Perfect Memento in Strict Sense/Chen

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凶兆の黒猫 Black Cat of Bad Omens
Chen
能力: 妖術を扱う程度の能力 Ability: Use of sorcery
危険度: 中 Threat level: Medium
人間友好度: 普通 Human friendship level: Normal
主な活動場所: 獣道、妖怪の山 Main place of activity: Animal trails, Youkai Mountain
妖獣の中でも最もスタンダードで、かつそこそこ危険なのが化け猫である。 A bakeneko whose appearance and threat level are the most standard of the youkai beasts.
中でも (ちぇん) は、八雲藍(後述)に使役されている式神(*1)でもある。 Even so, Chen is also a shikigami (*1) in service to Ran Yakumo (explained later).
鋭い爪、牙と二本の長いしっぽを持つ典型的な化け猫である(*2)。 She is a classic bakeneko with long claws and two long tails (*2).
式神に憑かれている状態では、様々な妖術を使い、非常に危険であるが、水に弱い。 While possessed in a shikigami state, she can use various kinds of sorcery and is extremely dangerous, but is weak to water.
水を被ると式神が外れて、素の化け猫になってしまう。 If she is doused in water, she will cease to be a shikigami, and become a normal bakeneko.
素の化け猫の状態では、さらに獣っぽくなり、噛みついたり引っ掻いたりと行動が肉体頼みになるが、やはり水に弱い。 As a normal bakeneko, she'll become more feral and resort to more physical means such as biting and clawing, but she still hates water.
水を被ると行動が鈍る。 If you douse her again, her movements will further falter.
式神状態でも素の化け猫でも、見た目に差はない。 She looks the same as a shikigami and as a bakeneko.
人語を解し、特に式神が憑いている時は妖術を使うなど賢そうにみえるが、実際はその辺の人間の子供程度の智慧しか持っていない。 She appears smart because she is capable of understanding human speech and uses various kinds of sorcery when possessed, but in reality she possesses the intellect of a human child about the age she appears.
普段は妖怪の山に棲み、事ある毎に人里に降りてきて人間を襲う。 She spends most of her time on Youkai Mountain, and occasionally comes down to the human village to attack people.
ただ、八雲藍の式神となっている時は八雲藍や八雲紫と行動を共にする事もあるという。 However, it's said she follows the will of Ran Yakumo and Yukari Yakumo when she is serving as a shikigami.
目撃報告例 Eyewitness Reports
・炬燵の中に大きな猫が居た。人間ぐらいの背丈があった、いやほんと(匿名) "There was a huge cat lying inside the kotatsu. It was about as big as a person. No, really!" (Anonymous)
冬の猫は炬燵で丸くなる。 Cats curl up under the kotatsu in winter.
・うちの裏で猫達が集会をやっていた。水をまいたら逃げていった(匿名) "A bunch of cats had gathered behind our house. We splashed them with water and they ran off." (Anonymous)
猫は人目を盗んで定期的に集会を行っているらしい。 It seems the cats assemble regularly when people aren't watching.
そういう時のリーダーが、こういった化け猫である。 It appears that the leader of these gatherings is this bakeneko.
・家の柱が傷んでいる時がある、これはやはり化け猫の仕業か(匿名) "Sometimes the pillars on our house are all scratched up. I bet it's because of this bakeneko." (Anonymous)
爪研ぎの可能性もあるが、化け猫クラスになると、爪切りに鋏などを使うらしい。 She might be sharpening her claws, but one among the class of bakeneko would probably just use nail clippers or scissors.
対策 Countermeasures
化け猫はすばしっこく、力も強い。 Bakeneko are very nimble, and they're also quite strong.
まともに対峙すると逃げる事すら難しいだろう。 If she is serious in a fight, even running away would be difficult.
ただし、弱点は多い。 However, she has many weaknesses.
まず水に弱い。 First, she hates water.
雨の日は活発に動かないし、河の中まで逃げ込んでしまえばもう追ってこないだろう。 She won't go out if it's raining, and if you run out to the middle of a river, she probably wouldn't pursue.
次にマタタビに弱い。 She's also weak against catnip.
乾燥したマタタビを蒔くと、たちまち戦意喪失である。 If you sprinkle some dried catnip around, she'll quickly lose all interest in fighting.
獣道を歩く時は、用心に少量でも良いのでマタタビを持ち歩くと良いだろう。 It's probably best to keep some dried catnip with you if you have to walk down animal trails.
この妖怪が使う妖術は、速さやトリッキーな動きで見る者を惑わす術である。 The types of sorcery she uses focus on using speed and tricky movements to confuse her opponents.
視界の左に消えたと思ったら右から出てくる。 For example, if you think you see her dash off to the left, she'll attack from the right.
これは動きの速さと正確さを利用した術であり、手品に近い術である(*3)。 This is a technique that relies on speed and precise movement, so it's very similar to sleight of hand (*3).
*1 式神とは種族ではなく、妖怪の上に被さるソフトの事である。そのソフトで動いている事を、ここでは憑かれていると書く。 1: Shikigami aren't a particular class of youkai, but is more like a software that are put on them. When this software runs, we write that here as being "possessed".
*2 肉球は不明。 2: It's unknown whether she has paws.
*3 一定の速度で左に移動している時に、一瞬高速で右に移動すると人間は見失う。そうすると瞬間移動した様に見える。 3: When she starts moving to the left, and then returns to the right at high speed, she moves so quickly humans lose sight of her, which makes it appear to be instant teleportation.


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