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Old 2007-10-19, 10:04   Link #24
Kinny Riddle
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Join Date: Apr 2004
Mistes (Some spell Mystes, but that's up to each person's preferences)

Mistes are a special type of Torch in that they carry Hougus (Treasure Device), special tools used by Denizens and Flame Hazes for all sorts of purposes. (I'll write more in the Hougu entry. ) Mistes are no different from Torches in that they burn out eventually, and the person who has turned into a Mistes would be forgotten.

When the Mistes's flame is extinguished, whether gradually or forcibly terminated, the Hougu inside would be randomly transferred to another Mistes.

Depending upon the function of the Hougu being stored, some Mistes may be able to move in a Fuuzetsu or even prolong their flames. Sakai Yuji is the only Mistes able to live perpetually thanks to the Reiji Maigo inside him.

Tenmoku Ikko

Special mention must be given to the Mistes known as Tenmoku Ikko. Not a lot is known about him, save that he used to be a swordsmith that came to know of the Crimson World and the battle between Flame Hazes and Crimson Denizens. So fascinated was he by the intense battle that he decided to pour all his energy and existence into forging the Hougu katana - Nietono no Shana, which contains some of his PoE.

Some say he and the samurai armour he wears are one of the same person, some say his PoE fused with that of the samurai that wore the fearsome looking armour. In any case, one thing is clear: swordsmith was so determined in giving the katana to someone worthy enough of wielding it, he was willing to sacrifice his existence and become a Mistes on his own will.

He travelled for ages, attacking both Crimson Denizens and Flame Hazes indiscriminately in search of a worthy owner for his katana. Since he's a Mistes, his presence could not be sensed easily by both Denizens and Flame Hazes, coupled with the fact that he can move in a Fuuzetsu, making him the most feared Mistes in history.

It's never explained how his flame managed to go on for so long. One explanation is that he consumes Denizens that he slices and eats their PoE along with them. This could also explain why normal humans don't seem to notice him, for technically he's still a Torch, so his existence is not as strong as a normal humans, but just enough to keep him moving "mindlessly" in search of the "Strong One".

In the end, he finally got his wish by battling the Flame Haired Burning Eyed Assassin, and she then becomes the current owner of the katana. Her name also being derived from this blade years later by Yuji.

Trivia: Tenmoku Ikko's name (天目一個) is based on a god in Japanese mythology - Ame no Hitotsu no Kami (天目一箇神, literally "The One-Eyed God", a fitting name since Tenmoku Ikko only has one glowing eye). The kanji is similar but unlike the god which used the kunyomi spelling, author Takahashi used the onyomi spelling for Tenmoku Ikko.

Japanese wikipedia entry for Ame no Hitotsu no Kami
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