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what's your home-brew 3rd tied Krewes?

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  • what's your home-brew 3rd tied Krewes?

    So I'm am wondering what custom big tier Krewes have showed up in your games, directly (still active) or indirectly (died out). I can't get into details because I misplaced my notes but I made one that spanned all over the Polynesian Isles acting as the agents of the underworld god Whiro, but got(supposedly) destroyed by the coming of the Europeans.


  • #2
    Shiryou Kumiai

    Once, there was a swordsman known as Yagyu Jubei. Historical information on him is particularly sparse; even his family's chronicles say little about him, but he reappeared from time to time in tournaments and sword displays. He worked for a short time as a government inspector and even watched over his father's lands, but he vanished again in 1631, only to reappear in 1643, living seven more years and then dying under mysterious circumstances. There are over four known recorded reports of his death. One says he died of a heart attack. Another that he died while fishing. Still another while falconing, and another says he was assassinated by his brother's attendants. He was given the posthumous name of Sohgo.

    The legends do not say he awoke. A mysterious man who knew too much of the world to place himself in it, Yagyu Jubei's trips were not simply to fight for the empire; they were expeditions to hunt beasts, monsters in the wilderness and those closer to home that took human forms. When at last he died, at the border of life and death, he fought with a monstrous being that threatened to destroy all of Japan, and at the last moment, Yagyu Jubei gave up his own soul so that he could trap the monster within it. When he opened his eyes to the living world once again, he found that the spirits of the restless dead came to him with their grievances, and his eyes were opened to a whole new level of torment for those who dwelled in the human world. He vowed to hear their cries and put them to rest by any means.

    There were many ghosts; untold legions of the dead waited to move on, both in the human world and in the underworld. Sohgo needed a method by which they could be correctly assessed, and so began to impose rules on the ghosts which came to him. They were simple courtesies at first, but as he moved through the mountains of Japan, he began to encounter others like him, and in ritual, reveal the terrible designs of the monsters they all held captive in their bodies. So, as he taught his students, so, too, did they impose rules upon those ghosts which came to them, and as they dug into the past lives of Japan, they began to regiment themselves based on a similar hierarchy to that which took shape around them. They became an empire of the dead, ruled by the Sin-Eaters, the shinigami, the ushers of death. When the Convention of Kanagawa was signed, among those present was Marcus Siebold, who had experienced his own death at sea. When Sohgo approached him, and cast the ritual of the dead about him to see what kept him alive, they were both surprised to find a monster inside him, as well.

    When Siebold returned home, he also returned with him copies of the scrolls the organization used, and he put American and British resources to task, initiating several others into the society and sending correspondence back to Sohgo. With this new influence and knowledge, the Shiryou Kumiai was born. They would scour the Earth and organize the process of transitioning to the afterlife.

    The “ghost union,” which can also be translated as “historical society,” the Shiryou Kumiai is a pun with several layered meanings, many of which related to materials, data, small pieces of greater things, and literal cannon fodder. They are a militant branch of Sin-Eaters, and during their bindings, their geists reveal to them that they have become shinigami, specters of death, here to take back what has escaped from the natural order and drag it, kicking and screaming, to the other side. Of course, one can not pass through without suffering through your life's purpose, and captured ghosts are bent to the will of the Shiryou as might be peasants to samurai.

    As they maintain entourages of ghosts who need them for favors in the living world, so, too, do the Shiryou worship the spirits of nature, and as their power over the dead tells them, they have become gods and a part of the world of the yokai. Jubei was not content with this lack of knowledge on his part, and he wrote a scroll on the nature of the yokai and the kami for his followers, which they put into practice. The Onmyodo of the court threw their greatest effort into divining the true nature of the door between twilight and shadow, the world of the Yokai, and soon came up with an answer. The Reibai key was their reward, and with it they would unlock the world of the kami and youkai to their strong hand.
    The Dead Nations
    Founded in 1890, the Dead Nations were created by a group of individuals who listened to the teachings of Jack Wilson during the Ghost Dance, who preached that proper use of the dance would unite the world of the living with the world of the dead and bring peace and prosperity to all the people. Descended in the Detroit area from the Meskwaki and the Kickapoo, the Dead Nations are pulled from those who believed in his message of harmony among all the living and the dead. Their geists have told them they are “ghost dancers,” those prophesied to bring peace to the world.
    They have members as far south as Arizona and as far north as Alaska, putting them solidly among those of the conspiracy, and it is rare to find the reservation which does not have members of the Dead Nations among its population. The group accepts any of the dead who do not make waves; they negotiate with Vampires and Sin-Eaters alike. Otherwise, they are more interested in maintaining peace between the world of the living and the world of the dead, and use Detroit as a central location between their safe houses across the continent. They have a tendency to operate quietly and don't particularly enjoy getting the neighbors up with the traditional noises of ghost-busting, and try to keep these activities out of the public eye for the same reasons as the Shiryou Kumiai: it'd be impolite to bring it to public attention.
    Last edited by raygungoth; 11-15-2014, 06:07 PM.


    • #3
      There's a couple in London Underground - see my sig.

      “There are no rules. Only Principles and natural laws.” - Promethius
      My Homebrew no longer fits in a signature, you can find an index of it here.
      Full length fan-books I contributed too: Princess: the Hopeful, Leviathan: the Tempest, Dream Catchers