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Keiki Haniyasushin in Wily Beast and Weakest Creature
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Ability to create idols
Primate Spirit Garden
Keiki Haniyasushin (埴安神 袿姫 Haniyasushin Keiki) is a god summoned by human spirits and acts as the main antagonist of Wily Beast and Weakest Creature.
Keiki debuts as the final boss in Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, acting as a force of opposition to the animal spirits possessing the protagonists.
Keiki is quite polite and doesn't fight if she can avoid it, but this attitude presented seems to mostly extend to only humans. On one hand, at first, she tries to convince the protagonist that fighting her would be against their interests. On the other hand, she also boasts of thinking no one was left to defeat her in battle and is quick to engage the possessed protagonist once finding out about the animal spirit's plan to invade and relinquish her control over the Primate Spirit Garden. However, despite her intention to liberate the human spirits and act as a venerable force, she still expresses that she was planning to cooperate with the animal spirits in a conversation with Yachie, suggesting more reasonable intent, which Yachie subsequently rejects.
Ability to create idols
She can craft idols, which are animated by faith directed into them. Wily Beast and Weakest Creature indirectly compares this ability to the creation of a goshintai.
Aside from haniwa, idols crafted by Keiki can also take the form of other objects associated with kofun burials, such as bronze bells, mirrors, swords, and magatama. According to Mayumi, anything Keiki crafts will end up with a soul inhabiting it.
Keiki seems to be based on Haniyasu (ハニヤス), a Shinto god of soil, agriculture and pottery. According to the Kojiki, when Izanami died after giving birth to Kagu-tsuchi, multiple gods emerged from her bodily remains. Two gods of soil were born from her feces: a god named Haniyasubiko no Kami(波邇夜須毘古神), and a goddess named Haniyasuhime no Kami (波邇夜須毘売神). Both of these gods are often conflated into a singular entity known as Haniyasu. In the Nihon Shoki, only one deity is born this way instead, a goddess called Haniyamahime.
Many Haniyasu shrines are located in the Fukuoka prefecture, which is also known for a unique, elaborately decorated burial mounds (装飾古墳). Some of the painted decorations found in them resemble the patterns on the edge of Keiki's dress and sleeves.
Keiki's outfit is based on a variety of so-called "priestess haniwa," thought to represent clergywomen or mediums, and usually used as the basis of reconstructions of Kofun era women's clothing. Both the asymmetrical outerwear and the headkerchief Keiki wears are common features of this type of haniwa.
Her necklace consists out of magatama, comma-shaped beads produced between the Jomon and Kofun periods, initially worn as ordinary jewelry, but viewed exclusively as ritual objects and symbols of divinity in later times.
Her full name is Keiki Haniyasushin.
Her surname is Haniyasushin (埴安神). Haniyasu (埴安) is taken from the name of the kami on which she is based, and comprises the characters for "clay" and "ease". The last character, shin (神), loosely means "god", and is present in the names of various kami throughout Shinto mythology.
Her given name is Keiki (袿姫). The kei (袿) refers to uchigi, a colorful robe that was often worn in several layers as part of a jūnihitoe, a formal dress worn by ladies-in-waiting at the Japanese Imperial Court during the Heian period and are also worn at important ceremonial functions such as weddings and enthronements. The character ki (姫) means "princess" or any lady of noble birth. Thus, Keiki (袿姫) roughly means "uchigi princess".
Keiki's design seems to be based on reconstructions of Kofun period clothing. She wears a green headkerchief, similar to these commonly seen on the so-called "priestess" haniwa, and a dress and apron likely also based on haniwa outfits. The spiral decorations on her dress are similar to paintings from some of the ornamented kofun from the Fukuoka prefecture. Her necklace consists out of a number of multicolored magatama, comma-shaped beads often used as a symbol of divinity, and described as a frequent offering for the gods in early Japanese chronicles.
In Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, she holds a variety of contemporary sculpting tools in her hands.
- Wily Beast and Weakest Creature
Prior to the events of Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, Keiki created a restructured society for the Animal Realm's human spirits to live in.
Mayumi is one of the idols crafted by Keiki and the leader of her forces. In one of the endings, Mayumi speaks of Keiki with reverence.
Keiki acts friendly towards the protagonists in the endings, and offers to craft a goshintai for the Hakurei god and a figure of Marisa. Marisa appears to have a positive opinion about Keiki, as she isn't sure why the beast spirits hate her, and visits her domain after the events of the game.
- Keiki appears on the jewel case of Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, along with Yachie Kicchou and Saki Kurokoma.
- In the Strange Creators of Outer World interview about Wily Beast and Weakest Creature, ZUN states that Eika's title purposely ties into Keiki's idolatry theme. This might be a nod to gods they're based on being siblings according to the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki genealogies.
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