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30643 No. 30643
[x] Wait patiently.

Hina leaves you two to yourselves as she heads off, teapot in hand. After she's out of earshot, Sanae leans in close to you.

"This is weird," She whispers, "What kind of goddess doesn't have a shrine?"

You look around. There's definitely nothing resembling a shrine around, not even a small one. Nor is there anything resembling a path into or out of this small clearing. In fact, when you look to where Hina just walked off to you notice that the underbrush doesn't seem disturbed at all.

"Maybe it's somewhere else?" You whisper back, "We'll just have to ask."

She doesn't seem satisfied with that. "Hmm."

After a few minutes, Hina returns, carefully cradling the now heavier pot. With a wave of her hand, she makes a small bit of flame near the center of the stumps. Much to your unease, it's a bizarre whitish-purple color rather than a more normal orange.

"That's... scary," You mutter.

"It is." Sanae agrees with a nod, carefully focusing on it. "But I... think it's safe."

Hina just smiles. "Well, it won't hurt the tea. Just don't touch it yourselves, OK?"

"Hina," Sanae asks, as the three of you wait for the tea to brew, "Where is your shrine?"

Hina looks puzzled by the question. But after a few moments, she responds. "This isn't quite like the outside world. I can gather faith directly, without a shrine."


"It's easy to believe in something you can see, right?" Hina giggles, "I just have to make sure to wander close to the village every once in a while. But I try not to get too close. I gather misfortune and curses, but sometimes they get loose from me."

That sounds dangerous, especially when uttered around that purple flame. Sanae, however, doesn't seem to pay it any mind.

"But, there's at least one major shrine here... are you saying goddesses like you don't need even a minor one?"

"That's right," Hina nods. "By the way, do you mean the Hakurei shrine?"

Sanae nods. "That's right. Do you know where it is?"

That's your first time hearing of any of this. A competing shrine would be trouble, wouldn't it? Maybe Sanae thought it wasn't important to mention, but it definitely seems important.

Hina laughs. "Why, would you go there? I wouldn't recommend that. The shrine maiden doesn't take kindly to troublemakers."

"I think you have to answer my questions now, right?" Sanae laughs, deflecting the question. "Or else I think I'm allowed to beat you up again."

Hina sighs a little in resignation. "Well, that's true. It'll make more sense if I start with what's between here and there. First, let me start with this forest..."

You sense your chance to ask about this other shrine slipping away, but maybe it's best not to bring it up right now.

[ ] Ask for more information about this other shrine... from both of these two.
[ ] Let Sanae continue with her questions.
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>> No. 30645
[X] Ask for more information about this other shrine... from both of these two.

We know how it ends, no reason not to intervene... Or help
>> No. 30646
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[x] Let Sanae continue with her questions.

Not like we can do anything to stop/help her anyway
>> No. 30647
[x] Ask for more information about this other shrine... from both of these two.
Let's be proactive about it.
>> No. 30648
[x] Ask for more information about this other shrine... from both of these two.

how can he defect to the superior shrine if he doesn't know anything about it?
>> No. 30649
[x] Let Sanae continue with her questions.

Tidepissing attempt to avert MoF.
>> No. 30650
[x] Let Sanae continue with her questions.

It'll make more sense, right?
>> No. 30651
[X] Ask for more information about this other shrine... from both of these two.
Admittedly not a good time to ask but MC is just completely clueless as of now.
>> No. 30652
[x] Ask for more information about this other shrine. From both of these two.

"There's another shrine here?"

Your curiosity gets the better of you so you can't help but butt in.

"That's right," Hina says, "Didn't your friend mention it?"

"It's a run down, decrepit one," Sanae quickly replies, "and it's run by a lazy shrine maiden. It barely gathers any faith even though Gensokyo is full of it."

"So why's it the only one, then? Seems like someone else could do a better job."

Sanae smiles, but it's a dangerous one. "I know, right?"

A wave of realization washes over you. "Oh, I see."

This isn't just a mission trip, but maybe a bit of a crusade. Not that you really mind, of course - at least for now, your goal is still to get out of here. But you guess that does inform your role a bit.

"By the way," Sanae says, turning to Hina, "I was going to ask you later, but... we've got more than enough space at our shrine, if you'd---"

"No." Hina says, flatly. "You're definitely troublemakers... even if you are right about the Hakurei shrine."

"You're sure?"

"Absolutely," Hina says, removing the pot from the fire. "Although I won't get in your way, either. I'd rather be well away from things when the Hakurei shrine maiden comes for you."

Sanae nods, completely ignoring the bit about the other shrine maiden. "Well, if you change your mind, we'll still accept you."

"I won't," Hina says, "Besides, what kind of shrine would want to be associated with curses?"

"Oh," Sanae laughs, "Well, I don't think it would be a problem."

You don't see how it wouldn't be, but you decide not to drag things any more off topic. "Sorry. You were going to tell us about the forest?"

"Right, right," Hina says, as she gets up and heads back to her hollow. "Well, aside from being wild and full of misfortune, there's not much here. But, just beyond this..."

She pulls a small pouch out of the hollow of the tree, taking a bit of the contents and adding it to the tea pot. "... you'll run into some farmland. And farmers, of course."

She continues through the surrounding area first, after pouring the tea. You learn about the village, the Hakurei shrine, and a few other wilder places that you're probably best avoiding. For someone who primarily dwells in the forest, she's got quite a good memory of layouts.

Sanae thought far enough ahead to bring a pad of paper and a pencil, so she spends most of the time taking notes and drawing maps. You mainly just savor your tea and try to take it all in.

After the surroundings, Hina pauses. "More tea?"

Sanae nods. "Yes, thank you."

"Well," Hina says, "Actually, I'll need to fill the pot again. There's more to talk about than I thought. Please wait here."

"That's ok, we'll wait."

After Hina gets out of sight, an oddly familiar voice calls out from the bushes.

"Hey! You!"

It's... that fairy from before. Is this thing still following you? You thought it wandered off. Sanae looks to you, raising an eyebrow questioningly.

[ ] Ask Sanae to deal with it.
[ ] You're owed at least one ruse out of it, you think.
>> No. 30653
[X] Ask Sanae to deal with it.
-[X] Make sure she doesn't get knocked the fuck out by some bugger lurking in the trees.

Fairies. Not even once.
>> No. 30654
[X] You're owed at least one ruse out of it, you think.

Let's do this.
>> No. 30655
[X] You're owed at least one ruse out of it, you think.
Time to deal with things ourselves.
>> No. 30656
[x] Ignore it, like the insignificant pest it is.

Maximum bully.
>> No. 30658
[x] You're owed at least one ruse out of it, you think.
>> No. 30659
[x] You're owed at least one ruse out of it, you think.

Now that you're back under Sanae's protection, you decide to have a bit of fun with it. Verbally, of course -

"I don't know," You shrug, looking it right in the eye. "Maybe it's confused? I think I'd remember someone like this."

It's face scrunches up again for a moment, but then it relaxes. "Follow? Crash?"

Sanae laughs. "It's cute. What's it even trying to say?"

"Beats me. Definitely seems confused."

You think it's on to you. It gives you one heck of an evil eye before turning to Sanae.


"Come where?" Sanae asks. "Do you want to show us something?"

Sanae turns to her as she speaks, so you take the opportunity to make a face at the little fairy. You can behave like a kid, too. It notices, making a face back. Sanae turns around, but you've returned to your poker face before she does.

"We're busy right now," You say, "So you'll have to find us later."

The fairy, seeing that this new person doesn't seem interested either, looks back to you.


With that, it leaves. You chuckle a bit. Making enemies of fairies might not be the best idea, but it sure feels good.

"Geez," Sanae says, amused but a bit shocked, "What was that all about?"

"I wonder," You say, trying your best to keep your satisfied smile from shining through. "I guess it just doesn't like me?"

Right about then, Hina returns. "Are the fairies bothering you? You should just shoot them, they can get to be a real nuisance."

"I kinda wanted to see what it would do," Sanae said, laughing, "Pranks or not."

"Hmm," Hina says, "Well, it does get old after a while. You'll get sick of them soon enough. Now, where was I?"

"Umm, somewhere around 'the fringes'," Sanae says, "I think you were going to talk about the mountain first."

"Right, right."

You didn't have really anything to add last time, so this time you wrack your brain for any questions you might have.

[ ] <Questions for Hina>
[ ] Listen intently.
Kind of a cop-out vote, but I'll be writing again in ~6h so it's just a short wait.
>> No. 30660
[x] Listen intently.
>> No. 30661
[X] Listen intently.

The fairies could still be here.
>> No. 30662
[x] Listen intently.

Although you wrack your brain, you can't really come up with anything you'd want to ask this Hina person. Instead, you opt to just listen and take note of what she's saying... and keep watch for the fairy, should it decide to return.

"So, the mountain..."

Hina continues on. That river you passed on earlier is apparently home to a whole host of kappa, although the legends you know about kappa and these creatures don't really match up aside from them living in water. The do sound friendly to humans, though, so you shouldn't have to worry much about them. The tengu do only have the one village, so you seem to be good on that front.

here's a fairly well established trail that runs closer to the river, although it runs right up to the tengu village so only merchants really use it now.Still, that sounds like where the rest of your shrine's path should meet up with existing infrastructure. That info alone made this little diversion useful, even if you're nowhere near where people will be travelling.

You do notice the fairy once or twice, peeking out from behind a tree, but it seems to be wary of Hina. Although you try to focus on Hina's lecture, once she gets away from the mountain and into "places you should definitely avoid", you find your thoughts drifting to that popped fairy from earlier. Do these things die? Where do they even come from? Who makes those little dresses?

By the time Hina gets through everything, you definitely feel like you've taken on too much information. You're tired, even though you've been sitting here not doing anything for at least an hour or two.

"... and that's everything," Hina says, "Well, everything I know about at least."

Sanae seems to be in much the same boat as you. "That's... a lot of different places."

"Gensokyo is small," Hina says, "But there's a little bit of everything."

"Well, that's way more information than I thought we'd get," Sanae says, before turning to you. "We'll definitely have to beat up anyone else we meet."

You're not sure what to make of that. It almost sounds like a joke, but you can't be sure. "Might makes right, huh?"

Sanae nods energetically, although she pauses before responding. "... actually, that probably would just scare people off wouldn't it?"

"Or scare them into believing," You nod, "That's worked for some religions in the past."

While Sanae seriously considers the idea, Hina speaks up. "I don't mean to rush you, but it's about time I make my rounds."

"Oh," Sanae says, snapping out of thought, "We probably should get going, shouldn't we?"

You nod. "Probably. Where to?"

She thinks about it for a moment, then glances down to her notebook. "... my brain is mush."

Hina laughs. "Well, you did want everything. You're welcome to rest here if you want, but I really do need to get going."

"Sure." You say, "Thanks for everything."

Sanae looks up, giving her a warm smile. "Thanks again!"

Hina gives her a bit of an odd look. "Well, I didn't have much choice, did I? Please, try not to cause too much trouble."

With that, she leaves after carefully stashing her tea and tea pot back into the hollow. Sanae seems to be at a loss, fumbling through her notebook.

[ ] Suggest lunch. Sanae's been burning a lot of energy, you're sure she could use it.
[ ] Suggest checking out the river. You want to check on the state of this path
[ ] Suggest heading to the nearby farms. Better to start spreading the word early.
>> No. 30663
[x] Suggest lunch. Sanae's been burning a lot of energy, you're sure she could use it.
A dollop of kindness is alright every now and again.
>> No. 30664
[x] Suggest lunch. Sanae's been burning a lot of energy, you're sure she could use it.

Can't beat people up on an empty stomach.
>> No. 30665
[X] Suggest lunch. Sanae's been burning a lot of energy, you're sure she could use it.
Take it easy.
>> No. 30666
[x] Suggest lunch. Sanae's been burning a lot of energy, you're sure she could use it.

We are going to return here with a box of candies, mark my words.
>> No. 30667
[x] Suggest lunch. Sanae's been burning a lot of energy, you're sure she could use it.

food time
>> No. 30668
[x] Suggest lunch. Sanae's been burning a lot of energy, you're sure she could use it.

"How about we head back to the shrine?" You suggest, "It's no good to skip a meal, especially when you're working hard."

Sanae stops flipping for a moment, then closes her little notebook. "Huh. I guess it is lunch time, isn't it?"

"I think so," You say, "Though, I don't have a watch."

Sanae laughs. "Why didn't we think to bring a lunch, anyway?"

"Beats me," You say, shrugging. "We'll just have to remember next time. Although... it's not going to be trouble for you to fly both of us, is it?"

She shakes her head. "I'll be fine. After that fight, I really think I'm getting the finer points of flying now. You ready?"

"Yeah, let's go."

Without any of the unsteadiness from earlier, you gently rise up off the ground. "What are the finer points, anyway?"

"Um... hold on."

You see why she wanted to wait in a moment. The canopy is still dense here, yet Sanae manages to weave you both through it without so much as brushing you up against a leaf - although you come close a few times. Once through the canopy you see the open sky again.

Sanae brings you within earshot as she sends you both on an upward trajectory.

"So, the finer points..." Sanae pauses for a moment, then laughs. "Actually, I don't know how to explain it! It's just a lot easier."

"That's fine then," You say, although you can't help but catch a bit of her giddiness. "It's a cool power."

"It doesn't bother you, does it?"

"What doesn't?"

"You know," She says, a bit skittishly, "Being normal."

[ ] It doesn't.
[ ] ... maybe a little.
>> No. 30669
[x] It doesn't.

It's not something that usually comes to weigh very heavily on a person's mind, not being able to fly or make miracles.
>> No. 30670
[X] It doesn't.

Every wizard needs a muggle companion.
>> No. 30671
[X ] ... maybe a little
Of course it does. He just almost died to a prank because he's too weak to defend himself. Hell, he can't even move to one place to another without relying on Sanae.

Being an ant amongst Giants... It'd bother anyone.
>> No. 30672
[x] ... maybe a little
>> No. 30675
Rolling 1d2 => 1 ?
>> No. 30676
[x] It doesn't.
>> No. 30677
[x] ... maybe a little
>> No. 30678
[x] It doesn't.

"Not really," You say, after pausing for a moment to think it over. "It feels weird, I guess, but it doesn't bother me."

She smiles. "Not even a little?"

"Nope. Not right now, anyway."

"Kanako said I should ask you that after you'd seen a bit of the world," She says, "She's worried you might find it tough here."

"Is she?" You ask. "She seems like the type to mention that directly."

"It came up while you were sleeping last night. She wanted you to have a chance to see a bit of it first before thinking about it."

"Well," You say, "I'll keep the concern in mind. But for now, I'm good."

"Can I try something?"

"Try what?"

"Some advanced movement."

You look down. It's strange how quickly you've gotten used to this, too. Once the path exists, you'll have to make a point of making the trip yourself... maybe. Then again, that might be unwise, given all you know about the mountain now.

You laugh. "Sure. Just don't drop me. I'm normal, so I think I'd handle that poorly."

"Right. Wahoo!"

You suddenly spiral out of... no, just spiral. Barrel rolls. That's what she wanted? A look to your side shows Sanae doing the same, but in the opposite direction. You shut your eyes - it's a bit disorienting when you aren't the one causing the spinning.


... well, you can't help yourself for long, so you open one eye. She's not just rotating both of you, but accelerating and weaving the two of you around each other. You shut it again. Why did you say yes?

"I'm getting sick," You finally call out, "Can you stop?"

She laughs. "Ok, ok. Sorry."

In a few short moments, you come back into the steady flying pattern you'd become accustomed too. You open your eyes. Yeah, you can tell at least one of you was having a blast.

"Seriously," You say, "That was like a bad roller coaster ride. Only I wasn't strapped into anything."

"It was pretty smooth though, wasn't it?" She asks. "I wasn't sure I could do it with the two of us."

"It was, but... wait, you, weren't sure?"

She laughs. "I would have caught you, don't worry!"

You can't help but be caught up in her laughter, too. Maybe it's the adrenaline. "Can I take back my answer from earlier?"

"Hey, can we try going really fast?"

"If there's no spinning," You say, a bit hesitantly, "Go for it."

Speedy mode is decidedly more tolerable. The acceleration is a bit jarring, but once you're up to speed there's not much of a difference aside from the wind in your face and the rate that the ground is speeding away under you. The wind resistance you feel goes away in time, and the two of you touch down in front of the shrine without any real issues.

"That actually seems useful," You say, taking a quick inventory of the grounds. You don't see anyone else here, but you guess there's no telling with gods if they're around or not. "Is it more tiring than going slow?"

She shakes her head. "It's harder, but not too hard."

The two of you start walking towards the building you stayed in last night. "How hungry are you? We've got some leftovers from breakfast that we could scarf down if you don't want too much."

"Hungry," She says, indecisively. She says she's not tired, but she certainly looks it. "But, a snack would be good too..."

Well, you can't handle a fairy, but you can handle the 'I don't know what I want' meal problem easily enough. Especially when you've already decided you'll be doing the preparing.

[ ] Quick lunch. You don't want to slack off too much.
[ ] Big lunch. Gotta keep that energy up.
>> No. 30679
[x] Quick lunch. You don't want to slack off too much.
A big lunch actually makes you more tired and sleepy. Can't stuff yourself and get food coma.
>> No. 30680
[x] Quick lunch. You don't want to slack off too much.

There's also the possibility of more of those aerobatics afterwards.
>> No. 30681
[x] Quick lunch. You don't want to slack off too much.
>> No. 30682
[x] Big lunch. Gotta keep that energy up.

honestly don't care so I'm gonna tide piss
>> No. 30683
[x] Quick lunch. You don't want to slack off too much.

I wonder if there will be a chance for him to become stronger
>> No. 30684
[X] Eat some fucking lunch
>> No. 30685
Didn't manage to make it today - unusually busy for whatever reason and I have to get up early tomorrow. I'll make this one up Sunday around noon.
>> No. 30687
[x] Quick lunch. You don't want to slack off too much.

"It's better if we don't eat too much. Wouldn't want to get too bloated or sick if we get into another situation later."

"Hum," She says, as the two of you head inside, "Yeah, that's true. I guess I could make the leftover rice into ---"

"Whoa, hold on," You say, "I'll take care of it. I can't fly, but I can handle lunch just fine."

She looks like she's about to argue with that, but instead just nods. "I'll wait out here."

You put together a few rice balls using the leftover rice, using the assorted sides as filling. One for each of you now, maybe one for later... and done. About as quick as lunches can be, and you can even eat these on the way to wherever you're headed next.

You find Sanae resting outside on the porch. You guess the adrenaline from earlier has worn off, because she looks hungry - and like she could use a nap.

"Here," You say, handing her one of the ones with a sweeter filling, "Should be about right."

Taking a seat next to her, you start digging into your own. You were quite a bit hungrier than you thought. The two of you eat at an incredible pace, demolishing the two balls in a matter of only a few minutes.

... something's off, though. You feel like you're being watched.

"Hey, shrine maiden!"

An unfamiliar voice calls out from somewhere high above you. Sanae lazily tilts her head towards the sky. You do as well. It's hard to make out the figure, but you notice one thing - very pointy shoes.

"Hello!" She calls out again, drawing closer. "I'm a reporter with the Bunbunmaru News! Do either of you two have time for an interview? We're doing a piece on your new shrine!"

As she draws closer, you can see now that whoever this is has a rather nice looking camera handy. as well as a notepad. Ah, and you think you saw that style of dress with some of the tengu. Maybe she's with them?

Regardless, this is all a bit strange. You look to Sanae. "Bunbubmaru News? How'd she even hear about this place already?"

Sanae looks just as confused as you.

[ ] Strange, but a news story could help get the word out. How convenient!
[ ] Sounds suspicious. Politely decline and look for an excuse to leave.
>> No. 30688
[x] Strange, but a news story could help get the word out. How convenient!

what's the worst that could happen?
>> No. 30689
[x] Strange, but a news story could help get the word out. How convenient!

Sure it's Aya and she might spin it into something else, but no publicity is bad publicity. It's not like the Hakurei shrine's reputation is any better.
>> No. 30690
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[x] Strange, but a news story could help get the word out. How convenient!
>> No. 30691
[x] Strange, but a news story could help get the word out. How convenient!

Hey, it's not every day you get into the papers for free.
>> No. 30692
[x] Strange, but a news story could help get the word out. How convenient!

She probably has a few contacts in high places. Literally.
>> No. 30693
[x] Strange, but a news story could help get the word out. How convenient!

"I think we should do it," You say to the puzzled shrine maiden, "It might help people find us up here. What's the worst that could happen?"

Sanae thinks it over for a moment, then nods. She turns skyward again. "We have time! Come and sit with us."

Whoever this is, she's quite fast. She takes her seat to Sanae's side in mere moments. "Great! Let's start with introductions. My name is Aya Shamemairu, and as I already mentioned I'm a reporter. What are your names?"

"I'm the head priestess of the Moriya shrine, Sanae Kochiya," Sanae says, pausing and turning to you. You introduce yourself as the assistant priest and a new convert.

"Great! Now," Aya continues, "I'd like to ask you a few questions about the shrine."

She peppers you with rapid-fire questions, one after the other. What kind of shrine is this? What god resides here? Why did you suddenly appear in Gensokyo? Sanae handles them quite well, taking on the spokesman role flawlessly. You note her answer for later use - if these are going to show up somewhere, you'll want to be consistent.

As the list goes on though, the questions become strange. What's your favorite color? If you had to pick between being too hot and too cold, which would you pick?

"You're doing great, thank you," Aya continues, "Now---"

"I'm not trying to be rude," You ask, unable to help yourself. This is starting to feel more like one of those bad variety shows than a proper news interview, "Aren't these getting a bit silly?"

"No, not at all!" Aya laughs, "These are important question. People want to know. Now - so, do you guys, you know?"

"Know what?" You ask, suddenly wary of what kind of interview you've walked into.

"You know, that?"

[ ] What kind of news paper is this?
[ ] Answer straight.
[ ] Oblivious answer.
>> No. 30694
[x] Oblivious answer.

First step to a harem
>> No. 30695
[x] What kind of news paper is this?
>> No. 30696
[X] What kind of news paper is this?
>> No. 30697
[X] Oblivious answer.

When in doubt, play dumb.
>> No. 30698
[X] Oblivious answer.
>> No. 30699
[x] Oblivious answer.

You decide to play the oblivious one, although it's a bit hard to do so. "I'm sorry, I don't follow."

Aya looks puzzled. "What, are you a bit slow?" she asks, bluntly. You can tell it's not meant to insult, but it stings all the same. Before you can respond, Sanae piques up.

"We definitely don't." She says firmly, "This is sacred ground."

Sanae looks a bit disappointed as she looks to you. You guess it might be bad if you let that question go unchallenged in a news article.

Aya frowns at that answer. "Not even a little bit? It's not like you'd have to defile the grounds, there's plenty of mountain around."


"Got it," Aya says, jotting down in her notebook, "But you want to, right? I mean, a young man and a young woman living together..."

Neither you nor Sanae knows how to respond to that one, so there's just awkward silence for a few seconds.

"Just kidding!" Aya laughs, "Come on, who do you take me for? Next question! How many visitors have you had so far?"

"Two, right?" You say, looking to Sanae.

"Two," Sanae nods. "One human, and one Tengu. Oh wait, I guess it's three now that you've visited."

She continues with a few more, somewhat normal, questions. How do you intend to get worshippers up here? Does the shrine sell charms, or is it only donation based (you learn that Sanae does prepare charms, in addition to everything else that she does). Is it always open or are there specific hours? General information questions, and quite a few of them.

Aya shows no signs of slowing down, but the two of you must be. She seems to pick up on this "And, I'll end it here. Why should anyone visit this shrine?"

Sanae puffs out her chest. "Because it's the best shrine in Gensokyo!"

"That's it?" Aya asks, seemingly not satisfied with the answer.

"Should there be more?" Sanae asks.

"Well," Aya says, "It's just disappointing, is all. Can't every shrine say that?"

"They'd be lying," Sanae says, frowning a bit. You can tell Aya is starting to get on her nerves. You decide to take over for a bit.

[ ] Bring up the idea of some kind of "grand opening" event. That could definitely draw people.
[ ] Play your role - you became assistant priest because of how great it was.
>> No. 30700
[x] Bring up the idea of some kind of "grand opening" event. That could definitely draw people.

Isn't that the whole Moriya MO?
>> No. 30701
[x] Bring up the idea of some kind of "grand opening" event. That could definitely draw people.
Advertising, let's go.
>> No. 30702
[x] Bring up the idea of some kind of "grand opening" event. That could definitely draw people.

Moriya Shrine conspiracy go.
>> No. 30703
[x] Play your role - you became assistant priest because of how great it was.

continue to play the good assistant until it's time to defect to the superior shrine
>> No. 30704
[x] Bring up the idea of some kind of "grand opening" event. That could definitely draw people.
>> No. 30705
[x] Bring up the idea of some kind of "grand opening" event. That could definitely draw people.

"Maybe something like a 'grand opening' event could work?" You wonder aloud, turning to Sanae, "I've seen those do quite well."

It takes a few seconds for her to cast off her foul mood, but she smiles. "Oh, that might work. We haven't really had much time to think about the opening yet."

You look to Aya. "Could you give us a minute?"

"Aahh... normally, I wouldn't," She says, "But I guess I can, since you did just show up yesterday. Of course you wouldn't have time to think about it."

"Let's talk inside."

Sanae nods. "Sure."

Aya seems ok with that, so you two step inside the living quarters. You head back to the dining room to give yourself some space to talk.

The first words out of Sanae's mouth are a sigh. "She's so energetic."

You nod. "Yeah, I almost regret calling her down. But some advertising should do us good. Can you think of anything?"

"Well," Sanae says, "We do sell charms to people for various things. Maybe we could give some away?"

"That's good," You say, thinking. "Maybe every 30th visitor gets one, or something. Do you charge for blessings?"

"No," She says, "It's donation only. But maybe we could give out a special one to some people?"

"What, like 'this will make you extra lucky'?"

She laughs. "Yeah, you can't put all your effort in all the time."

The two of you discuss it for a bit, but those two ideas are the best that you manage to come up with. Maybe not optimal, but they'll do and they're fairly low effort on your part. As you're discussing it though, you think you hit a snag.

If you're both out trying to gather followers, how will you handle this?

[ ] Bring it up now, while the discussion is fresh.
[ ] It's solvable. Bring it up later and get Aya her answer.
Next one called in ~7h.

Also, I decided Sunday afternoon isn't the best time for the make-up update, so I'll only do the evening one tomorrow. Instead I think I'll do it Wednesday morning, as I should have some time even while travelling.
>> No. 30706
[X] It's solvable. Bring it up later and get Aya her answer.

The groundworks are down, it's better to not keep Gensokyo's fastest waiting.
>> No. 30707
[x] Bring it up now, while the discussion is fresh.

If she waits, she'll probably eavesdrop. It's good that they know her real character sooner rather than later. And if she hears something mildly important and passes it on (doubtful, on both accounts) even more so. It's like lending money to a friend: a true test of character.
>> No. 30708
[x] Bring it up now, while the discussion is fresh.
>> No. 30709
[x] Bring it up now, while the discussion is fresh.

It's best to be prepared. Aya can wait.
>> No. 30710
[x] It's solvable. Bring it up later and get Aya her answer.
>> No. 30711
[x] Bring it up now, while the discussion is fresh.

Sanae seems to have noticed the worry on your face. "Something the matter?"

"Yeah", you say, frowning, "So... who's going to do all this if we're out spreading the word ourselves?"

It takes a moment for that to sink in, but she seems to understand the problem after a bit. "Huh. Should we do something else?"

"Hmm... maybe we could set it for a specific day?" You offer, still keen on the other ideas. "I wonder how long it'll take us to finish the rest of the path to the shrine."

"Oh, not an ongoing event, then?"

You shrug. "Might work. But we'd need to pick the right day."

"We'll do it the day after tomorrow," She says, after thinking for a bit. "A day to get people to come and a spare day."

You hesitate. "Won't it take longer than a day to build the path?"

"Nope!" She laughs. "We could do it tonight if we had to."

Your mind flashes back to earlier when Kanako was hurling massive logs up the side of the mountain with ease. Still, isn't there the issue of faith? You can't say you understand it entirely, but you do understand that feats require worshippers.

Quietly, you ask, "Wouldn't that be hard with no worshippers?"

Sanae thinks about it for a moment. "Hmm... well, a little bit," She says, "Maybe there's something else?"

You go round in circles for a bit, but there really doesn't seem to be much of a way out of it. Sanae assures you that it'll be fine, so you both agree that two and a half days seems about right. You also hash out the details of how the path leading up to the shrine will be marked, so that you can include it in the response.

It'll be a busy few days, but it'll be ok you think.

It takes you a bit to spot Aya after leaving the guest house. At first you're afraid she's left, but you notice her taking a few pictures of the shrine. You call out to her as you head over.

"So," She says, putting down the camera for a bit. "How was the powwow?"

You fill her in on the details.

She seems a lot more satisfied with that answer. "Great! See, that's how you should do it."

Sanae coughs a bit in response. "So, was that all the questions?"

"That's it," She nods, "Thank you for the interview! I'll even throw in a complimentary delivery for you tomorrow. See you!"

Before you can even manage a goodbye, she bolts into the sky. You can't help but marvel at her speed. Sanae was fast earlier, but this is something else.

"... phew." Sanae exhales after deep breath. "Was that really a good idea?"

You shrug. "I guess we'll see. Should we get going?"

"Should we check out the river next?" Sanae asks, a dangerous look on her face, "It might be fun to meet the kappa."

[ ] Sounds good.
[ ] Meeting some humans might be better.
>> No. 30712
[x] Meeting some humans might be better.

Change of pace after dealing with youkai all day. The kappas ain't going anywhere.
>> No. 30713
[x] Meeting some humans might be better
>> No. 30714
[x] Sounds good.

Never seen one before!
>> No. 30715
[x] Meeting some humans might be better.

"Why not try the farms or the village instead?" You wonder, "It'd feel weird if we didn't even talk to a few humans today."

The dangerous glint in Sanae's eye softens a bit. "Ah, yeah. That's a better idea, isn't it?"

"Of the two, I think so," You say, shrugging. Probably better for the kappa, too - maybe tomorrow she won't want to blast them.

"Me too," She says, "The village, then?"

"Yeah, that sounds good. Let's fly over the farms though to see if we can see anything."


"Let's go."

The familiar embrace of the wind picks you up once more, and the two of you head out again - full speed from the start this time. She's gotten quite good at this. You decide to try to strike up a conversation as you've got a few minutes before you hit anything habited.

"So, was that Aya person flying the same way as you do?"


"It looked like she was riding the wind as well," You say, "I was just curious."

"No, that was different."

"What's different?"

"How to explain it..."

You don't really get a satisfactory explanation, but it does pass the time. The forest thins out below you as you converse, and you're clearly in human inhabited land before too long. Harvest time, it seems like. The people are quite busy.

"What's that?" you ask, seeing a large gathering of people near a corner of one of the fields. Other than having a half dozen or so people not harvesting, you can't see what's going on from this height.

"I'm not sure," Sanae says, "Let's check it out."

The two of you float closer, staying overhead to remain mostly unnoticed.

"A shrine, maybe?" You ask. It certainly looks like one of those small, roadside shrines. "Wonder who they're praying to."

"Us, in a few minutes," She says, sounding all fired up again. "Let's go."

[ ] No need to rush. Let's observe for now.
[ ] Assistant priest mode - activate.
[ ] Leave them be, it's just a few people.
>> No. 30716
[x] Assistant priest mode - activate.
>> No. 30717
[x] Assistant priest mode - activate.

Excuse me, do you have some time to talk about our goddess Kanako?
>> No. 30718
[X] Assistant priest mode - activate.
>> No. 30719
[x] Assistant priest mode - activate.

While it might be a bit rude, they need to practice before the big event. Far be from me to deny them both that chance
>> No. 30720
I was hoping to get in one last update before my vacation started, but didn’t manage.

I’m moving that Wednesday update to tomorrow night, because my plans also shifted a bit, but that’ll be the last one until the 20th. See you all then.
>> No. 30721
[x] Assistant priest mode - activate.

Hope it'll be a lovely time~
>> No. 30722
Right, so, waking up at 3am is harder than it seems. Sluffing off the makeup update until Sunday, I guess, since I won't have internet again until then.
>> No. 30724
[x] Assistant priest mode - activate.

You give an affirmative nod. This is your one job here, after all - to help convert the public. Time to sell it.

"I'll follow your lead."

The two of you descend slowly and without notice down toward the unsuspecting worshippers. And, once on the ground, Sanae spares no time in walking over to them. You follow, just a bit behind.

"Hello!" She calls out, announcing herself. "What's troubling you all?"

They turn, seemingly surprised by you two. Yeah, these people definitely look normal - no animal bits or other strangeness that you can see. They grip their tools as they walk towards you, but only lightly. It's a few younger kids and an older man.

"Who are you?" The old one demands, stepping in front of the crowd. "You don't look familiar."

One of the others turns to him. "Isn't she from the shrine?"

"Nah," The old guy responds, "Colors are wrong. I think? Besides, the shrine maiden there doesn't go out."

"We're from the Moryia shrine," Sanae says confidently, "And I'm the head priestess. Are you looking for a blessing?"

"Moriya shrine?" The old guy asks, clearly at a loss. He turns back to the crowd. "You boys ever heard of that one?"

While they talk among themselves, trying to figure out this mystery, Sanae walks past the group of people and up to the roadside shrine. Again, you follow. She looks it over for a little bit before turning back to the crowd.

"Are you praying for a good harvest?" She asks them. "We can help with that."

That gets them off of whatever discussion they were having. "Yeah. You can help?"

Sanae nods. "Of course. Here, let me show you a little taste." She turns to you for a moment, making it clear that you should follow, then turns to the field. "Over here."

You both walk to the edge of the nearby rice field as the farmers look on. She sits on the ground and prepares... well, you're not quite sure, but you take a similar pose behind her.

After a few moments, she rises to her feet again. "There."

You stand, looking out into the field. The unharvested rice plants within arm's reach have all grown considerable volume. Although you don't think there's any more plants, the ones that are there look like they'd give a whole lot more rice. A whole field of this would be incredible.

[ ] Act like you've seen this plenty of times already. Might lend to your authority.
[ ] Act like you've never seen anything like it. Might get the crowd into it.
New plan. I'll call this one tomorrow around noonish, but stuff may come up and I may not finish the update before travelling (most of the way) home later in the day. If that's the case, it'll show up Tuesday afternoon instead.

Thanks, I did enjoy it~
>> No. 30725
[X] Act like you've never seen anything like it. Might get the crowd into it.

This is a two-man act here. Best to let the person with the faithy mojo take the lead.
>> No. 30726
[x] Act like you've never seen anything like it. Might get the crowd into it.

Drive it home.
>> No. 30727
[x] Act like you've never seen anything like it. Might get the crowd into it.
>> No. 30728
[x] Act like you've seen this plenty of times already. Might lend to your authority.
>> No. 30729
[x] Act like you've seen this plenty of times already. Might lend to your authority.

We came with her. If someone is skeptical, they might just point out at this inconsistency and label us as snake oil sellers.
>> No. 30730
[x] Act like you've never seen anything like it. Might get the crowd into it.


Although you've seen Sanae perform a few feats before, the foremost in your mind being flight, you still can't help but be amazed by this one too. You decide not to subdue your amazement. If anything, it might sell the shrine better.

Sanae, though, seems surprised by your sudden outburst. She turns around. Just as she does, the crowd also joins in.

"Whoa!" "That's amazing!"

Sanae recovers from the initial shock rather abruptly, taking on her previous dignified aura. "As I said, this is just a little taste. If you worship at our shrine, your whole field could look like this."

They don't really know what to make of this, and start conversing amongst themselves. In a moment though, they all prostrate themselves before you.

"Please, Priestess," The old leader starts, looking Sanae in the eye from the ground, "Tell us, where is this shrine?"

"Follow the old merchant path up the nearby mountain, towards the Tengu village," She says, pointing, "We're at the summit. You'll know the trail by the frog markings."

"But..." The old man looks down, "That's incredibly dangerous."

"It's not anymore," Sanae says, "We've made it safe."

"Another miracle!" He yells.

Suddenly, one of the younger ones stands up and looks you in the eye. He's tense. His focus shifts to Sanae. "How do we know these are not youkai?"

The old man sits up and look at him, sternly. "Quiet! Clearly, this is a priestess."

"It's too convenient!" The younger man yells back, "Priestesses don't come and bless fields. They barely leave their shrines! This is a youkai trying to trick us in some way."

[ ] Speak up on Sanae's behalf.
[ ] Let Sanae handle it.
Made it home, so back to normal schedule as of today. But, this week I'll toss in a double updates tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday rather than just Saturday to help mitigate the week of nothing.
>> No. 30731
[x] Speak up on Sanae's behalf.

Proactive games ahoy
>> No. 30732
[x] Speak up on Sanae's behalf.

As a matter of fact...
>> No. 30733
[x] Let Sanae handle it.

Don't mansplain
>> No. 30734
[x] Speak up on Sanae's behalf.

We're the normal guy here. It would sound better if we vouched for her instead of a godly being trying to explain herself. And she also currently knows Gensokyo as much as us, so it's fine for us to fill them in.
>> No. 30735
[x] Speak up on Sanae's behalf.
>> No. 30736
[x] Speak up on Sanae's behalf.

"She's a human, just like me," You say, not wanting to stand for that kind of accusation, "Or do you think I'm a youkai, too?"

"Yeah, I do," The man looks to you, the fire still burning in his eyes. "That, or you're under her spell. Ow!"

The old man whacks the back of the younger's head. "I said quiet! Let me handle this."

His wrinkled face turns towards yours. "What family are you from?"

You give your family name, not really thinking much about the question. But, when you do, the old man frowns. "I don't know of that family."

"See! He's --- oof!"

The man is faster and stronger than he looks. With a single movement, he knocks the younger man down into the dirt. "Are you deaf?" he asks the downed man, before turning back to you.

"It's an odd name, too. Sounds made up."

"I don't see why you'd know of it," You shrug, "I'm not from Gensokyo. I appeared here yesterday along with the shrine. And, frankly, it was so amazing that I asked them to let me help them out on their mission. The goddess of the shrine is truly wonderful."

That last bit is somewhat of an exaggeration, but it rolls off the tongue nicely enough.

He looks on for a few moments, but eventually nods. "Hmm." He turns around to face the other men with him. "Do the rest of you believe him?"

"I recognize those shoes," One of them says, pointing down. "When I lived in the outside world, those were popular. I believe him."

You look down. Oh... guess you forgot the sandals in your excitement this morning.

"Yeah, I do too."

"Let's test the rice to see if it's real," another says, "If it's a youkai, it'll be poisoned or wither away soon."

The older man seems satisfied with their responses as well. He turns to Sanae. "What do you take in offering?"

"Money is fine!" She says, smiling, "Although, we really just want you to come and pray. That's more valuable to us than money."

"Come and get eaten, more like," The troublemaker mutters, standing up. He's really not buying it.

He's being a bit more careful this time, keeping one eye on the old man. He pulls out his belt knife, holding it up for you to see. "Here, let me prick your finger with this. It won't do much to a youkai, but if you're human you'll bleed like the rest of us."

[ ] Do it. It's just a little pinprick.
[ ] Five outta six converts isn't bad. Ignore him.
>> No. 30737
[x] Do it. It's just a little pinprick.

If it affects us, then we get a hint that we are not normal.

If it doesn't, but he has evil intentions, Sanae gets to play hero

If it doesn't and he is what he appears to be, then we might get another follower.
>> No. 30738
[x] Do it. It's just a little pinprick.

Who needs powers when you have big balls.
>> No. 30739
[x] Do it. It's just a little pinprick.

Be gentle.
>> No. 30740
[x] Do it. It's just a little pinprick.
>> No. 30742
Got sidetracked. I'll double up tomorrow's updates instead.
>> No. 30743
[x] Do it. It's just a little pinprick.

You look to Sanae, because although he's just poking you you imagine he's going to want to pull her in as well. Although you don't exchange words, she seems indifferent towards the thing.

"Fine," You say, extending your left hand, "Go for it."

The man didn't seem to be expecting that response. He looks to the old man who, although not pleased, doesn't seem to care to stop him. He looks back to his knife, then to you.

"Yeah, alright," He says, walking towards you. "Hold still."

He grasps your hand with one of his, then gives you a rather rough poke to your ring finger. And... a bit of a slice, as his hand slips.

"Gah! Sorry."

It's not a bad cut, nor particularly painful, but it's enough that the blood doesn't require much coaxing to come out. You immediately draw your hand back and put some pressure on the cut with your other hand.

"It's fine," You say, taking a step back from the man, "Happy?"

"Yeah," He says, wiping his knife on his trousers, "Sorry. I didn't need to do that."

"No, you did," Sanae says, "And if he's fine with it, you don't need to apologize. But we would appreciate it if you'd offer a few prayers at the shrine."

He nods. "Sure."

"Well," You say, turning to Sanae, "Should we get going?"

Sanae seems OK with that. "Let's. Thank you all in advance!"

The two of you rise into the air, although this time you've got an audience. Once you're out of earshot, Sanae moves you close to her as you two lazily head towards the village. "Let me see your hand. Is it bad?"

"It's not too bad," You say, although as you relieve pressure you see that it's still bleeding and it's starting to stain your fingers. "Ah... well, it's just a flesh wound. I guess it does look kinda gruesome."

"Want me to heal it?" She offers, "You can't go bleeding all over the place."

[ ] Sure.
[ ] You just need something to wrap it.
Next one will be in about 8h.
>> No. 30744
[x] You just need something to wrap it.

Yowch. Don't know how clean the guy's knife was, though, so maybe leaving it open for now would be best.
>> No. 30745

You don't get healed by magic very often. The magic of love, that is.
>> No. 30746
[x] Sure.
Maybe her healing also prevents any possible infection?
>> No. 30747
[x] Sure

Our blood might attract predators. Also, it is another show of trust. Every bit counts.
>> No. 30748
>> No. 30749
[x] Sure

we gotta have F A I T H!
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