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An aquatic beast tribe commonly found on and near the Ruby Sea. Their settlements lay beneath the waves, where they thrive on the endless bounties of the deep. Unlike other beast tribes, they do not worship a single deity, for they believe gods exist in all things. Perhaps in part due to this conviction, they have a penchant for trading and collecting all manner of effects.

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The Kojin is a race of tortoise-like beastmen in Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood. They live around the Ruby Sea area, mostly in underwater settlements or areas only accessible by traveling underwater.

All Kojin believe in many gods, also known as kami. Above all of them are the amatsukami, with the three greater deities amongst them: Susano, the Lord of the Revel, Tsukuyomi, the Lady of the Moon, and Amaterasu, the God of the Sun. From these, the first two were summoned as primals, though Susano's first summoning was accidental while Tsukuyomi's summoning was not related to the Kojin at all.

Notable members[]

  • Soroban - a Blue Kojin merchant who travels to Kugane in search of trading partners; he ends up befriending the Warrior of Light and their companions, providing much assistance to them through the course of the main story.

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The Kojin are skilled traders who welcome dealings with other races. They are most comfortable in the water, having settlements under the sea. They believe that unique gods (kami) reside in all things, and collect and hoard rare items that house powerful Kami to bring power and prosperity to themselves and their kin.

After the Garlean Empire invaded, the Kojin split into two factions: the pacifist Kojin of the Blue, and the mercenary Kojin of the Red. The Red Kojin allied with the Empire as mercenaries, concealing their faith and practicing it in secret. The Blue Kojin would rather be peaceful traders, and so minimize their involvement in Imperial affairs. The Blue Kojin see the Red practicing their faith in secret to be a mockery that the Kami would not approve of.

The Blue Kojin are green, while the Red Kojin are red. In-universe, this is speculated to be because the Kojin may be incapable of seeing the difference between green and blue, or it may simply be a matter of translation from the Kojin's native language being somewhat inaccurate. However, in the real world, only in recent history have blue and green been considered separate shades in Japanese; before then, green was considered a shade of blue. To this day, "ao" (blue in Japanese) is still commonly used to refer to various green objects. In Japanese culture, colors used to be classified as shades of either red, blue, white, or black. The Blue Kojin being green is thus likely a cultural element, the Kojin being based on old Japanese aesthetics, and reflective of the word still used today for the green sea turtle species. It also naturally pairs against red, the diametrically opposite color on the spectrum.

Etymology[]

Kōjin is the Japanese god of fire, the hearth, and the kitchen. He is sometimes called Kamado-gami, literally the god of the stove. He represents violent forces that are turned toward the good of humankind.

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