Seen KVD's excellent lore of old cabals, as a Chinese I decide to summary the authentic stories of DE, the native Cabal to me coming from the mysterious Orient and nourished by cryptic Taoism.FIGURESElder Zhang Guo:
One of the Chinese “Eight Immortals”, yet a real historical occultist-alchemist existed over hundred years from Sui Dynasty to Tang. Rumour has it that lived over 3 thousand years since Emperor Yao, and owned great skill of necromancy which deceived emperors more than once. Find his interesting stories at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elder_Zhang_Guo
Another famous Taoist, Ye Fashan said: “Elder Zhang Guo is a white spiritual bat which came out of primeval chaos.” Which is reflected on his image.
Quotes: Dragon Sage.Yu Ming (AD 1901-1948):
His formal name is Wu Jinding. Yu Ming is his literary name, for Chinese consider calling adult male (of the same generation)’s name improper in old times. In 1930, Wu took office in Institute of history and language, Academia Sinia and worked as archaeologist. 1933, studied in UK. 1937, got his Ph.D. Wu’s most outstanding discovery was Longshan (“Dragon Moutain”) culture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longshan_culture
, which might related to Emperor Yao.
Quotes: Illusionary Dragon, Master of Blades, Terracotta Warrior.Duan Cheng Shi (AD 803-863):
A late-Tang dynasty novelist and poet. Born in courtiers, Duan is elegant and erudite. He is adept in Zhiguai (recording strange or supernatural events) and writing flowery style poems, the most famous book he wrote is Miscellaneous Morsels from Youyang: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You_Yang_Za_Zu
Quotes: Demon of Pools, Descending Clouds.CREATURESFucanglong:
Underworld dragon who guards buried treasures, both natural and man-made. Volcanoes are said to be created when they burst out of the ground to report to heaven. The most treasured possession is a magic pearl.
The flavour text is quoted from Journey into West, chapter 3. (And chapter 33 on Lesser Yaomo)Illusionary Dragon:
Dragon inhabit coast or estuary of great rivers. People can see magnificent mirage from its breath—pavilions, terraces filled by aristocrats in gorgeous garment. You can also see those illusions by lighting a candle made from its fat at dusks about to rain. The reason they create illusions is only to catch swallows, their sole food. This dragon may attack people, bridges and ships when smelt swallows but failed to find them.
Illusionary Dragons are rare due to the way of reproducing—snake and pheasant mating in lunar January, laying a tiny egg which would attract thunder all over the sky and be pushed into soil then develop into a coiled snake. After two or three hundred years, soil around the egg turned into rock and will rise into sky. Once the rock met moonlight, it collapses and the dragon is born. Those eggs hit by thunder but didn’t get buried will hatch into pheasant, but if those pheasant jump into sea, they’d become illusionary dragons too.Rain Dragon:
In Chinese mythology, other than dragons possessing water, those who live in sky control rain, beneficial or devastating. It is believed that the drizzles are natural phenomena, but thundershowers are made by dragons.
In some ancient books, this kind of dragon is categorized as Shenlong, parallel to Fucanglong amongst 4 types.Rakshasa:
A human-eater originated in Hinduism. Male rakshasa is described as long-toothed with a livid face, while the female is often fabulous. Water Monkey:
Ape-like animal that lives underwater and can dig lakebed to move through different waters. They like to pull swimmers down, mainly at night, and drowns them by stuffing mud into their nose and mouth. Water Monkeys are powerful in water but weak on land, fed by fish and shrimps. However, the essence and blood of children is one of their favourites.
Also known as the prototype of Kappa in Japan.
The flavour text is quoted from Shi Jing, the oldest extant collection of Chinese poetry. However, the original was an elegy to the two princes. Known the usurper’s scheme, the elder one made his half-brother drunk and set out to meet the assassin instead. The younger heard the truth after awaken and pursued, was also killed.LOCATIONSTianma Moutain (quoted Descending Clouds):
The highest hill of Shanghai. Ganjiang, one of the most well-known swordsmith once forged a legendary sword here.Yu Garden (quoted Young Visionary):
Used to be a private garden conceived during Ming Dynasty in Shanghai, is public now as a national monument: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu_GardenGarden of Zhuyang (quoted Demon of Pools):
A Taoist abbey built by Tao Hongjing, the celebrated alchemist and litterateur from Nanking. He live there in seclusion for over 40 years.
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