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Pishaca

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Japanese Name: 妖獣兵 (ピシャーチャ)
Romanized Name: Yōjūhei (Pishācha)
English Name: Pishaca
Manga Debut: Episode 230
Demon City (Crocodile, Elephant)
Episode 259
Enchanted Tiger (Tiger)

Pishaca (ピシャーチャ Pishācha?) are dark magic familiars created from spiritually possessed animals to serve Emperor Ganishka. The nature of the possession requires a Kushan caster to locally control the minds of the animal. In doing so, they must be in a state of meditation.

Appearance

Pishaca are various animals that are possessed by Kushan magic, implanting a spirit into an animal. They are sometimes outfitted with human weapons. There are three variations of pishaca: tigers, crocodiles, and elephants. There are also similar creatures like the makara and Garuda.

Abilities

When their Kushan possessor is killed, a pishaca's monstrous appearance and enhanced abilities do not disappear. However, their mind returns to its natural, animalistic state. They can be affected by a barrier that rejects astral bodies, though not entirely, since they have a physical body and are merely possessed. Once dead, pishaca don't revert to their original form immediately, taking some time to return to their strictly animal appearance.

History

Emperor Ganishka uses this inhuman force to dominate Windham and invade Vritannis.

Laban and his men, while having the situation in the city explained to them, come under attack from a crocodile pishaca. As they retreat the men encounter an elephant pishaca, equipped with armor and wielding a spiked mace. The crocodile is subsequently killed by Irvine and the elephant is killed by Locus.

When Locus and his Demon Lancers assault the Windham Palace, Ganishka sends several elephant pishaca as reinforcements to assist the Daka in opposing the invaders.

Several crocodile pishaca are sent by Daiba to attack the coastal villages of Vritannis during night, in order to ensure no soul warns Vritannis about the invasion. The crocodiles end up encountering Guts and his party, with most of them being killed by the swordsman. When Serpico kills the Kushan controlling them, they regress to common beasts. A makara suddenly emerges from the sea, trampling over several of the confused crocodiles, and once Guts slays the makara, the Berserker Armor clad swordsman turns his attention to the defenseless reptiles, killing the remaining pishaca with ease.

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A tiger pishaca appears outside the banquet hall.

During the banquet at the Vandimion estate, tiger pishaca are sent to attack the reunited nobles. A tiger pishaca encounters Guts and his party in the banquet hall, but the feline ignores them. The tiger kills several people at the ball before Guts decides to intervene and slay the beast. Before the nobles can grasp the situation, an entire pack barges in the room. After several are killed by Guts' party, Serpico locates and kills the Kushan controlling the tigers. Schierke then immobilizes the now harmless pishaca with a spell.

Tiger and crocodile pishaca later assist in the assault on Vritannis, with crocodiles attacking from the water and tigers serving as mounts for the Daka.

Pishaca are present when Ganishka uses the Man-made Behelit to transcend apostlehood. Every pishaca and Kushan in the city caught by the mist is absorbed.

Trivia

  • The term "pishaca" (पिशाच) means "fiend" in Sanskrit, an apt description for their fighting style and abilities.

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