Stage 131: The Only Game That Matters.Surveying the kotatsu in Himeyuri's safehouse, you have to admit you've truly outdone yourself this time. Thin slices sashimi side by side with salt-boiled sliced fish, hot and sour soup flavored with carp roe, and potatoes and carrots twice cooked under baked carp scale tents, with a side of rice and pickled vegetables. The entrails and uncooked heads are for decorative purposes, you sincerely doubt someone with tastes as refined as Ryuu Himeyuri would stoop to eating traditional cooking. But the display of black and red carp with white and red carp, cooked and uncooked....yes, that should deliver just the message you want to send with a minimum of understanding needed for the human spymaster of Clan Ryo. Sorceress or not, she's no Water dragonette after all. You set up a Go board on the table, as well as a jar of your favorite sake, nicely heated and ready to serve. You set your nodachi at your ~left~ side, handle forward, blade outwards, making it VERY clear you're here for a fight and if she wishes to have words then she had better be careful with them. Mukade-chan is in your belt of course, and the Five-Ghost-Chains jungle softly in the silence of the barrier.
>>49003345Hmn. Barrier or not to Barrier. That is a question. Making good on your promise to slaughter them and leave them in her home is one thing, and everyone is unconscious and all electronics disabled for good (you hope she didn't have anything special recorded on her TIVO) means that even if you drop the barrier, chances are excellent no one will find out too soon. You would typically say half an hour before any check, but you didn't notice any checks while you were observing. Sadly, that doesn't mean you waited long enough to see one; you're a little impatient at the moment. But half of an hour is a good bet. How to wake the sleeping beauty.... Drop the Barrier, waker her up from the doorway. Leave the Barrier up and wake her from here with a word on the wind. Drop the Barrier and wake her up cruelly, without hurting her. Leave the Barrier up and wake her in the most frightening of manners. Make some last minute preparations for her to wake up to. Sure, it's rude, so what?
Twitter: @XsQuestmistressPrevious Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/48884215/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-one 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
Ryu Ryukusa is tall at 5' 8"; 6' in her true form. She is fully grown. Lesbian top.Kiku is 5' 1" for ever and ever. Lesbian submissive.Akari is 5' 3", and has another few inches to grow. Sexuality is weird, switch, cosplayer.Yui is 5' 8" and will only grow due to circumstances beyond her control. Dyke, switch.Kiki is 5' 6", and is at full growth. Bisexual bottom.Er Yin is the tallest at 5' 10" and is fully grown. Lesbian dominant.Jinyuu is 5' 7" but persistently hovers an extra three inches above the ground or floor because of her nature as a seer. Straight.Hinata-hakase is 6' 3". Sexuality is terrifying.Hidesato is 5' 5". Straight.Kushinada is 5' 8". Straighter.Taisho Ryoga is 5' 9". Who knows.Hyun Chisato is 5' 4”, and is fully grown. Lolicon with plausible deniability.Rie is 8” tall or 5' 5”, and is fully cat. Her sexuality is cat.Hagyu Genso is 12' 5” standing upright. He is by and large gay.Mizumi Shoko is 7' 2”, is fully grown. Bisexual top.Yuuhi is 4'11” and is fully grown. Yuuhi a cute.Tokei Isusangi, Inau-kun is 5' 3” and still confused.Reiha is 5' 5 1/2”, and is milfy.Peta is 3' 2”. Peta is \>.</ aka Her Most Imperial Highness Patanjali Piri Yokuhime Kuronogitsune PaDetective-san, aka Mugon Chujo is fully grown at 5'11”, and straight.Kenji Soomi is 5' 4” and gothic lolita.Musumi Kanako is 5' 6.5”, and is pretty straight.Hebiki Naoto is 5' 9” and belligerently omnivorous, sexually. You hope only sexually.Kodachi Umetsume is 5' 4”, and fully grown. Practicing asexual.Melinda Blitzenberg is 5'10”, fully grown and horrible. Maybe confused.Toshida Ginka is 5” 3”, and fully grown. Turtles have a reputation.Ryuu Wakaba is a head shorter and also deceased.Margaret Steinhausen is gratefully dead.Ryuu Nabiki is 5' 3”, and fully transformed. Embarrassingly straight.Ryuu Shinju is 4' 11” and fully grown. She is coy, maybe a dodomeki-child.Ryuu Himeyuri is 5' 5”, and is supposedly straight.
>>49003356>[x] Leave the Barrier up and wake her from here with a word on the wind.No reason to be either unsafe or cruel.
>>49003415On the other hand, maybe we can have a little fun with said whisper...
>>49003356>[x] Make some last minute preparations for her to wake up to. Sure, it's rude, so what?I think she's earned rude. But not cruel.
>>49003356Ryukusa time!> Leave the Barrier up and wake her from here with a word on the wind.Is there an actual benefit to dropping the barrier?
>>49003521Well, she won't see us in our true form for one.
>>49003528I suppose, it's not much of a secret any more though so it'd be mostly for her peace of mind.
>>49003521>Magic is easier to work in a Barrier. That goes both ways in this case.
>>49003545That's a good point I suppose.
>>49003356> Drop the Barrier, wake her up from the doorway.
>>49003356> Drop the barrier, wake her from the door.
>>49003545I think we can stand some overconfidence in this case, I can't see our subject trying anything against the demigoddess that just bypassed every trap laid before her. Or do we have cause for concern? I have little concept for her mystical potential.
>>49003356> Drop the Barrier, waker her up from the doorway.
>>49003614She's either gonna be harmless or react like a cornered animal.
>>49003614I think she's not someone to be underestimated, but then again Ryukusa isn't the kind of person who underestimates people. Unfortunately I'm pretty sure the worst thing we can do is second-guess ourselves too much
>>49003614>Ryukusa only knows she's a sorceress (means she draws on the power of the spirit world to cause spiritual effects), and she practices onmyudo (paper-folding and imbuing the result with spirits). >That does mean she can create talismans and wards, as well as erecting barriers, but she's physically weaker than Ryukuza in every way. Psychically....that's up for grabs.
>>49003674I'm sure Ryukusa's psyche wouldn't be bested by a regular sorceress!
>>49003674I forget, since she's a sorceress, the normal rules about humans no longer apply, right?
>>49003722>That is correct, she's thrown her lot in with spirit-children and is fair game.
[x] Make some last minute preparations for her to wake up to. Sure, it's rude, so what?[X] Drop the Barrier, wake her up from the doorway.The Barrier is as much beacon as it is defense in this situation, and while your powers are dramatically increased within it, so are hers. Without the Barrier she's weaker, slower, and fragile, and while her magic is potent, it will take time and effort to manage anything beyond what she may have ready immediately. Which means now is a good time to finish up preparations.Between your Destructiveness-Seeing-Right Eye and Matagama-no-Shitoki, it's a relatively simple matter to destroy her more aggressive spells and protections, along with moving some of her more obvious working materials to a safe place. Not ~Nowhere~, especially after Taisho Ryoga demonstrated that influences can be pushed through there. But up above the refrigerator where she needs a step-stool to reach (and, incidentally, where she hides some tasty looking rice crackers and shrimp flavored frying chips), that is fine. You're not here to ruin her livelihood or her stuff, you're here to make a point. A very strong one.You look at the walls, and gather waters from the ocean, both the freezing waters of the deeps and that from the vets of the black smokers. You gather them and gesture slowly, painting the walls in water, the impurities of the black smoker water ink-like and staining the walls. You paint out your story so far for her, in a fair amount of detail, leaving out some salient points that she has no need to know and could be dangerous for you to reveal. Still, it is an impressive piece of work, and you take a couple of pictures....
>>49004085Ryukusa showing off her artistry huh. Better show those pictures to the wives.
>>49004085….nine minutes. Nine minutes to do two walls worth of the most intensive sumi-i painting you've ever done, spanning some two-hundred-and thirty-odd years. Kamidamn, that's worse than ever. Taking a deep breath you dry the water, leaving the stains in shades of black through grey into white with salt crystals, in lush, descriptive artwork along the two bare walls. Any deposit she had is definitely toast. You then walk to the doorway to look at her once more. Deep in the dreamless sleep of chloroform, she neither stirs nor snores, dead to the world. You concentrate your will upon her blood and draw out the poisons, letting them seep into her lungs to be exhaled entirely in a single breath. Dropping the Barrier, and making sure she doesn't re-inhale the potent soporific, you speak clearly and succinctly.“Wake up, come to the living room. Leave the gun where it is.”Ryuu Himeyuri jolts upright and is awake, her dark eyes wide and frightened. The gun is in her hand but she releases it slowly without ever bringing it above pillow-level; you could render it useless with a thought, but she might need it later. Her eyes flicker to the phone in it's charging cradle, then to you....and then back to the phone. You can see her mind working through what that means, and then her despair as she realizes she's been outmaneuvered in more ways than one.Killing the electronics so thoroughly might have been a better idea than you thought.  Go into the living room and wait for her.  Wait in the doorway for her. Walk in and set out clothing for her to change into. Ask her when the next security check will be. Make it VERY clear you're not going to tolerate any nonsense from her.
>>49004113> Walk in and set out clothing for her to change into.Ryukusa sure knows how to bully.
>>49004113>[x] Go into the living room and wait for her. >[x] Ask her when the next security check will be.>[x] Make it VERY clear you're not going to tolerate any nonsense from her.
>>49004113> Wait in the doorway for her.> Ask her when the next security check will be.> Make it VERY clear you're not going to tolerate any nonsense from her.Let us not leave the sorcerer unobserved...
>>49004113> Walk in and set out clothing for her to change into.> Make it VERY clear you're not going to tolerate any nonsense from her.Poor Ryukusa, she will never take more then 15 minutes for anything ever again
>>49004161That sounds like it'd leave her wives quite disappointed!
>>49004190Not if they're a shaking, drooling mess by then.
>>49004113>[x] Walk in and set out clothing for her to change into.>[x] Wait in the doorway for her.Asking questions is giving her the initiative. We want to project an aura of complete control after all.
>>49004217True. But, sometimes it's nicer with a slow and languid session as well!
>>49004113A gun, huh. That doesn't seem very useful against Ryukusa in general, but maybe I'm underestimating it.
>>49004277Kiki can catch bullets. Ryukusa can't. Or couldn't before, anyways.
>>49004392But bullets are often questionably effective at stopping even your average Joe, much less someone like Ryukusa.
>>49004392If we use wood eyes this session, we should be able to avoid her even thinking of doing so.
>>49004412Bullets can carry curses and other stuff meant to disrupt spiritual energies. They can also have an elemental advantage against whatever metal is strong to. Anyone have that elemental rock-papers-scissors image?
>>49004523There we go. Thanks>metal destroys wood, creates waterSo it's a bad idea to get Kiki shot, but Ryukusa shouldn't be affected.Still, Himeyuri is a sorceror and I'm sure she knows ways to load magicks on a bullet, so let's just not get shot.>Himeyuri>supposedly straightTalk about nonindicative names.
>>49004597Well, you never know with that 'supposedly'.
>>49004644"My liege, I bear grave news! Himeyuri tried to kill Himeyuri to prevent her from revealing to Himeyuri that she caught Himeyuri in bed with Himeyuri.Signed, your humble spymaster, Himeyuri"
>>49004711Oh that Himeyuri, what will she come up with next.
[XX] Walk in and set out clothing for her to change into.[XX] Make it VERY clear you're not going to tolerate any nonsense from her.[X] Wait in the doorway for her.[X] Ask her when the next security check will be.You walk into the room, which startles her further because the wards she set up were potent enough to keep even elites out (they actually hurt your left hand a little, though only for an instant, when you destroyed them). You open her wardrobe and select a very nice pantsuit, with skirt and tie, for her to put on, and lay them across the foot of her bed. You glance at her when you feel her heart rate rising.“Not a particularly survival oriented idea.” She holds your gaze for almost three seconds, her fear warring with her self confidence. Fear wins and she relaxes, cowed once again. You didn't even tense up. As if nothing had happened you move to her dresser and select some suitable and very nice undergarments that bot match the suit and her hairstyle. Lacy things, mostly in black; not very much satin or mixed materials. Definitely a skewed measure of 'adulthood' at work, you think. You open Water Eyes and study her as you lay out the soft lingerie alongside her bed, her cheeks burning with embarrassment and shame. Not entirely due to her failure to try and stop you or contain you; your preferences in love are well known to her, and your penchant for dressing up is not unusual to her. On the other hand, the fact that you're here means not only did she fail herself and you, she's failed Oba-san, and that shameful fact burns even hotter than the embarrassment of being tended to by an enemy. Underneath that, humiliation at failing to have to entrapped with her magic and her powers, much less being unable to prevent you from ever entering this building.
>>49005054There is some good in this, though. She is honestly concerned about the young dragonnes, dragonettes, and oni-children at her home, and what you may have done to them. There is a sub-current of fear to that, the terrifying possibility that you defeated her personal servant Ryuu Yakumo, whom she trusts dearly and relies upon heavily. His well being means a great deal to her and the clan as a whole, and if you killed him it would be a blow she feels the clan could not recover from easily. Interesting. You return to the doorway, well aware of the fresh shame and hate you garner for turning your back on her fearlessly. You turn back and watch her, leaning against the door-jamb and looking bored. When she hesitates, you simply tell her the truth. “Entirely not interested, Himeyuri-san. You have a lovely voice, but that's all that I find even remotely attractive about you.” Her angry flush is not reflected on her expression, but her outrage at your temerity is much better hidden from you. Except for the fact you have Water Eyes on her. She flips over the covers and kneels, disrobing without care, any thoughts of seduction thoroughly killed by your straightforward lack of interest. The idea is still there, in the back of her mind,a long with many other potential routes for turning the table on you, but at the moment she's just so angry and upset that they're nothing more than the ingrained background noise every clan member has about their current situation.
>>49005074“Did you even bother with security checks, Himeyuri-san?” Her disappointment in herself is all the answer you need; she was so certain that she would have the upper hand that they were no more than a casual check when someone bothers, and at this time of night she's almost certain no one will. She finishes dressing – you note that she works very hard keeping her own tattoos hidden from you, aside from those on her arms – before she answers.“There should be an hourly check, nothing more. It was a matter of convenience to my subordinates only.” Dressed, she's feeling a little more secure in herself and her place in the world. But then she looks at you, and she remembers the promise. The blood leaves her face, though she stands tall and looks imperious enough. “You are much more bold than anyone had anticipated, Ryukusa-san. I must give you that credit at least.”  Must you? It seemed perfectly reasonable to me. Nonsense. You're no more surprised by my appearance than I was by the fact you owned a gun. Please don't try and patronize me. I know exactly how you feel about me. Simply gesture for her to enter the living room. Anyone being only you? Oba-san knows better, you should have too.
>>49005131> Simply gesture for her to enter the living room.No need to react.
>>49005131> Simply gesture for her to enter the living room.
>>49005131>[x] Simply gesture for her to enter the living room.Himeyuri was more lax than I expected apparently.
>>49004277>>49004392Ryukusa can make guns malfunction. If it's an ordinary gun.
I'm not sure, do you guys think this might be a good time to really put our Wood Eyes through the paces?The one thing I'm not really sure of is how it'd work with Wood's weakness to magic, and Himeyuri being a sorceress, but Er-Yin is a sorceress and a Void/Metal Dragonette and it worked fine on her.
>>49005827Hmmm, perhaps. Of course, so far Ryukusa seems to be doing great without them, but still.
>>49005074>You have a lovely voice, but that's all that I find even remotely attractive about you.”I'm kind of puzzled by this, to be honnest. I mean, Himeyuri doesn't seem less physicaly attractive than other girls Ryukusa found pretty.
>>49005827I'm pretty sure it's a terrible idea.Also, it's not that Wood Eyes doesn't work on magic. It's that magic works very, very well on them.
>>49005945Akari: Cute Schoolgirl.Kiki: An actual Idol.Kiku: Cute everloli.Yui: Tomboy oni-chick.Er Yin: Warrior lady with abs of steel.Yuuhi: Fluffy tail.More importantly, they're all genuinely good girls. Himeyuri is secretive, conniving, untrustworthy, and in willing league with Oba-san.
>>49006016That's fair, but Ryukusa has complimented other girls on their looks too.
>A reminder:“Go back to Himeyuri, give her a kiss,” you start, making Shinju-san [sic] blush angrily (~that~ you didn't expect), “and tell her she should arrange a private meeting between she and I, and when she does, she will sit down with me to a meal I will prepare. She will join me in eating that meal, and understand that she will have been awake ~before~ I placed the meal before her in that meeting place and that the preparation of the meal was from start to finish made with ~very raw~ ingredients. That is the price she pays for her failure, and the mercy your success gained her.” You stand up looking down at her unapologetic poisoner's face. “...those exact words?” Shinju asks cautiously, realizing she's committed some kind of faux pas that has angered you. If she'd owned up, you might have let her boss slide with no repercussions at all.“Those exact and emphasized words. Now get the heaven off this island.”
Yeah, Ryukusa has been attracted to or considered attractive way more people than her lovers.
>>49006042[XX] Simply gesture for her to enter the living room.You consider your admonition to the poisoner Shinju-san, an instant's memory refreshed instantly.Your lack of response seems to irk her somewhat, as you simply wave her into the kiving room. She straightens herself even more, which is a neat trick, and walks stiffly into the living room. Her reaction when she does so is not really surprising, but is gratifying.Her eyes first fall upon the mural. You purposefully told your life story so she can go over it later; the important parts she can infer and the secrets she can glean would be of no great danger to you. Even another Water dragonne – say, Yakumo-san, for instance – would be hard-pressed to glean any extra information you didn't want them to have out of it. She looks at the kotatsu, where the meal and the Go board is laid out. She is at once relieved and horrified at your symbolic killing of a white-and-red carp and a black-and-white carp. The threat, they symbolism, and the effort you have gone through tells her that she narrowly escaped the death of the warlords at your hands. You sit down across from her, usurping her role as hostess, and pour sake for you both, as she continues to take in the layout of both the meal and your weapon, as well as the presence of a Go board. You rest one elbow on your knee, a boyish sort of look you know, but it lets you keep your hand free to grab your nodachi should you need to while allowing you to hold a cup of sake. Because it really is one of your best ones. Himeyuri sits slowly, and looks over the meal, her face still pale and her fear making her nearly ill. There is also the consideration that you might be a truly sick, depraved, even disturbed dragonette considering the type of meal you're serving. Wood Eyes. Start with Oba-san. Begin with Ah and Oh and Shinju-san. Ask her if she understands why all this is happening. It all comes back to Taisho Ryoga.
>>49006090> Start with Oba-san.
>>49003345>[X] Ask her if she understands why all this is happening.>[X] Start with Oba-san.
>>49006090> Ask her if she understands why all this is happening.> Begin with Ah and Oh and Shinju-san.Let's begin with the begining.But seriously, no Wood Eyes. This is not something we should use now.
>>49006167Tanuki pretending to be kitsune. Cute.
>>49006090>[x] Wood Eyes.>[x] Ask her if she understands why all this is happening.
>>49006090>[x] Wood Eyes.>[x] Start with Oba-san.>[x] Ask her if she understands why all this is happening.
>>49006184Why not, specifically? Like on paper, this seems like an ideal time to use them.
>>49006090It all comes back to Taisho Ryoga, huh?This is kind of true, like technically it starts with Oba-Chan's plan, but it seems like the main reason things went wrong is Ryoga unknowingly (?) rammed HIS plan into Oba-Chan's at seventy miles per hour, and that jarred Ryukusa loose.
>>49006090>[X] Start with Oba-san.
>>49006090> It all comes back to Taisho Ryoga.I don't know, since Oba-san seems pretty mad at Ryoga by now, it might make it easier to get Himeyuri talking? Common enemies and so on.
>>49006324Well, for one, it's not something wise to use against a magic practitioner. Second, Ryukusa shouldn't use it to change Himeyuri's mind, and there is little other use to it right now.Third, we might need the energy later.Fourth, using Wood Eyes against Himeyuri might make her react badly, and it might give info to Clan Ryo we don't want to reveal.Fifth, don't you think it's a bit TOO ideal a time to use them, on paper? A bit too tempting?
>>49006560I don't think it draws much effort from us anymore, and I doubt she'll notice it in use or use it against us.
>>49006090> Wood Eyes.Since Himeyuri's not a demigod, there's a pretty good chance she's not that prepared for that. Also, I trust Ryukusa to consider that there could somehow be a trap specifically for Wood Eyes, and wouldn't have thought of it if that were very likely.
>>49006584This. XS said that in order to give the power to see those Eyes to shikigami Himeyuri would have to be able to block them or be aware of them in the first place. I bet it is a big no-no for spirit-children to reveal to human sorcerers that the eye powers exist.
>>49006658The trap might be the temptation to use the power. Metaphoricaly speaking, I mean.
Another question: do we really need wood when we have water? ...Can we combine them?
>>49006658>>49006560Like I'm still a little wary about using it, but I realized I was making the same mistake you were, disregarding the fact that Ryukusa maintained control of the situation to an almost -obsessive degree, every step of the way. It would literally take a Kami to turn this into a trap meant for her to use Wood Eyes.
>>49006749Well, wood does need water to grow!
>>49006745Is there anything morally wrong with using them though? I mean Kiki used them on Yui and I think us, without informing us beforehand, and it went okay.We already know that they're not a toy, and we don't want to break anyone's mind, so we won't do either of those things.
>>49006749>She's done it once between when disarming the bomb. It's exhaustive and doesn't work on people.
>>49006844Ah forgot about that, though that was a different combo. Well wood should be fine then.
[XXX] Ask her if she understands why all this is happening.[XX] Start with Oba-san.[X] Wood Eyes.You close Water Eyes and when you look up again, activate Wood Eyes. Himeyuri is dedicated to restoring great power to human sorcerers once again, like it was in the Age of Legends. Those days have passed, but with the advent of Oba-san's rising to become a deity and the predictions of a new Age of Legends returning to Japan, human sorcerers will once more be on equal footing with the spirit-children and perhaps even demigods. Her skills are strong, though her power is still limited by what she can gather herself, and she desperately wants to perform great works, even if those works would be considered 'evil' or 'bad' by the powers that be for now. It pains her to see how much power is squandered, even wasted by those who could achieve so much with their abilities and powers. Oba-san has achieved wonders, and has promised her the opportunity to achieve just as much, if she will be patient and serve well. Even her subordinates and the youngsters of the clan fall far behind her need to achieve something grand and wondrous with her power. Interesting. You gesture to her with your cup of sake, and she bows over her chopsticks. “Itadakimasu,” she murmurs politely, and you repeat the words yourself. You sip the sake slowly, and then prepare your plate, taking various parts of the assorted dishes. When she hesitates, you pause, looking at her very seriously. You flip your chopsticks around and impale them in a bowl of rice; she blanches at the morbid gesture. “If I had wanted you dead, Himeyuri-san, you would have opened your eyes in Yomi.” Your flat, disinterested tone and the incredibly rude image of a gravestone on a hill brings home the fact that she is utterly and totally at your mercy. She begins filling her plate, though slowly, the image of what this could have been now starkly at the forefront of her thoughts.
>>49007575To make your point you leave those chopsticks there and take out a second set, before resuming preparing your plate. “Do you know why I am here – the real reason, not the excuse I made.”She looks somewhat startled, and then shakes her head slowly. You can see she's trying to garner more information, trying to buy time. So you give her information, and give her that time.Wood Eyes tells you that if you want to get her on your side, you must make her aware of exactly what it is her desires are pushing her towards, and what the prophecy she seems to have misinterpreted really means for Japan. To do that, you need to open her eyes to what Oba-san really is. “Once upon a time,” you start, and she pauses looking confused, “there was a serpent goddess who was possessed by her priestess. Together with a goddess of madness, they slew a god of destruction.” So far you're not telling her anything she didn't suspect, but she's taking your words as gospel truth. “In doing so they caused several of the worst disasters in Japanese history: the Great Kanto Quake in 1923, the Great Unzen Disaster in 1792, the Sanriku Earthquake in 1896, and I think the one most directly related, the Kyushu Typhoon in 1828. His death sent shock waves backwards and forwards in time, setting off disasters hundreds of years before and after his death.” The salt-boiled carp is delicious, especially with the pickled radish. You're surprised, you hadn't really practiced that recipe.
>>49007575Huh. Maybe she'll be looking forward to our resetting the spiritual playing field? Not sure sorcerers are going to come out so much on top, though.
>>49007613You eat a little more before continuing but you have her attention wholly, Wood Eyes enforcing her awareness and importance of your words. “Her reasoning was that with his destruction, there would be an opening in the roster of the deities, for her to add onto her current portfolio of power and duty. Of course, the priestess wasn't truly performing her duties as a priestess, nor did she allow the kamuy she possessed to perform her duties. It could have been an act of revenge for the killing of the snakes in a field, long ago....but now it has become something else.” You lift your eyes, fixing them on Himeyuri's dark ones. “With the advent of the rebirth of the person who carried the god of destructions mikoto, she had the opportunity to possess not one, but two deities, and become a greater deity.”The admiration and wonder that the thought instills in Himeyuri's mind is not unexpected, but it is sickening. Mostly because she hasn't thought everything through yet. But that's why you're doing this.“So she arranged to weaken the demigod who was to be host to the mikoto of the god of destruction, and made it so that the host would be easily entrapped – and if not the host, then the host's slayer. There were other contingency plans as well: her fellow murderess, also reincarnated; and the husk of a delicate dragonette, possessed by the spirits of Aokigahara. Perhaps even more.” The shadow of a doubt hovers over her now, ready to swoop down upon her. “But truly, she needed the daughter of Ryujin, whose blood strengthens Akihito-tenno, who would have become Ame-no-Horobi-no-Mikado if left alone to grow as she should have been. Because then she could created the Great Disaster that would throw Japan into a new Dark Age of strife, suffering and pain, forcing the people of Japan to look to their spiritual roots as they sought to recover from the most horrific series of disasters they had ever encountered."
>>49007681She looks a little ill, and not just because of the sashimi she just ate. “And she would be able to choose when and how to cause that disaster, aim it like an arrow and pierce right to the heart of any who were her enemies.” You set your chopsticks aside and pour yourself – and her – more sake. “Can you imagine a sorcerer with that much power? Her power is incredible now. Imagine if she could be on a par with Susano-Oh, or even Izanami.” Her eyes dart to the chopsticks buried impaled into the rice. “Ame-no-Horobi-no-Mikado rests in Yomi, nurtured by it, by Izanami herself. When it wakens, it will create another series of disasters, but unlike his death....it will happen all at once, and remain in this singular instance.”She looks genuinely ill now, and her loyalties are now split between the people of Japan, and the sorceress she admires so much.  Tell her of your plan to help Japan survive this. Reveal that it is now your choice, at any time. Appreciate her dedication, but condemn her attitude. Explain what Taisho Ryoga has done to make it worse. As her if she truly understands what she has done now.
>>49007716> Tell her of your plan to help Japan survive this.> Reveal that it is now your choice, at any time.> Appreciate her dedication, but condemn her attitude.> Explain what Taisho Ryoga has done to make it worse.> As her if she truly understands what she has done now.
>>49007716> Explain what Taisho Ryoga has done to make it worse.
>>49007716>[X] Explain what Taisho Ryoga has done to make it worse.>[X] As her if she truly understands what she has done now.
>>49007716>[x] Explain what Taisho Ryoga has done to make it worse.>[x] As her if she truly understands what she has done now.I'm favoring the first and second options at some point but not now.
>>49007716>[x] Explain what Taisho Ryoga has done to make it worse.>[x] Reveal that it is now your choice, at any time.>[x] Appreciate her dedication, but condemn her attitude.Himeyuri getting a stark dose of reality today, huh.
>>49007716> Appreciate her dedication, but condemn her attitude.> Explain what Taisho Ryoga has done to make it worse.
>>49007716>In addition make her understand that you are on the people of Japan's side
>>49007716 Tell her of your plan to help Japan survive this. Explain what Taisho Ryoga has done to make it worse. Appreciate her dedication, but condemn her attitude.(>) Ask her if she truly understands what she has done now.
>>49007716Hello, XS! I hope you're doing well. This was a nice surprise.
Btw, I was curious about something. Is Oba-san some sort of proto-abomination or eventual avatar for Izanami?
>>49007716>Appreciate her dedication, but condemn her attitude>Explain what Taisho Ryoga did>Ask her if she truly understand
>>49008465No. Just a very old priestess who lived far too little despite her age.>>49007716Forgot to add to this >>49008572>Tell her of the people you have helped, and of those that you have spared. Ask her what she can deduce from it
>>49008659I meant that it seems like she's traveling on that path.
>>49007716Forgot another thing to my vote here >>49008572>Point out that while Oba-shit might seem impressive on paper, she had many, many other ways and opportunities, often better than the plan she dedicated herself to, to be amazing. Instead, she is a nameless, horrible, petty person, with a power that shouldn't be underestimated, true, but that many reached far more quickly and easily.
>>49008788Nah. Abominations are mix of supernatural entities of different natures, the priestess is just a human trying to hijack a godhood. And our step-aunt will laugh her head off when Oba-shit finaly arrives in her domain.
>>49008844I'm not really sure that's the best way of looking at it, she's pretty well known in the right circles I think.
>>49008980That doesn't really change anything that was said, though.
Uh. So, apparently, Amaterasu's other brother is worse than Susanoo
>>49008932Technically she is more the ex-wife of our step-dad.>>49009098Thankfully, we didn't ask him to protect our friend
[XXX] Explain what Taisho Ryoga has done to make it worse.[XX] Appreciate her dedication, but condemn her attitude.[X] Ask her if she truly understands what she has done now.[x] Tell her of your plan to help Japan survive this.[x] Reveal that it is now your choice, at any time.[+] You're on the side of the Japanese in this matter, and not the kami or the spirit-children only.You study her and then decide she needs an even bigger dose of reality than she's already gotten. You can't send her back to Oba-san like this, Oba-san would do something drastic. “That really isn't the worst part of all this, you know.” You take a few pieces of carp, both sashimi and salt-boiled, and lay them across the bed of rice and pickles she has. Himeyuri can't get any more pale, you don't think, her blood pressure is already way below normal, but she does take the hint. “You see, Oba-san forgets that there are other ambitious people, as dedicated and hard workign as she is. People like Taisho Ryoga, of the Hojo Group.” You have some more rice and sashimi, with a little wasabi and soy. “He is quite brilliant, relaly. It would have only worked with a Wood dragonette. Take some of her blood and tissue, use it as the basis for recombinant DNA sequencing with a dose of spiritual power, and you have the perfect growth medium for mixed-blood spirit-children.”Himeyuri looks at you. “I am well aware of the attempts to make dual-blooded spirit children, Ryukusa-san.” You look at her mildly. “What 'attempts'?” She stares at you, an awful thought blooming in her mind as she considers the possibility that the sadistic Ryuu Yakumo could have been bribed or tricked or even invited to join the Hojo Group by the half-demon Ryoga.
>>49009326“Colonel Blitzenberg's troops were surprisingly effective. Oni and ogre, vampire and rokuro-kubi, and then there was the kitsune siren hybrid. The worst one was the futakuchi-onna sorceress they somehow made. She was eating spirit-children to survive in Japan. Kaga Kunito was helping Taisho Ryoga too, right under Oba-san's nose. Tongue. Whatever she uses to smell.” You maintain your visible composure but the thought of what they did to your wife is making your blood hot. “Disgusting on a number of levels, really. Oh, it was all a plan to assist foreign armies to invade us after Oba-san wrecked the country. She hasn't considered the logistics of what would happen when she took on the mantle of Horobi. To her, it's just more power.” You slurp your hot-and-sour carp roe soup, and decide you really needed more green onions for the crunchiness of them. Maybe water chestnuts? Next time. “And why should she worry about the Japanese. She's Ainu, after all, we're not her....” You stare back at the abashed Himeyuri. “What?”“Your mother....your real mother. She is Ainu.”….of course she is.You take a slow, deep breath and set that thought aside too. But it isn't easy, it's not easy at all. “Oba-san is Ainu, so the Japanese aren't her concern. I'M concerned. The people of Japan don't deserve to be ruined. They deserve the help they can get from people like us. Yakuza. Do you remember what that meant, before? Honorable Society Members?” She looks ashamed of herself, and you have finally broken through; she now understands what the beach party was about, and how her ruination of it did more harm to the Japanese people as a whole rather than protected Clan Ryo. She's no longer ignorant of Oba-san's true nature. Her heart hurts, but between the betrayals of principle and the traitor subordinate, she's finally realized that she has a real dog in this fight. You set your sake cup down and lay your chopsticks across the plate.
>>49009425“Gochisosama deshita. You know how to contact me. Send Shinju-san. I don't trust the other two. She's not really honest, but she's not a traitor or a Metal dragonette with an affinity for snakes.” Himeyuri looks up at you, alarmed once more. Really? It was public knowledge, and it never occurred to her that Oba-san could simple take control of Biko-san. “....Open your eyes, Himeyuri-sama. You're in grave danger, maybe even on death ground. You need help, and you're not going to get much of it from Clan Ryo or the Hojo Group. Your attitude is entirely commendable, but you're following the wrong people and giving your hands to the enemy you never knew about. The people need our help.” Rising, you look down at her and lift two fingers, pointing at the writing under your eyes. “I have Amaterasu-Omikami's blessing, and you know it. I can take on the mikoto of Ame-no-Horobi-no-Mikado at any time, and if my family, ~my~ clan is threatened, I will do it in a heartbeat, preparations or no.” She looks startled as you reveal that you know about her 'special ability'. “How did you know I could see that?” the spymaster asks softly, lowering her chopstick to her plate without looking down, not needing her eyes at all. “Because one of my lovers is also blind,” you reply, picking up your nodachi as you turn to leave. “I never lit any candles. Consider my words, Himeyuri-sama. You know how to contact me.” You slide open a window and hop out of it, startling Natsuo-san when you land silently beside her. “R-Ryu-” Tell her where your cousin – her own master as you are Kiku's – is. Wink and douse her before she can activate any of her powers.  Steal a kiss and be gone. Shush her and tell her you know all about her and Neriko-chan and Hauko-kun.... Ask her if she would prefer you made it look good or if she wants to actually try for you.
>>49009326Night XS and thanks for running the best quests.
Yakumo means something like "big spider", no?Also, I can't remember what happened with him.
>>49009457>Yakumo can be translated as that, and also as 'balanced' or 'stable'.
>>49009447> Tell her where your cousin – her own master as you are Kiku's – is.> Wink and douse her before she can activate any of her powers.
>>49009447> Steal a kiss and be gone.I can't stop thinking about that girl Ryukusa found in the sewers. Margaret's "sister". She has to be a hybrid too, right?
>>49009447 Ask her if she would prefer you made it look good or if she wants to actually try for you. Tell her where your cousin – her own master as you are Kiku's – is. Wink and douse her before she can activate any of her powers.
>>49009447Hauko wanted to make the first move contacting his lovers, right?
>>49009579>He did, but he is with Hinata Hakase and may not be able to. >Natsuo knows however, so there is that to consider.
>>49009447 > Tell her where your cousin – her own master as you are Kiku's – is.> Shush her and tell her you know all about her and Neriko-chan and Hauko-kun...
>>49009447>“Because one of my lovers is also blind,” you reply, picking up your nodachi as you turn to leave. “I never lit any candles.I love stuff like this
>>49009447>[X] Tell her where your cousin – her own master as you are Kiku's – is.
>>49009528Something fae and a bakeneko, yeah.
>>49009447>[X] Ask her if she would prefer you made it look good or if she wants to actually try for you.
>>49009723I think he's talking about someone else?We met that girl last thread just kind of in the alley across the street from Himeyuri's apartment, didn't we?
>>49009447That's quite the interesting stuf>[x] Shush her and tell her you know all about her and Neriko-chan and Hauko-kun....f.
>>49009762I thought we were still in the sewers, but yeah, that would be her.
>>49009447> Wink and douse her before she can activate any of her powers.> Tell her where your cousin – her own master as you are Kiku's – is.> Steal a kiss and be gone.Clearly the correct solution.
>>49009528When did that happen?>>49009447>Tell her where your cousin is>Tell her you know about her, Hauko and NerikoWould telling her where our cousin is increase our debt to Hinata? Because if yes, I'd rather hint at it and let her make the conclusion. >Pistol-kiss both her and Himeyuri, and wink.
>>49009860I meant "Blow a kiss at bothher and Himeyuri and wink"
>>49009607So are we avoiding Hinata because we owe her a dragon pearl and haven't met anyone that ripping out their pearl wouldn't be a completely disproportionate response?
>>49009666This is things like that that prove XS is a true master of litterature
>>49009992We don't owe her a pearl. We promised her to request the stone that controls the tides whenever we visited our father.
>>49009992No? We own her nothing of the sort. And never will.We're avoiding her only because she's a dangerous Youkai who does nothing for free.
>>49009992>More that you have placed people in her care without asking her permission or giving her any warning. Not really a Pearl worthy debt, more like a debt of reasonable service.
>>49010122She is also Confirmed to be a manticore in case you missed it.
>>49010127Oh good, I thought we were way deeper in the hole than that. Probably should touch base with her when our schedule clears up.Also, is Hinata more than capable of running the temple on her own? It kind of seemed like she could use more acolytes or whatever, especially after Kiki left.
>>49010127I still think it's fucked up. When you tell someone "there is a place you can go", it should be your debt, and the person in charge of the place should deal with the person coming how they wish.I mean, it's like giving someone who's lost the direction of a hotel and then having to pay their bill for some reason
[X] Shush her and tell her you know all about her and Natsuo and Hauko-kun....[X] Wink and douse her before she can activate any of her powers. [XX] Tell her where your cousin – her own master as you are Kiku's – is.“Hi. I heard your friends running up the stairs, so I decided this was clearly the best escape route.” She has her weapons out in a flash but you wink at her, and drop a pool's worth of the freezing ocean on her, and drive your talons – carefully! – into certain meridians, making her blood pool in them and blocking her intense chi flow. You send the water that isn't on her away as she collapses to her knees, shivering so violently the poor oni-chick's teeth are chattering. “Before you get too mad, Hauko-kun is in hiding with Hinata-hakase, and I promise if you follow Natsuo-chan's lead you'll discover something wonderful for yourself with him.” She shivers and glares at you, trying to muster an Angry Face to blast you with. You gently place your fingertip upon her forehead and she blinks in surprise, her concentration shattered. “Sorry, can't stay, that little cousin of Hebiki is probably also holding a grudge,” you inform her, before you lean close and whisper softly, “Sometimes I kind of envy you. Natsuo-chan is really pretty.” A little white lie, you're not envious at all, though Natsuo-chan IS pretty. “I bet when you and she tag team Hauko-kun he has no idea what hit him.” She blushes quite prettily, and then you have to bolt, because that also means she's recovering her powers. “HENTAI DRAGON!!!” Ah yes, the sound of teased Fire oni-chick. You would recognize it anywhere. >To Be Continued....
>>49010252Thanks for running!
>>49010209By which I mean Kiku, damn autocorrect.
Thank you for reading and playing. I trust you've enjoyed. We return to happy times with the family next session, which will be next week some time. >>49010216It's a form of obligation; you have entrusted a person to the care of a religious person, which means you are responsible for the person whom you are sending - taking responsibility for the healing or succor that you could not manage. The debt that Ryukusa owes Hinata is based on the fact that she was unable to complete her self appointed duty, and had to rely on Hinata, so she owes Hinata for burdening her with the responsibility of healing them.
>>49010252You'd think all these Fire girls would get used to it with hour tease-able they are.>>49010326See you next time XS!
Will Ryukusa tease more Fire girls? How will Amaterasu punish her for her disrespect? And how gorgeous will Ryukusa's collar be? Learn it next time, on Ryukuza Z!Thanks for running!
>>49010346Fire-overemotional. They can't ever get used to it. That's like asking Ryukusa not to consider plans.
>>49010326Thank you for running, I hope you've regained some sanity points since last week.
>>49010384....we'll see how I fare in sleep tonight. I thought I had, but I was terribly wrong.People are not for eating.
>>49010372Or asking her to not consider girls, touching fluffy tails, or rubbing fluffy ears.
>>49010372So about how much harder would negotiating with Himeyuri have been without Wood Eyes? It didn't sound like we really did much "pruning", more just... helped her connect the dots? Still a frightfully insidious power.
>>49010372Imagine going through life eternally teased. Good thing Kiku gets such good aftercare.
>Amaterasu is the sun>the sun is hot>Amaterasu is hot>fire is hot tooTherefore, Amaterasu is fire and should have been teased but Ryukusa did hold her horses with her.
>>49010406>spoilerWell, surely that depends on the context!
>>49010372I'm not sure how much you had figured out before the start, but if we chose a different element at the start, what would the Water destined teenager or whatever have been like?
>>49010326Just my luck, catching up just as the thread ends. Thanks for running XS, I'll try and make it in time for the next thread.
>>49010406>spoilerYou did remember to put salt aplenty on the piece, right?
>>49010433Without Wood Eyes she would have had her ego, her pride, and other self-worth emotions that you would have had to break through. Wood eyes allows you to see the most effective 'ins' to get past those barriers and how to use them to your advantage if they are there. Each use is entirely tailored to the situation and the person, so in this isntance alone there was no need for 'pruning' or 'cutting the branches' - you just had to expose the roots of the problem.
>>49010406Bad XS. People are for something almost like eating, but not with too much teeth!
>>49010486The context was psychotic though in a dream. Unfortunately I have extremely visceral memory for physical sensation and smells. The sensation of biting flesh and the smell of flesh and blood are pretty stark.
>>49010406Well, hope that clears up for you soon. I know you said you pretty much need to just ride it out until your brain chemistry shifts for the nightmares themselves, but died anything help the memories not linger when you're awake?
>>49010587Yeowch. Well, on the plus side as long as you haven't ACTUALLY tasted human flesh, you can always console yourself with the fact that whatever taste and texture you dreamed it was probably wrong!
>>49010513That's a tough question this long into the story. She would have been brillant, clever, and terribly deadly, but also liked kittens and flowers. She would also have been utterly merciless and without conscience unless the protagonist fixed that.
>>49010621....we'll let you go with that pleasant thought.I bit my hand to the muscle to avoid screaming during night terrors I know EXACTLY what it tastes and feels like texture wise.It made A Matter of Taste a little more realistic in it's descriptions though.
>>49010669Get some rest, XS. Thank you for running.
>>49010623>>49010513....actually, now that I think on it, I know precisely what she would have been like if she were one of the protagonist's haremites. Adorably sociopathic, and utterly murderous towards anyone that wasn't family/clan that threatened the protagonist and the wives.
>>49010669I got nothing then.Just hope you dream about cute dragonnettes doing cute things instead!
>>49010468Amaterasu is indeed hot, and indeed overemotional. However, you DON'T want to see her reactions when she gets overemotional.Ryukusa is already in troubles for her insults. We can hope it's a punishment~, but don't count on it.
>>49011018Maybe we should write a letter to her about it?