On the Shoulders of Heroes
Cities: Jiyan, Meiyan.
Villages: Hyōshō, Jiyu, Kuso, Marikiri.
Hamlets: Chi Banku, Bōn Banku, Ricku Banku.
Population: Hobgoblins (60%), bugbears (30%), other (10%).
Exports: Sugar, rice, silver, diamonds.
Languages: Bug, Hob, Vuori.
Government: The emperor, who rules by the grace of the San, and the shogun, who rules by the grace of the emperor
Symbol/flag: A unity of white, blue and red.
Sukkō is the outstretched empire of the hobgoblins, situated on the western half of the continent, between the Grey Gulf and the Storm Sea. The area was originally inhabited by pacifistic bugbears, that have since suffered under the yoke of slavery. Not all Bugbears have accepted their faith however, and until this day groups of freedom fighters fight their oppressors.
Sukkō is one of the oldest countries of Bellög. It was founded by the disappointed hobgoblins, that abandoned their ungrateful gods for a new land and pantheon, the San. A warmer climate as well as an abundance of exotic plants, trees and fruits, make hobgoblin lands seem like a paradise. It has the advantage of access to a number a rare materials that are hard, or impossible, to find on other parts of the continent. Although historically warlike and aggressive, the hobgoblins are also honorable but shrewd traders.
Hobgoblin society is founded on honor. They believe that when a fighter dies without honor his soul will never find rest. Intelligence and the ability to think outside the box can make the difference between and successful man or an emperor. Hobgoblins pride themselves on making deals that benefit themselves and their kin. Hobgoblin society often seems too selfish and unattractive for most races, which explains that reluctance of dealing with them. Hobgoblins have a tendency towards evil.
Inhabitants of Sukkō traditionally has been lead by the emperor. From his palace in the capitol he oversees his people while living a life of immeasurable wealth. Although the position of emperor is hereditary coups are common and the family on the throne changes regularly. To ensure the safety of the empire and its inhabitants emperors appoint a shogun. These powerful warriors are high lords as well as military commanders. It is their duty to control Sukkō’s vast army, as well as safeguard the emperor’s life. Under this commander are numerous warlords, who support the empire with troops, gold and goods, as payment for their family’s safety. Warlords may lead a single, or sometimes two or three, families. It is considered honorable to protect the life of ones servants and all hobgoblin males are expected to train in the art of war. Many male hobgoblins become professional warriors in service of their feudal lords. These are the samurai, fierce fighters who never disobey orders.
Hobgoblins believe in the San, the holy trinity of gods: Ebisu, Hachiman en Susanowa. Each of these gods has a fixed role in society and has numerous statues in each cities. Apart from the trinity hobgoblins believe in spirits, wandering souls that hide in all things.
Places of Interest
A dormant volcano that was once extremely active. This stone titan sticks out of the Giant Mountains like a head on a pair of shoulders.
Fort Kobito Kiru
A fortress that stems from the time when dwarf and hobgoblin were at war. Many dwarves were imprisoned here and killed in the most horrible ways. These days it is still in use as a border control station, although it is said the dark dungeons still stir.
A well maintained fortress at the edge of the empire. One whispers that its warlord is no hobgoblin, but a powerful ogre mage. The mystery is enhanced because its ruler is never seen outside. He is apparently very wealthy, the largest diamonds in the world are found around the fortress.
The Giant Mountains
In the distant past giants inhabited these mountains, which sported great halls and mighty fortresses. With the fall of Giant society the buildings have became ran down. Still the giants wander the mountains in family groups, foraging their meals.
The High Temple of the San
The first-build temple of hobgoblin faith. The San, the holy trinity, revealed themselves to the first colonists and showed them the way to the holy river, at which mouth they build their capitol Hōkekkan.
The Kingdom of the Dead
The lich mage Joranash had the dream of a world where there would be no room for the living. He gathered like-minded individuals under his banner and started construction on an underground realm of undeath. The jarl and the emperor believe only rock lies under the mountains, that Joranash in a childrens’ bedtime story. Those that have witness the city believe it a matter of time before the blight will expend into neighboring realms.
The Ronin Forest
When a samurai warrior disobeys his master he loses his honor, becoming a Ronin. These warriors are outcasts who no longer have a place in society. Some go to these dangerous wood to find the Temple of Wisdom, reclaim their honor and purify themselves. Passing the dangerous tests eventually leads them to a temple where they must prey to be forgiven. The ritual of redemption is said to be extremely painful and but few have survived.
The Shattered City
A once mighty, clay city that has dried up and broken. The streets have been abandoned, and stories tell of specters still wailing in the night. Remaining buildings are highly unstable and at times burst into razor sharp shards.
The Spirit Woods
This rain forest takes its name from a large numbers of geysers, that form a constant shroud of mist under the canopy. It used to be sacred ground to the bugbear people of whom many still hide here. Groups of guerrilla warriors resist the hobgoblins, effectively using the mists to cover their tracks.
Temple of Wisdom
Besides power wisdom is an important property for a warriors. Sometimes a warrior loses his way and disobeys his master, becoming a ronin. In this temple the fallen warriors pray to find their path of honor. The ancient stone building is maintained by blind monks.
The Withered Vein
Stories about this long dry river bed tell of a rich society that once lived there. It is dry, barren and has not been used for thousands of years. Bleached bones can be found throughout the gorge, as well as cracked clay huts.
The Woods of Anashi
The samurai Anashi disappeared centuries ago in the woods to kill a troublesome marauding dragon. The dragon was never seen again, but neither was the samurai. Legend says he still wanders through the trees, looking for a worthy adversary.