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Kokujin 
Kokujin 
Born: Unknown 
Died: 1169 
Titles: Prophet of the Dark Lotus
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Togashi Mutsuma was the mad tamashii monk who followed a False Path, embracing the Shadowlands Taint first as Kokujin and later as Togashi Kokujin. He became the follower of Lady Hitomi as Hitomi Kokujin, but he betrayed her, and created the Shameswords using the Anvil of Despair.

Tattoed Edit

Togashi Kokujin

Togashi Kokujin

In 1118, Togashi, realizing that a confrontation with his brother was inevitable, set to prepare himself for it. But the flesh bound Kami found that the thousand years in mortal form had left him vulnerable to such things as doubt and fear. Knowing that he could not show such weaknesses in the battle to come, he took the unusual step of nurturing two tamashii. Into one, he poured all his fears, doubts, anger and other negative emotions. [1]

Seeing the Truth Edit

The selected individual, Togashi Mutsuma, [2] was tattooed by Togashi, being the tattoo's ink the blood of the immortal. When the ink had seeped into Mutsuma's veins, he saw the Dragon Kami for what he truly was, a god, hidden in human form. Mutsuma learned that power was grown from the seeds of deception, and secret was power. The new ise zumi turned his back on his clan and ran into the mountains, where he took the name of Kokujin. [3] Despite Togashi's attempts to help him, the act had broken the mind of the tamashii. [4]

"To live a lie for the truth. What a wonderful life! Tell me, Togashi-san, where does one become the other? When does the lie end and the truth begin? Is there any difference, really?"
-Kokujin

Enlightened Madness Edit

Togashi Kokujin 2

Togashi Kokujin

During several years Kokujin lived alone, and sought the blessing of the rest of the Kami. The Ninth Kami, Fu Leng blessed him and Kokujin was tainted. Kokujin had found the balance to rule the corruption and not be ruled by it, being his own master. He began to murder his fellow Dragons, because it pleased him to do so. He was called in these years Togashi Kokujin. [4]

Tattooing Edit

Kokujin was impossible to reason with, for his reasoning changed with the wind. He begin to carve tattoos into his opponents made of ink from his own blood, then used his Blood Domination powers to control his thralls. He enjoyed the irony of creating his own "tattooed men." [5]

Joining Hitomi Edit

Togashi Kokujin joined Hitomi's Dragon Clan in 1129 as her Hatamoto. [6] Hitomi wished for Kokujin to teach her how to rule the corruption of the Obsidian Hand in her. Hitomi Kobai spoke up against this, but was overuled by Hitomi. Kokujin accepted Hitomi's terms, and became Hitomi Kokujin. The next four years saw the killing of many members of the Togashi family at the hands of Kokujin and the other Hitomi monks. [4]

"I carry Fu Leng's blessings as well Togashi's. I would collect the blessings of the other Kami as well, but they feared me so much they fled the mortal realm."
-Kokujin

Banishment of the Togashi Edit

Hitomi Kokujin demanded that all Togashi swore fealty to the new family. [7] In 1129 Hitomi began her own bloodline, and forced all of the Togashi family to renounce their loyalty to their family line under pain of death. Some did, while others fled the Dragon lands and joined the Brotherhood of Shinsei. [8]

The Naga Edit

Hitomi Kokujin

Hitomi Kokujin

In 1130, a Naga contingent met with Hitomi to warn her of a dark future they believed lay in store for her. Hitomi listened, and allowed them to leave peacefully. As soon as they were outside Kyuden Hitomi they were attacked and massacred by Kokujin, who believed it had been obvious that Hitomi wished for him to do so. He killed all by Kazaq, whom he tattooed. Hitomi Akuai did not agree, and condemned Kokujin's attack and tattooing. The two swore to kill each other should the time come when Kokujin was no longer of use to Hitomi. [9]

"You believe that your Lady is infallible. You believe that your unwavering loyalty is well placed. Many agree with you, and who am I to say if you are right or wrong? Sadly not everyone sees your Lady with the same clarity. That is where I come in."
-Kokujin

Agasha Defection Edit

Mirumoto Bujun informed Hitomi that the Agasha family was leaving the Dragon lands. They had taken everything from their homes, and their libraries were bare. The Agasha Daimyo, Agasha Tamori, was one of the few who remained loyal to the Dragon. Hitomi pondered the situation with Kokujin, and eventually she did not allow Bujun to chase the traitors with a legion. [10]

Siege of Sleeping Mountain Edit

Kokujin 4

Kokujin

Kokujin was at Hitomi's side during the Siege of Sleeping Mountain. When the Isha tried to kill Hitomi, he swore to chase the naga. The madness of Kokujin was allowed by the Lady and a member of the Imperial Guard was thrown to the Chamber of Crystal, even when the Captain of the Imperial Guard, Toku, and his army were marching toward the enemies of the Dragon. [11]

Hitomi's Wrath Edit

A discussion with Hitomi Kazaq ended with Hitomi enraged, and she reminded Kokujin who really wielded the Togashi's Daisho. Hitomi Kobai had returned from the Imperial Court and confirmed the Imperial Legions would fight against the naga. Hitomi knew her battle was no longer in the Mortal Realm, but she would not leave her fellows in their final hour. [12]

Alliance with the Shadows Edit

Kokujin talked with imprisoned Shosuro in her Chamber of Crystal. She promised that Goju Adorai would send the armies of the Empire to a trap deep in the Shadowlands. There, surrounded by creatures of Jigoku, the taint would fester and destroy them. Kokujin agreed and waited until the moment Shosuro were released to join the dark forces. [13]

Togashi's Daisho Edit

In 1132, during the attack of the Naga on Kyuden Hitomi, Kokujin stole the Togashi's Daisho. [14] What remained of Hitomi's order were tasked by Hitomi to hunt down Kokujin, kill him and retrieve the daisho. [4]

Joining the Shadowlands Edit

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Kokujin

After Kokujin fled Kyuden Hitomi he joined the forces of the Shadowlands. In 1133 he was part of the army led by Akuma no Oni that blocked the way to the city of Volturnum, and fought against his former kinsmen. [15] After the Battle of Oblivion's Gate, Hitomi Kobai sought out the aid of Togashi Mitsu, but he would not aid in the pettty quest for vengeance. [4] Somehow Kokujin defeated Kobai and bound his will to him, becoming Kokujin Kobai. [4]

City of the Lost Edit

Kokujin was in the Shadowlands in 1150, witnessing Daigotsu's creation of the City of the Lost, where he and Daigotsu discussed the Dark Lord's plans for the immediate future. Kokujin also showed interest in Omoni's bakemono, wishing to learn more of the little goblin-man's new creations. [16] He founded the Temple of Madness where he and his followers studied. [17]

Kokujin's monks and bakemono Edit

Tattooed Goblins

Tattooed Bakemonos

During his time in the Shadowlands, Kokujin tattooed men of his own, creating dark ise zumi and even shugenja, creating the Kokujin family. He did not limit his tattooing to humans however, tattooing many of Omoni's bakemono also. [16]

Dark Tattoos Edit

They were known several dark tattoos, as Tsuburu no Oni tattoo, Shikibu no Oni tattoo, Boiling pit of pitch tattoo, and Obsidian tattoo. [18]

Pursued Edit

The Dragon Clan continued in their pursuit of Kokujin, leading to a confrontation between the mad monk and forty sohei led by Hoshi Kaelung on the Plains Above Evil in 1154. Kokujin and his two hundred bakemono defeated the Dragon, and Kaelung was the only survivor, returning to report to Hoshi Daimyo Hoshi Wayan of the defeat of Hoshi Maseru and the other monks. [4]

Twilight Mountains Edit

In 1155 Kokujin made his way to the Twilight Mountains, bringing the Anvil of Despair and some blades with him. In the mountains he encountered the hermit Haru, and was surprisingly forthcoming about his fascination with Fu Leng's true name and intention to go to Shiro Heichi. Kokujin left shortly after, and Haru quickly decided to leave the mountains as soon as possible. [16]

"Of all the lessons Fu Leng has taught us, remember this. Death is not eternal."
-Kokujin

Walking Horror of Fu Leng Edit

In 1159 Kitsune Gohei sent Kokujin to guide his daughter, Kitsune Ryosei, to him in the City of the Lost. [19]

Kokujin's Challenge Edit

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Kokujin tattooing a future servant

In 1159 Kokujin sent a challenge to his former clan, demanding seven members of the clan be sent to attempt to defeat him. [20] The seven who went were Togashi Satsu, Togashi Matsuo, Hitomi Akuai, Hitomi Hogai, Mirumoto Rosanjin, Tamori Chieko and Hoshi Wayan. The seven travelled to the Twilight Mountains where they were met by dozens of tattooed bakemono led by Kokujin Kobai. [4]

The ensuing battle resulted in the capture of Satsu, Chieko, Hogai and Akuai. The four were brought to the ruins of Shiro Heichi, where Kokujin chained Akuai to the Anvil of Despair. Kokujin began work on another Shamesword using Akuai's blood and soul. [21]

"Accept my tattoos and join my order, or refuse, and bleed for the anvil. Never mind. I take it back. I never liked you anyway."
-Kokujin

Akuai lasted far shorter than Kokujin had anticipated, and he was only able to finish creating a wakizashi. It was Kokujin's intent to create a daisho, Kokujin's Daisho, to mirror that of Togashi's Daisho, so he told the captive Togashi Satsu to choose between two of the other captives; Hitomi Hogai or Tamori Chieko. Satsu initially refused, but eventually realised he had no choice but to select one of them. [9]

"Pick the anvil's next victim. The pretty little shugenja or the ox. Pick the one you want to watch die next and which one you want to bring back home."
-Kokujin
Anvil of Despair and Kokujin

Kokujin crafting his daisho

Satsu eventually decided upon Hogai, but Kokujin laughed and chained Chieko to the Anvil instead. He revealed that the question had always been to select the person that would have to live with surviving, and so Kokujin began working on the katana. [22]

"You think that my objective here was to force you to condemn a friend and watch him die. No. My goal was for you to condemn a friend and watch him live."
-Kokujin

Chieko lasted considerably longer than Kokujin anticipated, and she began suggesting that Kokujin was not as masterless as he claimed. He served pain and darkness because he feared the light. Kokujin did not appreciate the analysis, and when one of this dark ise zumi informed him that the Shakoki Dogu were launching attacks on the ruins of Shiro Heichi he began to increase the speed at which he was working on the final blade. [23]

Kokujin's Daisho

Kokujin's Daisho

"My apologies, little one. Believe me or not, I was trying my best to cause you little pain. Now, unfortunately, I shall have to work more quickly. . ."
-Kokujin

After completing the katana Kokujin began preparing to sacrifice and kill Chieko, remarkably still alive, for a different purpose. He was interrupted by the arrival of Togashi Mitsu, Togashi Matsuo and Kaelung. Mitsu and Kaelung fought Kokujin and his dark ise zumi led by a returned Kokujin Kobai, while Matsuo freed Satsu and Hogai. In the confusion of the battle Matsuo fled with Chieko, and lacking any other sacrifice Kokujin killed Kobai on the Anvil creating the Blade of Slaughter. This revealed his true intentions all along; to release the First Oni in exchange for the true name of Fu Leng. [16] [24]

"In a moment I shall have to flee from these fools and your opportunity shall be lost! There is still time! Tell me the name and our bargain will be complete!"
-Kokujin
Mitsu confronts Kokujin

Mitsu confronts Kokujin

Mitsu and Kaelung were attacked by the Oni, and the outlawed flipped backward off the edge of the platform, catching the lip with one hand. Satsu shapeshifted to his dragon form and started to fight the Oni. Mitsu and the Mad Dragon became locked in single combat. Using the Anvil of Despair as a weapon, Mitsu knocked Kokujin, himself, and the Anvil into a lava-filled pit, presumably to their demise and the Anvil's loss. After the anvil was not there the Shakoki Dogu came to Shiro Heichi and defeated halted the summoning of the First Oni to the mortal realm. The rest survived, and returned to Dragon lands. [25]

Shameswords Edit

Kokujin created ten Shameswords initially, gifting them to Daigotsu to do with as he pleased. [16]

"I forged ten Shameswords, each born of the souls of dead would-be heroes. I gave the batch to my friend, Daigotsu. He will see that they fall into the hands of appropriate wielders."
-Kokujin

Kokujin's Return Edit

Kokujin survived, eventually making his way back to the City of the Lost and joining Daigotsu's forces.[citation needed]

Third Rise of Iuchiban Edit

Year 1165

Iuchiban the Heartless defeated Daigotsu and took the City of the Lost. Kokujin, however, did not follow the bloodspeaker and instead joined another Shadowlands outlaw, Kyofu. [26] Later he and Kyofu fought against Iuchiban's forces that were attacking Shiro Hiruma. There they turned the tide of battle for the Crab Clan. [27] Kokujin, however, left a gift for Todori: the Shamesword - Blade of Penance. [28] The mad Ise Zumi expected Todori to use the blade against his enemy Iuchiban. [29]

Retaking the City of the Lost Edit

Daigotsu knew Iuchiban moved his strongest servants to Otosan Uchi. He gathered Kokujin and his army and marched to retake the City of the Lost. [30] Iuchiban quickly returned to fight them but was defeated by Daigotsu and forced to retreat.[31]

Prophet of the Dark Lotus Edit

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Kokujin, Prophet of the Dark Lotus

Year 1166

Kokujin visited the hidden descendant of Shinsei, Rosoku. He had not come to harm the descendant of Shinsei. Instead gave greetings to his percieved competitor. He taught that enlightenment could be achieved through violence. Kokujin told Rosoku he knew the context of the Doom of the Dragon, which was not known in the Empire. [32]

Rosoku's Death Edit

After Rosoku's death, a new Keeper of the Five Rings had to be selected. Kokujin hoped that he could convince him for the good of the mortal realm, the Empire must be purged, bringing about the dooms of Uikku and a new age. He felt that with the help of the Keeper of the Five Rings these Dooms could become a reality. [33] Kokujin claimed himself as the Prophet of the Dark Lotus. [34]

Murder of Imperial Heralds Edit

Year 1167

Three Miya Heralds were attacked in different Dragon provinces and skinned alive. [35] It was not known at that time that the attack was planned and carried out by Kokujin, who was starting to organize his peasant rebellion. [36]

Peasant Uprising Edit

Kokujin inciting peasants to revolution

Kokujin inciting peasants to revolution

Kokujin spread his twisted vision of enlightenment, inciting rebellion in the peasant caste of Rokugan. He turned ordinary men and women into killers. Mirumoto Ryosaki, daughter of Doji Reju, and Mirumoto Takige were sent to maintain order and killed several of the revolters. Kokujin appeared and killed Takige but the mad monk did not kill Ryosaki. He said she was not yet ready to receive his enlightenment and that she must prove she was worthy. [37]

Daigotsu True Agenda Edit

Daigotsu had sent Kokujin to forment unrest among the weak-minded in the Empire. The Dark Lord expected that by the Time of Demons end and all that stood against him were well and truly destroyed, Kokujin and his adherents, would have torn Rokugan's spirit apart with their lies and misdirection. After the tide of destruction that would result the Dark Lord would stand over Rokugan's corpse. [38]

Banditry in Scorpion lands Edit

Year 1168 

Kokujin was spreading his teachings near the Scorpion village of Doko Maru, where many villagers joined him and acted as bandits. Tamago and Utagawa had been tracking down a bandit leader known as Kokei, which was the nickname Kokujin had been using to conceal his true identity. His bandits were lured to an ambush by the two ronin and the Legion of Two Thousand, and were defeated. Kokujin escaped without being recognized. [39] An uncontrolled riot at Ryoko Owari [40] larger than any in history wracked the City of Lies. Only the students at the Dojo of Bitter Lies saved the city from destruction. [41]

Teaching the Way Edit

Kokujin teaches Moshangoru

Kokujin teaches Moshangoru

Kokujin believed that he knew the way of Enlightenment. His madness had led him to bring others into his fold, through force if necessary. Kokujin had a method as to whom he choose, though it made no sense to those around him. He decided to take on the ogre Moshangoru as a student [42] who finally attained enlightenement. [43] He also gave Asako Kinuye the opportunity to follow his mad way to the Enlightenment [44] after she was exposed as blodspeaker and was forced to flee. [45] Another uprising near Scorpion lands in the Ronin Plains was defeated by Yoritomo Bunmei and Akasha. [46]

Emperor's Death Edit

After the death of Emperor Toturi III Kokujin increased his agenda of revolution. Even before Naseru fell, the City of Lies was nearly put to the torch by the crazed minions of Kokujin. He fanned the flames of discontent to a fever pitch and unleashed his pawns upon the Samurai of Rokugan. He sent forth one of his most brilliant and ruthless pupils, the bandit Akihiro, to test the mettle of the Empire's heroes. [47] The revolution reached the far lands of the Unicorn and were pursued by the men of Shinjo Shono. [48]

Apprentice Edit

Yudoka's Death

Yudoka's Death

Bayushi Shinzo willfully became a student of Kokujin. Although he joined Kokujin in hopes of discovering the way to defeat him, his betrayal of Shosuro Yudoka proved he was completely under the mad ise zumi's influence. [49] Shinzo became enlightened with Kokujin's teachings. [42] Yudoka had been seeking Kokujin, exposed to the Scorpion as the leader of the peasant revolters. [50] Yudoka was murdered while investigating Kokujin's presence in Scorpion lands. [51]

Seeking immortality Edit

Born as a Tamashii, a vessel for the immortal Kami, Togashi, he constantly sought immortality. This driving madness to trancend was marked with brushes with powerful beings.  Working with a human who became God, Hitomi, after she defeated Onnotangu herself. Making deals with beings who predated the time such as the Lying Darkness. [citation needed] Kokujin's private reason for fostering the revolts was to confront Mitsu, the Oracle of Thunder, and gain immortality by tattooing himself with the blood of a divinity. [18]

Death Edit

Death of Kokujin

Death of Kokujin

Kokujin was killed by Shinzo in 1169. The joint Rokugani forces led by Osami finally caught up with Kokujin and his zealots, peasant forces and the ronin bandit lord Akihiro. Kokujin was attacked by Togashi Matsuo, whose disregard for his own life brought shame to Shinzo's previous actions, and Shinzo killed Kokujin. Before he died, Kokujin delivered a final prophecy of doom for the Dragon Clan. [18]

"Your lord's flawed visions will lead to your order's ruin, because you cannot see that he is imperfect."
-Kokujin's Last Words [18]

Later was known the prophechy told the judgment of the Kami Togashi by the Seven Fortunes due to the Celestial unrest. The Dragon Clan believed that Togashi guided truth with his foreseeing ability, but even a Kami could be wrong. [52]

Tomb Edit

The Tomb of Kokujin was built in an area of the Empty Plains in the Ivory Kingdoms, [53] guarded by Clay Soldiers. Kokujin's corpse was kept there dry and wither. [54]

See also Edit

External Links Edit


Preceded by:
None
Kokujin Daimyo
? - 1169
Succeeded by:
Unknown


References

  1. Secrets of the Dragon, p. 8
  2. Way of the Shadowlands, p. 81
  3. Way of the Shadowlands, pp. 81-82
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 Enlightened Madness, Part One, by Rich Wulf
  5. Way of the Shadowlands, p. 82
  6. Secrets of the Dragon, p. 9
  7. Hidden Emperor, p. 9
  8. Legend of the Five Rings History: Jade Edition (Imperial Herald #15)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Enlightened Madness, Part Three, by Rich Wulf
  10. Hidden Emperor, p. 26
  11. The Storming of Morikage Castle, Part 2, by Ree Soesbee
  12. The Storming of Morikage Castle, Part 3, by Ree Soesbee
  13. The Race to Volturnum: Shadowlands
  14. Naginata (Siege of Sleeping Mountain flavor)
  15. The Race to Volturnum: Dragon
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 Enlightened Madness, Part Six
  17. Hidden, by Shawn Carman
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 The Mad Dragon, by Shawn Carman
  19. Prelude to Darkness, Part One: The Fox, by Shawn Carman
  20. Clan Letter to the Dragon #20 (Imperial Herald v2 #5)
  21. 21.0 21.1 Enlightened Madness, Part Two, by Rich Wulf
  22. 22.0 22.1 Enlightened Madness, Part Four, by Rich Wulf
  23. 23.0 23.1 Enlightened Madness, Part Five, by Rich Wulf
  24. Four Winds, p. 143
  25. Enlightened Madness, Part Seven, by Rich Wulf
  26. Ogre Warriors (Diamond flavor)
  27. Blood Dawn, Part II: Son of Stone, by Shawn Carman and Rich Wulf
  28. Penance, Part 1, by Rich Wulf
  29. Penance, Part Three, by Rich Wulf
  30. A Time for Vengeance (Web of Lies flavor)
  31. Dreams In Darkness (Imperial Herald v2 #15), by Rich Wulf
  32. Doom of the Empire (Kotei 2005), by Rich Wulf
  33. Four Winds, p. 146
  34. Kokujin (Path of Hope Boxtext)
  35. News of Rokugan (Imperial Herald v2#18)
  36. Vacant Throne, p. 17
  37. Age of the Lotus (Lotus Rulebook Story), by Rich Wulf
  38. Gathering Darkness, by Shawn Carman
  39. A Legion Reborn, by Nancy Sauer
  40. Seminars Fictions 3, by the Legend of the Five Rings Story Team
  41. Bayushi Shaiga (Rise of the Shogun flavor)
  42. 42.0 42.1 Test of Enlightenment
  43. Moshangoru (Test of Enlightenment Boxtext)
  44. Obsidian Figurine (Rise of the Shogun flavor)
  45. Blood for Blood, by Shawn Carman
  46. Souls of Steel, Part 1, by Shawn Carman
  47. The Anvil's Legacy: Hammer & Anvil 2 and A Hero's Tale: Hammer & Anvil 3, by Shawn Carman
  48. Shinjo Isuke (Khan's Defiance flavor)
  49. Test of the Heart, by Nancy Sauer
  50. Hunting the Prophet (Khan's Defiance flavor)
  51. Test of the Heart, by Nancy Sauer
  52. Heaven’s Net, by Nancy Sauer
  53. 2012 Kotei: The Age of Exploration
  54. The Age of Exploration, Part 3, by Shawn Carman


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