Rihan (リハン, Rihan) is a high-ranking soldier in the Royal Army of the Kakin Empire, and one of the personal soldiers of Prince Benjamin. He was among Prince Salé-salé's bodyguards under orders from Prince Benjamin, but has since been reassigned to Prince Tubeppa.
Rihan is a very perceptive individual. He can deduce the nature and ability of someone's Guardian Spirit Beast by simply being around it, even for only a short amount of time. He is quite confident in his ability to counteract against Prince Salé-salé's Guardian Beast.
As one of the First Prince's soldiers, Rihan graduated from Kakin's Royal Military Academy and became a part of his army.
Succession Contest arc
Rihan is among the other thirteen soldiers working under Prince Benjamin that is present during Balsamilco's explanation before the journey's start. Later, Prince Benjamin orders his fourteen soldiers to act as both bodyguards and spies to all the other princes, and to report any information regarding the Princes' Guardian Spirit Beasts and the Hunters' abilities. Rihan becomes the Eighth Prince Salé-salé's bodyguard.
On the second day of the voyage, while in the Eighth Prince's bedroom as Salé-salé secretly hints to two women what he intends to do at the banquet, Rihan observes that his Guardian Spirit Beast is tied to his libido and disappears on three occasions, which would potentially allow Rihan to terminate his mission in an instant. In the course of his 16-hour shift, he also analyzes the abilities of the prince's Guardian Spirit Beast, determining that when his fellow bodyguard is affected, he will have enough information to activate Predator. He estimates that if his ability can neutralize a Guardian Spirit Beast, he will be of great use to Prince Benjamin.
Roughly 54 hours later, a small clone of Prince Salé-salé's Guardian Spirit Beast appears above Koroabde's head, Rihan determines that he has all the information he needs and activates his ability, which swallows the Guardian Spirit Beast as well as its clone. Having cleared his mission and being prevented from using any Nen for the following two days, Rihan contacts his superior to relay his success and request that his security shift be swapped with Yushohi's so the latter can assassinate the defenseless prince. He then talks directly to Yushohi, who claims that it is almost confirmed that Prince Fugetsu's Guardian Spirit Beast has teleportation capabilities.
After Rihan is moved to Prince Tubeppa's room, Balsamilco tells him to lay low for a while before taking out Halkenburg's Guardian Spirit Beast. He warns Rihan that he might be misinterpreting the Ninth Prince's ability, but cannot say anything more due to the conditions of Predator. As a hint, he reminds him that Shikaku was a Manipulator. Nonetheless, Rihan feels that his ability is being wasted since Tubeppa's Guardian Spirit Beast will not show itself, and since there is no guarantee that it is less dangerous than Halkenburg's. Noticing that Maor's Aura Nodes have been fully opened, he wishes to use Predator on Kurapika, but understands that due to the number of unknown abilities he has it would be ineffective. He thinks that Balsamilco is being overly cautious due to Shikaku's suicide and begins to reflect on it, realizing that the extremely powerful aura he felt would make defending oneself impossible. He wonders if Shikaku offered his own life in exchange for Benjamin's, but rejects the possibility due to the prince's personality.
Abilities & Powers
Rihan is a Nen user, although his superior Balsamilco believes him to be less knowledgeable than Hunters in that regard. Nonetheless, he appears to be profoundly knowledgeable about Manipulation Nen as well as Nen beasts. He has at least the ability to use Hatsu.
|Rihan's Nen Abilities|
|Type: Conjuration||Predator (異邦人 Stranger)|
|Once Rihan has selected a target and activated his Nen ability, a "Predator" begins to grow inside his body. The more accurate his understanding of the target's ability, the better the Predator will be able to counter it, figuratively developing into its natural predator. When Rihan has gathered enough information, he focuses his aura between his hands and breathes out, conjuring the Predator. The one that countered Prince Salé-salé's Guardian Spirit Beast swallowed it and its small replica above Koroabde's head, then replaced it at the prince's side. Despite being conjured, this Predator was invisible to the non-users in the room. Rihan remarked that his ability is an inaccurate "spray and pray" weapon that carries a lot of risk, but an auto-win if it connects.
Since it draws strength from the accuracy of Rihan's analysis from a state of complete ignorance, Predator is powerless against simple Enhancement and Emission attacks, also due to the target being the ability user themselves, who is likely to retaliate. Furthermore, it is at a disadvantage against opponents with counteractive or multiple abilities. As an added condition, Rihan must gather the required information by himself, since taking less risks and being told about the targeted ability by a third party would result in Predator being too weak to neutralize it. After it successfully counters a Nen ability, Rihan is unable to use any Nen for 48 hours.
- Rihan's text from Chapter 372 is missing in the weekly release. It was later added in the volume.
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