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>I am interested in developing an Asian persona and would be greatful for
>any information you can send me in that regard.
By Asian, what exactly are you looking for? There are the Mongols, from the
steppes; the various peoples of China, of which I personally know less than
I'd like; the Japanese, who many consider iffy in period, but for whom this
list is a wonderful resource; or another culture? An 'Asian' persona is like
asking for a 'European' persona; there is just too much to give a single
description of all the cultures.
That being said, I think that the best answers from this list are probably
going to be regarding things Japanese. If you are looking for a Japanese
persona you are probably looking at something in the 16th Century, during the
Warring States Period of Japan. How specific do you want to get? Please
correct me if I am wrong, but even at this time there are basically four
classes of citizens: the aristocrats, the Merchants, the Peasants, and the
Artisans (Where did priests and monks fall in this adaptation of the Confucian
I don't remember if any distinction was made between the samurai and 'nobles'
in terms of their class in society, though definitely there were ranks among
Since people are assumed to be nobles, I believe that a noble/samurai is what
is most often chosen as a persona (occassionally with some reason for being in
Europe, though this is not always a worry).
There are several resources I have heard out there for name and device help;
if you are having trouble in that regards then feel free to ask a herald.
As for resources I don't have anything good to give out. I left my books at
home, as I am now a bit closer to the history here in Japan. I remember
Stephen Turnbull, but that is the only name I can pull off the top of my head.
I wish you luck, and will help if I can, though I'm sure others on this list
are much more qualified.
-Godric Logan aka Joshua Badgley
PS: While I am here in Japan I am taking pictures of nearly everything they
allow me to (Unfortunately I can't take any pictures inside many museums). I
am going to have them put up on a website as soon as possible. If anyone
would like pictures of anything specific in the Nagoya area, please let me
know and I will see what I can do, though I can't promise anything.