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My time is unlimited. That's why I must treasure this limited time.
~ Fujiwara no Mokou

Fujiwara no Mokou is a character from Touhou Project who debuted in Imperishable Night. She was formerly an ordinary human before she became an immortal being after drinking the Hourai Elixir about 1300 years ago. Now she is never able to die, though she still feels the pain of injuries as normal. She's considered to be very powerful because she has lived for many years and earned that power, and because she doesn't die and can therefore keep fighting until she can no longer stand the pain.

She has hated Kaguya ever since the moon princess humiliated Mokou's father by turning down his marriage proposal after he failed her trial of the Impossible Requests. Even though it has been over a thousand years since that happened, she continues to detest Kaguya, knowing full well that she can never get her revenge—nor can Kaguya ever put a permanent end to her. When not fighting with Kaguya, though, she aids the nearby villagers by exterminating youkai and will even guide them safely to Eientei for medical treatment. She is a loner by nature and chooses not to socialize with humans or youkai. After a long absence, she has been confirmed to be a playable character in Urban Legend in Limbo.

Appearance

Mokou has red eyes and ankle-length ivory hair. She wears a light brown shirt that appears as if it has been discolored from fire, and dark red overalls that are randomly decorated with paper charms. Her hair is tied with these same red and white paper charms.

Personality

Mokou is described as being a quiet person, and doesn't generally enjoy the company of others. However, she was easily roused during Imperishable Night's extra stage, where she goes on a rant about how annoying Kaguya is. Not much else is known about her as she doesn't really talk much to anyone. As a powerful human (or a being who was once human), one of her main jobs is youkai extermination, though she seems to be settling on guiding visitors to Eientei in and out of the Bamboo Forest of the Lost.

In Cage in Lunatic Runagate, she is relieved that Kaguya appears to be staying on earth rather than returning to the moon, as the two of them are in the same mess of being immortal beings. Mokou also notes that one day she wants to travel to the top of the Youkai Mountain, presumably to see Iwanagahime, the goddess of immortality, and to apologize to her for what she did to Iwakasa.

(Note: The Youkai Mountain was once the mountain Yatsugatake, which is the mountain Sakuyahime suggested to Mokou and Iwakasa to bring the elixir to instead.)

Mokou's inability to die allows her body to receive an indefinite amount of punishment. No matter whether she's beheaded, incinerated or has taken any other form of strike, she'll always revive without exception. Mokou will recover within a few day's time if she takes a non-fatal blow. Due to the nature of the Hourai Elixir she drank over 1300 years ago, she's also incapable of contracting any form of disease or illness. This includes the natural process of ageing, she needs no sustenance such as food, water, air, warmth or sleep to stay alive. Every injury shall cease; critical injuries will be healed in a matter of days. Complete destruction results in complete restoration. The Hourai Elixir is permanent, her immortality is irreversible and cannot be copied or interfered with, she will always be restored to pinnacle condition. According to Fujiwara no Mokou, the first taste of the medicine makes the drinker incapable of growing up or aging. The second taste cures all imperfections, granting perfect physiology and makes them incapable of becoming ill. The third taste makes one completely immortal to the truest sense.  She is an existence completely independent of even the concept of reality, thus making one not subject to the bounds of life, death, or even manipulation. She does not age, she'll never become ill, she is entirely self-sustained (nourishment such as food, water, or sleep does not impact her body at all), every injury she sustains shall cease; critical injuries will be healed in a matter of days. Complete destruction results in an immediate and complete restoration. This makes her completely indestructible, and it extends to her mental and spiritual states just as much as her physical state, as she is shown living a carefree life free of mental exhaustion even after 1300 years. She will never be able to die.

Powers and Abilities

Mokou's inability to die allows her body to receive an indefinite amount of punishment. No matter whether she's beheaded, incinerated or has taken any other form of strike, she'll always revive without exception. Mokou will recover within a few day's time if she takes a non-fatal blow. Due to the nature of the Hourai Elixir she drank over 1300 years ago, she's also incapable of contracting any form of disease or illness. This includes the natural process of ageing, she needs no sustenance such as food, water, air, warmth or sleep to stay alive. Every injury shall cease; critical injuries will be healed in a matter of days. Complete destruction results in complete restoration. The Hourai Elixir is permanent, her immortality is irreversible and cannot be copied or interfered with, she will always be restored to pinnacle condition. According to Fujiwara no Mokou, the first taste of the medicine makes the drinker incapable of growing up or aging. The second taste cures all imperfections, granting perfect physiology and makes them incapable of becoming ill. The third taste makes one completely immortal to the truest sense.  She is an existence completely independent of even the concept of reality, thus making one not subject to the bounds of life, death, or even manipulation. She does not age, she'll never become ill, she is entirely self-sustained (nourishment such as food, water, or sleep does not impact her body at all), every injury she sustains shall cease; critical injuries will be healed in a matter of days. Complete destruction results in an immediate and complete restoration. This makes her completely indestructible, and it extends to her mental and spiritual states just as much as her physical state, as she is shown living a carefree life free of mental exhaustion even after 1300 years. She will never be able to die.

She can create, shape and manipulate fire, she usually uses a little for light but she is capable utilizing high temperatures to incinerate almost anything, reducing it to ashes. She can control what part of the target they want to incinerate, and destroy the target so completely that absolutely no byproduct is left, not even ashes.   Although normal fire requires oxygen to burn, she can also use a unique psychic flame, or “cosmic” flame.  She can create 'cosmic' flames under any conditions even the impossible ones such as vacuum space or underwater. These flames do not require oxygen to burn, and burn so intensely that matter is consumed without by-products such as ash. She has perfect control over these flames, and they only consume what she wills and will be harmless to what she doesn’t want to burn instead they will simply just be there, these flames are also capable of burning thoughts. These flames are shown to be able to burn even underwater. Typically she manifest these flames in the image of a phoenix, purely for aesthetic and symbolic reasons, as the phoenix represents immortality.

Battle Precognition: She can predict how a battle will happen before it starts. Running through a given situation millions of times in her mind instantly, covering every possible result before the first punch/move is even thrown/made. Predicting the actions and or reactions, counteracting their moves before they even think to make them. She sees the outcome of the battle he wants, and working backwards, following the right steps to get there. This ability also works as a super calculator/simulator, and grants enhanced intellect, memory, deductive and tactical capabilities.

  • Telescopic Vision:
  • Enhanced Hearing: She is able to tune into where exactly he wants to hear.
  • Enhanced Strength: She has incredible strength (can dismember opponents with her bare hands).
  • Enhanced Speed: She can move faster than the human eye can see.
  • Enhanced Durability
  • Enhanced Reflexes: She possesses extraordinary reflexes that are entirely involuntary. Her immense reflexes can be used to attack and counter instead of for just defensive purposes. Because her body moves without the use of her brain she is free to strategize, even in a weakened condition. She moves on reflex and not reaction, feints and illusionary techniques are useless against her.

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Trivia

  • The characters for Fujiwara literally mean "Wisteria field", and Mokou "Scarlet (younger) Sister". According to ZUN, however, Mokou can also mean "Paint me red" and her name has no connection to Flandre Scarlet. In the right context, 'Kou' can also be translated as 'female phoenix bird', which is fitting, while 'Mo' can be translated as 'mourning' Her name would mean something similar to 'Mourning female Phoenix bird', a name somewhat fitting for her exiled life and events of her past.
  • Considering Mokou's surname and her back story as a daughter of an aristocrat charmed by the Kaguya-hime of legend, she is supposed to be the daughter of Kuramochi no Miko (車持皇子), who was given the quest for the Jeweled Branch of Hourai by Kaguya. His model is speculated to be Fujiwara no Fuhito, the factual founder of the Fujiwara clan, a powerful clan of regents during the 9th to 13th centuries.
  • Another note is at that time it was common for aristocrats to have "の" (pronounced no) between their surname and first name or their title and name. Thus the English equivalent of her name would be "Mokou of the Fujiwara Clan".
  • Mokou appears on the cover of Imperishable Night, silhouetted against the moon beneath the silhouette of Kaguya.
  • Mokou's character title is a pun on the title of ZUN's music CD, 蓬莱人形 ~ Dolls in Pseudo Paradise. She also uses a spellcard named Hourai Doll. Doesn't a certain someone else have a Hourai Doll too?
  • The paper talismans on Mokou's pants and hair ribbons might be wards to protect them against being burned by fire. Her shirt, which lacks those talismans, appears to have been burnt repeatedly, while the ribbons and pants show no such wear.
  • Because Mokou can't die, there are some parts of Gensokyo she cannot visit, such as Hakugyokurou. This is because being in the netherworld is equivalent to being dead, as quoted by Yuyuko in Perfect Cherry Blossom, and by Mokou in her confrontation with Yuyuko.
  • The fact it took the combined efforts of her, Kaguya, and several rabbits to put out a forest fire in her Bohemian Archive article implies that while she's capable of starting and increasing fire, she might not necessarily be able to extinguish it.
  • In Cage in Lunatic Runagate, she is shown as having had short, dark hair when she was mortal. No explanation of this is given.
  • Chapter 11 of Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth contains the first canonical depiction of a confrontation between Kaguya and Mokou. In it, they seem to have a danmaku fight with food.
  • She seems to have a good relationship with the members of Eientei despite her feud with Kaguya and is willing to lead the rabbits home. She also seems to have a good relationship with Keine Kamishirasawa.
  • In Canon, the Spellcard 199 in Imperishable Night might refer to Iwakasa, as she implied she felt regret over causing his death.
  • In the same Chapter in Cage in Lunatic Runagate: Chapter 4, it is shown that her immortality was derived indirectly from Iwakasa as well, as he saved her life prior to her immortality.
  • Mokou was planned to be a playable character in Touhou Hisoutensoku, but was scrapped due to a lack of time to balance her move set; ZUN stated in an interview she would have been overpowered and would unbalance the game (the same problem was encountered with plans to add Kaguya to the playable roster as well).
  • Mokou is one of the few characters wearing pants.

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Theme Music

Mokou's Theme - Reach for the Moon, Immortal Smoke05:57

Mokou's Theme - Reach for the Moon, Immortal Smoke

Hot damn!! 東方 Touhou Unplugged Classic 15303:47

Hot damn!! 東方 Touhou Unplugged Classic 153

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CROW'SCLAW - Immortal Madness07:57

CROW'SCLAW - Immortal Madness

ᴴᴰ【満福神社】泡沫、哀のまほろば【中日附詞Full song】【東方Touhou】03:57

ᴴᴰ【満福神社】泡沫、哀のまほろば【中日附詞Full song】【東方Touhou】

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