Stage 148: Questions of import, obscurity, and ethics.Being Ryuu Ryukusa puts you in some pretty unique situations. If there was anyone else who has been in the peculiar position of accosting the most favored servant of the goddess Inari while petting the daughter of her avowed enemies while in the presence of the reincarnated souls of her goddess, you've never read about it. And you read a lot of manga. With no less than four spiritualists, two sorceresses, and two demigods (yourself included), you figure amongst you there would be some way to give a youkai who has been transformed into a human back her youkai-nature, or at least help her ascend to the status of guardian kami.Especially since it was partly your fault she was transformed into a human. Maybe bot directly, but indirect is still pretty close to your responsibility as far as you're concerned.Kyubi-sama, the nine-tailed kitsune who serves the Kami of Rice, Tea, Sake, Agriculture, Industry, and the protector of warriors and fishermen (how apt that is for you), is looking at you with rather wide eyes, as you've asked for her guidance. It's a risky sort of thing to ask her, because none of the people in this room save your priestess Kiku-chan and your sorceress Er Yin-sensei, and the enlightened immortal whom is now softly snoring as she leans against your right shoulder know that Kyubi-sama is the servant of Inari. Kiki-hime knows her as her personal driver; Yui-chan knows her as a frequent visitor to the Heaven of Kuroukami – the Dragon God of rain and snow – while the others only see her as an elegantly dressed kitsune-born.You cradle your injured left arm carefully, the herbal tonics and remedies dulling the glass knives and rusty razors that seem to be embedded in your forearm. Your status as a divine weapon doesn't necessarily mean you can go around breaking ancient artifacts belonging to deities over your invulnerable arm, apparently. On the plus side, you convinced the Lord of Hell to leave you and your family alone, and to leave Japan, so mixed blessing.
>>1163907Cautiously, Kyubi-sama makes an inquiry of her own. “I understand your feelings on the matter, but why are you asking me for guidance in this particular matter? I am perfectly willing to assist as best I may, of course, but I am hesitant to meddle in affairs which are not mine to meddle in.” This causes many of your family and allies to look at one another in confusion. Of course, Akari, Kiku-chan and Er Yin are used to multiple levels of conversation. Fuuta-chan as well, but she is not aware of the things the spiritualists are. Kiki-hime glances at you and touches you thigh lightly with her fingertips, a silent affirmation that she is willing to see this through as far and as deeply as you are. Of course, she's entirely ignorant of exactly how much power she has in this situation, being one-fifth of Inari's reincarnation as she is. Well, truth be told you kind of know more about protectors of households than most.... You're not easy to get a hold of, and since you're here I thought I would ask. Honestly, the more information I can gather the better I can manage my time and plans. Paraphrasing a little, it's not like I can ask your boss directly....is it? I'm planning on managing it somehow and the more help I have the better it will turn out. I think. Maybe.
Twitter: @XsQuestmistressPrevious Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/1088177/Interlude: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/37879167/Threads in Chronological Order, including writeups by XS : http://pastebin.com/Z53TyK0Nor search for tag: Ryukuza on SuptgBarrier Combat Guide: http://pastebin.com/rZLwzvGxRyuu Ryukusa is tall at 5' 8"; 6' in her true form. She is fully grown. Lesbian top.Matagama Kiku is 4' 1” for ever and ever. Lesbian submissive.Ryuu Akari is 5' 3" and has another few inches to grow. Sexuality is weird, switch, cosplayer.Ryuu Yui is 5' 8" and will only grow due to circumstances beyond her control. Dyke, switch.Ryuu Kiki is 5' 6" and is at full growth. Bisexual bottom.Er Yin Long is the tallest at 5' 10" and is fully grown. Lesbian dominant.Ryuu Jinyuu is 5' 7" but persistently hovers an extra three inches. 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, or Ryiekatsumoun, 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 scattered to the winds and blessed in death.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 Sakumo is dead and spread far and wide.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.Ryuu Fuuta is 5' 6” and slightly less soft.Kaga Kei is 5' 4” and fully grown. Might be experimental.Kyubi-san is 6' 3” and fully grown. Hard to say.
>Ryukusa's TreasuresHer name: Ryuu Yorihokura Eight hundred and sixty-one cat youkai live in your auraMatagama-no-Shitoki, a necklace kami in its 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; actually found to be the legendary blade Ame-no-Ohabari.Go-Yurei-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.Kyubi-sama's Black Jade ButtonRyukusa's Family.>Talismans:Akari – Black Jade Centipede (Mukade)Er Yin – Black Jade Scorpion (Sasori)Kiki – Black Jade Toad (Hikigaeru)Kiku – Black Jade Lizard (Tokage)Yui – Black Jade Snake (Hebi)Inau – Black Coral Ear Cuff (Amatsukami)
>>1163908>[x] Honestly, the more information I can gather the better I can manage my time and plans.Ryukusa time!
>>1163908> You're not easy to get a hold of, and since you're here I thought I would ask.> Honestly, the more information I can gather the better I can manage my time and plans.
>>1163908> Well, truth be told you kind of know more about protectors of households than most....> You're not easy to get a hold of, and since you're here I thought I would ask.
>>1163908>[X] Paraphrasing a little, it's not like I can ask your boss directly....is it?>[X] You're not easy to get a hold of, and since you're here I thought I would ask.>[X] Honestly, the more information I can gather the better I can manage my time and plans.
>>1163908> Well, truth be told you kind of know more about protectors of households than most....> I'm planning on managing it somehow and the more help I have the better it will turn out. I think. Maybe.
>>1163908 Honestly, the more information I can gather the better I can manage my time and plans. I'm planning on managing it somehow and the more help I have the better it will turn out. I think. Maybe.
[XXX] You're not easy to get a hold of, and since you're here I thought I would ask.[XX] Honestly, the more information I can gather the better I can manage my time and plans.[X] Well, truth be told you kind of know more about protectors of households than most....[x] I'm planning on managing it somehow and the more help I have the better it will turn out. I think. Maybe.You slip your tail from Yuuhi's back to your wife's back, and gently run the vanes up and down, letting her know you appreciate her support. Though the others here – Kaga Kei, Shoko-chan, Fuuta-chan, and your sister Jinyuu – have only a basic understanding of why you are asking this apparently well known stranger about, the rest your family is all too aware that you invariably go above and beyond to help your loved ones. Rie, youkai that she was, was still a part of your family in a way.Considering how to phrase it properly takes instants in your mind. “Well, I know that you are educated in matters concerning the protection of important household members; you would have to be to be assigned as Kiki-hime's driver. So asking you about a protector of the house – even if she's only a cat – seems like the right thing to do.” Kiku-chan shudders slightly and Er Yin gestures for her to come sit nearby.Kyubi-sama doesn't seem convinced. “There's also the fact that it is a situation that could be time consuming. The more I know about taking care of a wounded kitten, the better I can manage my time and efforts, you know?” Now her eyes widen as she realizes exactly how serious you are about this. She should have known; it's not the first time that she's dealt with a reincarnation of Horobi! “I've certain gone to a lot further lengths for things other people see as unimportant!” Fuuta-chan blushes, her cheeks turning a soft pink color, which nets her odd looks from both Yui-niji-chan and Akari-niji-chan.
>>1163960Kyubi-sama frowns faintly and looks undecided. “I am not very well versed in these matters, but it would seem to me that such matters are best kept in the hands of the kami, or discussed with powerful spiritualists. While I hope your kitten is fine, I have my doubts that the injuries are so severe as all that.” Now there is a lot more confusion amongst the less informed members of the household and the new allies as well; they're no longer sure if it's a real cat or a nekomata-born. Which technically Rie would be, if she were actually a mortal to begin with.That makes you frown faintly, though Kiki-hime is the one who responds. “Shiroi-san, Ryukusa isn't the type of woman who would understate the injuries of another, even if she seems to take her own in stride!”“That's because she's an idiot who doesn't realize how badly she's injured,” Kiku-chan comments acerbically, which earns her a hush from Er Yin.Kiku-chan takes the entirely unwarranted comment in stride. “Seriously, Shiroi-san, if you can think of anything that might help, I implore you to tell us.” Her suggestion carried the hint of command, rather than being politely suggestive or encouraging. You glance at Kiki-hime, but she seems pretty resolute.“That aside, Kyubi-sama, I can't really get a hold of you through the normal channels. So I need to take advantage while I can and ask you now.” A very wicked, perhaps even untoward thought crosses your mind. You could contact her boss – at least one of them. “I am going to take care of her, Kyubi-san....” I could call on your boss, I suppose....I'm willing to do whatever it may take. How can I manage the impossible if people keep thwarting me when I'm trying to manage it? It's all right if you can't make any suggestions; but please consider it. Perhaps you might explain why this is a matter for the kami? Is it a punishment? I know I'm imposing here, but this is a very important matter for me and my family.
>>1163961> Perhaps you might explain why this is a matter for the kami? Is it a punishment?Gotta fix the cat
>>1163961> Perhaps you might explain why this is a matter for the kami? Is it a punishment?> I know I'm imposing here, but this is a very important matter for me and my family.>She has helped protect my family and myself on a multitude of occasions. She has even helped me in very important spiritual matters, as Emi-sama can attest to. Seeing her in such a state is very troubling.
>>1163961> Perhaps you might explain why this is a matter for the kami? Is it a punishment?> I know I'm imposing here, but this is a very important matter for me and my family.
>>1163961>[x] It's all right if you can't make any suggestions; but please consider it.
>>1163961> How can I manage the impossible if people keep thwarting me when I'm trying to manage it?> It's all right if you can't make any suggestions; but please consider it.> Perhaps you might explain why this is a matter for the kami? Is it a punishment?>>1163969>Gotta fix the catYou might want to reconsider that wording.
>>1164013But then it wouldn't be a bad pun.Guess we're more unfixing the cat.
>>1163969I haven't found a neko picture that could adequately depict the sheer unadulterated horror the meaning of that sentence would elicit from Rie.
>>1164025You saying the internet haven't drawn enough horrified catgirls? For once, things are alright!
>>1164025My apologies to the good cat then.
Hi XS! How are you?>>1163961>Kyubi-sama, what would your boss do, if such a fate befell on one who is precious to her? I do not mean to equate myself with her, of course. Only to see if her exemple can bring me guidance.>Please forgive this insignificant and impertinent lizard, but would you at least consider giving her a glance, to see for yourself the damages and the person I am speaking of?Note the use of "person" is deliberate
>>1163969>>1164013>>1164020>>1164025>>1164028>>1164030I don't understand.Also, is Shoko getting hungry with all this talk about cats?
>>1163961I kind of feel like the Ninetails is at least hinting that this is something we can fix, and better us doing it than her, not 100℅ on that though.Also really nice to see this quest again.
>>1164041"fixing" a dog or cat means to neuter and/or spay it.This scares the Rei
>>1163961>[X] Perhaps you might explain why this is a matter for the kami? Is it a punishment?>[X] I know I'm imposing here, but this is a very important matter for me and my family.
>>1164047The wonders of XS finally getting time off work again!
>>1164041I understood that reference, and 'fixing' means 'spaying'.
[x] How can I manage the impossible if people keep thwarting me when I'm trying to manage it?[X] It's all right if you can't make any suggestions; but please consider it.[X] I know I'm imposing here, but this is a very important matter for me and my family.[XX] Perhaps you might explain why this is a matter for the kami? Is it a punishment?[+] This is not merely a matter of some random nekomata, you know!You decide to take the softer, more emotional approach to this. Calm reasoning seems to be a bit slow to make an impression. “....even if it is against the will of the kami, as you seem to imply.” You frown and tilt your head. “Is it some kind of divine punishment? I had assumed that it was a result of her interfering on my behalf, which she has done before. Many times before, actually.” You sigh and shake your head, and Kiku-chan's eyes widen in alarm. “I have tried to be subtle, but this is not working out.”Kyubi-sama blinks and her ears prick up, while the friends most recently made look at you in confusion. You gesture with your good hand. “I am in too much pain and too medicated to concern myself with niceties, Kyubi-sama.” The kitsune's eyes narrow and the golden irises shimmer faintly. Yuuhi-chan opens one eye, though she is still resting and utterly relaxed against your shoulder, while Akari-niji-chan slowly sets her teacup down, and Yui-niji-chan frowns at her friend. Kiku-chan tucks both hands inside her sleeves, even seated upon her Master Er Yin's lap, while Er Yin herself tilts her head. Jinyuu-onee-sama looks as startled and confused as Kaga Kei and Fuuta-chan are, while Shoko simply stands up behind your couch and clenches her hands. The muffled pops of her knuckles cracking is still mightily impressive. Kiki-hime looks at all of her protectors with a sort of awestruck realization.Kyubi-sama blinks under the regard of your clan's wariness, looking a little taken aback. “If it makes you feel better, if they actually thought you were threatening me, you probably wouldn't have noticed so much.” She does not look particularly reassured. “Kyubi-sama, when I tell you that this matter is receiving my utmost attention, even injured and suffering as I am, it should tell you how serious this matter is to me. Rie-sama has helped my family on many occasions, taken responsibilities far beyond her nature and need, in an effort to help me and mine. She has suffered this tragedy because she was helping me.”
>>1164118Spreading your right hand you gesture to the hallway you came from. “Rie-sama is my family guardian, not some youkai off the streets. She has been cursed, and if this is divine punishment you, of all people, could say it is so. If it isn't, then at the very least consider my request, imposition though it may be.” With a deliberate look around you – and not lingering at all on Fuuta-chan, who has a handful of tightly rolled scrolls of some sort in the hand hidden from Kyubi-sama – you indicate your battle ready family and clan. “I am a demigod, but if people keep resisting my attempts to make things right, I will just work harder at doing so.” That earns you a gentle and silent rebuke from Er Yin. “Regardless of my injuries,” you add, to make your point with her and Kiku-chan as well.“Please, Ri-sama, forgive me for my temerity, but I must stand with my family on this matter.” Yui-niji-chan's earnest apology catches Kyubi-sama's attention as little else has. “It is not my place to ask, but I am asking anyways.” Kneeling as she was, kowtowing is simple from her current position, and everyone is rather shocked by the act, especially Kei-san and Kiki-hime. “Please Ri-sama, if you can help Rie-sama, I ask you to do so.”The tug on Kyubi-sama's heartstrings is obvious and her surprise at the willingness of your oni-chick to debase herself is obvious.“It would be a kindness,” comments Er Yin, which surprises you, and Kiku-chan glances at her master, then looks at the kitsune. “I agree,” she adds.You see the shimmer of the illusion failing slightly, and Kyubi-sama looks to your wife, who nods slowly, surely, her surprise and confusion hidden under the iron mask of the superior dealing with her servant. Which she is in more ways than one, even if she doesn't realize it.Kyubi-sama slowly turns her attention to Akari-niji-chan, who sits at the table calmly, hands folded on her lap. Akari's eyes are closed, and she speaks softly and calmly, the threat she is masked by the calm she seems to exude. “I do not know you, though aniki knows much about you, it seems. But I am willing to ask, if Yui-niji-chan asks.” Slowly she stands, moving with great deliberations and care. Akari moves to where Yui-niji-chan is sitting, still kowtowed before Kyubi-sama....and then slowly kneels, and then places her hands before her on the ground and kowtows as well.The glimpse of shock and surprise on Yui-chan's face is quickly eclipsed by tears and gratitude, and no small amount of wonder. Spread your hands and shrug mildly. They've said it all. Ask for her acquiescence politely. Simply wait, and see how she reacts to this. Pet Yuuhi-chan into submission and suggest politely that there is nothing more to say. Suggest very softly that if this is not enough, then you will take the next step yourself.
>>1164122>[x] Pet Yuuhi-chan into submission and suggest politely that there is nothing more to say.Better keep our protector leashed for now.
>>1164122>[X] Simply wait, and see how she reacts to this.>[X] Pet Yuuhi-chan into submission and suggest politely that there is nothing more to say.
>>1164122> Pet Yuuhi-chan into submission and suggest politely that there is nothing more to say.> Simply wait, and see how she reacts to this.
>>1164122> Pet Yuuhi-chan into submission and suggest politely that there is nothing more to say.> Spread your hands and shrug mildly. They've said it all.
>>1164122> Spread your hands and shrug mildly. They've said it all.Best family.
>>1164122> Simply wait, and see how she reacts to this.
>>1164122>"Thank you, all of you.">Follow Yui-niji-chan's exemple, kneel and kowtow to the fox. You would do this and so much more for any of your family and clan. And you'd never feel shame for sharing Yui's and Akari's position.I think it's important to show who Ryukusa is. And she's not one who would not share the request of her beloved in moments like this.
>>1164122>[x] Spread your hands and shrug mildly. They've said it all.
>>1164175Dont think we can or should kowtow to the fox for reasons.
>>1164180agreed. Not in our nature.
>>1164180>>1164181We can, and it's in our nature to do anything we can.If Akari and Yui could do it, there is no reason why Ryukusa would refuse to do it.
>>1164175>>1164180>>1164181Bowing would be possible if that is wished.
>>1164188I don't mind adding it in.
>>1164187No Before Ryukusa has had physical revulsion to Kowtowing unless it was for Ammy, even doing it for our father was hard, it's not gonna fly for here.Bowing might work
>>1164187Ryukusa might not be able to kowtow - she has an instinctive understanding of her place in the spiritual hierarchy that she can't seem to violate.
>>1164188If we can bow,I guess that might be fine.
>>1164187Would go for bowing but dont agree with the rest.
>>1164188In that case, I change my vote to bowing.
>>1164188I vote for bowing as well
>>1164247Yes! Ryukuza Quest!I won't have the time to participate today, but I'd like to thank you for the amazing quest you're writing, XS.
>>1164277You're (all) welcome.
[XX] Pet Yuuhi-chan into submission and suggest politely that there is nothing more to say.[X] Simply wait, and see how she reacts to this.[X] Spread your hands and shrug mildly. They've said it all.[+] Thank them all, and show your solidarity with Yuuhi and Akari's wishes.You watch the scene unfolding before you, your fingers sliding along your pretty yako-born samurai's soft hair and the edges of her ears. She relaxes, slowly and reluctantly, but she does relax. (Thank you all very much, my beloved ones.) This thought is sent on two levels; the first and more potent is for your family directly, the ones closest to your heart and soul; the other, second layer is for your warriors and clan, their protectiveness and willingness to face an unknown enemy for your sake a cherished truth that makes you both proud and humbles you. Kyubi-sama is still looking at the two young women nearly at her feet as she sits up in the easy chair. She more than likely knows more about Yui-niji-chan's history than you do, and the fact that she still chose to perform this obeisance in spite of it has shocked her to the core. That akari-niji-chan, who was quite ready to kill her would place herself on Yui-chan's level and beg for her help is even more astonishing to the kami. Her golden eyes move to Er yin and Kiku-chan, who both know her true nature, and understand far better than anyone else here what they are asking and whom they are asking it of. The it is to Kiki-hime she turns her attention, as Kiki-hime smiles gently and remains apparently placid and calm in spite of her misgivings and confusion about what is really going on. But it is still her choice, and her support of the others makes a difference.With a sigh, Kyubi-sama shakes her head, clearly disturbed by how readily they all agreed to this. You turn and kiss Yuuhi-chan on the head and she looks up at you with calm, warm eyes of crimson; you turn and kiss Kiki-hime on the cheek, which makes her blush. That isn't really a surprise given you just kissed her in front of the help, as far as she is concerned.You rise easily and spread your hands; Kyubi-sama looks at the ones you love, her mistresses five, and lowers her head. Then you lower your arms to your sides and bow, carefully. As logn as you keep your left arm straight it doesn't hurt too much, so you manage to say without a hint of pain, “Please assist us all in this matter, Kyubi-sama.” You can't really beg her to assist you; and kowtowing is definitely out of the question, even for someone as powerful as she probably is. It wouldn't be right or proper; you can feel the thought making your stomach churn.Or you've had too many of your sister's concoctions too soon together, which is a very real possibility.
>>1164289Kyubi-sama stands up slowly and drops the illusion, much to the surprised gasps and shock of most of the household. Her nine tails wave slowly, and her golden eyes gleam with the sheen of true gold. “Shoko. Please bring bring Rie-sama here. I will need space to work with.” Shoko nods mutely and quickly moves to obey. Kyubi-sama goes to one knee and places a hand on Akari's and Yui's shoulders. “Please rise, mistresses. You do not need to bow to me.” You rise before they do, glancing back at Yuuhi-chan, who is still managing calmness.Akari slowly starts to stand and only hesitates minutely as she sees the transformed kitsune. She glances at you in confusion and a touch of shocked embarrassment and makes a sharp gesture.Warn me next time I try and get myself killed.Nonsense, you were just fine, you reply with a flick of your tail as she helps Yui-niji-chan rise. Yui-chan is as awestruck as the rest of the household, apparently unaware that Kyubi-sama was in fact a Ninetails.Kiki-hime is perhaps even more embarrassed than Akari; you reach back with your left hand and she rests her fingertips on yours lightly, too awestruck to remember how much it might hurt you. The pain is somewhat dulled, and you don't really care about it anyways; reassuring your wife is more important. “Please forgive my impertinence, Shiroi-sama,” she murmurs softly. “I had no idea....”Kyubi-sama bows to Kiki-hime. “Please think nothing of it, mistress. I am your servant in all things still.” You gesture for Yui-niji-chan and Akari-chan to clear an area for Kyubi-chan. Er Yin-sensei and Kiku-chan are already moving around the room, Kiku-chan holding three sticks of incense and walking clockwise around the room, while Er Yin-sensei murmurs incantations in Ainu. Prayers to Fuchi Kamuy and Apasam Kamuy, the Hearth Goddess and the Doorway Guardians.You're not really sure why you know that, and it bugs the shit out of you, but you're busy right now.Shoko comes out, followed by a cautious Inau-kun, who is immediately beset by both your wife and Yui-niji-chan. Have them leave her be; she has every right to be concerned too. Impress upon Fuuta-chan and Kei-san how important it is to keep quiet about these things. Gently admonish Inau-kun for being out of bed so quickly. They've got this covered, you can relax again. Check on Yuuhi-chan while everyone is distracted.
>>1164295>[x] Impress upon Fuuta-chan and Kei-san how important it is to keep quiet about these things.>[x] They've got this covered, you can relax again.Everything went well! So far.
>>1164295>Check on Yuuhi-chan while everyone is distracted[X] Touch fluffy tail. There are many others as fluffy but this one is ours.
>>1164295> Impress upon Fuuta-chan and Kei-san how important it is to keep quiet about these things.> Gently admonish Inau-kun for being out of bed so quickly.
>>1164295> Impress upon Fuuta-chan and Kei-san how important it is to keep quiet about these things.> They've got this covered, you can relax again.
>>1164295> They've got this covered, you can relax again.> Check on Yuuhi-chan while everyone is distracted.>>1164309I dunno anon, Yuuhi's tail is VERY fluffy. Maybe a few comparable ones, but...
>>1164295>[x] They've got this covered, you can relax again.>[x] Check on Yuuhi-chan while everyone is distracted.
>>1164320I understand your concerns, but alow me to present a counterpoint.N I N EINET A I L SAILS
>>1164295> Have them leave her be; she has every right to be concerned too.> They've got this covered, you can relax again.
>>1164295Poor fox she never had a chance against us.
>>1164295>[x] They've got this covered, you can relax again.Also >>1164309.>>1164320We have to check and see who has the fluffiest tail/s.
>>1164326I bet Yuuhi's tail could stand up to any Kyuubi tail one on one!
>>1164295> Gently admonish Inau-kun for being out of bed so quickly.> They've got this covered, you can relax again.> Check on Yuuhi-chan while everyone is distracted.I found clothes that would look great on Shoko
>>1164359Well, do share anon!
>>1164332What part of nine (9) tails do you not understand. It doesn't matter if you can win 1-1 if the fight is 9-1.All's fair in love and fluff.
>>1164328I'm surprised she actually thought she did. As Ryukusa has said she isn't new to this. Or maybe she didn't and wanted to show her mistresses her true form.
>>1164359>>1164362Not the best pic, but it shows the clothes well.Akari at least would appreciate it.
I have a question: could the Iron Fan Princess demand to be given back the parts of her weapon that are still in our arm?Because if she can, damn.>>1164374>>1164328Kyubi-sama is a very old, very powerful spirit. And this is not going to be free, neither for her nor us.She did stand more than a chance.
>>1164378Note that we have to factor in Shoko's curves and muscles
>>1164378Hmmm, they might look great on her but they look a bit too futuristic to be believable in my opinion.
[XXX] They've got this covered, you can relax again.[XX] Check on Yuuhi-chan while everyone is distracted.[X] Impress upon Fuuta-chan and Kei-san how important it is to keep quiet about these things.[+] Tail. Tails. Tail. Tails. Tail. Tails.You walk over to where Fuuta-chan and Kaga Kei are sitting, their eyes a little wide and shocked still. Shoko is nearby, and you speak softly, pitching your voice specifically for them. Which is quite easily done when you can control the winds and air around you.“Understand that this is something for our eyes only. Kyubi-sama is a true kitsune, and earned every tail she possesses. It would be unwise to advertise that this sort of thing happens around us.” Shoko nods, having performed duties in a heaven long enough to understand. Fuuta-chan too nods slowly, having dealt with far more dangerous creatures and knowing what their secrets could cost. “If we tell....would our lives be forfeit?” Kaga Kei's question has the tone of one who has been threatened with that before. poor kei-san....if you have to ask you already have an answer you believe. kei-san....if I didn't think you could keep our secrets safely you would not be here. it isn't a threat or a warning from me pretty, it's a reminder that the kami protect themselves. darling....do you think of me as the kind to deliver warnings or the kind to act when needed? stroke her hair and shake your head; she will understand eventually.>Reminder that the previous choices are being written.
>>1164388There are no parts in Ryukusa's arm - it just hurts that much. Remember, her left arm isn't flesh and blood, but it flexes like it is.
>>1164405> it isn't a threat or a warning from me pretty, it's a reminder that the kami protect themselves.
>>1164405> kei-san....if I didn't think you could keep our secrets safely you would not be here.> it isn't a threat or a warning from me pretty, it's a reminder that the kami protect themselves.
>>1164395We could tailor them for her.
>>1164405> stroke her hair and shake your head; she will understand eventually.
>>1164405>[x] kei-san....if I didn't think you could keep our secrets safely you would not be here.>[x] it isn't a threat or a warning from me pretty, it's a reminder that the kami protect themselves.
>>1164411This. We need to pet some Yuuhi.
[XX] it isn't a threat or a warning from me pretty, it's a reminder that the kami protect themselves.[X] kei-san....if I didn't think you could keep our secrets safely you would not be here.You keep your expression gentle, but your first reaction is to wonder who, exactly, would be so stupid as to use that kind of threat to keep people in line. For one, it doesn't actually work since people – even spirit-children, but humans more-so – are incapable of resisting torture. For two, threatening to kill people who keep your secrets only makes them fight harder to escape your grasp. For three, you wouldn't bother warning someone if you needed to kill them later.It's awfully counterproductive.“I'm not really sure what kind of people you're used to working for, Kei-san, but I don't threaten people I work with or for, as a general rule. It's pretty rude, mostly. The kami, on the other hand, protect themselves very effectively, and their power isn't limited in the same ways ours are.” Fuuta-chan nods solemnly.That makes Kei-san look at you with confusion, which is better than defiance mixed with traces of fear. “What do you mean?”Fuuta-chan answers softly. “Their powers are not limited by time, or proximity, or even by knowledge. They can reach out to touch you from Heaven or Hell.”You nod slowly, tucking your left arm carefully into your robes to keep it still. “If I had been concerned about your trustworthiness, you wouldn't be here with us, Kei-san. You'll learn more from us than you expect, and I think you'll come to understand what is truly going on soon.” Kei-san is watching the kitsune prepare the ritual, with Er Yin and Kiku-chan's help, while your wife gently strokes the confused looking Rie's hair while Yui-chan and Akari-chan speak softly in the corner. Shoko starts to say something but you give her a look, and she shuts her mouth, looking slightly abashed. You smile in forgiveness and she bows her head to you. Not that you blame her for still being upset, but misdirected anger is not what Kei-san needs right now. You gently let your fingers trail along Shoko's arm before you walk back to rejoin Yuuhi-chan on the couch and she relaxes much more at the reassuring caress.
>>1164571Settling down next to the nogitsune-child, you suddenly lean against her and let your eyes half close. She isn't surprised, per se, but she is startled a bit by your doing so. Reciprocating the lean, you and she cuddle up, and she wraps her tail around both of you. You adjust your right arm so you can stroke the long, silky fluff of it, and she glances at you sidelong. “You okay, aniki?”“Just hurting a bit. Everyone else is taking care of this. I think I am good right here, Yuuchi.” She lifts her hand, your position letting it come to rest along your right upper arm, and she strokes your robe gently. You slip your tail behind her and coil it about her waist and lay it across both your laps, feeling the silky length of her tail over your laps with it. “You?”“I'm okay mostly except for that stupid kitsune being here when she should be in heaven taking care of other stuff and leaving us alone to do our stuff without her around.” You glance at her sidelong. “Kami stuff is trouble every time, aniki.”“Mnnh.” You're not really in any place to disagree with her. You want to talk about it? You don't need to tell me. As long as you're okay. You know there's nothing in your past that would bother me, right? You can feel however you want. I'm not the sort who can judge anyone, after all. You want to hear a story?
>>1164575>[x] You want to talk about it?
>>1164575>[x] You want to talk about it?if not then>[x] You want to hear a story?
>>1164575> You want to talk about it?
>>1164575> You want to talk about it?if not then> You want to hear a story?
>>1164575> You don't need to tell me. As long as you're okay.
>>1164575> You know there's nothing in your past that would bother me, right?> You want to hear a story?
>>1164575> You want to talk about it?> You know there's nothing in your past that would bother me, right?> You can feel however you want. I'm not the sort who can judge anyone, after all.> You want to hear a story?
[XX] You want to talk about it?[X] You want to hear a story?[x] You know there's nothing in your past that would bother me, right?You run your fingers through the soft silk of her tail, and murmur to her, “You know that I am always here if you want to talk about it, right Yuuchi?” You don't look at her or expect an answer, you just pet her soft, warm tail and take comfort in the presence of your devoted, loving, strange samurai. “You know I'm the last person who will say anything about what you've done in your past.”She shifts slightly and you look toward her, and feel her fingertip against your forehead.You lift your head, panting heavily in the sweltering summer heat, the locked doors of the shed which you are chained inside allowing no air circulation at all. Your stomach aches with lack of food and your mouth is so parched that the taste of your own sweat isn't enough to help you salivate. You here the voices of the men outside, and you feel the hate rise inside you. Not hate for them, they're only human. No, you hate this life, this self, your father, your mother, and everything that you are that has lead to this point.Your name is Asahi, and you are about to die.>To Be Continued....
Thank you all for reading and playing. We continue next time (I hope, Friday morning PST) playing as Yuuhi.I will stay a short time for questions.
>>1164720yay Yuuhi Pov!
>>1164730Thanks for running XS.
>>1164730Thanks for writing!
Don't panic, anon.It is not going to be all dark and brooding, despite the intro.
>>1164746Well yeah, I don't think you can reach enlightenment by being filled with bitterness and despair....At least, I'm reasonably certain you can't.
Thanks for running
>>1164788Depends on the type of enlightenment.
>>1164809...I guess that might help explain Yanluo's minibosses.
Thanks for running!
So, what's the current plan with the Yakuza?
>>1168445Now that the power is back....You're going to have to go deal with some of chisato's superiors and convince them that chisato has the support of people who are as powerful and capable as they are. It could be easy, it could be hard - the issue is her immediate superior wants to quash her because she's making waves in the Yakuza group and getting attention that he doesn't want her to have for a variety of possible reasons. Yui will deliver the messages and Akari will set up the meeting. As for what happens then...well, there's only one way to find out