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168 cm (5'6")
Researcher of the Way of the Moon and Sun
|Voice Actor(s):|| |
Kenji Akabane (jp)
|First Appearance:||Toukiden: The Age of Demons|
|Name roughly translates as "clear autumn water". Secondary meaning is an eternally sharp sword.|
Shūsui (秋水, Shuusui) is a secondary character who resides in Utakata Village. The player can normally find him to the far right of the receptionist.
Role in GamesEdit
Shūsui works for the "Slayers" organization, the currently elected government created to protect whatever remains of humanity from demons, and is their private agent sent to oversee Utakata Village. He studies demons, and he uses his research to offer logical if controversial strategies to protect the village. To ensure that his plans proceed smoothly, Shūsui convenes with Yamato or Kikka in advance and reveals them only when he deems it fit. These plans include strengthening the priestess's barrier, locating the portal which could start another "Awakening", and discouraging rescue missions to focus on their defenses.
He was born in the lands north of Nakatsu Kuni (likely contemporary Hokkaido). Eight years before the main story, Shūsui saw service in the "Awakening" due to the dimensional portal opening in his homeland. The Slayers tried to defend it but were too overwhelmed. Kuyou, the leader of the expedition, chose to cut their loses and abandon the north, resulting in the annihilation of the northern villages were wiped from existence. Kiwami adds that Shūsui escaped by navigating the caverns found within gaps of the demonic realm. Shūsui rationalized that it was an inevitable sacrifice, yet he couldn't forget about his friends and loved ones who were killed by their decision. As one of the scant survivors, he privately researches for a method of saving those lost in the north.
The protagonist and his/her compassion for the other Slayers perks Shūsui's interest in him/her. After spending the majority of the main story hinting about his master plan to him/her, he finally feels confident sharing it with the Slayers right before they depart to close the second giant portal. The researcher postulates that they can use the demonic gateway to travel back in time to redo the past, reasoning that it is a possible reality due to the portal's massive manipulation of space-time. Although the prospect initially sounds promising, the Slayers decline since they treasure the present.
Having predicted their response, Shūsui acquiesces defeat. The researcher earnestly places his trust in them to save humanity from another "Awakening".
Kiwami has Shūsui's schemes be foiled by the Sacred Mountain's prominence in Utakata. He is later revealed to be a member of the Way of the Moon and Sun, a secret organization of taboo demon researchers who seek to discover their origins. He acts as their spy within Utakata Village but has put his mission on hiatus due to events from the first game. Instead he prioritizes his research to explore the potential of convenient space-time travel. He lets the other Slayers fight in his contained experimental arenas to gather and study dimensional demon fragments.
Shūsui deduces that Kuyou and Kyokai are in cahoots, warning each of them to stop their plans. When the protagonist and Reki are lost at Chaos, Shūsui uses his personal experience to create a map of the caverns. His map is used by the Slayers to rescue their stranded comrades. The researcher confronts Kuyou later and reveals his northern origins to the elder to criticize his strategies. He explains the Way of the Moon and Sun's motivations to the protagonist, assuring him/her that he is not their enemy.
Once he suspects that Kuyou is subservient to Kyokai Shūsui asks him to cease his plot to save the protagonist. He promises to save the hostage by appealing to Rinne. He stays true to his word even with Kuyou's refusal, wishing to prove the merits of honorable morales to the elder. While he is never told outright, his words have moved Kuyou to change.
When his soul is being consumed by Izuchikanata, he hallucinates the destruction of the north. The panic-stricken scholar tells the protagonist to flee at once. He recovers and resumes his research.
A realist to a fault, Shūsui is a professional who purposely ignores bonding with others. His sly remarks sound tact and playful, yet they often attack the fallacy of relying on emotional attachment. The Slayers begrudgingly accept his plans for the greater good and may deem him to be an inexorable schemer. Though he accepts the Slayers' shunning in stride, Shūsui is genuinely moved by their camaraderie for one another. He wonders if the north could've been saved if the protagonist was there, quietly regretting the events of the past but hopeful for the future.
Kiwami establishes him to be an old friend of Rinne. They share the same past and origins eight years ago. He repays her friendship by secretly giving Shiranui information. Kuyou is still his object of hatred. He cannot forgive the elder for his callous act in the past and his predictability in Utakata Village. Shūsui is civil before him only because of the hope the protagonist gives him.
The protagonist can complete his chain of personal requests to greatly boost their affinity ratings with him. His requests are clearly labeled with his name in each posting. They must be completed in consecutive order.
|Request Objectives||Tips for clearing||Reward (aside from bond boost)|
|鬼の頭骨x2||Hunt Onibi in either Miyabi or Bu; purify its corpse to randomly obtain. Common.||300 haku|
|掘り牙x2||Hunt for Doryu in either Miyabi or Sen; purify its corpse to randomly obtain. Common.||500 haku|
|天津菅麻x2||Find on the ground in Miyabi, Ko, or Ran. Alternatively have Tenko search these areas to get the same result.||1,000 haku|
|Search the grounds of Ko to obtain randomly by chance. The first two items can also be found in Miyabi or Bu.||2,500 haku|
|Select a mission with Gouenma as the objective; fully dismantle it before killing it for the drop. Rare.|
Same process for second part except slay Hinomagatori. May break off chest or fully dismantle for the drop. Rare.
禁書 (if affinity is maxed)
Higher affinity additionally increases the chances of him appearing within the village's bathing area.
Shūsui provides the in-game encyclopedia. He updates entries based on the player's progress through the main story or their exploits in hunts.
- Missions: available chapter 7 in Kiwami. Infinite Missions allows players to fight multiple demons that gradually grow in strength with more kills. Chapter 10 grants Special Expeditions, a showdown between five/six random giant demons that are challenged in consecutive order. He rewards haku and forging steel for enhancing equipment.
- Personages: character profiles and full body renders for Slayers and town only NPCs. Information changes by completing a character's event in the main story. Place to check intimacy with characters; orange titles found underneath a character's name means they have reached the highest possible affinity rating with the protagonist.
- Demons: biographies and full body renders for whatever demons the player has personally vanquished. Includes any variations for small or giant types.
- Areas: descriptions of the hunting grounds. Relatively the same as the ones found on the official website.
- Glossary: brief explanations for jargon or locations the player hears about in the main story.