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Spring and Autumn (Early Age)[edit]

The Spring and Autumn period ranges from approximately 722 BC to 481 BC – a warring time when hundreds of countries fought for hegemony. Spring and Autumn (chunqiu) is another literal name of "history". After the Spring and Autumn period there was the Warring Kingdoms period, in which seven main kingdoms continually fought each other, before the Qin kingdom finally unified the area and founded the first Imperial dynasty over all of China.

According to many myths, while details are not clear, one may expect the nation to include both humans and demons. The latter are not evil hellspawn in the Western sense, but fantastic, frequently humanoid entities who may have their own role assigned by the Celestial Bureaucracy. Human masters of this period may aspire to such abilities as flight, alchemy, command over the elements, or even immortality.

Imperial Bureaucracy (Middle Age)[edit]

The Imperial Bureaucracy period reflects the long period of bureaucracy that followed the unification of China and the construction of the law codes. Much as the Taoist cosmology of the period held the Heavens to be ruled by an Emperor but administered with a vast bureaucracy, the Empire was heavily organized and hierarchical in its civil service.

While a scholar who passed the civil service examinations would be regarded quite highly, the empire was not unaware of the utility of organized, standing armies. Cavalry and chariots make their appearance here, as do well-trained Imperial footmen and archers. They may lack the heavy steel of Ulm, or the fantastically powerful giants of Jotunheim, but they are formidable, nonetheless.

Barbarian Kings (Late Age)[edit]

While the Chinese traditionally regarded all their neighbors as barbarians, their neighbors to the north cannot be discounted. The Mongols, and later the Manchus, continually threatened and then eventually conquered Imperial China.

By the middle of the 13th century AD, the Mongols had established one of the largest empires the world has ever seen, using large, very mobile, highly organized and well-trained armies commanded by leaders who had earned their place. The Mongols were known for allowing local autonomy and demanding only tribute from those who yielded – and obliterating cities which resisted.

The Manchu conquest of China began in the 17th century during the Ming Dynasty, and their rule continued into the early 20th century.

Given this background, one can expect a heavy emphasis on cavalry, including mounted archers, and a lower weight on the arcane secrets of the Daoists.


T'ien Chi is based heavily on Chinese legends and history.

One might want to read the classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms, by Luo Guanzhong for a novelization of the Three Kingdoms period from 220–280 AD, starting at the decline of the Han dynasty. It says the perfect leader will have the strategic genius of Zhūgě Liàng, the ferocity of Zhāng Fēi, and the steadfastness of Guān Yǔ (later addressed as "Guandi").

For more heroic legends, see the novel variously known as either Outlaws of the Marsh or Water Margin, concerning 108 outlaws during the 12th century AD.

For myth legends, there is Journey to the West, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, concerning the story of Tang Sanzang (Táng Sānzàng, means "an honorable monk came from Dynasty Tang", or more formally, "Tang Xuanzhuang") and his three disciples Sun Wukong (The Monkey King), Zhu Wuneng (more commonly called "Zhu Bajie" or the Pig Guy, who later becomes the Server of Heaven) and Sha Wujing (another name "Sha Heshang" or Monk Sha).

Both the warfare theory and practical wars of Chinese history place importance on the usage of bows. Shooting as well as riding are two of the "six skills" (liu yi), which are considered essential skills of a noble. A qualified general usually should also be a good bow user. A representative formation of Chinese ancient army should always contains plenty of archers. In many literatures army men (both officers and soldiers) are even described as "people who take bows" (kongxian zhi shi).