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Shen Family

About The Shen Family And Their World

SteamPunk Genre Version Of Pat-Labor, With a Touch of Blue Seed...

Following A First contact Protocol, Derived From A Little Experience, And A Lot Of Science Fiction. ;-)

Finnegan Lands Near An Isolated Community. In What Should Have Been China, But Seems To Be, An Almost Completely Empty Continent...

Making Contact With The Shen Family, Foresters Fallen On Hard Times, To 'Pay' For Lessons In Local Culture, Finnegan Repairs Their Labor Units, Over The Course Of 3 Weeks, He Repairs And In Some Cases, Re-Manufactures Parts And Systems.

Since I Don't Know How To Express, A Fairly Standard Anime Style Honor Code, Very Important To "Old" Families, Less So To The More Modern Types, Combine With A General Karma Concept... I Wont Try Further Here...

Shen Family Tries To Keep Karma Balanced, And Since Perfection Is Impossible, The Smallest Positive Displacement They Can Manage...

At the End Of The Two Weeks, For Reasons Finnegan May Never Understand, He Was Adopted By the 'Elder' Of The Shen, A Week Later The Old Man Passed On, And Even More Confusing... Finnegan Was Selected By The Assembled Elders, AS The Heir To The Old Man's Status... Head Of House 'Shen' Finn

One Of His First Duties, Was Presiding Over The Adulthood Feast, Of One Of His New Nieces...

It Seems To Be A 'Ritual' Thing, When They Are Old Enough, That Is At Least 18 Years, And Emotionally Mature Enough, This Is Their Decision, With Their Mother's Veto... To Consider Marriage, To Host A Feast Entirely Out Of, Their Own Resources...

I'm Told They Are Scored Somehow, By Their Age Group Females, And The Mothers... But No Male Is Expected To Understand, How or Why.

The Only Resource Included In the Feast, That Is Not Gathered, Hunted, Preserved, Within Three Months Of The Feast, Is The Produce From their Own Garden Patch, Which They May Have Been Cultivating, Since The Age Of Five.

<OOC:

 If You Have Read "The Valley Of The Horses",
 All Of The Marriageable Shen Females,
 Are Nearly That Capable...>

History & Legends:

The Mainland Has Been Considered "Haunted" By Evil Spirits, For the Last Thousand Year, Very Few Will Visit It, Even Though Officially That Is Just Superstitions Talking...

Roughly A Thousand Years Ago, All Of The Imperial Chinese Generals Went Mad, Fighting Each Other and Killing Any Civilians They Could Find, According To Legend There Is Still An Imperial Palace, And A Demon Emperor Somewhere Far To The North.

Large Pieces Of Hardwood Are Valuable Enough, That A Few Families, Founded By Priests, Have Settled, Well Dispersed, Becoming The Foresters, Over The Last Two or Three Hundred Years.

The Buyers Provide Enough Pressure On The Government, To Keep Interference To A Minimum...

The Government Doesn't Even Have Good Census Records, Of the Forester Families...

More Detail Needed

Labor Units: Steam Powered Mecha, Fueled By Something Called A SunStone, A Kind Of Crystalline Heat Source, Both Labor Units And SunStones, Are Rated In Cubic Meters Of Steam/Second