The Demon Slayer and the Realm of Man
This week we take a look at the mighty Demon Slayer, Shoki, for the Kami and Mahou expansion and examine two of the more mundane races in the RPG.
The mighty slayer of demons, Shoki, is the best at his job. He is relentless and unwavering in his hunt for escaped demons and monsters. His name causes fear in most Oni, Bakemono, and other denizens of the Hell realm.
In life Shoki strove to be a physician, but fail to accomplish his goal. Upset at failing to achieve this goal, Shoki took his own life. The emperor of the time was saddened by this death and gave Shoki an honorary title of physician. This moved the spirit of Shoki to promise to protect the emperor and his family against evil, especially from demons.
In doing so, Shoki dedicates his afterlife to the hunting and destruction of evil spirits.
In game terms, when Shoki enters play, all Hell beings are removed from the game board and common Hell beings are removed from the Spirit area. While in play, no new common Hell beings may be added to the board nor common Hell beings to the Spirit area. If at the start of a round there are no Hell beings in play, then Shoki will leave play, continuing his hunt elsewhere.
Races of the Realm of Man
These are the races that were originally created from the realm of Man. They have strong connections to the physical world and limited access to magics. They tend to have short lifespans and limited access to the other realms. They are often seen as the child races by denizens of the other realms.
Hebi or "Snake People" are one of the younger races of the realm. They are an offshoot of the Naga. Their shape is that of a biped, but they have scales covering their entire body. The Hebi tend to have poor eyesight, but have access to thermal vision. Hebi tend to be elusive as they can shed their skin like that of a snake.
Humans are the rulers of the realm, as the heavens bequeathed. They make the rules of the land and control the resources. They are the youngest of the races and have little knowledge of the other realms. They are learning and like most children, are stumbling with their knowledge. Many get frustrated easily and become arrogant with what they know or control. They tend to be easily angered and often fight with others as a form of dispute resolution. Though they have these faults, humans tend to practice and train harder than most of the other races through their tenacity to learn.
Inugami or "Dog Men" are the oldest of the races of the realm. They are bipeds with the heads of dogs and fur covering their bodies. They were around to see the forming of the lands and seas. Due to their age and connection with the more primordial times, the Inugami have a closer connection to spirits and greater access to magic. Though they have access to such powers, the Inugami tend to have short attention spans, making their use of magics dangerous.
Naga are the second oldest of the races and have a similar understanding of magic to that of the Inugami. Their half-snake and half-human bodies are the result of early designs for the races of the realm. Naga are aquatic in nature, but can survive without issue on land. They live in underwater cities away from most of the land-borne races. While mostly solitary, they are willing to trade with the other races.
Satori or "psychic monkey men" are a human sized race of monkey people with the ability to read minds. They are playful in nature and tend to enjoy performing pranks on humans for fun, until the humans turn violent, at which point they leave the area. Satori are not violent by nature, but can be easily provoked if tricked or deceived. They like to live in mountainous regions away from others and only tend to visit with humans traveling on a nearby path for a laugh. Satori avoid large villages, as it makes their mind reading powers difficult to use due to too many voices.
Next week we will introduce another deity for the EotN: Kami and Mahou expansion and reveal the races of the realm of Spirits.