|The Reijin People |
Taiyō no Buzoku
|Species & Subrace||Faeru / Worldborn|
|Estimated Poulation||Between one and a half to three billion|
|Home Regions||Yomi (Homeworld)|
|Languages||Reigo (Native Language), Kajiyumuta (Regional Language of Arashi-no-Kuni)|
|Religion||Predominately Thousandfold, some from The Jaded Path and Emerald Creed Followers|
The Reijin (formaly Taiyō no Buzoku in Reigo) are a Worldborn ethnic who live primarily on the planet Yomi and on the infamous Infinite Isles which make up the Serene Empire of Sutārei where they gain their name. Unlike other ruling peoples, they are not the majority on their homeworld and are in balanced equally with the Q'an people of Tianxia. They speak the Reigo language which is a member of the Yomja languages. The other member of the family, Kajiyumuta, is a regional language spoken by the Clans of the storm-ridden province of Arashi-no-Kuni. The Reijin are a complex people whose lives are filled with elaborate ritual, family relationships, and courtly politics.
The story of the Reijin is considered mostly entirely fanciful as most records of their planet of origin have been lost for centuries. Most agree however, that the most likely candidate was a series of isles in the Olympic Sea on Elys or the now dried Sea of Set on Aru. In both cases there is heavy indication of early settlement and pointing to a possibly nomadic heritage for the Amatsukami Clan. From heavenly children of Ancestors Izanagi and Izanami. Their homeland was known as Wa and unknown disaster drove the early Reijin ancestors rapidly into space as refugees along with many early colonists.
The world of Yomi was said to be the second world the Reijin settled, and only after several previous attempts. Ruins on Erlik point to early confrontations against the ancestral clans of the modern Khanates and a warrior people who worshipped the Sun. The arrival of the Reijin on Yomi was carved in blood. First they roared out of the sky on elegant colony ships and took over the Infinite Isles. Early Q'an colonists were quickly driven from the islands and were pushed to the massive floodplains of the southwest of Nara. Then for centuries, the Reijin consolidated their power first under the rule of various bickering clans and finally under the sovereignty of the Imperial Clan of Amaterasu.
For more than a thousand years the House of the Sun ruled the lands of Sutārei and nothing more. The Sage-Kings of Tianxia found he matriarchal society of the islanders to be strange alien at times. When ships from the Avalonic Empire settled on Yomi to bring the planet under the rule of the Ancestor Throne, it was a contingent of Reijin warriors along with their Emmpress who interrupted negotiations by the Q'an King. Slowly the hegenomy of the Serene Empire entrenched itself after a short but violent war to take parts of the mainland. Ever since then the Reijin while remaining quietly resolute have imposed themselves on the rest of their adopted homeworld.
The Reijin people are physically similar to the Q'an and the Gaeo-Saram of western Nara in that they possess almond shaped eyes and epicanthic eyes. In the Reijin people the difference between them and the other "West Naran" people is a few minor characteristics. They are slightly taller than the Q'an and often have a strange series of minor mutations. The first is their eyes, most members of the Reijin posses strange silver or golden "flecks" in the whites of their eyes. Secondly, their are more tilted upward than the donward direction of the Q'an.
There is a notable physical difference between the scions of the four provinces of the Infite Isles. The Courtly or "Heavenly" provincial folk of Tengoku are usually golden skinned and have dark almost black hair. The people of the northern province of Tsukuyomi are pale skinned and pale hair going as far as having white hair for those said to carry the Genic Gene. Next are the dark-skinned islanders of the south in Arashi-no-Kuni who love elaborate tattoos and their strange fiery red hair. Finally, the people of Hinode-no-Kuni who are known for their brown hair who are known for their large almost Wyldborn like muscular bodies and while freely worn hair.
Reijin men, men, and non=binary all favor different forms of dress which indicate their rank and status within society. Nobility favor long intricately folded kimono robes with highborn women preferring the elaborate [Jūnihitoe]. Noble men of the court, in turn, wear the sokutai garb. Lower classes tend to be far more utilitarian and adopting more modern dress such as suits, jumpsuits and simple dresses for every day.
The Clans of Sutārei are said to epitomize the Faerin sense for defense of the bloodline and yet take the complexity of political rivalry to a level beyond the everyday debate in the Hous Senate. Reijin have a strong sense of self and yet decry anyone who stands out too much from the rest. Families pride themselves on their legacies and yet do not take well to black sheep. Uniformity and obedience to the "common good" are thus one of the highest honors.
Women in Reijin society reign over men, and are seen as leaders and warriors in their own right. Clan leaders are most often the oldest daughter of the previous ruler and inheritance in general favors daughters over sons.
The noble uji or clans of Sutārei all trace their descent from the powerful Ancestral clan known as the Heavenly Ones who founded the ancient Kingdom of War thousands of years ago. The aristocratic Kuge class of Sutārei all mark their names with using the historical "Kabane" system to note their status as descsendants of the ancestral gods. Powerful client families who fight for the nobility are the "Buke" or the "House of War" and claim descent from the terristrial gods who walk the various parts of the Infinite Isles according to the local sect of the Thousandfold.
Parts of the Name
The standard for the Reijin name can be split into the following parts. First the (Azana / Mjyoji) the surname of the family, and then the given name of the individual. Some individuals primarily warriors of the Kuge and Buke classes often adopt a nickname to use when speaking with those outside those of their direct family.
The Azana and Kabane
All members of the Noble Houses or "Clans" of Sutārei carry an Azana or a name taken from one of the Ancestral Clan of the Amtasukami. All members of the Kuge thus carry an Azana at the fore of their name divided by the particle "no" and then finally their given name. Attached to the given name is then an honorific called the kabane, a term of rank resurrected by the Imperial family from ages past to regulate the status of the various noble branch families.
- Imperial Kabane
- -heika - A honorific particle applied to the consort of the Empress and the current Empress as well as all past rulers.
- -hime - A marker which indicates the heir of the Imperial household.
- -denka - A marker gifted to all ranking children of the current Empress, minus the heir.
- -hidenka- A marker applied to the consorts of the Empresses children.
- -tono - A marker given to the imperial branch families.
- Aristocratic Kabane
- -omi - The ruling family of a Clan / House bears this mark denoting the original ties the family has to the ancestral land of their people.
- -muraji - A branch family of one of the Noble Houses of Sutārei.
The Earthly Name and the Nickname
The Buke Class of the Reijin people make up the soldier and errant bloodlines present in the modern populace. Errant lines and errants in general usually adopt a surnae called a "Earthly Name" which refers to which Clan they serve and their status in that clan and which are specific to that Clan.
A unique aspect of the Buke subculture however is the Nickname, a name given to all Buke upon their completion of training. These nicknaes are always followed after the given name and are often used instead of the given name. It should be noted that only the Onna-Bugeisha and Bushi soldiers of Sutārei have earned the right to sport a nickname in the eyes of the Serene Empire.
Members of the Commons if they are soldiers usually upon gaining proper rank (genrally for Officer and Administrative families only) adopt the Earthly name of their liege Clan. Those who are not of the proper rank but serve one of the guilds generally adopt a the term "-sama" if they are a master of a craft and the name of their profession as an honorific to denote their status. Most other Reijin derive their names from the city of their birth or the island they call home.
- Amaterasu no Ayaka-hime - The currenet heir of House Amaterasu.
- Amataerasu no Ayaka-tono - Ayaka the lady of a branch of a Cadet House of Amaterasu.
- ri'Tsukuyomi no Kenji-ommi - Kenji, an Errant ruling lord of House Tsukuyomi.
- Raijin Kiku Tenshi - A Onna-bugeisha warrior Kiku, also known as the "Angel", who serves House Susanoo
- Futusunushi Kiku - A warrior of House Amaterasu.
- Soga Kichiro-sumisu - Kichiro from the Soga region who is also a member of the Smiths Guild.
Reijin families much like those in Gaeryo and Tianxia tend to be large and included up to three or more generations. Most middle-class families from the commons live in large apartments in the high rises and arcologies which make up a majority of residential districts. A household in general is known as the "ie" whose leading member is the "Sōke", usually the eldest surviving female of the previous Sōke. All members of the family even those who marry into it are obligated by law to take the name of the family head. Sometimes other families will swear allegiance to more wealthy and powerful Sōke and adopt their name.
All families in Sutārei, their names and their members are recorded in the Koseki registry.
The Reijin are a highly syncretic people adopting practices from other religions and often infusing them into the traditional worship of the Amatsukami from the Thousandfold. Almost all major Clans except those of Hinode-no-Kuni are primarily followers of the Thousandfold. Entire branches of the leading Clans are dedicated to appropriate training and maintenance of specifics. Many local shrines are kept by a "Miko" or shrine maiden are often the leading Templar of the local sacred place.
Missionaries from the Silver Creed spread early beliefs and many lower class some middle lass merchant Reijin adopted would would eventually evolve into the Emerald Creed.
The standard dish for a Reijin often comprises of rice or millet depending upon the rank of the individual. Lower class commons often eat millet more readily as it cheaper for purchase in the Infinite Isles. Fish and shellfish are generally readily eaten and daily markets draw in big crowds from those who harvest the vast fisheries of Yomi's western waterways. Poultry and beef make up a cenetral source of protein in the inland settlements and cities of the Reijin.
Most people, however, rely on fish as their main source of protein and for the entree of their meal. Reijin in particular like savory spices and often import spices from nations such as the Empire of Vish and the nation of Sarat on Nara.
The Reijin are a tribal people who built their original kinship out of the extended bonds of interrelated families. Even to this day the people of the four "kuni" all have their own identity and general subculture. The Reijin can thus be divided into four general divisions each is generally known as a tribe or a "people".
- Kumobito - The Cloud People of Tengoku-no-Kuni are the courtly folk who serve the House of Amaterasu and are considered to have some of the oldest bloodlines of the people of Wa.
- Kazebito - The Wind People of the Hinode-no-Kuni are said to have heavily intermarried with the Q'an people who live in Tianxia and are more open followers of the Jaded Path and the Emerald Creed.
- Sandabito - The Thunder People of Arashi-no-Kuni speak a related language to Reigo called Kajiyumuta which is widely used throughout the most southern isles of the Storm-ridden isles.
- Yukihibito - The Snow People are the native peoples of Kitsune-no-Kuni, the land of Foxes are and said to be a highly spiritual people who have a strong reltionship with local spirits.
- Tsukuhibito - The Moon People of Tsuku-no-Kuni live in the strange distant islands on the western periphery of the Empire, there they are said to make the most delicate porceilain and sing songs that entrance outsiders for days.