Egg of P'an Ku 
Egg of P'an Ku
Created by: P'an Ku
First used by: Unknown
Bayushi Kachiko (first recorded use)
Currently in the possession of: Unknown

The Egg of P'an Ku was a powerful artifact, the last surviving part of the mad dragon P'an Ku, who unmade itself rather than become corrupted by the power of the Taint [1] and the Nothing. It was said to have the power to create a shadow replicate of anyone and anything. It beared P'an Ku's madness curse and using it risked destruction. [2]

Doji Hoturi Edit

Kachiko uses the Egg of P'an Ku on Hoturi

Kachiko using the Egg on Hoturi

Eventually Bayushi Aramoro brought the Egg to Bayushi Kachiko, [3] who used it in 1127 during the Clan War to exact revenge on Doji Hoturi who had killed their son Bayushi Dairu. Making a copy of Hoturi, the False Hoturi masqueraded as him, nearly destroying the Crane Clan. [4] After the defeat of the False Hoturi, a scavenging Nezumi squirreled it away to a treasure hoard of a small tribe for generations. [5]

Daigotsu Edit

Fu Leng's assault on the Celestial Heavens allowed the Dark Kami to once again reach into Ningen-do and refresh the power of the egg. [5] The False Hoturi led forces in an attack on Kyuden Kakita in 1160 but he was defeated by Yasuki Hachi. [6] Following his retreat from Crane lands, the False Hoturi was drawn to the City of the Lost. There, he met Daigotsu and swore allegiance to the Dark Lord becoming Daigotsu Hoturi. [7]

Undone by the Ninube Edit

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Egg of P'an Ku

In 1165 after the defeat of Daigotsu at the hands of Iuchiban, Daigotsu Hoturi did not kneel to Iuchiban. [8] Two powerful Ninube confronted Daigotsu Hoturi and forced his essence back into the Egg. They then Ninube offered the Egg to Iuchiban, who in turn instructed the Ninube to guard it for him, and the Egg was kept safe in the Ninube Temple [9] resembling a painted egg. [2]

Matsu Nimuro Edit

Tamago (False Nimuro)

False Nimuro

The Ninube put the Egg in a box in the burned ruins of a shrine of Toshi Ranbo for the Lion to find it. Akodo Ieshige was who found it and passed the box to the Kitsu Daimyo, Kitsu Juri. Juri showed it to Matsu Nimuro who decided to use it, created a twin, called Tamago. The False Nimuro deceived Juri and returned to the Imperial City as Lion Champion, while the true Nimuro was imprisoned within the Kitsu Tombs, wrongly believed to be the doppelganger created by the Egg. [10]

Uses Edit

Before 1165 the Egg had been used nine times, and every time had nearly shattered the Empire, but the rokugani records only recalled its use twice. [2]

Daigotsu Gyoken Edit

Daigotsu Gyoken 4

A False Gyoken

During his time in the Colonies, many saw how Daigotsu Gyoken had become a Fallen, under the influx of the madness of P'an Ku, [11] while others believed the madman was not the true Gyoken, but a copy created by the Egg. [12]

Several Eggs Revealed Edit

In the late 12th century the long believed to be but a single artifact, was revealed as non unique. More of the accursed relics had been found by Rokugani in the Colonies. During the rare moments of clarity of the chaotic dragon, it sought to understand the act of recreation in a desperate hope of curing the malady which had cursed its divine existence. It was during such moments that nightmarish Eggs of P'an Ku were born. [13] One of these eggs was known to be used on Shosuro Keirei, [14] and anothers on Shinjo Kinto, [15] Isawa Shunsuko, [16] Bayushi Tenzan, [17] Mirumoto Shikei, Moto Naleesh, [18] Tamori Tamoko, [19] and Yasuki Makoto. [20]

External Links Edit

See Also Edit

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The Egg of P'an Ku


  1. The Legion of the Dead: The False Hoturi
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Egg of P'an Ku (GenCon SoCal 2003 Storyline Reading)
  3. Clan War: Thunder's Challenge, p. 26
  4. Clan Letter to the Crane #4 (Imperial Herald v1 #4)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Secrets of the Shadowlands, p. 49
  6. Blessings and Curses, by Rich Wulf
  7. Secrets of the Crane, p. 93
  8. Face of Ninube (Diamond flavor)
  9. Secrets of the Shadowlands, pp. 49-50
  10. Blood Dawn, Part V: Bonds of Honor, by Rich Wulf
  11. Daigotsu Gyoken (Coils of Madness Boxtext)
  12. L5R Art Blog, by Adrian Burton
  13. World Championships Top of Clan: “A Clutch of Eggs”, (Storyline Tournament)
  14. Face the Madness, Part 1, by Shawn Carman & Seth Mason
  15. Deny the False Form (The Coming Storm flavor)
  16. The Swell of the Storm (The Coming Storm flavor)
  17. The Dragon's Talon (The Coming Storm flavor)
  18. GenCon 2013: Face the Madness, by Shawn Carman & Seth Mason
  19. Stones of Purity (A Line in the Sand Picture and flavor)
  20. Flight of No Mind (A Line in the Sand flavor)

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