Para

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パラ
Para
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Para
Character Titles
Stolen Omniscience and Omnipotence
Information
Species Human (Formerly homuncular oni)
Abilities Stealing knowledge
Location Dragonfly Castle
Music Themes
  • ミクロコスモス ~ Homunculus nightmare (BPoHC)
Appearances

Para (パラ) is the soul of the homunculus whose body Taira no Fumikado now inhabits, now residing in Fumikado's original body. They are the Stage 5 boss of the Haze route in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle.

General Information[edit]

Personality[edit]

Generally, Para is irritable and easily provoked person given their unfortunate circumstances and they're quite self-confident about their knowledge due to their nature as a homunculus. However, they're still developing and can be formally spoken when needed[1]. They're also overprotective of their siblings[2] and their master, feeling indebted to them and even willing to sacrifice their life if the situation calls for it.[3]

Abilities[edit]

Stealing knowledge

Para has the ability to extract knowledge from any source, but with certain drawbacks. They can only withdraw a limited amount at a time, and the difficulty of doing so depends on the amount of knowledge within the source. The more knowledge there is, the more difficult the task is.

Immortality

Although it was never explained why, time has stopped for Para's body, making them effectively unaging and immortal.[4]

Background Information[edit]

Name[edit]

Their known name is Para (パラ), although it's unknown if it's their real name. JynX was asked if there are any special meanings in their name, but they responded with "you can theorize away!".[5]

A possible origin for their name may be derived from Paracelsus, a Swiss alchemist of the German Renaissance who first theorized an outline for creating a homunculus. Notably, Para's name may derive from Paracelsus's books "Volumen paramirum", "Paragranum" and "Opus paramirum", which are collectively called the Three Para Works (パラ三部作) in Japan. It may also be a short-form of "parapara" (パラパラ), an onomatopoeia meaning "flipping through a book", as suggested by Rei's Twitter.

According to JynX, "Para" is written as "帕拉" in Chinese[6], which is a phonetic translation of Para and is the same kanji as the one used for "Para" in Paracelsus.

Design[edit]

They have short green hair and red eyes. They wear the same headband as Fumikado, green waist cloth with butterfly patterns and brown Japanese clothing with right sleeve on upper arm and left sleeve on forearm. They are also seen wearing their siblings (e.g. Para's shoes). Interestingly one of the siblings has taken the shape of a cross and other is taken shape of halo, which might refernce their immortality and their in-game Upgrades and Skill in BPoHC

Appearances[edit]

Relationships[edit]

Taira no Chouki

Chouki was the one who removed the seal on their body, reawakening them. As an expression of gratitude, Para serves under them.

Taira no Fumikado

Their soul inhabits Fumikado's original body, as Fumikado's soul is in their body. Para resents Fumikado for sealing their body away after the procedure.

Additional Information[edit]

  • Para lacks a common phrase in their theme that most people associated with the Youkai Alliance have, this is because they had their own separate reasons for joining other than following Chouki.[7]

Gallery[edit]

Spell Cards[edit]

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 9
罪科「身から出る錆」 Transgression "Rust Emanating from the Body"[a] BPoHC St. 5: E/N
天誅「因果応報の識」 Divine Retribution "Knowledge of Retributive Justice" BPoHC St. 5: H/U
「ホムンクロス」 "Homun-cross" BPoHC St. 5: E/N
魔剣「アゾット剣」 Devil Sword "Azoth Sword"[b] BPoHC St. 5: H/U
秘密「カードオブアルカナ」 Secret "Card of Arcana"[c] BPoHC St. 5: E/N
神秘「アルケウスフォース」 Mystery "Archeus Force"[d] BPoHC St. 5: H/U
造牌「失われる叡智」 Creation Card "Vanishing Wisdom" BPoHC St. 5: E/N
識牌「賢者の意思」 Knowledge Card "Philosopher's Will"[e] BPoHC St. 5: H/U
複製蘇生 Clone Revival BPoHC Upgrade

Notes[edit]

  1. A Japanese phrase symbolizing karmic retribution for one's actions; "body" refers to the main shaft of a sword, which becomes rusty (and/or bloodied) after use.
  2. In alchemy, azoth was said to be a universal medication or solvent needed in the creation of a homunculus, and was largely believed to be mercury. The alchemist Paracelsus, Para's namesake and the man who first theorized an outline for creating homunculi, was said to have achieved azoth and is commonly depicted with a sword that reads "Azoth" on the hilt, as seen here.
  3. In alchemy, the arcana were said to be the divine secrets of creation, represented in the physical world through seven chemical compounds and was one of the ultimate goals of alchemy. The arcana were said to symbolize everything from the highest philosophical truths to the most basic of physical principles.
  4. In alchemy, archeus is a term coined by Paracelsus, Para's namesake and the man who first theorized an outline for creating homunculi. It generally refers to the lowest and most dense aspect of the astral plane, where the physical world starts to blend with the spiritual world.
  5. Pun on "philosopher's stone (賢者の石, kenja no ishi), both pronounced "kensha no ishi".

Official Profiles[edit]

奪われた全知全能

パラ
Para
●種族
ヒト(元ホムンクルス)
●能力
知識を奪う
    的な能力

文門の祖父によって作り出された人造人間。

知的生命体からあらゆる知識を得ることができるが、
パラは生態上、物忘れが非常に激しい為、
知識を維持するのが難しい。

ホムンクルスは様々な知識を集めて作られ、
生まれつきあらゆる知識を身につけており、
そこから年月と共に知識を少しずつ失っていく。

だが手も足も、言葉すらもまともに発音できない状態では、
あらゆる知識も宝の持ち腐れであった。
ようやく身体が動かせるようになったころには、
文門の力によって文門自身の身体と交換するように
魂を移し変えられ、身体を封印された。

蜻蛉軍の新皇によってその封印を解いてもらったため。
その恩を返そうと、新皇の側近として力を貸している。

現在は他人から僅かな知識を奪うことによって、
知識の消失をおさえている。

一度に奪い取れる知識の量は限られており、
貴重な知識が奪えるとは限らず、
非常に多くの知識を持つ者から貴重な知識を得るのは
難しいといえる。
(例えばショボイ昆虫図鑑のページ数とか、
 辺境の地の郷土料理に使われている調味料の量とかを
 無駄に知ることになる)

周りにいる白いのは文門の祖父達が実験で
パラの体を作るときにできた失敗作。
つまり、パラの兄弟姉妹といえる存在。
形を自在に変えられるので、パラは身にまとっている。

Stolen Omniscience and Omnipotence

Para
●Species:
Human (Formerly Homunculus)
●Abilities:
Something like stealing away knowledge

An artificial human who was created by Fumikado's grandfather.

They are capable of obtaining any kind of knowledge from intelligent life-forms,
but due to Para's biology, they are extremely forgetful,
and it's difficult for them to retain that knowledge.

Homunculi are first created with a wide variety of information gathered in them,
and are equipped with all possible knowledge upon their birth.
Then, as the years go by, they gradually lose that knowledge.

However, when they were first born and couldn't even speak proper words,
let alone move their limbs, they had no way to use that vast expanse of information.
When they finally became able to move their body around,
Fumikado used their powers to exchange their own body with Para's,
and to seal said body away.

The seal was undone by the New Emperor of the Dragonfly Army,
so Para lent their strength to them as an aide to return their gratitude.

At present, they are staving off the disappearance of their knowledge
by stealing slight amounts of knowledge from others.

The amount of knowledge they can take at once is limited,
and they can't necessarily take away valuable knowledge.
It could be said that getting important knowledge
from those with lots of it is difficult.

(For example, they know a great deal of useless information
like the number of pages in a boring book about insects,
or the amount of seasoning used in neighboring regions' local cuisine.)


The white things around them are the results of failed experiments to create Para's body,
made by Fumikado's grandfather and his associates.
In other words, it could be said that they are Para's brothers and sisters.
Since they can change shape, Para can usually be seen wearing them.

Official Sources[edit]

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