Xiaofang is a minor character in Shadow Hearts. He is the guardian of Wuhan Temple Ruins – a cat turned into a boy by Master Xifa.
Xiaofang 3D Render (Shadow Hearts)
Xiaofang Character Profile (Shadow Hearts)
In Shadow Hearts
Xiaofang is first met when the party descend into Wuhan Temple’s underground section. He has previously met Zhuzhen who compliments Xiaofang telling him that his speech has improved. Xiaofang’s role is to make sure the party undertake the trials before reaching Xifa.
Once the trials are complete, Xifa sends Xiaofang to fetch the White Tiger votive portrait – as he is doing this, Xiaofang’s body is possessed by Dehuai. This allows Dehuai to enter Wuhan and kills Xiaofang.
A cat transformed into human with Xifa’s Taoist Magic. He is learning language and customs under Xifa. His street-wise personality hints at his stray-cat past.
Xiaofang introduces himself
Xiaofang uses magic
Dehuai Possessing Xiaofang
Origin and Trivia Xiao Fang is the name of a Chinese official from the Tang Dynasty The name Xiaofang means “fire fighting” or “fire fire”, however “Xiao Fang” means “small room Xiaofang still retains his “meowing” habit from when he was a cat – it appears as a tic in his speech patterns. Xiaofang also goes by the name “Shoho” when he runs his shop. The shop is called “Master Shoho’s part time job”. Shoho is the name of a Japanese era. Xiaofang tells the party that he is not a little demon – this possibly refers to the Japanese myth of Bakeneko – a cat spirit who may turn into a human. Most Bakeneko are considered evil. Xiaofang considers himself to be a “little Buddha”.