Ama No Jaku

The Book of Names - Ama-no-Jaku

The name of Ama-no-Jaku is…
Self.

The heralds of Ama-no-Jaku are…
A crisis of identity; Conflict, tempers-running-high and disharmony among spirits; Fundamental principals becoming permeable; A perception of solitude, real or imagined.

The weapons of Ama-no-Jaku are…
Your own mind, body and senses; Her ability to take the form of anyone whose name she says aloud; Her surprising strength and knife-like fangs.

You turn Ama-no-Jaku aside by…
Causing her to doubt herself; praising her, flattering her and catering to the appetites of her current form; Distracting her by causing her to assume a particularly fascinating or unusual new form.

Ama-no-Jaku kills you by…
Stealing your form, overpowering you and either devouring you or skewering your carcass like a shrike; Turning your mind in on itself until you are trapped in an oubliette of your own thoughts and dreams, to wither away and die; Blinding you to the wickedness of the world and the evils of your own heart, then steering you toward a bad end.

Ama-no-Jaku is drawn to…
That which professes Innocence and naivety; That which professes supreme wickedness; Those whose thoughts make the world.

Ama-no-Jaku hungers for…
Shapes to steal and passionate emotions and hungers to experience; Temporal or mystical power to wield; Deeds and atrocities which will spread her name and further her infamy.

You may kill Ama-no-Jaku by…
Tricking her into saying “Ama-no-Jaku” out loud. (Her own name has no form to steal.); Giving in to violent, unreasoning frenzy, striking her down, chopping her to pieces and leaving the bloody chunks to be devoured by birds; Confining her to a place of complete solitude and scourging her memory until she forgets all the names she knows. (Without names to give her form, she will cease to be.)

Ama-no-Jaku is reborn when…
A sacred child is born from a piece of fruit; A prophet or god purges themselves of wickedness; Someone commits their first murder under the stars, flees to the far roofs during the night, forgets their name, and takes on the name Ama-no-Jaku.

You may escape the attention of Ama-no-Jaku by…
Having no desires or passions to indulge and no power worth taking; Suppressing your sapience or keeping her from finding out your name.

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