Xi Chen, the Floating City
Out of all the beauties that the land that rivals the heavens, Xi Chen is one of them. - Scholar Chun
Since the city is the capital of the empire has many wealthy citizens live inside of it. Along with high raking statesmen and nobles that live here. The rest are the commoners that live in the outer parts of the city.
Lotus Court: The imperial court of the Shingetsu empire, as it is the seat of the empire all affairs in running the city are left with the ruling monarch and their court advisor and state officials. Everything goes through them as they are the empire and to try and go behind their backs would mean severe punishment if caught.
Outer Defenses : Due to the city being surrounded by water there are only two ways anyone is going to get in, by water and by air. This is why the harbor chain attached to towers surround the city to keep any ships out. Inner Defenses: There are two walls the defend the city the outer wall known as the Fisher Gate that surrounds the outer city and entrance to it and the Dragon Gate which surrounds the Imperial Palace. A series of large crossbows are stationed around the defense towers that are across the city and along the walls as well.
The city itself is divided into several different areas as the island that it is built on. River District: Often filled with workers that make up the outer city, it has many canals to decrease foot traffic. Ascension Hill: a large hill on the far north of the island that holds the Imperial Palace Jade District: Where the wealthy and powerful reside, along with businesses and groups of great renown reside. Coin District: Merchants from all over the empire come here to sell their goods to anyone who wants them Temples of Harmony: The major religions in the empire each have temples here for followers to worship and pay respect. Water Crane Harbor: The harbor that allows boats to dock and connect the city to the rest of the mainland.
The city holds many stores that hold goods from all over the empire. Along with barracks that store weapons to defend the city if it was ever attacked.
Guilds and Factions
Dauntless Tigers: the national police in the empire that carries out its duties by ridding the nation of crime and villainy. Disciples of the Balance : One of the four faiths that exist in the empire, the disciples are devout monks that believe in peace and harmony. School of the Scared Beasts: the school of martial arts that teaches the fighting technique of all the sacred fighting styles.
Isolation for ProtectionA long time ago Xi Chen was nothing more than an isolated settlement built by refugees that were tired of the wars that devested their lands, it was said that they were guided by the goddess Suya that leads them to the island in the middle of the Crystal Lake. During this time the settlement was isolated from the rest of the land as very few knew of that island existed as a mist often covered the lake and very few people dared crossed into it as it was believed to be haunted. During this time the people lived in relative creating a thriving community on the island and lived of its fertile soil and clear waters to produce food. The residents lived underground instead of building houses on the surface to ensure that resources could be preserved. Creating a thriving community known as Ju Sai that would not bow to any lord and could live in peace. The settlement would be not apart of any events for the next three hundred years afterward. Until finally their secret was exposed by the arrival of the most unlikely of people.
The Arrival of the ExileIt was the arrival of Shado Huruka, a prince of the collapsed Harutama Empire that changed the fate of the island. Shado was considered the last of the princes of the empire that survived the onslaught of the Derugi Hordes that destroyed the empire. It was said that the prince had received a dream that would lead him to the island where he and his people would be free from his Derugi pursuers where he would live the rest of his days in peace. He and his followers would soon find the island and claim it as their own. The natives of Ju Sai were furious about these foreigners coming to their land and a conflict ensued killing many on both sides. It was not until Shado married Yai La, the daughter of the Ju Sai’s leaders, Hunan La that the fighting ended and peace was restored. Many from both sides intermingled with one another to avoid any more conflict. It was then that Shado declared himself Lord of Xi Chen, which meant Heavenly Rock due to the beauty of the water that surrounds the island. With Harutama engineering and technology he would use the island into an age of progress and advance that would change it forever.
Against the InvadersThe city would continue to grow and prosper as time went by long after the Darugi Khanate fell and it would remain on peaceful terms due to the influence the city in trade in the region. Not once was the city take by and foreign power and centuries of peace would enable the city to thrive. It was not until the Juzakabe Shogunate that the city would surrender its independence to foreign rule. This was due to the shogunate’s use of newly created Dragon ships that could fly over the cities defenses and invade it with ease. Though Ju Sai’s bloodline had ended for more than a century, the city’s new rulers, the Berasume was crafty and cunning in their ways of politics and created a ruse that had the favor of the Dragon God, Kuro Da Sung that protected the city from all harm. But the truth was they had a powerful sorceress by the of Huna Sai Kim at their disposal. When the Shogunate attacked its attacking fleet was destroyed by a powerful storm and the ruse worked, fearing that they had angered a god went negotiating with the city to avoid destruction. The city would create its own terms when joining the Shogunate as it would become a vassal state with autonomy over and maintain its own laws and customs. Leaving the city to remain the same and paying tribute to the Shogunate to keep them appeased.
An Empire's Heart
People from all over the empire come to the imperial capital for several things, to gain favor in the Lotus court, trade, or visit the many stores and groups that live in it. Though depending on your imperial travel pass you will be restricted from going to certain places unless given permission or getting it upgraded.
The buildings are mostly designed in Harutama art style as it was original built by them when it became a city. Often having clay roofing and elaborate roof designs on their building. But when the empire began its rule all of that changed with Shingetsu architecture when the city was made the empire's capital with the use of stone being used more in its buildings rather than wood or paper.
Xi Chen is located in the middle of Crystal Lake known for its pure waters that sparkle like crystals themselves as far as the eye can see.
The Floating City, The Imperial City, The Eternal City