“Sihnon isn’t that different from this planet. More crowded, obviously, and I guess more complicated. The great city itself is… pictures can’t capture it. It’s like an ocean of light.”―Inara Serra
Sihnon has long been known for its beauty. It’s iron-rich soil and abundant seaborne red algae provided crucial raw material and food for humanity’s first wave. Today it hosts some of the most important cultural centers in the ’Verse, as well as the Alliance primary governing offices for trade, infrastructure and sponsored arts.
Sihnon is the heart of Asian culture and of the Buddhist religion, a fact made obvious by the many monasteries and temples located here. Those seeking to learn more about Buddhism travel here to study.
Jing Qi City is the central hub for the guild system, housing the seats of many powerful organizations, including the Traders Guild, the Brotherhood of Shipwrights, the Grower’s League, and the Free Armorers Union. All guilds have their headquarters on Sihnon or maintain a large presence here. Guild business takes place behind closed doors. Disputes are handled by registered arbitration houses.
The Companion’s Guild is based here, with multiple houses in the large cities, and a massive temple dedicated to the schooling of young girls and boys.
The city of Chang’Pei is given over completely to trade administration. The penalties on Sihnon for bribes (taking or giving) are harsh—but that doesn’t stop some folk. Officers of the Sihnon Trade Commission work undercover to root out the worst offenders. They are well trained in combat and interrogation procedures, as well as espionage and accounting.
The capitol of Lu’Weng is named for a legend of a fire-breathing dragon that fell from the sky and was bound to the planet with silken ribbons. The area is riddled with hot springs and every home traditionally has a silken awning or a curtain across the door to keep the dragon bound. Lu’Weng is one of the largest producers of silk in the system.
Sihnon is undisputedly the shining prototypical center of Eastern culture, epitomized by the Tian Bao Guan: a splendid repository of priceless Asian antiques, nestled at the foot of Falsim Mountain. These artifacts made their trek to the New World on a Chinese ark dedicated to their preservation under the watchful care of historians and guardians, many of whose progeny still work for the museum. Visitors can behold the wonders of Earth-That-Was, displayed safely inside secured steel-glass cases within the original arks.
Sihnon is also home to the revered Ching Shian University, the dean of educational institutes, which has produced esteemed alumni from prime ministers to billionaire philanthropists. There is still no better place to study Eastern history, law, culture, and philosophy.
Unlike what is often portrayed on vid screens, the temples and monasteries on Sihnon do not teach or practice martial arts. Taifei is the lone exception. This monastery, secluded in the Three Moon Valley north of Piaoyen Village, is said to train monks in the ancient deadly fighting styles; styles taught only to those few that have proven themselves worthy. Whether this is true or mere myth, no one knows. Those who learn these arts are sworn to secrecy and may use them only in the defense of themselves or the innocent.
Places of Note
Landing on Sihnon is restricted, though there is so much traffic coming and going on this busy world that the government issues passes to those who come here on a frequent basis. These passes are not hard to get nor to forge.
All bulk cargo traffic is confined to the 700 km equatorial trade band per the Sihnon Ministry of Culture.