A list of characters that appear in Ten Desires. Character profiles are taken from the game's settings and extra story.txt.
In Ten Desires, there are four playable characters to choose from.
Shrine Maiden of the Five Hindrances
"It's annoying to have all these strange godly spirits!"
"Looks like there's quite some bunch of these strange spirits gathered, things are looking interesting!"
Selfish Shrine Maiden
"No matter what sort of godly spirit it is, it's profitable for our shrine!"
Half-Phantom Seeking Death
"Even the land of the netherworld is limited, so I'll cut down all the unneeded spirits!"
Yuyuko is a ghost princess who lives in the Netherworld, and is Youmu's mistress. She doesn't have too much of an interest in divine spirits, but the direction in which the divine spirits are headed intrigued her a little. This direction was Myouren Temple, a temple that was just recently constructed. It was a place for those who want to meditate to suppress their inner desires, but for divine spirits, which are the essence of desires, to congregate there... It surely didn't seem like the conduct of a typical temple.
And it happened when she was thinking about that.
Some humans were intruding her properties to investigate about divine spirits. After seeing them, she was relaxed that there was no need for her to do anything, and decided to continue with her flower viewing.
Sutra Chanting Yamabiko
You may have loudly shouted "Yahoo-!" when climbing a mountain. If you hear a "Yahoo-!" in response, then it's a yamabiko at work.
She lives in the mountains, and when she hears a joyous voice, she replies back with a loud yell. A youkai that loves to join in on the fun.
But these days, superstitions like "Yamabiko (mountain echoes) are just sound waves being reflected back to you-" have become commonly held. Realizing the emptiness of secularism, she decided to enter the Buddhist discipline.
Her ability works well with reciting Buddhist sutras. It is her everyday work in the mountains.
And by doing so, she now inspires fear as "a sutra-reciting voice coming from a mountain where no one is present", so she was able to retain her place as a youkai.
Greatly Troubled Lost Article
A youkai umbrella that wanders around the sky above the temple. She found her place in the cemetery, and found herself living in the cemetery most of the time. This is because while humans that are rarely surprised in the middle of the road, they are easily scared when they are in the cemetery. And she finally did it. Amazing.
But an incident has crept up to disrupt her truly happy time.
A youkai who was never seen before has been appearing from the inside of the cemetery, and has been moving around like it was its home ever since.
But that ended up as futility. No matter how she attacked, she couldn't get a response out of it, so she escaped.
And so she thought, "They must have come to defeat that youkai!" and decided to ask boldly.
An ancient-japan-era corpse revived by Seiga. She works for Seiga as her underling. This time, she was summoned to protect the Hall of Dreams' Great Mausoleum during the verge of resurrection.
She possesses strange power and has a body that does not feel pain. It is very challenging to confront her directly, but her brain is like a forgotten age of computers. It is very easy to kite her around.
While fighting, if she is damaged, she consumes spirits and regenerates health, so she's very hard to beat up. But it is very easy to get away from her (and this is important).
Her flesh body is very hard, and her joints do not bend. She cannot even walk that well. Her master is recommending an exercise training for flexibility. Activity with no flexibility often ends up in injury. Though she is just a zombie.
Wicked Hermit who Passes Through Walls
Once, she was a human in awe of the Tao.
When Seiga was young, her father took a liking to the Tao and left her behind to shut himself up in the mountains. Finding herself interested in a book her father had left behind, she read through it over and over, and became attracted to the Tao. She was particularly interested in He Xiangu (Kasenko, one of the eight sages of Taoism), and swore she'd become a hermit one day, too, and meet her father.
As she grew older, she was able to marry into the Kaku family. She led a life without any restrictions on her freedom, but she was unable to throw away her aspirations towards Taoism, and she spent every day depressed. As a result, she practically became a shut-in, never conversing with anyone.
One day, after eight more years had passed, Seiga suddenly said her goodbyes. Her family thought it was odd but as Seiga fell sleep, seemingly like any other day, she never opened her eyes again.
Surprised, a great sadness cast itself over her family, and they buried her utterly lifeless body.
She cast away her worldly life and ran. Yes, she ran to join the world of hermits she'd so yearned for.
She had a tendency to "Spread the ways of Taoism", as a pretense for showing off her powers. However, Taoists and hermits of her level weren't that unusual in this country. So, she thought she'd move to a hermit-less country, and headed out for a country in the east she'd never seen before: Japan.
Thinking this was the perfect chance, she caught the ear of Toyosatomimi no Miko, who was widely seen as a most virtuous person, and taught her of the charms of Taoism.
She suggested to the powerful ones that they use Buddhism in politics to keep the people from getting restless, while they used Taoism to attain superhuman strength for themselves.
Since Taoism was a nature-worshipping polytheistic creed, it fit well with the beliefs of Shinto, which held the powerful in Japan to be descendents of the gods. And since its ultimate goal was immortality, it was a compelling alternative for them to the more stoic Buddhism. A little while after she thought about it, Miko spoke to her former religious rival, the Mononobe clan, of this plan.
Ghost of the Children of the Gods
Soga no Tojiko
A ghost of a member of the powerful ancient Japanese family, the Soga. She is serving Miko together with Futo, but she has been denied to resurrect as a human due to her connections with Futo in the past. It looks like she is treated conveniently by Futo taking a spirit form.
She herself isn't feeling any particular inconvenience taking the spirit form. Rather in fact, she had been considering that she had no use for a human body, which would break down so quickly.
The Soga and the Mononobe had fought over Buddhism, but Futo and Tojiko's relationship is not in bad terms, and thought to be a give-and-take relationship. For now, they both hate Buddhism.
Shikaisen from Ancient Japan
Mononobe no Futo
Long ago, indeed, fourteen hundred years ago or so. Before, in fact, it had been decided that the country would rule over the people. People, things, technology, religion... Many things were being introduced from across the sea. One of those would greatly influence the direction Buddhism would take in this country.
The country was divided into pro- and anti-Buddhist factions, which dug in more over time. The Mononobe, the ones who had Umashimaji no Mikoto - a god in Shinto - as its ancestor, was in the anti-Buddhist faction. Her confrontation with the Soga, the ones who had a human as its ancestor, was dreadful, and afterwards this religious conflict wasn't talked of as a petty political battle, but as a battle between the lineage of the gods and human dignity.
And so, religious war over Buddhism ended in tragedy.
The battles grew more vicious with each passing day as the Mononobe waged an anti-Buddhist campaign that invaded and burned temples and threw out their statues. Perhaps it was simply bad timing, but after that day, an epidemic began to spread, resulting in the passing of the Emperor.
The Soga proclaimed this to be a curse brought on by despicable acts against Buddhism. This rallied support in Soga's favor, who was eventually given permission to bring the Mononobe into submission.
This battle resulted in the destruction of the Mononobe. From then on, the nation's politics were carried out in a fashion befitting Buddhism. This is what most people know about the religious war between the Mononobe and the Soga.
However, that appealing faith also had a weakness. It was not well suited for political control, as anyone could undergo the ascetic training necessary to become a hermit. As a result, she decided to practice her Taoism in secret.
Miko, a fellow Taoist practitioner, came to her with a certain plan. Her plan was to govern the country using Buddhism as a means to keep the citizenry pacified. Then, they would cast a curse on their own deaths and be reborn as shikaisen.
Futo became an ally of the Soga and was able to manipulate them. Thus, the Soga came to be blind followers of Buddhism. Naturally, as descendents of the gods, the Mononobe (excepted Futo) weren't particularly pleased about this.
Buddhism had been used for political ends, but it had apparently been a miscalculation to allow it to become so widely followed that even in modern Japan it continues to be widely observed.
Toyosatomimi no Miko
Born in a stable, she was recognized as a genius at an early age.
Born into a high position, she overheard many complaints when she was young. People would let their tongues loose around her, assuming she wouldn't be able to understand them, so she heard a lot of idle grumbling from servants and such. However, Miko was able to understand them - and provide very specific advice right away. Rumors of her spread throughout the land, and she gained enormous popularity as a saint.
She had her own troubles as a genius. "The earth hasn't changed from the age of the gods, and the seas are still filled to the brim. Why must humans be forced to accept death?" She became dissatisfied with her fate that, as a human, she would eventually die.
Seiga, who had heard the rumours about Miko, was confident she'd found the person she'd been looking for, and came to spread Taoism to her.
Taoism was essentially nature worship, and by becoming one with nature it could bestow immortality on its followers.
Miko's heart danced in joy. She also told Seiga that her faith could never lead to having strong rule over a country. Seiga didn't care about national politics so long as she could further her own goals, but Miko held a different view.
In that case, Seiga recommended, she should make the appearance of becoming a Buddhist. When Miko learned Buddhism was a strict creed that forbade murder, she determined it would be a good means to calm the nation, and accepted it.
As a result, she obtained superhuman abilities and left behind a number of legends with which everyone is familiar.
Thinking she'd be unable to wait long enough with the state her body was in, Miko decided to become a shikaisen. This was a secret technique in which she would die (or make it appear that she'd died) and be resurrected.
However, afraid to undergo the procedure alone, she reached out to Futo, and convinced her to go to sleep first. Believing in Miko's power, Futo became her test subject. Once Miko confirmed that, after death, Futo continued to sleep without decaying, Miko went to sleep herself.
Miko had planned to awaken when the nation felt limited by its Buddhist precepts and felt the need for a saint. However, her calculations went awry, and the nation was controlled by Buddhism for over a thousand years.
Because Buddhist monks continued to place seals on Miko's mausoleum, she was unable to resurrect. Miko's plan had been foiled.
Miko judged she had no need to rush and could resurrect herself at any time, and so continued sleeping. Finally, the time of her resurrection came.
The trigger was a rumor that the legends regarding her were all fabricated. Since, in modern times, there were no more people with superhuman powers, it wasn't surprising that tales of her exploits were seen as simple lies.
As a result, her mausoleum ended up in Gensokyo. Since there weren't any temples in Gensokyo at that time, she prepared for her resurrection to proceed whenever she felt it was necessary.
By some stoke of timing, though, a new temple was built. And, whether by plan or by chance, it was built directly over her mausoleum.
That was, of course, Myouren Temple.
Would Miko let herself be held back by a Buddhist monk once more? Or would she fight that monk?
A fight just like the battles between the Mononobe clan (of the old gods) and the Soga clan (of the Buddhists) had fought over and over so long ago?
Old Youkai #1
A strange and wondrous youkai that lives in Myouren Temple.
The saint that Byakuren had been holding back had finally resurrected. When she heard about this, she decided to pay back what she owed Byakuren from last time (UFO) and called on an old youkai friend in order to increase the power of the youkai.
Naturally, she kept this a secret from Byakuren.
As a result, another youkai came to live at Myouren Temple.
Thus, she only served to make Byakuren even busier.
Bake-Danuki Youkai with Ten Transformations
A bake-danuki of proper upbringing. An unusual youkai that lived outside of Gensokyo. She's made her way inside this time to help out an old friend in a pinch.
Tanuki take great pleasure in watching the reactions of humans that they trick, so they seldom do direct damage. They are more powerful on the night of a full moon.
Their ability to shapeshift makes them similar to the nue in a way. Neither of them seem to be terribly effective youkai when it comes to close combat.
Can this kind of youkai really hold her own against Miko? After all, youkai are fairly self-centered and don't take or give orders easily, so no matter how strong each one of them may be, they'd still lose in the end.
It seems she'd lived together with humans in her home town (Sado). Sometimes she'd trick them, but she'd also lend money to the poor and worked diligently on any task she was given, so she integrated well into human society.
However, she doesn't get along with foxes, so it is rumored that no foxes live in Sado. She would end up causing trouble with the foxes of Gensokyo, but that's a story for another day.