Kimiko had been unusually focused, since the return of her eldest daughter from the rescue mission on Saijo. It had steeled a certain resolve within the woman, and yet, inside, her own mind could not completely push itself completely where certain parts desired. It hadn't been the first time the darkness had trickled through the woman'd mind and earlier bouts had been staved by music and love. But the streams still persisted at times...
The newest procurements were getting underway, and luckily her people were in agreement with her decisions. They were a blessing, her people, and the appreciation would show in time. But for now a heading had been set and the little empire in the corner of the Galaxy was stirring.
Nozomi sat in silence centered in the diminutive shrine complex atop the towering mountain. It always calmed her when she made her visits to the country shrines, visiting her priests and priestesses ensuring their spirits were high.
But this visit was preceded with troubling news. The more prominent if the shrine wardens had received shadow-filled dreams and odd sensations during their prayers and meditations. This had prompted the small shrine to request an urgent visit and inquiry by the head priestess. She had come, eagerly, to answer their request and attempt to ease their troubles. But she herself was having issues akin to the original summons.
The most troubling aspect about the whole ordeal currently, was that it was growing...