Letty Whiterock

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レティ・ホワイトロック
Letty Whiterock
(♫)
Letty Whiterock
Letty Whiterock in Perfect Cherry Blossom
What Winter Left Behind
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Species

Yuki-onna

Abilities

Manipulation of chill

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
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Letty Whiterock (レティ・ホワイトロック Retī Howaitorokku) is a seasonal youkai who's only seen during winter. She seems fittingly cold towards most of the humans she meets, and is feared by humans as she is known to freeze them.

General Information[edit]

Letty first appeared as the Stage 1 boss in Perfect Cherry Blossom, later she made a brief cameo in Hopeless Masquerade as a background character.
In Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, it was written that she was a type of yuki-onna. According to ZUN, if she was to show her full power compared to her strength shown in Perfect Cherry Blossom, it would cause an incident.[1]

Ability[edit]

Manipulation of chill

She possesses an ability to manipulate chill. It's not an ability to create blizzards or make snow fall, but rather an ability to strengthen the "winter" that exists in the natural world. According to Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, since this is equivalent to an ability that manipulates the winter within nature, she possesses tremendous power according to the environment, but she is pretty much powerless outside of winter. In Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red, Letty herself said that outside of winter, she hides away in a place where not a ray of sunlight can reach. In Forbidden Scrollery, she is shown spreading snow over Gensokyo.

By lowering the temperature, humans become less capable of activity, and lose their fighting spirit. Furthermore, since it's not a physical attack, it's impossible to completely avoid it, and it's not possible to take up any countermeasure except doing something to the extent of wearing thick clothing.

Character Basis[edit]

Illustration of Letty in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense.

Name[edit]

Her full name is Letty Whiterock (レティ・ホワイトロック). Letty's name and personality are based on the character Letitia "Letty" Blacklock from Agatha Christie's book "A Murder is Announced".

Design[edit]

In Perfect Cherry Blossom, Letty has lavender eyes and curly lavender hair. She wears a blue and white dress with a white apron in front of it. At the top of her skirt that is a golden lapel resembling the alchemical symbol for silver. Also wears a white cap and a nearly transparent cape. She was described by ZUN as being "fairly tall."[2] In Hopeless Masquerade, she is seen with white trousers.

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Games[edit]

Perfect Cherry Blossom
Letty's sprite in PCB

Letty is challenged by the player as the probable cause of the extremely long winter. Though she is defeated easily, she was not at fault, and the player moves on.

In Reimu's scenario, Reimu is complaining about the cold. Letty says she will help her have an "eternal deep sleep". But Reimu still complains about the cold and eventually defeat Letty.

Marisa is lost and encounters Letty. Marisa suggests that winter should be the season where you sleep beneath the cherry trees, and Letty says she also wants to sleep for a long time due to the long winter. But Marisa does not want her to sleep so they can fight. They battle, with Marisa ending the winner.

Sakuya is searching for the mastermind behind the events happening but encounters Letty, who states she is the mastermind. Sakuya defeats her and continues to search for the real mastermind.

Shoot the Bullet
Letty's sprite in StB

In Shoot the Bullet, Aya Shameimaru encountered Letty on stage 2 and took photos of her danmaku.

Hopeless Masquerade
Letty in HM

Letty made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Hall of Dreams' Great Mausoleum stage. She is seen sitting on the mausoleum whilst shouting/cheering something.

Literature[edit]

Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red

Aya finds Letty Whiterock who just had been, for no apparent reason, beaten up by a human and left buried in the snow. They talk about the long winter, and Aya suspects her as the culprit. Letty attempts to explain the fine details of her abilities and the hardships of her life, but fails to earn Aya's sympathy in the end.

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Relationships[edit]

Minor Relationships[edit]

Cirno

Nothing is known about her relationship status with Cirno. She appears to dislike being grouped up with her as she explains her superiority when interviewed by Aya Shameimaru in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red. She is also seen talking to Cirno during Silent Sinner in Blue, although nothing is known about their conversation.

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Additional Information[edit]

  • The brooch on her dress resembles the alchemical symbol for silver, coinciding with her theme, "Crystallized Silver".
  • In her interview with Aya, Letty states that she hibernates in summer. However, she was seen with other youkai during the events of Hopeless Masquerade, that took place in summer.
  • Dying while trapped or buried in snow, usually on a mountain, is a common death for humans who become yuki-onna. Letty's information in Bohemian Archive in Japanese Red may be a reference to this.

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