Ok I decided to write this post while waiting for the pool repair man. so here goes.
This blog is about a book concept my sister and I came up with. Please note that we did a lot of research on Japan, in order to come up with these ideas and concept. We are still tossing around ideas for the actual title of the trilogy (which I am sure we will come up with eventually). We have also made it where these races we have created could be used in a Pathfinder and/or D&D campaign.
Oni and Kami
The long-lived Oni and Kami are the children of the natural world and find comfort in the flora and fauna of their homes, existing as the nearly immortal voices and guardians of the wilderness. Oni and kami seek to live in balance with the wild and understand it better than most other begins. Some of this understanding is mystical, but an equal part comes from the Oni and Kami long lifespans, which in turn gives them long-ranging outlooks. Oni and Kami can expect to remain active in the same locale for centuries. By necessity, they must learn to maintain sustainable lifestyles, and this is most easily done when they work with nature, rather than attempting to bend it to their will. However, their links to nature are not entirely driven by pragmatism. Oni and Kami’ bodies slowly change over time, taking on a physical representation of their mental and spiritual states, and those who dwell in a region for a long period of time find themselves physically adapting to match their surroundings, most noticeably taking on coloration that reflects the local environment.
Oni and Kami value their privacy and traditions, and while they are often slow to make friends at both the personal and national levels, once an outsider is accepted as a comrade, the resulting alliances can last for generations. Oni and Kami take great joy in forging alliances with races that share or exceed their long lifetimes, and often work to befriend dragons and outsiders, as well as other fey.
Oni and Kami General Information
General Society: Many Oni and Kami feel a bond with nature and strive to live in harmony with the natural world. Although, like most, Oni and Kami prefer bountiful lands where resources are plentiful, when driven to live in harsher climates, they work hard to protect and shepherd the region’s bounty, and learn how to maximize the benefit they receive from what little can be harvested.
Oni and Kami have an innate gift for craftsmanship and artistry, especially when working in wood, pottery, bone, forging, ivory, weaving and leather. The Oni and Kami also have a very high regard for the arts, martial prowess and elaborate ceremonies such as the tea ceremony. It is not unheard of for the Oni and Kami to throw elaborate festivals that display their love of these things. A lot of the metal smiths in the Oni and Kami culture end up becoming great sword makers and are sought for their skills by others. Other oni and kami are highly sought after for their abilities to heal great calamities with herbs and other natural substances.
Oni and Kami also have an appreciation and love for the written word, magic, obscure knowledge and painstaking research. Their naturally keen minds and senses, combined with their inborn patience, make them particularly suited be coming wizards, sorcerers, clerics and alchemists. Arcane and herbal research and accomplishment are seen as both practical goals, in line with being a soldier or architect, and artistic endeavors as great as poetry or sculpture.
Females: Females are thought of as the mothers of the nation. They are taught the tea ceremony, various other art forms, diplomacy and healing. A few are taught how to fight, but this is frowned upon unless one shows an aptitude for the “Acquisition” part of the great libraries.
Males: Males are thought of as the Fathers of the nation. They are taught about military matters, various forms of fighting, as well as various smith (weapon and armor forging) and negotiations techniques. It is a great honor among males to be picked for either a position in the elite guards for either the shogun or the emperor/empress and for the “Acquisition” part of the great libraries.
Note: Either males or females could also be selected for either the research department or the archives department of the great libraries
Relations: Oni and Kami have a very good relations with each other thanks to centuries of intermingling. Where they use to be two different societies they are now one great society with laws and strictures from both previous societies. They do not mind outsiders in their lands during festival times as long as the visitors treat their lands and people with respect. They are kind of snobbish when it comes to knowledge and learning, but respect other nations learning processes.
Alignment and Religion: Oni and Kami can be any alignment and follow just about any of the Gods, although hurting others for religious practices is heavily frowned upon. They also take their word and sense of honor very seriously.
Adventurers: Oni and Kami rarely leave their own lands except when investigating rumors of Tomes or other things related to knowledge that they can add to their vast libraries, although this is usually left to the “Acquisitionist” of the great libraries. When this is called for they will pair up with other adventures usually as clerics, wizards, sorcerers, monks, alchemists or occasionally as ninjas and samurai. They will also leave on what is called their “Tsūkō-ken”, this is when they are allowed to leave their lands for the first time and experience the outside world. This is only supposed to last for about one year and is usually lead by a teacher who takes on a team of three students’. During this time the teacher would evaluate the students to see if they would be allowed to study with an “Acquisitionist” from the great libraries.