The Jademen are of average build and tend to be quite small, though not as small as the Valk. They have pale yellow or jade green skin, black hair, and almond-shaped eyes.

Their ancestral home is Lhoban, a bleak territory of tall mountains — the highest peaks in the known world —, so cold that only a few animals, like the yaks, can live there.

For this reason, the Jademen usually dress in wool garments. Weaving is very important in their culture, and the wool cloth from Lhoban is among the finest and most finely decorated in the world. They have very little facial hair, and sporting a beard is always seen as a sign of maturity and wisdom.

Lhoban is a particular form of theocracy ruled by monks. Their leader, the Enlightened One, is a sort of semi-divine figure who provides spiritual guidance to the whole kingdom from his secluded monastery in the City of Clouds. The lesser monks travel the land and ensure that his will is carried out.

The Jademen aren’t religious in a traditional way, but their philosophy is based on the concept of perpetual reincarnation and progressive improvement toward final Enlightenment. This doesn’t mean they don’t believe in the supernatural— in fact, the opposite is true. The Lhoban monks are aware of the supernatural threats looming over the world of men — demons, alien gods, and so on— and one of the tenets of their philosophy is fighting against these abominations. In particular, they have been fighting a long war in the Lands of Idols (see page 48 Beasts & Barbarians Core Book).

Due to Lhoban’s very harsh environment, many Jademen left and established large communities in the Dread Sea Dominions, principally in Ekum, Kyros and in Gis, the City of the Alchemists.

The Jademen are very polite and respectful, even ceremonious, but this must not be mistaken for cowardice. They can be deadly warriors, and many of them are trained in deadly fighting techniques unknown in the rest of the Empire.

Their names have a Tibetan flavor, as Akar, Amrita, Dhargey, Gu Lang, Jimpa, Lasya, Sangmu.

Umberto Pignatelli. (2011). Beasts & Barbarians, p. 26. Studio 2 Publishing.ISBN 978-8393179657


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