The Worm (
The Worm are an ancient Chinese secret society that pulled the strings in wars and politics for thousands of years; they have infiltrated almost every institution.
Worm have been researching brain-related technology for at least over 30 years, sponsoring and collecting information from scientists like Bando Yohei and Yamashita Kenzo; in the case of the latter two, mind uploading and the cyberbrain were topics of interest respectively.
While little else is known about the Worm, it is known that all who are connected to them have their centipede insignia tattooed on their body. While most of the members possess a black tattoo the ones closer to the head have a white one.
To prevent information leaks, the Worm doesn't let infiltrators know who else is infiltrating.
The head of the Worm, also known as the Connector (
Below the head there are two kinds of high-rank subordinates: the Direct Subordinates (like Naidan Mönkhbat), who are recognized by their white centipede tattoo and report directly to the head, and the Officers, who are in charge of the various branches of the organization (i.e. Xia Ji is the Far East Branch Chief).
Below the officers are the Senior Combatants (like Jadamba Sumyabaazar), who indoctrinate the Medium and the Junior Combatants to the cause and train them. The Junior Combatants have various subordinates themselves. Lower-ranking members of the Worm can either be combatants or saboteurs and are the only ones who engage in "impersonation". They are also known to use reconstructive surgery on their members to aid in infiltration and replacement impersonation. On the other hand, Senior Combatants don't fake their identity; for this reason they are harder to expose than other members.
It's possible for someone like a Junior Combatant to be promoted to become a Direct Surbordinate.
Jadamba Sumyabaazar (ジヤダンバ・スミヤバザル, Jiyadanba Sumiyabazaru) was an upper-class combatant of the Worm and Naidan Mönkhbat's master of mongolian wrestling.
Taking many students under his wing, he taught Naidan, the only one left, how to train his Khüch and his Eye of The Sky. After making Naidan complete his training, Jadamba challenged him to a fight only to be killed with a single throw by his student.
|Omega Debut:||Chapter 84|
Kashio Toru (樫尾 亨, Kashio Tōru; "Toru Kashio")is a former employee of the Kengan Association's Fighter Employment Department who served as one of the witnesses for Narushima Koga's fighter employment exam, alongside Sugawara Yutaka.
It was later revealed that he is also one of Xia Ji's students infiltrating the Kengan Association (by impersonating the real Kashio Toru). After his cover was blown, he ended up brutally killing Sugawara Yutaka.
|Kanji:||樫尾 亨 (かしお とうる)|
|Omega Debut:||Chapter 35|
Ranjo (蘭城, Ranjō) was one of Hayami's high-ranking Guardians.
During the coup, he managed to trounce Kono Haruo; even considering Haruo's injuries, Ranjo is still quite powerful with his favourite attack being "thrust". Like Tokita Ohma, he was able to use Possessing Spirit. Ranjo had a centipede-like tattoo signifying it on his left pectoral. After his defeat to Ohma and subsequent capture, Ranjo was assassinated by Xia Ji.
|Kanji:||蘭城 (らん じょう)|
|Ashura Debut:||Chapter 175|
Saka Koji (坂麹, Saka Kōji; "Koji Saka") was a Worm agent who impersonated an employee of a Kengan Association corporation being a IT Department Head. His Id number is 11T2TS19.
The fake Saka Koji was murdered by Gaoh Ryuki.
|Omega Debut:||Chapter 29|
The fake Terumi Kanji was murdered by Gaoh Ryuki.
|Omega Debut:||Chapter 33 (Mentioned)|
The man known as The Tiger's Vessel (虎の器, Tora no Utuswa) is a mysterious indvidual who claims that the Niko Style is his alone, and wants to kill all other users of the style.
After murdering Long Min, he discussed Tokita Ohma's death with Xia Ji and Edward Wu. Two years later he entered the Kengan Association VS Purgatory Tournament to show the true power of the Tiger's Vessel, after discovering that Gaoh Ryuki would also enter the competition.
|Epithet:||The Tiger's Vessel (虎の器, Tora no Utuswa)|
Notes & Trivia
- For some reason Naidan Mönkhbat, before dying, labelled Gaoh Ryuki as the Connector. The reason for this is still unknown.
- While the reasons for it are yet unknown, they have been keen to capture both Tokita Ohma and Gaoh Ryuki.
- According to Hayami Katsumasa, it was the technology given to him by the Worm that enabled him to "create" Hayami Masaki, a clone of the late Meguro Masaki.
- Yamashita Kenzo infers that the Worm are trying to create "something" using the brain research they have gained over the decades.
|Martial Arts||Formless · Gaoh Style · Inaba Style · Kaiwan Style · Koei Style · Kure Clan Style · Niko Style (Possessing Spirit) · Raishin Style|
|Kengan||Bodyguards (Extermination Force · Fang of Metsudo) · Guardians · Kengan Annihilation Tournament · Members (Ashura/Omega) · Kengan matches · Referees|
|The Public Spehere||Rokushin Kaikan · Rokushin Kaikan Tournament|
|The Underground||Heavenly Wolves · Inaba Clan · Kengan Association VS Purgatory Tournament · Kure Clan · Mikazuchi Clan · Underground Martial Arts Industry (Bishamon · Death Fight · Heroic Tales · Kengan matches · Purgatory (Three Demon Fists)) · Worm · Wu Clan|
|The Inside||The Black Messengers · Tokita Niko|