The Land of Wú Chù
Aside from some form of Worterburgh, Wú Chù is arguably one of the more common city Central City found in the many reflections of reality. While the exact details of it’s history may vary, as does the exact point in its timeline, there are a few common elements found to it’s history.
- History of Wú Chù
History of Wú Chù
Ancient Times & Conquest
Much like it’s counterpart, Worterburgh (more specifically the Worterburgh found in ‘Terra Incognita’, Wú Chù was originally a land inhabited by strange barbarians who called themselves many things, often translated as Ochill. They were a polytheist, pagan society with a Priest-King Caste.
Much like in other timelines, the people of Ochill were eventually conquered by the English. However, unlike the timeline which the player characters are familiar with, the reasons for this conquest was drastically different. In this timeline, China was a rising colonial superpower which the British Empire had a hard time competing. The taking of Ochill was motivated by the hopes of gaining a better foothold off the coast of the so-called New World.
The Struggling Worterburgh and the Kingstree Pact (Late 17th Century)
For a good century, Worterburgh (the new name for Ochill) was a struggling colony suffering from the slow but steady weakening of the British Empire which simply could not compete with the China of this time, as China’s empire grew to encompass India, Japan and what we call Australia. The Worterburgh of this time was in many ways similar to its ‘main’ counterpart: a nobility which assumed the mantle of rulership from the Priest-King caste and a church combining pagan and christian aspects. The only major difference was a much smaller population of europeans.
Because the europeans were weaker and less numerous in this timeline, there was much pressure from the Ochill-blooded underclass and the remaining holds of Ochill civilization. At this time, the Chinese Empire was eager to add Worterburgh to its ever-increasing list of conquests. The Kingstree Pact led to something which would appear somewhat alien to those not native to this timeline: an alliance between the european colonist and the native inhabitants against Chinese influence and interest. Unfortunately, while certainly a strange and unique cultural touchstone, this alliance ultimately failed when the British crown was defeated and surrendered Worterburgh to the Chinese Empire.
Mandate Of Heaven and Expansion (18th Century)
Rich in resources, Worterburgh (now renamed Wú Chù) soon found itself the accidental crown jewel of the Chinese Empire. Chinese workers and traders flooded in the city over the following decades, transforming the city and nearby regions into a booming trading hub.
The Jade Tree Throne (Mid 19th Century)
Much like in the ‘main’ timeline, Wú Chù developed its own unique culture, religion and traditions. While heavily tinted by the dominance of Chinese culture, the culture of Wú Chù nevertheless has it’s own unique and unusual traits, especially due to the mingling with the much larger population of Ochill.
In some timelines, in the mid 19th Century, a combination and economic and cultural reasons lead to what the Chinese Empire deem at this point impossible: rebellion. In those timelines where this rebellion is successful, the new ruler appoint himself the ‘Jade Tree Emperor’ (a deformation of the connection between the Old Kings and their Kingstree).