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Akuma no Oni 
Akuma no Oni.jpg 
Born: 283 
Died: 1133 
Died after return: 1173, month of the Goat 
Titles: Oni Lord

Akuma no Oni was a powerful oni summoned by Isawa Akuma. It was one of the Oni Lords, and was considered to be the most fearsome and powerful oni to ever come forth from Jigoku.


Summoned and angry

The oni was summoned by Isawa Akuma in 283 [1] to answer the questions the Isawa had about the Underworld. [2] The cunning demon began to have an incredible hatred for humanity and ended up stealing the shugenja's name, killing Akuma and advancing quickly in power. After freeing itself, the oni ravaged Gisei Toshi and destroyed the Council of Five in revenge on the Isawa. Possessed of an unsurpassed hatred of humans, Akuma's spawn were often found in any major Shadowlands assault. [3] [4]


The oni had been described by Kuni Mokuna in his works as a "deadly being with elongated clutching arms tipped with razor-sharp claws". Its eyes were said to strike anyone with sheer terror. Its three flailing tongues dripped acidic mucous. Akuma stood approximately twenty-eight feet tall and had acid for blood, [5] it was of green color, [6] had gigantic horns swept back from its skull, and a thick mane of hair that could have been a forest, with a massive tail behind it. [7] When the fire tongues touched flesh, they left a burning saliva that caused damage until the saliva was washed away. [8]

Kitsu Okura[]

Akuma is Released

Akuma's essence became trapped in a castle at the edge of the Lion Clan lands, where it was discovered by Kitsu Okura. [9] The shugenja made a bargain with the demon, where in exchange for power and knowledge Okura would give up his soul as well as spread corruption among his Clanmates. Okura's new-found power was ironically instrumental in him eventually winning the position of Jade Champion, the leader of the hunt against corrupted magics in the Empire. [10] Okura fell deeper into corruption during this time, eventually culminating in him giving his name to one of Akuma's spawn - creating Okura no Oni who consumed Okura's soul after she was summoned. [11] Akuma was released from its bounds and roamed free again over Rokugan. [12]

Fu Leng's Overlord[]

After its release, Akuma served as one of Fu Leng's generals. It displayed a vast knowledge of combat tactics, giving the mindless hordes of oni a sense of purpose and direction. [13]

Blocking the way to Volturnum[]

In 1133 as a part of the alliance between Goju Adorai and Kuni Yori the Shadowlands armies had to protect the minions of the Shadows at Oblivion's Gate [14] while the Darkness infested Yomi. [15] Akuma and its army blocked the way to Volturnum, and any Rokugani force had to fight it first. [16] The Lion Clan Champion, Ikoma Tsanuri, divided her forces. She made her last stand against the oni army, while Kitsu Motso marched directly to Volturnum. But Akuma already knew the Lion's plans. [17]


Okura confronting Akuma

When both armies engaged in the Battle of Oblivion's Gate Akuma no Oni tore effortlessly through Lion lines and grievously wounded the Lion general, Kitsu Motso. The Lion staggered, blood trailing from his wounded arm, as the oni lifted its claws for a final blow. [18] Akuma faced its spawn, Okura no Oni. Okura had been influenced by the honor of the Lion Clan, and turned against her father. [19] Okura no Oni leapt in front of the fallen Lion general, throwing herself upon Akuma's claws. Though bloodied from her wound, she stood and freed her weapon from its sheath, [20] and her sword killed Akuma. Together, the two oni died. [21] None of Akuma's progeny survived, including Okura herself. Akuma was banished back to Jigoku. [19] Akuma remained in Jigoku and sent forth no spawn whatsoever. [22] Its death freed the way for Kyoso no Oni to assume leadership in the Shadowlands. [23]

Thwarted Destiny[]

Akuma no Oni

In the Realm of Thwarted Destiny, Akuma no Oni and Yakamo no Oni were confronted by the Shadow Dragon. The demons did not trust the dragon, and were preparing to attack it when the First Oni appeared. [24]

Invasion of the Celestial Heavens[]

In 1159 Fu Leng brought Akuma no Oni with him when he waged war on Tengoku with the Invasion of the Celestial Heavens. [25] [26] Akuma faced its spawn Okura no Oni, the guardian of the Gates of Heaven. Akuma offered her a place at the head of Fu Leng's armies, and Okura was tempted to accept. She felt the pressure of the call of the taint, but the Shi-Tien Yen-Wang carried Okura away before she could fall to temptation. [27] Akuma also fought with the Fortune Bishamon. [28]

Legion of Blood[]

In 1166 Akuma learned that Okura marched with the Legion of the Dead, it allowed himself to be summoned by Iuchiban. The Oni Lord had not turned his back on Fu Leng; he did not seriously believe Iuchiban was a threat to his master. It only desired another chance to drag his daughter's soul back into the depths of Jigoku and joined the Legion of Blood. [29] As the two forces initially battled for control over the newly forming realm in 1166, Isawa Tsuke released a massive explosion intending to stop the First Oni, but it also disrupted the realm and knocked everyone in it into private memories of critical choices in their lives. The Realm of Thwarted Destiny was testing each of them, to see if they would embrace their destines or reject them. The realm could become a place where those who failed their destinies could repeat their failures for eternity or a place where those who failed could embrace their fates and find redemption. [30]

Facing the Shadow Dragon[]

The Shadow Dragon met and began to tempt Akuma, but it did not trust the Dragon, knowing he had betrayed Fu Leng. Yakamo no Oni reached them and the Oni Lords faced the Dragon who fled. [31] While the Legion of the Dead were occupying Volturnum the two Oni Lords fought the First Oni. [32]

Time of Demons[]

The Onisu of Death, Hakai, claimed that the time of demons serving mortals was at an end, following The Maw example, and allied with Akuma no Oni to reach its goal. A subtle war in the Shadowlands between human Losts and demonics beings allied with Oni Lords was ongoing, the Time of Demons. [33]

Luring the Grand Master[]

Hakai engineered how to increase its power, and decided to bind the power of Naka Tokei to its will. To do so the Onisu needed to lure the Grand Master of the Elements. Though that Akuma had been banished from the mortal realm its power could still be felt in the cave where it was truly born, within the Ox lands. Hakai manipulated a Bloodspeaker cell to came to the cave and slaughtered them. Asahina Keitaro and Tokei's son, Asahina Nizomi, had been chasing the cultists, and entered the cave. Hakai killed the bushi pursuers and retrieved the Nizomi's soul inside a white sphere. It let Keitaro to leave with Nizomi's body, who gave word of what had happened. A hooded Tokei came to the cave with his son's body. Hakai had set a trap, and Akuma ambushed Tokei. Hakai discovered the hooded man was Tokei's brother, Morito. Tokei appeared from its back and attacked the Onisu, taking the sphere. A powerful bloodied Nizomi raised and with Tokei made a ritual that destroyed Hakai. Akuma retreated from the cave, fleeing to the safety of Jigoku rather than face their combined power. Akuma still lingered at the boundaries of perception, waiting for his chance to enter Ningen-do again. [34]

Return to Rokugan[]

In 1167 Daigotsu used the knowledge of Shokansuru to summon Akuma no Oni in the Forgotten Tomb of Fu Leng, but severed the Oni Lord's connection to Jigoku. If Daigotsu were to die Akuma would also die, and without hope of respawning the Oni Lord was compelled to follow Daigotsu's orders. [35]

Tomb of the Seven Thunders[]

In 1168 the Emperor Toturi III had reached alone the Tomb of the Seven Thunders. Kyoso no Oni knew of it [36] and an army of oni raced across the plain toward it. The rescue party of the Rokugani was already with the Emperor, but their numbers were too small and prepared to make their last stand. A Lost army appeared led by Daigotsu Rekai and Moto Tsume, charging the Oni. The Clans joined them, but Naseru knew they would not escape with life. [37]

Facing the Maw[]

The Maw was at the battlefield during the Battle of the Tomb when Akuma arrived from the same direction than the Lost, sent by Daigotsu to confront its brethren. Akuma no Oni attacked the Maw [7] and killed it. In the battlefield only one human remained, Shiba Aikune.The Isawa's Last Wish power had been unleashed after Aikune died, and everything within the human's immediate vicinity had burst into flames. The fire began to spread, leaping from one demon to another. Akuma felt fear for first time and fled. [38]

Final Death[]

Upon the death of Daigotsu in the month of the Goat of 1173 [39] and his ascension as the Dark Lord of Jigoku, Akuma no Oni died as well because of the kharmic tie of 1167. Shortly after, Isawa Akuma took the mantle of Dark Fortune of Power. [40]

See also[]

Akuma no Oni

External Links[]


  1. Way of the Phoenix, p. 73
  2. The Book of the Shadowlands, p. 100
  3. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 11
  4. Way of the Phoenix, p. 76
  5. The Book of the Shadowlands, p. 10
  6. A Fallen Kami, by Rich Wulf
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Battle at the Tomb, Part 4, by Shawn Carman and Nancy Sauer
  8. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 203
  9. Hidden Emperor, p. 13
  10. Hidden Emperor, p. 20
  11. Hidden Emperor, p. 43
  12. Dark Bargains (Honor Bound flavor)
  13. Clan War: Shadowlands Army Expansion, p. 26
  14. Clan Letter to the Horde #6 (Imperial Herald v3 #4)
  15. Hidden Emperor, p. 52
  16. The Race to Volturnum: Crab
  17. The Kitsu Tombs A Thousand Lion, by Ree Soesbee (Soul of the Empire storyback)
  18. Oni Podling (Soul of the Empire flavor)
  19. 19.0 19.1 Creatures of Rokugan, p. 55
  20. Burning the Ashes (Soul of the Empire flavor)
  21. Time of Destiny (Soul of the Empire flavor)
  22. Creatures of Rokugan, p. 57
  23. Kyoso no Oni (Soul of the Empire flavor)
  24. Legions, Part IX
  25. Prelude to Darkness, Part 6: The Dark Lord, by Rich Wulf
  26. A Fallen Kami, by Rich Wulf
  27. Jade, by Rich Wulf
  28. Fight for Tomorrow, Part 1
  29. The Legion of Blood: Lord of Deception
  30. Legions, Part III, by Shawn Carman and Rich Wulf
  31. Legions, Part IX
  32. Legions, Part XI
  33. Finding the Balance, by Shawn Carman
  34. Fate of the Grand Master, by Rich Wulf
  35. Gathering Darkness, by Shawn Carman
  36. Rulebook Story, (Test of Enlightenment)
  37. The Battle at the Tomb, Part 3, by Shawn Carman
  38. A Container of Sand, by Rusty Priske
  39. Imperial Histories 2, p. 254
  40. Afthermath, Part 2, by Shawn Carman

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