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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. In Shin Megami Tensei V, she is Shohei Yakumo's partner and a major character.

History[]

Nüwa (女媧) 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 after seeing her own reflection in the water of Huang He. 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, sometimes alongside solar (Fuxi) and lunar (Nuwa) symbols.[2] 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.[3]

In another myth, Nuwa repairs the heaven after it had been damaged when Gonggong attacked a pillar holding it up, located at the mythical Mount Buzhou. In another version the damage is instead the result of a battle between Gongong and Zhuanxu (a mythical emperor regarded as the grandson of Huang Di). Many sources state that Nuwa 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. The plot of the classic Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber also references this myth, with the main character, Jia Baoyu, being originally a stone left behind by Nuwa after she used 36500 other ones to repair heaven.

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 Investiture 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

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 her "other half" and that they're inseparable. Amanozako theorizes that Nuwa is actually in love with Yakumo, but can never pinpoint whether it's because she loves him specifically, or if she loves all of humanity and he's just a symbol of it, as the subject of love is complicated. But it's ultimately confirmed that Shohei's feelings for her are returned.

In terms of their ideologies, the two would initially strive for a world where gods and demons do not exist, shaping a world for humanity only. That would even be their goal with the throne, but as it'd mean that Nuwa would disappear, the two never actually pursued that option in the name of their love. Instead, they would rely on a substitute, where they'll instead destroy the throne altogether, ridding creation via godhood and instead entrusting humanity to create their own fate in the chaos.

She and Yakumo oppose Bethel, believing that neither angels or 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.

Nuwa and the protagonist first cross paths in Minato, Da'at, after her massacre on the angel followers of Bethel stationed in the National Diet Building, with their decomposing corpses scattered upon his arrival. Assuming the protagonist is backup sent by Bethel, she absorbs the Magatsuhi of the slain demons and assumes a snake-like form. The protagonist manages to gain an upper hand over her, but the fight is axed with Yakumo's arrival, although she asks him to spare the Nahobino on a whim.

Having developed interest in the protagonist, referring to his courage upon his confrontation against her, she would observe the protagonist's actions in secret, making her witness to any important events he gets dragged in.

The second time, Nuwa meets the protagonist in Chiyoda, with Shohei raising his blade to the Nahobino, viewing him with undisguised contempt and critical of Nuwa's choice to spare the Nahobino. Nuwa asks the protagonist to best Yakumo and show him what she sees in him.

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If the protagonist chooses to destroy the throne, Yakumo will be killed in Abdiel and Dazai's fusion as Nahobino, and Nuwa will mourn for him before leaving. If certain subquests are completed (at least a single time through-out multiple connected NG+ playthroughs), the scenario will be different. Only one of these subquests is required to unlock that possibility:

  • Amanozako's "The Destined Leader", requires "A Power Beyond Control" to unlock;
  • Fionn mac Cumhaill's "Fionn's Resolve", requires 30 quests (normal and subquests included), and "An Unusual Forecast," and likely "The Root of the Problem," "The One I Love" and "The Goddess Stolen" to unlock.
  • Khonsu's "The Succession of Ra," requires "The Egyptian's Fate," "The Falcon's Head" and "The Winged Sun," as well as that Khonsu's spared in "The Egyptian's Fate" and Miyazu is talked to in the Fairy Village.
  • Shiva's "A Universe in Peril," requires the protagonist is Level 80 or higher to unlock.

However, if certain circumstances are met, as Nuwa has observed the protagonist during his journey, she will later reappear, telling him the truth about their goals and revealing the hidden possibility she and Yakumo were never able to pursue: ridding the world of gods and demons alike, making a world for humanity only. Although it'd mean that Nuwa would disappear, with Yakumo dead, she had no choice but to help the protagonist in following what's right.

On the other hand, 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 in a last ditch attempt to stop the protagonist from claiming the throne. This is always followed by Lucifer, since he cannot fight the protagonist if he destroys the throne.

Both human and snake forms of Nuwa can be fused in a New Game Plus alongside both the Herald and Fallen versions of Abdiel. Nuwa's human form requires a special fusion of Huang Long, Arahabaki and Quetzalcoatl, while the snake form requires a special fusion of her human form, Hydra, Ananta and Yamata no Orochi. Both forms have their own signature skill - the human form possesses Dancing Strike, a 3-hit Physical combo on a single target, while the snake form possesses Sacrifice of Clay, a powerful Force attack that hits all opponents and lowers their attack and defence by a rank for three turns.

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.

During this fight, Nuwa can summon Thunder Bits to aid her.

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
Drop Chakra Pot, Bead Chain, Balm of Life
Skill Potential
Physical
Phys
Fire
Fire
Ice
Ice
Electricity
Elec
Force
Force
Light
Light
Dark
Dark
Almighty
Almi.
Ailment
Ailm.
Healing
Heal.
Support
Supp.
+3 - - +8 +7 - - - - - +3
List of Skills
Skill Effect
Ziobarion Severe Electric attack to 1 foe.
Zanbarion Severe Force attack to 1 foe.
Maziodyne 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 36
Vitality 43
Magic 76
Agility 47
Luck 59
Nahobino 83 ?
Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- Weak - - - - -
Ailment Resistance Null:Sleep/Mirage/Poison/Confusion/Charm/Seal
Drop None
List of Skills
Skill Effect
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
Dancing Strike 25 MP (Unique) 3 medium Physical attacks to 1 foe. High Critical Rate. 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
Omagatoki: Critical Magatsuhi All attacks, including magical attacks, will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn. Innate
Waters of Youth Magatsuhi 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
Sacrifice of Clay 35 MP (Unique) Heavy Force attack to all foes. Lowers target's Attack/Defense by 1 rank for 3 turns. Innate
Thunder Reign 60 MP 2~5 medium Electric attacks to random foes. Innate
Killing Wind 65 MP Heavy Force attack to 1 foe. Ignores affinity resistance and pierces through. 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. 93
Omagatoki: Critical Magatsuhi All attacks, including magical attacks, will become Critical hits for all allies for 1 turn. Innate
Waters of Youth Magatsuhi 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


Strategy[]

Shin Megami Tensei V[]

During the battle at the Diet Building, Nuwa will frequently use Zanma to target allies with the rare use of Mazio and will broadcast her use of Sacrifice of Clay by using Omagatoki: Critical the turn before. The party will want to prioritize resisting Force damage and have Fire skills available. There is a Jack-o'-Lantern's Essence on the roof of the Diet Building that can be used to learn Agilao. Feng Huang both resists Force and has access to Agilao. Buying Force Dampeners to use on the turns before she uses Sacrifice of Clay can negate the damage altogether and Fire Shards and Fire Gems can be used to keep up the damage. Nuwa's health only needs to be reduced by half to win the fight.

In Other Languages[]

Language Title
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."[4]
  • 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.
  • Although in the first boss against Nuwa, it is technically possible to deplete all of Nuwa's HP, she will never actually die, skipping straight to the end of the battle as usual.
  • If Frolic was used by Cleopatra on the first Nuwa encounter, her body will not be blackened. Against Nahobino Nuwa, her body will not be fully blackened.

References[]


Characters
Playable Protagonist
Other Aogami - Sophia - Gustave - Goko
Amanozako - Fionn mac Cumhaill - Lahmu - 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 - Jozoji
Da'at Minato - Shinagawa - Chiyoda - Taito - Demon King's Castle - Temple of Eternity - Empyrean - Tree of Knowledge
Music
Albums Original Soundtrack
Songs N/A
Archives
Terminology Nahobino - Bethel - Knowledge - Magatsuhi - Shekinah Glory - Demon Summoning Program - Conception
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 - Abscess - Magatsuhi Crystals - Leyline Fount - Terminal - Gifts
Lists Bosses - Skills - Items - Status Changes - Quests - Demons
Other Script - Updates
Other Media
Promotion Daily Demon - News
TGS 2021
Other Demon Colosseum - Merchandise
Recruitable
Avatar Makami - Anubis - Barong
Avian Feng Huang - Jatayu - Thunderbird - Zhuque - Yatagarasu - Garuda
Beast Cait Sith - Inugami - Nekomata - Orthrus - Orobas - Loup-garou - Cerberus
Brute Daemon - Azumi - Ippon-Datara - Oni - Shiki-Ouji - Kin-Ki - Sui-Ki - Fuu-Ki - Ongyo-Ki
Deity Thoth - Horus - Atavaka - Khonsu - Mitra - Odin - Khonsu Ra - Zeus - Vishnu - Baal
Divine Angel - Archangel - Principality - Power - Dominion - Throne
Dragon Xuanwu - Quetzalcoatl - Qing Long - Ananta - Huang Long
Drake Aitvaras - Basilisk - Hydra - Fafnir - Seth - Vasuki
Element Erthys - Aeros - Aquans - Flaemis
Fairy Pixie - High Pixie - Jack-o'-Lantern - Jack Frost - Kelpie - Setanta - Silky - Oberon - Titania
Fallen Andras - Berith - Forneus - Eligor - Ose - Flauros - Decarabia - Nebiros - Adramelech - Abdiel
Femme Mermaid - Leanan Sidhe - Manananggal - Yaksini - Lamia - Dakini - Clotho - Lachesis - Cleopatra - Atropos - Rangda - Kali
Fiend Matador - Daisoujou - Hell Biker - Alice - White Rider - Red Rider - Black Rider - Pale Rider - Mother Harlot - Trumpeter
Foul Slime - Legion - Black Ooze
Fury Dionysus - Chernobog - Mot - Zaou-Gongen - Asura - Shiva
Genma Kurama Tengu - Hanuman - Cu Chulainn - Fionn mac Cumhaill - Amanozako
Haunt Preta - Obariyon - Poltergeist - Pisaca - Kumbhanda
Herald Melchizedek - Camael - Sraosha - Abdiel - Uriel - Raphael - Gabriel - Sandalphon - Michael - Metatron
Holy Shiisaa - Chironnup - Hayataro - Baihu - Chimera
Jaki Turdak - Rakshasa - Loa - Macabre - Hecatoncheires
Jirae Kodama - Tsuchigumo - Sudama - Kaya-no-Hime - Koropokkur - Hua Po - Narcissus
Kishin Attis - Zouchouten - Koumokuten - Jikokuten - Bishamonten - Thor
Kunitsu Take-Minakata - Sukuna-Hikona - Oyamatsumi - Kushinada-Hime - Okuninushi - Arahabaki
Lady Kikuri-Hime - Hariti - Isis - Cybele - Ishtar - Skadi - Alilat - Inanna - Danu - Nuwa - Nuwa
Megami Fortuna - Ame-no-Uzume - Anahita - Parvati - Artemis - Idun - Sarasvati - Scathach - Norn - Lakshmi - Demeter - Maria
Night Sandman - Mokoi - Incubus - Lilim - Succubus - Black Frost - Kaiwan - Queen Medb - Lilith
Raptor Onmoraki - Zhen - Muu Shuwuu - Anzu
Snake Naga - Raja Naga - Yurlungur - Yamata-no-Orochi
Tyrant King Frost - Belphegor - Moloch - Loki - Surt - Mara - Abaddon - Arioch - Mithras - Mephisto - Amon - Chi You - Beelzebub - Belial
Vile Baphomet - Mishaguji - Lahmu - Pazuzu - Girimekhala - Mada
Wargod Neko Shogun - Yoshitsune - Ganesha - Siegfried - Futsunushi
Wilder Bicorn - Bugs - Mothman - Nue
Yoma Mandrake - Agathion - Apsaras - Koppa Tengu - Valkyrie
Panagia Tao
Enemy Only
Meta Shohei Yakumo
Matter Lucifer
Mitama Saki Mitama - Kusi Mitama - Ara Mitama - Nigi Mitama
Nahobino Abdiel - Tsukuyomi - Nuwa
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