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The New Touhou Character Alternate Interpretation Compendium!:

 9026 Bocaj, Sun, 28th Aug '11 1:19:52 PM from Here Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Chaotic Lulzy
So when the Prismriver mansion ended up in Gensokyo, Layla was around for the ride. The mansion, western-styled probably, is presumably still around Gensokyo. You think another western mansion would cause comment. From the way ZUN puts it, it sounds like Layla couldn't just visit her sisters because they were now a world away. That is kind of tragic.

Also, being a merchant Count Prismriver probably picked up the mysterious item via merchanty sort of shenanigans. Not much fanwork covers the birth of the Prismrivers but the few I've seen sometimes have Yukari involved for whatever reason.

And it was Lyrica's idea to work for the Netherworld? It seems like there's a story there.
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[...]Not much fanwork covers the birth of the Prismrivers but the few I've seen sometimes have Yukari involved for whatever reason.

"Yukari did it!" is the lazy man's answer to just about any question you can imagine. How did youkai outside Japan get word of Gensokyo's creation? Yukari did it. Where does Gensokyo get all its natural resources? Yukari did it. Why don't Reimu and Marisa ever age? Yukari did it. Why does everyone in Gensokyo have such strangely-coloured hair? Yukari did it. Where did all the foreigners in Scarlet Devil and Perfect Cherry Blossom come from? Yukari did it.

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Of course, a more reasonable answer would be that Eirin did it via shady drugs.
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 9029 Bocaj, Sun, 28th Aug '11 1:46:16 PM from Here Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Chaotic Lulzy
Templates like that are memetic.
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Of course, a more reasonable answer would be that Eirin did it via shady drugs.

That's a better explanation for the weird hair colours, but not so much the other things.

edited 28th Aug '11 1:48:17 PM by SuperDimensionman

 9031 asterism, Sun, 28th Aug '11 1:49:28 PM Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
This amuses me
Songwriting the Poltergeist Way

'...and then, girls, we finish with a GRAND FINALE! All three of us will join in song! And we will shower the audience with rainbow light, and—-'

'Fill their souls with joy and sorrow and everything between. Again. Because we finish EVERY performance with Concerto Grosso. Honestly, haven't you got a sense of originality?'

'Lyrica, darling...We have practised Concerto Grosso until our fingers have started bleeding. Figureatively. It WORKS. We are GOOD at it. It is a time honoured Prismriver Ensemble tradition to finish our unique musical danmaku concert with Concerto Grosso.'

'I know, Lunasa. But...we've been hired for a special occasion. I just think that, y'know, we should put on a special performance for this special occasion.'

'Lyrica, you know I don't like it when you get Ideas. Bad things happen. Don't you agree, Merlin?'

'Huh? You sayin' something sis? Sorry, I wasn't listening. I was in my ZONE!'

'Beg your pardon?'

'My ZONE! I always go to my ZONE! when we perform Concerto Grosso. We do it so much that I can perform that riff in my sleep. Thus my ZONE! My ZONE! is my place I go when I think of new music. That stuff I did at my Muenzuka gig came from my ZONE!'

'See? Even Merlin thinks we need new material. C'mon Loony—-'

'Don't call me Loony.'

'Whatever. I'll bet Merlin's got some good stuff. Merlin's always got the foot-tappin' head-boppin' crowd-pleasing mega solos. Everyone always loves Merlin's stuff.'

'We can't END with a Merlin solo! Merlin is but one! We are THREE! Besides if we're ending on a solo, we should end with one of MINE! I AM the band leader, after all!'

'Loony—-'

'Lunasa!'

'Lunasa...you're stuff is...it's good, really...but...it's such a comedown.'

'What? My music is beautiful and tragic! A young woman who waits eternally for her lover to return from a war! A rose wilting in an empty room! A small child wandering in the snow! My music...it touches hearts! It caresses the soul! Yes, it makes you sad, but it's a good kind of sad! A happy kind of sad!'

'Exactly my point. This is Lady Saigyouji's New Year celebrations. We want to end on a high note. Hence Merlin. Right, Merlin?'

'Ahhh, I don't know, Lyrica. My music is uplifting, yes. But...it borders on frenzy. A wild, untempered joy. A fierce fire that makes you feel ALIVE! It overrides your brain's commands, and issues its own instructions. DANCE! LAUGH! SING! Kiss the person next to you! Forget all other times but now! And when I stop, the spell breaks. And it all comes crashing down. So. Why don't you finish, Lyrica?'

'No. I'm good. I'm really good, but my music is just music. I don't have any special powers. I search out sounds that interest me and mix them in with my piano, creating images of distant times and places. But it's not magic. It's just music.'

'Lyrica, darling, don't be so down about yourself. You allow us to create a story with our music. You're our percussion, our bass. It may not be noticed at first, but take it away and the music sounds WRONG!'

'Soooooooo, Lunasa...are you sayin' that we should all play together?'

'She's been saying that the whole time, Merlin. The solo was my idea.'

'But Lyricaaaaaa! We're a team! We're the Prismriver Sisters! The Ghostly Band! The Phantom Ensemble! But I agree. Concerto Grosso is OLLLLLD! We need to be new! Fresh! EXCITING!'

'I...suppose you're right, Merlin darling...Very well. Let us find our sound. Our MUSE! Sisters! Let us hold a jam session! A new song for the new year! Carrying both nostalgic sorrow for the year that has passed, and optimistic joy for the year ahead, and FIREWORKS! EXPLOSIONS! You can do that, Lyrica! Merlin, prepare your ZONE! We are, after all, the GREATEST MUSICIANS IN GENSOKYO!'

'We're the only musicians in Gensokyo. Well, apart from that annoying bird.'

'I disregard that amateur. Now then girls! From the top!'

'Wait, who died and made you boss?'

'Layla'

'Objection withdrawn'

'Excellent. Now then...ONE! TWO! THREE! FOUR!'

edited 28th Aug '11 2:01:33 PM by asterism

^^But Eirin didn't interact with Gensoukyou at large until after IN, and there's been pink hair since PCB (not to mention Japanese blondes in EoSD)

edited 28th Aug '11 1:50:56 PM by Hylarn

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But Eirin didn't interact with Gensoukyou at large until after IN, and there's been pink hair since PCB (not to mention Japanese blondes in EoSD)

She's never administered the drugs personally, or by design. She's been inadvertently contaminating Gensokyo's water supply with the waste from her manufacturing process for decades.

edited 28th Aug '11 2:01:49 PM by SuperDimensionman

 9034 Fawriel, Sun, 28th Aug '11 1:58:55 PM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
THE MEEK
*stays tuned for the conclusion* Oh. You got done while I was writing this.

Well now. I wasn't sure what to make of ZUN's comment in the profile about how the mansion was never seen again. I guess that would explain it. Huh. Interesting.

Yukari was also present in that video, and she spends some years with Layla in that one popular doujin series about her... I don't think Bocaj meant that she's used as an explanation, but just that the characters are often presented as connected.

Well, they are loosely connected, given how the Prismrivers are often employed by Yuyuko and Yuyuko is a friend of Yukari's, but I wonder if there's anything more to it. Maybe that doujin was what influenced a bunch of people (including the maker of that video). It wouldn't surprise me.

edited 28th Aug '11 1:59:31 PM by Fawriel

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 9035 asterism, Sun, 28th Aug '11 1:59:41 PM Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
This amuses me
Notes: Lunasa is described as being a hardworking honour student type. I chose to interpret this as 'bossy'.

Also, her use of 'darling' is because I needed to have a way of discerning them apart since there was only dialogue. Also the reason for Merlin's g-droppin'.
 9036 Horselesshorseman, Sun, 28th Aug '11 2:00:40 PM from Everywhere and Nowhere
M. Poleon
Finished Overview thing-a-majig, so that's a thing.

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 9037 asterism, Sun, 28th Aug '11 2:05:19 PM Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
This amuses me
You forgot to write 'Of Note: Lunasa' in your overview.

Oh dear. Reading over my writeup, I seem to have made Lunasa into a ham.

edited 28th Aug '11 2:06:40 PM by asterism

 9038 Horselesshorseman, Sun, 28th Aug '11 2:10:25 PM from Everywhere and Nowhere
M. Poleon
I also forgot to add my opinion of their theme. I shall make myself pay for such failures.

EDIT:[down] I shall make myself pay for such a failure.

edited 28th Aug '11 2:22:28 PM by Horselesshorseman

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 9039 Fawriel, Sun, 28th Aug '11 2:19:48 PM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
THE MEEK
Whaaat. You could at least have linked to the Overview post, for the good of all involved.

Asterism, I found your story a little hard to follow for lack of names. Their personalities are a little exaggerated, but... that may very well be a good thing. It was good how you took cues for their dynamic from the official profiles, with the interest in new sounds and everything. The ZONE! made me chuckle, though then the joke dragged on a bit too long. In any case, though, the ending was extremely witty and I loved it.
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 9040 Otherarrow, Sun, 28th Aug '11 2:23:49 PM from the Moon Cell Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Hakunon's Strange Quest
I just want to say that asterism's write up made me smile. And the ending made me laugh out loud.

So yeah. Prismrivers. I've seen their music group shown in different ways in fanworks from "mini-orchestra" to "idol group" to even outright "rock band, but with classical instruments". I personally prefer them just as a upbeat band. I could see them as a jazz band too. For some reason, the instrument choice (piano/keyboard, violin, trumpet) really screams "jazz" to me.

 9041 asterism, Sun, 28th Aug '11 2:25:56 PM Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
This amuses me
The ZONE! was meant to be a joke explaining Merlin's occasional misbehaviour during Concerto Grosso. I left it in because Merlin didn't get to say much otherwise.

[up] They can work at Mystia's sleazy jazz bar.

edited 28th Aug '11 2:27:02 PM by asterism

 9042 Horselesshorseman, Sun, 28th Aug '11 2:29:01 PM from Everywhere and Nowhere
M. Poleon
Perhaps we should split the difference and call them a Jazz Orchestra. Such things exist, but it still splits the difference.
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 9043 Fawriel, Sun, 28th Aug '11 2:29:12 PM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
THE MEEK
Yea, jazz is fitting. Jazz is supposed to be improvised, right? They've gotta be good at improvisation, given how they started out with just making random noise.

Their song is so amazing, too. The instrumentalization holds it back for the most part, but that beginning part, with that bass and that lighter melody that dances circles around it, is just one of the most amazing things I've ever heard.

Hasn't anyone made a simple arranged version of that song yet? Just the exact same song, except with real instruments?
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 9044 asterism, Sun, 28th Aug '11 2:33:35 PM Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
This amuses me
Here. I've got to say, Phantom Ensemble is fast becoming one of my favourite Touhou songs, and the Prismrivers some of my favourite characters.

edited 28th Aug '11 2:37:07 PM by asterism

 9045 Fawriel, Sun, 28th Aug '11 2:44:57 PM from the bottom of my heart Relationship Status: If it's you, it's okay
THE MEEK
Hmmm!

It ain't perfect, but it's a start.
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 9046 Bocaj, Sun, 28th Aug '11 3:03:26 PM from Here Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Chaotic Lulzy
'We're the only musicians in Gensokyo. Well, apart from that annoying bird.'
'I disregard that amateur.'

Like I said. Musicians, egos. They'd never get along enough to pose as a team, shit just got collaborative.

Liked your write-up Asterism. It was possibly a little "as you all know"-y but still very good.
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 9047 asterism, Sun, 28th Aug '11 3:18:54 PM Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
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The thing that interest me is the Prismrivers' powers. Although Perfect Memento lists their power as 'The ability to play instruments without using their hands', it seems they can do much more then this. Lunasa and Merlin can influence moods, and all three sisters can call sound from midair* .
 9048 Bocaj, Sun, 28th Aug '11 3:26:39 PM from Here Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
Chaotic Lulzy
The ability to play their instruments without touching them sounds just like a stock poultergeist thing while the musical abilities might be something unique to them or perhaps came from the original Prismrivers. If Layla had some magical power, perhaps the other three did too.

Or maybe its just down to preference. Lyrica goes out and collects new sounds and Merlin and Lunasa just use the ones that appeal to them personally, manic and somber respectively. And then since they're using magic to play the sounds, the effects get magnified. Or something.
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 9049 Horselesshorseman, Sun, 28th Aug '11 3:29:16 PM from Everywhere and Nowhere
M. Poleon
Your second guess is probably closer.

Layla's powers came from a dangerous Gensokyian artifact.
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MERMAID
Anyone else notice that Merlin tends to be the least popular of the three sisters?

Why is that, brass instruments are the best instruments.
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