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    Onmyo is rich and the great eight Kua of Onmyo have deep histories and diverse cultures. Many millennia have molded and carved out what we know as the Storm, Forge, Valley, Heaven, Aurora, Squall, Chasm, and Plains Kua. Their stories are multifaceted in historical fact and lore; some instances we can only rely on word of mouth, others have been documented and stored deep within the libraries of the Heaven Kua, or the catacombs of the Forge Kua, or have been lost in the Great Fire of the Plains, or buried deep by massive avalanches in the Aurora Kua.

    Here, the rumors amass. They congregate to show the history and present doings of the Kua of Onmyo. This is where the simple folk can be updated on the interworkings of Onmyo. Some may see these updates effect them directly in their quests, while others' quests may influence what happens world wide. Some updates might be ground shaking, while others simply informative.

    Keep updated, keep seeking, keep searching, and keep questing! Onmyo is rich; prosper on its bounty!!

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    The Squall Kua



    Geography

    For reference to the actual land shape of the continent look here; the light/dark blue background is the ocean, and the colored symbol is the land. This is not exact, but a rough shape of Onmyo, like how France is a "hexagon".


    In the northwest, bordering the Chasm Kua, cliffs break and fall downward-- the rains from the monsoons dowse them almost constantly. Rapid rivers create massive waterfalls that break and crush the rocks beneath; small caves and hidden grottos can be found sporadically around this land. These cliffs are lush with what plant can stay rooted in this rugged terrain as most find it inhospitable. This area is prone to mud and landslides as the cliffs from the Chasm Kua succumb to the torrent rains of the Squall. These cliffs eventually erode down into bluffs and a delta plain.

    Rolling hills and bluffs make the northeast of the Squall Kua, as raging rivers carve their way through. White water, always pummeling the land, leaves behind massive scars in the form of giant cave systems. Dark Pokemon thrive amongst the cliffs, but much more so here in the caves and bluffs. The rivers eventually spill out into the massive river that splits the Squall Kua from the Aurora Kua known to the locals of the Squall as the Kawakyojin, or the Great River.

    The sheer cliffs that line the face of the kua against the ocean break the storm thrashed waves; they stand firm against the ravage seas along the Squall Kua's coastline, but the land inward, from central to southeastern part of the kua falls quickly into a large swampy marshland. This wetland holds bogs, mysterious areas where fogs trick people into getting lost, massive floods, tall reeds and marsh flora, and creatures that live underneath the few stilt houses locals call home. The rivers here are always in a state of flood, but eventually channel and delta out into the Great River.

    Off the coast are various islands, hundreds if not thousands, where people take boats and stake a piece of land for themselves-- if only temporary. Some islands are massive enough to harbor the various pirates that ransack the Kuas, others create shoals and sea caves, some shrouded in mist, while others disappear frequently and entirely. Island life is a gamble, it can either be fulfilling and prosperous, or decimating and tragic.



    Culture

    The culture in the Squall is what one might expect from such a hardened area to live. The people don't live in large communities generally because large communities are hard to form. From the difficult environment, to the difficult people, the Squall is more for independents or the parties of few. Tricksters and sly people are constantly on the edge of outwitting a traveler of their money or valuables.

    Swamp hags and sea witches make plenty of their perfect conditions of isolation. The regular folk here are wary of other Squall natives, they live in small villages as larger ones get targeted and plundered by pirates. The people here are very good at hiding: hiding their valuables, their food, themselves, and their true natures.

    Pirates are abound here in the Squall. Some live on the Great River, Kawakyojin, pillaging what they can from village to village. But the most profitable of the pirates lives amongst the islands out at sea. They plunder not just their own Kua, but Kuas all around, ransacking any town or city by the coastline or if close enough to the sea, any riverside village too. Their favorite place to plunder is the Plains, Storm, and Forge Kuas as they are the most profitable, yet also the furthest away-- but that makes their treasures even the more rare.

    The clothes here are more basic than elsewhere. No villager wants to be flashy as to evade the ever sliding eye of a pirate or thief. Pirates adorn the comfortable clothes they traditionally wear as they are always on the ready to defend themselves or hoist their colors; some, more vivacious pirates, wear flashy clothes, but these would be pirate kings or lords-- still lawless and constantly changing.

    The food here is mostly seafood, as fishermen make their weight in food everyday. There aren't too many spices as they would need to be imported, but damned be the pirates if that wasn't a hot commodity they wouldn't steal from the other Kuas, usually the Valley and Plains.

    Religion in the Squall Kua, though, is passive. People are, who people are. They don't care much for established religion and don't mind it if someone else does. Witchcraft plays important roles in the swamps and on the ocean, where people tend to be more spiritual and superstitious, but nothing is exempt here. Some, especially those that live on the sea or rivers, do revere the myth of a giant water creature, a leviathan of legend and lore, that could swallow the sea, but instead created it, dousing the earth in water's gift of life. Kyogre images can be seen here and there and having some kind of respect for it, or having a relative that does, seems to be the only thing all Squall people have in common.

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    Mako | Morru 07/27/2017
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