Politics HO Newbnewt 2014/06/12 (Thu) 08:42 No. 180262 ▼
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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.
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.
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?)
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."
"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."
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.)