I've thought a lot about what wuxia means for me in this setting as well, and I think our ideas are pretty much the same. In a lot of wuxia movies (I'm thinking of Iron Monkey in particular), the characters are not necessarily fighters by default:
Originally Posted by Eldest
The main character is a doctor who moonlights as a Robin Hood-esque ninja, and the other major warrior is also known as a doctor, though he makes no effort to conceal his kung fu skills.
In terms of this setting, I think there may be a lot of people who can do some pretty miraculous things. The wood has an effect on the people that live within it, and anyone that tests themselves in its depths will come away with some pretty serious gifts... if they survive.
The thing is, most people either a) don't care to test themselves (because it is pretty deadly), or b) they don't have too much cause to use their abilities because most people are "normal." I want to create a world where there's no shortage of high-flying bad guys or strange elven magic at every turn, but a world that makes it clear that--even though it's common for the PCs--these are legendary abilities.
As PCs, you can count on being exposed to some wild, supernatural stuff. You can even count on being able to do a lot of it yourselves. However, you can also count on people thinking you're either insane or demigods for doing it.