Shielded by metaphysical barriers and chi-based enchantments that protect it from the freezing climate of its outskirts, the Reisho Monastery boasts a welcoming and warm climate. It is home to lush gardens and devoid of the snow that so ruthlessly pelts the mountain that holds it. Located behind a towering gate that greets all who make the pilgrimage to it, the monastery is in truth a large architectural complex comprised of numerous temples and buildings with a distinct aesthetic of Japanese nobility. A city in its own right, the Reisho Monastery dedicates a large portion of its buildings and temples to philosophical and martial exploits.
Because the mountain itself is a nexus of metaphysical energy/chi, many of the temples are used as centers of meditation to better teach clansmen along with strangers how to appropriately harness chi or simply to guide them into heightened states of spiritual and universal awareness. But perhaps no act is considered more sacred and spiritual by the Keijijo clansmen than climbing the ten thousand steps that lead up to not only the monastery but the peak of the mountain. This act is considered the top spiritual priority of all Keijijo clansmen because it is believed by them that the mountain's peak is where its metaphysical energy is most concentrated, it is where those who have survived the climb claim to have felt at peace with the world and a conduit for the entire mountain's chi.
This had led to many Eastern spiritualists and pilgrims from all across the world to visit the monastery whereas others are content to be sit on one of the many steps to the peak or simply study the etched tablets along the way. But perhaps the most important aspect of the monastery is its Meta-Statue. The Meta-Statue resembles a gigantic Buddha with a large ring attached to its back. Blessed with various chi enchantments, it was created by ancient Keijijo clansmen as a means of lessening the metaphysical pressure caused by the mountain on those who make the climb. The Meta-Statue's sole purpose is to regulate the flow of chi into and out of the monastery and maintain stability while lessening the pressure imparted on those unaccustomed to it.
A cold and unwelcoming mountain, its climate is inhospitable and the various creatures warped by its metaphysical energy serve as abrupt threats to unwary travelers. Religious Keijijo clansmen hold a belief that the first Keijijo were formed there when the sky breathed its chi onto the mountain. The mountain itself is a thing of legend among the Keijijo, said in their ancient folklore to be the source of the region's entire chi. In particular, its peak is rumored to be where metaphysical energy is at its most concentrated, enabling those who survive to become truly enlightened and in tune with the world.
Because of the presence of considerable amounts of chi, the snow at the peak is said to never melt and is claimed to hold supernatural properties that are unfortunately, poorly understood. With ten thousand steps leading up to the peak, there are ten etched tablets along the trail telling of the founding of the Reisho Monastery and the Keijijo Clan. Beginning at the one thousandth step, the first tablet is found. At the two thousandth, the second is found, and so on. Along the steps however, a variety of creatures and spirits warped and changed by the presence of the mountain's metaphysical energy exist. While some prove to be helpful and welcoming, others are malevolent and violent.
The mountain's climate itself is almost unnaturally cold. Snow is perpetually present, often resulting in the numerous deaths of unprepared travelers.
The Keijijo Clan
- If you want to do anything major with the thread or cause prominent destruction, PM me (Satar/La Espada/Ishin/Thee Champion/Azure Son/Rafael Romeiro).
- Sell the security. These are superhuman martial artists with the ability to manipulate chi.
- Obviously if your character is powerful, you won't have much of a problem but if you're not, sell the difficulty in climbing the mountain's steps.
- Sell the difficult of locating the monastery.
- Anyone can come here.
- Have fun :)