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Death is complicated.

Some of you might have already saying 'duh, captain obvious', but seriously, death is pretty sodding complicated.

You might think that I'm talking about the emotional baggage left by the departed to his or her family and friends, or the hassle of setting up a decent a funeral, like the pay for an undertaker, the price of the casket, or if you're feeling fancy (or if your family hate you so much they'd think the day of your death should be made a holiday), publicity cost for a big-arse obituary on the national newspaper.

But no, I'm actually talking about the hassle that has been the blight of humanity ever since the invention of the concept of written language; Bureaucracy.

For some of you suicidal bastards out there, I would like to inform you that death really doesn't solve problems. If anything, it'll add problems, not just for the ones you left behind, but it also bring more problems for people like me.

And I don't like problems.

You see, when you die, you don't simply vanish to nothingness. No, this is not just some religious bullshit. Your body is not merely a series of genetic coincidence working together to form one functional human, or the result of your father indulging in onanism just often enough for you to be conceived. No, you have a soul, your sense of self, and this is where things becomes complicated.

A complication that is made more apparent when your cause of death can be summarised to 'futile chase of romance with female of questionable age that could explode your head with a single squeeze of her palm'. Add 'On the other side of the globe' to that, and voila! we have a multi-layered bureaucratic crap-fest in our hands.

Seriously, people. Don't die a stupid death. It's troublesome.

Ah! But what do I know? I'm just a frikkin' skeleton. A skeleton that is currently standing in front of a receptionist desk in a foreign land, trying to fix some stupid shits that need stupid fixing.

"Good day, reapers. How can I help you?" Said the lady behind the desk, with long red hair and a nifty suit. Not as nifty as mine, though.

If I have lips, I would smile, but since I do not, I simply lift my bowler hat away from my scalpless head, and give her a slight bow.

"I'm Themoteus, from the London Bureau?"

She looks upon her massive red book, searching for my name, before she finally looks back to me with a smile.

"Ah. We've been waiting for you. But may i know who the name of the one behind you?"

The receptionist lady points to my travel partner, wearing leather trench-coat straight out of Van-Helsing movie. Just like me, he also doesn't have a face.

"Oppenheimer. District of Columbia." he introduced himself in cold and gruff tone. Quick and efficient, not wasting even a single syllable.

"Ah, American? Just about time! We still have some paperwork leftover from world war two."

Oppenheimer doesn't give a response.

"err..." The receptionist lady looks a little hesitant. I know that Oppenheimer could be very intimidating at times.

"Please. Don't mind him. He's been like that ever since he got assigned Theodore Roosevelt." Contrary to popular belief, Roosevelt wasn't asleep at 'his time', and he put out quite a fight, 'for fun' as he said it. It was quite traumatic. "Now, when would we be able to report to the Yamaxanadu?"

"Hmm, let me see. She'll end the current shift in eight hours...so you are free to do whatever you want until then. Within reason, of course."

Eight hours? Wow, this place is really understaffed.

"I would like to check the office." said Oppenheimer.

"Ah! sure sir! the foreign department is right over there, just down the hall!"

The receptionist lady gave Oppenheimer some rather crude direction, but we reapers always find a way. Always.

Well, there goes Oppenheimer with his luggage and standard issue scythe. I just hope he doesn't cause any international incident.

Now, now, what to do?

[ ] Should I check my accommodation and secure my scythe and luggage first?

[ ] Relax near the Sanzu River?

[ ] Check on that famous cherry blossom garden I often hear about?

[ ] Chase after Oppenheimer and acquaintance myself with my workspace for the next year ?

[ ] Observe how the Yama works in the judgment hall?

[ ] Sight-seeing around the 'Eastern Paradise'?

[ ]Shenanigans (Write ins.)


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A/N: I'm not British. I don't even speak English.

No. 180218
Interesting concept. I'll be watching.

[x] Check on that famous cherry blossom garden I often hear about?
No. 180219
>I don't even speak English

That's a damn good translator you got there. Bad jokes aside, this is interesting.

[X] Relax near the Sanzu River
No. 180229
Cool, another Reaper CYOA. The last one I rather enjoyed to be perfectly honest.
[X] Should I check my accommodation and secure my scythe and luggage first?
>I don't even speak English.
Well damn, that's a pre-Well great, someone already made that joke
No. 180230
[x] Should I check my accommodation and secure my scythe and luggage first?
No reason to haul your bags all around Xanadu.
No. 180231
[x] Check on that famous cherry blossom garden I often hear about?

Cool story bro, needs more Yuyuko.
No. 180232
[x] Check on that famous cherry blossom garden I often hear about?

We can do a bit of tourism on the side.
No. 180237
[x] Observe how the Yama works in the judgment hall?

Information for our meeting.
No. 180238
[x] Should I check my accommodation and secure my scythe and luggage first?

Get our luggage sorted out so we don't lose anything if things go wrong, then we can start wandering around.
No. 180241
[x] Should I check my accommodation and secure my scythe and luggage first?
[x] Then try to meet some of my would be coworkers.

Curious as to why this isn't in /border/ but it's still early and maybe it'll pan out enough to warrant being here.

Honestly the possibility of Komachi playing a nice role is the main draw currently, hopefully there'll be more to enjoy and that this doesn't have the fate of most /th/ fare.
No. 180258
[x] Check on that famous cherry blossom garden I often hear about?
No. 180259
>>180241
Yeah, getting a bit tired of stories being posted on /th/ when they could be livening up other boards.
No. 180262
Whadayya look at that? I forgot to write my name on the OP post. How lame.

Also totally forgot to call the votes before writing. sorry. I've been really forgetful lately.

Anyway, PLOT.

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The building that was dedicated for the housing of foreign delegates, like me, is a gigantic pagoda-style tower isolated at the edge of Higan, somewhat near the Sanzu river.

For a Death Ministry that is supposedly underbudget, Shiki Eiki certainly does not spare any expense towards the accommodation of her guests.

Standing tall at about 500 floors, with each floor could be called a mansion in their own merit, this tower currently houses about 50 foreign delegates, including me. With each country assigned their own floor.

I am currently assigned to the 427th floor. Alone.

Well, after all, not that many people from the commonwealth get lost into Gensokyo and ends up devoured by Youkai.

For context, compare my lone self to the five Chinese delegates housed right below me. Apparently there are a lot of Chinese citizen that died within the Great Hakurei Barrier. Go figure, maybe Lady Yakumo hates Chinese or something, for some mysterious reason.

Anyway, I picked myself a Japanese-style room, the biggest on this floor at about fifteen Tatami wide and twenty in length.

It amuses me how the Japanese use 'straw mat' as a measuring unit. It's like judging the distance to the moon from earth using the measurement of 'Carpets'.

I stored my rather large luggage and scythe inside a wardrobe built into the wall.

And then, just when I about to ponder on what to do next, I see Oppenheimer, standing at the front of the large sliding door that leads into the hallway, blocking it completely with the large scythe on his back.

And as it supposed to, I didn't feel his presence at all.

"Silent as death, mate. Silent as death." I complimented.

And as usual, Oppenheimer does not give any verbal response. Instead, he starts to walk towards me.

So in turn, I approach him, until we find ourselves standing face to face at the middle of the room.

"You have something you want to say to me, my American friend?" I inquires.

Again, my 'conversation partner' keeps his jaw shut. But he does pull out a brown envelope from somewhere under his robe, and hands it to me.

I reached a gloved skeletal hand inside, and manage pull out an official-looking document.

United States Death Bureau Initiative

Operation: Final Destination

"Hmm. What's this?" I asked, genuinely confused. Though it would be hard to see with my tone and my skeletal face.

"An initiative." Oppenheimer 'answered'.

"And initiative for what, exactly?"

"A joint venture between multiple nations authority of the afterlife. I suggest you read further"


I flip open the pages, skimming the content at the speed of death, it's full of hard words and formalities, but the main point is clear.

Mission: The capture and subsequent elimination of Vampires, Hermits, Hourai-jin, Jiang-shi, and other such Death-Avoider inside of the Hukurei-Yakumo border.

Ah.

Well, this is actually not that unexpected really.

Ever since long ago (for humans, anyway) the kind of mortal that has transcended death is often seen as 'sick', 'unnatural', or 'evil'. But for us reapers, at least us from the west, we see them as evil against the nature of the world itself.

No human or any form of mortal being should be allowed to avoid death, that is what we often say.

Some humans that think they have cheated death by turning to vampirism, necromancy, wizardry, or sheer blind luck, have forgotten that, no, we reapers are not above using brute force.

And thus, begin the campaign know to us reapers as 'The Great Immortal Purge'.

Humans recognize it as 'The Black Death Plague'.

This purge had been largely successful, but all of a sudden, Gensokyo single-handedly decide to secede from Japan, and since then, it has become a save haven for what the rest of the international community seen as 'Crime Against Nature'. Many people see Shiki Eiki as a weak executor of the law of death, unable to stand against the might of the sage youkai Yakumo. Though this is just a presumption.

"So." I finally find my voice. "International intervention?"

Oppenheimer stands silent.

"Why haven't I been told of this?"

"United Kingdom had just agree to our term a mere hour ago. I simply wait for you to be alone before I could give you this information. It was in my benefit that you didn't decide to go sight-seeing."

I keep reading the document until I come upon one page with the header of PRIORITY TARGETS

-Scarlet, Remilia. (Vampire)
-Scarlet, Flandre. (Vampire)
-Izayoi, Sakuya. (Unknown. Ghoul?)
-Hijiri, Byakuren.(Witch)


The list goes on and on and on...

-Kaku, Seiga. (Hermit)
-Shotoku A.K.A Toyosatomimi no Miko. (Unknown)


"This is quite a long list." I finally said. "So, do I have any choice but to join this operation?"

"If you refuse, you would be considered a rogue variable, and you will be eliminated."

Damn.

"So, beside the U.S and the U.K, who else agreed to this?"

"We have the consent and support of the authority of Japan, Russia, German, Italy, France, Indonesia, China, both of Korea, and Iraq."

"Since when you guys become friends with Iraq?"

"We gave them some help during the Gulf War. They were unable to deal with the massive influx of vengeful souls."

"Well, shite."

I cursed under my non-existent breath, and Oppenheimer takes this chance to let out his one final offer.

"And thus, Mister Themoteus, Delegate of the United Kingdom." He calls upon my ranks with an authoritarian-like voice.

"Are you with us, or are you against us?"


[ ]Sure. What could possibly go wrong?
-Just because I'm a grim reaper doesn't mean I couldn't lie.

[ ] No, thanks.
-This is a BlackOps stuff. I'm just a diplomat.
-I'm not merely the delegate of United Kingdom. I am representing the entire Commonwealth of Nations. So unless Canada, Australia, and the others also give their consent, then I must raise my hands from this matter.
-Give reason for refusal (Write Ins.)
No. 180265
[X]Sure. What could possibly go wrong?

Positively nothing could go wrong with killing half of Gensokyo inhabitants with extreme powers, I say!

Especially with Russian AND German reapers. These guys are hardcore.
No. 180266
[X]Sure. What could possibly go wrong?
-[X] Just remember that I'm not merely the delegate of United Kingdom. I am representing the entire Commonwealth of Nations. So it will be hell when the retroactive paperwork comes in from Australia and Canada and the others. I expect you to take your share of it.


I wanted to decline and remind him that we're representing more than just the UK, but if you don't pick up on the plot hooks you'll never get anywhere.
So a compromise. (If you don't want write-in, just consider it a "yes".)
No. 180269
[X]Sure. What could possibly go wrong?
-[X] Just remember that I'm not merely the delegate of United Kingdom. I am representing the entire Commonwealth of Nations. So it will be hell when the retroactive paperwork comes in from Australia and Canada and the others. I expect you to take your share of it.

Because we should go ahead with it and it's always nice for some Commonwealth mateship
No. 180270
[X]Sure. What could possibly go wrong?
No. 180272
[x] No, thanks.
-This is a BlackOps stuff. I'm just a diplomat.
No. 180273
I'm...REALLY leery about the yes option being 'what could go wrong'. That's basically saying 'please make my life as hard as possible.

That said, I look forward to how this story turns out. And maybe see how well the Hourai Elixer actually works.
No. 180274
[x] No, thanks.
-This is a BlackOps stuff. I'm just a diplomat.
No. 180275
[x] No, thanks.
-This is a BlackOps stuff. I'm just a diplomat.

Going Rogue. I wish we hadn't put our scythe away.
No. 180276
[x] No, thanks.
-This is a BlackOps stuff. I'm just a diplomat.

>And thus, begin the campaign know to us reapers
>Gensokyo single-handedly decide
>become a save haven for what the rest of the international community seen as 'Crime Against Nature'
>United Kingdom had just agree to our term a mere hour ago. I simply wait for you to be alone
>Since when you guys become friends with Iraq?
Have you considered proofreading what you write before you post? You should. If not, find a proofreader.
No. 180281
>>180273
I'm leery of it because I'm not interested in a MURDER DEATH KILL story.
No. 180283
>>180276

My apologize. My country is not familiar with the concept of 'Tense'. this is why we are always late.

>And thus, begun the campaign know to us reapers
>Gensokyo single-handedly decided
>became a save haven for what the rest of the international community seen as 'Crime Against Nature'
>United Kingdom had just agreed to our term a mere hour ago. I simply require you to be alone before I could give you this information
>Since when did you guys become friends with Iraq?

Is this somewhat better? I'm using free online grammar checker, though.

Would you like to be my proofreader? anyone?

>>180281
Not planning for it to be one.
No. 180287
>>180283
I'd be happy to do it, but I can't see how to do it. I've seen Titanpad suggested on here before. I'm open to other methods though.
No. 180288
[X] No, thanks.
-This is BlackOps stuff. I'm just a diplomat.

"Let's go violate the sovereignty of a sealed land and possibly spark a diplomatic incident over a bunch of immortals that don't leave said land." Um, no. If Shiki gets wind of it, she'll probably expel all the delegates of the involved countries and ban them from returning. Which means losing souls to Gensokyo. And more paperwork.

And then there's the mission parameters:
>Hourai-jin
You mean Kaguya and Mokou? Did the U.S. Bureau miss the note that they're permanently removed from the cycle of life and death? How do they expect this to work?

>other such Death-Avoider
Wow is this open-ended. So that includes the Celestials that already fight off reapers every 100 years. And the beast youkai that have long outlived ordinary members of their species. Hell, youkai in general don't die easily. Why not just reap everyone and invade Poland?
No. 180295
Well, I was hoping for some interesting world-building. It doesn't look like I'll get it here.


>And thus, begin the campaign know to us reapers as 'The Great Immortal Purge'.
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>Humans recognize it as 'The Black Death Plague'.
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>This purge had been largely successful, but all of a sudden, Gensokyo single-handedly decide to secede from Japan,

Er... no.

Although Yersinia pestis is eastern-Asian in origin, the Black Death was almost exclusively European and western-Asian, and occurred in the mid-1300s. The phrase refers less to the bubonic plague itself and more to the sudden, virulent introduction of the plague into these increasingly populated and unhygienic regions. Occurrences of bubonic plague related to the Black Death persisted across Europe until the 1720s, and in the Middle East until 1850.

Gensokyo seceded from Japan in 1885, more than five hundred years after the Black Death and more than five thousand miles away from the affected areas. (There was a contemporary outbreak of bubonic plague (1850-1950), but it didn't spread outside China until 1896, and never hit any nation but China and India particularly hard anyway.)

Beyond that, of course, there is the fact that the bubonic plague (like virtually all diseases) disproportionally affected the poor, whereas one would expect immortals to be relatively wealthy. Also, it resulted in an unprecedented influx of mortal souls—at least 75 million, a sixth of all humanity at the time—which the local psychopomps would then have to process.

It makes little sense to identify the Black Death with a purge of immortals, and even less sense to tie it to the secession of Gensokyo. The former is like saying that the U.S. space program was a research and development program for Tang, while the latter is like saying that the founding of Islam caused restaurants to be invented in Kaifeng.



> "We have the consent and support of the authority of Japan, Russia, German, Italy, France, Indonesia, China, both of Korea, and Iraq."

That is a bizarre list. If the reaper bureaucracy (or bureaucracies) are directly tied somehow to mortal national governments -- well, 1) that's a terrible way to do business; the need for proper processing of souls will typically be greatest in those areas in which the mortal governmental structure is disputed or has failed, as this tends to accompany internecine conflict; 2) I don't see how you can get France, Germany, and Italy involved without the whole European Union, and 3) I don't see why the opinion of North Korea would be worth two shits to anyone, the United States least of all.

On the other hand, if the reaper bureaucracy (or bureaucracies) are not directly tied to mortal national governments, there's really not much reason that North Korea would even have a separate top-level administrative authority, nor would the one in Iraq likely be called "Iraq" (which didn't exist as a separate country until the British carved it out of the Ottoman Empire after World War I) rather than, say, "Baghdad".
No. 180298
>>180295
"Baghdad" is a city IIRC. I think the word you are looking for is "Persia".
No. 180299
[x] No, thanks.
-This is a BlackOps stuff. I'm just a diplomat.
-And I didn't arrive here just to go running about.

>>180295
I figured that afterlifes were done by regilion first then country (MC could be the protestant representive)

>>180283
Certainly sounds like one in the building.
No. 180304
[x] No, thanks.
-This is a BlackOps stuff. I'm just a diplomat.

Violating a foreign nation's sovereignty? Especially the one of their death? For a couple of souls that will probably take down a few reapers, generate a torrential storm of paperwork, likely alienate an entire division of reapers, and piss off one of the few groups that can get around us?

Yeah, this can't possibly end well.
No. 180306











-The purge has officially been named "Operation: Black Death".#RacismHo.

-Just because we have the Black Death, doesn't mean you can just write 'Black Death' in your death note for every person in Europe. That's just lazy.

-The black death is good enough of a cover for the reaping of 'low class' immortals. ('Immortality' doesn't always means 'competence'). But what about the monarch and the rich? #GetCreative.

-Black Death is over. The purge shall now proceed globally under different name in each jurisdiction.

-Okay, who did that job on King George? That was hilarious.#PurplePoop.

-Been assigned on mind control duty again.#FrenchRevolution.

-Come on fellow french reapers! The guillotine is just for the immortals! Don't just give it to every...#FrustatedbyLaziness

-I was transferred to the London Bureau. I am now officially British.

-The mortal governments of Europe have decided to form this little thing called "the European Union" in the purpose of economic integration. We have deemed this change insignificant, at least for the time being.#EuropeanUnion.

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-Helping the French jurisdiction chasing down some Vampires in a cross-jurisdiction case, but we must stop our pursuit as they enter the Gensokyo.border. We are currently trying to establish joint operation with the Ministry of Rights and Wrongs.

-We failed to establish contact with the Yamaxanadu due to interference by the sage youkai Yakumo.

-.....


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-....

-....

-Due to the low mortality rate, the jurisdiction of Norway and Sweden have decided to merge into 'Death Ministry of Scandinavia'.

-In retrospect, Africa now has 200 different Bureaus, each in control of little part of the continent, with some local warlords assigned their personal 'Death Officer'.

-We expect the Hitler Initiative to end somewhere around 2020 after the last of the WW2 veterans finally passed on.

-North Korea is contemplating to open yet another Bureau to take care of Northeast Korea, but finally resolved to asking aid from the international community. We see no reason of why we should object. United Kingdom and the United States are ready to give aid.

No. 180308
[x] I'm in

Consider my interest picked. Also thanks for the [] at the top, my langauge cannot make them easily.
No. 180315
>>180308
>picked
piqued
No. 180318
>>180315
>Pitched?
No. 180330
>>180315

Nah man. Interest can totally be a noun. For example; being someone's love interest.

Maybe someone told him to go find a single interest to pursue, and he happened to pick this one.
No. 180360
Due to a number of incidents inside of the Japanese Bureau (We haven't yet to acquire the details, but they claimed that Gensokyo was somehow involved), a significant amount of souls were lost from their wheel of incarnation, resulting in declining birth rate inside of the Japanese border.

Japan had asked the international community to provide an amount of voluntary souls to be reincarnated as Japanese.

The UK has decided to refuse aid due to a current complication in our own management, the US however, seems oddly enthusiastic.

There seem to be a lot of Americans that dreams to be reborn as a Japanese. the cause for this is currently unknown.
No. 180362
Due to the overwhelming amount of international citizen that died within Gensokyo, brought about by the globalization of the human world, Gensokyo had finally opened its border, even if it were only partially and for the death ministries only, after centuries of isolation.

Since I've been selected to be the delegate of United Kingdom and the entire Commonwealth of Nations for Gensokyo, I decided to do little research of the definitely unique place.

And unexpectedly, I found a special fascination with the concept of Youkai. Especially, animal Youkai.

An animal Youkai is an animal that has lived long enough to gain magical power and develop a human-like or above-human sentience.

For example, a fox that has lived for a hundred of years will grow an extra tail, and will continue to grow a tail for each century passed. With each tail, it becomes more and more powerful, until it finally reached the limit of nine tails. At this point, the fox becomes nearly god-like.

But of course, a fox that lives for a hundred year does not exist, since animals generally have shorter lifespan than humans.

So, how did animal youkai came into being? Well, since they only exist inside the border between fantasy and reality (Courtesy of Yakumo), I think it is safe to assume that an animal youkai is not actually an animal at all, but an entirely different creature.

I theorized that animal youkai is actually just another regular youkai that has taken the trait of an animal. And like any other youkai, they are formed from the beliefs of the people. They did not come from an animal at all.
No. 180364
>>180362
My personal theory about animal youkai is that they were originally "world's supernatural extension spirits" who then possesed an animal and bestowed upon it supernatural properties.