Orochi (Species)

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Orochi (大蛇, lit. "Giant Snake") are a race of seven snake-like youkai unique to the Len'en Project, based on the legendary snake-like youkai Yamata no Orochi. They are descendent from the ancient clan leader Orochi, originating from seven of their body parts coming to life. Rather than being parts of one being, they refer to each other as family or clan members. Each member has different skills based on which body part they are born from.

General Information[edit]

Soon after coming into existence, the seven orochi vowed to recover the Tasouken which was taken from their clan. Despite having the same goal, the orochi worked separately from one another, as they did not all get along. Over the ages, 5 of the 7 orochi passed away in their pursuit of the Tasouken, one of them even killed by Yaorochi. Only 2 orochi remain nowadays.

It is known that Yaorochi hibernates during winter, although it is not absolutely needed but is instead a choice on their part.[1] It can be assumed that other orochi can do so as well.

Abilities[edit]

While a general descriptor of the orochi race was never given, there are several abilities we can glean from Yaorochi and Saragimaru, as well as statements from JynX.

Resizing Their Tails

The orochi can freely resize their tails, making it longer or shorter, thicker or thinner, although there is a limit to it. In addition, the tails would involuntarily enlarge themselves when they focus their strength or gather youkai power.[2]

Cloud-Related Abilities

Both Yaorochi and Saragimaru have abilities related to clouds, with Yaorochi being able to mow them down and Saragimaru able to manipulate cloudy weather. This may be a reference to the fact that Yamata no Orochi is always accompanied by a gathering of clouds above them, in some versions of the legend.

Characters that are this species[edit]

Adagumo no Yaorochi

One of the older siblings and the head of the family. Said to be the strongest, they were born from Orochi's severed sword-arm and thus has great prowess in sword-wielding. While they initially had the intention of rebuilding their clan after obtaining the Tasouken, they later lost all interest after recovering it.

Adagumo no Saragimaru

The youngest sibling born from one of Orochi's eyes, which gave them the capacity for extensive knowledge. After their bond with Yaorochi went sour, they had followed and watched over them without ever being seen, only concerned with their elder sibling's happiness. They are adverse towards humans, though they're currently subservient to Kuroji Shitodo.

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