The Cheerful Reaper
"Wow, Tatsuya-kun, you totally suck at dying!"
→ Sylvia (No surname)
→ Grim Reaper, Shinigami, Valkyrie, and many names through out the ages.
→ Appears 17.
(Though as a 3rd generation reaper, she may have been around since the 12th century.)
→ "That's a silly, organic concept. We don't bleed."
→ N/A (Not a student)
- → Cheerful/Friendly
- → Teaser
- → Talkative/Chatterbox
- → Unexpectedly wise and insightful
- → Apathetic toward the inevitable human struggle against the current.
- → Slight "Yandere"ish tendencies. (Not possessive or jealous, just unsettling at times.)
- → Perhaps a bit lonely on some level.
Fate is fickle. There are many unaccounted variables, and "Bugs" in the system inherited by those extraplanor beings who oversee it. Sometimes, certain souls trigger false alarms when it comes to avoiding near death experiences. Then there are souls who make a reoccurring habit of it. Be they daredevils, or lucky combatants who charge into danger time and time again while miraculously always managing to survive, to those who dwell on the other side, this is akin to calling the fire department over five times a day just to a tell them there's been a mistake, go home each time. The souls of the dead can't always ferry themselves. Discarnates have a tendency to get whisked away by grims, demons, faeries, and astral beings who regularly interfere with the soul's samsaran cycle. Worse yet are the mortal souls who get stuck, and become earthbound. Hence, in these cases, it becomes necessary to keep a single psychopomp on full-time watch duty. To ensure that when the mortal's life does expire, they receive timely conveyance to the next life.
Of course the reason is two fold. You also want to make sure a mortal isn't cheating death with arcane powers, a demon hasn't been initiating contracts, or an earthly god isn't playing favorites. Aside from that, what more can a solitary creature like Sylvia say about herself? She's a third generation reaper, meaning she is human in her true appearance so as to help traumatically passed spirits relate to her. She likes old school RPG games, dancing, modern pop culture, and people watching. Time is not quite linear for her, but in order to try to relate to mortals, she likes to pretend it is, even going so far as to live her watches out in real time. After all, watching is all she could do from behind the third veil, a layer of reality beyond even the perception of earthly spirits, save for uniquely mortal souls who have officially lived out an incarnation and passed on. But ferrymen are built for solitude. So its alright, she can handle going a few hundred years before chatting someone's deceased ears off. Death in the 21st century happens just as it always has. Though people live longer with less danger, there's still more off them, and thus frequent work. Still, ever since being assigned to a certain protagonist in Akiyama who's soul is more than a little familiar to her, Sylvia can't quite shake the feeling sometimes that maybe Kai can see her. This shouldn't exactly be allowed to happen. Even to those who possess the second sight. Sure, mortals have done this before, but a mortal who was her first job, and who frequently trips the alarms only to narrowly avoid his demise over and over again? This could mean a few things. And all of them are a bit troubling to the subjectively young conveyer of his soul.
Syl-chan is one of five characters with an official route in the upcoming visual novel, Keepsake: Orison of the Falling Leaves. A VN that draws heavily on various themes from Japanese mythology, shinto philosophy, rural and urban sociology, and harmony. Its a story that will take the delinquent protagonist, Kai Tatsuya, his cowardly under-classmate, Sayuki Tachibana, and of course the Cheerful Psychopomp herself, Sylvia. Join them along with various others through their misadventures one fateful autumn in the mountain town of Akiyama. A growing mountain town that refuses to relinquish its stories, folklore, and old family mysteries to the passage of time. As they aid a kami of a "cursed" shrine in finding four lost family heirlooms in order to keep the balance between the interconnected lives of the spirits and mortal residents of Akiyama, they may uncover more about their town, their friends, and themselves than they ever wanted to know.
Sylvia is just one of many characters who you can watch grow through out the course of their autumn in Akiyama, in a supernatural, romantic comedy, slice of life, mystery. Your choices will shape Kai's actions through to the conclusion of his, and everyone else's journey. Will he come across something that could explain how he can see her? Will he find himself bargaining with Sylvia as he ends up hanging from his fingertips at a cliff's edge? Is she hiding some knowledge about his strange sleepwalking episodes? And just who will Kai find waiting for him at the cultural festival, when all is said and done? His cowardly kohai? The invasive journalist? The protective Typhoon Fist? The enigmatic vagrant? Or his mysteriously cheerful reaper Sylvia, ready to escort him to realms beyond mortal fathoming, showing him the true definition of eternal love?
Sprite Artist - KahoOkashii
Keepsake Logo/Background - ShojiAmasawa
Other edits - Chocopyro
Where do I go to learn more:
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