Hecatia Lapislazuli in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom
More Character Titles
To have three bodies
Hecatia Lapislazuli (ヘカーティア・ラピスラズリ Hekātia Rapisurazuri) is a Goddess of Hell. She first appeared as an Extra Stage Boss in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom, and has made further appearances in the print works Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia, Grimoire of Usami, and Visionary Fairies in Shrine.
- 1 General Information
- 2 Background Information
- 3 Hecatia's Appearances
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Spell Cards
- 7 Additional Information
- 8 Fandom
- 9 Official Profiles
- 10 Official Sources
- 11 References
According to Eiki Shiki, Hecatia is eccentric but relatively not evil compared to most denizens of Hell. She seems capable of being caring and compassionate, especially towards her underlings (namely Clownpiece). Additionally, it might be possible that her personality changes when she switches between her three bodies.
Hecatia has an unwavering desire for personal freedom and dislikes authoritarians of any sort (somewhat matching her "unconventional" appearance). In particular, she has a strong distaste for the Lunarians, considering them to be the antithesis to her ideology. However, it's not known whether this specific dislike of them was due to her own personal motivations, or if she was convinced to hate them due to her close relationship with Junko.
Abilities and Possessions
- Ability to have three bodies
Hecatia's ability allows her to exist on Earth, the Moon, and the Otherworlds all at once with different bodies, while her core soul resides in Hell. As places like Gensokyo and the Dream World are Otherworlds, Hecatia can access these as well.
Her full name is Hecatia Lapislazuli (ヘカーティア・ラピスラズリ). Her given name, Hecatia, is derived from Hecate (Ἑκάτη, Hekátē), the Greek goddess, whom Hecatia is believed to be based on. Her last name, Lapislazuli, is the name of a stone prized since antiquity for its rich, deep-blue color.
She seems to be based on Hecate, who was associated with the underworld in myth through forms of magic, like witchcraft, necromancy, and sorcery, ghosts, thresholds and crossroads, and the border between worlds. She was also associated with dogs, light, the Moon, and knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants. Her Roman depiction, Trivia, was similar, along with being associated with graveyards. Hecate is also commonly depicted with three heads or bodies, representing crossroads.
Hecatia appears within the Dream World with red eyes and hair. She is fairly modern looking, wearing a short, three-colored, plaid skirt, and a black t-shirt with "Welcome ❤ Hell" written on the front, worn off her shoulders. She also wears a collar, with chains attached, each one leading to an orb of the Moon, the Earth, and an orb representing the Otherworlds, the last of which sits in her hat atop her head. During the course of her fight, her hair and eyes turn blue or blonde as she switches the Otherworld orb with the Earth or Moon orbs respectively. As it mentioned in the liner notes to her theme, her outfit is inspired by Death Metal. ZUN thought of the process "Hell -> Shinigami (death gods) -> Death -> Death Metal". Although she is shown barefoot in her in-game portraits and various manga appearances, she is seen wearing boots in Chapter 13 of Visionary Fairies in Shrine.
- Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom
Hecatia appears as the main Extra Stage boss of Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom. It's explained that she joined forces with Junko to bring an end to the hegemony of the Lunarians in the Lunar Capital. Her trump card, if Clownpiece and Junko had failed in their invasion of the Lunar Capital, was to trap the Lunarians in the Dream World and hold them hostage, hoping that it would provoke an attack of some kind, which she could use to her advantage. She did not know that the Lunarians had threatened to wipe out all life on Earth, including Gensokyo, forcing the protagonist to begrudgingly fight for the Lunarians.
In the final battle, Hecatia and Junko joined forces to fight the protagonist together side-by-side.
During Marisa Kirisame's route, she mentions that she hates the leader of the moon rabbits, Chang'e, because "she is the wife of the guy who killed one of my stars". Said star, namely Apollo,, seems to be one of the suns shot down by Hou Yi. If the sun is weakened, Hell would also be affected as shadows would become weaker as well.
- Visionary Fairies in Shrine
Shortly after the events of Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom, Hecatia brought Clownpiece to Gensokyo and asked her to stay there and get used to the place. In Chapter 10, Hecatia appears in Gensokyo again to check on Clownpiece, and assigns her a new task asking her to encounter more lifeforce, especially from things that aren't often seen in Hell. In Chapter 13, she meets Reimu Hakurei and Marisa Kirisame, and talks with them about the stone cherries that are appearing in Gensokyo, affirming that those stones are nothing but the crystallization of the missing fairies' lifeforce, and saying that she wants to take them with her to Hell.
- Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia
In Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia, Aya Shameimaru interviewed Hecatia about the recent arrival of denizens of Hell, such as Clownpiece, in Gensokyo. In the interview, Aya expressed cynical views towards Hecatia and her cohort, wondering if they weren't planning some sort of invasion into Gensokyo to take it over and destroy its "charming atmosphere." Hecatia rebuked Aya and told her that maintaining an isolationist attitude would make Gensokyo no better than the Lunar Capital, and that Gensokyo had always relied on new youkai to ensure its culture didn't become stagnate and stale, echoing sentiments from an earlier interview with Yukari Yakumo. Hecatia also harshly chided Aya for frequently stretching and abusing the truth to gain attention and newspaper sales through manufactured outrage. Aya was apparently so disturbed by the interview that she decided not to publish it, and ended up cancelling that edition of her newspaper entirely.
Hecatia, like her would-be friend Junko, has a grudge with Chang'e. It was Chang'e's husband who shot down the suns, weakening the shadows of Hell as a consequence. However, it mostly seems to be through Junko's influence that her grudge exists. Because she sympathized with Junko, she decides to side with her in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom.
Clownpiece is a subordinate of Hecatia, who allows Junko to use Clownpiece in her scheme against the Lunar Capital. Hecatia seems especially fond of her, letting her have a "vacation" in Gensokyo as a reward for finishing her "big job" in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom.
Hecatia as portrayed in Visionary Fairies in Shrine
Hecatia wearing boots, from Visionary Fairies in Shrine, Chapter 13
Hecatia on the back cover of Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia
Hecatia's Earth body depicted on the back cover of Visionary Fairies in Shrine Volume 1
- Due to Junko sometimes jumping in during the fight, Hecatia has the lowest number of spell cards as an extra stage boss. Most extra bosses will have ten, but Hecatia has eight.
- According to ZUN, Hecatia is "completely past the level of anyone in Gensokyo or the Lunar Capital."
- One of her portraits has text that reads "ゴゴゴゴゴ" (which can mean "rumble" or "menacing"), a sound effect that's often used in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure to portray something threatening or dramatic.
- ZUN (26 January 2017). "Reimu's Tour of Hell". 東方三月精 ～ Visionary Fairies in Shrine.第5話. Comp Ace. Missing or empty
- Strange Creators of Outer World - Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom interview with ZUN
- Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia - Interview with Hecatia Lapislazuli
- Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom : Music Room
- Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom Extra Stage (Marisa Run)
- Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom - Hecatia's profile
- Visionary Fairies in Shrine - Chapter 4
- "Reimu's Tour of Hell" (Chapter 5), Visionary Fairies in Shrine
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