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Misumaru Tamatsukuri in Unconnected Marketeers
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Misumaru has a stern, commanding presence, speaking somewhat formally but with authority. However, despite her stern appearance, her role in Unconnected Marketeers is entirely that of a benefactor; she created the Hakurei yin-yang orbs, stops the protagonist from entering the anoxic depths of the Rainbow Dragon Cave, advises her where to find the mastermind of the incident, and finally helps her in the Extra stage by selling her a card before her battle with Momoyo Himemushi.
She has the ability to craft various objects such as magatama from ancient minerals that hold divine power. In the world of Touhou Project, magatama have the power to copy and store parts of people's souls, including their abilities and memories. Misumaru is mainly shown using the power of her magatama to analyze information on people she encounters, as well as their thoughts.
She's based on Ame no Akarutama, one of the amatsukami from the Kojiki who took part in luring Amaterasu out of the cave she was hiding in and later in the descent of Ninigi and conquest of the kunitsukami. Akarutama was the ancestral deity of the Tamatsukuri clan, who was associated with the production of jewelry, including magatama. Tamatsukuri is also the name of Akuratama's shrine.
In addition to the connection to the Tamatsukuri clan mentioned above, Tamatsukuri (玉造) also means jewel-maker.
In ancient times, Misumaru written 御統 referred to a chain or loop of threaded beads (often magatama), usually worn as a necklace.
Misumaru is covered in magatamas of all colors, connecting to both her role as a magatama craftsman and the rainbow theming of Unconnected Marketeers.
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The protagonist encounters Misumaru deep in the mine, where she warns that there is no oxygen further in the cave and that the protagonist should turn around or she will die. When the protagonist ignores this warning, Misumaru fights her. The protagonist wins the spell card battle, but is exhausted by it and finally notices the effects of the low oxygen. Misumaru sells the protagonist a card and advises her to leave the mine and seek the true culprit at the top of the mountain, which she does.
In Reimu's good ending, Misumaru explains to her that she had nothing to do with the incident and that she was in the mine for the same reason as Reimu: she was concerned about the mining of Izanagi objects and was there to investigate it.
Although Reimu never met her before the Ability Card Incident, she was responsible for creating the Hakurei Yin-Yang Orbs.
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