City of Night

The City of Night

The City of Night was a pre-human city constructed by the five ancient civilizations: Kenku, Kitsu, Ningyo, Troll and Zokujin. [1] [2] It was a vast metropolis made of shimmering green and violet crystal. [3]

Creation Edit

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The City of Night

The crystal city was created by the Five Races to have a place where the kami could be tamed and calmed, in a time where Ningen-do was still to be shaped as it was later known. Thus order was brought to the world. [4]

Destruction Edit

Kishenku, leader of the Order of Tsuno, dreamed of harnessing all existence to the Tsuno's will. His followers slaughtered those who helped build the great city. Kenku had installed safeguards against the ambitious, and when Kishenfeu attempted to reshape the world, those safeguards took effect. Kishenku defied the city's efforts to resist his control, and the great energies that once brought order to the kami raged wildly throughout the land. A great mountain rose from the earth and buried the crystal city. [4] Sichi, a troll who sided with the Kitsu against the Tsuno was cursed by their foul magic, becoming a mindles giant, changing him into the being known as the King of the Trolls. He was eventually turned to stone by his allies, the Zokujin, [5] and guardian of the ruined city. [4]

Discovery Edit

Vordu's Discovery

Moto Vordu exploring the City of Night

In 1150 Lord Sun created the Great Crater in the Seikitsu Mountains. [6] The Unicorn Clan found the ruins of the city under the Great Crater in the Seikitsu Pass [7] in 1159. [8]

Research Edit

The Khan Moto Chagatai decided to keep the city and its magical artifacts secret from the rest of the Empire, [9] and commanded Moto Vordu to unlock its secrets. [10] [11] As one of his strange experiments, Vordu replaced Shinjo Shono's left eye with Night Crystal. [12]

Secrecy Edit

In 1159 the Imperial Cartographer Asako Misao initially refused to believe Unicorn reports of a City located inside the Great Crater, as no such city had appeared on any known maps. [13]. Misao traveled to Seikitsu Pass lands, and when he did not return Naseru tasked Bayushi Sunetra with dicovering his fate. [14]

Naseru's Journey Edit

In the month of the Rat of 1159 [15] Hantei Naseru was compelled to visit the city by strange dreams. Naseru was accompanied by Bayushi Sunetra, Seppun Isei and Shinjo Shono, as well as being secretly followed there by Yotsu Irie. During their journey the group was attacked by Tsuno. [16]

The Crystal Sphere Edit

Upon reaching the city Naseru met Moto Vordu, a shugenja who had guarded the city at the behest of Moto Chagatai. Vordu had secretly been driven insane by his discoveries and had a sinister purpose in mind for Naseru. The city housed a powerful nemuranai: a sphere made of crystal. [17]

Vordu's betrayal Edit

The sphere had been created by Izumo, an ancient Kitsu of the order of Soli. Only those of Izumo's line were able to open the sphere, and with Naseru being half-Lion Vordu believed that Naseru would be able to open the sphere. Vordu was right, and Naseru was forced to open the sphere by a tsuno named Kishenku, who was an ally of Vordu's.

When the Tsuno and Moto Vordu tried to kill Naseru and Shinjo Shono, Isei sacrificed his life to save Naseru. [18]

Naseru's Will Edit

Naseru's will was strong enough to realize that he could destroy the world with the power of the sphere and decided to destroy the sphere, although he first used its abilities to cause all Tsuno in the city to drop dead. Irie, who had followed Naseru to kill him, was impressed by Naseru's iron will and became his yojimbo after Isei perished. [19]

Leading the Mission Edit

After Vordu died Shem-Zhe inherited Vordu's responsibilities, but was unable to piece together the remains of Vordu's research. A month later a kenku arrived and offered to help Shem-Zhe to decipher and interpret the city's mysteries. Shem-Zhe was hesitant, remembering Vordu's bad experience with the Tsuno, but the kenku persisted and brought useful scrolls whereever Shem-Zhe would find them yet asked nothing in return. Shem-Zhe eventually accepted this help and learned even more than Vordu had, the Kitsu Language, the common tongue of the ancient races. [17]

External Links Edit

Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
Secrets of the Unicorn claims Vordu deals with Shono secrets of the City of Night in 1156, but the City was found in 1159, as indicated in The Four Winds page 36. Oni no Pikachu (talk) 17:57, April 7, 2013 (UTC)


  1. City of Night (An Oni's Fury)
  2. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 36
  3. The Last Rememberer, Part Three, by Rich Wulf
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Fortunes & Winds, p. 92
  5. Four Winds, p. 90
  6. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 26
  7. Great Crater (Gold flavor)
  8. Four Winds, p. 36
  9. Clan letter to the Unicorn #15 (Welcome Home letters)
  10. Great Crater (Gold flavor)
  11. Moto Vordu (Broken Blades flavor)
  12. Secrets of the Unicorn, p. 71
  13. Mapped Region (A Perfect Cut flavor)
  14. No Failure (Dark Allies flavor)
  15. Imperial Histories 2, p. 205
  16. Four Winds, p. 50
  17. 17.0 17.1 Secrets of the Unicorn, p. 79
  18. Four Winds, p. 59
  19. Four Winds, p. 52

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