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The zokujin were one of the Five Races that ruled the world that would become Rokugan after the Great Sleep of the Naga. They were connected with the Earth Element. [1] When speaking their voices sounded like rumbling rocks. [2]

Appearance Edit

Zokujin 4


Zokujin were a humanoid race who lived in the Spine of the World Mountains for a very long time and were invulnerable to most weapons. They were hunched, green-skinned reptilians with luminous yellow eyes, sharp claws, and bony spikes protrubing from their elbows and shoulders. [3] Zokujin had a vague resemblance to large metallic-colored goblins, which had earned them the human nickname, “copper goblins.” [4]

Pacifist Edit

They had little reason to be belligerent, and believed most things will work themselves out in the end. They had a deep understanding of the magic of Earth, and were caused pain by anything that would harm earth. Zokujin had the ability to sculpt metal and steel like soft clay, as if the metal simply parts at their command. They could move through solid stone and metal as if it was not there. [5]

Organization Edit

Zokujin lived in large family groups and their leaders were blessed with divine magic. [3] Although they could live on a diet of plant matter, they prefered to eat raw rock. [2] They were the living embodiment of patience and lived for a long, long time. Zokujin Shamans were rumored to be truly immortal. [6] The Zokujin race was used to be guided by five immortal shamans, among the most powerful spellcasters of its race. [7] Their
language was harsh and guttural, with an emphasis on rough consonants and few vowels. [4]

History Edit

Zokujin 3

A Zokujin Leader

Origin Edit

Ningen-do did not exist as mankind knew it. Everything was a tumultuous maelstrom of elemental energy, seething between the boundaries of the Spirit Realms. The Five Races, Kenku, Zokujin, Troll, Kitsu and Ningyo, came into being within the turmoil. Each of these races was marked by the power of a particular element, and all of them possessed powerful magic which they used to survive in their harsh primordial world. [8] The kami, which were maddened, destructive spirits, had been tamed and peace was brought to the Mortal Realm. [1]

Alliance Edit

When the races found one another joined the strengths the others lacked, their powers complemented one another, founding the Alliance of the Five Races. The Five Races determined to combine their will to make a world that would last forever. In the center of chaos they created a vast city, the City of Night, and in the heart of this city they combined their most powerful magic in the form of a great crystal focus, balancing the five elements in harmony. [8]

Bloodwhite Stone Edit

When the City of Night and its mighty crystal focus was built, none save the Zokujin fully understood its workings. This understanding led them to create a second such crystal focus, and called it the Bloodwhite Stone. The heart of Ningen-do, the source of all magic, it was considered the most sacred artifact of the Zokujin race. [4]

Arrival of the Ogres Edit

Following the arrival of the Ogre race to Rokugan, his leader Muhonarak was confronted by the Five Races. The Ogre claimed he came to defeat the Champion of Evil. The five Races did not know of any such thing, so they challenged the ogres to two challenges. After Muhonarak successfully completed the challenges, the ogres were accepted and given rule over the nezumi lands. [9]

Fall of the Alliance Edit

Eventually the hordes of Jigoku reached the lands of the Alliance, and they could not overcome the demons. Tsuno Kishenku, leader of the Tsuno Soultwisters, attacked the City of Night to get control of a powerful nemuranai, a crystal focus. It did it against his own race leaders, who believed the crystal too dangerous, even to use against Jigoku's forces. Kishenku proved right, and using the crystal incinerated most of the twisted invaders, but he lost control of the crystal and a wave of energy ripped through the City of Night, killing its inhabitants and turning the city itself into a strange purple crystal. The shockwaves rippled across the world, bringing death and ruin to all the cities of the Five Races. [10] The zokujin retreated into the depths of the earth. [1]

Day of Broken Thunder Edit

Centuries later, the Zokujin came under attack by creatures from Jigoku, and thousands of Zokujin were killed. Their once unified civilization was reduced to scattered, wandering tribes, the Bloodwhite Stone was lost, and their race fell into a primitive state. [4] This day was known as Shokajin Rekna [3] or the Day of Broken Thunder. Their religion revolved about the worship of the Bloodwhite Stone, and the Zokujin shamans spoke this day this powerful item was stolen. Some Zokujin believed that if they could recover the artifact their race would be great once more. [6] [5] Another known nemuranai of Zokujin origin was the Oni's Eye. [11]

Lion Clan Edit

Zokujin Riots

Zokujin Riots

In the 1st century the Lookout Mountain appeared in a former plain. Vast deposits of copper were discovered in the area surrounding it. Shortly after the mountain appeared, zokujin were drawn to the area in large numbers. Remorseful after the deaths of the Kitsu race, Akodo refused to allow his samurai to attack the creatures. Instead, the Ikoma put them to work in the Copper Mines. [12]

Many of the Zokujin left work as miners for the Lion, as they were the cheapest form of labor available. The zokujin were their slaves, and they were even easier to feed than heimin, as they ate minerals instead of meat or vegetables. Zokujin were also known as "copper goblins", though they had no connection to the goblins of the Shadowlands, nor did they even carry the Taint. [2]

Zokujin legends said they were tricked by an ancient Ikoma into trading their freedom away, but the Lion maintained that they saved the Zokujin from certain death, and offered them work in exchange for food and shelter. [2]

The Zokujin shamans encouraged a philosophy of patience and non-aggression. Their slavery offersed them an excellent opportunity to learn about the humans, the race that had inherited the world they helped create. [13]

Zokujin Scaped Edit

Sometime during the Clan War era the Zokujin rioted and fled the Lion mines, [14] being replaced by heimin. [15] The Zokujin began to seek their Bloodwhite Stone. [16]

Dragon-Phoenix War Edit

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Shaitung with Zokujin

Zokujin 2

Nakamuro with Zokujin

During the Dragon-Phoenix War the Zokujin Zesh Tribe fought against the Dark Oracle of Fire Tamori, who was secretly manipulating the events of the war. The tribe aided Tamori Shaitung and Isawa Nakamuro in their escape from the Dark Oracle. [17] Shaitung brought the Zokujin with her to the Dragon lands from the depths, being a wise creatures, if somewhat difficult to understand. [18]

Destroyer War Edit

In 1171 during the Destroyer War the Crab used all his resources to fight the Destroyers, [19] including the zokujin. [20]

Age of Conquest Edit

The Lion placed Zokujin bosses in charge of their Zokujin miners, in hopes to avoid the riots that had plagued them in the past. [21]

Tribes of the Zokujin Edit

Enslaved Zokujin

Enslaved Zokujin

Known Zokujin Edit

See also Edit

External Links Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fortunes & Winds, p. 92
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Way of the Lion, p. 113
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Creatures of Rokugan, p. 85
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Enemies of the Empire, p. 193
  5. 5.0 5.1 Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 280
  6. 6.0 6.1 Fortunes & Winds, p. 108
  7. Secrets of the Dragon, p. 57
  8. 8.0 8.1 Enemies of the Empire, p. 175
  9. The Dawn of the Ogres, by Lucas Twyman
  10. Enemies of the Empire, p. 176
  11. Way of the Ninja, p. 50
  12. Secrets of the Lion, p. 36
  13. Enemies of the Empire, p. 194
  14. Mine Riots (Crimson and Jade flavor)
  15. Copper Mine (Gold flavor)
  16. Zokujin (Hidden Emperor 5 flavor)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Imprisoned
  18. Gold Mine (Fall of Otosan Uchi flavor)
  19. Hida Kitamura (Path of the Destroyer flavor)
  20. Hida Kitamura (Path of the Destroyer Picture)
  21. Zlkyt (The Shadow's Embrance flavor)
  22. Righting a Wrong, by Rusty Priske
  23. The King of the Trolls, Part I
  24. Fire and Air, by Rich Wulf and Shawn Carman

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