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Niitorii Islands

Post by Lone Wolf on Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:05 am

The Islands of Niitorii

Overview


The Niitorii people have existed for hundreds of years - proud and honest. The Niitorii pride themselves on their dedication and respect for nature. After the demonic invasion, a civil war lit upon the fertile soil of Niitorii, burning and scorching the land with hate, spreading quickly from the mainland of Nihlontorii, to Shohutorii and Nohutorii, the two islands to the north and south. To the east, the lowly Bosozu wait like a crouching tiger in the bushes, preparing to pounce on Niitorii in it’s weakest moment.

Hundreds of Niitorii have begun to flood into the borders of Falkirk. These Niitorii have been displaced by the civil war, and trade with the eastern nation has almost completely fallen apart. The lords beneath the Emperor, who once pledged loyalty, have had their homes and territory torn apart by the demon invasion, and the Emperor refused to provide vital resources in their time of need. The flames of war have once more engulfed the plains of Niitorii - and what will be known as the age of war is about to begin.

While the Niitorii have been at peace for the past two hundred years under the Emperor’s wise rule, this has not stumped Niitorii military power. To the Niitorii, war is as standard as tea ceremonies and rice farming. This has led to the rise of a new warrior class, born after the Second Bosozu War, to prominence. This warrior class, known as the Hankata, literally translating in the Niitori language to ‘Artist of War’ - these warriors are known for their mounted combat ability, though they remain incredibly formidable opponents on the ground.

        Life in Niitorii, before both the invasion and the civil war, was always a tentative peace between landlords, who kept their own personal armies of retainers as a precaution to those wishing to impede on their lands. It was not uncommon for landlords to come into conflict; but this was not ‘war’ to the Niitorii people. They had experienced war before.

        You see, a thousand years ago the Niitorii people left the marshes of Bosozu to search for a new land, after the ‘god emperor’ of Bosozu let the country fall into disrepair and corruption. The Niitorii were formed from these ancient ancestors, who barely managed to survive on the islands that their descendants now call home. This led to the first Bosozu War, in which the Niitorii barely irked out a pyrrhic victory, succeeding only in seceding themselves from the Bosozu.

        It is not just a matter of livelyhood, but a matter of honor for the Niitorii to remain on the Niitorii islands. As such, it was incredibly rare for the Niitorii to leave their homeland for the west or Bosozu, but, as stated previously. This has become increasingly popular, as refugees of war wishing to escape the new horrors of war unleashed by recent discoveries in early firearms technology.



Niitorii Subsistence and Trade


The Niitorii have lived for many years off of only the fertile, supple land of the Niitorii homeland, and very limited trade with the west. The Emperor has currently disavowed trade with western powers due to fears of western influence in the Niitorii islands, though these are mostly unfounded. However, during their periods of trade, this influx has brought some western technologies that the incredibly isolated Niitorii islands had not found yet. This includes steel hardening and refinement techniques, blacksmithing techniques, modern irrigation systems, and a few other significant technological shifts.

For being an isolated nation, the Niitorii are surprisingly effective at agriculture, creating some of the most effective non-modern irrigated agricultural systems of the modern world, and are praised for their incredible ability to cultivate rice, soy beans, melons, and a number of peppers, which have all become known in the west for their quality. However, due to limited trade, the Niitorii people have struck it rich when selling these goods to the west; increasing demand to the point that only the rich can buy Niitorii goods. This had led to a massive economic boom before the invasion, but after the invasion, it has led to a massive economic crash, as the rich get poorer and the poor get poorer.

Farmland is still in the process of being repaired and re-seeded, but the war has halted these efforts, and is likely to continue doing so until the current Emperor is either uprooted from his position, or the rebels are crushed and proper rule restored.

Because of a lack of proper governance, many smugglers have begun taking goods from and to Niitorii. These smugglers are similar to pirates, and have been known to be incredibly violent and tenacious in their engagements with the Niitorii people.



The Demon Invasion


It began with small, breakoff forces - raiding parties - of demons, attacking the Niitorii islands and fading back into the forests quickly and without repent. While demon raids were relatively common for the Niitorii people, this period of increased raids depleted the money of many Hohantisuru and Loantisuru, crashing the country's economy quickly. Particularly greedy Hohantisuru and Loantisuru began to send Pahkata to steal and pillage from surrounding cities and villages, specifically ordering the Pahkata to avoid speaking, and to wear foreign clothing.

In a way, both the Toskeki and the nobles of the land were the raiders. Unlike in the west, most Hohantisuru and Loantisuru didn’t form alliances, or pledge allegiance to each other. Instead, they tended to pledge allegiance to the Emperor alone. In times of war, however, this was much different, as the Emperor expected every family or noble to band together for the betterment of Niitorii. At this period in time, however, this was not a ‘war’, as the Toskeki were not known to be directly invading.

While the demon invasion hit everybody particularly hard, the Niitorii people were especially struck by it. Only by sheer tenacity of will did they survive the onslaughts of those from hell, who they have come to revere and fear as what are known as Toskeki. Stuck on a small set of three islands, the Niitorii had to make due with what land they could. For a period, the entirety of the southern island of Nohutorii had been taken over by the demons, but were halted by a brave defense, mounted by Lohanti Soko, a local land-lord who’s retainers valiantly held the walls against the creatures of hell and came out on the other side to tell their tale. Brave men, including Pohanti-conscripted Pahkata soldiers, served to protect the main island of Nihlontorii from the demonic hordes.

Meanwhile, the Emperor began banding together all of the local Hohantisuru to strike back at the demon hordes. This process took many years, and many more failed sieges of Lohanti Soko’s land, which Soko never got to see the end result of. A permanent statue has been erected of Lohanti Soko in the courtyard of what has become known as Toskeki Courtyard, the central plaza of the holding of Hosu, fighting to his final breath to save Niitorii from demonic destruction.

The Emperor finally came to save the day, striking through the demonic forces with a valiant sword. However, he did not have the money to pay the Hohantisuru for their assistance after the war. Tensions began to rise almost immediately after they had scattered the Toskeki across Niitorii, of which many of them still reside, but in numbers small enough that a fighting force could never be made.



Martial Arts of the Niitorii


Many forms of combat are used by the Hankata and Pahkata, advanced by generations of warriors and taught in massive schools by masters of the arts, known as Antisurukata. These master’s teach (and evolve) the forms of combat, and many of them are experienced Hankata.

The art of Kusakata is a hand-to-hand combat-style focused almost entirely on redirection of force and throws. This style is often considered a precursor to the two sword-arts, as many of the same ideals are used in those. This does not mean that someone who is trained in Kusakata has ANY sort of advantage in a situation where they have been disarmed/unarmed, and their opponent is still armed - simply due to reach.


Iha:
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Hasaiha:
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Ihakata is a dagger-fighting style, meant to specifically defeat armored opponents. Using incredibly small and maneuverable weapons, alongside incredibly light armor and incredibly agile movement, they run circles around heavy soldiers, and can easily keep up with foot-soldiers. Ihakata targets several main weak points, including the inner thighs, neck, elbows, knee’s, armpits, slits inbetween plates, through the shoulder-plate, wrist and pretty much anywhere the armor has holes or chinks.  A sect of Ihakata is taught using a larger weapon, known as a Hasaiha, as a secondary weapon to the Hasa. It is commonly taught alongside Hasakata.


Tsu:
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Tsukata is an incredibly old martial art, dating back to the formation of the Bosozu. The Tsu is a straight-bladed, incredibly flexible double-edged sword. This style is similar to fencing, though it includes cuts, tip-cuts and other forms of attack. This means that a well-trained fighter using Tsukata can easily out-pace a fighter using a western blade, due to the efficiency of energy-transfer between wrist and blade. These blades are incredibly light, allowing for very easy manipulation of the tip in combat.


Bosozu Hasa:
Spoiler:
http://www.swordforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=88132&d=1269249140

Niitorii Hasa:
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The Hasa is a two-handed curved blade existing in both the Bosozu and Niitorii culture and society. This is the standard secondary weapon of the Niitorii Hankata warrior caste, usually paired with another larger weapon, or a bow. This weapon is usually passed down through generations, and is considered a family heirloom. Some more superstitious warriors believe it capable as a vessel for souls, including the soul of it’s owner. Used in wide, sweeping cuts, or close swordplay, this is by far the most varied sword-style.


Sohachi:
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A long, two-handed spear with a double-edged blade. This is the standard weapon of the Pahkata, a peasant-warrior caste in Niitorii society, though it is often chosen by Hankata as well. This weapon is very simple to use. Point pointy end at enemy. Thrust. Dead. (WARNING: Not really that simple.)


Nohachi:
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This light and agile two-handed pole-weapon is similar in style to a glaive. It is wielded with wide, sweeping blows. This weapon is very powerful in the hands of a master, due to the range advantage over swords, and the sweeping power of each blow.


Suhi:
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This war-bow is incredibly powerful when used on horseback, or by Pahkata on foot. Considered to be the most noble of choice for a Hankata, especially those who train in horseback Suhikata. Each Suhi is specifically made for each person, and the draw-weight is also variable between person for it’s users best power and efficiency.



The Language of the Niitorii Islands

(*As a note, this is a constructed language based off of Asian (Orient & Pacific) and Khazarian influences; if words seem similar (or are similar) to Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Arabic or Hebrew, this is the intended effect. However, it is not meant to directly copy from these languages, as it’s meant to be original. Please inform me should you find any words that are exactly the same to any of these words phonetically in other languages. Also, this is meant to be a multiple-person constructed language, and so I will be accepting word-suggestions and add ons to the language on both an IC and OOC basis. Those wishing to add to either of these languages should mark down which language each word is going into, the word’s pronunciation, and the word’s meaning. It will then be checked against my personal knowledge of the languages above, and several translating softwares to be sure it is completely original, alongside checks of continuity (prefixes/suffixes matching up to be sure that the language fits together like an actual language would, etc.), before being added to the official dictionary. Player’s are free to, on an IC level, have some level of control over their own diction, as I cannot (and probably will never) turn this into a full-scale language with a full dictionary; this means that, should it be necessary for a certain situation, the simple marker of N or B in brackets will work effectively to mark that you are speaking in either the Bosozu or Niitorii tongues. Due to the similarities and history of the two nations, the Bosozu and Niitorii languages share a lot of words, except for those specifically listed.*)


Geography:


Niitorii (Nee-toh-ree) - Name of the collective islands/nation of Niitorii.

Nihlontorii (Nee-lohn-toh-ree) - Name of the main island of the Niitorii islands.

Nohutorii (Noh-huu-toh-ree) - Name of the northern island of the Niitorii islands.

Shohutorii (Shoh-huu-toh-ree) - Name of the southern island of the Niitorii islands.

Nohu (Noh-huu) - North.

Shohu (Shoh-huu) - South.

Ehu (Ee-huu) - East.

Wuhu (Wuu-huu) - West.


People:


Wuhulon (Wuu-huu-lohn) - Western people/western demons. This is considered a derogatory term for westerners.

Bosozulon (Boh-soh-zuu-lohn) - The people of the marsh, of which the Niitorii have had a long-standing hostile relationship with after the two countries broke away many, many centuries ago. This is considered a derogatory term when referring to a fellow Nihlon, and should be taken with much offense as such.

Nihlon (Nee-lohn) - Name of the Niitorii people within their own society and language. In the West, they are referred to as Niitorii.

Ikasa (Ii-kah-sah) - Man/Adult Male.

Ikasa-fuui (Ii-kah-sah-fuue) - Married Adult Male/Married Man.

Ikasa-suru (Ii-kah-sah-suh-ruh) - Man of (or married into) noble birth.

Wakasa (Wah-kah-sah) - Woman/Adult Female.

Wakasa-fuui (Wah-kah-sah-fuue) - Married Adult Female/Married Woman.

Wakasa-suru (Wah-kah-sah-suh-ruh) - Woman of (or married into) noble birth.

Ika (Ihka) - Boy/Young Male.

San (Ihka-sah-hn) - Son.

Ika-fuui (Ihka-fuue) - Betrothed Boy.

Ika-suru (Ihka-suh-ruh) - Boy of noble birth.

Waka (Wah-kah) - Girl/Young Female.

Doho (Doh-hoh) - Daughter.

Waka-fuui (Wah-kah-fuue) - Betrothed Girl.

Waka-suru (Wah-kah-suh-ruh) - Girl of noble birth.

Toskeki (Tohs-kehk-ii) - Demon, or supernatural creature. Either revered or feared. Doesn’t matter.

Anti (Ahn-tii) - Person/person’s.

Antisu (Ahn-tii-suu) - Group of people.

Pahanti (Pah-hah-ahn-tii) - Peasant in the caste system; works land.

Nonkata (Nohn-kah-tah) - A Hankata who has disobeyed/traitored against those whom he has sworn his loyalty to, and has chosen to not take their own life in ritual sacrifice. These Nonkata have no rights, and are often branded with the clan symbol of those they disobeyed, before being cast out to wander the land.

Pahkata (See-gah-kah-tah) - Literally means ‘Peasant of War’. These conscripted footsoldiers often serve as the front line, with more experienced Hankata backing them up. Should they survive, however, a Pahkata who has shown particular bravery in combat can be risen to the caste of Hankata, though a Hankata has to adopt them into their family for this to occur, a form of ‘honor-granting’.

Gohanti (Goh-hah-ahn-tii) - Merchant/Craftsman in the caste system. Blacksmiths, bowyers.

Gohantiko (Goh-hah-ahn-tii-koh) - A cook or chef; often considered higher on the caste system.

Loantisuru (Loh-ahn-tii-suu-ruu) - Landowner/Minor Noble in the caste system. Baron/count in western terms.

Hankata (Hahn-kah-tah) - Literally means ‘Artist of War’, this warrior caste has led the country into civil war. Some pledge their allegiance to Hohanti, and a loyal few have remained retainers of the Emperor.

Hohantisuru (Hoh-anh-tii-suu-ruu) - Owner of Many/High Noble in the caste system. Duke/Petty King in western terms.

Surutaish (Suu-ruu-taie-sh) - Emperor of the Niitorii Islands, often shortened to Taish.


General Conversation:


Han (Hahn) - War.

Yohoto (Yoh-hoh-toh) - Hello.

Yohotomaisu (Yoh-hoh-toh-maie-suu) - Formal hello (Addressing a boss, but not necessarily someone superior to you. E.G, commanding officer.)

Yohotomaisuru (Yoh-hoh-toh-maie-suu-ruuh) - Incredibly formal hello (Addressing a superior in the caste system; emperor, king, warrior, etc.)

Yihoro (Yee-hoh-roh) - Goodbye.

Yihoromaisu (Yee-hoh-roh-maie-suu) - Formal goodbye (Addressing a boss, but not necessarily someone superior to you. E.G, commanding officer.)

Yihoromaisuru (Yee-hoh-roh-maie-suu-ruuh) - Incredibly formal goodbye (Addressing a superior in the caste system; emperor, king, warrior, etc.)

Nihonto (Nee-honn-toh) - Thank you.

Nihontomaisu (Nee-honn-toh-maie-suu) - Formal thank you (Addressing a boss, but not necessarily someone superior to you. E.G, commanding officer.)

Nihontomaisuru (Nee-honn-toh-maie-suu-ruuh) - Incredibly formal goodbye (Addressing a superior in the caste system; emperor, king, warrior, etc.)

Sumisuru (Suu-mii-suu-ruu) - Sorry.

Sumisurumaisu (Suu-mii-suu-ruu-maie-suu) - Formal sorry (Addressing a boss, but not necessarily someone superior to you. E.G, commanding officer.)

Sumisurumaisuru (Suu-mii-suu-ruu-maie-suu-ruh) - Incredibly formal sorry, though it is also used when begging for forgiveness to a family member or otherwise. (Addressing a superior in the caste system; emperor, king, warrior, etc.)

Lo (Loh) - a.

Ni (Ne) - It.

No (Noh) - Is.

Ho (Hoh) - The.

To (Toh) - That.

Go (Goh) - Them.

Gi (Ge) - Their/there/they’re. Sentence-structure defines its usage, though other words are available to make conversation simpler. An example of an ancient character left in a modern dictionary.

Ga (Gah) - They’re.

Ge (Gee) - There.

Gu (Guu) - Their.

Jo (Joh) - No.

Ha (Hah) - Yes.

Hi (He) - Of.

Wo (Woh) - Was.

Boh (Boh) - Good.

Bohohu (Boh-hoh-huu) - An exclamation of joy. Literally translated to ‘great’ or ‘perfect’.

Pah (Paah) - Poor.

Logon (Loh-gohn) - Again.


Conversation Basic Sentences/Phrases:


To no ho san hi ho Taish. (That is the son of the Emperor.)

Ga/Gu/Ika/ lo (ika no lo) san hi lo Bosozu! (They’re/Their/He (he is a) a son of a Bosozu; common insult.)

Nihonto, gohantiko. Ni wo lo bohohu nom! (Thank you, chef/cook. It was a great meal.)


Martial Arts/Weapons:


Kusakata (Kuu-sah-kaah-tah) - Traditional Niitorii hand-to-hand martial art.

Ihakata (Eiha-kaah-tah) - Traditional Niitorii dagger-fighting martial art.

Tsukata (Suu-kah-tah) - Traditional Niitorii sword-fighting martial art.

Hasakata (Hah-sah-kah-tah) - Traditional Niitorii sword-fighting martial art.

Sohachikata (Soh-hah-chii-kah-tah) - Traditional Niitorii spear-fighting martial art.

Nohachikata (Noh-hah-chii-kah-tah) - Traditional Niitorii polearm fighting martial art.

Suhikata (Suu-hii-kah-tah) - Traditional Niitorii bow-shooting style.

Kusa (Kuu-sah) - Hands.

Iha (Eiha) - Dagger/armor-piercer.

Tsu (Suu) - Straight sword, ancient Bosozu design, less used than the more modern Hasa.

Hasa (Hah-sah) - Curved blade/cavalry sword.

Sohachi (Soh-hah-chii) - A long, 12 foot-long spear, with a double-edged point.

Nohachi (Noh-hah-chii) - A long, glaive-style pole-arm made with a light, but durable wood native to Niitorii, with an outward swept curved blade. It is usually tailored to the person wielding it, allowing for maximum fluidity and agility with such a large weapon.

Hachi (Hah-chii) - Pole, or staff.

Suhi (Suu-hii) - A massive long-bow, custom-tailored to the height of it’s wielder, with a layered construction. This bow is incredibly powerful when wielded by a master of Suhikata; capable of punching through most everything except for plate armor. However, it must be custom made for the user by a Niitorii bowyer, and will therefore be INCREDIBLY rare, if existent at all.

Antisurukata (Kah-tah-shii-toh) - A master of a particular Kata. A master of Hasakata would be known as a Antisurukata Hasa, with only the prefix of the word for the particular art used.

Kata (Kah-tah) - Ancient Art.


Foods/Drinks:


Notoshu (Noh-toh-shuu) - Liquor/alcohol.

Nitoshu (Nii-toh-shuu) - Clear liquor/translucent liquor.

Arashu (Ah-rah-shuu) - Fermented milk liquor’s/non-translucent liquors.

Takeshu (Tah-keh-shuu) - National drink of Niitorii, a rice liquor like Sake (real world equivilant). Often shortened to Take.

Nom (Nohm) - Food.

Rahu (Rah-huu) - Rice.

Moh (Moh) - Noodles.[/b]
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