Having been exiled from more populated lands, Ddragallis found himself
on a distant Eastern island that reminded him of his faraway homeland.
He had been gone for a year or more at sea, and even more so exploring
the wastes, so it was a welcomed sight to have such a beautiful and
varied land at his disposal. Ddragallis had a reputation of castle
building, being able to construct a castle and fortifications in a
single day before a battle, and so he set to work overtop of some
ancient and long forgotten ruins. One thing led to another, and a great
castle was constructed. He decided that since it reminded him of his
original home of Zengoji, he should name the island Nihon, and the
castle area Matsuhara where Ddragallis proclaimed himself Daimyo and Taisho.
The wars to that raged far away brought with it refugees and others
like himself, and the town of Matsuhara grew at a rapid pace. Today,
Matsuhara is the capital of Nihon, with the provinces of Shigohara to
the North, Maidera to the East, Rokkatsu to the South, and Sogen to the
South further still.
Nihon’s culture values honor, duty, and loyalty above all things. The
citizens are divided into classes to efficiently meet the varied needs
of a budding society. In the fields and mines one will find the common
laborers, in the workshops and forges toil the artisans, in the
trade-houses exist the merchants, and on the field of battle march the
proud Samurai. It is the duty of the Samurai to protect their
lord, their land, and their people with the various mastered techniques
of war they tirelessly train in. While it is a great honor to serve as a
Samurai in any respect, other professions retain their own merit and
importance that should not be overshadowed by prestige.
Religion in Nihon is very simple- There are shrines to various kami
scattered in their appropriate places and various temples given over to
deities both familiar and foreign. The main temple area of Matsuhara
is used to train Samurai in the warrior monk tradition, so the main hall
is mostly given over to being a dojo and barracks. It is said that
Nihon has its own unique god/kami, but little is known as the common
folk believe that to say its name is to summon the being itself and by
doing so invites either boon or curse.
The national currency of Nihon is the koku (a stack of rice or
grain) but trade also exists to accept the standard gold coin. The
economy in Nihon is a complex creature, as offshore trading is limited
due to geography and rigid social stipulations. Visitors are only
permitted in certain areas, and most unwelcomed visitors end up feeding
their warm flesh to cold steel. There is hardly any want on the island
however, as there is plenty of food, plenty of raw materials, and a
thriving luxury market.
An imposing, brutal, and awe-inspiring landscape permeates the island of Nihon. Sacred groves of giant Sugi (Cedar) and Matsu
(Pine) trees tower over vast areas providing a scenic and mysterious
backdrop to the many well-traveled roads that snake their way through
the provinces. Deep rivers pour down from jagged snow peaked mountains,
and extensive caves run beneath all the land leaving networks of
uncharted wilderness above and below the surface. Natural harbors
abound, as well as assorted islands of various sizes that orbit the main
island and its everlasting coastline. To the South of Nihon lies the
cursed island of Gong Zhu: a land more brutal, unforgiving, and severely
uncharted as no one in recent memory has ever returned from the
For being a relatively new nation, Nihon is steeped in deep traditions
imported from places very similar and thrives in the area they call
Myraeon. If one intends to visit or settle in Nihon, be sure to seek
out the local lord and ask permission and be respectful in all things.
Matsuhara is the most welcoming to visitors on account of its superior
docks, but again- find an official that can grant permission or provide a
guided tour if the mood to explore arises.