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You lean back in the chair. It seems that it’s actually not that uncomfortable. You feel yourself start to drift off slowly, when suddenly there’s a huge noise. The door to the house slams open and there’s a loud thud. You instantly jerk awake and look into the kitchen. Aya’s standing in the doorway, breathing heavily. Lying on the ground in front of her appears to be. . . Eirin!" But wait. . . Something’s off. Aya rushes into the room and slams the door shut behind her. She says something to Momiji who runs out of the kitchen and heads upstairs. Aya waves you into the kitchen, before grabbing Eirin off of the floor and slamming her down on the table. You begin to raise a protest when the prone figure on the table groans in pain before speaking. “Lord Tenma. . . Will hear of this. . . You damn whore. . .” You and Tewi both have the same confused look on your face. Aya explains quickly. “This isn’t Eirin. And from what this. . . thing,” she spit’s the word, “Has told me, They already traded off the real Eirin to Reimu in exchange for her not having Suika tear down the mountain.” Aya grabs the tengu by the collar and slams her into the table again. It’s head lolls to the side. You hope it’s only unconscious. “But that’s moot at this juncture. Grab your stuff, we have to go now. This thing raised the alarm, and shortly the whole mountain’s going to be coming down on us.” Momiji re-enters the kitchen, re-dressed in her normal garb carrying someone in her arms. Wriggle trails along behind her, rubbing sleep from her eyes and carrying Rumia. Cirno, who had been sitting in the corner the whole time, watching this unfold quickly rushes over to Wriggle and begins whispering into her ear. You dash into the living room and wrap Reisen up as best as you can in the blanket, then pick her up. Re-entering the kitchen Aya and Tewi seem to be in the middle of a heated debate. “That’s stupid you rabbit, going to the shrine would be suicide!” “Exactly! That’s why it’s the best idea you idiotic crow! The red white’ll never expect it!” “It’s also the best way to get us murdered. The quickest route there would take us directly over that devil’s mansion!” “So who said we had to go the quick way?! We could always skirt around the mountains, or maybe hide in the human village. Either way, we need to get Eirin away from that goddamn miko.” Aya sighs and shakes her head. “I don’t know where we can go at this point, but the shrine is definitely the worst of the ideas for places we can go.” “Well then! You think of something better!” Tewi crosses her arms and stomps her foot. She’s fuming. “I know you want to get Eirin back but. . .” Aya notices that you’ve re-entered the kitchen at this point, “Maybe we should have him decide.” “Fine then. Human, where do you think we should go?”
[ ] Shrine. Short route. [ ] Shrine. Long Route. [ ] Human Village. [ ] Forest of Magic. [ ] Scarlet Devil Mansion [ ] Flee Gensokyo altogether
It's on the way to the shrine, anyway. And, frankly, if they're against us we're not going to last much longer there than we would on Reimu's turf.
Besides that, Patchy's little assist in giving us back our button still has me curious as to why she was at the Moriya Shrine, why she didn't attempt to attack or capture us, nor even so much as tip off the enemy as to our presence there.
If Reimu and company knew we were at the opposing shrine, you would think they would have come there well before Yukari made her appearance.
>>30722 Ah well, if we manage to get Pachy, Flan Flan or Koakuma on our side it would help, but having Remi against us would limit our choices to Flan only. That is, if we are smart enough to make her an ally.
>>30722 It depends, and we quite frankly have no idea what Kira's take on Remi is like just yet.
For all we know, she might APPEAR to be fond of Reimu, but secretly resents her for the fact that despite being a mere human she still outmatches her.
I think there's a chance that many of Reimu's allies aren't as fond of her as they may seem. It's just a matter of finding that sore spot and pressing it until they decide to turn against her. Like Alice and her dear, departed mother...
>>30727 Even that is against us. What Remilia says goes, so just a simple "Sister doesn't like those people, Flandre" could make us go BOOM! Plus, we're not traveling with the most diplomatic crew ATM (a loudmouth fairy, a crybaby, an annoying journalist, and a mischievous rabbit). It's going to be PHANTASM MODO trying to sway Remi and the SDM as a whole to our side.
...unless she wants revenge against Reimu for stopping her plans...
Take down the easiest targets first. Divide an conquer.
Marisa is powerful, but only human. A gun stolen from Kourindou will put her down, or at least cripple her.
Alice had already been showing signs of waffling in her alliance with the Shrine, and the knowledge we have on her past grants us leverage. Her grimoire along with EX-Rumia are the only possible powers available to us that could go toe-to-toe with Suika or Reimu.
>>Momiji re-enters the kitchen, re-dressed in her normal garb carrying someone in her arms. Wriggle trails along behind her, rubbing sleep from her eyes and carrying Rumia. Cirno, who had been sitting in the corner the whole time, watching this unfold quickly rushes over to Wriggle and begins whispering into her ear. You dash into the living room and wrap Reisen up as best as you can in the blanket, then pick her up.
>>Wriggle...carrying Rumia. >>Cirno >>Reisen
>>Momiji...carrying someone in her arms Um...anyone else wondering about who this is?
>>30728 >>30729 Only thing we can do is hope that Patchy did heals us is a sign of Remilias uprising against Reimus terror Regime. I know it is a slim chance of hope, but the only thing we have at the moment, only choice is to hide like a rat, but looking at that whole of gensokyo is behind us seems little of hope. We can not forget one thing that Yukari and Kanako are secretly planning something that they would not want to tell us at the shrine. So knowing that she is watching us the whole time, we can assume and hope that if the shit starts to hit the fan, she will help us. Human Village is unreasonable same with Forest of Magic, those are strongholds for the Reimu faction. Going to SDM is more like DEAD ON ARRIVAL then anythign else.
Aya and Tewi both look at you like you’re retarded. Which you probably are, suggesting that you go to the SDM. “You CAN’T be serious, kid.” Tewi’s just staring at you. “And here I thought YOUR idea was stupid, Tewi. It’s a wonder you’ve managed to keep this one alive as long as you have.” Aya just shakes her head. “Since we’re not going to get a sensible answer out of him we need to go now. We don’t have any more time for nonsense. Momiji, take Reisen. I’m going to have to carry this idiot.” Momiji grabs Reisen. A short while later, Momiji has Reisen situated on her back with some help from Tewi. She races out the door followed closely by Tewi. “Cirno, you and wriggle need to try and keep up with me. Momiji and Tewi’ll be running along on the ground, and I’ll need you two to cover me as I’ll be carrying this nitwit.” Aya jerks her thumb in your general direction. “Let’s go.” Aya scoops you up in her arms and flies out the door, Cirno and Wriggle follow you out the door and into the sky. The moon illuminates the cloudless evening quite well. Aya curses. “I was hoping there’d be a storm or some such tonight. So much for that. . .” Cirno and Wriggle struggle to keep up with Aya’s speed, and you’ve already turned your head away from looking the wind speed is just too much for your face to bear. You wonder, absently why Aya’s helping you. With nothing better to do, you ask her. “That little spy was supposed to track you down, once you escaped from that prison and report your whereabouts to Lord Tenma, so that he could turn you over to the miko in exchange for sparing the mountain. The idiot. However, that little spy got antsy and jumped the gun. She was supposed to slip out in the night and tell Lord Tenma where you were hiding at. Being part of a group may mean that some times you don’t get your way, but it doesn’t mean that you always have to swallow the stupidity of your leaders. I don’t know. There’s just something about you that I like. It makes me want to make sure nothing happens to you, that, and Lord Tenma is an idiot. Short sighted fool. Sure, handing you over may hold off Reimu for now, but it’s not a permanent fix. Something has gone. . . wrong with her. I can’t explain it. She seems a thousand times worse than usual. Sure she’d rather kill first, and ask questions later, but she’s never just up and erased a faction from the face of the map. That’s probably why Remilia’s helping her. Seeing Eientei wiped off the map is good motivation for any one to start listening seriously to the miko when she’s talking.” Aya closes her eyes for a moment and shakes her head. “This whole thing has turned into a huge mess. I really wish I knew what was going through Reimu’s head. I really just don’t understand what’s possessed her all of a sudden. . .” Aya falls silent. She seems to be flying slightly slower now, since Cirno and Wriggle are having an easier time keeping up, and the wind isn’t buffeting your face as much as before. You glance down at the ground, far below, It seems that you’ve long since left Youkai Mountain. You’re still in the mountains that surround Gensokyo, but it’s mostly rocky outcroppings. Something catches your eye on the ground, but you’re not quite sure what it is.
[ ] Ask Aya to check it out. [ ] Ignore it, It’s probably nothing.
Guess, let's think about this for a second. Yes, Remilia and Flandre are some heavy-hitters worth recruiting, but help or victory are NOT guaranteed with them. We need someone who's A) A docile ally willing to help us, B) someone pretty strong in their own rights, C) A full moon.
Gentlemen! We need a re-write, and we know just the person to do it.
>>30764 Yeeeeah. I mean, know we haven't really had much time to sit and chat what with all of the running for our lives we've been doing lately, but you would think SOMEONE could have clued us in as to just what the hell was going on.
They ask us what we think we should do despite us not being nearly as clued-in as they are, and they look like there's something wrong with US for picking something we didn't have much reason to think was that bad of an idea?
>>30776 No Option that Kira has given us was every useless, maybe choosing this has already done its purpose and helped us out in the background, you all seemed to forget about the scene of someone talking about us ages ago.
You point down at the object on the ground. Aya looks down. “A house? here? I’ve never been out this way, but I don’t know of anyone who might be living out here. . . We should be far enough away from the tengu and the kappa that it shouldn’t be any of them but. . .” Aya seems to be unsure of what do to.
>>30825 Goddamn it, Kira. I can't tell when you're laughing at us screwing ourselves over, or making us think we're screwing ourselves over so we pick the option that really WILL screw us over anymore.
>>30747 >We are still lacking mystia. No (9) team without mystia.
<Kapow> if we do another playthrough we are definitely finding mystia <Jerl> Fuck yes <Kapow> she was probably in the fucking forest when we ran into reimu <Kapow> if we had just run away then <Jerl> She was in the forest the first time we got separated from Cirno and Rumia. <@Dark_Mercury> You had no less than 5 chances to meet mystia, <@Dark_Mercury> And 3 for chen. <Jerl> But we did meet chen. <@Dark_Mercury> You met chen, but not in a recruitable fashion. <Kapow> how long ago were the chances <@Dark_Mercury> Way back. <NEff> Chen should have been sitting under that house we crawled under. It's the cat thing to do. <@Dark_Mercury> Too late to recruit them now. <Kapow> if we do another playthrough let's try to be a little less fucking retarded, and actually find mystia <@Dark_Mercury> Mystia's already become a certain someone's dinner. <Kapow> nooooo <NEff> ?_? <Kapow> bad end <NEff> Does that mean Yuyuko's out on the prowl? Maybe we'll get some much needed backup.... <Kapow> fucking reimu ate her
Aya shrugs and swoops down to the house. Cirno and Wriggle following closely behind. When the four of you land you take a quick look around. There’s a little clearing here, it’s relatively flat, and there’s little here but the house, and the flat ground you’re standing on. Well . . . House may be a bit much. It’s more of a shack, really. The party climbs the stairs up to the door and slides it open. It’s dark inside, but you can see the entire inside from the doorway. Stepping inside, a light overhead sparks to life, revealing a bizarre room. Well, Bizarre for Gensokyo. You could probably find either a replica or something similar to this room in any Japanese Otaku’s room. There’s shelves and shelves of figures, mostly of touhou characters, along the far wall. There’s a computer in the corner nearest you, and a futon laid out on the floor in the middle of the room. It seems that it was abandoned in haste, as it‘s still warm to the touch.. The computer in the corner is off, but something in the corner there is humming. Aya follows you in and turns up her nose. “Ugh. . . It smells in here. . . Wait, where is this? This is one bizarre looking place.” Cirno, Wriggle and Rumia are all still outside the room. This place is just too strange, and makes you feel ill at ease.
>>30860 Well /b/ would ignore us, they'd probably say something along the lines of "GTFO WEEABOO". And then proceed to talk about their girlfriends and repost the same fucking shock pictures over and over.
>>30846 You could probably find either a replica or something similar to this room in any Japanese Otaku’s room. There’s shelves and shelves of figures, mostly of touhou characters, along the far wall. There’s a computer in the corner >nearest you, and a futon laid out on the floor in the middle of the room. It seems that it was abandoned in haste, as it‘s still warm to the touch..
THIS ROOM. IT WAS MADE FOR ME.
>The computer in the corner is off, but something in the corner there is humming.
You and Aya give the room a quick once over, but find nothing out of the ordinary. Well, out of the ordinary for you. There’s just the figures, the computer and the futon in the room. There’s also an attached bathroom, but there’s nobody in there, and nothing in there besides the toilet and a small shower. You attempt to turn on the computer but find that it’s unplugged. There’s no wall outlets, which then suddenly strikes you as very odd that the light in the room would be working then. You didn’t see any power lines or anything that looked like a generator outside, so you have no idea how this place could have power. . . No sooner do you finish that thought than the light goes out. Aya screams and clings to you. “Th-There’s something in here. . .” Out of the corner of your eye, you catch a glint of something. Looking towards it, the door slams shut. You can hear Cirno and Wriggle shout in surprise at the sudden door closing.
It’s suddenly very, very quiet.
You can’t hear the pounding from Cirno and Wriggle that you heard a moment ago, nor anything that Aya was saying. You can still feel Aya clinging to you, but. . . Things seem to be getting a little hazy.
“Oh? And what, prey tell, are you doing in my house. . .?”
[ ] Flee. [ ] Attack where the voice is coming from. [ ] Cry. [ ] Do nothing.
>Well, if you ask me? Avoid the stairs. They're gonna be bad news. Also? Flowers. They're nice. But not the kind you're thinking of. Also, You may want to watch out behind you. You really suck at searching.
A stuttered reply escapes your lips, something about wondering who lived here. You think you also threw in a ‘please don’t kill me’ but you can’t quite remember. It’s dark now, much darker than it was before, and the wind is blowing. Wait, the wind is blowing? It’s blowing quite strongly. You force your eyes open and see Cirno and Wriggle following you closely behind, but wait, what just happened? Aya’s carrying you, but this time it’s more like she’s pulling you along as she has you gripped under the arms instead of carrying you. She seems to be in a great hurry, which is why Cirno and Wriggle are struggling to keep up. You can’t even speak the wind is pressing down too hard. After what feels like an eternity, Aya finally starts slowing down, and you can breath properly again. Coughing a bit, you ask her what in the hell just happened. “I-I don’t know what that was, but whatever it was, I wasn’t sticking around to find out. I pulled you along with me and fled. I may have ah. . . accidentally used you to break the window on the way out. . . but we seem to have gotten away from whatever that was.” Aya looks around now. “We also seem to have lost Momiji and Tewi. . . They should hopefully be alright on their own. . .” Aya suddenly seems to be getting drowsy. “Uhh… What’s. . . Happ. . .” She begins slowly gliding towards the ground, then all out starts falling. SHIT. The two of you tumble for a bit before something snags you. It seems that Cirno caught you. She seems to be straining under the weight of you and Aya, whom you just realized you grabbed onto with out thinking when Cirno caught you. The three of you float down towards the ground eventually coming to rest in the middle of a large field of flowers. They appear to be lily of the valley. The wind here, while it isn’t strong, is fairly constant. Wriggle comes down along behind Cirno, and lands on the ground near you. “What just happened back there? Aya just covered half of Gensokyo and all but pulled us along with her!” You shrug and tell Wriggle that you have no idea what just happened. Aya seems to be out like a light. Going that fast for that long must have taken quite the strain on her. You’re not sure where you’re at, and it’s still night. Maybe you should rest here for the evening, as you doubt anyone would expect you to be halfway across Gensokyo at this point.
We're surrounded by lily of the valley, not by sunflowers. This is Medicine, and we already pissed her off before. Yuuka maybe we could cut a deal with, but that's pretty doubtful with little miss dolly.
No, this isn’t a good place to rest or sleep. Aren’t lily of the valley poisonous anyways? With a little help from Cirno, you manage to get the unconscious Aya up onto your back, and the five of you set out across the field. Suddenly, Cirno seems to realize something. “OH YEAH! THIS PLACE! I remember this place! There was the flower thingie! It happens all the time, and like, there’s a lot of flowers! And there’s some girl who lives here! She has a doll or something. I don’t know. . .” Cirno seems to be concentrating hard on remembering something. You tell her that your little group needs to be quiet, otherwise you could attract unwanted attention. “OK! GOTCHA!” . . . If you weren’t carrying Aya right now, you’d face palm. However, you don’t really get that chance. Turning back from Cirno, there’s a girl standing in your path. She has short blonde wavy hair, tied up with a bow. In the moonlight, her dress seems to be blood red, her eyes flashing silver in the moonlight. There’s a small doll floating nearby her. She seems to be standing there, staring up at the moon, not moving. You think you’ve seen her somewhere before, but you’re not certain. You stop moving, as does Cirno and Wriggle. The five of you stand there staring at this strange, motionless girl.
[ ] Keep moving, go past the girl. [ ] Greet the girl. [ ] Go back the way you came.
>>31036 it’s useless anyway, even if we go past her, she will notice us and will talk to us, so why not just go say hello nicely and try to talk her out of killing us, she is young and doesn't know much about the world.
>>31051 But not before we get one last communication from her, clearly in agony and near death, as she tells us she doesn't blame us for what happened, she believes in us, and is cut off just before she can finish saying she loves us.
So we've most likely missed out on something interesting in the mysterious shack, and in the process have now been separated from Tewi, Reisen, and Momiji. Now we're BACK at the place where we first pissed off Reimu, about to greet the crazy little dollie who tried to kill us the last time we tried to talk to her, the thing we used to defend ourselves from her before is gone, the strongest member of our party is out like a light, and our only backup is the nine-ball trio.
Mind, this is already after we screwed the pooch and lost our healers, our techie, our immortal, have almost the entire Youkai Mountain in pursuit of us, and have even more unanswered questions than when we left the NEET and Eirin to their fates back at Eientei.
>>31221 Well, maybe not THAT way, but they might have point. Last time Medicine tried to kill us because >>"I don't like humans. Much less, humans who show up suddenly, and are noisy."
...of course, breaking her from her staring at the moon won't help us much. But, the fact that we're in the company of four definite non-humans might make her less inclined to turn hostile right away. If we play our cards right, we might even get her as an ally.
She is firmly anti-human. Our main enemy is not only human herself, but is firmly anti-youkai. With a little persuasion, she might be able to be swayed to our cause. As to how much good that would do us, however, I don't really know...
Frankly, I'd much rather try to get Yuka on our side, but even if that were an option, I can't see us pulling it off.