Tag: Tsu-Dian-Pei

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  • bird-maiden

    Bird-maidens are [[Fire|fire elementals]], mostly human in shape, with wings instead of arms, and covered in brightly colored feathers. Their hair often contains braids of fire, and the degree to which their bodies are covered in plumage is believed to be …

  • Sandships

    Sandships are vessels built to sail the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]]; visually they resemble your average seafaring vessel, most often [[Caravels | caravels]], but they are personally enchanted by the goddess of the Tsu-Dian-Pei, [[:yu-tian | Yu-Tian]]. [[File: …

  • Tsu-Dian-Pei

    [[File:423115 | class=media-item-align-none | On_dangerous_waters_by_Ruskatukka.jpg]] The Tsu-Dian-Pei is also known as the Great Sand Sea, the Great Southern Ocean, and a host of other names, is an enormous body of liquid sand, quite distinct from the …

  • inqiyat

    Inqiyat resemble a man from the waist up, or perhaps the nightmare of a man, with sandstone colored skin that has a texture like old paper or peeling birch bark. Their eyes have no pupils and sand is always dripping from their mouths. But below the waist …

  • Dryharbor

    [[File:406245 | class=media-item-align-none | zabol_Town_by_coochaki.jpg]] A major trading hub on the coast of the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei | Tsu-Dian-Pei]]. It is the base of operations for [[:yu-tian | Yu-Tian]] and the terminal point of the [[Southern Road …

  • Cao-rin

    Carnivorous kangaroo mice approximately three to four inches long, that travel in swarms of hundreds across the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]]. Rarely a threat to ships, they can be dangerous to the travelers that have docked at oases or the dotted towns and villages …

  • ha-pto

    The ha-pto are enormous [[Earth]] elementals that swim the sands of the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], in the likeness of enormous five-legged turtles. Their shells are quite fertile, and form welcome spots of reprieve along the harsh Sand-sea, often hosting villages, …

  • Rabi'ah's Bounty

    A double-masted galley with a length of 98 feet, a beam of 22 and a draft of 6 feet. The hull is worn and covered in [[Chik'ul | chik'ul]], though small paint flecks indicate it was once a vibrant indigo. It had no weapons to the best of anyone's …

  • Shu Fei

    The shu fei are a rare species of enormous moth that roam the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]]. They have a wingspan of some hundred feet. Their sighting is considered good luck by sailors, and there are very few incidents of them attacking humans. There is a danger when …

  • Ahsamiri

    The ahsamiri are enormous rays that swim the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]]. They travel in schools and can reach wingspans of forty feet or more. They rarely attack ships or settlements, but have been known to devour humans who fall overboard.

  • Itzanu

    The Itzanu are moving plants that resemble gazelles in shape. Their skin, however, is a greenish brown and covered in needles like a cactus, and their eyes are bright red flowers. They travel in packs of hundreds along the solid sand dunes of the [[Tsu- …

  • Omphalic Frivolity

    [[File:422402 | class=media-item-align-none | tumblr_mwvz2bcf941qep85ko1_500.jpg]] A [[Sandships | sandship]], captained by [[:fragrant-agave-bloom-xxxii | Fragrant Agave Bloom XXXII]]. It has a length of 110 feet, a beam of 25' , and a draft of 12'. …

  • Haja'ama

    Haja'ama is a nominally independent trading town on the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]]. In most real terms, it is a [[Guild]] territory, ruled over by[[:cathak-hadius | Cathak Hadius]] It has a population of about 2,000 including the crews of the 7-8 ships that are …

  • The Shroud

    The Shroud is a [[Shadowlands | shadowland]] island in the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], and home to the [[Temple of Do-Tsu-No]]. The island is frequently although seldom eagerly visited by sailors of the Sandsea, who wish to honor their fallen comrades, particularly …

  • Temple of Do-Tsu-No

    A long hall made of black and gray marble columns forms the temple proper. At the end of the hall is a fountain of flowing sand, into which sailors throw their offerings to [[:do-tsu-no | Do-Tsu-No]]. There the priests also consult with those who have …

  • The Old Man

    An island city-state, the largest on the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], build on the back of an enormous and ancient [[ha-pto | ha-pto]]. With a population of over twenty thousand, it is a major port and has a sizable navy - who are often accused of piracy by its …

  • Ti'amah

    One of the largest islands in the [[Phorsycian League]], Ti'amah occupies the southernmost break in the [[Inner Ring]], and as such is a very powerful and rich trade-city. Much of that wealth has gone to hiring dozens of [[Thaumaturgy | thaumaturges]] to …

  • Phorsycian League

    A coalition of islands within the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], they pool their defenses to curb raiding, and unofficially to engage in raiding on those who have not joined the League - particularly the [[Pontusian Alliance]]. Members include: [[Ti'amah]] [[ …

  • Pontusian Alliance

    A political entity comprising various island-states along the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], the Alliance formed largely in response to the formation of the [[Phorsycian League | Phorsycian League]] some forty years ago. Or at least so they claim. Those outside of the …

  • Inner Ring

    The Inner Ring is a semi-circular strip of sand dunes that runs across the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], running from the town of [[Fulan]] in the west, down to [[Sh'ab'qa]], interrupted by the [[Straits of Azh'hal | Pilgrim's Strait]], over to [[Azh'hal]], south …

  • Pyr'ha-pto

    Pyr'ha-pto is a stretch of the northern coast of the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]] where the [[ha-pto | ha-pto]] have, since the [[First Age | First Age]], ended their millenia-long death pilgrimage. Once a sacred place, it has become a [[Shadowlands | shadowland]] in …

  • The Singer

    The Singer is a [[ha-pto | ha-pto]], unique among its kind for the distinct and deep wailing it emits every full moon, which is actually quite pleasing and first attracted sailors to its back. A town has sat on it for the past few hundred years, now with …

  • Sh'ab'qa

    An island nation along the [[Inner Ring]] of the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], with a population of about 12,000. Notable for being home to the [[Cartographer's Guild]]. The Cartographers' oath requires their strict neutrality, which irks the ruler of Sh'ab'qa, …

  • Cartographer's Guild

    An important body of academics and explorers in the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], they are based out of [[Sh'ab'qa | Sh'ab'qa]]. Their presence is requires on all but the most veteran ships, and even then, wise captains don't like taking chances. The [[Inner Ring …

  • Sand Fleet

    The naval might to the extent that it exists on the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]]. Five war [[Triremes | triremes]] form the backbone, along with six [[Caravels | caravels]] which are more often engaged due to their high speed and minimal crew. The ship captained by …

  • Thundering Cricket Chorus

    [[File:422875 | class=media-item-align-none | thunderingcricket.jpg]] A [[Shogunate]] [[Man O'War | man o'war]], the flagship of the [[Sand Fleet]], captained by [[:ragara-yun-lei | Ragara Yun-Lei]]. It has a length of 212 feet, with a beam of 39' and …

  • Din Bh'pei

    An archipelago on the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]] and one of the leading members of the [[Pontusian Alliance | Pontusian Alliance]]. Ruled over by the goddess [[:rin-gao | Rin-Gao]], its people are prosperous and capable in both battle and on a ship. It does a …

  • Red Sun

    An enormous four-mast warship of strange design, it is some 200 feet long, with a beam of 38 feet and a draft of 19 feet. Its hull is covered in rusty spikes and a dozen firedust cannons line each side. In the front is a wicked looking battering ram, in …

  • Azh'hal

    An island along the [[Inner Ring | Inner Ring]]'s shores, and a member of the [[Pontusian Alliance]]. With one main port and a half dozen towns spread across the island, it is a fairly well populated island, with as many as 15,000 souls. It is known for …

  • Jungle of Fire Lilies

    A huge jungle of lily pads on the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]]; on the outskirts, they appear relatively normal, but as one crawls inward, the flowers grow to be the size of buildings and block out the sky. Only rowboats or similarly sized vessels can penetrate more …

  • Rochome

    A large region of the eastern [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], containing numerous verdant and fruitful islands. The region is feared by sailors and traders for being home to the [[Roc | rocs]], enormous birds of prey with wingspans up to a hundred feet or more. …

  • Mists

    The Mists are a region in the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], just west of [[Ti'amah | Ti'amah]]. They are considered cursed by sailors, and few ships make it out of even the periphery of the deep green mists that hang over this part of the sandseas.

  • Pto-Xao-Jing

    According to old sailor legends, Pto-Xao-Jing is the goddess of the [[ha-pto | ha-pto]]. Many sailors claim to have seen glimpses of her, but few credit these accounts. In all the legends she is truly titanic in size, dwarfing even [[The Old Man | the Old …

  • Tania

    An island nation, composed of three islands connected by walkable shoals. With a population of about 10,000, it is an important member of the [[Phorsycian League | Phorsycian League]], and ruled over by [[:fazh-ali | Fazha'ali]]. Its people are known as …

  • The Meandering Pacifist

    Just ordinary merchant-musicians-mummers. Nothing to see here. Except of course our smash-hit adaptation of _The Amazing Paschoo and the Cyclops Who Was No Match For Her_.

  • Balial

    An island nation near the [[Straits of Azh'hal]], with a sizable population and a respected navy. Ruled over by the twin gods [[:yu-tsiang-and-yu-haxao | Yu-Tsiang and Yu-Haxao]], Balial has recently shaken up the Tsu-Dianese political landscape by …

  • Por'bhat

    An island nation in the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], and a founding member of the [[Phorsycian League]]. Home to a moderate navy that has had mixed success in the [[Tsu-Dianese Wars]], and a failing fishing industry. The island is ruled by a [[Rakshasa]] named [[: …

  • Straits of Azh'hal

    A gap in the [[Inner Ring | Inner Ring]], the most sizable such, also called the Pilgrim's Strait. Its proximity to the [[Pontusian Alliance]] has been one of the main strengths of the confederation, and the recent betrayal of [[Balial]] has compromised …

  • Paj'arin

    [[File:434234 | class=media-item-align-none | monster_no__029_by_onehundred_monsters-d3b9z3k.jpg]] Crustaceans that grow some four feet in length, they are opportunistic group hunters. Their meat is repulsive smelling and when they grow too numerous …

  • Cao-shiung

    [[File:434241 | class=media-item-align-none | silk_purse_flyer_by_noeleonl-d725w3i.jpg]] A strange flying animal believed to be a reptile, the cao-shiung are one of the most important pollinators on the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]]. Their wings make a strange …

  • Bhan'hazi

    [[File:434266 | class=media-item-align-none | cute-mexican-walking-fish.jpg]] A small carnivorous fish of the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], they travel in schools of several hundred. They have a tiny spinneret near the end of their tail, and the school as a whole …

  • Mahchirta

    One of the islands of the [[Pontusian Alliance]] and home to [[:pontus | Pontus]] himself. A craggy and not terribly hospitable island, mainly sustained by crabgrass and goat herding. Its people are renowned for their skill with spear and ax, however, and …

  • Fian

    Technically one of the island nations of the [[Phorsycian League]], the island of Fian is home to only a few hundred people. It is perpetually raining and misty, and occupied by a single small village and several shrines to [[:phorsycia | Phorsycia]]. …

  • Pyra'halaash

    An island in the southeastern region of the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], and a major [[Guild]] trading and slaving hub. The base of operations for the [[bird-maiden | bird-maiden]] slave trade, and recently for raids on the so-called [[Djala Kingdom]]. The island of …

  • Bhangazai

    The furthest southern point of [[Delzhan]] power, ruled by [[:effendi-ai-halla | Effendi Ai'halla]]. It has a population of some 6,000. It is an important base for the relatively small Delzhan navy, and sees some trade as well. As the furthest point …

  • Ummah al-Bhangaz

    An odd tribe within the [[Delzhan|Delzhan Empire]], they inhabit a small string of islands in the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei | Tsu-Dian-Pei]], the largest being [[Bhangazai | Bhangazai]]. Numbering some ten thousand, they hold disproportionate power within the Empire …

  • Yu-Tian

    Yu-Tian is an enterprising and practical [[Terrestrial]] god. She has, over the last few centuries, turned the trade of [[Sandships | sandships]] into [[Temple of Yu-Tian | a booming business and de facto cult]]. Her blessings make her especially popular …

  • Fragrant Agave Bloom XXXII

    Captain of the [[Omphalic Frivolity]], he is the thirty-second to bear his name, a long line of [[Fair Folk]] [[Noble | Nobles]] who have raided the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]] for centuries. While normally the Fragrant Agave Blooms have restricted their targets to …

  • Lilisassa

    The [[bird-maiden | bird-maidens]] occupy a series of islands in the southeastern section of the [[Tsu-Dian-Pei]], and have been for the past few decades, victims of frequent slaver raids - from the [[Guild]], as well as the [[Pontusian Alliance | …

  • Do-Tsu-No

    Known to have held essentially the same position for as far back as the [[First Age]], he has little patience or understanding of the games of power that other gods, such as [[:ahlat | Ahlat]] or [[:yu-tian | Yu-Tian]] play.

  • Anh'jial

    A sailor in his youth, he sailed with the [[Fire Fleet]], climbing his way to become kubernetes of a vessel called the Incorrigible Sturgeon, before a battle with the Western fae decimated the crew and left him a leg short and a little mad. He got his …

  • Elivive

    Tailor of [[Pyra'halaash]] for the past three decades, Elivive has made her reputation on her ruthless crushing of any resistance to the [[Guild | Guild's]] slave trade. She is little threat to those higher up the ladder due to her noticeable lack of …

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