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]

  • The Spirit Dragon is rumoured to lie within the Dragon River. [10]


He and his Empress existed when the planet was colder, before even the Old Ones came and pulled it closer to the sun. [8]

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 becomes 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 - Crane Gunner - Dragon-blooded Shugengan Lord - Fire Rain Rocket - Great Longma Rider - 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 - Li Dao - Master Po - Miao Ying - Moon Empress - Naaima - Shi-Hong - Shen-Zoo - 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 - Shang-Wu - Shang-Yang - Snake Gate - Turtle Gate - Wei-jin
Images - Miniatures