Blue Goodbyes

Blue Goodbyes
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So you've finally shown yourself...
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You monster.
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Why do you look so surprised? Are you just playing dumb, or do you really not know anything?
What are you talking about...?
I don't even know where I am...
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Hm...
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Well, whatever. I wouldn't be much of a god if I let you hold the reins.
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Let's continue under the assumption that you don't know anything.
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That works best for me. And you'll just have to deal with it.
Are you really a god?
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Yes. How dare you question me.
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Don't you know your place, human?
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Or maybe...
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...that's what all humans are like nowadays.
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*sigh* Yeah, I think that might be it.
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I completely forgot because this journey has taken forever, but humans don't have any respect for gods anymore.
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You use divine or godlike as adjectives without appreciating the true meaning.
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We are spoken of in vain.
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And whenever you want something but refuse to put in the effort, you blame us when things don't go your way.
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Your prayers are nothing more than a list of shallow demands.
You're right. I don't know the traditional ways of worship.
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Sorry. That was unseemly. Ungodlike, you could say.
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I was just venting my frustration. Gods dislike it when everything is doom and gloom.
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We prefer to let loose and enjoy ourselves. Go on, entertain me.
All right. I'll tell you a funny story.
Choice Selected: "All right. I'll tell you a funny story."
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Oh, I've got plenty of funny stories. I'm the one who invented sumo wrestling, after all.
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My opponent in that first sumo match was a dirty cheat. Everyone knows you're not supposed to use weapons.
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But he charged at me with a sword in each hand. Can you believe it? One was made of ice, the other of lightning.
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He ended up cutting off both my arms. And that's how I ended up a serpent god.
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Well, my father is a snake, so perhaps that was always my fate... Hm, that wasn't that funny. OK, no more stories!
Choice Selected: "Sorry. I can't even shoot any beautiful bullets for you!"
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Beautiful bullets?
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Oh, right. That's some kind of game, isn't it?
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Yeah, what are they called again...? Ah, yes, video games.
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I don't play them, but some of my followers do. You're talking about one of those shoot-'em-up games, right?
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I know all about them. I'm a god, after all.
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...I'm not lying.
Main Branch
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So... What's your name?
Huh?
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Your name. What is it?
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I'm asking you a question. Tell me your name.
Umm, I'm PLAYER.
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...PLAYER´╝č
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Is that really your name?
What do you mean?
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Never mind.
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That was a stupid question. There's no point asking you.
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You don't know anything at all.
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However...
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...you're the only being I've managed to find in this world that has long since ended.
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I can't even tell you how long it's been. Actually, does time even exist here?
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I don't suppose it matters. No, maybe it does. I'll think about it later.
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Do you see what I'm getting at? Can a human like you understand me?
No... I've got no idea what's going on...
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Yeah...
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I figured THIS you would say that.
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I was asking the other you.
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I wouldn't expect you to understand what I'm saying. But the other you should.
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I guess I'd better try to explain.
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I'm sure there are plenty of other yous. Too many to count.
What?!
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Now to make this even more confusing... there are plenty of other yous, but you are still unique.
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And that also goes for that other you, who I'm speaking to right now. They are unique as well.
Sorry. None of that made any sense to me.
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That's fine.
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I'm not talking to you but to the other you, who is unique among your countless other selves.
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I'm sure they exist and that they are observing us right now.
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I don't have any proof, or rather, none that I could explain to a human, but my divine instincts tell me it's true.
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And that's how it should be. Gods have their own kind of wisdom that cannot be comprehended by humans.
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Our language and sense of awareness are on a different scale, and our divine senses give us a unique perception.
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By honing these senses, we can tap into some underlying concepts which differ from those that govern humans.
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Everyone wishes for more time than they have, but, of course, some gods are against such meddling or don't understand it.
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I'm talking about a divine net, structured like a kind of nervous system.
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It's a record of the gods, their bunrei, and how they were syncretized, changed, or weeded out in every region and era.
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Each individual god forever exists as a part of this colossal network, myself included.
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And that's how I know that I must pray to you.
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I'm a god, but I must pray to a human.
Wh-Why would a god pray to me?!
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No, not to you. I must pray to that other you. The observer. You're just that person's shrine maiden or something.
You mean they're like a god whom I serve...?
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Well, not exactly, but it's a close enough analogy.
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All right, so I'm going to pray to you, and you're going to just stand there and listen.
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That way, my words... my prayer, will reach the other you.
But... what are you praying for?
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The return of Kanako Yasaka.
Miss Kanako...?! Why?
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I'm not sure how much you know about the Lost Word Incident...
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But the other you should know all about it, and that's good enough for me. I'm not going to explain it.
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Now, you asked me why Kanako Yasaka...
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Wait, I haven't introduced myself yet, have I? So I guess it's no wonder that you're confused.
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I am Minakata of the Suwa sea, the god who bears the divine name Minakata.
Minakata... like, Takeminakata?! I-I bow before you!
Minakata
There's no need for any of that. I already gathered that you respect me as a god from our conversation thus far.
Wait... isn't Miss Kanako Takeminakata too...?
Or did she never actually call herself that...?
Minakata
The name Takeminakata could be used for Kanako Yasaka, and it can be used for me as well.
Minakata
Of course, you could also call us by our other names. That's just how gods are. We're all connected by the network.
Minakata
But, well, you're not as well-versed in gods as me, so I doubt that clears up your confusion.
Minakata
For the sake of convenience, I will give you some arbitrary differences between Kanako and me.
Minakata
Kanako is a goddess, right? That means she has taken some of the divine aspects of Yasakatome.
Minakata
So I'm the parts of Takeminakata that she left behind. This isn't entirely accurate, but it should help you tell us apart.
Huh?!
Does that mean you're a male god?!
Minakata
Of course not!
Minakata
You're right that Takeminakata is male, but I'm Minakata.
Minakata
Minakata means "water shaper," as I shape water into clouds, rain, rivers, and lakes.
Minakata
It can also mean "way of water" taken from my roots as a water GODDESS! I'm a girl!
(She's like a child version of Miss Kanako...)
Minakata
Anyway...
Minakata
It's time we left this place.
Minakata
Now that I've prayed to you, we should be able to climb up the divine network like a spider climbs its web.
Minakata
It's a path of gods that's only traversable by restoring memories.
Minakata
And when I say "restore," I don't mean these memories have to be correct.
Minakata
After all, there's no such thing as a "correct" memory. They all get revised by age-addled brains. Do you get what I'm saying?
Minakata
Memories can morph and change. All that matters is that they're distinct and connected with each other.
Minakata
Kanako has lost everything. But by following these memories, we should arrive at her remnants.
Minakata
Then if we can somehow give her a form and free her from her prison... I can go home happy.
Um, how exactly are we going to do that?
Minakata
I don't know. That's why you're coming with me.
B-But I don't know either!
Minakata
We've been over this. All you need to do is watch and listen.
Minakata
There are people observing us through your network...
Minakata
The old world's retirees.
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Minakata
Don't worry. I'm sure at least one of them will show up.
Minakata
It's like I'm praying for them. That's what you were thinking, right? Well, gods know the value of praying better than most.
Minakata
We've had much more experience with it than you faithless humans.
Minakata
People become heroes by taking risks. And gods are beings born from the mounds of glory laid atop their souls.
Minakata
You won't achieve anything if you don't trust other people. I haven't seen our mysterious allies yet, but I believe in them.
It's reckless, but then again, you are a god!
Minakata
Exactly.
Minakata
All right, let's get going.
Minakata
With my pathfinding skills, nothing can stop us. Not even a boulder so large it would take 1,000 men to push it aside.
Minakata
Watch this. Bop, beep, boop.
Suwako
How'd it go?
Kanako
Don't worry.
Kanako
It went well. The baby girl has been born.
Suwako
Wow, that's great!
Suwako
Is she healthy? What about the mother?
Kanako
They're both fine, of course. They were protected by my divine blessing.
Suwako
I bet it was more thanks to my blessing than yours.
Suwako
I'm their ancestor, after all.
Kanako
I suppose, but I doubt the blessing of a god who's slowly being reduced to nothing but a name would be that effective.
Suwako
Huh?! Are you looking for a fight?!
Kanako
Of course not. Why would I want to fight on such a joyous day?
Kanako
Although... I wouldn't say no to a sumo match to commemorate the occasion.
Kanako
If we battle up in the sky, we can go all out. The people below will probably think it's just fireworks or something.
Suwako
Heehee!
Kanako
Hahaha!
Kanako
Hahahaha. What fun! What a joyous day!
Suwako
Yeah, you said it. I can't remember the last time I was this happy.
Suwako
I suppose it was way back then when our feud was settled, and we came to an agreement about how to rule this land.
Kanako
Really? I didn't realize you were so happy about that.
Suwako
Yeah, I guess you wouldn't get it! I pretty much saw what was going to happen in the future.
Suwako
Including how this blessed child would be born. In fact, I saw it all the moment you first appeared before me as my enemy.
Suwako
I predicted everything.
Kanako
I'm sure you're exaggerating... But perhaps that's what comes from being connected to someone by blood.
Kanako
Or rather, connected by fate.
Suwako
Why do you say it like that? You're also a part of our family now.
Kanako
Didn't you just call me your enemy?
Suwako
Yes, you're that too. It's not that uncommon for gods to be both, is it?
Suwako
To put it simply, the only things that separate us from one another right now are our names and appearances.
Suwako
Moreya once existed in this land, and Takemikazuchi came from Izumo.
Suwako
Minakata defeated Moreya, and Minakata lost to Takemikazuchi.
Suwako
Who knows which came first? They could even refer to the same event, just phrased in a different way.
Suwako
But that's a problem for humans to sort out. We gods merely change our form in response to their answers.
Suwako
You were determined to stay here.
Suwako
And thus, you became a part of this land through sheer resolve.
Suwako
You became a part of my family.
Kanako
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Suwako
Though you're mostly still my enemy!
Kanako
What?! I was actually kind of moved. Why'd you have to go and ruin it?!
Suwako
Well, that's what you are. You'll just have to accept it. Besides, being an outsider for eternity isn't all bad.
Suwako
My clan and I were saved by your decisive action.
Suwako
So please keep at it...
Suwako
...not just for my sake, but for our new hope that was born today.
Kanako
Hehe, don't you worry.
Kanako
This is where it all starts.
Kanako
That girl is our future.
Was that... the day Miss Sanae was born?
Minakata
I explained this earlier, but that wasn't a "correct" memory or anything.
Minakata
This just means that some experienced this day like that. In fact, the majority probably experienced it differently.
Minakata
It's actually pretty simple.
Minakata
It doesn't matter if the path is a paved one, a trail through the wilderness, or even a path that has not been tread before...
Minakata
We have to follow it, no matter what.
Minakata
Only... there's no guarantee that the path we're on won't turn back on itself.
What do you mean?
Minakata
Why don't you take another look?
Suwako
How'd it go?
Kanako
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Suwako
Tell me. How did it go?
Kanako
...*sob*
Suwako
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Suwako
I see.
Suwako
No, I understand. You don't have to say it.
Suwako
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Suwako
*sob*
Kanako
She was meant to be our blessed child.
Suwako
This isn't right... How did this happen? What could we have done?
Kanako
The age where gods can freely manipulate the lives of humans has long since passed.
Kanako
Hardly anyone believes in the power of gods anymore.
Kanako
Children are blessed by genes, and diet governs their health. Childbirth isn't left to luck but made safe through precautions.
Kanako
Doctors are the ones who save lives, and miracles can only occur within the limits of medical knowledge and technology.
Suwako
Are you saying that's why the child couldn't live?
Kanako
Yes. The doctor clearly pronounced that there was no hope for the mother or the child...
Minakata
This is another possibility.
M-Miss Sanae won't be born if this continues...!
Minakata
Indeed. History will change. And considering the way genes work, her chance will never come again.
Minakata
Even if another child is born and given the same name, she will be a completely different person.
Is this another version of history?
Minakata
In a manner of speaking. But this history isn't connected to the path we must take.
Minakata
We have to keep going, so we must change it.
Minakata
At the risk of sounding repetitive...
Minakata
What you're about to see isn't the "correct" version of events either.
Suwako
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Suwako
...?!
Suwako
Do you feel that?!
Kanako
Huh?
Kanako
Whoa!
Kanako
Y-You're right! It's like starlight... Faint yet powerful...
Kanako
The light of a blessed new life.
Suwako
Wait... was that a miracle?!
Kanako
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Suwako
Would you go take another look for me?
Kanako
OK. Leave it to me.
Kanako
But I'm not worried any longer.
Suwako
Yeah, that was surely a sign from my descendant.
Kanako
Our blessed child has been born.
Minakata
And there you have it.
What was that laser? It's like it changed the outcome!
Minakata
Pretty cool, right?
Minakata
It's my way of forcefully correcting a fate that I don't like. You could also call it a miracle.
Minakata
But using it comes with a certain responsibility, as fate should not be distorted lightly.
Minakata
We used it just now to clear our path. It was reckless, like leveling a mountain to create a road.
Minakata
I don't want you to worry about it too much right now since we're short on time, but you should keep this in mind.
Minakata
Again, by "you," I mean that other you.
Minakata
All right, let's keep going.
Sanae
Gensokyo?
Sanae
Why do you have to go there?
Kanako
Because we are severely lacking in faith. No one believes in us anymore.
Sanae
Huh?! But all our followers still worship us...
Kanako
They pretend to believe in gods to keep up appearances, but their true faith lies in the power of humans and technology.
Kanako
Haven't you experienced this yourself, Sanae?
Kanako
When was the last time you used your power as a living god to create a miracle?
Sanae
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Sanae
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Sanae
I-I see your point.
Kanako
Without faith, gods cease to exist.
Kanako
So before that happens to Suwako and me, we will become a part of fantasy along with our shrine.
Kanako
That's the requirement for entering Gensokyo given to us by my contact there, and I agreed to it.
Kanako
Suwako is sleeping in the main shrine right now, but I've already gotten her consent.
Kanako
Though, it wasn't easy. We haven't had a fight like that for a very long time.
Kanako
Anyway, once we reach Gensokyo, we can gather faith from nonhumans.
Kanako
It's a world full of beings who live longer than humans and enjoy playing with gods.
Sanae
Gensokyo, huh? It sounds like an interesting place...
Sanae
So Moriya Shrine will become a part of fantasy... What does that mean for the Moriya Shrine of this world?
Sanae
What will happen to its followers... the gods they believe in... and the shrine itself?
Kanako
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Kanako
This is just my prediction, but...
Kanako
Suwako and I will disappear from this world along with our names.
Kanako
The faith that was supposedly directed at us will change to faith in a different god.
Kanako
The god that Suwako and I created long ago...
Kanako
Moriya. Referred to by others as Takeminakata.
Kanako
They are a fabricated god written into the annals of history after the fact.
Kanako
The kanji used for the name of the shrine will probably change too.
Kanako
Sanae, you will cease to be a living god. And the name of your wind priestess profession will also change.
Kanako
You will become an ordinary human and an ordinary shrine maiden.
Sanae
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Kanako
I'm well aware that moving along with our shrine is an extreme response. Suwako is optimistic, but I'm afraid.
Kanako
There's not much time left. It feels like I could disappear at any moment.
Sanae
I never really understood why two gods are worshipped here instead of one...
Sanae
With your connection to snakes and frogs, I figured that one of you lost to the other.
Sanae
But I think I understand now. You two are inseparable...
Kanako
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Kanako
OK, Sanae... You must choose.
Kanako
It must be your decision.
Kanako
Will you come with us to Gensokyo?
Kanako
Or...
Kanako
...will you stay here?
Sanae
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Kanako
(Sanae. If you were just a little bit younger...)
Kanako
(...I wouldn't have forced you to bear this responsibility.)
Kanako
(But you have already matured into your own woman. You have sufficient power to decide how you want to live.)
Kanako
(You have already established yourself as a god and a living god, albeit an inexperienced one.)
Kanako
(I have to let you make this decision for yourself.)
Sanae
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Sanae
I'm...
Sanae
I'm terrified.
Sanae
All my friends are here in this world, as well as our kind followers.
Sanae
I haven't even finished school yet, and I've been thinking about what I want to do in the future.
Sanae
My mom and dad are here too, not to mention my relatives.
Sanae
In the past I've worried...
Sanae
Worried that maybe my friends and parents only liked me because I'm a wind priestess.
Sanae
Or because I'm a living god who can cause miracles to happen.
Sanae
For a time, those thoughts consumed me and made my whole world darker. I guess that's just a part of growing up... Haha.
Sanae
But, even so...
Sanae
Eventually, I realized that I have to acknowledge and learn to accept myself as I am.
Sanae
I have to accept the parts of me that have nothing to do with being a wind priestess or a living god.
Sanae
I'm sorry, Lady Kanako. I couldn't bring myself to talk to you about this...
Sanae
You're a god, but you're also like my mother... I couldn't ask for your advice...
Kanako
(She really has grown up.)
Sanae
I'm also an ordinary human here.
Sanae
And to think that I'd have to abandon that...
Sanae
And leave this world forever...
Sanae
...makes me terribly afraid.
Kanako
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Sanae
Th-That's why... *sob*
Sanae
I'm sorry... L-Lady Kanako...
Sanae
I can't... *sniffle* go with you... *sob*
Kanako
I understand, Sanae.
Kanako
You have nothing to apologize for.
Kanako
All right. I'm afraid our time has run out.
Kanako
This is goodbye.
(The Takeminakata she talked about... Could that be...?)
Minakata
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Minakata
I guess it's my instincts as a god talking, but I'm honestly hesitant to change this.
Minakata
Unfortunately, we cannot afford to let my personal feelings get in the way. We have to bridge the path and continue on.
(Miss Sanae's wish and Lady Minakata's intentions...)
(It'll soon become unclear whether they even existed...)
Minakata
Hehe, it looks like you're starting to catch on.
Minakata
A god is showing you the ropes, so don't waste this opportunity.
Minakata
Watch closely.
Sanae
Please wait, Lady Kanako.
Sanae
I haven't told you about my dream.
Kanako
Isn't your dream to live in this world as a human?
Sanae
No, that's not it.
Sanae
My dream is...
Sanae
Um, right now, I'm a living god, and I serve you and Lady Suwako as a wind priestess.
Sanae
So, um...
Sanae
How do I say this...?
Kanako
Hm? Why are you mumbling?
Kanako
Speak clearly if you have something to say.
Sanae
Yes, well, um...
Sanae
I've never put my dream into words before, so I'm not really sure how to explain it...
Kanako
Ahahaha! I see. Don't worry about it so much.
Kanako
Just talk to me like you usually do.
Sanae
R-Right! Ummm, errr...!
Sanae
OK, so, my dream. I'm a living god, and I serve you and Lady Suwako as a wind priestess.
Sanae
So, one day, I want to become a super amazing shrine maiden who gathers lots of followers for us all!
Sanae
That's what I want!
Sanae
To become a super shrine maiden...
Sanae
...
Sanae
It's a silly dream, isn't it...?
Kanako
No, not at all. It's a bit vague, but I think it's a wonderful dream.
Sanae
Hehehe!
Kanako
But this means you'd have to come with us. Are you sure that's OK?
Sanae
Yes.
Sanae
I'm still a little scared, but I'll go with you to Gensokyo.
Sanae
I'll forever be grateful to all my beloved friends and family here.
Sanae
But if I have to leave them behind to follow my dream...
Sanae
...then that's what I'll do.
Sanae
Goodbye, everyone.
Minakata
Phew.
Minakata
It feels like we've been traveling for quite a long time now.
Minakata
We've passed through so many memories on our path.
Minakata
I've lost count of how many we changed. But that was to be expected.
Minakata
...
Minakata
We've come such a long way that I can no longer hear your voice.
Minakata
Well, I suppose that's fine as long as that other you can still see and hear everything.
Minakata
Now then...
Minakata
According to my calculations, we should be nearing our destination.
Minakata
But I can't possibly drag Kanako out of the darkness all by myself.
Minakata
I was hoping that one of the retirees would show up around now.
Minakata
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Minakata
...
Minakata
Oh!
Minakata
I didn't expect all of you to come here too...!
Minakata
...
Minakata
Hm, I see.
Minakata
It seems I was right, PLAYER. There really are lots of other versions of you.
Minakata
They gathered so many divine spirits here.
Minakata
Now all that's left is...
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Wow! Look at all these ghosts!
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No, wait, they're not ghosts! Are they those divine spirit things I've heard about?
Minakata
Hm, are you one of the retirees?
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Retirees? Oh, right, I think I've heard someone call us that before.
Minakata
This would be a lot easier if I could see you. Can't you show yourself?
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No problem. I'll hop in my latest tank and drive right over!
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Here I come!
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I can't appear!
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I was meant to pop out with my tank and be all cool and dramatic! What's going on?!
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*static* Hello? This is the genius tank engineer.
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Huh? Oh, hello, Captain. Yes. Huh? OK. I understand.
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*click*
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It seems I'm more compatible with things like phantoms or mechs.
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Apparently, divine spirits are only just within my reach, so you can hear my voice, but you can't see me.
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It makes me want to cry, but I hope this doesn't upset you too much.
Minakata
You don't seem all that capable. Can you really save the divine spirit trapped within this shell of darkness?
Minakata
You're kind of my only hope here.
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Leave it to me. I've got all the assistance and materials I need.
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I'll create the perfect tank for the trapped divine spirit, or my name isn't Rika!
Minakata
Th-That doesn't exactly fill me with confidence...
Rika
Don't worry. I've got plenty of experience.
Rika
Well, everyone calls my designs crazy, dangerous, or even crazy dangerous, but I've never let it bother me.
Rika
Okie dokie...
Rika
Here I go!
Suwako
Heeeey, are you OK?
Suwako
I just retaliated because you came flying at me, but I didn't mean to hit you that hard.
Suwako
Um, what was your name again, god of Yamato? Yasakatome?
Suwako
No, none of the gods of Yamato are called that. Hmm, was it Kanako?
Suwako
Heeeey, are you OK? Miss Kanakoooo?
Kanako
...
Suwako
Whoa, what's that?!
Suwako
It's so majestic. Is it some kind of weapon?
Kanako
It feels like I've just awoken from a very long dream. I was trapped with darkness all around me for an eternity...
Kanako
But then I heard a voice...
Suwako
Sorry to hear that. My bullets must have hit you on the head.
Kanako
No, that can't have been a dream... Oh, I get it now!
Suwako
Um, are you OK?
Kanako
In the past, I once fought you in a huge battle just like this... Well, no, maybe not exactly like this.
Kanako
But that doesn't matter right now. I need to continue onward.
Suwako
Are you talking to yourself? Can I get a word in? Maybe?
Kanako
...
Kanako
Suwako!
Suwako
Y-Yes?! What is it?!
Kanako
Thank you.
Kanako
Thank you for appearing before me again.
Kanako
I'm sure this is confusing for you, but I wanted to tell you that.
Suwako
...
Kanako
This probably sounds like nonsense, so feel free to forget about it.
Kanako
Let's continue the battle. I've kept you waiting long enough.
Suwako
You surprised me at first since it came out of nowhere, but I'm not that confused.
Kanako
Huh?!
Suwako
I've been a god for a long time. Much longer than a god of the plains like you.
Suwako
Or no... you're going to become a god of a mountain, aren't you? My mountain, to be exact.
Suwako
And then we will rule this land together. You're a very wise god, Kanako Yasaka.
Kanako
How do you know that, Suwako? That's the future's history.
Suwako
I've got no idea.
Suwako
But you and I are connected in the future. And our history flows back to me.
Suwako
It's like I read the information out of a book. So, it doesn't feel real to me, but I can still see what will happen in my head.
Suwako
Urgh, I don't really know how to explain it.
Kanako
Suwako.
Suwako
What? I've just gone and confused myself.
Kanako
In the future... far in the future...
Kanako
We will be beset by an incident of unprecedented scale.
Kanako
We won't be able to do anything to stop it, and nor will anyone else.
Kanako
I know this for a fact. So, as long as you're OK with this...
Kanako
...I'd like to put a stop to our battle right now and start preparing for that day with you.
Suwako
...
Kanako
What do you think?
Suwako
...
Suwako
That doesn't sound like the worst idea.
Kanako
Th-Then you agree?!
Suwako
No. Let's fight. Right here, right now.
Kanako
What?!
Suwako
If what you say is true, then war is our fate. We cannot escape that.
Suwako
You and I should fight here until we are both satisfied. That shouldn't change.
Suwako
You know I'm right, don't you?
Kanako
Hehe.
Kanako
Hahaha!
Kanako
You have my thanks yet again, Suwako.
Kanako
I am a god of war.
Kanako
I send countless humans off to battle, stoke their rage and passion, and condemn them to death.
Kanako
People pray to me for victory and survival, but in truth, no god has killed more humans than me.
Kanako
Hahaha! It was absurd to think I could create a peaceful future without bearing the burden of this divine sin!
Suwako
You needn't worry about that.
Suwako
I've killed more than a few humans in my time too.
Suwako
I'm well aware that I cannot achieve a peaceful future by ignoring my nature as a native god!
Kanako
Now then!
Suwako
I'm ready when you are!
Kanako & Suwako
Let's fight!
Rika
I kinda knew she wouldn't let me make it into a tank.
Rika
But I made it resemble one as close as possible.
Rika
Her Weaponized Hall of Worship isn't quite as great as a tank, but it's a powerful weapon that also boosts divinity.
Rika
It's part of a shrine, after all, so it's practically made for summoning gods.
Rika
That's how we managed to rescue Miss Kanako from the shell of darkness. Of course, that doesn't make it all-powerful.
Rika
Each part of her hall of worship is made out of different divine spirits.
Rika
The gods may be infinite, but if a Lost Word ends everything, they will all go extinct.
Rika
They might not always get along, but they're all in the same boat now. They'll have to work together.
Rika
And that metaphorical boat given form is the Weaponized Hall of Worship. Yeah, I've really outdone myself this time.
Rika
I made sure to design it for ease of use, just like a tank.
Rika
All right, Miss Kanako...
Rika
It's your time to shine!