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Kyodai
That Which Was Taken
Kyodai.jpg
Demographics
Race Dragon Spirit
Birthplace Kamigawa
Lifetime Pre- and post-Mending

Kyodai, called That Which Was Taken or the Taken One (Japanese: (うば) われし () (もつ) ; rōmaji: Ubawareshi Gomotsu) during her imprisonment, is a dragon spirit entity from Kamigawa, that used to be an important part of O-Kagachi himself. She is the Worldsoul of the plane.

Description[]

Currently, Kyodai's appearance is that of a enormous kami, with hundreds of golden, human-sized arms forming her belly and limbs. Gold spheres trailed along the fans at her back, with a large black one embedded in her forehead. With a pointed mouth like a dragon, three masks line Kyodai's face. They represent Michiko Konda — the first emperor to channel with Kyodai.[1] Kyodai's voice is like a shout, a song, and a whisper all at once.[2]

History[]

That Which Was Taken

On the night of his daughter Michiko's birth, daimyo Takeshi Konda reached into the Kakuriyo, distilled the essence of a kami, and stole it from the spirit realm.[3] Konda imprisoned The Taken One in a stone disk with the carving of a dragon, and in return the daimyo received from it immortality and foresight.[4] As all kami are a part of O-Kagachi, the kami of all things, this act awoke the prisoner's "parent" and began the Kami War.[5]

Kami War[]

The Taken One was later stolen from Eiganjo by Toshiro Umezawa, who ultimately performed a ritual with it to free the spirit trapped within.[6] The spirit assumed a humanoid/draconic appearance similar to Michiko Konda's, and took the name Kyodai, meaning "sibling." Kyodai brought Michiko into the Kakuriyo, showing her how her life was before being kidnapped by Konda and how awful it had become during her last twenty years spent imprisoned in stone. After that, she gave to Michiko the powers to fight alongside her.

Michiko and Kyodai, known together as the Sisters of Flesh and Spirit, defeated Konda and O-Kagachi, and claimed themselves the guardians of the barrier between the Utsushiyo and the Kakuriyo.

Future Sight[]

Many centuries after the Kami War, when Leshrac Nightwalker planeswalked near Kamigawa, the Sisters stood in his way, ordered him to go away from their plane.[7]

The Shattered States era[]

After the prosperous reign of Michiko Konda, her descendants worked tirelessly with the great kami Kyodai to maintain her legacy and uphold order and justice in Kamigawa. However, as generations passed, these noble pursuits gave way to dynastic in-fighting.[8]

Eventually, an emperor died young without an heir, creating a crisis of succession. Some believed it should be her brother, others her husband. Eiganjo descended into all-out war, and it spread across the kingdom when local lords saw the opportunity to seize individual power. Many died, noble and peasant alike.

The Yamazaki clan had served the Konda military for decades and earned a reputation for their unshakeable sense of duty to their citizens. A young Yamazaki solider felt the two warring successors were betraying and endangering the Kamigawan people. Inspired by his own ancestor's story of challenging a deadly imperial decree, he took it upon himself to end the contest for the throne. He successfully assassinated the late emperor's husband, but when he went for the brother, he found his target armed and ready for battle in the throne room.

Upon seeing such confrontation in her own chambers, Kyodai had enough. She stripped the Konda family of their hereditary duty as rulers. From then on, they would be ordinary citizens, and the emperor would never again be chosen by blood. Now, the kami would elect rulers for their noble qualities and commitment to the nation.

The Era of Enlightenment[]

With the guidance and wisdom of Kyodai, the Imperials ushered in an age of collective peace and prosperity.[9] Kyodai continued to bond with and provide sage advice to each successive emperor of Kamigawa.[10]

Neon Dynasty[]

The Wanderer's spark ignites.

More than 1200 years after the Kami war, Kyodai has a prominent temple in Towashi, near the Imperial residence.[11] Himoto, the Kami of the Spark, is the embodiment of the emperor's relationship with Kyodai. The mortal and spiritual realms of Kamigawa now peacefully exist together. Kyodai oversees the spiritual side, while the current emperor oversees mortal side. Early in the Wandering Emperor's reign, the planeswalker Tezzeret attempted to control Kyodai using a prototype Reality Chip. His plan had unforeseen consequences, igniting and destabilizing the emperor's latent spark. Kyodai had been dazed and incoherent since the disappearance.[12]

Upon her return ten years later, the emperor was able to reconnect with Kyodai briefly, and the two agreed to appoint Light-Paws acting Regent of Kamigawa.[13]

Story appearances[]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
Episode 1: A Stranger in Eiganjo Akemi Dawn Bowman 2022-01-24 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Kamigawa Kaito Shizuki, Eiko Shizuki, Light-Paws, Swift-Arm, The Wanderer, Katsumasa, Kyodai, Tezzeret
Episode 4: The Break-In Akemi Dawn Bowman 2022-01-26 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Kamigawa The Wanderer, Kaito Shizuki, Tamiyo, Kyodai, Light-Paws, Eiko Shizuki, Tezzeret, Jin-Gitaxias
Episode 5: Threads of War Akemi Dawn Bowman 2022-01-26 Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty Kamigawa The Wanderer, Kaito Shizuki, Himoto, Tezzeret, Tamiyo, Kyodai, Risona, Light-Paws, Eiko Shizuki, Jin-Gitaxias

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Trivia[]

In her role as Kamigawa's Worldsoul and patron of the Emperor she is analogous to Amaterasu, the highest of the kami in Shintoism.

References[]

  1. Akemi Dawn Bowman (January 24, 2022). "Episode 1: A Stranger in Eiganjo". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Akemi Dawn Bowman (January 26, 2022). "Episode 4: The Break-In". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Betrayers of Kamigawa, fat pack booklet.
  4. Scott McGough. (2004.) Outlaw: Champions of Kamigawa, Wizards of the Coast. ISBN-13 0-7869-3140-X.
  5. Magic Arcana (April 26, 2005). "That Which Was Templated". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Scott McGough. (2005.) Heretic: Betrayers of Kamigawa, Wizards of the Coast. ISBN-13 0-7869-3575-8.
  7. Scott McGough and John Delaney (2007), "Future Sight", Wizards of the Coast
  8. Grace Fong (January 18, 2022). "The Shattered States Era". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Grace Fong (January 19, 2022). "Era of Enlightenment". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Ari Zirulnik, Grace Fong, Emily Teng, and Gerritt Turner (February 11, 2022). "The Legends of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Akemi Dawn Bowman (December 16, 2021). "Kaito Origin Stories: A Test of Loyalty & The Path Forward". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Grace Fong, Emily Mei, and Ari Zirulnik (February 3, 2022). "Planeswalkers Guide to Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Akemi Dawn Bowman (January 27, 2022). "Episode 5: Threads of War". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
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