Stage 137: Chivalrous Organizations, Violent Groups, Eight-Nine-Three.It goes without saying that it's a first for you, because really you've never actually done it before. Kiki-hime sleep snug in a mass of satin and silk, while you sit next to her, combing out your hair. You are clean and dry, as is she, though you did have to carry her to bed. She has a sweet little smile across her soft lips, and is breathing deeply and evenly. You can feel her sleeping in your mind, that strange awareness that you feel whenever any of your family sleeps. You're not entirely sure where it comes from, or why it happens, but it has been invaluable so far. Worrying about it is just going to annoy you at the moment.Still, having pleasured your wife into unconsciousness is definitely a milestone. Not really one you were trying for, but you have a lot more energy than you're used to having. There is the nagging thought that the Ruyi of Horobi might have something to do with it but you're not sure. You weren't a true demigod before either, and the two facts are confusing the issue. Your certain you'll figure it out once you get rid of the ruyi, but you can't do that until you've dealt with Enma-Oh and his subordinates. Unlike the others you have plans for today, most of which involve thinking and meditating on your objectives and goals. But they don't need to deal with that, not today. Today they are going to have a lot of family time, and you're going to make sure of it. You can smell breakfast in the other room, and you debate on whether or not to wake Kiki-hime, though you know she was up awfully early last night. Most of your family is used to strange sleeping hours, and the few who aren't actually slept, with the possible exception of Er Yin-sensei; you're not sure how she sleeps, when she does, as a general rule. Then again you have no idea what she did in a Barrier for over a hundred years; it seemed awfully boring while you were there.Finishing with your hair you come to one of the more important decisions of the day. You always have to think hard about clothing, but this time what you wear may influence your family in a variety of ways. So you have to be careful about your choices.Though going nude for the entire day has a certain sort of appeal to it. Sweats – ultra casual! T-shirt and jeans – ordinary lady! Silk pants and short robe – elegant master of the house! White robes – purify yourself today! Blouse and Slacks – simple and clean!
Ryu Ryukusa is tall at 5' 8"; 6' in her true form. She is fully grown. Lesbian top.Kiku is 4' 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. 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 utterly terrifying.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.Ryuu Fuuta is 5' 2” and very soft.
>>637947> Sweats – ultra casual!
Twitter: @XsQuestmistressPrevious Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/609605/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/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
>>637947> Sweats – ultra casual!It's a day off and we fucking meant it.
>>637947>Blouse and Slacks
>>637947>[X] Silk pants and short robe – elegant master of the house!>[X] Sweats – ultra casual!
>>637947Alright, Ryukuza time!>[x] Blouse and Slacks – simple and clean!
>>637947> Sweats - ultra casual!
>>637980There are limits to my ability to mash things together.
>>637988When you wrote>Though going nude for the entire day has a certain sort of appeal to it.Were you trying to prompt lewd write-ins?
Hi XS!How are you?>>637947>Yoga Pants & Sweater with no shirt under it- comfy and pleasing to the eyes~Ryukusa will make it look amazing.
>>637947> Blouse and Slacks – simple and clean!
>>637988silk sweat pants are really nice though
>>637993Nope. Ryukusa has always been prone to passing fancies and odd thoughts of all sorts. in case you hadn't noticed....
>>637947>[x] Sweats – ultra casual!
>>638001Those are just silk pants
>>637988sure will change >>637980 to>[X] Elegant silk sweats.
>>638020Too lewd!Actually, just lewd enough.
[X] Sweats – ultra casual![+] But nice ones.You roll to your feet and walk across the bed without noise or disturbing the bedding and the sleeping dragonette nestled within. Forcing yourself to take the steps one at a time, you struggle against the need to act immediately and quickly by controlling your impulses, because that's how you get into trouble – impulsively. Making your way to the wardrobe you open it, and realize that you haven't much here in the way of casual clothing that actually looks like casual clothing. Too much of it is casual for the streets of Harajuku or designed to fit weapons and tools within. So, you reach into Nowhere and….it feels sticky, slippery. Frowning, you drip your hand in and hold it there, feeling the nature of it, the things that fill it. It is a simple trick, rarely used because Japan has been stable for so long. But things are changing now, and unlike many of your peers you thought being able to figure out how the welfare of the people was doing was fairly important. That's usually a concern of older clan members.It doesn't take long to figure out that the country is starting to destabilize economically. It was to be expected when you took out the Colonel and interfered with the Diet. There isn't a problem yet, but it's entirely likely you'll have to be more cautious about how much wealth you rely upon from Nowhere. The chances are good that having the Yakuza on your side will help mitigate the issue some, but in the end, the 'wealth' you enjoy now is going to dry up very quickly when you wreck Japan.It's not like you relied on it that much, really. Much of your clothing and all of your weapons you earned and made and bought yourself. Kiki-hime is also someone that doesn't rely on the Gifts of Japan; Yui doesn't seem to own much of anything to begin with. That does bring up an interesting point: Er Yin might not rely on the welfare of the Japanese people, and might instead be tired to the Chinese. You'll have to check on that as well.
>>638070Despite the foreshadowing of trouble in your way (as though you needed it), you take out some very stretchy but nicely form fitting Yoga pants, black of course, and a soft, light and very loose sweater to wear over it, also black with a single large butterfly in blue emblazoned across the front. The sleeves are loose but gathered at the wrists in soft elastic cuffs. The bottom is elastic as well, but rather than wearing a bra today you go bare chested. Panties of very simple and shimmery satin with blue lace edging though; you're not THAT casual!You cup your breasts though the sweater and nod approvingly. Very nice and firm; Er Yin and Kiki-hime wouldn't be able to pull this off as well. The sweater drapes flat over your breasts and lets the butterfly fold over your chest in a light hug, as planned. You then gather your hair and knot it lightly several times, leaving a good length of it down to your lower back while making the knots artfully messy. Probably would take less effort to actually style it, but this is more about impressing upon your family the situation, rather than being presentable.Finished, you look at yourself in the full length mirror and allow yourself a moment of introspection; you remember Shoko's description of her previous master, Amako Zen. Shabby, a peasant. You close your eyes and when you open them, they are Void Eyes. You can see the ebb and flow of your Chi, the potent swell of Jing, the heavy forces of Shen; but what you really wanted to see is traced upon your cheeks. To You This I GrantThe Power most RuinousMy Dear OneYou Who See My WritBe Warned by the Sun HerselfMy Will, DoneThe shudder cannot be suppressed, unlike Void Eyes. Go wake Kiki-hime, she will need to eat. Let her sleep for now. Join her in bed for a while. Go see the others now. Slip off to the Shrine for the moment.
>>638078> Go wake Kiki-hime, she will need to eat.
>>638078> Go wake Kiki-hime, she will need to eat.> Go see the others now.
>>638078>[X] Go wake Kiki-hime, she will need to eat.
>>638078> Slip off to the Shrine for the moment.
>>638078>The sweater drapes flat over your breasts and lets the butterfly fold over your chest in a light hug, as plannedHot.
>>638078>[x] Go wake Kiki-hime, she will need to eat.>>638110Always and in all ways.
>>638078> Let her sleep for now.> Go see the others now.I wonder if Yuuhi would notice if we were wearing Full Imperial Regalia, and what she would think if she did.
[X] Go wake Kiki-hime, she will need to eat.You force yourself to walk around the bed rather than stepping off the edge, onto the step, and into the silk and satin. Well, not really force, perhaps, but it feels a little like it. Take each step as it comes, for today at least. Make each step purposeful and calm, let yourself feel the control you do have. It seems more and more you will have less control eventually, because no plan ever survives contact with the enemy, least of all yours. You plans, rather, not your enemies. Though that could be because of the nature of your enemies. You sink down into the bed, and stroke the princess' hair slowly, smiling as she smiles, feeling her sleep slip from her and her into waking. She shifts and grimaces slightly, then sits up slowly, looking at our attire curiously. “How do you manage to make everything look so....so elegant on you? You shouldn't be able to make an exercise outfit look as good as a three piece suit, yet on you they both look....”Taking her hand you kiss her ring softly. “Poise. I am never at a loss for my footing or unsure of my place in the world around me. That confidence comes across regardless of what I wear, so it all looks appropriate to wherever I am.” You smile and kiss her fingers, lightly. “In my case, the dragonette makes the clothing, instead of the other way around.” she sits up straight and then winces a little, shifting her tail and moving so she can sit seiza. “Too rough?” you ask, concerned.She smiles brightly, sky blue eyes laughing at you, and shakes her head. “No.”Accepting the unspoken compliment you pull her favorite robe from nowhere and hold it up for her. “Breakfast is being served now; the others await you, Ryuu-dono.” She doesn't blush, but not because she is arrogant or stuck up; it is because you mean the words, rather than tease her with them. She turns away from you and you dress her in the lose fitting sleeping robe. You do, however, add light pants of matching black and azure dragon design for her to wear. She allows you to put them on her, and you let your gaze wander as you do so, enjoying the view immensely.That does make her blush.
>>638161You help her from the bed, her balance lacking, and you enjoy the view of her décolletage, she it is the silk belt about her midriff that supports them and keeps the robe tight against them rather than a brassier or bra. “I really ought to look into the magazines you modeled for. I'm curious now, how they managed to dress you.” It is a peculiarity that an image of a dragonette is seen by supernatural kinds as a dragonette; it takes a great deal of effort to conceal your supernatural nature from each other, and that applies to all spirit-children. “I don't know how to conceal myself very well yet. Akari-chan says I might not be able to do it well ever, because I never had any practice. I never had a need to.” She grips your hand tightly as you lead her off of the bed. She doesn't let go when you reach the stairs, and instead lets you hold her hand as you walk to the door. Or is that, holds your hand? You can't tell anymore, if there ever was a difference. It feels more natural than breathing at times. “Ryu-chan....?”Turning, you take a few steps backwards with her, then pause as she halts before you reach the door. Her expression is concerned, and her eyes dart along your cheeks, though she can't see what is written there, you're fairly sure. Not without a longer look. When she says nothing, you gently prompt her. “Yes, hime-chan?”“Is what I am doing with Yui-chan really all right?” Using wood Eyes, you suppose; you would have known if anything more had happened between them. Depends on what you mean, kasan. Have you two been making the clouds and thunder without me, hmn? Have you asked her, yet? I think so; you're not doing anything she doesn't want. Do you think it's all right?
>>638163> Have you asked her, yet?Asked Yui if having Wood Eyes used on her is alright, or something else?
>>638163> Have you asked her, yet?> Do you think it's all right?
>>638163>[X] Do you think it's all right?>[X] Have you asked her, yet?
>>638170>It's a purposefully leading question.
>>638163> I think so; you're not doing anything she doesn't want.
>>638163Seconding >>638176.>>637948>Kiku is 4' 1" for ever and ever.Except for the last few threads, when she was 5' 1"
>>638163>>638180> Have you asked her, yet?Then sure.I don't know, I do think using Wood Eyes on occasion is probably alright, especially with Yui's sitation, but it seems like it might be better for Kiki if she makes her own conclusions, and I'm pretty sure we can convey that in a way that doesn't make her think that not giving our opinion means we tacitly disapprove.
>>638193Wonder how that change in size happened.
>>638193>will have to go back and fix that
>>638193>>638202What the hell is Er Yin doing to the poor girl since the last thread
>>638193Her dong was counted in her size, for those threads.>>638163>Describe it with your own word, kasan. What have you been doing with her?An interesting exercise to help one compose their thoughts.Ryukusa is not the one who has to convince her, she is the one who has to convince herself.>How would you describe your feelings for her?> Have you asked her, yet?
>>638205>will have to go back and fix thatBut you just fixed it? She was "four-foot-nothing" when she was introduced in thread 5 (>>32733977).
>>638163>>638219Yeah that could work. And yeah this is more about Kiki convincing herself about it, like does she not think that if we had misgivings, we'd have raised them by now?
>>638222....definitely have to reread the entire thing again in one go. (its currently at 1400 pages, it's a long read, the error crept in I-have-no-idea-when.).
>>638220>>638226Huh despite her being introduced as 4 foot nothing ever since Xs started listing characters by height and sexuality she's been labeled as 5'1"'5 feet seems tall for a Loli now that I think about it
>>638247Boy, will she be huge when the curse get broken
>>638276>Boy, she would have been huge if the curse had been broken.It's a pretty lame FTFY, but the point is that the loli-no-more boat sailed away some time ago.
>>638287That's wrong, actually, anon.We still have the opportunity to do that, it's just that we have a Chinese divine task to do before
We're still doing the Kappa stuff, just later, since it's not urgent now.Still, at least Kiku and Ginka will need it.
>>638315>>638322I forgot about that. My bad.
>>638322Are we sure we can't take care of those things too, with our new insight? It'd be really nice not to screw with the kappa.
>>638334We can't for Ginka, and I seriously doubt we can for Kiku.Also, we kinda have to screw with the kapa at some point, because we're a Demigod and this is Stuff Someone Has To Deal With
>tfw end up having to leave for half the threadThis is real suffering. For once I'm glad to see a post take long to complete, at least I only missed a couple votes.
[XX] Have you asked her, yet?[X] Do you think it's all right?[x] I think so; you're not doing anything she doesn't want.[+] How do you feel about her, and for her?[+] Can you describe what you have been doing with her in your own words?It's the kind of ethical question you tend to avoid, largely because you both have and do not have a firm grasp on ethics. On the one hand, you are a very ethical person where your family is concerned, and your loved ones. On the other hand, you are a murderous sociopath when you're not being careful. On the tail, though, you're mostly concerned by her worry, rather than the ethics or morals of the situation. “That's a difficult question, really, hime-chan. You're asking me to define things that I don't think about very much. Perhaps if you explain to me what it is that you are doing to her more clearly for me? I'm not trying to be difficult, but I think we've gone over the fact that I'm ethically challenged under certain circumstances.” It's not particularly hard to admit now that she's aware of your past murders; she nods thoughtfully, understanding your problem. Of course, you are pretty sure of what she's asking, but she doesn't seem so sure herself.Kiki-hime moves close and you step around her, rather than into her, and wrap your arms about her from behind, clasping your hands against her belly. She immediately leans into you, covering your hands with hers as you breathe into her hair, making her smile. Her expression becomes thoughtful once more, and she seems to consider it all very carefully.“I suppose....I mean, I know, but it is hard to put into words. If I had to say it, I would say that I am helping her find the ways to get the things she wants without having to ask her for what she wants.” you recall thinking about how the power worked on Er Yin when you tried it out while she slept. You don't recall specifics of the power, no, but you recall what you thought when you had finished with it, and that sounds much like how it would work. “She wants to be a person of her own, but at the same time, be the best servant you could hope for in her. Kind of....a compromise between being owned and being free.”“So, you're helping her learn how to make choices of her own in how she serves and supports me?” Not quite what she is saying, but again, you're not the confused one here.“Not really. That's part of it....mostly....Oh.” The idea snaps into place for her, it seems. “I'm guiding her towards emancipation inside her servitude. Giving her the skills to make choices within the framework of her enslavement that benefit you and she and Akari.” You smile and kiss the top of her head. “And me too, yes, but that's not quite as important.” “Are you sure? She seems to think that you are very important to her, in ways beyond simple service, Kiki-hime.”
>>638367“That's why I have been wondering....am I making her love me, or does she feel that way naturally, or is it something else that I have been doing....” Your smile widens.“Well, do you love her in a special way?” You can feel the blood rush to her cheeks. “And you're worried that might be influencing her.” A terse nod of agreement. “Have you asked her?”“What?”….Women. Sometimes....“While the power of our Eyes is hidden from others – they wouldn't be much use if they weren't – you have to remember that Yui-niji-chan grew up in an environment much worse than the ones you and I grew up in. She was literally a slave, literally abused by true oni, oni who are cunning and wicked, the way they are in stories and legend. I am absolutely certain that she can defend herself from the use of our Eyes. At the very least, she would have sensed your intent.” You tilt your head and blow softly along her ear. “You're not the most subtle of people when it comes to your powers, Kiki-hime. Akari and I noticed you using Wood Eyes immediately, while we spoke to Kuroukami's daughter.”The blush is creeping down her neck to her lovely breasts now. “I personally think you're not doing anything she doesn't want. But I'm not the most ethical person around. Akari, on the other hand, would most certainly tell you if you were infringing on her lover's free will, in no uncertain terms, regardless of my feelings on the matter. Less obviously but equally important is the fact that Akari has Nikne Kamuy's blessing. I think that she would have said something if the spirit of the God of Oni felt you were abusing one of his children.” Kiki-hime cranes her head to look at you, her cheeks flushed but her eyes bright and calm. “I would ask if YOU think it's all right, but that really isn't the problem. No, kasan, I think Yui 's love for you is pure and gentle, and completely natural. You are her beloved princess, wife of her master, and she thinks of you as beautiful and kind and generous. You aren't the first princess she's served under, and you're not the first person to use powers on her, I'm sure.”Wrapping your fingers about her hands you squeeze gently. “But I am absolutely positive that what you are doing for her, is with her consent and that you are doing only what she desires from you. If more happens, it's because she wants it to, and then it will be up to you to decide if you want that from her.” She swallows, shivering just a touch. “And Akari will know about it long before it happens.” And is undoubtedly expecting it, much as you have been.“....thank you otousan,” she whispers softly, turning in your arms to hug you tightly. You kiss her softly, thoroughly, sweetly. She sighs and melts into your embrace, relaxing. Her stomach lets you know that it's entirely done with all this nonsense and expect to be fed, immediately.
>>638371Laughing kindly at her embarrassment, you lead her into the kitchen-dining room, where most everyone is currently seated, talking and eating, sipping tea and dozing off in one case. You get a lot of interested and confused looks, and Kiki-hime gets many admiring ones. One last kiss on the cheek and then you're into the lovely disaster that is breakfast. And you're almost hungry, even. Join Yui and Akari and steal from them. Join Shoko for drinks and conversation. Join Fuuta, Inau-kun, and the nodding off Yuuhi. Join your sister, Er Yin, and Kiku-chan: no business talk allowed. Make a plate and yourself available to whomever might be interested.
>>638376> Make a plate and yourself available to whomever might be interested.
>>638376>[x] Join Shoko for drinks and conversation.Shoko-tan!
>>638376> Join Fuuta, Inau-kun, and the nodding off Yuuhi.
>>638376>[x] Join Shoko for drinks and conversation.
>>638376>>638387>Want to talk to Fuuta sometime this morning too
>>638376>[X] Join Shoko for drinks and conversation.
>>638376> Join Fuuta, Inau-kun, and the nodding off Yuuhi
>>638367>On the other hand, you are a murderous sociopath when you're not being careful.That's not sociopathy, just ruthlessness.
>>638376>Tease your Kiki one last time before breakfast: "If you wish to marry her, I call dibs on making the clothes."> Join Shoko for drinks and conversation.Kiki and Yui marrying would be so cute. Though Yui will probably marry Akari and then Ryukusa first.Unless she's a greedy oni and want to marry them all the same day
>>638424That is too cute to imagine. But Akari first.
We should at some point see what Nabiki can tell us about Kiku's curse, seeing as that is part of her expertise.
>>638460True enough, that would be useful.
Isn't Kiku comfortable in her current state? I forget what she's said on the subject.
>>638481I might remember wrong, but she seemed more resigned to it than accepting. Honestly I prefer eternally cute, but options should be considered.
>>638481Not really comfortable, no. More like "I can't do anything about it, so I live with it."Plus, I think it's been implied several time that having that curse on her for so long is doing bad stuff to her, too, which is logical when you think about it.
>>638481Er Yin thinks she would love having the curse broken when we asked her.
>>638521And when we told Kiku about breaking the curse, she agreed to it, though I think she's forcing herself to not hope about it too much.
[X] Join Shoko for drinks and conversation.“Oh, and if you plan on marrying her, you have to marry me first, and then it's Akari's turn, then you can marry her.”“Ryu-chan!” she blushes prettily, but she is smiling. Yui looks up at the mention of Akari, but Akari doesn't deign to notice.You wander over to where Shoko-san is sitting with her back to the wall, her frame an effort for most normal furnishings. She glances at you, then does a double take, looking at the butterfly across your chest. You smile and gesture to the floor next to her, and she gestures for you to have a seat. You do so, and pull a small jar of rice wine from Nowhere and an odd wine-box; the box, unlike most, has a hinged cover, but it is hinged in the middle , leaving two sections that can opened to drink from. Shoko looks interested, her own jar of sake large and basic, not to mention messy to drink from, not that she's made such a mess that isn't instantly cleaned up.You glance at her with a knowing smile and uncork the jar carefully. “Recognize it, do you?”She nods. “It's the sleeping potion box that Fujiwara Hidesato used to get the oni drunk before beheading them.” Despite the macabre suggestiveness, she still seems intrigued. “It's similar. There's only one container though – no separation..” You lift up one side of the lid, and start pouring the wine into the box. “It was a gift from a crane-girl, because I got her boyfriend so drunk he couldn't bother her any more.” you continue to pour the wine into the box, and Shoko's brow knits in consternation. You continue to pour, ignoring her confusion. “She was sweet, visiting from Hokkaido, and her boyfriend was rather a brute, to be honest. Still, her choice.” You tilt the jar higher and Shoko is staring in one-eyed disbelief. “I've found it very handy when I needed to sneak wine into my bedroom. Most people overlook a single cup of wine.” Except you finally upend the bottle and shake the last few drops out into the box.
>>638539Closing the lid, you make a quick prayer for her health and happiness, and then offer the sake box to Shoko. Curious, she lifts the lid, and peers inside, seeing only a wine-filled drinking box. “Wouldn't by much use if it were that obvious, Shoko-san!” you admonish gently. She giggles, such a delicate noise, and then drinks....and drinks....and drinks....She finally has to stop for air after three minutes. “I fucking KNOW for a fucking FACT you didn't pour that kamidamned much wine in that shitty little box, Ryukusa-sama!” “You don't have to be so formal, I keep telling you.” you take the box from her and drink a good pint or so of the wine. “And I did, I just didn't do it all today. I like keeping it topped off.”  Tell her about Yuuhi-chan's plan. Ask her how she feels about her nogitsune-chick. Gently inquire as to her thoughts about Inau-kun. Let her have a few more drinks before you bring up anything remotely serious. Ask her if she knows anything about the Seven Sisters. Anything not obvious, that is.
>>638547> Gently inquire as to her thoughts about Inau-kun.
>>638547>[x] Let her have a few more drinks before you bring up anything remotely serious.>[x] Gently inquire as to her thoughts about Inau-kun.
>>638547> Let her have a few more drinks before you bring up anything remotely serious.> Gently inquire as to her thoughts about Inau-kun.> Ask her how she feels about her nogitsune-chick.
>>638547> Ask her if she knows anything about the Seven Sisters. Anything not obvious, that is.
>>638547>[X] Ask her how she feels about her nogitsune-chick.>[X] Ask her if she knows anything about the Seven Sisters. Anything not obvious, that is.
>>638547>Thank her intensely for having protected and taken care of Er Yin and your sister during all this time when you couldn't. She deserves that and more.Let's not forget how much Shoko helped us, recently. We would have had a lot more to worry, without her. And I don't want to imagine how much Er Yin's state would have worsened, with all the crazy stuff going around.> Tell her about Yuuhi-chan's plan.> Ask her how she feels about her nogitsune-chick.> Ask her if she knows anything about the Seven Sisters. Anything not obvious, that is.
>>638547> Let her have a few more drinks before you bring up anything remotely serious.> Ask her if she knows anything about the Seven Sisters. Anything not obvious, that is.
>>638554>>638555>>638563>>638572>>638577We need to tell her about Yuuhi's plan, though.even though personaly I wonder how she feels about Yuuhi more.
>>638572Yeah I guess, since Yuuhi probably didn't.>>638547> Tell her about Yuuhi-chan's plan.also you raised a good point with >>638579for thanking her for looking after Er-Yin.
>>638579I mean, Shoko transported and guarded our two seers, by herself, when none of them could have really helped in a fight due to the circumstances.
>>638589>We need to tell her about Yuuhi's plan, though.Do we? Yuuhi may look and sometimes act like a child, but she is capable of making her own decisions. Shoko isn't her mother.
>>638616We're not asking permission, we're just informing.
>>638631Actually now that I think about it, while I agree that it's not something to hide or be ashamed of, I'm not really sure it's something that Shoko necessarily needs to be aware of? Like what's it to her specifically that you think she should be informed?
>>638640I don't know, it's tricky. I don't think it's going to be dangerous at all, and Yuuhi is an adult no matter how she acts, but at the same time is choosing not to inform Shoko an act of disrespect?
>>638640>>638665Shoko is both the person that knows Yuuhi the best and still someone who can get confused by what Yuuhi wants to do.Just telling her about what Yuuhi has planned would simply clarify things for both her and us
>>638705Beside, I think it's polite to say to your fiancee's girlfriend that you're about to have hot alchemical sex with your fiancee.
[X] All these things are important, but thanking her is the most important.You hand her back the box, and she drinks for only a moment or two this time. She gasps and smiles, her cheeks softly darkened by her flush, and clearly on the nicer side of relaxed. “That is some good fucking wine, aniki,” she comments idly.You sigh; you had hoped she would be the holdout but no, it's like some mimetic virus that infects all their minds. Despite that tragedy, you pat her thigh softly. “By the way, I haven't properly thanked you. So, thank you very much, Shoko-tan, for taking care of my sister and Er Yin-sensei when I was unable to. You carried a burden for me, and I appreciate it a lot.” She blushes more deeply, and looks embarrassed, clasping her hands together in her lap and looking down shyly. “Well, I made a kamidamned promise, and I mean to bloody keep it, Ryukusa-sama. You've been fucking helping me and Yuuhi a lot, so, it's uh....” She blushes and smiles at you, glancing at you sidelong. “You're welcome, Aniki. Really.” With a smile you toast her with the box, and murmur, “Kompai,” before drinking a good gallon of the strong rice wine. You feel it warming your blood, and that buzzing, vibrant energy in the back of your heart and mind is more subdued, less urgently demanding. Passing her the box, you lean back against the wall. “Hey, did your previous master....did he have anything like the Seven Sisters? I mean, I know Subaru is the kami of the Seven Sisters, and that they sometimes come to earth as swans or cranes or doves or stuff....but it came up again. I mean, I've always made offerings to them, even when I was a little girl, but still....” She gives you a weird look. “Well, he always called his stupid samurai the Seven Swords, but I don't fuckin' know if that means too damn much. There were fricken....six of them, but I thought it was just something that they based that movie on 'cause seven sounds better, y'know? They disbanded when the dick'ead died, of course. They were like, his top strategist, his grand general, his master of arms....that sort of stuff. But, he promoted my granddad uncle guy, Genso, so I guess that counts as seven.”
Huh, seven warriors. Outside the family. You glance around the room, not really counting. You already know. “Four....plus a Kaga sorceress....maybe Kanako and Gii-chan....or that Rishi-san....yeah, that makes sense.” Of course, the way the stories work, you collect your allies, and the endgame begins. Considering it's Kami Stuff, you may not have a choice. But if you do have a choice, you'll take the best that you can get. “Hey, 'niki?” ….“Yeah?” “Yuuhi-chan's ccute, but she's a strange little fucker. So....if she wants to, you know....” Her blush has deepened to a near black coloration. “....I mean she's nice and cute and cuddles, but she's not my gal....y'know?”You leans into her and bump her arm with your head. “I know. She did, and she is....I thought I was gonna have to tell you.” Shoko hands you the wine and you take another good solid drink of it. “So, what is she to you? More than just friends, I can tell.”Shoko shakes her head. “Nah, that's all....sometimes we do it, but that's mostly for her. She keeps me on track, y'know....keeps the ghouls off me. “ She 'tchs' softly. “Fuckin'....forgot to warn you...sometimes weird shit haunts me....” You glance at her recalling Er Yin's warning that she attracts youkai. “So if y' wanna send me home, that's 'kay....” She tries to keep her pride, but she does it terribly this drunk.  Don't be ridiculous. You can go, but I think that's a bad idea. Okay, so? ….good, then we know where to find them. Oh, like I can't cope with a couple of youkai.
>>638763>[x] Okay, so?>[x] ….good, then we know where to find them.
>>638763> ….good, then we know where to find them
>>638763> ….good, then we know where to find them.> Oh, like I can't cope with a couple of youkai.
>>638763> ….good, then we know where to find them.
>>638763>[X] Oh, like I can't cope with a couple of youkai.>[X] Don't be ridiculous.
>>638763Speaking of Youkai, why is Youkai hunter the second-half of our epithet now? It feels like it's been a while since we've really fought any.
Question, XS: did our sword strike on the Fire girl the other day leave a permanent scar?>>638763> Don't be ridiculous.>Shoko-san, why would send you away for this? I'm not the kind that doesn't help their friends when they're in troubles.>"...So, really, nothing between you and her other than good friends with benefits? She's really a sexy badass cutie..." *wink* "So are you. Though maybe you're more a sexy cute badass"
>>638763Also I forget, are Nekomata Kami or Youkai? I know, or at least I'm pretty sure, Nogitsune are Youkai while Kitsune are considered minor Kami right?
>>638763> Don't be ridiculous.
>>638779>>638787I don't like the "can't cope with a couple of youkai".It's too much tempting fate, imo>>638763Forgot to add this to my vote here >>638818>Would you be okay with telling me more about this subject? It seems a big issue for you, and if I can do anything...
>>638763>Okay so?"I like to think I'm pretty good at talking to Youkai and if that doesn't work, I'm good at other stuff as well."
>>638820Kitsune are youkai.Nekomata are youkai, though some of them have Kami influence on them.
>>638818>No.>>638820Nekomata are kami. Bakeneko are youkai. Just like kitsune are kami, and nogitsune (or yako) are youkai.
>>638828I like this wording
>>638827>I don't like the "can't cope with a couple of youkai".1. It's sarcasm.2. Ryukusa already proved she can when she killed Yui's uncles.
>>638833Specifically, nekomata are obake, transformed. They are kami because they transform after 100 years of existence. They are, however, very weird. Bakeneko, but contrast, are totally youkai.
>>638845Oni seem to fall outside the whole Kami/Youkai divide? But then again, aren't the Great Kami )Raijin and Fujin) Oni, or do they just kind of look like it?
>>638833Uh. I thought that Nekomata were youkai. I'm certain Rie has been described as being a youkai, and I know she found the idea of being prayed to weird as hell
>>638845Dude, that's not what I'm saying, I know it's sarcasm and that she can do it.What I'm saying is that being sarcastic like that is just prompting fate to prove you wrong.
Kitsune being Kami at least finaly explain our fox's reaction to being told we won't treat nogitsune like kitsune, because they are nogitsune.
>>638866You are correct, Rie is a youkai as are all nekomata. Sorry, I'm a little tired.
>>638919Well that's just anti-cat discrimination. But seriously, sorry for phrasing the question in a way that in hindsight seems kind of leading.
>>638763>[x] ….good, then we know where to find themWe making a sword harem now? Must recruit our ex-BFF from school.
>>638944I'd like her and Shoko to be Ryukusa's wives, too
[x] Okay, so?[x] Oh, like I can't cope with a couple of youkai.[X] Don't be ridiculous.[XX] ….good, then we know where to find them.[+] Why would I send my precious friend away?[+] Friends with benefits, hmmmmm?[+] I like to think I can talk with most anything....at first....“Cool, now we just have to let them come to us. Lot's easier than hunting them down.” she looks at you incredulously. “Oh, come on, like I haven't coped with demigods, pissed of dragonnes, possessed dragonettes, and stupid shark youkai....um, don't mention that one to Kiki-hime, she doesn't know about that one yet....anyways, you're being silly.” She starts to sputter, her girlish voice trying to go up an octave. You wave your hand at her dismissively. “No no no....I'm not sending away the person who protected my Jinyuu and my Er Yin....that would be terminally stupid of me. So you're haunted, we'll manage around it.” You glance at the sake cup, inky blackness stealing from one side to the other and vanishing in the clear rice wine. “Don't be silly, we love you, and you're our family. Ryuu Shoko, if you wanted, but your uncle-grandfather....person....might be annoyed by that.” You're not THAT drunk. “I like to talk first anyways, we can probably work it out....if not, then I'll do whatever it takes to protect mine.” She looks crestfallen.You poke her in the ribs with your sapphire knuckles, your fingers curled over so you don't stab her. It still takes a punch to get her to notice. “That means you, ya big dummy.” She looks down, her face flushed and then she wraps you up in her massive arms, squeezing tight. You pat her sides gently and she murmurs your name again and again. “There there, it's okay....” Kind of breathless; she's still an oni, and not a small one. “She finally lets go, and you notice approval from several of your family. “'sides, we were talking about Yuuchi....friends with benefits? That's gotta be nice. She's cute....” You lean close. “Does she like her tail being petted?” Poor Shoko turns nearly black in embarrassment and you lean closer. “I know she likes her ears petted....did you....” You glance around surreptitiously, not fooling anyone. Your whisper is still a whisper though. “....nibble on them?” She giggles madly and nods, and you nods back, sagely. “'S what I thought.” You take a few mouthfuls of the potent rice wine and hand her the box. She takes several long pulls. “Anyways....you know, I think Inau-kun likes you, you know?” Shoko chokes on the wine.
>>638953Swords are not for sexual!!!
>>639029“Yeah. She isn't much of a girly girl, but she really does pay attention to you, you know. I mean, she pays attention to everyone, but you....she genuinely likes you, not like she likes the rest of us.” “Yur....you....you're joking with me....” she growls softly, her voice making it a sweet sort of threat. You roll your head and give her a look. “Ah....sorry 'niki, 's the fuckin' whine talkin'....” she says apologetically, looking abashed. She looks over at Inau-kun speculatively, the latter being involved in a soft, pleasant conversation with Kiki, Yui, and Yuuhi, who is mostly quiet, except with great bursts of animation and gesticulation. “Yeah, she's....she's something. Like me, y'know? You're all warriors, but me...'m a housekeeper. 's a big house, but still th' housekeeper.”The oni-chick frowns and flexes her malformed hands in her gloves. “She's like me, she ain't a warrior, but she can fight....she's more....like a grounds-keeper, or a, or a....a hunter. Yeah. She's like the man of a house.” You can't help but smile, though you notice Akari is approaching with a plate of food for you. You let yourself start to sober. “So...yeah, I would like t' get t' know her better....” You gently lower her blood presser, and let her fall quietly to sleep there, catching the box of wine easily.Akari glances at the silent, sleeping giant. “This is for you, Aniki. Kiki-hime insists.” The plate has rice, eggs, pickles, a bowl of very hot miso soup, and a small decorative flower of red bean jelly. You tilt your head to Akari, and she smiles faintly. “Yes, it was my idea. Inau-kun made and designed it.”“Thank you, Akari-niji-chan,” you murmur, leaning up slightly to kiss her. She accepts the kiss, on the lips, soft, sweet and fleeting. She smiles and wanders back to talk with Fuuta-chan and Jinyuu-onee-sama. You're not drunk in moments, and start eating slowly, savoring the meal with the attention it deserves. Soon you'll be doing that for Yuuhi-chan. It promises to be interesting....as long as that shadow doesn't interrupt. It's coming, you can feel it in your bones, the buzzing, tingling awareness of it. It is drenched in the worst sort of evil....and it is familiar. Haunted, indeed.>To Be continued....
Thank you for reading and playing, and your patience. Anon wanted lots of exposition today apparently.
>>639039Thanks for running XS. And the waits are always worth it.
>>639035Cute!Thanks for writing.
>>639039See ya next time XS
>>639039Thanks for running XS. Can't believe it's over 1400 pages already.
>>638810It's a kind of joke that the second half of the title reflects future changes in her life, rather than her current one.
>>639035Shoko a cute, A CUTE
>>638861They are actual oni, they just happen to be kami as well as oni. >>638481>>638496>>638524Kiku's main problem is that she can't remember what the curse was, which means standard sorcery or prayer can't break it (you must know the essence of something to dispel it). It would take a specialist - or having the bakeneko who inflicted it handy. >>638351>>638334This is correct - Ginka's injuries are old, and it would take serious healing magics to fix her - kappa, or even kirin magics. You will have to at least drop by and have tea with the kappa - you did have Akari send the letter, and it would be rude to refuse you the visit on his part.
>>639109What's wrong with Shoko's hands?
>>639030They're not swords.Also, don't be mean to our kami, who are probably doing sexual stuff.
>>639120They're twisted and supernaturally strong, with long, ragged claws, and knotted, twisted musculature. Her gloves are to keep them from spasming uncontrollably.Though bear in mind she killed a kamuy with them.
>>639030Do we look like the protagonist from Rokugan Quest?
>>639035Shoko is a cute. A CUTE!I hope she also like Ruykusa that way, though her and Inau would make a cute couple regardless.>It is drenched in the worst sort of evil....and it is familiar. >Haunted, indeed.So, I guess killing a Kamuy of Madness has consequences, eh?
>>639151Well... Good thing we know that Kamuy's reincarnation, I guess, and at least aren't enemies anymore? Though I'm not sure if that really helps.
>>639151That, or Shoko did somthing to the specters of the atomic bombs and they are coming for revenge ever since.
>>639109Oh right, because she was nearly blackout drunk when she insulted that bakeneko right?I forget, did the bakeneko just stop Kiku from aging, or was she already an adult and her age was reverted?
>>639156A Kamuy's reincarnation is not all of it. Pretty sure our cousine's mikoto was still in Yomi. Well, some might be out, given the shadow's presence.
So, Fuuka and pocket-sorceress tomorrow?
>>639163It is safe to say that Yuuhi is the only one who had the misfortune to encounter the Iron Shadows.>>639167Not nearly blackout drunk - entirely blackout drunk. As for that...Kiku isn't entirely sure herself, which just complicates the matter. It was a hefty curse.
>>639180Most likely, though there will be Yuuhi time as well.
I hope Ryukusa kisses Shoko's hands while the oni-girl hugs the Demigod sitting on her lap with her head between huge oni boobies.But for now I'll settle with a terrible sadow being and Yuuhi lewds
>>639196Lewds and love both, of course.
Thanks for running!
>>639194Thank you for running, XS. Sorry that I wasn't here to participate.
>>639184>Kiku isn't entirely sure herselfJust how fucking wasted do you have to be to wake up the next morning not knowing your age?
>>639194So, as proof my apology, I shall post cuteness.
>>639184>>639550That's it for now, XS. I hope you enjoy the cuteness.
>>639556Nice work, anon.
>>639556Thank you, I shall.
When the God of Destruction rose from Japan and brought the wrath of Amaterasu down upon that little island, things did not go so well elsewhere. The Ghost Dance ended with the rising of Raven to enact revenge upon the invaders from Europe, striking their cities with earthquake and hurricanes, but not protecting his own people from the resulting disasters; the Rainbow Serpent rose and drove all men and women mad upon the island continent of Australia; the Undead and the Lycanthropes cast off the final shackles of humanity and ravaged the European nations; Africa stayed much the same, save that the spirits woke and the witches rose from their sleep, which only impacted those tribes bent on using the trappings of civilization to rule their neighbors. Far worse has happened as well. Dreams became living nightmares, the threshold between waking and sleeping vague and nebulous. R'leyh rose from the ocean, but the sleeping priest-creature that supposedly lies dead within it has not risen yet. The lonely places where men studied and investigated the continent of Antarctica have fallen silent, and no one knows what happens there. Civilization has not fallen yet; the cities are not burning, and power still flows through the ley-lines of copper, water and food still flows from the breadbaskets of the world, though more slowly, and with less mouths to feed. Magic has also returned in abundance, ready to be taken by the fearless and the bold, or the foolish and the careless. The greatest and the oldest cities of the world are protected, as though by nameless, potent gods or the will of some compassionate being, while fictional gods and demons live in the world. Only a fool takes anything at face value now, and paper money has given way to coin, steel, and flesh in barter and trade.Into this maelstrom you cast yourself, furthering a design made in antiquity, following the guidance of voices beyond mortal ken. The Queen of Swords, the King in Yellow, or the Old Man With One Eye guides your to glory and a destiny terrifying and wondrous, if you dare.Welcome to the Apocalypse; it's time to finish the job.[i]A post-Ryukuza Quest three-shot starring one of these:[/i][red]Ruby Venge, Hexcrafter and sword-mage out to bring ruin to the iron-fisted masters of The City.[/red][green]Cassilda, mystic and both Blessed and Cursed, chosen of the King in Yellow, drifting through a nameless city in a nameless country.[/green][blue]The Professor, student of the Arcane, bearer of the Staff, and harbinger of What Is To Come.[/blue]Would there be interest in this momentary side quest?
>>645602>The Professor, student of the Arcane, bearer of the Staff, and harbinger of What Is To Come.[Crazy motherfuckers with magics in the apocalypse?Yes please.So how ya doing XS?
>>645602>[green]Cassilda, mystic and both Blessed and Cursed, chosen of the King in Yellow, drifting through a nameless city in a nameless country.[/green]King in Yellow you say...
>>645602>[red]Ruby Venge, Hexcrafter and sword-mage out to bring ruin to the iron-fisted masters of The City.[/red]>post apocalypse Man XS you do not like happy endings do you?
>>645616Sick, overworked, tired, somewhat insane. Nothing new. >>645635Nonsense. I enjoy happy endings for the heroes and heroines and their loved ones. Humanity at large, not so much.
>>645645>spoiler Yeah figured
>>645602>The Professor, student of the Arcane, bearer of the Staff, and harbinger of What Is To Come
>>645602[green]Cassilda, mystic and both Blessed and Cursed, chosen of the King in Yellow, drifting through a nameless city in a nameless country.[/green]This just seems like it has the most potential for exploration.
Incidentally, the Queen of Swords is Xiombarg the Goddess of Chaos, while the One Eyed Man is Nodens, also called Odunn or Odin.
Looks like a fair start. I'll begin tomorrow, at 12:00 am Saturday=>Sunday transference for about 6 hours, pause for a short while and continue Sunday morning. This also gives more people to chime in for votes.So fat, bets are on the male protag. That should be interesting for you people.
>>645693PST right?And of course it will be he has Maaaaaagic
>>645695Yes, PST.They all have magic, anon. Very different sorts of magic.
>>645602>The Professor, student of the Arcane, bearer of the Staff, and harbinger of What Is To Come.
>>645602Oh boy, side-quest!
>>645602>[red]Ruby Venge, Hexcrafter and sword-mage out to bring ruin to the iron-fisted masters of The City.[/red]I'm not sure how I feel about a side-quest that takes place after the main one.Will it be canon no matter what or affect the main quest in any way?
>>645729It will not affect the quest, and it will not necessarily be canon - Ryukusa herself has been told that time is neither linear, nor is the past or future set in stone. One of the most terrifying aspects of Japanese ghost stories and horror is their peculiar fluidity within time (c.f. Ju-on, Apartment 134, Dark Waters, Ringu, and The Eye).
>>645602>Ruby Venge, Hexcrafter and sword-mage out to bring ruin to the iron-fisted masters of The City.The world could use more chaos!Looks like you lost your IP, XS, which is why the formatting died.
>>646299Posted from work is all.Maybe make a little art for each of them, and an intro post for each today, if all goes well and my brain doesn't catch fire again.
>>645762Well that's a relief. Because I am like super-suspicious of Amaterasu right now.
>>645645Get some rest, XS!>Humanity at large, not so much.Humanity needs a punch in the privates to realize that what is happening is HAPPENING, and it effects them. Then, all we need to see is who realizes that they can have a future if they work for it, and who rises.
>>646328Cassilda is hot. Just my two cents!
>>646328Time for more cuteness, XS. I just raided one of the boorus, naughtiness shall be linked to after the dump is done.
>>646482Redhead sure is handsy. Can't blame her.
>>646518>>646515And the blonde isn't?
>>646555You probably have this one and the next one, but I like the more muted colours & sketch-style.
>>646555Well she's just stroking the thigh, not finger-deep between the cheeks!
>>646580>>646585One hand around the waist and one on the inner-thigh.
>>646591Fine, fine, they're both handsy. Redhead's horns seem like they'd make nice Oni horns though.
>>646596>>646600I really like the quad-oni horns.>>646593See something you like, XS?
>>646657Must be the horns.
>>646785So many storefronts and street-signs, google, but no food?
>>646889Going to go investigate the laundry room, I'll finish this later today.
>>646985Some nice pictures in there, good job.
>>646985Thank you very much.
>>645602>[green]Cassilda, mystic and both Blessed and Cursed, chosen of the King in Yellow, drifting through a nameless city in a nameless country.[/green]This one sounds cool.
>>646985>>647047Is it today? Is it later?
>>645602>[green]Cassilda, mystic and both Blessed and Cursed, chosen of the King in Yellow, drifting through a nameless city in a nameless country.[/green]I've never read about any of the King in yellow stuff, but i've seen references here and there, so this seems fun.
>>647783>>648249>>648255This is an oni I would not trust (even if she was straight).There are tanuki I would trust more than this oni, and I know nothing about her.
>>648496That's what makes it exciting
>>648530>>648496I've got a fun one for you, XS.
>>648496Wow, what has this poor, beleaguered oni done to earn your mistrust XS? Can't you see how cuddly she is? And such innocent eyes!
>>648540And that should be it...
>>648496Checked the source material, it seems she confirmed as Not A Good Person but seems relatively chill if she's not making teen girls vanish. Also, demonic child of a dragon god.
>>648548>>648496https://sli.mg/a/kRarwwOh, that's right, I DID promise naughtiness, didn't I?
>>646693XS has good taste in them.
>>648715Thank you sai. Your efforts are very appreciated. >>648540 is especially nice, you're right.
Tallying, collating, writing.
>>651246>>648496https://imgur.com/a/w3h5AHave more cutes.
>>651258I'm so sad that Xiombarg didn't win. Maybe next apocalypse.
>>645602>[green]Cassilda, mystic and both Blessed and Cursed, chosen of the King in Yellow, drifting through a nameless city in a nameless country.[/green]Revoting I guess
There is a tie in the votes for The Professor and Cassilda. I will therefore allow double votes from anyone who wishes to impressing their desire upon the sidequest, until 1:00 am PST. I will also be giving a short bio for each of them (including Ruby, who was only off by one).
>>651312I'll back this up, to secure the lead.
>>651313I wish we'd heard the Bios before we voted.>The Professor, student of the Arcane, bearer of the Staff, and harbinger of What Is To Come
RUBY VENGEAt the age of nine, the girl who became Ruby watched the world collapse around her.While civilization did not collapse, it certainly became far less stable, and while the infrastructures remained and continued to work, things became confused and strange. Food and water became the most valuable commodities, followed by batteries and bullets. Once more the value of a shot of alcohol could be measured in the number of bullets you would be willing to trade for it. There were other commodities useful for barter and sale, among them blankets, clothing, and shoes. Many cities declared marshal law and the governments strove to keep a stranglehold on the amount of destruction and rampant abuses of humanity....….then magic started to happen. The largest cities were mostly immune to the rise of magic; the few who had it were quickly gathered by the militia, stung up, or fled. The girl was quickly taken by the military, her power evident and obvious from the start. That she had a family didn't matter; the government took her away from them and studied her. They learned more from others than they did from her, and what they learned allowed them to train her. Naturally, the training she underwent was rigorous, controlled, and organized, as were the things they tried to teach her about magic. Of course, as with all organizations with power structures, abuses were rampant, and being in a city where her capacity for magic was restricted to begin with, when she became a teen those abuses were readily directed towards her. She begged, pleaded, gave up then prayed for escape, release, or simply death. What answered was a voice that granted none of those things. It only offered the power to change things....in return for merely doing what she wanted to do to those who imprisoned and held her. Now she is the chosen of the Queen of Swords, and ten year after the end of the world, she has returned to the city f her birth, planning to remove the forces that prevented her true magical gifts from showing through. The force which protects the city will come down, and anarchy will rule for a while. Long enough to gain Ruby's vengeance, at the very least....
>>651429CASSILDAThe world is a strange place, or perhaps it is Cassilda that is strange. Did she fall from the heavens, did she rise from the earth? Did she swim from the sea or fall from the air? She does not know, doesn't remember. Perhaps she doesn't wish to remember. Bearing a pallid mask, she runs from something, or to something. Following in her footsteps is her damned and beloved sister Carmilla, she who dared peek behind the mask of the King, and saw the truth of things. Cassilda both loves and fears her sister, and desperately seeks....something. What? She does not recall now, but once she did, and he will again. Beauty is her birthright, love is her destiny, freedom is her curse, bondage is her blessing. The city stretches forever around her and she wanders it seeking. Her sister dogs her every step, hunting, haunting, loved and feared, fearsome and tragic. Th King waits upon her, or perhaps she wait upon him; is she the bride, or the one who seek to be wed? Or is it all a faniful dream, a delirium induced hallucination before death takes her? Only He Who Must Not Be Named knows, and he does not speak.
THE PROFESSORThe world collapsed and with it, the institutions of learning and the art of teaching. Despair swallowed the soul of man who had dedicated hi life to the system of education and understanding. There is still a place in the world for him, and he knows that, but the world does not support the idle hands of a tenured teacher any longer. Steel, food, or flesh; barbarism has overtaken erudition, and without one of the three, there is nothing to support the learned man in any measure of comfort. Certainly the shackles of slavery would provide food, shelter, and protection, and the cities still need such men as can understand the way things work, but compared to how it was before the disasters, hunting for a life of teaching is problematic.Until he learned of magic.Words and symbols now hold power, and with that power comes another bargaining chip. The source of his power has but one demand: sow strife, that man may be made yet better, and the wheat stripped from the chaff. A small price to pay in comparison to the years of labor and the scorn of being an educated man in a barbarians world. Free thinkers were rare to begin with; now the Professor will teach a new generation to do far more than merely think for themselves. Now he will teach them to survive in a world that must be made to understand that things have changed far more than they thought.
>>651350Can't imagine they'd actually help much - they're pretty vague, which is intentional.
>>651313>[green]Cassilda, mystic and both Blessed and Cursed, chosen of the King in Yellow, drifting through a nameless city in a nameless country.[/green]Guess i'll vote again
Done. It begins here: >>651566