Jade Empire is home to a large number of characters, either human or ghostly, demonic or heavenly. Note that the characters are organized by where they are first encountered.
- 1 Followers
- 2 Two Rivers
- 3 Tien's Landing
- 4 Imperial City
- 5 Imperial Palace
- 6 Dirge
Most of the people living in Two Rivers are farmers, villagers or students at Master Li's school. The only known survivors of the attack on the village are the Player, Master Li, Dawn Star and Sagacious Zu. Kia Min and an unidentified student may have survived, based on the Player's actions.
|Master Li||Dawn Star||Sagacious Zu||Water Dragon|
|Smiling Mountain||Gujin||Gao the Lesser|
|Debtor||Fen Do||Yung||Hing||Jing Woo||Kia Min||Jong||Ni Joh|
|Lin||Old Master||Ming||Si Pat||Sing Wa||Wen||
Tien's Landing is a small village, populated by farmers, villagers, merchants, fishermen, and the odd incompetent ministry officials. There are also a number of sailors that stay in the town for an extended period of time due to the closing of the Great Dam. Many villagers fled the village after the Dam closed, as their way of life had gone with it.
|Sheng||Hui the Brave||Silk Fox|
Ruins of Old Tien's Landing
All of the characters found in the ruins are dead (barring Chai Ka), having drowned when the Dam was activated, flooding the town. Most of these characters need help from the player character to pass on.
|Wild Flower||Chai Ka|
Great Southern Forest
|Lord Yun||Black Whirlwind||Henpecked Hou||Forest Shadow||The Mother|
|The Keeper||Zin Bu|
|Bladed Thesis||Inn Messenger||Shining Tusk|
The pirates of Gao the Greater station themselves nearby Tien's Landing, on an island on the river.
|Gao the Greater||Lim||Sky||Kang the Mad|
|Pirate Cheung||Lordling Lun||Xianshi|
The Imperial City is said to be the largest and grandest in all the Jade Empire, and has many characters as a result.
The Market District is home to merchants; most characters encountered here are merchants.
|Sun Lian||Ya Zhen|
|Long the Lout||Prefect Jitong||Songtao||Purveyor Shouji||Ren Feng||Tseng||
The Imperial Arena is a grand arena where fighters of the Empire do battle for the crowd's entertainment. The arena is run mostly by Kai Lan the Serpent of The Guild , controlling the betting and matches.
|Cao Zeng||Crimson Khana||An||Daoshen||Gentle Breezes||Hapless Han||Happy Endings||Fang|
|Lustful Lao||Iron Soldier||Pretty Li-Li||Sung Bo||Sung Bu||Sung Sui||Sweet Poison Lyn|
|Thunderous Taoran||Zi Bao||Zhang|
Black Leopard School
The Black Leopard School is famous across the Empire, though is noted by many to be in a state of turmoil. The school is being run by two masters, neither of whom leave their rooms regularly. One master is dead, and the other is his murderer, so to say that the school has problems would be an understatement.
Lotus Assassin Fortress
|Guang||Cohong||Kai Feng||Kitan||Teng||Zogu||Du Gah||Lotus
|Kia Jong||Gi||Soto||Han Ro||Zeng Sai|