Lung is a Male Great Eastern Dragon whose primary interest is in China and the Pacific Ring of Fire. He is described as ruby red with gold highlights. He typically takes a metahuman form of a Chinese human dressed in Mandarin robes or business attire. While he does not have one official translator, he has a whole "family" of metahumans that act as his spokespeople. His primary lair is the T'ai Shan Mountain, Shandong, China. It is rumored that he is the leader of several Triads, most notably the Red Dragon Triad. He is described as a reclusive and patient dragon who tends to plan and manipulate things in the shadows, slowly spreading his domain rather than taking aggressive actions.
Lung has a great interest in "dragon lines", or mana lines, and takes great lengths to control or manipulate these mana lines. It is rumored that his manipulation of the mana lines prevented the natural disasters that fell on the Pacific Ring of Fire from affecting mainland China, the same natural disasters that decimated Japanese-controlled territory.
Lung is also interested in the Four Coins of Luck. He was granted the "Second Coin of Luck" by Dunkelzahn in his will, and seeks to control three of the four coins (all of the coins except the Third Coin of Luck possessed by Sharon Chiang-Wu).
Lung has a side interest in world religions, specifically smaller religious groups that are not affiliated or influenced by secular agendas. He is known to make large donations to religions of all kinds, and he is very critical of communism's Marxist sentiment that "religion is the opiate of the masses". He is a proponent of greater religious tolerance and spirituality in China's government.
History[edytuj | edytuj kod]
Lung first emerged out of his slumber in 2012 on Mt. Emei, near Leshan, Sichuan, China. He was later seen flying over the Great Wall of China, and mostly disappeared from public view until 2017, when he was seen at the site of a Triads war. In the aftermath of the conflict, the local headquarters of the Triad called the Majestic Peacock Association went up in flames, with Lung emerging from the roof of the burning building and vanishing into the clouds. Subsequently, a group called the Red Dragon Triad (formerly the Red Fists) started to expand its operations, with the backing of Lung behind the scenes.
In 2057, he is granted the Second Coin of Luck from Dunkelzahn's Will. In 2062, Lung occupies T'ai Shan Mountain at the beginning of the Chinese New Year, and claims it as his new layer. He also makes many public appearances and interviews that year, showing himself more in that year than any other year previously. This media blitz ends with the next Chinese New Year, and Lung once more becomes a recluse.
Relationship with Other Dragons[edytuj | edytuj kod]
Lung has a major rivalry with Ryumyo, and the two often lock horns over the control of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Recently, Lung has shown an interest in the work of Masaru and the Philippines. Other dragons tend to stay away from the struggles of the Eastern Dragons in the Pacific Ocean, but Hestaby is starting to make moves against the the Great Eastern Dragons. It also seems that several other Great Dragons have an interest in the Four Coins of Luck, of which Lung possesses at least one (if not more).
Lung and Ryumyo[edytuj | edytuj kod]
The rivalry between Lung and Ryumyo has been described as the personification of Yin and Yang. Legend has it that Ryumyo was once the apprentice of Lung. Indeed, Ryumyo was entrusted to Lung as an egg, and Lung proved to be a capable teacher and Ryumyo proved to be a gifted student. While Ryumyo was very talented, he was also the polar opposite of Lung in personality. Ryumyo was a firebrand favoring immediate action, while Lung was a restrained contemplative favoring patience. Ryumyo also gave himself up for servitude to the elder dragon in exchange for more knowledge and secrets, but soon there came a point when Lung could teach Ryumyo no more, save for the deepest secrets which Lung judged to be inappropriate to teach to such an emotional and impulsive pupil. The opposing natures and the debt of servitude eventually strained the relationship to the point where they parted ways. Lung released Ryumyo from his service, and told Ryumyo that he must learn on his own, while Ryumyo believed that Lung was holding back (which he was) and left feeling betrayed (reportedly Ryumyo left in a fit of temper, and left a large mess that Lung was forced to clean up), and the rift between them grew larger as millenia passed. Ryumyo saw Lung as an old backstabber jealous of his youth and energy, while Lung saw Ryumyo as an emotional upstart with no self-control.
These opposed personalities explain the differences in the way each of their controlled organizations achieve power. The Yakuza under Ryumyo's leadership go for big, short-term results, with violent and direct action. The Triads under Lung's leadership often take a longer-term strategy, sacrificing immediate gain for future growth. Reportedly, the manalines around the Pacific Ring of Fire were subtly manipulated around China by Lung, preventing the natural disasters that devastated Japan as a result of Ryumyo's actions (which either were born of ignorance from ignoring the manalines or arrogance from exploiting the manalines) from affecting Lung's domain, another example of Lung's patience versus Ryumyo's hubris. On the other hand, the Yakuza and Imperial Japan achieved economic and political power quickly under Ryumyo's influence, a feat that has yet to be matched by Lung's lumbering efforts. However, the two dragons have never gained the upper hand on each other, as Ryumyo's youth and aggression is evenly matched against Lung's patience and planning.
It is said in the Far East that the more a person dislikes someone, the more polite that person will be in his presence. The two dragons are the pinnacles of courtesy and polite etiquette in each other's company. Take that for what you will.