Regional Backgrounds

The Empire of Bōkoku is made up of ten provincial domains, seven of which are located on the central continent of Tairiku. The culture and environment of the domain you were raised in describes not only where you came from, but who you are as a person and where your destiny may take you.

  • Bishū: Once the domain of the Ogawa clan, they were betrayed by their Sesshō retainers who now control the land. The Sesshō clan is ambitious, ruthless, and power-hungry, with little concern for honor or etiquette. Only samurai are permitted to own and carry weapons in Bishū, which has the most rigid class system in all of Bōkoku. Much of Bishū’s territory is a barren wasteland littered with alchemical factories that produce the Sesshō clan’s firearms and senjin. It was the Sesshō clan that championed Hamato Senkaku’s coup to take over the Shogunate. The current daimyo is Sesshō Kippōshi, who also happens to be the Shogunate Kanrei. He resides in Chūkyō alongside the Shogun. Associated Skills: Endurance, Intimidate.
  • Chūkyō: Domain of the Imperial City as well as the lands surrounding it, it is the home of the Emperor, the Shogun, and many important noble families. Once a majestic city, the wars and uprisings of the past 100 years have left much of Chūkyō in ruins. Many of the Imperial City’s citizens have reported seeing Shogun Hamato Senkaku and Kanrei Sesshō Kippōshi arguing bitterly in public, which has risen more than a few eyebrows. Associated Skills: History, Streetwise.
  • Hinanjo: Domain of the Taitō clan. The Taitō clan has seen their share of hardship over the past century, with aggression from both the Ogawa and Sesshō clans and the kidnapping of their daimyo’s son. The boy was eventually released, under the condition that the Taito would swear fealty to Sesshō Kippōshi. Now, with their rightful daimyo restored the Taito clan has adopted a philosophy of patience, forbearance, and cunning to outmaneuver their enemies. The current daimyo is the young Taitō Masanari. Associated Skills: Diplomacy, Insight.
  • Kogakure: Although ruled in name by the daimyo of the Sasaki clan, it is widely believed that the true power in Kogakure lies with the shinobi clans that are known to operate from there. Kogakure is an extremely mountainous and heavily forested domain, nearly inaccessible to outsiders. It is rumored to have quite a large concentration of tengu, as well. Associated Skills: Bluff, Stealth.
  • Koshi: Domain of the Otoko clan. This proud and stoic clan once held the title of Kanrei for over a century, but when the Shogunate chose the daimyo of the Gashō clan as Kanrei they went to war. While the fighting has for the most part subsided, there are still high tensions between the Otoko and Gashō clans. The Otoko are engaged in an ongoing struggle with the korobokuru for control of Quyi. The Otoko are known for their refusal to resort to dishonorable tactics and the military prowess of their soldiers. The current daimyo is Otoko Harunobu. Associated Skills: Athletics, Endurance.
  • Quyi: The northernmost island of Bōkoku, it is the only remaining domain of independent korobokuru. Known for its cool summers and icy winters, Quyi’s inhabitants must deal with periodic snowstorms. The Quyi korobokuru are currently at war with the Otoko clan for control of the island and are lead by chieftain Koshamain. Associated Skills: Acrobatics, Nature.
  • Shima: A large island to the east of Tairiku, it is the domain of the Kaijō, a clan of sailors and naval samurai. Shima’s climate and geography is similar to most of Tairiku’s, with the important distinction of having the only active volcano in all of Bōkoku. Due to this, the Kaijō place more faith in their armada than their land-based fortifications and have uncontested naval power in Bōkoku. In recent years, the Kaijō have launched a successful invasion and occupation of Uchinā. Their current daimyo is Kaijō Tadayoshi. Associated Skills: Athletics, Nature.
  • Tenpuku: Once the domain of the Haisha clan, they were destroyed and overthrown by the forces of the Crimson Lotus Alliance. A loosely organized alliance of peasants, monks, and low-ranking samurai who oppose the rule of any daimyo, the Crimson Lotus are religious zealots that would love nothing more than to see their sect spread throughout the Empire. Although they consider themselves citizens of Bōkoku and pay tribute to the Emperor, the Crimson Lotus does not recognize samurai rule. Associated Skills: Endurance, Religion.
  • Uchinā: The southernmost island of Bōkoku, Uchinā has a tropical climate with lush evergreen forests. It was once an independent kingdom but is now a vassal domain of the Kaijō clan. While most of the Uchināns are a peaceful people and did not resist their aggressors, there are a few pockets of resistance throughout the island. It is forbidden to carry edged weapons on the island without permission from the Kaijō. Because of the peaceful nature of its inhabitants and relative distance from the rest of Bōkoku, Uchinā is also a haven for pirates. Associated Skills: Diplomacy, Nature.
  • Zushū: The domain of the Gashō clan. After the daimyo of the Gashō clan was appointed to the position of Kanrei in place of the Otoko clan daimyo over a century ago, the two clans have been in a state of perpetual war. Although the fighting has cooled down to little more than minor border skirmishes today, there is still much tension and bad blood between the two clans. More recently, the Gashō clan was forced out of Chukyo during Hamato Senkaku’s coup. The young former Shogun now lives in exile in Zushū. The philosophy of the Gashō is to develop both pen and sword in tandem, and is thus well-known for their accomplishments as warrior-artists and warrior-diplomats. Their current daimyo is Gashō Kagetora. Associated Skills: Athletics, Diplomacy.

Regional Backgrounds

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