GHOSTS OF YIN-JIN
BAXIA (THE CITY OF SCROLLS)
Baxia is considered by many to be the cradle of the ancient Xia civilization, much of its architecture and traditions hail from the time of the Summer Kings. Baxia is also where the imperial examinations are held each year for those wishing to enter into civil service. The city itself has the most developed system of public on in the kingdom and literacy is near one hundred percent. In addition, it is home to many private schools which cater to young men wishing to take the imperial exams. With so many young scholars in residence, Baxia is also famous for its restaurants and taverns. Baxia cuisine is famous throughout the eight cities and its chef’s eagerly sought after. The people of Baxia are very proud of their culture and city and can seem a little haughty to outsiders- but it is a city built on the principle of egalitarianism, and everyone is given a chance to succeed based on their own hard work and determination.
Duke: The duke of Baxia is from one of the oldest Xia families in the kingdom, said to be descendant from the Summer Kings themselves. He is said to be a scholar of some renown, having written many books on the history of the kingdom. He leaves much of the day to day running of the city to his officials while he spends his time with his beloved books.
Sites: There once was an architectural wonder called the Inverted Tower, a deep underground structure, like a tower turned inside out and sunk into the earth. During the Autumn Dynasty the Xia hid their books there to keep them from being seized and burned- in retaliation the Autumn King filled the structure in, burying many scholars alive in the process. Since then much of it has been excavated, but there are still many secret underground passages and chambers filled with lost Xia knowledge. Other famous sites include; the God of Cookery restaurant, whose chef is a wulin legend; he Paper Pagoda where the imperial exams are given; and the Cinnabar Academy, whose scholars are said to be the most esteemed in the land.
Wulin: The Society of Secret Fire dominates the wulin in Baxia, but there also members of the Yellow Earth, the Phoenix Lake send some sisters to be educated here, and the city boasts an impressive temple served by the Red Monks. Of the unorthodox sects, the Hundred Flowers operate many brothels and taverns serving the literati, and rumors persist that the East Chamber watch the imperial exams very closely.
Guild: The guild operates normally in Baxia from their Black Pagoda.
Specialization: Baxia’s system of public education is a model for other cities, any character from Baxia receives a free learning specialization.