- "They engage in all kinds of harassment for those that call for open borders and the foreigners that live in Jakoku, and I’ve heard that from time to time they’ve even gathered together and committed raids."
- ―Kai Miroku[src]
The Crimson Robed Masses[note 1] was an extremist group in Jakoku. Originally founded as a mage order by Julia IR, the group eventually became an anti-foreigner organization over the centuries, opposing Jakoku's interactions with the western world.
Sometime during the EC 540s, Julia IR established a following of mages to serve her. After Julia and her forces allied with Princess Jahime Hatsune, they assisted her faction in the Jakoku Civil War. Following the Hatsunes' defeat at the Battle of Jagahara, Julia IR was targeted by the princess and soon after vanished from Jakoku.
Once the Tokugawa shogunate established hegemony over the entire archipelago, the Crimson Robed Masses continued resisting the new government. By the 9th century EC, the organization devolved into an anti-foreigner terrorist group, expanding its influence within the government and in the common citizenry, while keeping their activities discreet so as to avoid war with the reigning government. The group also began to split into various factions as it grew. At some point, the group began sending threatening letters to the Freezis Foundation's local manager, Perrié Cutie Marlon, hoping to scare off the foreign trade leader to no avail. They also had various skirmishes with the Yarera-Zusco Firm.
Enbizaka Murderer Scandal
In December of EC 838, a member of one of the factions, Kai Miroku, attempted to set fire to the Freezis trade house and accidentally let the fire spread to the neighboring buildings, destroying most of the town. Eventually, some members of the terrorist group began convening on the top of Mount Inasa. Around this time, the group also targeted the do-gooder Kokutan-douji and his traveling companions several times throughout his journey. In EC 842, Kai was murdered by Kayo Sudou shortly before the tailor was arrested and later executed. Ten years later, the group resisted the Maistian army's arrival to Jakoku and was subsequently eradicated.
Organization and Structure
During its earlier history, the Crimson Robed Masses were made up of Jakokuese mages and were led by the organization's founder. After it devolved into a terrorist group by the 9th century EC, the group was composed of non-magic users, most of them passing as ordinary citizens of Jakoku or members of the Jakokuese government. By this time, the group became so large that it posed a major threat to Jakoku, thus leading to the Izami magistrate's reluctance in dealing with them directly.
Additionally, the group in time split into multiple factions, with some having no tolerance for even Jakokuese with foreign ancestry, while others directed their hatred towards only foreigners without Jakokuese blood. One of the latter groups made their encampment on Mount Inasa following the fire in Enbizaka.
- The group's name may be a reference to the red clothes typically worn by its founder, Julia IR.
- Deadly Sins of Evil: The Tailor of Enbizaka (first appearance)