So, for several months now, I've been outlining and world-building for a fantasy story, and, just recently, transitioned the setting from being more European/Mixed Cultural-setting to an overall Asian cultural setting, with most pleasing results!
Here we have portraits for:
-Gaki, an orphaned Oni raised and trained by the dragons of the mountains, who retired into wealth and obscurity in his elder years.
-Huang Jie, Gaki's public persona in his youth and one of the nation of Penglai's most legendary heroes, lauded by all. He was renowned as a monster hunter, a Qi master, and the Champion of the Five Virtues.
-Akeera, an orphan from the lands to the east, raised by the kind farmers who discovered her near their home one day. Possessing a physical strength and constitution beyond the norm, she is enamored with tales of heroes and legends and dreams of one day being able to leave her farm to see Penglai. Little does she realize that this opportunity make come sooner than expected, when a burnt, near-naked Oni washes up on the creak-bed running along the edge of their farm after a terrible accident.
Rinzen is one of the last of an ancient race known as the Xian, referred to by most as 'immortals.' Despite his young appearance, Rinzen is actually an ancient being who lives in his workshop deep within Penglai's forests, tinkering with machines and advanced machinery based upon old Xian designs and concepts. Curmudgeon that he is, Rinzen only allows those he wishes to find him discover his hidden workshop.