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Oni's Eye
Oni's Eye
Created by: Zokujin
First used by: Unknown
Currently in the possession of: Scorpion Clan
Nemuranai

The Oni's Eye was a powerful artifact which could scry anywhere in Rokugan.

Origin Edit

The Eye was believed to be of zokujin make, though its powers were far beyond the simple shamans of that race. The Oni's Eye was somehow connected with the earth kami, and could be used to spy upon nearly any location in Rokugan where those spirits were present. [1]

Appearance and Abilities Edit

Tears of the Oni's Eye

Tears of the Oni's Eye

The Oni's Eye was a monstrous crystal [2] that could allow its user to see and hear from virtually anywhere in Rokugan. It also "cried" tears of diamond which allowed its carriers to communicate back. [3] Every month on the night of the full moon the Oni's Eye produced several Tears. These tears lasted for roughly a year, then crumbled into dust. [1] It was activated through the invocation of certain "words of power" and an elaborate series of hand gestures. The experience was addictive, and those whose will was weak starved to death, staring at the Eye day and night. [4]

Limitations Edit

The eye saw everything the Earth saw, so all things about thirty feet away were clouded to the Eye, like people onboard ships sailing in deep waters. If the earth was confused, in pain, or maddened, the Eye painted an image of it wanted to see instead of the truth. If the target carried a bit of another realm inside him, as gaki-do, the eye also could not see him. [5] So the Eye could not be used to spy on those that carried spirit blood, could not see areas heavily Tainted, and could not see beyond the borders of Rokugan. [1]

Roc Sect and Tears Edit

The Roc Sect had learned special magics that allowed them to enhance an Oni's Tear so that it would last longer and could be viewed outside of Rokugan. These tears lasted up to ten years away from the Hidden Temple, but must be attuned to specific users. [1]

History Edit

Kolat Edit

Oni's Eye 2

Kolat using the Oni's Eye

In 129 [6] it was uncovered by Hida Hisanobu, [7] a Crab miner deep within the Twilight Mountains, and was being transported to the lands of the Kuni family for study when it was taken by Kolat mercenaries. [3] Haruki, heir to one of the original Ten Masters, had been with Hisanobu, and looking into the stone, he had seen a vision of the future, of the Kolat rising to dominate the Empire. Seeing the benefit in an artifact of such great power, he had it transported to the Hidden Temple. He named this artifact the Oni’s Eye for the strange trapped demon that raged in the cavern near where it was discovered. [7] The extremely powerful nemuranai allowed the Kolat unparalleled surveillance and communication with their agents, making it possibly the most powerful tool of the Kolat. [2]

Spying the Empire Edit

It was widely used, as when all the Kolat Masters were surveying the Assault on Otosan Uchi in 1132. The Eye was manipulated by the Qolat al-Hazaad using his gaijin language. [8]

Kolat's Reorganization Edit

After the Kolat were nearly wiped out during the War Against Shadow they reorganized. Ten Masters did not necessarily know the identity of the other Masters, but proved their identity through the possession of special nemuranai masks, attuned to their owner in the presence of the Oni's Eye. These masks glowed in the presence of the Eye or one of its Tears, and scarred any wearer who was not one of the true Ten Masters. [9]

Capture by the Scorpion Clan Edit

The Scorpion Clan obtained the Oni's Eye in 1170 during their attack on the Hidden Temple. The attack also resulted in the deaths of several Kolat Masters including Master Cloud, Master Jade and Master Steel. [10]

New Location Edit

The Scorpion rebuilt a destroyed temple south of the mountains a day's travel from Shamate Pass. The scrolls they recovered from the Hidden Temple had been stolen by the kolat from Otosan Uchi, many of them were unique and were believed destroyed. The announcing of their recovery brought greater attention to the temple. All the visitors were unaware that the guards stationed there were keeping the secrecy of the Oni's Eye, located beneath the temple. The Shosuro Daimyo, Shosuro Toson was entrusted to scrutiny the Oni's Eye research and the complete project. It should not to be used without Bayushi Paneki's direct authorization. The new Soshi Daimyo Soshi Yukimi selected the personnel who studied the scrolls and the Eye itself. The tainted and maddened Soshi Korenaga was stationed there, expecting his altered state would grant him insight that others would not possess. [11] The place was known as Shinden Gyokei. [12]

Rise of Jigoku Edit

The Oni's Eye was under the care of several Soshi, but eventually the Yogo took it in custody in 1200. [13] The Scorpion used it to scry the Conclave of Darkness, a meeting of the new Dark Oracles learning about the Sacred Seals and the impending Rise of Jigoku. [14]

External Links Edit


Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
Way of the Thief page 12 claims the crystal to be discovered in the year 30. Oni no Pikachu 22:54, May 25, 2013 (UTC)


Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
Way of the Ninja page 50 described the eye as "a glowing white stone the size of a small pony", so much more less size than the "monstrous crystal" of Third Edition. Oni no Pikachu 16:02, November 2, 2012 (UTC)

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Way of the Ninja, p. 50
  2. 2.0 2.1 Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 295
  3. 3.0 3.1 Merchant's Guide to Rokugan, pp. 13-14
  4. Merchant's Guide to Rokugan, pp. 36-37
  5. Bells of the Dead, p. 34
  6. Bells of the Dead, p. 7
  7. 7.0 7.1 Way of the Thief, p. 12
  8. Rulebook Story (Ambition's Debt)
  9. Way of the Thief, p. 13
  10. War Amid the Shadows, by Brian Yoon
  11. Preparations, Part I, by Rusty Priske and Shawn Carman
  12. Goddesses, Part 1, by Shawn Carman
  13. Spring Kotei 2015 Fiction Act 1: Opening Moves, Day 5, by Chris Hand, Maxime Lemaire, Mari Murdock, Fred Wan, and Robert Denton
  14. Conclaves of Light and Dark, by Maxime Lemaire and C Thomas Hand



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