Gods Among Us The Heroes of China

Heroes in Emperor represent immortal figures from Chinese mythology as well as pivotal historical persons who played a key role in the development of China's religions and philosophies. A hero visits the city when you make sufficient homage offerings and provide religion access to your residents. Each hero provides benefits to the city depending on his/her realm of supernatural influence. A hero is a "temporary" walker who departs when his/her homage rating falls below a certain threshold.

Ancestral Heroes: Ancestral heroes are affiliated with ancestral shrines.

Nu Wa - The Creator Goddess

Nu Wa created people from clay and often came to the world's rescue (in one story, she mended the hole torn in the sky). When active in the city, she halves the building cost of clay pits, hunter's tents, fishing quays, music schools, irrigation pumps, irrigation ditches, and inspector's towers. She functions like a diviner walker, musician walker and inspector walker. In addition, Nu Wa can "bless" (see below) an inspector's tower (evolving it), clay pit, hunter's tent or fishing quay (increasing production). She also halves the chance of enemy troops setting fire to buildings, and she can capture animals for the palace menagerie.

Shen Nong - The Divine Farmer

Shen Nong is one of the nobles in Chinese mythology. He taught the people all about agriculture and the medicinal value of herbs. When active in the city, Shen Nong halves the building cost of fields, farmhouses, hemp farms, herbalist's stalls, market squares, food shops and mills. He increases the growth of each field tile within three tiles of the farmhouses and hemp farms he blesses, and he satisfies any food requests made by computer-controlled cities. Shen Nong also functions like a diviner walker and an herbalist walker.

Huang Di - The Yellow Emperor

Huang Di is one of the legendary Chinese emperors. He was a great military leader, and he and his wife are credited with many inventions. When active in the city, Huang Di halves the building cost of kilns, silkworm sheds, weavers, mulberry tree orchards, acupuncturist's clinics, and chariot forts (see p.110). He satisfies any ceramics request made by computer-controlled cities, and functions like a diviner walker and an acupuncturist walker. Huang Di can bless a kiln or silkworm shed (increasing production), and he adds ceramics to a house every time he walks past it. In addition, he helps the morale of chariot companies, and he can fight enemies, both at home and abroad.

IMPORTANT: In addition to the benefits a hero brings to your city, Ancestral heroes are distinct in having the ability to summon natural disasters if they become angry. They become angry when you don't pay them enough homage. See p.84 for details.

Daoist Heroes: Daoist heroes are affiliated with Daoist temples.

Xi Wang Mu - Queen Mother of the West

Xi Wang Mu lives in a spectacular jade palace, grows magical peaches that ripen every 3,000 years, and is the source of immortality. She is the highest goddess in the Daoist pantheon, and the embodiment of Yin. When active in the city, Xi Wang Mu halves the building cost of carpenters', masons', and ceramists' guilds (see p.91), jade carver's studios (see p.53) and aesthetic sculptures (see p.99). She can also bless a jade carver's studio (filling it with raw jade), capture animals for the menagerie, and reduce monument construction time. Xi Wang Mu functions like a priest walker.

Zao Jun - The Kitchen God

Zao Jun makes annual reports to Heaven on the household. Families honor the Kitchen God throughout the year but especially at New Year's when he is supposed to ascend to Heaven and make his report (families offer him sticky sweets for the journey). When active in the city, Zao Jun halves the building cost of houses and food shops. Zao Jun can bless a food shop, increasing its food quality by one level (e.g., bland food becomes plain, etc.), and the cost of the New Year's Festival (see p.104) is free when he is active. Furthermore, he delivers delicious food (see p.48) to every house he passes, and he functions like a priest walker.

Guan Di - The God of War

Guan Di was a famous general during the Three Kingdoms period who was captured and executed in 220 CE. He was venerated as a Daoist god hundreds of years later. At an early point in his life, Guan Di was a bean curd seller, so he's considered their patron. He also memorized some of the Confucian classics. Statues of Guan Di are used to guard buildings against intruders. When active in the city, Guan Di halves the building cost of all forts, weaponsmiths and watchtowers. He functions like a guard and scholar walker in addition to being a Daoist priest. Guan Di can bless a mill or warehouse with Bean Curd, and he can bless a Confucian academy or fort with the goods it needs. He can fight enemies at home and abroad, and he helps the morale of cavalry companies. Lastly, when he is active, the only outlaws that can be spawned in your city are beggars.

Buddhist Heroes: Buddhist heroes are affiliated with Buddhist pagodas.

Guan Yin - The Goddess of Mercy

As a bodhisattva, Guan Yin is the greatest Buddhist deity in China. She is revered as a hearer of prayers and a protector of children. When active in the city, Guan Yin halves the building cost of wells, gardens, flowering trees, wayside pavilions, ponds, Tai Chi parks and private gardens. She functions like a water carrier and Buddhist monk, and she can bless a well (evolving it) and houses, which lowers the unrest level. Guan Yin also

increases city health. Finally, she halves how much it costs for you to bribe invaders away, and how much you pay in tribute to an overlord.

Bodhidharma - The Kung Fu Monk

Bodhidharma was the 28th Patriarch from Buddha and the 1st Patriarch in China. He arrived in China circa 520 CE and met with Emperor Wu. Credited with teaching the Shaolin monastery monks the art of kung fu, he supposedly cut off his eyelids so he could meditate longer, and from them the tea plant was created. When active in the city, he halves the building cost of tea curing sheds, tea shops, tea bushes, and watchtowers. He functions like a Buddhist monk and guard walker, and he can bless a watchtower (evolving it). Bodhidharma can fight enemies at home but not abroad. He delivers tea to every house he walks past, and he can bless a tea curing shed (increasing production). Lastly, he automatically satisfies any computer-controlled city's request for tea.

Sun Wu Kong - The Monkey King

The Monkey King was born from a stone egg. He is a capable fighter and versatile with his magic staff. He studied under a Daoist priest at one time. When the immortals grew weary of his misbehavior, Sun Wu Kong was buried under a mountain by Buddha as punishment. He was later released to accompany the monk Xuan Zang on his journey to India and back to bring Buddhist scriptures to China. The Monkey King is aggressive and mischievous ... but widely popular in Chinese society. When active in the city, Sun Wu Kong halves the building cost of stoneworks, weaponsmiths, acrobat schools, drama schools, theatre pavilions, and Daoist shrines. He functions like an acrobat, actor, Daoist priest, and a Buddhist monk. He can bless a weaponsmith or stoneworks facility (increasing production), and he can capture animals for the menagerie. He fights enemies both at home and abroad. Lastly, your city's emissaries cost nothing and travel faster when Sun Wu Kong is active.

Confucian Heroes: Confucian heroes are affiliated with Confucian academies. Only elite houses need Confucianism.

Confucius - The Sage of All Time

Confucius (551-479 BCE) is the most famous person in Chinese history. His ethical philosophy became the basis for Confucianism, one of China's three great religions. Confucius taught filial piety and the golden rule of empathy. He wanted rulers to lead by good example rather than by force. He started his career as a

"Aspire to the principle, behave with virtue, abide by benevolence, and immerse yourself in the arts."

- Confucius

"Aspire to the principle, behave with virtue, abide by benevolence, and immerse yourself in the arts."

- Confucius tax collector, but was disillusioned by official bribery and overtaxation. The Analects is a compilation of his sayings, written by his followers after his death. When active in the city, he halves the building cost of tax offices, ancestral shrines, music schools, and grand and imperial ways. In addition to being a scholar walker, Confucius acts as a diviner, providing access to ancestor worship. He also functions like a tax official and musician. He can bless a tax office, filling it with the goods it needs (wood or paper). While he is present, tax revenues are increased without additional penalty to your popularity. Lastly, Confucius can satisfy one of the burial provisions needed when building the tumulus or grand tumulus (see p.92).

Sun Tzu - Master Sun

Sun Tzu was a famous military leader during the Eastern Zhou Dynasty. He is identified with writing The Art of War, a classic Chinese text that emphasizes preparedness, speed and surprise in battle, avoiding losses, and using spies. When active in the city, he halves the building cost of all military forts, city walls, city gates and towers. He is a scholar walker, can fight enemies at home and abroad, and he helps the morale of infantry troops. Sun Tzu can capture animals for the palace menagerie. He reduces the travel time of armies sent on conquest missions, and he halves the purchase cost of spies. Finally, he automatically captures and reverses any enemy spy he stops.

Mencius - The Second Sage

Mencius (372-289 BCE) was the second most influential teacher of Confucianism. His text, called The Mencius, was studied by Chinese scholars as reverently as Confucius' Analects. Mencius believed that subjects had the right to overthrow rulers who were morally unfit and who jeopardized the people. He was a proponent of expanding markets and trade. When active in the city, Mencius halves the building cost of warehouses, trading stations, trading quays, and market squares. He functions as a scholar walker, and he can bless a trade building (increasing its profit). Also, traders arrive at the city more frequently when he is active.

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