Wind Scarred Wastes
Premiering on April 21, 2022, this was the first of a series of "Take Back Tokyo" events.
These events allow players to act through story scenes and battles as one of the, until now, non-player character Dx2 devil summoners. This one focuses on Shiori Koden.
To progress, players had to collect materials through spending in-game stamina, trading those materials to capture tiles on maps based on regions of the city of Tokyo. Some tiles include special story scenes within battles, transcribed below.
> One day in Akihabara...
Shiori (in casual clothes): (I'll let that pig deal with the props and stuff for my next show, and based on how many people showed up this time, the quota for next time should be...)
> Shiori senses "something" and turns to take a look.
> It's a strange spatial anomaly that is sucking in everything around it...
> As if a hole had been violently torn open in spacetime.
Shiori: What is this? It's like a Decoherence Trace, but not...?
> Shiori stretches her hand out to the anomaly.
Shiori: *Wince* What the...?! I'm getting sucked in...!!
> The background shifts to a ruined, urban landscape.
Shiori: *Groan* What the hell just happened...?
???: Shionyan! Shionyaaan!
Shiori: That voice... Kokoro?
> Shiori takes out her phone and confirms her suspicions.
Kokoro (on the phone): Looks like you're in trouble...
Shiori: What? That's how you're going to greet me?
Kokoro: Oh, don't be mad. Just give me a chance to explain.
Kokoro: This place is actually a different world!
Kokoro: And not one of those isekai worlds either.
Kokoro: Although I feel like you'd make a pretty good villainess.
Kokoro: Anyways, what's going on here involves our world too...
Shiori: There's a lot I'd like to ask, but for now, I'll keep listening.
Shiori (donning glasses): I see. So there's an infinite number of parallel worlds aside from our own?
Shiori: And because some demon gained an enormous amount of power in a parallel world, it somehow created a connection to our world?
Shiori: And that hole or portal or whatever is what I fell into?
Kokoro: Ah, the genius girl's quick. Yes, that's what happened.
Shiori: But this place feels weird. It's so dark and desolate.
Kokoro: Yes, that may be because of this world's Vanitas...
Girl in dirty clothes: Whoa! What's this?! A tiny, little lady?
CHOICE: Shiori: Who are you?
CHOICE: Shiori: Where'd you come from?
> Both choices lead to the same conclusion.
END OF CHOICE
Mizuki (Girl): I'm Mizuki from Izumo Village! What village are you from?
Mizuki's Big Brother: Mizuki, what are you doing?! You know the wind wall's really dangerous...
Mizuki's Big Brother: And who are you? You're not from Izumo, are you?
CHOICE: Shiori: I'm from another world.
Mizuki's Big Brother: ...??
CHOICE: Shiori: I'm a traveler.
END OF CHOICE
Mizuki's Big Brother: Are you one of those people from the villages that got too big and were brought here?
Shiori: Yeah, something like that. Can you tell me a little about this place?
Kokoro (looking forlorn): (She's just lying through her teeth...)
Mizuki's Big Brother: Uh, sure... But I'm not sure you'll really learn anything new...
Mizuki's Big Brother: Well, you know how it works. We have to follow all these rules regarding them.
Mizuki's Big Brother: Like what we have to offer for the harvest, where to go, what to do and stuff.
Mizuki's Big Brother: And it's not like we can pass through the wind wall Susano-o made either.
> The boy points towards a massive wall of swirling air.
Shiori: So anyone that tries to go through that gets cut to pieces...?
Mizuki's Big Brother: They'll even move us around if some villages have too many or too few people...
Mizuki's Big Brother: We have to live by their rules. It's like we're livestock...
Mizuki: If only we could save Amaterasu somehow...
Shiori: Save Amaterasu?
Mizuki: Susano-o is holding the goddess of the sun, Amaterasu, prisoner.
Mizuki: That's why it's so dark outside.
Mizuki: We're trapped here inside this vortex and have nowhere else to go...
Mizuki: Mommy and daddy even said they're sorry for bringing me into such a horrible world.
Mizuki: But I know it's not their fault. It's all because of Susano-o.
Mizuki: I feel so bad for Amaterasu too. If only someone could save her...
Mizuki: *Sob* Just... Just once, I want to see the sun and the sky...
Mizuki's Big Brother: They say Amaterasu is a kind goddess with a heart as warm as the sun...
Mizuki's Big Brother: If she can be saved, maybe our lives will become a little warmer as well...
Shiori: Alright, thanks for telling me. I'm gonna keep looking around if you don't mind...
Mizuki's Big Brother: Okay, sure... Just be mindful of the wind wall, alright?
Shiori: So Susano-o is holding Amaterasu captive and took control over humanity...
Kokoro: That probably means Susano-o needs things to be like this, right?
Kokoro: His religion, albeit kinda scary, has them completely cowed too...
Kokoro: Anyways, when do you want to head back?
Shiori: I've been looking for a way... Wait, I can go back?
Kokoro: With my superpowers, that's more than possible!
Shiori: WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME THAT FIRST, YOU DUMBASS VTUBER?!
> Some time later, in the hideout...
Megakin: Aight. Nice work, Shionyan. Thanks for lettin' us know...
Megakin: Yo, take some time to relax for now.
Ame-P: No, there is no time for dilly-dallying!
Shiang Sun: Y-You're...! Ame-P!
Ame-P: *Chuckle* Since you asked...
Ame-P: I am the great producer, Ame-P...
> Ame-P changes to her demon form!
Ame-no-Uzume: Also known as Ame-no-Uzume.
Ame-no-Uzume: Now, I took the liberty of eavesdropping on your conversation.
Ame-no-Uzume: Something about a goddess from another world being imprisoned inside a well by her brother.
Ame-no-Uzume: That is a situation that I simply cannot leave be.
Ame-no-Uzume: Freeing her from that cave is my job. We must depart at once!
Vince: You're kidding, right? We have nothing to do with all that.
Kokoro: Actually, you sort of do.
Kokoro: That other world became connected with ours, which means they're starting to fuse together.
Kokoro: If we just let things proceed as is, nothing good's gonna happen.
Kokoro: For example, people might start getting "spirited away" and end up in the other world.
Kokoro: Or this world's spiritual balance could break down and lead to catastrophe.
Ririn: B-But what can we possibly do about any of that?
Kokoro: Hehehe. Incidentally, you happen to be the only ones that can turn this around.
Kokoro: Let's start with how... Vanitas likely caused the end of that world...
Shiori: Yeah, it makes sense considering how post-apocalyptic it felt...
Kokoro: The Dragon Stream was completely ruined by Vanitas, and the gods who grew a little too powerful suppressed its influence.
Kokoro: This imbalance caused that world to become connected to ours.
Kokoro: In order to spiritually rebalance that world and return it to normal, not only will we have to deal with the god behind it all...
Kokoro: We'll have to send some of this world's spiritual energy across their way!
Ririn: T-That sounds so complicated. What exactly do we need to do?
Kokoro: Kill a bunch of demons here and gather their spiritual energy.
Kokoro: I'll take that energy and feed it into the Dragon Stream!
Kokoro: And! And! This is what you'll be using to gather that energy!
Kokoro: Ta-daa! Spirit Orbs!
> A spirit orb is revealed, resembling a blue marble surrounded by gold trim.
Kokoro: I had Himika make them for me just for this sort of eventuality!
Gakuto: You expected all this to happen...?
Kokoro: As for who we'll need to fell our divine foe...
Kokoro: It doesn't matter how great a next-generation priestess I am, I have way too much trouble communicating with people in another world!
Kokoro: So I can only take one of you... Sorry...
Ame-no-Uzume: I shall send myself across to the other side.
Shiori: Then I'll go. Something about that place is still bothering me so...
Kokoro: Great! Then the rest of you get to be Spirit Orb gatherers!
Ame-no-Uzume: Then let us go and find the cave of reawakening...!
> Ame-no-Uzume is summoned by the portal.
Ame-no-Uzume: I am Ame-no-Uzume. I shall dance for thee.
Fight 1 Intro
Take-Minakata: Who goes there? You humans are not from here, are you not...?
Take-Minakata: But you must be quite powerful if it means you broke through Susano-o's wind wall.
Take-Minakata: Are you the ones from the other world he spoke of?
Shiori: You seem to have a good eye. I commend you.
Take-Minakata: And you appear to be rather hostile. Are you here to defeat me...?
Shiori: Exactly. Let's just get right to it.
Shiori: We have other things to deal with, so we need to get this out of the way.
Take-Minakata: Hm? Other things?
Take-Minakata: Did these humans ask you to fight in their stead?
Shiori: You already knew?
Take-Minakata: I am no fool. Their fear has morphed into something else entirely.
Take-Minakata: But why are you, someone with no connection to them, helping them...?
Take-Minakata: Why did you agree to fight in their stead as such?
CHOICE: Shiori: Their rights.
Take-Minakata: Their rights...?
Shiori: So that they can live freely like regular people. I came to get that back for them.
Shiori: Don't think that all humans are just going to curl up into a ball and take your punishment.
Take-Minakata: Good. So be it. Then face me. Face the might of Take-Minakata!
Take-Minakata: Let us see if you have the strength to do so!
Take-Minakata: None of these humans have any backbone. The warrior in me has been raring to fight!
Take-Minakata: I deem you worthy. Come, face me with all your might!
> Take-Minakata's vigor is set ablaze by Shiori's will!
> Luster Candy activated
CHOICE: Shiori: That's karma.
END OF CHOICE
Fight 1 Ending
Take-Minakata: *Wince* To think... That I... Would be defeated...
Take-Minakata: No... I will not fall...! Not so easily...!
> Strange lights fly out of Take-Minakata and into the sky!
Shiori: Huh?! What did you just do...?!
Take-Minakata: I simply separated out my remaining strength and sent it elsewhere...
Take-Minakata: It shall fight in my place and stifle your plans...!
Shiori: Whatever. That means I'll just have to get rid of it too.
Take-Minakata: Kushinada... Susano-o... You must overcome this threat...
Take-Minakata: Otherwise... This world is doomed...!
Take-Minakata: I leave the rest to you...
Fight 2 Intro
Kushinada: Halt! You are not to advance any further!
Kushinada: Are you the humans from the other world that broke through Susano-o's wind wall?
Kushinada: How? I cannot understand...
Kokoro: Hehe. That's because the great Kokoro's here too!
Kokoro: I've been feeding the spiritual energy everyone gathered to the imbalanced parts of the Dragon Stream...
Kokoro: Points around the wind wall have been weakened as a result!
Kushinada: How could you do such a thing...?!
Shiori: That's what I should be asking you.
Shiori: Who the hell do you think you are holding so many people captive like this?
Kushinada: This world is no longer home to human civilization or its laws.
Kushinada: If we simply release what few humans remain into this ruined world, they will ultimately fight one another for resources and bring about their true end.
Shiori: And you're keeping them like livestock to prevent that?
Kushinada: Indeed. Humans are weak. They require structure and a guiding hand to exist.
Kushinada: Without that, only doom and destruction await them, no?
CHOICE: Shiori: Spoken like a true tyrant.
Kushinada: Excuse me...?
Shiori: You feel some compulsion to "guide" humanity because we're weak?
Shiori: Based on everything I've seen so far, no one here wished for this to happen to them. Can't you see it?
Shiori: Idiot despots are toppled by revolutions all the time.
Shiori: And that's exactly what we're about to do to you.
Kushinada: Y-You arrogant worm. Watch your tongue...!
> Kushinada leers at Shiori...
CHOICE: Shiori: Maybe you're right...
Kushinada: Oh, are you starting to come to your senses?
Shiori: But how you're doing things is despicable.
Shiori: Can't you see that your "flock" is completely miserable?
Shiori: Otherwise, they wouldn't be asking for Amaterasu to be released.
Kushinada: Amaterasu? I have not heard that name in quite some time. Sadly, there is no Amaterasu now.
Shiori: Didn't Susano-o trap her inside a cave or something?
Kushinada: Oh? Is that the poison you have been pouring into these humans' ears?
Shiori: Huh? No, that's what some of these people told me.
Kushinada: Enough. You can't be allowed to remain free any longer.
END OF CHOICE
Fight 2 Ending
Kushinada: T-This one is... Strong...!
Shiori: If you're feeling regretful, think about exactly what you did.
Kushinada: But... We simply...
Kushinada: No... At the very least... I must...!
> Kushinada raises her hand and lights begin to fly out!
Shiori: This again? It's starting to get old.
Kushinada: It does not matter...!
Kushinada: As long as it aids Susano-o in some way... It will do...
Kushinada: *Groan* Susano-o... Do not falter...
Kushinada: I leave... The rest to you...!!
Fight 3 Intro
Susano-o: Ah, demon user from another world. You have come...
Shiori: So you're the one that's behind all this?
Shiori: I guess it's no surprise either that you already know about me.
Susano-o: I have been sensing disturbances in the Dragon Stream for some time now.
Susano-o: Then I realized that more powerful forces than I had ever felt had appeared.
Susano-o: I immediately knew that you had to have come from another world.
Susano-o: However, I did not expect Take-Minakata and Kushinada to be defeated so easily...
Susano-o: Just what exactly do you expect to accomplish here, outlander...?
Susano-o: Depending on your answer, I may let you leave here with your life.
Shiori: Is that so? Then let me make it as clear as I possibly can.
Shiori: I'm here to kick your ass.
Shiori: Oh, while we're at it, you'll have to free Amaterasu as well.
Susano-o: Amaterasu? I have not heard that name in some time...
Susano-o: She no longer exists. Not here. Not anywhere...
Shiori: I guess I'll know if you're lying once I've dealt with you.
Susano-o: First Take-Minakata, then Kushinada and now myself...?
Susano-o: This is your final warning. Leave now and you may return to your world with your life intact.
Susano-o: Refuse and you shall be punished accordingly...
Susano-o: If you intend to fight, I will show no mercy. Give up now while you can.
CHOICE: Shiori: Absolutely not.
Shiori: Seriously, don't you get that I'm here to take you down?
Shiori: Who the hell would actually turn tail and run after hearing that?
Shiori: Anyway, can we just get this over with?
Shiori: If you want to keep playing coy with me, why don't I get things started?
Susano-o: Fool... You have been warned...
CHOICE: Shiori: There's no turning back.
Susano-o: Such a stubborn girl. Does your life not mean anything to you?
Shiori: Running won't matter. My world is going to be engulfed by this one if I don't act now.
Shiori: For the sake of my own world, I can't turn back.
Susano-o: I see...
Susano-o: You truly believe that you can protect your world by defeating me.
Susano-o: I also happen to be in a position where I cannot yield to interlopers.
Susano-o: *Laugh* So be it! We shall wager our worlds in this battle!
Susano-o: Leave your regrets behind and fight me with everything you have.
Susano-o: I shall be unleashing my full fury on you as well.
> Susano-o's words ignite everyone's fighting spirit!
> Luster Candy activated
END OF CHOICE
Fight 3 Featured Summon Dialogue
Susano-o: You! Ame-no-Uzume?! I thought you were...
Susano-o: No, of course. You are from the other world...
Ame-no-Uzume: *Chuckle* Sharp as ever I see.
Susano-o: Why are you here?
Ame-no-Uzume: You have to ask?
Ame-no-Uzume: You are destined to imprison your own sister in that cave of yours.
Ame-no-Uzume: My purpose is to free her whenever or wherever that happens.
Ame-no-Uzume: That is also why we came to face you...
Ame-no-Uzume: And deal with you!
> 40% fractional damage on the enemy party!
Fight 3 Intervention
Susano-o: *Laugh* You fight well for a pathetic human.
Susano-o: Ever since we, the guardian deities of this land, gained this exceptional power, we have not faced a threat as great as this!
Susano-o: My blood is boiling...!
Shiori: Uh, good for you...
Shiori: I guess it also makes sense that you'd be the one to imprison Amaterasu.
Susano-o: You still speak such nonsense.
Susano-o: She and her ilk no longer have a place in this world...!
Susano-o: Humans are no longer afforded that option.
Susano-o: They are to live under our rule and under our protection!
CHOICE: Shiori: Shut up!
Shiori: I'm sick of you talking and trying to buy time for yourself.
Shiori: It's time to finish this!
Susano-o: I see. My words only fall on deaf ears. Then enough talk...
> Susano-o unleashes blades of wind one after another.
CHOICE: Shiori: Is that so?
END OF CHOICE
Fight 3 Ending
Shiori: *Pant* I-Is it over...?!
Susano-o: No... I cannot fall... The wall will disappear completely...!
Susano-o: I must prevent... At least that...!
Shiori: Shut it, loser. I won.
Shiori: Free Amaterasu and bring light back into this world right now.
Shiori: And give these people their world back!
Susano-o: Light? For this world? Fine, but you are to deal with whatever happens...
Susano-o: *Groan* *Roar*
Susano-o: *Groan* No... This cannot be...!
> Everything begins to calm as the wind wall starts to weaken...
> A large rock comes into view as the gusts recede!
Mizuki: There you are!
> The girl from before and her fellow villagers approach.
Mizuki: The winds stopped and we were wondering what happened.
Man 1: Did you...? Did you actually defeat Susano-o?!
Mizuki's Big Brother: So that has to be where Amaterasu was imprisoned...
Ame-no-Uzume: Since everybody already seems to be here, let us go see...
Ame-no-Uzume: Open! Be free of this cave!
> Ame-no-Uzume dances and it slowly begins to open...
> Inside, there is nothing but darkness...
Mizuki's Big Brother: There's no one...?
Susano-o: Did I not say so?
Susano-o: Amaterasu, the light of your world, no longer exists...
Man 2: But you were the one that trapped her in there!
Man 2: You did it because you wanted to rule over us all...!
Shiori: How's that possible? Amaterasu can die...?
Susano-o: It has been over a century since this world saw the advent of Vanitas...
Susano-o: It came and went, leaving only a few gods and humans in its wake.
Shiori: Vanitas did all of this...?!
Susano-o: The other gods fell victim to it as well...
Susano-o: Soon, this dark and desolate world became our new reality.
Susano-o: Demons began to emerge and in an effort to simply survive, they began hunting down humans for sustenance.
Susano-o: It became clear that humans would go extinct if that were to continue.
Susano-o: Thus, we banded together to protect the remaining few.
Susano-o: I created this wind wall to keep the other demons at bay.
Susano-o: However, children and the elderly were beginning to dominate this modest settlement.
Susano-o: So we gathered more who would be able to work and make everything function.
Susano-o: Kushinada also did what she could so that they could grow crops in darkness.
Susano-o: But they had to offer them to us so that we could keep protecting them.
Susano-o: Left to their own devices, they would have fought over these resources.
Man 2: You were trying to help us...?
Susano-o: So that we would not perish as well...
Susano-o: Unfortunately, your doubts ended up overpowering your beliefs.
Susano-o: But a century is a long time for you as well. Some of you do not even know about that day.
Susano-o: Being born into this world and having to tame this barren land, it is no wonder you now seek the light of hope, the light of my sister.
Ame-no-Uzume: You do not sound like the great warrior from the legends I have been told.
Ame-no-Uzume: You have changed, have you not...?
Susano-o: Unlike Amaterasu or Tsukuyomi, I had never ruled over any lands until now...
Susano-o: Being a ruler and a guardian is indeed more difficult than I imagined...
> Susano-o disappears...
Woman: T-The gods are all dead...?
Man 3: So we're free now?
Man 3: We can do whatever we want...?
Man 4: Monsters, look! A bunch of monsters are emerging from the darkness!
Man 2: What? Did they get through the wind wall...?!
Man 4: There is no wind wall anymore! They all came from... Nooo!
Man 1: *Scream* Somebody, help us!
Kokoro: Shionyan, the portal back's going to close soon!
Kokoro: Now's your only chance to escape!
Shiori: What?! You expect me to leave all these people to die...?!
> The world begins to warp as its screams become muffled...
Woman: P-Please, help us! Take-Minakata! Kushinada! Susano-o!
Woman: They aren't actually gone... Right?!
Elderly Man: Who the hell said that we didn't need them anymore?!
Elderly Man: Everything about Amaterasu was a lie too...!
Man 1: Who started saying that crap?!
Mizuki: *Scream* No! What are these monsters?!
Elderly Woman: They just wanted to protect us...? But nobody told us...
Man 2: We weren't really free, but they helped keep us alive?
Man 2: Why didn't they just tell us what they were doing?!
Man 4: Yeah, we wouldn't be in this mess now if they did...
Man 3: Calm down, you guys! This is the world we live in...!
Woman: But who made this world this way?!
Mizuki: *Scream* Nooo!
Mizuki: Please, help us...! I'm sorry for asking for so much...!
Demon (Incubus): *Snicker*
Mizuki: I promise not to say anything like that anymore... Please, save us...
> The ruined world fades away and the hideout comes back into view...
Shiori: That should be it. So there's no risk of our world merging with that other one...?
Kokoro: Yes. That portal closed and I'm not sensing anything else.
Shiori: Okay. I'm tired, so I'm going home now.
Ririn: W-Wait, Shionyan...!
Gakuto: Leave her alone. She needs space right now.
Ririn: How can you say that?! She needs someone to talk to!
Ririn: She's still just a girl! She has feelings too, you know?!
Gakuto: But her professionalism keeps her from showing us those feelings.
Gakuto: She'll never let her fans see that side of her. Not ever.
> At Shiori's stage, in Akihabara...
Ame-P: I like your stage. Especially the lights.
Ame-P: You just saved the world. Why the long face? Is something still bothering you?
Shiori: Those people from the other world. They were just so selfish and stupid...
Shiori: They took their existence for granted and let their doubts get the better of them, and couldn't realize what they were doing until it was too late.
Ame-P: *Chuckle* Is it not normal for humans to act in their own interests?
Shiori: That's the problem. It's normal. Even the part about learning too late.
Shiori: They're all idiots...
Ame-P: Do you regret what you did to Susano-o...?
Shiori: I have no right to. I'm the biggest idiot of them all for jumping the gun like that.
Shiori: I let myself believe that there was hope in that empty cave.
Shiori: I acted before I knew enough to make an informed decision.
Shiori: Now I realize that their world was hopeless to begin with.
Shiori: I... I just wanted that little girl to see a clear sky like she wanted...
Shiori: Then I went off and ruined everything for them.
Shiori: I'm so stupid...
Ame-P: Are you...?
Shiori: But I did what I had to in order to save this world.
Shiori: I believe that I would've done the same thing regardless of how much I knew.
Shiori: I can't hesitate. I can't doubt myself. I won't let myself believe everything is fine.
Shiori: Anyway, you'll have to leave now. I need to get ready for my show.
Ame-P: Of course. I'll show myself out.
> Outside in Akihabara...
Ame-P: She's willing to take on so much pain for the sake of this world.
Ame-P: All the while without letting her friends know about her struggle.
Ame-P: She is an idol in every sense of the world. Beautiful in so many ways.
Ame-P: Then it is settled. I shall aid her in whatever ways I can...
Ame-P: Hehe. I wonder how Amaterasu will react when I inform her of this decision.
Ame-P: Please, call for me whenever you require our help.
> Ame-P transforms!
Ame-no-Uzume: I, Ame-no-Uzume, will be there for you...
> Ame-no-Uzume rises towards the sun and vanishes.
> Shiori finds herself alone, contemplating what's unfolded...
Featured Summon Mastery Dialogue
Ame-no-Uzume: For you, I shall dance the night away.