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Asia is the Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. Though it covers only 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area, it comprises 30% of Earth's land area, and has historically been home to the bulk of the planet's human population.

OverviewEdit

To many of the supernatural denizens of the Classic World of Darkness, Asia remains distant, not only in a geographical sense but also in a cultural and cosmological sense. Where the west is more Gothic-Punk in design and outlook, Asia is more of a supernatural John Woo movie - neon lights, slick rain, midnight duels between supernatural creatures. The paradigm of much of Asia differs from that of the Western world: Here, the Wall between the material world and the spirit world is often thinner, and the supernatural world is often thrown into contrast by forces of yin and yang. The Asia of the World of Darkness has distinctive supernatural capacities influenced by the culture and tradition of its inhabitants; for instance, Kuei-jin only rise from those who lived and died here.

Classically, the Middle Kingdom refers specifically to China, but modern shen (supernatural beings) often use the term to refer to the entirety of eastern and southeastern Asia — especially in cases where the shen themselves draw inspiration heavily from Chinese cultural or mystic tradition, as is the case with the Kuei-jin and the wraiths of the Yellow Springs.

Prominent RegionsEdit

Prominent nations and regions here include:

Supernatural DenizensEdit

Prominent supernatural denizens of Asia and the Middle Kingdom include:

TimelineEdit

  • 1.75 million years ago-100,000 years ago: The Ice Age. Gaia attempts to root out Wyrm-corruption on her body by using glaciers. It is not as effective in Eurasia as it was in the Americas, as the Wyrm had no direct access to the Western hemisphere.[1]
  • 10000 BCE: The Zi Guang claim to have been founded, influencing and warping the Chi in rice plants to make them more productive.[4]
  • 3120 BCE: The latest Kali Yuga, or Age of Iron, begins, according to Buddhist and Hindu reckoning.[9]
  • 679 BCE: The beginning of the Himalayan Wars, although this is contradicted by other sources.[17][1] Note: This year was established by taking the date mentioned for the Night of Fana (165 years after the beginning of the War) on page 14, using other sources to determine when the Night of Fana took place, and then backdating from that point.

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