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""Hate the crime, not the criminal," as they say. But the platitude rings quite hollow when the criminal has no desire, no capacity for redemption. If violence and evil are all they know, all they will ever be, then what can a man of justice do but strike them down? Pretty words have never been enough to save the world."
—Nuwa, Shin Megami Tensei V

Nuwa is a demon in the series, and a major character in Shin Megami Tensei V.

History[]

Nüwa (女媧), also pronounced as Nügua in Middle Chinese, is a creation goddess in Chinese mythology, responsible for the creation of humanity. She is also associated with marriages. She is commonly depicted as being half serpent or dragon. Some sources identify her as a daughter of the Jade Emperor.[1]

It is said that the humans that she created out of yellow clay became nobles, while these made from other materials - commoners. In some sources Nuwa decides to create humans out of loneliness. In Classic of Mountains and Seas she isn't the creator of humans but simply the first human being alongside her husband and brother Fuxi (伏羲), who in some versions of the creation myth also partakes in the creation of humans. In art from the reign of the Han dynasty they were often depicted with their tails intertwined. Beliefs related to Nuwa and Fuxi are particularly popular in southern China.

In Huainanzi she is aided in the creation of humans by Huang Di, who forms their organs. Another mythical emperor, Yu the Great, was associated with her in the area near Mount Zhonghuang.[2]

In another myth Nuwa repairs the heaven after it had been damaged, in some sources during a battle between Zhuanxu (a mythical emperor regarded as the grandson of Huang Di) and Gonggong (a monstrous dragon). It's believed that she used five-colored stones representing the five elements from traditional Chinese beliefs as materials. She also cut off the legs of a giant turtle to make pillars meant to hold heaven in place, and devised a number of ways to save humans from natural disasters which plagued them while the heavens were broken. The "Nuwa forges stones and mends the heavens" motif (女媧煉石補天) derived from this myth is common in Chinese art, and many famous statues of Nuwa depict her during this act.

According to Records of the Grand Historian Nuwa was one of the Three Sovereigns, mythical figures credited with introducing civilization to mankind before the reign of the Five Emperors. However, the list of these figures varies between various classical sources and she isn't always included. One of Nuwa's inventions is said to be a type of Chinese wind organs.

Nuwa is also a character in the Ming dynasty novel Investitute of the Gods (封神演義), in which she sends her servants Daji, Jiutou Zhiji Jing and Pipa Jing to punish king Zhou of Shang, who left lustful messages in her temple.

Appearances[]

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Shin Megami Tensei V[]

"A goddess that appears in Chinese mythology.
Recognized as one of the sovereigns, she is said to have the head of a human and a body of a serpent. She is also known to be responsible for the creation of humanity, having created them from mud. legend tells that when one of the four pillars said to hold up the world broke, she repaired it. Furthermore, her colleague Fuxi is typically labeled as either her brother or her husband, depending on what version of her story is told."
Shin Megami Tensei V lore
"Both God and his cronies continue to meddle in this realm and all to protect His will."

Nuwa is a frivolous mother goddess appearing by Shohei Yakumo's side. She worked alongside him since he was young to fulfill his worldview of a world devoid of demonic influences. The two share their Knowledge, making them qualify to fuse as Nahobino. She even says Yakumo is his "other half" and that they're inseparable.

Nuwa and the protagonist first cross paths during his search for Ichiro Dazai in Minato, Da'at, where she slayed the angel followers of Bethel stationed in the National Diet Building, with their decomposing corpses scattered upon his arrival. Assuming the protagonist is Bethel reinforcements that arrived far too late, she absorbed the Magatsuhi from the dead forces of Bethel, and transforms into a more demonic form, then attacks the protagonist. As the protagonist is starting to build an upper hand on her, Shohei's appearance axes their fight, but out on a whim, Nuwa asks Yakumo to spare the Nahobino.

She and Yakumo oppose Bethel, believing that demons have no place in human affairs: she refers to their supporters as "zealots," but condemns the side of chaos as well, finding them to be "opportunistic cretins" for the most part. As such, they oppose godhood as a whole, and as such, are determined to destroy the throne, in opposition to the rest of the ideals that present a variant of how godhood will govern.

If the protagonist chooses to destroy the throne, Yakumo will be killed by Abdiel and Nuwa mourns for him before leaving. However, if the protagonist decides to uphold Abdiel or Tsukuyomi's ideals, she will act as the penultimate boss next to the throne, having been fused with Yakumo into a Nahobino resembling a massive, human-faced dragon. This is always followed by Lucifer, since he cannot fight the protagonist if he destroys the throne.

If the protagonist sides with her and Yakumo after several requirements are achieved, Nuwa reappears after the protagonist kills Abdiel and tell him that her actual goal was not to merely destroy the throne and instead break the cycle by removing all demonic and Godly influences in the world. After defeating Tsukuyomi, he might then also opt to restore Tokyo back to its normal state devoid of demonic influences. If so, then he has to fight Lucifer and take the throne, barring Tokyo permanently from all Demonic influences and undoing the deaths of all his human classmates. However, he himself manifests as a second entity, watching his human self from afar.

Nuwa can be fused in a New Game Plus alongside the Fallen Abdiel.

Stats[]

Shin Megami Tensei V[]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 16
Vitality 14
Magic 31
Agility 16
Luck 14
Lady 22 ?
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Weak - Null Repel - Null
Ailment Resistance Resist: Sleep/Mirage/Confusion/Poison/Seal
Null: Charm
Skill Potential
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark Almighty Almi. Ailment Ailm. Healing Heal. Support Supp.
- -6 +2 +3 +7 -3 -3 - - +3 -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Sacrifice of Clay (Unique) Heavy Force attack to all foes. Lowers target's Attack/Defense by 1 rank for 3 turns.
Zanma Medium Force attack to 1 foe.
Mazio Weak Electric attack to all foes.
Omagatoki: Critical All attacks, including magical attacks, will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.

Race Level HP MP
Strength 66
Vitality 50
Magic 85
Agility 57
Luck 64
Nahobino 83 ?
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Weak - Null Repel - Null
Ailment Resistance Resist: Sleep/Mirage/Confusion/Poison/Seal
Null: Charm
Skill Potential
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark Almighty Almi. Ailment Ailm. Healing Heal. Support Supp.
- - - +8 +7 - - - - +3 -
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Ziobarion Severe Electric attack to 1 foe.
Zanbarion Severe Force attack to 1 foe.
Mabufudyne Heavy Electric attack to all foes.
Slumber Vortex Chance to inflict Sleep and Mirage to all foes.
Dekunda Negates status debuff effects on all allies.
Electrify Greatly increases the damage of the next Rising Storm Dragon performed by 1 ally.
Lightning Pulse Counterattacks with weak Electric attack when a Thunder Bit is defeated.
Rising Storm Dragon Severe Electric attack to all foes. Ignores affinity resistance and pierces through.
Omagatoki: Critical All attacks, including magical attacks, will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn.

Race Level HP MP
Strength 63
Vitality 52
Magic 70
Agility 44
Luck 50
Lady 80 438 455
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Weak - Resist Repel - Resist
Ailment Resistance Null:Charm
Skill Potential
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark Almighty Almi. Ailment Ailm. Healing Heal. Support Supp.
+2 -5 - - +2 - - - - +2 -
Special fusion Dragon Huang Long + Kunitsu Arahabaki + Dragon Quetzalcoatl
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Invalid skill name of "Dancing Strike". You may correct the skill name or modify module:Skills/SMT5 if needed.
Innate
Floral Gust 60 MP 2~5 Medium Force attacks to multiple foes. Innate
Diamrita 30 MP Moderate HP recovery and cures status ailments for 1 ally. Innate
Mana Aid Auto Recover MP after a battle. 81
Killing Wind 65 MP Heavy Force attack to 1 foe. Ignores affinity resistance and pierces through. 82
High Force Pleroma Auto Greatly increases Force attack damage. 83
Waters of Youth - Full HP/MP recovery to self. Talisman

Race Level HP MP
Strength 44
Vitality 65
Magic 105
Agility 60
Luck 74
Lady 89 502 522
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Weak - Null Repel - Null
Ailment Resistance Null:Charm
Skill Potential
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark Almighty Almi. Ailment Ailm. Healing Heal. Support Supp.
- -6 +2 +3 +7 -3 -3 - - +3 -
Special fusion Lady Nuwa + Drake Hydra + Dragon Ananta + Snake Yamata no Orochi
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Thunder Reign 60 MP 2~5 severe Electric attacks to random foes. Innate
Killing Wind 65 MP Heavy Force attack to 1 foe. Ignores affinity resistance and pierces through. Innate
Sacrifice of Clay 35 MP (Unique) Heavy Force attack to all foes. Lowers target's Attack/Defense by 1 rank for 3 turns. Innate
Diarahan 35 MP Full HP recovery to 1 ally. Innate
Ice Age 65 MP Heavy Ice attack to 1 foe. Ignores affinity resistance and pierces through. 90
Narukami 65 MP Heavy Electric attack to 1 foe. Ignores affinity resistance and pierces through. 91
Drain Phys Auto Absorbs Physical skills. 92
Waters of Youth - Full HP/MP recovery to self. Talisman

Last Bible III[]

Level HP MP ATK DEF STR INT END SPD LUC
48 658 200 148 57 20 25 20 10 17
Equipment Arms, Armor, Accessory Card Location Asher City
List of Skills
Mabufula Mediarahan Makaranda


Ronde[]

Race Level HP MP Mv Range Mv Type Atk Range Arcana
Dragon 34 340 174 5 Ground 1 ?
St Ma In Ag Lu Atk P.Def M.Def
17 12 12 8 11 209 85 64
Equipment Head, Neck Item -
Slash Strike Ranged Fire Ice Elec Light Dark Almi
C - C C H C C C C
List of Skills
Mabufula Mediarama Mabufu
Ice Arrow


In Other Languages[]

Language Title
Flag of the United States English Nuwa
Flag of Japan Japanese ジョカ
Flag of South Korea Korean 여와
Flag of Hong KongFlag of the Republic of China.svg Traditional Chinese 女媧

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Trivia[]

  • In an interview with Masayuki Doi on Shin Megami Tensei V, he stated that Nuwa was the "most popular demon in the office," as well as that people there love her demeanor and behavior, with some saying she's "almost like a protagonist herself."[3]
  • Doi states that the clothes she wears are based on a different period of Chinese history. Her dress and headdress resemble those depicted in Court Ladies Wearing Flowered Headdresses (簪花仕女圖), a work of art attributed to Zhou Fang, an artist who worked during the reign of the Tang dynasty (618-907).
  • While Nuwa was usually described and depicted as partially serpentine in classical sources, she is often depicted with human legs in modern art, for example in the Ping Sien Si temple in Malaysia and in many works of contemporary Chinese popular culture.

References[]


Characters
Playable Protagonist
Other Aogami - Sophia - Gustave - Amanozako - Goko - Lucifer
Tao Isonokami - Yuzuru Atsuta - Ichiro Dazai - Miyazu Atsuta - Hayao Koshimizu - Sahori Itsukishima
Abdiel - Khonsu - Vasuki - Zeus - Odin - Shiva
Shohei Yakumo - Nuwa
Demi-fiend - Artemis - Cleopatra - Mephisto
Locations
Tokyo Jouin High School - Shinagawa Station - Takanawa Tunnel
Da'at Minato (Tamachi - Mita) - Shinagawa - Chiyoda - Taito - Demon King's Castle - Temple of Eternity - Empyrean
Tree of Knowledge
Music
Albums N/A
Songs N/A
Archives
Terminology Nahobino - Bethel - Knowledge - Demon Summoning Program
Mechanics Demon - Press Turn - Moon Phase System - Alignment‎ - Negotiation (Dialogue) - Encounters - Fusion - Race and species - Difficulty
Skill Potential - Magatsuhi Skills - Essence - Glory - Miracles - Menorah
World of Shadows - Cadaver's Hollow - Miman - Treasure Boxes - Vending machines - Demon Statues - Abscesses - Leyline Fount - Terminal
Lists Bosses - Skills - Items - Status Changes - Quests - Demons
Other Script
Other Media
Promotion Daily Demon - News
TGS 2021
Other Demon Colosseum - Merchandise
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