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Medjed poster.

"To the Phantom Thieves causing an uproar in Japan: Do not speak of your false justice. We do not need the spread of such falsehood. We are the true executors of justice. However, we are magnanimous. We will give you an opportunity to repent your ways. If you agree to a change of heart, we will accept you as our own. If you reject our offer, the hammer of justice will find you. We are Medjed. We are unseen. We will eliminate evil."
—Medjed, Persona 5

Medjed (メジエド, Mejiedo)? is a group of hackers in Persona 5.

History

Medjed is a minor Ancient Egyptian deity who was depicted in the Book of the Dead. Not much is known about him and the main source of information is the Greenfield Papyrus. Medjed is depicted as a figure covered in large bland cloth with only the eyes and legs visible; he is considered a "smiter" and his main feats consist of shooting forth light from his eyes, being invisible and that producing flames from his mouth[1].

Parts of the Greenfield Papyrus were exhibited in Japan during the year of 2012 at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and the Fukuoka Museum of Art[1]. After this Medjed became a sensation on Japanese social media and the god was fully embraced by the country's popular culture, starring in games and anime[1].

Appearances

Profile

Persona 5

"We're running out of time. Let's move on to your next target... ...I stand corrected. It was they who targeted your group first, wasn't it? The identity of your opponent... is this. We have no pictures. Even their names and identities are unknown. If what you told me is true, then this "Nav" thing you've mentioned wouldn't have worked in this case. How did you target them? Tell me everything."
—Sae Niijima talking about Medjed, Persona 5

Medjed is a group of high-profile hackers that come onto the scene after the Phantom Thieves of Hearts have succeeded in the third heist against Junya Kaneshiro. They criticize the Thieves for being hypocritical and believe only they are qualified to bring justice to Japan. They also claim that they would recognize the thieves if they got a Change of Heart. It is right after this declaration that Futaba Sakura, under the guise of "Alibaba," contacts the protagonist as she is aware of his role as the leader of the Phantom Thieves, and asks his group to steal her heart in exchange for her skill to strike back Medjed. If he does not confirm to the deal, "Alibaba" will leak the Phantom Thieves' identities, forcing their arrest. However, upon realizing that they will need to know more about her to enter her Palace, she panics and calls off the deal. Before they have time to take any action, Medjed declares victory as the thieves remain silent and as a punishment to the thieves' admirers, they will rip their properties off.

After some time of inactivity from Medjed, the Thieves assume they simply dropped matters and decide to celebrate in an expensive sushi restaurant in Ginza. On their way home however, they are informed by Goro Akechi that Medjed has provoked the Thieves once again and read from the groups home page that the hackers have demanded that the Thieves turn themselves in and reveal their true identities before August 21st or they will launch a hacking attack which they claim will have a devastatingly destructive impact on Japan's economy, known as "The Cleanse" (X-デー, X-Day)?. Realizing the severity of their threat, and the hopeless nature of taking on an anonymous entity with their usual methods, the Thieves decide to make direct contact with Futaba Sakura by finding her room in Sojiro's house and once more ask for her help in stopping Medjed in exchange for stealing her heart. Once the Phantom Thieves successfully steal Futaba's heart, she easily puts a stop to Medjed.

A book known as "Medjed Menace" that is about the criminal activities of the hacker group can be bought from the Taiheido Bookstore in Shibuya Central Street for 1,200 yen. It increases the Knowledge stat by 3 when the protagonist finishes reading it. According to the book, it is said that the hacker group is known worldwide for its activities.

This revelation indicates that the Medjed Cleanse is nothing other than a false alarm made by the IT company president to bait the Thieves into his plan B where he attempts to frame them by rigging the Phantom Aficionado Website with heist requests against Kunikazu Okumura instead. It was also heavily implied that, even if the Thieves do not do anything to take down Medjed on the day where the supposed hacking attack occurs, nothing will happen.

Their plan was eventually successful and support for the Phantom Thieves drastically plummets as the public believes that they are murderers, setting stone for the protagonist's arrest in Niijima's Palace. (In reality, a part of this appears to be the conductor manipulating the public's cognition into fervent worship of the Phantom Thieves, then changing the public's cognition into hatred against the Thieves as well as making them worship Shido and Akechi instead.)

Later when the thieves infiltrate Shido's Palace, it turns out the one who actually plays Medjed during this whole incident is the president of an information technology company who has connections to Masayoshi Shido, who figured out that the Phantom Thieves couldn't possibly target an anonymous entity, so the Medjed threats can scare them into unwittingly escalating their demise. The Medjed that declared war with the thieves were not the actual Medjed, but this IT Company President. He's also responsible for pushing the heist request ranking against Kunikazu Okumura in the Phantom Aficionado Website. The real Medjed was Futaba herself along with a group of online friends.

Futaba is furious at this identity thief and demands the party beats his Shadow to obtain the invitation required to access Shadow Shido's representative chamber, instead of negotiating peacefully.

When sending the calling card to Masayoshi Shido, Futaba displays her hacking skills fitting for the real Medjed, as she was capable of hijacking the broadcasting system of Tokyo, followed by the nationwide broadcasting system with Shido's calling card all by herself within a matter of several minutes.

Persona 5 Animation

Unlike in the game, the IT Company President faking Medjed is easily visible, and he threatens the Phantom Thieves by instigating a Tokyo-wide blackout instead of simply making verbal threats.

Gallery

Trivia

  • In the Japanese version, the kana to render the group name is not the same as the one actually refers to the Egyptian god (メジェド, Mejedo)?. The group name uses the regular "エ" (e) but the god's version uses a small "ェ" for modifying the vowel of the preceding kana "ジ" (ji) to form "je".
  • Medjed's closing tagline in their every announcement is very reminiscent of the one used by Anonymous: "We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget."
  • The IT company president does not know anything about the mental shutdowns, despite being responsible for deleting and encrypting Wakaba Isshiki's research.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Salvador, R.B. 2017. Medjed: from Ancient Egypt to Japanese Pop Culture. Journal of Geek Studies 4(2): 10-20.[1] Available from: https://jgeekstudies.org/2017/08/15/medjed-from-ancient-egypt-to-japanese-pop-culture/


Characters
Playable Protagonist - Morgana - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Yusuke Kitagawa - Makoto Niijima - Futaba Sakura - Haru Okumura - Goro Akechi - Sumire Yoshizawa
Confidant Igor - Sojiro Sakura - Chihaya Mifune - Munehisa Iwai - Tae Takemi - Sadayo Kawakami - Ichiko Ohya - Shinya Oda - Hifumi Togo - Yuuki Mishima - Toranosuke Yoshida - Caroline & Justine - Sae Niijima - Takuto Maruki
Major Targets Suguru Kamoshida - Ichiryusai Madarame - Junya Kaneshiro - Shadow Futaba - Kunikazu Okumura - Masayoshi Shido - Holy Grail / Yaldabaoth - Azathoth / Adam Kadmon
Other Principal Kobayakawa - SIU Director - Shiho Suzui - Natsuhiko Nakanohara - Mika - Lala Escargot - Angel and Julian - Medjed - Wakaba Isshiki - Sugimura - President Tanaka - Kazuya Makigami - Naoya Makigami - Shadow Mishima - Shinichi Yoshizawa - Rumi - Shibusawa - Jose - Kasumi Yoshizawa - Coach Hiraguchi
Locations
Tokyo Yongen-Jaya (Café Leblanc) - Shibuya - Aoyama-Itchome (Shujin Academy) - Shinjuku - Akihabara - Kichijoji - Ogikubo - Inokashira Park - Tsukishima - Akasaka Mitsuke - Suidobashi - Odaiba Seaside Park - Ichigaya - Ikebukuro - Ginza - Harajuku - Meiji Shrine - Jinbocho - Miura Beach - Maihama (Tokyo Destinyland) - Kanda - Roppongi - Ueno - Asakusa - Chinatown - Nagatacho - Shinagawa - Nakano - Kosei High School
Palace Kamoshida's Palace - Madarame's Palace - Kaneshiro's Palace - Futaba's Palace - Okumura's Palace - Niijima's Palace - Shido's Palace - Mementos (Path of Qimranut - Path of Aiyatsbus - Path of Chemdah - Path of Kaitul - Path of Akzeriyyuth - Path of Adyeshach - Path of Sheriruth - Depths of Mementos - Qliphoth World - Path of Da'at) - Maruki's Palace
Other Velvet Room - Hawaii - Thieves Den
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack (Persona 5 / Royal (JP / EN))
Songs "Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There" - "Life Will Change" - "Beneath the Mask" - "Last Surprise" - "Rivers in the Desert" - "The Whims of Fate" - "Tokyo Daylight" - "Hoshi To Bokura To" - "Break In To Break Out" - "Infinity" - "Dark Sun..." - "Autonomy" - "Found a Light" - "IT'S TOO LATE" - "Colors Flying High" - "Take Over" - "He's a Trickster☆" - "I Believe" - "No More What Ifs" - "Throw Away Your Mask" - "Our Light"
Archives
Story Persona - Persona user - Shadow - Shadow Self - Second Awakening - Picaro Persona - I am thou - Cognition - P. A. D. - Metaverse - Metaverse Navigator - Mask - Wild Card - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Phantom Aficionado Website - Antisocial Force - Treasure - Police - Calling Card - Change of Heart - Psychotic breakdown - Mental shutdown - General Public - Seven Deadly Sins - Sea of Souls - Bond - Featherman
School Life Daily Life - Activities - Calendar - Weather - Seasons - Confidant - Social Stats - Yen - Hideout - Class - Train - Invitations - Gifts - Bathhouse - Studying - Diner - Cleaning - Maid Café - Billiards - Books - DVDs - Retro Games - Movie theater - Big Bang Challenge - Gigolo Arcade - Bed - Batting Cage - Fishing Pond - Crossword Puzzle - Darts - Infiltration Tools - Cooking - Training - Old Temple - Laundry - Part Time Jobs - Shrine - Confessional - Jazz Jin - Houseplant - Refrigerator - TV Quiz Show - Blackboard - Vegetariano - Lottery - Cultivation - Fortune Telling - Decorations
Vendors Shops: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Vending machines - Takemi Medical Clinic - Untouchable - Jose's Shop - Home Shopping Program - Tanaka's Shady Commodities
Phantom Life Mementos Requests - Third Eye - Security Level - Search Objects - Treasure Chests - Treasure Demon - Safe Room - Thieves Guild - List of Shadows - List of Bosses - Skill Card - Will Seeds - Deviations
Battle Items: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Skills: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Party - Battle Stats - Damage - Accuracy - Experience - Level - Difficulty - Status Changes - Element - Traits - Navigator - Tactics - Guard - Follow Up - Harisen Recovery - Endure - Protect - Pickpocket - Party Switch - Baton Pass - One More - Critical - Technical - Showtime - Cut-in - All-Out Attack - Hold Up - Personality - Battle Drops - Game Over - Disaster Shadow
Velvet Room List of Personas: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Fusion - Special Fusion - Hanging - Lockdown - Electric Chair - Arcana - Skill Inheritance - Fusion Accident - Fusion alarm - Challenge Battle
System Trophies: (Persona 5 / Royal) - Cutscenes - New Game Plus - Patches and Updates
Unused Content: (Persona 5 / Royal)
Development
Corporate Atlus Co., Ltd. - Sega
Personnel Katsura Hashino - Shigenori Soejima - Shoji Meguro - Lyn Inaizumi - Atsushi Kitajoh - Ryota Kozuka - Kenichi Tsuchiya - Toshiki Konishi - Kazuhisa Wada - Lotus Juice
Other Media
Games Royal - Dancing in Starlight - Strikers
Productions Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers - Persona 5 The Animation (Episodes - Dark Sun... - Stars and Ours - Proof of Justice - Persona 5 the Animation: A Magical Valentine's Day) - Persona O.A. - Persona 5 The Night Breakers - Persona Stalker Club V - PERSORA AWARDS 3 - Persora -The Golden Best 5- - Persona 20th Anniversary All Time Best Album - Persona 5 The Stage - Persona VS
Publications Manga - Dengeki Comic Anthology - Comic à La Carte - Comic Anthology (DNA Media Comics) - Tartarus Theater Wild - the Animation Dengeki Comic Anthology - Mementos Mission - Mementos Report - Persona Magazine
Events Super Live 2015 - Super Live 2017 - Super Live 2019 - TGS 2021 - 25th Anniversary Symphonic Concert
20th Anniversary Festival - 25th Anniversary
Take Tokyo Tower - E3 2016
Miscellaneous Merchandise
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