Momoyo Himemushi in Unconnected Marketeers
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Capable of eating dragons
Momoyo Himemushi (姫虫 百々世 Himemushi Momoyo) is an oomukade, a giant centipede-like youkai purportedly powerful enough to eat dragons. Her first appearance was in Unconnected Marketeers as the Extra Stage boss.
In Unconnected Marketeers, Momoyo talks in a very direct, casual, and somewhat masculine way, wasting no time with formalities or pleasantries. She seems somewhat gullible, but perhaps it boils down to less of a concern with "truth" as it is with doing her job and demonstrating her immense power to others. Despite that, she does care about fairness to some degree, as seen in Marisa Kirisame's route in the game where she agrees to give Marisa some of the gems found in the Rainbow Dragon Cave if Marisa won their duel, and honouring that agreement when Marisa wins. She seems to enjoy duelling and fighting in general, valuing strength in others above all else, as seen when she compliments the protagonist on her fighting ability after their duel, and invites the protagonist to a rematch someday in the future.
In the foothills, oomukade (lit. giant centipede) are feared as the most powerful of the dragon-slaying youkai, and even dragons themselves don't dare approach them. It's unknown if their reputation extends outside that specific area. They wield great power tempered by the negative aura cast upon them, and Momoyo herself possesses enormous magical power. Legends about her might are also fueled by the fact that almost no one approaches her at all.
- Eating dragons
Momoyo's stated ability. It's unknown if she can actually eat dragons.
Momoyo might be based on the oomukade from The Tale of Tawara Toda, as that monster was also known to eat dragons.
Centipedes were also associated with wealth, especially precious ores, and in that capacity were sometimes viewed as messengers of Bishamonten.
Her surname, Himemushi (姫虫), contains the kanji for princess (姫 hime) and insect (虫 mushi), as if to signify "insect royalty." Given her stated powers as being potentially more powerful than dragons, it may indicate a sense of power, although it seems unlikely she is considered true royalty. This name is also a reference to the 2004 shoot-'em-up game, Mushihime-sama (虫姫さま), a connection reinforced by the fact that her final spell card is named "Mushihime-sama's Resplendent and Restless Daily Life" (蟲姫さまの輝かしく落ち着かない毎日).
Her given name, Momoyo (百々世), means "eternity" or "long era." The 百 ("hundred") in her name is likely derived from 百足 mukade ("centipede").
In Unconnected Marketeers, Momoyo wears a black shirt and black skirt with yellow highlights. Throughout her outfit are bright green chain-links running along the edges of the fabric and being worn as a belt. She has bows wrapped around her arms and legs, and a larger one on her back, perhaps signifying the segmented body of a centipede, which oomukade are based on. She carries a brass-coloured shovel and pickax, presumably as tools for her job mining the Rainbow Dragon Cave.
A part of her hair also has the shape of a centipede fang.
Momoyo works with her, and unlike Megumu's hostile relationship with Chimata Tenkyuu, the two are friends. Momoyo values the Tengu because she dared to face her, while most hide from Oomukade like her, and also because Megumu is a natural fighter.
As Megumu Iizunamaru's (supposed) subordinate, they know each other. Tsukasa manipulates Momoyo like everyone else, so she triggers the fight against Momoyo and the protagonist in the extra stage. Momoyo, in turn, threatens Tsukasa and blackmails her to keep silent about the fact that she is leaving treasures to Marisa Kirisame for her victory.
Misumaru Tamatsukuri, who is very reluctant to mine the Youkai Mountain and dig for dragon stones, instructs the protagonist to stop Momoyo. Misumaru's attempt to negotiate with Momoyo is thwarted by Tsukasa Kudamaki.
- Unconnected Marketeers
Momoyo appears as the Extra boss of the game. The player enters the Rainbow Dragon Cave and after defeating Tsukasa gets spotted by Momoyo, who thinks Misumaru and the player are the thieves Tsukasa mentioned, and attacks the player. After getting defeated, Momoyo comments she was pleased to fight someone so strong, and invites the player to a rematch in the future.
- Momoyo is currently the only character in the series to use ore (俺) to refer to herself. It is generally considered a very informal masculine-sounding pronoun.
- Assuming that Momoyo is the Great Centipede from The Tale of Tawara Toda, she was once killed by Fujiwara no Hidesato, who was Fujiwara no Mokou's great-great-great-great nephew.
- 2021/05/04 Unconnected Marketeers - omake.txt (profile, Extra Stage dialogue)
- Unconnected Marketeers - Momoyo's profile
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