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Shinseina PantheonThe Shinseina Pantheon is a group of Neighponese deities that watches over the country of Neighpon. Kazekami, god of Wind, and Fukurokuju, god of Wisdom, are currently two unveiled members of this pantheon, while Empress Izanami-no-kami (and presumably her husband, Emperor Izanagi-no-kami) are the co-rulers.
In the Fourth Age, they have "promoted" the BHCIT, a small group of five Neighponese university students, to demigods after the latter displayed their heroism through several crises that plagued Neighpon, and adopted them into the pantheon as psychopomps. However, their rather casually flippant attitude, greed, and morbid outlook would frustrate the older deities.
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Divine Classification: ???
- Happily Married: Implied, as he's mentioned by Izanagi-no-kami as "[my] beloved husband" in a conversation with the BHCIT. This is in stark contrast to Japanese Mythology, where Izanami and Izanagi were once close until the former died in childbirth, then her husband ditched her after trying to bring her Back from the Dead because he saw her as a rotting corpse and not the beautiful wife he wanted.
- Top God: Leads the Shinseina pantheon together with his wife, Empress Izanami-no-kami.
Divine Classification: ???
- Don't Fear the Reaper: From what was implied, she seems to be a goddess of Death who rules over the Neighponese underworld, where the wicked (including those the BHCIT goes after) are sent to be punished eternally for their crimes. Despite this, she's presumably a benevolent goddess and Empress of her pantheon.
- Happily Married: Implied, as she mentions Izanagi-no-kami as "[my] beloved husband" in a conversation with the BHCIT. This is in stark contrast to Japanese Mythology, where Izanami and Izanagi were once close until the former died in childbirth, then her husband ditched her after trying to bring her Back from the Dead because he saw her as a rotting corpse and not the beautiful wife he wanted.
- Hell: It's implied that she rules over this kind of realm - specifically one where the souls of the wicked and unrepentant go after death, including the criminals the BHCIT go after.
- Top God: Leads the Shinseina pantheon together with her husband, Emperor Izanagi-no-kami.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Justified. She calls out the members of the BHCIT for their irresponsibility and general flaws because she genuinely cares for their well-being, and wants to see them grow into their potential and become benevolent deities for Neighpon. In one incident, she scolds them for thinking they can capitalize on their newly-gained divinity as an "infinite meal-ticket", and warns them that severe consequences will follow if they don't do their jobs correctly.Izanami-no-kami: (to the BHCIT) Being a divine is not an 'infinite meal-ticket' as you just called it, nor is it an excuse to go do whatever you want, as other malicious, tyrannical, and incompetent pantheons of certain countries have learned in the past. Being a divine comes with a huge sense of responsibility than all five of you realize - people wholly depend on you, and if you don't perform your job correctly, severe consequences will follow. I am responsible for overseeing the hell that awaits the wicked, the same place that you send criminals to after you sic their deceased victims on them, just as my beloved husband oversees the heavens that serves as a reward for the innocent and the blessed. If I let myself become so lazy and incompetent that I neglect the needs and perils of my divine and mortal children, I will be overthrown and replaced by someone more benevolent and diligent. Or, in a worst-case scenario, Equus and the surrounding universe as we know it will potentially- no, most definitely be destroyed in the end.
I can see in your hearts that all five of you were affected by the evils of this world in some way, whether personally or through circumstances beyond your control. And yet, despite your greed and desire to live at all costs, you still choose to strive in doing the right thing even if it wouldn't net you enough yen for your next meal. That is why we chose you. You all have so much potential, both as gods and stewards of Equus, and we do not want to see it go to waste.
Please, do not make us regret our decision.
Divine Classification: ???
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Wind.
- Blow You Away: Implied; he was described as a wind deity in one of the Codexverse entries, so he must have wind magic as part of his domain.
- Meaningful Name: His name means "wind deity". It is also a switched version of the kamikaze, a Japanese term meaning "divine wind".
Divine Classification: ???
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Wisdom.
Azamuku, the Rebellious Conscience
Divine Classification: Ethereal/Ascendant
Portfolio: Deceit, Rebellion, Moral Goodness
Rank: Divine (Tier IV/Greater)
"Honor means nothing if it's turned into an excuse to abuse innocent creatures and commit atrocities. That is why I exist - as a middle claw to those who use honor in such a way."
Azamuku (his entry here) is the Shinseina Alicorn-Kitsune hybrid god of Deceit, Rebellion, and Moral Goodness, and is a living example why honor can be a bad thing if taken into extremes.
- Anthropomorophic Personification: He's a Shinseina Alicorn-Kitsune hybrid god who embodies Deceit, Rebellion, and Moral Goodness.
- Half-Human Hybrid: His father was a Pony and his mother was a Kitsune, making him a hybrid. After ascending, he became an Alicorn/Divine Kitsune hybrid.
- Honor Before Reason: Defied. In contrast to his more traditional and honor-bound divine peers and their mortal worshipers, he believes that moral goodness matters more than preserving one's honor, as being obsessed with honor can lead to a person becoming arrogant, imperialistic, and abusive. He presently exists in the Fourth Age to counterbalance and curb these tendencies.
- I Warned You: After the Shinseina Pantheon tried to sabotage his efforts in defying Second-Age Neighpon's broken honor system, even trying to seal him away at one point, karma would eventually come back to bite them when the honor they promoted turned Neighpon into an imperialistic country that committed many crimes in the name of power and superiority. Azamuku would personally show the pantheon the consequences of their actions as Neighpon was invaded and nuked seven times, and spent much of the Second Great War telling them "I told you so" as payback for the deities' arrogant, short-sighted ways.Azamuku: Is honour truly worth it, if it leads to this? note
- Kitsune: He's the son of a Pony Samurai lord and a female Kitsune, making him half Kitsune himself.
- Modest Royalty: He was the equivalent of Neighponese nobility due to being a son of a Pony samurai lord as a mortal, and after Ascending and becoming a member of the Shinseina Pantheon, he is now the divine equivalent of a ruling sovereign. Despite this, he prefers to go naked instead of wearing divine barding/regalia because he hates acting like he's superior to others. His response to some deities who tried convincing him to wear divine barding/regalia was to moon them.
- Mooning: He has taken to mooning people as a way of humiliating them for claiming to be 'honorable' yet being rotten at heart.
- While fighting members of the Interregnum during their final showdown, he would moon them in retaliation for driving his Kitsune mother to fake her death in order to protect herself and her hybrid son from persecution.
- He also does this to arrogant, traditionalist deities who try molding him into a 'proper' deity. Whenever they tried to convince him to wear divine regalia or barding instead of going around naked, his response was to moon them. He would moon a deity who tried making a visiting Prince Caerulus Melodia drop his southern accent, and would suggest using this method to deal with those who try making him act 'proper', something Caerulus would take to heart once he went back to Equestria.Azamuku: Your Highness, sometimes you'll meet gods who think they know how you should act, and tell you things you don't want to hear. So when things get too much and they won't stop no matter what you say, just turn around and show them your rear!
- The Prankster: He's this by nature, as being half Kitsune makes him inherently mischievous and prone to playing pranks.
Divine Classification: ???
Portfolio: Bombs, Explosions
Princess Kouyou, the Maiden of Autumn
Divine Classification: Ascendant
Rank: Divine (Tier III/Intermediate)
- Adaptational Badass: Kimono in G3 is the wise sage of Ponyville and keeper of all Pony legends and lore, and had been described as the smartest mare 'in all the lands'. Here, she kept this, but was also considered so intelligent and knowledgeable she was widely considered the smartest pony of the Third Age, widely compared to Silversmith of the Second Age (and widely believed to be one of his descendants) and at one point even ascended to Alicornhood. She was also considered The Rival / Arch-Enemy to Sekra the Indomitable herself on the side of Good, responsible for holding off the High Queen in endless battles of wits and stopping Crypta from Taking Over The World many times, which had served to earn her nothing less than Sekra's undying respect and appreciation.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: She's a Shinseina Alicorn goddess who embodies Autumn.
- Friendly Enemy: Her relationship with Sekra the Indomitable, High Queen of Old/New Crypta was apparently this, from the way she referred to Sekra as a 'dear friend' when she finally met Sekra again in the Fourth Age. Sekra, for her part was 'delighted' when she realized one of her greatest foes survived to the present and wasted no time resuming their contest.
- World's Smartest Man: Or rather, Pony. She was widely considered to be this for the Third Age, to the point that she has been compared to Silversmith who was the World's Smartest Pony during the 'Second Age', and is speculated by many to be one of his descendants.
The Black Heron Corpse Investigation Team (BHCIT)
"Your body is our business!"
— Team Slogan
The Black Heron Corpse Investigation Team originated in a group of five university students who attended a school of the Shinseinism faith, and were brought together by a corpse who approached them for help, which became their first case. Said case involved reuniting the corpse in question, a young Kirin who committed suicide, with his Pony lover, a deceased idol singer. Using their powers and skills, they located the Kirin's filly-friend in the clutches of her father, a sexually abusive stallion obsessed with "protecting" her, and exposed him for the hypocritical, perverse-minded criminal he was.[WIP]
- Adaptational Badass: In The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, they're five young adults fresh out of the Buddhist university they attended, and work as non-professional detectives for their dead "clients", though the lack of a steady cash source ensures they live in Perpetual Poverty. Here, their good deeds eventually get recognized by the Shinseina pantheon, who decided to promote them to demigod psychopomps as a reward for the good deeds they've done.
- Amateur Sleuth: What they were pre-Ascension. Though Makino is the only one with job training, being a licensed embalmer, none of them had proper training in actual investigating. Yet they frequently got roped into "cases" via Guiding Light's dowsing and Whispered Winds' ability to talk to the dead. Their only ally was Fire Bullet, a former homicide detective-turned-social services agent.
- Captain Ersatz: They're based on the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service team. Collectively, they are both teams of five university students who have the black heron as their call-sign, are regarded as creepy and eccentric weirdos who aren't used to them or their line of work, behave in a cynical, sarcastic, and morbid manner, and are very opportunistic and greedy because of their floundering businesses and generally poor financial situations. They even rely on a former homicide detective-turned-social services agent for expenses and dead "clients" in return for doing odd jobs for him. However, they are also both compassionate people who are very unwilling to turn down a dead and living person in need, even at the cost of earning more money for themselves. For bonus points, their team names are heavily similar, with "Kurosagi" meaning "black heron" in Japanese. However, what would make them different from their character inspirations is that after they became Alicorn demigods, their nastier personality traits would actually be taken into account and curbed by more experienced deities in the Shinseina pantheon, as they want the Black Heron group to become benevolent and proper deities by doing away with unsavory behaviors that would eventually spell not only their doom, but Equus's doom as well.
- Conditioned to Accept Horror: It's mentioned in their group entry that because they've all experienced deeply horrific and/or personal tragedies in their childhoods, they would develop a borderline morbid sense of humor and perception of the world. As a result, they are largely desensitized to the various horrors that plague Equus, which might be a good thing in some situations, but would often unnerve those who aren't used to a bunch of people conversing casually and flippantly as if it's just another day of work for them, even as they deal with some powerful villain or an eldritch horror. It's speculated in-universe that their eccentricity comes from being a collective Weirdness Magnet as they are constantly haunted by spirits, which is true to some degree, as Whispered Winds was rumored to have been accompanied by the benign spirit of a long-deceased relative who wanted to make sure he was alright before passing on.
- Creepy Good: They're pretty cynical individuals with a morbid sense of humor and perception of the world, and they hang around dead bodies a lot, but they're undeniably heroic and compassionate. People in-universe also regard them as such, seeing them as collectively off-putting yet acknowledging their good traits.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Their call-sign is a black heron, and it was noted that in their mortal lives, they would often wear black due to the nature of their work. While they're collectively and individually flawed, deep down they are all very compassionate and altruistic, and have trouble saying "no" to both dead and living people in need.
- Deadpan Snarker: It's mentioned that they dish out snarky remarks to everyone they associate with it, including their enemies.
- Deity of Human Origin: All five members were "promoted" to godhood by the Shinseina pantheon as a reward for their good deeds. This turned them into Alicorn demigods, the equivalent of newborn infants according to divine standards, though both the Shinseina pantheon and Luminiferous believe that they have the potential to become powerful individuals once they get "older".
- Freudian Excuse: All of them have reasons for acting the way they are now. Unfortunately, their behavior would come to bite them once they are surrounded with Reasonable Authority Figures who can see right through them and won't hesitate to call them out for bad behavior.
- Living in Perpetual Poverty due to a floundering corpse-related business has made the BHCIT incredibly opportunistic and greedy, to the point where they gladly started accepting cash gifts from their mortal worshipers post-Ascension. When they were caught celebrating their rewards and treating their newly-gained divinity like an "infinite meal-ticket", Empress Izanami-no-kami lectured them for their bad behavior and warned them that if they continued behaving irresponsibly and in ways unbecoming of a god, severe consequences will follow.
- Horrific and/or personal childhood tragedies have left them with cynical and borderline morbid humor and perceptions of the world, to the point where they would crack jokes and converse with each other during a fight as if it's just another day of work. It's implied that much of their behavior is a way to cope with their traumas, as their mortal followers see their sense of humor as an effective way to deal with life's stresses.
- Interspecies Friendship: The BHCIT consists of a group of friends - two of them are Kirin Alicorns, and the remaining three are Pony Alicorns.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: All five of them are cynical and morbid to varying degrees, and due to living in poverty because of a floundering business, they are incredibly opportunistic and greedy. However, deep down, they are very compassionate and altruistic, and it's mentioned that they collectively suffer Chronic Hero Syndrome and thus can't bring themselves to say "no" to a person in need, both dead and living, even if it'll inconvenience them financially in the long run. The Shinseina pantheon is currently working on getting rid of the "Jerk" part of the trope so the BHCIT make use of their full potential and become truly benevolent deities.
- Karmic Jackpot: Despite their collective reputation as creepy eccentrics who hang around dead bodies, they managed to get the attention of the Shinseina pantheon with their long list of good deeds, leading to them becoming demigods.
- Perpetual Poverty: Justified and deconstructed. Because Neighpon favors cremation and the dead aren't exactly good sources of money, every member was forced to take up other jobs just to make ends meet, and had to rely on the kindness of Fire Bullet, a former homicide detective-turned-social services agent (who is also based on an older Sasayama from MPD Psycho). Because of their constant poverty, all five members of the BHCIT became incredibly opportunistic and greedy, and when they were promoted to demigods by the Shinseina pantheon and started receiving gifts from grateful mortal followers, they celebrated their good fortune and the constant rewards, seeing their newly-gained divinity as an "infinite meal-ticket". Apparently this pissed off Empress Izanami-no-kami, the co-Top God of the Shinseina pantheon, so much that she lectured them on their bad behavior and warned them that if they continued using their divinity as an excuse to behave irresponsibly, severe consequences will follow not only for them, but for Equus as well.
- Reality Ensues:
- Living in Perpetual Poverty caused them to be opportunistic and greedy when it comes to money, and when they became demigods, they quickly started capitalizing on their newly-gained divinity as an "infinite meal-ticket" since it means any mortal follower they get will give them gifts out of gratitude. This pissed off Izanami-no-kami, who proceeded to lecture them on their bad behavior and warn them that severe consequences would occur if they continue behaving irresponsibly.
- Being cynical and morbidly casual in disposition has led to some individuals being creeped out by them, being unused a group of people conversing with each other like it's just another normal day for them while they deal with corpses and other scary threats. Furthermore, the snarky and crass behavior their character inspirations would display in The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service would also get them into trouble with authority figures - namely, the Shinseina pantheon - who want them to stop acting immaturely and irresponsibly so they could become true heroes.Kazekami: If you all want to be taken seriously, then ACT like it.
- Semi-Divine: Currently, they're demigods, the equivalent of infant divines, after they Ascended. The Shinseina deities believe that they all have the potential to become much more as they grow "older".
- Significant Anagram: Played for laughs; When the Shinseina pantheon discovered that "BHCIT" is an anagram for "BITCH", they were immensely displeased. Kazekami would scold them for their crass and immature behavior, and requesting that they change their group name for something more appropriate. It's possible that the BHCIT's mortal followers knew of this, leading to phrases like, "Justice is a BHCIT", and the BHCIT members themselves see nothing wrong with it.
- Two Girls to a Team: Lovely Bones and Violet Peony are the only mares in the group. The other three members are stallions.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Guiding Light's entry describes the group in general as such. They constantly get on each other's nerves by ribbing and snarking at each other, but they are nonetheless very good friends and will not hesitate to defend each other.
- What the Hell, Hero?: They were on the receiving end of this trope a few times, mostly by the Shinseina pantheon. It's justified; while the members of the BHCIT are compassionate and unwilling to say "no" to anyone in need, they have a lot of flaws that make them off-putting. The Shinseina pantheon wants them to become better people so they could become proper divines and protectors of Neighpon, so making the BHCIT aware of their own flaws is a very reasonable solution.
- Empress Izanami-no-kami once lectured them for celebrating the constant cash rewards they would get from their mortal followers and treating their newly-gained divinity like an "infinite meal-ticket". She warned them that being a deity comes with a lot of hard work and responsibility than all five demigods realize, and if they continue behaving irresponsibly, severe consequences will follow for them and Equus.
- Hilariously, after learning that the "BHCIT" abbreviation of their name is really an anagram of "BITCH", Kazekami would scold them for behaving in a crass, immature, and flippant manner, and requested that they change their name to something more appropriate so they wouldn't be treated poorly by other deities and pantheons.
Whispered Winds, the Dead Speaker
- Alliterative Name: Whispered Winds.
- Back from the Dead: Much like his character inspiration, he has the ability to temporarily revive people from the dead, though it's explained here that he temporarily gives them a portion of his own power to allow them to move. He has no control over what happens next, however, so he only saves it for the genuinely wicked and unrepentant.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Kuro Karatsu. Both are semi-religious and cynical, yet compassionate young men who have the ability to talk to the dead and revive them long enough to finish their Unfinished Business.
- Kirk Summation: He sums up the motivations of the sexually abusive father they encountered on their very first case.Whispered Winds: Y'know, I've been thinking about it... you said you made your daughter happy, yet once your daughter got away from you, she couldn't wait to commit suicide. Kinda sad, isn't it? [...] Admit it, you only like her better this way. With her dead, she's become even less of a person to you now.
Guiding Light, the Dead Revealer
Divine Classification: Ascendant
Portfolio: Death, Empathy, Truth
"We all lose things at some point. That's what I'm here for."
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Embodies Death, Empathy, and Truth.
- Armor-Piercing Attack: It's noted that he can use the kanabō, a Neighponese war club, in smashing armor.
- Armor-Piercing Question: In a canonized Codexverse drabble, Izanami-no-kami mentions to Guiding Light that his and his friends' greed could potentially make their mortal followers destitute and homeless if they kept accepting money from them, and then asks Guiding Light if a similar thing happened to them in their mortal lives. His composure breaks at that moment. Then, he instinctively shouts out "No!" when asked if he really thought that the Shinseina deities charge rent in exchange for room and board in their divine realm, before he pedals back and says a truthful yet hesitant "Yes...".
- Blind Weaponmaster: He's blind since birth, but after becoming a demigod, he's become skilled in using the kanabō, a Neighponese war club, despite his handicap and his weapon's heaviness. This is thanks to the lessons of his divine mentors, including one local war god.
- Broken Pedestal: Implied; his bluntness stems from discovering that his old Kirin mentor who taught him dowsing had also lied to him about the location of his childhood friend's missing family. The Kirin knew that they were murdered and buried in a construction site, but he was bribed to keep quiet by a company building there, not wanting to lose money over a potential scandal. Because of this, Guiding Light has developed a strong distaste for lying, seeing it as a good way to betray someone's trust.
- Brutal Honesty: Because he was lied to by someone he trusted in regards to the fate of his childhood friend's missing family, he acts blunt and straightforward in his interactions with other people.
- This is why he ended up befriending Muet, the Great Skunk goddess of Pantomime and Silence, because as a mime and performance artist, her body language is much more revealing than words, which appeals to his preference for honesty. And because he can perceive magic and emotions, Muet appears to him as "speaking" from the soul.
- This trope is also partially why he's good friends with the BHCIT, who treat him as part of the group despite their constant ribbing, instead of giving him special treatment.
- In a private conversation with Izanami-no-kami, he honestly admits that because he and his friends lived in Perpetual Poverty pre-Ascension, they were willing to do anything to earn money, including accepting gifts of money from their followers. He even answers Izanami's questions with a Blunt "Yes" at first, though once Izanami-no-kami points out that their followers becoming destitute from giving them money would make them no different from how they used to live, Guiding Light's composure quickly starts faltering.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Makoto Numata. Both are sunglasses-wearing, stoic-looking guys who have the ability to dowse for corpses. They would also suffer a family-related tragedy, except unlike Numata, whose entire family was murdered and buried in a construction site that would be built over, Guiding Light's family was spared this fate... instead, it was the family of a childhood friend who was given the fate of Numata's family. Unlike Numata, he's also blind, but despite it, he did enough good deeds that allowed him and his friends to become Alicorn demigods. His crass, morbid, and sarcastic personality would also earn the ire and frustration of the Shinseina pantheon that promoted him, so they're trying to invoke Character Development by helping him become a benevolent and proper god.
- Carry a Big Stick: His primary weapon post-Ascension is the kanabō, a Neighponese war club made of divine metal, which he can use to smash enemies' armor and shatter bones. Despite his blindness, he can efficiently use it by applying the philosophy of Don't Think, Feel, relying on his instincts and magical awareness of his surroundings, and using his own body as a counter-weight to balance the heaviness of the kanabō. His entry also notes that he sometimes tricks and goads enemies into rushing him by noisily thumping his weapon against the ground like a mere staff, giving away his position and making his enemies think that he's an easy target, thus leaving them vulnerable to attack.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Defied. Pre-Ascension, he only knew how to dowse for corpses, which wouldn't land him a stable job anywhere in Neighpon or any other country. The only job he did get was a corpse-related business that his friend, Lovely Bones, founded, but it ended up floundering because dead people don't really pay well. After he became an Alicorn demigod, his divine mentors in the Shinseina pantheon made sure he would learn how to dowse for other things, such as missing people, wayward spirits, lost objects, and valuable treasures.
- Dark and Troubled Past: When he was a colt, he learned that the family of a childhood friend he was close to suddenly and mysteriously disappeared, leaving said friend all alone, so he tried to find them for her. An old Kirin would teach him the art of magical dowsing so he could find anything and anyone he wished, while giving him a pair of sunglasses and teaching him that a true stallion always hides his tears. However, he would learn years later that the old Kirin knew what happened to his friend's family and where they were buried, but a company bribed him to keep quiet so they could continue building over the burial site and not lose profits should word get out. By the time Guiding Light finally found them, it was too late, and he blamed himself for it ever since, though he did give his friend closure by showing her the place of her family's burial.
- Deity of Human Origin: Was once a unicorn before the Shinseina pantheon "promoted" him and his friends, turning him into an Alicorn.
- Disabled in the Adaptation: He's blind in the Codexverse, where his character inspiration, Makoto Numata, is not.
- Disabled Snarker: He's blind, but that doesn't stop him from snarking. During their very first case, when confronting an sexually abusive father who kidnapped his daughter's corpse so he could protect her forever, Guiding Light proceeded to sneer, "World's Greatest Dad", provoking a Villainous Breakdown.
- Don't Think, Feel: His entry describes his fighting philosophy word-for-word. The reason why he wields the kanabō despite being a brutish and seemingly unusable weapon is so that he can be learn discipline and balance, while turning his natural strength, instincts, and blindness into great assets. Indeed, he can execute graceful yet mighty swings that smash armor and shatter bones by using his magical awareness and his own body as a counter-weight to balance the heaviness of his war club.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Justified. His entry mentions that he gets irritated whenever someone pities him and/or gives him special treatment for being blind, which he sees as degrading. It's also the reason why he's close to his friends despite their constant ribbing and snarking, because they treat him like a normal person who's part of the group rather than an invalid.
- Dowsing Device: A living example. Unlike his character inspiration, who uses a pendulum that swings in circles when near corpses, Guiding Light uses magical dowsing, which taps into the residual spiritual and natural magics left behind by corpses and spirits. Presumably, he uses his horn as a focus. Originally, he can only find corpses, but after Ascending, he started learning how to dowse for other things like missing people, lost objects, wayward spirits, and valuable treasures. This would later prove handy in finding those who got lost on their way to the afterlife... or those who tried escaping their eternal fate.
- The Empath: He's described as having empathy, which allows him to discern when people are lying to him. This suits his rather blunt nature. Post-Ascension, he became capable of doing things like form barriers made of positive emotion to ward off dark magic and curses that both invoke and thrive off of negative emotions (though he can only repel them, as only Lovely Bones can eliminate them entirely through divine purification and her domain of Forgiveness), and force criminals and villains to develop regret for their actions by projecting their victims' emotions onto them. It's noted that he initially didn't like messing with people's emotions on purpose, but has since acknowledged and accepted the necessity if there's no other way to make a villain see the error of their ways and atone. As the Alicorn god of Truth, he can also use empathy to cure unhealthy denial by talking to people and gradually bring their repressed emotions to the forefront, allowing his friend, Felt Actor, to give them emotional closure through Catharsis.
- Fate Worse than Death: In-universe; being blind is seen as this trope by many pegasi, since they need their sight to navigate themselves during flight. Even Guiding Light didn't believe that he could fly despite becoming an Alicorn demigod, due to being blind since birth. Fortunately, his mentors decided to work around this handicap by teaching him how to use pegasi magic as an inner "compass", so he could sense and avoid changes in the weather such as storms and other hazards while he flies.
- Freudian Excuse: Deconstructed, as while his experiences make his behavior understandable, he does have the opportunity to move on from them, and that some of his actions are off-putting or inexcusable despite the situations that spawned them.
- He's always blunt and straightforward with others because his Kirin mentor knew what happened to his childhood friend's family and where they were buried, but kept it a secret because he was bribed to keep quiet by a company that was building over their place of burial. Guiding Light blamed himself for it ever since, even though his childhood friend doesn't, and sees dishonesty in general as a good way to betray someone's trust and screw people over. However, his childhood friend had long forgiven him for his supposed "failure" and doesn't even blame him for it, and gained closure once she was shown where her family was buried.
- He's opportunistic and greedy because pre-Ascension, he lived in Perpetual Poverty due to Lovely Bones' corpse business floundering, and even lost a home since he failed to pay rent. Unfortunately, his and his friends' willingness to earn money in any way possible would later get them scolded by Izanami-no-kami after she caught them treating their newly-gained divinity like an "infinite meal-ticket". Guiding Light would later privately admit to the divine Empress that he thought living in the divine realms would be just like Neighpon, rent included, and he and his friends just wanted to stop worrying about living expenses for once. Izanami-no-kami proceeded to point out that requesting money from their followers as gifts could potentially make them destitute in the end, making them no different from how he and his friends lived in constant poverty in their mortal life. Hearing that caused Guiding Light to break his composure and be overcome with guilt.
- Handicapped Badass: He was born blind, yet he was able to learn how to magically dowse for corpses when he was a colt. He would use this skill to help his friends find dead "clients" so they could help them finish any unfinished business. Being "promoted" to a demigod psychopomp by the Shinseina pantheon just made him even more badass, as a few local deities would take him in as their student and teach him new techniques he wouldn't be able to learn as a mortal. Notably, he uses the kanabō, which would've been impossible due to its heaviness, but he managed to become quite skilled with it thanks to learning how to use his magical awareness and his own body as a counter-weight.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Like his character inspiration, it's noted in his entry that pre-Ascension, his Iconic Outfit consisted of a pair of sunglasses and a black leather jacket. However, he has sometimes donned leather vests and bomber jackets.
- Iconic Outfit: It's noted in his entry that pre-Ascension, his outfit consisted of a pair of sunglasses and a black leather jacket.
- Immune to Mind Control: As the Alicorn god of Truth, he can resist and even shrug off attempts to persuade and/or coerce him, magically, mentally, or otherwise. This makes Geass magic and brainwashing techniques in general useless against him.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Averted. While he's blind and has several abilities and skills to make up for it, it's noted in his entry that the Shinseina pantheon chose to Ascend him (as well as his friends) solely because of his compassion and altruism, and they taught him many things so he could fulfill his role as a Death god despite his disability. Their desire to turn him into a benevolent and proper god stems from the fact that they find a few of his flaws (namely, his cynicism, morbid sense of humor, and opportunistic greed) off-putting and potentially detrimental to any good he might do as a demi-divine. Guiding Light also gets irritated whenever someone pities him and/or gives him special treatment for being blind, and is close to his friends in the BHCIT despite their constant ribbing because they treat him as part of the group rather than an invalid.
- Interspecies Friendship:
- Two of his best friends in the BHCIT, Felt Actor and Violet Peony, are Kirin Alicorns.
- He would end up befriending Muet, the Great Skunk goddess of Pantomime and Silence, despite being of different species and pantheons. Guiding Light stated that he thought she was "weird" at first, but once he knew of her mutism and began perceiving her in a different way, he quickly grew to like her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a cynical and morbid individual who doesn't bat an eye to horrific things and hates lying, and he's also opportunistic and greedy, but he's also a very empathetic and compassionate individual who can't say "no" to people in need. The Shinseina deities are currently working on making him drop the "Jerk" part of the trope so he could become a benevolent and proper god instead of the crass and immature university student he once was.
- Meaningful Name: "Guiding Light" is a rather appropriate name for someone who can dowse for corpses and detect lies.
- Men Don't Cry: When he was a colt, he was taught by an old Kirin that a true stallion always hides his tears, and was given a pair of sunglasses just for this purpose. While he has mostly stayed true to this principle, it's ironically subverted in that he has sometimes cried even with his sunglasses on, which he states is okay since his tears are completely genuine.
- My Greatest Failure: He deeply regretted not managing to find his childhood friend's deceased family, especially after learning that his Kirin mentor kept their ultimate fates and their location a secret from him for many years. This is why he's often so blunt and straightforward - being dishonest has led to a great tragedy that could have been resolved if his Kirin mentor had been honest instead. His childhood friend, however, forgave him long ago and doesn't even blame him for his supposed "failure".
- Noodle Incident: It's mentioned in his entry that he once located corpses on top of telephone poles. According to him, "Long story behind that, but uh... it involved snails and birds and it was really gross." This is actually a Shout-Out to The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, where one case involved people getting infected and mutated by eating infected snails, which made them climb things like trees and telephone poles under the delusion of becoming a "bird" so they can be eaten by birds.
- Not So Different: Izanami-no-kami bringing up how the BHCIT's acceptance of cash as gifts would potentially make their mortal followers as destitute as they were pre-Ascension is what causes Guiding Light's stoic facade to break, leaving him more emotionally vulnerable. Notably, he instinctively shouts out "No!" when asked if he really thought that the Shinseina deities charge rent in exchange for room and board in their divine realm, before he pedals back and says a truthful yet hesitant "Yes...".
- Odd Friendship: Forms one with Muet, the Great Skunk goddess of Pantomime and Silence, despite having different disabilities and being of different species and pantheons. Guiding Light admits that he initially saw her as "weird" due to her lack of voice, but quickly grew to like her once he got past the non-speaking barrier. Because of his magical and emotional sensitivity, he can perceive Muet's body language as "speech", and to him she appears as speaking from the soul, which appeals to his Brutal Honesty.
- Semi-Divine: He's an Alicorn demigod, the equivalent to an infant god by divine standards. While his full capability currently remains unknown, he's still very powerful than the average mortal and has a lot of potential. It's expected by both the Shinseina pantheon and Luminiferous that he'll become a powerful individual someday.
- Shattering the Illusion: Post-Ascension, after becoming the Alicorn god of Truth, he gained the ability to see illusions and literally shatter them, making him an absolute nightmare for illusionists. The reason for this is the increased sensitivity to magic he got to make up for his blindness, which allows him "see" illusions in the form of walls and other structures that only he can break down. It's mentioned in his entry that he first discovered this ability by complete accident - a Hydianite sorceress trapped the BHCIT in a powerful illusion that targeted their worst memories and experiences, and Guiding Light unwittingly broke it while trying to free his friends.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike Numata's family, who were all murdered and buried in a construction site that was built over years later, Guiding Light's family is still alive. Instead, it would be the family of his childhood friend who would be killed off instead.
- The Stoic: While not to the degree of his friend, Lovely Bones, he can still be quite stoic and calm. This is largely due to his sunglasses, which hide his eyes and makes face-reading somewhat difficult.
- Stoic Spectacles: He often wears sunglasses to hide his emotions, which largely makes him look stoic and calm, because he was taught that true stallions always hide their tears. However, it's subverted in that he sometimes cries even with his sunglasses on, which he claims is okay since his tears were completely genuine.
- Supernatural Floating Hair: Subverted. After becoming an Alicorn, his hair grew longer, and the lower parts of his hair began shining with a white light, like a moon illuminating the night sky. However, because he's a demigod, he's not powerful enough to gain the Alicorns' trademark magically rippling hair yet.
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: Implied to be the case with his empathy - he felt incredibly hurt that his old Kirin mentor knew about what happened to his childhood friend's family and where they were buried, but didn't tell him until after he died because he was bribed by the company he worked for. He developed empathy originally for the sole purpose of detecting lies and dishonesty in general.
- Underestimating Badassery: Invoked. He sometimes noisily thumps his kanabō war club against the ground like a mere staff, which gives his position away so his enemies would think he's an easy target and rush him. Those who make that mistake often get a nasty surprise as they are left vulnerable to being attacked by him in turn.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: His entry mentions that he has this kind of relationship with his friends - they constantly get on each other's nerves by ribbing and snarking at each other, but they are nevertheless very good friends and will not hesitate to defend each other. Guiding Light really appreciates this, however, because his friends treat him like a normal person despite his blindness, instead of pitying him and giving him special treatment for being disabled.
- Winged Unicorn: He became an Alicorn after years of helping both the dead and living, which attracted the Shinseina pantheon's attention and impressed them enough to decide to Ascend him and his friends.
Lovely Bones, the Dead Forgiver
- Captain Ersatz: Of Ao Sasaki. Both are leaders and founders of a corpse-related business that would ultimately flounder, yet are incredibly social and business-savvy.
- Forgiveness: Weaponized. By forgiving someone, she absolves any harmful magic that may have been created by long-lasting grudges, guilt, and hatred. This works in freeing those who are tortured by the guilt generated by their own sins.
- The Stoic: Implied; as her group's entry mentions that she takes a stoic approach to the horrors she would witness in Equus.
Felt Actor, the Dead Channeler
- Blinding Bangs: Implied, as a canon Codexverse drabble in their group entry mentions that he has an "obscuring fringe".
- Captain Ersatz: Of Yuji Yata. Both are eccentric individuals with Blinding Bangs who carry a felt puppet with them at all times. They are also spirit channelers.
- I See Dead People: More specifically, he can see and expel malicious spirits that are possessing people. He gained this ability after he became a demigod.
Violet Peony, the Dead Preserver
- Damsel in Distress: Much like what happened to her character inspiration, Keiko Makino, during their very first case, she would be held hostage by the sexually abusive father of a deceased idol singer to intimidate her friends into submission. Whispered Winds would save her by temporarily reviving the corpses of their Kirin "client" and his Pony girlfriend and siccing them on the father.
- Captain Ersatz: Of Keiko Makino. Both are skilled and licensed embalmers, but live in a country that overwhelmingly favors cremation due to cultural and societal differences, making their intended professions almost moot.
- Seers: Inverted. Post-Ascension, she gained a form of retrocogntion in where she gains brief flashes of what caused a wound from the killer/attacker's perspective by touching a person's wounds.