The Saigyou Ayakashi (西行妖 Saigyou Ayakashi) is a youkai cherry blossom tree, and is the largest cherry blossom in the gardens of Hakugyokurou. It has existed in the Netherworld longer than the Ghost Princess, Yuyuko Saigyouji herself. Some of the spirits in the Netherworld remember the Saigyou Ayakashi having the most beautiful blossoms they had ever seen, but the cherry tree has not bloomed for ages. There currently seems to be a powerful seal within the Saigyou Ayakashi, leaving it unable to blossom at all during spring. Whether the tree is sealing something, or whether the tree itself is being sealed, remains a mystery to most outsiders.
Powers and Stats
Name: Saigyou Ayakashi
Origin: Touhou Project
Classification: Cherry Blossom Tree
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Soul Manipulation, Mind Control, Resistance to Mind Manipulation (Youkai can resist the effects of the true Moon, which can drive humans insane and kill them if they look at it), Regeneration (Low-Godly; can regenerate from its incorporeal "mind")
Attack Potency: Unknown (Hasn't used any direct attacks and instead relies on its hax)
Speed: Immobile (Is a tree)
Lifting Strength: Unknown
Striking Strength: Unknown
Durability: Likely Large Star level (It could only be sealed, meaning strong Youkai likely couldn't harm it)
Stamina: A few weeks
Range: Unknown, possibly at least a few thousand kilometers (affected individuals over all the country)
Standard Equipment: None
Intelligence: Unknown (Although it is a tree, it has become a Youkai, so it is unclear if it has sentience)
Weaknesses: It can only uses its powers when it's blooming. Vulnerable to spiritual attacks.
- Charming: After absorbing so much blood, the tree evolved youkai-like powers, being able to charm people into resting under its canopy. It was such a danger it had to be relocated in the Netherworld and sealed.
- Lifeforce Absorption: Those who rests under it will have their lifeforce drained.