Sagume Kishin

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() (しん)  サグメ
Sagume Kishin
kiɕĩn sa̠ɡ̃ɯᵝme̞
Sagume Kishin
Sagume Kishin in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom
Goddess Who Invites Unfortunate Slips of the Tongue
More Character Titles
Species

Lunarian (Divine Spirit)

Abilities

Reversing a situation with her words

Location

Lunar Capital

Music Themes
Appearances
Official Games
Print Works
"I am Sagume, a being who can change the world's course with my words.
Now that I've gone and talked about it, fate will begin to change again."
Sagume Kishin (Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom Stage 4)


Sagume Kishin (稀神 サグメ Kishin Sagume) is a Lunarian goddess (specifically, a divine spirit) who was indirectly responsible for the Urban Legend Incident.

General Information

Sagume appeared as the Stage 4 midboss and Boss in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom.

Personality

Because of her powers to reverse fate when speaking, Sagume has to carefully choose what words she uses to speak. This resulted in her being taciturn and reserved, even picking up a habit of covering her lips with one hand.

Strangely for a Lunarian, Sagume has displayed actions that goes against their ideologies. Despite being enemies with Gensokyo, Sagume had aided the realm on two separate occasions. The first time was in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom where she forgoes her plan to relocate the Lunar Capital and places her faith in the protagonists, even going as far as giving one of them the Lunar Capital Occult Ball in the process [1] (though it's a possibility that it could've been pragmatic on her part) and the second time was in Grimoire of Usami where she put a stop to the spreading chaos that plagued the fireworks festival with her words. Sagume's also on friendly terms with Eirin Yagokoro despite her status as a wanted fugitive and would frequently visit her. [2] However, Hecatia Lapislazuli surmised that Sagume would've attempted to control Gensokyo through Aya Shameimaru's dishonest articles about isolationism if she were to publish it [3], though it's uncertain if Sagume would've wanted to do it.

Abilities

Reversing a situation with her words

When she speaks about a particular situation or event, that situation will eventually proceed to reverse itself, through whatever means possible. If she speaks about an attempt to achieve a goal, it will fail in some way. If she speaks about something bad occurring, it will be resolved in some way. Due to this, she tends to not speak too much and always chooses her words carefully. Note that it is the situation or the event she talks about that will be reversed in some manner; it is not that the opposite of what she says must occur.

In Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom, Sagume had thought of a backup plan to move the Lunar Capital to Gensokyo in case Junko's actions eventually forced the Lunarians to leave their temporary refuge in the Dream World. However, when the player shows up to take care of Junko, Sagume realizes her opportunity to help save the Lunar Capital. By talking to the protagonist about their plan to invade Gensokyo, her ability ensures that the plan will not come to fruition. By doing so, Sagume bets on the likelihood that the reason they will not end up relocating to Gensokyo is because the protagonist will in fact save the Lunar Capital. By talking to the player directly, she forced the situation to reverse around them.

Occult Balls

Using her powers, Sagume created a secret occult ball. It had the power to change the world by using people's words, and merely being near it would cause false rumors, such as urban legends, to materialize. Although it was just insurance, the plan was to use it to materialize the Lunar Capital in Gensokyo by spreading rumors about NASA hiding the truth about what they saw on the Moon. This also caused numerous lesser urban legends to materialize, starting the events of Urban Legend in Limbo. It is currently in possession of Marisa Kirisame [1].

Species

She is a goddess, but she has a part of her that is a Heavenly God (天津神 Amatsukami) represented by the sole wing on her back and a part that is a Earthly God (土着神 Kunitsukami)[4]. Other than being a Lunarian, Sagume can also "tentatively" be classified as a divine spirit, but it is said that her true nature isn't that of a god, an oni, or a departed soul. She could be considered a type of amanojaku, but she is actually far above them [5], and could also be considered separate from them[6].

Character Design

Sagume's braid as seen in Forbidden Scrollery

Origin

Sagume may be based in part on Ame-no-Sagume (天探女), who is thought to be the basis of amanojaku folklore.

Name

Her full name is Sagume Kishin (稀神サグメ). Her last name, Kishin (稀神), means "rare god". It differs from kishin (鬼神), which means "oni god" and the Kijin in Seija Kijin (鬼人), which means "oni human" and forms a part of her and Seija's species, amanojaku.[5]

ZUN also relates her with sagi (サギ) which means Heron ( sagi) and can also be read as swindler (詐欺 sagi).[4]

Design

Sagume has short, light grey hair with a braid on the back, red eyes, and a single wing on her back. She wears a purple dress, the bottom of which is cut into an arrow pattern, with a red microphone bowtie, a tan jacket, and brown shoes.

Appearances

Sagume's sprite in LoLK

Games

Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom

Sagume encounters the protagonists in the already deserted Lunar Capital, after revealing the nature of their visit she proceeds to test their strength to see if they're capable of confronting the person attacking the Moon and, by consequence, stop the invasion to Gensokyo.

Spin-offs

Antinomy of Common Flowers

Byakuren Hijiri mentions Sagume as the culprit behind the Urban Legend Incident upon defeating Reisen Udongein Inaba in versus mode.

Relationships

Eirin Yagokoro

Due to Eirin being a sage of the Moon before fleeing to the Earth, Sagume seemed be aware of her taking action during Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom events and calls her Lady Yagokoro (八意様 Yagokoro-sama).
Later, Sagume is seen speaking with Eirin in an article of Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia by Aya, although the subject of the conversation is unknown.

Reisen Udongein Inaba

When Reisen meets Sagume during Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom events, she recognizes her as one of the Goddesses and address her as proper. Sagume recognizes Reisen as "the rabbit that fell to Earth" from Eirin's place.

Gallery

Artworks

Illustrations

Spell Cards

Spell Cards
Name Translated Comments Games Stage
Total: 11
玉符「烏合の呪」 Orb Sign "Disorderly Flock's Curse" LoLK St. 4: E/N
玉符「烏合の逆呪」 Orb Sign "Disorderly Flock's Reverse Curse" LoLK St. 4: H
玉符「烏合の二重呪」 Orb Sign "Disorderly Flock's Duplex Curse" LoLK
GoU
St. 4: L
玉符「穢身探知型機雷」 Orb Sign "Impure Body Detection Mines" LoLK St. 4: E/N
玉符「穢身探知型機雷 改」 Orb Sign "Impure Body Detection Mines V2" LoLK St. 4: H/L
玉符「神々の弾冠」 Orb Sign "Shotgun Coronation of the Gods" LoLK St. 4: E/N
玉符「神々の光り輝く弾冠」 Orb Sign "Shining Shotgun Coronation of the Gods" LoLK St. 4: H/L
「片翼の白鷺」 "One-Winged White Heron" LoLK
GoU
St. 4: E/N/H/L
玉符「金城鉄壁の陰陽玉」 Orb Sign "Impregnable Fortress Yin-Yang Orbs" VD Wrong Tuesday - 2
玉符「神々の写し難い弾冠」 Orb Sign "Hard-to-Photograph Shotgun Coronation of the Gods" VD Wrong Tuesday - 3
夢鷺「片翼の夢鷺」 Dream Heron "One-Winged Dream Heron" VD Wrong Tuesday - 4

Additional Information

  • In most of her spell card and non-spell card attacks, she makes a lot of use of the flying yin-yangs, a mysterious stage enemy that re-occurs in the Touhou Project, as well as being primarily the only enemy of her stage.
  • Even though she has a "defeated" sprite in the game's code, it is never used. ZUN made the image as part of his workflow, but didn't use it as the dialogue after battle is many times longer than the pre-battle dialogue, and didn't like Sagume being in a defeated state the whole time.[7]
  • In Marisa's Pointdevice/Legacy No Miss ending, Sagume had informed Marisa about the Occult Balls and seemingly gifted her the Lunar Capital ball. Yukari then told Marisa to "cherish her relationship with that one." It's unknown if they have any meaningful connections after their exchange.

Fandom

Official Profiles

Sagume Kishin ○4面ボス  舌禍をもたらす女神

  稀神 サグメ
  Kisin Sagume

  種族:月の民
  能力:口に出すと事態を逆転させる程度の能力

  月の民である。
  普段、月の民の中では重要なポストにいて、余り表に出てこない。
  一応、神霊という部類に入るが、その性質は神とも鬼とも精霊とも付かない。

  無口な性格だが、その理由は能力にある。
  何らかの事象に対して(特に関係すると思われる人物に向かって)口にすると、
  その事象は逆に進み始めるのだ。
  似たようなものに天邪鬼がいるが、彼女は天邪鬼の上位にいる神霊である。
  天邪鬼は自分が反対の事を言うだけに対し、彼女は言った事で世界を反対に動かす。

  何かを成そうとしているのなら、それは尽く失敗するし、
  悪い事が起きているのなら、何らかの打破が見られる能力である。
  必ずしも自分に対して好転するわけでは無い。
  まさに、口は禍の元、となる神霊だ。


  月の民の賢者達は、純狐による攻撃で穢れの侵食を防ぐため、月の都を凍結させた。
  それと同時に、月の民を夢の世界に避難させた。
  夢の世界の都は、みなが思うようないつも通りの月の都だった。
  そこにいる月の民達はそれを本物の都だと疑うことは無かった。

  しかし、いつまでも夢の世界に閉じ込めておく訳にもいかない。
  長い夢は精神を蝕みやすいのだ。

  その為、賢者達は保険として「月の都遷都計画」を打ち立てた。

  「月の都遷都計画」は、幻想郷を浄化し、そこに都を作る事だった。
  浄化とは、生死を無くすこと。
  つまり、全ての地上の生き物を殲滅することだった。
  しかしそう簡単にいく訳もない。相手は幻想郷に住む妖怪達だ。

  彼女は、幻想郷にはある都市伝説を広める事が近道と考えた。
  彼女の能力を使い秘密のパワーストーンを作った。
  そのパワーストーンは言葉で世界を変える力を持っていた。
  近くに有るだけで、存在しないはずの噂話(都市伝説)が具現化する
  という恐ろしい代物である。

  都市伝説が具現化するようになった頃、誰かが有名な都市伝説を
  広めるのを待つだけ、というのが彼女の計画だった。

  有名な都市伝説、それが「アポロ計画陰謀論」である。
  「NASAは月で見た真実を隠している」という与太話だ。
  つまり、NASAは月で見た文明を隠している、と噂になれば
  月の文明、すなわち月の都が幻想郷に具現化するという訳だ。


  ……しかし、この計画はあくまでも保険である。
  彼女も本気では無かったし、そもそも遷都を望んでいる民は
  誰もいなかった。出来れば月に戻りたかった。
  それでも何らかの手を打たないと行けないほど、純狐の攻撃は
  手の打ちようが無かったのである。


  そんな時、幻想郷の人間がやってきた。
  まさかドレミーが月の都に人間を入れるとは思ってもみなかったが、
  彼女は人間の力を試し、強いことが判ると決意した。

  この人間に賭けよう。
  私が真実を喋れば、この人間を中心に事態は逆転する。
  自分が行ってきた遷都作戦は尽く失敗するが、純狐の作戦も失敗するからイーブンだ。
  後はこの人間がどうなってしようとも、月の都が救われれば……。

Stage 4 Boss - Goddess who Invites Unfortunate Slips of the Tongue

Sagume Kishin

Species: Lunarian
Ability: Capable of inverting a situation by speaking about it

A resident of the Moon.
She normally occupies a very important post amongst the Moon's people, and doesn't often show herself publicly.
She can tentatively be classified as a divine spirit, but her nature is neither that of a god, nor oni, nor departed soul.

She doesn't usually talk much, but this is a result of her ability.
When she speaks about any particular situation, (particularly to those who are thought to be involved,)
that situation will begin to proceed in its opposite way.
This power is similar to that of amanojaku, but she is a divine spirit ranked far above amanojaku.
Amanojaku only speak contrarily, but in her case, with her words the world acts contrarily.

Should she try to accomplish something, it will end in failure,
and if something bad is occurring, she has the ability to find a solution.
It's not as if the situation will always improve for her personally.
She's truly a divine spirit whose 'words can lead to disaster', as the saying goes.

To avoid the encroachment of impurity from Junko's attack, the sages of the Moon froze the Lunar Capital.
At the same time, they evacuated the People of the Moon into the Dream World.
The Capital within the Dream World was just like the ordinary Lunar Capital that its residents imagined.
The People of the Moon residing there never doubted that it was the real thing.

However, they certainly couldn't stay cooped up in the Dream World forever.
The longer a dream becomes, the more it can erode one's mind.

Thus, the sages proposed the "Lunar Capital Transfer Plan" as insurance.

The "Lunar Capital Transfer Plan" was to purify Gensokyo and build a new capital there.
To 'purify' is to eliminate life and death.
That is to say, they were going to annihilate all the living things on its surface.
However, it wouldn't be easy. Their opponents were the youkai living in Gensokyo.

She thought that the spread of a particular urban legend in Gensokyo would make a good shortcut.
Using her power, she created a secret Power Stone.
That Power Stone had the power to change the world with people's words.
Just by being near it, rumors (ie. urban legends) that shouldn't exist would materialize.
A terrifying curio indeed.

When the urban legends began to materialize, she simply had to wait
for someone to spread one particularly famous urban legend. That was the plan.

That famous urban legend was the "Apollo Project Coverup Theory."
An unfounded rumor that "NASA is hiding the truth of what they saw on the Moon."
That is to say: if a rumor spread that NASA was hiding information about the lunar civilization they saw,
that very civilization, the Lunar Capital, would materialize in Gensokyo.

...however, this plan was no more than insurance.
She wasn't totally serious about it, and none of the Moon's people wanted
to move the capital to begin with. Returning to the Moon would be ideal.
All the same, though, as much as they needed to fight back against Junko,
they had no way of resisting her attack.

It was then that one of Gensokyo's humans arrived.
She never imagined that Doremy would send a human to the Lunar Capital,
but decided to test the human's power anyway. She found that they were strong indeed.

I'll place my bet on this human, she thought.
If I speak the truth to them, the situation will reverse itself with them at the center.
My Capital Migration Strategy will fail, but since Junko's attack will also fail, we'll break even.
It doesn't matter what this human will do afterward, as long as the Lunar Capital is saved...

Official Sources

Official sources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom - Marisa's Pointdevice/No Miss ending
  2. Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia - Sagume's article
  3. Alternative Facts in Eastern Utopia - Hecatia's interview
  4. 4.0 4.1 Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom interview with ZUN
  5. 5.0 5.1 Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom/Music - Sagume Kishin's theme comments
  6. Who's Who of Humans & Youkai in Gensokyo - Sagume Kishin
  7. Strange Creators of Outer World: Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom interview: Interviewer: "Even when Sagume loses, her clothes don't get messed up."; ZUN: "That's right. I have a picture of her, but I didn't use it (laugh). I drew it as part of my workflow, but it was a waste."; Interviewer: "Because she's strong?"; ZUN: "The dialogue before the battle is short, and the dialogue after it is long, so I couldn't have her stay in the defeated pose the whole time. And it would be embarrassing if her clothes were messed up when she was only testing their powers (laugh)."