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Dragons

A dragon was a manifestation of the primal forces that existed in the physical world and the spiritual realms. They were similar to the minor kami in that they represented power beyond the mundane. Unlike the kami, they did not represent a certain element, but strong ideas. For example, the Dragon of Fire represented inspiration, intensity, and the driving force within every soul. The Dragon of Thunder was not even connected to an element, but to the heroic nature inherent in mankind. [1]

Origin Edit

The dragons were born from the primal stuff that existed before the universe was created, born into substance as was all else. Each embodied a concept, and drew its power from the existence of that concept. First among the dragons were those born of the elements: Air, Earth, Fire, Water, and Void. They were the mightiest of all dragonkind, and in their wake followed their siblings Celestial Dragon, born of the Heavens, and Dragon of Thunder, born of the storm and the fire within the hearts of men. [2]

Appearances Edit

The external appearances of the Dragons were varied. They were able to take any form they wished, but often appeared as physical embodiments of their elements. The Thunder Dragon could appear as a swirling form of thunder clouds, or the Fire Dragon could appear as a chaotic flaming mass with blazing eyes. The Dragons were even known to take human form on occasion, but almost always to teach someone a lesson in virtue. Their demeanor towards humans could be as incredible as they could be terrible, and should any mortal try to attack them, they would simply tear said mortal apart. [3]

Dragonlands Edit

There was a realm in which only the dragons were allowed, the Dragonlands, and it had a ruler, the King of All Dragons, and all dragons were his subjects and bowed to his whim. [4]

Dragon and other Races Edit

Humans Edit

The Dragons watched the creation of humans with fascination, and offered gifts to those they deemed worthy and gave them places to live among the Celestial Heavens. Lady Sun and Lord Moon grew jealous and lifted the Heavens away from Rokugan to prevent the interference of the Dragons from leading to the destruction of the Empire. The Dragons could still watch the humans, and attempted to learn more about them without violating the enforced separation. [5]

Oracles Edit

Before leaving, each dragon let a part of itself remain in Ningen-do, giving it to an agent known as an Oracle. [6] The Dragons wished to know more of mankind, and by merging their power with a human, they could more fully understand the mind of a mortal. [7] Each dragon had an Oracle, including the newer dragons such as the Jade Dragon or Obsidian Dragon. The elemental dragons also had a dark mirror of their oracles known as the Dark Oracles. The dragons gained the ability to perceive the mortal realm through the eyes of a mortal, which offered them insight they could normally not gain from their divine status. [8]

First Oracles Edit

Five mortals were gathered in a hill that would one day be the Agasha provinces. Ryoken, the emissary of the Celestial Dragons, told them they had been favored and becoming the first Oracles. This place remained with a strong link with the Dragons, and later the Phoenix founded the City of Remembrance, and built the Temple of the Seven Dragons. [9]

Withdrawing Their Influence Edit

The Elemental Dragons have been known to withdraw their influence from the mortal world.

Nezumi Edit

The story told by the Nezumi race was that one day a Dragon had seen a Nezumi hunting in the hills of the Shadowlands and, thinking it was a man lost in the darkness, came to his aid. The Dragon said the Nezumi was brave to have ventured this far into danger and that it would reward him with a place in the Celestial Heavens. The Dragon picked up the Nezumi and began to fly to the stars. The Dragon asked if the Nezumi was from the Empire, and the Nezumi, wishing to steal some of the Dragon's treasure, said he was one of the Emperor's sons. The Dragon suggested the Nezumi would then know of Otosan Uchi, and the Nezumi, who thought Otosan Uchi to be a samurai, claimed he was one of his dearest friends. The Dragon cast down the Nezumi upon hearing such a blatant lie, but when he turned to further punish the ratling, he could not find the creature. The Nezumi had burrowed deep into the earth to avoid the Dragon's wrath, and to this day Nezumi live in burrows deep underground, hiding from the anger of the Heavens. [5]

Known Dragons Edit

Elemental Dragons
Elemental Dragons

Elemental Dragons Edit

The Elemental Dragons were the most well known Dragons. There were five of them, representing each of the five elements. The Earth Dragon was the most recognizable, always taking the same form: that of a long, scaled serpent apparently made out of stone and mud. The Fire Dragon was also equally identifiable, appearing as a endlessly coiling flame. The Water Dragon, however, was known to never keep the same form, varying its shape with the addition or subtractions of coils, talons and fins. The Air Dragon was rumored to be invisible, but none knew for certain. Last was the Void Dragon, which was only known to have appeared in the dreams of heroes, and none could recall its form. [13]

Thunder Dragon Edit

Some claimed to have seen a dragon during violent storms, naming it the Thunder Dragon. In truth it was the manifestation of the fortune of Fire and Thunder, Osano-Wo. [13] There actually was a Thunder Dragon, which was the mother of Osano-Wo, but what became of her after giving birth to the son of Hida was not entirely known. In the 12th century the Thunder Dragon gave up part of its divinity to allow Yoritomo to remain in Tengoku. The Thunder Dragon was cast out of Tengoku, and fell to earth, where it was guarded by the Mantis Clan. [14]

The Seven Dragons Edit

The Seven Dragons are those who were originally in Tengoku: the Elemental dragons, the Thunder Dragon and the Celestial Dragon. The rest of Dragons were added later, or they were not known by the Rokugani. [15] The Jade and Obsidian Dragons are twins, and sometimes they are called the eighth Dragon. [16]

Other Dragons Edit

More dragons were born, each a pale imitation of their elemental siblings, but powerful nonetheless. Born mortal and immortal, they were numbered among the Fortunes and other entities of the divine, but many chose to take the form of a dragon. [2]

Togashi Edit

The Kami Togashi was able to take the form of a Dragon. It was believed that all of the Kami were able to do this, but only Togashi would be able to say for certain. Togashi's relationship with the other Dragons was shrouded in mystery, but he would occasionally travel to their home realm, even bringing mortals with him at times. [13] Togashi's son Hoshi was half-man, half-dragon. [17]

The tale of the Dragon and the Scorpion Edit

The dragon came to scorpion, and told it had seen ki-rin, lion, crane, crab been trickered, and that it already knew what scorpion would do with phoenix. The scorpion retorted that dragon knew of it but did nothing, and Dragon had nothing more to say. [18]

List of the Known Dragons Edit

Besides the dragons above, there were also several minor dragons or mortals with dragon forms:

Dragons
Dragons
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References

  1. Fortunes and Winds, p. 73
  2. 2.0 2.1 Beforehand, by Shawn Carman
  3. Way of the Dragon, p. 83
  4. Way of the Dragon, p. 82
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Dragon and the Nezumi
  6. Way of the Phoenix, pp. 106-107
  7. Way of the Shadowlands, p. 123
  8. Revelation, by Shawn Carman
  9. Finding the Balance, by Shawn Carman
  10. Time of Void, p. 33
  11. Hidden Emperor, p. 11
  12. At the Heart of the Empire, by Brian Yoon
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Way of the Dragon, p. 84.
  14. Preparations, Part I, by Rusty Priske and Shawn Carman
  15. The Ruins of Otosan Uchi, Part 1, by Shawn Carman
  16. The Ruins of Otosan Uchi, Part 3, by Shawn Carman
  17. 17.0 17.1 Jade, by Rich Wulf
  18. Way of the Scorpion, p. 58



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