Hi there! Since I have a setting I've been working on for a little while with a number of varied ideas I felt that this was deserving of its own thread. Unlike my other thread that are smaller ideas in relatively 'open' settings hte ideas I will be posting in this thread will be strictly related to this one setting of my own design. The format will be a bit different but otherwise expect the same things found with regards to my usual RPs on here. :)
First Post - Setting Information
Second Post - Roleplay Ideas
Setting: This game takes place in a setting that is meant to have various themes from the East, in particular, Asia. As a sort of benchmark I would say the games technology and social setting (other than the male/female reversal) is similar to that of Japan just before the Sengoku Jidai, the Age of the Country at War. So cities, towns, names and things like that should consist of names that would seem to fit the area, though they don't have to actually be Japanese or Chinese or anything like that, so long as it actually fits.
Location: Spanning over hundreds of islands consisting of various sizes the Eternal Empire is the only nation that now exists over an area which had once been dominated by petty kingdoms spread out across the ocean. Having been part of the Empire for a long period of time most of the various cultural groups that once existed have now largely faded away, only some of the islands on the outer rim, known as the Outer Isles, still attempt to retain their long lost heritages. The majority of the population identify themselves quite distinctly as citizens of the Eternal Empire and are proud to do so. For as long as the Empire has reigned supreme peace has generally been kept across all of its holdings.
The islands themselves tend to vary in temperature depending on their location but most of the islands are temperate with the northern and southern islands being the coldest. In the very far west one of the few pieces of land not under control of the Empire exists, a vast desert of red sand known as the Blood Wastes. It has never been explored deeply and attempts to navigate along the coastline have proved fruitless, though it is rare for many people to be headed in this direction. Previously known as the Western Isles the islands in the west are now often referred to as the Corrupted Isles due to the presence of the beasts that continue to emerge from the Blood Wastes and inhabit the islands.
In the very centre of the Empire the area known as the Capital Isles resides which include the large island containing the reigning throne of the Immortal Empress Yuu. The capital city of Tazhou-Xing-Lao (commonly referred to as Xing) is a vast metropolis that expands over the entire central island and on to some of the other Capital Isles. While it is the biggest city in the entire Empire it is not the only one and throughout the islands there are many that could almost rival its splendour spread out across the ocean.
Since the creation of the Empire and the crowning of the Empress roles and positions that had once belonged to males were taken over by their female counterparts. All higher up Imperial positions are held by females and everywhere in society it is women that control the workings of the Empire. This is no surprise considering the past of the islands and that the population consists of a slightly larger number of women then that of men. Even in the military female warriors make up the majority and are often commanders and generals. That is not to say that there are not roles for men in imperial society, simply that they are now often in the position that many women were in prior to the Ascension, the Empress's rise to immortality. Due to how long this has gone on however it is simply a part of every day life.
History: For 2000 years the Immortal Empress has reigned over her Empire. However how this came about is as important now as it was when she first brought all of the island kingdoms to heel. Known simply as the Dark Times the period before the Ascension of the Empress is one of tragedy and hope.
For as long as anyone could remember various kingdoms existed throughout the islands and fought each other in order to establish dominance. In their societies it was men who had supreme control over the state and many women were forced into subservient positions with no hope of gaining an equal life. Yuu was one of these women, she was born in the Western Isles over what was then the Sapphire Kingdom. As a maid in the royal castle she watched as her king continued to fight the other neighbouring nations for control of the region, the death toll rising by the day. Her and many other people in the kingdom simply wished for peace and an end to the fighting.
It is believed that the greed of the men that reigned as kings or princes were the reason that disaster soon descended upon the islands. From the desert in the west a great darkness emerged, known as the Tempest. Soon great monsters and beasts began to pour into the Western Isles, the forces of the Sapphire Kingdom being no match for the enemy that came against them. Yuu and others fled eastwards with news of the Tempest and the destruction it had wrought in the west. None would listen and band together to fight, instead using the darkness as a cover in order to continue their wars with one another. With her homeland lost Yuu did not know what she could do. Not wishing to see more death brought to the people of the islands she steeled herself and set out alone to battle the horde of monsters that were overtaking more islands each day.
The maid, Yuu, fell swiftly in battle and her corpse was left strewn behind as the beasts continued their advance. From this however she suddenly found new life breathed within her and strength coursed through her body. Single handedly she fought back a wave of the Tempest's minions and then returned east, knowing she could not do this alone. With her new found powers and an Eternal life from the Gods she rallied many to her cause. Her first plan of action however was not to head back and combat the recuperating enemy forces in the west but to attack the central islands and take them over for herself as a means to coordinate future attacks from. Her forces easily conquered the region and Yuu, coming from a humble background, replaced all of the high ranking male officials with women as means of punishment for what they were believed to have caused. In one night the roles of women were completely reversed.
From here Yuu set out westwards with her army, again battling at the front against the Tempest forces and slowly forcing them back. Each time the darkness recuperated Yuu would take over more kingdoms and slowly add to her own domain, eventually managing to subjugate every island kingdom. With the forces of the islands now unified Yuu led a final campaign west and took back all but the most western of islands. In these locations the Tempest had taken hold for too long and could not be easily shifted. Instead Yuu retired back east and finally ushered in the age of the Eternal Empire and herself as the Immortal Empress. For 2000 years the fight against the Tempest in the west has continued with no progress on either side, even with Yuu herself no longer leading every charge. From humble made to an Immortal Empress the life of Yuu has effected the lives of everyone living on the islands to this day.
Magic & Technology: Other than the powers of the Immortal Empress Yuu magic in the world is not very common for humans. For many it seems little more but a conjuring trick or used to help out with some basic functions in life. Those able to perform it are marked and referred to as Branded, their powers simply being more a nuisance than anything. Only through contemplation and research is one of the Branded able to access more of their abilities and learn more about what exactly they can do. Those who are able to use their powers more so then a commoner often head west in order to battle the forces of the Tempest or offer their services to the Empress's court where such powers can be studied and utilised in other ways. Much about magic is still unknown and often the practice is shunned in some areas of the Empire simply out of fear.
With steel swords and chain-linked armour the warriors of the Empire battle the Tempest any others attempting to cause unrest. The military is divided into various groups with the majority of men and women consisting of the general infantry and cavalry divisions and then the more elite Samurai, almost exclusively consisting of the best female warriors the Empire has to offer. Add to this Ninja and other groups and the might of the Empire is a truly formidable fighting force in the region. The very elite of the Empire is the Sapphire Guard, women who protect the Empress. Made up of descendants from the Sapphire Kingdom they are the elite of the elite and are often leading the fight against the Tempest, one member of the Guard worth almost a whole division of ordinary troops, whether on horseback or not.