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Lannet
LANNET


Capital:  Tsukikage
Population:  3,800,000
Ethnic Groups:  Ryuan (99%)
Government:  Theocratic Autocracy
Languages:  Yamato
Religion:  Shukyokami
Technology:  4
Demonym:  Lanneten
Flag:  A white flag with the five Magatama in the center and the sun in the background.

Masculine Names:  Akihito, Ashihei, Danjuro, Goro, Hajime, Heiji, Hidetora, Ichiro, Kazuhiro, Ken, Kumanosuke, Minoru, Ryoma, Senzo, Sosuke, Takeru, Yuichi

Feminine Names:  Ayame, Eriko, Hanae, Hisako, Inoue, Kazumi, Madoka, Mizuki, Narumi, Rei, Sayuri, Tamaki, Tsukiyama, Yayoi, Yoriko, Yukiko, Yuya

Surnames:  Adachi, Asanuma, Chikanatsu, Goto, Harada, Ichigawa, Inukai, Kanada, Kawamura, Komine, Kunikida, Moriguchi, Nagasawa, Nakamoto, Onoe, Takenouchi, Yoemon


     Reality and legend are intertwined in the ancient Empire of Lannet, one of the oldest countries in Gaia.  Ever a proud and mighty land, its culture, determination, and isolation have projected an aura of romanticism in western principalities.
     Despite its power, Lannet only occupies a small fraction of the island of Varja, an area full of mountains, valleys and forests.  It is a green region where heavy rains alternate with long sunny periods.  The country is densely populated, and even with its small acreage, it has more people than many principalities in the Empire.  It features two large cities, many smaller ones and innumerable towns scattered (most of them lost) between the valleys and mountains.
     Lannet's economy is based on agriculture and fishing, but thanks to the contacts of some families, it also maintains prosperous trade with the west, where many of their hand-crafted items are highly sought after.  Lannet's law has never respected the imperial principals, always following the ancient traditions inherited from Kuon Teikoku.  Therefore, there are two completely different systems, one for the upper class and another very strict one for the peasantry.
   Lannet's system of government is terribly classist, where everything is structured around a rigid stratum principal.  The Emperor, heir of the ancient Mikoto lineage, occupies the peak of power, collecting absolute authority in his person.  His decisions are not only irrefutable, but merely contradicting them is dishonorable and an insult to Lannet.  On the next rung down are the five great families, responsible for ensuring the security of the country and its people.  Each of them controls and supervises a host of minor Daimyos, the equivalent to feudal lords who dominate various regions of the country.  Their armies are extremely powerful, consisting of thousands and thousands of samurai warriors that serve their masters with devotion.  Bred for battle, each of them is exceptionally trained in the arts of war.
     After carrying out three armed uprisings with the objective of gaining independence from Abel, a yoke that its people consider the worst of insults, Lannet obtained its desired sovereignty after the fragmentation of the Empire.  The country has no allies or wishes to have any.  Currently, detached from everyone, it enjoys a time of peace since Shivat has not launched any offensive against its borders.  However, all great families know that it is an inevitable fact that The Golden Emperor will issue the order to attack sooner or later, once they are sure that Abel poses no true threat to their autonomy. But that's not the only problem the nation suffers.  Its well known that antagonism has emerged in recent years between the Emperor and the Shogun, supreme lord of the army, and a similar thing happens among the five great families.
     Lannet has been quickto declare valid their old calendar system, which places them in the year 6,985 of the eternal calendar.


THE MAGATAMAS


     From time immemorial, the five Magatamas (or soul stones) have been considered the greatest treasure of Lannet.  The legends say that their mere presence brings peace and stability to these lands, without which would lead to a great catastrophe where nothing could prevent the destruction of Varja.
     Each stone is aligned with one of the primary elements: Fire, Earth, Water, Wood, and Metal.  For them to be effective they must be in specific locations around the island and within their shrines- related to the element they represent.
   In ancient times their ownership was shared with Shivat, which guarded two of them; but more than a millennium ago the Emperor of Lannet took control of all the Magatamas and placed all fie in his lands, therefore shrinking the area of protection that they offered.  Such theft has brought about the main reason for the conflict between both nations, whose antagonism still remains today.  Each of the five great families of Lannet has been assigned the task of protecting one of the Magatamas as a sacred duty.  If any of them were to fail in their mission, they would be stripped of all power and regarded as traitors to the throne.  Over the years they have had to defend them with sweat and blood against Shivat's armies.  Of course, whenever necessary, they receive the support of the Imperial Armies.

Seiryuu,
The Celestial Dragon
WOOD
Green
East - Spring


Genbu, ---------------------------------------- Suzaku,
The Black Turtle ---------------------------------------- The Pheonix
WATER  ---------------------------------------- FIRE
Black  ---------------------------------------- Red
North - Winter  ---------------------------------------- South - Summer


Byakko, ------------------------- The Kirin
The White Tiger ------------------------- ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
METAL ------------------------- EARTH
White  -------------------------- Yellow
West - Autumn ------------------------- Center - Change of Seasons



CULTURE AND SOCIETY


     Lannet is a closed culture, with old traditions and formalities that have remained unchanged for many thousands of years.  The Lannetens are divided into two different strata: serfs and gentry.  The later are split into two categories as well: samurai, or warrior caste, and the noble families, the lords of the samurai.  Only members of the gentry are allowed to carry weapons, considered a symbol of their superior status.  Peasants, living under the whims of their lords, can only use simple bow, sticks, and knives to hunt or defend themselves; moreover, it is a punishable crime to even touch a weapon they are banned from wielding.  Each establishment is unalterable, and it is impossible to ascend if not by the express wish of the Emperor.
     The Lannetens code of honor is sometimes confusing for westerners, like many of its customs.  They have a strict code of ethics, especially inflexible for samurai, whom are required to have valor, honesty and loyalty to their masters.  When somebody behaves dishonorably or violates the rules, he is separated from society and treated like a pariah by his own people.  Followers of their own religious doctrines, they openly reject Christianity, which has caused more than one confrontation with The Church.
     The existence of farmers and fishermen is simple and monotonous, since they are only dedicated to cultivating the land or fishing generation after generation, without caring about anything else other than having calm and happy lives with their families.  On the contrary, that of a samurai is much more complicated since he must always behave in accordance to his position, which is usually linked with duels, family rivalries and meeting the desires of their masters.  Thirdly is the palace of life, where there are thousands of court intrigues and influence between different families or power is much sharper than the blade of any sword.
     For barely a hundred years have the first major retailers in the cities begun to arise without a direct link to the nobility.  Though it is still early to call them bourgeois, it's true that they hold a more favorable and open position than that of other servants.
     The families, regardless of the couple's feelings, arrange almost every wedding among the samurai or nobles.  It is also strictly prohibited to marry between members of different social status.  Under no circumstance could samurai marry a peasant, but nothing prevents them from taking as many concubines as they wish (or can afford).
       Although the great Takashi family is well known for its trade with westerners (especially Phaion Eien Seimon), the Lannetens are very racist towards them, only allowing outsiders into their port cities, provided they have express permission.  The Lannetens hold great hostility towards their opressors.  The Holy Empire of Abel subjugated them and stripped them of their traditions as much as they could, attempting to force Christianity upon them and even sending in The Inquisition to kill anything supernatural- and in Varja, that's a lot.
     The Imperial guard, the Teikoku Ryu, deserve special mention.  They are a division of samurai in direct service of the Mikoto family performing the roles of guardians of order in the cities.  In a way, they act like bodyguards to ensure samurai of various Daimyo do not fail to comply to the laws of the Emperor.

THE FIVE GREAT HOUSES


      Although there are thirty-two noble families in Lannet, only five of them are considered major houses, those that enjoy the direct favor of the Emperor and supervise the others.  To represent the confidence placed in them, each are entrusted with the task of protecting the Magatamas.
     Each of the great houses maintain a great rivalry with the others, trying at all times to gain maximum favor in the Imperial Court.


HOUSE TAKASHI

     The Takashi family is one of the most important and influential of the five great houses of Lannet.  After falling from grace long ago for its failure to conquer Phaion Eien Seimon, it regained the favor of the Emperor die it the enormous revenue that its trade operations with the west create for Lannet.  House Takashi is known not only for its great wealth and it fine instinct for business, but also for being the most permissive with regard to the presence of westerners in its territories.  They run a significant army and boast the largest navy in the country.  They maintain bad relationships with House Oda and House Kurokami, with whom they suffer patent animosity.
     The Takashi family is the one responsible for protecting the Magatama of WATER, and its area of influence is northwestern Lannet.  Its current leader is Eisaku Takashi.


HOUSE KUROKAMI

     Most likely, the Kurokami family is the most powerful of the five great houses that serve the Emperor.  Although they have lost some importance in recent centuries since they have not had to face any attacks in a long time, maintaining their supremacy as the greatest guardians of Lannet Empire.
     House Kurokami bears the shame of being heirs to the Shogun Hideyuki, who betrayed Emperor Amaterasu millennia ago causing the fall of Kuon Teikoku.  Even today, this fact weighs terribly on its behalf, which is why all its members put their lives in danger to try to erase this disgrace.  For ages, its warriors have been the guardians of Lannet, defeating any army who threatened the Empire one after another.  The Kurokami samurai usually wear demon masks when entering combat, to represent their abandoned humanity when fighting.  Some of them are known for their mastery in the dominion of strange fighting techniques, and are capable of inhuman feats.
     The Kurokami are responsible for protecting the Magatama of FIRE, and its area of influence is northeastern Lannet.  Its current leader is Yuu Kurokami.


HOUSE KARASUMA

     There are so many great legends and stories about this family that few can determine between myth and reality.  Karasuma is the only great house that has retained its position since even before the fall of Kuon Teikoku.  The house is divided into two branches, the central house and a subordinate house.  The later focuses on large estates and a considerable economic power because it controls a portion of the trade with other towns.  By contrast, the leaders usually never go public, and stay separated from most courtly and political affairs.  It is said to be the most spiritual family, which is directly related to the elements.  It is a well-known fact that many members of the clan are high monks and ascetics, rumored to communicate with spirits and work miracles.  The Karasuma samurai are respected not only for their skill in combat, but also because it is said that some of them can summon spirits to act on their behalf.  Of all the major houses, the Karasuma are the ones who use the greatest number of Onmyoji recognized by the Emperor.
     The family also controls many ninja clans that they use to assassinate and spy on those who threaten their clan.  Fortunately, the Karasuma have no major enemies, but their secrecy and spies entail that sometimes they maintain disputes with House Asakura.
     They are the ones responsible for protecting the Magatama of WOOD, and its area of influence is northern Lannet.  The current leader is Shiki Karasuma.


HOUSE ASAKURA

     The Asakura family was a former lesser clan that obtained Imperial favor after their enormous service granted during the appropriation of the Magatamas.  While not the owners of a great army, their power and influence in the Imperial Court and with the other families is enormous.  The skill of its spies and courtiers is unsurpassed, destroying or elevating the reputation of individuals according to its own interests.  It is said that the lords of Asakura family know all the secrets of Lannet Empire, and they even have contacts in Shivat.
     Asakura is the only major house in which women hold important functions, instead of merely being courtesans.  If they wish, they can be trained as samurai, allowing them to use not only naginatas ans long bows, but also katanas.  In fact, its war maidens enjoy great popularity, because it is said that they are as beautiful as they are skilled in combat.
     The Asakura are the ones responsible for protecting the Magatama of EARTH, and its area of influence is southeastern Lannet.  The present leader of the family is Tatsuya Asakura, but since she is only six years old, her aunt Katsumi Asakura makes decisions on her behalf.


HOUSE KONOE AND ODA

     The families Konoe and Oda are usually recognized as one, since both were unified after the wedding of the crown princes of both clans long ago.  If each one previously had enormous power separately, their union has made them the most powerful military clan of Lannet, matched only by house Kurokami.
     House Oda and Konoe have been the ones responsible for controlling southwestern Lannet, which includes part of the border with Shivat.  For centuries, they have defended their territory with unmatched ferocity, gaining not only the respect of its enemies, but also awakening true terror within them.  Its legend began when both families devastated a portion of the Shivaten armies during the appropriation of the Magatamas, spreading the myth that their samurai had unparalleled talent with the sword.  They are also famous as the domain of master blacksmiths, who are said to forge weapons capable of splitting both armor and a metal anvil with equivalent ease.
     Of all the great houses, Konoe and Oda are the two that keep the ancient traditions most alive.  They rejest all contact with the west and they consider themselves heirs to the purest spirit of Kuon Teikoku.  That brings them in opposition with House Takashi, although they feel great rivalry towards the Kurokami for its reputation as warriors.
     House Konoe and Oda are the ones responsible for protecting the Magatama of METAL, and its current leader is Isamu Oda.


REGARDING THE SUPERNATURAL


     The traditions of Lannet make the people's mentality incredibly open to paranormal forces.  They sincerely believe that spirits, gods, and supernatural powers surround them.
     Naturally, the Lannetens are afraid of non-human creatures, and even the bravest samurai fear what they cannot slice with the blade of their swords.  For them, one should not disturb the spirits of the dead or make deals with either The Oni or The Kami, because what belongs to the past should stay there.  The only creatures considered benign are the Daimah, that were members of the Empire of Lannet for centuries, even ruling some of the most important families.  Unfortunately, they all disappeared long ago after being massacred by The Inquisition and the few that survived were forced to flee and hide.
     Wizards are called sohei or shugenja, and are considered people endowed with incredible powers.  People generally fear and respect them, because their powers are seen as divine abilities.  However, Summoners are seen in negative light, since they meddle with powers that should not be disturbed.
     Both the Emperor and the great houses know perfectly well that magic exists, and try to exploit it.  However, perfectly aware of the danger it entails, they have explicitly prohibited it use except for those that obtain an official recognition and a permit.  These individuals are the Onmyoji, or Imperial wizards, who will come whenever the Emperor, or the family whom he depends on, calls them into service.  They have been secretly active for years now, since The Inquisition and The Empire could act against them, but now its precense has been made completely official.

SUPERNATURAL POWERS IN LANNET


     Supernatural forces have always acted chaotically in Varja, only the Magatamas can stop its destruction and stabilize. Lannet enjoys the protection of the Magatamas, unlike Shivat, and therefore Magic produces no side-effect.
     However, Summoners must still apply a modifier.
     Summoning +40
     Control, Bind, and Banish -40



HISTORY OF LANNET

With a greater History Secondary Skill and through game play, you will learn more about the history of Lannet than what is listed here.  This is the basic, everyday, understanding.

     Lannet came out of the division of the great Empire of Kuon Teikoku, ruled by Amaterasu no Mikoto.  They have fought many battles since then to keep their Empire.  Shivat was once their sister but now is their enemy, currently in a stalemate as they both try to free themselves from the rule of The Holy Empire of Abel.  They have been under The Sacred Holy Empire for seven centuries now and have made three large scale attempts to separate from them, none were successful until recently.  With internal war upon The Old Continent, The Holy Empire does not have the presence of force to keep Varja subjugated.  However, they are not letting go easily.



RELAVENT GEOGRAPICAL FEATURES


     Despite its territory not being very extensive, Lannet has many remarkable features, notably mountains and valleys covered with dense forests.  Since it is located in an area of great volcanic activity, there are frequent earthquakes of low intensity.  Its major geographical feature is the Sen Monogatari Mountian Rnage, which limits its border with Shivat.

The Sealed forest:  Located o an area of large hills on the eastern coast, this bright forest is rarely visited by travelers, because for the people it constitutes a sacred place populated by spirits.  Rumor has it that it's the last place the Kami visited before disappearing from the world.  The forest harbors a few independent towns but the villagers prefer to enter the woods as little as possible.  As they believe there are a large number of paranormal forces wandering around.

Karasu Forest: The famous forest of crows is the greatest feud of House Karasuma, one of the five great clans of Lannet.  It is a dark place, because the density of the trees often blots out the light.  Crows fill the forest making it an even gloomier place.  Its abundant but abandoned temples and the hundreds of statues located on all its roads to appease the spirits of the dead, also characterize it.  There are no towns in these woods.


The Tori Forest: Also called The Forest of Birds, Tori is the largest forest of Lannet, which extends west of Tsukikage.  Since it was built in a mountainous area, Tori contains numerous valley, clearings and occasional small lakes.  It is also the most populated forest in Lannet, since several dozens of towns and villages of all sizes can be found inside.  Wolves and other wild animals still teem freely inside Tori, many bandits do as well.

Kumoyama:  The Kumoyama Mountains have some of the highest and sharpest peaks of all Lannet; so much that sometimes clouds surround its summits.  Due to its height towns are rare, but its landscape, with abundant waterfalls, are exceptionally beautiful.  It is told that many shugenja hermits live in the solitary areas within, and people often travel here searching for their advice.
     Because of its height, it is almost impossible to cross the bulk of it, which makes its only two mountain passages very journeyed (also known for the quality of its inns).

Kusa Plains:  Surrounded by lesser mountains and forests, The Kusa Plains are the largest part of Lannet.  Green and rich, it is said to be where the Eternal Court of Kuon Teikku was established long ago, before being completely destroyed when Amaterasu fought the traitor shogun.  It currently houses the Imperial capital of Tsukikage.

Sen Monogatari Mountain Range:  Sen Monogatari literally means "A Thousand Stories", an extremely apt name for this vast mountain range that divides Lannet and Shivat.  This place is certainly one of the most well known in Varja, having witnessed so many events, battles and legends that few places in the world can overshadow.  Over the centuries it has changed ownership on numerous occasions, because neither Lannet nor Shivat have been able to keep hold of it for any significant amount of time.
     As expected of a territory so vast, towns and temples abound on the mountain range, although there are also large expanses of uninhabited land.  According to travelers and the locals, anything can happen in Sen Monogatari, no mater how unusual and strange it may seem.  Although usually a quiet area, once you think that nothing strange will happen there you can easily encounter the inexplicable.  If it is true that there are many spirits, beings, and mysteries teeming in there, no one can say for certain so far.
     Since the mountains are often high and cannot easily be traversed, it has always been very difficult for the armies of the Eastern Empires to pass through them.  Therefore, many battles have been fought in the valleys and sometimes evidence of them can still be seen.
     Today, a part of The Sen Monogatari belongs to Shivat,but the frontier is not very well enclosed.

Kajiyama:  With summits known as The Fire Mountains, this small mountain range has countless volcanoes.  Many of them are active, and produce fumes of scorching steam that the villagers call "The Breath of the Dragon." Kajiyama is filled with a reddish tint and the mountains, which are not very high, give rise to countless valleys and plains of sparse vegetation.  It is said that many ancient wars were fought here.
     Alongside the city of Koga, the best-known place in Kajiyama is the Temple of Zhu-que.  Zhu-que is inside the crater of a volcano, supported by a large stone pillar, and the only way to reach it is to use the large chain bridge that descends from the cliff.


The Island of Yagarema:  According to myth, this dark island was once a part of ancient Varja, but separated from it thousands of years ago.  Until recent times the horrible and inexplicable happenings, from violent windstorms to the sudden onset of insanity, have made it impossible for Lannet and Shivat to build anything there.  However, when the Kami disappeared so to did Yagarema's curse.  However, what was left behind was a dark and twisted place.  Its western portion has abundant vegitation but the further east one travels the more withered and sinister the land becomes.
     Given that the dark island is not within the security zone of the Magatamas, it follows the same rules as Shivat with respect to the implementation of supernatural powers.



PLACES OF INTEREST


     Lannet is full of temples and castles everywhere.  Almost each valley, forest or mountain has at least one temple dedicated to its local deity, just as each one of the seventeen provinces in which the country is divided has at least one or two big castles.  Currently many sites can be found abandoned, for since the departure of the Kami, many of them were completely vacated.  There are also many large cities that are undoubtedly the jewels of Varja.

HANAMURA
(City, Population: 8,500+)

     Hanamura, the town of flowers, isn't considered a real city, although its size is not that of a normal town either.  It's a beautiful and ancient place located in one of the valleys near the mountains of Kumoyama, whose most striking feature is to be filled with beautiful cherry trees.
     Although sited in House Takashi's area of influence, the city is completely independent, and belongs to the Haneda clan. Its leader, Yuichi Haneda, lives in a large castle almost two miles away from the city.
     The town of flowers is popular in Lannet for its magnificent Spring Festival, where for a week everyone celebrates the most famous festivities. Thousands of people flock there to enjoy its attractions, like the kite tournament, where the best craftsmen come to show their creations (which range from the most exotic kites to the most gigantic ones), or the evening Kabuki Theatre, which has little to envy from those of the capital. However, the most prestigious of all of them is the Ikebana Festival, which literally covers the city with flower art.  The festivities end with the Night of Sakura, where all visitors drink sake under the branches of the cherry trees.  The winners of the various tournaments all sit under the Ippon Sakura, the legendary first cherry tree, and it is considered that the blessing of the stations will rain over the lucky people drinking there.  Inexplicably, the myth seems to be true, because those that do usually enjoy an entire year of prosperity.
     In the last decades the crime rate in Hanamura has increased considerably, since the yakuza of Tsukikage have been drawn there by the profits generated during the festivals.


SETSU
(Metropolis, Population: 231,000+)

     Setsu, the largest port of Lannet, is unparalleled source of income for the empire due to the large amount of goods passing through its docks.  The large city is the great bastion f the House Takashi that uses its control over trade to become the greatest economic power of all the clans.  Located in a vast bay, Setsu is built using the classic Lanneten architectural styles, with brick and wooden houses decorated with oriental motifs.  Even if as a city its buildings are quite lo, the presence of huge towers and temples overlooking the roofs gives it a varied and beautiful appearance.
     Setsu has also obtained the nickname of "The City of Water", and not just for being located next to the sea.  The city is placed on an area of springs, underground spas and river that emerge from different places, forming streams and lakes.  Thus, although there is no nearby rive, dozens of channels run through the neighborhoods.  The wealthiest families use the use the small islands in the pools to build castles and temples, and the most remarkable of them is the Palace of Mizu, the headquarters of House Takashi.  Eisaku Takashi, the current patriarch of the clan and governor of Setsu, lives there.
     Of all the cities in the country, Setsu is the one where foreigners are most welcomed, and can walk the streets with complete normality without arousing rejection or hatred.  To the citizens, they are only temporary tenants bringing great economic benefits.
     Because of its size and the great amount of interest invested in it, Setsu is a very active city, where all kinds of events happen daily.


GATE TO THE WEST
(Town, Population: 1,100+)

     An ancient construction from the time of Kuon Teikoku, it is said to be 2,000 years old.  Two gigantic red columns over 300 feet high, joined at the top by a great metal slab.  It faces an identical door on the coast of Phaion.
     Considering it a place of good omen, more than two centuries ago a small village was built around The Gate that today has grown to more than 1,000 people.  It is devoted to livestock and agriculture, since although it is on the coast; the ridges and cliffs there make fishing impracticable.
     The Gate to the West has become a popular area for samurai duels, who usually face-off between the columns.


TSUKIKAGE
(Metropolis, Population: 983,000+)


SENSOU-JO
(Fortress, Population: 16,000+)


AIMI
(City, Population: 46,000+)


KAGAMI JIIN
(Building, Population: 100+)


KOGA
(Metropolis, Population: 102,000+)


KUROKITSU-JO
(Fortress, Population: 4,000+)


KURAI HANKO
(City Population: 41,000+)


SOLCIAL CLASS AND CULTURAL ROOTS


SOCIAL CLASS


Everyone starts off with a weapon for free and 150GC to buy equipment.  You do not keep extra GC once finished, instead you have on you the amount allotted to your station (see below).  If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

You may choose to roll, using the 'Value' column to decide your social standing if you are from Lannet, or you may choose that which suits your background- IF you write me a well constructed and thought out background for your character, stating their class and how it came to be so. (Essentially a way to earn in-game rewards before the game begins, should you desire a higher status and that which comes with it).


Value: 1-60
Social Class: Lower Class
Starting Equipment: Clothes you have on, food for a week, some personal objects.  5CC.

Value: 60-80
Social Class: Bourgeois
Starting Equipment: A couple changes of clothes, food for a week, a mount, a weapon appropriate to rank, some personal items.  15GC.

Value: 81-90
Social Class: Samurai Courtesan
Starting Equipment: Several styles of quality clothes, rations for a week, a weapon (katana), some personal items of quality, light or medium armor. 40GC.

Value: 91-100
Social Class: Samurai Warrior
Starting Equipment: Several styles of quality clothes, rations for a week, two weapons (a katana and a wakazashi), any kind or armor.  40GC.


CULTURAL ROOTS


Lower-Class:  Athleticism +15, Swim +10, Climb +10, Notice +10, Animals +5, Herbalism +10, Occult (religion) +10, Feats of Strength +10

Bourgeois/Samurai (courtesan): Athleticism +10, Swim +10, Style +20, Persuasion +10, History (local) +10, Art +10, Music +10

Samurai (warrior): Athleticism +10, Ride +10, Swim +10, Style +10, Intimidate +10, Notice +10, History (local) +10, Composure +10


LANNETEN POTENTIAL CHARACTER BACKGROUNDS:
Suggestions if you are having trouble choosing a character or just want to explore some possibilities
With the rigid social structure of Lannet, there are limited roles you could play but don't be afraid to get creative with what you want to do.  PM me with any questions if you are unsure.


-Ronin: From any house (the Five Major houses or one of the many minor houses).  You were a samurai but for one reason or another you fell from good standing (by disobeying or even simply disagreeing with your shogun) and became shunned from your entire community.

-Bandit: You lived in a forest or cave somewhere, either with others or alone, and you- or your group- would set upon unsuspecting targets and raid old temples and battle grounds for treasure.  Whatever reason you have, perhaps to sell some more suspicious loot, you have come to Shivat.

-Farmer/Fisherman (or child of): With Lannet's rigid system of rules you cannot so much as touch any weapon beyond your station.  You cannot marry who you like and you are expected to live your life in dedication to whichever craft your family has done since time immemorial.  Was it so bad to want more from this existence?  You left... Now you can never return, but you knew that the day you said goodbye to anyone and anything you cared about.  In Shivat you are free to do as you please, become whoever you want.  Though it is hard when they look at you with such disdain merely because of where you were born.

-Yakuza: Somehow the crime ring persisted in Lannet despite their rigid social system.  Now you are in Shivat... Care to tell me why?

-Ninja/Assassin: The rare person from Lannet who is actually still on good terms with their home country.  You were sent by one of the houses to gather information or to take out someone troublesome to your lord.  You must keep your identity a secret or you will surely be killed.  You must report and be subordinate to your house, if not, they will send another to replace you entirely.

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:50, Sat 29 Apr 2017.