The 15th century dawns, and the Middle Kingdom stands on the precipice of a new age. The effects of the Mongol conquests were not simply erased when the Yuan dynasty was overthrown – on the contrary, the Chinese empire finds itself more connected than ever to the wider world, ready to explore every inch of it. You, the most powerful men and women of the court of Beijing, hold the power of the most populous and wealthy empire on Earth in your hands. Will you seek to extend Tianxia by sea or by land? By treaty or by blood? No matter what you choose, you must never forget: the empire long divided must unite; long united must divide.