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Patchouli Knowledge in Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
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|Abilities||Manipulation of fire, water, wood, metal, earth, sun, and moon|
|Age||About 100 years|
|Occupation||Intellectual, librarian, teacher, and scholar.|
|Location||Scarlet Devil Mansion|
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Patchouli Knowledge (パチュリー・ノーレッジ Pachuri Norejji) is a witch and resident of the Scarlet Devil Mansion. She's friends with the mistress of the house, Remilia Scarlet, and acts as resident librarian. She's known as a highly capable, experienced, and studious magician, usually found researching the countless tomes within the house library. But her great abilities are offset by her poor health, caused by long-time reclusivity and asthma. Although featured as a boss in just one game, she's a playable character in three others, and is seen or referenced in many story points throughout the series.
- 1 General Information
- 2 Character Basis
- 3 Story
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Spell Cards
- 6 Additional Information
- 7 Fandom
- 8 Official Profiles
- 9 Official Sources
- 10 References
Patchouli is described in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red as a good friend of Remilia's and a practicing witch for around one hundred years. She is mostly found in the library in the basement of the Scarlet Devil Mansion.
She doesn't have a very proactive personality, but rather always walks her own path. However, she's always interested where knowledge is concerned and will proactively go and try to acquire it. She does everything by the book, but still makes a lot of mistakes. She's also described as very dark and taciturn. Dark doesn't mean "evil", it just means she likes to keep to herself and doesn't interact well with others. Taciturn means she's silent in expression and manner.
- Ability: Manipulation of fire, water, wood, metal, earth, sun, and moon
Patchouli is able to handle the five phases (commonly called Wu Xing, sometimes known as the five elements) with the addition of the sun and moon elements. The order of elements she uses follows the days of the week on a Japanese calendar. Due to this, she's known as the "one-week girl".
|Fire (火)||Tuesday (火曜日)||Change and movement. Fire assists earth and inhibits metal. Fire's ashes pile up to create earth, but it melts metal.|
|Water (水)||Wednesday (水曜日)||Silence and purification. Water assists wood and inhibits fire. Water nourishes wood, but it quenches fire.|
|Wood (木)||Thursday (木曜日)||Life and awakening. Wood assists fire and inhibits earth. Wood feeds fire, but it absorbs away water and nutrients from the earth.|
|Metal (金)||Friday (金曜日)||Wealth and abundance. Metal assists water and inhibits wood. Metal gives forth water (by condensation), but it tears up the roots of trees.|
|Earth (土)||Saturday (土曜日)||Foundation and immobility. Earth assists metal and inhibits water. Earth contains metal, but it absorbs water.|
|Sun (日)||Sunday (日曜日)||Activity and offense.|
|Moon (月)||Monday (月曜日)||Passivity and defense.|
In the Japanese language, the weekdays were named after the classical planets, which in turn were named after the Wu Xing phases (e.g. Mercury, water star), plus the Sun and Moon as heavenly bodies. As the ordering is based off of the planetary hours, there's no direct relationship between the weekdays and Wu Xing.
Elemental magic (属性魔法) (also spiritual magic (精霊魔法)) borrows the powers of spirits that exist in nature. Through this, she's able to receive great output from a small input. Since the Wu Xing elements interact with each other, she can combine them and multiply their power, but this runs the risk of weakening the overall effect unless the elements are precisely controlled. When she confronts enemies that likewise use spiritual magic, then the interactions of Wu Xing would imply that she can somehow effectively use her own magic and somehow inhibit the opponent's magic.
Since the Wu Xing elements could be said to exist in living things, she touched upon them for characters who showed up in Immaterial and Missing Power. For example, Marisa Kirisame is associated with the element "water" according to Patchouli. Given Marisa's last name (Kirisame, meaning "drizzle"), her black clothing, her lack of yang (due to living in the Forest of Magic), and her "Cold Inferno" shot in Mountain of Faith, this makes sense.
She uses spell cards that combine multiple elements. In addition to using combinations with good compatibility such as Earth & Metal Sign "Emerald Megalith", she also uses combinations with poor compatibility such as Water & Fire Sign "Phlogistic Rain". Sun and moon are not within Wu Xing, but they're classically opposite to each other, and these two have been combined with each other in Sun & Moon Sign "Royal Diamond Ring". In Shoot the Bullet, she devised new experimental magic that combined elements with poor compatibility. With a large diversity of element combinations, she can do many things, such as increasing her power or covering her weaknesses. As of now, among the Wu Xing, the only combination that hasn't appeared is wood & earth.
While she's capable of using advanced magic with great power, her poor health, asthma, and anemia limits her ability to use it. During the Scarlet Mist Incident, she described herself as being "so anemic (she couldn't) finish reciting the spells" and her condition limited her to using two-element spells. On another day, her asthma wasn't as bad and she felt better, so she was able to cast three advanced spells in a row: a sun, a moon, and a five-element spell.
Fitting her magic to the same attributes as the days of the week is her secret hobby, but nobody has realized this. Thanks to this, she doesn't mistake the day of the week, but oddly enough she doesn't have a good sense of the date.
Other than spell cards, she's able to use a revolving laser that focuses on herself as her regular danmaku.
Patchouli using the "five elements" makes her an "Eastern style Western magician", an antithesis existence to Marisa Kirisame: "Western style Eastern magician".
Her first name, "Patchouli", is a name of a plant of the Lamiaceae family, or the essential oil or perfume that could be made from it (originally from Tamil language). Her last name, "Knowledge", appears to be a reference to her amount of knowledge, though few other characters seem to have such literal surnames.
In order to sound more natural as a name, the katakana used doesn't exactly match that used for "patchouli" nor "knowledge", being spelled パチュリー・ノーレッジ ("Pa-chu-ri-i No-ledge") rather than パチョリ・ナーレッジ ("Pa-cho-ri Naw-ledge").
Her nickname is パチェ or "Pache" (pronounced "pa-chae"), the official nickname that Remilia Scarlet uses for her.
- Her hair and eyes are purple, and has many ribbons tied to her hair and other body parts. She wears pajama-like clothing and a night-cap which are, according to ZUN, her daily wear.
- (Touhou 7.5 and 10.5, alternate outfit) Her outfit is mostly lavender while her hair is a darker shade of violet.
- Apparently, her dress looks like it has stripes of purple and violet. But according to ZUN, it's in fact not a stripe. This was confirmed in a talk of him and Twilight Frontier. In this talk it says that even though they had acknowledged it by a material handed by ZUN, she ended up having a striped pattern in Immaterial and Missing Power for some reason. A conversation quoted from the talk: ZUN "Patchouli doesn't have any stripes." TF staff "Everybody thinks Patchouli has stripes except ZUN-san."
- Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
In Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, Patchouli attempts to stop the player from going further into the Scarlet Devil Mansion, but has trouble as her anemia is preventing her from casting spells properly. Later on, when Flandre Scarlet gets out of the basement while Remilia Scarlet is away, she casts a rain spell around the mansion to prevent her from leaving. When the player returns, she challenges them again, this time with more powerful magic as she happens to be feeling better.
- Perfect Cherry Blossom
Patchouli appears in one of Sakuya's endings in Perfect Cherry Blossom, where she shows Remilia how she created a clay model diorama of cherry blossoms.
- Immaterial and Missing Power
In Immaterial and Missing Power, Patchouli decides to investigate the strange events herself after shooing Marisa Kirisame out of the library. Before leaving, she puts Sakuya Izayoi in charge of keeping an eye on things. As soon as she leaves, she runs into Alice Margatroid, who's also investigating, and defeats her. From there, she makes her way to the Netherworld, where after beating Youmu Konpaku, she interrogates Yuyuko Saigyouji. Unfortunately, the ghost doesn't know anything either, but implies that Yukari Yakumo might. After fighting her at the Hakurei Shrine for a bit, Suika Ibuki finally decides to make herself known.
- Imperishable Night
Patchouli appears in Sakuya and Remilia's good ending in Imperishable Night to explain how one would build a vehicle capable of taking them to the moon.
- Phantasmagoria of Flower View
Patchouli appears in Sakuya's ending of Phantasmagoria of Flower View to make a few comments on the potential poison in the flowers Sakuya gathered to make tea with.
- Scarlet Weather Rhapsody
In Scarlet Weather Rhapsody, Patchouli decided to find what cause of the weather disaster was.
- Subterranean Animism
- Touhou Hisoutensoku
Patchouli appears in the beginning of Meiling's story mode when Meiling runs in and claims there is an earthquake. They fight, and while Patchouli is defeated, she gets Meiling to leave her in peace.
- Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red
Patchouli appears in an article where she decides to organize a setsubun festival at the Scarlet Devil Mansion, though summer is already approaching. She claims that the word "setsubun" originally means "interval between seasons", so there should be no problem having it at that time rather than between winter and spring, when it's usually held. However, it being an outside-world holiday, Patchouli is unclear on a lot of the details. Aya interviews her afterwards, and she says that she's generally happy with how it turned out, though she did need to forbid the maids from throwing beans around in her library. They also discuss the oni, and their inherent weaknesses.
- Silent Sinner in Blue
Patchouli is the main force behind the research and design of the rocket that Remilia, Reimu, Marisa, and Sakuya use to reach the Moon. However, she cannot create the rocket fuel, so she decides to get Reimu to help by using her powers. She also remains behind as the navigator as the rocket travels to the Moon.
- Strange and Bright Nature Deity
Patchouli appears in a couple of chapters in the Scarlet Devil Mansion arc, where she enjoys a few meals with Sakuya and Remilia as the new year comes.
- Oriental Sacred Place
Patchouli also appears in chapter 15 in Oriental Sacred Place, stumbling around her library for research materials. She leaves herself and goes to the shrine to recover some stolen books. The book in question had its seal unlocked, but no one knows by whom. In the meantime, the Three Fairies sneak in and grab a few books and take them back home, later discovering that they're unable to read them at all.
Patchouli Knowledge is Remilia's old friend. In Perfect Cherry Blossom, they called each other "Remi" (レミィ) and "Pache" (パチェ). The two have been depicted having tea and casual conversation together in Silent Sinner in Blue and Oriental Sacred Place, where Patchouli offhandedly commented that they're both creatures of the night. As stated in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, Patchouli's role at the mansion is to solve problems and to cause them. Patchouli will often volunteer her services when she sees Remilia in need of them.
Patchouli is unlikely to be formally employed by Remilia. Sakuya Izayoi referred to Patchouli as "The Mistress’s magician friend" while talking to Rinnosuke about her, as opposed to any sort of employee title. She is referred to as Remilia's friend in other materials, as well.
Marisa is a thief who steals books from the library of the Scarlet Devil Mansion. She states that she's only borrowing but Patchouli reacts by telling Marisa in Oriental Sacred Place that she has no intention to lend Marisa books in a rather serious tone.
However, she's one of three people who assists Marisa during Subterranean Animism's events, showing some sort of affinity despite Patchouli having her own agenda.
Marisa copied Patchouli's regular danmaku attack and named it Love Sign "Non-directional Laser".
- Flandre Scarlet
Not much is known about the relationship between Patchouli and Flandre. All that's certain is that Patchouli is aware of Flandre's existence and the need to keep her confined to the mansion, as Remilia noted Patchouli was probably causing a rainstorm around the mansion to keep Flandre from getting out.
- Sakuya Izayoi
The head maid of Scarlet Devil Mansion is occasionally seen serving Patchouli. Patchouli tends to be rather snarky and condescending with her, but seems to appreciate her, as she always remembers to thank Sakuya for tea or for completion of other jobs.
- Hong Meiling
Hong Meiling is a fellow resident of Scarlet Devil Mansion who acts as the gate guard. Patchouli tends to be rather snarky and condescending with her as well. She tends to tell her to read books as to improve her brain.
Koakuma is an employee of Scarlet Devil Mansion seen working in the library. Any interactions between the two are unknown.
- Patchouli often refers to the science and technology of the outside world as magic. This is actually not ignorance, but more due to her personal beliefs, as she tells Marisa Kirisame in her Touhou Hisoutensoku victory quote that science and magic are the same.
- In Immaterial and Missing Power, Patchouli refers to intruders/thieves (e.g., Marisa Kirisame) as "rats" and guards (e.g., Sakuya Izayoi and Hong Meiling) as "cats". She rates the catness/effectiveness of a guard on a scale of 1 to 96, because that's the highest number under 100 that is divisible by both 2 and 3. After defeating Sakuya in Immaterial and Missing Power, she gave her a rating of 24. As for Hong Meiling, Patchouli compares that cat to a sieve in her Immaterial and Missing Power victory quote.
- Patchouli's Non-Directional Laser was ripped off and later used by Marisa as her normal B-type bomb in Perfect Cherry Blossom, and as a spell card in Imperishable Night and other games.
- The crescent on Patchouli's hat could be the crescent in the Sanskrit "Hum", part of the Mantra "Om mani padme hum". In Buddhism, it stands for knowledge and purity and is associated with the color white—all the 7 colors combined.
- She has waterproof books that Marisa finds interest in reading in the bath.
- As of Double Spoiler, Patchouli has had appearances in 9 of the 13 Windows games (counting Touhou Hisoutensoku as a standalone). This makes her the third most featured character, behind Reimu Hakurei and Marisa.
- Due to most of these appearances being in endings, a typical fan isn't aware of this normally.
- In Touhou Hisoutensoku, one of Patchouli's alternate colors resembles Hina Kagiyama's outfit.
- The books in Patchouli's spell card, Fire Water Wood Metal Earth Sign "Philosopher's Stone", are arranged in a similar way to the Five Magic Stones.
- It's suggested in Immaterial and Missing Power that Patchouli drinks coffee occasionally when she's studying, unlike the other resident of Scarlet Devil Mansion who almost always drink tea.
- In Patchouli's theme Locked Girl ~ The Girl's Secret Room when the melody is made into morse code "・－・・ －－－ ・・・－ ・" it spells "love". There's also a song by ShibayanRecords called "・－・・ －－－ ・・・－ ・" that's a cover of the very song.
- After being defeated in Marisa's scenario in Immaterial and Missing Power, she utters "mukyu~". Since then, fan works have often depicted her using this sound as a sign of surprise or pouting.
- Along with "One-week Girl", she's also referred to as the "One-week Wizard" or the "Wizard of the Week" due to her elemental magics coinciding with the days of the week on a Japanese calendar.
- Multiple nicknames are used for Patchouli. Her canon nickname "Pache" (パチェ) is commonly used in fandom. Non-canon nicknames used include "Pachu" (パチュ), a less common name shortened from "Pachurii" (パチュリー), and "Patchy", used mainly by Western fans.
- Patchouli has been rumored to be the inspiration for the character Yue Ayase from the manga Negima! Magister Negi Magi. Like Patchouli, Yue is a short, quiet girl with long purple hair, an unexcitable personality, an affinity for books and magic. She is also known to dress in a witch outfit similar to Marisa's.
- In other fan comics, Patchouli is considered a hikikomori due to her apparent habit of spending all her time in one room (the library) and rarely ever stepping outside. She would only have to keep this up for 6 months to meet the time span given in the definition, and she's been living like that for the past 100 years.
- She is infamous for having a "Variable figure" as she could very well have any kind of figure under her robes, from stick-thin to outright fat. Barring any remark from ZUN, it's unlikely that fans will make up their minds on this matter. Her lifestyle and health are often factors in the possible figures.
- June 9th is considered her day due to how the kanji for the date combines to make "mukyuu".
- The book held by the Patchouli figurine Kourindou ver. by Griffon Enterprises features a heptagram with corresponding days of the week and their elements, as well as the introductory text of this very article.
- Embodiment of Scarlet Devil omake.txt
- Perfect Memento in Strict Sense/Patchouli Knowledge: "Elemental magic borrows on the power of fairies and spirits to result in an output greatly exceeding the small input."
- Immaterial and Missing Power/Story/Patchouli's Script
- Perfect Memento in Strict Sense/Patchouli Knowledge: "Moreover, her variations are extraordinarily abundant. She can combine fire and wood to increase her power, or combine fire and earth to cover her weaknesses, and much more."
- Embodiment of Scarlet Devil: "I'm so anemic I can't finish reciting the spells...", "Today, my asthma isn't so bad and I'm feeling pretty good. I'll show you my best magic!"
- Immaterial and Missing Power Shanghai Alice Correspondence
- パチュリー・ノーレッジ 【ピクシブ百科事典】 her article on pixiv Encyclopedia.
- Relationship flowcharts in Silent Sinner in Blue say Patchouli is an "old friend" of Remilia's
- Embodiment of Scarlet Devil: Extra Story: Patchouli caused a localised rainstorm to keep Flandre confined to the mansion.
- Imperishable Night Ending 3: Patchouli helps Remilia in planning a trip to the moon.
- Curiosities of Lotus Asia Chapter 18. "The Mistress's magician friend said "I have enough of the ingredients,"
- Oriental Sacred Place Chapter 15
- VGMdb ShibayanRecords, Magico Catastrofe, Track 08.
- Picture of Patchouli's book
- Patchouli Knowledge 6 January 2012: "Patchouli Knowledge is a very smart, asthmatic magician from the Scarlet Devil Mansion. Although she has only been a boss in one game, and playable character in three others, she is still a very popular character, showing up in many endings and is referenced quite often..."
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