Welcome to the Culture Corner
Welcome back to the Culture Corner with Tao Jones. If you’re new to the Culture Corner, this is a little column that is your guide to the world. It’s great to be a hero, but if you don’t understand what it is you’re trying to save, then it’s a little harder to appreciate it. That’s what I’m here for. Each column, I’m going to take a part of Chinese culture in our games and explain it in a little more depth.
Talismans and You: An Owner’s Guide
Every player character in Zentia owns a talisman. There are many like it, but this one is yours. Your talisman has the ability to grow, unlike other pieces of equipment. Using various stones will help your talisman gain power and enhance its ability to make you a better player. Proper care and maintenance of your talisman should provide you with years of capable service, or at least until you find one more to your liking.
Talismans are one of the most important pieces of equipment in Zentia. They allow you access to your magical abilities, but most of them also grant you a new power. You’d have a much harder time without them. But what are they? Well, the general concept of talismans isn’t exactly something unique to Chinese culture. Talismans are more or less what’s written on the label. They’re magical items with magical powers. However, they aren’t the same kinds of talismans familiar to most western audiences. You won’t find any magic wands here. Instead, the Taoists of Zentia use steles, scrolls, sword sets, divination tubes, gourds, mirrors, banners, and bells. A few of these actually don’t seem to have any notable special significance in Chinese culture, but there’s enough unique stuff here that definitely warrants some discussion.