Adventures in Kara-Tur 5e Homebrew
The Sanctuary Pronvince
Sheng Ti is mostly rolling hills, with terraces used for extensive rice farming. There are many deep caverns and small, thick forests, teeming with all types of creatures, good and ill. Sheng Ti is well known to be the home of many hengeyokai clans.
The people of Sheng Ti are small, snubnosed, and extremely fastidious. This delicacy reflects in many aspects of the Sheng culture, producing fine poets, jade sculpture and elaborate ceremonies. The province is also famed for its beautiful women. Fine boned, elegant and decorative, the Sheng courtesan is the subject of much lyric song and poetry.
There are also a large number of spirit folk and hengeyokai living in this verdant, wooded area, and it is rumored that the Sheng owe much of their elegant and diminutive stature to the influence of these peoples. Indeed, the cities of Sheng Ti are among the few in the empire where fox folk and other hengeyokai citizens walk about openly, even in their bipedal forms.
When the original inhabitants of the First Kingdom were driven south, they entered this area as exhausted refugees. The natives taught the survivors the techniques of rice farming, moving the Empire into an entirely new basis for food production (up to this time, the main food had been millet). Over the centuries, the two groups assimilated, though not without bloodshed. In time, this became the seat of the reborn Empire.
Cities / Places of Note
On the coast is Lo’Shan, a moderate sized seaport city with trade to Wa and Kozakura. Further inland is Hsi-Feng, the site of the second Imperial capital, noted for the Fortress of Kuai, a huge stone castle rumored to have been raised by giants.