In the fourth of six weekly journals on the starting clans of 9Dragons, Steve Altman and Ken Johnston explore the all-female Sacred Flower Clan.
| So The Mistress sought sanctuary at Shaolin Temple, with the enemies of her enemy. But the Shaolin Elders refused her entrance because she was a woman, and cursed with dark karma. Incensed, she murdered the first monk she came across, stole his robes and shaved her head. Cleverly disguised, she eluded capture by Heavenly Demon’s minions and disappeared into the mountains where she started her own clan.
It is said that, “For every action comes an opposite reaction,” and from that perceived act of discrimination made by Shaolin, there rose a clan of beautiful, deadly, female masters. Hence Sacred Flower’s motto, “If men rule the world, women must rule men!”
So now you understand why Sacred Flower disciples despise both Heavenly Demon and Shaolin, but you should know they are also spiteful of Wu-Tang Clan, who they feel have bastardized the Yin and Yang symbol to suggest that women (symbolized by Yin) encompass all the darker, negative aspects of the universe. Sacred Flower thereby opposes the white clans, and most men in general, as they strive to raise women’s current status in society with their fervent cult-like beliefs. Their revealing clothing is justified as a means to entreat, allure, and conquer men by enchantment. So what is perceived as their feminine weakness becomes part of their strength.
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