Court of the Chrysanthemum

Overview

Rigid and ordered, the members of the Court of the Chrysanthemum know their place in society, but they also know that through hard work and a little luck they can transcend their status and become true heroes. The Court of the Chrysanthemum has identified itself by its isolation, despite being close to one of the largest courts on the planet. Its members range from powerful gods who seem to rival the Celestines themselves through to humble holy men and women who work to serve the greater good of the citizens. Many have taken it on themselves to guard a specific family or tract of land; though just as many have declared themselves Ronin, spiritual beings that serve the highest bidder.

History

Appearance

The Outsiders of the Court of the Chrysanthemum have rarely been afraid to show their true avatar forms in public. The citizens have accepted that supernatural beings exist among them, and they consider it a part of the natural order of things. Foreigners are less accepting though, so in recent decades many members of the court have adopted mundane personae among the citizens to more carefully interact with the foreign devils. Unlike most courts, the Chrysanthemum are still very insular about whom they accept into their ranks. No foreigners have ever progressed beyond the lowest levels within the court, and it is very hard for a member of mixed heritage to rise in courtly status.

Homeland

Laying claim to one of the smallest homelands, the Chrysanthemum Court has focused its strength on keeping the islands of Japan pure from the taint of other Outsiders. In this they have been far more successful than most other courts, but despite their best efforts the influence of the Chinese mainland has impacted on them, and recent incursions from the Americas have also had an impact. In response to this the Chrysanthemum Court has made moves across the world, establishing outposts in virtually every western city. The focus of these outsiders still remains on their insulated homeland islands, especially after the spiritual devastation caused at the end of World War 2. The Court still believes that there are debts to be repaid over this and now that they have almost rebuilt their spiritual realms, their focus is beginning to turn to revenge.

Court Culture

The members of the Court of the Chrysanthemum call themselves Kami, Oni and a dozen other names. They believe that they are being caught a separate cycle of reincarnation to the citizens around them, its not that they are better or worse than the citizens its just that their purpose under heaven is different. While some members of the Court accept donations in exchange for performing services to specific families or villages of citizens, many of the members instead choose to follow a path of spiritual enlightenment that will bring them closer to divinity among the Celestines. The Court of the Chrysanthemum loosely follows the path of Zen Buddhism in this regard, knowing full well that the doctrine for citizens cannot be applied completely to themselves. Unlike other groups who view reincarnation as a part of their world, the Court of the Chrysanthemum focuses on the doing well and living in harmony with the present rather than striving for mysterious future goals that may not come to pass. Some members of the Court retain connections to their mortal families and act as guardian spirits in the hope that they can bring new members across to the spiritual cycle of reincarnation not known to citizens.

Court Operations

The Court of the Chrysanthemum was not founded by members of another court; instead it was established as a direct response to the rising of the Imperial Court of Jade. Outsiders had lived for a long time in the islands of Japan, some claiming descent from the original dragons of asia, and others claiming lineages stretching even further back into the mists of time. Such claims can be neither confirmed nor denied, but the first evidence of their uniting as a group comes not long before the contact of visitors from the mainland to the West. From the beginning, the organization of the Court was complex, with Outsiders aligned to clans of citizens, often as guardians, but sometimes as leaders and courtiers. Combined with this were aspects of caste and racial heritage, which played a strong role in the society of the citizens and still linger to this day. The strongest mark of prestige within the Court of the Chrysanthemum remains connection to the Imperial Bloodline of Japan, which marks connection to one of the most powerful of all Celestines. The factions of Chrysanthemum politics have all sought to breed the blood of their citizens into this lineage, to gain the strongest links to the being they refer to as the great sun goddess; a shadowy war that is fought just as strongly now as when the court first marked its presence.

Common Court Powers

All members of the Court of the Chrysanthemum value self control above all else, and maintaining a face of respectability while making their enemies look foolish. Along these lines, the younger members of the court often find it easy to master the powers the simple powers that prevent a loss of face, whether through avoiding careless accidents or suppressing rumours and suspicion. Beyond these common powers, most members of the court choose a single element in which they excel above all others and it is by this element that their value is judged throughout the court. Those who have achieved moderate ranks within the court start to develop a second element, or work to develop a range of powers that their primary element lacks. This way the members can ensure they are not caught off guard in situations either social, physical or otherwise. Only the most careful of elders ever manage to cover all of their weaknesses in this manner, and they truly become forces to be reckoned with.

Common Court Havens

Ensuring a balance and a connection to nature are important to members of the Court of the Chrysanthemum, but just as important is the concept of maintaining face and honour. A member of the court who is without honour may live anywhere, but they will not have the chance of improving their station within the court. A member of the court who has started to live according to the ideals of the Chrysanthemum will choose to live in a way that reflects their station. Most members will live either in a shrine (or very close to one), that they call their own. The size of the shrine is reflective of the power and status of the outsider. Some outsiders may act as priests for their shrine, others may simply take the role of caretakers or regular visitors. If they do not live at the shrine, their home will usually be something fairly non-descript and ordinary that blends into the environment, whether urban or rural. The home isn’t important to the members of this court; the quality of the shrine is paramount.

Court Agenda

Intercourt Relations

Blood Court

Chrysanthemum Court

Gold Court

Ivory Court

Jade Court

Ochre Court

Peyote Court

Rose Court

Sand Court

Sapphire Court

Wave Court

Lesser Courts

The Court of Marble
The Court of the Sea
The Court of Ice
The Court of Runes
The Court of Grass
The Court of Greenstone

Significant Court Members

Significant Court Rogues

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Court Elements: Air, Water, Fire
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