Stage 10: Ashes and Emptiness - Kiku's Tale.>Unlike Ryukusa, Kiku cannot combine her choices; she can only select one; write-ins still excepted. The power of Fire is not heat. The power of Fire is not destruction. The power of Fire is not speed. The power of Fire is illumination. Of course, that doesn't stop you from being a hot tempered, destructive, quick tongued little bitch. And it sure as Yomi didn't help you to keep your mouth shut when you were drinking sake with your clam-mates when that stupid nekomata wandered by. It's not like you had a lot of sake. You really don't remember what happened after the first cup, so it really couldn't be expected of you to remember what it was that you said that made her curse you. And since you don't remember what the curse actually was, you can't get it taken off. So now you're a century-and-a-half year old Fire dragonette who looks 13. 14 if you're being generous. 15 on a good day. Welcome to Clan Ryo, Matagama Kiku, daughter of Matagama Mayu the river dragon. Today is a happy day. The happiest day! You're going home to Abashiri-shicho in Hokkaido, where you were born. It's not something you make public – in fact, it's a crime if you do – is that your father was one of the Ainu people from Hokkaido. Your pale skin and unusually reddish-brown hair (well, unusual to any Japanese who see you, since any spirit-child who sees you sees your real hair and skin tones) are looked at as unusual but not particularly remarkable. But that's not why your happy. You're going to see the love of your life, your Precious Person, your Treasure! A gift! Need a gift! Hurry to your meeting with Oba-san and get it over with now instead of later! Say good bye to Hinata-hakase before you go! Give prayers to your father's tamashii, burn joss papers!
>>33019923>> A gift! Need a gift!How the fuck can we see her without a gift?
>>33019923> A gift! Need a gift!She be special, worth it.
>>33019923 A gift! Need a gift!
>>33019923> A gift! Need a gift!Pretty things for a pretty, er, person.
>>33019923>[x] A gift! Need a gift!>[x] Give prayers to your father's tamashii, burn joss papers!Its on ly proper.
>>33019923> A gift! Need a gift!This episode's going to hurg
>>33019923>[x] A gift! Need a gift!
>>33019923[x] A gift! Need a gift!Presents for the precious!
>>33019923[x] Say good bye to Hinata-hakase before you go!Because I wanna take her measure. Well, her measure at the time, anyway.
>>33019923> Say good bye to Hinata-hakase before you go!Let's meet this person we have been avoiding all quest! In a flashback.>So now you're a century-and-a-half year old Fire dragonette who looks 13. 14 if you're being generous. 15 on a good day. Best curse ever. Need to find and thank that nekomata.
>>33019923>[x] A gift! Need a gift!This is gonna be a sad session, isn't it.
>>33019923> A gift! Need a gift!I get the horrifying feeling that Kiku's going to need a hell of a lot more hugging by the time she finishes this story
>>33020069Considering it probably ends with Kiku entombing her lover somewhere outside of space and time, yeah, it probably won't be happy lovey-dovey.
>>33020069>>33020104totally lighthearted right guys...
>>33020104I hope it doesn't end like that, or she might get NTRed.>pseudo-harem questNevermind.
>>33020121Heh, we already got Yui and Akari together, and they're still both pining for us despite that.Now we just need to do the same for Kiku, and our bigger sister, marry Kiki, and we can be a happily married clan leader with a full harem of concubines.
>>33019923>[x] Say good bye to Hinata-hakase before you go!Is this before Hinata became a Dragon Pearl-obsessed mad scientist that will do anything in order to pull out a dragon-born's soul?
[X] A gift! Need a gift!Wait! You forgot to get her a gift! So you need to get her one! A treasure! You lower your body and race from the trainign grounds, startling the new dragonnes and dragonettes there as you rush by them. You reach the sleeping quarters in mere moments, despite the five miles that separate the training grounds from the sleeping quarters. Five miles is not a big distance! They should really work those students! Make it twenty!When you arrive you stop and let the dust around you settle, making a wave of heated air around you to keep the dust from coming close. Everyone wonders how you keep your kimonos so clean! Silly persons! You discard your zori and slips inside quietly, and make your way to your sleeping room. You are old enough you have your own. It's not private, there isn't a door, but it is your place. That makes it special. And here you have a box with your treasures in it.  This bracelet! It is beautiful! This hamano knife! It is strange! This carving you made! It is personal! This ba gua mirror! It is magical!
>>33020121Kiku said last thread that she "had a lover, once"
>>33020179> This bracelet! It is beautiful!
>>33020179> This carving you made! It is personal!Personal gifts best gifts.
>>33020179>[x] This carving you made! It is personal!Personal = best.
Rolled 11, 15 = 26>>33020179> This carving you made! It is personal!The writing style is hnnngh
>>33020179>[x] This carving you made! It is personal!
>>33020179> This carving you made! It is personal!Everything is ugly compared to her. Her smile is the only magic we need. Strange is bad for gifts
>>33020179>[x] This carving you made! It is personal!Everyone knows the best gifts are the ones you make yourself, because they have the most love in them.
>>33020179>[x] This carving you made! It is personal!Don't forget to breathe
>>33020240>Kiku is less analytic and perceptive than Ryuzuka, but just as enthusiastic.The really hnnngh part is that she's like this at a hundred and fifty.
>>33020179>[x] This carving you made! It is personal!Aww yisss!
>>33020204Kiku is less analytic and perceptive than Ryukuza, but just as enthusiastic.which basically mean we're on a high-speed car ride with a drunk driver
>>33020310So I've heard...
>>33020310Put the two together, and it's like a high-speed helicoptor chase with two drunk drivers who are also dropping acid and screwing each other.
>>33020161to outsiders, we are going to be the most fucked up family ever. But we will laugh at them with our girls and their brides, who also happen to be our girls>>33020179> This carving you made! It is personal!
[X] This carving you made! It is personal!Yes, this is perfect. You made this yourself, when you were learning to use a knife. You didn't like the tanto, and you didn't like the aikuchi, but the smaller kaiken was perfect. You carry one still, and it was this you used to make this carving. It is of a slender, pretty dragon, like you imagine you Precious Person's father to have been, curled around a giant pearl. Well, maybe an orb instead! But that's not important now!Tucking the polished and lacquered treasure in your ~Sleeve~ you have just enough time to do one more thing before you go meet Oba-san. You change from your working hakama and gi which you wear while training stupid little dragonettes and dragonnes how to fall down properly, with it's elbow length sleeves, and slay out a very pretty, if somewhat child sized kimono that is shorter than usual – because it gets in the way when you move and you move a lot. Then you go back for your zori and walk quickly across the fields to the main household of the clan, and kneel at the door, tapping politely. While you're no miko even if you are mikoto, a spirit-child, you were born in a place where the old ways were much, much stronger than the new ways that people follow now are. The Bakumatsu and their attempts to embrace Westernization have disrupted a great deal of the spiritual forces of Japan, and even in Tokyo the kami-born are in turmoil and suffering from the disparity of the poor nobility and the rich peasantry. Fortunes change daily and you count yourself lucky to have a lucky name to protect you from the ill fortunes that others must weather.
>>33020408That your ways are influenced by those of the Chinese and the Russians is something you have to conceal. So many secrets, so many ways to get chopped up by stupid samurai, so many ways to cause trouble. But you're not going to cause trouble today. You have a mission in Hokkaido, probably to kick some uppity Kaga ass, and then you can maybe spend a festival day with your Precious Treasure! And hopefully longer!“Come in, Matagama-san.” The old snake sounds like everyone's favorite grannie, but you know better; she's sly and poisonous and vicious. Clan Ryo isn't one of the hidden powers for nothing! Opening the sliding door, you step in and close the door after leaving your zori at the doorway. Oba-san, Ginku-sensei, and surprisingly Hinata-hakase are all there. Ginku-sensei is a human, but he knows magic, so if you're going after some Kaga it makes perfect sense for him to be there. Hinata-hakase smiles at you, her yellow-green eyes glittering with mischief, and you shiver. She's your friend, but her youkai-half isn't exactly something nice, even if you don't now exactly what it is. It's unusual for her to be here. Hugs for Hinata-hakase and a kiss on the cheek for Ginku-sensei and a bow for Oba-san! Sit, sit, sitting right now! Decorum and properness, sit and bow and patience! Think hard, Fire Eyes, see truths!
>>33020420>[x] Hugs for Hinata-hakase and a kiss on the cheek for Ginku-sensei and a bow for Oba-san!
>>33020420> Think hard, Fire Eyes, see truths!This probably won't be offensive, right?
>>33020420>[x] Decorum and properness, sit and bow and patience!>[x] Think hard, Fire Eyes, see truths!
>>33020420>[x] Think hard, Fire Eyes, see truths!No one will notice anyway
>>33020444>>33020443These. Our enthusiasm blows the doors off of decorum.
>>33020445>>33020481Unlike Ryukusa, Kiku cannot combine her choices; she can only select one; though write-ins may still be excepted from that.
>>33020420>[x] Think hard, Fire Eyes, see truths!The truth is in here!
>>33020420>> Decorum and properness, sit and bow and patience!
>>33020420>[X] Hugs for Hinata-hakase and a kiss on the cheek for Ginku-sensei and a bow for Oba-san!Lets be cute and inappropriate.
>>33020500No multi-tasking, huh?Just count me for >[x] Think hard, Fire Eyes, see truths!then
>>33020420[x] Decorum and properness, sit and bow and patience!We'll do analysis later.
>>33020420In which way Fire Eyes differ from Water Eyes?
>>33020548In scope of what they sense. Fire eyes sees hidden truths and current emotional states.
>>33020593I thought Water Eyes did that, too
[X] Think hard, Fire Eyes, see truths!You blink, your golden eyes liquid and beautiful and no different than before, but that's not true: your Fire Eyes are seeing all! It is a trick no one can sense you using except Hinata-hakase, but she understands well. And now you can see their inner flames, and the truth flows from them.Oba-san's secret fire is Water, but that doesn't make her immune to the Fire Eyes. Her poisons are about theft and taking from others today. She wants something special and she will take it away from those who would keep it. Ginku-sensei's secret fire is his powerful Chi, but he is human. He has cultivated much Chi and can use it to make wards, to break things, to heal flesh and to fight demons. His Chi is all about fear and suspicion right now, and he is afraid that someone will get something powerful and be unbeatable.Hinata-Hakase's secret fire is Hidden, but you can still see some secrets! She thinks that Oba-san is right, but is doing things wrong; she trusts you to do it right regardless of Oba-san.Scary stuff. Deep stuff. But important informations have been acquired! You don't know who it is that Ginku-sensei doesn't trust, but you think it could be someone in this room! And Oba-san is a wicked woman, she will use every means in her power to get what she wants, even if it hurts people who trust her! Hinata-hakase....well, she's kind of scary but she is also trustworthy, so you must be very careful today!
>>33020640You walk to the cushion before them and kneel, bowing properly. “Good morning, Oba-san, Ginku-sensei, Hinata-hakase. I am ready for my duties.” You sound so calm and collected when you talk out loud. You are old enough to be good at being more human than Fire, and that's important to the clan because getting attention is often bad, especially from stupid nekomata. And kitsune! Fuck kitsune right up the ass!It is Oba-san who speaks. “Matagama-san, we wish you to collect something from Hokkaido for us. It I a place you know well, and your heritage will serve us in this matter.” Oh ho, some Ainu is in trouble now. Kaga don't mix with Ainu bloodline, so it's not Kaga. You were hoping to kick some Kaga ass, and maybe you'll get a chance. “There is a person who has great magical power that we wish to not fall into Kaga hands. If they learn those secrets it would be very unfortunate for us. So you are to take this person and bring them to us so we may have their secrets.” That makes sense, and it will help the clan and make the Kaga weaker, so that's all good!“In Abashiri-shicho prefecture, there is an old temple to the Koshinto deity Repum Kamui-”“Repun Kamuy,” corrects Hinata-hakase, the only person who would dare interrupt Oba-san. You know him, he is the God of the Sea and Sea Life and Fishing. He's a big orca. You like him, he can be quite destructive! But you don't say these things or let Oba-san know you are laughing at her in your head. HAHAHAHA!
>>33020677“There you will meet another dragon-born, whose element is weak to yours but who has great power and skill.” Oooh, you know someone like that! She is your Precious Treasure, maybe she will help you fight this dragon-child and then you can go to festival together! But no, you shouldn't let them see how eager you are, everyone always misunderstands, even if it's true that you like her sooooo much. “Capture this dragon-child and bring them to us.” Ginku-sensei speaks up and places a glass bead necklace of familiar design before you. Instead of a medallion, it was a white jade matagama bead hung from it, the 9-shaped stone polished smooth. It is an Ainu style of necklace, a shitoki, rather than Japanese, and the blue and green glass beads are likely those made by your friends in the Matsume Clan, who were friends to your people before the Tokugawa sent others to bother Hokkaido. It isn't a tamasay because it doesn't have a medallion. “This will help protect you from the magic that can be used against you.” Hinata-hakase smiles, and your hot heart feels a chill. “Do be careful not to hurt them too badly. They are very important to us.” Oh, you really don't like how they're not saying names or anything. Especially the way Hinata-hakase says it!  I can do it! Rely on me! Bow and leave, meeting done! Hey, who is this strange person I am stealing away!? Is there anything else!? That's not much for me!
>>33020712>[x] Bow and leave, meeting done!
>>33020712> Bow and leave, meeting done!
>>33020712>[x] Hey, who is this strange person I am stealing away!?It's obvious, but might as well see what happens.
>>33020637I thought they did the opposite?
>>33020712>[x] I can do it! Rely on me!Yeah!
>>33020759Let's try for more information. This.
>>33020677>Fuck kitsune right up the ass!... onto the bucket list it goes.
>>33020712> Hey, who is this strange person I am stealing away!?
>>33020712>[x] Is there anything else!? That's not much for me!So Hinata isn't totally evil. That's good to know! We should definitely visit her in the present.
>>33020712>[x] Is there anything else!? That's not much for me!It really isn't.
>>33020863For what purpose, anon?
>>33020712>[x] Hey, who is this strange person I am stealing away!?Need a name to make sure we get the right one.
> “Capture this dragon-child and bring them to us.” Oba-shit made her seal Void-dragon-chan in a very difficult to break barrier...
>>33020884To undermine that evil bitch Oba-chan, maybe? She's old and powerful and knows a lot, there are many reasons to visit her that don't involve trading away dragon pearls.
>>33020895There's still pieces of the puzzle missing: why would Kiku go through with it? And if she did as they wanted, would she really STILL be in a barrier-trap? That seems kinda weird to me. Much less one that Kiku is apparently still in control of.
>>33020712Poor Kiku, so unaware that they are talking about her Precious Treasure. This is gonna be heart-wrenching, isn't it.
[x] Before I go, can I talk to Hinata-hakase in private?
>>33020924Kiku isn't in the Clan anymore, and she did say she put her into that barrier so Oba-chan won't get her.
>>33020922It is a possibility, but we'd need to somehow make sure she'd be willing to side with us against, or at the very least be willing to oppose the old crone. She's too much of an unknown quantity, the only thing we know for sure is that her usual price for help is one we're unwilling to pay right now.
>>33020924Maybe the barrier will automaticaly activate when we met the person?>>33020712XS, does anything we do affect the outcome? It kinda already happened
>>33021013Sure, and we get this information by visiting her and hitting her with the ol' Water Eyes. Hell, hit her with all the Eyes we have access to. We've got Wood, Fire, Water, Stone, and we'll probably have Void before we do. That's the full set.
>>33021021Yes, you affect outcomes - not the end result, but how the result turns out for those involved.
>>33021071I'd prefer to avoid meeting her in person before being sure she'd be at least willing to listen. Just to avoid the risk of her thinking that opposing us would be the easiest way to get more pearls.Call me paranoïd, but whe have enough powerful enemies as it is.
>>33021097" the difference between a happy ending and an unhappy one is where you decide to stop the story"
>>33021162I doubt we'll be going after Oba-chan until we've taken a few enemies off the board. We can afford to be a little lax then.
+Bow and leave, meeting done!+Hey, who is this strange person I am stealing away!?“May I ask the name of this person you wish me to steal away?”Ginku-sensei looks down, and his hands clench on his hakama. Hinata-hakase hides here smile behind a sleeve. Oba-san smiles her inscrutable smile, because she always smiles her inscrutable smile, and replies, “You may not.”“I will do as you bid, Oba-san.” You bow to the trio, and stand up, walking gracefully to the door, and politely sliding it open before stepping outside, and closing it again. Stupid meetings! They're boring, even if Hinata-hakase is there! You definitely didn't like the way Ginku-sensei was being. So suspicious, this task! You'd much rather set fire to some Kaga idiots. There is a bridge over the stream nearby, and it is probably a good idea to think harder now. Well, hardly thinking is easier but troublesome for other people! Not you. Well, not always. You walk over to the bridge and listen to the bamboo striking the stone nearby. It is supposed to help people meditate but all it does to you is remind you of how slow the world is. Hinata-hakase joins you shortly, as you suspected! Normally Oba-san doesn't like people talking outside of meetings, but you're too old and Hinata-hakase is too tough. “So, you have doubts too? Oba-san was quite strict on what you were to be told and not told. So, you may as well not bother asking me her name, for I shan't tell you.” She smiles down at you and looks at you with those yellow-green eyes with their slit pupils. She's not a nekomata – no ears! And she's not a fox – no tails! So many strange things she could be, your youkai-friend. Mysterious is one of them though. BUT! You can ask a different question, obviously! Who exactly is this person important to?! I am suspicious, why me, Hinata-hakase?! What do you think the right way is Hinata-hakase?! Wish me luck, Hinata-hakase, won't you?!
>>33021223>[x] What do you think the right way is Hinata-hakase?!That's the heart of the matter.
>>33021223> I am suspicious, why me, Hinata-hakase?!
>>33021223>[x] She must trust my judgement - I will ensure that it is properly honed for the job!Yes, though it may not go to her liking.
>>33021223>[x] Wish me luck, Hinata-hakase, won't you?!
>>33021223>[x] What do you think the right way is Hinata-hakase?!
>>33021223>[x] Who exactly is this person important to?!We can't ask who they are, so who are they important to
>>33021223>[x] Who exactly is this person important to?!Info, info, info
>>33021223> What do you think the right way is Hinata-hakase?!
>>33021316That's not important info though! She's important to us for being Precious and Oba-san for having secrets that she wants.
>>33021223>[x] What do you think the right way is Hinata-hakase?!We musn't lose our way!
[X] What do you think the right way is Hinata-hakase?!“You think there is a right way for this to be done. What is the right way? What is the wrong way? The right way is me being me. Simple....but not what you mean, is it.” She is a miko too, and even if her kami aren't your kamuy, you understand each other well. Being mikoto is hard sometimes but you trust the people you trust, and make the people you can't trust remember that you are more than they are!“So, you see through me still. I had though that I had hidden my lantern from your golden eyes! Since you see through me still, even this, so I will tell you this: the right way is for you to do as your told, in every way, right to the very letter of what you are told. Uso, you should be an obedient little dragon-child.” Ah! So, meaning truth, and uso, meaning unbelievable. Hidden in Hinata-hakase's dialect are the keys to your understanding. “So, Oba-san said that if you fail her in this, she will send you to pay penance in my shrine for it. Exile, Kiku-chan. So, not easy.” A burst of heated air explodes from you at the revelation and Hinata-hakase covers her mouth with a sleeve, laughing at you when your hair lifts up in the breeze. Shit! Shit shit shit shit! Four times a shit! Oba-san must be mad at you to do something like this. Even you can see that she wants you to do something you won't want to do now! It is not fair Hinata-hakase! We should run away! You should make a place for me in the shrine then! It is a trap for me too isn't it!
>>33021539>[x] You should make a place for me in the shrine then!
>>33021539>> It is a trap for me too isn't it!Oba-san is climbing the hit list so very quickly.
>>33021539>[x] It is not fair Hinata-hakase!Stupid hag...
>>33021539> You should make a place for me in the shrine then!
>>33021539>[x] It is a trap for me too isn't it!Something's not right here!
>>33021539>Four times a shit!Fourshit
When do we get to dragon punch someone? Because that would be down right fierce.
>>33021539>[x] It is not fair Hinata-hakase!It really isn't!!! Why is she such a bitch?
>>33021539If write-ins are still accepted>"We're friends, Hinata-hatake. You won't let me get hurt, right?"
>>33021539>[x] It is a trap for me too isn't it!Of course it is.
>>33021606Like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYcn8KeL2nc ?
>>33021539> It is a trap for me too isn't it!Oba-san dies next
[X] It is a trap for me too isn't it!“So, If it is a trap, it is a very cunning one. So, a red yukata or a white one?” That chills you again. Do you wear a prisoner's robes, or a dead person's robes? “Uso, you are too weak and small for this. You will fail and nothing shall be well again, then.” It is good to know she trusts you so much! But you see the oni-child who is to take you to Hokkaido now. Still, Hinata-hakase says something more. “Your Precious Person is in Hokkaido, aren't ~they~? Perhaps even waiting for you in your home town?” Abashiri-shicho. All but saying what you suspected! And that pronoun again, even though Hinata-hakase knows your peculiar likes.“Domo arigatou gozimasu, Hinata-hakase.” You step up and hug your friend, and mentor. She hugs you back and strokes your hair lightly. You whisper the words, your mouth hidden in her robes so other cannot see you speak words of betrayal! “Please take care of me, Hinata-hakase.”“So, you will do well after all, Kiku-chan.” Yes, she is your friend even if she is a bakemono-born spirit! As you step away, she smiles, that wicked, dark little smile, and covers her head, before she walks away to her shrine. You turn and walk the other way, to your destiny, or your fate!
>>33021748The oni who is to take you is a Wood oni-boy named Naotome, a friend of yours. He conjures a cloud and you sit down on it, settling in for the ride. Humans can't see you doing such things, which is good, because then there would be more reports on sky-visitors than there are now. Once he has lifted you high in the air and you are moving quickly, he settles down next to you and offers you a rolled up stick of cinnamon. “Is it that bad, Mata-chan?” he asks solicitously, because it is Naotome-kun who is solicitous and nice. You do not know if you want to burden him with your dark thinking, but it is weighing upon you heavily. But he is your friend, and he is kind and understanding, even if he does not know you are a perverted person who has not grown out of liking other women in the way you are not supposed to.  Tell him! No, don't! Swear a whole lot! Cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon!
>>33021767>[x] Cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon!
>>33021767>[x] Cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon!Yep.
>>33021767> Cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon!
Been laughing for a solid minute at cinnamon and I still have no idea what it means.
>>33021876Why do you think we're all voting for it?
I think the voting can be wrapped up early on this one.
>>33021782>>33021791>>33021828>>33021833>>33021837>>33021853>>33021862>>33021870Looks light we might have a consensus here!>>33021876It's a sweet roll. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnamon_roll
>>33021886Really, mystery box?
[X] Cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon!Cinnamon! Your secret weakness that everyone knows about! You take the cinnamon stick from him and bite the end off viciously, letting the spicy sweet taste flood your senses and make you sneeze several times, jets of flame erupting from your nose.Stupid bitch snake-woman! You are not some stupid little girl, despite your appearance and despite your fiery heart and mind! That she thinks she can get away with this offends you, offends you right down to your guts! You are going to turn this around on her and make her pay for it with her life some day, you swear, you swear on Ryujin-no-Mikado's life! You chew slowly on another piece of the stick and sigh softly. “Naotome-kun...If you had a task, but the task was one which would hurt someone you liked, would you still do that task?” It seems a little silly to ask that of a person from your own Yakuza clan, but maybe it is enough to talk about it. Sort of kind of maybe talk about it. “You mean, a task from Ryo? I would do it, but I would try to not hurt them anyways. Or explain it. They should understand if they're someone you like.” Yes, very Japanese, very simple sounding. Stupid Japanese. “If it wasn't Clan Ryo, then I wouldn't do it.” That....makes a little more sense. There's a glimmer of truth in that, a spark that could become a flame. “Even if it was a girl you liked a lot?”
“Well....if it was a girl I was going to marry, I might not. But if it was orders from Oba-san I would anyways. But that's not very likely, since if I marry someone it will be someone in clan Ryo. Humans are too troublesome, and other spirit-born are too dull.” You look down at the ocean, wondering how quickly you'd drown if you jumped in because this is really a bad situation. “And since it is Kiku-chan, you can't fake losing.” No, no you couldn't because you are very strong and very capable and old enough to know better.“You can set me down in Oto Jinja in Setana.” The mountainside shrines overlook the Sea of Japan, and you want to pray to someone who might listen as opposed to the dull kami of the Japanese. There are many shrines that the stupid Japanese don't know are there, made to many kamuy!“Hai, Kiku-chan.” Naotome directs his cloud and you slowly chew n the spicy cinnamon bark candy that only Naotome-kun can find for you. He hovers the cloud above a small clearing near the mountain top, and gives you a few more cinnamon bark scrolls. “Be careful of the Kaga, they're all up in arms about stuff.” You nod and wave, and would love to meet a few Kaga so you can set fire to them and blow up their houses and maybe burn down Setana. No, wait, that's bad planning, you have to just burn down a few houses at a time so you don't get bored.  Go to the Repun Kamuy shrine and survey the battlefield! Go to the very top of the mountain and scream! Go to Ryujin's shrine, make an offering! Go to your Precious Person's hotel room!
>>33021977>[x] Go to Ryujin's shrine, make an offering!Ryujin-no-Mikado help us, we're gonna need it!
>>33021977>[x] Go to your Precious Person's hotel room!It's not like were on a time limit or anything
>>33021977> Go to Ryujin's shrine, make an offering!
>>33021977>[x] Go to the very top of the mountain and scream!YEAH!
>>33021977> Go to the Repun Kamuy shrine and survey the battlefield!
>>33021977>[x] Go to Ryujin's shrine, make an offering!
>>33021977>Make an offrand to the DragonGod of Destruction, Ame-no-Horobi-no-Mikado! He may be dead, but he was the best!
>>33022117Come on, people. You know you want it
>>33021977>[x] Go to Ryujin's shrine, make an offering!Sure.
>>33022117>*make an offering
[X] Go to Ryujin's shrine, make an offering!You decide that if you want to make your promise happen, you have to go to the source and make sure it happens! Ryujin will show that snake bitch a thing or two! You take a running leap off the edge of the mountainside, into the forests of Oto Jinja, soaring in the air forever as you survey the sacred mountain that looks out over the Sea of Japan. You land hard and run, sliding around plants and trees like lightning and fire, a slight breeze source unseen by those who come to pray at the few known shrines and at the many secret shrines....You find the shrine of Ryujin, the Shinto Kami of the Sea and Storms. It is small, and it is old, but it is maintained and taken care of. You take a deep breath and clap your hands twice, summoning the kami to your presence. “Please let my prayer be heard, Ryujin, Owatatsumi; please allow me this small vengeance upon she who would make me war against she whom I love....” A soft noise interrupts your prayer, before you've made your offering. It is not a REAL noise! It is a spirit noise. You turn and see a small spirit, holding a sacred willow branch with strips of willow bark shaved and tied upon it. Your breath catches in your throat, for this is not a kami – he is a kamuy, Nusakoro Kamuy, who represents the dead and who serves as a messenger to other kamuy. He looks like a little black humanoid figure with a strange mask, and he shakes the nusa at you gently, then moves into the forest silently.  Follow that kamuy! Finish your prayer! Spooky things leave me alone! He is important, do as you're bid!
>>33022389>[x] He is important, do as you're bid!
>>33022389>[x] He is important, do as you're bid! But delay a moment to apologize to Ryujin for cutting the prayer short.
>>33022389>[x] Finish your prayer!We only said the vengeance bit! Where's the protecting the girl I love bit?
>>33022389> He is important, do as you're bid!Super interesting
>>33022389>[x] He is important, do as you're bid!Oh boy.
>>33022389 Finish your prayer!it's rude to summon a Kami and not finish the prayer
>>33022389>[x] Finish your prayer!We can follow after.
>>33022406>>33022413>>33022440>>33022451>>33022470>>33022479Please, guys. We got a Kami in front of us and we're praying for making our loved one safe. Let's not piss him off and suffer an ironical and terrible punishment
>>33022389[x] Finish your prayer!We can follow after we finish the prayer. To end it prematurely after summoning a kami's attention is rude.
>>33022535>>33022518These. We need to finish. Then we can go investigate spirits.
>>33022518A good point. Changing my vote from >>33022440to [x] Finish your prayer!
>>33022389>> Finish your prayer!
>>33022561That kamuy might not like us finishing a prayer to a kami. Or something?
>>33022389> Finish your prayer!
>>33022627So? If that is the case, fuck him for his self importance.
>>33022658Wouldn't it be more like racism? This does not make it better.
[X] He is important, do as you're bid!You lower your head, and clap your hands twice, allowing your prayer to be finished even though it is in a hurry. But you have been told to finish quickly. But maybe....just maybe he has already heard! Someone has heard! You blink, and open your Fire Eyes.You see that this shrine is not the only shrine here – another shrine is inside this shrine! Where Nusakoro pointed! He is the founder of communities, and brother to the snake kamuy. But he is a messenger of the Kamuy and makes sure the rites and offerings are done properly. And he takes prayers to the kamuy. This is no Japanese kami, no....but he is a kami of your people, of the Ainu....so you do as you are bid and walk into Ryujin's shrine.Within is a tiny shrine, made of stone, barely a hut for containing a god. There is no floor here, or if there was, it has long since fallen into decay. The darkness is nothing to your Fire Eyes There isn't even a torii, a sacred gate....but then you turn to look behind you and see another torii made of old rotten wood , set on the inside of Ryujin's shrine though it is not elegant or perfect. Looking back to the shrine, you see that Nusakoro crawls on his hand and knees, before the shrine, and then taps on his wrist with the nusa-wand. Then he reaches into the open shrine and turns his hand from palm up, to palm down. Dropping an offering from his hand. After touching his wrist with a sacred object....which can represent something like a weapon perhaps. You look hard with your Fire Eyes, and see the emptiness of the shrine, an opening directly into Yomi rather than to the sacred world of the Heavens! A shrine to a dead god....and so much yin....yin darker than the blackest night.A dead god of destruction.  Make the offering of blood! Make the offering of ash! Make and offering of prayers! Beg forgiveness and leave!
>>33022708>> Make the offering of blood!Gods fucking love blood offerings. I see no reason why nip gods should be different.
>>33022708>[x] Make the offering of blood!Blood for blood!
>>33022708[x] Make the offering of blood, ash, and prayers!Why not all three?
>>33022708> Make the offering of blood!blood magic is best magic
>>33022750Because the GM said no.
>>33022708>[x] Make the offering of ash!We're a fire dragon, ash is all we're going to leave behind
>>33022708>[x] Make the offering of blood!Blood for the blood god
>>33022708> Make an offering of ash.
>>33022708>[x] Make and offering of prayers!Not sure if this will end well...
>>33022708>[x] Make the offering of ash!
>>33022815This, specifically, should end well. Kiku does end up reverent to Ryukusa somehow.
>>33022708> Make and offering of prayers!Don't forget to apologize to the other god.
>>33022708offer all the thingspray,
[X] Make the offering of blood!Following the instructions, you go to your hands and knees, and take your little kaiken from the folds of your obi, and push it open with your thumb. The sheath opens easily, and you crawl to the shrine itself. It is hardly two feet square, the opening small, but enough for you to easily fit your arm in.Nusakoro helps you with the words, speaking with your voice, as he would for a real miko!“Ame-no-Horobi-no-Mikado, pray grant me the destruction of she who would harm my beloved; protect my beloeved from the powers that imperil her. Protect me from the wrath of those who would force me to harm my Precious Treasure. In your kindness, grant mercy to me and mine, and destroy those who would harm us. This I beg of you, so that you may live once more.” You bring the knife across your veins, against your wrist and spill the blood into your hand, along your palm, your fingers. And you then reach into the cold, dark shrine...and turn your hand upside down, sprinkling the blood on the earth.Nusakoro kowtows before the shrine, and you withdraw your arm, doing the same. You rise, and look at the shrine of Ryujin, blinking in the bright sunlight. You feel the eyes of the Kami looking at you with approval, rather than anger for the strange prayer you spoke, or the interruption you were bid to make during his prayer. But somehow...it feels right, that you have done this! Because....because Ryujin needs this done. And you have a scar on your wrist, which isn't supposed to happen with the way you heal so SOMETHING happened!Perhaps Hinata-hakase will be getting more than she bargained for in you! No more! Flee the mountain! Mission accomplished! Time to find your Precious Person! Leave an offering to Nusakoro too! For helping you! Laugh giddily! You might just have gone crazy!
>>33023016>[x] Mission accomplished! Time to find your Precious Person!Time for cute shit
>>33023016> Leave an offering to Nusakoro too! For helping you!and then run to our Precious Person
>>33023016> Mission accomplished! Time to find your Precious Person!
>>33023016 Leave an offering to Nusakoro too! For helping you!He's a cool guy, all in all. He deserves a bit of lovin'
>>33023016Leave offering for the cool dude, then find our lady love
>>33023016>Leave an offering to Nusakoro too! For helping you!
>>33023016>[x] Leave an offering to Nusakoro too! For helping you!And now we have to destroy Oba-san. Gotta answer those prayers... y'know, after a hundred years or so.
>>33023016>[x] Leave an offering to Nusakoro too! For helping you!Gotta be polite.
>>33023016>[x] Laugh giddily! You might just have gone crazy!
>>33023016> Leave an offering to Nusakoro too! For helping you!Let's give him our cinamon
>>33023016>[x] Leave an offering to Nusakoro too! For helping you!Waaaaai!
>>33023016> Leave an offering to Nusakoro too! For helping you!Thanks Nusakuro! And then we can be off to our Precious Person!
[X] Leave an offering to Nusakoro too! For helping you!It makes your head hurt, it isn't something you are used to, but you try and act like a human, or a wood dragon. But you find a willow tree and take a branch, and use your kaiken to shave pieces of it into little curls. Every instinct tell you to run, to move, to go, but you force yourself to do this now, rather than later. And you do, but your hands are shaking and your blood is boiling, and you can feel your life force burning hot and painful. You clap your hands twice, and thank Nusakoro Kamuy, and clap your hands twice more....and when you open your eyes, the nusa is gone!Giddily you turn and run from the shrine, leaping out over the ledge and into the open air over the forests, seeing the seaside fishing houses of the suburbs of Abashiri-shicho you land easily in the trees and run, leaping and running and bolting, faster than the human eye can perceive, MOVING through the world that is filled with slow moving lumbering humans, graceless oni, and wicked snake-women who will get what they deserve! You enter town as a hot wind, a delicate sirocco of a dragonette moving like all the fires of the islands are after you! Because SHE is waiting on you, safe and sound for this moment, in a rented room at the edge of town, where you can see the mountain and the sea and feel the cool salt breeze! There! You leap and land lightly on the window ledge, and look at her, lazing about in bed, beautiful and powerful and sleek and majestic. Your Precious Person, your Precious Treasure. The person you just made a promise to a dead god for, bled to protect, and whom you will go into exile for, because there is no way you will give her over to Oba-san or Ginku-sensei. They don't deserve her, they deserve what they have earned! Bounce into bed! Slip silently into bed! Wake her with a kiss! Cover her with the blankets because that's a lot of skin!
>>33023358>[x] Wake her with a kiss!
>>33023358 Wake her with a kiss!
>>33023358>[x] Slip silently into bed!Undressing first should be a given.
>>33023358> Wake her with a kiss!
>>33023358>[x] Slip silently into bed!She'll be so surprised!
>>33023377>>33023380We Iscariot now
>>33023358>[x] Bounce into bed!Yeah!
>>33023358> Bounce into bed and wake her with a kiss!
>>33023358>[x] Wake her with a kiss!As if that was a choice. I mean, multiple choice would be nice, but still.
[x] Make a Barrier and seal her while she sleeps. Flashback interrupt!
[X] Wake her with a kiss!It was the least likely of affairs. You were Fire, all activity and impulse and destruction incarnate; you were Ainu, though you were supposed to be trying to be Japanese. Oh, and you looked like a little girl because of that stupid nekomata!She was tall, elegant, and thoughtful! Her heritage was so very pronounced that it made others look at her strangely, even dragonettes! And she was Chinese and healthy and couldn't see a damn thing1 Her hair, her fingers, and her tail were metal instead of scales! And she thought you were wonderful!You pop the window open easily, and without a single noise, your power making the bolt useless before you. Quietly, quietly you slip inside and look at her. You know what those dead blue-and white eyes look like, but they are closed as she sleeps peacefully, blissful. Your heart hurts with the beauty of this person who loves you, helps you, thinks the world of you even though you could simply destroy her. And now you have been told to take her into your clan as a slave. You slowly walk over and lean over her, holding your hair back and away from her face with a small hand. You can smell the scent of frankincense and sandalwood around her, such a boyish scent mixed with a kami's offering. Your lips grace the corner of her eye, along her temple, gentle, soft, hot against her cool skin. “Matagama Kiku,” her melodic, cool voice sleepily announces.“Er Yin Long,” you declare, as you always do upon meeting your lover.One eye opens lazily, to gaze into nowhere, the pupil as dead grey as powdered silver, the pale silvery blue of her iris fixed and unchanging. “Why aren't you in bed?”  Because I'm all sweaty from hurrying to get here baka dragon! You're right, gomen! I have a burden, and it wouldn't be right, Gin-Gin! Is that an order, Er Yin Long?!
>>33023771>[x] You're right, gomen!
>>33023771> You're right, gomen!
>>33023771>[x] Is that an order, Er Yin Long?!
>>33023771> Because I'm all sweaty from hurrying to get here baka dragon!
>>33023771>[x] You're right, gomen!Time to cuddle!
>>33023771> Is that an order, Er Yin Long?!Also, once this flashback end, we have a couple to reunite
>>33023771>[x] You're right, gomen!We can talk from bed.
>>33023771>[x] Is that an order, Er Yin Long?!She's cool and cute!
>>33023869>once this flashback end, we have a couple to reuniteI really, really hope that's plausible.
>>33023896It's gotta be.If not, we'll make it be.
>>33023910We have to integrate her in our harem first. More loving for everyone!
>>33023771>[x] You're right, gomen!>>33023922Eh, unlike the others these two are apparently ~destined lovers~ or something, I don't mind the harem coming second (though still existing).
>>33023987Eh, I'm fine with a situation similar to that of Akari and Yui. You know, part of the team, and all!
>>33023771>[x] You're right, gomen!Finally, I caught one of these threads! Say XS, are you using a combination of Wu Xing & Godai elements? Godai (Japanese) uses Fire, Water, Earth, Air, and Void. But Wu Xing uses Fire, Water, Earth, Wood, and Metal.Given I haven't seen an Air or Metal, I'm kinda curious here.
[X] You're right, gomen!When you first become lovers, you simply undressed for yourself. She couldn't see you, so there was never a point in doing so with any sensual teasing right? Wrong! Er Yin disagreed and then made you do it for her again, slowly, properly. And she told you what she heard, smelled, tasted in the air. How the sound of the silk of the kimono against the even lighter undergarments sounded like walking through the grass to you, how the slipping susurration of the obi being unwrapped sounded like your hands did along her skin. How the scent of your body increased with the loss of each layer of clothing. So you undress for her properly!
>>33024119You no-so-silently discard your obi, stowing your little knife in your ~Sleeve~ and then let your kimono fall to the floor, a soft noise she likens to the sheets falling across your bodies. The delicate silk undergarments are discarded, the rustle of dry grass in a warm breeze. and your tabi are stepped out of, the sound of slipping free of soft sand. And with the silent, incredible stealth of the assassins of Clan Ryo, you slide under the sheets, settling your back to her body as she adjusts the sheet so it is not between you, your tail slipping over her hip to curl around her tail, which winds about yours in reciprocation. You feel her cool, smooth skin along yours. A slow deep breath and suddenly you are peaceful, calm, your burning heart a gentle warmth instead of a raging furnace. Her arm slides around your body, her hand cupped along your belly as she moves closer to press her breasts along your bare back. Er Yin cradles her own head in her other hand, and you lay your head down obediently so she may pillow it with her bent elbow. Soon you are spooned against her body, nestled in the place you are safest and most protected and most loved. “I have missed you, Hougyoku-chan.” You shiver lightly as her metallic fingers trace the kanji for precious gem along your belly. “I also, Gin-Gin.” Silver-silver, the metal, not the color. “Do you have some time, now?” Yes! Always yes! It is your time! I have a fear! Not too much!
>>33024141>[X] Yes! Always yes!
>>33024141>[x] I have a fear!It is a big fear.
>>33024141>[x] It is your time!Of course!
>>33024068It's a mixture. Water is water+air, Void is metal+air.
>>33024141>[x] It is your time!
>>33024141>[x] It is your time!>Fleet ureeYes captcha, we shall have a fleet of yuri ships.
>>33024141[x] I have a fear!Time to unload our heart.
>>33024141>[x] Yes! Always yes!
>>33024141>[x] Yes! Always yes!Damn, multiple choice would be useful here.
>>33024141> I have a fear!Oba-shit will be on our tail soon
[x] It is your time!>>33024351No kidding!
>>33024141>[x] I have a fear!We gotta let her know!Also, not gonna finish tonight? Getting late and it seems like there's a bit left to see.
>>33024565> There is a fate before us, Gin-Gin!Hyper-lewd!
[X] It is your time!“It is your time now., Gin-Gin.” You closes your eyes, stiffening a little as her hand moves up your centerline slowly, her fingertips yielding despite their metallic nature. You know that an instant's though can turn them into talons the likes of which not even the sharpest of foreign steel can reproduce. “Then, itadakimasu ....” she murmurs directly into your ear, her body moving over yours, against yours. How to describe it? The cool metal, the sharp teeth and claws, the control she exerts over your body? She makes you feel like you have no power over her, yet you allow it, because it cools your blazing heart, your scattered mind. Her demands are insistent and not to be disobeyed, yet she never makes cruel or hateful commands. Silk ribbons become unbreakable chains, her breath closes your eyes, binds them closed, forces you to live as she does, yet all the while that cool, muscular, slick flesh is against yours. She makes you cry, makes you laugh, causes you to scream. And you love her for it all, even the things that make you cry and bleed. She rules you, even as you give yourself to her. And when she is finished, she speaks that soft benediction: “Gochiso-sama, Hougyoku-chan.”You are ruined, destroyed, wasted, throughly consumed, and she speaks it as though you've done her every grace, made her every present, given her every blessing! You sigh softly, nestled against her once more, surrounded, protected; as you had begun, so you end, spooned with her, slick and hot and thoroughly spent.  There is a fate before us, Gin-Gin! Sleep now, talk tonight, Er Yin! You have a meeting tomorrow, my Precious One! I will love you forever, my beloved!
>>33024565 There is a fate before us, Gin-Gin!
>>33024611> There is a fate before us, Gin-Gin!
>>33024603Noted.>>33024518I'll push on for another 40 minutes or so.
>>33024565https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQlIhraqL7oAlso:> I will love you forever, Er Yin. But as unpleasant as it is to break this moment, there is something I need to tell you.
>>33024611>[x] There is a fate before us, Gin-Gin!govern lginedi
>>33024611>[x] There is a fate before us, Gin-Gin!
>>33024611https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQlIhraqL7o [Embed]Also:> I will love you forever, Er Yin. But as unpleasant as it is to break this moment, there is something I need to tell you.
>>33024611>Fate before us.
>>33024611>[x] There is a fate before us, Gin-Gin!Hnnnngh
>>33024611And now I can't help but imagine Ryukasa drooling in delight as she listens to this part.>[x] There is a fate before us, Gin-Gin!
>>33024711>And now I can't help but imagine Ryukasa drooling in delight as she listens to this part.true. She's probably looking forward to doing the same to miko kiku
[X] There is a fate before us, Gin-Gin!You take deep, slow, satisfied breaths, loathe to break this moment....but you have put it off too long now! “There is a fate before us, Gin-Gin, a dark fate....”She is silent a moment, and her hand moves up, to caress your hair lightly, smooth the sweat slick silk from your face. “Then it is to be you, tomorrow, at the shrine of the kamuy?” You stiffen, and Er Yin merely lays her hand along your horn, not holding you, not capturing you. You lover allows you to relax, lets you accept her word. “Did you see it in the future?” Her fingers, smooth and soft and cool play in your hair again. You could be petted forever!“The Void is full of sights for me. Yes, I saw it.”“What shall we do?”“What do you believe should be done?” ?
>>33024815Run. Run far away, and hope they never catch us.
>>33024815"I am going to fight you, and win, and then keep you safe, as long as it takes, no matter what it takes!">>33024766>>33024711I wonder if she'll do the same to Ryukusa instead!
>>33024815We have to be together, no matter what
>>33024815[x] "We will fight. I will fail. I will be exiled from my Clan. And you will be held safe inside a Barrier, so that none may find you, until it is time."
>>33024815>[x] For sure I would never lift a hand against you! But I fear the next minion the old snake sends to do her bidding will have fewer objections, and see no point in merely refusing the task. Will you not run away with me, love? Else I see not what we can do!
>>33024815Going with >>33024864>>33024850Oh, I can very definitely see that as well.
>>33024815Ask if she has any ideas. What did her vision show her?
>>33024861Going for this.
>>33024815Concurring with >>33024864
>>33024815"We could flee. China, Europe... Anywhere, if you want. But you really want or need to be at this shrine tomorrow, right? I love you. And I'll do everything for you."
>>33024850>I wonder if she'll do the same to Ryukusa instead!probably not, its been said we don't swing that way, and it seemed fundamentally wrong to kowtow to Miko Kiku
>>33024850>Not out-domming the dom to show our superiorityA kami should NEVER bow to a mere dragonspawn. The same applies for bed.
Your breathless voice slips from your lips, your scattered through flowing from you. “The serpent will not let it pass. All of Clan Ryo would move against you, if I do not fight. If I fail, I will be exiled....but I do not want to part with you. I cannot....even imagine. So we may run, run away forever....or...I will will fight. And should I win or lose, I will see you bound safely to me, where none can harm you.” Tears. You've seen Wood dragonettes and Water dragonettes and Void dragonettes shed them. But no dragonette of Stone can shed them. They have no tears to shed. As for you? Well....they are shed, but they never fall because they are too hot to survive. They become steam as you shed them. Er Yin long whispers to you, softly, gently, her voice strangely encouraging. “I will be at the shrine, tomorrow, without fail, my jewel, my gem, my love. And you will be there as well. And you will seal me away, safe, and silent, and unharmed. And then you will return home, to your snake. And she will ask if you have done what was asked.”Your breath catches in your throat as you sob silently. You caught glimpses fo this. You remember....Naotome's words. Hinata's words. Your own words. Completing the duty, only to refuse your master. Exiled to the Shrine, where you can be kept and watched. Until....until....“And you will say yes....but you will go into exile. You will refuse her. Because none may have the power I carry. No one commands my power save one.” You clutch at her hand, and bury your face within the cool metal, the living silver. Er Yin does not complain at the scalding tears; she breathes the steam of them, inhales your sadness, and then whispers a word of hope to you. “....Horobi....” >To be Continued, as Ryuu Ryukusa!
>>33025232>“....Horobi....”Explains quite a lot, actually.Shouldn't be too hard to recruit her either!
>>33025232D'awwww. Thanks for running!Next thread when? Sorry for nagging.
>>33025232So, how much of Japan will Ryukusai destroy when the resurrection of Horobi is complete?Will she even remain Ryukusai, or will her personality be completely subsumed by the thousands of years and full force of Horobi?
>>33025232Nice. Thanks for running.
>>33025232New best girl coming through. All other best girls welcome her!
>>33025288>So, how much of Japan will Ryukusai destroy when the resurrection of Horobi is complete?We just have to revive somewhere no one cares about. Like Jersy
Thank you for playing. The players successfully gained Horobi's blessingThey successfully ensured Hinata's friendship.They successfully cursed Oba-san. They ensured Er Yin Long's cooperation, but not harem status yet.. They have defined Kiku as a harem member with Er Yin as Miku's Precious Treasure.
>>33025232>“....Horobi....”Well, this definitely helps on why Kiku seemed really keen on the Horobi-no-Mikado revelation.
>>33025329What if she's revived in a place far from oceans?
>>33025232I want to pull out oba-san's spine, and beat her to death with it.
>>33025339Achieving harem status for Er Yin shouldn't be that hard, considering we're the reincarnation of her god.>>33025352We all want, that anon. And she'll pay, in due time!
>>33025339Looks like a resounding SUCCESS to me.
Answer: Fire eyes see current emotional states and secrets being hidden during use. Water Eyes allows Ryukusa to extrapolate current possibilities, future possibilities and histories from currently seen data.>>33025280Maybe tomorrow, but I will have to see how I feel.
>>33025339How many more best girls do you have stashed away XS? How do you manage to make them so perfect, and also tragic?
>>33025425All of them. Because they each have histories and futures.It takes one to write one, perhaps
>>33025416Whenever you do decide to hold next session, I'll be looking forward to it! This is definitely my favorite quest at the moment.
>>33025339RYUKUZA WINSFLAWLESS VICTORY
>>33025463Clearly the bestest girl of all is XS.And thank you for running the quest as always!
>>33025346I thought that the Disaster was foreshadowed by the massive Tsunami heading towards Japan we seen when in our Barrier....It is likely that it's progress occurs as we spend time inside barriers, and that when it hits we may come into the true depths of our powers.Should that be the case, we must hope that we are prepared to assert control over our potential divinity...
>>33025339>They have defined Kiku as a harem memberSMILE STATUS - PROTECTEDOPERATION ELEMENTAL HAREM COMPLETE
Incidentally, for those interested, Koshinto is the ancient Ainu tradition of Shinto worshiping the old gods called kamuy.These incidents occurred during the last years of the Tokugawa Shogunate, just before the West forced Japans borders open for good. Part of what took me so long was researching and making sure I had my terms correct. Horobi is a made up god - Ryujin is not.
>>33025538Not yet anon, we're still missing a water dragonette underling.
>>33025538Not yet. We have a void dragon to catch. Will we get a second water dragon XS?
>>33025339I'd say that's a moderate amount of success achieved.
>>33025571>>33025577does it have to be a dragonette?
>>33025561Huh, nice trivia. And very diligent world-building. Kudos!
>>33025538We also have to make a certain demigod learn her place...
>>33025592Judging from the tendencies of the crew, a male would be unwelcome.
Are nekomata and kitsune also elemental based?>>33025577>voidYui. Void DRAGON, though, that is indeed not done. But if I don't think we're doing the elemental/race catch'em all.Are we?
>>33025577>>33025571I really think 5 is my limit. It would be difficult to write two water dragonettes in the same situation. Writing for Kiku was difficult to maintain, as one could tell towards the end. I HOPE to have Yui's writeup finished, but with the feels, it's hard to say. I really have to write less tragic backstory (rather, less someone who doesn't see their horrible backstory as tragic).
>>33025621>a male would be unwelcome.Well of course, I meant more in terms of the dragon thing.
>>33025621I don't think he means the "female" part (that much is a given), but the "dragon" part.Surely other mythological creatures exist, and surely they have to answer to elements.
>>33025638Huh, and here I thought we were going to recruit Susano's kid.
>>33025463XS, you're an amazing writer. I love this quest and thank you for it
>>33025657>>33025669Goddammit, I'm dense...Brb, going to commit sudoku
We have individuals of every element in the harem, but not dragonettes of every element.
>>33025669>>33025657>>33025592Well, it's been established that Ryukusa can't get non-dragonettes pregnant. And really, five in the harem is an ideal number to work with - no one gets left out because they are all paired up and they all adore Ryukusa.>>33025669They are listed in the Barrier Combat Writeup.
>>33025671She attacked Kiki. She better have some VERY convincing reasons to not have her head as a trophy, let alone herself as a haremette.
>>33025701I don't think we need to play racial and elemental catch-em-all, a harem best tracked on a spreadsheet starts to lose it's personal touch.
>>33025755She has Susano as a dad. Her backstory will undoubtedly make Kiki's seem like a cakewalk.
>>33025701By that logic, we'd need one of each type of each race.... plus a Nekomata...
>>33025750I'm actually kind of with XS on the 5. It's a good number that ensures everyone gets some nice loving from Ryukusa or another that they've fallen for, such as how we've been seeing Yui & Akari.
Thank you all for enjoying it, and you are also all welcome for the quest.
>>33025774Tragic backstory is not an excuse. At best, an explanation.
>>33025750I think we're just playing around with the idea, rather than actually expecting any more harem members- five is plenty!Though I wouldn't actually oppose one or two more, I'm greedy like that.
>>33025819"Disappointing father" when said father is Susano is an excellent excuse.
>>33025755>>33025671The chances of that are infinitesimal. Kushinada hates dragonettes as much as Ryukusa loves them.
>>33025750I'd be fine with getting more minions, if not harem members. I mean, we're a god right? We should have a cult and stuff.
I'm to bed. I am sincerely glad you enjoyed it. Perhaps Ryukusa's eventual look....
>>33025896Since Ryukusa can throw lightning at people, does that count as any one of our moves during Barrier combat? Or will it be>Claw and Tail, Tail and Claw>Phantasmal Depths of the Ocean>Erosion of the Strongest Shore>Frozen Soul Entity>Just throw some lightning at the motherfucker
>>33026026>Ryukusa>LewdDoes this even need to be stated at this point?
>>33025896You DO know that's a romantic cliche too, right?