Dragon Emperor

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Xen Yang, the Dragon Emperor is the ruler of the empire of Cathay, the largest nation in the world. He rules over a vast empire of many different peoples and cultures and his subjects number untold millions [1a][1b].

He and his wife, the equally revered Moon Empress spend their time in the Celestial City above Wei-Jin where they contemplate the destiny of the empire. They are immortal Dragons who can also take humanoid form. [8]


The Emperor has nine children who rule the mortals, although four have been lost over the ages. [9]


He and his Empress existed when the planet was colder, before even the Old Ones came and pulled it closer to the sun. [8] He had ruled the lands of the east, the apex predator to which all bowed before. [13a]

Where many Dragons fought against the Old Ones, he avoided confrontation with them and instead learned their ways, sorceries and technologies. The Gods of Chaos tried to influence him in his slumber but although he pondered their words and temptations he decided that they were nothing more than a threat of destruction. Instead he decided to protect the simple but respectful creatures - the humans that lived in his lands - from the rampaging Daemonic Legions that emerged during the Coming of Chaos. [13a]

By -5700 IC he has mastered magic and learns to take human form. [13b] He takes the Moon Dragon as a mate and they produced nine children, together teaching the people of their lands, what would become Cathay, to bow down before the Dragons but to shun Gods and Dameons. [13a]

In 1999 IC the Emperor and his wife vanished, leading to the Time of Darkness and Disharmony when their children fight amongst themselves and the Monkey King became Emperor [9] in 2377 IC. [11]

The Emperor and Empress return in 2380 IC and cast down the Monkey King. [9]

Old World information

Scholars outside Cathay understand that his full title is Celestial Dragon Emperor[1a][1b]; another of his titles seems to be Monkey King[2]. They understand that the Dragon Emperor is supposedly immortal [1a] and that some believe that he is an actual dragon in the form of a man [1b].

Known Emperors

  • Emperor Xen Houng[4] ruled around - 2748 IC[3], shortly before the creation of the Great Maw.
  • An unnamed Dragon Emperor unified the land of Cathay into a single empire in - 1800 IC[5]. He ordered the construction of the Great Bastion, a gigantic fortified wall, to protect his new empire against the marauding tribes of the Hung.
  • Emperor Wu, of the Wu dynasty, was crowned in 1676 IC[*]. In reality, Wu simply means Magical lord.[9] In 1690 he sent a large fleet to invade and conquer the Southlands[6a][6b]. The invasion ended in utter failure. It was probably this same Emperor Wu who met a large Tilean expedition in 1699 [7]. In the end he hired its members to protect the western borders of his empire against the Hobgoblin hordes.

See also


*Warhammer Armies: Lizardmen (5th Edition)[6a] reports that the Cathayan invasion of the Southlands was launched in 1690 IC, the fourteenth year of Emperor Wu's reign.


Units Cathayan Alchemist - Cathayan Astromancer - Cathayan Grand Cannon - Cathayan Peasant Archers - Celestial Dragon Monk - Celestial Dragon Guard - Celestial Lion - Crane Gunner - Dragon-blooded Shugengan Lord - Fire Rain Rocket - Gate Master - Great Longma Rider - Great Moon Bird - Iron Hail Gunner - Jade Lancer - Jade Warrior - Kongming Sky Lantern - Kongming Sky-junk - Lord Magistrate - Peasant Horseman - Peasant Long Spearmen - Terracotta Sentinel - Wu-Xing War Compass
Characters Dien Ch'ing - Dragon Emperor - Hong Fu Chu - Jingyi Bo - Li Dao - Master Po - Miao Ying - Moon Empress - Naaima - Saytang - Shen-Zoo - Shi-Hong - Shiyama- Wu - Xian Ha Feng - Xhou Ch'ing - Yabo Chao - Yin-Tuan - Yin-Yin - Yuan Bo - Zhao Ming
Cities and Towns Bei-Chai - Dragon Gate - Fu-Chow - Fu-Hung - Nan-Gau - Nan-Li - Shang-Wu - Shang-Yang - Snake Gate - Turtle Gate - Wei-jin
Images - Miniatures