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The Shirohebi and The Hunter: Chapter 8- The Path of the Wise Serpent

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“It’s known as the Path of the Wise Serpent.” Yuki corrects me as she parts the sheer ‘curtain’ on her uchikatsugi. “Although I can see why you’d assume it was ‘White Serpent’…”

“Really?”

Yuki nodded.

“So what’s the story behind that?”

“Many years ago, the Daimyo commissioned the construction of a post road between the capital and major cities throughout the islands.” the lamia explains.

“How come?”

“Well, it was said that the Daimyo at the time ordered them built so that decrees from the imperial court could be delivered to his regional governors without delay and artisans, magistrates, nobles and craftsmen could quickly make their way to the capital when summoned.”

“So a road like this one?”

“Not quite- the first of these roads went along the coast-“

“The ones Kori and Fuyu are supposed to be taking?”

She nodded.

“That was the original alignment. However, washouts and landslides were a common problem during the rainy season or whenever a major storm moved through the area.”

“Then this would be an alternate route?”

“Yes- although the winters in the mountains are harsher. It was said that the Daimyo had a seer who he trusted more than anyone else- a Shirohebi who was also rumored to be his concubine. She reasoned that a path through the mountains would be far more passable during the temperate months and even during milder winters- and thus would ultimately be worth the investment in time and resources to construct it.”

“Makes sense. So the Daimyo names it in honor of the seer who convicned him to build it.”

“Well- that’s one version.”

“What’s the other version?”

“Oh my….the more popular version is a bit….how should I say?…..immodest.”

“Yuki- come on. How can a story about building a road through the mountains be- as you put it- ‘immodest‘?” I ask with finger quotes to emphasize the last word.

“I…I’ve said too much.” the nervous shirohebi stammered.

“Yuki….tell me…”

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Electrickery

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So, apparently there’s a new source of power newly discovered. Or something. Cutting edge.

Yeah, what a crock.

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This story is the second installment of my original setting, Darkness Prevails.
I suggest reading the first one, Eyes in the Dark, first, as there are spoilers here for that story.

#Darkness Prevails

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The Spider Girl’s Letters

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My personal trainer in Swords, is Sergeant Andra. She’s a widowed Salamander here at the Fort. She assists in many of the Rescue missions that Fort Eequor engages in. She’s told me that when I become a Yokai Second Class, that I’ll be fitted for some battle armor and get a Demon-Silver Sword. I look forward to that, because I want to be in the First.  

There is something else the Army is good for. There are many Mamono who don’t want to join the Army- and that’s OK. Unfortunately, many Mamono have become widowed because of the Order. A few feel that they have nowhere to go because their men are dead, and they have children to take care of as well; they don’t want to be a burden on their extended families, so what can they do? The Overlord’s Army will take them in.

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Australian in a Strange Land

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(This is something I whipped up for a “Monster Girl School Stories” thread on 8chan /monster/ a while back. Turned out well enough that I thought it worth adding here.)

David McDavidson is in a bastard of a situation. Ripped away from his Australian home after his father’s department closed, he has to learn to come to terms with living in the monster-filled country of Zipangu, as well as the presence of his father’s new wife. Along the way he’ll learn about life, love, sadness and HOLY SHIT YES IT’S ESSENTIALLY A SEINEN ANIME RIP-OFF. Just have a read.

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