Regional Break DownEdit
The Wushanko Isles regions each have their own special resource and creature that are found within these islands.
The Arc RegionEdit
The beginning region of the Wushanko Island's often known as where the east meets the west, over grown in bamboo providing to most of the other islands with it, while the other Islands have it the Arc supplies a majority of the regions bamboo. Cyclops also live within this region on their own little island away from the main area where the westerns come in.
Characters from the Arc Region are far more likely to convene and trade with the West, as well as remain peaceful with them.
Tuai Leit is the island from where many Westerners first go, to learn more about the East. Characters influenced by the East likely stopped here, as well as Easterners going West.
It is confirmed Seasingers, Sirens, and Soothsayers are about Tuai Leit.
An area filled with fish, many fisherman characters are likely to come from here, naturally. Whales can be found with ease in the waters, allowing a supply of oil for use in lamps to be traded East and West.
If your character is from here, expect him to be a rather skilled fisherman.
A Merchant island just south of Tuai Leit. Slave traders from the East and West meet here to sell people, and humanoids in general. Of course, the trade isn't just the Slave Trade, but also has other products exchanged as well.
Characters from Waiko are likely skilled in bartering, persuasion, and other speaking skills. Others are simple brutes, hired to take captives and resources quickly and efficiently.
Two islands, a large and a small, make up Aminishi. The Khan rules from the North. The Southern island is dotted with ports and bamboo forests.
Characters from Aminishi would either be spoiled Khans' Clansmen, or average fisherman and bamboo suppliers to trade leaving the islands.
The Islands that Once were TurtlesEdit
Legend says that large turtles swam in the water of the Arc, turned to stone by mysterious forces. The islands are largely uninhabited, and being mainly stone, lack much of the resources held by the other islands of the Arc.
A character from the Islands is likely taking advantage of the secluded nature of the Isles, hiding from authorities, or simply leaving room for meditation and relaxation.
A large island paranoid of anything that is not human in nature. This includes Sirens, Seasingers, Sea Orphans, other humanoid races, and naturally, Sea Monsters.
It is natural to think then, that a few from Goshima may share similar views to the H.A.M. Cult.
This island is the only known home to the Eastern Cyclops, a friendly yet powerful race of slightly intelligent humanoids. Many are likely to be taken advantage of and forced into Slavery, or taken in general, as demonstrated by the Warrior's Guild. Defenders may come from this island.
A character from Cyclosis is almost assuringly a Cyclops. It is thus possible that Cyclosis is the one devout region to a western god, in this case, Bandos.
The Skull RegionEdit
Home to many of the Khan's of the region, also the regions main supplier of gun powder giving it a large attraction to gunslingers and musketeers of the islands as well as the fact it is heavily protected in constant fear of a western invasion.
Characters from the Skulls, in general, are likely very paranoid of the West, and will be suspicious or even hostile towards Westerners.
Ai Jei is one of the larger, more powerful islands of the East. The Khan who rules the area is territorial, and suspicious that Westerners want his land. He has large supplies of gunpowder, produced here for all the islands, in addition to growing apples to feed his people.
Most people that like their ruler would share his suspicions, or simply want the money that comes from supporting his rule as a warrior.
The Khan who rules Hanto has barred all trade, using force to support it. With smuggling high because of it, a likely escape for your character would be to escape by a boat to Ai Jei, or the Sunlit Veil.
Consider it easier than escaping Meiyerditch, but there is no truly safe place until you reach the Arc, or possibly even the "Far West" of Misthalin. It is most likely for an Eastern Human character from the Skulls to be from Hanto.
The Sunlit VeilEdit
A thin strip of land surrounded by warm, shallow seas. It is known to attract Mermaids, and due to the climate, likely has coral reefs about it.
It would be hard to play a character directly from the Sunlit Veil, due to limits of knowledge on the way their people live. That, and if it is peaceful enough to have such nice land, and no notably cruel ruler, why would people want to leave?
A rich, powerful island, a Palace constructed of Jade is at the tallest part of the island is where the local Khan rules, demonstrating his wealth to all. Most of the money comes from mining sulphur and producing gunpowder.
The seas around Thalassia are however, not as wealthy as the land. The seas are known to be haunted by the species of Sea Monster known as "Thallassus." People would want to move out of this water as fast as possible to reach safer waters, perhaps around the Sunlit Veil or the Siren's Shell, where said monsters may be controlled and made less hostile.
Fishing explosives are used often here, crafted from gunpowder. The ruling Khan is known to be cruel, relentless, but supports many fishing towns in the area.
It is likely Echo Bay makes its money through mass fishing in the seas about it, through the use of explosives and nets. They'd possibly not care much for animal or plant life, as shown by this.
The Siren's ShellEdit
The island itself is shaped similar to a sea shell, where many Sirens and Sea Singers hone their skills. It is unlikely, similar to Cyclosis, for humans to live here.
The Siren's Shell is further away than the other islands in the Skulls, but is much more peaceful, and far more isolated. The common gunpowder trade does not go this far, and some Seasingers go long distances to earn money to pay their learning fees back at the Shell.
The Hook RegionEdit
A barren region looking for those who just wish to hide or mining colonies looking for black slate.
Once a mining colony for black slate, but upon discovering gems it has gained in riches and fame.
The Earthquake StraitsEdit
A bottomless sea exists between these two islands a rift of stone causes earthquakes to come forth.
Named not for the shape or events but for the large quanity of waterfalls and mist that coat the island.
Vast colums of black stone coat the island from end to end, one can walk the entire island without ever touching soil.
Bay of Playful SirensEdit
Honazo a crabbing town stood in a peaceful bay here before Shuma the white whale destroyed it.
The Fistmarks of GenmaEdit
There is a large debate about the large knuckle shaped indention that covers the entire surface of the island.
The Forgotten Chimera StraitsEdit
Used by smugglers to transport goods from region to region, because of this alot of Inns and coves can be found throughout the isles.
The Scythe RegionEdit
An immense island chain famed for its abundance of cherry trees. Native Khans are often provoked by to war against one another; coupled with the dominance of sea monsters, makes the Scythe a dangerous area.
An odd part of the Scythe region, because of the currents and strong winds this island is cooler then the others of the region.
Rich in cherry wood, and once home to the occultists of the region, now they are a thing of myth seeing as the Khans had them killed off.
The Islands that Reflect the MoonEdit
A paradise among the chaotic region that is the Scythe, hot springs and hospitility galor making it the nicest place in all of the Scythe region.
The home of Soothsayers where they are educated in their art before moving on to practice it elsewhere in the world.
The scene of many battles of the fighting Khans in this region, now used by Jade trawlers.
An area of the Scythe region home to a large quantity of sea witches, the winds constantly change here and it is believed to be their work.
The Bowl RegionEdit
Rich in jade, Which draws pirates and prospectors alike. The khans here are more interested in wealth then military or political power this attitude attracts merchants to the bowl.
An island of pure beauty containing geishas, hibiscus gardens and beautiful scenery.
Isle of JuniperEdit
Settlement here was forbbiden by an ancient khan, now the land is overgrown with juniper groves and is a rare haven for land dwelling beasts.
The training islands for the Death Lotus Assassins, it is also pockmarked with fishing villages.
Known for their high energies and hedonism, there is a rumour that a violent group of pirates called The Pin operate from the island also.
While this island may be over ran with pirates, the pirates here are pretty cool guys.
An outpost of the khans' power, heavily fortified. Serves as a centre of frontier justice and bureaucracy.
Made bright by the large desposits of quartz and salt, home to the sea monster known as Shuma.
The Pincers RegionEdit
These islands are joined together by bridges and dams, in a failed attempt to engender togetherness and trust. The Pincers is the centre of political power: a hotbed of intrigue and betrayal. Steel production in the Pincers bolsters the massive shipping industry.
This island is the most populous city of all the eastern lands. The city is built on the coast with smaller buildings built into a mountain.
The diplomatic capital of the Eastern Lands and the site of the Halls of Reckoning.
The Hole in the WorldEdit
A great hole is on this island that has never been explored. Pirates dump bodies here
Officially accorded neutral ground, This island is a place of peace. Khans usually relax here.
A heavily fortified island known for the refinement and ambition of its citizens.
A major cultural centre and focus of social gathering.
A tiny island where two beast-headed sorcerers Oxhead and Horseface bind the drowned dead to their service.
Surrounded by a hard to navigate reef, the Loop is isolated by much outside themselves. Only the very best of ships can survive the waters.
Dhar Pei's VantageEdit
The inhabitants of this island are thought of by other Wushanko people with a genuine - if occasionally condescending - fondness. They have an undeserved reputation for dyspraxia.
The Reef that Lies to MapmakersEdit
Most of the coral formations of this reef lie below the surface; only the unusual formation known as the Spires of Grief is large to house its own city.
Straits of the Oyster PearlEdit
The great fortress-city in these straits, known as the Bubble of Mists, is the centre of the pearl trade in Wushanko.
Light Under the SeaEdit
A faint actinic glow under inky waters is the only sign that wisps inhabit the coral caves honeycombing the stem of this tiny island.
Rich in a rare species of Koi, the Khans of the Shield are very wealthy, squabbling over rare gems and minerals before others in their area. One island has very large supplies of Adamant ore.
- Humans with sea creature parts are common within the Wushanko islands, meaning humans with flippers or gills is a common sight to the citizens of this region. These are called Sea Orphans.
- A khan or warlord controls each island.
- The khans are chosen for their sailing skills.
- The currency for this region is a coin called chimes, they appear to be worth more over the western gold coin and the only coin accepted within the Wushanko Isles.
- Technology there is far more advanced seeing as they are responsible for creation of duplicating puzzle boxes (the Mysterious Old Man's random event), repeating crossbows, and simplistic guns.
- Those from the Skull region will be very distrusting of westerners.
- The khan control clans, good chance someone from the eastern lands would belong to one of these clans.
- One of those clans, the Blazing Lanterns, have rejected the rule of khans.
- Most inhabitants of the Wushanko Isles don't worship any god. When Sea Singer Quinn declared herself one, some chose to follow her. However, the combined efforts of the Whaler, the Occultist, the Assassin, and the Adventurer's crew defeated her. It is unknown how priests of Quinn have responded.
- Notable exceptions to the above are Sea Orphans, some of whom converted by the Missionary. These Sea Orphans come from the isle of Hyu-Ji.
- Purists have a confirmed hatred of Sea Orphans, Sea Monsters, and Occultists. They kill these groups feeling they corrupt and taint the Eastern Lands. Occultists sacrifice sea monsters for good luck, magical blessing, or also religious use. It is unknown if either purists or occultists are following their paths due to religion.
- Even though parts of the eastern lands don't worship the gods, it is known they still carry a religion or two. They are not inherently followers of the main gods of the West, and would likely be tough converts to a demanding faith. Shunned populace remain an exception, more likely to be converted by travelling priests.