I like the sewn-lips habit and their hostel as a form of income. I quibble at them being warrior monks, as it seems every group of habited men in fantasy worlds are secret Shaolin warriors, but that is but a quibble. Go to Comment
I like it. But I don't get why they're forbidden to be literate in any other tongue. If it's to keep messages secret, why allow them to memorize messages? Furthermore, how does one enforce illiteracy? That aside, I like these postmen and their hats. Go to Comment
In Chinese culture, there is a concept of wok hei, which literally translated is "breath of the wok." Hei is another form of the word ki, which is that classic Oriental monk spiritual source of power. Foods that have good wok hei are said to be better for one's spirit (and of course better in taste) than those that lack it. Perhaps a whole school of magic could exist that deals with the preparation and consumption of food. Go to Comment
Reminds me of some classic comic book tropes, the idea of some technology or item eventually corrupting the user, turning them into something they didn't intend (Doc Ock, for example). I can see the same idea functioniong for any fantasy race.