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  • East Asian East Asian (culture)
  • Undead Undead (attribute)
  • Sorcery and Medicinal Sorcery and Medicinal (attribute)
  • Seductive Seductive (attribute)
  • Deadly Deadly (behaviour)

A beautiful but evil female spirit from the folklore of Japan. She is a spirit of the snow storms and she lures men into the cold wilderness were she then causes a violent blizzard. She appears as a beautiful woman leading them astray . When the blizzard takes over the landscape she vanishes into the mist and snow. The victim desperately searches around to save her but ultimately fails and freezes to death in the snowstorm. Yuki-Onna wears her hair loose and is dressed in long white robes. These robes are sometimes seen spattered in blood. The material is very thin and a little transparent revealing her pubic hair. Yuki-Onna is also known to have the ability to freeze people with her icy breath.

One tale states that she was once a pregnant woman who died in the snow. Sometimes because of this she is seen carrying a baby. She may also appear to a man and get to know him very well. They will start a relationship, marry and have children. Then she will cause a snowstorm and lose herself in one, causing her victim husband to run after her and die in the cold. Sometimes she marries a man in winter only to melt and disappear by the spring.

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