All right. Four is a good enough start for me to outline the idea behind the game and give some basic ideas about character creation. Five would be ideal, but four is enough.
Not all is right with the world as you have been taught. The things that the Mandarins claim are not the things that enlightened humans claim. Yin and Yang, the Five Elements. There are flaws in them, as you understand them. Whether the flaws are within you, or within the teachings of your elders...well, only a fool would contradict the Bodhisattva.
Long Term Goal: You are not entirely new to this world, but nor are you truly very experienced in this world of the Kuei, of demon Mo and ghostly Guei and the dead flesh of Kuei. Yet within each of you, some nagging doubt, some confusion of the truth is clearly marked. It is neither the whispers of your hateful P'o, nor is it the calm understanding of your Hun. It is something more fundamental than that, and the disquiet grows even as you serve under the auspices of the Blood Court. As you practice your diplomacy, as you study your condition, as you follow your paths, what this unquiet whisper is will begin to come clear. And when you have truly understood it...you must then choose what you will do about it.
The differences between the Kuei and the Vampires are vast, and almost irreconcilable. Yet there must be at least a measure of peace between them, lest the Middle Kingdom fall victim to barbarism and chaos. It is not power or will which makes the enemy most dangerous....the enemy is most dangerous because it is infectious.
The Problem: As the Western vampires maintain their presence in China, it is inevitable that they would seek to expand their power and control. The Blood Court is not merely responsible for Beijing, but all of China; and China is a vast and populous land. Driving the vampires away would be ideal, but the fact that they are a disease which could become a plague is a sobering thought for the Mandarins. Even the Bodhisattva are cautious in their dealings with them. So too, must you be, as you are the liaisons to Shadow Court. It is a surprisingly prestigious position, and one which is both derided and envied. There are many agendas to be coped with. What of your own?
Imbalance and Balance are both part of the Tao. To understand this is to begin understanding the Tao. When does one become the other? Only the Tao can say. How can one change one into the other? This is folly. How can one strive to be at peace with both? This is following the Way.
Complications: Your Wu is not a traditional Wu, and this leads to trouble. Still, you are tasked by the Mandarins, and you must do your duty. Not only the duty that you are commanded to perform, but also your duty to yourselves and each other, and those under you. It is not enough to do what you are told, but you must also do what you must, without falling to the temptations of corruption, your inner demons, or the enemies that surround you.
Does this sound like an interesting sort of scenario/setting for you all? Is there something more you would like to see, is there anything you want clarified? If we do this, there are some specific flaws and merits that I will disallow, mainly those relating to raised Dharma levels, Heresy, Corruption, and other things that would betray the ideals set up by the players or would get you summarily executed.