Relations with other Kingdoms:
The Shogunate of AkaibaRuling Family:
The Sadatake FamilyShogunate Location:
Katana de ikiru ka,-gatana de shinu ka! Live by the Sword, or Die by the Sword!
Akaiba is, incredibly, at peace with her cultural sisters, the Kingdoms of Toiba and Noiba. The same cannot be said for her northern neighbour, Okin. Shortly after the sundering of the Empire into three Shogunates, the Okin had sought to size control of several gold and silver mines in the north of Akaiba. The Akaiba had responded in force and so began a war that has lasted nearly a hundred years and resulted in the virtual subjugation of Okin by Akaiba. Only the northern regions of Okin remain unconquered and it is no secret that Akaiba is coming to finish what Okin started. Family reputation:
Ambitious, Cunning, Wealthy, Scheming, Loyal, Organized, HonourableKingdom's main export goods:
Metals; (Gold, silver, copper, steel), Stonecraft, Woodcraft (Furniture), Silk, Foodstuffs (Rice, Fish, Whale Oil).Description of Kingdom:
Akaiba is the Southwestern most Kingdom state on the continent of Seikatsu. The climate is mostly temperate with four distinct seasons, except for the southern most provinces which have a humid subtropical climate characterized by warm and wet summers and mild winters. Much of the Kingdom is covered in forests, tall hills, and lush valleys. Further north, to the East, mountains tower into the stunning blue sky. The main source of food for the Kingdom comes from small rice paddies found across the the land.
The Capital city, Shinkyo
, is built on the Western most point of the continent and boasts the largest single human urban population in the known world of almost a quarter million souls. Sprawling across the mouth of three different rivers, the city is well served for water and sewage is dumped out to sea to prevent disease. Public baths are common, though broken down by castes, to ensure cleanliness. Felons, imprisoned for minor crimes, are set to cleaning rubbish and garbage away every day. Most buildings are made of paper and wood, allowing them to be easily rebuilt if damaged by an earthquake. This does create a fire hazard however and on occasion hundreds, if not thousands, are consumed by accidental blazes.
Rising above the city on a flat-topped mountain is Sadatake Castle, a fortress so huge it is said a garrison of 10,000 soldiers can reside within its walls. The fortress boasts its own lake, gardens, small forest and a game park. The Royal Family resides here, aloof from the chaos and confusion of the city below. Accessed by two ramps chiseled from the very stone itself, one to the north and the other on the south, it is an imposing citadel that has never been taken by an enemy.
There is no official religion in these lands and people tend to rely on their personal spirituality rather than an established faith. The people of Akaiba are hard traditionalists and honour is the most important part of their lives. They are incredibly polite, even to their enemies and will rarely express their emotions. It is sometimes said that they have two faces, one for the Akaiba and one for the Gaijin (foreigner/outsider).
Unlike Formaroth, gender roles are far more dominant within society and in most places the society is still very much patriarchal. Though men and women are not prohibited from taking up roles not stereotypical to their gender, it is considered an oddity. The Province of Taiyō however is a exception to this rule and men and women share equal levels of power and are not pressured towards a particular role. This is due to back in the warring periods, this province lost almost all of their men to war and the women took up and successfully defended themselves, earning their right to be considered equal to men. Taiyō has produced an elite cast of Warrior Monks and Nuns famed throughout the continent.
Social roles also play a large part in society and people are expected to take up the profession of their parents. To take up a different profession to your parents is considered to be a great dishonour to your family, though exceptions are can be made, especially during times of war.
Though the Akaiba are not hostile or even unfriendly to foreigners they tend to treat them with mild neglect, viewing them as Gaijin who do not understand the culture and who should not be trusted. This prejudice stems from most foreigners not understanding the strict social rules (etiquette) in Akaiba society and therefore they appear to come across as rude and blunt.Magic and the Akaiba:
The Akaiba are a magically gifted people, but not in the same sense as the Mages of Formaroth. Magic on Seikatsu is wielded through Runes rather than gestures or motions. Runelords are tattooed with a rune that grants them a specific power, such as a spell foe invisibility, or fireball. Many Runes are defensive as well, common ones are used to strengthen a Runelords resistance to fire or cold.
Two schools exist where can be Runelord is trained, one in the capital, and another in the Northeastern mountains.
The Runesmith is a far more rare and difficult trade. These masters are trained not only with the knowledge of runes, and blacksmithing, but how to imbue said runes into a weapon through the application of mandrake oil.Family Background:
Up until a hundred years ago Emperor Hirotomi held sway over the Three Sisters (The Kingdoms of Akaiba, Toiba, and Noiba) and ruled with an iron fist until his death at the hands of unknown assassins. The old fox did not die without a succession plan however, dividing his Empire between his three sons and issuing a final plea that they seek to live in peace. Incredibly, the brothers managed to do just that. It helped that other nations on their borders mistook the official breakup of the Empire as a sign of weakness and tried to grab what they could.
Shogun Sadatake Hirotomi Sadatake, the deceased Emperors eldest son, had been granted the lands of Akaiba and when Okin troops spilled over the border he responded with force. It took him twelve years of hard fighting to drive the Okinese back across the border, and even more time to secure defences along the river which traditionally marked the division of their lands. During this time he married and sired three children, twin sons and a daughter.
Sadatake Hirotomi would eventually die on the field of battle while leading his armies north into Okin. His sons, Kaito and Ruuku, then fought for the honour of becoming the new Shogun of Akaiba, and the right to rule Sadatake Family. Ruuku triumphed and hacked his brothers head from his shoulders before taking up his fathers mantle as Shogun. He at once sought to continue his fathers campaign against the Kingdom of Okin and the neighbouring states locked horns in what would become nearly a sixty year conflict.
Twenty years ago Ruuku joined his father in the halls of history when he was felled in an Okin ambush and his body torn to pieces by the victors. He was succeeded by his son, and current Shogun, Sadatake Ayeka. In fine family tradition Ayeka swore to continue the war against Okin. Unlike his predecessors however, he waged war with infinite patience. No longer did he permit his soldiers to slaughter villages, nor rape women, ordering that all religious shrines be left unmolested. He took the time to advance, conquer a region, ensure it was pacified, before moving on to the next.
These tactics bore fruit and the Okinese suddenly found themselves being forced back on all fronts, frustrated at every turn by cunning Akaiba diplomats and spies who worked tirelessly to feed information back to the Shogun. The time has finally come for Akaiba to strike a death blow against Okin and finish what they so foolishly started a hundred years before. Family motives:
Ayeka intends to crown himself Shogun of Akaiba and Okin, a single nationstate spanning the Western reaches of Seikatsu. There is not a person on the continent who cannot not clearly see that happening already. But deeper than that, hidden behind his polite smile and generosity, is a desire to conquer the whole of Seikatsu, to become Emperor. Noiba sits on the precipice of oblivion with no heir to follow a barren King and Toiba struggles beneath the rule of a drunken womanizer. It begins in Okin and, given enough time, his strength will spread across the continent.