WARNING: THIS PAGE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS!
Ah, Jade Empire. When it was first coming out, I had little or no interest
in it. In fact, I was highly disappointed in BioWare for producing a game
that was set in a colorful and borderline cartoonish rendition of fantasy
China, and featured beat-em-up style gameplay instead of the traditional
real-time-with-pause BioWare RPG fare. Furthermore, I knew you could only
select a pre-made character from a list, instead of designing one yourself.
All of this sounded highly disappointing.
But then something happened: I played the game. And guess what? I enjoyed
the heck out of it! In fact, it's probably safe to say that this was the
game that, surprisingly enough, cemented my position as a borderline
BioWare-fanboy. Because even though I wasn't crazy about the setting or
gameplay style, I quickly got into the game enough to no longer care -
indeed, to actually enjoy them. All because I got wound up in the characters
and the storytelling... and the fact that I was just having fun. So here's
to BioWare for surprising the heck out of me!
You know those major spoilers I mentioned? Here it is: your Master Li from
the beginning of the game turns out in the end to be Sun Li the Glorious
Strategist, and the main villain of the storyline. Perhaps a bit cliché, and
if you were like me, you were already expecting it, but hey, I think they
still pulled it off in a believable manner. Personally, I was REALLY getting
into it near the end of the game, and when it finally came to an end I found
myself aching for more. Luckily I was playing the PC version so I just ran
back through the whole game with my same character on Jade Master difficulty
I wonder if there's anyone out there who didn't immediately choose to play
as "Furious Ming" (thankfully you can at least rename your character)
upon startup. I mean, he's really the only cool character you can choose. At
first I wasn't going to make the minifig of him this detailed, but I just
kept adding stuff on... and I think it turned out pretty well in the end. In
fact, this whole set of minifigs may be some of my most detailed yet.
Here is Death's Hand, pretty much the signature character of the entire
game, as you see him on all the promotional art. He's in a very Darth Vader-esque
situation, as you'll later discover. This is only amplified by the fact that
his suit looks quite a bit like Darth Vader's, which was actually loosely
based on Samurai armor in the first place. By the way, my LEGO sword for
Death's Hand was carved from a black Knights Kingdom 2 sword. The best LEGO
swords ever for customizing.
So why, out of all of the NPCs who join your party through the course of the
game, did I only choose to make the two girls? Well, here is your answer: I
started making the whole party but later lost interest in the project, so I
only ended up making Dawn Star here (she's the one in pink, and the first
NPC to join... Imoen, anyone?). It's a bit difficult, but I had to either
leave the backing on Dawn Star's uh... cloth hangings... or else reattach it
after peeling it off. I quickly discovered it's easier to go the first route
by partially peeling off the backing but then snipping off the bit you want
to leave on and putting it back down. Did that make sense? I hope so.
Seriously though, Silk Fox is SO the coolest character. It's just obvious.
Here are the reasons why:
- She's a ninja.
- She's a princess. (Yep, she's quite literally a Ninja Princess, just like
the coveted LEGO minifig of the same name. Why do you think I used that
- On the one hand, she doesn't give a crap (she's very callous toward the
plights of others), but on the other hand, she's very careful and precise
(definitely cares about the Empire as a whole).
- She's not just a "follower." When she joins your group, she practically
- At one point, she actually tells Sagacious Zu to shut up and go cry in a
corner like he usually does. And guess what? He does! For some reason, I
thought that was hilarious.
- If you have a romance with her (and why wouldn't you?), you can eventually
- There's more, but I think you get the idea.
Our heroes. Yes, near the end of the game, Silk Fox (aka Princess Sun Lian
the Heavenly Lily) takes off her veil / ninja mask. Here we see the main
character (in my case, I used one of the random names from the generator:
"Scorpion Shanrui") using the double sabers style. Hint: to get this style,
fight Crimson Khana in the arena fairly. She will then teach you her style
called Crimson Tears. If you decide to fight her unfairly and use poison,
not only are you a dishonorable, evil monster, but you also get a less
powerful fighting style.
Ménage a trois.
By the way, he's some proof of my fanboyism: I own both the Special Edition
of Jade Empire for the PC and the Limited Edition for the Xbox, as well as
the game soundtrack CD (which is quite good by the way).
"Hold on, Charname. I sense something very... WRONG with this Focus Shrine!"
"Well, I dunno Dawn Star... maybe the fact that it's HUGE?"
Yeah, my Focus Shrine is waaay too big. I was originally going to make a
complete diorama but when I finished my Focus Shrine and saw I should really
start over and make it smaller... that was when I lost interest. So instead,
I just present it to you as-is. Also, for the background, I simply used the
Adventurers Orient Expedition castle set. Although, technically, the set
belongs to my sister. Heh.
And in closing, I have only one thing to say:
If you don't get it, then you really need to play the game. Here's a clue:
Look for the man in the cheese armor who sounds a lot like John Cleese
(primarily because he is). Good luck!
The character minifigs
shown on this page were made using custom decals (or "stickers" or
"labels" if you prefer) that I designed myself.
If you would like to make your own minifigs, I now provide a
printing service for my decals. Just click here: