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.  When speaking their voices sounded like rumbling rocks. 
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. 
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. 
Zokujin lived in large family groups and their leaders were blessed with divine magic.  Although they could live on a diet of plant matter, they prefered to eat raw rock.  They were the living embodiment of patience and lived for a long, long time. Zokujin Shamans were rumored to be truly immortal.  The Zokujin race was used to be guided by five immortal shamans, among the most powerful spellcasters of its race. 
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.  The kami, which were maddened, destructive spirits, had been tamed and peace was brought to the Mortal Realm. 
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. 
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. 
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.  The zokujin retreated into the depths of the earth. 
Day of Broken Thunder Edit
This day was known as Shokajin Rekna  or the Day of Broken Thunder. Their religion revolved about the worship of a powerful artifact called the Bloodwhite Stone, and the Zokujin shamans spoke this day the Bloodwhite Stone was stolen. The race declined into barbarism, and some Zokujin believed that if they could recover the artifact their race would be great once more.   Another known nemuranai of Zokujin origin was the Oni's Eye. 
Lion Clan Edit
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. 
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. 
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. 
Zokujin Scaped Edit
Dragon-Phoenix War Edit
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.  Shaitung brought the Zokujin with her to the Dragon lands from the depths, being a wise creatures, if somewhat difficult to understand. 
Destroyer War Edit
Tribes of the Zokujin Edit
Known Zokujin Edit
- Kakera - 12th century.
- Kjgkt - Pre-calendar. Immortal Shaman.
- Krcklg - 12th century.
- Kxrim - Pre-calendar. Older zokujin alive in the 12th century.
- Svth - 12th century.
- Xijkt - 12th century.
- Zelgk - 12th century. 
- Zgkol - 10th century.
- Zlkyt - 12th century.
See also Edit
External Links Edit
- Zokujin (Hidden Emperor 5)
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fortunes & Winds, p. 92
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Way of the Lion, p. 113
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Creatures of Rokugan, p. 85
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 280
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Fortunes & Winds, p. 108
- ↑ Secrets of the Dragon, p. 57
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Enemies of the Empire, p. 175
- ↑ The Dawn of the Ogres, by Lucas Twyman
- ↑ Enemies of the Empire, p. 176
- ↑ Way of the Ninja, p. 50
- ↑ Secrets of the Lion, p. 36
- ↑ Mine Riots (Crimson and Jade flavor)
- ↑ Copper Mine (Gold flavor)
- ↑ Zokujin (Hidden Emperor 5 flavor)
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Imprisoned
- ↑ Gold Mine (Fall of Otosan Uchi flavor)
- ↑ Hida Kitamura (Path of the Destroyer flavor)
- ↑ Hida Kitamura (Path of the Destroyer Picture)
- ↑ Righting a Wrong, by Rusty Priske
- ↑ The King of the Trolls, Part I
- ↑ Fire and Air, by Rich Wulf and Shawn Carman
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