Retsu is a brown-grey insectoid creature with six legs, a body consisting of four small segments and one large segment, a head, and two tendrils on the end of his body. His head is at the front of his body and bears his facial features.
As a playable characterEditRetsu's goal as a playable character is to be eaten by Moku-gyou, the king of Ming-ken. In another life, Retsu can be picked up by the player and fed to Moku-gyou in order to enter his mouth.
Reference to the KujiEdit
Retsu's name is the seventh syllable of the Kuji (九字), series of nine syllables. Each syllable has its own symbol, mudra (hand sign), mantra (utterance/prayer) and mandala (visualization). The syllables in order are Rin (臨), Pyō (兵), Tō (闘), Sha (者), Kai (皆), Jin (陣), Retsu (列), Zai (在) and Zen (前). The mudras, mantras, and mandalas put into practice for ritual or meditation purposes is referred to as the Kuji-in (九字印), or "Nine Hand Seals".
The Kuji-in has roots in Hinduism and is used in a wide variety of practices including Shinto, Buddhism, Taoism, Ninjutsu and schools of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism such as Mikkyo, Tendai and Shingon. Because of that, Retsu (列) has many different meanings, mudras, mantras and mandalas depending on the practice it is used for. The Kanji itself (列) can mean "In a row", "split/line" or "dimension".
Mudra, Mantra and Mandala Edit
A typical mudra involves pointing up with the left index finger and then gripping it with the right hand, pressing the right thumb onto the nail of the left index finger. One particular mandala visualizes a light shining from the middle of the crown to the head.
Here is the Mantra followed by an interpretation used in meditation:
Sanskrit: Om jyotithi chandoga jiva tay Shawa!
Japanese: On irotahi chanoga jiba tai sowaka.
English (Lit. Trans.): O lighting for chanting life stream glory/brilliance
Interpretation: I see the energetic foundation of matter, and I am that energy