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This page covers all noble characters from the barren Plains of Death in Game of Touhou. For the rest of the characters, see this page. For the smallfolk and sellswords of the area, see this page. POV Characters will be noted with asterisks.

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The Plains of Death is a barren, stony area in the west of Noros to the south of the Sea of Demons, north of the Minelands. It has a few select pockets of life, which is where the cities tend to be. The cities are evenly distributed, the City of Flowers to the north-east, the City of Desires to the north-west, Muenzuka to the south-west and Death's gates to the south-east. It is also the royal region, with the Sanzus ruling Noros from Muenzuka. The bastards in this region have the surname 'Barren'.

    The Plains of Death in general 

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House Sanzu

The ruling house of Noros. They have an unconventional succession system, with the 'Hand of the King' being merely a selected heir by the King/Queen. This in theory both avoids a Succession Crisis and ensures The Good King is always in charge. However, recent times have changed that, the current leader being justice-obsessed Queen Eiki Shiki. Their words are 'Await Your Judgement' according to supplementary material, and their sigil is a black-and-white laterally flattened pentagon, known as a 'Judgement Rod', on purple. Its seat is the port city of Muenzuka, and it has a considerable navy commanded by Ser Komachi.

    In General 
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: The only halfway trustworthy members of the court would be Queen Eiki Shiki and her successor, Ser Komachi, and the former is only trustworthy as far as you can trust her to have no compassion whatsoever and enforce the law mercilessly.
  • Black and White Morality: A current policy regarding criminals, even visualized in their black and white sigil.
  • Cool Chair: The black-and-white throne, a chair made of iron and ivory in a marbled pattern.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: In part due to the poor choices of Eiki Shiki, and in part due to some of the court members being Villains With Good Publicity.
  • Dystopia: Under Eiki Shiki, it is this, with law being enforced without compassion.
  • Elective Monarchy: The next king/queen is selected by the current king/queen, rather than being familial.
  • False Utopia: The non-familial organisation that forms this royal house was founded on having the most competent leader for Noros, no doubt with a Utopia in mind. However, it has fallen from grace.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Once a beloved royal house and seen as the best way to rule Noros, but since the senile Shirou Sendai (the former king) picked the Knight Templar Queen Eiki Shiki as a ruler, all has gone downhill.
  • Nice Hat: The City Watch and elite soldiers of the Sanzus have helmets with protruding Judgement Rods.
  • Police State: Once again, due to Queen Eiki Shiki's Knight Templar attitude to law enforcement.
  • Purple Is Powerful: The banner color and cape color of their nobles and elite soldiers are purple, to symbolize their royal status.
  • Shout-Out: Its sigil is the shape of Shikieiki Yamaxanadu's Judgement Rod in Touhou's canon.
  • Succession Crisis: Their heir-by-choice succession system is designed with this in mind, so as to avert it. However, due to the easily changed nature of any given heir, political intrigue sometimes centers around trying to convince the Queen to take on a different heir.
  • Wretched Hive: Its seat, Muenzuka, is this. It is an overcrowded port city that stinks of sewage, and is rife with poverty.
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    Queen Eiki Shiki 
The current ruler of Noros. A cold-hearted, obsessive layer-down of the law, despised by the people (not that anyone dares speak out against her).

    Ser Komachi Onozuka 
Hand of the Queen and successor to Queen Eiki. A seemingly apathetic knight better suited to fighting than leading. When Eiki dies, it turns out she's actually a highly competent queen who's sadly inherited a kingdom on the verge of collapse.

  • Action Girl: Is fairly young, but is a highly competent fighter.
  • Anti-Villain: A good woman who's part of a bad regime. When she comes into power, she does everything she can to make it into a good regime.
  • Blessed with Suck: Well, you're now Queen of Noros. Enjoy the starving peasants, the impending and dominant rebellion, and backstabbers like Seiga to contend with!
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Is mostly seen as apathetic and lazy, but is a successful soldier, strategist, naval commander and queen.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Early on in the series, she's mostly seen practically falling asleep during Eiki's brutal court judgements. As it turns out, she's not only a competent military commander and fighter, but also an exceptionally good ruler.
  • Defiant to the End: When dying from her injuries, she sees Seiga about to kill her. She spits out 'Kill me... and be cursed. You are no Queen... and you never... will be...' She receives several stabs for her defiance, but managed to complete Seiga's Villainous Breakdown.
  • Designated Villain: In-universe, to the Designated Hero that is Lady Byakuren.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: When she accepts the war is lost, she decides to go out like this. While she doesn't die in battle immediately, when Seiga goes to assassinate her, she verbally destroys her and triggers a full-scale Villainous Breakdown on Seiga's part.
  • The High Queen: Surprisingly, when she inherits Noros from the thankfully dead Eiki, she is a compassionate, competent ruler. Shame it doesn't last...
  • Just Following Orders: When she kills Lady Ichirin in a Trial by Combat.
  • Odd Friendship: With Prince Miko Shotoku, despite the prince's initial skepticism of the woman.
  • Rasputinian Death: Doesn't quite die from her wounds in battle, and takes multiple stabs to be killed by Seiga.
  • Rank Up: From Hand of the Queen to the queen herself.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Fights in battles for House Sanzu, is a talented strategist, commanded the royal navy and dies from injuries sustained in defending Muenzuka one last time.
  • Sinister Scythe: Unlike Elly Kazami, who simply holds her scythe out of battle to look intimidating, Komachi actually uses it in battle and beats a sword-wielding Ichirin in a trial by combat despite not being able to take advantage of the weapon's long range.
  • Sketchy Successor: Is thought to be this by most. When she becomes queen, she proves them all wrong.
  • Superior Successor: To Queen Eiki.
  • Token Good Teammate: To the rest of the Deadly Decadent Court.
  • Too Good to Last: In-universe, her reign is considered this, especially by Miko.
  • Trial by Combat: Champions Queen Eiki in assessing Ichirin's guilt of attempting to murder Lady Seiga. She wins.
    Lady Seiga Kaku* 
Former Maester to House Shotoku and third in line to the throne. Is rumored to dabble in necromancy and is owner of a seedy whorehouse. Becomes a POV character from Chapter 6.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: From blue hair in Canon to brown.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Apparently experiments with some of her female whores.
  • Back for the Dead: After a good 44 chapter break from her third chapter, Seiga's POV finally returns for a fourth time to show her death.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Is notably beautiful, but also undoubtedly evil.
  • Consummate Liar: Considers lying her job, comparing her role as a Yes-Man to Queen Eiki to a whore's: not to lie with the person who pays, but lie to them.
  • Dirty Coward: Opts to run away and become a paramour in Lys when her extremely brief acting queenship is clearly lost. Not that it helps her.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Appears to be a Magnificent Bastard who easily foils Yuyuko's (good) plans, but as it turns out, this was all a Batman Gambit on Yuyuko's part, making her think she's won, when on the long scale, she's ultimately lost.
  • Four Is Death: Dies in her fourth POV chapter.
  • Karmic Death: After being a False Friend to the royal court in general, she gets betrayed by Lady Tewi Inaba, who she thinks had genuinely offered her an escape boat. She instead gets sailed out to sea and pushed overboard.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Is on the receiving end when Tewi's rabbits shove her overboard.
  • Kicked Upstairs: By Prince Miko, who sent her into the royal court to get her out of her hair and perhaps even be useful to House Shotoku.
  • Lost at Sea: Some people think this is her fate. The chances are she's drowned.
  • Miss Kitty: Owns a whorehouse, and is said to be the most expensive whore in the brothel.
  • Necromancer: Rumored to be. Turns out the rumors are true, and she's risen both Ser Tojiko Soga and Yoshika from the grave.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Is the one most likely to treat readers to lesbian tease.
  • Obviously Evil: Is beautiful and normally dressed, but everything about her personality has massive warning lights. Rumored to be a necromancer? Check. Owner of a whorehouse? Check. Blatantly after the throne? Check.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Nominally supports order when in Eiki Shiki's presence, but actually desires chaos to rise in power, in opposition to Yuyuko's order. As it turns out, this trope is subverted as Yuyuko wanted chaos all along, and merely played Seiga like a harp with a Batman Gambit to allow for chaos to occur.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Both her initial 'outwitting' of Yuyuko and her ascent to acting queen- the former in that it leads to Eiki's death and the ascent of a queen competent enough to see through her bullshit, and the latter because she's only queen of a city under attack from all sides.
  • Rank Up: From Maester to the Shotokus to third in line to the throne to acting queen to dead.
  • The Savior: Viewed this way by Ser Tojiko because she treated her and saved her life while Maester to the Shotokus. Turns out she raised Tojiko from the dead.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Tries this and fails as the person who arranged her 'escape' from the Sack of Muenzuka.
  • Smug Snake: Fancies herself as something of a chessmaster, but pales in comparison to Yuyuko, Yukari, or Sakuya.
  • The Spymaster: Uses her whores to acquire information.
  • Stupid Evil: Is criticized for being this by Prince Miko, who tells her to Do Wrong, Right.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: Thoroughly averted. She's an unpleasant woman both in and out of her mind.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Yuyuko.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When about to assassinate the already dying Queen Komachi, she receives one last Take That! from the dying queen, sending her over the edge and causing her to stab Komachi repeatedly in a frenzy.
  • Yes-Man: Is a seedy, simpering kiss-ass to Queen Eiki.
    Master of Whisperers, Lady Tewi Inaba 
For tropes associated with Lady Tewi, see House Luna on this page.
    Royal Advisor Lady Yuyuko Saigyouji* 
For tropes associated with Lady Yuyuko, see House Saigyouji below.
    Royal Maester Rin Satsuki 
A poorly-trained Maester that happens to be in service to the royal house, hastily declared a Maester to replace the disgraced Medicine Melancholy.

    Ser Hanazaka 
A named knight of the City Watch.

    Ser Tatsumi Hakkaisan 
A knight working for the Sanzus. He presumably fights for the loyalists in the rebellion, and is promoted by Queen Byakuren to be Lord of Muenzuka as compensation for Lady Nue imprisoning him. His personal sigil is a kitchen knife on purple.

  • The Alcoholic: Implied, due to him raising a tavern owner up to nobility.
  • Army of Thieves and Whores: Commands one out of necessity when attempting to stage a coup against House Kazami.
  • Back Stab: Gets well and truly betrayed by his sellsword companies due to Elly Kazami buying them off.
  • Defiant to the End: After House Sanzu loses the war, he yields, but openly criticizes the new Queen Byakuren, and continues even after Lady Nue Houjuu imprisons him..
  • Knife Nut: Surprisingly averted despite his sigil being a knife.
  • La Résistance: Against the new Paramount House of the Plains of Death, House Kazami. Unlike the Hijiris, he fails.
  • Nouveau Riche: His family were once cooks before their house was knighted according to supplementary material, and he himself becomes Lord of Muenzuka.
  • Psycho for Hire: Hires several sellswords for his anti-Kazami resistance.
  • Rank Up: From knight to Lord of Muenzuka.
  • Rousing Speech: Is rather good at these, and manages to rise Muenzuka up in rebellion against the City of Flowers.
  • Shout-Out: He is based on a character from Uwabami Breakers who happens to be a cook, like his House's backstory. His underlings/sellswords are also characters from the same game.
  • Undying Loyalty: To 'Good Queen Komachi'.
  • What an Idiot!: In-universe, Elly Kazami considers him this for trusting sellswords he had no way of paying.
    Yoshika 
One of Lady Seiga's whores and informants. Is pale, cold, and corpse-like, likely due to being reanimated, and is popular with necrophiliacs.

  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: A sign that she's a reanimated corpse.
  • Icy Blue Eyes
  • I Love the Dead: Is popular with necrophiliacs that visit Seiga's whorehouse.
  • Killed Offscreen: Goes off to fight the armies coming after Seiga, alone. Seiga mused that Yoshika probably thought herself invincible, but in the end she was doomed.
  • The Informant
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Is technically one of the living dead, reanimated by Seiga. She is sentient, yet pallid and unkillable.
  • Revenant Zombie
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Is merely an informant, whore, and bodyguard, but her killing of Unzan and subsequent foiling of Seiga's assassination leads to the Hijiri rebellion.
  • Rank Up: During Seiga's brief stint at being acting queen, she is knighted and made her bodyguard.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Likely due to being a reanimated corpse of Seiga's.
    Higanbana 
Another whore of Seiga's. Is also an informant. She is only eighteen.

House Saigyouji

House Saigyouji is the ruling house of Death's Gates, and is almost extinct in terms of blood members, with only Lady Yuyuko left. The sole landmark of Death's Gates is the Saigyou Ayakashi, a mysterious cherry tree that has been dead for a while, but has since begun to bloom again. Due to their small army, they are largely reliant on protection provided by the crown, and Lady Yuyuko herself is Royal Advisor. As it turns out, they are merely obfuscating weakness, and actually have a powerful army of the dead at their disposal in thanks to the Saiyou Ayakashi. Their sigil is a purple bare cherry tree on electric blue, and their motto is 'Dead Men tell great tales' according to supplementary material.

    In General 
  • Cherry Blossoms: The Saigyou Ayakashi is a mysterious cherry tree rumored to be magical. It is, and appropriate to cherry symbolism, is a means of raising the dead. A cherry tree is their sigil.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: The hallmark of their wights.
  • It's Quiet... Too Quiet: The city of Death's Gates is repeatedly described as such.
  • The Magic Comes Back: The Saigyou Ayakashi has recently began to bloom again. This is a sign that its abilities to control large amounts of undead has returned.
  • Mystical White Hair: A family trait, due to Valyrian heritage.
  • Necromancer: Given their motto, it can be assumed their family has a history of it. Lady Yuyuko herself is no different.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Saigyouji zombies are closer to the usual type: they walk with a Zombie Gait, are mindless, and spread their influence with each kill they inflict. They are still capable of speech if warged, though, and can wield weapons.
  • Playing the Victim Card: Due to their mostly nonexistent army, they are generally considered weak and thus are easily underestimated and pitied. They are actually hiding an army of the dead.
  • Purple Eyes: A family trait due to Valyrian heritage.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Is at the forefront of causing one Well-Intentioned Extremist for the greater good.
    Royal Advisor Lady Yuyuko Saigyouji* 
Royal Advisor to Queen Eiki Shiki and one of the few people confident enough to attempt to stop her brutal enforcement of the law. Is exceptionally kind to the smallfolk and quite the progressive thinker. As it turns out, too progressive, and is attempting to replace most of the nobility with undead People Puppets so that the smallfolk can finally get some justice. Becomes a POV character from Chapter 2.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: From pink in Canon to a silvery-blonde.
  • Affably Evil: Is an amoral politically savvy member of a Deadly Decadent Court, but is polite and amiable even to smallfolk. Turns out she's far from amoral, and has a strongly idealistic desire to ensure kindness to the smallfolk.
  • Anti-Villain: Appears to have good intentions, but is politically savvy and devious if needs be. This extends to the point of bringing about what is practically a Zombie Apocalypse to ensure a just rule for the smallfolk.
  • Batman Gambit: Pulls one perfectly on Seiga: allows herself to be 'outwitted' and in the process sacrifice Ichirin Kumoi, the beloved successor of Lady Byakuren Hijiri, to start a war and destabilize the crown, all while pretending chaos isn't her aim.
  • Big Bad: The closest thing to one in this series. She is easily the largest threat in Noros with her army of the dead, however noble her intentions.
  • The Chessmaster: Subverted in that despite her attempts she is easily Out-Gambitted by Lady Seiga. Or so she has Seiga believe. In actuality, it's a Double Subversion, as she plays both Seiga, and, for the longest time, most of Noros like a harp.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Dies absolutely frightened to death due to Nue Houjuu pulling a Me's a Crowd on her and confusing the living daylights out of her.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Her modus operandi in her attempts to complete her revolution.
  • Fair for Its Day: In-universe, she's a social revolutionary when it comes to her stance that smallfolk are people too. Unfortunately she is a little radical in making her vision a reality.
  • The Good Chancellor: Is this to the Knight Templar Eiki Shiki, recommending merciful treatment of criminals. This is both a PR campaign and a genuine expression of concern.
  • I've Come Too Far: Has this belief when she realizes her plot is on a slow path to failure.
  • Last of Her Kind: Is the last blood member of House Saigyouji, and is not married.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Has quite the body, and is seen naked multiple times.
  • Mystical White Hair: As she is of Valyrian heritage. Foreshadows her magical powers.
  • Necromancer: Is rumored to be. Like Seiga, the rumors are true. Unlike Seiga, the extent of her necromancy is far greater, and is bolstered by the Saigyou Ayakashi.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Is kind to her handmaidens, Aiko and Kumiko, and generally enamors the smallfolk with her kindness and integration into their culture. It's not an act.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Turns out her failed scheme to assassinate Seiga and replace her with Ichirin was a deliberate failure, and her true aim is a much grander one: to cause a Zombie Apocalypse and ensure a decent rule for the smallfolk.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Her merry demeanor and generally ineffectual attempts to ensure mercy from Queen Eiki, as well as the deliberately hair-brained scheme of using Ichirin Kumoi to assassinate and replace Seiga as third in line to the throne is all to distract people from her true goal: To Kill and Replace the nobles of Noros with zombie representatives and ensure a fair and decent rule for the smallfolk.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Plays the side of Order against Seiga's Chaos. Turns out she's after chaos too, albeit for completely different reasons and with far more foresight than Seiga.
  • People Puppets: Uses corpses as these, manipulating political events through nobles she's killed, such as Queen Tenshi Hinanawi.
  • Principles Zealot: Is very vocally for smallfolk rights. So much that she causes an entire war to ensure it.
  • Purple Eyes
  • The Savior: Viewed this way by Ser Youmu Konpaku. It's because she revived the dead parts of her body.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: Her POV makes her otherwise heinous Zombie Apocalypse-causing actions seem somewhat justified.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Her plot to kill Seiga and replace her with Ichirin. As it turns out, this is an Infraction Distraction for a much greater example: causing a Zombie Apocalypse to ensure justice for the smallfolk.
  • Villainous Breakdown: [[spoiler:Suffers one at the hands of Nue Houjuu when she finally decides to have her killed. She has a more minor one after Yukari Yakumo pulls a Screw This, I'm Outta Here! earlier.
  • Walking Spoiler: Her entire nature and plan. See all the white here?
  • Would Hurt a Child: Orders the death of Koishi Komeiji.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Is raising an army of the dead and risks being seen as an unholy molester of death so that a fair ruler will govern the smallfolk.
    Ser Youmu Konpaku* 
A knight serving Lady Yuyuko and castellan of Death's Gates while Lady Yuyuko is in the Royal Court of Muenzuka. Is mostly dead, one of her legs, her left arm, and her left eye only functional by reanimation. Seems overly obsessed with the Saigyou Ayakashi, and kneels at it regularly. She does this to communicate with Lady Yuyuko. Becomes a POV character from Chapter 32.

    The Prismriver Sisters 
Three Faceless Men in the service of Yuyuko, Lunasa in black, Merlin in pink, Lyrica in red. Pretend to be bard sisters but act as bodyguards.

House Kazami

House Kazami is head of the City of Flowers, the most fertile region and city in the Plains of Death, a beautiful city to the untrained eye built upon the agonizing torture of 'undesirables'. Their chief torture method involves the flesh-burning 'sulphur water', likely sulfuric acid, and their family is renowned for its cruelty. Their sigil is a sunflower with yellow petals directly surrounding a black center, and a second layer of blood-red petals surrounding the yellow layer, on a black field. Their motto is 'Their Blood Feeds Us' according the supplementary material.

    In General 
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Have this reputation. This isn't the case for some members.
  • Ax-Crazy: Seems to be a policy in the family.
  • Cain and Abel: A recurring theme of both generations of Kazami. Yuuka and Elly are a pair, and Gengetsu and Mugetsu another.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Their specialty, using sulfuric acid to burn the flesh of their victims.
  • The Dreaded: To the point where going on the lands close to the City of Flowers is regarded an extreme risk and practically a death sentence.
  • Expy: A combination of House Bolton and House Lannister. They all have blonde hair, and some members have a preference for Pragmatic Evil, while others have a predilection for Cold-Blooded Torture, also with an Ax-Crazy Bastard Bastard.
  • Evil Wears Black: Their elite soldiers' armor and capes are black, and their sigil's field is also black, and they have a well-established reputation for evil.
  • Flower Motifs: Thoroughly averted. Their sunflower sigil is bloodstained. There is nothing gentle about them.
  • Kill the Poor: Their method of 'cleaning up the streets'.
  • Obviously Evil: With a motto like 'Thier Blood Feeds Us', they're hardly going to be cuddly.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Their seat is called 'the City of Flowers', and is a genuinely beautiful, well-kept city. The poor are not non-existent, though, just disposed of...
  • Shout-Out: Their sigil, the sunflower, is a reference to Yuuka Kazaki's stage in Touhou 9 being a sunflower field.
  • Team Switzerland: Under Yuuka, they are this. Following Yuuka's death, Elly makes them join the rebellion to avenge Yuuka's death.
    Lady Yuuka Kazami 
The infamously cruel and arrogant ruler of the city of flowers. She looks down on the rebellion, and chooses neither side, simply threatening to torture any armies found in her land brutally.

    Elly Kazami* 
Lady Yuuka's younger sister and heir. She is a looming, intimidating woman who wields a scythe to frighten people. When Lady Yuuka dies, she becomes head of House Kazami. Becomes a POV character from Chapter 112.

  • Ambition Is Evil: Is defined by her ambition, and for the most part is successful.
    • In the epilogue, she tried to kill Koakuma because she was threat to her power, and probably plunged the realm into war yet again.
  • Anti-Villain: Is clearly a power-hungry woman interested in only furthering her (and Mugetsu's) interests at the expense of all else, but has a clearly humane side evidenced by her interactions with Mugetsu and abhorring of Gengetsu's Ax-Crazy nature.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Elly's reaction to Yuuka's death shows that she genuinely loved her older sister, bully or not.
  • Batman Gambit: Her arrangement of Lord Hakkaisan's betrayal by his own sellswords comes from knowing one thing: sellswords always work for the highest bidder.
  • Cain and Abel: While pragmatic, duplicitous and morally dubious, she is the Abel of the relationship.
  • The Cyvassemaster: Is undoubtedly this. After Yuuka's death, she wins the rebellion, becomes Overlord of the Plains of Death, quells a subsequent rebellion while getting the Stupid Evil Gengetsu out of her hair, and ensures a position as the future Queen Regent of Noros. Damn.
  • Cool Aunt: To Mugetsu, her Morality Pet.
  • Due to the Dead: Despite for the longest time believing her responsible for killing her sister, after learning the truth Elly refuses to let Gengetsu desecrate Miko's corpse.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even she is disgusted by Gengetsu's level of wanton cruelty.
  • Evil Aunt: Seen this way by Gengetsu due to her hatred of the latter's Stupid Evil antics. Actually averts this with Mugetsu, who she genuinely loves and legitimizes to make her heir.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Invites the rebelling Lord Hakkaisan to discuss matters of his rebellion under conditions of hospitality. She keeps the hospitality (albeit with several guards in case Hakkaisan tries anything), and seems to form an Enemy Mine with him against Gengetsu. As it turns out, it was all so she could buy off his sellswords, use Hakkaisan to get Gengetsu out of her hair and quell the rebellion permanently by arranging for the sellswords to backstab Hakkaisan.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As evidenced by her POV chapters, especially her attitude towards her bastard niece Mugetsu, which is a genuine, motherly love.
  • Mercy Kill: After realizing she's got the wrong woman, Elly puts Prince Miko out of her misery.
  • Morality Pet: Her bastard niece, Mugetsu, is this. She likely identifies with her as a fellow Abel.
  • Not So Above It All: Her POV reveals even she has the occasional goofy moment. During Remilia's coronation, the ceremony bores her so much that she's half-asleep for her name being called out, Mugetsu having to tap her for her attention.
  • Not So Different: From Prince Miko Shotoku, even if she hates her for 'killing her sister'. Ser Tojiko's POV lampshades this several times.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: An inversion. She's overshadowed by her sister Yuuka's extreme evil. Once she's dead, Elly's true colors show and she proves herself highly competent.
  • Parental Substitute: To Mugetsu. She tries to be a Stern Teacher to her, but accidentally acts as Doting Parent.
  • Pet the Dog: Her apology to Miko before Mercy Killing her, her refusal to let Gengetsu desecrate Miko's body, and her treatment of Mugetsu in general.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Is pretty much defined by this. She sees her house's tradition of Cold-Blooded Torture as allaround unproftitable unless used to acquire information, and sees it as a blight on their reputation, though seems to appreciate a fearful reputation as useful.
  • Rank Up: Oh so many. Firstly, she becomes Lady of House Kazami due to Yuuka's death. Then, she becomes Overlord of the Plains of Death. Then she becomes Hand of the Queen and future regent to Flandre Scarlet in the event of Remilia's death.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against the Shotokus for killing Yuuka, even though she's got the wrong group.
  • Shout-Out: Her Sinister Scythe is her chief weapon in the games.
  • Sinister Scythe: Wields one out of battle to look intimidating. In battle, she uses a sword like everyone else.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: While still certainly ambitious and power-hungry, Elly's POV show her to be a lot more insecure and even sensitive than she makes herself appear.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Surprisingly, given her magnificent scheming ability, she is used as this by Ser Sakuya Izayoi by going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against House Shotoku and falling hook line and sinker for the False Flag Operation, ensuring a weak, rebel government will be in power, allow House Scarlet's rise to power. Given she benefits from this in the long run, it can almost be considered a commensal interaction.
  • Villain Protagonist: Becomes something of this.
  • You Killed My Sister: Says this to Miko when about to kill her.
  • Youngest Child Wins: She most certainly does.
    Gengetsu Barren 
The eldest bastard of Yuuka Kazami. An absolutely psychotic girl of sixteen, she is constantly trying to earn the approval of her mother and her 'Aunt Elly'. Her personal sigil is a color swap of the Kazamis' sigil, a blood-red circle surrounded by a layer of black petals, surrounded by a layer of yellow, with an additional green circle of a thorny rose-stem, on a blood-red field. This ends up becoming the sigil of her brief noble house, House Barren.

    Mugetsu Barren 
Yuuka's second bastard, only twelve years old. Unlike her half-sister Gengetsu, she's meek and frightened by her family's penchant for Cold-Blooded Torture. Becomes an official Kazami by Elly's request after Yuuka's death and Gengetsu's founding of House Barren.

  • Cain and Abel: A far more clear-cut Abel to Gengetsu's Cain.
  • Character Development: From a quiet, empty shell to a strong, happy girl under Elly's influence.
  • Cheerful Child: Due to being free of Yuuka and Gengetsu's torment, Elly is one the way to raising her to be this, though she wants to make sure she's still responsible.
  • Creepy Child: Though understandable, Mugetsu pointedly does not appear to grieve her deceased mother or sister.
  • Heroic Bastard: While not particularly heroic, she is certainly a good-hearted bastard.
  • Morality Pet: To Elly Kazami.
  • Parental Favoritism: Is The Unfavorite to Yuuka, but following her death benefits from this trope as her Aunt Elly's favorite.
  • The Quiet One: At first, due to her being overshadowed and bullied by Gengetsu. Once both Yuuka and Gengetsu are dead, Elly seeks to change that, and she grows out of her shell with time.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Gengetsu sees her as this, and is surprised when she stands up for herself.
  • Token Good Teammate: To the Kazamis.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Is portrayed as a bully victim of Gengetsu at first, but when Gengetsu becomes Prince of the City of Desires, shows after Gengetsu's return that Elly has been training her to become a strong girl, not a sadistic one, and she calmly tells Gengetsu to piss off when she starts bitching about how Mugetsu has the Kazami name while she does not.
  • The Unfavorite: To Yuuka, due to her not sharing she and Gengetsu's love of Cold-Blooded Torture.
  • White Sheep: Is kind and meek, a trait not seen in any of the other Kazamis, and even treats the young petty nobles of the Waterlands like friends despite everyone else's general disdain for them. This results is her being ostracized by all except Elly.
    Maester Himawari 
Maester of the City of Flowers. An elderly man who knows how to make sulphur water. Is made castellan of the City of Flowers whenever the Kazamis are absent.

    Ser Zakuna 
A knight of House Kazami and guard to Gengetsu. Accompanies her to the City of Desires when she becomes Prince of the City of Desires, and accompanies 'Mugetsu' on her search for Jaime.

House Shotoku

The rulers of the City of Desires, a quiet city to the north-west of the Plains of Death and close friends to House Sanzu. As such, their leaders have the title 'Prince'. Their former prince, the kindly Setsu Shotoku, was Offered the Crown, that is, he was once Hand of the King, but was replaced by Eiki Shiki. The current ruler, Miko Shotoku, is his daughter, and resents him for his kindness. Setsu's death reignited a family feud between them and the Hijiris of the Sea of Demons, as Miko Shotoku rightly blamed Myouren Hijiri for his death and had him killed. They worship the God of Eternity, a monotheistic God that offers an eternal afterlife, and rival faith to the God of renewal. Their sigil is a black-and-yellow sword going through a golden crown on a purple field, and their motto is 'Desire Your Safety', apparently due to a history of them organizing protection rackets for House Sanzu.

    In General 
  • A House Divided: Their eventual fate. Prince Miko is dead, Futo gets Lost at Sea and gets captured by Gengetsu, and Tojiko stays in Muenzuka as a disillusioned sellsword.
  • Cool Chair: The throne of the ruling Prince Shotoku is a pink-and-purple chair made of quartz.
  • Cool Sword: Their family sword, Desire, made of Valyrian steel and bearing an impractically fancy hilt that's shaped like a star. This sword also acts as the house's sigil.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Against the Hijiris.
  • Expy: Seemingly of House Lannister as an initially villainous-looking, proud and rich house revealed to have a very humane side.
  • Feuding Families: Their rivalry with the Hijiris escalated to this after Myouren had Prince Setsu killed.
  • God: Their faith revolves around a monotheistic God that offers an eternal heaven for the good and eternal hell for the bad, effectively a simplified Christianity.
  • Number Two: Historically to House Sanzu.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Their cape colors and banners are purple, indicating prestige.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Both the late Setsu and Miko are seen as this by their people, and it seems to be true.
  • Shout-Out: Their surname, 'Shotoku', is not based on Touhou's Toyosatomimi no Miko, but instead on the semi-mythological leader she was based on, Prince Shotoku.
  • The Magnificent: They do not have a title of 'Lord', like the other houses, but 'Prince'.
  • Tragic Villain: Turns out Myouren Hijiri started off the feud again, and that Miko simply continued a Cycle of Revenge. In the end, both sides of the feud end up extinct.
  • Undying Loyalty: Though the supplementary material implies they could be out to betray the Sanzus, they are actually undyingly loyal.
    Prince Miko Shotoku* 
The ruler of the City of Desires and a harsh, yet beloved ruler. Considers her kind father as weak but honors his memory. She has taken a back seat in interacting with the crown, though that soon changes with the rebellion. Becomes a POV character from Chapter 4.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Is certainly a Jerkass, but unlike the ambitious, power-hungry Miko of Canon, this Miko appears, at times, genuinely heroic.
  • Anti-Villain: Really, the only villainous thing she does is work for the Sanzus, and once Eiki is dead not even they are villains. She's right in assuming the Hijiris would not accept her as an ally even if she wanted to be a 'good guy'.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Regularly ponders over whether or not she was too harsh with her underlings in private, and even grieves her kindly father, though she considers him weak.
  • Badass Cape: Her purple cape is frequently mentioned as flowing behind her and generally looking badass.
  • Cool Chair: Sits the quartz throne.
  • Cool Sword: Wields Desire, her family sword.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a talent for creating quips, making her ever so slightly Lannister-like.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Considers Seiga's plotting understandable, but considers her Stupid Evil tendencies irritating.
  • Fall Guy: Used as this by Ser Sakuya Izayoi in her False Flag Operation when she kills Lady Yuuka Kazami.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Believes firmly in this, citing her father as a good man that was too nice.
  • High Collar of Doom: Just like in Canon, her cape is like this. A subversion in that she's an anti-villain.
  • Ice Queen: To her underlings, to ensure they work well.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Her criticisms of her allies tend to be cutting, but her assessments are rarely wrong.
  • Last of His Kind: Miko is the last of the Shotoku lineage, and has not found a noble husband to marry.
  • Mercy Kill: Dies this way at the hands of Elly Kazami, after convincing her she wasn't the one to kill Lady Yuuka.
  • Neck Lift: Fond of holding people up by the neck when lecturing them on the finer points of politics, especially Seiga.
  • Not So Different: To Elly Kazami. Tojiko, in mocking reference to the God of Renewal, considers Elly Miko reborn.
  • Odd Friendship: With Queen Komachi, to the point where she is made Hand of the Queen.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Is borderline abusive to her underlings, but never goes out of her way to Kick the Dog.
  • Pride: While not wrong, a lot of her POV involves her lamenting the idiocy of everyone else.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In an Establishing Character Moment, she buys the silence of some smallfolk in a tavern, not by killing them, but by buying them more alcohol.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Is fond of delivering them, and usually with depressing accuracy.
  • Revenge: Took revenge on the Hijiris for the murder of her father, contributing to the Cycle of Revenge.
  • She Is the King: Despite being female, she calls herself 'Prince'.
  • Shout-Out: Her title as 'Prince Shotoku' and her high-collared cape is a reference to both the semi-mythological being she was based on in Canon and her depiction in Touhou's Hopeless Masquerade.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Considers herself this in relation to Ser Futo and Ser Tojiko.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: Certainly comes off as more human when in her mind. Both Futo and Tojiko's PO Vs consider her some sort of cold, oppressive Ice Queen.
  • The Magnificent: Is Prince Miko, not Lady Miko.
  • Unexpected Successor: Is made Hand of the Queen by Komachi, placing her as her heir.
  • Worthy Opponent: Considers Ser Shou Toramaru this, and feels honored to die by a Queenslayer's hand, but her 'honorable death' is taken away from her by Gengetsu Barren.
    Ser Tojiko Soga* 
One of the knights in service to Prince Miko. She looks heavily prematurely aged and has an Undeathly Pallor, complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom, and has looked like this ever since the former Shotoku Maester, Seiga Kaku, healed her. As it turns out, she's a sentient zombie risen by Seiga a while back. She has a rivalry with Ser Futo Mononobe. She becomes a POV character from Chapter 85.

    Ser Futo Mononobe* 
Another of Prince Miko's knights. An illiterate woman with a penchant for wildfire and a skill for commanding navies. After a Pyrrhic Victory against the Murasa fleet, she becomes Lost at Sea and is taken hostage by Gengetsu Barren, and is tortured into becoming a Sycophantic Servant who goes by her sister's name: Mugetsu. Becomes a POV character from Chapter 44.

  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Tojiko. While dying in her arms, she regrets not being friends with her.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Gengetsu tortures the identity out of her and makes her into a quivering, sycophantic wreck.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: May be illiterate and a bit of an idiot, but is a highly competent admiral.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Dies in Tojiko's arms from a crushed chest from their preceding fight.
  • Dying as Yourself: Before she dies at the hands of Tojiko, she remembers who she is and dies in her arms, sadly regretting their rivalry.
  • Expy: Of Theon Greyjoy, right down to being tortured into insanity and Loss of Identity by an expy of Ramsay Bolton.
  • Fake-Hair Drama: Played for Drama. As 'Mugetsu', she wears a blonde wig to better resemble the sister Gengetsu is trying to replace.
  • Flaying Alive: Is brutally tortured by Gengetsu Barren, flaying being among the list.
  • Heroic BSoD: Goes through one prolonged one as 'Mugetsu'.
  • Insane Admiral: Has the crazy plan of flinging wildfire at the Murasa fleet. It works, but at a cost.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Other POV characters who witness her as 'Mugetsu' oft refer to her as an 'it'.
  • Loss of Identity: Is tortured into insanity by Gengetsu, and begins to call and think of herself as 'Mugetsu'.
  • Never Learned to Read: Is illiterate.
  • Pet the Dog: Helping Jaime escape Gengetsu in a moment of being 'Futo'.
  • Pyromaniac: Is fond of wildfire, and uses it do demolish the Murasa fleet and warged krakens.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Her idea of bombarding the Murasa fleet with wildfire works a treat, but also results in her own fleet being blown up.
  • Rank Up: Is made Master of Ships by Queen Komachi.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Is forced to become this for Mugetsu by Gengetsu, even though Mugetsu is not dead, but has merely stopped taking Gengetsu's crap.
  • The Rival: To Ser Tojiko, due to a family feud.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Tojiko.
  • Split Personality: When tortured into insanity by Gengetsu, develops one between Futo and 'Mugetsu'.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Downplayed to Miko, played sickeningly straight as 'Mugetsu' to Gengetsu.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Her POV is certainly this once she becomes 'Mugetsu', due to her being utterly insane and prone to blacking out.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Implied to have blacked out while commanding the slaughter of the party that was the only hope of uniting the Sea of Demons against the wights.
  • You Gotta Have Grey Hair: Has prematurely grey hair, seemingly her natural color.
    Ser Shinda 
A quiet, unremarkable knight. It is precisely this reason Miko prefers him over Futo and Tojiko.

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