Earthen Miraculous Sword/Story
This article describes the story of Earthen Miraculous Sword in detail.
Yabusame and Tsubakura are adjusting into the Senri Shrine. Tsurubami's familiar, Jinbei is the one who monitors them and makes sure they do youkai extermination properly. Tsubakura pulls a prank on Yabusame and Jinbei by giving them a suspicious black drink that they claim is coffee. After the prank is pulled, Jinbei notes that the weather has been cloudy recently and asks them to resolve it. However, only one can go so they decide who can go by playing a game of rock-paper-scissors. Meanwhile, Kuroji and their siblings built a cabin to live in while they stay in Mugenri. While Aoji and Hooaka laze around, Kuroji is looking for a way to gain funds for the house. They decide to resolve the incident too, in order to advertise their family.
The heroes head towards the source of the clouds, fighting and defeating those who they find suspicious or get in their way. They reach the Ritual Site, where they meet Sukune Katano, who tries to stop them from interrupting an "important ritual". The heroes enter the building and climb the stairs to find Adagumo no Yaorochi, who was holding a ritual to transfer the Tasouken's spirit into a clay sword that Sukune made, the clouds gathered around the house as a result of this ritual. The heroes provoke Yaorochi and they fight.
Taking place chronologically after the events of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle, Suzumi – specifically Hamal Cine – uses their powers to visit past memories through reading a book containing someone else's memories to collect information on the events that happened in this game, as well as carrying out "memory and timeline confirmation".
The bad endings conclude with the heroes escaping the Ritual Site after being defeated by Yaorochi. They realize that with the Tasouken complete, the weather is back to normal. However, the heroes are disappointed that they lost.
Suzumi was defeated by Yaorochi and woke up on their bed, thinking it simply to be a case of insomnia, they wash their face and pour themself a cold glass of milk before going back to sleep. They jolt up and suddenly realise they weren't supposed to lose, and presumably go back for another try.
The variation between the Good Ending A and Good Ending B depends if the heroes were able to stop the raging Tasouken or not.
After defeating Yaorochi, they realize that the Tasouken's power has run out. Suddenly, Sukune arrives trying to stop the heroes so the ritual won't be interrupted, but realizes that Yaorochi was defeated. The haniwa asks Yaorochi if their "sword-shaped bottle opener" is complete, causing Yaorochi to realize that the essence of the Tasouken was transferred to a bottle opener. Now the Tasouken is not a sacred treasure anymore, so Yaorochi blames Sukune for their poor communication. Shortly, they calm down, accepting that they never wanted to restore Yamata no Orochi's clan; they have an attachment to the sword and that is all. Sukune then invites Yaorochi and the heroes to drink saké together and put the bottle opener to good use.
After defeating Yaorochi, Suzumi makes fun of them for being weak and unable to use the Tasouken's true power. They then explain that this could be because the sword was actually a bottle opener, much to Yaorochi's distress. Suzumi then remarks that thanks to their ability, it doesn't matter how poorly they treat others as their relationship will remain unchanged.
The night after Yaorochi's defeat, the protagonists, along with Aoji and Hooaka, have a drinking party with Yaorochi and Sukune inside the ritual site's building, which has been repurposed into a banquet hall. Yaorochi has already forgiven Sukune for the misunderstanding and is trying to adapt to the bottle opener of the Tasouken. As the group ran out of alcohol, the three protagonists decide to fetch more from the Senri Shrine, deciding who will go with a game of rock-paper-scissors. Leaving Yaorochi and Sukune at the porch, they have a brief chat about different ways of life, during which Sukune briefly recalls hearing a line that Yaorochi had said from someone else, but ultimately paid it no mind.
- Yabusame's Extra Scenario
- Tsubakura's Extra Scenario
- Kuroji's Extra Scenario
- Suzumi's Extra Scenario
The heroes leave the Unlost Woods and head along the Shrine Road towards the Senri Shrine, around which had apparently been snowing. They encounter and fight Lumen, who had accidentally absorbed moonlight and was rampaging around, although they blasted themself away with a powerful attack. Further along the road, they meet Adagumo no Saragimaru, who had been lying in wait for them and was the one who made it snow. They are Yaorochi's younger sibling and wants to murder the heroes for ruining the Tasouken ritual and messing with Yaorochi's happiness. Since Tsubakura and Yabusame are drunk, they don't take Saragimaru seriously, while Kuroji is delighted to see a youkai with common sense and ignores Saragimaru's threats. In the end, Saragimaru is defeated and the heroes invite them to drink saké. As for Suzumi, they simply defeated Saragimaru and went away, leaving them confused as to who Suzumi was.