collab | fantasy / supernatural / slice of life | 2099-2100
❝ In reaching out to explore the distant hills where the gods dwell and the deeps where the monsters are lurking, we are perhaps discovering the way home. ❞
— H. R. Ellis Davidson, Gods and Myths
Flash to Japan in the future--no, not too far into the future, but far enough to be the turn of a new century. Amongst the Shinto gods, this is a time to celebrate--as soon, a new reincarnation game will start. Soon, the balances will be tested and measured and weighed, and soon--so soon, will the gods be granted new life. Reintroduction to the wheel of life.
A proxy will be chosen, hand picked by gods lucky enough to have been chosen themselves--one for every element, two for a season, eight in all. Such is the way of things. For a year, these proxies will purify the shrines of their god's choosing. Fight against the corruption of everyday living. Every solstice will harken a karuta match, and the bonuses to winning will become clear in time.
Such is the way of things until a god rises, almost obnoxiously oblivious to the past few millenniums. A pittance from Amaterasu, it's given--this Kinmamon of Ryukyu. It's given a proxy, a player in this game, and an element all its own. Late to the game by nearly two months, Amano Yorie is chosen to play for her god—overly light-hearted, overly jovial.
The gods do not take this girl or her god seriously--how could they? Of void and sea and with a smile, they trip and stumble through the game. Yorie falls in love with the world, and her new friends. All of this in her heart--she makes a decision at the turn of the new year that rocks what foundations there are.
Out of joy, out of kindness, out of love. — J.James
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