Have-Nots are forbidden from holding public office or be enlisted in the military. However, Second Prince Camilla Hui Guo Rou has given a select number of Have-Nots the possibility of joining her private guard. She had a special district built on her private property where they can enjoy privileges equal to those of the military.
In ancient Kakin, there existed a sacrificial burial custom known as "afterlife companions." These companions would be buried with Princes who had been unable to become King, with the hope that they would supervise them in the afterlife and prevent them from turning into a vengeful ghost that cursed Kakin or its King. To be chosen was considered an honor, but the companions were exclusively selected from the Have-Nots. The practice eventually ended, but Kakin's caste system remained and the Have-Nots continued to hold the lowest position.
Succession Contest arc
Alerted upon hearing Musse's gunfire shots, some of Prince Camilla's guards (Sarahell, Nukuocon, Hignori, Bucket, and Umanma) try to rush to where he and the Prince are but they find the doors locked. They manage to knock one of its hinges and see that their Prince is unharmed. Prince Camilla proclaims that Musse shot at her and missed so she will now pursue him. Sarahell tries to dissuade Camilla to not go after him, though the Prince refuses. Sarahell urges Queen Duazul, however, she sides with her daughter.
After Camilla allowed the Have-Nots to join her personal army, they showed overwhelming support for her and suddenly called for the practice of afterlife companions to be brought back. This combined with their Nen abilities and turned them into curse assassins. Camilla presently has eleven Have-Nots each assigned to curse the other remaining Princes. They also possess a Nen Exorcist in case Camilla herself should get cursed. The two Have-Nots previously assigned to curse Momoze and Salé-salé are ordered to determine whether there are any Exorcists among the enemy. After consulting with Fukataki and realizing the difficulty of dealing with the Princes' Nen beasts, Sarahell decides to attend the next round of Nen classes in Woble's quarters, where she plans to curse the Prince.
Unique Nen Ability
|Have-Nots' Nen Abilities|
|Type: Unknown||Yomotsu Hegui (つじつま合わせに生まれた僕等 We Who Were Born Out of Convenience)|
|A haunting type curse that is unique to the Have-Nots of Kakin. The user must carry an object connected to the target, such as a photograph, along with a dagger, and must think of the target every day. On the day they want to cast the curse, they must burn the object, drink the infusion of the ashes, and commit suicide with the dagger. The curse will deprive the target of their aura and, in the most powerful cases, kill them in a few hours.
Months, if not years, of preparation are necessary for the curse to grow strong enough to successfully kill the target, and even then a few meters of distance from the target can change the moment of their death from two weeks to three months. It is however estimated that the user killing themselves while close enough to touch the target and looking them in the eye will result in a powerful curse even if not enough time has passed by normal standards. The ability draws power from post-mortem Nen and the user's resolve.
- In the original text, "Have-Nots" is a neologism, with only one kanji of difference from the Japanese word for the Indian Dalit (不可持民, "people who must not be carried", instead of 不可触民, "people who must not be touched"), on which the fictional caste is obviously based.
- Curiously Camilla's Nen ability also requires death to activate, utilizing post-mortem Nen.
Intertextuality and References
- The furigana name of the Have-Nots' curse is derived from Japanese mythology, specifically to Izanami's inability to leave the underworld due to having eaten of its food.