While they are not "natural" to Lyth, our little spirits have somehow found themselves in these realms alongside the different Lythians already residing here. Perhaps someone also managed to create one in this world...? No matter the case, these spiritual guardians are nothing if adaptable and look forward to protecting their new shrines.
Fuwa Bozu are small spirits reborn from the souls of recently-deceased animals. They are created when a being with pure intent places a handkerchief — or another sheet of material — over the dead creature's body. If successful, the animal returns in the form of a spiritual guardian, who is now bound to their master's soul, which the critters refer to as their "shrine." It then becomes their lifelong goal to care for, nurture, tend to, and protect that shrine until death do them part.
(You can read their full species guide here
- Their features must resemble the animal they were created from (with some leeway for stylistic choices).
- Please state their specific species (eg, Siamese cat, not just cat) in the Additional Notes upon submission.
- They have a round face hole, sheet body, and flesh-material ears.
- Fuwa Bozu have flesh forepaws, which can be enlarged.
- Their hindpaws are made of string or other entwined fabrics.
The following variant features are in addition to the core features above, and do not completely override them unless explicitly stated. Variants that require special items to create have their respective items pictured. (Click on the images to be taken to their item catalog entries.)
- Common Fuwa Bozu are reborn from mammals or birds.
- Refer to the base Core Features for everything else related to Common Fuwa Bozu.
- Uncommon Fuwa Bozu are reborn from all previous classes, amphibians, reptiles, and fish.
- They can have shaped face holes (eg, hearts, stars, etc.) that are outside the usual circular openings.
- They may have unusual patterns and/or coloration not found naturally on their original animal.
- These Fuwa Bozu may have any number of missing limbs; some have no limbs.
- Instead of flesh forepaws, their appendages may be made of fabric.
- Rare Fuwa Bozu are reborn from all previous classes and arthropods.
- Their sheet bodies may be made of unusual, non-fabric materials such as metal, foods, paper, etc.
- They may have fleshy hindlimbs instead of string ones.
- Unnatural growth (eg, flora, gems, etc.) may be found anywhere on the Fuwa Bozu.
- They may also use Uncommon features.
- Mythical Fuwa Bozu are reborn from all previous classes and extinct or mythical creatures.
- Their pupils may have shapes not naturally found in nature, such as hearts, stars, crosses, etc.
- They can mix-and-match traits that wouldn't be present on their base animal (eg, a mouse with a fish tail).
- The fleshy parts of their body may be translucent or transparent.
- They may also use Rare and Uncommon features.
* Variants marked with an asterisk require an additional item to create. Please see the Core Features tab for more information.
⁂ Variants marked with three asterisks require an additional step to create. Please click the Mythical Ascension Quest button for more information.
* Please see the Core Features tab for more information.
To grow your baby Fuwa Bozu, you'll need to complete their Origin Story Quest!
The first Fuwa Bozu was created purely by accident when a woman encountered a small mouse, lying dead in the middle of the road. She immediately wanted to put the animal to rest, but was tentative to touch it, so took out her handkerchief; she then proceeded to pick up the mouse with the cloth and wrap it up, planning to carry it somewhere more peaceful. However, before she could even stand up, it began to move.
The mouse had come back to life!
It now took on a slightly different form, with what was originally the lady's handkerchief now serving as its body, as well as its spirit's anchor to the word of the living. It had reawakened because the woman had bared her soul at it, showing it a raw tenderness that was so rare in this guarded world, where people had grown afraid to open their hearts, in fear of getting hurt. The mouse spirit promised itself to the woman, whose soul it described as a shrine, perfect for a little monk such as itself to devote its life to guarding.
It is said that to this day, the mouse still guards its "shrine," and will do so until the day she dies.
See more information about origin story quests on the Origin Stories page.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a Fuwa Bozu that was created and approved on DeviantArt before
May 2019, you may add them into the ARPG by filing a support ticket
. In the ticket, be sure to include a link to their image, as well as proof (eg, DA masterlist entry, transfer screenshots, or Toyhou.se ownership logs) on when and how you obtained them.
You may credit Raishiteru as the creator, but this is optional! As they are an open-source species, they are public domain, so do not technically have an "owner." Designer and artist credits, however, should still go to whoever made the design or artwork.
Yes! There is no limit to how many Fuwa Bozu there can be of a single animal.
Yes! Fuwa Bozu can be freely redesigned, like other Companions, but 1) must remain at the same rarity (or lower) unless a trait upgrade item is applied, and 2) cannot have their base animal changed (eg, a crow Fuwa Bozu cannot be redesigned into a pigeon).
Nope! Fuwa Bozu appear to be naturally immune to Buzimews. No one is sure why, but reports say that the parasite will actively avoid these spirits. As a result, Lythians may keep them as Companions, in order to ward off infection.
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under "Species Questions" or "Art & Design Questions!"
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