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|The Maw's Skull|
|First used by:||Kyuden Hida|
|Currently in the possession of:||none|
Skull's Discovery Edit
It was following the Battle of the Cresting Wave that Hida Banuken's followers discovered the mighty Oni Lord's corpse among the fallen. A unit of tainted Crab samurai, the first unit in Crab history to carry the banner of the Damned, had brought the demon low. The Maw was the most devastating threat the Crab had yet faced, and the Crab Champion decided to make an example of the demons defeat.  In 717  the Maw's Skull was cleaned, purified of all taint, and mounted above the gates of Kyuden Hida. Since that day it stood as a mute gaurdian of the Crab's most powerful family. After a time, the purified skull began to adopt the Hida family's fighting spirit.  Any Shadowlands creature nearby were affected by Fear. 
The Maw severed from Ningen-do Edit
Since Fu Leng's escape from Meido, his most powerful servants had likewise been summoned forth from the depths of Jigoku. This included The Maw, who stood among Fu Leng's lieutenants in the army of demons besieging the Celestial Heavens. To The Maw's dismay, the Oni Lord had been unable to dispatch any of its spawn to the mortal realm since its return. Apparently the existence of its purified skull barred it from effecting the Empire in any physical way. The Maw had recently begun communicating with human pawns, hoping to manipulate them into destroying the skull. 
Return of the Maw Edit
This manipulation succeeded, as the shugenja Shokansuru sacrificed himself to break the spells over the skull, and a crack began to appear in it. This had allowed the Maw to return from Jigoku once again. 
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