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Mujina

Mujina

The Mujina were spirits from Sakkaku, the Realm of Mischief. These spirits did enjoy travelling to Ningen-do and causing trouble for the Mortal Realm's inhabitants, but their motivation was neither malice nor wrath, merely trickery. [1] [2]

Appearance Edit

Mujina were small and quick orange humanoids with spindly limbs and flighted with vestigial bat wings. Their faces had comically large glowing eyes and a grinning mouth full of small sharp teeth; a pair of herns crowned their heads. Some were thin and gangly, others rotund. They could grasp and hurl heavy objects with great strength. [3]

Mischievous demeanor Edit

Mujina devoted themselves entirely to elaborate pranks, which they would play on any victim available. These tricks could be merely irritating to the actively harmful (replacing a washerwoman's soap with bars of lye). Most ended in the destruction of some object, and a few brought physical injury to their intended victim. They quickly grew bored and move on to other prey. [4]

Mujina Leaders Edit

Mujina Chieftain

A Mujina Chieftain

The leaders of the mujina were called Porthungluin. [5]

Magic Edit

Mujina magic was quite powerful, but limited to but a few specific uses. They could make themselves invisible at will. [6]

Burning Sands Edit

The Mujina sometimes made deals with caravan masters in the Burning Sands to distract and confuse the Hawk Riders, a people of male and female of roc riders, who sometimes attacked the caravans in transit in the Burning Sands. [7]

Taint and Mujina Edit

Mujina were immune to the Taint, [8] but it was known that members of this race fought on the side of the Shadowlands on the Second Day of Thunder [9] or at the Battle of Oblivion's Gate. [10] Those who sided with the Shadowlands were stronger and more malicious. [11]

History Edit

Nezumi's Sacrifice Edit

The Nametaker Neelru'kir sacrificed himself to cast a spell which granted the Mujina race protection against the Shadowlands Taint. Before he died he elevated as a Transcendent, and the Mujina always would help those aides Neelru'kir would take in the mortal realm. [12]

Crab Subservience Edit

Mujina Miners

Mujina Miners

The Mujina plagued the lands the Crab Clan, and the Kuni managed to trap and enslave some of them to work in the Crab mines. [13] Kuni Ikashi had studied the Mujina and managed to catch the creatures' shadow, rendering them solid and vulnerable. [6] The Kuni family could trap mujina's shadow inside a piece of crystal, enslaving mujina and putting them to work. [14] Because they were not denizens of Ningen-do, they were immortal, and therefore made an excellent labor force for the Crab Clan's Iron Mines. [15] They also acted as scouts for the armies of the Crab Clan. [16]

Invasion of Isawa Woodlands Edit

For unknown reasons Mujina moved to Phoenix territory and the Isawa Woodlands became a field of humiliating tricks. Two mujina even followed the Phoenix representatives at winter court at Kyuden Seppun, harassing all their activities. [17]

Second Day of Thunder Edit

In 1128 the mujina race was present in the Second Day of Thunder. While the battle outside Otosan Uchi had already begun, Matsu Gohei appeared with a sizable bushi force, alongside with nezumi of the Crippled Bone Tribe and mujina, which inflicted cruel, lethal "pranks" upon the Shadowlands Horde. [18]

Destroyer War Edit

During the Destroyer the mujina were alongside the Hiruma when in 1173 the forces of the isolated Shiro Hiruma launched an offensive against the Destroyers from the rear, [19] attacking from the ruins of Kyuden Hida. [20]

Known Mujina Edit

See also Edit

Lesser Mujina

Lesser Mujina

References

  1. Tomb of Iuchiban, p. 28
  2. Fortunes & Winds, p. 49
  3. The Book of the Shadowlands, p. 123
  4. The Book of the Shadowlands, pp. 124, 126
  5. Creatures of Rokugan, p. 61
  6. 6.0 6.1 Book of the Shadowlands, p. 125
  7. City of Lies: Player's Guide, p. 41
  8. Fortunes & Winds, p. 45
  9. Clan Letter to the Crane #7 (Imperial Herald v2 #3)
  10. The Race to Volturnum, by Ree Soesbee
  11. Lesser Mujina (Gold flavor)
  12. Way of the Ratling, p. 107
  13. Iron Mine (Lotus and Samurai flavor)
  14. Creatures of Rokugan: Third Edition, p. 136
  15. Enemies of the Empire, p. 252
  16. Jikagun (Khan's Defiance flavor)
  17. Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, pp. 84-85
  18. Time of the Void, p. 102
  19. Rulebook story (Before the Dawn)
  20. Kyuden Hida (Before the Dawn flavor)
  21. Prelude to Darkness, Part Four: The Curse, by Rich Wulf
  22. Secrets of the Crane, p. 44



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