Ikkaku Peninsula

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The Ikkaku Peninsula
(Region)
Nation Minkai
Capital None
Government Semi-autonomous region owing fealty to Minkai
Languages Minkaian
Religions Desna, Kofusachi, Qi Zhong

Source: Tide of Honor, pg(s). 64

The Ikkaku Peninsula is one of three semi-autonomous regions of Minkai, lying in the far north-east of the country. The peninsula is sparsely inhabited but those who do dwell there are a proud and tough people. They mostly make their living from mining the Kamifushi Mountains, which run down the southern centre of the peninsula.[1] In the north of the Kamifushi range is Mount Kumijinja which has a secret entrance to the Darklands layer of Nar-Voth, known as the Ghost Path. In 470 AR, General Ishanda Aiko led an expedition along the Ghost Path. There were almost no survivors after Ishanda's army stumbled upon the outskirts of the oni city of Shirogoku.[2]

The Kamifushi Mountains are also home to a large number of hot springs, many of which boast healing properties. These springs often have an accompanying temple to either Desna, Kofusachi, or Qi Zhong. Unlike in many other locations, the residents of the Ikkaku Peninsula have never attempted to make any profit from these healing hot springs.[1]

The Ikkaku Peninsula was remote enough to suffer little under the rule of the Jade Regent. Staunch traditionalists who opposed his immoral reforms, many of the inhabitants of the peninsula event went so far as to harbour rebels and fugitives who opposed the Regent.[1]

Once per generation, a vast and ghostly kaiju called Jakabu visits the Ikkaku Peninsula. A few weeks before Jakabu's appearance the seas around Ikkaku become still and a haunting moan is heard every evening. Then, finally, Jakabu emerges from the ocean surrounded by undead seagulls, flying fish, and even stranger ocean creatures. For three days, the people of Ikkaku extinguish all lights except a parade of torches that leads to the peak of Mount Kumijinja where Jakabu ascends into the sky to return a generation later.[3]