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Everyone’s waiting for you to continue. The thing is, you didn’t have anything to follow up after that. But you don’t want to disappoint, so you say the first thing that comes to your head.

“And then we can beat him up,” you conclude, earning the respect of battle-happy shrine maidens across the world. You’re sure Reimu’s clapping in her head with the approving nod that she’s giving you.

“...Him?” The badger sputters. “As in, the other guy… and not me, y-yes?”

“Do you want to be beaten up too?” asks Reimu.

With a somber expression, he shakes his head slowly and silently.

“Good.” The shrine maiden jerks a finger to the mountainside. “Now take us to your boss, leader, or whatever you call him.”

Despite how talkative the badger initially was, he does not say a word through the forest’s passage and the climb up the steady hillside. With Reimu following right behind the badger, it looks like he’s being walked to his execution—and the shrine maiden, his executioner. He stops at a patch of open area. Around is conspicuously clear of brush, as if all the foliage was trimmed away. All that’s missing is quiet in the forest, a dark mist that permeates through the woods, and you’d be wondering if you’re experiencing a serious case of deja vu.

A horned figure steps out from the cover of the trees. Just like the badger described, the youkai has a ruddy, taurus-like face. Dark splotches color the sides of the man’s face like oil, finished with a black muzzle that juts out. Mino, you think for a second before discarding it.

His eyes narrow at the sight of the shrine maiden and protracts his gaze, meticulously scanning each person before curtly saying, “...Guests.”

“Y-yes,” the badger says, lowering his head.

“You invited many.”

“I—I wouldn’t say that I, um, invited them, but...” The badger trails off as the bovine-headed youkai stares straight at him with his beady eyes.

After he silen
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[x] Just tell her. Better her to know so she can finally stop meddling in your affairs.
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[X] Give her a hint. It’s the least you can do for her troubles.
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[X] Give her a hint. It’s the least you can do for her troubles.

A god must maintain some mystique but leave a hint/riddle to drive scholars to mad speculation, especially Akyuu, because it is funny to mess with her.

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>>200245
Reposting due to bump limit.

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[ ] Stay behind to buy time
[ ] Make a straight run for the Youkai Mountain border
[ ] Run for Eirin’s field (Clamshell)
[ ] Run for the Yamanba zone (Clamshell)
[ ] Aki Farm
[ ] Call Ran
[ ] Other?

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I tally 3 Balling, 2 Bailing, and 2 Calling. If >>203705 were to switch to their second choice, it would be a tie between confronting Junko immediately and falling back to Gensokyo.
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I’ll stick with my primary pick here to avert the tie and let balling win. I think it’s silly tactically but it sure dies make the story more interesting so whatever.
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On reflection, I feel that I called the vote prematurely and that I need to develop the current scene more.

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You can vote on every character's individual "choices", but you may only vote on a single character to "control.”

[[ ]] The youkai

I walk up to a brown dirt clump with a big section for a “body” and a small one for a “head”. “Wake up!”

It gets up and cranes its “head” to look at me. “What?” it says.

“Another incident,” I said.

“Awesome! Time to solve it!” The clump got up and busted its arms and legs out. “Where’s the bad guys?”

“Well, this incident is quite serious, so I—”

“Aw, it’ll be easy!” the clump said. “Remember the winter incident? The red smoke?”

“You died in both of those incidents before you even got to where the incidents were coming from…”

“So?” the clump shrugged. “I always come back after three days, and magic isn’t hard to regain even though I’m an incident resolver.” The brown blob flexes its arms in an exaggerated motion several times, bouncing its forearms around rapidly. “In fact, you should be the one on the bench for this based on your danmaku history, but who cares? The ice fairy doesn’t care.”

“She’s like an ant to a lion compared to you, but I relent. You can come.”

The dirt clod jumps up, and before you can tell it to wait for you, it rockets toward the human village like a beetle scuttling away from a prying finger. “We need to get to the village to locate the incident!” The voice trails off as the clump-turned-meteor gets farther away.

“…darn.”

{...}

“HEY!!! Zappers! Dirt clod! Brown boulder! Wait for me!”

No use. The little fairy was out traveling to “resolve” the incident. I’ll be surprised if he gets past the first peon of the incident “organization” that these events always seem to have. It would be much easier if he would actually focus on winning spell card duels, but showing off with flashy projectiles and recklessly getting hit is what his usual attempts at resolving an incident turn out to be. That, and not actually managing to find out who the mastermind of the incident even is.

I suppose it’s an extreme v
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Since the vote tied, have a bonus segment since each individual plotline hasn't become too complicated yet. The next post will have the vote options.





Alright, talking is good, talking is great, talking is marvelous, talking is radical.

“Salutations, I’m a drea—I mean Tree.” you said as you walked up to the oni and human.

“That’s good. I’m Suika. No name?”

“Roko,” the human chimed.

“Well, Tree is a fine name, right?” Of course it wasn’t. What was I thinking? There's a oni right here, it's not like someone will drive a tank through these mountains and shoot me.

“Moving on then. This human here is trying to exterminate me.”

“Not now! But I will!” Roko shouted.

“You are an oni,” I said. “Why are you worrying about extermination? In fact, you should be busy—what’d you just do?” I turned to Roko. “What’d you just DO?!”

Roko had just been socked hard in the jaw by Suika, yet she was still standing there, no blood or even a bruise visible on her face. This had to be some 10,000-year-old youkai that showed up—and it had to be the day that I was making progress on digging myself out of the life of deluding humans while looking really stupid.

“You see why I can’t beat her up?”

“No, what you should be asking is how the hell this is even possible.”

“More likely than you getting here with that hilarious outfit.” Suika poked me on the shin.

“Well, when youkai decided to make the decision to switch to human form, it was also hilarious,” added Roko. “Don’t know why they didn’t copy gills from fish, Japan’s not all mountains.”

Oh yeah. The ludicrous outfit you wore to actually scare kids into doing their homework; it was somewhat profitable of a scheme. Strawberry jam and ketchup were well below the budget of desperate parents, although I’m not sure if they were desperate, confused, or laughing at the low-quality getup. Failing to get a job usually mean
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Faster is better.

I dive down and screech forward. Still no tengu trying to interrupt me. Good.

The flat ground of the forest was approaching, so I bent upward and soared right above the treetops.

Soon enough, I encountered a bunch of fairies. It was supposed to have been a cakewalk, but unfortunately the fairies were really damn strong because Zappers apparently trained a few of them 500-something years ago, and once he was finished with them, he said to use their knowledge to teach other fairies.

That should have been the dumbest idea ever that would have instantly failed, but it worked, although his pupils probably got the idea to teach some of their own tricks. Now there’s always some fairies (SMALL fairies, to be more exact) around that can each dash out of the way of incoming fire, navigate through danmaku, and sometimes even use a spell card.

It’s…less than ideal when trying to resolve an incident. I ducked out of the way of a line of fairies that curved back and followed me. Untrained ones would struggle to have not crashed into a tree.

Luckily, following the original fairy of extreme power had its benefits. Like getting ambushed by fairies for “training” (even though the guy training them had stated that that was not part of the lesson). Even if these less-than-pleasant experiences weren't enough for practice, I still had one more “ace up my sleeve.”

“Dodge this!” one of the fairies yelled.

“Switch to bird formation!” another one shouted. I looked back and saw that they were organizing themselves into the same pattern birds use when migrating—a V-shape. Tough to handle, but not impossible. Actually, it’s not really gonna make a difference.

I’m past the Misty Lake now; it’s feeling a bit warmer. Zipping into the village, I duck into a random house.

“Start shooting the houses!” one of the fairies barked.

“Hey…didn’t the big guy tell us not to do stuff like that to humans?”

“Shut up!”

The squabble soon turned into a fight, in which the fairies were shooting at each other angril
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PICK ONE
[X] Destroy a bunch of netting on the windows of the houses to gain more power

Hooligan option!

PICK ONE
[X] Run past Keine

You do not fight the guardian of the village. Instead, you run; otherwise, you get headbutted.

>Oh yeah. The ludicrous outfit you wore to actually scare kids into doing their homework; it was somewhat profitable of a scheme.
>Failing to get a job usually meant getting the cops called on me, so I started including “must tell other parents about me” in the cost as well for a (near) assured job opportunity when I snuck back into a city for the second time.

It is a hard life being a tree.

>At least I could slowly but surely play to the sympathy of the more naive youkai before eating them...Aw, who am I even fooling? Most victims turned out to only be a bit startled.

I just realized the tree is a cannibal, which I find somewhat amusing.

Noticed some second person and the first person being used:
>“Salutations, I’m a drea—I mean Tree.” you said as you walked up to the oni and human.
>I bend down and try to pluck the girl spinning around and kicking me, and I proceed to knock my index finger around like a curtain.
I assume the first person is meant to be used for this story instead of the second person.

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{-} Embrace the dark side... wait, no, do the exact opposite of that.

Thankfully, I do have a certain amount of practice at controlling at my emotions. Unstable emotions make for unstable magic, and safety aside, the secret sealing club's budget puts a hard limit on explosive misfires per month. Look, the point is, I was able to wrestle my irritation under my control.

I still did need a focus for unleashing the magic, and the first thing that occurred to my mind was programming class, of all things. Just like testing a program, things would fail for the most idiotic reasons, and things had to be hooked up just right to-

[Placeholder Sign - Hello World]
Huh. That, just... huh. It really was that simple. Plain blue bullets literally spelled out "Hello, world!". Punctuation included, even. Considering the bullets did absolutely nothing else, I don't think it even qualified as an attack.

Hina looked at the pattern in some confusion. "Um. Well, it worked, but is that what you were aiming for?"

My bemusement turned to embarrassment, and I dismissed the spellcard with a wave of a hand. Excellent. If I ever wanted to make myself look like a complete joke, I now had exactly the spellcard to do it with. "That was just a test to get the system working. Also, um, you were right. Thanks, I guess."

"It's no trouble. Really."

That resulted in one of those silences that was destined to turn awkward, but the Koishi doll - no wait, it was Mary now - came flying out of the house, hovering next to Hina. She offered it a headpat. "So there you are. Just where did you go, anyway?"

The doll ignored the question, opting to lean into the headpat. That was adorable enough to make a dent in my irritation. I found myself smiling as I called out, "Aren't you a little old to be playing with dolls?"

Hina paused with a small blush, but Mary flew in for the hug, and after a moment of hesitation the goddess wrapped an arm around the doll. "Aren't you the one giving her directions?"

That actually
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Best of luck at your new job! So far I've enjoyed this story so I hope you will be able to continue working on it one way or another
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{X} Wait, she said she was going to get some stuff. There was a warehouse-looking building back there, so that would be logical.

I hadn't known Nitori all that long, but anyone could see that she was all business. Which meant that when she said she was going to retrieve something, it was a decent bet that's what she was actually doing. Sure, it was possible she was lying to me for who-knows-what reason and visiting her secret kappa crush or something, but I just didn't see it. (And not just because it's hard to imagine her actually getting a date.) Nitori might hate my guts, but I think she's greedy enough for modern tech to put up with it, and that means not antagonizing me, at least beyond the inevitable verbal sniping.

I took a regretful look at the little mad science-y village below me, hesitated, and flew off towards the warehouse. Then thought better of it, and at least flew through the main streets. It wasn't sight-seeing, it's just that if my first guess was wrong, I just had better chances of spotting Nitori if I took the time to look carefully on my way to the warehouse.

The main street was pretty much a marketplace, though the wares were pretty novel compared to the human version. The most normal part of it was the food on offer - cucumbers were, unsurprisingly, out in full force, though I also saw a decent amount of fish and other vegetables. There was a sushi stall on one end, and next to it were a couple of children eating roasted sweet potatoes. However, everything else on sale was some kappa device or other, most of which looked suspiciously like various modern conveniences. Some of which were clearly altered in interesting ways, like the "kappa air pump" which had probably started life as a handheld vacuum... and then there were the tennis rackets being advertised as giant fly-swatters. "Good for flies and faeries both." I can't decide if it's better or worse that someone actually bought one just as I was flying by.

I'd have spent longer looking, but I was painfully aware that I didn't have any actual money on me (or anything else to barter with), and I'd learned from experience t
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For the sake of not leaving this in limbo, I'm officially putting this on hiatus for a month or so. Right now there's just too many things going on for me to actually find time to write. That said, some of the bigger commitments (new job aside), should be done in a few more weeks, so with that plus a bit of a break, I should be able to come back and actually start writing regularly again.

Apologies for the low output recently, and I'll see you guys on the other side.

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It’s hard to pinpoint the precise moment you went from “nothing” to “something”. All you can really say for sure is that once you weren’t, but now you are.

Or… something along those lines. These are pretty complicated thoughts for what’s essentially a newborn.

But are you really? A newborn, that is. Before the nothing that was before the something, you could sometimes grasp the frayed threads of another life. That life was so vastly different from what you are now that you have trouble thinking of it as “your” life, but the sense of familiarity (and sometimes yearning) the memories give you are harder to deny. You were once human, then you were nothing, and now you’re something.

But enough of that for now. Your thoughts tend to ramble when you let them, so it’s best to cut them off her or nothing will ever get done.

Compared to your previous life, your senses are now completely different. Sight, smell, taste, and hearing are all gone entirely, actually. You felt like you should maybe be horrified by that fact, but the memories of your previous life had come in some time after you came into existence, so you had already adjusted to the state of things before realizing you had lost anything at all.

Your world begins and ends with your sense of touch. Perhaps some of the things you lump together with “touch” in your mind are something else entirely, but it just makes sense to do so. The most prominent thing you feel is the soothing coolness that encases you completely from all sides. If you were still capable of doing so, you would regularly be giving contented sighs. Even if you do nothing, the coolness leaves you feeling nourished and healthy at all times. If this was all there was to your life, well… you wouldn’t complain.

Alas, hypotheticals are hypotheticals, and this is reality. There exists something beyond your present state of stockpiling energy, and you intend to explore it with the little control you have. Several options are open to you, but your limited understanding prevents you from the risks and benefits of each choice.

Ah well, suppose you’ll just have to follow your gut on this one. You decide to:
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[X] ...You guess? The energy she has looks "appetizing", but so does the energy that basically every other living thing puts off. She just has more than usual. Killing someone you like just because it'd be easier to get energy from them just seems... wasteful. Sounds callous to put it that way, but it's how you feel.
--[X] Be honest
--[X] Talk about the memories of a past life

Energy is essential! The 'I'm baby' part got a chuckle outta me
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[X] ...You guess? The energy she has looks "appetizing", but so does the energy that basically every other living thing puts off. She just has more than usual. Killing someone you like just because it'd be easier to get energy from them just seems... wasteful. Sounds callous to put it that way, but it's how you feel.
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--[X] Talk about the memories of a past life
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If we are made of energy, know how to explode similar creatures, and have a sunflower body alongside our humanoid form...can we self-destruct if we need to and reform the humanoid shape as we would still have the sunflower body?

Though the only ways I see us testing such an idea is through either being in a very desperate situation, becoming very arrogant that we could explode a single body part like a finger, exploding out of spite towards an enemy, faking our death, or we somehow convince ourselves that blowing ourselves up for science is totally worth it.

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The intense chirping of cicadas was what brought you back to the land of the living. You came into consciousness, but your eyes remained close, and a pounding in your head begged you to return to slumber. Try as you might though, the insistence of the cicadas urged you to stay with them. Deeming a return to dreamland hopeless, you lifted your upper body off the ground and opened your eyes.

You were sitting on a hill, covered with lush grass. You could see a lake about ten minutes ahead from you, though mist seemed to shimmer above the lake, obscuring your view of what lay across it. Mountains off in the distance surrounded you as if cradling you tightly in their embrace. This area seemed lush, peaceful, and completely foreign to you. Nothing was ringing a bell, even the grass felt different. How did you even get here? You... Actually, just remembering felt difficult right now, with so many details in your head fuzzy. You could deal with that later.

You stood up, brushing some of the grass and debris off of your pants, when you noticed a flyer about eight feet from you, caught between two rocks, the wind trying to tug it away but the rock refusing to let go. You picked up the purple paper and examined it.

>"WELCOME! ;P

>"By popular demand, here is your introduction and primer to your current tubular predicament! Where are you? You're in Gensokyo now! What is Gensokyo? A radical land of magic! Monsters are real! Youkai are real! Have gnarly fun, but be careful! If you really want to return home, seek out Hakurei! Otherwise, enjoy your mondo new future!

>"P.S. Watch out for Rumia! She's waaaay uncool for newbies! x~x"

You stared at the flyer for a few moments. You weren't sure which to find more incredulous - the outrageous claims it had made casually, or how it seemed written by someone madly out of touch with society. Like an old person, desperate to appear cool with the youth, but with no idea what the youth truly are or what they do.

As you folded up the paper to put in your pocket, a loud sound interrupted the cicadas.
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Oh cool, Chimata is gonna go shopping for us. Thanks Chimata!

[X] Kogasa can wait here, but you'd like to talk to the Doctor first. Kogasa probably doesn't want to be alone right now, and you can't help but have sympathy for the girl. Even if she nearly killed you.

Not trying to go for a route with her or anything like that, but I still like her and I'd definitely like to befriend her if possible. Laughed at how close she came to unknowingly flipping that hag switch of ours though. Man... just looking forward to someone eventually discovering that preference of ours and then being relentlessly teased for it. Could be a while though, considering even we seem to be in denial about it.
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Random thought, but is the gayest relationship we could get into considering our circumstances one with Miko?
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I guess you could look at it that way, but considering Miko reincarnated as a woman (we were just transformed via magic, as far as we know), I don't think it would count.

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(Background music, if you'd like:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7arsbCRNP8)

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Early morning rays accompanied cheerful birdsong gliding over grass covered hills and embracing soft meadowlands. In the East, the sun sluggishly began its long trek towards its apex, the plants of the meadows basked contentedly in its bright golden hue. Distantly, cattle could be spotted grazing absentmindedly in their pastures, from elsewhere a cicada was heard testing its voice. The fields and hills of Gensokyo were entranced in a harmonious serenity.

“This would make for a very good painting,” Keiko remarked to himself, though the name of the land was unknown to him.

What must’ve been a few minutes ago, on his early morning travels, he had noticed a worn dirt path out of the corner of his eye. The path branched off from the one he normally traversed, concealed snugly among the surrounding forest. He hadn’t recalled seeing the path during his previous trips, and feeling uncharacteristically adventurous, he had decided to see where this new path would take him.

He hadn’t travelled for long before all around the crowded woodland unveiled into the sprawling fields that now lay before him. It was strange, he pondered, for an entire countryside to be tucked away here without him ever noticing, after having lived near the woods for most of his adult life. Though whatever questions he had on mind were quickly dismissed, deciding that none of them were all that important.

Keiko let the strap of his duffel fall to the ground as he seated himself on the top of a particularly high hill. From here he held a lookout over a large part of the grasslands. The sight was so picturesque to him, that he half-heartedly wondered if he had stumbled into someone’s painting. He could almost see it: his back to the viewer, bag by his side, perched upon a pastel hill, the land stretching down and
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I've been working on and off on the next part, I want it long enough to be satisfying after the wait. In the meantime, here's a drawing of the two that I'm more proud of. Sorry for the delay.
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“The Sanzu River?” Keiko asked, “Like, with the ferryman and the ghosts, and all that?”

“Unless you know of any other rivers that dead people are ferried across, this has to be the Sanzu, and we’re standing on Shigan right now,” Kaitou grimaced.

Keiko took a moment to consider everything around them, the quiet shore stretched outwards forever, rock formations rose above the river’s water, a sunset gazed over the horizon and washed, what Keiko supposed really was the Sanzu River, in its orange hue. The ghosts that gathered near the water’s edge appeared to change shape as they mingled with one another, Keiko found it hard to see any definite features on them.Even the afterlife exists here, he thought, awestruck by the surrealism of that.

“Keiko,” the badger’s voice brought him back to the present moment, his companion looked up at him worriedly, “This place isn’t meant for the living, Keiko. We shouldn’t be here, it isn’t right.”

Keiko was surprised at how frightened the badger sounded, and he began to feel pretty uneasy himself. If the fairytale monster was worried, then odds were, he had a damn good reason to be.

“You’re scared?”

The badger flinched, “It’s not that I’m scared, it’s just that we could get into serious trouble for loitering around here.” This was punctuated with another sneeze. “Not to mention this place makes me feel sick, I don’t know if it’s the cold or if my body is telling me I don’t belong here.”

Keiko grinned, “So you’re, what is it, psychic now?”

“That’s besides the point. Look, Keiko, there’s a really important person who operates on the other side of this river,” He pointed to someplace beyond the horizon, “She’s the yama. Do you know what a yama is Keiko?”

“That’s the one what judges people’s souls?”

“Yes, the judge, the one who decides where you an
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[X] - A rowboat upturned not too far from the water's edge.

I like the protagonist's motivations. Adventure!

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Notice: There will be open spoilers for both Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil 8: Village going forward. This will be the only warning you'll get.
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Everything is dark, and everything is numb.

You can tell your eyes are open, at least, but there is nothing else observable to you. Your mind is as blank as your senses, your only emotion being a complex mixture of lingering sadness and relief... and a hint of anger?

Slowly, feeling begins to return, and your entire body feels sore.

That soreness quickly evolves into pain, and you close your eyes. Not that it matters. Everything is pitch black, wherever you are.

After a moment, the deafening silence of the void is broken by a woman's voice.

"My, my, still holding on, after all that? You certainly never disappoint."

You open your eyes again, but the source of the voice is too far away to make out clearly. You recognize the color purple, but little else. Which is strange, since it sounded like she was right next to you.

Enough feeling returns for you to realize you haven't been breathing, and you cough violently. You feel flecks of... something come up when you do so.

The voice continues, still as if she was only a foot away. "You certainly are in bad shape, though. Here, allow me to help."

You feel a tingling sensation across your body, followed by a second of intense pain. You only have enough energy to gasp and close your eyes again in response.

Once the pain subsides, it does so entirely. Even the earlier aches you felt are gone. You open your eyes again, and inspect your body. Despite the black void around you, you can clearly see that your body is unharmed.

You look back at the woman in the distance and finally find your voice. "What... Who are you? Where am I?"

The woman giggles. "I take it you're feeling better, now? Good. And to answer your questions, I am nobody, and you are nowhere."

The cryptic reply annoys you, but you move on to
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[X] Head back into the village and try to find Alice ASAP. If you can explain the full situation, you might be able to keep Reimu in the dark long enough to get you home.

Immediately confronting and trying to explain to the duo seems too risky, they're too likely to disbelieve him after they realise he already lied about being a human named Leon, and direct combat with two of the most powerful fighters of Gensokyo would not be a good idea.

Having Alice be there to vouch for him, however, seems more likely to lead to a favourable outcome.
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[X] Head back into the village and try to find Alice ASAP. If you can explain the full situation, you might be able to keep Reimu in the dark long enough to get you home.

full agreement with the msg above me.

>>203655

regarding point c, since Remilia knows Dimitrecsu that implies that the outside world for this Genshokyo IS the Resident Evil world... which means that Sanae *definitely* knows about resident evil as and the news that's probably starting to tricking into the Moriya Shrine is probably starting to ring some alarms bells in her head.

granted this next point is probably undermining the vote I'm making, but Sanae is not the only one that has arrived recent enough to Genshokyo to know about the events of resident evil. There's also Mamizou... which means we stand a chance of seeing her when/if we go looking for Alice in the Village... with her being at the very least concerned about a potential outbreak...
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[X] Head back into the village and try to find Alice ASAP. If you can explain the full situation, you might be able to keep Reimu in the dark long enough to get you home.

Seems the most reasonable

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[-] Meet Sakuya's mistress.

You knew Sakuya would be back with her mistress, she'd promised as much. You also knew someone with the ability to stop time could show up quite literally out of nowhere. It would not be inaccurate to say you were dreading whatever it was she had in store for you, and yet when she showed up with several people in tow, you were focused enough on Satori that it still caught you off guard.

Which is all a longwinded way of saying, curse Sakuya's sudden yet inevitable arrival.

The moment the door cracks open, Satori pushes away from you, making a show of getting up and dusting herself off. For lack of a better idea, you do the same as you survey the people entering. You don't see the guard from earlier, but Sakuya ushers in a purple haired woman wearing what you're pretty sure are pink pajamas, and... a much younger vampire than you were expecting. With wings that could be best described as rainbow crystal windchimes, but that's surprisingly low on the weirdness scale these days.

You can see Satori tense up at the vampire's presence, but she gives the group a flat look and a nod. "Patchouli. I'm glad to see you've fully recovered from last time."

The purpled haired woman stares coldly back, and if her pale face and the bags under her eyes count as recovered, you'd hate to see what sick (injured?) was like. "Satori. I'd say I'm pleased to see you, but you're difficult to lie to."

As your captors take seats around a table in the center of the gazebo, Satori returns fire. "Not as difficult as usual. I take it I have you to thank for that?"

It's then that you place Patchouli's name, and you grimace as you remember the context. "Please tell me this isn't another grudge match with someone who broke into your house."

Sakuya looks amused, the vampire looks impatient, and Patchouli looks downright offended. "I take it she didn't mention her nuclear-powered pet preparing to lay waste to the surface?"

Satori doesn't give her a reaction. "You were amiable enough when I was in
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Close, but not exactly. The thought process you're describing is basically the trick she used to take down Marisa, but her normal danmaku is actually non-lethal. I'll address it a bit more in the next update, as Sumireko is going to want to know where exactly the boundaries of the danmaku's non-lethality actually lie.
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really liking Hina so far, looking forward to the next update!
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Hello everyone! And welcome to a new episode of 'Chimata Says'!

Today we are in the Human Village. One of the most beautiful places in Gensokyo.

It has very beautiful canals that the fishermen can enjoy, great markets people can enjoy, tourists from many places, but unfortunately also... pickpockets

Pickpockets are a really big problem here in the Domstad. In fact, it is the largest form of theft that occurs here in the Human Village. Rivaled only by the amount of fairy murder but the latter isn’t a crime.

But what exactly is pickpocketing? What are the tricks of the pickpockets?
And most importantly, what can you do about it?

You can see it here today on 'Chimata Says'!

Pickpocketing is the unwanted removal of things from, for example, your jacket pocket or from your bag.
This often concerns your wallet, money, or your very clothes. Annoyingly, the victim often doesn't realize it's gone. So that person can go to the store, look for his wallet in his bag and can't find it. Not only did you not notice that it was taken, but someone else now has your cards and your money.

I myself have already been pocketed twice. I didn't notice anything both times, so they work very smart and fast. How do they do that and what are their tricks?

For starters, pickpocketers often work in groups. So you are not dealing with just one, but with a whole network of handy thieves. They often put on a play together to distract you. A well-known trick is to ask for directions. While you are helpfully explaining the right route, an accomplice just takes your wallet away. Or you are walking down the street and see someone trip and fall. While you come to the rescue, someone else is emptying your pockets.

Furthermore, pickpockets often strike in crowded places. Such as at the center, in a busy shopping street, or here, at the market. They do this for a reason: it's so busy here, it's not weird that someone bumps into you.
Pickpocketers 'accidentally' bump into you and then take things from your cases. This goes so fast,
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As a loyal viewer of Chimata Says, I hope next week's episode is held in Hell There is a large captive audience here that regularly watches Chimata Says. An episode here would be most delightful.
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I also vote for Hell
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Bring it to Old Hell instead.

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