Stage 129: It Begins. You are running. You really didn't think you would ever be running towards a direct confrontation with a sorceress who has the ear of Oba-chan, can direct the Twin Warlords, and has an intensive spy network of her own, but there you have it. After a fight that would have had everyone except maybe Kiku-chan screaming in terror and yelling at you to stop trying to kill one another, you and Akari held one another tightly. You dried her nonexistent tears, and she composed herself then went back to the bedroom. She's asleep now, though it took her a little while.You didn't promise to run if things got troublesome though. You have a few vital decisions though. Most of the important ones concern food and fighting.  Collect a pair of fish. Collect a pair of ducks or geese.  Head to the actual trap. Head to the obvious trap. ….stop by Chisato's place.
Twitter: @XsQuestmistressPrevious Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/48723882/Interlude: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/37879167/Threads in Chronological Order, including writeups by XS : http://pastebin.com/Z53TyK0Nor search for Title: Ryukuza on SuptgBarrier Combat Guide: http://pastebin.com/rZLwzvGx>Ryukusa's TreasuresHer name: Ryuu Yorihokura Eight hundred and sixty-two cat youkai live in your auraMatagama-no-Shitoki, a kami in it's own right that protects Ryukusa from inimical magic.Ame-no-Omukade-no-Musume – Ryukusa's mukade possessed wakizashi; a kami. “Daughter of my Centipede of Rain.”Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki - Invincible Weapon of the Present Age, a secret kami-blade given to Ryukusa by Wakaba that appears to be made of some alloy of titanium.Seido-no-Shinpi-Tekina Ken – a mysterious bronze sword given to Ryukusa by the mermaids of Japan.Go-Yūrei-no-Rensa, the Five-Ghost-Chain, used to summon or send messages to your (actual) older sister Ryuu Nabiki.Her Penthouse in the Secret Apartments of Tsathoggua in Shikoku prefecture, Tokyo.Ryukusa's Family.>Talismans:Akari – CentipedeEr Yin – ScorpionKiki – ToadKiku – LizardYui – Snake
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>>48865828I hope the wind is still in your favor XS, by which I mean not blowing smoke at you.
>>48865828> Collect a pair of fish.> Collect a pair of ducks or geese.> Head to the actual trap.
>>48865878So far so good.
>>48865828Is there an etiquette thing on fish or fowl? LIke I assume the word Ryukusa used is appropriate for both animals, and the difference in preparation seems negligible for someone of her talents.
>>48865828>[x] Collect a pair of ducks or geese. >[x] Head to the actual trap.>[x] ….stop by Chisato's place.We don't have to kill them on site, do we? If we do change this to the fish, can't have them squawking and waking people up.
>>48865828> Collect a pair of ducks or geese. > Head to the actual trap.
>>48865943>Fish are more quiet, geese/duck provide more to eat from their bodies. >Carp, of course, would be highly symbolic. >A pair of tabby cats would be even more symbolic, but Ryukuza herself would hesitate killing a cat while she carries so many cat youkai.
>>48865943But yeah, from where I'm sitting this doesn't really seem like the smartest thing to do to escalate things with clan Ryo right now, since while we can do this meeting because kami-enforced promises can trump our orders with the Jade Emperor, I don't think it protects us from the fallout of the meeting so it seems like Clan Ryo could start being more aggressive while we're busy fighting Chinese Devils.However, I don't think Ryukusa would consider this as an option if it didn't have benefit, so there's probably something I'm missing.
[x] Collect a pair of fish.Fish = prosperity!Let's wish prosperity upon this house.
>>48866006Damn. Change my vote >>48865984to carp, then. It's better to give the smart context from the get go. Or is us having to stop and think about it a feature?
>>48865828Welcome back, XS!
>>48866006Wait, symbolic how? Like I know that calling a dragon a carp is a mortal insult, so would that be making sure she understands that this is a threat?
>>48866045>If the context is absolutely necessary I will provide it; otherwise it is generally open to debate or even entirely avoided by write ins.
>>48865828So the actual trap is the place Akari found that seems to be where Himeyuri actually is, and the obvious trap is where Himeyuri is "supposed" to be?
>>48866083Himeyuri is a human sorcerer so using carp would probably mean that we're not opposed to killing and cannibalizing dragons if we have to. I'd probably say it's more a threat than anything else.
>>48866135>Himeyuri is in neither of those places. The obvious trap is Himeyuri's usual home. The actual trap is where Himeyuri seems to be and is not. >Going to Himeyuri is a later option or immediate write in.
>>48865828> Collect a pair of fish. (Carp)> Head to the actual trap.
>>48865828Wait, so from the last thread>You look over it carefully, seeing where the most likely locations she is, her flunkies are, the best locations for traps, and the best baited traps that already exist might be. “If I were her, I would be here.” She points at a low income neighborhood with various Clan Ryo holdings nearby but not actually part of them. She has family relatively near there and there are bodyguards assigned from Ryo to them according to Akari's legend. “It has the only active cell phone under any alias she's ever used, and that one was her training name.”So that place is not where Himeyuri actually is, and we figured it out, or it is but we're not going for it? I guess I should just figure that it's handled, but I'm still kind of confused.
>>48865828> Collect a pair of fish.> ….stop by Chisato's place.I'm kind of curious to see what we might need from her.
>>48865828Fuck, I'm far too late for Ryukusa.> Collect a pair of fish. (Carp)> Head to the actual trap.
[XX] Collect a pair of fish.[X] Head to the actual trap.[+] Let's be wicked....Making the leaps you can and running hard means very few people notice you, and when they do they're usually too confused or surprised to actually track you before you're already too far away and hidden. The large part at the edge of Shinjuku has several ponds in it, and you dive in at speed and come up with a pair of large, heavy, and very old (although not even close to a decade old) koi, their gold and pearl scales glittering in the moonlight. Pausing in your headlong travel to make a momentary barrier to keep them in, you ensure their safety and health, flooding it with the brackish water they prefer.It's always creeped you out a little to see how clean people tend to keep their aquariums.You consult Akari-niji-chan's map inside your head, and then take to the air again, using the skyscrapers of Shinjuku to head towards the residential and wealthier section of Shidome in Minako ward. The new constructions are glistening and not yet entirely populated, making it an ideal place to hide. Or set up an ambush for someone you want to kill, especially if you plan on locking them into a Barrier so that the damage is minimal until later, when the collapse of a building on land reclaimed from the delta is more easily dismissed.
>>48866589The fact that the building just happens not to belong to Clan Ryo, but an unassociated human Yakuza group (not Chisato's, you had Akari check) is undoubtedly no small coincidence. They're definitely taking you seriously. It's also some distance from Chiyoda, which is where Ryuu Himeyuri actually is, unsurprisingly. Chiyoda is where the Diet, the Palace, and a number of sacred (and one profane) shrines are would be a place no sane dragonette would go to pick a fight. You suspect you haven't been sane for some time.But you're not planning to pick a fight with Himeyuri. In fact, you're not planning to pick one here. But it is good sense to see who and what they have watching this location. Even if you only get an idea of what they are planning to array against you, it would be time well spent. Of course, springing the trap would be a terrible idea; you do intend to be back in bed before sunrise, Barriers or not.You sigh when you catch sight of the time on one of the billboards on a newly completed building. You only slept three hours. It's not even 1:00 am.  Take your time and circle the ambush sight and see what you can glean. Sneak into the trap and study it from within, so to speak. See if you can actually catch sight of Himeyuri's double and her bodyguards.  Abscond with one of the backup warriors and gather intel that way. Slip through entirely and leave a trace of passage on purpose.
>>48866609>[x] Take your time and circle the ambush sight and see what you can glean.>[x] See if you can actually catch sight of Himeyuri's double and her bodyguards.
>>48866609>Chiyoda is where the Diet, the Palace, and a number of sacred (and one profane) shrines are and would be a place no sane dragonette would go to pick a fight. Missed a connector.>>48866285>Ryukuza knows where she most likely is, and is (depending on anon) just sneaking by and gathering basic intel and practicing with her new abilities all at once. Akari believes her to be in Chiyoda in a small out of the way area. Even major Special Wards of Tokyo such as Chiyoda has it's slums anbd underbelly.
>>48866609> Take your time and circle the ambush sight and see what you can glean.> See if you can actually catch sight of Himeyuri's double and her bodyguards.
>>48866609[x] See if you can actually catch sight of Himeyuri's double and her bodyguards
>>48866609I kind of feel like snatching someone and leaving a trace of our passing is accelerating things too much, however it seems possible that Clan Ryo is unprepared enough for how far we've grown that we can study the trap from inside and not spring it? Like I don't know, it doesn't make sense for them to underestimate Ryukusa, but has she grown to a level where plans don't even matter anymore?
>>48866745You can always write in a vote that does none of the suggestions anon. XS has mentioned many times that write ins do take precedence.
>>48866609Purposely leaving traces? I didn't know we wanted to torture Himeyuri mentally, haha. Also, morning XS!> Sneak into the trap and study it from within, so to speak.> See if you can actually catch sight of Himeyuri's double and her bodyguards.
>>48866609So, obviously Ryukusa isn't very interested in the waiting game, but is Himeyuri basically allowed to stay at this Chiyoda place indefinitely? Or is it just a case of temporary protection?
>>48866879>Ryukusa doesn't know. She can only surmise from what Clan Ryo has done in the past and what Akari has dug up in her very thorough work, which is still not a whole lot of information to go by.
>>48866906Alright, so it's not like a standard place auntie sends people in danger or whatever then.
>>48866609> Take your time and circle the ambush sight and see what you can glean.> Slip through entirely and leave a trace of passage on purpose.
>>48866609>[x] Sneak into the trap and study it from within, so to speak.>[x] See if you can actually catch sight of Himeyuri's double and her bodyguards.
>>48866609> Take your time and circle the ambush sight and see what you can glean.
>>48866609> Take your time and circle the ambush sight and see what you can glean.and I guess if it looks like we can get away with it> Sneak into the trap and study it from within, so to speak.Not really sure about three votes but> See if you can actually catch sight of Himeyuri's double and her bodyguards. I feel like that's helpful because it might let us know who isn't actually guarding Himeyuri, I'm assuming Ryukusa has long-since memorized every member of clan Ryo she's aware of.
So are we planning to head straight to Himeyuri after we've done some light recon here? Hope they don't notice we were around until we get to her and such?
>>48867077That's what I was generally thinking, but it depends on if we discover anything after looking around here first.
>>48867096True, but what are we actually going to, well, do there? Our Promise kinda started off as her being asleep and not wanting her to wake up, at this point neither of those seem very likely, but maybe she can still manage to sleep with the threat of Ryukusa hanging over her. Not sure how this is gonna end up going down.
>>48867148Yeah I'm not really sure what Ryukusa's plan is, and I'm almost completely certain that we the players don't really have one.Like we kind of want Himeyuri to change sides or at least just find a way to stay out of this, but fully expect her to do something stupid and dangerous instead, and this is the first time we're taking the conflict to clan Ryo instead of just dealing with their shit.Like the ultimate goal I think is we need to make sure they won't get in our way when we kick Enma out of Japan.
>>48867224Well to be fair we're doing it because she 'forced' us to make a promise, and now said promise is forcing Ryukusa to act. Not the ideal time to make a move against Ryo really.
>>48867239Technically the only reason we're doing this NOW is because Ryukusa is still having trouble coping with her demigod nature being really intolerant to inaction and unfortunately that includes sleeping.Like I don't think we ever gave ourselves any particular deadline, and I'm not really sure we'd be breaking laws if we turned back now though after that whole talk with Akari I think we probably do need to follow through.
[XX] See if you can actually catch sight of Himeyuri's double and her bodyguards. [X] Take your time and circle the ambush site and see what you can glean.The location where Himeyuri has supposedly been take to protect her is not an easy building to infiltrate. Rooftop access, of course, delivery entrance, front doors. It's a business building, a legitimate one, so they have their own night security and front desk people. Offices for the most part, which of course makes it easy to hide a person who can create legal and verifiable business with which to rent an office space. Naturally it would be towards the center of the building, because they don't want to make it too easily infiltrated, but not in a heavily secured area, which would 'scare you off' if you were going to hunt down Himeyuri. Of course, all this effort means that Oba-san and Himeyuri discussed your promise and what it would mean for her. As you circle the buildings which circle the target building, you switch from one form of Eyes to another, using them all and getting used to switching between them quickly and effectively. The information and utility of each type of elemental force is quite different and in some cases useful and in others hopelessly useless. Stone Eyes turns out to be a great deal more effective in the city than you thought, while also having some serious drawbacks – for instance, being unable to see the asphalt or concrete around you or even that you are walking on, or literally seeing through glass as though it were air (potentially embarrassing, that).
>>48867425Still, being able to see through said concrete, glass, and stone means you can spot people hiding in unusual places, like the Stone dragonette hidden amongst the piping and ducts of the target building, or the Fire oni-child hidden in a panel cut into the walls of a building where you could have a good vantage point on the entrance of the actual target building. Void Eyes tells you of their relative spiritual strengths, as well as revealing which ones are sorcerers or priests, and how bad the feng-shui of this area is in general, something which is undoubtedly meant to annoy and trouble you as you conduct an infiltration. You come up with a rough estimate of their forces by slipping in and out of the area around the target building – eleven oni-children and dragonnes and dragonettes, aside from those actually in the rooms with “Himeyuri”. There are many places where you can't actually look, but the movements and positioning of the others gives you information on their allies, as does Water Eyes. Fire Eyes are unsurprisingly unhelpful in this situation, while Wood Eyes would only be useful in dealing with one person. All in all, it is good practice, but that's all it is – practice. Slipping into and out of the circle of buildings helps too, but entering the target building is a little bit more of a commitment than you're ready to make, ara ara.It doesn't take long to break into a completely different and relatively unguarded building, and while you're not the supreme hacker Akari is, you're capable enough to get into their security systems and take a look at the tapes of the front doors – and those of the target building. Finding the part you want takes you less time than it would another, because you can actually process the images that are moving too fast for others to follow. Learning how to do it gave you the worst migraines, mostly because you didn't blink often and the white noise of the screen itself was horrid to look at.
>>48867464Trying to explain that you could see the individual electron excitation on a CRT screen didn't happen until you were in your teens, because you didn't actually understand what you were looking at yourself until then. “Himeyuri” isn't someone you know disguised as Himeyuri. It looks, for anyone who doesn't memorize how someone moves as a matter of course as they look at someone, exactly like her. Which means it's probably much more powerful than an illusion. A shapechanger perhaps. It IS the real Ah-sama and Oh-sama accompanying her, though, which explains the elaborate set up. Trying to catch and kill them would be trouble at the best of times. In this situation? Pretty close to suicide without serious backup and maybe a harpoon gun. Guided missiles would make it impossible to butcher them, so those would be right out. You lean back in the chair and ponder.  Right, time to go and talk to Himeyuri – the real one.  There's a couple of people you could potentially snatch, if you were of a mind to. Maybe go take a look at how well guarded those relatives of Himeyuri's are. Give Chisato a call, have her set up a business in the target building, just in case. Check out the obvious trap next, just to see what they did there.
>>48867479> Check out the obvious trap next, just to see what they did there.Sounds fun!
>>48867464I thought we couldn't see through insulation? I'm not complaining though.
>>48867479>[x] Right, time to go and talk to Himeyuri – the real one. >[x] There's a couple of people you could potentially snatch, if you were of a mind to.>[x] Check out the obvious trap next, just to see what they did there.But let's just consider the snatching, I'm no ready to commit to it yet without knowing who is involved.
>>48867479It's too bad we don't really have much time to mess with Clan Ryo, because after we fulfill their promise, Ah and Oh won't be stuck here and might be free to mess with us.
>>48867425[XXX] See if you can actually catch sight of Himeyuri's double and her bodyguards. [XX] Take your time and circle the ambush site and see what you can glean.[X] Sneak into the trap and study it from within, so to speak.The actual votes used.. I updated the posts but missed updating the votes before I sent the first post
>>48867501>Depends on what it is made out of.
>>48867479> Right, time to go and talk to Himeyuri – the real one.I do enjoying the mental image of Ryukusa smacking into a window because she was leaping and using stones eyes
>>48867479>[x] Right, time to go and talk to Himeyuri – the real one. Let's not dilly-dally, trip up, and get noticed.
>>48867479> Check out the obvious trap next, just to see what they did there.> Right, time to go and talk to Himeyuri – the real one.
>>48867479> Right, time to go and talk to Himeyuri – the real one.
>>48867479> Check out the obvious trap next, just to see what they did there.
>>48867479Damn checking the obvious trap sounds kind of fun and unlikely to backfire but I'm not sure if it's a great use of our time.
>>48867870Well, as long as we don't get seen I think Ryukusa has plenty of time.
>>48867479>[X] Right, time to go and talk to Himeyuri – the real one.
If the trap had this kind of ambush waiting, I'm scared/excited to see what is waiting at her actual location.
Oh, kamidammit.There is the obvious trap, and then the non obvious trap.And then, there's the trap which is in place about Himeyuri, because Oba-san is a bitch and would not hesitate to get the somewhat compromised and also failure -committing Himeyuri killed if it meant taking down Ryukusa at the same time.That can play into our hands, as long as we expect a third trap in place. Easier to convince someone to bail when their boss sells them out.Assumptions, admittedly, but it's what I would do in Oba-san's shoes.Potentially some sort of curse or other non-obvious magical effect rather than physical guards.
>>48867934Yeah I'm not sure what she has that could be an order of magnitude worse than what's right here.
>>48867479>[x] Check out the obvious trap next, just to see what they did there.>[x] Right, time to go and talk to Himeyuri – the real one.>>48867958>After seeing how much muscle Oba-san has used already in the last two spots, do risk assessment on how much physical/sorcerous threat is at third spot, assuming Oba-san is using everything + having called in some favours
>>48868091Oh right that is an advantage, it lets us gauge what Oba-san has left.Also I feel like there's still a very small chance that Himeyuri might actually be at her house because they think we wouldn't be bored enough to check a place we know is a trap.
>>48868091From the sound of it Ryukusa is definitely aware that what's waiting for her is gonna be really dangerous. I'm sure she'll take the proper precautions even unprompted.
>barrier combat with Himeyuri>cutting words>by means of making her fish for dinner>leave her quivering and mindbroken in the middle of the trap with a plate of steamed fish on her lapproblem solved all round
>>48868361Do we really want to break her mind, anon?
[XX] Check out the obvious trap next, just to see what they did there.[XXX] Right, time to go and talk to Himeyuri – the real one. You undo your rather basic hacks and wipe down anything you need to, which honestly isn't all that much. Then you're out and off again, leaping between buildings and running down the alleys and up walls on occasion. Well, not really, you're mostly climbing them without using too much of your hands. Your claw-tips are still sensitive on your right hand. It doesn't take too long at all to get to where Himeyuri lives, and even less time to scout the area. Aside from a couple of exceedingly bored elite warriors on the (poorly guarded) perimeter, most of the assault team is actually in Himeyuri's home. It takes next to no effort to infiltrate a room next door to hers, which is unoccupied except for a very unfortunate novice oni-child whom you render unconscious by dropping his blood pressure to barely survivable levels. It's a lot harder than you had thought it would be, but Fire is always weak to water, even if his heart could chew up scalpels if they tried open heart surgery on him. It doesn't take long to identify the voices and their owners. You can feel the wards on the rooms; they're clearly designed to keep you from entering or Void magics from affecting those within, though they're not on par for a Clan Ryo VIP. And they don't stop you from simply listening through the wall in the slightest.“I still don't see why they consider this necessary. I mean, it's ridiculous to have us wait here while they actually try and capture her with an actual trap.” Natsuo-san, a fire oni-child, and one of your cousin's harem. She's pissed, and half of that is most likely because she's pretending to be part of the clan still.
One thing we need to keep in mind is that Stone and Wood are now extra-dangerous for us as a fully matured Demigod, though I'm not sure we know the specifics of how yet.Fortunately I think it's pretty unlikely that Oba-san knows what elements we chose, or would be confident enough in guessing to make it a key factor in her plans.
>>48868425“Why wouldn't she come here?” That would be Ichika, your cousin's Wood-oni cannibal girl harem girl. She sounds lovely. “She won't come here because she's a Water dragonette. Only an idiot would actually come looking for someone where they live after threatening them.” Well, Kanako-chan isn't wrong, but she's mistaken. She was probably assigned to keep an eye on these kids after her disastrous capture mission where you and Akari scared the hell out of all of them. Might be fun to show yourself just to terrify her and prove her wrong in the same instant. “That's why they didn't concern themselves with your elemental types.”“I'd like to see her. Just to see if I can actually hurt her.” Huh, you don't know her. Has the same accent as Hebiki Naoto, though; could be a relative of Akari or her sister.“You can't.” Musumi Kanako again. “Water overcomes Fire.” An annoyed humph from the mysterious person. Pretty even tempered for a Fire creature. You can almost hear the unvoiced disagreements churning their way through her mind.“You should stop talking about her. She might sense it.” Oh, that voice you know. Ryuu Fuuta, one of the cutest Void Oni-chicks you've ever had the pleasure of practicing with. You made a point of practicing with her because she had a tendency to distract her opponents by 'losing' her clothing. Mostly because it made her itch, but still. She was well on her way to becoming a potent practitioner of oni-magic.
>>48868445“That's nonsense, Fuuta-chan.” Hebiki Gii, Akari's cousin, much the same as Hauko is your cousin. Human shinobi-sorceress-in-training. An experimental counter to the Kaga Clan demon quellers. “She's not a Void dragonette.” You can just imagine Fuuta pinning Gii-chan with a one eyed stare, the other hidden under her hair, and looking dubious. All girls. Must have been something like Oba-san suggesting a sleepover, which translates to 'stay here, guard the place, and report back when called'. You could take most of them easily, but there are enough wildcards that underestimating them could get you hurt. Probably not killed, and definitely not captured.  Sneak into the hallway and leave a note for them before taking off. ….Fuuta might be salvageable.... Wait just a few minutes longer, this almost got interesting. See if you can blow the wards with Fire the way you blow electronics with Water. Maybe later. Time to go see the spymaster. Mistress. Whatever.
>>48868445Aw man, these guys seem pretty interesting but unfortunately we can't afford to play with them right now.
>>48868462Ryukusa is clever enough to leave a note in such a way that almost certainly won't be discovered until we've already met with Himeyuri right?
>>48868361No. That doesn't solve anything.>>48868419We don't.
>>48868445This Fuuta seems to have the right idea for besting Ryukusa. Granted it'd still only work when Ryukusa doesn't mind losing, but that's better than the rest.
>>48868419She basically ran to Oba-san about this, which makes her a: fair game, and b: unlikely to turn away without putting ourselves at serious risk.Physically incapacitating her for extended periods of time wouldn't help, because her mind is what makes her useful.Mindbreak and leaving her effectively dead, and at best able to regather the scraps of her mind into some semblance of sanity if never to regain the heights of her spymastering is slightly better than killing her (but only slightly, admittedly) and removes her from play. I just want to make someone mind shatter due to cooking, actually
>>48868462> Wait just a few minutes longer, this almost got interesting.Then> See if you can blow the wards with Fire the way you blow electronics with Water.
>>48868462>[x] Wait just a few minutes longer, this almost got interesting.>[x] Sneak into the hallway and leave a note for them before taking off.Ryuu Ryukusa, professional voyeur.If we can, let's make it so they won't notice it for a while.
>>48868462> Wait just a few minutes longer, this almost got interesting.> Afterwards, go see the spymaster. Mistress. Whatever.
>>48868515I mean, she is actually loyal to Oba-san and was worried Ryukusa would come and kill her whole family. I find it hard to blame her for telling after the fact.
>>48868462> Sneak into the hallway and leave a note for them before taking off.> Maybe later. Time to go see the spymaster. Mistress. Whatever.
Man, I can't believe I missed so much of this thread.>>48868462Musumi is pretty.More seriously, our cousin's harem really love him, right?>>48868466We can deal with them after we completed the promise.
>>48868462>[x] See if you can blow the wards with Fire the way you blow electronics with Water.Sounds fun!
>>48868515One, Ryukusa is not a shitty person, and so won't mind break people like you want to do.Two, no, it's worse than killing her by far. Three, it'd be completly OOCFour, no, she didn't ran to Oba-san, and even if she did, that doesn't make her fair game.
>>48868563Then she can take solace while mindbroken that she gets to keep her family.Ryukusa's marked her family for death as a demigod, has a killed for less, and someone loyal is admirable, but no less of a target, and no less deadly just because she's cute and does spywork instead of straight up combat.Compare her to that snake guy that was guarding Colonel German Asshole/Melinda's Dad. We respected him because he was loyal and willing to die for his boss, but still killed him in a straight up fight.
>>48868604Well not quite, the promise is pretty much a loophole to gather intel on Clan Ryo in a way that doesn't violate our contract with the Jade Emperor.
>>48868462> Wait just a few minutes longer, this almost got interesting.>Fuuta might be salvageable. And you have to tell your cousin's harem about his whereabouts. But later. > Maybe later. Time to go see the spymaster. Mistress. Whatever.>Time to fulfil your promise, in the most Ryukusa way.
>>48868662Dude, give it up, we are not mindbreaking her.
>>48868662Yeah, but Ryukusa quite explicitly didn't really plan to kill her family, just make the threat and then not go through with it (or rather, go through with it in a very different and harmless way).
>>48868604>More seriously, our cousin's harem really love him, right?Do Er Yin, Akari, Yui, Kiku, and Kiki-hime love Ryukusa?
>>48868662Yeah, no.I don't know what got into your head, but mind-breaking and crippling people's mentaly is worth than killing.And Ryukusa only threatened her because the threat had an obvious loophole. Ryukusa wouldn't have bothered with a loophole if she wanted dead.
>>48868462>[X] Sneak into the hallway and leave a note for them before taking off.
>>48868462> Wait just a few minutes longer, this almost got interesting.> ….Fuuta might be salvageable....
>>48868724Does his love interests represent or is equivalent to a kami/kamuy the same way Ryukusa's correspond to Inari?
>>48868724I sure hope so!...is what I'd say if we didn't know for sure.
>>48868783Also I wonder if we could investigate what happened to the original Madness Kamuy's harem if she(?) had one when we have time.Like not really relevant at all, but wondering where things slipped up assuming they had a similar purpose as Horobi's.
>>48868724That's fair.>>48868462Adding to my vote here >>48868690>You don't want to hurt any of them, thought you won't hesitate or understimate them. >Maybe you can convince some to join you ... you'd value any of their help, and at least a few don't care about loyalty to Clan Ryo that much.>Plus, Akari could use some subordinates to dress in cosplay.
>>48868806Probably got killed by Shoko and Yuuhi.
>>48868840So we should keep them away from his harem, unless necessary?
>>48868690>Time to fulfil your promise, in the most Ryukusa way.the most Ryukusa way? I don't think anyone can handle that.
>>48868872Not entirely true anon - the wives can handle Ryukusa in any way asked of them!Just maybe need some rest afterwards.
>>48868707>>48868736>Yeah, but Ryukusa quite explicitly didn't really plan to kill her family, just make the threat and then not go through with it (or rather, go through with it in a very different and harmless way).And then she went to Oba-san ANYWAY. Eh, I'm not going to succeed so I'll stop here, but it just sits wrong with me that we're basically walking into a trap to fulfil a loophole to demonstrate our mercy to someone who's just shown they aren't willing to get out of our way AND remains a potent danger. All this is going to show is we've got the capability of waltzing into a fortress, but we aren't willing to actually use that to hurt our enemy. All that shows is that our threats are hollow and pointless and bluster, and we're putting ourselves into a dragon's maw (relatively great danger) to do so.Alternatively we could simply go and take out Oba-san if she's spent all this muscle on protecting Himeyuri, and make this whole point utterly moot. Is Oba-san related to Himeyuri?
... I have the feeling Ryukusa would get a big chair that you can turn for dramatic reveal in Himeyuri's living room, just in order to do it.
>>48868935I agree she failed her side twice over by not stopping the twins and by running to Oba-chan
>>48868935>to someone who's just shown they aren't willing to get out of our wayHow exactly is she meant to get out of our way when she knows Ryukusa is going to come for her family (and her) because she Promised and you can't just break promises in this setting (nor has she any reason to think Ryukusa would bother facing the consequences of doing so rather than just do it)? It's like asking 'why didn't she just roll over and die instead of try to get help?'
>>48868935>And then she went to Oba-san ANYWAY. Himeyuri didn't KNOW that Ryukusa would be merciful. And once again, it's probably Oba-shit hijacking the opportunity for her half-brained schemes, as always.>just sits wrong with me that we're basically walking into a trap to fulfil a loophole to demonstrate our mercy to someone who's just shown they aren't willing to get out of our way AND remains a potent dangerOne, walking into that kind of things is Ryukusa 's job.Two, Himeyuri haven't done this, and tonight is about making her stop being a potent danger, one way or another.> All this is going to show is we've got the capability of waltzing into a fortress, but we aren't willing to actually use that to hurt our enemy.We always do this, and Ryukusa is always going to do what is needed.>All that shows is that our threats are hollow and pointless and bluster,...Yeah, no. You have no idea how Ryukusa operate.>Alternatively we could simply go and take out Oba-san if she's spent all this muscle on protecting Himeyuri, and make this whole point utterly moot....No, just no.> Is Oba-san related to Himeyuri?How about you read the quest?They're related as much as any member of Clan Ryo is related to Oba-shit.
>>48868361>Fish is a common breakfast food in Japan>Salmon and Aji (Japanese horse mackerel) are common choices
A sorcereress who knows how to counter the Kaga would be pretty neat to have.Well, all those girls would be useful, and cute.
The Kaga Clan works with the Eight Immortals, right?
>>48868935One thing Ryukusa didn't consider is that she is fucking terrifying. Seriously. A wildcard dragonette who has been defeating demigods, punching above her class, and seems to have a massive number of special items? We've done well at psy-ops, a little too well in this case.Ryukusa should consider how she is different from others and how imbalances could effect and exaggerate either who she is, what she does, or how she is perceived.
>>48869134Admit it anon, you just want to collect cute girls don't you.It's in the spirit of Ryukusa, but we don't have the space for all of them!
>>48869174Ryukusa does this. Unlike anon who just want to mindbreak people for no reason.
>>48869180What if we send some of them to the PC to free up space?
>>48869180I don't want just this. They'd genuinely be useful. Them being cute is just nice.I hope for Shoko and Umetsume to become Ryukusa's lovers, though.
>>48868462 Wait just a few minutes longer, this almost got interesting. ….Fuuta might be salvageable....> Don't get caught within a trap within an obvious trap.
>>48869283We can't our harem is like pikachu times 5
>>48869283Depends anon. Does PC refer to Ryukusa's currently unused palace?>>48869297I almost forgot poor Umetsume. I hope we see her again before the end at least.
>>48869064>How about you read the quest?>They're related as much as any member of Clan Ryo is related to Oba-shit.If you read between the lines, what that's saying we go slaughter Oba-shit and put her remains in Himeyuri's living room. It's close enough to fulfil the promise anyway. Though that probably is a risky bid without checking it out first, and without backup.>>48869174>>48869064In that case, we should just leave the carp as a delivery to these guys, and then give Himeyuri a phone call instead of all this grandstanding. I hate to be as downer as Akari in a lake, but do we REALLY need to waltz right into a trap just for a social call to Himeyuri and reassure her personally that no, we're not in fact going to murder her family, that was a good prank, gotcha hime?
>>48869307Good point.>>48869314Ryukusa isn't a jobber like Ash, though.
>>48869345>jobberHE WON THE ORANGE LEAGUE!
>>48869331>If you read between the lines, what that's saying we go slaughter Oba-shit and put her remains in Himeyuri's living roomNo anon. We precised we'd go for her immediate relative. Also, what the fuck? There is a reason why we can't just go kill Oba-shit.
>>48869363Nobody likes orange.
>>48869324I want to meet her again soon. Or at least send her a letter.
We'll have to do stuff with Chisato, after this.
>>48869377>“Your courtesy and attendance to my needs are kind and thoughtful, Himeyuri-sama. Unfortunately, in the interests of preventing any further unfortunate incidents that could cost the Ryuu Clan valuable manpower and resources, particularly of the kind that breathes and does its best to serve the clan in every way before untimely and ignominious death prevents such service from continuing, I must insist that you allow me to speak with Oba-san at once, lest you inadvertently cause further loss of said manpower and resources through your ignorance of the entirety of the situation that you stand in the midst of while unaware of its full scope.” >“I am going to slaughter them.” “I am going to slaughter them. Then I am going to take the pieces and arrange them in your living room while you sleep. If you wake up, which is extremely likely, I will slaughter you, take the pieces to your parents home, and place them there. In the event they waken as I am doing this, I will slaughter them, and place the parts in the houses of the next nearest relatives. I will continue this process until either no one wakes while I am there or until one month has passed, whichever happens first. It is important to remember that I do not have to be a quiet dragonette when moving through people's houses.” If we precised that we said "we are going to kill your immediate relative" we wouldn't be able to get away with giving her a nice dish of fish, anon. That's exactly the point.>There is a reason why we can't just go kill Oba-shitI might have missed it, I thought it was because she had a small formidable army on call for her defense, which wasn't worth the risk, but that small army is currently off guarding traps.
>>48869457>>48869331>>48869377>There is a reason why we can't just go kill Oba-shitMostly it's because she's a sorceress or priestess who has currently possessed a god and can call on all the resources of Clan Ryo.
>>48869457>If we precised that we said "we are going to kill your immediate relative" we wouldn't be able to get away with giving her a nice dish of fish, anon. That's exactly the point.No. Read the quest.>. If you wake up, which is extremely likely, I will slaughter you, take the pieces to your parents home, and place them there. In the event they waken as I am doing this, I will slaughter them, and place the parts in the houses of the next nearest relativesThe loophole only work for Himeyuri herself. And the "if you wake up" part is just to spook her, since we can actually decide if she does or not, with a 99.99% accuracy.>I might have missed it, I thought it was because she had a small formidable army on call for her defense, which wasn't worth the risk, but that small army is currently off guarding traps.Yeah, no. Anon, Oba-shit has more than a small army. What we saw tonight is just a drop.And that's not talking about the incredibly powerful being that work for her or could protect her if she asked.Not to mention her own power level.
[XXX] Wait just a few minutes longer, this almost got interesting.[XX] Sneak into the hallway and leave a note for them before taking off.[XX] ….Fuuta might be salvageable....[X] Maybe later. Time to go see the spymaster. Mistress. Whatever. [x] See if you can blow the wards with Fire the way you blow electronics with Water.You lean against the wall, feeling the wards' resistance to your presence through the material of the wall. You glance at the unconscious oni-guy behind you and then sink him even deeper into unconsciousness, before pressing your hands and forehead against the wall, partly listening into their conversation and partly feeling the wards themselves.“She is not a dragonette at all if you believe what the rank and file are saying,” says the mysterious new person, teasingly. Like a boyish sort of person trying to get a rise out of someone. Probably Musumi. Who is apparently having none of that, by cutting her short. “She isn't. She's a demigod, not a dragonette.” The sense of foreboding that falls over the room is almost palpable through the wall, and you can't help smiling to yourself. About two hundred years ago, you would have had the same reaction. “So speculating about how you would be able to harm her is an exercise in futility. She still has all the capability of a Water dragonette, so only Fuuta, Gii and myself have any chance of actually fighting her effectively, Rishi-san.” Ah, a name. Still not one you recognize, but definitely from the same area as Akari's family.“Stop treating Rishi-san like she's a fucking idiot, bitch. She's trained in the same fucking techniques as Akari, so she isn't some ham-fished fucking moron like half of the Ryo oni-children.” Her voice is mild, but Natsuo-san is still irritated, and you don't blame her. She's probably chafing to get some action. Pity, you would like to help her get some, but your cousin is probably a taboo subject in Clan Ryo if you know Oba-san at all.
>Quoting the part that proves you wrong to show your point
Sorry for the not nice posts, XS.I'm very tired and not in my best mood.
>>48869569Sadly, you're pretty sure you do know her fairly well.You can feel the power flowing through the wards, paper wards, simple, effective, charged with the Chi of their maker and the shen to power them. The same person made all the wards, throughout the house. They resonate through the Void with one another, disrupting the normal flow of feng shui through the room. You open Void Eyes in your mind, without opening your eyes because you can't see through the wall....but you can feel the power flowing through them. And all it would take is just touching one, and you could blow all of them up at the same time. Well, not blow them up, just break them. Matagama-no-Shitoki can help you, as can the power in your right hand. “Hush Natsuo,” Ichika murmurs softly. “She doesn't know any better.” You can almost smell Musume's fury at the dismissal. “Tell me a bedtime story.” “You're too fucking old for bedtime stories,” Natsuo says, but with no heat at all behind the words. “....Then tell me a ~naughty~ bedtime story, Natsuo.” “H-hentai oni!” Rishi's outburst is pure Fire dragonette, and even more childish sounding that Kiki-hime.“To be expected of oni-girls who like lilies,” Musume says dismissively. You actually pull back away from the wall and close Void Eyes as the tension explodes through the room. “You'd better apologize, Kanako-sama,” warns Fuuta softly. “Or something bad will happen.” That must be your cue.You grab the oni-guy with your left hand and haul him into the hallway. Writing on his forehead with a felt tip marker you then walk back to the door and push your talons slowly through the wood, just above the peephole where the talisman is undoubtedly located. You hear the voices getting more irate, but now you're concentrating and haven't time to listen.
I have to say, XS, those interactions are great.You really are an incredibly talented writer and the best QM I've ever seen.
>>48869651You close your eyes, and tense, before pushing your claws the final millimeters into the door and touching the talisman, and flooding it with your Shen....….which cascades through the lines of Chi and Shen to the others along the walls, ceiling and floor....….which causes them to overload, and burst, from the door, in a wave across the entire apartment. The progress is slow enough to follow easily, but you're already gone before it reaches the first third of the apartment. By the time it reaches the end you're already racing towards the last place on your list, where Himeyuri herself is said to be. But you can imagine it now....the look on their faces as they open the door to the hallway where the wind of your rushed passage had left leaves and dust everywhere. And even more priceless the look on everyone's faces when they see their friend's unconscious body across the hallways from the door, with the words “you should have listened to Fuuta-chan” written on his face. That should earn her some respect.Huh. It just occurred to you that you figured out how the bad guys always blow up all the wards before they charge into the victim's well-defended stronghold and beat the crap out of them just before the hero gets there. You can just imagine Kanako-san's face when you reveal you are in fact the antagonist of the series, but you can actually HEAR wing-beats behind you!>Ryukusa is aware that Musume Kanako (a Water dragonette) has wings, but if it is her, she has become unusually or possibly unnaturally fast; it may not be her. Don't look back – simply lose them. On the next bound, turn around and assess casually. Stop and let them pass and get your intel before darting off in another direction. Let them ~almost~ catch up and then do a leave. Turn and attack politely. No reason to shed blood just yet.
>>48869685> Stop and let them pass and get your intel before darting off in another direction.Much as polite attacking sounds nice and orderly.
>>48869685> Stop and let them pass and get your intel before darting off in another direction.Time to flee
>>48869685>[x] Turn and attack politely. No reason to shed blood just yet.No wonder Fuuta's an expert at stripping if that's her outfit! Very good.
>>48869685>[X] On the next bound, turn around and assess casually.
>>48869551SOif we do manage to put pieces of Oba-san on Himeyuri's living room without waking Himeyuri updoes that fulfil the promise of slaughtering "them" and putting "them" in the spymistress' living room?Of course, I was assuming that her army had gotten a lot smaller due to her wasting a tonne of powerful staff on trying to kill Ryukusa already, such as that guy who trained Ryukusa, alongside deploying her personal bodyguards Ah and Oh to protect Himeyuri's body double and what other resources she's put into play for the trap. Considering Oba-san's personal army isn't getting any smaller, since we're even letting Ah and Oh back with a warning and a swat on the rear, her being this unguarded is probably the best chance to try that out if we were bold enough to try.Well, nevermind, sooner or later she's going to run out of minions willing to attack us and we can claim a moral victory while she fumes impotently or whatever. I just wish we'd take a risk that actually had a significant effect instead of simply showing off while taking aforesaid huge risks.
>>48869685 Let them ~almost~ catch up and then do a leave. Stop and let them pass and get your intel before darting off in another direction.
>>48869651>Apologizing to the occasionally psychotic perverse monster that writes the quest for being in a bad mood. ....you're forgiven?
>>48869685> Stop and let them pass and get your intel before darting off in another direction.
>>48869685>[x] Stop and let them pass and get your intel before darting off in another direction.
>>48869859You know as well as anyone that 'perverse' is a compliment here!
>>48869859If you're here, you're letting your weirdness be, so it's fine.
>>48869853An average clan of Yakuza is anywhere from 25 to several thousand members. That's a real life statistic, not one for Ryukuza's world. The largest singular network is 40,000 strong, holding the membership of half the known members of the Yakuza in it.
>>48869685>[x] On the next bound, turn around and assess casually.I'm sadly gonna have to sleep now, but thanks for running XS! Looking forward to next time already.
>>48869853Shouldn't we also have a few side-dishes to show that we aren't specifically showing her malice?
>>48869685> Don't look back – simply lose them.
>>48869958>"I prepared you a full-course meal, Himeyuri-san!">"Ah, but sadly I'm not on the menu. My apologies."
>>48869685>angle the next bound to take us past a mirror or large window, take a look at their reflectionThen>On the next bound, turn around and assess casually.
>>48869924That's not stopping us from walking into a trap that is designed to kill us, with people all the way up to the clan mistress' personal guards used in the trap's bait. If we're afraid of attacking oba-san directly, why are we so willing to antagonise clan Ryo against odds that Akari thinks are bad? Ryukusa probably has a good reason for doing this, more than just doing the loophole and running away, but I'm still stone-dragon set against it.
>>48869853>if we do manage to put pieces of Oba-san on Himeyuri's living room without waking Himeyuri up>does that fulfil the promise of slaughtering "them" and putting "them" in the spymistress' living room?In the highly hypothetical possibility we could defeat her, yes, as long as there is more than Oba-shit included in the slaughter.>I just wish we'd take a risk that actually had a significant effect instead of simply showing off while taking aforesaid huge risks.You didn't understand a single thing about this quest, Ryukusa, the setting, or what I said before.>>48870073Don't insult the stone dragons.>That's not stopping us from walking into a trap that is designed to kill usWe're not doing this.>If we're afraid of attacking oba-san directly, why are we so willing to antagonise clan Ryo against odds that Akari thinks are bad? We are not. Akari is just worried.
You know, this has the added benefit of making them thing their strategy worked somewhat, and they're going to have no idea what to do now.Clan Ryo is going to be full chaos, tonight.Should we use a set of our Eyes, right now? I don't want to be caught off-guard by this flying thing
>>48870230Wouldn't that be quite the drain on Ryukusa? Some of her less-used eyes at least.
>>48869859You're great, XS. Don't think you're a monster, but even if you were, it wouldn't change you're great.I mean, just look at Peta, it's all the proof you need to see you can be both.
>>48870255It wouldn't be a big drain for Fire and Void, and it'd be easy for Water Eyes.
>>48870189Please excuse this humble anonette for not seeing what smile we're protecting here, except Himeyuri from ourselves.
>>48870344I think protecting our own smile because we really don't want to kill Himeyuri and display her corpse in the house of our parents?
>>48870344I'm okay with protecting Himeyuri's smile.
>>48870404>>48870431So... can we just leave the two fish in Himeyuri's living room and go home, then? Because that totally satisfies the promise.
>>48870457I don't think it counts if she's not there. Does it?
>>48870344We're protecting the smiles of all our family, Rykusa included.Once again, we're going to fulfil our promise non-violently, THEN we're going to deal with Himeyuri, in any way that is needed.Himeyuri is, as noted last session, probably the only one in Clan Ryo who could be able to hinder us while we handle the minions of Enma-oh. Tonight, we're going to make sure she is not a threat to our family anymore. And preferably in a positive fashion.The Promise is NOT an opportunity to kill her or cripple her. We could have killed her without warning, if we had wanted to. The Promise is a restriction, and we're going to remove that restriction, then Ryukusa will create an opportunity.The same way Ruykusa didn't kill the two generals or Himeyuri's subordinate since there was a better way.
>>48870474She must be sleeping while we do so and not wake up. So we'd have to know this.
>>48870618>She must be sleepingWas that ever specified? I don't remember it.
[XX] Stop and let them pass and get your intel before darting off in another direction.[X] On the next bound, turn around and assess casually.[+] Mirror check.A quick glance at the back window of a car – mental note, you cannot do this while Stone Eyes are active – lets you see a more slender, streamlined dragonette is chasing you at an impressive speed. She's definitely faster than you, but her reflexes aren't nearly as sharp, though that's an experience thing from the way she moves in flight, rather than an Element issue. She's definitely a fire dragonette – her hands are wreathed in flame that hasn't been put out by her flight speed. This much be Hebiki Rishi, though you're guessing at her Clan name. You hit the ground and leap, a longer, lower leap than before and put a touch of spin in it, so you can turn and look at her directly. She's got thick bone armor along her hands and forearms, also along her wing edges and the sides of her head. Her horns are angular and sharp, almost Stone dragonette if you didn't know she was pure fire dragonette. She grins viciously and you can't help but smile at her. You give her a little fingerwave and she puts on a burst of speed as you start to land. As much as you'd like to play, you really have to be getting on with things, and you really aren't interested in hurting anyone. So you make your next landing in the middle of the street and-
>>48871178You fall back before you can even think about why. It was the rush of wind resistance from her folding her wings and diving, of course, but that is something you don't actually think about reacting to, you just react. You don't fall down of course – you have a tail. But you do go almost entirely parallel to the ground as she passes over you, her arms closing where you stood not even milliseconds before. Her bright red eyes are already tracking you, far too late to do anything about it.Or about the fact that you undo her belt and hold onto it as she passes over you, smiling sweetly at the cute tomboy dragonette with the utterly stunned expression on her face.Naturally, the belt pulling through the loops sends her into a spin which she halts by spreading her wings and arms wide as she turns to locate you....but you're already gone, leaving her shocked and confused, and with her pants around her ankles, belt neatly placed into the kanji for 'bye'. Striped pink panties: cute.“ECCHI DRAGON!”Ah yes, the sound of pantsed Fire dragonette. You would recognize it anywhere. Naturally she's hunting, darting here and there across the sky, but she can't find you. Just because you don't travel through the sewers and subways doesn't mean you can't, after all. Though subway it is this time, you'd rather not wake Himeyuri with the stench of local sewer. Heh, Clan Ryo would probably be responsible for alligator sightings in sewers, except humans can't see dragonette tails and horns. Well, most humans that would mention them, anyways.
>>48871189Fight the power!
>>48871198Ryukusa should get a collar like this. Among other collars
Ryu Ruykusa, Protector of Smiles,Pleasant Bully of Fire Dragonettes.
>>48871198It takes you next to no time at all to arrive in one of the less populous residential districts of Chiyoda, and the apartment complex she is supposedly in. You to take a circuitous route, and spot the guards keeping an eye on her nearest family. If you were not capable of using Void Eyes, you would have missed Ryuu Yakumo, her subordinate. A Water dragonne and the one she turns to for deep thinking, the dragonne whom watches and understands the politics of the Diet intimately, being carefully hidden by a Void empowered invisibility talisman was not something you expected. There are three others, but they're elite warriors, nothing on the scale of Yakumo-sama (ha-ha-ha). They're also concentrating on her family, which you find terribly interesting. The apartment where she is staying is another matter entirely. Even approaching it causes the cat youkai in your aura to react. Not surprising, but it's not exactly a ward they're reacting to. More like....watchful eyes of someone you can't see or sense. Fire Eyes reveals the truth almost immediately – shikigami. A spirit invested in a paper charm, powerful magic. You're not particularly surprised that Himeyuri is a sorceress, but that she practices onmyudo is an unpleasant surprise. It's currently on the roof, a two headed snake – and the tail is one of the heads. No wonder she didn't think she needed guards. She's her own best guard.
>>48871279That's pretty cool
>>48871198The person sneaking up on you from the alleyway near where you've perched on the edge of a doorway isn't particularly hostile as of yet, but they're understandably cautious. Smells innocent enough, female, young, maybe too young. Smells of cat, but isn't youkai. Oh, you can definitely get past the shikigami, with not problem whatsoever, and get inside the apartment. Then the fun starts. Go ahead and acknowledge the cat-person-thing. Get inside the apartment and get to work, you have a busy night. Wait for her to make contact, she's the one who is worried. Offer her a cat youkai. Glance at the cat-person-thing with Void Eyes open.
>>48871311>[x] Wait for her to make contact, she's the one who is worried.>[x] Offer her a cat youkai.As long as she doesn't, like...eat it or something.Sleep-time, goodnight XS and anons.
>>48871311> Go ahead and acknowledge the cat-person-thing.> Offer her a cat youkai.
>>48870474Why wouldn't it count? She only has to be asleep at the time of living room body-dumping and not wake up. Heck, she could be half way across the globe as long as she's asleep, and she owns that living room that we're dumping the fish in.
>>48871249Anon....that's not a collar.
>>48871311> Glance at the cat-person-thing with Void Eyes open.> Get inside the apartment and get to work, you have a busy night.
>>48871311>[x] Go ahead and acknowledge the cat-person-thing.
>>48871311>[x] Offer her a cat youkai.>[x] Get inside the apartment and get to work, you have a busy night.
>>48871311>Acknowledge the cat-thing
>>48871311> Offer her a cat youkai.> Glance at the cat-person-thing with Void Eyes open."You don't have to say anything, but you need to pet this cat."
>>48871311> Go ahead and acknowledge the cat-person-thing.> Offer her a cat youkai.Bond over pussy!
>>48871503It's a very cuddly cat
>>48871311> Wait for her to make contact, she's the one who is worried.> Offer her a cat youkai.>If she smelled our fish, we can't give them, it's for a promise. And our cats aren't for eating either.Should we try Fire Eyes?
>>48871311 Wait for her to make contact, she's the one who is worried.
[XX] Go ahead and acknowledge the cat-person-thing.[X] Offer her a cat youkai.“I can smell your breath. I can feel your air. I can....wait, that was that other dragon. Never mind.” You half-jump half slide off the door frame and onto the ground, stepping around the corner of the alleyway and into the dark-for-everyone-but-you-and-cats.You come face to face with a rather bizarre amalgam of cat, youkai, and human. You would ordinarily say it was a bakeneko, but she isn't – she is definitely human. Except the two tails would make her nekomata, but nekomata aren't human at all, they're pure youkai. So....she would have to be a spirit-child. Except bakeneko never mate with humans – they're even less perverse than nekomata, which is saying something. The only operable conclusion: possession. Except if she was she wouldn't smell....well, she wouldn't smell of pure virginal innocence. Oh, she's impure as all yomi, there's no doubt about that, because youkai. You can smell innocence at ten paces, and she's only about five feet away and looking up at you with the golden cat eyes of a youkai, with all the guileless innocence of a six year old (she's closer to nine). Also, she's fuckin' emerald green.
>>48871892“Why are you carrying big sis' kittens?”….um.Unexpected. Exceedingly unexpected. “She gave them to me to watch over.” You split off one of the cat youkai and it slides around your arms and she accepts it, stroking it's insubstantial body with ease as it purrs happily. Damn, another mark for possession. You kneel and stroke the insubstantial cat youkai with her, which she doesn't seem to object to. Her glowing eyes fix on yours. It's an unnerving feeling, looking into those innocent eyes that should be anything but. She looks up at you and asks with the same guileless innocences, “Why did you kill the bad man, but not his daughter?”Your list of people killed isn't that long, and it's even less long where there are relatives....involved....such as....a daughter you....let....live. After a fashion.You stare at the innocent abomination and curse yourself for discussing 'improbable things that could possibly go wrong on this particular mission' with Akari. >To Be Continued....
>>48871908Well... that's something.
>>48871908>>48871892Who is this? Rie's sister's spirit possessing a kid?
Thank you all for reading and playing. >>48866745At the moment, Ryukusa is someone who has been living on red bull since she was born, so she knows how to cope with a red bull level of hyperactivity since all her life. Now someone has added monster drinks to her diet as well. It's a new level of hyperactivity for her, but she's Clever enough to understand exactly what's wrong with her and avoid allowing itto screw her over - to an extent. Because even though she understands the problem and issues, she can't NOT suffer through them, because it's simply how her body and mind work now. She's trying to acclimate in the least destructive method possible, as >>48867331surmised correctly.>>48869814She has a set of talisman pasties/protection.>>48869924Clan Ryo consists of 250 active members, of which 80 or so are elites or close to it, and 15 of which are people like Ah, Oh, Yakumo, Himeyuri, etc. there are another 400 plus non-active support staff. It is the third largest clan of spirit-child yakuza in Japan.
>>48872034Not actually related to Rie at all, but apparently adopted by Rie. She's apparently one of the Colonel's Abominations.
Thanks for running!>>48872034She's Melinda Blitzenberg, who turned into an abomination. Rie apparently made her more cat-like>>48871908“Why did you kill the bad man, but not his daughter?”Well, because she was his victime, because Ryukusa wanted to help her and that she could, because we gave her the choice between three options, including killing her, the cat, or living as an abomination, and she choose the cat, and all that sort of things.
>>48872068Thanks for running XS. Any chance of another thread this week?
>>48872125Blitzenberg made abominations. What he did to his daughter nearly turned her into a youkai, or even a curse.
>>48872125Actually, her choices were death, living in Japan only as a bakemonoish being, or returning to Germany as a Sorcerer.
>>48872068Was there a reason why we couldn't have just dropped the fish off in Himeyuri's house, then given her a buzz after she's dropped her guard, or this going to be Ryukusa's (admittedly super-effective) risky showboating?
>>48872125I don't think it's Melinda. Isn't Melinda the daughter in question? I didn't think she was speaking in third person.
>>48872068Thank you so much for running, it really brightened up my week. Hope things are at minimum stable for you.
>>48872130I am tentatively planning for tomorrow.>>48872166The wording of the promise requires the "fish" be killed on the premises, prepared for a display, and then left there at the very least, while Himeyuri sleeps in that premises.That is the MINIMUM required action for the promise to be totally fulfilled. Ryukuza can wake Himeyuri on purpose, which avoids the 'if you wake' clause, since someone else is doing the waking. Note that this will not work for her shikigami, as those are apart of her own power and counts as waking herself. Another person can also wake her, but anything other than a human or a spirit-child would make it questionable and therefore unsafe (and likely impossible).
>>48872202Thank you.>>48872188She is not - the terms she used indicate she is in fact speaking about someone other than herself and not-related to her.
>>48872068I don't really remember if we went over this in quest or not, but why don't the Kamuy bear a grudge towards the Japanese, seeing as the Ainu really were not treated very well since the Meiji Restoration? Is it just not in their nature?
>>48872158Fair enough.>>48872188Becoming another being can leave you with a distanced sense of who you were.
>>48872234>That is the MINIMUM required action for the promise to be totally fulfilled. Ryukuza can wake Himeyuri on purpose, which avoids the 'if you wake' clause, since someone else is doing the waking. Note that this will not work for her shikigami, as those are apart of her own power and counts as waking herself. Another person can also wake her, but anything other than a human or a spirit-child would make it questionable and therefore unsafe (and likely impossible).That's fair enough! Thanks for clarifying, XS!
>>48872274Essentially, yes. The kamuy are far less godlike than the kami, and at the same time, far less human than the kami. They are more akin to forces of nature personified yet dedicated to helping or harming humans as a whole. Appeasing them is a long term, slow task that requires dedication, so they tend to focus on what they have and can gain from whomever will worship them, rather than trying to supplant other spiritual beings - not necessarily the best choice for survival....but then, that may change soon.
>>48872333It would have been gone over before doing anythign critical, it wasn't a secret. Ryukusa just can't understand it until it was necessary for her to understand it - Kami Stuff overrides intellect and willpower entirely.Same thing happened with Barrier Combat - Ryukusa herself had no idea what anything did, and had to learn by doing.
So I guess this girl was why Rie showed up at the Colonel's base.
>>48872394Rie sees much more than she discusses.
>>48872404That's her job.Plus, she gets a lot of pussies by acting all mysterious.
>>48872234I was curious about Ryukusa waking her, thank you for clarifying that even though I didn't ask.>>48872350I think I prefer emotional to cold, in many cases. Both can be good, but eh.
>>48872385So is Kami Stuff because spirit-childten are at least partially creatures of story, and sometimes narratives kind of "solidify" around them?
>>48872588Kami Stuff is defined by spirit-children as those instances where the Kami (or for that matter Kamuy) actively intervene in their lives. Kami and Kamuy can't act directly in the real wold - they have to rely on others to do that for them. However, being partly spirit, when the spirit-children encounter restrictions or strictures that the Kami themselves have to obey or have set down, they can't resist. Humans, being detached from the spirit world, CAN, unless they form an attachment - i.e. become miko, preists, sorcerers, etc. That's why the kami don't appreciate spirit-children killing humans even indirectly. Kami aren't supposed to be that direct, and it offends their (clearly inhuman) sensibilities when spirit-children are.
>>48872234Wait so you're saying we can't be noticed by the shikigami because they'll alert Himeyuri and count as "her"?
>>48872697The shikigami is her creation, so yes, it will count.>>48872404XS, in this case, is this new abomination a reflection of the being Miranda was turning into, or...something really cool and different entirely, because it seems like her purity and innocence are DEFINITELY Miranda, but there's also the monster-bits, but in a completely new form.
>>48872697In theory, it would be bad for Ryukusa to be noticed by the shikigami for that reason, yes. However, she has many options - shikigami are a form of spirit infused spell, but they're not free willed, ordinarily. they're also predictable as a general rule, unless Himeyuri has spent a lot of time and effort into one. That has a set of dangers that make onmyudo rarely practiced beyond the medicinal point; such overpotent shikigamai make tulpas look friendly and playful as opposed to self induced psychoses out to kill you and subsume your life.And she is very good at being unnoticed - not on Yuuhi's level, but then, Yuuhi cheats.
>>48872784You seem to be under the misapprehension that his abomination is 'new'. Otherwise spoilers.
>>48872815Huh. Thanks XS. Have a good night and thank you for running.