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To indulge here would be an abdication of our duties most sacred. An abdication of our post; and of our kin, and of our civilisation. We would surrender the Moon’s defence to Yagokoro’s incestuous little prodigies and the remnants of their toy army, and by extension to our invaders. We would leave the Capital, finally, deserted, its streets and edifices truly empty for the first time in its history. We would leave our charges unguarded; sopored; vulnerable. We would do all this, then, to chase an impossible dream, which would suffer us no hope of return.
Amentia, grand and intoxicating.
Yet we have sacrificed before, and dearly, to reach such a station, and we suspect that even this last should not match the sting of the feathered arrow from which we had been spared so many ages ago. And, more to the realis, our efforts thus far have given us surfeit, if nothing else, in time.
We are Amanosagume, the fifth lord Tsukuyomi, and we are exhausted.
. . . Omohikane replied, saying, “The heavenly young prince should be sent, for to subdue and pacify the savage deities of the land, so that they yet may live beneath our will.”
I declared, then, my assent. He would become the example I needed, to show our Lord the intolerable corruption rooted within the land, and the singular necessity of purification.
So our Lord bestowed upon him his bow and feathered arrows, and sent him as our emissary, and myself among his retainers. Simple, then, was my path forward; I had only to wait. But the prince, exceeding even my highest expectations, at once found favour with the lord Daikoku, and married with his daughter; and, moreover, plotting how he might usurp dominion of the land, for eight years sent back no report.
As I had anticipated a messenger was sent; and, alighting on the multitudinously branched cassia at the prince’s gate, she spoke to him according to her mandate. “The reason for which thou wast sent to the land of reed plains was to subdue and pacify the savage deities of this land beneath our will. Why for eight years bringest thou back no report?”
Upon hearing this the prince at once took the heavenly bow bestowed on him by our Lord, and made draw upon her; but I recognised only too late the figure of Nakime in the tree.
I counselled him urgently then, hoping by my cursed tongue to overturn her fate, even as the arrow were loosed. “The sound of this bird’s cry is indeed ominous; and yet, if thou wert to shoot her to earth—!”