Archival Note: I was initially worried that the Pregame flavor text for this game would be long enough to warrant me needing another post.
Pregame: Cirno’s Big Find
(Gardenia. Debuted in Dimensional Chaos part 6.): Why are you so surprised? Between the new Fairy type, the Mega Stone, and the consumption of Jojo Rakadan, I had far more than what I needed to be able to kick your ass.
(Punisher. Debuted in Dimensional Chaos part 27.): Peach and Reimu will never let you have your way!
: They won’t have a choice after I eat you.
Punisher raised a katar and prepared to charge at Gardenia, but she simply stirred up a fairy wind and threw him completely off-track. This spell also did a frightening 88073 damage.
: How much HP did you say you had again? 400K?
Since the Dimensional Chaos incident, Punisher106 had rebirthed an additional 2000 times and upgraded his equipment, (although it probably doesn’t look like it) raising his HP cap to 404496. His numbers were so high that he should’ve been invincible, and yet, a spell as simple as Fairy Wind had done so much to him. It didn’t make sense, even if Jojo had been eaten like Gardenia claimed…
: I don’t fucking believe it…
: Then you won’t believe my true power.
With that, she started channeling lunar energy. They both knew what was coming…
Punisher had barely enough time to get up and start running. He couldn’t charge at Gardenia unless he wanted to slam right into Moonblast, so he tried a winding arc, turning at random intervals. Surely this would allow him to get an atta—
A critical hit!
The 369129-damage burst sent him flying. He didn’t get back up this time…
Punisher felt like he was banished to the moon.
(ZDoom/Skulltag/Zandronum has/have silly death texts depending on what does a player in.)
: I knew you’d be easy prey.
The PoV didn’t change at all, even though it meant the grisly meal wouldn’t be visible.
: Are you going to sleep in all day?
(Image stolen from Gensou Shoujo Taisen, AKA Fantasy Maiden Wars … so were most of the Touhou character mugshots, actually…)
(Rumia. Debuted in the ending of RaceBandit’s Storm of Chaos.): …another nightmare…
(Marisa Kirisame. Debuted in the “The Eye of Madness” Epilogue.): Oh, good, you’re up. What happened anyways?
: The past few days, I’ve been having nightmares. I want to say it’s as if Gardenia’s been haunting me.
: How many of your nightmares was she in?
: Three so far, all in a row. The first nightmare had her obliterate me with one of my own spellcards. The second had her eat Josh… again. The third had her kill Punisher, but it looks like you woke me up before she could eat him.
: Punisher? As in the one from Peach’s guild?
: …yeah… why am I here anyways?
: A better question would be why you fell asleep in the Forest of Magic. Who knows where you’d be now if I hadn’t dragged you here?
: The last thing I remember is beating the shit out of Reisen, but I must’ve taken a beating myself.
: Reisen? As in one of the two Youkai that Chris threw at the Human Village? The one that would probably laugh off your super-effective Dark moves and—
: She must’ve gotten cocky during the early days of the Huge Wave. I couldn’t laugh anything off for obvious reasons, and started power-leveling the moment Punisher released me. From time to time, this involved saving a few humans from other predatory Youkai so I didn’t get hunted down by Reimu, Punisher, Peach, etc., but it still let me catch up with Reisen. I barely lost round one because I didn’t see her coming and wanted to ensure that she didn’t kill Persia. I probably could’ve just taken her on right there, right then with Persia’s help, but didn’t want to face Josh’s wrath if I got his Pinsir Killed Off For Real.
(At this point in HWoC, I’m not sure which of us would come out on top.)
: Huh. Well, maybe you could tell me a bit more about what Gardenia used. If she used something other than Moonlight Ray against Punisher, turning her own magic against her should be hysterical…
It’s been nearly a year since Gardenia (a hacked Gardevoir) kickstarted the Huge Wave of Chaos by eating RaceBandit’s old avatar and pinning the whole thing on Rumia, the Youkai of Darkness. Now RaceBandit’s new avatar, Jojo Rakadan, has gone missing, lost in space, and the only solace our other protagonists can share is the fact that Gardenia had been exterminated and hasn’t come back from the dead yet. With everyone having the sinking feeling that time is running out, Rumia wants to find Jojo before Chris “the Raven” does…
(I only had one planned BGM for this pregame post, and it was for the above paragraph.)
A portal opened inside the Kirisame Residence. A familiar voice could be heard.
(Palkia. Debuted in Dimensional Chaos part 35.): I would like your attention for a moment. Your friends may have found something important.
: …who are you?
: He’s Palkia, the dragon that commands space and dimensions. Stay if you want, but I’m going through the portal.
: Eh, might as well see what’s going on.
They jumped through the portal and found themselves – as well as Reimu Hakurei, Cirno, Daiyousei, Keine Kamishirasawa, Alice Margatroid, and Spark Shock – in Sinnoh.
(Spark Shock. Debuted in Dimensional Chaos part 39.): That should be all of us, so let’s see Cirno’s big find!
(Alice. This is her debut.): Wait, Cirno found this?
(Cirno. Debuted in Dimensional Chaos part 28.): I had a bit of help from Daiyousei and Nitori, but yeah!
(Daiyousei. This is her debut.): What about the Light Fairies? Didn’t you get some teleport potions from them?
: Yeah, but they didn’t come with us to Sinnoh, so who cares?
At that point, Nitori Kawashiro showed herself.
(Nitori. This is her debut.): Let’s just say that if they didn’t get you those Greater Spatial Instability Infusions, we might’ve never found this spaceship!
The spaceship in question was behind Cirno, Daiyousei, and Nitori. Rather than the pink exterior the others would’ve half-expected, the ship had a silver coating.
(Keine. Debuted in Dimensional Chaos part 44.): This must’ve been the Riftwalker that Jojo mentioned in class.
: We also found a few bodies…
Said bodies had robes with codenames on them: Pulsaris, Zzzip50, therealsirmark4. There was also a discarded robe marked with the codename Jaskaran2000.
: I wonder what happened to therealsirmark… Jojo said he was the only other survivor.
: Oh, him? He tried to kill me, but I’m the strongest, so … let’s just say—
: Are you saying you killed the only guy who could’ve given us any information about the Riftwalker?!
: Hey, he shot first!
: Was lethal force really necessary?! You can just respawn; he can’t!
Cirno rolled her eyes.
: It … it looks like Rumia’s just about ready to tear you limb from limb.
: Eh, she can try.
: Reimu, may I?
(Reimu. Debuted in Dimensional Chaos part 44.): Step away from the Riftwalker first.
: Fair enough. Keine and Nitori will want to check the whole ship.
Rumia dragged Cirno out of the Riftwalker.
: You can’t do a thing to damage this ship if I restrain your hands.
: Yeah, well that trick’s only gonna work once…
: Anyways, maybe Parukia can help me get this ship running so we can look for Jojo.
: Don’t you mean—
: Hey, that’s what Palkia’s name translates to in Japan!
: Yes, I can keep this ship in one piece while you figure everything out.
: Nice to hear! …this manual doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the ship, so it looks like I’m on my own.
: …can I see it?
Nitori handed over the manual.
: Well, it looks like we can keep the kids entertained with this while Nitori gets us into the—
: Say, why do we need a spaceship anyways when we can just fly or teleport?
: On the flying note, have you read nothing about space? We can’t breathe there. On the teleporting note, it should be noted that Palkia still needs to stay in Sinnoh so he can alert us to any new incidents. Reimu, Keine, and Yukari should also stay behind so they can keep a close eye on Gensokyo as a whole while we’re away.
: Where was Yukari anyways when the Human Village was trashed?
: That question is exactly why I don’t want to talk about her right now.