Shu Han is the nation and homeland of the Shu people. It is bordered to the north by Ravka and to the west by Kerch, which it is connected to via land bridges. The Shu are known for their scientific advancements through the arguably inhumane treatment of their Grisha.
Shu descendants have a common trait of straight black hair and yellow-gold eyes.
Description[edit | edit source]
Shu Han is bordered to the north by a large mountain range, the Sikurzoi, which largely prevents the Ravkan armies from mounting an attack from the north. The southwest region is composed of plateaus, forests, and plains, and is bordered by the sea. Its capital, Ahmrat Jen, is located in the center of the nation.
To Ravka's government, the Shu are known for their scientific advancements and inhumane treatment of Grisha. They are rumored to dissect them in search of the source of their power, some even believing the source to be a Grisha's spleen.
Expanding on their scientific discoveries, the Shu have combined Grisha Steel, Ruthenium, and bone to create human-weapons known as Khergud. They are people who are meant to capture Grisha for the Shu government and for their research.
The Shu are ruled by the Taban family, one of which is Nikolai's fiancee, Ehri Kir-Taban. She is beloved by the people of Shu Han. It is a matriarchal monarchy, meaning power is passed to the eldest daughter.
Notable locations[edit | edit source]
- Ahmrat Jen - the capital city and home to the Shu royal family, as well as a monastery of Assassins.
- Bhez Ju - a port city which appears to hold laboratories used to produce Jurda Parem.
- Koba - a city next to a swamp near the border between Ravka and Shu Han where Grisha are sold to mercenaries or Shu scientists/mediks.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Shu Han is based on Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China. The name is taken from one of the Chinese states of Three Kingdoms period.
- Twins are pretty common between the Shu as seen in King of Scars. The word for twin in Shu is keb/kebben that can mean kin or someone bound or close to your heart.
- The Shu are named after one of their parents or both, e.g. Bo Yul-Bayur's son, Kuwei, doesn't receive his father surname, Yul-Bayur or son of Bayur in Shu language, but Yul-Bo, son of Bo. The only exception in this rule are the royal family that is named after the first queen, Taban.
- The names Bayur and Bataar are common Mongolian names, while Kuwei seems to be Chinese.
- Though a religion has yet to be specified, the Darkling references having seen temples in Amhrat Jen.