Unknown, at least capable of conjuring poltergeists.
Layla Prismriver (レイラ・プリズムリバー Reira purizumuribā) was the fourth daughter of the Prismriver family. When the family was orphaned, she didn't want to leave the mansion that held so many of her memories, so she made poltergeists that resembled her sisters before vanishing along with the mansion.
Layla was originally from the Outside World. It was said that Layla's father was a merchant and count. After an accident involving an item from Gensokyo which he had somehow procured, she and the rest of the Prismriver Sisters were orphaned and went their separate ways. Layla stayed at the mansion as it held so many memories, and presumably took ownership of the item from Gensokyo. With powers she had gained from the item, she conjured poltergeists with the appearances of her older sisters, then vanished along with the mansion and the poltergeists.
Eventually she and the other sisters passed away, but the three poltergeists still "live" at the mansion, which is now located in Gensokyo and known as the Ruined Western Mansion.
Name and Origin
Her full name is Layla Prismriver (レイラ・プリズムリバー). Although the word Layla comes from the Arabic word for "night", it may probably be related to Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Eric Clapton of the band Derek and the Dominos in 1970. However, this is most likely a coincidence. Also, there is no official English spelling of her name as there are various ways to romanise her name, although in French it would be Leila.
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- Layla is one of the few characters in the Touhou Project known to be deceased without a known spirit or ghost form.
Despite only being briefly mentioned with no official artwork, Layla has become notorious enough that she has her own fanart. The most common depiction of her has long, green, wavy hair and green eyes with a purple dress, which bears the resemblance of the other Prismriver Sisters. It's unknown if ZUN's aware of this depiction. However of course, illustrations and characteristics of Layla may vary; some are completely different to the above description of Layla, such as this image.
- Layla is commonly assumed to have become a poltergeist and to have settled in Gensokyo, still living in the Ruined Western Mansion with the Prismriver Sisters.
- She is commonly depicted in fanart together with the Prismriver Sisters.
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