A TWISTED FEUDAL FAIRYTALE Arc 1 Broken Mirror 3
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CHAPTER 25: A TWISTED FEUDAL FAIRYTALE
Arc 1 Broken Mirror - Part 3
Tokoyamigakure no Sato
(Village Hidden in Everylasting Darkness.)
It has been a month since the former ninja of Konoha joined the village hidden in the every-lasting darkness. In that time, the Teams have gone on many missions for Tokoyamimaru and the village council, and they have both learned techniques from each other.
"It wasn't my fault." yells Spike.
"Like the time you stole one of the council’s scrolls for cigarette paper?"
"He was an annoying prat."
Angel’s control over lightning has improved thanks to him talking to lightning ninja and thunder youkai. Drusilla has added youkai tree wood and special seals to her puppets. Spike has learned new techniques from the swordsmen, the fire youkai, and more explosive ninjas. He's also learned to cause even great amounts of trouble. Blaze has joined his partner in causing trouble, while Gabriel and Lilitha stay with their partners.
"True, but he also pays for some of our missions." says Kakashi, "We need these missions until we find the others and the destined of this world. It's a nice world, but I want a more modern world with things like toilet paper and mass produced novels."
"Don't you mean porn?" says Naruto, Sakura, and Sai.
Since Team Kakashi arrived in the village, they have developed strong connections. Naruto has nearly been adopted by the kitsune youkai and hanyou, even learning a form of genjutsu (illusion techniques). Sakura has made many medical friends in both villages, especially after finding and beating the local pervert. Sai has even joined a group known as the "Mad Artists", who can bring their art to life.
Team Light is the most divided team as Hikaru and Takeru are outsiders. Their light-based powers have scared away most youkai and those with youkai blood. This has had the effect of drawing them closer to each other. According to the rumors, they have already made it to third base. It's also interesting that Palmon and Tailmon have been spending their time in their high level angelic humanoid forms. Juri and Leomon on the other hand have become close to the Panther tribe and other feline youkai groups.
Team Kurenai and Team Asuma spend most of their time together as Asuma worries over a pregnant Kurenai. Hinata has been training in new techniques and has been going on dates with Naruto. Shino has been studying youkai insects and planning to breed new colonies. Kiba has become close to the Inugami and Okami (dogs and wolf youkai), while Shikamaru has encountered fellow shadow manipulators. Chouji has learned to cook from the ninja and youkai chefs, and Ino has become friends with a Rokuro-kubi and futakuchi-onna.
One might make jokes about the two human transformations, since one gained the ability to elongate her neck during the night because she likes to spy on others and the other is a severe anorexic who developed a mouth on the back of her head fed by prehensile hair.
Team Adventure is severely divided in the village. The ice-manipulating Yamato is a loner, with occasional contact with the musicians. The plant manipulating Mimi is popular, especially with the other plant manipulators. She and Palmon have even become friends with a living sakura tree, Sakura-onna. Izzy on the other hand is depressed by the low technology. He finds enjoyment in computers and electronics, which the Naruto world possessed, but this Feudal Japan doesn't even have electricity.
"Report." orders Tokoyamimaru
"Missions successful." says Kakashi
Suddenly, there is a loud beeping sound and Drusilla pulls out her Digivice. The screen shows a holographic map and two unidentified signals
"We need to investigate." says Angel
"There are two signals." says the village leader, “We just received a mission from one of those areas. We were going to reject it since the pay was so small, but you might want to take it."
"While one group takes the mission and investigates the first signal, the other group investigates the other signal." says Kakashi
"Team Scourge, Team Kakashi, and Team Light will escort Akitoki Hojo to Mt. Fuji." says the village leader, "He's a young noble on a mission to destroy a family heirloom."
Shrine of the Mirror of Life
In an old shine hidden by the trees, the wind sorceress Kagura and void youkai Kanna, both surviving incarnations of currently deceased Naraku, have found a mirror. Kagura wonders why she followed Kanna to this place and watches as the emotionless girl reflects the light of the full moon with her own mirror into the mirror in the shrine.
In the mirror, a beautiful woman's face appears. She looks like a princess with long hair done in a royal style and dark purple robes. Behind her is a field of stars and in front of her a pentagram star of thin purple lights.
The woman calls herself Kaguya, Princess of the Heavens, and makes an offer. In exchange for freeing her, Kaguya promises to give Kagura her true heart's desire, freedom. Kagura and Kanna set out to recover five items that will free Kaguya from her mirror completely.
Inuyasha, Kagome, and Shippo are continuing their search for the shards of the Shikon no Tama (Jewel of Four Souls), but they have made camp for the night. It's a beautiful night with a full moon in a star-lit sky and a faint breeze. Kagome is sitting next to Inuyasha when she asks him a question.
"Inuyasha, do you still want to become a full demon?"
"Oh. I think you’re already strong as a half demon."
"I like you as a half demon."
Suddenly, Inuyasha stops talking as his superhuman sense of smell picks up a familiar scent. Kagome asks what's wrong, but Inuyasha has already taken off towards the source of scent.
"This scent. It's Naraku's. He's still alive."
What he finds is not Naraku, but a pair of creatures born from his demonic flesh. Kagura of the Wind and Kanna of the Mirror
"What do you want!?" yells Inuyasha, "Did Naraku send you!?"
"Naraku? I'm glad to be rid of him." says Kagura, before releasing her technique, "Fujin no Mai" (Dance of Blades.)
As Kagura swings her fan, it releases spinning sickle-shaped blades of wind and youki. Inuyasha avoids the attack, but his kimono sleeve is torn off. Kagura snatches the piece of cloth from the air and is about to leave, when the moon appears and a poem is said.
Suddenly, the mirror in Kanna's hands glows and Kaguya appears.
"Who are you?"
"I am Kaguya, Princess of the Heavens."
"What do you want?"
"I want you to serve me and I can grant your desires. I can see the dark desires within your heart. The despicable beast you wish to become and which I can grant you."
"Why don't you come out of that mirror and face me? Kaze no Kizu!
" (Wind Scar!)
As Inuyasha brings his demonic sword Tetsusaiga down, he releases arcs of energy that shred the ground. Kagura avoids the attack and releases her most powerful attack."Ryu no Mai!"
(Dance of the Dragon.)
The Dance of the Dragon creates tornadoes of slicing wind to destroy the target, but Inuyasha already has a counter attack."Bakuryuha!"
(Explosive Wave/Backlash Wave)
The Bakuryuha uses the wind scar to reverse the flow of youki in an attack, sending the opponent's attack back to them in a more powerful amplified state. The tornadoes generated by Kagura become a mass of swirling wind and light that shoot back towards Kagura, more than enough to destroy her.
Kagura, still in the mirror, begins to chant a spell. A black sphere appears in front of the two incarnations and absorbs the Bakuryuha into itself like a black hole. The black sphere crackling with faint blue lightning then expands a couple of meters before releasing it back at Inuyasha."OSUWARI!"
Kagome's command prevents Inuyasha from getting seriously injured by the attack. It uses the rosary around his neck to pull him hard and nearly instantly to the ground, as the attack washes over him.
"That girl." says Kaguya, as she and her servants leave, "She has a strange aura about her that does not agree with the flow of time."
Miroku has returned to his home after many years. After his own father was consumed by the Kazama (wind tunnel) in his hand, he was raised by an old monk named Mushin. Now he's returned to visit his father's grave and talk to his father figure.
"So Naraku has finally been destroyed." says Mushin, taking a sip from his sake.
"Yes and the void in my hand has closed." says Miroku, looking at the grave, "It's finally over."
The grave itself is a circular crater covered in grass with a grave marker in the direct center. When a person is killed by the Kazama it creates a spherical implosion which digs an inverted dome out of the earth.
"What do you plan to do now?"
"The one thing I must do. I plan to journey this land and bring comfort to beautiful women.."
Suddenly, he shudders and looks around paranoid.
"Amazing. Sango isn't even here and I'm still afraid of her strike."
"Miroku, there's something I need to give you."
They go inside the shrine and Mushin pulls out a rectangular black box sealed with a string and a white piece of paper. The snow white paper has a black pentagram star on it.
"This is your grandfather Miatsu’s testament. I was told it was to be given to the descendant that defeated Naraku and the curse he placed on their family."
Miroku looks at the slip of paper he found in the box, then turns to his Tanuki (raccoon dog) scam partner Hachimon.
"Hachi, I need to visit my grandfather's grave. It's very important."
Hachi asks why should he, now that the wind tunnel is gone, Miroku can't use it to threaten him. Miroku puts his arm around Hachi and leads him outside. A few minutes later, Miroku and a bruised Hachi with many lumps on his head appears.
"Hachi has agreed to carry me to the grave."
Near Youkai Taijya no Sato
Sango is riding on the back of her nekometa partner/pet Kilala. She is returning to her destroyed village wanting to tend to the graves of her people
"It's been a long time since we visited them." says Sango
Suddenly, Kilala growls and takes off in another direction with Sango on her back.
"Kilala, what's wrong! Kilala!"
The answer to Sango's question is below.
Sango's reanimated brother Kohaku dressed in civilian clothing with his kusari-gama (sickle and chain) is running from a group of pig youkai that want to devour him and take the Shikon no Tama shard in his shoulder. Kohaku manages to slice open the throat of one, releasing a swarm of flies instead of a spray of blood, but it doesn't stop the group. They are mainly armed with swords and spears, but one archer manages to hit Kohaku in the back of the leg with an arrow."Hiraikotsu!"
The humanoid pig youkai stand around Kohaku talking about eating him, when Sango's Hiraikotsu tears them in half sending up a monstrous cloud of insects. Sango on Kilala's back grabs her brother and pulls him to safety. They race towards Youkai Taijya no Sato (Village of Demon Exterminators) to get Kohaku's wounds treated.
"Inuyasha, are you sure you want to continue with that injury." asks Kagome
"Don't bother, Kagome." says Shippo, "He's still mad at losing that fight."
"I'm not mad."
"He's also too stubborn to give up. Stubborn like a mule."TWACK!
Shippo now has a large bump on his head.
"I was right, you are still angry." says Shippo
Kagome is about to complain to Shippo, when they hear a commotion.
On a bridge, a young man with short orange-red hair and dressed in the robes of the nobility is surrounded by bandits. The bandits are typical, large muscular and ugly men dressed in old clothing and sub standard armor. They also hold swords, which are now pointed at the boy.
"What do you want?" says the boy, sounding innocent.
"You need to pay a toll."
"I don't have much. I'm mostly carrying food."
"We'll take everything you have..."
Inuyasha walks past the bandits without even noticing them. One of the dumber bandits gets mad and yells at Inuyasha.
"Hey! How dare you pass us without giving us respect."
"You shouldn't do that." comments Shippo, rubbing his head, "He's having a bad day."
"It's too late for them." says Inuyasha with an evil grin and his knuckles cracking.
A very violent scene later and the bandits are in a pile in the water covered in bruises and cuts.
"Hojo?" says Kagome getting a good look at the man.
"Yes. My name is Akitoki Hojo, but I don't think we have meet." says Hojo, hiding his blush. He has seen Kagome before once, when she was bathing and let Inuyasha and Miroku take the fall.
Kagome thinks the man may be an ancestor of her modern day classmate Hojo and when Hojo offers her a healthy food, she's positive.
Inuyasha tenses up and Kagome notices.
"What is it?" she asks her hanyo partner.
"I smell human blood." he replies to his miko.
"I didn't have a chance to clean up."
The group turns at the voice to see Spike and Blaze standing on the surface of the river next to the bandit pile. Blaze, the Impmon, walks over to one of the bandits and gives him a kick.
"Ouch! Who are you??" says the bandit, spitting out a tooth in the process, "Another youkai?? Damn it... You'll pay!! When the rest of the gang gets here..."
Blaze cuts off the tirade by slicing the bandit’s throat.
"So you are part of that bandit gang." says Blaze, "We wanted to make sure we got you all."
Suddenly, arrows rain down from the sky and strike the bandit pile. The barbed arrows pierce armor, flesh, and bone with ease going into the river bed below. There is a small burst of blood, then the unconscious bandits are dead leaving a crimson streak in the river.
Drusilla and Angel appear on the water with their Digimon partners and a bow in Drusilla's hand.
"Who are you?" demands Inuyasha ready to draw his sword.
"We are Ninja from Tokoyamigakure no Sato." says Kakashi appearing next to Hojo with Naruto, Sakura, and Sai, "We are hired to protect Akitoki Hojo on his journey"
"Where were you??" asks Naruto, "It took us days to find you!?"
Hojo is so startled that he drops the bundle he's carrying. Inside is a wrapped length of pink silk. Kagome looks at the beautiful item, but Sakura recognizes it from the mission report.
"Yes." says Hojo with a blush, "I got lost. I'm traveling with my family’s heirloom, the hagoromo (celestial robe) to Mount Fuji."
Sakura winces and realizes there are people dumber than Naruto, who would reveal SECRET missions to complete strangers.
"Hagoromo like in the legend of Princess Kaguya." asks Kagome
Inuyasha notices the name Kaguya and raises his head.
"That doesn't answer who you three are, but I can guess." says Takeru as Team Light appears on the other side of the bridge with their partners, "A white-haired Inugami hanyou dressed a robe made from fur of the fire rat. A small kitsune kit. A strangely dressed woman with strong spiritual powers. Inuyasha, Shippo, and Kagome Higurashi. The Shard Hunters of the Shikon no Tama."
Miroku and his tanuki servant Hachimon stand before his grandfather's grave. Miatsu left a message to finish his work, so he's here to find the youkai he's suppose to destroy. The Grave’s the same as his father's, with a circular crater in the earth and the grave marker in the direct center. The only major difference is the larger amount of grass and vegetation, as it's had a much longer time to grow.
Miroku turns at the sound of walking and sees an old man carrying flowers.
"Hello. Did you know Monk Miatsu?"
"He was my grandfather." says Miroku, holding up a piece of paper, "He also left me a message."
"It's best you come to my place." says the old man, "I'll explain there."
The old man's house
As the old man, Miroku and Hachimon reach the building, figures begin to emerge from the shadows. Miroku raises his Shakujo - ringed staff -, while the old man and Hachi cower behind him.
A man with a beard and smoking a cigarette emerges from the shadows. He's followed by a woman with long blond hair tied in a ponytail, a large round man in red armor, a lazy looking man with a spiky black top knot, a feral looking man riding an immense white dog, a man with black glasses hidden in robes, and a woman with pupil less purple eyes.
From the opposite wall comes a dirty blond man with a yellow lizard-like creature dressed in blue fur, a pink-haired woman followed by a humanoid plant, and a red-haired man followed by a large insect.
"Who are you?"
"No need to fear us, Miroku." says Yamato," We are investigating ninjas from Tokoyamigakure no Sato."
"How do you know my name?"
"We are aware of threats to world and those who fight to save it. The demon Naraku sought the Shikon no Tama and Inuyasha and his friends fought them."
"You are Miroku, the Monk and descendant of Miatsu. Your main power was the kazama, a void in your hand caused by a curse given to Miatsu by the demon Naraku." says Mimi, "You're also a pervert with a groping hand and you're in love with Youkai Taijya Sango."
Miroku manages a double face fall.
"As to why we are here." says Koushiro Izumi, "A new darkness has appeared and we want to hear the legend with you."
Miroku turns to the old man, who finally nods and agrees to tell them.
"It's a legend in our village, but fifty years ago, a celestial maiden known as Kaguya appeared. A young man saw her bathing and stole her hagoromo (celestial robe)."
"I heard this story. The man and the maiden were married."
"It's different in our village." says the old man, "She became enraged and slaughtered innocent soul after soul. She was stopped by Miroku's grandfather, who one of the most powerful priests, sealing her away inside her own magic mirror. For some reason, he was unable to kill her."
"She stops time without care or remorse, destroying all life." says Miroku, "Those are my Grandfather's words written on the note. He must be referring to Kaguya."
"Most likely it was because of her beauty and his own lecherous ways." says Mimi
"Kaguya's hagoromo was entrusted to a family that was also given specific instructions for disposing of the robe should Kaguya be freed.” finishes the old man
"Doesn't that sound..." asks Mimi
"Yeah." says Yamato
"You know something?" inquires Miroku
"An escort mission. A group of our friends are helping a man deliver a certain robe to Mr. Fuji."
"Then Kagura might already be free." says Miroku getting up, "We need to get to the shrine and learn the truth."
He then turns to the kunoichi and asks a question. If they would be willing to bear his children after this adventure. Seconds later, there are three large bruises forming from slaps from Ino, Mimi, and even Hinata. Miroku also notices that kunoichi hit almost as hard as Sango.
Near Youkai Taijya Village
Sango notices a mark on Kohaku's shoulder like a veiny piece of scar tissue. She touches it, but it seems to cause her brother pain, so she stops.
"Kohaku, you’re awake." says Sango, while thinking about Kohaku's memory loss.
After Naraku used Kohaku as a puppet to slaughter their father and the other youkai taijya at the castle, he was killed by the archers. Naraku brought him back to life using the shikon shard in the boy's shoulder, but it left him traumatized with memories of murder. Naraku offered to erase those memories and Kohaku became an obedient puppet without those memories. Naraku was able to control Kohaku directly, but left him to act like a personal ninja for the most part.
Sango notices something attached to Kohaku's arm band. It resembles a small beautiful sea shell.
"Kohaku, what is that?"
"Swallow's Cowrie Shell." says Kohaku, holding it tight, "I'm supposed to protect it."
"If it's taken from me, something bad will happen. I don't know what, but I somehow know."
Suddenly, a burst of wind and youki destroys the front of the building. The two exterminators jump out to find Kagura floating on her giant feather and her fan ready.
"Kagura! Why are you here? Naraku is dead!"
"Naraku? He's yesterday's memory and gladly forgotten!" she yells, before spinning her fan, "Ryu no Mai!" (Dance of the Dragon.)
The youki-generated tornadoes appear and Kohaku is pulled into one. The winds tear at him and cut his skin and clothing, until his arm band is torn away. Kagura disperses the tornadoes and manipulates the wind so the Swallow's Cowrie Shell lands in her hand.
Sango and Kohaku can only watch as the wind sorceress youkai makes her escape.
"Long ago, the hagoromo (celestial robe) was entrusted to the Hojo family by a wise and powerful monk" says Hojo sitting next to the trees, eating some of Kagome's instant ramen, "He left a warning. When the full moon remains for many nights, the hagoromo must be tossed into the crater of Mt. Fuji."
Kagome notices Inuyasha has walked away from the group and walks over to him.
"Are you still thinking about what Kaguya said?" she asks him, while placing her hand on his shoulder.
"No. I still want to become a full youkai, though."
Inuyasha notices a sad look on her face.
"Inuyasha, your desire to become a full youkai caused suffering. Ki.. Kikyo wanting you to become full human was also a selfish wish. Sometimes I wish the jewel would vanish forever. It's caused so much pain and suffering, I don't think it can do good."
Inuyasha is about to push her away, but she grabs him and holds him tight. Inuyasha's expression softens and he holds her. The romantic moment is ruined when there is spike of Jyaki (evil aura).
The sakura tree they are under begins to release its petals, even though it's not the season. The petals glow in the darkness, illuminating Inuyasha's group as a figure appears. On the surface of the lake, in a swirl of cherry blossoms, a free Princess Kaguya appears holding her mirror.
"The hagoromo." says Kaguya, looking at the item in Hojo's arms, then notices Inuyasha, "Not you again."
"Yeah. You here for a rematch!" says Inuyasha
"Are you here to be my servant?" counters Kaguya
"I've had enough of you!" yells Inuyasha as he brings his demonic fang sword down, "Kaze no Kizu"
The explosion of energy could slay a hundred demons with a single blow, but Kaguya counters with her mirror and chant. The spell she chants causes the wind scar to disperse. She then causes her mirror to glow purple and generate whips of energy.
Inuyasha is shocked and struck several times before being thrown into the sakura tree. As the hanyou hits the truck the branches and roots come to animated life and wrap around him"Raiton: Raikurai!"
(Lightning Release: Lighting Bolt!)"Katon: Goukakyuu no Jutsu!"
(Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique!)"Hyouton: Hama no Ya!"
(Ice Release: Sacred Arrow!)
Kaguya disperses into burning sakura petals as a blast of lightning from Angel and a burst of fire from Spike strike the area where she was. An arrow-shaped ice blast from Drusilla is aimed at her when she reappears but a quick chant and a swing of her mirror of stillness causes the arrow to go ninety degrees and hit a tree.
Takeru tries to decapitate Kaguya from behind, while Juri and Leomon attack with their swords from the front, but the Princess of the Heavens sends all three flying back with a spherical pulse of power.
Kagome fires a glowing arrow from her bow. The arrow punches through Kaguya's aura, but only manages to destroy Kaguya's sleeve thanks to supernatural reflexes.
"A sacred arrow?"
"Let Inuyasha go!" yells Kagome with a second arrow, while Kaguya laughs.
The second arrows streaks towards Kaguya's heart, but the woman begins to chant another spell. It causes the mirror's surface to shine with light and absorb the arrow into itself. The arrow then shoots out of the mirror, with its holy power, but twice the speed. The arrow doesn't return to its sender as Kaguya has pointed her mirror at a new target, Inuyasha.
Kagome runs and jumps between Inuyasha and the arrow. Kagome blocks with her own body and is hit. The arrow goes through the silk scarf-like hagoromo and pierces Kagome's back, pinning the hagoromo to her back like a pin attaching a decoration to a wall.
"Kagome! Kagome!" yells Inuyasha, thinking the wound fatal, "Why did you do it!?!"
"You're always saving me. Thought it was my turn." says Kagome weakly, before passing out.
"Interesting." says Kaguya, causing Kagome's body to float into her grip
"What are you doing!? Give Kagome back!" yells Inuyasha, still held by the tree.
"If you want this girl, then come to my dream castle." says Kaguya as she and Kagome rise into the sky. When the moon is behind them, they both vanish.
The sakura tree stops glowing and the petals vanish to reveal dead branches. Inuyasha is able to break free of the dead tree, but is more concerned with killing Kaguya for apparently killing Kagome.
Shrine of the Mirror
"The mirror is gone!" says Miroku, "We are too late."
Team Kurenai, Asuma, and Adventure stand with Hachi is shadows behind him.
Suddenly, they hear something and Miroku swings his staff, while the figure in the darkness swings the Hiraikotsu.
"Wait! Sango! It's me!"
"Miroku! What are you doing here?" says Sango, as she and Kohaku emerge from the shadows.
"I'm so happy to see you again!" yells Miroku grabbing her.
"Miroku." says a very embarrassed Sango, then she turns red as she feels Miroku's hand on her ass.Slap!
"I've even missed this!" laughs Miroku with a glowing hand print on the side of his face.
"You haven't changed." grumbles Sango, then notices the large group of people and blushes red again, "and in front of other people!"
"It's OK." says Kiba, "We all know Miroku is a pervert and in love with you."
All the ninja and Hachimon nod, agreeing with Kiba. Even the Digimon and Kohaku nod in agreement and Kohaku has very few memories. Miroku and Sango blush red to the roots.
"Who are you people?"
"We are warriors of Tokoyamigakure no Sato." explains Asuma, "We are investigating a new evil that appeared after Naraku's destruction. Since the Shrine is empty, that means Princess Kaguya."
"My grandfather sealed her in her own mirror, fifty years ago. She was sealed by five sacred treasures - the Jewel from the Dragon's neck, the Jeweled twig, the stone cup of Buddha, the Swallow's Cowrie Shell, and the Cloth of the Fire Rat. They represent the five elements - Earth, Fire, Water, Metal, and Wood, which possesses immense power when united."
"Cloth of the Fire Rat? As in Inuyasha's robe??" asks Sango.
"If that's true, we will meet with them soon."
Castle in the Lake
Princess Kaguya stands on the surface of the lake dressed in her formal robes. A cloud of sakura petals wash over her and the robes change into evil-looking organic armor with a long cape. The clothing of a demon. She then dissolves into sakura petals, transporting herself into the depths of her castle to inspect her prizes, the hagoromo and the young miko she intends to devour.
Outside the Castle, Inuyasha, his friends, and the shinobi have arrived. They followed the directions in Hojo's legend and found the lake in a very short period of time.
Miroku on the transformed balloon-like Hachimon is in the lead, followed by Sango and Kohaku on Kilala, and Inuyasha, Shippo, and the Shinobi on the ground. They all move towards the lake, but when Hachi flies over fireballs explode from the lake. Hachi manages to avoid a couple of the balls of plasma before he's hit and crashes into the ground.
Inuyasha watches as the source of the fireballs rises from the lake. Massive green dragons with mouths filled with white fire. Inuyasha fights the dragons, jumping from head to head, and releasing a wind scar that cooks one head. It proves to be a very difficult monster as each dragon is willing to shoot at each other. Inuyasha falls into the lake, which turns out to be a lucky break, because he can spot its weakness.
He hasn't been fighting half a dozen serpentine dragons. He's been fighting a single dragon with multiple heads, which are all connected to a shielded base. As Inuyasha is thrown back into the air, he releases a powerful wind scar aimed at the base. At the same time, Kikyo releases a single sacred arrow that cuts a path through water, allowing the wind scar to strike the unshielded base. As the base explodes, the shock wave travels up the necks into the remaining heads, and the entire creature is shredded.
Inuyasha then runs towards the Dream Castle, while Kikyo returns to the shadows.
The shinobi haven't been sitting on their hands while Inuyasha fought the dragon. They were about to join the fight when bizarre demons appeared from glowing tears in the air. These demons were banished from the material world, but Kaguya's temporal anomalies, her manipulation of time, has released them.
The demons are humanoid above the waist with translucent skeletal bodies, long limbs ending in sharp claws, and lupine heads with large fangs. Their lower halves are serpentine, composed of the same purplish liquid as the rest of the body. As they attack all living creatures, including the ninjas, their eyes and hands glow with smoke less white flames.
Angel channels lightning affinity chakra into his fingers, then charges at a group of time demons. He slashes at the demons and claws made of lightning tear through them. As their bodies are shredded, they disperse into purple mist that's absorbed by the tears.
Spike channels chakra into his sword causing it to ignite into flames. He then brings the sword down, releasing an arc of fire that incinerates half dozen more time demons."Kuchiyose: Hachi-ju kyu: Olympian: Ares!"
(Summoning: Number 87: Olympian: Ares!)"Kuchiyose: Kyu-ju ichi: Olympian: Hades!"
(Summoning: Number 91: Olympian: Hades!)
Drusilla summons two of her recently upgraded puppets. Drusilla's skill at puppet creation has increased to frightening levels. It almost seems as if her insanity was converted into creativity focused on the puppets. Using enemy youkai as resources, she has been able to grant her puppets far greater power.
Number 87: Olympian: Ares, God of War
A male puppet in bronze armor wielding a spear. It has a large shield, a bladed helmet, and blades extending from its shoulder guards. It has a fire affinity and can create four horses made out of fire. Ares is a heavily armored puppet and can survive explosive attacks and generate immense amounts of heat from the bronze armor.
Number 91: Olympian: Hades, God of the Underworld
A male puppet dressed in black armor with six feathery black wings and large black broad sword. It releases a highly toxic gaseous poison from his wings and can summon chakra "ghosts." The ghosts are composed of pure spiritual energy that drains the opponent's physical energy to stay stable. This fatigues the targets until they die. The sword can generate bursts flame and is coated in toxins, and it can also release jets of watery liquid chemicals known as The Rivers.
The Rivers include: Phlegethon,- worse than napalm burning all it touches-, Archeron - psychological damage and extreme depression-, and Lethe- erases a target's memory.
With Drusilla's command, Ares release four horses composed of fire from its armor. As the fire horses come in contact with half a dozen time demons, the demons explode into flames. The few surviving demons that throw their white flames at the horses only make them larger and more powerful, before the horses trample them to death in midair.
With Drusilla's command, Hades summons his chakra ghosts from six black wings. The "ghosts" resemble large worms with wide mouths filled with sharp teeth, but their effect is brutal. As they bite into the time demons, parts of the time demon bodies dissolve into mist. The creatures are composed of a fragile mix of physical and spiritual energy, which is why they were trying to eat the living to stabilize themselves. With their physical energy consumed by the ghosts, their bodies break down and return to the time rifts.
One time demon tries to attack Drusilla from behind, but Drusilla spins around and drives her hand into the demon's chest. She pulls the creature close and whispers into its ear. She says the words too quietly to be heard by others, but the creature begins to thrash around in fear. Drusilla then rips her hand out holding an unknown internal organ. The time demon explodes into mist and disperses.
Naruto forms a Rasengan and runs by a dozen time demons. The ball of swirling chakra grinds through the sides of the demons, causing them to release sprays of purple ooze before bursting like balloons.
Sakura uses chakra no mesu (chakra scalpels) used for surgery and combat, to slice open half a dozen time demons. The cuts under the skin cause the areas that are struck to balloon like giant blisters. When they reach a certain point they detonate, blasting the limb or head off the monster. Once those parts are severed, the rest of body soon disperses.
Sai manages to kill three using needles made of chakra-infused ink and Kakashi's water bullet punctures several of the time demons. The attacks are not as effective as the others.
Hikari and Takeru destroy several time demons with their own blades, before causing their Digimon partners to evolve into their angelic forms. The auras of Angewoman and HolyAngemon are enough to cause nearly a hundred demons to burst into flames.
Juri and Leomon slice their opponents apart with their swords and avoid the fiery counter attacks from the others using their feline agility. They even catch one of the creatures between them with their beast king/queen punches, causing its entire body to explode like jello smashed between two food carts.
Hinata's Juuken strikes cause the time demons to inflate and explode, while Shino's insects cause them to wither, deflate, and eventually collapse into mist. Kiba and Akamaru's Gatsuuga drills through a hundred opponents, shredding them in an instant.
Ino's Shinranshin no jutsu (Mind Derangement Technique) is a clan technique designed to drive the target crazy and cause him/her to attack his/her allies. The effect on the time demon is far more dramatic as the head swells and violently explodes. Ino's shocked form is then rescued by Shikamaru and his Kage Nui (Shadow Sewing) which impales a couple dozen time demons. Chouji is rescued by his sensei Asuma, his chakra-infused trench knifes slicing straight through their translucent demon flesh
Yamato's ekishoudan (liquid crystal bullets) freeze the time demons into dark purple ice statues that shatter into microscopic fragments seconds later. Mimi and Palmon's vines pierce and slice through many more demons and Izzy with his wires and the evolved Kabuterimon destroy the rest.
As the last of the demons are destroyed, their mist-like remains are absorbed by the tears causing them to close and vanish.
Suddenly, the dark sky is filled with colored lights. The lights like laser beams cross each other to form a pentagram in the sky with the full moon in the center. The purple pentagram falls and the Dream Castle vanishes into the world of illusion, while the rest of the world goes to gray scale. As the gray spreads, everything seems to freeze in place. An owl taking off is frozen like a statue. A water fall stops flowing, collapsing into grey ice
The Inuyasha tachi and shinobi look down at themselves to figure out why they aren't frozen like the rest of the world.
In the case of Inuyasha's friends, Kagome's bandages and medical supplies have put up a time barrier. The items coming from the future can't be frozen like things of the present, and their contact with the injured protects them.
In the case of the Shinobi and their Digimon partners, their entire bodies are glowing. They are from other dimensions, which means the time manipulation has even less effect on them. They are literally not a part of the time line, so time flows around them.
A few minutes later.
The group have located Inuyasha standing on the surface of the time froze lake. He's protected by a heart pendant given to him by Kagome, so he wasn't frozen or cast into the shadows like the incarnations Kagura and Kanna.
"Inuyasha" says Sango, "Where's the castle?"
The group looks down and sees the reflection of the castle beneath their feet. Inuyasha raises his tetsusaiga and causes it to glow red. The red glow is a gift from a bat hanyou named Shiori, who could create powerful barriers using a special orb. After Inuyasha killed her evil grandfather with her help, and reunited her with her mother, Inuyasha destroyed the orb with her consent. The orb granted the sword the power to break virtually any barrier with a single strike.
As Inuyasha brings his demonic sword down, there is a burst of red energy in the form of a circle, then the circle area becomes a glowing iridescent portal. To everyone's shock, it's Kohaku that jumps in first. He's quickly followed by Inuyasha and his group. They are followed by the groups of shinobi. Finally a reluctant Shippo jumps into the rapidly closing portal.
The little fox kit finds himself in the hallway of the Dream Castle and has to run to catch up with the others, who are already far ahead of him.
Inside Kaguya’s Dream Castle,
The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass.
Princess Kaguya is about to devour Kagome, when the hero arrives."KAGUYA!"
The self-proclaimed Princess of the Heavens leaps back to avoid the wind scar, then draws a golden sword to block Inuyasha's strike. Their blades grind together with Kaguya showing immense strength in blocking the much larger Tetsusaiga.
"For a celestial being, you smell like a demon." says Inuyasha, as the missing sleeve of his fire rat robe regenerates, "You're no being of heaven. You’re a demon that absorbed the real Kaguya and took on her beauty and power."
"Clever. I am far greater than she was." says Kaguya before knocking Inuyasha back, "I can make you stronger as well, half demon.”"HIRAIKOTSU!"
Sango's demon bone boomerang spins towards Kaguya, but she blocks with her sword and chants a spell. The hiraikotsu glows pink-purple before returning to its master at twice the speed. Miroku knocks Sango down, so she isn't killed by her own weapon.
Kaguya then causes the organic tendrils around her forehead to move and extends towards her enemies. Sango and Miroku manage to cut them with their sword and Shakujo, respectively, and Kilala bites one despite the gaseous shouki (miasma) released by the wound. Sango is knocked into a pillar, which comes to life and binds her with its wood. The tendrils knock down Miroku and Kilala and then become dark organic roots that hold them firmly in place.
Kaguya then has to jump back again as a blast of lightning strikes the ground. Kaguya chants and absorbs the lightning of Angel's second lightning blast. She also has to absorb Yamato's ice blast, Spike's flame blast, and Mimi's water blast. The amount of elemental energy causes the mirror to shake in the demon queen's hands.
Drusilla's frozen sacred arrow causes an interesting effect. The Mirror covered in super-cold layer of iridescent ice releases the stored energy in one massive chaotic surge. The shock wave is powerful enough to send many of the ninja and Kaguya flying away from each other.
Kaguya loses both her arms, as she thrown through Izumi's electric wires and Kakashi rams his Raikiri (Lightning Blade) through Kaguya's heart. To his shock, a tendril shoots out of Kaguya and impales him through the shoulder. The tendril pushes him away from Kaguya and fires him into the ceiling. To the shock of the others, the fragments of flesh and bone come back together and reform her limbs.
Kaguya jumps and lands in the center of the pentagram with the hagoromo flowing in a circle around her. She begins to chant a new spell with her mirror and golden sword in front of her. A sphere of misty white energy forms around her, then bursts of blue/green, red, purple-white, golden yellow, and blue-black begin to shoot across its surface like comets orbiting a star.
The sphere of light disperses into a shock wave and the comets of energy shatter into showers of destructive energy. The blue/green Wood energy causes the wood in the floor, walls, and ceiling to come to life and attack the ninjas. The red Fire energy causes bursts of flame that cause the wood to ignite. The purple-white Metal energy slices what it touches, causing deep wounds and sending clouds of dust into air. The golden Earth energy causes explosions of force and causes the earth to shake. The black Water energy creates soul numbing ice and causes its victims to sink into surfaces as if made of water.
The shock wave from the sphere of light also has another devastating effect. It reverts all the Digimon to their baby forms with the exception of Lucemon Gabriel, Patamon, Impmon Blaze, and Hulimon Gohan who remain in their weakened child forms and Tailmon and BlackTailmon Lilitha who remain in their adult forms. The Dream Castle filled with darkness has absorbed the light of evolution.
With a single spell, Kaguya has disabled the ninjas and Digimon
Inuyasha fires another wind scar, but Princess Kaguya is able to disperse it. She knocks the Tetsusaiga from Inuyasha's grip into the ceiling, where it reverts to its inert “old sword” state. She then points the mirror at Inuyasha and begins to chant.
The reflection in the mirror is Inuyasha, but as a blood thirsty full demon.
"Let me show you true power." says Kaguya, "This is your true self, your inner demon. Seal away your human blood in this mirror and become what you have always wanted to be."
Miroku and Sango watch as Inuyasha begins to change. The markings on the sides of his face become longer and thicker. His fangs and claws begin to lengthen. Naruto, covered in hardened wood, watches closely as it resembles his Kyubi form.
“He’s changing, but it seems different than before.” says Sango as she struggles. She referring to a time when the Tetsusaiga was shattered by one of Naraku’s earlier incarnations. Without the sword to control it, Inuyasha’s taiyokai blood took control over him turning him into a murderous beast.
“In this place, I think the darkness in the heart is increased.” says Miroku, looking at the reflection in mirror. It’s slowly changing from a white haired youkai Inuyasha into a near sleeping black haired human Inuyasha. The human Inuyasha that only appears during the night of the full moon. “If he becomes a full demon, he can never again become a half demon.”
There is a flash as Kagome breaks the pentagram of energy she was secured by. She had Shippo take the jewel shards from around her neck and use them to break the barrier that Kaguya was using to hold her. She runs towards Inuyasha, despite the growing danger.
The growling Inuyasha grabs her as his eyes turn red and dark purple pupils begin to appear.
“Please! Don’t change!” yells Kagome
“I am the ruler of eternal night. Give into your darkness!” says Kaguya, who appears as a dozen afterimages to Inuyasha’s tainted mind.
Inuyasha, holding Kagome in painful grip, looks ready to kill the human girl, when Kagome does something that makes many of the heroes open their eyes wide.
"I love you. I love you as a half demon."
She kisses him on the lips and the transformation is halted. Kaguya is demanding Kagome’s flesh, but to her shock the transformation reverses itself.Crack!
The mirror in her hands showing the image of a human Inuyasha cracks.
Particles of light like red sakura petals fall around Inuyasha and Kagome, as they hold each other.
“I’ll remain a half demon for a little longer.”
“More romance.” says Naruto’s partner, the former Kyubi Gohan, as he stands breaking the wooden bonds created by Kaguya’s attack, “You can buy wedding rings later, we have a demon bitch’s ass to kick”
Naruto nods and flares his immense chakra and shatters the twisted wood that holds him. The other shinobi quickly follow, destroying wooden bonds, pulling themselves out of the icy black pits, and throwing off injuries and rubble. Sango and Miroku also free themselves.
“How dare you...!!” says Kaguya before a burst of energy burns off half her face and completely destroys her left arm to the shoulder. The burnt fragments stop in midair and flow back into their places before fusing back together. After she regenerates, she notices Gohan is smirking with a smoking sword.“Arrghh!”
Everyone turns to see Kohaku on the ground holding his shoulder.
“It hurts. It hurts. My shoulder feels like it’s on fire.”
Sango runs over to her brother and pulls back his shirt to reveal a mass of scar tissue in the shape of a spider. The Inuyasha group recognizes the symbol of Naraku.
Miroku cries out in pain and holds up his hand as a black void appears in his palm once more. The Kazama (wind tunnel) has reopened, forcing him to reseal it.
The scar ripples, pulsates, and grows. Finally, Kohaku’s shoulder expands and grows into a pulsating organic mass in front of his horrified older sister.
“Sister! Get away!”
The mass explodes into burst of purple shoki (miasma) to reveal a resurrected Naraku. The demon looks the way he did fighting Inuyasha and group at his “death”. A humanoid upper body on a mass of tentacles with long red tendrils coming out the back and long limbs.
“Naraku!” says Kaguya with disgust.
“Yes. I knew if I ‘died’, it would lure you out, Princess Kaguya.” says Naraku with his oily voice.
“I don’t believe it!” says an angry Miroku, “You faked your own death and sealed my wind tunnel!?”
“It was simple for Kohaku to act as my vessel.” laughs Naraku, while Sango tries to get close to free her brother. Miroku grabs her and pulls her away to save her life, as Naraku lunges at Kaguya.
“Now, Princess Kaguya, become one with my body.”
“Keep your filthy body away from me.” says Kaguya as the tendrils close around her and begins to chant. There is an explosion of youki (demonic energy), that shreds Naraku’s body leaving him a head that vanishes in the light.
The Inuyasha-tachi and ninjas jump back to avoid falling debris, a side effect of the extremely powerful spell used by Kaguya.
“This is not good. Kaguya is a demon like Naraku.” says Miroku, “If Kaguya loses, Naraku will absorb her and become immortal. If Kaguya wins, she’ll destroy us. Either way, Naraku gains”
“Then there’s one solution.” says Inuyasha, gripping the Tetsusaiga.
“We kill them at the same time.” says Gohan, drawing his own sword“KAZE NO KIZU!”
(Thunder Release: Thunder Dragon Blast Wave!)
Inuyasha sword cuts through demonic winds releasing the energy attack known as the wind scar. Gohan channels energy through his sword blade causing it to generate hurricane force winds with each slash. Not only do the winds slice, but it boosts the power of the wind scar creating a wave of energy that Kaguya barely stops with her barrier. She then disperses the dragon made of lightning that Angel fires at her. She doesn’t stop it completely, leaving her almost on her knees and smoking from many points on her body.
“You filthy vermin!” yells Kaguya, her face now a mask of rage. She then begins to chant another destructive spell. Pillars of light erupt around her then twist together into a single blast aimed at Gohan and Angel. Angel weakens the elemental attack with a barrier of chakra, which is why he’s only blown into the wall instead of incinerated.“Bakuha Kekkai!”
Gohan release energy from his body to create a destructive blast field (Sphere of Destruction), that blocks physical and energy based attacks. The part of the elemental blast that hits the white barrier shatters into a thousand smaller streams of multi-color light and white flame.
Kaguya raises her golden sword and begins to chant another spell. This one creates a massive sphere of red and gold flames. It’s over five meters in diameter and roars towards Inuyasha.“BAKURYUHA!!”
(Explosive Wave/Backlash Wave!!)
Inuyasha’s Tetsusaiga surrounded by the wind scar slices through the sphere of demonic flame and reverses the flow, creating tornadoes of Kaguya’s own power that shoot towards her.
Kaguya chants a spell and a black sphere appears and absorbs the Bakuryuha. As the sphere absorbs the massive amounts of energy, it grows into a far larger sphere crackling with blue lightning before releasing its power back at Inuyasha.“KAZE NO KIZU!”
Inuyasha isn’t hit by his own attack; instead he reverses the flow for a second time and increasing its power even further. Kaguya is about to do another spell, when Kagome delivers the fatal shot.
Using Miroku’s shakujo as an arrow with the sharp bottom as the tip and Shippo transformed into a bow, Kagome deliver one final shot. The Shakujo catches the hagoromo (celestial robe) and pulls it away from Kaguya before shattering the mirror into tiny fragments. The loss of the mirror prevents Kaguya’s spell casting and the loss of the hagoromo reduces her power.“GOGYOU RASENGAN!”
(Five Element Spiral Sphere!)“MARYUUSHOUHA!”
(Demon Dragon Blast Wave!)“RAITON: RAIRYUSOUHA!”
(Thunder Release: Thunder Dragon Blast Wave!)
Naruto’s Rasengan enhanced by the elemental power that failed to harm Gohan, Gohan’s demonic flame dragons, and Angel’s dragon-shaped lightning blast combine with Inuyasha’s attack to create a destructive force so great it would scare the heavens.
The destructive force vaporizes Kaguya’s physical form in an instant and creates a massive hole in the floor and wall. The entire Dream Castle shakes with the force of the explosion, which is then filled with the sound of glass shattering and thick wood splintering.
“I am Immortal.” says a mass of black mist, “I will have your body!”
Kaguya’s immortal spirit in the form of a black cloud attempts to absorb Kagome in an effort to gain a new body, but a laughing Naraku appears from the ceiling tries to absorb her to gain her immortality. “Kazaama!”
Miroku foils the plans of the two demons, by killing Kaguya with his resurrected wind tunnel. The wind tunnel swallows the mist and forever destroys the threat of Kaguya, Princess of Eternal Night.
“Curse you, Inuyasha.” says Naraku, who’s now a floating head and shoulders in a bubble due to the falling debris, “You have ruined my plans.”
Naraku vanishes into Kaguya’s now glowing and floating mirror, followed by his servant Kohaku.
It’s now raining splinters inside the chamber, as pillars shatter and thick boards snap like rotten twigs. Symbols representing the five Chinese elements shatter to fragments, releasing bursts of elemental energies before they die.
“This place is coming apart.” says Kakashi, holding his injured shoulder
“How do we get out of here!?” yells Shippo
“The same way Naraku did.” yells Inuyasha
Inuyasha holding Kagome vanish into the mirror of stillness, followed by Kilala with Miroku, Sango, and Shippo. They are followed by Teams Kakashi, Kurenai, Asuma, Light, and Adventure with their partners. A fraction of a second after Hikari and Tailmon vanish, the mirror including its frame is crushed by falling debris.
The group appears on the shores of the lake as the sun begins to rise. The lake unfreezes and the reflected image of the Dream Castle dissolves like a bad nightmare.
Inuyasha with Kagome in his arms pulls himself up and turns to the shinobi.
“I have a few questions.”
The Dead Lake
At the bottom of a dark lake, buried in the mud, is an egg-shaped mass. It was over five meters in length, but has grown to over seven meters. The egg shell is still made of a dark blue-purple crystal with glowing blue lines across its surface. Something inside the egg is still emitting a jyaki - an evil aura- that causes everything near the lake to be filled with fear. Something in the egg is still generating a liquid shouki, a concentrated toxic miasma that poisons the lake killing all animal and plant life, from century old giants to microbes. The concentration of shoki is now so great that the water of the lake is more destructive than concentrated acid. The shores of the lake are eroding as the rocks dissolve and nothing remains alive near the lake.
Something Evil is Growing.
END OF CHAPTER 22 - ATFF - Part 2
(1) Inuyasha once called Kagome's Instant Ramen, "Ninja Food"
(2) Fanfiction compresses canon. A movie is far smaller than the Anime series or manga.
Group 1 (Inuyasha-tachi Era)
Team Scourge - Angel/Spike/Drusilla
Team Kakashi - Naruto/Sakura/Sai - Kakashi
Team Light - Hikari/Takeru/Juri
Group 2 (The Future/After the End)
Jinchuriki - Kira Hachi / Yugito Nii
Team Reptile - Masaru/Ryou
Group 3 (The Past/Inu Taisho)
Team Suna - Gaara/Temari/Kankuro
Team Tamer - Takato/Jenrya/Ruki
Other - Tsunade/Jiraiya/Anko
Group 4 (Inuyasha-tachi)
Team Kurenai - Hinata/Shino/Kiba - Kurenai
Team Asuma - Ino/Shikamaru/Chouji - Asuma
Team Adventure - Yamato/Mimi/Izzy
Team Gai - Rock Lee/Tenten/Neji Hyuuga - Gai
The First IY ARC
Inuyasha is Starter Group and The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass.
Two of the groups meet the Inuyasha-tachi Starter Group - Inuyasha, Kagome, Shippo, Miroku, Sango, and Kilala - before and during the events of Movie 2. The other two groups are displaced in time.
The Second IY ARC
After The Ending and The Past
It's After the Ending. Naraku and the Shikon no Tama are gone for good. Wished away preventing Kagome and Naraku from becoming the Shikon no Tama like miko Midoriko and the youkai Magatsuhi. Years later, Miroku and Sango have a few kids together. Kagome has finished high school and returns to the past for the last time. She married Inuyasha in a Happy Ending!
A new threat appears with connection to the distant past and the return of the other groups.
It shows what happened to Teams Suna, Tamer, Anko, and the Sennin in the past during Inu no Taishou's time using flashbacks.
The Scourge, Shinobi and Digidestined will be encountering many youkai opponents.
What are your ideas for youkai?
Add a couple youkai to your Reviews.
Spike gets into a drunken fight with a monkey demon.
The monkey has dark green fur, red eyes, and long fangs.
He wears gold/brown armor and carries a curved sword
Information taken from tvtropesDOTorg under Obake
Obake is the general term used for Japanese monsters and demons (also known as Yokai), also sometimes applied to Japanese ghosts (Yuurei). Naturally, these creatures are mentioned or appear quite often in Anime. Commonly referenced Obake include:
Henge, magical animals with Shape Shifting powers and human intelligence. Often assume human form and get into all kinds of mischief. The two most famous Henge are probably Kitsune (foxes) and Tanuki (raccoon-dogs).
Oni, muscular, mountain-dwelling humanoids who can be depicted as either good or bad. Almost always translated into English as "demons" or "ogres", although they are not always evil.
Tsukumogami, inanimate objects that come to life after a hundred years. These can range from weapons to clothes to umbrellas (Karakasa).
Nurikabe, a monster that takes the form of an animate section of wall. It has the power to turn invisible, and likes to use this power to impede travelers.
Kamaitachi, weasel-like creatures that attack in trios: the first one knocks down a traveler with a gust of wind, the second cuts the traveler with its sickle-like claws, and the third applies an ointment that stops the bleeding, leaving the victim with a bloodless but inexplicably large and painful wound.
Kappa, water spirits who hold water in a reservoir on top of their heads. Kappas are fond of eating cucumber, hence cucumber rolls being called "Kappamaki".
Tengu are winged creatures. Long-nosed Tengu are red-skinned and humanoid, Karasu Tengu are anthropomorphic crows.
Rokurokubi are human by day but have extremely elastic necks during the night. Nukekubi can detach their heads from their necks and float away in search of human flesh.
The baku is a relatively benign example, being a tapir-like monster that eats bad dreams.
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