is often found at the universities around The Web or at the education department itself. He drives the understanding for science and understanding in the nation, fighting against the nasty slurs of them being savages.
Suzaku, The Vermilion Bird often reminds The Dracon what it means to be a community by driving forward changes that improve people's day to day life. Her earnest need to make the life of Dracon's better is something that drives so many forward. Byakko, The White Tiger takes his lazy spirit and heaps it on society. Though his lazy way is one of mindless fun and laughter. He sparks the fun back into life in the desert, letting the Dracon smile and ease their worries.
Each of the Pillars owns their own city outside of The Web . Their strongholds away from the hustle and bustle of city life, as well as a place they shed their human forms and be free. Over the years as threats have come and gone, the Pillars began to hoard and lock away some of the most dangerous in a remote part of Vinyata. An underground vault approximately equal distance from each Pillar's stronghold, the Fifth Cellar.
Additionally, each Pillar has their own independent stash pile in their fortitudes. Not much is known about them, with only a handful of people even being in positions to know exactly.
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- Religious, Pantheon
- Alternative Names
- Four Generals, Four Pillars, Children of Ryuujin
- Seiryu, The Azure Dragon
- Parent Organization
- The Republic of Vinyata
- Related Professions
- Controlled Territories
- Notable Members
- Related Ethnicities
The Republic of Vinyata
The governing body of the desert region known as Vinyata. Home of the Dracon, Lucomi and a number of Wanderers.