|Written by:||Deena McKinney, Jim Moore, Wayne Peacock|
|Developed by:||Ian Lemke|
|Edited by:||Count Rocksha Von Sputnik II|
|Art Director:||Aileen Miles|
|Layout and Typesetting:||Pauline Benney|
|Interior Art:||Theodor Black, John Dollar, Steve Ellis, Michael Gaydos, Jeff Holt, Kostas Kiriakakis, James Stowe, Drew Tucker|
|Front Cover Art:||Tony DiTerlizzi|
|Front and Back Cover Design:||Pauline Benney|
|Publisher:||White Wolf Publishing, Inc.|
|Imprint:||White Wolf Game Studio|
|Reference #:||ISBN 1-56504-722-2|
Land of Eight Million Dreams is a supplement for Changeling: The Dreaming which details the hsien or Shinma, the closest analogue to the Kithain in the Middle Kingdom. It was released as part of the Year of the Lotus.
From the White Wolf catalog:
- Lost Spirits of the East
- In ancient times, the fae of China served as the messengers and servants of the spirit world. In those days, they travelled freely between the realms of spirit and flesh. They were the emissaries of nature, the guardians and protectors of the sacred places. The hsien (known as changelings in the West) are the descendants of beings who were trapped in the realm of flesh during the Mahakala (or the Shattering). Divided by both form and court, the hsien struggle to survive in a world of mortals who have turned their back on the realm of spirit, a world full of other supernatural beings who would destroy them.
- Land of Eight Million Dreams features
- Entirely new Asian kith complete with new Arts and powers;
- A new setting for established characters to explore or begin a brand-new type of chronicle;
- Plotlines and storythreads ready for Storytellers to use in telling an Asian chronicle.
Ah Kum Lam: Golden OrchidsEdit
Introduction: Many Dreamers, Countless DreamsEdit
A brief introduction to the hsien, including a list of their many differences to the Kithain. Also includes a lexicon.
Chapter One: The Duties of the GodsEdit
A history of the hsien and guide to their politics and society.
Chapter Two: The Eight Million DreamsEdit
A description of China as a setting in the World of Darkness.
Chapter Three: Shinma: Spirits of DreamsEdit
Chapter Four: The WayEdit
Detailed character creation.
Chapter Five: Wu TanEdit
Rules for and descriptions of the magic of the hsien, the Wu Tan.
Chapter Six: Setting SystemsEdit
Contains rules systems to support a hsien chronicle, including rules for spirits, other shen, experience point costs, and antagonist Shinma.
Chapter Seven: Honorific Conspiracies, Bountiful AlliancesEdit
Storytelling advice and suggestions, including some story seeds.
Despite being a Changeling title, the hsien are not fae, but minor gods (or spirits) trapped in the material world and employing a method similar to the changeling way to hide in the bodies of mortals. Despite a small number of references to them as fae or changelings (mainly in the introduction and the blurb from the back cover), it is clear that the Shinma bear only a superficial resemblance to western Changelings, which led to a backlash from some Changeling fans.
Published near the end of Changeling's run, Land of Eight Million Dreams is considered one of the harder books to find.
- The August Personage of Jade - Ruler of Heaven, and therefore all Shinma
- The Ebon Dragon - Greatest of the dragons, the personification of Yin
- The Scarlet Queen - Greatest of the phoenixes, the personification of Yang
- Hanuman - The Monkey King, foremost of the hanumen
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