Let's Play Sengoku Gensokyo - Day 72

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The Hakurei Shrine that day contained a rare sight: Marisa was sweeping the area with a broom. The shrine's master had sent Reimu out for work. Reimu in turn gave Marisa a broom and asked her to take care of the lace.

Marisa: Hoo boy, I really came at the wrong time. And if Reimu's actually out doin' some shrine maidenly work that's gotta be a sign of the apocalypse.

She grumbled in a way that would earn her a beating if the Reimu herself was there, but she continued sweeping anyway. The shrine didn't really need cleaning, but Marisa wanted to leave traces to show she had worked.

I guess this should do it? All the trash's been cleared, the fallen leaves are gathered in a pile...Though it ain't enough to roast some potatoes.

The pile of fallen leaves was still small, and their colour did not feel enough like autumn to get the sticks and potatoes ready. Roasted potatoes simply didn't taste as good when it wasn't in season...A guest as out of place as roasted potatoes in summer then showed up while the shrine was under Marisa's care.

Patchouli: So you were here, Marisa.

Whoa, a ghost!

Is that how you greet your guests?

Nah, it's just seein' you walkin' around in the middle of the day...Ya look like a roasted potato.

...Are you calling me fat? ...Anyway, you weren't at your house, so I figured that this place was where you would be.

Absolutely correct, ya sure know me well. I ain't got a prize for you though.


Did you take a book from the library that had a lock attached to it?

A book with a lock attached...? Ahh, I know what you're talkin' about. It's the one ya were beggin' and cryin' for me to take it away.

Perhaps you should get yourself checked for hallucinatory symptoms. Anyway, please return that book.

No way, I haven't read it yet.

You shouldn't be reading it in the first place!

Is that why ya came all the way here? You didn't do this for all the other books. How suspicious.

W-What's with that look...

......Heh, lemme guess. It's your diary, right? That's why ya had it locked. My intuition ain't fading ye, ya know?

Don't be silly, just return it already.

There's no need to be in such a hurry, I'll return it properly...after I'm done readin' it.

I told you, you shouldn't read it, it's...

As the two continued their argument, another person had come from the direction of the Scarlet Devil Mansion, completely clueless as to what was going on...It was Alice.

Alice: Patchouli! I thought you'd be here.

Oh, what's the matter?

I went to the library and was surprised that you weren't there. At least that Koakuma told me you had "went to see Marisa".

...Why'd you come straight here, then?

You're rarely at home after all.

Very good predictive work. You can collect your prize from Marisa.

Ain't got nothin' here. Anyways, what are ya up to?


I went to the library to return a book, and wanted to borrow another. I thought it would be rude to just take it without permission...

That would have been okay, really.

Hold it, that's totally different from what ya tell me!

Obviously. If I say that to a thief, the library will become nothing more than a bookshelf store.

...Marisa, are you still up to your tricks? I'm amazed, really.

It's fine for Alice since she always returned the books she borrows properly. Why don't you try to learn from her example, Marisa?

...Tch, gangin' up on me, huh? I've returned books properly before anyways.

And right after that, you'll take home twice as much as you returned. Now hurry up and give that book back already.

...Bah, fine, whatever. I'll go get it now, so wait a sec.

Marisa scratched her head sulkily, then disappeared inside the shrine. She emerged a short time later, with the disputed book in her hands.

...Why is the book at the shrine?

I was real sure that it was a diary, so I figured I'd read it together with Reimu.

There was no evidence of any tampering with the lock. It seemed that its contents still remained unseen.

A book with a lock...That looks like mine. That book is giving me a bad feeling too.

You understand, huh? That's why I asked you to return it. Otherwise...

Hey hey, what's goin' on here? This ain't your diary? The heck is it, then?


You know...Any magician should be able to feel the faint magic power that's flowing out from that book.

...Sorry, but I ain't a "Magician" like you or Patchouli.

Wait, what's that supposed to mean?

It's 'zactly as I said. Did I hurt your feelings?

You're sounding so unnatural. When did you become so cynical?

That's how I've always been. That's the reason why ya two can feel it and I can't, ain't it?

...What's wrong with the both of you?

Heh, how amusing...All those sentimental words you said about magicians and such back then don't work so well in reality, huh?

Ohh, is that how ya want to do this? It's just this book that's your only "proof" of your supposed superiority anyway.

The argument started to heat up as they traded barbs back and forth. Patchouli was caught in the middle, clueless as to what was going on, and helpless as to what she could do.

Why are you two getting so agitated? Calm down.

Patchouli's right. Why don't you just calm down and accept it? It's the truth, after all.

...Sure, why not. To be honest, I was feelin' a li'l guilty about readin' this since I thought it was a diary...But since I was wrong...!

Ahh!?

Marisa slowly put her hand on the lock, and used her magic power to physically destroy it. The remains of the lock dropped to the floor, leaving no signs of what it used to be.

Marisa, what are you doing!?


A sham of a magician like me can't feel any weird things from this book after all...See? Nothing's happenin'.

Marisa started to flip through the pages of the book. It contained complex magic formulas accompanied by plain designs and the odd explanatory text.

That is a grimoire I wrote in the past. I ended up neglecting it for awhile, so...

I see, so ya wrote this. Then that's even less reason why this should be a problem...Hm?

As Marisa continued skimming through the pages, she abruptly stopped at a completely blank page. All the pages after were blank as well. She flipped all the way to the last page, then looked back up.

So this ain't a diary, it's just one of your incomplete projects...What's the big fuss all about?

Marisa, you've never written a magical grimoire before?

I have, but I don't write anything 'cept the bare minimum. Well, Alice? Where's this amazin' magic power you were on about? Huh? Huh?

She opened the book towards Alice and flipped the pages again. It didn't appear to be anything unusual. However, the faint distortion that appeared beneath Marisa's feet did not go unmissed by Patchouli. And then...

Move!

Eh? ...Uwah!?

BGM: Moment by Moment ~KIZAKIZA~

A vast amount of energy erupted from the stone pavement with a thunderous roar, launching Marisa into the sky. Marisa tried to run, but she couldn't move her arms and legs, as if something was holding them still.

W-What the hell's goin' on!?

That book has a methodology on how to absorb energy from the surroundings and convert it into magic power! It targets everything, so it's difficult to control!

That's why ya left it as is!? Why did it just activate by itself!? Is this one of your traps!?

Magic formulas wich aren't completely written out are extremely unstable and dangerous!

So that's why ya locked it...Then why did ya put it in a library!? ...Anyway, I gotta get myself outta here...H-Huh? I feel so...tired...

The flow of energy continued to lift Marisa into the sky. She tried to struggle, but the magic had bound her somehow. Soon, all her energy left her body. She could no longer move.


This is bad, it's absorbing Marisa's magic power...and her vitality as well.

Is there a way to save her!? Can't we do anything?!

Once activated, it will continue to absorb all energy around it and grow...So we need to isolate it with a barrier of sorts to cut off its supply!

Don't stick your nose in this, I can get outta here my...Ugh!

Even her energy to protest was being absorbed, let alone the energy she needed to escape. It was clear that this needed to be dealt with quickly.

Don't be so stubborn! Patchouli, let's hurry!

I know!

Alice and Patchouli measured their distance to keep away from the energy absorber. They then threw Alice's dolls and Patchouli's magic-enhancing ribbons around the swirl of energy, surrounding it.

First, we have to quarantine that energy, and get Marisa out!

Alright! On my count, one, two...three!

The many dolls and ribbons suddenly emitted a magical string that connected all of them in a rectangular shape. It broke off the flow of energy from the ground, and the restraints on Marisa became loose.

Marisa...!

Alice flew up quickly, and tackled Marisa to force her out of the remains of the flow of energy. She then fell to the floor dizzily.

P-Patchouli...!

Leave the rest to me!

Patchouli released more magic power, and the barrier made by the dolls and ribbon grew larger, growing from where Marisa had been held. It eventually encompassed the entire region that the energy was flowing. With its source of power gone, the flow of energy gradually grew weaker. The barrier grew smaller with it, until it disappeared entirely, leaving a hole in the ground. The grimoire had also been fully burnt up.

Whew...It's over. Alice, how's Marisa?

Marisa! Marisa! Are you awake!?


Roll Back ~ From Now

Marisa had lost consciousness from exhaustion, but a couple of light slaps on her cheek caused her to slowly open her eyelids with a groan.

Uuugh...W-What just happened...?

It's alright. Patchouli and I dealt with it somehow.

Fortunately, it only stole some of your energy. You should be fine after some rest.

Ahh...Serves me right, huh...I ended up bein' saved by you all...

Don't tell me you're still...!

That's...how it is. I was stubborn as a mule, did some real stupid things...And this is the result. I'm a miserable fool.

Marisa...

I guess...a fake like me really can't compete with real magicians like you two.

Marisa, what are you saying...

Marisa used her near-lifeless hand to adjust her hat downwards, with Alice still helping her to sit up. She then began to explain bit by bit.

I've always been arguin' with Alice 'bout humans and magicians...I didn't want to lose. Not as a human, nor as myself. I didn't want to accept it. But...I've got my limits. I ain't special like Reimu, I'm just a normal human...No matter how many times I challenge y'all, the result'll always be the same.

......

...Sorry about everything, Alice. In the end, the half-baked one who threw away her future and refused to see the truth might've been me. You were always...always so much better than me...Sorr-

Marisa!!

...Alice's palm struck Marisa's cheek. But the reason for it was different this time. Marisa opened her eyes in shock and pain. Alice looked like she was in agony, as if she was the one who was slapped.


Better...? You're lying! Did you not know what I went through when I became a magician...? Do you think I didn't feel anything?! When I became a magician, the person that I was up to then disappeared...I cast everyone aside for my own selfish purposes! How can I be "better"!?

Alice, you...

...I do not regret it. It was the path I chose to walk. But...You, who stuck stubbornly to your humanity, and worked so hard to prove yourself...I...I envied you so much. So if you're saying things like that now...Then all those things I felt...!

Alice had to force out the emotions that were hidden deep inside her. The words she uttered were ones that no one else had ever heard.

I...I was a magician from birth, so such things were natural to me. So it may not be my place to speak about this. But...When I see you two with such strong emotions about a matter that I could never feel...It makes me a little envious.

Hey now...Everyone's envious 'bout what they don't have. From my point of view, I've got a lot more to be envious about from you two...Hey, Alice. Why did ya want to become a magician?

I...What about you, Patchouli?

......Because there's magic.

......Because there's magic to study.

......Because there's magic I want.

......Mmmph...

Ahahahaha...

Heh...We're all basically the same, huh...? I guess we all think too much...Just a simple line woulda solved everythin'. Alright!

Marisa used all her might and lifted her body to stand upright. The bright expression on her face seemed to indicate that she was completely back to normal.

Ack, don't just stand up like that! Is your body really okay? Maybe you should rest a little longer...

I ain't like a certain asthmatic witch, this ain't nothin' to me!


...Hehe, if you're talking as frivolously as that again, I suppose that means you're fine.

Anyways, we're closed for the day. I've had enough of bad experiences to last me a lifetime.

I guess you're okay now...It's getting a bit late, so I'll be going home. See you two again!

I'll get an earful from Sakuya if I don't return soon...Make sure you learn a lesson from this, and stop carting my books away!

Thanks for everything ya did today. I'm back to myself now, so ya don't hafta worry 'bout a thing! See ya!

Alice and Patchouli went back to their homes after saying their farewells. Marisa saw them off and waved goodbye, and when they disappeared from view, she collapsed and leaned back onto the donations box.

Whew, I'm really spent now...I can't even move a finger...Ahh, what's Reimu gonna say when she sees this hole...She'll probably be...really...mad...

Marisa gazed at the hole as she mumbled to herself. Her eyelids slowly began to close. She fell into a sleep so deep that she didn't even dream. Yet from her face, it was clear that something was on her mind.

From when she was born, till what she was now, all the people she met, and her own future...Marisa might well have been scared of losing these things, or seeing them change. Did Alice hold all this uneasiness inside her too? Did Patchy just accept it like it was normal? She smiled to herself in her sleep, feeling stupid for letting such things dig so deep into her heart and worry her.


Marisa's story has been cleared.

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Yukari: Ah, Reimu...I knew you would come.

Reimu: Of course I would! I have so many questions for you to answer! You better answer all of them properly!

Questions, hm...? Didn't I explain already? Instead of an incident, I...

Not that part! I'm talking about THOSE people who just showed up and took over my shrine! Why did they appear!?

Now now, do calm down first. It's true that they were outside my predictions. Why would've thought the residents from the old world would popout now?

The old world...?


Oopsie, just forget that. Anyway, this incident was extremely surprising to me as well, so I can't explain much about them.

Hmph...it seems you aren't lying at least. Fine, but since you helped create this whole situation, you better help resolve it too.

Me~? Hm~...Alright. I'll help you all out.

.........

Oh my, what's wrong? You look like you were expecting there to be one more step on the staircase, but there wasn't, so you ended up tripping onto your face.

What a contrived analogy...Well, I just didn't think you'd go along with what I said so obediently, that's all.

My, that's awfully rude. My game had already finished, yet someone forcefully added an extra-time period. It's naturally my job to settle it, don't you think?

I can't decide if your intentions are noble or not.

...And of course, I would like to see if my objective was fulfilled in the end.

Are you STILL plotting something!?

Who knows~. Anyway, call on me whenever you need me. Bye bye~.

Ah, Yukari, I still have...At least let me leave on my own, geez!

As Reimu fell through the gap that opened beneath her feet, only Yukari remained. A smile played on her lips as she recalled all the events that had occurred.

The fact that she's gotten this far is proof that she's changed...Hehe, it seems it was a success. Suika, you did your job perfectly as well. Now, all that's left is to take a look at things up close...

Yukari Yakumo became an ally.

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Reimu: ...You don't look very happy.

Ran: ...Of course. Seeing your face worsened my mood considerably.

That's some greeting.

It's simply utterly depressing. I was unable to fulfill Lady Yukari's expectations, and lost to you all...I'm a failure of a shikigami.

Yukari didn't seem like she was expecting you to beat us anyway.

Gaaahh...Y-You know, people usually have more tact than to say things like that...

why are you talking like a human?

I may be taller than most humans, but my heart is still as delicate as theirs...*sigh*


A shikigami that needs to be worked on, rather than vice versa, huh...Anyway, if you want to regain your dignity as a shikigami, then fight with us.

...As Lady Yukari's shikigami, I serve no one else but her.

Don't act like it's beneath you. Besides, if you don't show yourself as worthy on the battlefield, Yukari might just get rid of you anyway.

Ooh, ugh...Isn't this basically coercion?

I'm just stating facts?

...I suppose I have to show my good points off a bit, or Lady Yukari will have no confidence in me...Fine, I'll help out...But my master is always Lady Yukari.

I know, I wasn't planning on changing that in the first place. Anyway, make sure to work really hard, Yukari might be watching~.

...It feels like I've just been manipulated...What she said was true, though...Lady Yukari, please look favorably on my efforst from here on!

At this vital point in time, the fact that Yukari spent the majority of her time asleep had crucially slipped Ran's mind.

Ran Yakumo became an ally.

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Each of Makai's generals won't appear in the first battle of their territory, so we can't get any of the cutscenes yet. We basically just mop the floor with some mooks instead. Granted, their levels are a lot more respectable now, at least.


There was a split in deciding whether to capture Eientei or the Magic Forest Interior first, so I decided to hit each area once. That puts us in a position to take either one next turn with two attacks. Between the two, which one should we go for?


(Mai's cute. I envision her being voiced by Kana Hanazawa. Sure, she gets barely more words than Rinnosuke in this game, but I like her all the same.)

(Wait, did I just type that?)



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The Makai army succeeded in their blitzkrieg tactics, taking most of Gensokyo's major areas under control. With the shrine now protected by a barrier, Shinki returned to Makai to oversee the war leisurely.

Shinki: Ahaha, the look on their faces! It was a masterpiece, wasn't it, li'l Yumeko?

Shinki was talking through a similar bend from her first appearance, which showed Yumeko at the Scarlet Devil Mansion.

Yumeko: I am afraid I did not see their faces, so I cannot comment.

Is that so? That's too bad, I'd have loved for you to see it too...Imagine the face they would make if they hit their head on a wall by complete surprise.

...I am afraid I find that hard to picture. Your role went off without a hitch, I take it?


Indeed, I declared war on them in front of so many people. And with the shrine under my control, this is some very sweet revenge on Reimu.

I do not think that she will take this lightly. Please take the utmost care when dealing with her.

That's why we have this barrier, though. Make sure you don't let them break it, li'l Yumeko.

Understood. How are the others holding up?

Hm...I don't have to worry about you, but the other children aren't as strong as you, huh? I'll go check on them right now.

With a wave of the hand, another distortion appeared right next to the one with Yumeko. The new bend allowed her to view a certain someone else.

Sara: Wah, Lady shinki! You did a very good job!

Sara, how's the situation over there? You're a gatekeeper by trade, so I thought you might have some troubles with attacking...

Ah, I'm sorry to have worried you! There are no problems right now...Well, maybe...

Hm? What's wrong?


...What is this place? ...I've not seen a single person, and there are ghosts floating around everywhere...It's all kinds of creepy!

Well, that's to be expected. That's basically "the other world", if you know what I mean.

Ah, ah, ahhh! The "other world"!? L-Lady Shinkiii, am I so unneeded that you sent me here to die!? Ooh, oooooh...

Don't take it the wrong way, you'll be coming back after...Oh whatever, let's go to the next one.

With another wave of the hand, the bend that showed Sara made an indescribable noise, and moved on to the next destination.

Louise, how are things over there?

Louise: Ah, Lady Shinki. My apologies for worrying you.

It's no matter, as long as you're fine and doing well.

W-Well...There haven't been any huge problems, but...Um, just what kind of place is this...?

What? Is something affecting even you?


This place is called Muenzuka, correct? There's just something very eerie about this place...This is the first time I've seen purple cherry blossoms...

Geeze, you and Sara are both the same. Just keep it together, alright?

Yes, it's scary, but you can still count on ...Eeek! What sound was that...? Lady Shinki~!

Alright, neeeext. The youngest, and the one I'm most worried about. Li'l Alice?

Young Alice: Ah, Lady Shinki! No problems here!

Good grief, li'l Alice is so courageous, yet those other two...

Ehh, did you say something!?

Ahh, no, nothing. Anyway, are you okay being alone, li'l Alice?

Yeah, this place was kinda dark and scary at the start, but I'm fine now! I found a really cool house!

Oh? What kind of house is it?


It's decorated with lots of cute dolls! I've never seen so many of them in one place! That's why I don't feel alone.

That's good to hear. Do your best for just a little while longer, okay?

Okaaay!

Mm, it's a relief to see li'l Alice so happy. Now for the last one...li'l Yuki, li'l Mai, are you two holding up okay?

Yuki: Ah, Lady Shinki! There's been no problems here!

......*nod*

This mansion is amazing! It's huge, and there are so many rabbits around! Mai has been playing with them and chasing them around for ages...

......*slap*

Oww! What was that for, Mai! It was the truth~!

It looks like you two are doing well, that's good. But don't make too much of a mess, alright?


Yeah, understood! There's really no way we'll get bored here! So many long corridors and empty rooms...

......Idiot. *slap*

Ow ow owww! Stop hitting me Mai, it hurts!

...At least the're full of energy. Alright, li'l Yumeko? Do your best too.

...Yes, I shall work my hardest to make up for what the others lack.

Yumeko cut off the communications, with an expression that made her look like she was carrying the whole operation on her shoulders. Shinki, now alone, slowly stood up and looked at the faraway scenery.

Our world was buried by the flow of time, and left behind by the rest. It may not be entirely bad...But this is still a perfect chance to show them our power!

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Only a single attack this turn, this time attempting to repel our forces at the Magic Forest Interior. We only have four characters available, but they happen to be some of our highest-leveled characters. I stuck all four of them in Close range, and let the wreck havoc.



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Turn: 72
Ouki: 1907
Ryumaku: 123/129
Actions Available: 3

Our Territories:

Night-Blind Road
Defense: 160/160
Cost to Develop: 33 RES

Faintly Dark Path
Defense: 175/175
Cost to Develop: 33 RES

Magic Forest Entrance
Defense: 180/180
Cost to Develop: 33 RES

Magic Forest Border
Defense: 160/160
Cost to Develop: 33 RES

Road of Reconsideration
Defense: 190/190
Cost to Develop: 30 RES

Human Village
Defense: 310/310
Cost to Develop: 36 RES

Garden of the Sun
Defense: 175/175
Cost to Develop: 33 RES

Nameless Hill
Defense: 205/205
Cost to Develop: 9 RES

Misty Lake
Defense: 225/225
Cost to Develop: 9 RES

SDM Gate
Defense: 230/230
Cost to Develop: 18 RES

Great Library
Defense: 195/195
Cost to Develop: 27 RES

Clock Tower
Defense: 210/210
Cost to Develop: 12 RES

Lost Bamboo Forest
Defense: 205/205
Cost to Develop: 9 RES

Hidden House
Defense: 195/195
Cost to Develop: 9 RES

Blossoms Barrier
Defense: 220/220
Cost to Develop: 9 RES

Hakugyokurou Stairs
Defense: 120/200
Cost to Develop: 6 RES

Yakumo Residence
Defense: 310/310
Cost to Develop: 15

Enemy Territories:

Hakugyokurou
Army: Makai Goddess Army
General: Sara
Defense: 235/235

Muenzuka
Army: Makai Goddess Army
General: Louise
Defense: 215/215

Magic Forest Interior
Army: Makai Goddess Army
General: Young Alice
Defense: 110/210

Eientei
Army: Makai Goddess Army
Generals: Yuki and Mai
Defense: 130/230

SDM Top Floor
Army: Makai Goddess Army
General: Yumeko
Defense: 225/225

Hakurei Shrine
Army: Makai Goddess Army
General: Shinki (Leader)
Defense: 250/250


Those who are magicians and those who are not both enjoy life equally.

(Please ignore the location of that cutscene.)