Pagoda of the Heavenly Mirror

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天鏡 (てんきょう) (とう)
Pagoda of the Heavenly Mirror
tẽ̞ŋʲkʲo̞ː no̞ to̞ː
Pagoda of the Heavenly Mirror
Pagoda of the Heavenly Mirror in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle
Location The centre of Devanagara
Ruler Ooama no Ake no Mitori

The Pagoda of the Heavenly Mirror (天鏡の塔, Tenkyō-no-Tō) is a giant pagoda that appears in the Brilliant route of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle. It is located in Devanagara, the imperial capital of Mugenri. It is where the Great Mirror was located. Not much is known about the pagoda, but it's implied that Tenkai Zuifeng knows when it was built, how many floors it has and what it signified. Tenkai also says that Tsurubami Senri really liked the Pagoda of the Heavenly Mirror.[1]

General Information[edit]

The Pagoda of the Heavenly Mirror is, according to Suzumi Kuzu, "easily 2000 stories tall"[2], but its exact height is unknown. It is said that the pagoda gets taller every year and provides trials to those who try to climb its interior. It is a place of great religious and cultural significance in Devanagara, and even the Imperial Emperor is permitted entry only during their coronation rite.[3]

Heavenly Mausoleum[edit]

The Heavenly Mausoleum (天上陵, Tenjōryō) is one of the many floors of the pagoda and is where the past members of the royal bloodline are buried, enshrined and worshipped. One can talk with these past members at the mausoleum.[4] Fujiwara no Iyozane's parents, who were killed by Ooama no Ake no Mitori in a coup d'état, are also buried here. It is said that unless one climbs the pagoda from the inside, you cannot reach the Heavenly Mausoleum in the truest sense of the word[5], although it remains unclear what this means.

The Great Mirror[edit]

The Great Mirror (大鏡, Ōkagami) is a gigantic mirror that has a variety of magical properties, during the events of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, it was broken by Mitori.

The mirror had the ability to show the lineage of the emperor, and was how Mitori learned that they were not truly the previous emperor's child. It could also reverse events and ideologies for the entire city, which was used by the last few imperial generations to reverse their people's thoughts of rebellion into thoughts of support and also reversed left and right for the capital's citizens. This ability works by altering people's memories of past events and people. Curiously, the mirror's power, at least that regarding the views of the emperors, had not been in use since the rule of the previous emperor, Fujiwara no Iyozane's father. This is evident by the fact that many people had a poor opinion of him and a declining opinion of the past emperors, including Mitori. It is possible that Iyozane's father was the one who stopped using the mirror's power since he was the last one to have been officially up on top of the pagoda from his coronation.[2]

The Great Mirror is based on a Japanese historical tale written in around 1119, simply titled Ōkagami (大鏡 lit. The Great Mirror). It is framed as a conversation between two old men and a young samurai, which depicts the golden days of the Fujiwara family's rule. Great Mirror also refers to "an excellent mirror that reflects history clearly".