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幽霊ゆうれい
Ghosts
Spirits/Souls
A ghost from Book of the Cafe
A ghost from Book of the Cafe.
Location Literally everywhere in Mugenri; The spirit world
Appearances
Official Games

Ghosts (幽霊/ゆーれい, yūrei, lit. ethereal soul/spirit) is a general term used to refer to incorporeal entities that are most typically tied to nature, a person's soul, or the afterlife.

Ghosts in Len'en Project[edit]

Ghosts are souls that, through various methods, have remained in the physical world even after death, instead of moving onto the spirit world. Though they can appear anywhere, certain locations are known to have higher concentrations, like the Gloomy Straits. 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, although it is unclear what the extent of this ability is. This allows them to use it in battle, both offensively and defensively.

Souls A soul, a.k.a. a spirit item[edit]

A soul or spirit (, tamashī) is tied with a living being's life and is released from a living being upon its death, after which it leaves the physical body. They can be born from any living being, such as plants, insects or even humans. They appear small and resemble an orb with a yellow or orange core, appearing to have no will of its own and thus harmless. It is known that absorbing a living individual's soul will shorten their lifespan, dependent on how much is taken.

In Mugenri, a soul that has departed from its body is typically lead to the spirit world (霊界, reikai), where they are dealt with by the world's master. Souls may also 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).

Types of Ghosts[edit]

Ghosts may take on many various forms, although they may all be referred to simply as "ghosts". Depending on the type, they may be harmless, and can even be collected, whereas others may attack for no reason.

Chimera Souls

A chimera soul (キメラソウル, kimera sōru) is a composite of two or more souls, both living and dead, fused together to become a single being. The more souls involved in a fusion, the more powerful the resulting chimera soul will be. Typical chimera souls are known for their hollow, sullen expressions, and wearing hitaikakushi on their heads. They are regularly aggressive, attacking almost anyone they encounter. They were first formed during the events of Reactivate Majestical Imperial, during which the souls that gathered under the Harujion started mixing and combining together to create these spirits.

Shion is a particularly powerful chimera soul who was able to create a physical body on its own, as using the Harujion as a medium for combination allowed them to absorb a much greater amount of souls than the common chimera soul is made up of.[1]

Departed Spirits

Departed spirits (死霊/亡霊, shiryō/bōryō) is a term used to refer to the souls of those who have passed away and have remained in the physical world even after death, instead of moving onto the spirit world. While it is known that a departed spirit can be formed by striking a deal with the master of the spirit world to allow a soul to remain in the living world, it is unknown if any other method exists.

Vengeful Spirits

A vengeful spirit (怨霊, onryō) is a special type of ghost created under special circumstances, souls of people that died of such strong passions – be it hatred, jealousy, or anger – that their spirit is unable to pass onto the afterlife and instead transforms into a wrathful spirit that will seek vengeance on everything and everyone it encounters.

Appearances[edit]

Souls[edit]

Reactivate Majestical Imperial

Souls were first seen in Reactivate Majestical Imperial, where they flooded into Mugenri from the Outside World after the hole in the inner Mugenri Barrier was made by Lumen Celeritas, attracted by the Harujion. They then combined together to give rise to the chimera souls, which were seen attacking the player. Some of those then got absorbed by the Harujion and became a part of Shion. Due to the souls either fusing into smaller chimera souls or having been absorbed into Shion, they can no longer be seen in future titles. Although it is unsure why, due to passing through the barrier the souls have become incapable of judging themselves to be "good".[2]

Chimera Souls[edit]

Reactivate Majestical Imperial

Chimera souls were first born during the events of Reactivate Majestical Imperial, where they gathered under the Harujion and fused. This is why they were more common the closer the player travels to the Harujion in the game. Due to the Harujion absorbing the souls and lesser chimera souls to create Shion, and Tenkai Zuifeng repairing the Mugenri Barrier[3], they are much less common in Stage 6 and the Extra stages.

As Shion's soul had such vitality and knowledge, from absorbing a large amount of souls, they were born with a physical body. Since their creation was the result of the Harujion's power, they inherited many of the flower's properties.

Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle

Chimera souls that were not incorporated into Shion during the events of Reactivate Majestical Imperial could be seen joining the Dragonfly Army in the Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, likely becoming shikigami to Garaiya Ogata, and occasionally attacked the protagonists due to the ongoing war.

Book of the Cafe

These enemies were revealed to be in Book of the Cafe.[4] Only one appears.

Vengeful Spirits[edit]

Reactivate Majestical Imperial

A vengeful spirit was first mentioned in Reactivate Majestical Imperial, in particular Taira no Masakado, a ghost that Taira no Fumikado planned on resurrecting using the influx of souls into Mugenri in order to take the throne of Devanagara and restore the "true emperor".

Departed Spirits[edit]

Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle

Taira no Chouki is a departed spirit first introduced in Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, where it is revealed that they managed to stay in the living world by striking a deal with the master of the spirit world.

Characters that are this species[edit]

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