Imagine a person, tall, lean and feline, high-shouldered, with a brow like Shakespeare and a face like Satan, … one giant intellect, with all the resources of science past and present … Imagine that awful being, and you have a mental picture of Dr. Fu-Manchu, the yellow peril incarnate in one man. –The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu
The Dragon Emperor of the Boneburn Yards remembers a Begma before the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution.
The Dragon Emperor's criminal plots are marked by the extensive use of ancient and mystical methods. He rejects the current order of magic harnessed to machines and forced to bow to the will of the people. He disdains explosives or steampunk devices, preferring instead ninja, brutal thugs, and members of other secret societies as his agents armed with knives, swords, peculiar animals or natural chemical weapons.
Some believe the Dragon Emperor had been a member of the Royal Family of Begma who backed the losing side in the Begman Civil War. After the Civil War, the man who became the Dragon Emperor was an assassin sent on missions by the secret anti-revolutionary secret society “the Ancient And Accepted Order Of The Inward Eye” but through assassination, skullduggery and backstabbing he quickly rose to become the head. At first, the Eyes goal was to overthrow the newly installed Republican Government of Begma and destroy the Parliament. Later, when that plan proved to be futile and the Ministry of Safety was a bigger foe than anticipated, the group attempted to intervene more generally in Begman politics while funding itself by more ordinary crime.
The Dragon Emperor makes his headquarters in the Boneburn Yards of lower Begma City, not too much unlike Big Trouble in Little China.