Yuyuko Saigyouji

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Yuyuko Saigyouji
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The Ghostly Girl in the Netherworld Tower

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Gender

Female

Race

Ghost

Age

~1600

Occupation

Princess of Hakugyukurou

Power

The Invokation of Death

Source

Perfect Cherry Blossom

Theme

Bloom Nobly, Cherry Blossoms of Sumizome

Rating

5 (Final Boss)


Background[edit]

Long ago, before Gensokyo was sealed off, a young girl of a noble family befriended a lonely border youkai. Together, these friends planned to seal an ancient youkai cherry tree, the Saigyou Ayakashi. In the end, however, the girl killed herself as part of a ritual to do it herself. The youkai, though saddened, used the girl's body to complete the seal, and the Saigyou Ayakashi would never blossom again. But with her body sealed in such a way, the girl would never enter the cycle of reincarnation. Previously known as Yuko, her name is now Yuyuko Saigyouji.

As a ghost who would never pass through the netherworld and reincarnate, Yuyuko became princess of the otherworldly pagoda, Hakugyukurou, and presided over the immaculate garden of cherry trees surrounding the sealed Saigyou Ayakashi. As her body was sealed, she had no memory of the tree or of her old friend. On a whim, the ghostly princess attempted to make the Saigyou Ayakashi bloom, as she'd heard it would be spectacularly beautiful, and was heedless of the consequences. Reimu, Marisa, and Sakuya eventually halted this plan before it came to fruition. However, Yuyuko regained her memory when the seal was jostled (but not released), and is content once again.


Personality[edit]

When Yuyuko was alive, she discovered she had the power to invoke death in others. This horrified the girl, and she wished to end her own life. However, she decided to use a sacrificial seal on the Saigyou Ayakashi so that her death would, at least, have meaning. Now, as the ghostly princess of the Netherworld, Yuyuko is not at all bothered by her ability or her troubled thoughts as a living girl. She is quite whimsical and carefree, excessively polite, and easily drawn to things which look fun or interesting. Some might even consider her a ditz, or an airhead, but this facade conceals an incredibly sharp mind worthy of calling itself Yukari's best friend.


Om Nom Nom: Yuyuko has a fondness for food that is not easy to match. She greatly enjoys well-prepared meals, and often chats about what she would like to eat at any given time. She's not above joking about eating other youkai or ghosts, though wouldn't actually do this. Or would she?


Power: The ability to invoke Death. Humans killed this way will become bound to Hakugyukurou, rather than proceeding through Higan to Heaven or Hell.


Spell Cards: Many of Yuyuko's spells invoke the cycle of death and reincarnation. She's very fond of butterfly-shaped bullets and colorful lasers. Blue and pink, particularly. Her more powerful spells will generate the image of a great japanese fan opened up behind her, almost like wings, depicting a colorful pink and blue pattern of flowers and butterflies. This is identical to the hand fan she carries normally, only much larger.


Relationships
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Friendly[edit]

Yukari Yakumo ~ Yuyuko's very best friend in all of Gensokyo. The two get along quite well, and share many interests. Yuyuko trusts Yukari quite strongly, and feels this trust is reciprocated. They enjoy visiting each other, and share equal interest in teasing each others' servants.

Youmu Konpaku ~ Yuyuko's gardener and servant. She views Youmu as a little sister, though given the age difference, it might look more like a mother and child from the outside. Yuyuko teases Youmu quite a bit, but it's all because she cares about the girl.

Ameyu Nebetsukami ~ A ghost who has recently arrived in Hakugyukurou as part of a sentence from Shikeiki Yamaxanadu. Yuyuko finds Ameyu interesting, and is delighted both that the girl is very polite, and that she's turned out to be a skilled baker. Much like Youmu, Ameyu has quickly become the target of playful teasing. It's just in Yuyuko's nature.

Youki Konpaku ~ Youmu's master and Yuyuko's former gardener before her. Youki is treated much the same as his protege, though as he looks older, the sibling-like dynamic also doesn't work - Because he looks old enough to be Yuyuko's father.

Ran Yakumo ~ Yukari's shikigami, a clever fox youkai. Yuyuko enjoys teasing her, but also respects her sharp mind - A quality shared with her master, Yukari. The ghost is fairly lenient on Ran, as she understands Ran takes care of most of Yukari's responsibilities and may feel underappreciated if she goes too far.

Chen ~ Ran's shikigami. Yuyuko treats this cat like a kitten. It's hard not to, really. She adores Chen's mannerisms, and a visit to Yukari's will sometimes result in Yuyuko teasing Youmu about acting cat-like.


Neutral[edit]

Reimu Hakurei, Marisa Kirisame, and Sakuya Izayoi ~ She doesn't like these three girls, but she doesn't hate them either. Yuyuko has come to understand that, while these three did stop her from achieving her wish of seeing Saigyou Ayakashi blossom, doing so was necessary to save the people living in Gensokyo. She does have them to thank for jogging her memory, too. There's no ill will, but no friendship either.


Distrust[edit]

Ishimaru Kaito ~ He lied to her. He's hiding something, and she knows it. He even managed to work around the border of truth and lies by simply not saying whatever it was he was trying to conceal. Yuyuko treats him pleasantly, but will not hesitate to exact retribution if her suspicions are proven correct.


Logs[edit]

Livejournal

Specific logs[edit]

2010 Nov 10 -- The Haunted Gardens of Hakugyukurou

2010 Nov 13 -- A Flower Viewing In Autumn

2011 Jan 16 -- The Border Between Death and Lies