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Flag of Shenmen.
Titles Cursed Land of Spiders and Ghosts
Alignment Neutral evil
Capital Yin-Sichasi
Ruler Lady Lang Loi
Government Loose alliance of bandit lords ruled by monsters
Languages Aklo, Tien
Religions Fumeiyoshi, Lady Nanbyo, Lao Shu Po, Pharasma
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Source: Dragon Empires Gazetteer, pg(s). 37

The Successor State of Shenmen in central Tian Xia is a land of constant rain, interspersed with occasional storms. During the time of Imperial Lung Wa it was used as a dumping ground for unwanted or disgraced politicians and bureaucrats who were simply told to keep the lumber from the Spectrewood and the silver from the Gossamer Mountains flowing.[1]

Once the empire collapsed, the land was quickly overtaken by monsters. Evil fey in the forests, cursed bandits in the foothills, and all kinds of ghosts and spirits in the waters. The worst are the spider-creatures known as the jorogumos, who now rule the land from their underground capital of Yin-Sichasi and other cavernous homes across the Gossamer Mountains.[1][2] Shenmen's eastern border is formed by the coast of the Sea of Ghosts.[3]

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Past glimpse.

Shenmen, at least in its current form as "the cursed land of spiders and ghosts", began in the aftermath of the fall of Imperial Lung Wa in 4607 AR.[4] Plunging all of Tian Xia into chaos, the Lung Wa officials, suddenly cut off from the succour of the state, resorted to rampant corruption and abuses of authority in order to survive. Yet, without the military support of Lung Wa, they could not control Shenmen and the monsters that lurked in its shadows.[1] Within a year, the so-called witch-queen of the jorogumo's, Lady Lang Loi, had taken control of Yin-Sichasi and began exerting political control across much of Shenmen.[4]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 37. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  2. Thurston Hillman et al. (2016). Horror Realms, p. 38f. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-900-4
  3. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 47. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  4. 4.0 4.1 James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 17. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8