[WotC] 4E OA World

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This topic is being archived from the Oriental Adventures forum at Wizards of the Coast, prior to that forum being deleted. It was posted on Oct 19, 2008 12:24:59.
royalblueeyes wrote:04-12-2008 Update: Re-editing things, again. Focusing on a central Japanese Theme to Creation, following basic Japanese Mythology, thus far, but changing some myths to suit my need. All of this is going to (hopefully) fit right in with other DnD Campaign settings.

History
In the beginning the Primordials shaped the Universe, crafting the realms and creating life. Two of these Primordials broke off from the rest, seeing the chaos as needing order. Kunitokotachi and Amenominakanushi created the First Plain of Heaven and there they resided, creating two Gods, Izanagi-no-kami, who they labeled King of the Gods, and Izanami-no-kami, Queen of the Gods. Instead of controlling the deities, as the other Primordials were wont to do, Kunitokotachi and Amenominakanushi charged the Gods with creating a land of Peace and Order. Amenominakanushi bestowed upon Izanagi a jeweled naginata from which to aid them.

Izanagi and Izanami went to Amenoukihashi the Floating Bridge of Heaven, the barrier between Heaven and Hell, and stirred the sea beneath them with the glaive. Seawater dripped from the glaive and begot islands which became the land of Yamato. In the center of Yamato was a giant mountain, Takamagahara, that pierced up to Amenoukihashi. The two descended down from the bridge and touched the soil of Yamato and saw the Humans who lived upon the land. The two saw that man and woman were joined in unity, and so decided to be wed.
The two circled the mountain in opposite directions until they met up again and the two were wed. From their wedding, additional islands were created off of the coasts of Yamato, Sado to the North, Oki to the Northwest, Iyo and Awaji to the South, and Tsushima, Iki, and Tsukushi to the West.
Again, Izanagi and Izanami saw that Humans had brought children into the world, and decided to do the same. Unfortunately Izanami died in childbirth without producing any living offspring.

Upset by this, Izanagi buried her upon the mountain where they were wed and wept for seven years. Izanagi traveled to the Realm of the Dead, Yomi by way of the Amenoukihashi. As he entered the realm of Yomi, he was greeted by a solemn and ghostly-looking Izanami. She spoke to him tenderly and said that she could never again traverse the Amenoukihashi to the land of the living. At hearing this, Izanagi cried out in pain and fled back to the Amenoukihashi. Following him, Izanami told him that he must beget life and that she must take it, but that they could always be together in the Celestial Plains.
Grudgingly, Izanagi descended to Yamato and purified himself in the Tone River, splashing water in his face, the drop that fell from his left eye became the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu-no-kami. The drop that fell from his right eye became the Moon God, Tsukuyomi-no-kami. Finally, the drop that fell from the tip of his nose became Susanoo-no-kami, the God of the Sea. These three Kami, Izanagi appointed to watch over the world of men, to teach them the ways of the Gods, and to live orderly lives.

Bowing before their father, the three kami watched as their father ascended Takamagahara into the Celestial Plains to by with Izanami. But their peace was short-lived, as Susanoo disputed claim over inheritance, exclaiming that he should rule Yamato. Tsukuyomi and Amaterasu disagreed, causing an ensuing fight between the three children of Izanagi. Susanoo ravaged the lands of Yamato in a drunken rage, causing sea and wind to topple buildings and kill the humans. In Susanoo's rage, he unknowingly brought Seven Immortals of Fortune sailing in a boat directly to the shores of the Yamato mainland; as well as a giant serpent from the East. Susanoo was eventually pacified by Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi who acquiesced and told Susanoo that during the rainy seasons, he was in complete control of Yamato.

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royalblueeyes wrote:Outlining the Social Castes as well as noting classes that translate over to them in a smoother format than all ready presented.

Geography - Decide on the terrain and look and feel of the country. Chain of islands or mass continent?

Names of Countries, Places, and People - Staples of the setting, giving players plot-hooks to get involved with the setting.

Races in Country - What races can players be in this land? Is there racial tolerance among all, or some, of the residence.
Genasi - Prominent only in the [Caliphate] and [Magical Oligarchy]
Dwarves - Prominent in [Shogunate], [Empire], and [Republic]
Humans - Found on all of the continents.
Eladrin - Found only in [Magical Oligarchy]
Elves - Found only in [Empire] and [Magical Oligarchy]
Half-Elves - Found only in [Empire]
Tieflings - Found only in [Caliphate]
Dragonborn - Found in [Caliphate] and [Republic]
Halflings - Found only in [Shogunate]

Beastmen
Cyclops in [Caliphate]
Drow in [Republic]
Dryad in [Magical Oligarchy]
Oni in [Shogunate]
Orcs in [Empire]

Bestiary

Points of Light (and Dark)

Foreign Lands

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Projects that I am working on at the moment on the side, to facilitate this:

Onimusha conversion to 4E
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Epic Destinies
Feats
Monsters: Oni
Paragon Paths
Religion
Weapon Equivalence


Monsters: Oni:
Oni are the fiercest monsters of the land. Hiding in their own personal castles, hidden in the uninhabited parts, the Oni enslave and devour humanoids. The Night Haunt Oni and the Oni Mage are just two of the plethora of demons ravaging the country from the inside out.
Mechanical Details: For the lower-classes of Oni, simply re flavor Orcs and Ogres to fit the bill of Oni; goblins then become Gaki, oriental goblins seen as harbingers of death and misfortune.

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royalblueeyes wrote:Thinking about FFXI, which is a base I'm using for creating a world such as this, I'm editing things slightly. Most of the preconceived ideas are being tossed out.

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Pyrate_Jib wrote:With Dragons as a cultural element in many Asian nations you might want to consider Dragonborn as part of the Shogunate. Maybe your divine emperor is a dragon and the Dragonborn his heirs?

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royalblueeyes wrote:Hmmm...very good idea, I'll try adding that in.

Anyway, refocusing (and editing) this to focus solely on the Asian Campaign Setting of whatever bigger world it is to be called.

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red_fire wrote:Throw in the Hengeyokai. They were fun to play in the older OA.

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