Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle/Story
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This article describes the story of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle in detail.
- 1 Prologue
- 2 Tutorial
- 3 Shrine Team's Story
- 4 New Emperor Team's Story
- 5 Preschool Team's Story
- 6 Scoundrel Team's Story
- 7 Secret Team's Story
- 8 Demo
As spring arrives in Mugenri, two factions prepare to go to war against each other. At the same time, a rumor was causing a stir amongst the people, which read:
"When sake is poured into the vessel of the skies, and cheap ideas and pride are blended in, the mirror of Heaven shall surely split."
Those who are going to war and those who are searching for sake both take to the skies, making the skies of Mugenri a dangerous danmaku battlefield.
Taira no Fumikado and Fujiwara no Iyozane arrived at the Senri Shrine to warn its residents about the upcoming war, as tension between the Youkai Alliance and Devanagara seemed to be increasing, but the Youkai Alliance seemed to have severed contact with Fumikado and co. Shortly after they left, Kuroji arrives with their two siblings. The three siblings had a fight with someone, in which Hooaka lost their right arm from the elbow down. They came to Tsubakura for help, who grew an artificial arm for them. In return, Kuroji shared with them the rumor that had been circulating Mugenri. As they left, Kuroji tossed a few coins onto the shrine's veranda as further compensation. Those coins, to everyone's surprise, and especially Jinbei's, were all standing on their edges. Despite their surprise, Jinbei said nothing to the others and went into the shrine.
Somewhere along the Shrine Road, Kuroji reveals to their siblings that they shared the rumor with Tsubakura to lure them out, hoping that they could deal with the person who cut off Hooaka's arm. As for the siblings themselves, they set out to find the treasures that the rumor alludes to. Back at the Shrine, Jinbei tells Tsubakura to go out to deal with "something dangerous", which they won't specify. They reason that it would be safer to travel in larger groups due to the ongoing war, so they loosened Shion's seal to allow them to leave the shrine with Tsubakura. Along with Yabusame and Shion, Tsubakura begrudgingly leaves the shrine and heads for the battlefields.
After they left, Tenkai came by to share some souvenirs with the priests, only to find that they aren't home. Instead, they were greeted by Sukune Katano and Sese Kitsugai, who were hiding in a bush around the shrine plotting their revenge on the priests. The two young youkai tackled Tenkai and flew upwards, away from the Senri Shrine and left Jinbei behind
The narrator, Arde, makes fun of someone else, Cine Hamal, who became excited at the notion of being able to record Tsubakura's acts once again.
Yabusame welcomes the player to the tutorial, to which Tsubakura expresses disdain for, as that would be breaking the fourth wall. Yabusame explains that it's fine, since they are parallel versions of themselves from the main story. The tutorial carries on normally until the end, where Tsubakura expresses sadness for not being able to see the player in the main game, which Yabusame agrees with sarcastically. This prompts Tsubakura to remember that Yabusame is able to cross dimensions and that they were probably the real Yabusame, but before they were able to confront Yabusame about it, Yabusame ended the tutorial.
Shrine Team's Story
After being kicked out of the shrine by Jinbei, Tsubakura, Yabusame and Shion wander around Mugenri, curious about the rumor that Kuroji shared with them, as well as whatever Jinbei warned them about.
Hoping to stop the war, Tsubakura and co. head out for the imperial capital, Devanagara. They defeat Mitsumo, who threatened to possess them, along with various people from the Imperial Army on the way (Medias, Kunimitsu, Kaoru and Sanra), inadvertently pushing back the frontline. They climbed the Pagoda of the Heavenly Mirror to reach the Heavenly Mausoleum, where they witness the emperor Ooama no Ake no Mitori break the Great Mirror. Mitori explains that they did so to lift the curse it put on the capital’s people, as well as the reason they orchestrated a coup d'etat to overthrow the previous Fujiwara dynasty. Realizing that the “mirror breaking” mentioned by the rumor isn’t about sake after all, the protagonists decide to leave after requesting that Mitori withdraw their troops. However, Mitori, wanting to test the priests’ powers and to demolish the Senri Shrine in order to conquer all of Mugenri, challenge the protagonists to a duel.
Mugenri is once again enjoying peace while our heroes enjoy their free time at the Senri Shrine. Mitori and Sanra visit them, imploring them to go talk to the Dragonfly Army as well, so as to make sure the flames of war are completely put out. Tsubakura agrees with them and the three set out once more, with the unresolved rumor still looming over them…
Hoping to stop the war, Tsubakura and co. head towards the origin of the youkai troops after defeating Souko Shirami, who Tsubakura wanted to defeat in order to keep their secret of making fake charms for Souko from being known. Along the way, they learn that they belong to the recently-formed Dragonfly Army, lead by the new emperor as chosen by the Dragonfly Castle. They defeat their followers (Kujiru, Kaisen, Garaiya and Para) as they progress and finally reach the throne room of the castle, Ukifune’s Room, where they meet said new emperor, Taira no Chouki. Tsubakura asks them to stop the war, but Yabusame compares their name with Fumikado’s, who Chouki sees as their enemy. This angered Chouki and they fight.
Mugenri is once again enjoying peace and our heroes enjoy their free time at the Senri Shrine. Chouki comes by to bother them, demanding that they give back the Dragonfly Castle, which followed our protagonists home after they defeated Chouki.
Tsubakura and co. wander around Mugenri, trying to find the sake that the rumor speaks of. They come across various people and fight them, learning more about the war, the rumor, the person that attacked the Shitodo siblings and how these affected the residents of Mugenri.
The war had already ended and peace had returned to Mugenri without our protagonists ever doing anything, they never found treasure, sake nor the “dangerous thing” that Jinbei warned them about. The narrator does note, however, that they are now one step closer to the truth.
If the party has met everyone possible and kept to the Shrine Road, they would meet Suzumi Kuzu.
The protagonists contemplate the true reason Kuroji shared the rumor with them, which Tsubakura figures out that it was bait for them to head out. They run into Suzumi, specifically Cine Hamal, who "reminisces" about the times that they had spent together. They say that it is still too early to fight the protagonists but do so anyway.
The war had already ended and peace had returned to Mugenri without our protagonists ever doing anything, they never found treasure, sake nor the “dangerous thing” that Jinbei warned them about. The narrator asks whether this was the memory they held so dear, hinting that Suzumi altered their memories.
After the party defeats Suzumi, they erase their memories of the fight by showing them a book. Suzumi then disappeared.
After the three got their memory erased by Suzumi, they continue on the Shrine Road, a strange feeling looming over them.
On the Brilliant route, they run into the Senri fanatic and spell collector Haiji Senri, who challenges them to a spell card battle in order to get the trio's spell cards. Haiji loses, and the protagonists move on.
On the Haze route, the protagonists run into Yago Ametsukana, a god of blacksmithing, who battles them to test their power. They win and Yago deems that something or someone's future is in safe hands, although they wouldn't reveal what.
On the Neutral route, Tsubakura wonders if Suzumi entered Mugenri with them and told the others to look for them. They then run into the "dangerous thing" that Jinbei warned them about, Xeno a. They explain that Tsurubami used to be their sparring mate and that they miss fighting with them ever since they left Mugenri. They revealed that the coins standing up on their edge was a sign of provocation to get them to fight, Xeno then challenges the trio to see how powerful Tsurubami's successors are. They lose but express satisfaction after fighting them.
After fighting Xeno a, Tsubakura tells Yabusame that theirs and Shion's memories were tampered with by Suzumi. Yabusame told the others that they fought Suzumi and Tsubakura explains that Suzumi's powers don't work on Yabusame, thanks to Yabusame's mention of the fight, the others recover their memory. Tsurubami suddenly appears, announcing that since they've returned from the Outside World, the new priests need to "disappear". The two parties fight, with Tsurubami promising to give the outsiders their freedom if they win.
After the protagonists win, Tsurubami reveals themself to be Suzumi in disguise, specifically Arde, allowing Tsubakura and co. to learn that memory manipulation is not their only ability. Tsubakura and Suzumi decide to fight due to personal grudges and the former wins. Tsubakura demands answers from Suzumi but Suzumi uses their ability to alter reality and disappears. It once again doesn't affect Yabusame, but no one believes that they fought Suzumi since they are unable to recall the event after Yabusame reminds them of it.
New Emperor Team's Story
After warning the Senri Shrine's residents about the upcoming war, Fumikado and their subordinates set out for the Youkai Alliance's base camp, to find out why the alliance cut off connections with them; they also set out for the imperial capital, to stop the Imperial Army from advancing further into the Sanctuary.
Hoping to find out why the Imperial Army waged war on the Sanctuary and to put a stop to their advancement, Fumikado's party head towards the imperial capital, Devanagara. On the Senri Shrine Road, they run into Mitsumo with Terumi in tow, they tried to take Fumikado as their next vessel but failed. On their way to the capital, they meet the people from the capital who all try to arrest Fumikado, as they are a wanted criminal for rebellion there, interestingly, Iyozane recognises most of them. They witness Mitori break the Great Mirror at the Heavenly Mausoleum. They explain that they orchestrated the coup not necessarily because they wanted the throne, but because of their disdain for the previous dynasty's rule. Fumikado demanded a ceasefire but Mitori refused, saying that they received information of Taira no Masakado being successfully revived and that the Dragonfly Army planned to attack them first, despite this not being true. Mitori apologised to Iyozane for killing their parents, revealing them to be the crown prince of the previous dynasty. Mitori explained that Iyozane was killed by poison, but Iyozane explains that they were revived somehow. Fumikado challenges Mitori to a spell card duel for the right to the throne.
Fumikado wins the duel and Mitori concedes, Iyozane asks Fumikado to spare their life, which they agree to. Fumikado instead orders them to call off the Imperial Army's generals and their armies from the front line. Having dealt with the invasion from the capital, Fumikado decides to head towards the Youkai Alliance's base camp, to find out why they deployed their troops without telling them. Mitori looks forward to their next duel.
Hoping to find out why the Youkai Alliance deployed their troops without telling Fumikado, Fumikado and their subordinates head for their base camp. On the Senri Shrine Road, they run into Souko, who implores them to help put a stop to the war once they learn that the party is involved. Fumikado doesn't take kindly to being ordered around and defeats them, although they regret this after learning that they were a celestial and a god. Iyozane decided that they would go to their base camp instead of headquarters, the Outpost Base Camp. They learn from Kujiru and Kaisen that a new emperor had been chosen by the Dragonfly Castle. As they try to enter the castle, Garaiya and Para attempt to stop them, with the latter also wanting revenge on Fumikado for taking their body and sealing them away. They reach the throne room and meet Fujiwara no Chouki, who tells Iyozane and Tsugumi of how they killed themself in order to play the Saeda, but since the dead do not breathe, Chouki could not use the flute. When Fumikado knew of this, they cast Chouki aside and abandoned them. Which is why Chouki used the castle to lure Fumikado for their revenge. Fumikado asks their subordinates if they would remain loyal even knowing this, and they once again pledged their alliance to Fumikado, as they believe that Fumikado is not the type of person to abandon their allies. Angered at this, the enraged Chouki attacked the party, with Fumikado vowing to stop them.
Chouki was defeated and Fumikado orders them to never step foot in the castle again. Fumikado themself rejected the throne since they deemed themself yet unfit for it, but believes that the castle will one day come for them when they are qualified. Fumikado then encourages Chouki to continue trying to become the new emperor, so that one day they will clash again. They decide to head for the imperial capital next, to put a stop to the war. Before they leave, Fumikado tells Chouki not to go easy on them the next time the fight.
Fumikado remains indecisive on whether to head towards the Outpost Base Camp or Devanagara and instead wanders around Mugenri. They come across various people and fight them, learning more about the war and how it affected the residents of Mugenri.
Despite having headed out with clear goals in mind, Fumikado had gone home without accomplishing anything, which their subordinates reprimand them for. Kuroji comes by to collect the debt for the souls Iyozane said that they were going to buy in Reactivate Majestical Imperial. However, Fumikado had no means to repay it since they had done nothing.
If the party has met everyone possible and kept to the Shrine Road, they would meet Suzumi Kuzu.
The party contemplates about the seemingly perfect timing of changes in both of the factions for this war to have been sparked, with Fumikado correctly deducing that someone had been manipulating things from behind the scenes. They run into Suzumi Kuzu, specifically Cine Hamal, who Fumikado recognises them as the informant that notified them about the Great Mugneri Barrier breaking prior to the events of Reactivate Majestical Imperial. Suzumi explains that they had been manipulating the three and were done with them and they then fight them in an attempt to get rid of them, as they were "mucking up the stage" that they had set up.
Despite having headed out with clear goals in mind, Fumikado had gone home without accomplishing anything, which their subordinates reprimand them for. Kuroji comes by to collect the debt for the souls Iyozane said that they were going to buy in Reactivate Majestical Imperial. However, Fumikado had no means to repay it since they had done nothing. The narrator asks whether this was the memory they claim to be correct, hinting that Suzumi altered their memories.
Fumikado demanded answers from Suzumi, but instead of answering, they erase the trio's memories of the fight by showing them a book. Suzumi then disappeared.
- New Emperor Team's Extra Brilliant Scenario
- New Emperor Team's Extra Haze Scenario
- New Emperor Team's Extra Neutral Scenario
Preschool Team's Story
- Preschool Team's Extra Brilliant Scenario
- Preschool Team's Extra Haze Scenario
- Preschool Team's Extra Neutral Scenario
Scoundrel Team's Story
- Scoundrel Team's Extra Brilliant Scenario
- Scoundrel Team's Extra Haze Scenario
- Scoundrel Team's Extra Neutral Scenario
Secret Team's Story
- Secret Team's Extra Brilliant Scenario
- Secret Team's Extra Haze Scenario
- Secret Team's Extra Neutral Scenario