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Table of Contents
                            Chapter 1: Introduction
	Heroism and Villainy
	The Good and the Bad
	Types
	Heroes
	Villains
	How to Use this Book
Chapter 2: Heroes
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The Palace Insects
Introduction
	Nations
	Geography
	Before We Go Further...
	Lexicon
Chapter 1
The State of the Empire
Notable Creatures
Creatures of the Sands
The Hierarchy of Spirits
Of Beasts and Fire
Legal System
Faith
Architecture
Weaving
Pottery
Painting
Healthcare
Commerce
Education
Society
History
Chapter 2
Anatol Ayh
Current Relations
Sights of Anatol Ayh
The Kurtanoğlu
Anatoli Names
Culture and Customs
Religion
The Reforms of Safiye
The Royal Court
History
Chapter 3
Ashur
Athro Benu Nairu
Current Relations
Places in Ashur
Ashurite Names
Culture and Customs
Ashurite Classes
Religion
Government
History
Chapter 4
Persis
Current Relations
Places in Persis
Military
Persic Names
Culture and Customs
History
Chapter 5
Sarmion
Current Relations
The Tribes of Sarmion
Sarmion Names
Culture and Customs
Religion
Government and Military
History
Chapter 6
Tribes of the 8th Sea
Hala ibnt Rafif
Current Relations
Places in the 8th Sea
Tribal Names
Cultures and Customs
Religion
Government
History
Current Events
Chapter 7
Adventuring in
 the Crescent Empire
Dueling Styles
Kavita Styles
Kavita
Edges
The Underdog Bonus
Morale
Other Heroes
To Battle!
Mass Combat
How It Works
To Be at Odds
Mysticism
Family
A New Empire
Games Amdist the Moon and Stars
Nawaru
Mithaq Alqadim
Khahesh-ahura
Chozeh
Sorcery
Art of the Second Prophet
Secret Societies
Appendix
                        
Document Text Contents
Page 1

The Crescent Empire

JOHN WICK PRESENTS A SOURCEBOOK FOR 7TH SEA: SECOND EDITION “THE CRESCENT EMPIRE”
LEAD DEVELOPER ELIZABETH CHAIPRADITKUL CREATIVE DIRECTOR LEONARD BALSERA SYSTEM LEAD MICHAEL CURRY

ADDITIONAL DESIGN BY JEREMY ELDER DAN WASZKIEWICZ NICOLE WINCHESTER BRETT ZEILER TARA ZUBER
WRITING BY DALE ANDRADE ADRIAN ARROYO FLOOR COERT ROBERT DEBROECK BETSY ISAACSON

SHOSHANA KESSOCK JAMES MENDEZ HODES FELIPE REAL ANNE TOOLE
SENIOR ART DIRECTION BY MARISSA KELLY ART BY JAMES MOSINGO MEAGAN TROTT CHARLIE CREBER DIEGO RODRIGUEZ

GIORGIO BARONI EMILY MARSH SHEN FEI MATT FORSYTH ZULKARNAEN HASAN BASRI
GEOGRAPHY DESIGN AND MAP BY MARK RICHARDSON GRAPHIC DESIGN AND LAYOUT BY THOMAS DEENY

EDITED BY MONTE LIN PROOFING BY SHELLEY HARLAN LANGUAGE SUPPORT BY MATTHUE ROTH CREATIVE CONSULTATION BY NANCY KHALEK
INDEXING BY J. DERRICK KAPCHINSKY STAFF SUPPORT BY J. DERRICK KAPCHINSKY MARK DIAZ TRUMAN
7TH SEA: SECOND EDITION DEVELOPED BY MICHAEL CURRY ROB JUSTICE MARK DIAZ TRUMAN JOHN WICK

BASED ON 7TH SEA: FIRST EDITION BY JOHN WICK JENNIFER MAHR

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A note from John…
A special message from John is forthcoming!

—John Wick

Special Thanks
First off, I want to say a huge thank you to John and this team at JWP for
allowing me to develop another book for them. I actually don’t have the
words to describe how utterly wonderful this experience has been and how
thankful I am for it. I also need to say a huge thank you to the team who
worked with me on this book. You’re amazing. Thank you!

When I was asked which books I’d be interested in developing for 7th Sea,
I lept at the chance to develop the Crescent Empire. This book is set in a
region close to my heart. Having grown up in Southeast Asia, Western Asia
has always been a subject of interest to me. It’s a place far from home, but
somehow familiar. The yearning to understand this region and the connection
I had with it as a person of asian descent led me to visit it many times, to
learn its stories, its history, and its magic.

It’s heartbreaking the turmoil Western Asia is experiencing today and when
I jumped at the chance to delve into its past, in my excitement, I’d almost
forgotten its present reality. When developing this book we therefore decided
to go with a message for hope for the Crescent Empire—the empress has
returned, things are getting better despite hardship, the empire will survive.

Thank you so much for supporting our book! Enjoy!


—Elizabeth Chaipraditkul

7th Sea and all related marks are © and ™ 2017 John Wick Presents. All rights reserved. No part of this work may be
duplicated without express permission from the Author. This is a work of fiction. All characters and places are creations
of imagination.

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Establishment of the Khat.āʾīd Dynasty
The warrior-poet Khat.āʾī emerged from the
Khednegu Order, determined to protect peaceful
Persic Dīnists with the power of the throne. He led
Dīnist zealots to victory over the nominally Dīnist,
but unpopular Gūrkāniyān Khazar Khanate, estab-
lishing the Khat.āʾīd Dynasty which rules Persis to
this day.

Khat.āʾī enthusiastically modernized Persis. Many
Persic people, especially the upper classes, converted
to al-Dīn, enjoying the shah’s favor in business, poli-
tics and high society. When the Crescent Empire
invaded Persis in 1532, Khat.āʾī’s son Shah Tehmasib
fought back for two decades.

Nevertheless, Persis capitulated in 1555. In fact,
many Persic Dīnists welcomed the empire’s rule, their
privilege solidifying. Incensed at Crescent soldiers
destroying Ahurayasna holy sites, despairing at what
they perceived as the loss of their Nation and culture,
many Persic people—mostly Yasnavan, but even a few
Dīnists as well—rose up in an insurrection which has
only grown more violent and desperate since then.

Culture and Customs
Persis originated much of what we now consider
Crescent culture. Religious imagery, poetic forms,
painting, sports, governmental organization: many
of these things were Persic first, or so the Persic
people claim.

Caste and Class
Before it was formally abolished, the Solar Code
defined three castes of people: the free, or amelu; the
slaves, or ardu; and the mushkenu, or everyone else.
Social mobility was hardly common under the Code,
but not unknown: for instance, a slave could buy his
freedom, mushkenu could learn a privileged trade
and an amelu could lose her status for committing
serious crimes.
Amelu comprise hereditary nobles, government

officials, commissioned army officers, priests and
professionals including doctors and artisans. A crime
committed against an amelu incurs a greater retribu-
tion, but an amelu also suffers heavier fines and penal-
ties for various crimes to prevent her simply buying
her way out of trouble.

An ardu is chattel, his masters directing his occu-
pations. However, he may own property (including
other slaves), which masters may not simply confis-
cate. A slave’s child is also a slave unless he marries an
amelu, in which case their children are amelu. The law
protects a slave’s rights as well: for example, a crime
committed against a slave is generally considered a
crime against his master, and a crime committed by a
slave is his master’s crime as well. A master has some,
but not complete, discretion over how to punish a slave
who commits a crime: death and permanent injury, for
example, are off the table unless the shah says otherwise.

Mushkenu are everyone else. Unskilled or migrant
workers, artisans of low status, enlisted or conscripted
soldiers and many of the urban poor fall into this cate-
gory, among others. She may own slaves, but rarely
does. The severity of punishments both against and
by mushkenu is reduced. So a mushkenu harming
a mushkenu incurs a minimum penalty, an amelu
harming an amelu incurs the maximum penalty and
a mushkenu harming an amelu or vice versa incurs a
middling penalty.

Empress Safiye ordered the caste system abolished
at the beginning of her reign, a decision Persis
bemoaned primarily because it generated a hell of a
lot of paperwork and it freed the ardu who provided
a cheap Persic workforce. For all his wickedness, Shah
Jalil actually enacted this change in his Nation quickly,
the empire’s laws being more clear and straightfor-
ward; but bureaucratic and societal inertia still fights
him. Since this system predated Shah Korvash, the
majority of the Persic noble saw Solar Code class divi-
sions as a form of protection, which they had now lost.

HEROICS
AND SLAVERY

Only a few years ago, Persic society included
a slave caste, the ardu, and many people
were not happy about it. Persis’ Crescent
neighbors found the practice cruel and
outdated. To the Persic people it was a reality
of their life, their government, but they knew
there was a better way. The other Nations
of the empire were shining examples of that.
Not one Heroic person in the empire or
beyond supported the ownership of ardu, of
slaves. In fact, if not for Emperor Istani and
his malicious wars against all magic users,
the practice would have most likely been
outlawed years ago.

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Some of its flaws were undeniable, but now what
happens to the property an ardu used which techni-
cally belonged to his master? Can an amelu commit
petty crimes unchecked, since most fines are inconse-
quential to her fortunes? Is robbing a priest really no
worse than robbing a loan shark?

Moreover, Safiye’s executive order has done nothing
yet to abolish informal social class divisions, which
define daily life and etiquette far more readily than
the caste system’s legal distinctions. Persic people are
still prone to heap scorn and disrepute on a former
ardu who fails to speak deferentially to a former
amelu. Within each former caste, social status varied
widely: professionals who write and read for a living
enjoyed greater social acclaim and access to elite
circles and entertainments, for which even the best
carpenters and masons could not hope to achieve.
Longstanding classism enforces social distinctions
for which the law has not yet compensated.

Economy
Persic history begins with herders raising sheep,
goats, donkeys, water buffalo, mules, horses and cows.
While it is not more prestigious to be a herder in
Persis than to be any other kind of peasant, defending
herds against predators and robbers defines Persic
national identity, in the same way that, for example,
soldiering defines Eisen and Nahuacan identity or
seafaring Castillian identity. Agriculture supports
these herds, with wheat as the most important crop
followed by rice.

Persis’ mineral resources create a blessed nuisance,
which has attracted would-be conquerors since early
in its history. The Nation will never run out of salt,
iron, copper, lead or gold.

Persic handicrafts make up a significant portion
of exports. Pottery, bronzes, rugs, fine clothing and
sculpture fetch high prices internationally, drawing
merchants from across Théah, Ifri, Cathay and
the Atabean.

Family
Persic people usually live in compounds housing
an entire extended family. In cities, families often
specialize in a business and trade with others for
needs outside that business. Rural family compounds
aim to be self-sufficient. They grow their own food,
educate their own children up to the secondary level
and minister to their own sick and injured. Elders
too old to work lead and speak for these compounds.
Multiple families come together outside compounds
for worship and tasbīh. Recent years’ suppression
has pushed much Yasnavan worship back into the
family space. The hearth became a makeshift Temple
of Hymn for Yasnavan families, many of whom also
attend Dīnist services to avoid suspicion.

Clothing
Modesty demands a Persic citizen or visitor to the
country cover his head and minimize how much skin
he shows, especially bare shoulders or legs—although
windy, chilly nights even in summer and the hot
sun keep you to those habits better than any law of
modesty. In high-security areas, the Ilmān ask citizens
to remove your veil if you have one.

Every walk of life prioritizes good grooming and
fashionable dress. Either you look like you thought
about what you put on in the morning, or you are
socially delinquent. Even the cheapest fabrics are
handsome, comfortable and sturdy. Bright and
contrasting colors appear in even the poorest clothing,
and nothing—nothing—is flimsy. Persic people
generally dress in layers, but the basic costume for
all genders consists of a shirt; loose trousers; a vest,
jacket or robe; boots; and of course a hat, turban
or headscarf. Wool is the most common material,
although finer clothes incorporate a great deal of
cotton, silk and precious metal. Disposable income
goes to elaborate jewelry or to impressive headdresses;
the rich often wear their hair and beards long and
coif them into elaborate structures using jewelry
and tiaras.

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