Stage 37: Tails, Tricks, Twists, and Time.The hand of Rie is a soft, warm hand. It isn't particularly strong, but at this moment you cannot let go. You would ask where you are going, but at this moment you cannot speak. You follow, because you must follow, because she is holding your hand. The logic of the statements is utterly spurious of course, but that doesn't enable you to break the spell that Rie has you under. More accurately, Rie is performing sorcery, and the sorcery requires you to be silent and follow. WHY she's doing this, you're uncertain. But it seems to have something to do with the fact that you defeated the three warriors of Anonimous, who were no ninja-wannabes, but red clad warriors with real skill. Well, two of them were, since you're not sure the Fire oni-child you dubbed Red had much in the way of skill. While Rie claims to know nothing about Kurao Goto, she does know he is a true oni, and she seemed worried by your injuries when she verified you would be fighting a true oni. Your Water Eyes, still open after the fight, don't tell you anything about Rie that you don't already know – she's a white nekomata of about three hundred years with black spots above her eyes – Kami's Eyes, meaning she's more than a mere cat youkai. She walks you though the dark alleys, and many cats seem to be prowling this particular alley. They walk away as you approach, most of them vanishing, only to silently return in your wake. The most unnerving part is that you can only see their many eyes glowing green and red and yellow in the dark to either side. Many, many more than you see ahead or behind you. You're not sure you're in Shinjuku City at all, anymore.  Try and break the spell. Try and ask where you are going. Stay calm, let the nekomata do what she wants.  Call upon the power of Matagama-no-Shitoki, the kami of the talisman Kiku gave you. Test the sorcery, see if you can break it without actually breaking it.
>>35427519Previous Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/35405072/Search for Title: Ryukuza on SuptgBarrier Combat Guide: http://pastebin.com/rZLwzvGxTwitter: @XsQuestmistressHebiki Akari's Tale: http://pastebin.com/3JjNVKbYKurao Yui's Tale: http://pastebin.com/qYJa4PwHKumatori Kiki's Tale: http://pastebin.com/pdjfAEEUAkari's Lesson (R-18): http://pastebin.com/bnGavrhPKiki's Gift (R-18): http://pastebin.com/sLP3NcbCQuest Pastebin: Under reconstruction.Kiku, the shortest, is 5' 1" for ever and ever. Lesbian submissive.Akari is 5' 3", and has another few inches to grow. Sexuality is weird, switch.Yui is 5' 4" and will only grow due to circumstances beyond her control (though she will be able to change her size, being Void oni). Dyke, switch.Kiki is 5' 6", and is at full growth. Bisexual bottom.Ryukusa is tall at 5' 8", but this becomes 6' in her true form. She is fully grown. Lesbian top.Er Yin is the tallest at 5' 10" and is fully grown. Lesbian dominant..Jinyuu is 5' 7" but persistently hovers an extra three inches above the ground or floor because of her nature as a seer. Straight.Hinata Hakase is 6' 3". Sexuality is terrifying. Hidesato is 5' 5". Straight.Kushinada is 5' 8". Straighter.Taisho Ryoga is 5' 9". Who knows.Hyun Chisato is 5' 4”, and is fully grown. Lolicon with plausible deniability.Rie is 8” tall or 5' 5”, and is fully cat. Her sexuality is cat.Ryuu Wakaba is 5' 6" and is fully grown. Straight dominant.>Talismans:Akari – CentipedeEr Yin – ScorpionKiki – ToadKiku – LizardYui – SnakeRyukusa – Matagama-no-Shitoki
>>35427519>Try and ask where you are going.
>>35427519>[x] Stay calm, let the nekomata do what she wants. Sure!
>>35427519> Stay calm, let the nekomata do what she wants.The Cat is good. The Cat likes us.Trust the Cat.Love the Cat.
>>35427519> Stay calm, let the nekomata do what she wants.The sorcery obviously serves a purpose, so let us not push at it... don't want to do something which bites us in the ass when inaction would have been smooth sailing...
>>35427519>[x] Test the sorcery, see if you can break it without actually breaking it.>[x] Try and ask where you are going.
>>35427519[x] Try and ask where you are going.[x] Stay calm, let the nekomata do what she wants. Rie a best and most cuddle-able.
>>35427519> Stay calm, let the nekomata do what she wants.
>>35427519> Stay calm, let the nekomata do what she wants.The sorcery is probably the only thing keeping all these cat youkai from descending on us in a storm of fangs and claws.
>>35427635>>35427647>>35427674Speaking seriouly, Rie has been very nice to us so far.sure, that's mostly because we've gone out of our way to ensure we do not cross her and have been nothing but respectful, while making sure to fulfill her requests.We did not give her reason to harm/betray us, and she has nothing to gain from doing so.
>>35427543>Bisexual bottom.This made me giggle. I don't even go to this quest.
>>35427802Giggling is encouraged!
>>35427519> Stay calm, let the nekomata do what she wantsTrust the terrifying kitty.
>>35427743Well to be fair, there are plenty of potential reasons for her to do so, for example getting bribed by one of our enemies, or knowing what Ryukusa will eventually end up doing and wanting to prevent it. Doesn't mean it's likely to happen.
>>35427811Well, Kiki is part of Inari, which is also Amaterasu, who is apparently Bisexual but is actually mostly Ryukuza-Sexual.Also, Inari is Best Girl twice over.
>>35427835Well, as the personal champion of Japan's Top Deity, I'd like to say we pretty much are the highest bidder. Plus, going back on a deal and treachery is pretty bad karma.
>>35427835Even less likely because she saw us talking with Ammy, and I doubt she would want to piss off the Universe by messing with her girlfriend.
>>35427938Hah, true enough.
[X] Try and ask where you are going.[X] Stay calm, let the nekomata do what she wants. You knew nekomata were powerful, but you didn't realize that they were this frighteningly powerful. On the other hand, Rie has said she would help you, and it would be difficult for her to get her daily offering of takoyaki if she did something unpleasant like feed you to her furry minions. You are quite thankful you don't suffer from that common anime weakness of heroes where they're afraid of cats. Which does bring up the question of whether Kiku-chan is an anime heroine or not. But that's not important now!You do try to speak, to ask where she is taking you, but the sorcery she is using seems to simply disallow the effort entirely. It's possible your talisman might allow you to break the spell....but so far, Rie's been helpful, if incredibly abrupt and entirely unpredictable. You drop your Water Eyes – they're doing you no good at the moment. Strangely, the darkness and the silence and the movement of the youkai and cats around you all seems very familiar. Suddenly you're in a massive courtyard of dead grass, black dirt, a wrought iron fence, and facing a decrepit mansion. The night sky is cloudy and dark, the windows are dark and there is barely any noise outside of your breathing and the soft swish of your and Rie's clothing. You can speak again, and you could probably stop walking if you wanted to, but Rie seems to be intent on dragging you into the spooky mansion you have never seen before despite how familiar all this feels. Almost deja vu levels of familiarity,  Where are we, Rie-sama? Look around, stay quiet. ….her tails are lifting her skirt while she walks with such determination.  Wake up Matagama-no-Shitoki quietly, just in case. ....bring out Ame-no-Omukade-no-Musume, sheathed, just in case.
>>35427943> Look around, stay quiet.We shouldn't bother her,> ….her tails are lifting her skirt while she walks with such determination.A diversion, tailor-made (or tail-er?) for Ryukusa! Sasuga Rie!
>>35427978> Where are we, Rie-sama?> Look around, stay quiet.> ….her tails are lifting her skirt while she walks with such determination.
>>35427978>[x] Where are we, Rie-sama?>[x] ….her tails are lifting her skirt while she walks with such determination.
>>35427943> Look around, stay quiet.> ….her tails are lifting her skirt while she walks with such determination.Time for talk later. Now is the time of tails...
>>35427943> Look around, stay quiet.> ….her tails are lifting her skirt while she walks with such determination....I've got no excuses. I just want to see Ryukuza acknowledge Rie's Cute Butt in her internal monologue.
>>35427978>[x] Look around, stay quiet.
>>35427978>>35428062Why did you delete the first version?
All posts referencing the deleted post are counted.
>>35427978>[x] ...it's not Halloween these days, is it Rie-sama? I believe that's what the Americans call it.
>>35427978>>35428062Backing, of course. We must appreciate backstory while letting Rie lead us to the plot.
>>35427978> Look around, stay quiet.> ….her tails are lifting her skirt while she walks with such determination.Stay quiet for now.
[X] Where are we, Rie-sama?[X] Look around, stay quiet.[X] ….her tails are lifting her skirt while she walks with such determination.  Wake up Matagama-no-Shitoki quietly, just in case. Bring out Ame-no-Omukade-no-Musume, sheathed, just in case.While you're fairly certain this is one of those places that should technically be in the more elite areas of Tokyo, you're not entirely surprised it's this close to Shinjuku. It has the look of a place that's fallen into difficult times, with people who try to keep it in good repair, but who are just overwhelmed with whatever is going on in there life. There isn't a car in front, and most of the windows are dark, but you can see things in the windows. Desks, chairs, bookshelves, bric-a-brac. Perhaps the home of an antiquarian or an old couple. Rie steps forward quickly, her tails lifting her skirt up quite nicely, and it's interesting how her tails move in counterpoints to her derrière as well as each other. And she really does have a nice derrière, that just happens to be attacked to a powerful and very dangerous youkai. And is covered in white satin, which you really never understood the point of, since anything that goes with white satin invariably gets really hot. Taking your cue from the relative quietness of the disturbingly familiar grounds as you approach the mansions, you ask softly, “Where have you brought me to, Rie-sama? Please don't tell me the place is haunted, because that's a Western holiday.” Rie glances back at you, her cornflower blue eyes nearly eaten by the black pools of her pupils. “She owes me a favor, so 'm gettin' it now.” Oddly, she speaks quietly too, which is not what you expected of the brazen nekomata. She leads you to the door, and pauses, then glances at you, then at the door, as though deciding. In true cat fashion, she calls loudly, “OPEN UP IN THERE! I WANT IN!”
>>35428550Yes, that's much more like it. “....are you sure that's necessary, Rie-sama?” You resist the urge to tug her skirt down since her tails are both tall and twitching at the ends – and nowhere near in sync with each other.She shrugs mildly and calls out again. “LEMMIE IN YOU PEOPLE! OPEN THE DOOR!” Offer to knock for her. Open the door for her. Well, it's been her rules so far.... Ask a little more politely. Use the oni-faced knocker, that's what it's there for.
>>35428581[x] Well, it's been her rules so far....Just admire that derriere some more. Maybe she'll let us pet her later
>>35428581>[x] Use the oni-faced knocker, that's what it's there for.Duh!
>>35428581> Well, it's been her rules so far...> Offer to knock for her.We can offer at any rate.
>>35428616She might only want certain people to answer the door, not whoever is summoned by the knocker.
>>35428581>[x] Well, it's been her rules so far...Those hypnotic tails are pacifying.
>>35428581>[x] Ask a little more politely.dat ass
>>35428581>[x] Well, it's been her rules so far....
>>35428581I wonder who lives in here...
>>35428581>[x] Offer to knock for her.
>>35428858Someone with enough courage to not answer a god eye nekomata immediatly, that's for sure
>>35428581> Use the oni-faced knocker, that's what it's there for.Maybe set up for a knock knock joke?
>>35428934Might just not have heard her.
[x] Offer to knock for her.[X] Well, it's been her rules so far....[x] Ask a little more politely.“I could knock on the door, it you like, Rie-sama,” you mention casually, amused by how your question causes her tails to curl over at the top, the sign of a happy cat. One can't help but wonder how sensitive the base of her tails are, really. You know there isn't a dragonette in the world who doesn't like that sweet spot receiving attention. “OPEN THE – oh, there you are. It's about time.” The door has swung open, though you don't see anyone doing said opening. Nor do you sense anyone other than yourself and Rie, fro that matter. Rie walks in without hesitation, her hand still holding yours quite firmly, forcing you to follow. The foyer is a little dusty and somewhat spare, a single coat rack and a small roll-top desk from Europe the only things present. There is a large book on the, the paper old and thin, looking almost like translucent mulberry bark washi paper. There are names listed and Rie steps over – still holding your hand – as she inks the brush and writes 'Rie and Important Guest' in the book.A soft noise of shuffling feet causes you to glance behind you to see who opened the door so you can thank them....Uh….It's a horse headed oni. One of the mezu. SHE BROUGHT YOU TO FUCKIN' YOMI?! TO FREAKIN' HELL ITSELF!! WHAT THE FUCK?! “Excuse me Rie, but I couldn't help notice that you took me to Yomi....” Patience. Everything will make sense. Surely. Do NOT let go of her hand! “Time out Rie-sama!” “Your panties are showing, Rie-sama.”
>>35429074> “Excuse me Rie, but I couldn't help notice that you took me to Yomi....”
>>35429074> Patience. Everything will make sense. Surely.> Do NOT let go of her hand!
>>35429074>[x] “Excuse me Rie, but I couldn't help notice that you took me to Yomi....”
>>35429074>[x] Do NOT let go of her hand!>[x] “Your panties are showing, Rie-sama.”When life gives you lemons, escapism.>One can't help but wonder how sensitive the base of her tails are, really.Please don't remind us Ryukusa will never caress fluffy tail.
>>35429074[x] “Time out Rie-sama!”[x] “Excuse me Rie, but I couldn't help notice that you took me to Yomi....”[x] Do NOT let go of her hand!
>>35429074>[x] Patience. Everything will make sense. Surely.>[x] Do NOT let go of her hand!I will laugh and laugh if, after brazenly ignoring all this shady stuff, it turns out Rie was out to get us after all.
>>35429074> “Excuse me Rie, but I couldn't help notice that you took me to Yomi....”It's only our first date. We haven't discussed our kinks yet.> “Your panties are showing, Rie-sama.”Keep your tails up, that'll work
>>35429240I believe based on existing evidence, we can deduce that Rie's kinks are probably 'cat'.Ryukusa seems more like the kinda gal who less ahs kinks and more is into whatever her partner's into, barring really extreme stuff I guess.
>>35429074>[x] Patience. Everything will make sense. Surely.>>35429220Trust the cat.>>35429265>tfw no Rie gfDo you think Ryukusa will count if she puts on cat-ears and a tail?
>Wikis YomiOK gentlemen, we must be very sure that we do not eat anything here.
>>35429303>Do you think Ryukusa will count if she puts on cat-ears and a tail?You mean a fluffy tail sock?
>>35429265>Rie's kinks are probably 'cat'Rie confirmed for scent enabled, demanding bottom screamer
>>35429265I think if we ask nicely enough, and give her enough offerings, Rie will let us stroke her. Hopefully all of her.I also want a threesome with Hyun, Ryukusa, and Kiku.
>>35429332Well yeah. Just make it bushy and it'll be inconspicuous.
>>35429347Stop it, boner, I'm trying to quest!>>35429356I imagine XS isn't planning to let us at our two non-harem allies, given Rie's 'cat' sexuality.
>>35429381> given Rie's 'cat' sexuality.Nothing a little animal ear cosplay can't fix.
>>35429356We need to find a Pram for Hyun
Well, going to Hell is an important step for the heroes of several myths
>>35429458I'm sure we will, eventually!
>>35429473Usually either as a low point after suffering an ignoble defeat, or as part of a heroic quest to save the maiden or whatever though. 'I was dragged here unknowingly by a cat' probably wouldn't sound very impressive as a tale in Valhalla (not that Ryukusa will ever go there, but you know).
[XX] Patience. Everything will make sense. Surely.[XXX] Do NOT let go of her hand![X] “Your panties are showing, Rie-sama.”You don't tighten your grip on the nekomata's hand; you shift your grip slightly, locking your hand to the muscles that will move first if she tries to let go. Because if she does let go, you will not be finding your way back home without dealing with some of the nastiest darkness that exists in the spirit world. She doesn't seem to notice and you step up, tugging her skirt slightly. “I would have thought you preferred silk, Rie-sama.” The nekomata pauses, then looks over her shoulder....which immediately causes both her tails to turn into electrified bolts of white hot fuzz. She yanks her skirt down, pushing both her tails down as well. Despite her reaction, Rie doesn't blush in the least, and simply starts walking down the hall.You follow, glancing about the place. There is only one other servant that you spot, a bull-headed gozu oni, who is sitting at a desk far too small to accommodate him and who seems to be painstakingly carving tiny pagodas at his desk. Ignoring this servant as well, Rie walks deeper into the ancient building, and you do note that most of the rooms are filled with discarded furnishing, bookshelves, piles of books which are not actually in the bookshelves, cribs, carriages for babies, old stands, and one disturbing room filled with mannequins. She arrives at her goal, and she takes a breath to start calling for someone to open the door when it opens outward.
>>35429626>The nekomata pauses, then looks over her shoulder....which immediately causes both her tails to turn into electrified bolts of white hot fuzz. She yanks her skirt down, pushing both her tails down as well. Despite her reaction, Rie doesn't blush in the least, and simply starts walking down the hall.Rie the best.
>>35429626This room is completely contrasted to all the others. Rows of books fill the bookshelves, two thirds of them painstakingly lettered upon the spine, and the sizes of those numbers are quite frankly ridiculous. A pristine window, before which sits a young looking oni-gal, with long horns, at a wide and heavy looking ebony desk. She is peering through thick spectacles at a massive book, one of those from the wall, and writing in teeny-tiny letters an entry within that book. Her robes are Autumn robes, in red, and she has a set of Imperial Robes off to one side, hanging upon a stand. Along with a naginata with no tsuba. “What do you want Ryiekatsumoun? I am very busy.” She utterly ignores the both of you otherwise. Rie yanks you forward somewhat unsuccessfully, as you follow her movement and step before the desk before she has the opportunity to drag you forward. “Fix her!” she commands imperiously.....what? Okay, Rie-sama, hold on here! Bow as politely as you can.  Salute as best you can without letting go of Rie's hand. Apologize profusely for your unintended intrusion upon her work. Pull Rie into your arms and ask her what in heaven is she thinking springing this on you!?
>>35429662>[X] Bow as politely as you can.
>>35429662>[x] Bow as politely as you can. >[x] Apologize profusely for your unintended intrusion upon her work.
>>35429662[x] Bow as politely as you can.[x] Apologize profusely for your unintended intrusion upon her work.Stay nice, stay courteous.
>>35429662[x] Apologize profusely for your unintended intrusion upon her work.[x] Pull Rie into your arms and ask her what in heaven is she thinking springing this on you!?Rie please...
>>35429662> Salute as best you can without letting go of Rie's hand.> Apologize profusely for your unintended intrusion upon her work."Those crazy cats eh? Don't let us bother you, really."
>>35429774Let's not insult the being keeping us from being lost to the land of the dead
>>35429662>[x] Okay, Rie-sama, hold on here!>[x] Apologize profusely for your unintended intrusion upon her work.
>>35429827Eeeeeh, she can take it!
Rolled 48 (1d100)Guys, I hope Rie isn't asking the Ruler of Yomi to fix us
>>35430067Last I checked, Enma-Dai-O wasn't looking like a little girl. I might be wrong, though...
>>35430106It's probably not Enma.Most likely, it's one of his secretaries or aides.Possibly a functionary.
[X] Bow as politely as you can. [X] Apologize profusely for your unintended intrusion upon her work.You bow over your hand as Rie makes her outrageous demand, unwilling to release the cat's small hand from your grasp to bow any more politely than that, which your hostess will undoubtedly understand. “Moushiwake arimasen....” It's the most sincere apology you can make for your intrusion, barring apologizing for existing at all. That does get the oni-girl's attention and she looks up at you over her spectacles, her dark eyes pools of liquid night surrounded by rings of burning iron. You do manage a one handed salute to another warrior – her Imperial robes aren't just for show, and that weapon is definitely not a practice weapon, since the whole thing is a single piece of metal with a wrapping about the central part of the shaft. You glance sidelong at Rie, who doesn't seems to be bothered by the fact that you are fuming just a bit. “I want you to fix her,” she demands imperiously once more, her tails lashing angrily and undoubtedly exposing her panties again. The mysterious book-keeper sighs and sets her brush down, then removes her spectacles and sets those aside as well. “Fix her in what way, Ryiekatsumoun? She's injured, but surely there are those who can deal with such things in your world. It seems like the waste of a boon to me.” She looks at you with those burning eyes. “No offense intended to you or yours, Ryuu Ryukusa.” “None taken, oujo-sama.”
>>35430257Rie hacks from the back of her throat – oh, that was a cat-spitting noise, not a cough. “You owe it to me, and that's what I want. You ain't telling me she ain't broken ether, I can see it and so can you.” Rie's tails are lashing harder and she looks adamant.Your as yet unnamed hostess sighs softly and pushes her chair back. “Very well, if that's what you want.” Opening the drawer in front of her, she takes out a black paper charm and then pulls out a glass and gold pen, a European calligraphy pen. She taps it twice against her blotter to get the ink flowing, and then scrawls on the charm in silver, flowing lines. Cloud Script, like Er Yin-sensei uses. Rising, she walks around the desk to hand you the charm. “This gives you permission to be here for one trip, so you can let go of Rie's hand if you like. If you don't mind accompanying me, we can get this taken care of and Rie can take you home and stop ~pestering~ me.” She gives the God's Eye Nekomata a glare that you wouldn't have dared to try.Rie looks supremely bored now.  I'm sorry, I have NO IDEA about what's going on. What does she mean by “fix me,” because I may not need it. If it's all the same to you I'd rather not bother you, miss. ….will this set you back any time in your service? Well, if it's Rie-sama, it can't be helped.
>>35430291>[x] I'm sorry, I have NO IDEA about what's going on.???
>>35430291>[x] Well, if it's Rie-sama, it can't be helped.
>>35430291>[x] What does she mean by “fix me,” because I have certain things put on hold that I have been told should only be released on a schedule.I don't want her to accidentally reunite our soul with Horobi's power and cause the destruction of Japan early.
>>35430291>[x] What does she mean by “fix me,” because I may not need it.Welp.
>>35430291> What does she mean by “fix me,” because I may not need it.> Well, if it's Rie-sama, it can't be helped.
>>35430291> Well, if it's Rie-sama, it can't be helped.> I'm sorry, I have NO IDEA about what's going on.> What does she mean by “fix me,” because I may not need it.>No offense, Rie-sama
>>35430291>[x] Well, if it's Rie-sama, it can't be helped.I sure hope that "ticket" counts for a ROUND trip.After all, getting IN the land of the dead is easy. Getting OUT, though...Well, if it all goes to shit, we can always contact the US Marines regrouping there, can we not?
[X] What does she mean by “fix me,” because I may not need it.[X] Well, if it's Rie-sama, it can't be helped.You take the charm and let go of Rie's hand, allowing your fingers trail along hers slightly as you do so. Rie's tails both come up instantly, and the tails curl back and forth, while her ears twitch. She looks rather startled, but almost immediately pads around the desk in cat form and curls up in the oni-girl's chair, eliciting a frustrated sigh from your hostess. The oni-girl bows and indicates the doorway. “Please accompany me, Ryuu Ryukusa.” You hold up your hand first and she looks up at you, almost as placidly as Akari can, save those burning eyes which are much more dangerous. “I would like to know what you mean by 'fix me' as there are situations surrounding me that require some careful consideration before anything is done to my mikoto.” She looks a touch surprised at your use of the Koshinto term for kami-self. “While if it is Rie it may not be helped, nevertheless I would rather not cause a catastrophe by accident. On purpose is a different matter.” Standing up, your hostess glares at her chair, though Rie is hidden by the desk from you both. “I understand your concerns, Ryuu Ryukusa, and I will be happy to explain if you will accompany me.” With that matter cleared up slightly, you allow her to escort you from the room, and walk with her towards the back of the mansion. “My name is Goyutomi Emi, and my duty is to record the names and souls of those who are reincarnating outside the usual Buddhist channels. My concerns are generally with the mikoto of Koshinto worshipers and the occasional rebirth of a kami. I work under the auspices of Amaterasu-Omikami and Kamuy Fuchi.” it doesn't take any effort to grasp exactly what that means for you. “Naturally I know all the important facts concerning your spiritual situation, if not those of the living world.”
>>35431091Considering the situations, the obvious question is obvious. “so what exactly did she mean by 'fixing' me then?” Emi-sama sighs softly, and those burning eyes close, her lips painted glowing red by her fiery irises. “Rie isn't referring to you, or your spirit, or anything about Ryuu Ryukusa. In a away, it isn't something anyone but Ryiekatsumoun or a similarly capable being would have known. Naturally, being the meddlesome creature she is, Ryiekatsumoun couldn't leave it alone and decided to saddle me with you. No offense meant.”“None taken.” Leaving by the back door, you walk down the quiet street, the shadows of buildings looming on either side of you. There is notably one colorful building – the high walls and strange tower-top of your apartment building are quite clear here. “So this is going to be a problem if I reincarnate?”“I am not really allowed to answer that because you're still alive. However, if you would like, I can show you before I do as Ryiekatsumoun asked.” She walks slowly, her geta clacking softly on the street. Here and there you see faint shadows – dead, passing through their quiet existence here in Yomi. “I cannot promise that you will be able to handle what you see, regardless of your spiritual development, Ryuu Ryukusa. I can promise you that you will not be forced to accept anything you do not desire at any time. Nothing will change for you in the living world.” Show me, please. If I may have your word nothing will change for me then I don't need to see. To be clear - there will be no side effects on me from whatever you are planning on doing? I need a little more detail – what CAN you tell me? Call me Ryukusa, please.
>>35431113>If I may have your word nothing will change for me then I don't need to see.
>>35431113[x] Show me, please.[x] To be clear - there will be no side effects on me from whatever you are planning on doing?
>>35431113>[x] If I may have your word nothing will change for me then I don't need to see.>[x] Call me Ryukusa, please.
>>35431113>[x] Show me, please.>[x] Call me Ryukusa, please.
>>35431113> If I may have your word nothing will change for me then I don't need to see.> Call me Ryukusa, please.
>>35431113>[X] Show me, please.Tell me your secrets, underworld.Besides, we interact with the landlor--lady--thing. The landthing. There'd be precious little we can't handle.
[X] Show me, please.[X] Call me Ryukusa, please.
>>35431113>[x] To be clear - there will be no side effects on me from whatever you are planning on doing?>[x] If I may have your word nothing will change for me then I don't need to see.
>>35431113 If I may have your word nothing will change for me then I don't need to see. To be clear - there will be no side effects on me from whatever you are planning on doing? Call me Ryukusa, please.
> Show me please.
[X] Show me, please.[X] If I may have your word nothing will change for me then I don't need to see. To be clear - there will be no side effects on me from whatever you are planning on doing? I need a little more detail – what CAN you tell me?[X] Call me Ryukusa, please.“Just Ryukusa is fine, if you don't mind Emi-sama. And I would like to see, if only because it seems so very important to Rie-sama. And I'm slightly curious, much like Rie-sama.” You consider for what is a long time to anyone but you. “However, if I may have your word that whatever you fix won't cause me any trouble in the living world or have a detrimental affect on my spiritual situation, then I'll forgo seeing whatever it may be.” “I am afraid that beyond my duties and therefore I cannot help you with the decision Ryuu Ryukusa, so you'll have to make that choice on your own. I am also unable to use anything but your full given name because of my office. I can promise what you want me to promise, but I will have to go back to the mansion before I can do that, for the same reason.” Bureaucracy truly is hell, apparently. “The charm I gave you only protects you here – once you leave here, it will dissolve. It absorbs the corruption and pollution of Yomi so that you suffer no ill effects and remain pure, as a living being in Yomi, as my contracts and rituals protect me..” That seems like an odd thing to tell you. “As for your decision, you should make it now.” she is slowing down, and ahead you can see a huge crater, one that does not exist in Tokyo. In fact, if you have your landmarks right, you should be about a half mile away from the Tokyo Radio Tower. Which would stand right in the middle of the crater you're about two hundred feet from.  I want to see, please. I'll take your promise and wait here. ?
>>35431749 I'll take your promise and wait here.I'd rather not have our sanity broken by seeing the full extent of the suffering and destruction we will cause.
>>35431749> I want to see, please.We're strong.
>>35431749>[X] I want to see, please.I will stand by what I said, it cannot be worse than the landthing. We can at least comprehend this as something within our scope of existence.
>>35431749> I'll take your promise and wait here.>>35431872The ladysomething is outside of the realm of sanity. Whatever Rie and Emi are talking about risk to simply be horrible, unpleasant and heart-breaking
>>35431993Yes, but Rie arranged this for us. Do we really want to spurn one of the, if not the most powerful ally we have right now?
>>35432162Rie didn't ask us to see this thing, though. She just took us with her and asked Emi to "fix". Actually:>>35431749>Ask Rie why she took us there
>>35432496I'd assume it was part of fixing it. I'm just saying, seeing what it's done to Kiku and seeing in the OP how strong her sorcery is, we might want to take extra precautions not to piss her off.
[X] ?You take a moment, and consider. What is in that crater – well, you have to admit that you know what is in that crater. You are in that crater. Or more accurately, your true mikoto, your kami-self, your own soul. One that needs to be....fixed. Not healed, not tended, not repaired....fixed. As if it is so broken or twisted, so ~changed~ that merely healing it is impossible. Emi-sama is clearly a Fire oni-child, and one in the direct service of a Great Kami. They're not known for their healing capabilities. Apparently 'fixing' your mikoto involves the use of the strength and determination of a very old Fire oni-child, one who is ritually bound to serve Izanami and is a sorceress as well. You shake your head. “You must do as you see fit, Emi-sama. I will wait here, without the promise.” Emi inclines her head and walks over to the pit, looking down into it. She pulls out that glass and metal pen and writes something on a piece of black paper....which she lets fall into the pit, a breeze carrying it towards the center as it sinks out of sight. The oni-child claps her hands twice and starts shouting to Izanami, calling upon her power....and a vast black shadow descends to stand in her place and she prays. The shadow shifts and wavers, but you can still see the hint of a female figure, and can feel the presence of the First Woman, Goddess of Creation. And Destruction.
>>35432545>the First Woman, Goddess of Creation. >And Destruction.That sounds Amaterasu-tier. But not nearly as friendly.
>>35432545The pit erupts in green flames that slowly bleed into blue, and then violet, before returning to crimson. You feel nothing, but you can see that something hideous, something horrible has been destroyed in those cleansing flames. The flames shift, and waver, and cast serpentine coils surge, sluggish and massive. They fill the pit entirely as they burn incandescent, and slowly sink into quiescence. Each one must have been the thickness of a building, and you saw neither head nor tail. The shadow departs as the sorceress claps her hands twice more, and she is clearly shaken as she turns to walk back to you.  Help her of course. Wait where you are. Thank her for her kindness. Promise to make an offering to her kami. As her what exactly is in that pit.
>>35432608That would be Amaterasu-Okami's mother.
>>35432622>[x] Help her of course.
>>35432622[x] Wait where you are.[x] Thank her for her kindness.
>>35432622>[x] Thank her for her kindness.
>>35432622> Help her of course.> Thank her for her kindness.
>>35432622> Wait where you are.> Thank her for her kindness.> Promise to make an offering to her kami.It is only fair and kind, I guess.
>>35432622>[x] Help her of course.>[x] Thank her for her kindness.>[x] Promise to make an offering to her kami.
>It absorbs the corruption and pollution of Yomi so that you suffer no ill effects and remain pure, as a living being in Yomi, as my contracts and rituals protect me..Maybe this meant that touching Emi is a bad idea?
>>35432688>>35432689>an offering to the Goddess of DeathProbably not the best idea.
>>35432622> Help her of course.> As her what exactly is in that pit.
>>35432771Kindly remember: we're supposed to hit Japan with a disaster once we become Horobi. Appeasing her now might help keeping the bodycount low.
>>35432622 Wait where you are. Thank her for her kindness. Promise to make an offering to her kami.
>>35432816>keeping the bodycount lowShe's not a friendly entity.
>>35432908Indeed, hence why I suggest appeasing her now if we can.
>>35432622 Help her of course. Thank her for her kindness. Promise to make an offering to her kami.
>>35432945No, you don't understand.She WANTS all those deaths. Appeasing her isn't going to change that.
>>35432908Technically, neither is Hirobi. While Ryukusa is Ryukusa, if you approach her in a non-threatening manner, she is most definitely friendly.Thanking someone for a gift, service, or possible help in the future is good manners.
>>35433010>She WANTS all those deathsY-you don't know that
[X] Help her of course.[X] Thank her for her kindness.[X] Promise to make an offering to her kami.Despite your unwillingness to see what lies within that smoldering, still glowing pit, you move quickly to her side and offer your support. Emi blinks at you, her eyes unfocused and the radiance gone from them, making them surprisingly gentle pools of darkness. It takes no effort to avoid looking into that pit. You saw enough, perhaps more than any living person should have seen. You help her away from the pit, the spirit s and ghosts moving in the darkness of Yomi, agitated and distressed by the display of the Kami who rules this world. “Thank you. I appreciate the kindness you've shown me.” She shakes her head. “It is my duty. It was a debt I owed to Ryiekatsumoun and it is now paid.” Despite that she seems pleased by your appreciation. Unsurprisingly, you can see the cat herself padding fearlessly along the road towards you. “Mention the name,” she mutters darkly, straightening and composing herself, clearly not wanting to demonstrate weakness in front of Rie, though the cat has already seen.“Nevertheless, I think I might be in your debt. At least allow me to make an offering in the name of your Kami, Miko-Emi-sama.” She looks at you strangely, your odd vernacular confusing her at first....then she nods, giving you tacit approval for the offering.Rie steps up to you, taking human form as instantaneously as she does her cat form. “You look better. Was it that bad that it took so long?” You stare at Rie, but Emi's reply is reassuring. “It was no more than ten minutes, Ryiekatsumoun. And I've paid my debt. Please leave me alone.”  You missed the fireworks, Rie-sama, sorry. All done. Would you mind taking me home, Rie-sama? Sorry Rie-sama, I have to accompany Emi-sama back to the mansion, and then we can go.  Pet the kitty! Thank you for your kindness, Rie-sama.
>>35433041[x] Sorry Rie-sama, I have to accompany Emi-sama back to the mansion, and then we can go.[x] Thank you for your kindness, Rie-sama.
>>35433041>[X] Sorry Rie-sama, I have to accompany Emi-sama back to the mansion, and then we can go.>[X] Pet the kitty!>[X] Thank you for your kindness, Rie-sama.>[X] Plan a fish dinner for tonight
>>35433041>[x] You missed the fireworks, Rie-sama, sorry.>[x] Thank you for your kindness, Rie-sama.
>>35433041> Pet the kitty!> You missed the fireworks, Rie-sama, sorry.> Sorry Rie-sama, I have to accompany Emi-sama back to the mansion, and then we can go.> Thank you for your kindness, Rie-sama.
>>35433041> Sorry Rie-sama, I have to accompany Emi-sama back to the mansion, and then we can go. > Thank you for your kindness, Rie-sama.
>>35433041>[x] Sorry Rie-sama, I have to accompany Emi-sama back to the mansion, and then we can go. >[x] Pet the kitty!>[x] Thank you for your kindness, Rie-sama.
>>35433041>[x] Thank you for your kindness, Rie-sama.>[x] All done. Would you mind taking me home, Rie-sama?>[x] Pet the kitty!Best cat gets the pat
>>35433041>>35433146I forgot:>Make clear we are not insulting her by trying to help
>>35433041> You missed the fireworks, Rie-sama, sorry.> Sorry Rie-sama, I have to accompany Emi-sama back to the mansion, and then we can go. > Pet the kitty!> Thank you for your kindness, Rie-sama.> Plan a kitty-edible dinner
>>35433116>>35433174Rie prefers octopus.
>>35433239Octopus is a fish. It's just so that there's a lot of fish.
>>35433294>octopus is a fish
>>35433330Oh, my bad. It's late, it's been a long week, and I've never had marine biology as one of my strong suits. Pardon my ignorance. Have a funny image on how to learn Riichi Mahjong to compensate.That said, we should still do a sea-life buffet.
[X] That was fun, but not that fun, Rie-sama.You cautiously reach over to Rie and she watches you do so with the same calm wariness as any predatory animal would. She does not bite your hand off at the wrist as to slowly slide your hand along her pure white hair between her ears, which she lays flat, but her eyes also close. “Sorry, Rie-sama, I have to walk Emi-sama back to the mansion, to finish the last things we have to do there. Then, if you don't mind, I could use some help getting home.” She doesn't answer as you pet her, and Emi is looking at you as though you've gone totally insane. “And I appreciate the effort you've made on my behalf too, Rie-sama.” That does cause her to open her eyes, though they half-close with every stroke of your hand across her soft hair.“I told you I'd help. I helped. You still have to give me takoyaki when you're home.” Rie turns and slips past you, sliding her body against yours lightly, letting you feel the softness of her breasts along your arm, much like a cat might do if it were brushing up against your leg. “I'll be back.” Then she's padding off into the darkness of Yomi, a cat clearly unafraid of anything she might meet. “Stupid youkai,” Emi mutters softly, through she's faintly blushing, and her blood is running a little hot now. You kind of wonder how the oni-girl got into Rie's debt, but it's an incredibly impolite thing to ask.
>>35433568“What happens when I leave Yomi? Will I suffer any repercussions or have any issues with my control of the power after that?” No need to speak aloud of what you are referring to. More than any other person, Emi-sama knows exactly what you are going to go through, you would guess. She shakes her head mildly and you offer her your arm to lean on. She does so, still shaken from her possession by Izanami. “No, Ryuu Ryukusa. You will go on as if none of this ever happened. I don't know why Ryiekatsumoun even brought you here.” As you walk back to the mansion, you find yourself wondering the same thing....>To Be Continued....
>"How did you get into Rie's debt, Emi-sama?">"Let's just say those hours spent petting her didn't come cheap"
Thank you for playing. I will answer a few questions if there are any.
>>35433635Thanks a ton for running XS! Great fun.
>>35433724Thanks for running XS-samaWhat exactly happened at the crater?Forest fire quelled yet?
>>3543378235% contained as of this morning. It's not gone yet, I can tell.As for what happened at the crater, Emi-sama purified what was in the crater with fire and the power of Izanami's destruction. Note that it did not destroy what was in the crater, only purified it.
>>35433907W-what was in the crater-tan?>It's not gone yet, I can tell.I'm sure it will be, soon enough.>pic related
>>35433724Thanks for the thread.If we got on Emi's bad side, could we theoretically take her on?
Thanks for the thread! It was amazing!
>>35433724Would it be possible for us to contact/ask Izanami to lessen the 'random' body-count, aka less people who 'don't matter' die?
>>35434031It would be a very bad fight - she's a Fire oni, but she's well into her fourth or fifth century of life, and she has contracts with great Kami and true Youkai. Not to mention what horrors or warriors she has trapped behind her Barriers. In Barrier Combat she'd have the edge on age and experience, being able to power through Ryukusa's water abilities despite fire's normal weakness. If Ryukusa got the drop on her and simply assassinated her, that would be her only guaranteed win. Otherwise, Emi wins due to resources.
>>35433724Thank you for running, XS.
>>35433962If Ryukusa had to guess at what was in the crater....The mikoto of Horobi. In short,her demigod soul. >>35434163That's what offerings and prayers are all about in Koshinto and Shinto alike. That's why there are offerings places at altars even for gods of disease, death, pain, and destruction. Mind you that's no guarantee - you can hope she listens and accepts your offerings. Hinata-hakase might have a more direct line, but Kiku-chan might have a more mature and balanced outlook on it, since Izanami is closer to a koshinto kamuy than a kami..
>>35434327Well thanks the stars and their bloods we didn't try to claim godhood with that thing corrupting it
>>35434470>>35434405Stupid spoiler tags not workingThis lowly thing is sorry for its incompetence XS-samaBut it does sound like it might have been troublesome to deal with prior to this.
>>35434426That thing you caught glimpses of wasn't what was corrupting it. That WAS it.
>>35434536Well dang.>>35434327We better have a truly somptuous offering. Good thing we have a fight tomorow
>>35434932Nighty)night, and thanks again for running!