A spirit from Book of the Cafe.
|Location||Literally everywhere in Mugenri|
Spirits (霊魂 reikon) are incorporeal entities that are most typically tied to nature, a person's soul, or the afterlife. Spirits may take on many various forms, depending on the type. Some are harmless, and can even be collected, whereas others may attack for no reason. If a spirit is strong enough, it may possibly possess the body of a living enemy.
It is known that absorbing a spirit from a living individual will shorten their lifespan, dependent of how much is taken.
Spirits in Len'en Project
Mugenri is home to two known types of spirits, the souls (霊) and the spirits (霊魂), although the two terms are occasionally used interchangeably. Though they can appear anywhere, certain locations are known to have higher concentrations, like the Gloomy Straits.
The souls (霊) are a harmless variant, appearing to have no will of its own. These are born when a life ends and its soul leaves the body, they can be born from any living being, such as plants, insects or even humans. They are smaller and resemble an orb with a yellow or orange core. They may be collected and dealt with however the owner pleases. This may range from selling to an interested merchant (ex. Kuroji Shitodo), or absorbed to become stronger (ex. Shion and Sese Kitsugai).
They were first seen in Reactivate Majestical Imperial, where they flooded into Mugenri after the hole in the inner Mugenri Barrier was made by Lumen Celeritas, attracted by the Harujion. Although it is unsure why, due to passing through the barrier the souls have become incapable of judging themselves to be "good".
The spirits (霊魂) are known for their hollow, sullen expressions, and wearing hitaikakushi on their heads. They are regularly aggressive, attacking almost anyone they encounter. They were formed during the events of Reactivate Majestical Imperial, during which the souls that gathered under the Harujion started mixing and combining together, several at a time, to create these spirits. This is why they were more common the closer the player travels to the Harujion in RMS. Due to the Harujion absorbing the souls and spirits to create Shion, and Tenkai Zuifeng repairing the Mugenri Barrier, they are much less common in Stage 6 and the Extra stages.
They are similar beings to Shion, i.e. a chimera soul, but are considerably weaker due to not using the Harujion as a medium for combination, and thus were only formed from a small number of souls at a time.
It is known that Fujiwara no Iyozane can attract and control different spirits using the "Saeda", a youkai flute given to them by Taira no Fumikado. This allows them to use it in battle, both offensively and defensively.
- Reactivate Majestical Imperial
Both types of spirits were first seen in Reactivate Majestical Imperial, where souls flooded into Mugenri via the hole in the inner barrier, attracted to the Harujion. They then combined together to give rise to the spirits, which were seen attacking the player. Some of those then got absorbed by the Harujion and became a part of Shion.
- Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle
While souls are no longer seen in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, spirits that were not sucked into becoming Shion could be seen joining the Dragonfly Army in the game, likely becoming shikigami to Garaiya Ogata, and occasionally attacked the protagonists due to the ongoing war.
- Book of the Cafe
- Reactivate Majestical Imperial - Shion's Official Profile
- JynX's Twitter: "That's why these guys show up un the latter half of the game, where the spirits are gathering. And the ones that were too close to the Harujion got absorbed so they don't show up in the final stage."
- JynX's Twitter: "There's some additional information about the spirits that I didn't mention in the interview. Technically, these guys are the result of several random souls combining together when they were gathered below the Harujion, similar to what Shion is. The difference is that they didn't use the Harujion as a medium, so Shion got a lot more souls than these guys."
- JynX's YouTube: Len'en Café α Version, Battle Screen Part.01