- 1 Profile
- 2 Role
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Forms and Alternate Versions
- 5 Development
- 6 References
Murasaki Shikibu was a Japanese novelist, poet and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial court during the Heian period. She is best known as the author of The Tale of Genji, written in Japanese between about 1000 and 1012.
A writer and poet in the Heian Period.
The exact circumstances of her life is unknown.
She has written works such as “The Tale of Genji”, “Lady Murasaki Collection” and “The Diary of Lady Murasaki”.
Her poems are also selected for the “Later Collection of Gleanings of Japanese Poems” as well as subsequent poem anthologies.
She was born to Fujiwara no Tametoki, a scholar in Han studies and a poet. With her lineage on her father’s side renowned for being academics (Her paternal great-grandfather, Fujiwara no Kanesuke, was not only active as a poet, but also penned chronicles and other works like both volumes of “The Chronicles of Prince Shōtoku”, (and was known by the moniker of ’The Riverside Middle Counselor’), it would be obvious how she would be raised to be acquainted to books and texts.
Married to Fujiwara no Nobutaka – who was significantly older than her – in her twenties, she bore him a son, before he dies three years into their marriage.
Kaoruko (Shikibu), who was thus widowed at a young age, started writing a story during the Autumn of that same year; namely ――― her opus “The Tale of Genji”, which spans 54 volumes in total.
Murasaki is gracious and eloquent woman in appearance, curvaceous with her large chest as the most prominent feature. From the little exposed skin, she appears to be rather pale.
Matching her name, her eyes are deep purple. Her incredibly long hair is brown, and splits into multiple long strands that curl rather unnaturally. She has bangs over her forehead, and hairbands decorated with large blue orbs with a purple spiral, tie her hair into cute, ear-like buns.
Her outfit is a beautiful gothic-style dress, the colors consisting mainly of black with blue and purple as complementary ones. The dress's skirt has a spiraled frill all around it. The torso is similar to a corset. The shoulder cloths are large and baggy, and the sleeves are large and open. The under-chest area is clad in the same material as that of the torso, while the over-chest is composed of a brown material. The dress goes up to her neck, and it possesses an ornamental amethyst over her sternum. On her hips are a blue ornament with a purple spiral, attaching long black and blue strips of cloth to her body. She wears a blue purse with a white diamond pattern tied around her waist by a string of beads. Murasaki holds a black umbrella with a blue underside with her right hand.
In her second Ascension, the umbrella is discarded. Murasaki now wears a pair of black rimmed glasses over her eyes and a chessboard-patterned cloak with wide sleeves over her body. Around her upper body is now a purple rope tied around her.
In her third Ascension, Murasaki changes radically. Her hair goes from brown to black and the curls disappear, growing incredibly long and bending upwards like a wave. Her dress is replaced by a multi-layered, multi-colored kimono, consisting of the colors: pink, red, orange, green, and many shades similar to those. Her glasses disappear, and now a glowing purple insignia floats above her head. One of the long skirts of the layers of the kimono resembles a paper fan. She now holds a fan in her right hand, depicting a bonsai tree.
Murasaki attempts to portray an air of elegance, though she is quite clumsy. She deeply enjoys reading, especially books that were written outside of her native country and time. She resents the existence of digital books and prefers paper books. She also holds a fair amount of respect for fellow authors.
The well-mannered “studious” type of woman.
Well raised and of good judgement. Discreet.
Loves reading. Also loves writing stories sparklingly with the elegance of love and poetry.
Is methodical and keeps a diary (a quite realistic diary).
Normally acts as a “librarian with a composed demeanor” but merrily bursts into poem when the subject becomes certain particular stories, particular books, particular feelings.
Her favorite stories are The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter and The Tales of Ise.
It is believed that Murasaki Shikibu’s character description was inspired by The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter and her presentation, plotting and characterization all heavily inspired by The Tales of Ise. Those aside, it’s believed that she also took inspirations from multiple other sources, like Bai Letian’s Bai Shi Wenji and Records of the Grand Historian, and that the conversations where Hikaru Genji seduces women are inspired by the T’ang romance tale Youxianku.
As for poetry, her three favorite compilations are Kokinshuu, Gosenshuu and Shuuishuu.
She was a loving fan of many poem anthologies since when she was alive.
Since she’s been summoned to Chaldea, she has been enjoying acting as a librarian. And in the meanwhile, she grew to love stories and poems from eras and regions other than her own, spending all of her free time absorbed in their reading.
Murasaki is summoned shortly after Novum Chaldea is formally established, and she quickly creates a workshop in the form of an expansive library, with herself as the librarian. Both Chaldean personnel and Servants enthusiastically take to the opportunity to read physical books in lieu of the digital records that had been available until this point. Murasaki also sets up a writing class, which Mash Kyrielight participates in to write a letter to Ritsuka Fujimaru expressing her thoughts and feelings.
In this Lostbelt, Murasaki is one of the Masters in battle, with Charles Babbage as her Servant.
Valentine 2019 Voice & Letter Collection - Murasaki Shikibu and the 7 Cursed Books
A Study in the Dubious Meiho-sou
Murasaki conducts a play featuring various Servants as actors. When an amnesiac Servant stumbles upon them, Murasaki agrees to let him join and gives him the name "Salazar," which is the name of his assigned character.
As director and scriptwriter, Murasaki is essential to the production of the play. However, Murasaki suddenly collapses after drinking a glass of grape juice. Suspicion immediately falls on Salazar as he was the one to serve the drinks. The film assistant, James Moriarty, confesses to preparing the drinks himself but he denies poisoning Murasaki. Sherlock Holmes appears as a hologram to inform the group it was an accident.
As the other Servants resume the play with some minor changes to the script, Salazar eventually discovers his true identity: the pirate Bartholomew Roberts.
Most of her spells are activated via drawing a pentacle (or, as the Japanese know it, a Seimei star) in the story. Muraski was acquaintances with Abe-no-Seimei, who taught her onmyōdō, which is how she knows various spells to use against enemies. This is why she marks her spells with the pentacle, or the Seimei star. It’s implied that her Onmyoudou skills were lackluster when she was alive, but they were powered up due to her summon in the Caster Class, so she can do a lot that she couldn’t before, such as turning her own room into a luxury suite that was recreated based on Chaldea's database on Luluhawa's hotel rooms.
She uses a feather duster and an unrolled scroll in one of her attacks. In her later forms, she attacks with hand fans by throwing or slashing enemies with them. In her third Ascension form, she rides on a hovering Japanese style cloud-like platform.
- Territory Creation (Rank C+): Ranked B+ only when creating a book paradise, like a library or an archive.
- Item Construction (Rank C): It’s possible to construct items, up to a certain level, as long as these items are related to Onmyoudou, specifically the branch of Onmyoudou Seimei taught her.
- Verse of the Great Poet (Rank A): is one of the Personal Skills of Caster. It acts the same as another skill among the Caster-Class, High-Speed Incantation. However, its abilities vary, it allows the user to write at an acceled speed, but in order to use it, the user must also 'speak' in some form.
- Curse Arts (Lyric) (Rank D+): A lesser-scale Curse Arts skill. While it does not directly use influences from Japan, it allows ones own words to be used as a form of Magecraft. It is not known about the direct-degree of which this skill preforms, but it is known her personality heavily limits this skill.
Murasaki Shikibu seemed to have some knowledge of Onmyoudou and you can notice she included some elements of it in a few sections of The Tale of Genji. Speaking in modern terms, she was that kind of author who “actually studies magecraft to write a novel with magecraft in it”.
- The Diary of Lady Murasaki (Rank B): acts as a 'repertoire' of knowledge for Caster. From the Heian Peroid, the knowledge is collected. It is said this skill directly affects her library, storing it with the general books she had taken inspiration from. Whether it be love novels, drama, or merely a small book of fables, she never seems to run out of sources to inspire her.
Ever since she was summoned, she chronicles every event that happened in her days here, be them good or bad. By revising and falsifying the past composed in this diary, it’s possible to cancel a fixed amount damage and injury. “I’ll pretend this never happened.”However, the targets and amount of time reversed need to fulfill several requisites. Actually a Noble Phantasm, but displayed in-game as a Skill.
Special Abilities (Curses)
Murasaki Shikibu can add captions explaining the words and actions of a selected target.
The captions start expositing entirely on their own.
In one way, this can be considered the most powerful curse Abe-no-Seimei taught her. Oh, that terrible man.
Here’s a practical example of how it works!
Andersen: “Oranges? Why should I care? Ridiculous. My fingers would get all smudged.” Caption: “Despite what he says, this boy actually loves himself some sweet oranges.”
Osakabehime: “Heh, so that’s how it is, hehe (smirk)”
Murasaki Shikibu “AH… Not again…!”
Andersen: “? What’s wrong with your faces?”
That’s the most terrifying part: the person with the captions can’t read them!
They're only visible for the people around the target!
How shameful, how despicable! NNNNNNNN, damned be that wretched Abe-no-Seimei!
However, this has one limitation: it’s unable to write lies.
Only the truth can ever appear in the captions.
Forms and Alternate Versions
A mysterious widow clad in a dark-colored swimsuit.
The words spilled from her lips are enigmatic, cold, and foreshadow the creeping bizarreness. Will anyone survive this summer journey? ―――
In the end, that’s the impression of her outfit. It’s not like Rider Murasaki Shikibu is the culprit or mastermind of any case.
“A bewitching widow in a black swimsuit”
“A suspicious sailor uniform girl”
“A woman with a Showa idol-style swimsuit”, the multiple appearances chosen by Murasaki Shikibu for this summer, all of them are just outfits. Put it simply, she enjoys assuming this kind of appearances.
In other words
As a result of having read every story related to summer,
Murasaki Shikibu has become well-informed in detective novels and horror stories, and moreover in horror films to a certain extent. When summer ends, she should quietly return to the usual librarian Murasaki Shikibu, but…
Unexpectedly, she liked it and may wear it indefinitely. Of course not as her usual clothes,but in the interior of the secret library, or in the private area behind the desk, she secretly changes her clothes and enjoys it. If you see her by chance, try saying “You can make them your usual clothes without restraint”. She’ll surely be happy. If you say “You can wear cosplay in front of others without holding back”, you’ll see Murasaki Shikibu denying that it’s cosplay for some reason.
- Riding (Rank B+): No information available.
- Summer Night Black Widow (Rank EX): A skill highly related to the aspect of her first Ascension. A widow that suspiciously smiles at summer nights, AKA a black widow! It’s an appearance with the motif of a mysterious mistress of a mansion that appears in detective novels, specially the one that is similar to “the culprit”, but it’s not like she is the culprit of any case in particular. Put it simply she’s just enjoying her cosplay.
- Bizarre Hobby (Summer) (Rank C++): A skill highly related to the appearance of her second Ascension. As a result of having become intimate with detective novels and horror stories, summer Murasaki Shikibu “I see, this is a modern outfit of summer…” acquired a unique preference for uniforms.
- Literary Maiden (Summer) (Rank A): A skill greatly related to her third Ascension appearance. As a result of having experienced several old films, summer Murasaki Shikibu “I see, this is a modern outfit for summer…” Became interested in Japanese Showa idols, especially in their summer outfits.
- Murasaki's Noble Phantasm is Sotoori Hime - Spider's Demeanour.