Earthen Miraculous Sword/Official Profiles

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This page lists profiles taken directly from etc_le02.txt in Earthen Miraculous Sword. Note that despite the game receiving an update, Suzumi Kuzu does not have a profile.

Start of the file[edit]

連縁蛇叢釼 ~ Earthen Miraculous Sword

(c)opyright JynX
同人サークル『トリック・ノスタルジー』
雑用[ JynX ]
2013/11/11

Len'en Tasouken ~ Earthen Miraculous Sword

(c)opyright JynX
Doujin Circle "Trick Nostalgie"
Misc. Affairs [ JynX ]
2013/11/11
無駄に長いキャラ設定とか
Useless, Long Character Settings, etc.

Playable Characters[edit]

Yabusame Houlen[edit]

 ◯天衣無縫の能天気

  鳳聯 藪雨(ほうれん やぶさめ)
  Houren Yabusame

  種族:ヒト
  能力:次元を越える的な能力

  全体的に陳腐な凡人。
  次元を越えることに定評のある変人。
  よく分かりもしない異変を解決してこいと言われても、
  なんとなくで解決しちゃう人。
  勝手に別次元に飛んで行かないように、
  厚みを持たない"二次元の布(玄鳥作)"を巻きつけられている。

  曇り空より雪が好き。

◯ Flawless Thoughtlessness

Yabusame Houlen

Species: Human
Ability: Something like crossing dimensions

They're an altogether plain and boring person.
A weirdo with a reputation for crossing dimensions.
Even if they're told to go off and solve incidents they don't understand,
they're a person who somehow gets the job done anyway.
They wear a "Two-Dimensional Cloth" with zero thickness (made by Tsubakura),
so that they don't fly off into another dimension on a whim.

They like snow better than cloudy weather.

Tsubakura Enraku[edit]

 ◯酒嚢飯袋な単彩

  燕楽 玄鳥(えんらく つばくら)
  Enraku Tsubakura

  種族:ヒト
  能力:遊ぶべきを楽しむ的な能力など

  全体的に面妖な天才。
  ごく一部の者達から『有史以来最高の天才』と称されているが、
  当人は頑なにそれを否定している謙虚さがムカツク。
  墨のようなナノマシンみたいなもの操って、それを武器としているらしい。
  意味も無くよく分からんことばかり言う。

  曇り空より河合曾良が好き。

◯ Loafing Monochrome

Tsubakura Enraku

Species: Human
Ability: Something like enjoying that which is enjoyable; etc.

They're an altogether mysterious genius.
Although they're called "the greatest prodigy in all of history" by a small fraction of people,
they obstinately deny it with an almost annoying humbleness.
They control nanomachine-like objects that resemble ink, and uses them as weapons.
They're always saying meaningless things that no one understands.

They like Kawai Sora[a][b] better than cloudy weather.

Kuroji Shitodo[edit]

 ◯曖昧で紙一重な考古学者

  鵐 黒巫鳥(しとど くろじ)
  Shitodo Kuroji

  種族:先史学者
  能力:表裏を逆転させる的な能力

  とばっちりでこの世界に連れてこられた鵐ファミリーの一人。
  初めはその日食う飯にも困っていたが、
  最近になってようやく安定して生きられるようになり、
  ボロいけど家も自力で建てたらしい。
  今回は学び舎を開設するための売名行為目的で妖怪退治に勤しんでいる。
  妖怪にとっちゃ迷惑な話だ。

  曇り空より星空が好き。

◯ Ambiguously Paper-thin Archaeologist

Kuroji Shitodo

Species: Scholar of Prehistory
Ability: Something like reversing front and back

A member of the Shitodo family, which was pulled into this world with a splash.
At first they had a hard time making a living,
but recently things have finally stabilized and the family can live comfortably.
They even made a house by themself, although it's practically falling apart.
They're exterminating youkai in an attempt to advertise themself and ultimately make enough money to build a schoolhouse.
Of course, that's pretty bad news for the youkai being exterminated.

They like starry nights better than cloudy weather.

Boss Characters[edit]

Jun Amanomiya[edit]

 ○1面ボス 進退両難あまがっぱ

  天宮 潤(あまのみや じゅん)
  Amanomiya Jun

  種族:妖怪
  能力:雨を司る的な能力

  雨神の血縁であるため、雨を降らす能力を持っているらしい。

  雨を降らせて雨具を売りさばくという、
  詐欺師紛いなことを生業としているが、
  本人曰く、服(雨具)が濡れるためあまり雨と湿気が好きではなく、
  雨がキライだが降らなきゃ食っていけないというジレンマを楽しんでいる。
  そんなことせんでも、そこいらの人間でも喰えばいいのに・・・

  晴れのときでも傘を開いているところを見ると、
  雨具はファッションのつもりらしい。

◯ Stage 1 Boss — Raincoat Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Jun Amanomiya

Species: Youkai
Ability: Something like controlling the rain

Because they're related to a rain god, it seems they have the ability to make it rain.

It's said that they make it rain in order to sell their rain gear.
They have an occupation as a swindler, but according to them,
they don't like rain and moisture because it gets their clothes wet.
They hate rain, but if they don't make the rain fall they can't make a living.
Even if they are a swindler, they wish to query any human need there is....

When you see them with their umbrella out even on sunny days,
it seems like raingear is just a fashion to them.

Shou Amanomori[edit]

 〇2面ボス 歩く潤滑剤

  雨杏 宵(あまのもり しょう)
  Amanomori Shou

  種族:化け海虎(あめふらし)
  能力:雨を誘う的な能力

  雨と水を好む種族なのだが、自身は雨を降らせることが出来ない。
  その為、雨を司る力を持つ者の近くに居て、
  雨を降らすように駄々捏ねる姿がよく見られる。
  塩をかけると多少大きくなるけど、そのうち死ぬ。
  なんかナメクジっぽいなぁ。
  此処いらでは某雨降り妖怪とセットで出てくることが多い。

  素足で歩いた跡にはなんかヌメヌメした濃紫色のものが残るのだが、
  それを味噌汁に水と1:2の割合で入れると食材の香りが引き立ち、
  汁にとろみが増し、濃厚で味わい深いものになる(談:燕楽玄鳥)

〇 Stage 2 Boss — Walking Lubricant

Shou Amanomori

Species: Monster Sea Slug
Ability: Something like inducing rain

They're a species that enjoys rain and water, but they're unable to make it rain themself.
Because of that, they live near people who do have power over rain,
and you can often see them throwing a tantrum in an attempt to make it rain.
If you throw salt on them, they'll get a little bigger, but then they'll die.
They're really slug-like, huh.
They often go around with a certain rain youkai around here.

The tracks they leave when walking around barefoot are slimy and purple.
If you put that in with miso soup and water with a 1:2 ratio it'll bring out the soup's appetizing smell,
and the soup will become more viscous and rich in flavor. (Contributed by Tsubakura Enraku)

Lumen Celeritas[edit]

 〇3面ボス 無頓着に収束する恩光

  ケレリタス・ルーメン
  Celeritas Lumen

  種族:妖怪
  能力:光を取り束ねる的な能力

  自分に降りかかる光を集め、束ねる事が出来る。

  ルーメンは基本的にどうしようもないくらいに穏やかな性格をしている。
  昼は日向ぼっこでうとうと・・・夜は木陰でぐーぐー。

  他の妖怪達と違って、光を食料としているらしく、
  それ故、通常は昼に活動している(だいたいは日向ぼっこをしているが)
  一方、月光を吸収してしまうと気分が高鳴り、
  興奮した暴力的な自分を制御出来なくなってしまう。
  気が付いたら村一つを焼野原にしていた事もあったという。

  それ以来、紆余曲折を経て能力と智識の大部分は封印されたものの、
  一応夜は木陰や洞窟で寝るようにしていた。

  遥か昔に起こったとある大きな異変を解決した偉人、
  『三光』の内の一人・・・という英名もあるが、
  当人のその普段の生活っぷりを見ていると、
  とてもじゃないが誰も信じないだろう。
  言動の幼さの所為でもあるが、
  何せいつも道のど真ん中で無防備に爆睡しているのだから。

  そんな偉人が思うに、最近やたら曇りの日が多かったと。
  それも自分の縄張り(っと勝手に思ってる場所)の辺りだけ集中的に、
  とかなんとか。

  このままではお腹と背中が感動の出会いを果たしてしまう。
  ルーメンは腹を空かせながら、原因究明の為に辺りを散策していた。

  そして一人の怪しい人間に出くわし、

  勝負を挑み、

  負けて、

  いじけながら住処に帰った。

  その日の晩、いつもの様に木陰で寝ていたらお腹が大きな声で鳴った。
  そういえば今夜は久しぶりに晴れてるじゃないか・・・

〇 Stage 3 Boss — Unconcerned Converging Sunlight

Lumen Celeritas

Species: Youkai
Ability: Something like taking and bundling light together

They're able to collect the light that shines down on them.

They have a hopelessly calm disposition.
During the daytime, they doze off in the sunlight, and at night they sleep beneath a tree.

They're different from other youkai, as they use sunlight to sustain themself.
Thus, they're usually only active during the day (although they're just basking in the sun).
However, if they end up absorbing moonlight, they become very violent.
They become so agitated that they can no longer control themself.
It's said that once, before they even realized it, they reduced an entire village into a burning field.

Afterwards, they wandered about with their power and knowledge mostly sealed,
and for a time slept beneath a tree or in a cave.

They're a hero who solved a certain incident a very long time ago.
They're famed as one of the "Three Lights",
but if you look at their usual lifestyle,
no one would ever believe it.
They talk and act very childishly,
but it's because they're always sleeping defenselessly in the middle of the road.

They had been thinking that recently there had been an unusual number of exceptionally cloudy days.
And the clouds were focused in on their turf (or what they called their turf).
Or at least they thought something like that.

At this rate, they were going to starve to death without any sunlight.
As they were getting hungrier, they went about looking for what was causing all the clouds.

Then, they came across a strange human.

They declared a challenge,

and lost.

Losing their nerve, they returned to their home.

That night, while sleeping under a tree as usual, their stomach began growling loudly.
Actually, tonight is the clearest night there's been in quite a while...

Hibaru Kokutenshi[edit]

 〇4面ボス 陽気な取立て屋

  旭天子 ヒバル(こくてんし ひばる)
  Kokutenshi Hibaru

  種族:雲雀
  能力:利を取る的な能力

  遠い昔、まだ太陽がこの地上にいました頃、
  ヒバルは太陽にお金を貸していた。
  その借金は日に日に利子によって膨れ上がっていったが、
  いつしか太陽は地上ではなく天高い場所にいますことになっていた。
 
  だがヒバルは太陽がどんなに偉く尊い存在になろうが
  その借金の事を忘れず、今でも取立ての為毎日のように
  天高く飛び上がり、太陽に向かって囀っている。
  その声が届くことは決してないとは知らずに。

  現在は无現里にある金融会社『がっぽ利』の取立て役を務めている。
  こうみえてもすんごい高齢。
  金と押しに弱いが、力と能力は強い、実は无現里内でもトップレベル。
  ただ、本気の出し方を数百年ごろ前からすっかり忘れてる、アホだから。

  羽についてる四聖獣の瞳たちが、
  最近になって花粉症デビューしたらしい。

〇 Stage 4 Boss — Cheerful Debt Collector

Hibaru Kokutenshi

Species: Skylark
Ability: Something like making a profit

Long ago, when there was still a sun in this land,
Hibaru lent the sun some money.
Day by day, the loan accumulated interest, swelling to huge proportions,
but before they realized it, the sun had left the land and went somewhere high up in the sky.

Yet no matter what sort of important or admirable job the sun was doing,
Hibaru has never forgotten the loan, and in order to collect the debt,
Hibaru flies high up into the sky everyday, chirping towards the sun.
It can't be said whether their voice ever actually reaches the sun or not.

The financing company in Mugenri now, "Gappori", is working on collecting debts.
Although, it looks like this Hibaru is actually incredibly old.
They're bad at pressuring people for money, but they have great strength and ability; they're really at the top level within Mugenri.
However, they totally forgot how to really get serious since hundreds of years ago, since they're such a fool.

The four eyes of the sacred beasts on their wings,
have become allergic to pollen recently.

Sukune Katano[edit]

 〇5面ボス  無垢なる天才埴輪

  片埜 宿禰(かたの すくね)
  Katano Sukune

  種族:化け埴輪
  能力:形を象る的な能力

  道具を何も使わずに土からあらゆる物の形を創る。

  物に魂を宿らせる場合、その物の形によって性質は左右される。
  如何なる神霊だろうが粗末な表層の物に宿ればその霊験も格段と落ちる。
  逆に表層が尊威な物であれば、無名の魂を宿らせても
  その力を限界以上に発揮できるだろう。
  魂を物に宿らせるということは、
  その物に魂を住まわせるということになる。
  つまり、住む家はしっかりしてたほうが魂もご機嫌なのだ。
  故に物に魂を宿す場合、それ相応の尊厳なる形をした物でなくては
  その本質は引き出せない。
  ・・・っというのが片埜宿禰の持論であった。


  物には魂が宿る。 先天的には大自然の恩恵や職人の魂、
  後天的には神の御霊や怨霊など様々だ。

  しかし、宿禰は形を象る能力に長けすぎているが故に、
  想像した物を瞬時に創り上げてしまうので、
  それらに愛情や思い入れ、職人としての魂が宿ることは無く、
  後天的に魂を宿らす技術や知識など備えてなかった。
  つまり宿禰の作品は「完成」した例が無く、
  すべて中身が「空っぽ」であった。

  其故、自分の能力の真価を宿禰は知らない。
  自らが「駄作」と言って破棄する作品でさえ、
  神霊を宿らせるのには十分過ぎる程の器であることを宿禰は知らない。


  そんなある日、宿禰は神司を名乗る者に出合った。
  なんでも、その人物は物に魂を宿らせることができるらしい。
  宿禰は神司に能力を見込まれたらしく、宿禰の作品を見せることになった。
  神司はその中の一つの作品を「魂を宿らせる」っと言って借りていった。

  その作品が如何なる物なのかさえ、宿禰は知らなかった。
  その作品が神器に匹敵する...いや、
  神器に成り得るものであることも、宿禰は知らなかった。
  宿禰は自分の作品が「完成する」っということで
  頭の中の味噌がグツグツと煮えたぎっていた。

  宿禰はその神司の言う通りにすることにした。
  最高のパートナーと出合った気分だった。


  余談だが、宿禰は酒をあまり呑めないくせに
  酒ビンの栓を抜く事をこよなく好む。
  宿禰と酒を酌み交わすと、自分は飲めないというのに
  無駄に多くの酒ビンを「開け」てしまうので、
  こちらはその分沢山「空け」なくてはならないので注意。
  また、宿禰は栓抜きを日頃から携帯しており、
  常に手の届くところに置いてあるようにしている。
  そのため宿禰の作品にはたびたび「栓抜き」がくっついてる場合がある。
  土器だろうが武器だろうがなんにでも付けてしまう。

  独創性を培うためか、人間語を喋ろうとしない。

〇 Stage 5 Boss — Pure and Genius Haniwa

Sukune Katano

Species: Monster Haniwa
Ability: Something like modeling things into shapes

They can form dirt into any shape without using any tools.

When there's a spirit within the object they're changed, that spirit is influenced according to the object's new shape.
Even a divine spirit will lose it's special nature if it dwells within a crude object.
Conversely, if some nameless spirit comes to dwell within a more dignified object,
that spirit may exhibit strength above it's regular limits.
For a spirit to dwell within an object,
that object has to be inhabitable for the spirit.
Basically, if the dwelling fits the spirit, then the spirit will also be happy.
Thus, when a spirit dwells in an object, if the dignity of the object isn't compatible,
the spirit's essence won't come out.
...Or at least that was Sukune's opinion.


Spirits dwell within objects. Innate spirits are those of an artisan or the blessings of nature,
whereas imported spirits are those like the spirits of gods and vengeful spirits.[c]

However, because Sukune was so skilled at crafting shapes, they ended up creating any shape they imagined in a flash,
so the affection and emotional attachment for the object, as well as the artisan weren't there,
and the result wasn't equipped with the knowledge and skill to house an imported spirit.
In other words, there were no "complete" examples among Sukune's creations.
The contents were all "empty".

Thus, Sukune didn't even realize the real worth of their own ability.
They themself called their creations "failures" and discarded them,
without even realizing that they were such perfect vessels for housing divine spirits.


One day, Sukune encountered a person who called themself a holy servant.
Apparently, this person was able to make it so that any object could house a spirit.
Sukune became hopeful of the holy servant's ability, and showed them their creations.
The holy servant borrowed one of their creations, saying they would make it able to house a spirit.

What kind of object they borrowed, Sukune didn't know.
That object rivaled the sacred treasures, no,
could even become a sacred treasure itself, although Sukune never knew it.
Sukune, at the prospect of their creation becoming "complete",
had frenzied thoughts whirling through their head.

Sukune did exactly as the holy servant had said.
They felt that they had found the ultimate partner.


On a completely different note, although Sukune rarely drinks alcohol,
they really love to open saké bottles.
If you drink together with them, they'll say that they won't drink,
but they'll end up "opening" a whole ton of saké bottles,
and be warned that you'll be left "emptying" most of them by yourself.[d]
Plus, they usually carry around that bottle opener,
and they always have it in arm's reach.
For that purpose, they usually cling their creations onto their "bottle opener" when they go places.
They'll even cling on clay pots, weapons or anything.

Perhaps to foster creativity or something, they don't speak like any normal person.

Adagumo no Yaorochi[edit]

 〇6面ボス  大蛇の末裔

  徒雲 八尾呂智(あだぐものやおろち)
  Adagumo no Yaorochi

  種族:大蛇
  能力:雲を薙ぎ払う的な能力


  八尾呂智の先祖は幾多の国を治める豪族であり、
  元を辿れば皇族でもあった。
  その一族が栄える際に大きな役割を果たしたのが、
  天から賜った家宝である一振りの『剣』だった。
  その剣は一振りで千の草を薙ぎ、燃え盛る火焔でさえ切り捨てたという。

  当然他の権力者達や豪族達はその一族の力を脅威に思い、
  一族の首長の抹殺を狙っていた。
  だが、剣がある限りその長と真っ向から戦える者は、
  その時代に多くなかった。

  そこで他の豪族達は、とある祝いの席を偽りその長に非常に強い酒を盛り、
  長が泥酔し衰弱した所を襲撃した。
  心の臓が止まっても尚、剣を離さなかった長は、その腕を切り落とされ、
  身体をバラバラに切り裂かれた。
  結果、家宝であるその剣は、握っていたその腕ごと強奪された。

  八尾呂智はその時に切り落とされた腕が化けた妖怪であった。
  八尾呂智は滅びた一族の無念を呑み擁き、
  数人の同士と共に卑劣な権力者達への復讐と一族の再興を誓った。
  剣さえ手に入れれば、自らの切望が叶うと信じて・・・・・

  そんな八尾呂智に初めて剣を手に入れる機会が到来したのは、
  剣が海に沈む時だった。

  八尾呂智はすぐに沈み逝く剣を追ったが、見失ってしまい。
  結局それが見つかったのは水に飛び込んでから数年後となった。
  当然剣は錆び果て、当時の威厳も霊験も既に無くなっていた。
  あれほど希っていたものを手した八尾呂智は、
  何の感情も芽生えはしなかった。
 
  もはや見る影も無くなった家宝を眺めている内に、
  八尾呂智はどこか吹っ切れたのか、
  剣を住み家の物置深くに仕舞い込み、一族の為ではなく、
  自らの道を生きていこうと決心した。
  使命を果たす事が出来なくなったが故に、
  八尾呂智の心は呪縛から開放されたのかもしれない。

  ―――そういえば、最後まで生き残った同士はどうしているのだろうか?
  ふと、そんなことを思いながらも八尾呂智は歴史の影に消えた。



  永く遠い年月が過ぎ去った。


  八尾呂智はのんびりと穏やかに日々を過ごしていた。
  もはや復讐という使命は心の片隅にも残っていなかった。

  ただ、何かが足りない・・・心の中にポッカリと孔が空いている。
  そんな空虚感とも言える蟠りをずっと抱いていた。
  過去の自分の行動も、疑問が残る点ばかりであったが、
  もはや気にしないことにしていた。

  そんな時、散歩の途中で全体が素焼きの土製作りの珍しい建物を見つけ、
  興味本位でその中を覗いてみた。
  数々の土製芸術品(?)が陳列されている室内は、
  とても整理された空間とは言えなかった。
  その土だらけの光景に半ば呆れていた八尾呂智は、
  そこで信じられない物を目にした。

  あの剣がある。

  いや、正確に言うと剣と瓜二つの形をした土製の剣だった。

  瞳から入るその姿は衝撃を発し、
  沈殿していた記憶が舞い上がる。
  空いていた孔の正体が露になる。
  今まで目を背けていた思いが呼び起こされる。

  生まれ落ちた時からある、剣の記憶・・・
  先祖から受け継いだ様々な記憶、剣への想い・・・
  常に肌身離さず共に過ごした剣との日々・・・
  共に数多の戦場を斬り捨ててきた剣との戦い・・・
  死んでも尚、離すことのなかった剣への気持ち・・・

  そう、愛しかったのだ。

  自分の生みの親がどれほどその剣に愛着を持っていたのか、
  八尾呂智はその全てを知っていた。
  持った事も無いのに、錆びれ果てる前のその剣の感触を覚えていた・・・

  故に愛しかった。
  只々愛おしかった。

  だが失った。

  錆びた剣を見つけた時の喪失感、
  突如消え去った全ての柵、
  剣を物置深くに仕舞い込んだ理由、
  その全てに合点がついた。

  八尾呂智は復讐や再興の為に剣を欲していたのではなかった。
  只々、剣を愛していただけだった。
  先祖から受け継いだ愛、それ故に剣を取り戻したかったのだ。
  だが、八尾呂智にはあの錆び果てた剣と愛しの剣とを重ねることは、
  どうしても出来なかったのだ。

  そしてその失ったはずの愛しの剣、それが目の前にある。
  土製であるし、僅かに違う箇所もあるが、それでもそっくりであり、
  微弱ながら霊験すらも感じた。

  八尾呂智の中で長い間眠っていた思いが一気に膨れ上がり。
  八尾呂智は剣を手にしようと建物に侵入することを反射的に決意した。

  その時、帰ってきた建物の主人『片埜 宿禰』と
  ばったり出くわしてしまった。

  しかし宿禰は八尾呂智が自分の作品に見惚れていたとでも
  思ったのだろうか、八尾呂智のことは特に何の疑いもせず、
  建物の中に招き、自らの作品を自慢し始めた。

  確かに、宿禰の作品はどれも不思議な力を感じさせるものであった。
  芸術的にどうこうというわけではなく、
  心の内の古い記憶に訴えかけるような何かを感じた。
  ・・・が、何かが足りない。自分と同じで孔がある。
  同属だからこそ、八尾呂智にはそれが分かった。
  あの剣も宿禰の作品の一つらしい。

  なんという偶然・・・
  いや、この者の天賦の才が呼び起こした奇跡なのだろうか。

  そこで八尾呂智は自らを神司と偽り、
  物に魂を宿らせることが出来ると偽った。

  そして宿禰の作品を(これは本心から)褒め上げ、
  「宿禰の作品は素晴らしい物であるが、全て未完成だ
   是非一つ自分に貸してもらいたい
   そうすればそれに魂を宿し、完成品にしてみせよう」
  っと提案した。

  宿禰は喜んで作品を差し出した。
  宿禰もまた、自分の作品がどれも未完成であることを自覚していたらしい。

  そこで八尾呂智が選んだ作品はもちろんあの剣であった。
  魂を宿すことなど自分には出来ない・・・だが、
  この土製の剣に自らが持つ錆びた剣の力を遷せば、
  当時のあの威厳が蘇るだろう。

  魂を遷すためには力が逃げないようにする為の『器』が必要だった。
  そこで儀式場として宿禰に巨大な土製の『器』を用意させ、
  さらに、儀式が終わるまで絶対に中に入って来てはならない、
  ・・・っと宿禰に言い聞かせた。

  八尾呂智は住み家の物置に仕舞い込んでいた剣を引きずり出し。
  土製の剣と並べるよう地面に突き立て、儀式を始めた。

  力の転移を始めるや否や錆びた剣は見る見る崩れ落ち、
  外では天に叢雲が立ち込めた。 
  八尾呂智と宿禰、両者の心中は期待で溢れていた。

  儀式は数日に亘って続いた。
  儀式中に宿禰が心配して中に入って来ないか心配だったが、
  どうやら外で作品の完成を辛抱強く待っているらしい。
  八尾呂智は次第に騙していることに多少の罪悪感を覚え始めた。

  儀式が間もなく終わるその時、外で大きな音がした。
  どうやら邪魔者が来たようだ。
  だが、剣は既に九分九厘の力を転移し終わっていた。

  試し斬りには調度良いか・・・

  八尾呂智は土製の剣を抜き、刀身を地面に軽く叩きつけた。
  すると、土製の剣は表面が砕け落ち、中から光り輝く剣が現れた。
  初めて握るというのに自分の体の一部のように馴染む。

  遥か昔に夢見た愛しの剣・・・
  万感交到りながら、それを確と握り締め、
  侵入者を迎え入れるため儀式場の屋上に向かった。

  その目には復讐心は全く無かった。
  一族の復讐や復興という目的など最早どうでも良かったのだ。
  八尾呂智はただ、遥か昔に求めた・・・
  ・・・恋した剣が愛しかっただけなのだから。

  剣を天に翳すと、天に蔓延っていた叢雲は割れ、
  切れ目から日の光が射し込んできて八尾呂智を照らした。
  まるで天が一人と一振りの悠久の時を経た再開を祝福するかの如く・・・

  数ある呼び名のどれとも違う剣の名を囁きながら、蛇は舞った。


  心にあった孔が満たされた八尾呂智の瞳には、
  剣の姿しか映っていなかった。

◯ Stage 6 Boss — Descendant of Orochi

Adagumo no Yaorochi

Species: Orochi
Ability: Something like mowing down clouds


Yaorochi's ancestors were a powerful clan that ruled over several provinces.[e]
If you go back to the beginning. they were even royalty.
In the golden age of the clan. they had a very important responsibility,
which was a "sword" that was an heirloom given to them from heaven.[f]
It's said that the sword could mow down a thousand blades of grass with one stroke while engulfed in a blazing flame.

Of course, other powerful clans and influential people were opposed to this clan,
and aimed to eliminate the leader of the clan.
However, there weren't many people in those days,
who would go head-to-head against the leader of the clan in a sword fight.

So the other clans threw a fake celebration for the leader, giving him unusually strong saké.
When he was dead drunk, they attacked him.
Even after his heart had stopped, the leader wouldn't let go of his sword,
so they severed the arm holding the sword, and cut his body into pieces.
As a result, the heirloom sword was retrieved from the arm.

Yaorochi is a youkai transformed from the severed arm.
They took in all the regret of the destroyed clan,
and vowed to exact revenge on the crooked people and their allies, as well as to revive the clan.
If they could just get a hold of the sword, they believed their hopes would be fulfilled...

The first opportunity for them to retrieve the sword,
was when it had fallen into the ocean.[g]

Yaorochi chased after the sinking sword, but ultimately lost sight of it.
It was many years after the sword had fallen into the ocean before they were able to find it again.
Of course, the sword had rusted away, and it had already lost it's dignity and miraculous nature.
Yaorochi, who had aquired what they were hoping for,
but only in such a state, didn't feel anything at all.

While looking at the heirloom which was a mere shadow of it's former self,
Yaorochi put the sword far back in a storage room in their house,
but not for the saké of the clan;
They had resolved to live following their own path.
They were unable to complete their mission,
and so perhaps their heart was released from a curse.

———By the way, what happened to the allies who survived?
Even while thinking of that, Yaorochi disappeared into the shadow of history.



Many long months and years passed.


Yaorochi passed their days idly.
There was no longer even a trace of their mission of revenge left in their heart.

However, something was missing... A void was opening up in their heart.
They were always holding that feeling of emptiness.
Concerning their past actions as well, they were full of doubts,
but they had already given up on caring about those things.

One day, while out walking, they found a strange building completely made out of pottery clay.
Out of curiosity, they decided to look inside.
They found themself in a room displaying numerous pieces of clay artwork(?),
which couldn't be described as tidy at all.
Yaorochi was half astounded at the scene made entirely of dirt,
which is when they laid their eyes on something unbelievable.

It was the sword.

No, correctly speaking, it was a clay sword with exactly the same shape as the sword they knew.

The figure of the sword that entered their sight ignited something in their mind,
and their buried memories came whirling back to them.
The true form of the void in their heart became apparent.
The thoughts that they had until now turned away from were calling to them.

The memories of the sword, from the time they was born...
The many memories inherited from their ancestors, thoughts about the sword...
The days they spent always carrying the sword...
The many battles where they mowed through their opponents with the sword...
Their feelings towards the sword which they wouldn't let go of even as they died...

Yes, they loved it.

Yaorochi finally understood,
how much they loved the sword which was their true parent.
Although they had never actually held it, they remembered the feeling of the sword before it had rusted...

And so they loved it.
They loved it dearly.

Yet they had lost it.

The sense of loss they felt when they found the rusted sword,
all their feelings of obligation that had suddenly disappeared,
and the reason they put the sword away into storage;
they understood it all.

Yaorochi had never wanted the sword in order to exact revenge or to revive the old clan.
It was simply because they loved it.
It was because of the love they had inherited from their ancestors that they wanted to retrieve the sword.
However, although they had loved the sword,
the rusted sword it had become wasn't able to even compare to it.

And the sword that they were sure they had lost, was there in front of their eyes.
Because it was made of clay, there were some flawed parts, but those too were just like the real thing.
While it was weak, they were even able to feel some of it's miraculous nature.

The thoughts within Yaorochi that had slept for so long suddenly welled up.
Yaorochi retrospectively decided that they had trespassed into the building in order to take the sword.

Just then, the owner of the building, "Sukune Katano",
unexpectedly came home.

Sukune had seen Yaorochi looking in fascination at their creations,
and without questioning Yaorochi's presence at all,
started boasting about their works.

Sukune's creations certainly made Yaorochi feel a mysterious power.
They weren't exactly what you would call pieces of art, but they brought up old memories in their heart.
...Except, something was missing. There was a void inside them, just like what they felt inside themself.
Because they were something like kindred spirits, Yaorochi could understand.
That sword was also one of Sukune's creations, it seems.

Then, by some chance...
No, perhaps it was a miracle brought about by their natural talent.

It was then that Yaorochi feigned to be a holy servant.
They lied and said that they were able to make any object house a spirit.

Yaorochi (going back to being honest) then began praising Sukune's creations:
"Your creations are so wonderful, Sukune, but they're all incomplete.
Please let me borrow one,
I'll make it able to house a spirit, and make it complete for you."
...was the plan they proposed.

Sukune was overjoyed and lent it to them.
It seems that Sukune themself had come to realize that their creations were somehow incomplete.

And so, Yaorochi of course chose the sword to borrow.
They couldn't actually make anything house a spirit...
but, if they could hold the clay sword and transfer the rusted sword's power into it,
they could revive the dignity from back then.

In order to transfer the soul without losing it's power, they required a "vessel".
And so as a place to perform the ritual Yaorochi had Sukune prepare a huge clay "vessel".
In addition, until the ritual was complete, Sukune couldn't enter inside...
...is what Yaorochi told them.

Yaorochi pulled the sword out from storage.
They thrust the sword along with the clay sword into the ground, and began the ritual.

They began the power transference, and the rusted sword crumbled into dust in an instant.
Outside, the sky was enveloped by gathering clouds.
Both Yaorochi and Sukune were overflowing with anticipation.

The ritual went on for several days.
As the ritual continued, Sukune became worried, and was conflicted about whether or not to go inside, but they somehow managed to patiently wait outside for the completion of their creation.
Yaorochi began to feel guilty about tricking Sukune.

Before long the ritual was over, and at that time there was a loud noise outside.
Somehow an intruder had gotten in.
However, almost all of the sword's power had already been transferred.

The intruder had come at the perfect time for Yaorochi to test the new sword out on them...

Yaorochi drew out the clay sword, lightly mincing the ground around it.
As they did so, the clay sword's surface crumbled into pieces, revealing the brilliantly shining sword within.
It was the first time they had held it, but to Yaorochi, the sword was like a part of their own body.

It was the beloved sword they had seen in a dream so long ago...
While a flood of emotions raced through their mind, they grasped the sword tightly,
and headed towards the rooftop to usher in the intruder.

There was no trace of revenge in their eyes.
They didn't care at all about the revenge or revival of the old clan.
Yaorochi only cared about the sword they had loved...
...Which they had sought after for so long.

They held the sword up to they sky, splitting the gathering clouds above,
and sunlight poured down from the gap onto Yaorochi.
It was as if heaven itself was celebrating the reunion of the person and sword after an eternity apart.

While Yaorochi whispered to themself the names of numerous other swords, the snake danced about.


Now that the void inside their heart had been fulfilled,
nothing but the figure of the sword reflected in Yaorochi's eyes.

EX Lumen Celeritas[edit]

 〇EX面中ボス  無頓着に収束する恩光

  ケレリタス・ルーメン
  Celeritas Lumen

  種族:妖怪
  能力:光を取り束ねる的な能力

  馬鹿な偉人、オールナイトで、フィーバー中。

〇 Extra Stage Midboss — Unconcerned Converging Sunlight

Lumen Celeritas

Species: Youkai
Ability: Something like taking and bundling light together

They're the idiot hero, going all night in a fever.

Adagumo no Saragimaru[edit]

 〇EX面ボス  最後の瞳

  徒雲 蛇穴丸(あだぐものさらぎまる)
  Adagumo no Saragimaru

  種族:大蛇
  能力:曇天を操れる的な能力

  八尾呂智とともに産まれた妖怪の一人。

  八尾呂智には七人の家族がいた。
  八尾呂智が『腕』が化けたものに対し、
  蛇穴丸は『目』が化けた妖怪であった。
  蛇穴丸の他にいた家族は、長い年月が過ぎ去っていく中、
  歴史に呑み込まれて今では生き残ったのは
  八尾呂智と蛇穴丸だけとなった。

  棟梁である八尾呂智は自らに血のつながる家族が居ることは知らない。
  ・・・っというより、剣のみにしか興味が無い八尾呂智の眼には、
  他の同士達の存在は映っていなかった。

  志半ばで倒れていく同士の中には、
  手を翻したために八尾呂智に斬られた者もいた。
  同じ思いの元で産まれてきた家族なのだが、
  『翻雲覆雨』という言葉の通り、
  手を覆せば雲が雨となったわけだ、紅色の雨に・・・・
  蛇穴丸は苦い記憶と共にそれを学んだ。

  やがて生き残りは八尾呂智と蛇穴丸だけとなってしまったが。
  お互いしか存在しない中、八尾呂智の眼には剣しか映っておらず、
  蛇穴丸を映す瞳はもういなかった。

  そんな中で八尾呂智の"入水"を目撃した蛇穴丸は、その後一人になり、
  生きがいも失った。
  表情を失った姿で八尾呂智が沈む水面をずっと眺め続ける日々が続き、
  あっという間に数年間が過ぎた。

  八尾呂智が水面から姿を現した光景は、
  後に蛇穴丸が『奇跡』という単語を耳にするたびに
  思い出すこととなる程に衝撃的であった。

  しかし八尾呂智が片腕に持っている"あの剣"を見ると、
  喜んでばかりでもなかった。
  さらに、その剣の存在以上に。
  八尾呂智の"目"が蛇穴丸の喜悦の色を失わせた。

  どこぞの神話の世界に、見つめた相手を石にしてしまう
  ヘビの化け物がいるそうだが、
  今思い返してみると、八尾呂智の瞳はまさにそれそのものだったと、
  蛇穴丸は後に思い返した。
  八尾呂智の持つその剣は錆びれ果てていて、
  その眼にはまるで生気が無かった。
  そんな虚ろな目をしたまま、まるで亡霊のように住処に帰っていった。

  だがその数日後、
  蛇穴丸は清々しい顔をしながら歩いている八尾呂智の姿を見つけて、
  ようやく剣の呪縛から解き放たれたのだと安心した。

  しかしその後、八尾呂智の姿を見つけることは叶わず、雲が消えるかの様に
  目の前から消え去っていってしまった。
  結局、蛇穴丸は最後まで自分が家族だと明かすことは出来なかった。


  そして、記憶の空白となる永い時が過ぎる。


  蛇穴丸もまた、のんびりと...閑雲野鶴に過ごしていた。
  変化の無い日々を、変化の無い生活をしながら見送っていった。
  あの方は今頃何をしているだろうか・・・
  今でもそんなことを思いながら、時間だけが目の前を通り過ぎて行く。

  だがそんな時、无現里にて八尾呂智が散歩をしているところを
  偶然発見してしまった。
  数世紀ぶりに見るその姿は記憶の通り、美麗かつ凛としており、
  何も変わっていなかった。

  ・・・のように見えるが、
  蛇穴丸はハッキリと八尾呂智の心の孔を見据えていた。


  やはりあの剣か・・・・

  当人以上にその孔の正体を知る蛇穴丸は、
  苦虫をじっくり咀嚼するかのような気分だった。
  だが、どんなことがあっても、あの剣の力を解放してはならない。

  八尾呂智を正気に戻す事、剣の力を封じ込める事、
  この矛盾を整合させる為には・・・
  蛇穴丸は一つの企てを胸に、とある筋から知った土器職人に
  一つの依頼をした。

  しかし、蛇穴丸にはそれをする勇気がなかった。
  あの剣と、それによって大切な人を失うかもしれないことが唯々怖かった。
  だが八尾呂智が我を取り戻すにはあの剣が必要だ。
  そんな気持ちが入り組んでか、いつまで経っても
  依頼した剣を取りに行けなかった。

  そうこうしているうちに、八尾呂智とその依頼品は出会ってしまった。
  奇縁・・・ではあるが、必然だったのかもしれない。
  強く求めるものを得ることが出来るだけの力を、
  八尾呂智は持っているのだから。


  やがて剣は偽りの復活を果たした、
  そうなることは蛇穴丸は前もって分かっていた。
  そしてそれが正常に機能しないことも分かっていた。
  剣の器の内側に記してある術式が力を抑えてるのだ。
  ...しかし、本当に上手くいくとは、正直思っていなかった・・・
  あの剣の力はこの程度のものだっただろうか?


  儀式場にて、蛇穴丸が作り出した太陽光の光線に照らされる八尾呂智の姿。
  それは眩しいくらいに輝いて・・・いや、煌いており、
  正に竜の雲を得る如し姿であった。
  その冠絶たる光景を目に焼き付けながら、蛇穴丸は悟った。

  たぶん、自分が家族であることを明かす事は未来永劫無いだろう。
  これからもあの方を見守り続けさえすれば、それでいい。


  剣の呪われた運命と、その本当の使い方を知る蛇穴丸の瞳には、
  八尾呂智の姿しか映っていなかった。

◯ Extra Stage Boss — Final Eye

Adagumo no Saragimaru

Species: Orochi
Ability: Something like manipulating cloudy weather

They're a youkai who was born together with Yaorochi.

Yaorochi had a family of seven siblings.
In the same way that Yaorochi was born from Orochi's "arm",
Saragimaru was born from his "eye".
During the course of many long months and years, Saragimaru's other siblings,
were swallowed up by history, and now the only surviving members,
are Yaorochi and Saragimaru.

Although they were something of the head of the family, Yaorochi wasn't aware of their siblings' existence.
Or rather, to Yaorochi, who was interested in nothing but the sword,
the existence of any of their allies didn't make any difference.

Among their allies that were defeated before they achieved their goal,
there was one who was pointlessly cut down by Yaorochi.
They were part of the same family and born of the same feelings,
but they had a very fickle relationship with Yaorochi,
and not only did their relationship turn sour, but the event escalated to violence....
Saragimaru learned a harsh lesson along with their bitter memories.

Eventually all the siblings except for Yaorochi and Saragimaru died.
Despite having no one left but each other, Yaorochi still only cared about the sword.
They did not yet have the eyes to see Saragimaru.

Saragimaru, who had witnessed Yaorochi "drown" themself in search for the sword,
was from then on alone, and lost their will to live.
Their days of vacantly gazing at the surface of the water where Yaorochi drowned went on and on,
and in the blink of an eye several years had passed.

At the sight of Yaorochi's form appearing above the water,
Saragimaru was so amazed that from then on,
they were reminded of it whenever they heard the word "miracle".

However, looking at "that sword" that Yaorochi was holding in their arm,
Saragimaru could tell that it wasn't quite a joyous return.
Even more than the state of the sword,
Yaorochi's "eyes" were what deadened the color of Saragimaru's joy.

In the world of a certain culture's myths,
there is a snake monster that turns you into stone when it gazes at you.
When they thought back on it,
Saragimaru thought that their sibling's eyes were exactly like that.
The sword Yaorochi was carrying was covered in rust,
and to that extent it had lost it's vitality.
It seemed to Saragimaru that Yaorochi, with their empty eyes, must have returned from a visit to hell.

But several days later,
Saragimaru happened upon the figure of Yaorochi walking along calmly and happily.
Saragimaru was relieved to see that Yaorochi had been released from the sword's curse.

One day, though, Yaorochi disappeared before Saragimaru's eyes, just like a vanishing cloud.
And although Saragimaru searched for them, they couldn't find them.
In the end, Saragimaru was never able to reveal to them that they were family.


And then passed an unbelievably long time that became a white space in Saragimaru's memory.


Saragimaru once again passed their days away idly, free from worldly cares.
They saw off every unchanging day as it passed, as they continued to live their unchanging lifestyle.
"I wonder what they're doing now..."
As they continued to think that even after so long, time alone continued to pass in front of their eyes.

But one day, by total chance they happened to discover,
Yaorochi walking through Mugenri.
Seeing their figure again after so many centuries, Saragimaru saw that they were still just as beautiful and intense as before.
Absolutely nothing had changed.

...or so it seemed, but,
looking closer, Saragimaru could clearly see that Yaorochi had a void in their heart.


"Of course it must be that sword..."

Saragimaru, who was aware of the true form of that void even more than Yaorochi,
was in such an awful mood that they felt like they had to puke.
However, no matter what happens, that sword's power must not be released.

Yaorochi's return to their true nature, and the sword's power being sealed away,
in order to correct this inconsistency...
Saragimaru had just one plan.
They made a request to a clay-work artisan they had heard about from a certain source.

However, Saragimaru didn't have the courage to go through with it.
They were terribly scared of Yaorochi's obsession with the sword, and the possibility of losing the one person important to them.
Yet, that sword was necessary to bring back Yaorochi's real self.
Saragimaru's feelings had become complicated,
and they never went to pick up the sword they had requested.

Meanwhile, Yaorochi happened to come across the sword on their own.
It was a coincidence... or rather, perhaps it was inevitable.
It was because Yaorochi,
has the ability to find what they strongly wish for.


Before long the sword completed it's fake revival,
just as Saragimaru knew would happen.
And thus Saragimaru understood why it wasn't performing it's regular function as well.
The magical inscription written inside the sword's vessel was holding it back.
...They really didn't think it would work out, but...
Was that sword from back then really this powerful?

Yaorochi was there at the location of the ritual, bathed in the sunlight that Saragimaru had produced.
They were glittering... no, shining radiantly,
they were basking gloriously in the light.
While the sight of it was burned into their eyes, Saragimaru came to understand something.

Yaorochi would probably never realize that they're siblings.
Nevertheless, Saragimaru knew that they could be happy so long as they could just continue protecting Yaorochi.


The cursed fate of the sword, and Saragimaru, who knew the real way to use it.
Nothing but the figure of Yaorochi reflected in Saragimaru's eyes.

Tasouken[edit]

 〇孤高の剣

  蛇叢剣(たそうけん)
  Tasouken

  種族:神器
  能力:縁を絶ち斬る的な能力

  神器『草薙剣』の起点となった剣。
  『草薙剣』『天叢雲劔』『都牟刈太刀』等々、
  この神器の呼び名は多々あり、
  また、そう呼ばれる剣が他にも複数存在していた。
  そもそもこれらの名前の全ては、古代日本においての
  『名刀の総称』であり、優れた剣は全てこの名で呼ばれていた。 
  それ故に同名の剣が複数存在しており、
  またその『形』以上に『名前』こそが重要であった。
  しかし、これらの神器の模範対象となるものが存在する。
  『神器の原点』と呼ばれるその剣はこの世に一振りしか存在せず、
  存在を知る者は皆、歴史の波の中に消え去り、
  既に未来に伝える伝手は亡くなっていた。
  その剣こそが、この『蛇叢剣』であった。
  この剣は人間が使用することを想定していないものであり、
  人にはとても持ちにくい形状をしている。
  道具を用いて無理矢理にでも握ろうとしても、力は発揮されず、
  さらには使用者の寿命をも奪うだろう。

  だがもし、
  己の手で確と握り締めることが出来る者が居たとするならば・・・
  その者は恒久的に天上天下を納めるに相応しいとされているが、
  前例が無いことはこれまでの歴史が証明している。

  創作者は不明。

◯ Aloof Sword

Tasouken

Species: Sacred Treasure
Ability: Something like severing relations

A sword which originated as the sacred treasure, the "Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi".
Well, really it can be called "Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi",
"Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi", "Tsumugari-no-Tachi", and so on.
It has many different names, and there are also many other swords that go by those names.
These names were originally "general terms for famous swords" in ancient Japan,
so all great swords were called these names.
Thus there are a multitude of swords with the same name, and you could even say that the "name",
even more so than the "shape", was what was important.
However, there are examples of these divine treasures.
The sword that's called "the origin of the divine treasures",
of which there is only one in the world, the people who knew about it all disappeared in the waves of history,
the intermediaries who would pass it onto the future had already died.
That is the sword "Tasouken".
This sword is something humans can't even hope to use.
It's form is very difficult for humans to hold.
Even if you use tools and forcibly try to hold it, it won't exhibit it's power,
and in addition it may take off years of the user's life span.

However,
if perhaps, there was someone who could hold it firmly in their own hands...
That person would become strong enough to rule the world forever.
An unprecedented event will prove the history leading up to the present.

—Author Unknown.

Notes[edit]

  1. Kawai Sora is the name of a Japanese poet from the Edo period, best known for writing haikai, a type of comical poem.
  2. A pun on "cloudy weather" (Pronounced "gumori sora") and Kawai Sora.
  3. The Japanese describes the two different kinds of spirits as "innate" (先天的) and "imported" (後天的). The two Japanese terms refer to something that's an inherent feature, and to something that's an acquired feature, respectively.
  4. "Opening" and "emptying" here are pronounced the same way, they're even technically the same word, so it's a pun.
  5. This likely refers to the old provinces of Japan.
  6. That is, the Kusanagi. The story about the clan is based on the legend of the Orochi.
  7. This is a reference to the Kusanagi being thrown into the ocean during the Battle of Dan no Ura.