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Died: Unknown 
Spouse: Isora 
Titles: Fortune of the Sea

Suitengu was the Fortune of the Sea. [1] He was married to Isora, the Fortune of the Shore, [2] and resided in a fabled Sea Palace. [3]

Fisherman? Edit

It was said that Suitengu was a fisherman who saved a young Hantei IV from drowning. His soul was elevated to Fortune status when Hantei V was saved from a storm after he prayed to Suitengu. [4] Others said Suitengu existed beyond human memory, depicted as a non-descript male, hair whipping wild in the wind, an unpredictable wrath gleaming in his eyes. [5] He was an isolated, cold, jealous, and lonely figure, fond of punishing those who would call themselves "master" of the sea. Mortals prayed to Suitengu for good fishing and to keep them safe from sea storms. Clear Water Village housed the oldest of Suitengu's shrines. [6]

Demeanor Edit

Suitengu was said was so wrathful because mankind failed to protect his domain, the seas, from the corruption of the Shadowlands. A portion of the seas, the Sea of Shadows had been corrupted. [7] Suitengu sent an earthquake that sunk Morehei Island, to punish the Morehei family, who had neglected their duty with the Temple of Suitengu. [8]

Worship Edit

Its largest shrine appeared in Clear Water Village, a port in the Crab lands. [9] Their worshippers founded the Order of the Sea, formed by those whose lives had been spared by the wrathful Fortune. They were mostly concentrated in the Mantis Isles. [10]

Kobune Edit

Suitengu to sail in the seas of the Celestial Heavens used a jade kobune known as Heavenly Kobune of Suitengu. It allowed to travel between Tengoku and Ningen-do, the mortal realm. [11]

Sea of Shadows Edit

Suitengu once battled a great water demon, an oni from the Sea of Shadows, and that the demon was powerful enough to crack the hull of his ship before it was destroyed. [7]

Rokugan's failure Edit

In 1169 during the Lion march to Shiro Moto the khan Moto Chagatai sent Horiuchi Rikako and Moto Tsusung to seek Heavens's aid against the invaders. They took the Kobune and traveled to Tengoku. In the middle of a fierce storm Suitengu appeared and ordered to return them back to Ningen-do. The Heavens were displeased with the Empire and Rokugan would be punished. They might retain the Kobune, but never to use it again. [12]

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Emerald Empire; Fourth Edition page 184 claims Suitengu was a primal Fortune, having existed long before mankind was capable of elevation to divinity. Oni no Pikachu (talk) 18:22, April 9, 2014 (UTC)


  1. Way of the Phoenix, p. 31
  2. Otosan Uchi:Book 1, p. 29
  3. Book of Water, p. 127
  4. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 137
  5. Book of Water, p. 124
  6. Fortunes & Winds, pp. 72-73
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Balance of Power, by Shawn Carman
  8. Secrets of the Crane, p. 44
  9. Emerald Empire; Fourth Edition, p. 184
  10. Way of the Open Hand, p. 41
  11. Prayers and Treasures, pp. 162-163
  12. In the Khan’s Name (The Race for the Throne Book), by Shawn Carman

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