Tsukinokodomotachi

The Tsukinokodomotachi (moon children) occupy the whole of the eastern continent of Tsukinotochi. The current seat of power resides in the Scarlet city (Hironoshi).

Physiology

Like the Enyxsil, the Tsukinokodomotachi are fairly short in stature, but slim bodied. Their skin tone varies from pale to lightly tanned. They have straight, black hair and dark eyes. They also tend to have less body hair, less facial hair, flatter faces, smaller noses, wider cheekbones than an Adulon.

An average Tsukinokodomotachi has a life span of about ninety to one hundred years. They have a poise and grace about them and their precise control of their body movements give them great acrobatic skills.

Naming Conventions

Tsukinokodomotachi have two names. They have a first name and a surname. The first name is usually written BEFORE the surname.

When creating Tsukinokodomotachi names look at Japanese names.

Culture and Religion

Tsukinokodomotachi society is feudal in nature. The land is divided into several states or shogonates resided over by a shogun. All shogonates are answerable to the royal Empire. In some ways this mimics feudal Japan but with one very important difference.

In Tsukinokodomotachi society women and men hold equal positions of power. Lineage is traced through the female as mothers give birth to sons and daughters. Their religion is also matrarchial in nature.

The Royal line is based on birth with the eldest being successor to the throne, be they male or female. If they marry then their betrothed is classed as a prince or princess; only the bloodline can claim to be Emporer / Empress.

The crowning ceremony is both a symbolic and religious one. The new Empress bathes in the sacred spring, a small lake situated near the northern edge of the crimson plains that is heated by natural geothermal currents. The mark of the royal seal is tatooed onto her body and she is escorted naked to the temple of Inochinohaha the mother goddess where she spends eight hours in communion with the goddess.

There is another way one can ascend to the throne and that is by combat. The challengers are stripped of all clothing and posessions and taken to the summit of mount Arashiyama (Storm mountain). Whoever returns from that desolate peak is crowned the new ruler.

Tochitsukin religion is centered around a number of deities that are humanised representations of natural forces and human emotions. Running through the religion is the concept of Kai - a mystical energy or life force that exists in all living things. Kai mastery is the process of manipulating this energy to effect changes on the world around you or on yourself.

There are many Tsukinokodomotachi deities representing many things. The ruling body of the heavens, however, is structured as follows:

  • Tenogohahasama (Heavenly mother) - The mother of all life. Empress of the gods. She rules the heavens sternly yet justly.

  • Tenochichi (Heavenly father) - Prince and consort of Inochinohaha. He is feirce and passionate.

  • Akaruitsukinomusume and Kuraitsukinomusume - The twin sisters. They are goddesses of the passions, one dark (Kurai) and one light (Akarui). Also linked to Nadu and Thoth. They are also deities of music, merriment, love and lust. They are daughters of Tenogohahasama and Tenochichi.

  • Kōkatsunamessenjā (Cunning Messenger) - The prankster goddess. She is the messenger of the royal heavenly court and their dealings with the Tsukinokodomotachi are through her. She is a master trickster and likes to play jokes on humanity.

  • Honōnomegami (Goddess of the flame) - Deity of warmth and fire.

  • Uminokami (God of the Sea) - Deity of water and the ocean.

  • Kazenokami (God of the wind) - Deity of air and sky.

  • Kinomegami (Goddess of the wood) - Deity of crops and the earth.

Religious Sects

Tsukidansa (Moon dancers)

Tsukidansa or Moon Dancers are a group of women who follow the path of Akaruitsukinomusume. They share a common skillset and rite of initiation as the followers of Kuraitsukinomusume but they differ in their moral code and how they put their skills to use.

Girls are often chosen by priestesses for their beauty and intellect. To be chosen is a great honour and girls begin study at a young age (around 8-10 years). At some point after the blossoming of their womanhood (though usually between the ages of 18 and 21) they undergo initiation to become a fully fledged Moon Dancer.

The initiate is bathed in sacred oils and wrapped in a black blanket. She is taken to the heart of the heavenly glade at night under a full moon where a rare flower called the [[Tsukirōtasu]] or Moon Lotus. The blanket is removed and she is left there naked and alone. What's unusual about this dark purple flower is that it has buds which, when the moon is full open to release a pale gass that contains millions of microscopic seeds. These seeds when inhaled in large quantities can be fatal in all but the strongest of women. Those who aren't worthy die and their bodies become one with the earth. Those who live gain an extra boost of Kai energy and are able to control the flow of kai energy in themselves and others by touch. This can be used to either drain the life force of another or to give life force to another to heal them.

In addition to this gift, the Moon Dancers are trained in the arts of unarmed combat, seduction and stealth. They are also taught the arts of kai manipulation and become powerful natural witches. A Moon dancer is more effective than anyone else at ritual magick and this power increases at night under a full moon.

The moon dancers make great scouts and spies. Also great healers. They are protectors of the empire.

Kagesutōkā (Shadow stalkers)

Kagesutōkā or Shadow stalkers are a group of women who follow the path of Kuraitsukinomusume. They share a common skillset and rite of initiation as the followers of Akaruitsukinomusume but they differ in their moral code and how they put their skills to use.

Girls are often chosen by priestesses for their beauty and intellect. They are abducted from their homes and indoctrinated at a young age (around 8-10 years). At some point after the blossoming of their womanhood (though usually between the ages of 18 and 21) they undergo initiation to become a fully fledged Shadow Stalker.

The initiate is bathed in sacred oils and wrapped in a white blanket. She is taken to the heart of the heavenly glade at night under a full moon where a rare flower called the [[Tsukirōtasu]] or Moon Lotus. The blanket is removed and she is left there naked and alone. What's unusual about this dark purple flower is that it has buds which, when the moon is full open to release a pale gass that contains millions of microscopic seeds. These seeds when inhaled in large quantities can be fatal in all but the strongest of women. Those who aren't worthy die and their bodies become one with the earth. Those who live gain an extra boost of Kai energy and are able to control the flow of kai energy in themselves and others by touch. This can be used to either drain the life force of another.

Unlike Moon dancers a final step must be performed by the initiate. She will have been selected a target who she must now seek out, seduce and then kill by draining his or her kai energy completely. They cannot heal as the Moon dancers can but they are much more efficient at draining Kai from others to add to their own.

In addition to this gift, the Shadow Stalkers are trained in the arts of unarmed combat, seduction and stealth. They are also taught the arts of kai manipulation and become powerful natural witches. A Shadow Stalker is more effective than anyone else at ritual magick and this power increases at night under a full moon.

The shadow stalkers main role is as assassins and interrogators. They are trained to kill in many ways and are also experts in methods of torture and pain.

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