The Jiang-Shi (or Jiang Shi) is an undead creature from Chinese mythology. He first appeared in the parody game Akumajō Special: Boku Dracula-kun and later appeared as a secret and optional boss in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia.
The Jiang-Shi (pronounced "Jiahng-shir"), conceived in China, is a vampire that leaps around, killing living things in order to absorb their life essence (known in China as "chi"). They are said to be created when a person's soul fails to leave the body, usually due to an improper death, an act of suicide, or the simple desire for trouble. The name "Jiang-Shi" can also be pronounced geungsi (Cantonese), gangshi (Korean), and most popularly kyong-shi (Japanese). However pronounced, the name literally translates to "stiff corpse".
Their appearances range from ordinary (like a fresh corpse) to extraordinarily horrifying. Its hopping motions come usually from the intense rigor mortis and stiffness of the corpse. Another thing to note is that their skin is usually pale green and furry, covered with mold; and that they usually have long white hair (although their representations in most popular culture leave this out for some reason). Jiang-Shi represented in popular culture tend to wear gaudy funeral clothes (or Qing Dynasty's courtier formal robes with Mandarin Square), as if they are the dead bodies of famous persons in China.
The story of the Jiang-Shi began from the folk practice of "Traveling a Corpse Over a Thousand Li", where families who could not afford much in the way of traveling expenses for a deceased family member who died far from home would hire a Taoist priest to transport the body. The priest would tack a talisman to the body's forehead, which would enable the body to find its way back to its original home for proper burial by hopping. Taoist priests would only transport the bodies at night, and would constantly ring bells to warn other nighttime pedestrians that a Jiang-Shi was coming their way; the pedestrians, of course not wanting to be seen by a Jiang-Shi, would vacate the area immediately. To protect themselves, the priests would wear a headdress that had a veil covering their faces; this way, the Jiang-Shi they were transporting would travel alongside them without the temptation to devour the priest.
Such a practice was popular in Xiangxi, where many people left home to find work in other areas. After they died, their corpses were transported back to their rural hometown using long bamboo rods, believing they would be homesick if buried in unfamiliar territory. When the bamboo flexed up and down, the corpses appeared to be hopping in unison from a distance.
The Jiang Shi is found at the end of the Large Cavern as a secret boss, and also must be defeated to complete Irina's final quest. He moves only by hopping around the room, hoping to hit Shanoa directly. After several hops, the Jiang Shi will stop, and cast a large white homing orb which does massive damage. After the orb, he will summon a miniature version of himself using a glyph spell, which can be absorbed in order to earn the same summon spell. As the fight continues, it can become difficult to hit the Jiang Shi because of the crowd of homing orbs and his constantly-hopping summons. They can be countered, however, as the orbs can be blocked with Melio Scutum, and the miniature Jiang Shis can be beaten. Once Jiang Shi is defeated, he freezes in place, defeated by a small piece of paper with a spell fastened to his forehead. If Jiang-Shi is hit again, he will come back to life, and the battle begins anew. However, all the player has to do is to exit from the left side of the room if this happens considering the boss door is still open. A viable strategy would be using the wings of Volaticus to keep on the move while you use your weaponry to wear down Jiang Shi, switching a weapon for the Melio Scutum needed to block off the orbs, then back to normal setup, and repeat the process.
|Enemy Data: Jiang-Shi|
|Image||Name - Game|
|'|| 1. Kid Dracula's Castle|
|This blood-sucking creature crossed the sea from the East.|| Strong: Darkness|
Weak: Slash, Flame, Light
Skill Pt: 30
| Steal: Fidelis Mortus|| Large Cavern|