Okay. Here is the first of three write-ups for the Shadow Court Warriors KoE game. If there are questions, please ask, it will help me cement things in the other two.
Most Notable Factions (Each has 3-5 wu following their sect; there are more, but these are the current movers and shakers.)
*Society of Wise and Virtuous Magistrates, a conservative group with many Northerly wu.
*Jade Brush Brotherhood, a fairly progressive group, currently held to be in a favorable position despite the Bestowed Ancestor's affiliation.
*Grave-Polishing Caretakers, a West and Yin aligned group that is currently embroiled in dealing with both the Kindred issue and the spiritual unrest in China's mirrorlands.
*Devils of the Black Lantern, less a political group than a group dedicated to ensuring the blood court remains free of Yama King influences.
*Auspicious Scattering of Tiles, a Center leaning faction that is trying to achieve a more moderate stance between progression and conservatism.
Bestowed Ancestor of the Celestial Realm, leader of the Kuei as a Whole: The Mandarin Bai Guan Yun, White-Hat Cloud, a Resplendent Crane associated with the Society of Virtuous Magistrates.
The Five August Ancestors (Responsible for the Five Court regions in their entirety):
Blood Court: Jan Pen Wu, East Directed Thrashing Dragon (M)
Bone Court: Bar Mei Tong, North Directed Bone Flower (M)
Flesh Court: Ba Yan Huan, Center Directed Rootless Tree (F)
Jade Court: Ba Bi-Shou, West Directed Devil Tiger (M)
Flame Court: Ah See Mun, South Directed Resplendent Crane (F)
Five Hidden Ministers (Oversee regional scope duties, all are mandarins)
Minister of Jade: Guan Yao Te, Northern Resplendent Crane (M)
Minister of Rites: San Yin Zhu, Westerly Thousand Whisper (F)
Minister of Shen: Qi Zhong Jian, Centered Thousand Whisper (M)
Minister of Gardens: Huang Fei Fu, East Facing Trashing Dragon (M)
Minister of War: Shun Li Nu, North Directed Bone Shadow (M)
City Ancestor: Currently, none; assigned only when needed to oversee overwhelming issues. Part of your duty is to see this doesn't happen due to the Kindred presence.
Yin Ambassador: Tieh Tieh, the Iron Butterfly, West Directed Bone Shadow (F), jina
Yang Ambassador: Er Wa Guei, West Directed Devil Tiger (MtF), jina
Five Ministers (Local scope duties, all but Mo Ku Jen are jina. Mo Ku is a mandarin).
Jade: Nai Meng, Northern Bone Shadow (F)
Rites: Mo Ku Jen, the Demon Bone Nun, Centered Devil Tiger (F)
Shen: Wan Bai She, Center Directed Resplendent Crane (M)
Garden: Mi Mei, East Directed Thrashing Dragon (MtF)
War: An Mei She, North Directed Devil Tiger (M)
First Oni: Er Yin Dao, South Directed Thrashing Dragon (M) (mandarin)
Infant Devil Civilizer: Yung Yin Hsi, East Directed Devil Tiger (FtM) (jina)
Local Ancestor: Tiao Quan, Center Directed Rootless Tree (M) (mandarin)
Ancestor's Wu (All jina)
North – Pao Ying, Resplendent Crane (M)
East – Tu Mei, Thrashing Dragon (FtM)
West – Yung Yue, Bone Shadow (F)
South – Yung Bi Chen, Devil Tiger (M)
You have (relatively) easy access up to the Yin and Yang Ambassadors; for those two you always require appointments. Above them, you know who is who, but have no access outside of emergencies or incidental access without appointments and (traditional and regulated) bribery.
As a side note, the FtM/MtF gender tags may not always indicate transexuality – in some cases it can mean an unwanted or unexpected body-swap.
The Minsters of Jade are treasurers, and sometimes literally handle acquisiton and distribution of jade to those who need it (the Ambassadors or ministers of Shen for example, get their jade for the shen they meet and to travel to the Yin and Yang Realms).
Ministers of Rites ensure all appropriate rites are performed, locally or regionally as appropriate.
Ministers of Shen are diplomats between the Wan Kuei and other shen, and are overseers of Dragon Nests the Wan Kuei are responsible for.
Ministers of the Garden take are of the human world as it related to the Wan Kuei, and oversee the disposition of chi resources outside of jade and dragon nests.
The Ministers of War are more logistics and resource control – the First Oni serves as General and overseer of warfare.
The Yin and Yang Ambassadors are literally ambassadors to the spirits and spirit worlds, as opposed to other shen.
It is important to remember that direction and dharma are only two of the aspects of a given kuei's appointment to any given position. For instance a North Directed Bone Shadow might seem an odd choice for the local Minister of Jade, but Nai Meng's firm hand and cool temper keep things moving in a timely but consistent manner in the turmoil ridden Beijing economies of chi, jade, and commerce both spiritual and physical. Likewise, a Centered Devil Tiger seems like a bizarre choice for the Minister of Rites, but enforcing the spiritual duties of the city upon the human populace is a difficult task that requires aggressive tactics as well as sideways thinking at times, especially in a conflicted place like Beijing.
It is also worth noting almost none of the appointees are wu-mates, with one notable exception: Tieh Tieh is part of Mo Ku Jen's wu, but her qualifications for the position of Yin Ambassador were far higher than the potential risk of corruption or conspiracy. It does mean that there are many eyes of varied sorts on both of them, from several quarters.