Skull and Shackles
Genzei, City of Lanterns, is the functioning capital of the islands, from which the descendents of Useme have reigned these many years, though not without numerous challenges. The arrogant samurai culture of the little kingdom inevitably breeds fiercely independent and aggressive warriors, and no citizen offers his fealty to any ruler who proves weak or vacillating. Heigo, the current shogun, has faced no fewer than seven serious challengers to his throne in the 8 years since his uncle’s death, which Heigo himself brought about in a duel still spoken of in tones of admiration.
Anyone familiar with the ruins of legendary Ghol-Gan will be struck by the appearance of Genzei: The settlers went to great effort to erase any signs of the original builders, painting over the disturbing depictions of cannibalism and bloody alien rituals and obliterating the limestone carvings portraying their strange and ravenous gods. The smell of holy incense dominates the briny air, and the paper lanterns characteristic of Minkai monasteries hang all over the town, kept constantly lit as a way to ward off evil spirits of the crumbled empire, which are known to work mischief from time to time.