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Post by Akisame Era on Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:31 pm

Ayakashi

Ayakashi (妖) are known by many different names:

  • Youkai (妖怪)
  • Mononoke (物の怪)
  • Mamono (魔物)


Most of you are rather familiar with the term Youkai being roughly translated in anime as 'demon'. However, these are the more accurate translations that come up: ghost, phantom, strange apparition, bewitching, attractive, calamity, apparition, mystery, and suspicious. How you interpret what Ayakashi means is through what you encounter. The same goes for our characters. Generally, I ask that you use the term Ayakashi rather than Youkai.  

Ayakashi are a class of supernatural monsters in Japanese folklore. They range eclectically from the malevolent to the mischievous, or occasionally bring good fortune to those who encounter them. Often they possess animal features (such as the Kappa, which is similar to a turtle, or the Tengu which has wings), other times they can appear mostly human, some look like inanimate objects, and others have no discernible shape. Ayakashi usually have a spiritual supernatural power, with shapeshifting being one of the most common.

Ayakashi cannot be seen by normal Humans unless they choose to be seen or are in a weakened state. A Human who has at one time encountered an Ayakashi by making physical contact, can then see all Ayakashi whether they choose to or not.

Ayakashi cannot typically leave Japan, bound like ghosts. However, upon new discovery, if an Ayakashi obtained a Tera chip by whatever means and has it in their possession, the effect allows them to leave the country and travel however they desire to wherever they desire. As long as an Ayakashi has a Tera chip, they can leave Japan.

Ayakashi can be harmed by normal weapons, however, they cannot die from them. They'll be in great pain, but will never die unless vanquished via Alchemy. Ayakashi can kill each other.

TYPES: ANIMALS

Many indigenous Japanese animals are thought to have magical qualities. Most of these are henge (変化) ie shapeshifters (obake, bakemono) that often appear in human form (mostly as women). Some of the better known animal Ayakashi include the following:


  • Tanuki (raccoon dogs)
  • Kitsune (foxes)
  • Hebi (snakes)
  • Mujina (badgers)
  • Bakeneko (cats)
  • Tsuchigumo and Jorougumo (spiders)
  • Inugami (dogs)


TYPES: OBAKE/SHAPESHIFTERS

All Ayakashi and Tsukimono have the potential to be able to Shapeshift. However, I ask that you use common sense. Will a Tsukumogami be able to? Perhaps; it doesn't necessarily make sense: an old umbrella turning into a human--what? So, play with it. Maybe it can transform into a child or into an old man or something really funny like some scrawny guy who talks backwards or something! I make exceptions for creativity. In most circumstances, 'Shapeshifting' usually infers an animal-like Ayakashi of some kind changing its appearance to be that of a Human's. This counts as a phenomenon for your app. (Ayakashi do not just magically 'have' this ability).

TYPES: ONI

One of the most well-known aspects of Japanese folklore is the oni, which is a sort of mountain-dwelling ogre, usually depicted with red, blue, brown or black skin, two horns on its head, a wide mouth filled with fangs, and wearing nothing but a tigerskin loincloth. It often carries an iron kanabo or a giant sword. Oni are mostly depicted as evil, but can occasionally be the embodiment of an ambivalent natural force. They are, like many obake, associated with the direction northeast.

TYPES: TENGU

A goblin from Japanese mythology that has several supernatural powers and skills in martial arts, the Tengu were originally extremely dangerous demons and enemies of Buddhism, but over centuries, their behavior changed from spirits of the damned to active defenders of Dharma.


TYPES: TSUKUMOGAMI

Tsukumogami are an entire class of Ayakashi and obake, comprising ordinary household items that have come to life on the one-hundredth anniversary of their birthday. Typically, these Ayakashi are incapable of human possession.
This virtually unlimited classification includes:

  • Bakezouri (straw sandals)
  • Biwa-bokuboku (a lute)
  • Burabura (a paper lantern)
  • Karakasa (old umbrellas)
  • Kameosa (old sake jars)
  • Morinji-no-kama (tea kettles)
  • Mokumokuren (paper screens with eyes)

TYPES: HUMANS

There are a large number of Ayakashi who were originally ordinary human beings, transformed into something horrific and grotesque usually during an extremely emotional state. Women suffering from intense jealousy, for example, were thought to transform into the female oni represented by hannya masks. Also note that some Ayakashi are very specific in their habits as if stuck doing the same thing over and over again. Very typical of a ghost. So yes, some Ayakashi naturally appear as Humans, however having some give-away that they are indeed not normal. For instance: no face. I don't know, be creative. Incorporate your missing Human quality with the reason for having had become an Ayakashi.

Also note: Human-like Ayakashi cannot be seen normally like Humans unless they will it or make contact of some kind.

Examples of human transformations or humanoid Ayakashi are:

  • Rokuro-kubi (humans able to elongate their necks during the night)
  • Ohaguro-bettari (a figure, usually female, that turns to reveal a face with only a blackened mouth)
  • Futakuchi-onna (a woman with a voracious extra mouth on the back of her head)
  • Dorotabou (the risen corpse of a farmer, who haunts his abused land)
  • Azuki Arai (an Ayakashi who is always found washing azuki beans).
  • Akaname (only found in dirty bathrooms and spends its time licking the filth left by the untidy owners).
  • Ashiarai Yashiki (A gargantuan foot that appears in rooms and demands the terrified home owner wash it)
  • Tofu Kozo (a small monk who carries a plate with a block of tofu).


TYPES: MORE

Additional Ayakashi:

Abumi-guchi - A furry creature formed from the stirrup of a mounted military commander works for Yamata Orochi
Abura-akago - An infant ghost who licks the oil out of andon lamps
Abura-sumashi - A spirit who lives on a mountain pass in Kumamoto Prefecture.
Aka Manto - A malicious spirit who haunts bathrooms and asks the cubicle occupants if they want red or blue paper.
Akabeko - A red cow involved in the construction of Enzou-ji in Yanaizu, Fukushima.
Akaname - The spirit who licks the untidy bathroom.
Akashita - A creature that looms in a black cloud over a floodgate.
Akateko - A red hand dangling out of a tree.
Akkorokamui - An Ainu monster resembling a fish or octopus.
Akurojin-no-hi - A ghostly fire from Mie Prefecture.
Amabie - A Japanese mermaid yokai
Amaburakosagi - A ritual-disciplinary demon from Shikoku.
Amamehagi - A ritual-disciplinary demon from Hokuriku.
Amanojaku - A small demon that instigates people into wickedness.
Amanozako - A monstrous goddess mentioned in the Kujiki.
Amazake-babaa - An old woman who asks for sweet sake and brings disease.
Amefurikozou - A little boy spirit who plays in the rain.
Amemasu - An Ainu creature resembling a fish or whale.
Ameonna - Rain making female spirit.
Amikiri - The net-cutting spirit.
Amorounagu - A Tennyo from the island of Amami OUshima.
Amaterasu - A sun goddess.
Anmo - A ritual-disciplinary demon from Iwate Prefecture.
Aoandon - The spirit of the blue paper lantern.
Aobouzu - The blue monk who kidnaps children.
Aonyoubou - A female ghost who lurks in an abandoned imperial palace.
Aosaginohi - A luminescent heron.
Arikura-no-baba - An old woman with magical powers.
Ashimagari - A spirit which entangles the legs of travelers.
Ashinagatenaga - A pair of characters, one with long legs and the other with long arms.
Ayakashi (youkai) - Another name for funayurei.
Azukiarai - A spirit that makes the sound of azuki beans being washed.
Azukitogi - Another name for Azukiarai.
Bake-kujira - A ghostly whale skeleton that drifts along the coastline of Shimane Prefecture.
Bakeneko - A shape-shifting cat.
Bakezouri - A zori straw sandal spirit.
Baku - An auspicious beast who can devour nightmares.
Basan - A large fire-breathing chicken monster.
Bashounosei
Betobeto-san - Invisible spirit which follows people at night, making the sound of footsteps
Binbougami - The spirit of poverty.
Biwa-bokuboku- Animated biwa
Buruburu
Byakko - Japanese version of the Chinese White Tiger.
Byoubunozoki
Chouchinobake - A possessed chouchin lantern.
Chouchinbi
Daidarabotchi - A giant responsible for creating the geographical features on Japan.
Daitengu - The most powerful Tengu, each of whom lives on a separate mountain.
Danzaburou-danuki
Datsue-ba - An old woman seated in the underworld who steals clothes from the souls of the dead.
Dodomeki
Enenra - A monster made of smoke.
Enkou - Kappa of Shikoku and western Honshuu
Fuujin - The wind god.
Fuuri - A monkey-like yokai.
Funayuurei - Ghosts of people who died at sea.
Furaribi - A creature that flies aimlessly engulfed in flames.
Furutsubaki-no-rei
Furu-utsubo - Animated jar.
Futakuchi-onna - The two-mouthed woman.
Gagoze - A demon who attacked young priests at Gangou-ji temple.
Gaki - Starving ghosts of especially greedy people
Gashadokuro - A giant skeleton that is the spirit of the unburied dead. Also known as Gaikotsu.
Genbu - Japanese version of the Chinese Black Tortoise.
Goryou - The vengeful spirits of the dead.
Gozu and Mezu - Underworld guards
Guhin - another name for tengu
Gyuuki - Another name for Ushioni.
Hakanohi
Hakuja no Myojin - A White Serpent God
Hakutaku - A beast which handed down knowledge on harmful spirits.
Hannya - A noh mask representing a jealous female demon.
Harionago - A woman with a thorn-like barb on the tip of each strand of her hair
Hashihime - A woman associated most often with a bridge in Uji.
Heikegani - Crabs with human-faced shells. They are the spirits of the warriors killed in the Battle of Dan-no-ura.
Hibagon - The Japanese version of Bigfoot.
Hiderigami - The god of drought.
Hihi - Monkey Yokai.
Hikeshibaba - an old woman who blows out lanterns
Hikiko- A ghost of a girl who was violently treated by her parents and bullied by her classmates.
Hinode
Hinoenma - A succubus spirit that draws energy/blood from its male victims.
Hitodama - A fireball ghost that appears when someone dies.
Hitotsume-kozou - A one-eyed boy.
Hitotsume-nyuudou - A one-eyed monk.
Hiyoribou
Hoji - The wicked spirit of Tamamo-no-Mae.
Houkou - Dog-like tree spirit from China.
Hone-onna - A skeleton woman.
Hou-ou - The legendary Fenghuang bird of China.
Hoshi-no-Tama - A ball guarded by a Kitsune which can give the one who obtains it power to force the Kitsune to help them. It is said to hold some reserves of the Kitsune's power.
Housoushi
Hotoke - A deceased person.
Hyakki Yakou - The demons' night parade.
Hyousube - A kind of hair-covered Kappa.
Ibaraki-doji - Offspring of an oni.
Ichimoku-nyuudou - A one-eyed Kappa from Sado Island
Ichiren-Bozu - Animated prayer beads
Ikiryou - Essentially a living ghost, as it is a living person's soul outside of their body.
Ikuchi - Sea-serpent that travels over boats in an arc while dripping oil.
Inugami - A dog-spirit created, worshipped, and employed by a family via sorcery.
Inugami Gyoubu - A type of tanuki.
Ippon-datara - One-legged mountain spirit said to be a ghost of a blacksmith or the blacksmith deity Ameno-me-Hitotsu.
Isonade - A fish-like sea monster with a barb-covered tail.
Issie - A lake monster.
Itsumade - A fire-breathing bird-like monster.
Ittan-momen - A possessed roll of cotton that attempts to smother people by wrapping itself around their faces.
Iwana-bouzu - A Char that appears as a Buddhist monk.
Iyaya - A woman whose face is reflected as an old man.
Jami
Janjanbi - A soul in the form of a ball of fire, named for the sound it makes.
Jibakurei - Spirit that protects a specific place
Jikininki - Ghosts that eat human corpses.
Jinmenju - A tree with human-faced fruits.
Jishin-namazu - The giant catfish that causes earthquakes and tsunami. It was blamed during the Ansei quake & tsunami.
Jorougumo - A spider woman.
Jotai - Animated folding screen cloth
Jubokko - A vampire tree.
Kahaku (河伯) - Another name for a Kappa.
Kakurezato
Kamaitachi - The slashing sickle-clawed weasel that haunts the mountains.
Kambarinyoudou
Kameosa - A possessed sake jar.
Kanedama - a spirit that carries money
Kappa - A famous water monster with a water-filled head and a love of cucumbers.
Karasu-tengu
Karura - Eagle-human hybrid.
Kasa-obake - A possessed paper umbrella monster.
Kasha - A cat-like demon that descends from the sky and carries away corpses.
Katawaguruma - Another name of Wanyudo.
Kawauso
Kawaakago – a river spirit that pretends to be a crying baby.
Kechibi - Fireballs with human faces inside.
Keneou - An old man seated in the underworld who weighs the clothes given to him by Datsue-ba.
Keukegen - A small dog-like creature covered entirely in long hair.
Kijimuna - A tree sprite from Okinawa.
Kirin - The Qilin of China is part dragon and part ox. It is sometimes called the "Chinese unicorn".
Kitsune-Tsuki - A fox spirit.
Kitsunebi
Kitsune no yomeiri
Kiyohime - A woman who transformed into a serpent demon out of the rage of unrequited love.
Kodama - A spirit that lives in a tree.
Kokakuchou - The Ubume bird.
Komainu - The pair of lion-dogs that guard the entrances of temples.
Konaki-jiji - This Yokai disguises itself as an abandoned baby then cries until someone picks it up.
Konoha-tengu - A bird-like Tengu.
Koropokkuru - A little person from Ainu folklore.
Kosenjoubi – fireballs that fly over former battlefields
Kosode-no-te - A possessed kimono robe.
Kubikajiri - Female corpse-chewing graveyard spirit.
Kuchisake-onna - The slit-mouthed woman.
Kuda-gitsune - A small fox-like animal used in sorcery.
Kyonshī - The Japanese version of the Chinese hopping vampire, known as "jiangshi".
'"Kumo Youkai'" - A Japanese spider demon
Kyoukotsu – a skeletal figure that emerges from a well
Kyourinrin - Possessed scrolls or papers.
Mekurabe - The multiplying skulls that menaced Taira no Kiyomori in his courtyard.
Miage-nyuudou - A spirit that grows as fast as you can look up at it.
Mikaribaba - A one-eyed old woman.
Mikoshi-nyuudou
Misaki - High-ranking divine spirits.
Mizuchi - A dangerous water dragon.
Mokumokuren - A swarm of eyes that appear on a paper sliding door in an old building.
Momonjī
Mononoke - Any mischievous and troublesome creature/entity of uncertain origin.
Morinji-no-kama - Another name for Bunbuku Chagama, the tanuki teakettle.
Mouryou
Mujina - A shapeshifting badger.
Mu-onna - The nothing woman.
Myoubu - A title sometimes given to a fox.
Namahage - A ritual-disciplinary demon from the Oga Peninsula.
Namazu - A giant catfish that causes earthquakes.
Nekomata - a cat yokai.
Ningyo - A fish person or "mermaid".
Nobusuma - a flying squirrel-like monster
Noderabou - Strange creatures that stand near a temple bell.
Noppera-bou - A faceless ghost.
Nozuchi - a fat snake-like creature
Nue - A monster with the head of a monkey, the body of a raccoon dog, the legs of a tiger, and a snake-headed tail. It plagued the emperor with nightmares in the Heike Monogatari.
Nukekubi - A vicious human-like monster whose head detaches from its body, often confused with the Rokurokubi.
Nuppeppo - An animated lump of decaying human flesh.
Nure-onna - A female snake-like monster who appears on the shore.
Nuribotoke - An animated corpse with blackened flesh and dangling eyeballs.
Nurikabe - A ghostly wall that traps a traveler at night.
Nurarihyon - A strange character who sneaks into houses on busy evenings.
Nyuudou-bouzu
Nyuunaisuzume
Obake - Shapeshifting spirits
Obariyon - Yokai which rides piggyback on a human victim and becomes unbearably heavy
Oboroguruma - An oxen cart with a face in its carriage.
Oiwa - The ghost of a woman with a distorted face who was murdered by her husband.
OUkaburo
Okiku - The plate-counting ghost of a servant girl.
OUkubi - The face of a huge woman which appears in the sky.
Okuri-inu - Dog or wolf that follows travelers at night. Similar to the Black dog of English folklore
OUmagatoki
OUmukade - Giant, human-eating centipede that lives in the mountains
Oni - The classic Japanese demon. It is an ogre-like creature which often has horns.
Oni of Rashomon
Onibaba - The demon hag.
Onibi - A spirit fire.
Onihitokuchi - One-eyed oni that kill and eat humans.
Onmoraki - Bird-demon created from the spirits of freshly dead corpses.
OUnyuudou
Onryou - A vengeful ghost.
Otoroshi - A hairy creature that perches on the gates to shrines and temples.
Onmyoji - A human who has powers like a yokai's.
Osakabe
Raijin - The God of Thunder.
Raijuu - A beast that falls to earth in a lightning bolt.
Rokurokubi - A person, usually female, whose neck can stretch indefinitely.
Ryuu - The Japanese dragon.
Sa Gojou - The water-monster Sha Wujing from Journey to the West, often interpreted in Japan as a kappa.
Samebito - A shark-man from the undersea Dragon Palace.
Sankai - Amorphous afterbirth spirit.
Sansei
Sarakazoe
Satori - An ape-like creature that can read minds.
Sazae-oni - A turban snail that turns into a woman.
Sesshou-seki - The poisonous "killing stones" which Tamamo-no-Mae transformed into.
Seiryuu - Japanese version of the Chinese Azure Dragon.
Shachihoko - A tiger-headed fish whose image is often used in architecture.
Shibaemon-tanuki
Shidaidaka
Shikigami - A spirit summoned to do the bidding of an Onmyouji.
Shikome - Wild women sent by Izanami to harm Izanagi.
Shinigami - The Japanese Grim Reaper.
Shiranui - a mysterious flame seen over the seas in Kumamoto Prefecture.
Shirime (尻目) - An apparition in the shape of a man having an eye in the place of his anus.
Shirouneri - Possessed mosquito nettings or dust clothes.
Shiryou - The souls of the dead, the opposite of ikiryo.
Shisa - The Okinawan version of the Shishi.
Shishi - The paired lion-dogs that guard the entrances of temples.
Shoujou - The red-haired sea sprites who love alcohol.
Shoukera - Is a creature which peeks in through the skylight of an old house.
Soujoubou - The famous Daitengu of Mount Kurama.
Suiko - Another name for Kappa.
Son Gokuu - The monkey king Sun Wukong from Journey to the West.
Sunakake Baba - A witch who uses sand.
Shuten-doji
Suzaku - Japanese version of the Chinese Vermilion Bird.
Suzuri-no-tamashii
Taka-onna - A female monster that can stretch its waist to peer inside buildings.
Tamamo-no-Mae - A wicked nine-tailed fox who appeared as a courtesan.
Tanuki - A shape-shifting raccoon dog.
Teke Teke - A vengeful spirit of a school girl, with a half upper torso body, who goes around killing people by slicing them in half with a scythe, mimicking her own disfigurement.
Tengu - A wise bird-like demon.
Tenjoukudari
Tenka (kaika)
Tenko (fox)
Tennin - A heavenly being.
Te-no-me - Ghost of a blind man, with his eyes on his hands
Teratsutsuki
Tesso - A priest who was snubbed by the emperor and became a swarm of rats which laid waste to a rival temple.
Toufu-kozou - A yokai that appears as a young boy carrying a plate of tofu.
Tsuchigumo
Tsuchinoko - A legendary serpentine monster. It is now a cryptid resembling a fat snake.
Tsukuyomi - A moon god.
Tsukumogami - An animated tea caddy that Matsunaga Hisahide used to bargain a peace with Oda Nobunaga. It is now understood to mean any 100-year-old inanimate object that has come to life.
Tsurube-otoshi - A monster that drops out of the tops of trees.
Ubume - The spirit of a woman who died in childbirth.
Uma-no-ashi - A horse's leg which dangles from a tree and kicks passersby.
Umibouzu - A giant monster appearing on the surface of the sea.
Umi-nyoubou - A female sea monster who steals fish.
Ungaikyo - A possessed mirror.
Ushi-no-tokimairi
Ushi-oni - A name given to an assortment of ox-headed monsters.
Ushirogami
Uwan - A spirit named for the sound it shouts when surprising people.
Waira - A large beast that lurks in the mountains, about which little is known.
Wani - A water monster comparable to an alligator or crocodile. A related word has been applied to the Saltwater crocodile.
Wanyuudou - A flaming wheel with a man's head in the center, that sucks out the soul of anyone who sees it.
Yadoukai - Monks who have turned to mischief.
Yako (fox)
Yama-biko - Small creatures that create echoes.
Yamajijii - An old man with one eye and one leg.
Yamako
Yamaoroshi - A possessed vegetable grater, almost porcupine-like in appearance.
Yamata no Orochi - The eight-headed dragon/serpent monster slain by the god Susanoo.
Yama-uba - A Crone-like youkai.
Yashima no Hage-tanuki
Yatagarasu - The three-legged crow of Amaterasu.
Yato-no-kami - Deadly Snake Gods which infested a field.
Yobuko - A mountain-dwelling spirit.
Yomotsu-shikome - The hags of the underworld.
Yonakinoishi
Yousei - The Japanese word for "fairy".
Yosuzume - a mysterious bird that sings at night, sometimes indicating that the okuri-inu is near.
Yuki-onna - The snow woman.
Yurei - Ghosts in a more Western sense.
Zashiki-warashi - A protective childlike house spirit.
Zennyo Ryuuou - A rain-making dragon.
Zorigami - An animated clock.
Zuijin - A tutelary spirit.
Zunbera-bou - Another name for the Noppera-bou.


For more details please visit this link to do your own research. Details are important when concerning your Ayakashi.

I also support those who want to invent their own Ayakashi. Basing it loosely off the relative concept of what makes an Ayakashi such, it would make sense that you can create your own. If you go that route, however, I want to see effort put into it.  


HALFBREEDS

Some Obake Ayakashi capable of shapeshifting into a Human, are also capable of fertility. In such cases, a human and an Ayakashi can indeed fall in love and have a child. This child would then be half Ayakashi, half Human. In such cases, the Human child, upon coming of age, would have to choose a life of Ayakashi or that of a Human's. The longer they stay among humans, the more what little power they possess dwindles. As such, if a Halfbreed chooses to live among humans, it will lose its Ayakashi origins, and become fully human. However, if the Halfbreed chooses to live among Ayakashi, it will maintain its powers, but will never be on equal standing with the other, more powerful, Ayakashi.

Halfbreeds can see Ayakashi whether they choose the life of one or that of a human.

Halfbreeds can never become Tsukimono, as they are incapable of being possessed by Ayakashi.

Halfbreeds cannot use Rituals or Alchemy.

Halfbreeds who have decided to dwell among Humans can travel anywhere with or without a Tera chip.


SHRINES: KAMI

Remember it's Shrines, not Temples. Temples are Buddhist; Shrines are Shinto. Usually reserved for kami, Shrines are typically placed in areas where one feels that there are kami afoot. Kami can be anything: rocks, waterfalls, a mangy dog you only see once, a leaf, elements in nature, animals, creationary forces in the universe, as well as spirits of the revered deceased, or maybe just a feeling. They are multiple--of two minds, unspecific; Kami is the spirit of everything around us, alive or not. Do not confuse kami with Ayakashi.

Additional Kami Information:


  • Kami are of two minds. They can nurture and love when respected, or they can cause destruction and disharmony when disregarded. Kami must be appeased in order to gain their favor and avoid their wrath. Traditionally, Kami possess two souls, one gentle (nigi-mitama) and the other assertive (ara-mitama); additionally in Yamakage Shinto kami have two additional souls that are hidden, one happy (sachi-mitama) and one mysterious (kushi-mitama).
  • Kami are not visible to the human realm. Instead they inhabit sacred places, natural phenomena or people during rituals that ask for their blessing.
    They are mobile, visiting their places of worship, of which there can be several, but never staying forever.
  • There are many different varieties of Kami. There are 300 different classifications of Kami listed in the Kojiki, and they all have different functions, such as the Kami of wind, Kami of entryways, and Kami of roads.
  • Lastly, all Kami have a different guardianship or duty to the people around them. Just as the people have an obligation to keep the Kami happy, the Kami have to perform the specific function of the object, place, or idea they inhabit.



SHRINES: AYAKASHI

Aside from the kami, powerful Ayakashi may perhaps have shrines erected in their honor where people go to pray for blessings or wishes that Ayakashi may be able to grant. There may also be shrines where Ayakashi are enslaved--bound to against their will for their value and luck. Or there may be shrines where evil Ayakashi are sealed. Most Ayakashi do not have shrines, but territories where they reign. Or lesser Ayakashi may just simply exist (like old umbrella Ayakashi!).


FOREIGNERS

Typically, the Japanese respect all their shrines, going to pray daily, monthly, and yearly. It was only until the foreigners started arriving that many shrines began to be destroyed. Because of this, many Ayakashi became protective of their shrines or territories, attacking any humans that draw near, foreign or not. Other Ayakashi simply target foreigners, being more wise and knowing who their enemies are. Shrine or not, many Ayakashi just plainly HATE foreigners; their hate turns them into blood-thirsty monsters of legend rather than the placid granter of cheap wishes. Though that is not to say that all Ayakashi hate the ignorance of foreigners, but may openly embrace them as being uneducated in the mysticism most Japanese are familiar with, having had grown up around it.

There is variety in the temperament of Ayakashi. Not all Ayakashi are evil (most are not). However, there are Ayakashi that are evil to the core by nature, wrought to be such. There are Ayakashi so pure and so innocent that even the destruction of their shrine cannot make them hate. And there are Ayakashi that are like whatever. Mess with me, I mess with you.  

Foreigners aren't going around on a daily basis burning down shrines, rather, a few were taken down in light of supporting new religion (such as Christianity and the like). Just a small drop makes a large ripple. Right now, many Ayakashi are spiteful towards foreigners or humans. They either avoid them, or plot ways to disrupt their normal, everyday lives. Some have even sought foreigners or Humans and killed them. Because of this, there has been a major spike in ethereal activity among the living. Ayakashi have come to almost be viewed as threats. Many Humans have stopped praying, cutting off the major source of their power. And because Humans have stopped praying, some placid Ayakashi have gotten aggravated and dejected, causing them to take action as well. Those that dwell in the mountains have come down, those that have slept for centuries awake...  

The rise in Ayakashi activities have created an entirely new class: Demon Hunters. While Monks have always existed to keep evil Ayakashi and the disruptive in line, their old ways and redundant chanting just wasn't enough to appease the onslaught of foreigners seeking quiet. Sporting weapons like Alchemy via Tera chips, Demon Hunters have the ability to kill or seal Ayakashi. However, Tera chips are a double-edged sword. If an Ayakashi were to obtain a Tera chip, they then can leave Japan and travel to other countries upon their will. Therefore, Ayakashi aren't the only ones being hunted...

Aware of the plight of Demon Hunters trying to eradicate their long reign, Ayakashi are even more fervent on showing their wrath to Humans or just simply maintaining their status.


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Post by Akisame Era on Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:31 am

Tsukimono

There are eight million gods and monsters in Japan, and more than a few of them like to ride around in human bodies from time to time. Yurei, Kappa, Tanuki, Tengu, Kitsune, Snakes, Cats, Horses: Almost anything can possess a human. But when they do, they are all known by a single name: Tsukimono, the Possessing Things.

Tsukimono is a straight forward term. It combines the kanji 憑 (tsuki: possession) + 物 (mono: thing). Although they are collectively known as Tsukimono, different types of tsukimono use –tsuki as a suffix, such as kappa-tsuki (河童憑: kappa possession), tengu-tsuki (天狗憑: tengu possession), or the most common of all, kitsune-tsuki (狐憑: fox possession).

Tsukimono are almost exclusively Ayakashi or animal spirits invading human bodies. This is rarely a spontaneous event—often the Ayakashi possesses the human as an act of revenge, for when a human kills one of the Ayakashi's children, or destroys its home, or something along that line. Or it could be simple greed, like a fox who wants to eat a delicious treat that it normally can’t get its paws on. The reasons are as innumerable as the Ayakashi themselves. It is always involuntary on the part of the possessed. No one typically invites an Ayakashi into their body unless for a dire reason.

All Tsukimono can see Ayakashi, and all Tsukimono can appear as normal Humans with no physical attributes.

If Tsukimono are level 4, trained in Alchemy, and have a Tera chip installed, they are able to use Alchemy at the expense of physical damage to themselves. Permission is needed from Aki. Seeing Leveling Thread for more details.

Tsukimono cannot travel to other countries unless they have a Tera chip in their possession.

The effects of the possession vary widely as well. In most possessions, the victim takes on the attributes of the Ayakashi. A victim of tanuki-tsuki (tanuki possession) is said to voraciously overeat until their belly swells up like a tanuki, causing death unless exorcised. Uma-tsuki (horse possession) can cause people to become ill-mannered, huffing at everything and sticking their face into their food to eat like a horse. Kappa-tsuki become overwhelmed with the need to be in water, and develop an appetite for cucumbers.

In general, the only way to free someone from a Tsukimono is through a Demon Hunter Monk.

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SEPARATE ENTITY

This is when the Ayakashi that possessed a Human still exists as a separate entity from them. They are bound to the Human for one reason or another (of their own choosing), usually following them around. However, depending on the situation, they do not even need to stay close. Also, depending on the Ayakashi, they are usually capable of communicating with said Human.

VERSATILE ENTITY

This is when the Ayakashi can exist as a separate entity as well as having the ability at any given time, to be absorbed into the Human's body, vanishing altogether. This is more akin to the possession we are used to. Joyrides. The Ayakashi usually doesn't come out, but when it does, it's for a reason. Some reasons may be to hold a good conversation, to use its powers to assist you, to screw with you, to make your life a living hell, etc.  

SAME BEING ENTITY

This is when you are the Ayakashi and the Ayakashi is now you. This only applies when the Ayakashi sacrifices itself for something concerning you. Usually in this case, the Ayakashi is either a weak one or one that had been in a weakened state/your character was in a weakened state upon choosing to give up the rest of its life/powers to save you.  

PHENOMENON

All Tsukimono have the ability to tap into their Ayakashi's powers or phenomenon. Whatever the Ayakashi is capable of, Tsukimono are too. Entirely interconnected, unless the bond or contract is broken in some way (or by a Demon Hunter Monk), Tsukimono will be able to use these phenomenon upon their choosing in any manner they desire. But please note, if the Ayakashi is not a Same Being Entity (in which case they are dead), they will still be capable of using their own phenomenon as well (much more powerfully than your character).

DEATH

Upon a Tsukimono's death, the bond/contract/possession will be broken, thus freeing the Ayakashi. For Humans are mortal and Ayakashi are not. If the Ayakashi is killed by a Demon Hunter, the bond/contract/possession will also be broken, thus freeing the Human. Otherwise, the only way to separate an Ayakashi from a Human without Death is through a level 4 Demon Hunter Monk.

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