|“||For one such as I, who knows everything, everything is boring... However, I don't dislike letting the ignorant read my works to see what kind of reaction they have.||„|
|~ Featherine Augustus Aurora|
Featherine Augustus Aurora is a villainess from Umineko no Naku Koro ni. She is the witch form of Tohya Hachijo?, and the Witch of Theatergoing, Drama and Spectating and also a Creator. She appears in the sixth, seventh, and eighth games; Dawn of the Golden Witch, Requiem of the Golden Witch, and Twilight of the Golden Witch, respectively. She is voiced by Michiko Neya.
Featherine is a witch who is so powerful that even Bernkastel is scared of her to a degree. She sometimes becomes bored with living too long so she repeatedly lives and dies. She has mastered several games in the past, though she has long forgotten them, with the medallion on her chest being her only proof. She possesses a crescent-shaped device that floats around her head, which serves as a memory aid that maintains traits such as her name, appearance, and personality.
- Bernkastel (former reader, piece)
- Ange Ushiromiya (reader)
- Tohya Hachijo? (vessel)
Dawn of the Golden Witch
Featherine, as Toya Hachijo, summons Ange Ushiromiya (who was looking for her) into her home to read the story of Dawn of the Golden Witch and challenges her to find the truth about it. Referring to Ange as her miko, who will read the "Dawn of the Golden Witch" to her, Ange serves as a Reader, with Featherine offering Ange protection from anyone that might try to interfere with her reading of the tale.
Requiem of the Golden Witch
She allows Bernkastel to act as the Game Master so that she can confirm her theories.
- Featherine is possibly linked to Hanyuu Furude from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
- Fans often point out that certain aspects of her appearance, particularly her dress and memory aid, vaguely resemble the clothes and horns possessed by Hanyuu.
- Furthermore, parts of her name also allude to Hanyuu:
- When roughly translated, the two kanji that make up Hanyū's name (羽入) translate to "feather" (羽, hane) and "in" (入, iri) which, when put together, more or less make up her first name "Featherine".
- The name of her human incarnation, Hachijo Toya (八城 十八), contains two wordplays: ****An alternate reading for the kanji in the name Hachijo (八城) is "yashiro." Coupled with the honorific "o-" prefix, this becomes "Oyashiro," the more commonly-known name for Hanyuu.
- The name Toya (十八) is composed of numerical kanji, numbering 18. Breaking down the name "Oyashiro" into syllables (o-ya-shi-ro), each syllable is one possible reading for the numbers 0, 8, 4, and 6. Adding these numbers together results in a sum of 18.
- Another possible allusion to Hanyuu is the fact that Bernkastel is Featherine's miko while Rika was Hanyuu's miko.
- Also Featherine is a Creator which could correspond to Hanyuu being a god.
- The first two katakana shared by her middle and last names, "Au" (アウ), are also used by Hanyū as a catchphrase, "auau" (あぅあぅ). Bernkastel herself calls attention to this, referring to her as "AuAurora."
- Additionally, she has a habit of calling humans "Child of Man", something Hanyuu did when speaking as a god.
- It is noted by Lambdadelta that, at one point, Featherine's memory device was damaged, and as a result she suffered a change in appearance and personality. Hanyuu's left horn has a distinct crack on the top, strengthening the link between the two.