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Race Spirit Dragon
Birthplace Kakuriyo, Kamigawa
Lifetime ~3750 AR (Died during the Kami War)
Mending Era, reborn in a new form.
The Dragon Shield, Guardian: Saviors of Kamigawa, The Last Visitor

Jugan, the Rising Star (Japanese: (じゅ) (がん) ; literally: "Jeweled Eye"), was the great ryuu (divine dragon) of Kamigawa's forests. In particular, he was primarily the guardian of Jukai Forest and has since been reincarnated as Kura, who is female.


Kami War[]

During the Kami War, Jugan was summoned by the Fudaiju Monks and later by the orochi along with the Myojin of Life's Web. Eventually he died and passed his strength on to the monks.

Centuries after the Kami War, Ryusei was the only spirit dragon to remain alive. The dragons had been some of the mortal realm's strongest protectors, and with most of them gone, other malevolent forces soon began to wreak havoc. During the Shattered States Era, a wave of oni attacks swept across the land, culminating in a devastating event known as the Night of Withering that threatened the entire Kamigawa. In an effort to fight back, the orochi enacted a powerful ritual to resurrect Jugan, their original protector. The ritual was successful, and together Jugan and Ryusei defeated the oni incursion.[1]

However, Jugan could tell something was wrong. While he had lain dead, the plane had changed. While he was still powerful, he was no longer connected with Kamigawa as he had once been. For the dragons to return and assume their rightful places on the plane once more, it would have to be in new incarnations. Jugan embarked on a journey to collect the remaining essences of the other three dragons, then placed them all inside an egg. he and Ryusei willingly placed themselves in the egg as well and fell into a deep sleep. The egg was sealed into the heart of Boseiju, where it was nurtured for fifty years.[1]

Neon Dynasty[]

Along with the other ryuu, Jugan was reborn after a fifty-year slumber in the egg beneath Boseiju. His new form was that of Kura, the Boundless Sky.[1]

Kura is the reincarnation of Jugan, former protector of the Jukai Forest. She was resurrected in her original form by the orochi but realized that with most of the other dragons dead, the balance of nature was in a precarious position. She collected the essences of all the dragons and then placed them inside an egg, which eventually hatched the reincarnations of all five dragons. As Kura, she continues to act as guardian of Jukai Forest, protecting it fiercely against incursions by all—especially the encroaching growth of Towashi, Kamigawa's booming metropolis.[2]

Story appearances[]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
The Dragon Shield Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar 2004-10-01 Champions of Kamigawa Kamigawa Jugan

In-game references[]

Represented in:
Associated cards:
Reborn as:


In the original Kamigawa stories Jugan was referred by male pronouns. However, due to his rebirth, now is referred to by female pronouns as Kura. [3] All Kamigawa dragons aside from Yosei and Kokusho changed genders during reincarnation.[4]