Capitol: The Forbidden City
Population: 32 million
Demographics: 74% Humans, 11% Spirit Folk, 9% Korobokuru, 4% Hengeyokai, 2% Other
Government: Imperial Bureaucracy
Ruler: Emperor Kai Tsao Shou Chin
Religions: The Path of Enlightenment, The Way, The Nine Travelers
The great Empire of Shou Lung is the largest of the many lands that make up Kara-Tur. It is a place of learning, culture and government, with a proud history that chronicles nearly three thousand years, spanning the rise and fall of eight great Dynasties and over seventy Emperors. With its extensive history and stable governance, the Empire exerts a mighty influence over its neighbors. It is said that when the Emperor stamps his foot in the Capital, the earth shakes in Koryo; such is his power. Shou Lung is also a land of many complexities; a land wise in the ways of the world and its sophistications.
The Shou are a very honorable people. They have great pride in their ancestors, their Emperor, and their own good names. These, they will defend with all their power, for to lose face is to lose everything. But it is in the protection of this honor that the Shou citizen differs from other denizens of Kara-Tur. Aa Shou citizen who blusters, bullies or brags is considered a buffoon, and loses tremendous face. In a culture of such great antiquity and civilization, its more important to be cool and sophisticated—even if you are a peasant.
The official head of the government is the Celestial Emperor, but in practice everyday affairs of state are handled by the Chancellor, who executes the Emperor’s decrees, oversees the bureaucracy and controls the information that reaches the emperor’s ears. The Wu Jens are the Emperor’s official court wizards, who advises the Emperor’s policies with divinations and deals with magical threats. The government is composed of eight ministries: State, War, Magic, Faith, Sea, Agriculture, Public Works and State Security.