Ascendant is a fantasy story that draws heavily from Chinese culture and folklore. The underlying structure that governs its worldbuilding is the Chinese Five Elements《五行》.
The world of Ascendant is divided into 5 zones. The East ruled by the Azure Dragon, the South by the Vermillion Bird, the West by the White Tiger, the North by the Black Tortoise and the Central Deserts which is a neutral zone. Conflict ensues when the ‘mortal’ humans attempt to form an independent nation where they can live freely from the ruling ‘celestials’.
The story follows the journey of Ao Hao, the crown prince and eldest child of the Azure king Ao Guang. His disdain towards his royal obligations led many to think that his younger brother Ao Teng would be a better king. As a result, a trial was conducted to see who is more suitable for the throne. Amidst this, the humans living in the bowels of the Azure kingdom is scheming for a revolution. Led by a charismatic leader, they plot to kill the Azure king.
Who will be crowned the next Azure king? Will the humans succeed in their quest for freedom?