moɽʲija sɯwako (♫)
Suwako Moriya in Touhou HisoutensokuThe Highest of Indigenous Gods
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Unknown, but one of the oldest gods; she far predates the invasion by the Goddess Kanako and the Yamato in the Great Suwa War, approximately 2300 years ago.
Former goddess of Moriya Shrine
Moriya Shrine, Youkai Mountain, Underground Geyser Center; Originally from the Outside World
"Pay more respect to the earth.
Otherwise, who knows? You might even get cursed. Heh heh."— Suwako Moriya
Suwako Moriya (洩矢 諏訪子 Moriya Suwako) is the original god of the Moriya Shrine. Officially the shrine now belongs to Kanako Yasaka, but in Suwako's words she handles most of the divine services while Kanako handles the "sales".
Suwako first appeared as the extra boss of Mountain of Faith. Unlike Kanako, who is technically a divine spirit who once had a human form, Suwako is one of the Yaoyorozu no Kami, and thus consists purely of faith. She also controls the Mishaguji, which is one of her main sources of faith from humans.
When a portion of her spirit is enshrined, she takes on the form of a frog. In this form, she can grant various blessings, such as safe travel, financial upturn, and transfiguration.
In contrast to Kanako, Suwako is more laid back and mischievous. She enjoys competing against others, and loses gracefully. Though she feigns ignorance, Suwako is just as capable of scheming as Kanako. Combined with her rarely leaving the shrine, her intentions can be hard to read.
- Ability to create earthiness
Suwako's ability specifically refers to the element of Kun (坤), one of the eight trigrams in Taoist philosophy that means creating Earth. Kun is exactly the pinnacle of the native god and is associated with acceptance, devotion, subtlety, flexibility, and reacting to others rather than acting first. Kanako Yasaka's ability to create the "sky" of Bagua, or Qian (乾), refers to the opposite element. Although Mountain of Faith offers little insight into the nature of Suwako's abilities, her attack animations in Touhou Hisoutensoku depict her "swimming" through the ground, summoning magma, geysers, various rocks and minerals, growing plants instantly, and bending rivers.
- Iron rings
Possibly because of her ability to manipulate minerals, Suwako uses large iron rings as weapons in various attacks. Aya Shameimaru mentions that weapon isn't a kanawa, Japanese Chakram-like weapon, because of the way she throws it. According to Hatate Himekaidou, they are scarily sharp.
It is revealed that during ancient times, Suwako was a ruler of a small kingdom and controlled the Mishaguji, who were curse gods that had obtained enormous amounts of faith, cursing birth, harvests, militaries, and many other things. Only Suwako was able to tame them. However, gods from the Yamato (Ancient Japan) invaded her kingdom, saying that they were going to unify all the kingdoms to create a single country known as Japan. Unwilling to let this happen, Suwako resisted and fought with the finest steel weapons of the time. However, Kanako held out a thin vine, and Suwako's large steel arsenal instantly rusted away. Suwako realized the difference in their divine powers and her defeat; she graciously forfeited and relinquished her kingdom.
It is said that Sanae is her distant descendant, although Sanae didn't even know it until the events of Subterranean Animism.
The name Suwako (諏訪子) is modified from Lake Suwa (諏訪湖 Suwa-ko), the largest lake in Nagano prefecture. The area also features one of the world's largest geysers. Suwako's family name is probably derived from Moreyashin (洩矢神, the god Moriya), who is said to be the first ancestor of Sanae Moriya (守矢早苗), the real person who inspired Sanae Kochiya. (Moreya is an archaic, alternate pronunciation of Moriya.)
Suwako wears a short simple purplish-blue dress with a frog print design, large white sleeves stitched onto the torso, and a white collar. She has medium length blond hair, grey eyes, a light brown wide-brimmed hat with two frog eyes on the top, white kneehighs and black shoes. Originally unofficial, Suwako has been shown to wear Zettai Ryouiki in Touhou Hisoutensoku and Hopeless Masquerade.
- Mountain of Faith
- Main articles: Reimu Arc and Marisa Arc
Reimu and Marisa hear rumors about a second god residing in the Moriya Shrine. Both heroines set out for the shrine to confirm the rumor when they meet Suwako. Suwako explains that the Moriya Shrine was originally solely hers and that she's the one who administers divine blessings/curses whereas Kanako tends to act as the face of the shrine. She also reveals that Kanako was the god who moved the shrine to Gensokyo. After subjecting the heroines to a "danmaku festival" and being impressed by their skills, she decides to stay in Gensokyo.
- Subterranean Animism
In Subterranean Animism, Suwako appeared in Reimu and Yukari's Scenario as well as Reimu and Aya's Scenario, revealing an industrial revolution project by Kanako that caused Reimu to get mad for being sent to the Hell of Blazing Fires.
- Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom
Suwako makes another appearance in Legacy of Lunatic Kingdom, this time in Sanae's ending if you have lost a life playing Legacy Mode. Suwako arrives while Kanako was training Sanae to become better at danmaku dodging, saying that she has found a conclusion for the analysis she has done with the Ultramarine Orb Elixir. Suwako declares the elixir to be dangerous to a native god like her since it also had the effect of purifying the past. Apparently, if Sanae were to take it, it would leave her a "pure human".
- Touhou Hisoutensoku
- Main article: Sanae Arc
In Touhou Hisoutensoku, Suwako was the final boss of Sanae Kochiya's scenario, but also as an aid for Sanae to attack her opponent (including herself). She was aware of the true nature of the vanishing giant seen roaming around Gensokyo, that being Hisoutensoku and was confronted by Sanae over this and other secretive actions Suwako was involved in. She is also a playable character in arcade and versus modes. Despite the last stage status and having a diverse set of attacks, she is regarded as a bottom-tier character in essentially every Soku tier listing.
- Double Spoiler
In Double Spoiler, Suwako appeared as a stage 11 target, where she uses a few spell cards and had Aya Shameimaru and Hatate Himekaidou take photos of her and her danmaku.
- Hopeless Masquerade
Suwako made a background cameo appearance in Hopeless Masquerade on the Genbu Ravine and Youkai Tanuki Forest stage. She is seen standing next to Sanae Kochiya hopping.
- Impossible Spell Card
- Main article: Impossible Spell Card: Story
After apparently reading the newspaper by the tengu about a mischief-making amanojaku, she becomes one of the many strong beings to try and stop Seija Kijin. She uses spell cards that are considered impossible to dodge.
- Wild and Horned Hermit
Suwako is interrogated by Kasen Ibara after she suspected to be involved in the construction of the dam at the foot of Youkai Mountain. Suwako confirms her suspicions, saying that the landslide is artificial and its true use is to create an artificial lake needed for another base for the Moriya Shrine. However, the incompetence of the kappas obligated the cancellation of the project.
While Suwako claims to still hold a grudge against Kanako for taking over her shrine, her own faith actually increased as a result. By now they've become good friends.
Sanae acts as a wind priestess under Suwako and is able to summon her. Sanae is also Suwako's descendant, though Sanae was initially unaware of the fact.
She was presumably present when Kanako presented the Yatagarasu to Utsuho.
Suwako was the one who tamed the Mishaguji, and she's the only one who can control them.
It's implied that Suwako was involved in Hisoutensoku's construction.
Suwako artwork from Mountain of Faith
Suwako artwork from Touhou Hisoutensoku
Illustration of Suwako in Symposium of Post-mysticism
Suwako's appearance in Wild and Horned Hermit
Suwako's sigil in The Grimoire of Marisa
|大地の湖||Lake of Great Earth||Soku||Default 236B/C|
|古代翡翠||Ancient Jade||Soku||Alternate 236B/C|
|蛙石神||Stone Frog God||Soku||Alternate 236B/C|
|大蝦蟇神||Giant Toad God||Soku||Default 623B/C|
|古の鉄輪||Ancient Iron Ring||Soku||Alternate 623B/C|
|手長足長さん||Mr. Long-Arm and Mr. Long-Leg||Related: Suwako's Native God "Lord Long-Arm and Lord Long-Leg" (MoF)||Soku||Alternate 623B/C|
|古の間欠泉||Ancient Geyser||Soku||Default 214B/C|
|水蛙神||Water Frog God||Soku||Alternate 214B/C|
|雨を呼ぶ雨蛙||Rain-calling Frog||Soku||Alternate 214B/C|
|土着神の祟り||Native God's Scourge||Aided by Mishaguji||Soku||Default 22B/C|
|祟られた大地||Scourged Earth||Aided by Mishaguji||Soku||Alternate 22B/C|
|ミシャグジさまの祟り||Mishaguji Scourge||Aided by Mishaguji||Soku||Alternate 22B/C|
|開宴「二拝二拍一拝」||Party Start "Two Bows, Two Claps, and One Bow"||MoF
|土着神「手長足長さま」||Native God "Lord Long-Arm and Lord Long-Leg"||MoF
|神具「洩矢の鉄の輪」||Divine Tool "Moriya's Iron Ring"||MoF
|源符「厭い川の翡翠」||Spring Sign "Jade of the Horrid River"||MoF
|蛙狩「蛙は口ゆえ蛇に呑まるる」||Frog Hunt "The Snake Eats the Croaking Frog"||MoF
|土着神「七つの石と七つの木」||Native God "Seven Stones and Seven Trees"||MoF||St. Ex|
|土着神「ケロちゃん風雨に負けず」||Native God "Froggy Braves the Wind and Rain"||MoF
|土着神「宝永四年の赤蛙」||Native God "Red Frogs of Houei 4"||MoF
|「諏訪大戦 ～ 土着神話 vs 中央神話」||"Suwa War ~ Native Myth vs Central Myth"||MoF
|崇符「ミシャグジさま」||Scourge Sign "Mishaguji-sama"||MoF
|源符「諏訪清水」||Spring Sign "Suwa Clear Water"||Soku||Use|
|土着神「洩矢神」||Native God "Moriya God"||Soku||Use|
|蛙休「オールウェイズ冬眠できます」||Frog Nap "Can Always Hibernate"||Soku||Use|
|祟り神「赤口（ミシャグチ）さま」||Scourge God "Mishaguchi-sama"||Soku||Use|
|合掌「だいだらぼっちの参拝」||Clap "Daidarabotchi's Worship"||Soku||Story|
|「獄熱の間欠泉」||"Hellish Heat Geyser"||Soku||Story|
|「幻想郷空中神戦」||"Divine Battle Above Gensokyo"||Soku||Story|
|神桜「湛えの桜吹雪」||Divine Sakura "Full Sakura Blizzard"||DS||St. 11|
|姫川「プリンセスジェイドグリーン」||Hime River "Princess Jade Green"||DS
|鉄輪「ミシカルリング」||Iron Ring "Mythical Ring"||DS||St. 11|
|土着神「御射軍神さま」||Native God "Mishaguji-sama"||DS||St. 11|
|緑石「ジェイドブレイク」||Green Stone "Jade Break"||ISC||St. 9|
|蛙符「血塗られた赤蛙塚」||Frog Sign "Bloody Mound of Red Frogs"||ISC
|風神符「ミシャバシラ」||Wind God Sign "Mishabashira"||Co-owner with Kanako||VD||Nightmare Monday - 2|
|風花符「ミシャグジ様の是非」||Wind Flower Sign "Mishaguji-sama's Right and Wrong"||Co-owner with Eiki||VD||Nightmare Monday - 4|
|妖風符「土着蝶ストーム」||Ghostly Wind Sign "Native Butterfly Storm"||Co-owner with Yuyuko||VD||Nightmare Monday - 5|
- Kanako Yasaka and Suwako are described in Silent Sinner in Blue Chapter 6 as gods that have a body. Having a body is likely why they can move and act so independently as opposed to gods who need a vessel, although they are still capable of splitting their spirit when summoned and called upon like all Japanese gods.
- Chapter 19 of Silent Sinner in Blue implies that the Lunarians are using shimenawa to seal away a god at the Moriya Shrine. It's unknown if Suwako is aware of this. Her win quote to Reisen Udongein Inaba in Touhou Hisoutensoku merely has her commenting, "I heard that there are all kinds of gods where you come from."
- Suwako's strongest spell card in Touhou Hisoutensoku resembles the ultimate attack of Akuma from Street Fighter, the Shun Goku Satsu.
- In Touhou Hisoutensoku, one of her palettes is a homage to Hina Kagiyama. She also seems to have another alternate color palettes that resembles the fan-made character Maybell.
- The frogs printed on Suwako's dress were taken from Chōjū-giga, the picture scrolls drawn in 12th century.
- Suwako's theme "Native Faith" is an homage to "Boss6", the BGM used in an STG released by Taito in 1989, Night Striker (ナイトストライカー).
- Suwako does not have any actual connection to frogs, but she likes frogs and her spirit is sometimes invoked in the form of a frog.
| ○エキストラボス 土着神の頂点
洩矢 諏訪子（もりや すわこ）
|Extra Boss The Highest of Native Gods|
The true god of the Shrine of Moriya(守矢). She is the God of Mountains, and was once the leader of the many gods that lived in the Mountains.
During ancient times, she was a god in control of "Mishaguji". Mishaguji were curse gods who had obtained enormous amounts of faith, cursing birth, harvest, military, and many other things. Making light of these fearsome gods would lead to divine punishment. The only one able to tame these gods was Suwako. Because of this, she gained an extraordinary amount of faith, and cultivated a kingdom as its ruler while still being a god.
However, many other gods of Yamato (ancient Japan) invaded her kingdom. One of those gods was Kanako. The many gods of Yamato continually conquered the small kingdom for themselves. They said that ultimately, they would unify all countries and create a single country called Japan.
Naturally, Suwako resisted and fought with the finest iron weapons of the time. However, Kanako held out a thin vine, and Suwako's large iron arsenal instantly rusted. Suwako realized the difference in their divine powers and her defeat. She valiantly forfeited and relinquished her kingdom.
And so, Kanako attained the kingdom of Moriya(洩矢).
However, the people of Moriya(洩矢) could not forget the fear of their native gods, Mishaguji, and were unable to accept their new god.
Kanako thought she could not gain the faith of the people, and gave up on making the kingdom hers. Instead, she called forth a new god and combined it with Moriya's(洩矢) god. Within the kingdom, this new god was called Moriya(守矢), but was called by a different name outside of the kingdom. This way, it seemed as if it was ruling the kingdom. Moriya(守矢) is, of course, Moriya(洩矢). And thus Kanako borrowed Suwako's powers, and silently ruled as the God of Mountains.
The new god that was said to have reigned over the kingdom was a god only in name, existing only to preserve the legend of Yamato. In reality, Suwako continued to rule over the kingdom. Although the gods of the modern world have mostly been replaced by the Yamato Legends, she is still in her original form discreetly gathering faith.
Suwako didn't mind so much, but Kanako panicked and moved the whole shrine to Gensokyo.
Suwako didn't know how well she could get by in Gensokyo, but she decided to enjoy it as her final amusement. The reason she didn't argue with Kanako for deserting the kingdom and coming to Gensokyo was because she had no regrets left in the outer world. There were few people that knew her name.
After all, even the closest human to Suwako, Sanae, doesn't know much about her.
Sanae is currently Kanako's Shrine Maiden, but the reason she can create miracles is because she is Suwako's distant descendant. Despite this, she does not seem to understand why there are two gods within her own shrine.
Suwako didn't care whether or not she was fated to be forgotten anymore. She's actually thankful to Kanako as it seems she'll be able to enjoy a second life in Gensokyo.
There are two reasons.
The first is because the snake symbolizes reincarnation. It was to oppose the fear of Mishaguji.
Why, you ask? Suwako is a god that takes the form of a frog, and snakes eat frogs. Rituals of the new kingdom included sacrificing frogs to state that "The Snake now rules this kingdom in place of the Frog."
They share common interests and are actually very good friends.
|The Troublesome Mysterious Gods|
Kanako Yasaka and Suwako Moriya.
They are the start of this story.
——The Kappas' Energy Revolution
The plan by this name has safely concluded its first phase and is on its way towards practical implementation.
The plan involved using the now-dormant Blazing Hell as a super-high temperature furnace in an attempt to tame a power that it is said the outside world won't attain for hundreds of years: nuclear fusion energy.
The first step was to find an exemplary hell raven.
The geyser was proof of the plan's success.
Unlike fission energy, fusion reactions are less likely to go out of control. In addition, it doesn't create such lethal waste.
Kanako seems to treat this as just one part of the shrine's operations.
Because they didn't feel the plan was dangerous, the above-ground youkai did nothing to stop it even once they found out the truth.
However, Reimu, who was made to go underground,
- 2007/08/17 Mountain of Faith - Extra Stage dialogue; キャラ設定.txt
- 2008/02/09 Silent Sinner in Blue - Chapter 9 (cameo)
- 2008/08/16 Subterranean Animism - Extra Stage dialogue
- 2008/08/22 Strange and Bright Nature Deity - Chapter 22
- 2009/07/27 The Grimoire of Marisa - Suwako Moriya's Spell Cards
- 2009/08/15 Touhou Hisoutensoku - Playable Character; Sanae's Scenario
- 2011/01/25 Wild and Horned Hermit - Chapter 4
- 2012/04/27 Symposium of Post-mysticism
- ↑ Symposium of Post-mysticism/Suwako Moriya
However, Kanako and the shrine maiden, Sanae Kochiya, carry out the duties of gathering faith. She doesn't come forth of her own volition often. Whether it is because she is bad at marketing faith by herself or some other reason is one of the mysteries of the Moriya Shrine.
- ↑ Touhou Hisoutensoku: Sukawo Moriya's Spell Cards
- ↑ Double Spoiler: Iron Ring "Mythical Ring"
- ↑ Chapter 4 Wild and Horned Hermit
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