Flags of Touhou: Eiki Shiki, Yamaxanadu Picture

This is my design of a flag for Eiki Shiki, the final boss and playable character of Touhou 9: Phantasmagoria of Flower View. In regards to her name, she is sometimes called Shikieiki Yamaxanadu, with "Shiki Eiki" being her first and last name in eastern name order. Yamaxanadu is her title, as in "Yama of Xanadu". In Buddhist and Hindu mythology, the Yama is the god of death and a judge in the afterlife. Xanadu is the name of the palace of Kublai Khan, 13th century Mongol warlord and Emperor of China.

1. Flag is structured as two black and white fields with a vertical gold bisecting field. This is a reference to Touhou 9, which is the only bullet-hell Touhou game that features player-vs-player gameplay; the screen is set up in this fashion with the player taking the left side of the screen and the idiot they're playing against taking the right.

2. Gold bisector is Shikieiki's Rod of Remorse, which she uses to carry out judgment upon the dead. According to Touhou Wiki, the sins of a person are written upon the rod, which proportionately becomes heavier depending on the weight of the sin. The rod on the flag contains the character for "sin" (罪) as it does in her original character illustration. Gold represents moral authority, or the neutral third-party required pass unbiased judgment.

3. Black and white represent right and wrong, good and evil. In Touhou fandom, Shikieiki judges nearly everything to be either “black” or “white,” not surprising considering her job. In the fan-made Touhou manzai series (similar to comedy routines), Shikieiki judges each routine as black or white, rather than giving a numerical score. Back to the flag, a border of the opposite color on each field represents the intertwining of good and evil, and the impossibility of moral absolutism.

4. Each field contains a set of scales, the universal symbol for justice. Upright scales represents order. Upside-down scales represents anarchy and chaos. Each scale is on the appropriate colored field to represent this. Taken directly from the symbol on Shikieiki’s hat/crown/headpiece.

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