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> Seija Quest Part 3

> You're Seija Kijin the rebellious Amanojaku.

> Tonight you were supposed to be accompanying Shinmyoumaru to the Full Moon Festival at the Hakurei Shrine, to help her feel a little more comfortable around these powerful and influential humans and Youkai.  She's pretty much your only ally in Gensokyo who hasn't forgotten you after your exile so you accepted helping her, even though you're an Amanojaku.

> However while walking up the long stairway to the Hakurei Shrine you spotted one of Aya's newspapers under the shrine's gate and the headline caught your attention, it read:
                             A Competition among Gensokyans
                                      To Fulfill all Ten Desires
Wealth? Knowledge? Prestige? Magic? Longevity? Any one of them can be yours~
Whoever can successfully cause an Incident without being caught will have their
greatest wish fulfilled~!
Everyone interested should gather at the Hakurei Shrine Grounds at Sunset.

Also in this Bunbunmaru issue:
>Another year of excellent crop yields thanks to Minoriko's blessings. (Page 2)
>The Kraken confirmed!?  Eyewitness reports from fishermen about strange sightings
under Misty Lake's surface! (Page 3)
>Reading Tarot Cards 101!  5 cards link you to your past, present and future, according
to an expert.  But which cards provide the highest accuracy of readings?  We compare results
from 5 different sets of cards across 30 individuals. (Page 4)
>An exclusive interview with Village Physician Unshou about the health benefits of
smoked herring, a village delicacy. (Page 5)

> The details about this competition were revealed during the Full Moon Festival.  A doll named Iris claimed that incidents have become mere nuisances and troublemakers are only dealt a simple slap on the wrist for causing them by a weak, misled by Youkai Hakurei Maiden.  Iris has promised that whoever causes a successful unresolved incident will get their greatest wish fulfilled, thus sparking conflict among the major forces in Gensokyo.

> The first incident happened shortly after Iris' announcement when the Hakurei Shrine was thoroughly destroyed by Mima with the assistance of Marisa and Yuuka.
// Since this quest is "chapter-ized" into different incidents full summaries won't be included for each one, though they are linked below:
> First Incident - The Hakurei Shrine destroyed once more: Thread 1 Thread 2

> After the incident's conclusion Seija invited Reimu to spend the night at the Shining Needle Castle as Iris repaired the Hakurei Shrine.
> Following concerns from the librarian and princess, Mokou spent the next day investigating Alice for a possible connection to the doll Iris.  This unfortunately was inconclusive though some potentially interesting communications were found.
> After having met the librarian Patchouli during the Full Moon Festival (and subsequent incident) she quickly took interest in you and invited you to visit her at the Scarlet Devil Mansion's library (this is where you are now!).

> After an excruciatingly long walk through endless identical looking aisles the bookshelves open up into a rectangular area.  Several pieces or what looks like magical research equipment are set up along the edges of the "room" and in the center is a large round table with stacks of books taller than the Hakurei Shrine!
> The librarian approaches a dismantled Iris doll and gestures at it.  "Koakuma only finished taking it apart before you arrived, not only is Iris tough to knock out but the dolls are very tricky to take apart without setting off the gunpowder.  We can consider Mima very lucky to be an evil spirit..."

> "Damn, wow."
> Have a curious look over the pieces.


--- Quote from: Kilgamayan on May 28, 2023, 08:26:03 PM ---> "Damn, wow."
> Have a curious look over the pieces.

--- End quote ---
> There's a small pile of gunpowder in a glass box, various pieces of doll clothing among a few springs and screws.
> Patchouli points at the gunpowder "Unlike the puppeteer's dolls which are connected to her through magical strings, Iris dolls either have some degree of autonomy or are telepathically controlled...  While autonomous dolls may sound far fetched, as research in that field was never pursued seriously it does seem more plausible than one individual being able to telepathically control tens of these with precision needed to give Koakuma and I trouble taking them down..."

> "Hmm. Some of those pieces look pretty tiny"
> Pull the coin back out.
> "Do you think that trick I showed you yesterday would help you investigate them up close? Or do you think you've learned everything you can from them already?"


--- Quote from: Kilgamayan on May 29, 2023, 04:27:27 AM ---> "Hmm. Some of those pieces look pretty tiny"
> Pull the coin back out.
> "Do you think that trick I showed you yesterday would help you investigate them up close? Or do you think you've learned everything you can from them already?"

--- End quote ---
> Her eyes sparkle "That ... is indeed an interesting ability.  I assigned Koakuma last night to locate our literature on transformative magic and the Oni species" she points at the two-story tall pyramid of books on the table "We were sifting through it this morning before we got rudely interrupted by a certain foul mouthed doll..."
> The librarian retrieves a notepad from the table and scribbles something down before pointing at your hand and eagerly asking "Let's see what you can do with that coin!"


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