In the universe of Shuyan the bad guys are the Guer, a horde of nomadic warriors from the west on a mission of world conquest. This horde relentlessly kills and pillages the land of the Five Kingdoms.
Each of the factions in the story is inspired by a different era in Chinese history. For the Guer, the main inspiration was the thirteenth-century Mongol Empire under Genghis Khan.
General Ganbaatar is inspired by fourth-century figures from the “Sixteen Kingdoms” era of Chinese history. This 150-year period of instability and chaos gave birth to some of China’s most notorious villains.