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Seitaro and Shujiro Yamazaki
CHK Bros. Yamazaki.jpg
Race Human
Birthplace Sokenzan, Kamigawa
Lifetime Before and during the Kami War
Bonds of Ice and Fire

The brothers Yamazaki (Japanese: (やま) (ざき) (きょう) (だい) ; rōmaji: Yamazaki kyōdai), Seitaro and Shujiro were two legendary samurai from Kamigawa, trained in the service of lord Konda.[1] They were twin brothers identical in appearance. The two even wore the same mustache and chin hair, the same red armor. The only outward difference came from their fierce helms. Whereas the ram horns on Seitaro's kabuto curved backward as if meant for butting heads, Shujiro's curved forward like the bottom fangs of some terrible monster.[2]


The brothers Yamazaki were still in the service of lord Konda when the Kami War began. As they received word that Konda was pulling forces away from the Sokenzan Range to strengthen his army at Eiganjo, they knew that the move meant the destruction of their home village, and the surrounding villages as well, to kami attack.

Disgusted, they left Konda's service and returned to the Sokenzan.[3] There they met a barbarian lord named Godo. Godo was a fierce warrior who opposed Konda with every vein in his body. The brothers joined the sanzoku bandits and became Godo's most respected lieutenants. During an attack on Sugi Hayashi, Shujiro nearly fatally wounded Nagao, and was shot through the neck by Sharp-Ear in response. Narrowly surviving, the brother became both quieter and more reckless. However, it was after a failed assault on Eiganjo that they left Godo's service as well. A messenger had arrived, carrying a note from their father that urged them to return home. He had been using his magic to protect the village from kami, but now needed their aid.

When they arrived at their village they met and defeated a kami of ice and fire, who was prowling the perimeter of the village. It was after Seitaro had slain the kami, that it was revealed that it was their father in the guise of guardian who protected the village. Their father died as a result of the fight, and the brothers reluctantly took up the role of guardians of the village. They defeated countless kami, and the village never fell throughout the war or after because of them. However, their valiant deeds were never recorded, and because of an unknown event later in their lives, the brothers never spoke to each other again.


  • The twins make up the only legendary creature in existence that lets you keep two copies in play at once, breaking the legend rule.

Story appearances[]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
Bonds of Ice and Fire Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar 2004-10-01 Champions of Kamigawa Kamigawa Seitaro Yamazaki, Shujiro Yamazaki

In-game references[]

Represented in:


  1. Kamigawa Cycle
  2. Magic Arcana (October 6, 2004). "Meet the Champions Update: The Brothers Yamazaki". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Scott McGough. (2004.) Outlaw: Champions of Kamigawa, Wizards of the Coast. ISBN-13 0-7869-3140-X.