The Vassals of Oden, otherwise known as the Nine Red Scabbards, have played a major role in the Wano Arc, joining forces with Luffy and his crew in a bid to achieve the dreams of Kozuki Oden. With the manga recently bringing the War for Wano to a close, Eiichiro Oda's sketches for the saga have been making their way online, with the mangaka's original plans for the Scabbards seeing some drastic changes made to those looking to avenge the loss of their leader.
The Vassals of Oden were a tragic group of warriors, unable to save their master from being killed by the Beast Pirates as he burned alive within a scolding hot cauldron. Vowing to spend the rest of their lives avenging their deceased leader while also working to open the borders of Wano Country to the world at large, the Scabbards would eventually encounter Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates, helping them to form a band of resistance fighters looking to overthrow the pint-sized shogun known as Orochi. While the Vassals didn't compare to their departed master in the strength department, they turned out to be valuable allies to those looking for freedom within Wano's borders.
Twitter Outlet New World Artur shared the original sketches for the Nine Red Scabbards, revealing that mangaka Eiichiro Oda was originally planning on only having four members of Kozuki Oden's entourage, with these wandering samurai tearing themselves apart following their inability to save the life of their master:
At an early stage, it seems Oda was planning to only have four Scabbards (left to right):— Artur – Library of Ohara (@newworldartur) June 26, 2022
Juushirou "of the mist" (was supposed to die)
"Fox-Fire" Kin'emon (already had Fuku Fuku no Mi),
Muzan "of the Moon" (wields paintbrush)
"Black Crow" Raizou (womanizer)#ROADTOLAUGHTALE pic.twitter.com/gfV88Idyh0
With the war for Wano Country coming to an end in One Piece's manga, Eiichiro Oda has confirmed that he is set to work on the Final Arc of the Shonen franchise when he returns from a month-long hiatus. While the mangaka hasn't revealed how many chapters the story of Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates, a number of fans are anxious to see if Luffy will finally be able to achieve his dream of becoming the king of the pirates.
What do you think of the original designs for the Nine Red Scabbards? Do you think we'll see the Vassals of Oden return for the Final Arc of One Piece? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of the Grand Line.