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Big house by the lake, middle of no where; our cart is fucked...he and his wife are young, friendly and king, they offer to let us stay the night, tell us theres a village a few miles down the road where we might be able to get a new wheel, we ask if he can take us...he says that he's not really welcome there, we go fine, two of us, the hunter and a new guy, Naito, who's a Yokai, go to get the new wheel; our white haired sociopath and Naito's teacher, whos a fully fledged hutner known as Goto stay to help pay our savior back by helping do manual work and cooking dinner (Hunters; we got 4 basic food groups, Rice, alcohol, Dried things and Lard.)
We get to town together, Hunter goes for a walk while Naito; who used to be a black smith and knows his wheels and shit, goes to the black smith to ask for the wheel...
Hunter while walking, notices that theres a huge statue in the middle of town, of a massive blue dragon, infront of a temple in the middle of town; now no god in the setting has a giant blue dragon as his or her statue, so he's curious.
He goes to check, apparently, its Orochi, the River god...
Yeah, the same Orochi who's an actual living spirit, whos the general of the Emperor in the capital.
At which point our fine hero hears a riot on the streets break out, screams of 'Spirit' and 'Monster!'; as everyone rushes out; with improvised weapons.
He naturally hot tails it, and at the middle of a rapidly forming lynch mob, finds Naito; who's got rocks thrown at him, a gaping head wound and is hiding behind an outside toilet, he would probably be dead, but none of the locals have the balls to approach him head on.