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|“||Are you deaf, or just stupid? When did I ever give you the right... to issue your own orders?||„|
|~ Scaramouche scolding one of his minions for issuing his own idea.|
Kunikuzushi, better known as Scaramouche (in Chinese: 散兵 Sǎnbīng, "Skirmisher"), and also known as Balladeer, is a supporting antagonist in Genshin Impact. He is the sixth member of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers. He first appeared in the "Unreconciled Stars" event as the main antagonist. He returns as a minor yet pivotal antagonist in the third act of Chapter 2 in the Archon Quests.
He was voiced by Luyin in Chinese, Tetsuya Kakihara in Japanese, and Min Seung Woo in Korean.
Kunikuzushi was originally a puppet created by Raiden Ei in her test to create puppet bodies. His creation was successful, and was considered a prototype for the puppet she used to become the Raiden Shogun. Ei decided not to kill him once he served his use to her and instead sealed his powers as a divine creation before releasing him into the wild. Kunikuzushi wandered the sides of Inazuma for hundreds of years until he was discovered by the Fatui. They unlocked the hidden power within him and reprogrammed him into becoming Scaramouche, the sixth of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers.
The party first meets Scaramouche in the quest "The Crisis Deepens" during the second phase of the "Unreconciled Stars" event "Star of Deceitful Dreams". He is observing the fate of the missing Dawn Winery worker Fritz, having fallen into a deep sleep by the effect of a meteorite that struct his cart. He introduces himself to the Traveler, Paimon, and Fischl as a vagrant of Inazuma, having come to investigate the source. He takes interest in the Traveler when he learns of their position as the Honorary Knight of the Knights of Favonius, but is thrown off when Fischl interrupts him. Then Niu Zhi of the Millelith shows up, with Scaramouche saying that since the Millelith were involved, he won't be needed anymore and departs, while wishing the Traveler best on their travels.
Scaramouche later appears in the quest "What the Skies Conceal, the Water Reveals" in the third phase "Star of Destiny". While the Traveler and Fischl were discussing with Mona about the meteorites, Scaramouche returns and asks to join them. But before he could get any closer, Mona teleports the party and herself away in a hydro bubble, having sensed Scaramouche's identity as a Harbinger. Angered that his chance to strike down the hero of Mondstadt was foiled yet again, Scaramouche summons his Fatui soldiers and orders them to pursue them. However, he changes his mind when a massive meteorite passes above him and decides to call off the search. He instead orders his men to continue their research on the meteorites.
In the fourth and final phase "Where Ancient Stars Align", the Traveler and Mona search for answers about Leonard at Pilos Peak in Musk Reef. However, Scaramouche was already there, having completed his research on the meteorites and plotting an ambush on the party. They ask him about Leonard, but he knows nothing about them. He tells them that the stars and the sky were a lie, and he used to believe the same until a few minutes ago.
He questions himself what the Jester was thinking for not telling him what he would learn on the mission. He then takes his leave, but not before sending two Pyroslinger Bracers to battle the Traveler.
Later on in Inazuma, when the Traveler infiltrates a factory where the Fatui was developing Delusions. They find Scaramouche in the back, but claims that he was not the mastermind. He then boasts about Delusions making for a powerful market for the weak before releasing wrathful energy of the old gods. The Traveler spots Yae Miko approaching before falling unconscious. After Ei kills Signora and ends the Vision Hunt Decree, the Traveler learns from Yae that she surrendered Ei's Gnosis to Scaramouche as an agreement to spare their life for now. It is possible Scaramouche got the gnosis but didn't tell Signora, leaving her behind to die, which may explain why the other harbingers don't like him.
Scaramouche is a young man with blue eyes and short dark blue hair. He wears a black shirt, pants, and sandals. His uniform is decorated with red and white drapes and a purple belt. On his chest is a bronze medallion attached to a collar around his neck, resembling the Electro icon. On his head is a massive conical hat with four hooks around the circumference curving upward, draping two long translucent black veils in the back. Attached to the sides of the hat are two accessories resembling Prototype Amber catalysts connected from red threads.
Scaramouche is a very cunning individual, as he was able to easily manipulate the Traveler under a disguise of a friendly vagrant in his plan to assassinate them. He has a boasting hobby of exerting his authority over others. He also shows low intolerance towards his minions, and berates them for anything he dislikes, such as calling a soldier stupid for suggesting another plan over his directed order.
- Like the other Harbingers of the Fatui, Scaramouche is named after a stock character in commedia dell'arte, a type of comedy Italian theater. In the original plays, Scaramouche is represented as a sly character with some assortment of villainous traits, commonly seen as unreliable with an intrigued mind.
- According to Viktor, Scaramouche is not liked amongst the Fatui, even to the other Harbingers.
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