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Race Human
Birthplace Takenuma, Kamigawa
Lifetime born ~3200 AR
Outlaw: Champions of Kamigawa, Heretic: Betrayers of Kamigawa, Guardian: Saviors of Kamigawa

Kiku (Japanese: () () ) was a woman from the Numai swamps on Kamigawa, skilled in both the way of the warrior and in magic.[1]

She mastered several weapons, most notably the fuetsu throwing axe and tessen fan. The most deadly were, however, her magic abilities. She used purple camellia blooms that, imbued with her magic, were able to dig their roots through any living tissue, or produce a fragrant smell capable of paralyzing the victim. She was titled as jushi or mahotsukai, both terms used for the spellcasters of Numai.


Toshiro Umezawa met Kiku during his trek through Takenuma when going home from a soratami attack. After his return to Takenuma later, he was taken by Kiku and brought in front of Uramon. He refused to obey the boss and fled. Kiku led a group to retrieve him, but with the help of the yuki-onna all of her men were killed and Kiku and Marrow-Gnawer were forced to join the Hyozan Reckoners. They brought Toshi back to Uramon, but turned against their former boss on Toshi's behalf. When Toshi stole the Shadow Gate and left for the Myojin of Night's Reach's honden, Kiku decided to kill Uramon with her camellia. Toshi returned and before he left for Minamo again advised Kiku not to work for the soratami, upon whom the hyozan had declared a vendetta.

In Toshi's absence, the manor of the mahotsukai cult was attacked by soratami shinobi and bushi in order to eliminate any possible force that could have opposed the soratami. In the hour of greatest need, the elders triggered a revenge-magic curse that took hold of Kiku and changed her in a killing machine, singlehandedly killing all the attackers with solid shadows. However, the curse also caused her to slip slowly into insanity. When Toshi arrived and found her, she asked him for help. Toshi promised to help her and she rewarded him by making love with him. In the morning, she was free of the curse, which Toshi sealed into a ceramic tile for eventual later use. She initially refused Toshi's request for the hyozan help, but he convinced her by promising to release her from the hyozan oath. They then collected Marrow-Gnawer and traveled to Minamo.

After Hidetsugu arrived at Minamo he used Kiku as an example of how to avoid the hyozan oath by defeating her bloodlessly. Marrow-Gnawer arrived, drawn by the hyozan oath, and stabbed the ogre's eye, causing Hidetsugu to drop Kiku. In the fall, the tile was broken and the curse claimed her again. Toshi, knowing that the hyozan oath was still intact, prevented her from killing Hidetsugu with her camellia and thus invoking the hyozan curse upon herself. The ogre was victorious, but Toshi used the opportunity to blind him by stabbing his remaining eye.

Once the fight between Toshi and Hidetsugu was over, Toshi sent Kiku through the shadows back to Numai. She was still under the curse's effect, but the power of the spell was severely weakened. The last of the Numai jushi was transported back to the swamp, alive, but her further fate is unknown.

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  1. Kamigawa Cycle
  2. Magic Arcana (June 29, 2005). "Kiku's Shadow Magic". Wizards of the Coast.