After my experience with those gloppy [Ebitans], I decided to try out something a little drier for a change. So I cooked up this [Kageo] series, loosely based on a Japanese model that I ran across in a trade journal. They seem to favor humid spots, to keep from drying out, and they like to attack by biting. But then, who among us doesn't?

The House of the Dead Sega Saturn manual.

Type B-1, primarily named Kageo (カゲオ Kageo?) but also referred to as "Mummy",[1] is a skeletal humanoid creature characterized by his low resilience and dry habitat. He is a recurring enemy throughout the main House of the Dead series.

Produced through human genome experimentation, Kageo was used by various parties to help carry out humanity-threatening worldwide incidents, beginning with Dr. Curien in 1998.

Four other iterations of Kageo were developed: the full-bodied Bourbon (バーボン), Ken (ケン Ken?) and Suzuki (鈴木); and the half-bodied Kageo J (カゲオJ Kageo J?) and Torso Kageo (胴影). These variants often have different behavioral traits and weapons.

Appearances

The House of the Dead

Kageo first appears in the Curien Mansion in the first House of the Dead game, originally with the name "Mummy". As stated in the Sega Saturn manual, Mummy was created by Curien sometime after that of Ebitan, as he wanted to "create something a little drier for a change". Mummy's structure was off a Japanese model Curien encountered at a trade journal, possibly revealing his extremely thin build was based off an anorexic human. The manual further explains that he wanders around damp areas to keep himself from drying out, explaining his preference for darker and more dreadful areas. True to his mummified appearance, his resilience is lower compared to the other creatures infesting the Curien Mansion.

The House of the Dead 2

Kageo appears again, having been recreated in numbers by Caleb Goldman to raid a large, unnamed city, this time with his official name being Kageo. Still with his relative fragility compared to the other creatures, he still prefers to prowl in dark and dreary areas, though this time his reasons behind this preference may be different from drying out. His build was used as a template by Goldman to create a stronger creature named Ken.

The House of the Dead III

Kageo returns in this game. He usually attacks in smaller numbers rather than occur in hordes in comparison to his prolific numbers from past appearances.

The House of the Dead 4 and Special

Kageo appears in this series, with a similar build like that of the previous games. He appears to be an emaciated old man with bony features. Despite its appearance which shows it is not resilient, Kageos have a faster attack rate compared to other creatures. They also appear in a torso form, although this form appears only during Chapter 3.

House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn

Kageo returns once more.

Gallery

The House of the Dead 2

Official Art

Screenshots

The House of the Dead III

Official Art

House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn

Official Art

Trivia

  • The developers of the original House of the Dead said that Kageo was their favorite enemy from that game.[2]
  • A virtual Youtuber who was a female version of Kageo, Hiiro Sumomo, promoted House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn from 2018 to 2020.

References

  1. "[1]", The House of the Dead Sega Saturn Manual, September 1996, page 20.
  2. "Interview: The House of the Dead", Sega Saturn Magazine, issue 23, September 1997, page 62.
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