Youki Konpaku

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魂魄 (こんぱく)  妖忌 (ようき)
Youki Konpaku
kõ̞mpa̠kɯᵝ jo̞ːki (♫)

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Species

Half-human half-phantom

Abilities

Swordsmanship

Age

Unknown, but at least 300 years old

Occupation

Currently in hermitude, former gardener and swordsmanship instructor

Location

Unknown, used to live in Hakugyokurou

Appearances
Official Games

Youki Konpaku (魂魄 妖忌 Konpaku Youki) is an enigmatic character who has yet to make an actual appearance in any Touhou game. He was the first gardener for the Saigyouji clan at Hakugyokurou for about 300 years, before leaving it to his successor and student Youmu Konpaku. He, too, is a half-human half-phantom. No one currently knows his whereabouts.

General Information

Personality

Youki is described as stubborn, prideful and intimidating. While teaching, he preferred not to rely on words; when he did speak, he would only say few words with a thundering voice.

Background Information

Name

Youki Konpaku (魂魄妖忌) is his full name. Youki (妖忌) consists of two kanji: You () as in "abnormal" or "supernatural", the same kanji found in "youkai", and Ki () which mean "inauspicious" or "mourning". The characters for Konpaku (魂魄) mean simply "Soul". Although both Kon () and Paku () are "soul", their elements are different. Kon stands for a "mental soul", which is separated from a body as soon as human dies and ascends to the afterlife; Paku is a "physical soul", which remains in the body a few days and goes back to the Earth. In this case, Kon is Youki's phantom half, and Paku is his human half. Maybe Konpaku is not only a surname but a feature of the Konpaku clan.

Backstory

Youki was the former gardener of Hakugyokurou. After 300 years of service he left and went into seclusion, possibly because of his advancing age. Nothing is known about his whereabouts or activities after this.

Relationships

Youmu Konpaku

Youmu is Youki's student, and successor as gardener of Hakugyokurou. She believes that his disappearance is some kind of lesson from him.

Yuyuko Saigyouji

Youki served Yuyuko until his disappearance, though she found him harder to rely on than Youmu. Before the events of Perfect Cherry Blossom he was one of the few people aware of Yuyuko's connection to the Saigyou Ayakashi.

Additional Information

  • According to Youmu's article in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, the Konpaku are a lineage of half-human, half-phantoms.
  • He is stated to be the only person who knows the whole story behind the sealing of the Saigyou Ayakashi in Yuyuko's profile. Yukari's profile shows she at least knows the part where Yuyuko is the one sealing it, so maybe the context is Youki is the only human to know. Presumably the story was passed down to him, just as he feels that Youmu will inherit it someday, as it seems unlikely Youki was alive when the Saigyou Ayakashi was sealed 1,000 years ago (but this is unconfirmed). The sealing of the Saigyou Ayakashi eventually became public knowledge on Yuyuko's article in Perfect Memento in Strict Sense.
  • According ZUN's memo, Youki's swordmanship style is comprised of stolen arts.

Fandom

Official Profiles

Perfect Cherry Blossom - キャラ設定.txt
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  先代、魂魄 妖忌(こんぱく ようき)は、300年程庭師を務めたあ
  る日頓悟し、まだ幼すぎる妖夢に後を継がせ幽居する。妖夢の剣術は
  まだ未熟であり、成熟までには日々の修行を欠かせない。師匠である
  はずの先代は行方をくらましてしまい、妖夢でもどこに居るのか知ら
  ない。これも教えなのだろうと彼女は思う。

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Youki Konpaku, the former gardener, had been the one for about 300 years, but suddenly became a hermit after having made a very young Youmu his successor. Youmu's ability of swordsmanship has still been in progress, so she needs daily practice. Though Youmu herself has no clue where her master is, she thinks of her master's absence as a lesson from him.

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  幽 々子が転生も消滅もせずに楼中に留まっているのも、西行妖の封印があるためである。この結界が解けたとたん、止まっていた時間は止め処なく流れることにな り、それは、再び幽々子の死に繋がる。自分を復活させることも白玉楼にいる自分の消滅にも繋がる為、復活は寸前で失敗するのは当然である。

  やはり幽々子は死を操ることしか出来ないのだ。

  唯一そのことを知る先代魂魄妖忌は、半分人間という性質上ゆっくり年を取り、妖夢に幽々子の事を伝えたつもりで消えた。

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The reason Yuyuko can neither reincarnate nor vanish is because of the seal on the Saigyou Ayakashi. Once the boundary is breached, the time that was frozen will continue to flow, resulting in her death again. Reviving the corpse will destroy Yuyuko's ghost, so it's no wonder that the near-success of the revival ended in inevitable failure.

Yuyuko is only able to bring death after all.

The only person who knew the whole story, Youki Konpaku, grew slowly older due to the nature of half-humans, and disappeared with the belief that Youmu could inherit the truth about Yuyuko.

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