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Rugong

The Thunderous

“You've never heard of him? Yes you have.”

-Unknown cartographer

Biography

The elder of the very storms that tremble through the valley, and the lighting that crashes upon where he pleases, Rugong, son of Otamu and Umato, is the god of thunder, lightning, wind, and rain. He rides a cloud plucked from the divine heavens, carrying a mallet and spike to deliver lightning's wrath from the sky, and accompanied by six drums to signal others his presence and his mark. Rugong is often forgetful, usually being a full second to a minute late to signal the drums. This is why thunder always comes second. 

While his physical form; once being a mortal man

thousands of years ago who took a bite out of the fruit from a divine peach tree. Which transformed him into the primordial god he is today, his spirit originates from an even more ancient time. Among the many born from the first living of Kudao; Otamu and Umato. Shortly before Rugong's parturition, Umato was poisoned during her fertility causing her next newborn to be a primordial demonic beast of fire, earthquakes, tsunamis, and chaos. In utter disbelief, God Emperor Shenhai descended from the heavens, drew his sword, and split the creature in two. This creature, as destructive as it was, could not be allowed to walk the earth as one. And instead, separate with divided powers. 

The left half of the creature was Rugong, the source of earth's destructive nature, and the other, Mazoku, king of fire and havoc. Both serve as a necessary evil to develop mankind and their challenges. 

Mazoku, due to his nature turned his back to Shenhai, but Rugong was offered a royal seat in the council of heaven. And deliver vengeance to cursed evil-doers who oppose the God Emperor Shenhai. 

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A mask of Rugong and his brother in a Tanjuro gyoson in Midora.

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  • Height: 21'

  • Age: 50,000

  • Gender: Male

  • Race: Demigod/Yokai

  • Status: Alive

  • Weapon(s): Lighting Spike and Mallet. Thunder Drums

  • Born: ???

  • Occupations: God of Thunder, Lightning, Wind and Rain

  • Affiliations: The Divine Heavens.

  • Alignment: Lawfully Neutral

  • Power:

  • Defense

  • Mobility

  • Stealth

  • Utility

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Another crafted depiction of Rugong.

Trivia

  • Rugong is the pure reason why Kudao hasn't used electricity as their main source of power since he finds it disrespectful and forbids it.

    • Trillium is an exception since it is not a source directly from Rugong​.

  • Rugong resembles Thunderlord Ornn from League of Legends.

  • Rugong is a mixture of the two thunder gods in mythology, Leigong from Chinese mythology, and Raijin and Fujin from Japanese mythology.

    • The cloud Rugong rides on resembles the one Raijin and Fujin use.​

  • Rugong was specifically designed for the Inktober Day 27 prompt: Thunder.

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