Generally originate from ShéDùnGuó.
Also called Shedunguoren or Sheren.
Human. Average height of 5’4”-5’6". Golden/tan skin, black hair, dark eyes.
Warm!! Outdoor clothes are sometimes similar to snow elvish clothing. Thick layers of leathers, suedes, and furs, as well as wool. Usually features more intricate coats of traded silk with a lot of embroidery and fur lining. Still fur pants and coats are pretty common too. Tattoos are not rare but not common either—usually flowers or geometric largely around back and spine. Some clothes like modernized hanfu, usually in some layers. Based on original Hanfu.
‘The types of clothing worn and the materials used during the Han period depended upon social class. Wealthy folk could afford silk robes, skirts, socks, and mittens, coats made of badger or fox fur, duck plumes, and slippers with inlaid leather, pearls, and silk lining. Peasants commonly wore clothes made of hemp, wool, and ferret skins.’¹
Popular colors: red, pink, white and black. Mix of geometric patterns, solids, and intricate florals.
Often long, with buns/updo stuff, hair ornaments, to some extent for either gender.
A religion that is roughly Daoism… Possibly with some influence from Silver Elf religion as far as ritual goes, and a goddess or saint or woman called Yuè-rì 月日 (moon-sun, yes) who introduced the Dao. Perhaps. Yueri is often depicted as a beautiful, tall Sheduni woman with flowing hair and sleeves and a helluva lot of scrolls and brushes as she writes.
Traditional Music and Performance
Horizontal and vertical stringed instruments… gongs and drums…. Flutes of various types… Probably ongoing traditions include symbolic dances and operas. Drone-heavy bowed stringed instruments as well as many other stringed instruments including spike fiddle, and one somewhat lyre-tar esque which is plucked, simple drums and bells, flutes, and looooots of singing. Lots and lots of singing. So much singing, so much musical theater and song based story-telling
Some inspo perhaps
Sheduni language has roots in Classical Chinese but at this point is probably just… Mandarin?
Surname (monosyllabic) + Given name (monosyllabic or compound), examples: Lao Dan-Song, Jiang Xiao-Mei. Meaning of names do depend on characters, and that can also affect like… whether it’s a girl’s name or not.
Examples of words or parts of names that might combine to be a full name:
- An, Chen, Chi, Fai, Jiang, Jun, Lian, Long, Meng, On, Shan, Shui, Wen
- Bai, Chao, Jia, Lei, Mei, Qiao, Shui, Tai, Wen, Hong
- Surnames: Chien, Huang, Kao, Kung, Lao, Liu, Li, Mei, Pin, Shin, Sum, Tan, Wang
Roots in Han Dynasty Chinese architecture, mostly, but not entirely and a little more modern at this point. Tendency for closely built multi-tiered buildings, though there are some single story buildings. Not everything looks like those tiered towers—plenty like those Han sculptures, kind of like apartment complexes. 3-5 stories. Not many huge mansions, though there are some large houses with multiple families. Basically a lot of the architecture looks like Han burial sculptures. Of course rich people would have bigger homes. Fireplaces and woodstoves for sure. Interior double doors of wood and paper but exterior double doors of solid wood, same with window shutters. Glass windows usually plain.
Cleanliness is important. Now it’s common for people to have decent sized private bath tubs, sinks, toilets etc, but there are still oft-used public bath and steam houses, esp in the very cold winters. Soap balls. Shower first, then soak. Generally an evening thing.