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. Their technology is shown to rival Ravka’s.
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. It is also known for the state of perpetual summer that it resides in - even when its neighbor Ravka is in winter, Shu Han remains warm and sunny.
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 khergud program were created by the Queen Makhi Kir-Taban along with her adviser and physician, Yerwei, the program that recruit soldiers to became khergud is called Iron Heart Program.
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 usually passed to the eldest daughter, although the reigning queen can make an exception, as seen with Keyen Kir-Taban bypassing her oldest daughter, Makhi, to name Ehri her heir. The current queen is Makhi Kir-Taban.
The Shu seem to value the color green, as well as falcon imagery, taken from the original Taban queens who tamed falcons from the mountains of the Sikurzoi. The original Taban queens were called the Taban yenok-yun, “the storm that stayed”.
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.
Known Rulers[edit | edit source]
- Queen Taban
- Leyti Kir-Taban
- Keyen Kir-Taban
- Makhi Kir-Taban
Language[edit | edit source]
- Main article: Shu Language
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Shu Han is based on 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. They seem to worship a group called the Six Soldiers, although it is unknown who the Six Soldiers are. The saints seem to be worshiped there too since Sankt Kho and Sankta Neyar and Yeryin are of Shu origin.
- The color blue is traditionally worn as a sign of mourning.