yǒnghéng biéshù , or the ❝ eternal villa ❞.
a dimension located around mount tianzhu ( the place where the proxies were originally barred from this world ). it exists above mankind’s citadels , and even transcends the heights of the mountain it uses as its denominator. this village is where most of the proxies reside when they first come to earth - the space hovers just outside of reality , keeping those outside it unknowing of their presence at all , true form or otherwise. it is where fledglings are raised and families stay on earth , should they not be returning to the dark sea for any reason , and most proxy families that are a part of the black dragon lotus triad do not leave the space unless explicitly asked to relocate , or for personal reasons.
here , they can recline in their true form , half-shifted or human facades , in their temple garbs , human clothes ( not typically for long-duration stays ) , or nothing at all. it is a home away from home , and many proxies who do leave the space return for vacation periods , should they be visiting family , attending festivals and the like , or are simply homesick and / or stressed.
it is possible for other creatures to stumble into the space , but they do not typically make it back out. regardless of the fact that proxies do not take kindly to other creatures intruding on their spaces , or the fact that the events of what happened with the kinoshita-gumi just north of hangzhou bay a decade ago has them on permanent high alert , but mount tianzhu - whilst being the place that they were sealed in from - has also become the only stationary area of easy access to their home plane from earth. at least , until they finish closing up the remaining scattered tears that mortals can fall into. considering it attracts a fair amount of tourists , they also have to play the mountain’s and portals’ guardian , sheltering them from travellers who wander too close or hunters looking to chase down crafted rumors of ancient gods or evil creatures.
p.s. this place is actually the only on-earth ( in quotation marks ) that grows biba , or “ snow wheat ”. biba is not actually comprised of grain , and feels like cool snow that still retains a solid form. it’s tangy and sweet , but it doesn’t taste like any fruit on this planet. it looks like thick frost on the ground , though , and can only be woven into snow bread ( which is called bibap ) or clothing for the garbs they actually care to wear , which is then further dyed to give it its colour , strength , and non-edible properties.