Adventures in Kara-Tur 5e Homebrew
The province of Hungtse borders part of the upper Hungtse river and its tributary the Chan Lu. It is a lush, fertile area near the river, rising eastward to open plains and eventually rolling hills overlooking the sea. A great deal of rice and tea are grown here, as well as much of the silk produced in the Empire.
The Hungtse are known to be talkative, hot tempered, and easily excited. On the whole, they are a pleasant group, although an old Sheng proverb unkindly says, “If Earth mirrors Heaven in all things, then the Hungtse mirror the Celestial One’s chickens; always chattering!” A wide menu of rice, fish, chicken, duck and shrimp has given the Hungtse materials for a truly fabulous cuisine; their cooks are famed far and wide, and are usually found in the best houses of the Empire. It was the Hungtse who invented the tiny fried dumplings known as potstickers, a current Imperial rage.
Hungtse was settled early in the Ho Dynasty, as lords from feuding Ti Erte and Sheng Ti provinces fled to the south. Without their armies, the nobility eventually were swallowed up in the farming communities, turning to more peaceful pursuits. In the later Hai Dynasty, merchants from the south imported silkworms to the region, starting an industry which is unmatched for size or profitability anywhere in Kara-Tur. In 631, shortly after the “Sharing of Meals”, the Imperial Capital was moved from HsiFeng (the Little Phoenix) to Hai Sheng (now re-named Kirin), where it remained until the Ivory Plague decimated it in 859.
Cities / Places of Note
Kirin, originally named Hai Sheng, the third Imperial capital, was renamed for the huge kirin who visited the city during the years of the Ivory Plague, saving the populace from certain death. Citizens still believe the city has special protection from the Celestial Emperor. There are also numerous small cities and villages. Typical of these is Linshung; a minor farming town in the great To Chan (fertile) Valley.