Suzumi in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle
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To reproduce information|
To alter reality
Suzumi Kuzu (國主 雀巳) is a human from the Outside World, and the main antagonist of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, also eventually a recurring character of the Len'en Project. They once acted as an undercover informant for Devanagara. They are known to have been seriously plaguing Yabusame Houlen and Tsubakura Enraku in the past; the two strongly dislike them.
- 1 General Information
- 2 Background Information
- 3 Appearances
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Spell Cards
- 7 Additional Information
- 8 Fandom
- 9 Official Sources
- 10 References
Suzumi originally appeared as a hidden stage 3:0 boss in the demo version of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle with little understanding to them. Later however in the final version, they were revealed as the hidden final boss on stage 6:0 after all other final bosses have been defeated. They were also revealed to be the game's true final boss in the Extra+α stage as the game's main antagonist. Eventually in v1.20, the game was updated to have them as a secret playable character of the game. Finally as of version 1.10a, Suzumi was retroactively added as a secret playable character in the past three games Evanescent Existence, Earthen Miraculous Sword and Reactivate Majestical Imperial.
Suzumi is a mysterious person originally from the Outside World. They entered Mugenri by rewriting reality in a way that created an alternate Suzumi who was born in Mugenri, and then took possession of that body. In the past, Suzumi knew Yabusame Houlen and Tsubakura Enraku and allegedly attempted to fool and kill them. They work as an informant in Mugenri, working behind the scenes and giving information to key players in various incidents.
Suzumi is known to have a split personality. Cine Hamal, their blue-eyed personality, shows them to be carefree, mischievous, and overly campy. They talk and dress in a very effeminate way that gets on Tsubakura's nerves. But to those who know them better, they are described as a cunning, troublesome individual. They like to tease the opponent with a smiling face and make fun of others.
Their other personality, Arde, shows them to be a cruel, callous and sadistic person who's defined solely by their need to cause mischief and chaos for their own amusement. They are obsessed with destroying Tsubakura's life, aiming to kill those important to them in order to see the face they made when their mother died.
Suzumi is the one responsible for the events of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, by spreading rumors to cause an incident with the intention of luring Tsubakura. By the end, they admit that they crafted such a complicated plan gambit to make things more fun for themselves.
Suzumi talks to themself a lot as shown in the Secret Team's scenario, which are these two personalities. Only one personality can take over Suzumi's body at one time. Without these personalities, Suzumi is shown expressionless.
- To reproduce and alter information
Suzumi has the ability to reproduce information, which allows them to create illusions by way of manipulating peoples' consciousnesses and altering what they perceive. In their attacks, they create danmaku out of nowhere and can also make the bullets disappear and reappear at will. According to them, they can create objects and erase them from existence at will.
Suzumi can create books containing the memories and experiences of a person upon fulfilling unspecified conditions. These books allow them to replay and/or overwrite a person's memory. They can replay a target's memory by reading a book containing their memories, and can overwrite them by editing the book and showing it to their target, knocking the target out in the process. Suzumi can also read books containing their own memories in order to fly back in time and alter the events of the past. Should a book be destroyed, they can easily regenerate it.
- Disguising themself
Suzumi can perfectly disguise themself as someone else as long as they know what they look like, as demonstrated when they disguised themself as Tsurubami Senri in the Extra+α stage. These disguises are so convincing as to be nearly impossible to see through (although Tenkai Zuifeng sees through their Tsurubami disguise). In addition to copying a person's appearance, they can also use that person's abilities, but are unable to master them.
- Other abilities
Suzumi has numerous other abilities besides their primary ability, to such a degree that no one can remember exactly what they are.
Their full name is Suzumi Kuzu (國主 雀巳). Their first name "Suzumi" (雀巳) is composed of the kanji "雀", which means "sparrow", and "巳", which means "snake" (often used for the snake in the Twelve Earthly Branches). The first kanji ku (國) in their surname "Kuzu" translates to "country" while the second kanji zu (主) translates to "lord". Because of the bird reference in their name, Suzumi is a bearer of a Bird's Name.
Personalities within Suzumi also have their own names. Apparently only the personalities know each others' name:
- Their first personality (the one shown during stage 6) is named Monad 2 (モナド2), and referred to as Cine Hamal (シネ＝ハマル) or Hamee (ハミィ) for short by the other personality.
- Their second personality (the one shown during the Ex+α) is named Monad 1 (モナド1), and referred to as Arde (アルデ) – also nicknamed Ardey (アルディ) – by the other personality. Other English spellings like "Alde" are valid, but the aforementioned romanisations are preferred for consistency. Whether or not this refers to Ardi, an ancient hominid of the Ardipethicus ramidus species, is uncertain. (Ardi is the Cushistic Afar word for "ground floor", while ramid is the word for "root", referring to Ardi's species being considered the evolutionary "root" of humankind.)
- There is a third, unknown personality nicknamed Benny (ベニー); their true name is currently unknown.
Suzumi has short brown hair and blue eyes (red in the EX+α stage), being one of the few characters whose eye color doesn't match with their hair's. They dress in white and brown clothing, with grey shorts and a black turban. Suzumi also wears a black and purple cape, with an eye accessory similar to Tsurubami Senri's tate eboshi hat. In their EX+α version, they have their arms crossed, their turban is loose and messy and they now hold their purple and black capes/scarves. The eye symbol moves down and they also possess two Monas Hieroglyphica (also known as the Hieroglyphic Monad), one on their jacket and another on their black cape. Both have different sizes and colours.
Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle
Suzumi is the primary antagonist of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle. They appear as the hidden final boss on Stage 6:0, as well as the Extra+α Boss. To unlock them as the final boss, the player will need to defeat all other possible final bosses (Chouki, Clause, Yabusame, Yaorochi, Shion, Tsubakura, Tenkai and Mitori). To unlock Extra+α, the player will need to beat all 3 Extra Stage bosses; Xeno a, Haiji Senri, and Yago Ametsukana. Afterwards, the player must re-beat Xeno a in the neutral route to proceed to Extra+α. They'll first appear disguised as Tsurubami Senri and use 6 spell cards. After the fight, they'll reveal their true self. They will then fight with an additional set of 7 spell cards.
Suzumi entered Mugenri using an undisclosed method, where they gained the ability to reproduce and alter information. Though working as an undercover informant for the Capital City, Suzumi actually has ulterior motives and plans to use their new abilities to ruin Tsubakura's life. They are first referenced during the prologue, implied to have been involved in a fight with the Shitodo siblings that resulted in Hooaka Shitodo's right arm being cut off, asking them to spread to Tsubakura the rumor that they forged.
- Neutral Scenario
When the heroes encounter Suzumi, they greet them casually and gleefully reveal their motives. Tsubakura and Yabusame are not pleased to see them, since they've tried to kill them in the past. Tenkai is worried about how the Capital City has been quickly modernizing and the subsequent war, to which Suzumi reveals they're the one responsible for the rumors in order to lure Tsubakura. Fumikado and their lackeys recognize Suzumi as an undercover informant from the Capital City, but they realize that Suzumi has an ominous and unsettling aura. Kuroji and their siblings are also not pleased to see them, and Suzumi reveals that they want to ruin Tsubakura's life in order to see them suffer as much as they did on the day their mother died. After Suzumi is defeated, they use one of their books to overwrite the memories of the heroes, setting in motion the events of the Extra stage.
- Extra Scenario
After the heroes complete the Extra stage, they're greeted by Tsurubami Senri, who had returned from the Outside World. The outsider humans fill Tsurubami with questions about how to return back to their world, while the Mugenri residents are confused about why the priest would return so soon. Tenkai immediately notices the farce and after a fight, they discover it was Suzumi impersonating Tsurubami. Suzumi is notably excited about tricking the heroes and reveals that they have been fiddling with the heroes's heads since the beginning by altering their memories. After another fight, Suzumi is again defeated. Despite the heroes taking countermeasures to prevent Suzumi from rewriting their memories again, they do so anyway and escape punishment, with Tsubakura being the only person to figure out that Suzumi is responsible.
- Secret Team's Scenario
As of version 1.20b, Suzumi was added as a playable character. Rather than being in a team, it's just themself, with the same shot-type, bomb and flashbomb. The team is instead shown as Suzumi's personalities (portaits from the hidden Final Boss and Extra+α), and an expressionless Suzumi with pitch-black eyes. To unlock them, the player has to complete Extra+α with all other four teams.
Their scenario works by: taking a route, collecting information, reverting back in time, repeat. By the time they are satisfied with collecting enough information, they encounter a clone of themself that was created through time travelling, who rebels against them and tries to kill them.
- Demo version
In the demo version of the game, Suzumi instead appeared as a secret stage 3 boss. Suzumi's initial appearance here gave them a vague backstory. They will only appear on stage 3:0 if all other bosses on each route have been defeated. They will appear randomly on any end cell, regardless of the path taken.
Evanescent Existence and Earthen Miraculous Sword
As of version 1.10a, Suzumi was retroactively added as a secret playable character in these past two games: Evanescent Existence and Earthen Miraculous Sword. Suzumi uses their abilities to travel back to those periods of events, taking place chronologically after Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle. Much like their own route in that game, Suzumi collects information from those incidents for future usage. Notably, only Hamee appears in the scenarios of these games, as Arde's abilities are incapable of travelling back to the memories of the past, but Hamee does occasionally make mention of Arde's opinions on the world of Mugenri.
Suzumi has an unhealthy obsession with Tsubakura and mockingly calls them "Master Tsubakura", teasing and threatening them all the while. In the past, while they were in the outside world Suzumi had tried to kill Tsubakura several times, endangering Yabusame in the process. In return, Tsubakura is afraid of Suzumi's sadistic tendencies and campy personality. Also, Suzumi is overly delighted by tormenting them and wants to use their newfound powers to ruin Tsubakura's life, in order to make them despair as much as they did on the day their mother died.
Yabusame does not like Suzumi, since they have been at the receiving end of their sadistic mind games due to Yabusame being best friends with Tsubakura and Suzumi's obsession with the latter.
- Shitodo siblings
Kuroji, Hooaka and Aoji also dislike Suzumi and prefer to stay uninvolved in Suzumi's sadistic mind games. On the other side, Suzumi wants to kill them, believing that Tsubakura's life will be a little ruined if the Shitodos die.
Suzumi informed Fumikado in advance of the hole that would later appear in Mugenri's barrier, which became a key factor in Fumikado's revival plan and led to the events of Reactivate Majestical Imperial. Fumikado calls them "the undercover informant from the capital".
It is implied that there might be a relationship between Suzumi and Tsurubami. Suzumi was able to disguise as Tsurubami during Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, with the disguise being near-perfect to the extent that Suzumi could use Tsurubami's ability temporarily, but not master it. However, when Suzumi travelled through past memories to meet Tsurubami during Evanescent Existence, Tsurubami had no clue who they were.
Defeated portrait in the trial ver. of BPoHC, unused in full version
Suzumi disguised as Tsurubami Senri in BPoHC.
4th anniversary image of Yabusame and Tsubakura, with a monad in the middle referencing Suzumi
- Counting the Tsurubami disguise, Suzumi has the most spell cards for an Extra stage boss, having up to 13 total.
- There's a barely visible human shaped shadow in Suzumi's EX portrait in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle.
- Suzumi is the only character in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle to not appear as a possible midboss in the Extra Stage, likely due to them appearing as the Extra+α boss later on.
- Suzumi's ability to rewrite the past is possibly the reason for Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle's "choose your own adventure"-style plot; JynX has stated that the events of the game's demo can also be considered canon as a result of their ability.
- According to JynX, it is possible to defeat Suzumi in spite of their powers, albeit it is "extremely difficult".
- Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle: Scoundrel Team's Neutral Scenario
- Interview with JynX (2017): Suzumi, Question 61
- Interview with JynX (2017): Suzumi, Question 66
- JynX's Twitter
- JynX's Twitter
- JynX's Twitter
- JynX Twitter: "By the way, there's another one named "Benny". The true name is a secret."
- Interview with JynX (2017): Suzumi, Question 63
- Interview with JynX (2017): Development and Design Decisions, Question 101
- Interview with JynX (2017): Suzumi, Question 68