The Middle Kingdom
One the surface, the Middle Kingdom resembles the rest of the world. The same ambience of decay and gloom shrouds it, highlighting its most sinister aspects. The major cities are over crowded hives choked with faceless, impersonal skyscrapers, anonymous hordes of frantic workers, vice tongs, and teeming, disease-infested slums. In the countryside, rural folk hack a subsistence living, if that, from trackless jungles and defoliant saturated craters, all while praying for protection from the monsters and spirits they know exist just out of sight. In the Middle Kingdom, it is all too easy to step around the nearest corner or the next bend of the road, then simply... Vanish.
In many areas, principalities grind their subjects to paste under gun butts and tank treads. Every year, thousands of people simply disappear, never to be heard from again. Government "facilities" and political prisons are veritable abattoirs that were once interned, no one emerges to tell tales. Ancient families and secret societies manipulate entire economies from behind screens of honor and propriety, while family vendettas from the days of the dragon emperors and devil samurai are settled in boardrooms and back alleys alike. Most people are ingrained simply to look the other way, and thus, even legitimate investigations often become fruitless endeavors, punctuated by noncommittal shrugs and blank stares.
The Middle Kingdom is haunted by a variety of supernatural beings, remnants of past Ages of the world. Vampires prowl cities and shantytowns, while the jungles and mountains are home to shapeshifting demons. Wily sorcerers weave their spells in suspiciously nondescript curio shops, ghosts avenge unhallowed deaths or guard their mortal families, and fairy folk curse those who fail to honor the ancient ways. Although often at odd with one another, these beings differ from their Mortal counterparts, for they see themselves as part of a greater family of spirit beings. Collectively, supernatural beings are known by many names, but often refer to themselves by the Chinese word "Shen." (God) Unlike supernaturals in the Material plane, Shen take relatively fewer precautions against discovery. The supernatural here has less need of hiding and sanctioning, for it is unobtrusive enough to mind its manners. Conversely, the Middle Kingdom's mortals, as a rule, have learned to ask fewer questions. Let the Night People walk their road, the elders say, and they will let you walk yours, unless the gods frown on you.
The Middle Kingdom.
Of bones the city is made,
Plastered with flesh and blood,
Where decay and death are deposited,
And pride, and ingratitude. - Lord Sun Pao.
The Golden Palace of the Jade Dragon Court
The Golden Palace of the Jade Dragon Court, is the Imperial Palace of The Middle Kingdom. It is where Lord Sun Pao lives and rules as the Dragon Emperor, and it is where all the Dragon Emperors had ruled before him. It is a huge Golden Structure made in Ancient times by the very Dragons of the East that it still draws Chi energy from. Its Golden peaks are decorated with all manner of precious gem stones. It is said that the very Palace was molded from the great Dragon King of the Easts hoard of gold itself after war with the petty Elder Gods that lusted it for themselves. The legend says that they could not take even a single golden coin for themselves, so they attempted to melt the gold with their lighting storms. The lighting did melt the very gold of the Dragon King, yet this did not anger him, instead he molded the Palace from the melted gold, and crafted all his gold into this one prized piece. Then the Dragon King was truly happy, and the Elder Gods were humbled. And so with this act, the Dragon King went to the cave of his birth to sleep, and the Elder Gods were wise enough not to give cause to wake him once again. And this is were he still sleeps to this very day. So says the legend. The Jade Dragon Court is a room crafted entirely from Jade within the Golden Structure. It is the most holy location within the Middle Kingdom, as no feet have ever touched it, save for the ones of the Dragon Emperor's themselves. No one else is permitted to walk on the Jade. For the punishment would be eternal suffering by the Elder Gods themselves.
The Great Principle
The Laws of the Dragon Emperor.
The way of Origin: Remember whence you came, for it is the unchanging whole of your purpose.
The way of Lineage: Heed well those who have come before, and respect those who come after, for they are all part of the truth.
The way of Integrity: Maintain your honor and trust in all thought, word, and deed, for the behavior of one affects the entire community.
The way of Obligation: Understand your duties to your brethren, to the forces of the universe, and to yourself, and do all to fulfill them.
The way of Propriety: Practice correctness in all that you do, for the Great Cycle, in its every aspect, has its own nature, and that nature must be followed.
The Imperial Family
Lord Sun Pao: The Patriarch of the Pao family, and the Emperor of The Middle Kingdom.
Serinah Pao: The Crowned Princess of The Middle Kingdom. Also known as The Jade Princess of Shadows, or simply by Princess Serinah.
Ren Pao: Sun Pao's younger brother. Serinah's uncle. Ren Pao is currently locked away in a secret prison for crimes against his Emperor, he attempted to assassinate him a few years back, and lost an eye in the process.
Empress Najjah: Serinah's birth mother, Sun Pao's Ex wife, and the Ex Empress of The Middle Kingdom, recently murdered by Sun Pao himself. Not a Shen, Najjah was of an African race of Vampires completely different from Sun Pao.
To be Shen is to be cursed. It is a half natural life caused by the chi (Qi) in ones spirit essence to be unbalanced. because of that difference, many have chosen to live inside the Middle Kingdom because of its location, it is neither here, nor there, in fact it is in both places, and not in either at the same time. A dream some might say, and the would be half correct, and half false. For the Middle Kingdom is located inside the Gauntlet. The Gauntlet is the great curtain that divides the real world from the dream world, or the spirit world. It is here that all of this takes place, and it is here where many gods, demons, and alike call home. The most common of which are the Shen.
Shen are bore from human, except they are made into more. They are connected to many of the beasts of Asia, were they make their home. All around Asia, from half of Russia, to Malaysia and everything in between. It is like a glove that is covering the whole of the land, two world form one, and they Shen call this place home. The beasts most common to be placed among the Shen are these.
Dragon Clan: Very few of these Eldest Shen are left, they are counted among the Lords of the Courts. Known for Wisdom and Might. The Pao family are of this Clan.
Tiger Clan: Make their homes among the Mountains, and keep to themselves for the most part. Known for Strength and Rage.
Crane: Make their homes in the mountains along with the Tigers. Known for Wisdom and Speed.
Snake Clan: Live in the countryside and stick to simple lives most often. Known for Speed and Poison.
Mantis Clan: Live anywhere warm and are nomadic creatures. Known for Speed and Rage.
Spider Clan: Very few of these are left, do to bad choices made by their ancestors. Known for Agility and Stealth.
Rat Clan: Many of these live in the cities and under the cities as well. Known for Agility and Poison.
Shark Clan: Make their homes in the great seas. Outnumber all the others. Known for Strength, Speed, and Rage.
Monkey Clan: Make their homes everywhere. Are shy yet curious, by nature. Known for Wisdom, Agility, and Stealth.
No destroying of anything without my consent
You must sell the law enforcement etc.
The palace compound's restricted areas e.g The Jade Court, training grounds etc. cannot be entered without my (IC or OOC) permission
If you want to do anything involving the Middle Kingdom outside this thread then ask first (certain people are exceptions to this rule)
(Thanks Impero, for making this last part, I just edited it, because I was feeling lazy, and he already said it best. ^__^)
(Work in progress.)