Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
*Spirit, Zhu Rong (Nushi)
God of Fire and Heavenly Executioner
Traits: Provides Wu with +2 dice to all Melee rolls and +1 dice to all Dexterity rolls.
Ban: Zhu Rong asks that his children display the decapitated heads of their fallen foes in his honor.
Total Points: 19
Total cost: 4
Wu Link: 4
Zhu Rong or Zhurong, also known as Chongli, is an important personage in Chinese mythology and Chinese folk religion. According to the Huainanzi and the philosophical texts of Mozi and his followers, Zhurong is a god of fire and of the south. The Shanhaijing gives alternative genealogies for Zhurong, including descent from both the Yan Emperor and Yellow Emperor. Some sources associate Zhurong with some of the principle early and ancient myths of China, such as those of Nuwa, Gong Gong and the Great Flood. Chinese mythology has in the past been believed to be, at least in part, a factual recording of history. Thus, in the study of historical Chinese culture, many of the stories that have been told regarding characters and events which have been written or told of the distant past have a double tradition: one which tradition which presents a more historicised and one which presents a more mythological version. This is also true in the case of Zhurong. In Sima Qian’s Records of the Grand Historian (Shi Ji), Zhurong is portrayed as a historical person, who held the governmental office of Minister of Fire.
Zhurong was said to be the son of Gaoyang (also known as Zhuanxu), a sky god.5 (Again, the more historicised versions of the mythology portray Zhuanxu as a historical person; in this case an “Emperor of China”). Gaoyang also had a son, Gun, who fathered Yu the Great. The imperial clan of the Qin Dynasty also claimed descent through Gaoyang (though not Zhurong). Zhurong was also claimed to be an ancestor to the eight lineages of the royal families of the Chu state.