Stage 47: Warmth.To gain the abject apologies and receive a literally priceless gift from one of the Great Dragons, the Kami in charge of all rain and snowfall in all of Japan, and his personal guarantee that no one of his people will ever bother you again is a coup that merits a lot of alcohol. What you get is some very nasty tasting medicinal tea and a small dragonette in your lap. Which is still a win in your book.Kiku-chan is curled up in your lap, her arms tucked against her chest and her tail wrapped around your waist, as you cradle her and stroke her hair. The coffee table has been moved, and you and your family, along with two of Ame-no-Horobi-no-Mikado's retainers, are seated in a circle around a hastily constructed kotatsu and a rewarmed and reserved breakfast. Kurou Kyota's interruption, beneficial as it was, woke you up early and turned breakfast into brunch. It also nearly got her killed by Akari-niji-chan and did get her yelled at by your own miko, Kiku-chan, not to mention called out by Shoko-san, Horobi's palace keeper. Oh, and nearly reintroduced you to your own mikoto, Horobi, way ahead of schedule. Still, disasters averted, and promises made, and your own promises kept. Akari and Yui are at your left, sitting hip to hip and holding hands below the top of the kotatsu; to your right is your wife, who is stroking her older sister's hair softly as the diminutive dragonette basks in your coolness. Coolth? Unwarmth? Whatever, she's keeping you warm, which seems to be doing your injuries some good. They're no longer aching or throbbing, just giving you that persistent, dull pain deep inside that lets you know you've been hurt. You suspect that has less to do with her heat and more to do with her being close.
>>36390636Most of the food has been eaten, and conversation has died down to a minimum; you could retire for a while and no one would blame you, but you're already up and Kiku-chan is resting peacefully, though she's not asleep. There's also the fact that you need to turn your attention to one or more of the other problems that lay before you. Even more pressing is deciding whether or not you're going to let your sister sit in on the discussion now; she's somewhat aware of the situation, but there are many specifics she is not aware of, and it could go either way for her. You've already picked up on the fact that Akari's research has borne fruit from her and Yui talking. Er Yin is smiling softly, listening to something you can't hear but can definitely feel – Kiku-chan's soft vibrating purr against your breasts.  Call for more tea, and let everyone stay. Powwow time. You need to rest for a while longer; apologize and take your leave. Ask your sister if she wishes to stay before you begin your planning session. Pass Kiku-chan to Akari and Yui, and let them pet her for a little while as you wash up a bit. Have Kiki-hime take Kiku-chan for a bit and drown your tiredness in a pot of tea.
>>36390655Previous Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/36285110/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/sLP3NcbCAniki, Senpai, and Me (R-18): http://pastebin.com/U1AxYhxKQuest 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. Cosplayer!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.Hagyu Genso is 12' 5” standing upright. He is by and large gay.Mizumi Shoko is 7' 2”, is fully grown. Bisexual top.Yuuhi is 4'11” and is fully grown. Yuuhi a cute.>Talismans:Akari – CentipedeEr Yin – ScorpionKiki – ToadKiku – LizardYui – SnakeRyukusa – Matagama-no-Shitoki
>>36390655> Call for more tea, and let everyone stay. Powwow time.Continue stroking the adorable dragon.
>>36390655> Call for more tea, and let everyone stay. Powwow time.
>>36390655>Call for more tea, and let everyone stay. Powwow time.
>>36390655>Pass Kiku-chan to Akari and YuiTime for relaxation and planning.
I'm leaning towards getting Hyun on board before dealing with our other issues, mainly because talking to a random human will hopefully allow us to do something without getting into a fight while we are injured.
>>36390655> Ask your sister if she wishes to stay before you begin your planning session.> Call for more tea, and let everyone stay. Powwow time.>Apologise and thank everyone for how they acted when we were under the mirror curse
>>36390655 Call for more tea, and let everyone stay. Powwow time. Ask your sister if she wishes to stay before you begin your planning session. Make sure or sister knows about the technique used by Gota so that she can help heal it.
>>36390655>[x] Call for more tea, and let everyone stay. Powwow time.Shit, I completely forgot to check twitter for this. Ah well.
[X] Call for more tea, and let everyone stay. Powwow time.[+] Apologies for your actions while possessed.Jinyuu-onee-sama....would you mind making me a pot of your medicinal tea?” she looks at you curiously, and you smile faintly. “I may as well stay up for now, and I'd like you to listen in this time. You might have insights the rest of us don't.” She smiles indulgently. “Of course, Aka-chan.” Shoko-san glances at your sister dubiously, then looks to you, mouthing the words, her expression confused. While your sister isn't looking you glare at her, and she gets the message immediately: no one but your sister calls you that.You press a kiss along the infinite softness of Kiku-chan's hair and she snuggles a little closer. Kiki-hime smile at you and you smile back as she continues to pet her sister's hair for you. Kiku-chan's irritation with the emissary of Kuroukami was bordering on violent, but you kept her from becoming angry enough to do something disastrous. Akari is favoring her right leg, but Yui got her bandaged and taken care of; she wouldn't have done something disastrous, she would have done something unforgivable. Despite that, everyone is, for the moment, happy and calm. You wish it could last longer than a few hours at a time, and regret you're the one who has to unsheathe the sword, so to speak. “First of all....please forgive me for being possessed. I was truly unable to help myself.” You lower your head slightly, which is as much as you can manage of a bow with Kiku-chan in your lap.
>>36391159Shoko-san emphatically gestures with both hands, saying how it was totally her fault that you were able to escape so easily, that no one could be to blame but her, while Yuuhi turns her head and snickers into her hand at her friend. Kiku-chan mutters “Baka aniki-dragon.” While the others hush you, incline their heads, and tell you it was nothing unusual and no great problem. It's Er Yin you most worry about, but she shakes her head once in absolution, and makes a gesture you think is meant to mean 'forget it'. Kiki-hime merely smiles and shakes her head, touching your cheek with her fingers briefly, which makes you blush just a little. “Shoko-san, Yuuhi-chan, thank you for your assistance in the matter of Kuroukami as well. I doubt you'll get too many arrivals from Kuroukami's heaven, but it's better to be safe than sorry, and I hope I haven't caused any ill will.” Yuuhi assures you that there will be no problems, and Shoko agrees. “You mentioned some other temples on Hokkaido too....Kiku-chan, Er Yin-sensei, I'll want to know what it would take to repair the one to Ame-no-Horobi-no-Mikado, and to rededicate it to him.” A moment's though and then you add on another request. “Shoko-san; what are the chances of moving Ryutaku-ji's heaven onto land?” If you can't bring the cat youkai to the palace....Yui lets out a sharp whistle. “Boy, you're really gonna do it, huh, aniki?” We need allies, and Rie's helping us, so, yeah. Theory is nice, but we're way past that. Ask Jinyuu-onee-sama for a new I Ching reading. Ask Akari what exactly she's turned up.  Don't worry, Yui-chan, you'll get to see all the fireworks.
>>36390932>Noted.>>36391088You're pretty sure Goto is never using that technique on anyone ever again.
>>36391178> Theory is nice, but we're way past that.> Don't worry, Yui-chan, you'll get to see all the fireworks.Best time of the day!
>>36390636Dang, Kiku is almost as good as a catgirl.Almost
>>36391178> We need allies, and Rie's helping us, so, yeah.> Ask Akari what exactly she's turned up.
>>36391178 We need allies, and Rie's helping us, so, yeah. Ask Jinyuu-onee-sama for a new I Ching reading. Ask Akari what exactly she's turned up.
>>36391178> We need allies, and Rie's helping us, so, yeah.> Don't worry, Yui-chan, you'll get to see all the fireworks.
>>36391178> We need allies, and Rie's helping us, so, yeah.> Ask Akari what exactly she's turned up. > Don't worry, Yui-chan, you'll get to see all the fireworks.
>>36391178 Call for more tea, and let everyone stay. Powwow time. You need to rest for a while longer; apologize and take your leave. Ask your sister if she wishes to stay before you begin your planning session.
>>36391198I thought everyone had trouble diagnosing put arm, and thus there still could be something wrong with it. Sorry for bring unclear.
>>36391372Our arm*, stupid phone.
>>36391178> We need allies, and Rie's helping us, so, yeah.> Ask Akari what exactly she's turned up. > Don't worry, Yui-chan, you'll get to see all the fireworks.I'm not really in favor for moving the water palace on land, but if it's the only option...
>>36391386We might be able to create a shortcut for them, like how Rie traveled to Hell.
[X] We need allies, and Rie's helping us, so, yeah.[X] Ask Akari what exactly she's turned up. [X] Don't worry, Yui-chan, you'll get to see all the fireworks.“Oh, I promise you'll get to see all the fireworks Yui-niji-chan, up close and personal.” You smile sweetly, but she doesn't look entirely convinced now. “Um, yay?” she says dubiously as Akari-niji-chan smiles and leans into her lightly, amused by her lover's sudden realization that the fireworks aren't entirely a metaphor. “But yes, I'd really, really like to get Rie-sama on board as quickly as possible. I already owe her, so making good on that doesn't just pay my debt, it gets us allies, as much as Kiku-chan may hate it.” The Fire dragonette's only response is a muffled 'hmnph' as she turns her face into your robes. “Speaking of....Er Yin, you said that tomorrow is going to be the day they start finding us. I'm going to go visit a friend of mine in the city. Will they still find me out there?” That elicits immediate concern across the table, and not just from your family. Yuuhi-chan jumps up from her seat and points at you, startling both Shoko and your sister, whom she's sitting between. “If you are going to do that, Ryukusa-sama, then I will have to accompany you to make sure you are safe!” You stare at the nogitsune-girl and, then turn to Kiki-hime....and immediately realize you're about to be set on from all sides, because she's beaming at Yuuhi-chan and about to agree entirely. Akari is looking at Yuuhi-chan speculatively, and Yui-niji-chan looks like she'd much rather take Yuuhi-chan's place. Your sister is laughing behind her sleeve, the bitch. Slow down, Nogi-tan, it's too early for that! Um, maybe. Definitely maybe. Absolutely not, you're going to get into trouble, and I'm not Horobi yet. ….fine, I have the feeling I'm losing this fight already. If you can convince Shoko-san to let you do it, fine.
>>36391535> If you can convince Shoko-san to let you do it, fine.
>>36391535 ….fine, I have the feeling I'm losing this fight already.
>>36391535>[x] If you can convince Shoko-san to let you do it, fine.
>>36391535>You stare at the nogitsune-girlIsn't Yuuhi a Kitsune, not a Nogitsune?[x] Um, maybe. Definitely maybe.
>>36391650Nope, she's descended from a nogitsune, a fox youkai instead of a fox kami like a kitsune. That's why she looked almost normal when we were possessed.
>>36391650I recall she was explicitly not a kisune.
>>36391535> If you can convince Shoko-san to let you do it, fine.>Along with Yui and Akari. Yeah, convince those three and you can come.
>>36391535>[x] Slow down, Nogi-tan, it's too early for that!I want to tease her so much right now
>>36391535But Yuuhi, I'm married! Whatever would the wives say about our date?
>>36391535 Slow down, Nogi-tan, it's too early for that! If you can convince Shoko-san to let you do it, fine.
>>36391535[x] ….fine, I have the feeling I'm losing this fight already.Of course we are!
I'm not sure letting the foxloli near Chisato is safe, though
[X] ….fine, I have the feeling I'm losing this fight already.[X] If you can convince Shoko-san to let you do it, fine.[+] Teasing, teasing the fox.You hold up one hand, because the other is comfortably resting on what may be the cutest butt in the room, to put a halt to the eruption of voices before it starts. Oh great, Er Yin is hiding her smile too. Fuckin'....oh well. “Fine, fine. If Shoko-san allows you to, you can tag along. I can't win this fight; I know better.” Part of it is that you really don't have any capacity to order Shoko or Yuuhi around outside of what they feel obligated to do, despite their feelings on the matter. The other part is that it will ease your family's concerns, which it already seems to be doing from their expressions. Of course, it also won't hurt that she's Hyun Chisato's type. That should be fun to watch! “Though, I'm married, so you'll have to buy your own ice cream.” “Wha-! A date with Ryukusa-sama! But, but but, what would Shoko-sama think!? And onee-sensei who isn't onee-sensei? But, what will I wear!?” Shoko grabs the pacing youkai-girl and puts her back in her seat and covers her mouth and most of her face with one huge hand. “Mmmgghgpghh, sshshshkkkssmmph!”On the other hand, she could be a tailful of trouble. “Anyways, Er Yin....?”
>>36392025Er Yin smiles as you wrap your arm back around her lover, who snuggles even closer, though you're not sure exactly how she manages it, and answers positively. “They will come to you wherever you may be, though while you are here, they will simply be drawn to Shinjuku, since they cannot locate this place through ordinary means. I feel that you should know, Ryukusa-sama, that what I feel from the spell is mostly youkai-born and oni-born.” “That should be all right, I think.” You can hope for oni-born who are ex-clan, but that's not very likely. Youkai children though....that could be both very good and very bad. At least the spell should make them predisposed to listen to you at first. You hope. “Shoko-san?” You look at the powerfully built oni-girl and she answers in her totally girly voice. “It is possible, but I would hesitate to do so, because it would lessen the power of the palace itself, and it would displace any of the ocean dwelling youkai who would return up the Horobi's arrival.” She bows from the waist. “Please forgive me, Ryukusa-sama!”“There isn't anything to forgive, that's not your fault at all. Don't worry about it.” Kiku-chan sits up in your lap slowly, and you slide your arms about her waist, even as her tiny hands rest on your arm. “Yes, bitsy-dragon?”She's so relaxed her hair doesn't even explode as she speaks softly. “The temple would need a new torii, and it would need a week of prayers and offerings, at least. It would also needs no less than three priests or priestesses, because the prayers would have to be kept up for at least seven days in a row. Five would be best.” That would be difficult even at the best of times, to say nothing of it being a near forgotten kamuy. “Hinata-hakase might provide them, if we asked properly and carefully.”
>>36392046Kiki-hime frowns, but doesn't say anything. “That's something I'll have to think about. She might be neutral....” On the other hand, if you got her the Tide Lowering Jewel, she'd probably do it with minimal trouble. “Let me think on that.” Kiki-hime glances at you, but slips her hand into yours as Kiku-chan collapses back against your breasts and starts dozing again. “Akari-niji-chan....what have you got for me?”She turns to you, looking past you, and frames an unasked question with her eyes. You take a deep breath.... Go ahead, Jinyuu-onee-sama needs to know. You decide this one, Akari-niji-chan, my votes been cast. “Please excuse us, Jinyuu-onee-sama. This is Clan business, which I know you hate.” Shoko, Yuuhi, Jinyuu....this is stuff you're not truly involved in but you may want to know. Shoko, Yuuhi, Jinyuu-samas, please excuse us.
>>36392070> “Please excuse us, Jinyuu-onee-sama. This is Clan business, which I know you hate.”
>>36392046Yuuhi a cutest
>>36392115That's not how you spell Kiku at all...
>>36392070> You decide this one, Akari-niji-chan, my votes been cast> Shoko, Yuuhi, Jinyuu....this is stuff you're not truly involved in but you may want to know.
>>36392070>[X] Shoko, Yuuhi, Jinyuu....this is stuff you're not truly involved in but you may want to know.Might as well. No sense in withholding info from our allies.
>>36392070> Shoko, Yuuhi, Jinyuu....this is stuff you're not truly involved in but you may want to know.let them choose whether or not to listen...
>>36392070> Go ahead, Jinyuu-onee-sama needs to know.> Shoko, Yuuhi, Jinyuu....this is stuff you're not truly involved in but you may want to know.
>>36392070>>36392142I'll support anon.
[X] You decide this one, Akari-niji-chan, my votes been cast.[X] Shoko, Yuuhi, Jinyuu....this is stuff you're not truly involved in but you may want to know.You shrug mildly, letting your subordinate know you've already asked them to stay, but if she feels it better to exclude the people not directly involved, then you'll take her recommendation. Akari-niji-chan nods slightly, and you turn to the others, and give Kiku-chan a kiss on the back of her head. That nets you a sleepy sounding giggle. You consider for a small eternity, which to everyone else is a few seconds, and make your final decision. “Shoko-san, Yuuhi-san, Jinyuu-onee-sama....this is meant to be clan business, specifically concerning my protection of Kiki-hime, but it has grown beyond that. If you remain with us, you may as well know what we are all facing.” It pains you to have to involve your big sister in this mess, but she's already pretty deeply involved. “Akari-niji-chan, please begin.”Kiku-chan slides out of your lap, and gingerly steps past her sister – whom you note slides her fingers along Kiku-chan's tail in an overly familiar fashion as she grins at you – and walks over to sit next to Er Yin-sensei and Shoko-san, giving her sister a red-cheeked glare. Your older sister pulls out a fan and waves it slowly, not concealing herself with it at all. Water dragonette indicating she disapproves but understands, and will tolerate this if she must.
>>36392707Akari-niji-chan hands you a thin sheaf of papers from a folder she pulls out of ~Nowhere~, which you look at, and then spread on the table. Each one has a photo; Kiki-hime, Akari-niji-chan, Kiku-chan, and yourself. Some of the most basic abilities you each have are listed on it – Kiku's speed and pyrokinetic ability, your combat prowess and what is listed as 'some form of psychokinetic ability,' Kiki-hime's rapid healing and impressive strength, though Akari's is somewhat sparse and says she is 'to be considered armed and extremely dangerous.' Akari's picture is clearly from a traffic camera, while yours is from a security recording from Hojo Group's offices, and Kiki-hime's and Kiku-chan's are both from family photos. “These were emailed to out-of-country corporate holdings, which then forwarded them to other corporate holdings. After that I lost track, but the secondary holdings were shell companies for a certain European government.” Akari picks up another folder and starts flipping through it. “As I understand it, where before they were specifically after Kiki-hime, now any one of us is considered a viable target for 'acquisition', because we share 'similarly structured genetic anomalies'.” Kiku-chan's blood is very quickly moving from warm to boiling and her eyes are glowing faintly. “Because we are dragonettes.”
>>36392744Akari nods once. She hands you the folder and accepts the papers you hand back. “Apparently, this is a project spearheaded by Hojo Group, and funded by certain less secular sections of the Diet. I sincerely doubt His Imperial Majesty knows about this, but the summary is this: they want to somehow create a spirit-child who is a mixture of two different locales. I don't think they actually want anyone except Kiki-hime, but if they get any of us, we can expect unpleasant ends.” You look through the pages, and recognize several of the people pictured in it from the vehicle you assaulted with Kiku-chan during the escape from your first Anonimous encounter.Kiki-hime has gone pale and both Er Yin and Kiku-chan are looking quite disturbed and unhappy about this revelation, but it is Yui who jumps up and shouts rather loudly. “That's insane! It's crazy! Aniki, we have to tell a Greater Kami or a Great Dragon right away!” Her hair is bristling and there are flickers of yellow lightning jumping in her wide, glowing eyes. You study the dossiers of the few people she's found information on, but one in particular has 'trouble' written all over it. Colonel Friedrich Blitzenberg. Lightning-mountain? Your sister mentioned something about that once, long, long ago, when you were still a child. She was very specific about how you must treat such a person, or act around a person. 'Act with humility and calm, and treat him with great respect, because he will undo himself for you.' You suspect this is the person she was referring to. Especially since she has lowered her fan and is looking very, very scared.
“The people with him are expert soldiers, but they're human so we have to be cautious. Dealing with them is going to be trouble especially since chances are good they have guns and grenades.” Akari-niji-chan hesitates and then pulls out a sheet of paper. “There are at least fifteen people associated with them. If they all have guns, that could become real trouble, aniki.” Guns. You can use them, but you don't like them. They're the most difficult weapon for your body to cope with, outside of the named swords which fuck everyone up.  Ask Jinyuu-onee-sama for governmental help. No postponing it – you need Hyun on board today. Lap time for Yui-chan, she needs a time out too now. Yui-chan has some good advice there. Next problem, Akari?>Apologies for the wall of text. Well, kind of.
>>36392855> No postponing it – you need Hyun on board today.> Lap time for Yui-chan, she needs a time out too now.> Yui-chan has some good advice there.> Next problem, Akari?
>>36392855> Yui-chan has some good advice there.> Next problem, Akari?
>>36392855> Lap time for Yui-chan, she needs a time out too now.> Next problem, Akari?
>>36392855> Ask Jinyuu-onee-sama for governmental help.> No postponing it – you need Hyun on board today.> Next problem, Akari?FInally caught up to the story today. Am I the only one who feels sorry for Kyota in the last thread? Poor girl.
>>36392855> Lap time for Yui-chan, she needs a time out too now.> Yui-chan has some good advice there.> Next problem, Akari?
>>36392967I want our clan to adopt her
>>36392855> Have Jinyuu-onee-sama make another I-Cheng for us, this new enemy may require it. And circumstances certainly have changed.> No postponing it – you need Hyun on board today.> Yui-chan has some good advice there.> Lap time for Yui-chan, she needs a time out too now.> Next problem, Akari?
>>36393022I wouldn't go that far. I just hope that she had a warm lap to cry into after she got done with the meeting.
>>36393022I don't think we could, or should, considering that she's a secretary for someone higher than us on the management chart.
>>36393022She definitely needs training, that's for sure. Which clan she joins is up to her.
>>36392855>] No postponing it – you need Hyun on board today.> Lap time for Yui-chan, she needs a time out too now.> Yui-chan has some good advice there.> Next problem, Akari?>>36393022I would have proposed that, but she's the daughter of the kami and his representative. If she wants to, sure, but that would probably be inbelievably rude to ask.
>>36393055Well I didn't think it was feasible. Still wanna.
>>36393092Then we can train her and she can make her own decisions if she's been mis-trained or maltreated, but snatching her up is a no-go.
>>36392967>>36393055Anyone else notice that Akari seems to have issues with secretaries? That's the second one she's threatened.
>>36393196Secretaries know their boss's secrets without having the reasons of the boss to keep them. For a bodyguard, they're a liability.
>>36393277Yes, but none of them have been ours.
>>36393288She has a chronic phobia of day planners. Hopefully Shoko doesn't whip out hers.
>>36393277The first one may not have been on our side and/or trusted Oba-san implicitly. The latter was slightly air-headed, was out of her depth, and didn't really understand just how badly things were.
[X] No postponing it – you need Hyun on board today.[X] Lap time for Yui-chan, she needs a time out too now.[X] Yui-chan has some good advice there.[X] Next problem, Akari?You take Yui by the hand and pull her into your lap, where she squirms for all of three seconds before you slide both of your hands through her hair and along her horns, making her whimper softly. The lightning fades from her eyes and her hair settles down somewhat. A touch of water and her hair smooths down entirely. “Aniiikiiii....” she complains softly, much to Shoko-san's, Kiki-hime's, and Er Yin's amusement. “Yui-chan, a Great Kami or True Dragon isn't going to be able to do anything against them directly. That's why there are people like us. Consider it a preview of what our life will be like when I actually am a demigod.” She places her hands in her lap as she sits in yours, her expression somewhat confused. “Spirit children are there to help the kami when their spirits cannot help the miko enough. We have to stop them because the other's can't.” “Hai, aniki,” she says softly and you wrap your arms about her and hug her hard. “That's my Yui-niji-chan. I'm still going to ask, of course, because it's a good idea, but you have to be prepared for the problems that will happen after.” Yui-niji-chan sits up in your lap and tilts her head back obscenely far to look at you, which just hurts looking at. “I told you, your input is valuable. Akari-niji-chan and I need to know what you think, so we can do things with all the information we can get.” Her eyes shimmer and you run your fingers along them, wiping the tears away before anyone else notices them. “Now stop that, it makes me nauseous.” That earns you giggles, and not just from Yui.
>>36393491She sighs softly and leans back into you as you relax, your right arm starting to ache again. “I'm going to repeat it, because it's doubly important now – no one goes out alone. Kiki-hime gets a minimum three person escort EVERYWHERE outside this house, and three people always in the house with her. Yes, that means to the bathroom too.” Thank hell that you're all girls. “Shoko-san, Yuuhi-san....I haven't any right to impose upon you. But please, for your own sake, no traveling alone.” You consider for a moment more. “Yuuhi-chan, we'll be going on that date later today. We can't wait. There's only one other group with guns.” Your sister stands slowly, leaving her fan on the seat; she isn't being dismissive, she's doing something important and wishes to remain in the conversation. Substituting her fan for herself, in Water dragonette diplomacy. “Next please.”Akari hands you a printout with about seventy names on it. “This is the current roster of every ordained minister, choir member, and altar boy at the Saint Mary's Cathedral, archdiocese of Tokyo.” You study the list, memorizing it. “Currently, Father Harris and his friends are there.”“Er Yin-sensei, how powerful would....” You make a rough estimate of how many will be present at any one time. “....how powerful would a priest be with fifty or so true believers backing them?”
>>36393518“If you mean, how powerful a spell could they cast upon you with that many worshipers to power it, then the answer is one powerful enough to summon a greater youkai and direct it. Not a possession, perhaps, but definitely a marking. If you are speaking of the Catholics specifically, then they could send something that would be the rough equivalent of a possessed lesser youkai with a kami weapon.” Like the mukade youkai if it had been carrying a Muramasa sword. How lovely. You stroke Yui's hair softly and she makes a small, confused noise. “Yeah, that's what I said.” she turns and gives you a weird look. Consider that a potential threat in addition to Taisho's sorcery. Have Er Yin-sensei and Kiku-chan visit them later.  Add them to your visiting list today. Trust that Father Harris delivered your message well. Anything new on the half-demon front?
>>36393541>[x] Consider that a potential threat in addition to Taisho's sorcery.>[x] Anything new on the half-demon front?
>>36393541> Add them to your visiting list today.> Consider that a potential threat in addition to Taisho's sorcery.> Anything new on the half-demon front?
>>36393541 Consider that a potential threat in addition to Taisho's sorcery. Anything new on the half-demon front?
>>36393541> Add them to your visiting list today.> Anything new on the half-demon front?I am honestly surprised that the Catholics seem utterly clueless regarding the spiritual situation in Japan, considering the long history the Jesuits have had in Japan. It makes me wonder if Father Harris is with a group that's not communicating with elements that actually know what's going on.
>>36393541> Consider that a potential threat in addition to Taisho's sorcery.> Trust that Father Harris delivered your message well.> Anything new on the half-demon front?>"I gave them one last chance. Let's see if they take it.">"Speaking of refusing to stop bothering us, does anyone know someone that can write that Noh play? I would like to get it over soon"
>>36393641I think Harris is just here to serve as scapegoat for the ones that really know what's going on.
>>36393541 Consider that a potential threat in addition to Taisho's sorcery. Add them to your visiting list today. Trust that Father Harris delivered your message well. Anything new on the half-demon front?
>>36393707Which raises the question of why the ones who would be in the know would be going along with the story when they know it's complete bull...
[X] Consider that a potential threat in addition to Taisho's sorcery.[X] Add them to your visiting list today.[X] Anything new on the half-demon front?It doesn't take long to come to a decision about that. “Er Yin-sensei, Jinyuu-onee-sama, Kiku-chan, consider that to be a new potential threat, in addition to Taisho's magic. I'm hoping they keep their noses out of it, but if they didn't listen to Father Harris....I might have to check up on them as well.” It's going to be a long day. Sensing your displeasure, perhaps, Yui leans back and slides her hands along your hips, stroking them through the thick ornamental robes. Wait, weren't you supposed to be comforting her? What the heaven....“Anything new on his end, Akari-niji-chan?” You'd love to get a hold of him alone and unprotected.“No, aniki. I've tracked the coming and going of the employees as best I can, but he's not among them.” You kiss the back of Yui's head and she makes a happy little noise, which makes Akari smile to herself. “I suspect he is afraid to leave the building.”“Can't imagine why....” That nets you several smiles from around the table.Your sister returns with two pots of tea, and cups for everyone – except one pot is smaller, and stoneware, and the cup is stoneware as well. You can smell it already – that bitter, intense brew that is thoroughly good for you and will taste like horrible, horrible things. You close your eyes and swallow. If you could wait, you would, but you can't afford it now, so this is the price you have to pay. As she serves everyone else, Kiki-hime, who already knows what the tea is for, pours your cup for you.
>>36392787> they want to somehow create a spirit-child who is a mixture of two different locales.Just to be clear, this means they want to mix eastern and western spiritual powers, correct?
>>36393922Yui-chan turns in your lap, and sits sideways, and takes the cup from Kiki-hime to her surprise. The oni-chick gestures. “Turn around. The rest of you too. Turn around.” When no one obeys except Akari-niji-chan, she explains, “I don't want you to see this.” You blink, and the others look at you quizzically. Yui-chan is looking determined, but you can feel her fighting not to blush at the thought of whatever she's planning. Make them turn around. Except Er Yin. “It's okay Yui-chan. They're family.”  “Unless you're planning to kill me, I think they'll be fine with it.” “Well, the rest of you, please turn around. Yui-chan, I'm not making Kiki-hime turn around, she's Kiki-hime.” “....whyfor, Yui-cutie?”
>>36393925Yes, making a spirit child that is equally powerful in Europe and Japan.
>>36393936> Make them turn around. Except Er Yin.Indulge the Yui.
>>36393936>Well, if it's Yui-cutie, it can't be helped>Please do her this favor, everyone
>>36393936seconding >>36393980Though somewhere this has gone terribly, terribly wrong...
>>36393936>>36393980Sorry for the low-effort vote but 4chan is being shit for me atm.
>>36393936>[x] “....whyfor, Yui-cutie?”
>>36393936>>36393980This sounds good to me, yeah!
>>36393936>>36393980 sounds pretty good
>>36393936> Make them turn around. Except Er Yin.
>>36393936> Make them turn around. Except Er Yin.Er Yin's always looking, anyways.
>>36393936>but you can feel her fighting not to blush at the thought of whatever she's planning.... Hee hee~ I know what she's up to. A spoonful of "sugar" will make the medicine go down~.Or, for those of you following Mahou Shonen Quest, what we did to Shun.
[X] Make them turn around. Except Er Yin.[+] Be kind to the oni-tan.“Well, if it is Yui-niji-chan, then it can't be helped.” You lift your hand and stir the air with your finger. “Please allow her this.” Though, it does help that most of the older dragonettes are smiling about it, with the exception of the ever volatile Kiku-chan. Shoko shakes her head, confused, and perhaps a little weirded out by the lack of swearing. Yuuhi covers her eyes but you give her The Look and she makes a tiny 'yee' sound and scrambles to turn around. Your sister sips her tea behind her fan, which seems to be acceptable to Yui, almost, and Er Yin of course doesn't need to bother. Her Void Eyes are open though, but you see no reason to tell Yui-niji-chan that. She takes the cup and then gets out of your lap....only to stand on her knees in front of you, putting her head above yours by a small amount. Yui takes a deep breath, her blush now showing clearly, her skin a brick red color. Your oni-chick drinks the contents of the cup – no, she doesn't. Well, she doesn't drink it. Yui holds it in her mouth and you can hear and see sparks snap and pop around her eyes as her hair stands on end....she leans over you....Oh. Well, like you said, if it's Yui....You accept the kiss, and the hot tea that spills from her lips as she kisses you. It's still bitter as all heaven but there's an added flavor, above and beyond the taste of you're ozone laden kiss. The taste of copper, the copper that is Yui-niji-chan through and through. Ryuu Yui, your herald and cloud-rider, your rescuer.
>>36394401She doesn't break the kiss, holding it as long as she can hold her breath....and honestly, you don't mind. Your tongue strokes the tiny cut she's made in hers, where she used her fang to add her blood to the tea, as well as her power. Then the power hits you, forcing you to break the kiss as your heart jumps in your chest, the pain in your arm turns to tingling electricity, and the throbbing ache in your left gives one final spasm of agony.As you catch your breath, you feel Kiki-hime's hand at the back of your neck, as Yui sits down, straddling your lap. She's still facing you, blushing but calm and collected. Everyone else is starting to stand and move about, clearly alarmed by your reaction. You, on the other hand....you feel fine. Your right arm hurts just a little, but you're not tired, and your left arm feels normal again. Your bruises aren't hurting at all – they're gone entirely.  “Relax people, I'm fine....” “Yui-chan, you never need to be embarrassed about that.” “You're a hell of a kisser, Yui-niji-chan.” Calm everyone down, and see if there is anything further on the docket. Table. Whatever. Kiss Yui-chan in front of everyone, propriety be damned.
>>36394413[x] “Relax people, I'm fine....”[x] “You're a hell of a kisser, Yui-niji-chan.”[x] Calm everyone down, and see if there is anything further on the docket. Table. Whatever.
>>36394413> “You're a hell of a kisser, Yui-niji-chan.”
>>36394413> “Yui-chan, you never need to be embarrassed about that.”> “You're a hell of a kisser, Yui-niji-chan.”> Calm everyone down, and see if there is anything further on the docket. Table. Whatever.
>>36394413> Kiss Yui-chan in front of everyone, propriety be damned.Yui best cleric.
>>36394413> “You're a hell of a kisser, Yui-niji-chan.”> Calm everyone down, and see if there is anything further on the docket. Table. Whatever.Maybe tease her that If she's going to do that every time we get injured, we might get injured more often...
>>36394413>[X] “Relax people, I'm fine....”>[X] “Yui-chan, you never need to be embarrassed about that.”>[X] Calm everyone down, and see if there is anything further on the docket. Table. Whatever.
>>36394413>[x] “You're a hell of a kisser, Yui-niji-chan.”>[x] Kiss Yui-chan in front of everyone, propriety be damned.
>>36394413> Kiss Yui-chan in front of everyone, propriety be damned.> “Yui-chan, you never need to be embarrassed about that.”> “You're a hell of a kisser, Yui-niji-chan.”> “Relax people, I'm fine....”> Calm everyone down, and see if there is anything further on the docket. Table. Whatever.
>>36394413> “Yui-chan, you never need to be embarrassed about that.”> “You're a hell of a kisser, Yui-niji-chan.”> Kiss Yui-chan in front of everyone, propriety be damned.
>>36394413> “Yui-chan, you never need to be embarrassed about that.”> Calm everyone down, and see if there is anything further on the docket. Table. Whatever.> Kiss Yui-chan in front of everyone, propriety be damned.> “You're a hell of a kisser, Yui-niji-chan.”
>>36394413> “Relax people, I'm fine..."> “You're a hell of a kisser, Yui-niji-chan.”> Kiss Yui-chan in front of everyone, propriety be damned.
>>36394413>Ask if there is something we should know about getting human allies
[X] All the Yui, and close up the meeting!Normally, you'd say she was a heaven of a kisser, but given her time in heaven, the more traditional form is probably better for her. You smile and run your thumb along her lips, cupping her cheek gently. “You are one hell of a kisser, Yui-chan....hey hey, leave me alone, I'm all right!” You lift your hands, motioning everyone away from you.Yui, on the other hand, immediately makes a soft, half-alarmed, half-distressed sound and rubs her lips on the arm wrappings of her left arm quiet violently.“Really Yui-niji-chan, I had my cooties shot.” Akari-niji-chan touches your tail to get your attention. “You tickled her lips, aniki.” Oh, right, soft touch equals tickle, so the light caress of thumb wasn't sensual, it was tickling. Her expression is absolutely precious though and you kiss her thoroughly and hard, in front of everyone, which elicits softly laughter and embarrassed looks, as well as a fairly loud, “Ecchi-dragon!” from the only one who calls you names. When you finish the kiss, Yui looks dazed and happy, and wraps her arms about your midriff as she rests her chin on your breasts and looks up at you. Well, kind of on your breasts, the robes are pretty thick.“Okay, everyone calm down please....let's finish this up, I have a busy day, and so will anyone with me. I have assignments for some of you too.” Most everyone sits, except for Yuuhi-chan, who is standing very attentively across the table from you clutching her sword tightly in both hands and twitching her tail back and forth. Well, trying, anyways: it's too long and silky, what happens is it waves like a streamer. You look up at her expectantly, but she just fidgets more. “....yes, Yuuhi-chan?”
>>36394940She hops lightly onto the kotatsu and kowtows before you, presenting her sheathed nodachi to you and nearly braining both Akari and Kiki-hime with it. You're perfectly aware that she's perfectly aware of where her sword was, and they were in no danger, but it looked like a close call to everyone else. Akari, of course, ignored it, while Kiki-hime ducked. You stroke her back with your tail and Yui-niji-chan looks at her upside down from you lap, before scrambling off of it – and getting caught by Kiki-hime and hugged tight. Shoko-san is muttering under her breath, a whole lot of swear words. “Please accept me as your shinobi, Ryuu Ryukusa! Not merely for the sake of Horobi, but for your very own sake! I swear you will never regret my service, Ryuu Ryukusa, on my life!” Even Akari is looking a little surprised at the youkai-child's improper actions. On the other hand, it is a youkai-child, so such things are to be expected, and she's nogitsune born at that.You look at her with Water Eyes – and Kiku-chan is using Fire Eyes, while Er Yin is using Void Eyes, while your sister is using her own Water Eyes. She's absolutely utterly sincere. She doesn't see a conflict since you are supposed to become Ame-no-Horobi-no-Mikado, and she earnestly wishes to help your family. Not just you, but your family, your whole family. The fox-girl feels she failed Inari already and this is her chance to redeem herself – by making sure Inari doesn't suffer through loosing you, even if it costs her life.
>>36395015Which is really weird, since Inari is supposed to be served by pure white kitsune, rather than black nogitsune. Wait, you're not Inari. So maybe it does make sense. You cannot serve two masters, Yuuhi-chan.... Well....technically it's not serving two masters, so I will accept. Yuuhi-chan, I'm already a shinobi, that's awfully redundant. ….Yuuhi-chan. You are not allowed to sacrifice your life for mine.  I can't let you do that in good conscience, Yuuhi-chan....what about Shoko-san?
>>36395030> Well....technically it's not serving two masters, so I will accept.> Yuuhi-chan, I'm already a shinobi, that's awfully redundant.> ….Yuuhi-chan. You are not allowed to sacrifice your life for mine
>>36395030[x] Well....technically it's not serving two masters, so I will accept.
>>36395030>[x] I can't let you do that in good conscience, Yuuhi-han....what about Shoko-san?
>>36395030#> Well....technically it's not serving two masters, so I will accept.> ….Yuuhi-chan. You are not allowed to sacrifice your life for mine
>>36395015Yuuhi. A. Cute.
>>36395030> ….Yuuhi-chan. You are not allowed to sacrifice your life for mine.
>>36395030> Well....technically it's not serving two masters, so I will accept.> Yuuhi-chan, I'm already a shinobi, that's awfully redundant.> ….Yuuhi-chan. You are not allowed to sacrifice your life for mine.
>>36395030> Hug the cuteThis is the only true option
>>36395030> You cannot serve two masters, Yuuhi-chan....
>>36395030>Look at Shoko before doing anythingLet's see what she thinks of it> I can't let you do that in good conscience, Yuuhi-chan....what about Shoko-san?> ….Yuuhi-chan. You are not allowed to sacrifice your life for mine.
[X] Fine, yes, Yuuhi-chan can be cute with me....but so help me, if you get yourself killed....While her reasoning is the best kind of correct, in that it is technically correct, you have a couple of problems with the idea. First of all, she's not Clan Ryo trained, which puts her at a distinct disadvantage when she's working with you because she will have your best interests at heart but no idea how to serve you best. Second, the pain her death might cause Shoko-san is unacceptable to you, and while she's not self-destructive in her impulsiveness (her ability to deal with Shoko in front of Kuroukami's daughter proved that) a lack of concern for her life is....well, it offends you on a fundamental level. The biggest problem is that your family is going to be all for it, because it would help keep you safe. A glance at Shoko confirms your worst fear – Shoko is perfectly aware of what it means, and knows better than to try and stop her friend from doing this. You close your Water Eyes and sigh softly. Placing your hand on her head, you can feel how she trembles, though you really can't tell if it's excitement, fear, or because she's so goddamn hyperactive she might just explode sitting there. Probably the latter. “Yuuhi-chan....you are expressly forbidden to die for me.” She jerks her head up and starts to speak but you touch her forehead and she blinks her bright crimson eyes in surprise. “That is the rule. Kiki's life is more important than mine, yours, Akari's, Yui's or anyone's. If the choice is my life or Kiki's life, Kiki's life wins. I am her shinobi, so you being my shinobi makes that redundant. So, you can be my shinobi, only if you protect her life first, then mine.” Unfortunately, you suspect that she'll figure out the loophole in that on pure youkai instinct.
>>36395692She starts to speak again and you cover her mouth with your hand firmly. “How would your Shoko-san be able to look at me if you died for me, after all that you have been through together?”Yuuhi blinks, confused, and Shoko-san puts both hands out palms towards you. “Don't fucking drag me into this fucking disaster, Ryukusa-sama! She's kamidamned insane!” You can't help but smile because Shoko's cheeks are a deep aquamarine color now. “She only sounds like she's sane, Ryukusa-sama!”A quick glance around the rest of the table shows you that your biggest concern was correct. Kiki-hime and Yui-niji-chan are nodding vigorously, your sister is looking terribly amused at your discomfiture, and Er Yin is smiling that secret smile of hers. But the two people you're really verifying with....Kiku-chan nods once, solemnly, and her golden eyes are filled with that cool, deep certainty that this delicate, cute, sweet creature will slaughter innocents by the hundreds, survive every torture without breaking, and accept horrible and agonizing death before she lets you die. You look at Akari, who has her eyes closed and nods ever so slightly as she drinks her tea, her expression placid and calm. You slowly take your hand from her mouth and sigh, shaking your head. “I accept your service, Ryuu Yuuhi.”
>>36395716You can't really hear what she's saying as she leaps off the table and into your arms, hugging your neck tightly and babbling in Ainu so fast that you can barely make out separate words. Kiku-chan and Er Yin-sensei are both looking quite startled at what she's saying and look at one another. Shoko-san is blushing even more deeply now, and you suspect that she's making some kind of confession. It would help, of course, if she didn't have her sheathed nodachi pressed across your breasts between you. Yui has caught the sheath in one hand, having kept it from smacking her or Kiki-hime. Kiki-hime is smiling, her sky blue eyes dancing with laughter, and you shrug helplessly, hugging the delicate fox-demon-girl gently. You have no idea how this is going to work, but you'll get your chance to find out soon, you're certain.>To Be Continued....
>>36395692>So, you can be my shinobi, only if you protect her life first, then mine.” Unfortunately, you suspect that she'll figure out the loophole in that on pure youkai instinct.Is the loophole "Protect Kiki's life by making sure Ryukusa stays alive"?
I hope you've all enjoyed - thank you for reading and playing. I'll stay to answer a few questions, if there are any.
>>36395734Thanks for running XS! Good as always.
>>36395755Thanks for running.
>>36395754Yes. It's an obvious one, sadly.
>>36395755Thanks for this thread!How does working with humans work, for the spiritual world of Japan? I assume people both aware of it and hunting for its members is a big no-no. Also, is there rules about relationships between humans and spirits?
>>36395755I'd like to hear the full implications of the... crossbreeding experiment?
>>36395755So your quest has gotten me terribly interested in Japanese folklore, is there a place I can get started on it proper? Somehow, I doubt picking up a copy of Okami and paying a lot of attention is going to do me jack squat.
>>36395861I think an angel dragon would be pretty rad. Or a chupamata.A taraonisque would be horrifying.
>>36395931>taraonisqueI don't even know what you are blending here.
>>36395857Humans see spirit-children as humans, so often they're not truly aware of asnything being different. This changes if someone builds a spiritual link between a specific human and a specific spirit of any sort, or as Akari and Kiku suggested, a particular group of humans with a particular group of spirits - the link allows humans to see the spirit child and spirits in general for what they are. Exceptional humans are of course their own exception. Humans in this world are aware of the spiritual aspects of life more strongly, but as of late that connection has been slipping away, falling towards more materialistic and intellectual pursuits and leaving the kami less attended to. There are some who seek out spiritual enlightenment of course - these become miko, sorcerers, psychics, or otherwise exceptional, if they are persistent enough. >>36395861Part of what keeps a spirit child from attackign or enterign other countries is the lack of spiritual support. a spirit child without access to the spiritual core of their homeland weakens significantly, and can't access their Barriers or any spiritual aspect of their power at all. Worse, their ability to recover Shen becomes almost nil, so they can't use any of their power without draining themselves into exhaustion quickly and are much easier to harm or kill. A shen who could access two countries spiritual core could actually be used in warfare agaisnt other countries, both spiritual and mundane. Because their rules would follow the rules of either of their homes, they could get away with things they would not ordinarily be able to. For instance, no sane spirit child can willingly kill a kami - it's inconceivable to them. But a spirit child who was influence by both Japan and Celtic spiritual beliefs could substitute the rules of the Celtic spirits for Japanese spiritual activities, and would easily be able to destroy a named artifact, because in Celtic mythology it happened quite often.
>>36395992The tarasque of French lore and oni.
>>36396120Ah. That would be one Angry Face.
Out of curiosity, what did Kiki say to Yui last thread while Ryukusa had them behind the air barrier?
>>36395926Surprisingly, Wikipedia is a good place for quick referencing. The most annoying part is that much of what is available in libraries and bookstores relies on much older translations that are incomplete and even outright incorrect, simply because there was so much inaccuracy in the understanding of the two languages. As a result, much of what I know is based on incorrect translation.That said, Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things by Lafcadio Hearn and Mythical Beasts of Japan: From Evil Creatures to Sacred Beings by Koichi Yumoto, Akiko Taki, and Hiroyuki Kano/Kano Hiroyuki are both very good resources having been published recently.As a side note, magic in this world is based more off the Chinese elements than the Japanese ones.
>>36396167Kiki used Wood Eyes to figure out how best to encourage Yui-niji-chan to help stand up for herself against Kurao Clan and start healing the wounds she's suffered on her own.
>>36396200Thanks. Gonna be busy for a while, then. Thanks for running!I'll just leave this here in return. Never fails to get a giggle out of me.
>>36396252Thank you, that's lovely.
>>36396243Mind you, she'll still need plenty of support. And lots of hand holding.
>>36396469We've found you at last, serial lewder. Come on out with your hands where we can see them, away from any others.
>>36396469We'll be able provide all of the attention, care, and hands she needs.Thank you for running, XS.
Can I get a summary of what the various Eyes do? I have a general idea but the applications keep me guessing.
>>36396533Careful, I can induce diabetic shock in two paragraphs or less.>>36396739Water: increases your understanding of what you are looking at by increasing the available data which you couldn't normally detect and collating/processing it more quickly. When used against a person it gives insight into what they are like, their basic psychology, and how they may act/react/respond, as well as their current emotional states. Not much use against inanimate objects, except for data.Wood: Allows you to see the possibilities and potentials of a person, spirit, place, or thing, and how best to assist it/manipulate it/hinder it, to cause it to become what you desire it to be. It also shows you the past choices that made the place/person/thing/spirit what it is now.Fire: Lets you see the spiritual essence of whatever you are looking at. It reveals all truths and lies, and penetrates to the truest nature of what you see. Stone: Allows you to see through earth and stone, as well as giving you a view of the fundamental existence of an object or person - how much or how little spiritual existence it has. It is considered the weakest of eyes until you remember that Stone dragonettes can move through stone as though it were air.Void: You see chi, magic, Shen, and spiritual power, as well as souls both living and dead. While using it you can see nothing else. Note that these are the both not set in stone and the dragonette/dragonne versions. Oni-children, demigods, and youkai-children have slightly different variations.