Mirage of Blaze volume 3: Glass Lullaby | Chapter 8: Dance of the Spirit Foxes

By Kuwabara Mizuna (author), Toujou Kazumi (illustrator)
Translated by asphodel

“Narita-kun Narita-kun Narita-kuuuuuun!!”

On the street along MatsumotoMatsumoto City (松本市)

The largest city in Nagano Prefecture, Matsumoto is surrounded by mountains and is acclaimed for its beautiful views.
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’s Parco view map location, Yuzuru turned as a shrill voice suddenly called his name. Morino Saori, dressed in casual clothes, came galloping towards him.

It was the Sunday after final exams in Matsumoto City.

Narita Yuzuru smiled cheerfully.

“Oh, Morino-san. Hi!”

“Wh-wh-wh-what a coincidence, Narita-kun! Are you out shopping? Going to the bookstore? Or maybe the arcade?”

“I heard that there’s a new CD out, so I came to take a look. How about you?”

“I was applying for a part-time job. I thought I’d try the Mister Donut view map location over there, but they said they’ve already found someone. Argh—... dammit...!”

Saori aimed a kick in the direction of the restaurant before remembering Yuzuru and hurriedly straightening.

“Aaaah, anyway, can I come with you? I wanted-I wanted to see the CD too!”

“Sure!” Yuzuru agreed brightly. “I’d like to take a look at some musical instruments too, so would it be okay if we walked towards Main Street?”

Saori, looking as if she would gladly follow Yuzuru anywhere, nodded rigorously.

The two set out down the street side by side.

Saori cast a strangely blissful gaze on the pedestrians going in the opposite direction.

(Oh no oh no! I wonder if they think I’m Narita-kun’s girlfriend...?)

She stole quick glances at Yuzuru’s left arm, thinking, (It’d be—it’d be sooo perfect if I could take his arm.)

Saori’s breathing quickened. Feeling the odd high-spirited vibes coming from beside him, Yuzuru involuntarily turned.

“Wh-what is it?”

“Eh? Ah, ahahah. It’s nothing.”

She quickly waved her hand in dismissal, but her face kept breaking out into a smile.

All the passersby were taking notice of them.

(Look, look! They all think we make a great couple!)

Actually, it was only because the expression on Saori’s face was rather creepy.

“Morino-san, so you work part-time?”

“Oh, not yet, but I thought I would during summer vacation. If I can save up some money, I can go visit Yuiko-chan in Tokyo.”

“Yuiko? ...you mean, the girl from the other day?”

“Yup. We’re writing to each other. Yuiko-chan is a fan of Ougi-kun’s, you know. I can’t believe she likes a pushy guy like him. I sorta groaned when I heard that...”

“Ah, but he’s really popular, you know. I lost count of how much chocolate he got on Valentine’s Day.”

“Urgh, no way! Wh-what about what about you?”

Yuzuru grinned without answering. “At first I thought you liked Takaya too, but maybe I’m wrong?”

Saori was totally stunned. Those words coming out of Yuzuru’s mouth...

“N-no I don’t! The person I like is the person I like is...!”

“Is it okay for you to tell me?”

Stunned again, Saori lost all her nerve.

(My feelings haven’t reached him at all, I guess.)

But was it really true that Yuzuru hadn’t noticed? If so, then he was beyond oblivious...

(Though I really like that ♥...)

Blushing, Saori looked quickly up at Yuzuru.

“How about you? Do you have anyone you like?”

“Eh? Of course. I like everyone.”

Saori gave him a blank look.

“...I mean, there’s not really anyone that I hate. Is that weird? There’re people who have faults, and there’re people who irritate me, but I don’t think there’s anyone that I really hate.”

Yuzuru didn’t appear to be talking about the same subject.

“I feel really fortunate to have the people around me that I do. I’ve been called the guy who’s everybody’s friend.”

“Everybody’s friend? Who called you that?”

“Takaya.”

Unforgivable! Saori thought with annoyance. Fists clenched, she was prepared to go for a surprise attack when she remembered—Oh right...

“What’s up with Ougi-kun? He even skipped out on the exams—is he okay?”

“Ah...yeah.”

The phone call from Takaya had reassured Yuzuru that he was all right, but he hadn’t learned much about what Takaya was doing or where he was. Though he had the general sense that Takaya had gotten caught up in whatever Naoe and the others were doing.

But...

“What in the world has he been dragged into?” Yuzuru came to a stop in front of the crosswalk. He murmured haltingly, “Isn’t there—any way that I can help him?”

Saori looked up at Yuzuru seriously. “Narita-kun...”

“It was when I got possessed by Takeda ShingenTakeda Shingen (武田信玄) 1521 - 1573

Also called: Takeda Katsuchiyo, Takeda Harunobu
Title: Shinano no Kami

Historically: Daimyo of Kai who became the head of the Takeda clan by rebelling against his father. Conquered Shinano and fought against Uesugi Kenshin. The two clans clashed five times on the plains of Kawanakajima, where neither gained complete victory until Shingen died of illness in his campaign against Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu.
that all these weird things started happening to Takaya. He’s been dragged into all this strangeness just because of that. That power...I don’t know why he can do things like that, but I know that he’s changing right in front of my eyes. I know that his senses have grown sharper and sharper since then. Even though he’s probably not aware of it himself...”

“—”

“Before, Takaya had almost no sensitivity to spirits, but now he’s probably more sensitive to them than I am.” Yuzuru smiled a little. “I guess it really doesn’t have anything to do with me, and Takaya probably wouldn’t want me to stick my nose into it either. But I—” Yuzuru’s eyes fell quietly. “I’m worried about him...”

The signal turned green. But Yuzuru didn’t move.

“I want to help him, but I don’t know what I could do. I don’t have anything like the power that he has, so I probably can’t do anything for him anyway, but I’m uneasy when he’s not around. At least, I’m not this anxious when he’s where I can keep an eye on him. ...That idiot...”

“Narita-kun...”

Yuzuru bit his lips, pain in his downcast eyes. His gallantry was irresistible, and Saori gave in to her sudden impulse to hug him. Yuzuru closed his eyes for a moment, then smiled at her.

“Sorry. I should stop whining, shouldn’t I?”

“Ah, you’re not...”

“Oh, the light.”

Yuzuru walked forward. Saori rushed to catch up.

“Narita-kun!”

“?”

“When...when you’re feeling...” Saori cried after him, “when you’re feeling sad, don’t keep it all bottled up! I’m an idiot, so I probably won’t be able to help you or anything, but I can listen to you. I’ll listen any time you want!”

Saori’s words, though trite, came from the heart, and Yuzuru smiled gently.

“Thank you.”

The sudden blare of a car horn stopped them just as they were about to enter the instrument shop.

“Huh?”

They turned to see a gungray metallic Leopard parked next to them and someone familiar waving at them from the window.

Yuzuru exclaimed, “Chiaki!”

“Yo!”

It was Chiaki Shuuhei—Yasuda NagahideYasuda Nagahide (安田長秀) 1516 - May 8, 1582? 1585? 1592?

Title: Jibu Shousuke (治部少輔)

Historically: Master of Yasuda Castle. The Yasuda family had served the Nagao Clan from the time of Nagao Tamekage (late 1400s). Nagahide supported Nagao Kagetora (Uesugi Kenshin) in the coup d'etat against Nagao Harukage, so was a close aide of Kenshin from early on. He fought in many of Kenshin's wars against Takeda Shingen, Oda Nobunaga, and Houjou Ujiyasu.

He received a commendation for bravery at the 4th battle of Kawanakajima along with six other commanders, including Irobe Katsunaga.

He supported Uesugi Kagekatsu in the Otate no Ran after Kenshin's death. He died in 1582 of illness in the midst of Shibata Shigeie's rebellion. (Other accounts mention 1585, 1592.)

Though he shared the same family name as Yasuda Kagemoto and Yasuda Akimoto, also vassals of the Uesugi Clan, he was descended from a different family.

In Mirage of Blaze: he was summoned by Uesugi Kenshin to become one of the Yasha-shuu and is second in power only to Uesugi Kagetora.
. Yuzuru and Saori ran up to the car in surprise.

“Wh-what’s with the car?! Should you be driving? Do you even have a license?”

“What, you didn’t know? I’m nineteen.”

“Kyaaah, Chiaki-kun! A Leopard, a Leopard! You’re like Shibata KyouheiShibata Kyouhei (柴田恭平) 1951

Japanese singer and actor who debuted on the stage in 1975.

In Mirage of Blaze: Saori calls Chiaki Shibata Kyouhei when she sees him driving a Nissan Leopard.
or something! Does it belong to your parents? Or is it yours?”

Yuzuru was dumbfounded. Apparently for Saori the fashion freak, having a license didn’t matter as long as the car was a good one.

“But it’d be bad if you got found out at school.”

“Doesn’t matter. Anyway, Narita. I came to pick you up.”

“Huh?”

Yuzuru and Saori both blinked. Chiaki jerked his thumb in the direction of the car.

“We’re eloping, Narita-kun.”

Ack! The two retreated. Chiaki pointed at the huge bag on the back seat.

“See? I’ve already brought the luggage. Hurry up and get in.”

“Wh-wh-what the heck? And that! You got that from my house?”

“Yup.”

“What—you—wait just one minute! What the heck are you thinking?!”

“You wanna run away with me, just admit it.”

“Argh, look here!”

Saori was clamoring happily in the background. Yuzuru looked at Chiaki wearily.

“So where are we going?”

SendaiSendai-shi (仙台市)

The capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, it is also the largest city in the northeast region of Japan. It is home to one million people, and is aptly nicknamed Mori no Miyako, the Capital of Trees.
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.”

Seriousness abruptly returned to Yuzuru’s face.

SendaiSendai-shi (仙台市)

The capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, it is also the largest city in the northeast region of Japan. It is home to one million people, and is aptly nicknamed Mori no Miyako, the Capital of Trees.
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?”

“There’s somebody who grumbles and whines too much when you’re not around.”

“Grumbles and whines? You don’t mean—”

“So hurry up and get in.”

Chiaki dragged Yuzuru to the car by the arm and shoved him inside. Saori panicked.

“Ah, wait, Chiaki-kun! You’re not—are you really going to take Narita-kun?”

“Sorry, but lemme borrow him for a bit.”

“Th-that’s not fair! I want to go I want to go I want to go too! Take me with you!”

“Sorry, see you,” Chiaki said, and his Leopard sprinted off with Yuzuru inside.

“Wa-wait! Chiaki-kuuuun!” Saori, left behind on the sidewalk by herself, stared after them blankly. “Aaack. Narita-kun got kidnapped by Chiaki-kun...”

She pressed her hands together in involuntarily seriousness and said to the sky, “Oh God. Please don’t let my Narita-kun get AIDS...”

“Wa-wait! You’re not really planning to drive to SendaiSendai-shi (仙台市)

The capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, it is also the largest city in the northeast region of Japan. It is home to one million people, and is aptly nicknamed Mori no Miyako, the Capital of Trees.
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from here, are you?”

“Sure I am.”

“No way. But I...!”

Chiaki give Yuzuru on the passenger’s seat beside him a quick glance and said quietly, “Don’t worry about your family. I’ve given them the proper suggestion. I’ll do something about school, too.”

“Are we going to meet Takaya in SendaiSendai-shi (仙台市)

The capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, it is also the largest city in the northeast region of Japan. It is home to one million people, and is aptly nicknamed Mori no Miyako, the Capital of Trees.
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?”

Chiaki nodded. “That idiot. He’s not really being difficult, but he can’t use his «powers» at all right now. He’s not much use as he is, so I was told to go and help.”

“... What should I...what should I do?”

“—”

Chiaki replied after a moment of silence. “Just be by Ougi Takaya’s side. You’re probably the only key to awakening him. If my guess is right, he doesn’t want to use his «powers» for anybody but you.”

“? What do you mean?”

Chiaki was silent. He didn’t think that it’d been coincidence that Kagetora had performed kanshoukanshou (換生)

To possess another's body, driving out their soul, so as to be reborn with memories intact. Only Naoe of all the kanshousha has the power to perform kanshou on another soul.
so near Narita Yuzuru. Had Kagetora done so intentionally? In other words—

(Can it be that Kagetora knew Narita’s true identity before he sealed his memories?)

That was how he saw it. That was why Takaya’s «powers» could manifest themselves so easily when it came to Yuzuru. If he had imprinted the command on himself to open the doors to his «powers» only when he was protecting Yuzuru—wouldn’t that also explain why they were so unstable?

When Chiaki didn’t respond, Yuzuru glared at him fiercely. “... Are you planning to use me to make him do something?”

“Something like that, I guess.”

Yuzuru asked the poker-faced Chiaki, not bothering to hide his distrust, “What the heck are you guys?”

A smile curved the corners of Chiaki’s mouth. “You really wanna know?”

“Tell me what’s going on around him. What is that power? Takeda ShingenTakeda Shingen (武田信玄) 1521 - 1573

Also called: Takeda Katsuchiyo, Takeda Harunobu
Title: Shinano no Kami

Historically: Daimyo of Kai who became the head of the Takeda clan by rebelling against his father. Conquered Shinano and fought against Uesugi Kenshin. The two clans clashed five times on the plains of Kawanakajima, where neither gained complete victory until Shingen died of illness in his campaign against Oda Nobunaga and Tokugawa Ieyasu.
and Mori RanmaruMori Ranmaru (森蘭丸) 1565 - 1582

Also called: Mori Nagasada (森長定), possibly Shigetoshi (成利), Nagayasu (長康)

Historically: A vassal of Oda Nobunaga who served as his attendant from
an early age. His father, Mori Yoshinari, was also a vassal of Oda Nobunaga. Favored by Nobunaga for his talent and loyalty, he also followed the tradition of shudo with his liege-lord. He and his three younger brothers died with Nobunaga at the Honnou-ji on June 21, 1582.
. What’s happening?”

Chiaki said, spinning the wheel left, “If I tell you, will you help us?”

“Me? Why me?”

“Because you’re probably the most dangerous of them all.”

Yuzuru had no idea what he was talking about. He peered at Chiaki dubiously.

Chiaki repeated, “I can’t set you loose until I know why Kagetora would go so far to protect you. Here’s the deal, Narita. You help us. You don’t give a hand to anybody else. If you swear that, I’ll tell you.”

“? I don’t really understand what you’re saying, but...” Yuzuru said simply, “I’m Takaya’s friend. I’m on his side.”

“...”

Chiaki turned his gaze forward again and muttered after a moment of silence, “You guys are really something.”

“?”

“Why do you accept each other so totally and completely? It’s very commendable.”

“I guess so.”

“You’re not really thinking about this at all.”

“I don’t know anything, so I can’t really be on anyone’s side. And I don’t think about it when Takaya’s involved. Anyway, you’re going to tell me, right? About you guys and Takaya.”

“...Yeah. If you’ll swear,” Chiaki nodded seriously. “It’s gonna be a long drive to SendaiSendai-shi (仙台市)

The capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, it is also the largest city in the northeast region of Japan. It is home to one million people, and is aptly nicknamed Mori no Miyako, the Capital of Trees.
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. I’ll talk ’til you’re satisfied, Narita Yuzuru.”

The car headed straight for the Matsumoto Interchange view map location.

 

Meanwhile, back on the SendaiSendai-shi (仙台市)

The capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, it is also the largest city in the northeast region of Japan. It is home to one million people, and is aptly nicknamed Mori no Miyako, the Capital of Trees.
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stage, at the sleeping Jikou TempleJikou-ji (慈光寺)

Lit. Light of Mercy Temple

A temple of the Shingon school of Esoteric Buddhism located in the suburbs of Sendai. The head abbot of the temple is Kokuryou Keinosuke.

The temple is likely fictional. There are real temples named "Jikou", but apparently none in Sendai.
on the same day at dawn...

Ayako had set out by herself to stand watch at the university barrier point that day, leaving Takaya behind to get some rest. Successfully defending even that single spot meant that the barrier could not be completed, so Ayako had thought it better to leave Takaya out of it, since he was still unable to use his «powers». She was determined to hold up until Nagahide, whom she had called for help, could get there.

But there was someone targeting the powerless Takaya: the woman he had confronted at the collapse site last night.

She had thought to creep into the premises to catch him sleeping, but a voice suddenly spoke from behind her.

“You behave like a thief in the night, Lordling.”

“!”

The woman whirled with inordinate surprise. Behind her stood a man whose presence she had not sensed.

“I don’t suppose you’re here for a night visit to see your sweetheart?”

It was Kousaka DanjouKousaka Masanobu (高坂昌信) 1527 - 1578

Also called: Kousaka Danjou Masanobu (高坂弾正昌信), Kousaka Danjou Nosuke Masanobu (高坂弾正忠昌信), Kasuga Toratsuna (春日虎綱), Kasuga Gensuke (春日源助)
Title: Danjou Nosuke/Faithful True-Shot (弾正忠)

Historically: One of Takeda Shingen's most loyal retainers who was one of his Twenty-Four Generals and played a key part in the fourth battle of Kawanakajima.

Kousaka was born in Kai to a wealthy farmer, Kasuga Ookuma (?) (春日大隈). His father died when he was 16, and he lost a lawsuit against his elder sister's husband for ownership of his father's lands. He then enrolled in the service of Takeda Shingen.

Kousaka first served as a messenger for Shingen. He distinguished himself in battle, and rose swiftly through the ranks of Shingen's trusted retainers. He participated in most of Shingen's battles. He did not hesitate to retreat when required, which earned him the nickname of "Escaping Danjou". However, he was calm and logical in the midst of battle, and was perhaps the best of Shingen's generals.

There are anecdotes that in his younger days, Kousaka and Shingen were engaged in a shudo relationship, and Kousaka rose so quickly in Shingen's service because of Shingen's affection.

After Shingen's death in 1573, Kousaka continued on to serve Takeda Katsuyori. He sought an alliance between the Takeda clan and their old enemy, the Uesugi clan, in order to unite against the threat of Oda Nobunaga.

Kousaka died in 1578 of illness at the age of 52. He was succeeded by his second son, Kousaka Masamoto (高坂昌元), his first son, Kousaka Masazumi (高坂昌澄) having died in the Battle of Nagashino in 1575.

In Mirage of Blaze: A kanshousha who, along with Sanjou-no-Kata, breaks the barrier over Takeda Shingen's tomb, the Maenduka, in an attempt to resurrect Shingen by using Narita Yuzuru as a vessel for his spirit.

According to Haruie, Kousaka has a high level of spiritual sensing ability (reisa), such that he is able to recognize someone he had met before even after their soul has undergone purification. He warns Naoe that Narita Yuzuru's existence is a threat to the Roku Dou Sekai.
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White coat flapping, Kousaka walked towards the woman.

“So you’re Mogami YoshiakiMogami Yoshiaki (最上義光) 1544 - 1614

A daimyo of Yamagata-han in the province of Dewa who fought for both Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu. He fought Uesugi Kagekatsu as well as in the battle of Sekigahara in 1600 for Tokugawa alongside Date Masamune. His domain was expanded to 520,000 koku for his loyal service.

His son Mogami Iechika succeeded him upon his death of illness.
’s son, Mogami YoshiyasuMogami Yoshiyasu (最上義康) 1575 - 1611

Mogami Yoshiyasu was the eldest son and heir of Mogami Yoshiaki, but the two were not on good terms. In 1611, while en route from house arrest to Mount Kouya, he was attacked and badly wounded. He killed himself, crying "Damn you, cruel Father!"
? You were killed on the road to exile at Mount KouyaKouya-san (高野山)

Mount Kouya, located in Wakayama Prefecture, is famous for being the headquarters of the Shingon sect of Buddhism in Japan and was first settled by Kuukai in 819. The original monastery founded there has since grown into the town of Kouya with over a hundred temples as well as a university dedicated to religious studies.
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in your previous life, weren’t you?”

The woman glared at Kousaka with naked hostility.

“Who are you?”

A slight smile curved Kousaka’s lips.

“Someone who declines to leave his name. I’ve only come to see the arrogant, foolish general try to take on Uesugi KagetoraUesugi Kagetora (上杉景虎) 1552? 1554? - Apr. 19, 1579

Also known as: possibly Houjou Ujihide (北条氏秀), Houjou Saburou (北条三郎), Saburou Kagetora (三郎景虎)

Historically: Uesugi Kagetora was the seventh son (sixth to survive to adulthood) of Houjou Ujiyasu, younger brother of Houjou Ujimasa, Houjou Ujiteru, Houjou Ujikuni, Houjou Ujinori, Houjou Ujitada, and older brother of Houjou Ujimitsu. His mother was the sister-in-law of Tooyama Yasumitsu, a vassal of the Houjou Clan (other sources say Zuikeiin, Ujiyasu's principle wife). It's likely that he and Houjou Ujihide were two different people and that Ujihide was the son of Houjou Tsunashige and living in Edo while Saburou was living in Echigo, so most historians refer to him as Houjou Saburou when describing his early life.

As a child, he was sent into the priesthood at Souun Temple in Hakone, then sent as hostage to Takeda Shingen of the Takeda Clan in the three-way alliance between Houjou, Takeda, and Imagawa formed in 1554 (though this last point is now in dispute, as it is told only in the Records of Ancient Battles of the Eight Kanto Provinces and recorded in none of the Takeda Clan records.)

He was adopted by his uncle Houjou Genan in 1569 and married Genan's daughter.

When the Houjou and Uesugi clans formed an alliance in 1569, Saburou was sent to Uesugi Kenshin in an exchange of hostages with Kakizaki Haruie. (At first, the hostage was set to be Houjou Ujimasa's third son Kunimasumaru, but Ujimasa could not bring himself to send off his son, who was then still a baby.) Saburou was sent to the Uesugi clan in early 1570. Kenshin, who never married, developed a liking for the handsome and intelligent Saburou. He married his niece Seienin, the daughter of Nagao Masakage and older sister of Nagao Akikage (Uesugi Kagekatsu) to Saburou, gave him the name Kagetora (a name that had once belonged to Kenshin himself), and adopted him into the Uesugi Clan.

When Kenshin died suddenly in 1578 without naming an heir, Kagetora and Kagekatsu, similarly adopted by Kenshin, fought for succession to the position of clan head (the Otate no Ran). Though Kagetora held the early advantage with the backing of Uesugi vassals such as Uesugi Kagenobu, Honjou Hidetsuna, Kitajou Takahiro, and the Houjou Clan, the tide of the battle turned with Takeda Katsuyori's betrayal to Kagekatsu's side.

When the Otate fell in 1579, Kagetora attempted to escape to Odawara Castle, but was betrayed at Samegao Castle by Horie Munechika and committed suicide. His wife committed suicide along with him (though there are also accounts that she remained behind at the Otate and committed suicide there when her brother Kagekatsu refused Kagetora's surrender.) His oldest son Doumanmaru died at the hands of Kagekatsu's troops along with Uesugi Norimasa, and the rest of his children were believed to have died along with their parents.

In Mirage of Blaze: He was born to Houjou Ujiyasu and Zuikeiin as their eighth (seventh to survive to adulthood) and youngest son. After his death in the Otate no Ran, he was charged by Uesugi Kenshin to become kanshousha in order to ensure that the peace of Japan is not disrupted by the onshou as the leader of the Yasha-shuu and the commander of the Meikai Uesugi Army.
over there.”

“...!”

A pale shimmering haze rose from the woman’s body. Hostility transformed into murderous intent, and the air around her became ominously stifling.

On dakini sanhaharakyatei sowakaon dakini sahaharakyatei sowaka

「オン・ダキニ・サハハラキャテイ・ソワカ」

An invocation of protection from Dakini, a Buddhist deity who eats the hearts of the dead and is associated with the fox: "Oh Divine Eater of Human Flesh and those who follow you, I call upon you in fear and awe."
.”

“!”

As the woman chanted, a pale spherical light surrounded her.

On kiri kaku un sowakaon kiri kaku un sowaka

「オン・キリ・カク・ウン・ソワカ」

The mantra of Dakini, a Buddhist deity who eats the hearts of the dead and is associated with the fox.
.”

The pale light took on the shape of animals dancing in the darkness—animals that looked like foxes...!

(The mantra of DakiniDakini (荼吉尼/茶枳尼/荼枳尼)

Also known as: Dakiniten (荼吉尼天)

Dakini is a Buddhist deity who was originally an Indian goddess of agriculture. She later became a goddess of gender and lust who ate human flesh or the human heart. She was subjugated by the God of Fortune and allowed to eat the hearts of the dead.

Dakini was originally associated with the jackle in India, but since jackles are not native to Japan, she became associated with the fox instead (it's said that she turned into a white fox after being subjugated by the God of Fortune). It's thought that the worship of Dakini was then meshed into the worship of spirit foxes that originally existed in Japan. The spells of Dakini, Dakiniten-hou, are among the strongest curse-spells.
...! Are ‘kokokoko (狐蠱)

spirit foxes
’ being used?!)

On kiri kaku un sowakaon kiri kaku un sowaka

「オン・キリ・カク・ウン・ソワカ」

The mantra of Dakini, a Buddhist deity who eats the hearts of the dead and is associated with the fox.
!”

The woman formed the mudramudra (印)

Literally: "seal"; symbolic gestures usually made with the hands that imparts a specific quality to the user. In Esoteric Buddhism, each deity has his or her own mudra, which is used in conjunction with a mantra to perform a specific spell.
of DakiniDakini (荼吉尼/茶枳尼/荼枳尼)

Also known as: Dakiniten (荼吉尼天)

Dakini is a Buddhist deity who was originally an Indian goddess of agriculture. She later became a goddess of gender and lust who ate human flesh or the human heart. She was subjugated by the God of Fortune and allowed to eat the hearts of the dead.

Dakini was originally associated with the jackle in India, but since jackles are not native to Japan, she became associated with the fox instead (it's said that she turned into a white fox after being subjugated by the God of Fortune). It's thought that the worship of Dakini was then meshed into the worship of spirit foxes that originally existed in Japan. The spells of Dakini, Dakiniten-hou, are among the strongest curse-spells.
with her hands, chanting loudly. The dancing ‘kokokoko (狐蠱)

spirit foxes
’ snarled at Kousaka and attacked.

“Mumph!”

Kousaka released a «nenpanenpa (念波)

Lit.: "waves of will/thought"; a nendouryoku attack using spiritual energy which focuses the will and releases it in a burst to strike at a target.
». A few of the ‘kokokoko (狐蠱)

spirit foxes
’ wrenched their spirit bodies away and turned in midair between the two combatants, swinging their tails of light. The woman didn’t pause in her attack.

On kiri kaku un sowakaon kiri kaku un sowaka

「オン・キリ・カク・ウン・ソワカ」

The mantra of Dakini, a Buddhist deity who eats the hearts of the dead and is associated with the fox.
!”

The ‘kokokoko (狐蠱)

spirit foxes
’ charged again, baring their teeth to tear Kousaka’s arm apart. Kousaka poured out his will as he dodged. His conjured bullets slammed mercilessly into the ‘kokokoko (狐蠱)

spirit foxes
’, but these spirit beings could not be finished off so easily without Uesugi’s «choubukuchoubuku (調伏)

Also known as: choubukuryoku (調伏力)

The special power given to the Yasha-shuu to banish onryou to the Underworld using the dharani of Uesugi Kenshin's guardian deity, Bishamonten. The types of choubuku include "kouhou-choubuku", "ressa-choubuku", "kekkai-choubuku", etc. Each choubuku is begun with the incantation "bai" and the ritual hand gesture of Bishamonten's symbol.

Choubuku does not work against kanshousha, who have bodies of their own.
».

“Feh!”

He met the endless charges of the ‘koko’, but one slipped through a break in his «nenpanenpa (念波)

Lit.: "waves of will/thought"; a nendouryoku attack using spiritual energy which focuses the will and releases it in a burst to strike at a target.
» to snap at him, tearing his coat and sinking its teeth into his shoulder.

“Ugh!”

He gathered «power» into the palm of his hand and threw it into the ‘kokokoko (狐蠱)

spirit foxes
’ at his shoulder, sending it flying. Still they continued to snap at his flank—and then they charged, aiming for his throat!

(You...!)

Serious now, he released a «nenpanenpa (念波)

Lit.: "waves of will/thought"; a nendouryoku attack using spiritual energy which focuses the will and releases it in a burst to strike at a target.
» that scattered the ‘kokokoko (狐蠱)

spirit foxes
’ in all directions. Bloodlust tinted Kousaka’s eyes.

BAM!

«Nenpanenpa (念波)

Lit.: "waves of will/thought"; a nendouryoku attack using spiritual energy which focuses the will and releases it in a burst to strike at a target.
» exploded, slamming all the ‘kokokoko (狐蠱)

spirit foxes
’ still snapping at him to the ground. His hands formed the symbolic gesture of Dainichi NyoraiDainichi Buddha (大日如来)

Also known as: Mahavairocana, Dainichi Nyorai, Vairocana, Daibutsu

Mahavairocana is the Cosmic Buddha who represents the center or zenith and is especially important to the Shingon school of Esoteric Buddhism. He was worshipped in Japan from as early as the Heian Period, and his Mahavairocana Sutra forms the basis for the rituals of the Shingon School.

Dainichi's characteristic hand gesture is the index finger of the left hand clasped by the five fingers of the right, symbolizing the unity of earth, water, fire, air, and spiritual consciouness.
in counterattack.

On abokyabeiroshanau makabodara manihandoma jinbaraharabaritaya unon abokyabeiroshanau makabodara manihandoma jinbaraharabaritaya un

「オン・アボギャベイロシャノウ・マカボダラ・マニハンドマ・ジンバラハラバリタヤ・ウン」

Also known as: Koumyou Shingon: "The mantra of glory/mantra of light" (光明真言)

A mantra of Dainichi Nyorai which expiates sin, and brings fortune, ease, and longevity. It is a powerful all-purpose mantra which can be used to remove illness and injury and protect the user from poisonous creatures, demons, and the dead.
!”

“What!”

The aura of rage surrounding the ‘kokokoko (狐蠱)

spirit foxes
’ instantly faded, and Kousaka took the opening. Before the woman could rush to continue her mantra, Kousaka threw everything he had into a «nenpanenpa (念波)

Lit.: "waves of will/thought"; a nendouryoku attack using spiritual energy which focuses the will and releases it in a burst to strike at a target.
» and sent it flying at her.

“Gyaaah!”

The woman somersaulted through the air and hit the asphalt with a strange scream. The foxes, deprived of their energy source, disappeared at the same time.

“Ugh...”

Kousaka walked towards the woman with a hand pressed against the ragged wound at his shoulder. Mogami YoshiyasuMogami Yoshiyasu (最上義康) 1575 - 1611

Mogami Yoshiyasu was the eldest son and heir of Mogami Yoshiaki, but the two were not on good terms. In 1611, while en route from house arrest to Mount Kouya, he was attacked and badly wounded. He killed himself, crying "Damn you, cruel Father!"
moaned with pain. Eyes glinting, Kousaka sneered, “Humph. So the Koumyou Shingonon abokyabeiroshanau makabodara manihandoma jinbaraharabaritaya un

「オン・アボギャベイロシャノウ・マカボダラ・マニハンドマ・ジンバラハラバリタヤ・ウン」

Also known as: Koumyou Shingon: "The mantra of glory/mantra of light" (光明真言)

A mantra of Dainichi Nyorai which expiates sin, and brings fortune, ease, and longevity. It is a powerful all-purpose mantra which can be used to remove illness and injury and protect the user from poisonous creatures, demons, and the dead.
is indeed omnipotent. Its power is impressive even when used by one such as I. Or should I say—perhaps the problem lies with the curse-caster.”

He lifted the woman’s chin.

“Even if you are using ‘kokokoko (狐蠱)

spirit foxes
’, your power does not yet appear to be equal to the task of killing a kanshoushakanshousha (換生者)

Those who possess others by driving out the soul from a body and making it theirs.

Unlike normal spirits, kanshousha cannot exchange bodies at will; they can only switch to another host body when their current body dies. Because kanshousha become the owners of their bodies, choubuku does not work on them. It is, however, still possible to exorcise kanshousha when they are in spirit-form (i.e. between possessions).
, Lordling.”

Yoshiyasu glared at him with resentment.

Kousaka’s gaze sharpened, and his smile disappeared.

“The usage of Dakiniten-houDakiniten-hou (ダキニ天法)

One type of the secret teachings (mikkyou) of Esoteric Buddhism which calls on Dakini and can be used to predict someone's time of death as well as to cast a death curse on someone. Dakiniten spells are among the strongest dark-magic spells and are jealously guarded by its practioners.

The high priests of the Shingon sect at Tou-ji used Dakiniten-hou to create spells of protection for the Emperor. These most secret of secret spells were incorporated into kinrin no hou, performed with kanchou at their enthronement.
means... that as I expected, the curse-barrier around SendaiSendai-shi (仙台市)

The capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, it is also the largest city in the northeast region of Japan. It is home to one million people, and is aptly nicknamed Mori no Miyako, the Capital of Trees.
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is a «jike-kekkaijike-kekkai (地気結界)

Lit.: "earth-energy barrier"; one type of juso-kekkai which is erected for the purpose of manipulating the 'mood' or 'energy' of the earth, which in turn influences all living beings and spirits within its radius. It can be used to brainwash people, as in the case of a saimin-kekkai.
» using ‘kinrin no houKinrin no hou (金輪の法)

Lit.: "Method of metal rings"; a Dakiniten spell using spirit foxes to induce mass hypnotic suggestion. In ancient times, performed at the emperor's enthronement.
’, hmm? It’s quite interesting that the kinrin no houKinrin no hou (金輪の法)

Lit.: "Method of metal rings"; a Dakiniten spell using spirit foxes to induce mass hypnotic suggestion. In ancient times, performed at the emperor's enthronement.
, performed at Tou-jiTou-ji (東寺)

Also known as: Kyouou Godoku Ji: "Temple of Ruler of the Faith, Guardian of the Country" (教王護国寺).

Lit.: "Eastern Temple"; the guardian temple of Kyoto, founded by the Muromachi shogun Ashikaga Takauji in 794. The founder of the Shingon sect of Esoteric Buddhism, Kuukai, was put in charge of the temple by Emperor Saga in 823. The principle image of the temple is Yakushi Nyorai, the Buddha who cures all ills.
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at the Emperor’s enthronement in the ceremony of kanchoukanchou (灌頂)

Lit.: "pour onto the head"; a mikkyou ceremony wherein water is poured onto the head to anoint the successor to a position. Originally from India, where this ceremony was held at the enthronement of a king or the investiture of a crown prince. In Japan, this ceremony was held at the entronement of the Emperor from the Kamakuri Period to the end of the Edo Period.
for his royal protection, has spells of hypnotic suggestion at its core. Which means that it’s a spell that grasps peoples’ hearts, I suppose?”

DakinitenDakini (荼吉尼/茶枳尼/荼枳尼)

Also known as: Dakiniten (荼吉尼天)

Dakini is a Buddhist deity who was originally an Indian goddess of agriculture. She later became a goddess of gender and lust who ate human flesh or the human heart. She was subjugated by the God of Fortune and allowed to eat the hearts of the dead.

Dakini was originally associated with the jackle in India, but since jackles are not native to Japan, she became associated with the fox instead (it's said that she turned into a white fox after being subjugated by the God of Fortune). It's thought that the worship of Dakini was then meshed into the worship of spirit foxes that originally existed in Japan. The spells of Dakini, Dakiniten-hou, are among the strongest curse-spells.
, who was also said to be a fox spirit, could foresee a person’s death around six months in advance and was a terrifying yashayasha (夜叉)

Also known as: Yakṣa

Warriors of Bishamonten, who are minor deities sometimes depicted as harmless guardians and nature spirits and sometimes as human-devouring demons.
who devoured the bodies of the dead. Those who worshipped her gained extraordinary powers. The incantations of DakinitenDakini (荼吉尼/茶枳尼/荼枳尼)

Also known as: Dakiniten (荼吉尼天)

Dakini is a Buddhist deity who was originally an Indian goddess of agriculture. She later became a goddess of gender and lust who ate human flesh or the human heart. She was subjugated by the God of Fortune and allowed to eat the hearts of the dead.

Dakini was originally associated with the jackle in India, but since jackles are not native to Japan, she became associated with the fox instead (it's said that she turned into a white fox after being subjugated by the God of Fortune). It's thought that the worship of Dakini was then meshed into the worship of spirit foxes that originally existed in Japan. The spells of Dakini, Dakiniten-hou, are among the strongest curse-spells.
(goddess of foxes) were also among the most potent of spells, and from time to time those with influence or power would label these ‘most secret of secret spells’ the ‘black arts’ to absolutely prohibit their usage by any save themselves.

According to the ‘Chronicles of TranquilityTaiheiki (太平記)

Lit.: "Chronicles of Tranquility"; a work of classical Japanese literature spanning forty volumes and documenting events from 1318 to 1368, the Taiheiki is a war chronicle written primarily about the war between the Northern Court of Shogun Ashikaga Takauji in Kyoto and the Southern Imperial Court of Emperor Go-Daigo in Yoshino.

The "Tranquility" in its title is thought to be a prayer for peace or a prayer for the repose of the dead.
’, the emperor Go-DaigoGo-Daigo-tennou (後醍醐天皇) 1288 - 1339

The 96th emperor of Japan, whose reign from 1318 to 1339 was a rocky one; he became emperor at the age of 29, tried to overthrow the Kamakura Shogunate, was exiled, became emperor again after capturing the Kamakura Shogunate with the support of Ashikaga Takauji (destroying the Houjou Clan in the process), began a restoration aimed at making him the most powerful ruler in the East, was chased out of Kyoto by Ashikaga Takauji, and established the Southern Court in Yoshino in 1336 in opposition to the Northern Court established by Ashikaga in Kyoto. He died of illness in 1339.
had personally studied the kinrin no houKinrin no hou (金輪の法)

Lit.: "Method of metal rings"; a Dakiniten spell using spirit foxes to induce mass hypnotic suggestion. In ancient times, performed at the emperor's enthronement.
, a spell with Dakiniten-houDakiniten-hou (ダキニ天法)

One type of the secret teachings (mikkyou) of Esoteric Buddhism which calls on Dakini and can be used to predict someone's time of death as well as to cast a death curse on someone. Dakiniten spells are among the strongest dark-magic spells and are jealously guarded by its practioners.

The high priests of the Shingon sect at Tou-ji used Dakiniten-hou to create spells of protection for the Emperor. These most secret of secret spells were incorporated into kinrin no hou, performed with kanchou at their enthronement.
at its heart, and placed a curse on the Bakufubakufu (幕府)

Lit.: "tent government", the government of the shogun, who is the 'supreme general of the samurai'. Starting from Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate, until the Meiji Restoration, shoguns and their bakufu held the pratical power in Japan and relegated the emperor to the position of figurehead.
of the Kamakura ShogunateKamakura Shogunate (鎌倉幕府)

A military dictatorship which ruled Japan from 1185 (formally recognized in 1192) to 1333. The Kamakura Shogunate began when Minamoto no Yoritomo seized power from the imperial court in 1158 and made himself de factor ruler of the country. This militant goverment gave rise to a powerful warrior class, which had previously been considered subordinate and inferior.

After Yoritomo's death, Houjou Tokimasa, head of the Houjou Clan, claimed the title of regent over Yoritomo's son and heir Minamoto no Yoriie. He eventually made the title hereditary, and the Houjou Clan became the real power behind the shogunate. in 1333, the Kamakura Shogunate came to an end when its most powerful general, Ashikaga Takauji, sided with the emperor and destroyed the Houjou Clan. Ashikaga Takauji then established the Ashikaga Shogunate.
.

It was also said that the spirit foxes used by Dakiniten-houDakiniten-hou (ダキニ天法)

One type of the secret teachings (mikkyou) of Esoteric Buddhism which calls on Dakini and can be used to predict someone's time of death as well as to cast a death curse on someone. Dakiniten spells are among the strongest dark-magic spells and are jealously guarded by its practioners.

The high priests of the Shingon sect at Tou-ji used Dakiniten-hou to create spells of protection for the Emperor. These most secret of secret spells were incorporated into kinrin no hou, performed with kanchou at their enthronement.
had the power of hypnotic suggestion and manipulation over peoples‘ «energies» (apparently the origin of the phrase ’deceived by a fox’); Mogami was evidently making use of this special quality.

Mogami YoshiakiMogami Yoshiaki (最上義光) 1544 - 1614

A daimyo of Yamagata-han in the province of Dewa who fought for both Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu. He fought Uesugi Kagekatsu as well as in the battle of Sekigahara in 1600 for Tokugawa alongside Date Masamune. His domain was expanded to 520,000 koku for his loyal service.

His son Mogami Iechika succeeded him upon his death of illness.
was using invocations of the dead to gather spirits to serve as the energy source of the small barrier erected at the center of SendaiSendai-shi (仙台市)

The capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, it is also the largest city in the northeast region of Japan. It is home to one million people, and is aptly nicknamed Mori no Miyako, the Capital of Trees.
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, and then leveraging mastery of the kinrin no houKinrin no hou (金輪の法)

Lit.: "Method of metal rings"; a Dakiniten spell using spirit foxes to induce mass hypnotic suggestion. In ancient times, performed at the emperor's enthronement.
to cast a curse from within the large barrier erected upon the ‘platform’ formed from the small barrier. He would then be able to manipulate the «jikejike (地気)

Lit.: Earth-energy; the 'mood' or 'energy' of the earth, generated by the accumulated energies of both living beings and spirits who live in that location. Conversely, the earth-energy also influences the energies of its inhabitants.
» with DakinitenDakini (荼吉尼/茶枳尼/荼枳尼)

Also known as: Dakiniten (荼吉尼天)

Dakini is a Buddhist deity who was originally an Indian goddess of agriculture. She later became a goddess of gender and lust who ate human flesh or the human heart. She was subjugated by the God of Fortune and allowed to eat the hearts of the dead.

Dakini was originally associated with the jackle in India, but since jackles are not native to Japan, she became associated with the fox instead (it's said that she turned into a white fox after being subjugated by the God of Fortune). It's thought that the worship of Dakini was then meshed into the worship of spirit foxes that originally existed in Japan. The spells of Dakini, Dakiniten-hou, are among the strongest curse-spells.
’s magical power by using fox spirits (shikigamishikigami (式神)

Lit.: "ceremony god"; spirits summoned through ceremony to do the bidding of the summoner, much like familiars.
).

“Hmm. The onshouonshou (怨将)

Lit.: "vengeful general": the spirits of the warlords of the Sengoku period, who continue their battles even in modern-age Japan.
of the «Yami-SengokuYami Sengoku (闇戦国)

Lit.: "Dark Sengoku", the civil war still being fought by the spirits of the warlords of the Sengoku period in modern-day Japan.
» have laid their schemes very nicely indeed. I had thought that they were incapable of anything but fighting, but this one is rather skillfully done.” Kousaka DanjouKousaka Masanobu (高坂昌信) 1527 - 1578

Also called: Kousaka Danjou Masanobu (高坂弾正昌信), Kousaka Danjou Nosuke Masanobu (高坂弾正忠昌信), Kasuga Toratsuna (春日虎綱), Kasuga Gensuke (春日源助)
Title: Danjou Nosuke/Faithful True-Shot (弾正忠)

Historically: One of Takeda Shingen's most loyal retainers who was one of his Twenty-Four Generals and played a key part in the fourth battle of Kawanakajima.

Kousaka was born in Kai to a wealthy farmer, Kasuga Ookuma (?) (春日大隈). His father died when he was 16, and he lost a lawsuit against his elder sister's husband for ownership of his father's lands. He then enrolled in the service of Takeda Shingen.

Kousaka first served as a messenger for Shingen. He distinguished himself in battle, and rose swiftly through the ranks of Shingen's trusted retainers. He participated in most of Shingen's battles. He did not hesitate to retreat when required, which earned him the nickname of "Escaping Danjou". However, he was calm and logical in the midst of battle, and was perhaps the best of Shingen's generals.

There are anecdotes that in his younger days, Kousaka and Shingen were engaged in a shudo relationship, and Kousaka rose so quickly in Shingen's service because of Shingen's affection.

After Shingen's death in 1573, Kousaka continued on to serve Takeda Katsuyori. He sought an alliance between the Takeda clan and their old enemy, the Uesugi clan, in order to unite against the threat of Oda Nobunaga.

Kousaka died in 1578 of illness at the age of 52. He was succeeded by his second son, Kousaka Masamoto (高坂昌元), his first son, Kousaka Masazumi (高坂昌澄) having died in the Battle of Nagashino in 1575.

In Mirage of Blaze: A kanshousha who, along with Sanjou-no-Kata, breaks the barrier over Takeda Shingen's tomb, the Maenduka, in an attempt to resurrect Shingen by using Narita Yuzuru as a vessel for his spirit.

According to Haruie, Kousaka has a high level of spiritual sensing ability (reisa), such that he is able to recognize someone he had met before even after their soul has undergone purification. He warns Naoe that Narita Yuzuru's existence is a threat to the Roku Dou Sekai.
smiled faintly. "Did you come to kill Uesugi KagetoraUesugi Kagetora (上杉景虎) 1552? 1554? - Apr. 19, 1579

Also known as: possibly Houjou Ujihide (北条氏秀), Houjou Saburou (北条三郎), Saburou Kagetora (三郎景虎)

Historically: Uesugi Kagetora was the seventh son (sixth to survive to adulthood) of Houjou Ujiyasu, younger brother of Houjou Ujimasa, Houjou Ujiteru, Houjou Ujikuni, Houjou Ujinori, Houjou Ujitada, and older brother of Houjou Ujimitsu. His mother was the sister-in-law of Tooyama Yasumitsu, a vassal of the Houjou Clan (other sources say Zuikeiin, Ujiyasu's principle wife). It's likely that he and Houjou Ujihide were two different people and that Ujihide was the son of Houjou Tsunashige and living in Edo while Saburou was living in Echigo, so most historians refer to him as Houjou Saburou when describing his early life.

As a child, he was sent into the priesthood at Souun Temple in Hakone, then sent as hostage to Takeda Shingen of the Takeda Clan in the three-way alliance between Houjou, Takeda, and Imagawa formed in 1554 (though this last point is now in dispute, as it is told only in the Records of Ancient Battles of the Eight Kanto Provinces and recorded in none of the Takeda Clan records.)

He was adopted by his uncle Houjou Genan in 1569 and married Genan's daughter.

When the Houjou and Uesugi clans formed an alliance in 1569, Saburou was sent to Uesugi Kenshin in an exchange of hostages with Kakizaki Haruie. (At first, the hostage was set to be Houjou Ujimasa's third son Kunimasumaru, but Ujimasa could not bring himself to send off his son, who was then still a baby.) Saburou was sent to the Uesugi clan in early 1570. Kenshin, who never married, developed a liking for the handsome and intelligent Saburou. He married his niece Seienin, the daughter of Nagao Masakage and older sister of Nagao Akikage (Uesugi Kagekatsu) to Saburou, gave him the name Kagetora (a name that had once belonged to Kenshin himself), and adopted him into the Uesugi Clan.

When Kenshin died suddenly in 1578 without naming an heir, Kagetora and Kagekatsu, similarly adopted by Kenshin, fought for succession to the position of clan head (the Otate no Ran). Though Kagetora held the early advantage with the backing of Uesugi vassals such as Uesugi Kagenobu, Honjou Hidetsuna, Kitajou Takahiro, and the Houjou Clan, the tide of the battle turned with Takeda Katsuyori's betrayal to Kagekatsu's side.

When the Otate fell in 1579, Kagetora attempted to escape to Odawara Castle, but was betrayed at Samegao Castle by Horie Munechika and committed suicide. His wife committed suicide along with him (though there are also accounts that she remained behind at the Otate and committed suicide there when her brother Kagekatsu refused Kagetora's surrender.) His oldest son Doumanmaru died at the hands of Kagekatsu's troops along with Uesugi Norimasa, and the rest of his children were believed to have died along with their parents.

In Mirage of Blaze: He was born to Houjou Ujiyasu and Zuikeiin as their eighth (seventh to survive to adulthood) and youngest son. After his death in the Otate no Ran, he was charged by Uesugi Kenshin to become kanshousha in order to ensure that the peace of Japan is not disrupted by the onshou as the leader of the Yasha-shuu and the commander of the Meikai Uesugi Army.
? Heh. What a reckless fellow you are, to attack Uesugi’s Yasha-shuuYasha-shuu (夜叉衆)

The five kanshousha at the head of the Meikai Uesugi Army ordered by Uesugi Kenshin to hunt for the onshou who are disrupting the peace of modern-era Japan in a battle which has lasted four hundred years. Led by Uesugi Kagetora, with Naoe Nobutsuna, Kakizaki Haruie, Yasuda Nagahide, and Irobe Katsunaga. The name "Yasha" refers to soldiers in the army of Bishamonten, called "Yaksha".
with your level of power. Those ‘kokokoko (狐蠱)

spirit foxes
’ of yours. They would be destroyed in the blink of an eye in their «choubukuchoubuku (調伏)

Also known as: choubukuryoku (調伏力)

The special power given to the Yasha-shuu to banish onryou to the Underworld using the dharani of Uesugi Kenshin's guardian deity, Bishamonten. The types of choubuku include "kouhou-choubuku", "ressa-choubuku", "kekkai-choubuku", etc. Each choubuku is begun with the incantation "bai" and the ritual hand gesture of Bishamonten's symbol.

Choubuku does not work against kanshousha, who have bodies of their own.
».

“...!”

As the woman’s face stiffened, Kousaka added, “Are you afraid of their power? Are you afraid of being sent to that other world? What makes you cling to this world with such tenacity? Revenge on the father who exiled you in your previous life?”

“Shut up!” Yoshiyasu shouted. “I only want to have my father acknowledge me. If I should succeed him as head of the clan, I only wish to bring peace and security to Mogami and be recognized!”

“The assassins who killed you were sent by your father, did you know that? Do you not think that, after being alienated and murdered, you’re still just being used now that you’ve been resurrected?”

“Shut up shut up!” Yoshiyasu wrenched violently away. “When I succeed in the mass-brainwashing of SendaiSendai-shi (仙台市)

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, Father will certainly look at me in a new light. Then he’ll regret having attacked me!”

“Humph. What stupidity.” Kousaka snorted a laugh and released Yoshiyasu. “With the level of Dakiniten-houDakiniten-hou (ダキニ天法)

One type of the secret teachings (mikkyou) of Esoteric Buddhism which calls on Dakini and can be used to predict someone's time of death as well as to cast a death curse on someone. Dakiniten spells are among the strongest dark-magic spells and are jealously guarded by its practioners.

The high priests of the Shingon sect at Tou-ji used Dakiniten-hou to create spells of protection for the Emperor. These most secret of secret spells were incorporated into kinrin no hou, performed with kanchou at their enthronement.
you have at your command, there’s no reason for you to hand SendaiSendai-shi (仙台市)

The capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, it is also the largest city in the northeast region of Japan. It is home to one million people, and is aptly nicknamed Mori no Miyako, the Capital of Trees.
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over to your father.”

“!”

Kousaka smiled charmingly. “Have you never wanted to rule?”

“Wh...!”

Kousaka said to the speechless Yoshiyasu, “In this «Yami-SengokuYami Sengoku (闇戦国)

Lit.: "Dark Sengoku", the civil war still being fought by the spirits of the warlords of the Sengoku period in modern-day Japan.
», those with strong spiritual powers will win. You don’t have to carry these burdens any further—you needn’t just helplessly surrender SendaiSendai-shi (仙台市)

The capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, it is also the largest city in the northeast region of Japan. It is home to one million people, and is aptly nicknamed Mori no Miyako, the Capital of Trees.
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to your father, do you? If you wanted, you could use SendaiSendai-shi (仙台市)

The capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, it is also the largest city in the northeast region of Japan. It is home to one million people, and is aptly nicknamed Mori no Miyako, the Capital of Trees.
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as a pretext to attack Mogami YoshiakiMogami Yoshiaki (最上義光) 1544 - 1614

A daimyo of Yamagata-han in the province of Dewa who fought for both Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu. He fought Uesugi Kagekatsu as well as in the battle of Sekigahara in 1600 for Tokugawa alongside Date Masamune. His domain was expanded to 520,000 koku for his loyal service.

His son Mogami Iechika succeeded him upon his death of illness.
.”

“Y-you bastard! Are you from the Date?!”

There was malice in Kousaka’s eyes as he smiled innocently.

“Heh. Well, in any case, your mass-brainwashing will not succeed. It looks like Uesugi’s Yasha-shuuYasha-shuu (夜叉衆)

The five kanshousha at the head of the Meikai Uesugi Army ordered by Uesugi Kenshin to hunt for the onshou who are disrupting the peace of modern-era Japan in a battle which has lasted four hundred years. Led by Uesugi Kagetora, with Naoe Nobutsuna, Kakizaki Haruie, Yasuda Nagahide, and Irobe Katsunaga. The name "Yasha" refers to soldiers in the army of Bishamonten, called "Yaksha".
have you by the tail. Once they’re involved, it’ll only be a matter of time before you’re smashed to pieces.”

Yoshiyasu’s breath caught.

“After all, they received the power of onryou-extermination from Lord Uesugi KenshinUesugi Kenshin (上杉謙信) Feb. 18, 1530 - Apr. 19, 1578

Also called: Nagao Kagetora (長尾景虎), Uesugi Masatora (上杉政虎), Uesugi Terutora (上杉輝虎)
Title: Kantou Kanrei (関東管領)

Historically: Fourth son of the noted warrior Nagao Tamekage, Kenshin wrested control of the Nagao clan from his brother Nagao Harukage and fought for control of Echigo Province. He accepted the name Uesugi Masatora when he gave refuge to his nominal lord, Uesugi Norimasa, and at his urging campaigned to push the Houjou out of the Kantou Region.

He adopted the name "Kenshin" when he became a Buddhist monk and a devotee of Bishamonten. The standard his army carried onto the battlefield bore the character 毘 ("bi") for Eight-Sword Bishamonten. He battled Takeda Shingen five times at Kawanakajima, as well as the Houjou and Ashina clans and Oda Nobunaga, whom he defeated despited being outnumbered. However, Kenshin died soon after the battle. He named his two adopted sons, Uesugi Kagetora and Uesugi Kagekatsu, his heirs, hoping that they would divide the Uesugi lands peacefully between them after his death.

In Mirage of Blaze: He became a god of war after his death, ascending from Nin Dou to Ten Dou, and established the Meikai Uesugi Army to ensure that the peace of Japan is not disrupted by the onshou. He named Kagetora as its commander.
, God of War. They also once fought Oda NobunagaOda Nobunaga (織田信長) 1534 - 1582

Also called: Oda Kippoushi
Title: Kazusa no Suke, Owari no Kami

Historically: The first of the "Three Unifiers"; born in Owari to a samurai, his unbridled, ruthless ambitious and military tactical genius enabled him to gain control of the imperial court in 1573 after having driven the shogun out of Kyoto. His seal read "the realm subjected to military power". Murdered at the age of forty-nine by his vassal Akechi Mitsuhide in the Honnou-ji in Kyoto.
to a standstill.”

“! Fought Lord Oda to a standstill!”

“Some big shots have already been eliminated. Well, I guess it would not be so simple for mere onshouonshou (怨将)

Lit.: "vengeful general": the spirits of the warlords of the Sengoku period, who continue their battles even in modern-age Japan.
to take their heads.”

“Wa-wait, will I fail as well? Can I not destroy them with my power?”

Kousaka stood. “It would be difficult with your level of «power».”

“I-I must destroy them at any cost. I must accomplish Father’s commands. If I cannot do that, I will disappoint him again, and he’ll just write me off this time as well.”

“That does not concern me.”

“Wait a minute. Wait! You’re kanshoushakanshousha (換生者)

Those who possess others by driving out the soul from a body and making it theirs.

Unlike normal spirits, kanshousha cannot exchange bodies at will; they can only switch to another host body when their current body dies. Because kanshousha become the owners of their bodies, choubuku does not work on them. It is, however, still possible to exorcise kanshousha when they are in spirit-form (i.e. between possessions).
, aren’t you? You’re stronger than I am. You’ve shown me your skill and your considerable «powers». Let’s make a deal! You want me to do something for you, don’t you? I’ll listen. I’ll listen, so don’t go yet.”

Kousaka paused and half-turned, waiting. “Will you hear my request?”

“I will. What is it? What is it you want?”

“I was waiting for you to ask,” Kousaka said, facing him squarely. Yoshiyasu braced himself.

“Yo-you’re not going to ask me to transfer Sendai’sSendai-shi (仙台市)

The capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, it is also the largest city in the northeast region of Japan. It is home to one million people, and is aptly nicknamed Mori no Miyako, the Capital of Trees.
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barrier to you, are you?”

“I’m not asking for anything so grandiose. It’s a simple matter. I want information about those who are allied with Mogami. Especially—” Kousaka’s eyes glinted “—information concerning Oda.”

“!” Yoshiyasu recoiled. “Oda...!”

“Can you or can you not do it?”

“That’s—”

For a moment he wavered in consternation. The matter of Oda was one of absolute secrecy for Mogami. If this leaking of information was discovered, Yoshiyasu would certainly not be allowed to get away with it.

“All right.”

Kousaka chuckled.

“Provided that.”

“?”

“You hear my request as well.”

Yoshiyasu’s tone was serious. Kousaka nodded firmly.

“Very well.”

“I will pass information regarding Oda to you. And in return.” The woman’s eyes suddenly sharpened. “I would like you to deal with Uesugi’s kanshoushakanshousha (換生者)

Those who possess others by driving out the soul from a body and making it theirs.

Unlike normal spirits, kanshousha cannot exchange bodies at will; they can only switch to another host body when their current body dies. Because kanshousha become the owners of their bodies, choubuku does not work on them. It is, however, still possible to exorcise kanshousha when they are in spirit-form (i.e. between possessions).
.”

For a moment Kousaka’s expression was sincere.

But it immediately blurred, and he answered with a terribly cold smile, “Fine.”

The stars slowly disappeared.

The sky began lightening to an indigo blue from the east.