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  • Heroes of Spring and Autumn Wuxia FAQ

    This serie is heavily embedded in chinese Wuxia culture, a lot of things might seem lil bit odd if u are not familiar with how it works, so if u have any questions about some of the stuff feel free to ask here as they wont be thoroughly explained in the serie as they are "common knowledge" for any wuxia lover.

    PS: If u see a typo/grammar error, pretend it is not there.

    So here are some basics in HSA:

    Frequently Asked Questions

    #1, What the hell are them vessels, meridians and pressure points?

    Originated from acupuncture, here is a short summary from Wiki:

    the general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that bodily functions are regulated by an energy called qi which flows through the body; disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease.[2] Acupuncture describes a family of procedures aiming to correct imbalances in the flow of qi by stimulation of anatomical locations on or under the skin (usually called acupuncture points or acupoints), by a variety of techniques.[2] The most common mechanism of stimulation of acupuncture points employs penetration of the skin by thin metal needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.[2]
    Traditional Chinese medicine distinguishes not only one but several different kinds of qi (氣).[54] In a general sense, qi is something that is defined by five "cardinal functions":[54][55]

    1. Actuation (推動, tuīdng) – of all physical processes in the body, especially the circulation of all body fluids such as blood in their vessels. This includes actuation of the functions of the zang-fu organs and meridians.
    2. Warming (溫煦, wēnx) – the body, especially the limbs.
    3. Defense (防御, fngy) – against Exogenous Pathogenic Factors
    4. Containment (固攝, gsh) – of body fluids, i.e. keeping blood, sweat, urine, semen etc. from leakage or excessive emission.
    5. Transformation (氣化, qhu) – of food, drink, and breath into qi, xue (blood), and jinye ("fluids"), and/or transformation of all of the latter into each other.

    To fulfill its functions, qi has to steadily flow from the inside of the body (where the zang-fu organs are located) to the "superficial" body tissues of the skin, muscles, tendons, bones, and joints. It is assisted in its flow by "channels" referred to as meridians (经络, jīng-lu). TCM identifies 12 "regular" and 8 "extraordinary" meridians; the Chinese terms being 十二经脉 (sh-r jīngmi, lit. "the Twelve Vessels") and 奇经八脉 (q jīng bā mi) respectively

    Now in the world of HSA, we use CHI instead of QI, this is because it is used in Naruto, so it is easier for readers to relate, similar to chakra channels in the world of naruto, we have meridians in HSA. similar to how the chakra gate functions in naruto, as in regulating chakra flows and in normal conditions are not fully opened (see Lee and Gai's special 8 gate abilities). Meridians in HSA functions almost the exact same way for CHI. However they can be forced to "open" or "activate" by mastering a specific martial art or by external forces.

    In HSA we also have two extra type of meridians, called Divine Meridian and Demonic Meridian, they will appear in the later chapters, these are unique character traits given to the descendant of gods and demons respectively.

    #2 Powers (Martial arts) In HSA Explained:

    In this particular genre of Wuxia, there are 2 major type of Martial arts abilities, one the Inner force, or Inner martial arts, the other, Outer Force, or outer martial arts.

    Inner Force:
    This generally indicates one's mastery of CHI flow, it is not something u can "practise" by repeated physical movements, this has to be cultivated. Many martial arts move in HSA belongs to this type, as they have no physical manifestation, but through it they strengthen their attacks, their defence, and other abilities.

    Classic Example: Demonic Bone Arts - Bone Force

    Outer Force:
    This generally describe the fancy movement one use, stuff like fighting style, swordsmanship, etc all falls under this category, this are the more traditional type of martial arts (Blood and Steel) that are obtained through repeated practise and real combat experiance.

    Classic Example:
    Arts of Divine Flame, both used by Feng Xiang and later Xiang Long

    Mixed Type:
    Some martial arts combines both inner and outer forces in order to maximize its potential.

    Classic Example: Holy Mantra of Pan Gu, So far we have already seen its defensive capabilities and how it makes Sheng GongZi stronger against poisons or physical attacks, and also how it can be used offensively through strengthening his regular attacks or allow him to use special moves like Movement of the holy spirits - Void Tremor, you might think demonic bone arts can also be counted as a mixed type, but that is not the case, both DuShuai and ErShuai use very different physical attacks, and later u will see MoZun MingGui using different ones as well eventhough they are all practioners of demonic bone arts, this indicates that it is not a mixed type.

    #3 What is a Mnemonic chant (Rhyme)?

    As mentioned before, inner force or inner martial arts in general can only be obtained through self-cultivation or meditation. The principle is heavily influenced by buddism's meditation state of mind, in wuxia world different level of inner force are often correlated to one's mental state or mental awareness, a Mnemonic chant is in short a small poem that describe the key essense of a certain mental state. (not always). And through the understanding of the chant and arrive at that particular mental state the practioner is able to obtain the next level awareness and excel further in that particular martial art, we will see some of this in the upcomming chapters, and i can not promise to always make them rhyme or accurately translate them.

    #4 To be continued...
    Last edited by Sharogy; 04-04-2013, 03:42 PM.

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        Nice post sharogy ^^