Culture and Locations
Espone is a feudal monarchy on one of the Islands of Night and is ruled by a shogun. Its main religion is Gontoism, which teaches to act virtuously in order to receive blessings of local spirits. The people of Espone believe strongly in harmony, seeking inner and outer piece and ensuring social units appear to be acting as one. Their capital is Tensu.
Most of the southern end of the island is blue forest, and the northern end is mostly montane forest. The areas further inland are temperate forest. The southern shore meets the Gold Sea and the northern shore meets the Meara Sea.
Demonym: Espomin, Espomin
- Espone Shogunate
- Tensu, capital, 42,000
History and Relations
The island was once a part of the So Esn Kingdom when the people of the kingdom fled to the islands to avoid war around 300BD. On arriving, the newcomers overpowered the native populations of Mearans. The Dunian Empire then swept across Temanea and eventually captured the island. As the Dunians fought the invading Teman peoples on the island but avoided the native Mearans, the Mearans took the opportunity after Dama Mang's eruption and rose up against the invaders around 600AL, taking back their island. After several wars and conflicts, the island became consolidated under one shogun. Espone does not want to join the empire Teruvea is trying to build. The people here come from the Mearan ethnic group. They are neutral with Tenhan and Porosoea, tense with Teruvea, and good with Sopone. They mainly export porcelain.
Military and Art
Espone is known for its marine archers who are skilled at sailing in all kinds of weather and loosing arrows at great range with great accuracy. Common architectural features include curved eaves, sun lamps, and paper walls, and common artforms include Blue Night festivals, painting, and singing.