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Kagutsuchi (aka Hi-no-Kagutsuchi) is the Shinto god or kami of fire and is also known as Homusubi. The son of Izanami and Izanagi, the fire god is the father of eight warrior gods and eight mountain gods, amongst others. Such a destructive force as fire in a culture where buildings were typically made of wood and paper resulted in Kagutsuchi becoming an important object of Shinto ritual and a frequent receiver of appeasing offerings.

Genealogy & Offspring

According to the 8th-century CE Kojiki ('Record of Ancient Things') and Nikon Shoki ('Chronicle of Japan' and also known as the Nihongi), Kagutsuchi-no-kami, to give his full name, was born from Izanami, one of the Shinto creator gods, but such was his fierce heat that he killed his mother in the process. His father Izanagi was not best pleased with this result and so lopped off Kagutsuchi's head with his great sword, the Ame-no-o-habari-no-kami. From the blood which gushed out over the surrounding rocks and dripped from the sword's blade and hilt another eight gods were born, all of them powerful swordsmen kami. The two most important of these martial gods are Takemikazuchi-no-kami and Futsunushi-no-kami, with the former being also a thunder god and patron of the martial arts who famously subdued Namazu the giant catfish that lives beneath the earth and causes earthquakes by flipping his tail.

Two other gods born from Kagutsuchi's blood were Kuraokami-no-kami, who is mentioned in the Manyoshu poem anthology (compiled c. 759 CE) as being a dragon and rain god. Another is Amatsumikaboshi, the kami of Venus, the Evening Star. Her alternative name is Amenokagasewo.

The Kagutsuchi myths may well be a mythological explanation for the arrival of iron & superior metal goods in Japan during the Yayoi Period.

After Kagutsuchi's decapitation the story continues and from just about every body part of the fire god, from his left foot to his genitals, eight more gods were born. These were mountain gods which represented different types of mountains such as forested ones, those with moors, those far away, those possessing iron, those which provided passes to adjoining valleys and, of course, volcanoes. The stories of Kagutsuchi which include the creation of iron and swords may well be a mythological explanation for the arrival of iron and superior metal goods via immigrants arriving in Japan from mainland Asia at the beginning of the Yayoi Period (c. 300 BCE or earlier to c. 250 CE), many of whom may well have been warriors.

In an alternative version, or rather an added segment, recorded in the 10th-century CE Engishiki, before she dies Izanami hides away and gives birth to three more gods: the water kami Mizuhame-no-mikoto, the clay princess, the gourd, and the water reed. All four are instructed by their dying mother to watch out for Kagutsuchi and, if necessary, act to pacify him if he ever gets out of hand. The traditional fire-fighting equipment of the ancient Japanese was water, carried in a gourd, to pour on the fire while water reeds and clay were often used to smother it. Even today in some parts of Japan, there is a midwinter ritual where reed bundles are placed in the eaves of roofs so that they are handy if a fire should break out.

Fire in Shinto Rituals

The Japanese have long since had a great fear of fire and the devastation it can cause, not least because Japanese buildings were traditionally made from highly combustible wood and paper walls with wood shale or grass roofs. Fires have destroyed almost every major ancient building and temple in the ancient cities of Japan over the centuries, and during the Edo period (1603-1868 CE), fires were so frequent at the capital Edo (modern Tokyo) that they were known as 'the flowers of Edo'.

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It is not surprising then that ceremonies to appease and ward off Kagutsuchi were a common feature of Shinto ritual. In such rituals and prayers, Kagutsuchi is usually referred to as Homusubi, which translates as 'he who starts fires'. The ancient Japanese even dedicated a twice yearly ceremony to Kagutsuchi, the Ho-shizume-no-matsuri, which was sponsored by the imperial court whose sprawling palace complexes were frequently victim to fires. The ceremony was designed to please the god and ensure he would withhold his terrible flames for another six months. The destructive fire of Kagutsuchi is in contrast to the purifying fire of Shinto rituals, known as kiri-bi, which was traditionally made by rubbing together two pieces of hinoki wood, a type of cypress.

Kagutsuchi is sometimes equated with Atago Gongen, another kami of fire and considered an avatar of the Buddhist figure Jizo. Strictly speaking, though, Atago Gongen is a more positive figure in Japanese mythology and acts as a protector from fire or a preserver of it.

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Background

Kagutsuchi was born into a small ninja clan but immediately after his birth turned into a storm of fire destroying most of the village. His father who seemed to be one of the few survivors of this made it his task to kill his son who had disappeared. Kagutsuchi had been discovered by an old farmer and by age four had discovered his ablities to manipulate fire.

Kagutsuchi's father had tracked down his son and attacked him an the old famer who was killed. Enraged Kagutsuchi unleashed a sword of fire upon his father killing him. A young woman who hailed from the Idaten clan decided to take him in and brought the child back to her village.

Kagutsuchi grew up and became a Jonin at age ten. The clan began to fear his power fearing nobody could pacify it and so created a forbidden water technique named Watatsumi that could subdue Kagutsuchi. His carer, Mizuhame disagreed to this and stole the scroll fleeing with Kagutsuchi. The two were eventually tracked after they hid the scroll. The two were captured and taken back to the village but it was attacked by the Mushi Butai who were after the scroll. Kagutsuchi was able to break free only to find Mizuhame killed. Kagutsuchi unleashed his power killing several Idaten and half of the Mushi Butai. When the threat had retreated in fear Kagutsuchi received blame from the village and was banished from his home.

Kagutsuchi later began using his powers to entertain town folk in order to get money as he travelled learning more techniques and avoiding any sort of combat.


Kagutsuchi (カグツチ, historically 迦具土の神 or 火之迦具土 lit. "Incarnation of Fire". or 火産霊 lit. "Causer of Fire") was the final child of Izanami (イザナミ, historically 伊弉冉尊 or 伊邪那美命 lit. "She Who Invites") and her husband Izanagi (イザナギ, historically 伊邪那岐 lit. "He Who Invites"). As a god who was born either made of fire or constantly expelling fire, his birth caused Izanami to be burned to death. In revenge, Izanagi cut off Kagutsuchi's head, then sliced his body into eight pieces, which became eight volcanoes. A shrine was built for him on Mt. Atago near Kyoto, where it is said he made his home.

Kagutsuchi's birth, in Japanese mythology, comes at the end of the creation of the world and marks the beginning of death. In the Engishiki, a source that contains the myth, Izanami, in her death throes, bears the water god Mizuhame, instructing her to pacify Kagutsuchi if he should become violent. This story also contains references to traditional fire-fighting tools: gourds for carrying water and wet clay and water reeds for smothering fires.


In Mythology

Considered to be a deity either made of flame or perpetually expelling fire, even as an infant this created a large issue. When Kagutsuchi was born, his mother Izanami was so badly burned that she died. In revenge, Kagutsuchi's father Izanagi cut off his head, then sliced his body into eight pieces, which became eight volcanoes. The blood dripping from Izanagi's totsuka sword created several more gods, including Watatsumi and Kuraokami, water gods.

A shrine was built for him on Mt. Atago near Kyoto, where it is said he made his home.


Importance of Kagutsuchi in Modern Culture

As one of the most colorful and enigmatic kami in Shintoism, Kagutsuchi has not only been frequently featured in Japanese theaters and art but is even popular in modern-day manga, anime, and video games. Obviously, as a kami that was killed at birth, such modern-day portrayals are rarely “accurate” to the original Shinto myth but are still clearly inspired by it.

Some of the most popular examples include the anime Mai-HIME which includes a dragon named Kagutsuchi, the world-famous anime series Naruto where he’s a fire-wielding ninja, as well as video games such as Nobunaga no Yabou Online, Destiny of Spirits, Puzzles & Dragons, Age of Ishtar, Persona 4, and others.


Kagutsuchi

Kagutsuchi is the Child of Mai Tokiha in the Mai-HiME series. He also appears as an antagonist - ironically opposed by Mai - towards the end of the Mai-Otome Zwei original video animation.

Kagutsuchi appears as a large draconian creature with fiery wings and a sword through his mouth. He makes sounds akin to dolphins and waves and has several abilities, including shooting fire from his mouth and, in one instance, resurrecting himself (protecting Mai through apparently absorbing her at the same time). Kagutsuchi is presumed to be the most powerful of the Childs.

Basis [ edit | edit source ]

Kagutsuchi is based on the Japanese legend of Kagutsuchi (カグツチ), a fire god born to the creator deities Izanami-no-Mikoto and Izanagi-no-Mikoto. The legend is narrated in the Kojiki: -

Next they gave birth to the Fire-Burning-Swift-Male-Deity, another name for whom is the Deity Fire-Shining-Prince, and another name is the Deity Fire-Shining-Elder. Through giving birth to this child her august private parts were burnt, and she sickened and lay down (i.e. died).

So then His Augustness the Male-Who-Invites said: Oh! Thine Augustness my lovely younger sister! Oh that I should have exchanged thee for this single child!" And as he crept round her august pillow, and as he crept round her august feet and wept, there was born from his august tears the Deity that dwells at Konomoto near Unewo on Mount Kagu, and whose name is the Crying-Weeping-Female-Deity. So he buried the divinely retired Deity the Female-Who-Invites on Mount Hiba at the boundary of the Land of Idzumo and the Land of Hahaki. Then His Augustness the Male-Who-invites, drawing the ten-grasp sabre 1 that was augustly girded on him, [32] cut off the head of his child the Deity Shining-Elder.


Kagutsuchi

Does not include external buffs (e.g. Halidom, Wyrmprints, etc.)

Max HP + Max Str + Max Unbinds + Lv. 2 Skill Might + Lv. 5 Ability Might + Lv. 30 Bond (While equipped on a Flame adventurer) 1096 (1345)

5,000 + 8,500

Deals 3 hits of 396% flame damage to surrounding enemies, and inflicts burn for 12 seconds - dealing 72.7% damage every 3.9 seconds - with 110% base chance. ( Might : 50)

Deals 3 hits of 440% flame damage to surrounding enemies, and inflicts burn for 12 seconds - dealing 97% damage every 3.9 seconds - with 120% base chance. ( Might : 100)

If the user is attuned to Flame: increases strength by 35%. ( Might : 0)

If the user is attuned to Flame: increases strength by 37%. ( Might : 0)

If the user is attuned to Flame: increases strength by 39%. ( Might : 0)

If the user is attuned to Flame: increases strength by 42%. ( Might : 0)

If the user is attuned to Flame: increases strength by 45%. ( Might : 0)

Increases the strength of the adventurer you are currently controlling by 10% for 10 seconds every time their initial skill, displayed at the top of their skill list, becomes available for use, providing they are Flame-attuned. After activating, this ability will not activate again for 15 seconds. ( Might : 0)

Increases the strength of the adventurer you are currently controlling by 10% for 10 seconds every time their initial skill, displayed at the top of their skill list, becomes available for use, providing they are Flame-attuned. After activating, this ability will not activate again for 15 seconds. ( Might : 0)

Increases the strength of the adventurer you are currently controlling by 10% for 10 seconds every time their initial skill, displayed at the top of their skill list, becomes available for use, providing they are Flame-attuned. After activating, this ability will not activate again for 15 seconds. ( Might : 0)

Increases the strength of the adventurer you are currently controlling by 10% for 10 seconds every time their initial skill, displayed at the top of their skill list, becomes available for use, providing they are Flame-attuned. After activating, this ability will not activate again for 15 seconds. ( Might : 0)

Increases the strength of the adventurer you are currently controlling by 15% for 10 seconds every time their initial skill, displayed at the top of their skill list, becomes available for use, providing they are Flame-attuned. After activating, this ability will not activate again for 15 seconds. ( Might : 0)


Character Statistics

Verse: Shin Megami Tensei

Age: Undefinable (Demons are naturally born in a world without Time or Space, beyond past, present and future)

Classification: Guardian of The Amala Network, Fragment of YHVH, Godly Spirit

Special Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Abstract Existence (Demons exist as thought forms and are akin to living ideals percieved by humanity. Kagutsuchi specifically embodies Rebirth and Time), Acausality (Paracausality Demons are naturally born in a world beyond time and do not perceive it linearly, being completely unaffected by the collapse of the multiverse across past, present and future), Non-Corporeal (As a Demon, Norn is not a physical being, and is a thought-form made of pure information and data), Immortality (Types 1, 3, 4 and 8. Can return to The Axiom to reform indefinitely), Regeneration (High-Godly. Capable of regenerating after being erased from nonexistence alongside the entire multiverse across past, present and future), Life and Death Manipulation, Causality Manipulation, Fate Manipulation (Far superior to the likes of the Norns, whose influence over Time and Fate bounds even Demons who exist beyond all of space and time), Conceptual Manipulation (Scaling from lesser entities capable of administrating all concepts that comprise the world and define it's past, present and future as if they were merely Information on a computer program), Void Manipulation (Characters far weaker than Kagutsuchi can completely destroy beings of nothingness with nothing but normal attacks, and control the primordial void of nothingness that consumes and erases everything that comes in contact with it, even concepts and the Information that comprises reality), Reality Warping, Space-Time Manipulation (Demons of Kagutsuchi caliber are capable of maintaining the existence of the very concept of time across infinity, and of overwriting universes and their past and future with new ones containing different laws. Scaling from Polaris, who is capable of rewinding and administrating time on a multiversal scale, affecting even voids of complete nothingness which consume concepts and ideas), Matter Manipulation, Soul Manipulation (Demons are capable of destroying souls with normal attacks, as well as absorbing them and collecting the populations of entire cities to turn them into energy), Information Manipulation, Power Nullification, Elemental Manipulation (Fire, Ice, Lightning, Earth, Force/Wind), Healing / Resurrection, Flight / Levitation, Teleportation, Telekinesis, Telepathy, Shapeshifting, Size Manipulation, Stat Buffing / Debuffing (Removes all Debuffs with Dekunda, Removes all enemy Buffs with Dekaja), Almighty Attacks that bypass all defenses (Can cast Almighty Attacks which bypass all magical defenses and innate resistances), Omnipresence, and Nigh-Omniscience, Resistanceto Conceptual Manipulation

Speed: Omnipresent (Their existence is present at every point in Space and Time, including all the parallel universes that are contained within The Amala Network. It should also be noted that Kagutsuchi administers all time periods for each universe as well, including past, present and future) 

Lifting Ability: Immeasurable (Demons, as higher-dimensional entities of pure information, are not bound by the conventional laws of physics.)

Range: At least Multiversal+

Intelligence: Nigh-Omniscient (Sees absolutely everything that is occurring on every timeline / universe that is contained in The Amala Network)


Weaknesses [ edit | edit source ]

The greatest risk that comes with this quirk is that it gradually heats up the user's core body temperature. At first this seems like a small drawback, but prolonged and extended use of ones quirk can easily leave to sever heat flash, heat stroke, advanced forms of dehydration, extreme fatigue, the chance of being incapacitated from ones body not being able to handle the shock of their core body temperature reaching certain degrees. Additionally, depending on the prolonged uses of the flames, heat of the flames, and the manner in which the flames are utilized Users of this quirk also risk physically damaging themselves with their own quirks if the level of heat or power they are trying to use is beyond their current control level. This means if Egil where ever to try to attempt to generate a massive wall of flames that was above his ability to generate then his body would be physically hurt, most likely if generating the flames form his hands then his hands would receive sever burns varying from 2nd to 3rd degree burns.


Kagutsuchi

5,000 + 8,500

Deals 3 hits of 396% flame damage to surrounding enemies, and inflicts burn for 12 seconds - dealing 72.7% damage every 3.9 seconds - with 110% base chance. ( Might : 50)

Deals 3 hits of 440% flame damage to surrounding enemies, and inflicts burn for 12 seconds - dealing 97% damage every 3.9 seconds - with 120% base chance. ( Might : 100)

If the user is attuned to Flame: increases strength by 35%. ( Might : 0)

If the user is attuned to Flame: increases strength by 37%. ( Might : 0)

If the user is attuned to Flame: increases strength by 39%. ( Might : 0)

If the user is attuned to Flame: increases strength by 42%. ( Might : 0)

If the user is attuned to Flame: increases strength by 45%. ( Might : 0)

Increases the strength of the adventurer you are currently controlling by 10% for 10 seconds every time their initial skill, displayed at the top of their skill list, becomes available for use, providing they are Flame-attuned. After activating, this ability will not activate again for 15 seconds. ( Might : 0)

Increases the strength of the adventurer you are currently controlling by 10% for 10 seconds every time their initial skill, displayed at the top of their skill list, becomes available for use, providing they are Flame-attuned. After activating, this ability will not activate again for 15 seconds. ( Might : 0)

Increases the strength of the adventurer you are currently controlling by 10% for 10 seconds every time their initial skill, displayed at the top of their skill list, becomes available for use, providing they are Flame-attuned. After activating, this ability will not activate again for 15 seconds. ( Might : 0)

Increases the strength of the adventurer you are currently controlling by 10% for 10 seconds every time their initial skill, displayed at the top of their skill list, becomes available for use, providing they are Flame-attuned. After activating, this ability will not activate again for 15 seconds. ( Might : 0)

Increases the strength of the adventurer you are currently controlling by 15% for 10 seconds every time their initial skill, displayed at the top of their skill list, becomes available for use, providing they are Flame-attuned. After activating, this ability will not activate again for 15 seconds. ( Might : 0)


Watch the video: Shin Megami Tensei 3 Nocturne Boss Kagutsuchi HARD (July 2022).


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