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Yatagarasu's Feather

Origin

Yatagarasu Crow

Type

Feather

Effects

Causes insanity

Downsides

Effects

Activation

Seeing it

Collected by

Agents Bering and Donovan

Section

The Dark Vault

Aisle

Podium 47

Date of Collection

August 20, 2012

[Source]


OriginsEdit

The Yatagarasu is the Japan's name for the three-legged crow of legend. It is also the name of the Crow God himself and is symbolic specifically of guidance. The Japanese Emperor Jimmu is said to have received guidance from Yatagarasu, whose traditional form is that of the three-legged crow. It is most often found in East Asian legends and is most associated with the sun, where the legends say the crow inhabits. The legends are focused in China, Japan and Korea.

Emperor Jimmu was the first emperor of Japan, according to legend. His accession is traditionally dated as 660 BC. He is said to be a descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu through her grandson Ninigi, as well as a descendant of the storm god Susanoo. According to legend, he was born in 711 BC, ascended to the throne in 660 BC and reigned until his death in 585 BC. He used the guidance of a three-legged crow called "Yatagarasu" to win the final victory which allowed his ascension to the throne of Japan.

EffectsEdit

The Feather radiates a golden glow which causes permanent insanity when gazed upon. Agents report the sound of crows cawing from the artifact when a certain proximity is reached.

Storage and HandlingEdit

Stored in an area of the Dark Vault where the agents are not often in, and it is backed into a corner where you will see the light shine before seeing the artifact itself. The Bound and Stuffed Doll is on a podium just beyond the Feather.

Neutralizer gloves and goggles are mandatory. If the neutralizer field gets disabled for any length of time, the light the artifact emits becomes brighter; avoid the area until the field becomes active again or until the proper safety precautions are taken (consult the Warehouse supervisor for further details). If removing from the field, store in a neutralizer container with the lid shut at all times until ready to place back.

TriviaEdit

  • While the effects may not make sense from the point of view of the Japanese legend of the three-legged crow, the main Chinese legend appears to reveal the origin of this feather. See "Sun Crow in Chinese Mythology
  • Normal sunglasses will not protect against the insanity. Please do not test this for yourself.
  • This artifact was never seen directly, but the glow was visible in the episode "[episode needed]".
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