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Kusabi

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Game Fatal Frame II, Fatal Frame III, Fatal Frame: Deep Crimson Butterfly
Kanji/Kana 楔 (くさび)
Alias(es) ✻✻, Rope Man, Wedge Man, The Bound Man
Range of Age Varies
Occupation Outsiders / Sacrifice
Purpose To temporarily calm the Hellish Abyss by being sacrificed.
Rituals Cutting Ritual & Hidden Ceremony
Location Minakami Village
Total Member Many have been created

The Kusabi was an outsider, offered as a human sacrifice to appease the Hellish Abyss in All God's Village. A Kusabi was needed when there were no twins available to perform the Crimson Sacrifice Ritual. The Kusabi's calming effect on the Hellish Abyss was only temporary, and was meant to suffice until a proper Crimson Sacrifice could be offered. The first Kusabi was not an outsider, but rather a Ceremony Master who performed the first Cutting Ritual by slashing himself and sacrificing his own body.

In Fatal Frame II and Fatal Frame: Deep Crimson Butterfly the vengeful ghost of the last Kusabi to be sacrificed, Seijiro Makabe, is encountered. Although his ritual succeeded, it did not calm the Hellish Abyss as much as the villagers had hoped. After Sae Kurosawa's Crimson Sacrifice Ritual failed, Seijiro Makabe's spirit, alongside Sae's, returned from the Abyss. The vengeful spirit ransacked the Kurosawa House and slashed all the people in the Great Hall, as well as those who tried to flee, to death.

The Kusabi's spirit, called Rope Man, or The Bound Man in Fatal Frame: Deep Crimson Butterfly, serves as one of the two possible final bosses of the game.

Fatal Frame II

Hidden Ceremony

The Cutting Ritual

The first phase of the Hidden Ceremony was the Cutting Ritual, which took place in the Rope Temple. During the Cutting Ritual, the Kusabi's body was slashed in ritualistic torture by the staffs of the Veiled Priests, and he was made into a Buddha. It was believed that the more the individual suffered, the greater the calming effect on the Hellish Abyss.

After being tortured in the Cutting Ritual, the Kusabi was bound with rope, and his body was lowered into the Hellish Abyss. In order for the ritual to succeed, the Kusabi still had to be alive at this point.

Failed Kusabi

Many Kusabi failed to survive the Cutting Ritual. Since the Kusabi must be alive whilst being lowered into the Hellish Abyss, those who died were not considered suitable offerings. Their bodies are buried in the Underground Passageway.

Known Victims of the Kusabi

Add more here, even if they are "hidden ghosts" that say they were victims of the Kusabi, but aren't listed here.

Fatal Frame III

A shot of Kusabi from FF3

A Kusabi also appears in Fatal Frame III during the Minakami Village parts. This Kusabi, however, is different in appearance and it is likely that it is not Seijiro Makabe, but a previous Kusabi sacrifice.

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Misc. Information

  • The Kusabi is one of the very few enemies in the series that instantly kills you with one touch.
  • The Kusabi also goes by the name 'Rope Man' in the Zero Akaichou Master Guide.
  • In Fatal Frame II the Kusabi cannot be harmed until the battle with him, at the end of the final chapter.
  • The ropes used to bind the Kusabi in the Cutting Ritual are sacred braided rice straw ropes with zig-zag paper streamers (注連縄, shimenawa and 紙垂, shide, respectively), and are used in the Shinto religion to mark sacred spaces.
  • The Kusabi's body in ghost form is covered with talismans (御札, ofuda).
  • In Fatal Frame II, the Kusabi's spirit was called a wraith by the creators. A wraith is a ghost that returns to avenge its own death, bringing misfortune or death to anyone who sees it. They are often considered omens of doom or coming destruction.
  • In Fatal Frame II, the Kusabi's spirit has no right arm where it should be. His arm can clearly be seen tied to his body in the inverse direction. It may have been removed during the Cutting Ritual and then tied together with his body before being thrown into the Hellish Abyss.
  • The name Kusabi itself means "wedge, link pin".

See Also


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Characters
Player Characters
Mio Amakura - Mayu Amakura
Major Characters/Ghosts
Sae Kurosawa - Yae Kurosawa - The Kusabi - Seijiro Makabe - Itsuki Tachibana - Dr. Kunihiko Asou - Chitose Tachibana - Miyako Sudo - Masumi Makimura - Akane Kiryu - Twin Doll - Ryokan Kurosawa
Minor Characters/Ghosts
Ryozo Munakata - Yoshitatsu Kiryu - Azami Kiryu - Mutsuki Tachibana - Veiled Priests - Mourners - Utsuro - Woman in Box - Fallen Woman - Limbo Man - Limbo Woman - Sunken Woman - Broken Neck Woman - Minakami Villagers - Children Playing Tag - Man In Dark - Woman in Dark - Escaping Twins - Hanging Twins
Terms
Altar Twins - Camera Obscura - Crimson Sacrifice Ritual - Crimson Sacrifice - Crimson Butterfly - Cutting Ritual - Folklorist - Hidden Ceremony - Kiryu Family - Kurosawa Family - Osaka Family - Outsiders - Remaining - Spirit Stone Radio - Spirited Aways - Tachibana Family - The Darkness - The Repentance - Tsuchihara Family - Twin Shrine Maidens
Locations
All God's Village - Cell - Earth Bridge - Heaven Bridge - Hellish Abyss - Kiryu House - Kureha Shrine - Kurosawa House - Minakami Cemetery - Minakami Dam - Misono Hill - Old Tree - Osaka House - Rope Temple - Storehouse - Tachibana House - Twin Houses - Twins' Room - Underground Passageway - Whisper Bridge
Gameplay
Camera Obscura - FPS Camera Obscura - Save points - Spirit Orbs - Spirit List - Lenses - Spirit Stones - Functions - Films - Flashlight - Health items
Music
Tsukiko Amano - Chou - Sacrificial Song
More Pages
Chapters - Items - Notes - Photographs - Costumes - Endings - Mio's Memo
Characters and Ghosts
Player Characters
Rei Kurosawa - Miku Hinasaki - Kei Amakura
Major Characters/Ghosts
Reika Kuze - Amane Kuze - Kaname Ototsuki - Yoshino Takigawa - Yuu Asou - Yashuu Kuze - Akito Kashiwagi - Kyouka Kuze - Hisame Kuze - Shigure Kuze - Minamo Kuze - Mio Amakura - Mayu Amakura - Mafuyu Hinasaki
Minor Characters/Ghosts
Ruri - Dr. Kunihiko Asou - Tengai Narumi - Naoya - Masumi Makimura - Miyako Sudo - Ozawa - Serizawa - Musubi Osaka - Tsuzuri Osaka - Makie Kuzuhara - Kozue Kuzuhara - Kiriko Asanuma - Shizu Amakura - Engravers - Men in White - Kizuna Himuro - The Kusabi - Stroller Grandma - Black Shadow - Engraved Men
Terms
Amakura Family - Asou Family - Boat of Passing - Camera Obscura - Crimson Butterfly - Echo Stone Earrings - Final Impalement - Handmaidens - Handmaiden's Song - Himuro Family - Impalement Ritual - Impaling the Sin - Indigo ink - Ink of the soul - Igushi Doll - Kushimi Doll - Kuze Code - Kuze Family - Lost Patients - Miasma - Outsiders - Piercing of the Soul - Red ink - Rite of Commandment - Rite of Spirits - Sacrificial Pillars - Snake & Holly Tattoo - Spirit Tree - Spirited Aways - Tattooed Curse - Tattooed Priestess - The Rift - Rite of Purple Ink - The Tearing - The Unleashing - Worshippers
Locations
Rei's House
Altar Room - Bathroom - Darkroom - Doorway - Kitchen - Living Room - Miku's Room - Rei's Room - Yuu's Room
Dream World
Abyss - Abyss of the Horizon - Bell Hallway - Blind Room - Book Storeroom - Cell - Chamber of Thorns - Doll Altars - Confinement Room - Enclosed Room - Engraving Shrine - Fish Tank Room - Futon Room - Grand Hall - Grave Courtyard - Hall with Tatami - Hanging Prison - Hearth Room - House of Sleep - Kimono Room - Kuze Shrine - Last Passage - Library - Osaka House - Partitioned Room - Projection Room - Rift Shrine - Room with Blind - Rope Altar - Rope Hallway - Rope Temple - Shrine of Sleep - Spirit Tree Garden - Stained Corridor - Stairs Hallway - Tattoo Altar - Twins' Room - Well Room - Wooden Figure Room
Other
Kukaiji Temple - Minakami Dam - Myojin Village - Katsuragi Hospital
Gameplay
Camera Obscura - Save points - Films - Flashlight - Lenses - Functions - Special Abilities - Spirit list - Health items
Music
Tsukiko Amano - Koe - Handmaiden's Song
More Pages
Hours - Items - Notes - Photographs - Costumes - Endings - Rei's Notebook
Characters
Player Characters
Mio Amakura - Mayu Amakura
Major Characters/Ghosts
Sae Kurosawa - Yae Kurosawa - The Kusabi - Seijiro Makabe - Itsuki Tachibana - Dr. Kunihiko Asou - Chitose Tachibana - Miyako Sudo - Masumi Makimura - Akane Kiryu - Twin Doll - Ryokan Kurosawa
Minor Characters/Ghosts
Ryozo Munakata - Kureha - Yoshitatsu Kiryu - Azami Kiryu - Mutsuki Tachibana - Veiled Priests - Mourners - Woman in Box - Fallen Woman - Limbo Man - Limbo Woman - Sunken Woman - Broken Neck Woman - Minakami Villagers - Children Playing Tag - Man In Dark - Woman in Dark - Escaping Twins - Hanging Twins
Terms
Altar Twins - Camera Obscura - Crimson Sacrifice Ritual - Crimson Sacrifice - Crimson Butterfly - Cutting Ritual - Folklorist - Hidden Ceremony - Kiryu Family - Kurosawa Family - Osaka Family - Outsiders - Remaining - Shadow Festival - Spirit Stone Radio - Spirited Aways - Tachibana Family - The Darkness - The Repentance - Tsuchihara Family - Twin Shrine Maidens - Sacrificial Song
Locations
Abyss - Cell - Decayed Tree - Deep Path - Earth Bridge - Heaven Bridge - Kiryu House - Kureha Shrine - Kurosawa House - Minakami Cemetery - Minakami Village - Misono Hill - Mizukami Dam - Osaka House - Rope Temple - Storehouse - Tachibana House - Twin Houses - Twins' Room - Whisper Bridge
Gameplay
Camera Obscura - Dark Return - Haunted House Mode - Health items - Films - Flashlight - Functions - Lenses - Night Shop - Save points - Spirit List - Spirit Stones
Music
Tsukiko Amano - Kurenai - Sacrificial Song
More Pages
Chapters - Items - Notes - Photographs - Costumes - Endings - Mio's Memo