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Outsiders

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Game Fatal Frame II
Fatal Frame III
Deep Crimson Butterfly
Fatal Frame V
Kanji/Kana 客人(マレビト) (FF2 & FF5)
ニイナエ (FF3)
Alias(es) Marebito (FF2 & FF5)
Niinae (FF3)
Range of Age Varies
Occupation Visitors to Minakami Village, the Kuze shrine and Mount Hikami
Purpose May (un)willingly be used as participants in rituals and to produce heirs
Rituals Cutting Ritual & Hidden Ceremony (for Minakami Village)
Ghost Marriage (for Mount Hikami
Location Minakami Village, Kuze Shrine, Mount Hikami
Total Member Many

The term 'Outsiders' is used by the residents of Minakami Village and the Kuze Shrine to refer to strangers who visit.

Fatal Frame II / Deep Crimson Butterfly

In Minakami Village, visitors were for the most part treated with hostility and suspicion by the villagers,[1] who were forbidden to speak to outsiders about the village.(This may have included not only the rituals but recent village events, as in the case of Itsuki's imprisonment.)[2] Visitors were sometimes used as Kusabi sacrifices to calm the Hellish Abyss when it rumbled between Crimson Sacrifice Ceremonies.[3] Seijiro Makabe is one example. If the villagers intended to use the outsider as a Kusabi, they would give them an unusually warm welcome.[4]

Not all outsiders to the village were used as Kusabi (Ryozo Munakata and his father visited the village without incident, for example), but by the time of the Repentance, all Kusabi were outsiders.[5] This custom led to the village being feared as a place where people were spirited away.[6]

Known Outsiders

Possible Outsiders

  • Ryozo's father

Fatal Frame III

In the third game, "outsiders" is used as a term given to the men that were invited every few years to the Kuze Shrine to reproduce with a female member of the Kuze Family. This was done in the hope of producing a female heir to continue the Kuze family bloodline.[7]

An outsider was invited to stay as a guest at the Kuze Shrine until the snows of winter melt. During his stay, the outsider was only allowed into certain rooms, probably to ensure there was no chance that the Tattooed Priestess could see and fall in love with him. During the day the outsider was confined to his room, and at night he was received by the female heiress of the Kuze Shrine,[8] who might have been visited by many outsiders in the past.[9]

At the end of winter, the outsider was ostensibly forced to leave the manor.[10] Supplementary material suggests that these men tended to disappear without trace after their visit, and that Akito's death was not an exception to the rule but a continuation of an "unpleasant, long-standing custom."[11]

Known Outsiders

Possible Outsiders

Fatal Frame V

In Fatal Frame V, men were sometimes invited to the House of Joining on Mount Hikami to become the grooms of shrine maidens who had been sacrificed. This was thought to strengthen the maidens and ensure that their Pillar would last longer. The men would come bearing a token from their chosen maiden, or would choose her picture from among the others in the house. During the ceremony, the maiden's spirit would briefly return to the ordinary world. If he did not flinch from the sight of her covered in black water, and if she did not reject him, the wedding would proceed. After their souls had been joined, the Outsider would be placed into the reliquary with his bride. If the wedding failed for any reason, the man would be forced into a reliquary alone, his bones broken, and placed in the pile of boxes in the Forbidden Valley.

The only outsider to escape the mountain alive was Kunihiko Asou. He was invited to the House of Joining to take a photograph of one of the brides with his Camera Obscura, and although he fell in love with her, they never exchanged vows, and he was allowed to depart unharmed.

After the disaster that ruined the mountain, the solitary brides continued to wait in their reliquaries. The photograph taken by Kunihiko Asou eventually resurfaced, and men who saw it were captivated by the bride's beauty, just as he had been. Many such men were summoned to participate in the ceremony, but none of the unions were successful.

Miku Hinasaki also came to the House of Joining in the role of an Outsider. The fact that her intended groom was serving as a pillar far away from Mount Hikami did not appear to interfere with the procedure, and she was permitted to wed him and enter a reliquary of her own.

Note: Many laypeople came to the mountain seeking death, but they tend to be referred to as "pilgrims" rather than "outsiders".

Known Outsiders

Misc. Info

  • In the Japanese version of Fatal Frame II and Fatal Frame V, Outsiders are known as "marebito" (客人) - literally meaning "visitor". It is also a term used in Japanese folklore.
  • The Japanese term used in Fatal Frame III, "niinae", can mean "new seedling/sapling", which may refer to how the men were used to produce children.

References

  1. Tamashizume: Introduction, Zero Akai Chou Complete Official Capture Book p2-3 (English translation)
  2. Butterfly Diary 1, Fatal Frame II
  3. Ritual Tome, Fatal Frame II
  4. Bound Diary 3, Fatal Frame II
  5. Glossary: Hidden Ceremony, Zero Akaichou Master Guide p154-158 (English translation)
  6. Mio's Memo: Hidden Ceremony, Fatal Frame II
  7. Folklore Notes 1, Fatal Frame III
  8. Folklore Notes 2, Fatal Frame III
  9. Purple Diary 1, Fatal Frame III
  10. Folklore Notes 3, Fatal Frame III
  11. Yuu's Notes 4, Zero Shisei no Koe Complete Official Capture Book

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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
Characters
Player Characters
Yuri Kozukata - Miu Hinasaki - Ren Hojo - Ayane
Major Characters/Ghosts
Dr. Kunihiko Asou - Hisoka Kurosawa - Fuyuhi Himino - Haruka Momose - Kazuya Sakaki - Keiji Watarai - Kyozo Kururugi‎ - Miku Hinasaki - Ose Kurosawa - Rui Kagamiya - Shiragiku - Tsumugi Katashina
Minor Characters/Ghosts
Akari Narumi - Akira Oinuma - Chiaki - Emi Mikomori - Flamekeepers - Funeral Celebrant - Guardian - Hiori Magabuchi - Hiromichi Kashima - Honoka Mikomori - Inori Mikomori - Kirika Reizen - Koji Kakimoto - Koto Okudera - Kyoko Narumi - Mafuyu Hinasaki - Masaki Tsujiura - Mizue Fukatsu - Nao Migiwa - Natsuho - Pale Mistress - Sachi Iyama - Shadow-touched - Shino Kururugi - Shion - Shiranui - Shizuku Mikomori - Shizuma Amaki - Tadahito Koizumi - Tall Woman - Tomoki Harakawa - Tsuyuno - Twisted Guardian - Wedding Celebrant - Yukiho Tomine - Yurine Uno
Terms
Asou Family - Black water - Boat of Passage - Bridegroom - Children of the Shrine - Dark Sun - Forbidden Flame - Effigy - Ghost Marriage - Hinasaki Family - Immortal Flower - Kurosawa Family - Maiden of Black Water - Mikomori-san - Netherworld - Returning to Water - Pillars - Postmortem Photography - Pure Water - Reliquary - Shadowborn - Shadow Reading - Tokens
Locations
Mount Hikami
Hall of Fire - Hikami Tunnel - House of Joining - Forbidden Valley - Lake of the Departed - Mikomori Hot Springs - Mikomori Pond - Mount Hikami Cable Car - Pool of Purification - Rear Shrine of Dolls - Shadowspring - Shrine of Dolls - Shrine of the Ephemeral - Shrine on the Water - Twilit Peak - Unfathomable Forest - Watarai Residence - Womb Cavern
Elsewhere
Hojo House - Kurosawa's Antiques - Mikomori Region - Mount Kagiroi
Gameplay
Ghost Hands - Glancing - Purifying Embers - Spirit Fragments - Spirit List - Tainted - Traces - Wetness
Music
Higanbana - Song of Memories - Torikago -In This Cage-
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Chapters - Costumes - Endings - Game Notes - Items - Memo - Zero Media Mix