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The sign of the Wu
The sign of the Wu appears on the brow of those people whose soul has been
combined to the soul of a sanjiyan. The linking grants the bearer of the Wu
the protection of the sanjiyan, which practically means immortality and
ability to regenerate all wounds, just like the sanjiyan. The word Wu refers
to the person who carries the symbol as well as to the symbol itself on their
forhead. The status of "Wu" can be revoked or changed via extremely powerful magics,
like the humanification process.|
The Wu's primary function is to act as a guardian of the sanjiyan when
she recovers her strength after using powerful magics. Pai's sanjiyan side
also refers to the Wu as slaves, but this is propably just a jest. We are
not told whether the sanjiyan had other uses for their Wu as well.
Although Yakumo is the sole Wu of Pai, we are not told if sanjiyan can
have more than one Wu. If can, this perhaps is the immortality Kaiyan Wang
was offering to his liberators. The only other Wu we meet is Benares, but
that does not prove he was the only Wu of Kaiyan Wang.
We never get to know if only humans can become Wu. This sounds
(The actual "Wu" character is variously said to represent:
"A multitude of men, acting upon a forest, felling the trees, clearing
a tract of land. ... Hence ... the general abstract notions of
vanishing, defect, want, negation."
"A person kneeling at a table, head turned, indicating that they are
unable to eat any more.")
Ningen no Zou
(Statue of Humanity)
The statue with the power to make Sanjiyans into human beings. The
humanification process requires three Sanjiyans: two are stripped of
their special powers, which are simultaneously transferred to the third
When the statue was made is not known. It certainly does not predate
humanity, as we are told. Also known as the Ningen Nouzo, this statue
has the power to transform a sanjiyan into human. The central object
of attention on the first two parts, but gets dumped aside in the later
parts in favor of the quest to recover Pai's memory. Why Benares didn't
go get the statue after the sanjiyan was out of his way? He already had
decided not to resurrect Kaiyan Wang. The statue collected dust in Hong
Kong for the rest of the series. Since the story's focus is elsewhere we
never get to know if Shun-li Kwong ever attempted to use the statue to
resurrect Kaiyan Wang.
Professor Fujii apparently found the statue during his journeys (perhaps
from Tibet) before meeting Pai and brought it into into Hong Kong, where he
left it in the care of Ling Ling Lee at the Yogekishu.
The statue packs a little surprise that is not mentioned in the OAVs :
three sanjiyuan are needed to activate it. Two of the sanjiyan that use the
statue lose their powers and become human while the third one gains the
powers. The whole series takes it's name from the fact that three sanjiyan
are needed : three times three eyes. Because only two sanjiyan are left on
the OAVs, the statue is in fact unusable...
Hyouma (Possessor Devil)
The Hyouma are a magic-using Indian clan who need the Sanjiyans to
reproduce. They are so powerful that babies will often possess their
mother while in the womb, causing shocking deformities. The Hyouma aided
Sanjiyans in battle, and in return Hyouma women were made "Wu". Thus, the
baby could be safely "killed" inside the womb and taken out before it
possessed the mother.|
The Hyouma live in a Butisvara, a fictional republic on the Indian
border. The leader of the clan is also the king of the country.
The Hyouma's power is to allow them to "merge" with other creatures or
monsters, and thus possess the power of that creature. They normally have
human form, but when necessary they can change form to harness the power
of "merged" creatures.
A device which will keep a Sanjiyan in a naive state and suppress the
dangerous, powerful personality. It also stops the Sanjiyan from worry
about anything (and he/she can easily defend themselves while wearing
It consists of a piece of cloth of palm's size with three holes for the
thumb, the middle finger and the tail finger to fit in. On the cloth,
there is a Sanskrit character.
The claw works in the following way for Pai [PY's conjecture]: Without
the claw, Sanjiyan comes out unpredicatably (although she does usually
when Pai is tired or asleep). With the claw, Sanjiyan is prevented from
emerging, so that she won't wreak havoc. In return, she can harness some
power of Sanjiyan by chanting some sanskrit spell. However, this power is
never up to the level of a wakened Sanjiyan. (That's why Pai was asked to
take off the claw when Galga seemed to be gaining the upper hand in
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