Hinoka-Gutsuchi-no-Kami (火之迦具土神, Hinoka gutsuchi kami), typically known simply as Honoka (ほのか, Honoka), is the God of the Land in charge over the region of Komiya that borders Kamioka. She is an old acquaintance of Kukuri, and was the one that appointed Sunao Sumeragi as her land's exorcist. Due to their proximity and relationship, she often assists Kukuri when trouble arises.
As a God, Honoka boasts a never-aging body and is, presumably, much older than she looks. She has the appearance of a young tomboyish woman with blonde hair tied with a red bandana, and she has very sharp eyes that give her a somewhat rough expression. Her attire consists of a black haori with a red tunic on top.
PersonalityHonoka is a quite tomboyish and masculine woman, lacking in any feminine traits. She possesses a rather laid back and easy-going personality, exuding a great amount of confidence with a decisive and assured attitude. She speaks in a casual and informal tone, treating those in a lower position than her with respect and encouraging them to express their opinions if they wish to. She has common sense, often calling out others for their poor decision making and disliking bold acts made with little thought involved. She's cautious and her words showcase her sensibleness, capable of making calm judgements even on serious situations. However, she's also somewhat absent minded and inattentive to things she's not focused on, going as far as not noticing her own temple being on fire until it was pointed out by Sunao. She's, quite surprisingly, a very merciful deity, as she was still willing to spare the fugitive members of Mayoiga after they were about to initiate a large-scale attack on Kamioka if they were willing to turn away, and even saved them and granted them a possibility of survival after the conflict was over.
She has a relationship of mutual respect with Kukuri and the two have known each other for quite some time, though they only meet through spirit clones. They both have their pride as Gods of the Land, and showed a competitive side during the duel between Sunao and Kazuya. Despite being seemingly harsh on the outside, she's very concerned by the decisions and actions of her Exorcist, expressing sorrow over Suou's death and wanting to respect his ideals, and serving as a mentor figure to Sunao.
At some point in the past Honoka was recognized as a strong enough God to be trusted with the Land of Komiya and was granted a Stone Shard from the Celestial Pillar, which was implanted inside her body, becoming a God of the Land as a result. As such, she was responsible for watching over the land's activity of Curse and selecting an Exorcist to deal with aberrations that may arise. Eventually Honoka appointed Suou Sumeragi as Komiya's Exorcist. When Suou died, his sister Sunao demanded Honoka to give her a Tsugumomo so that she could use it in order to avenge her brother. Honoka refused, wanting to respect Suou's last wish of giving Sunao an ordinary life, but Sunao did not listen and would go claim ownership of Suou's tsugumomo, Kotetsu.
Years later, Honoka would eventually accept Sunao as an official exorcist after she passed her test.
Honoka tested Sunao by using the technique "Flame of the Heavens", confident that she would be able to block it. After she successfully managed to do so, she officially named her the Exorcist of Komiya and allowed her to leave to Kamioka to challenge the Exorcist from that land. During the duel between Sunao and Kazuya Kagami, Honoka was present through a Spirit Clone, actively cheering for Sunao and analyzing the match alongside Kukuri.
During the conflict with Mayoiga, she intercepted their ship when they tried to get to Kamioka by passing through Komiya. Due to Miurahi's own Stone Shard, she prefered to act with caution and sent a Spirit Clone to prevent a possible disaster from the clash of two Stone Shards. She told them that she would spare them if they turned around, but the firm members of Mayoiga continued moving forward, which Honoka responded by attacking them with "Flame of the Heavens". Through the combined effort of all the members of the Tsugumomo Organization, they were able to block the God's attack, leading Honoka to engage in a close-quarters battle. However, as Honoka fought against the entire force of Mayoiga it wasn't until too late that she realised that the Mayoiga Ship was a virtual ship created by Mimane, and that a small elite group of Mayoiga managed to sneak by while she fought the larger force, who managed to quickly reach Kamioka.
After Miurahi was killed by Azami and the members of Mayoiga lost their ship (which was the one allowing them to survive without an owner), Honoka saved all the remaining Tsugumomo and kept them alive with her own power.
Being a God of a Land, a deity recognised as particularly powerful even among Gods and that houses a Stone Shard inside her body, Honoka is one of the most powerful entities in the world. She's a Fire God, with her fighting style revolving mostly around the use of flames. She's extremely skilled at hand-to-hand combat as well, being easily capable of fighting against Mayoiga's entire force even with a much weaker Spirit Clone, and coming out on top with barely any injuries. As she is a God of the Land, she's presumed to be equally powerful to Kukuri (when at full strength), making her nearly unbeatable for mortals.
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- Honoka is one of the few established female characters of Tsugumomo that was never seen naked even once.