Ganji is a human nation located in the northwest of Jorudan. It borders the forest confederation of the wood elves, as well as the lands of the dwarven hold of Helenite. Ganji is nominally ruled by an empress, said to be a descendent of Heironeous, however the real power lies with the Shogun, a clan chief chosen by the Empress to run the military. Each clans maintains its own standing army, and five warrior societies, made up of clan members but under the supervision of the Empress herself, provide most of Ganji's military strength.
Yamato – The clan of the Empress, tracing its lineage back thousands of years. In Ganji, no rule can be recognized as legitimate unless it is backed by that of the Empress, and an empress can only be chosen from the royal family. With that being said, the Yamato are the smallest clan, and possess very little military strength, relying almost completely on the other clans for support. They have no official lands or holdings, dwelling instead in whichever clan hold is shogun at the time.
Satsuma – The present Shogun, Ogeido Kaito Satsuma, is a member of the Satsuma family. The Satsuma are the largest clan, and all shoguns for the past 400 years have been of Satsuma. They control the rich grazing fields of the Tsutami plain, and are often at odds with the Min and Kanju over border disputes.
Min – The second largest clan, Min control Amiko, the richest coastal port in Ganji. They possess many fine ships, a fleet capable of sailing upriver all the way to Torunaga, and are very wealthy from oceanic trade to the south.
Kanju – The Kanju share a border with the Tuatha Confederation of wood elves in the forest to the north, and generally possess friendly relations with their neighbors.
Lu Ban – The easternmost clan, the Lu Ban control Ganji's land based trade with Kandor and other nations to the east. They control much plentiful farmland.
Tairo – The Tairo possess good relations with the Helenite dwarves, and many fine weapons from trade or the Tairo's own smiths are sold as far south as Rheuadon for their high quality.
Culture and Demographics
Ganji is primarily human, with a few scattered pockets of elves, dwarves, and other races to be found in the larger cities of Torunaga and Amiko. Men favor longer hair, and carefully groomed faces, while the style for women is a bobbed cut. There is a strong cultural emphasis on hygiene among all social classes, and the people of Ganji tend to see most outsiders as "dirty" by comparison. Fierce loyalty to clan is expected, and every native Ganjiman belongs to one of the five clans. Names are ordered surname, given name, and clan name (i.e. Ogeida Kaito Satsuma).
The cold climate favors few grains and is ill suited for rice, making the potatoe a mainstay of the Ganji diet. Ganjiman tend to prefer mild, salty food, and have little stomach for spices.
There are five warrior societies in Ganji, which serve as elite organizations of fighting men and women in service to the Emperess. The societies recognized in Ganji are
Each society makes a different use of a type of energy known as Ki to achieve feats of combat unimaginable to more mundane warriors. Each society is fairly small, with no more than a few hundred members at any given time. Generally, one must be a Ganjiman to be accepted into a society, but exceptions have been made if the would-be member displays enough talent.
Members of a warrior society may not fight amongst themselves. To initiate lethal combat in such a manner is a grave crime, resulting in expulsion from the society and exile from Ganji. Members from many different clans make up each society, and as such, those clan members may not fight one another, even in times of civil war. Each society is headed by a grand master or grand mistress, appointed by the Empress. There are few formal obligations of belonging to a warrior society, the primary one being that members can be called upon to fight in the Empress' name. No muster of the societies has been called in hundreds of years though, and many society members have traveled far and wide as a result, spreading the way of the blade.