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Kirie's Lover
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Japanese name 霧絵の想い人
Romaji name Kirie no omoibito
Other names Guest, Kirie's Sweetheart
Age Unknown, 21 (estimated)
Hair color Black
Eye color Unknown
Occupation Unknown - Guest at Himuro Mansion
Cause of death Murdered by the Himuro Family
Encountered in Dungeon, Abyss
Family Unknown
Appearances Fatal Frame
Voice actor (Jp) Unknown
Voice actor (Eng) Unknown

Kirie's Lover is a male character and non-hostile spirit in Fatal Frame.

Background[]

He attended the Himuro Mansion as a guest and while gazing at the cherry blossoms, Kirie saw him and both talked about great things. However, this led him into trouble. The family master order the four priests to kill him and hid his body somewhere far away.

His name, identity and importance, and why he stayed at the mansion are unknown. He came from an unknown village to Himuro mansion during the months before the Strangling Ritual for an unknown reason. Though, given the proximity to the ritual, it's possible he was simply an early arrival.

While visiting the Himuro mansion, he stayed in a guest room and was permitted to access and wander the courtyard gardens, visible from Kirie's windows, which is how the two initially caught sight of each other. The second time Kirie saw him, he waved at her and her cheeks burned, which she later realized to be a sign of falling in love with him (Kirie's Diary 1).

The next time Kirie was allowed to go outside in the Cherry Atrium, the guest seemingly broke protocol by leaving his room to spend time with her in the gardens, teaching her about the plants (Kirie's Diary 2).

Kirie naively mentioned seeing the stranger to her attending priests, so they restricted her from visiting the gardens. Instead, he began visiting Kirie's room to talk, and let her out for their garden walks. (Kirie's Diary 2)

It is unknown if he was aware of her role and importance as Rope Shrine Maiden.

Lord Himuro and the chief priest were concerned the guest would stop Kirie from fulfilling her duty as a Rope Shrine Maiden by giving her worldly connections. In order to stop Kirie from losing her power to keep the Hell Gate closed when the time came, he ordered the visitor to be killed. The Priest killed him, feeling remorse for doing so, and hid his body in the Abyss (Priest's Writings 2)

Kirie was told he had returned to his village, but she knew they had killed him after his spirit visited in a dream (Kirie's Diary 4) Full of guilt at getting him killed, and having found joy in living, Kirie becomes distracted from her role and attached to this world, ruining her desire to act as the Rope Shrine Maiden (Kirie's Diary 6)

Kirie's attending priest was aware the two had met, and it is implied that he may even have been facilitating the meetings, giving rise to questions about the identity and importance of Kirie's lover in the Himuro family, since he was permitted to visit Kirie without a mask. (Though, an alternate reading of the notes is that Kirie had simply told the priest they had met, but the priest was unaware of the extent) Seeing her conflicted at the loss of her love, the priest thought his master's decision to have Kirie's lover killed was a poor one (Priest's Writings 3).

Kirie was so regretful and attached to her lover that the Laceration Ropes covered in her blood weren't strong enough to hold the Hell Gate closed and the Calamity happened.

The visitor returned as a Hidden Ghost in the Abyss.

Trivia[]

  • He bears a striking resemblance to Mafuyu. Whether this is coincidence or not is unknown, some think Mafuyu is a re-incarnation of him due to the fact they look seemingly identical, even Kirie mistook Mafuyu for him.
  • If Miku revisits the Abyss area on the Final Night, it's possible to take a hidden ghost photo of him named "Kirie's love".
  • The Guest Notes available in the games' Fatal Mode reveal he fell in love with her too.
  • In the Fatal Mode ending it's revealed Kirie and her love reunite after the cave in and they seal the gate for eternity together
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