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                               By Mookiethebold

                             Version 1.1 / Sakuya

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          WARNING! This guide contains spoilers for the entire game!

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< TABLE OF CONTENTS >

*Using [Ctrl + F] type in the search code and click "find" to go to the desired
 section of this guide.

 1 - VERSION HISTORY.......................[ GS01 ]
 2 - INTRODUCTION..........................[ GS02 ]
 3 - CHARACTERS............................[ GS03 ]
 4 - PRE-GAME INTRO........................[ GS04 ]
 5 - CAVE OF NAGI/KAMIKI VILLAGE...........[ GS05 ]
 6 - HANA VALLEY/SHINSHU FIELD.............[ GS06 ]
 7 - KAMIKI/AGATA FOREST...................[ GS07 ]
 8 - TAKA PASS/KUSA VILLAGE................[ GS08 ]
 9 - GALE SHRINE...........................[ GS09 ]
10 - KAMIKI/MOON CAVE......................[ GS10 ]
11 - RYOSHIMA COAST/SEI-AN CITY............[ GS11 ]
12 - SUNKEN SHIP/IMPERIAL PALACE...........[ GS12 ]
13 - SASA SANCTUARY/NORTH RYO COAST........[ GS13 ]
14 - CATCALL TOWER/DRAGON PALACE...........[ GS14 ]
15 - ONI ISLAND............................[ GS15 ]
16 - KAMUI/WEP'KEER........................[ GS16 ]
17 - YOSHPET/PONC'TAN......................[ GS17 ]
18 - SPIRIT GATE...........................[ GS18 ]
19 - WAWKU SHRINE..........................[ GS19 ]
20 - ARK OF YAMATO.........................[ GS20 ]
21 - POST-GAME.............................[ GS21 ]
22 - MISCELLANEOUS DIALOGUE................[ GS22 ]
23 - SIDEQUEST DIALOGUE....................[ GS23 ]
24 - CONTACT INFORMATION...................[ GS24 ]
25 - CREDITS...............................[ GS25 ]
26 - DISCLAIMER............................[ GS26 ]

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< 1 - VERSION HISTORY >                                                [ GS01 ]

Version 1.1 / Sakuya
4-16-08: Added the "getting drunk on Thunder Brew" dialogue to the Kamiki
          Festival in section 10.
         Added some missing dialogue to the race with Kai in Yoshpet in
          section 23.

Version 1.0 / Sakuya
 9-17-07: Started a new game and began writing the guide.
11-11-07: 138 game hours later... Finished!

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< 2 - INTRODUCTION >                                                   [ GS02 ]

Greetings! This guide is exactly what the title says - the Okami game script.
Contained within is all the dialogue spoken by everyone throughout the course
of the game. As anyone who has played Okami can attest to, there is A LOT of
dialogue. I put this project off for quite some time due to the enormous amount
of speech involved. Finally though, I decided to stop procrastinating and just
get it done! Did I mention there's A LOT of dialogue in this game!?

The primary focus of this guide is the dialogue spoken during the main game in
order to progress the story, but I've also included optional dialogue for the
characters and objects (such as when Ammy examines something and Issun explains
about it) encountered within each area while you're there for the story events.
I chose to list this optional dialogue during the story dialogue because most
of the time, the optional dialogue is relevant to the events currently taking
place and it helps provide further insight about what's happening. All these
lines are clearly labeled as ***optional*** to avoid any confusion. I realize
some folks may find it distracting to have so much optional dialogue
interrupting the story dialogue at times, but I felt it was best to do it this
way. Hopefully it won't bother you, but if it does... Oh well. Sorry.

There are also many times when you can break from the main story and revisit
previous areas to hear new dialogue from characters. Rather than interrupt the
main story to say "Ammy went back to Kamiki", when it has no real bearing on
the current storyline events, this miscellaneous dialogue can be found in its
own section of the guide after the main game.

Dialogue for the various sidequests and mini-games can be found in a separate
section after the "Miscellaneous Dialogue" section. However, there are a couple
exceptions to this, which I included during the main story because they just
seemed to fit there better.

I have also taken it upon myself to correct any spelling errors, missing words,
or incorrect grammar which the text writers of the game goofed up. However,
since no one is perfect, there may still be a few that I missed, too.

So, here's a quick explanation of how to understand the script:
1. [brackets] = My description of the on-screen action/event.
2. (parenthesis) = The name of the character currently speaking.
3. (???) = The character speaking has not yet been identified.
4. ***optional*** = Extra dialogue heard from events not necessary for story
   progression, performing incorrect actions, etc.
5. "... ..." = Indicates a moment of speechlessness.
6. Certain dialogue is only heard after listening to someone two or three
   times. When this is the case, I will list their name in parenthesis again to
   differentiate that it's a new conversation, but I won't be writing out the
   actions, such as [Ammy listens to Sakuya *again*], otherwise this guide
   would go on forever! (It's pretty freakin' long already, eh?)

Please understand that this is not a guide about how to play the game. It does
not contain strategies, tips, directions or anything of the sort. If you need
help, please consult one of the walkthroughs. Please do not contact me asking
for help about how to play the game.

Now, get comfortable in your favorite reading spot, turn on some music and
maybe keep some snacks and a drink nearby, because it's time to delve into the 
legend of Okami Amaterasu! Enjoy!

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< 3 - CHARACTERS >                                                     [ GS03 ]

These are the main players in our tale, both friend and foe. The proper name of
each character is listed, followed by the primary location where they can be
found, and a brief description of said character. Some folks move from one area
to another and thus will have "various" listed as their location.

OKAMI AMATERASU (Ammy, the Sun Goddess, reborn in the body of a wolf. She is
                 the character you play as):

This powerful god has the power to command the Celestial Brush. A century ago,
Amaterasu lost the physical body that the god had been inhabiting during a
bitter struggle to seal away Orochi. With the help of the wood sprite Sakuya,
Amaterasu inhabited the statue of an ancient village god and returned to the
world. The heated battle against Orochi left Amaterasu without many powers held
in times past, but Amaterasu will journey to recover those powers while saving
the life of the land.
*Because Ammy is a wolf, she doesn't speak (therefore, she has no dialogue),
but Issun does more than enough talking for the both of them!

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SHIRANUI [The Spirit Gate, Wawku Shrine]:

The name given to Amaterasu by the people of Kamiki Village 100 years ago, when
she was at the peak of her power, safeguarding the land from Orochi's evil.

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ISSUN (A Poncle, a small flea-like critter)[Goes anywhere Ammy does]:

This tiny creature was taking a nap in Sakuya's shirt on his journey to master
the principles of calligraphy. That journey took a detour when he decided that
he liked Kamiki Village - he has resided there ever since. The villagers may
consider him ill-mannered, but he is one of the top calligraphers in the land.
He has taken the liberty of journeying with Amaterasu in order to steal the
principles of the Celestial Brush and add them to his own repertoire.

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SAKUYA [Kamiki Village]:

This wood sprite inhabits the sacred Konohana tree in Kamiki Village. With her
power, she was able to protect the village from the disaster that had befallen
the rest of the land. She used all her remaining power to perform the ritual to
bring Amaterasu back to the world.

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SUSANO [Kamiki Village and various]:

He is descended from the legendary hero Nagi and never lets anyone forget it.
He is supposed to be diligently honing his sword-fighting skills every day, but
most people have only ever seen him sleeping. He has feelings for the lovely
Kushi, who resides in the same village.

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NAGI [The Spirit Gate]:

Legendary hero who, with Shiranui, defeated Orochi 100 years ago. His style was
to act cowardly to fool his opponent, then strike. He epitomizes the saying "A
smart falcon hides his claws from view".

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KUSHI [Kamiki Village and various]:

She runs the only bar in all Kamiki Village. She is always out in the rice
paddies working hard to grow the rice she uses in her brews. Word of her
brewing abilities has spread all the way to the capital and people come from
all around to sample her creations. She is innocent in the ways of the world,
and her charming personality shows in the way she treats Amaterasu when the god
is in animal form.

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MR. & MRS. ORANGE [Kamiki Village]:

Mr. Orange is the elder of Kamiki Village, which surrounds the sacred tree. He
lives with his tender loving wife Mrs. Orange. Seeing the loss of the sacred
tree's lovely blossoms, he is attempting to restore the tree using the ancient
flower dance, the Konohana Shuffle. Mrs. Orange provides support by spending
afternoons washing piles of laundry in the river and nights preparing her
extra-delicious cherry cakes.

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WAKA [Various]:

A mysterious fellow who knows more than he's willing to tell. He continually
shows up when least expected and likes to impart cryptic prophecies to Ammy and
Issun before vanishing as quickly as he arrived. His power is almost rivaled by
his arrogance, but is he friend or foe?

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OROCHI [The Moon Cave]:

A serpent banished 100 years ago by Shiranui and Nagi, awakened to once again
spread his evil across the land of Nippon. It has eight heads, eight tails,
terrifying red eyes burning with rage and an underbelly scraped bloody and raw,
all on a body large enough to grow trees on. Each head has an elemental power:
earth, wind, fire, water, thunder, poison, light and darkness. The bell on its
back tolls 108 times - once for each desire of its sacrifice. Behold, O
(mountain) RO (of) CHI (dark spirits)!

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PRINCESS FUSE [Kusa Village, the Gale Shrine]:

Guardian of the Gale Shrine at Kusa Village, she keeps the evil spirits at bay
along with her faithful companions, the Canine Warriors.

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CRIMSON HELM [Gale Shrine]:

For 100 years, this leader of all evil in Taka Pass has waged war with the
forces of the Gale Shrine. It boasts long swords and armor. Beneath the shell,
the true body lies hidden among burning flames.

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RAO [Sei-an City]:

The well-endowed priestess of Ankoku Temple on the hilltop at Ryoshima Coast,
she can often be found at her lecture hall in Sei-an, lending her assistance to
Queen Himiko and the people of the city. Though her "assets" often distract
Issun from the task at hand, Ammy seems to have taken a liking to her and
proves more than willing to help out whenever needed.

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QUEEN HIMIKO [Royal Palace at Sei-an City]:

Benevolent ruler of the people of Nippon, she resides in the palace at Sei-an
City. Using the power of her magical crystal ball, she does what she can to
aid Ammy and Issun in their journey to preserve the peace and beauty of the
land.

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BLIGHT [Imperial Palace]:

This is the evil blood-sucking entity Goldnail made solid. It infested the
Emperor's body like a parasite, spewing poison mist throughout the capital.

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OTOHIME [Dragon Palace]:

Ruler of the Dragonians of the underwater Dragon Palace. Though the affairs of
the surface world are generally none of her concern, due to the absence of her
husband and the troubles with the Water Dragon, she gladly lends a hand to Ammy
and Issun.

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WATER DRAGON [North Ryoshima Coast]:

A giant dragon, driven to madness by an unknown force. Its terrifying presence
makes the waters of the Ryoshima Coast area unfit for travel.

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NINETAILS [Oni Island]:

The true form of the evil that dwells on Oni Island and seeks to destroy the
Ryoshima Coast. Nine souls inhabit nine tails, each acting independently.
According to legend, Ninetails can only be defended against with the Celestial
Brush.

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OKI [Kamui and various]:

The northern Oina tribe's famous swordsman plays an important role in
Amaterasu's tale, yet he is shrouded in mystery. He has been depicted both as a
man with a wolf and as a wolf himself.

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GOLDEN DEMON LECHKU & SILVER DEMON NECHKU [Wawku Shrine]:

Twin demons in the form of giant mechanical owls. The meaning of Lechku's name
has long been lost by the Oina tribe. He is said to be one half of a duo
banished by the sun long ago. Songs and folktales tell of him, but no
documentation exists. Nechku's existence is said to be linked closely with that
of Lechku. Their names have roots in the ancient word "Lechkunechku". Some
interpretations of this are "One counts time", "One offers death", "Gears of
the moon", and "The key that holds the beginning".

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YAMI [The Ark of Yamato]:

This horrifying entity has also been called "Empty Death". It seeks complete
destruction. For eons it has been locked in a struggle with the sun god. Round,
cold, and desolate as the moon, Yami has never been depicted as a human or
animal in any drawing. It is simply too inorganic in appearance to warrant such
portrayals.

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< 4 - PRE-GAME INTRO >                                                 [ GS04 ]

(Narrator) Once upon a time, in a faraway land... There was a tiny village by
the name of Kamiki. Legend tells of a horrible beast that threatened the
residents. It also tells of the wolf that risked it all to protect them.
Controlling the very fabric of existence, this wolf stood up against a beast
many times its size and banished the darkness. This ethereal wolf's valiant act
ushered in an era of tranquility. The villagers' hearts swelled with respect
and adoration of the wolf.

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< 5 - CAVE OF NAGI/KAMIKI VILLAGE >                                    [ GS05 ]

[Illustrations of a quaint little village and silhouettes of various characters
scroll across the screen, as the narrator begins telling his tale]

(Narrator) Long, long ago... A tiny hamlet known as Kamiki lay nestled in a
grove of proud and beautiful cherry blossoms. Each and every tree around the
quiet burg was honored as a god. However, the village was not without its dark
secrets.
To satiate the appetite of Orochi, a fearsome cave-dwelling beast, a young
maiden was offered as a sacrifice at the annual festival. With a body like a
mountain and 8 heads mounted on necks the size of tree trunks, its blood-red
eyes alone were said to curse anyone who gazed into them. No one dared disobey
the horrific beast.
When the night of the sacrifice drew near... A mysterious white wolf appeared
outside the village. This wolf, its coat as brilliant as snow, was dubbed
Shiranui. The wolf kept a watchful eye on anyone who ventured outside the
village, and made a habit of patrolling the streets at night. People assumed
the wolf to be a familiar of Orochi.
One villager took it upon himself to face the fearsome Shiranui. The warrior
Nagi attempted many times to challenge the wolf. But his attempts were thwarted
by Shiranui's swift movements.
Before long, the night of the accursed festival had arrived. A white plumed
arrow heralded the coming sacrifice. Piercing the sky, the arrow sunk its shaft
squarely into the home of Nami, the village's most beautiful maiden. Nagi,
harboring a secret love for Nami, was enraged by this sign. Determined to put
an end to Orochi once and for all, Nagi traveled to the beast's cave in place
of his beloved.
The Moon Cave, a place as dark as evil itself, served as Orochi's home. As Nagi
stood bravely before the entrance... A beast appeared, eyes glowing crimson
upon 8 thrashing necks. Orochi stood tall before him, anxious for another
sacrifice. Nagi leapt with incredible grace, swinging his blade valiantly. On
and on he sliced, well into the moonless night... but Orochi's hide was like
steel. The blade left nary a scratch.
At long last, Nagi, his energy spent from the intense battle, dropped to his
knees, fatigued and gasping for breath. He knew he was staring death in the
face. It was then that the wolf appeared. As if to protect Nagi, it stood its
ground before Orochi. In the darkness of the cave, the wolf's coat shone
brilliantly. Alas, it was Shiranui, the wolf that dwelled outside the village.
Baring its fearsome claws, Shiranui leapt toward Orochi. Orochi reared its
terrifying heads, readying its fangs for battle. The two beasts struggled
wildly, thrashing in the darkness.
Mysterious and terrifying, the spectacle continued. Shiranui summoned gusts of
divine wind to counter Orochi's flames.
As Orochi closed in on Shiranui, sharpened claws glistening... A gigantic tree
suddenly sprouted forth, shielding the wolf. Shiranui fought gallantly to gain
the upper hand. However... Orochi, protected by a mystical power, was not
easily bested. Shiranui, covered in gashes, majestic coat dyed crimson, stood
exhausted before the mighty Orochi.
Orochi saw a chance to strike what would be the final blow. But Shiranui
refused to give in. With its last ounce of strength, the majestic wolf gazed
heavenward and unleashed a mighty howl. Suddenly, the black clouds overhead
dissipated. The light from above glinted off Nagi's sword as a beacon of hope.
Guided by his sword, Nagi, who had been taking shelter in the shadows, stood
proudly to face his adversary. Channeling all his strength into his scarred and
battered arms, he leapt ferociously toward Orochi, his sword poised high. The
golden sword danced in his hands like a puppet on a string. One by one,
Orochi's fearsome heads separated from their owner.
Orochi's broken body collapsed in a lake of its own blood. In that instant, the
curse that plagued the villagers was lifted. As the battle subsided, the sun
shone once again in the sky. Shiranui had succumbed to Orochi's poison and
struggled to breathe. Nagi scooped the beast into his arms and returned to
Kamiki.
When they reached the village, Shiranui was no longer moving. The village elder
gently stroked the wolf's head. In response, Shiranui let out a hoarse and
pitiful bark... Then closed its eyes and drifted off as if into slumber.
Peace had at last returned to Kamiki Village. In honor of Shiranui's heroic
exploits, the villagers erected a shrine and placed a statue of the wolf within
it.
Nagi's sword was christened "Tsukuyomi" and placed inside the Moon Cave. The
villagers all looked forward to an age of endless peace...
However, this is not the end of the story... There is more to this tale than
most people know. 100 years had passed since Nagi and Shiranui's heroic
exploits. It happened so quickly that no one in the village even took notice.

[The camera zooms into the Moon Cave and focuses on a sword as an unidentified
person approaches it]

(???#1) Is this the legendary sword? Is this Tsukuyomi, the sword that banished
the dreaded Orochi? ... ... No... it couldn't be. It's just a legend... Nothing
but a fairy tale!

[The man lifts the sword and the silhouette of a giant eight-headed beast
appears]

(???#2) O, he who seeks power... He who has broken my bonds... Speak the words,
"I wish darkness unto the world." Utter that prayer unto me, and unleash my
power.

[The man quickly runs away, as the giant beast unleashes his evil and darkness
spreads across the land]

[The scene shifts to Kamiki Village, where we see the statue of Shiranui]

(Narrator) A horrible tragedy suddenly swept over the land. However, there was
one village that seemed to escape the terrible curse. The tiny settlement of
Kamiki Village enjoyed the protection of a sacred tree. It is here that the
real story begins.

[Wood Sprite Sakuya is introduced]

(Sakuya) How troublesome! This is just like the ancient prophecy of doom. What
has transpired to bring about such calamity? We must act quickly! There is no
time to lose! My power has diminished over the years I've spent protecting this
area. I don't have much time left in this world. Amaterasu, now is the time. We
have never needed your power more. Shine your divine light upon this broken and
polluted world. Let your heavenly rays become our hope as you guide us all!

[Sakuya tosses a flat, round object that lands on the back of the wolf statue,
which causes it to spring to life]

[Okami Amaterasu is introduced]

(Sakuya) Ah! Such divine white light! Such beauty and grace! The only one
capable of such a wondrous spectacle is none other than our mother and the
origin of all that is, Amaterasu! How delightful to see that the savior whose
brave sacrifice sealed away the evil demon so many years ago has not changed
one bit. Seeing you emerge after so many years spent as a statue brings
happiness to my heart! *sniff*

[Ammy lets out a quiet howl and lies down]

(Sakuya) ... ... Amaterasu... Gaze above you and take in the condition of the
sky. Since your untimely departure from our midst, the world has succumbed to
devious and vicious beasts. They have ravaged our fine and bountiful country of
Nippon... But never have the circumstances been worse than they are at this
very moment. Please use your powers to banish the darkness and punish those who
would do us harm. ...Hm? Eh? What is this? Has something stolen its way into my
robe? Ho ho ho... Ooh he he he... A ha ha ha ha ha ha! Phew! What on earth? You
again?

(???) Ow ow ow ow ow! Are you nuts? Boy, for a little thing, you sure make a
big fuss! I was just tryin' to make the conversation a bit more interesting,
that's all.

(Sakuya) Were you napping in my clothes again, bug?

(???) Bug? I told you a thousand times not to call me that! I'm a wandering
artist. The name's Issun!

[Wandering Artist Issun is introduced]

(Issun) I'll show you just how great I am and it won't be long till you're
bowing before my great brush!

[Issun shows a scroll with a painting of Sakuya on it]

(Issun) Well, whaddya think? Even cuter than the real thing, no?

[Issun jumps onto Ammy's nose]

(Issun) What's with you, furball? You look kinda down in the dumps. Actually...
You look kinda familiar... Got it! You look just like that statue of Shiranui!

[Ammy eats Issun, but promptly spits him out]

(Issun) Whoa! Whaddya think you're doin'!? Are you crazy? A handsome guy like
me should never be covered in wolf slobber! You'll regret messin' with the
great Issun! Don't make me use my prized sword, Denkomaru against you!

[A loud roar is heard all around]

(Issun) Wh-Wh-What's that growling sound? And why's it so dark, anyway?

(Sakuya) O, great god Amaterasu... I've used all the power I have to protect
Kamiki Village. The village lives on. Their spirits lie encased in my fruit.
Cut it free, and the village will be reborn! I trust in you. I know that you
will lead us down the right path. Only your awesome power can restore life to
the world.

(Issun) The tree's returned to normal, huh? That Sakuya girl sure said some
weird stuff. The villagers' spirits are being kept inside the fruit... That's
the fruit. That girl said that if you cut it down, the village will be
restored. But it's awfully high up there. If you don't use some kind of special
power, there's no way you're gonna reach it. This darkness is really gettin' to
me, too. A lot can happen while you're taking a nap.

[A portal opens at the base of the tree]

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines the fruit]

(Issun) That fruit sure is growin' in a high place. The only way we're gonna
reach that is with some kind of special power.

***optional #2***

[Ammy heads in the opposite direction of the portal]

(Issun) What in the world? There's something blocking the road leading back to
the village! Am I still dreaming?

[Ammy tries again]

(Issun) Ouch! Is there a wall here or something?

***end optional***

[Ammy enters the portal]

(Issun) Where are we? It got awfully quiet all of a sudden. I don't remember
any place like this in the village. Well, we better keep our eyes peeled. You
can use the right analog stick to look around. The L1 button changes your point
of view. Boy, you really look so helpless. You sure you're gonna be OK?

[Ammy approaches a stand with a mirror on it]

(Issun) Hold on! That's an Origin Mirror! They say once your reflection appears
on its surface... your memories will be stored in the mirror for all eternity!
Well, to put it shortly, you can save your progress here. But make sure you
have what you need to save your progress. I'm talking about a memory card (8MB)
(for PlayStation2), silly! And let me give you a little advice. You should save
a number of game files. That way, you could always go back if you get stuck or
something. Gotta be prepared, 'specially while you're still learning the ropes!

[Ammy approaches some pots]

(Issun) Look at all those pots just waitin' to be broken! If you bust 'em,
there might be something good inside. Press the square button to bust 'em with
your head!

[Ammy busts a pot]

(Issun) Way to go, my furry friend! You can do that anytime you see something
you can break.

[Ammy approaches a high ledge and spots a treasure chest on it]

(Issun) Whoa, whoa, hold on there, furball! Get a load of that! That chest
looks mighty tempting. Let's go check it out. Getting up that high oughtta be a
piece of cake. Press the X button to jump. Then press the X button again to do
a wall jump. But make sure you press it firmly so you jump really high!

[Ammy jumps up the ledge]

(Issun) I knew ya could do it. They say, "Good luck is found in high places."
So, keep your eyes peeled. We don't wanna miss any treasure!

[Ammy approaches a broken bridge]

(Issun) Looks like the bridge is out. This shouldn't be so hard, um...
Amaterasu, was it? That's kinda long. Mind if I call ya "Ammy"? Listen, Ammy...
Ever heard of the spirits of the brush? Good brushwork has its own soul, 'least
that's what they say. Just watch. It'd take all day to explain... A picture's
worth a thousand words, right?

[A brush appears on-screen and paints over the broken part of the bridge,
restoring it like new]

(Issun) Nice, huh? Just a little technique I've mastered called Rejuvenation.
It's one of many brush techniques that use divine power. It's a brush god power
that can restore broken or missing things. I've practiced really hard just to
master this one technique. But there are 13! Each one is a power of one of the
13 brush gods. Originally, all 13 were a single powerful deity. When the deity
died, its power was split into 13 separate gods. The gods now dwell within
objects all around us, but... God or no god, how could anyone have the power to
master all 13!? 

[Ammy approaches a small monument that reads "River of the Heavens"]

(Issun) The River of the Heavens? They mean the fabled stardust river? But I
sure don't see anything like that around here. It couldn't be that little
puddle over there, could it? 

[Ammy proceeds up a hill and sees a constellation in the sky]

(Issun) Wow! Look at the stars twinkle! I haven't seen such a beautiful
nighttime sky in ages. Hey, look! Are those stars forming a pattern, or is it
just me? Hmm... There's one missing... Guess I'll just have to draw the missing
star! ... ... Bah... Looks like I'm just not ready to draw missing stars. Press
the R1 button to hold the brush, then the square button to draw. I sure spent a
heck of a lotta time practicing that. *mumble*

***optional #1***

[Ammy waits too long]

(Issun) Press the R1 button to hold the brush, then the square button to draw.
That's how I just drew a dot to make a star. Why didn't it work? I sure spent a
heck of a lotta time practicing that. *mumble*

***optional #2***

[Ammy fails to draw the star properly]

(Issun) Well, it's no use just sitting around thinking about it. This time the
great Issun's gonna put everything he has into it! Bah! I know this is the
right way to do it! Press the R1 button to hold the brush, then tap the square
button. I sure spent a heck of a lotta time practicing that. *mumble*

***end optional***

[Ammy draws the missing star and a dragon flies down from above]

(Yomigami) Ah... Why, if it isn't mother Amaterasu. I apologize for not
contacting you sooner during these long years. Having never forgotten you, I,
Yomigami, god of restoration, have eagerly awaited this day when we could meet
again. While you were away, the 13 spirits of the brush that you once
possessed, including myself, have been scattered across this land of men, and
now lie in disarray. I became a constellation and managed to survive until now.
The time has come for you to seek out and reunite all the techniques. Your
power is what is needed to restore the dried riverbed of the heavens and renew
the flow of stardust.

[Yomigami's power is returned to Ammy]

(Issun) Wow! That was Yomigami, the god of Rejuvenation! Wait... So you have
the power of Rejuvenation now? Can you really use it to restore the River of
the Heavens? That would mean you were as good with a brush as yours truly!
Nah... It couldn't be true. Who else could master this incredible god
technique!?

[Ammy approaches the river]

(Issun) Wonder if drawing some stardust would get the river flowing again?
Nah... It's one thing to fix a bridge, but fixing a starry river? There's no
way you could pull off a stunt like that!

[Ammy paints over the water in the river]

(Issun) Whoa! A river of stardust! So this really must be the River of the
Heavens. But what I really wanna know is who the heck drew the darn thing!

[Ammy opens a treasure chest]

(Issun) Look what you found, furball! This Astral Pouch here's amazing. It can
swallow up lots of food. Then when it's full, it can revive its owner if he or
she dies! Let's start feeding it with whatever food we can find around here.

***optional***

[Ammy ignores the treasure chest]

(Issun) Whoa, whoa, WHOA! You just gonna ignore that treasure chest? You'll end
up in the poorhouse if you overlook stuff like that!

***end optional***

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Fountain of Nagi"]

(Issun) Nagi? What's his name doing here?

[Ammy enters a cave]

(Issun) Is this... Is this the legendary shrine? We must be in the Cave of
Nagi! The legendary hero Nagi is enshrined here! He vanquished evil 100 years
ago with the help of the white wolf, Shiranui! First the River of the Heavens
and now this place... Where the heck are we, furball? Boy, this place is a
wreck. See? That sword's in really bad shape. The gods sure didn't do much to
protect this place. 

[Ammy draws rejuvenation on the broken sword of the statue]

(Issun) That really WAS your brushwork all this time! How'd you get so good?
Exactly who are you, anyway? Hey, there's another constellation! This one looks
like a... 

***optional #1***

[If Ammy waits too long to fix the sword]

(Issun) Hey, Ammy. Doesn't Nagi's broken sword there bug you? I mean, there
must be something we could do...

(Issun) You just gonna leave Nagi's broken sword like that? Oh forget it. Not
like you could do anything about it anyway...

***optional #2***

[Ammy fails to rejuvenate the broken sword]

(Issun) I knew it! You really can handle a brush! Now try again. Draw more
carefully!

[Ammy fails a second time]

(Issun) Come on, quit holding back! Hurry up and draw a big, magnificent sword!

[Ammy fails a third time]

(Issun) Come on! All you gotta do is draw a sword! I'd draw it like this, but I
ain't gonna help you all the time!

***optional #3***

[Ammy tries to leave the cave]

(Issun) Hmm... I don't think you could fit through here. Let's check out that
Nagi statue instead of wasting time here.

***end optional***

[Ammy draws the missing star and a mouse appears]

(Tachigami) Well, well, well... If it isn't mother Amaterasu. It's been a long
time. But with all these monsters around, the only place I cold hide was in
this shrine dedicated to ancient heroes. If there is anything I can do to
assist you in your endeavors, I'm at your service. Make good use of this sword,
as it was designed to conquer evil.

[Tachigami's power is returned to Ammy]

(Issun) Hey, that was the god, Tachigami, master of the Power Slash technique.
Wait a minute. If you're getting all these powers... Then you're just like that
Shiranui! You know, the wolf who fought and died alongside the great Nagi. When
Shiranui died, the wolf's power was split into the 13 brush gods. This is
crazy. Shiranui and Nagi? It's just like the legend. Well, anyway, I've never
seen this Power Slash technique myself. How 'bout showing your stuff off on
that boulder over there? Lemme see you slice it in half by drawing a single
line! I won't believe it till I see it!

[Ammy slices the rock]

(Issun) Wow! I didn't think you had it in ya, furball! I'm not even in the same
league as you! Guess I really overestimated myself. ... ... Hey, furball...
Er... I mean, Amaterasu... I've made up my mind! If you're Shiranui reborn,
then that means you can master all 13 techniques, right? In that case, I think
I'll tag along until I'm as good as you! Lucky you! Heh heh... It's no use
tryin' to change my mind. There's no stoppin' me once I've made a decision! But
enough about me! Now that you've mastered the Power Slash, you can cut down
that thing Sakuya was talking about. Let's go back and give it a shot!

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to draw the line]

(Issun) You call that a line? Use the brush like a sword! Slice it with a
single straight line!

[Ammy fails a second time]

(Issun) Hey, are you even listening? Draw a line through it. A nice, straight
line.

[Ammy fails a third time]

(Issun) You doing this on purpose or something? Draw a straight horizontal line
right over the rock! Or would you rather be stuck here forever?

***optional #2***

[Ammy waits too long after failing]

(Issun) C'mon! Show me the Power Slash! Lemme see you slice the boulder in half
by drawing a single line!

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines the statue of Nagi]

(Issun) What a magnificent statue. The legendary hero Nagi... I always wanted
to draw him.

***end optional***

[Ammy encounters some monsters upon exiting the cave]

(Issun) What the!? Where'd they come from!? Ah, whatever. Draw first, ask
questions later, right? You know that Divine Instrument you have on your back?
Well, press the square button to use its power against them!

[Ammy fights the monsters]

(Issun) Look, Ammy! Once you've caught 'em off guard and turned 'em black and
white, they're easy prey for your brush, no matter how nasty they are! Grab
your brush and give 'em a Power Slash!

[Ammy defeats the monsters and continues on back to the village]

[Ammy exits the portal, cuts the fruit down from the tree, and Kamiki Village
is restored]

(Issun) Wow! The village's been restored! Sakuya came through big time! She
really was protecting the village! But I sure wish I coulda spent some more
time in her kimono, if ya know what I mean! Heh heh heh heh heh! But seriously,
with monsters runnin' around and all... the village could still be in danger.
Let's go see how they're all doing down there.

[Ammy examines a statue of a person]

(Issun) What in the world? I don't remember there being a statue here... Well,
whatever. Let's go talk to the villagers!

[Ammy examines another statue of a person]

(Issun) Hey, there's a statue here, too... It's like the villagers have turned
to stone or something...

[A loud roar is heard]

(Issun) Not again!? That's not one of those smaller monsters that're lurking
about. A roar like that's gotta belong to something much bigger. Let's hurry up
and find somebody with a pulse around here!

[Ammy examines a third statue]

(Issun) No good. This one's not movin'. Everyone here was perfectly fine just a
few hours ago! There's definitely something strange goin' on around here. The
village is back, but what's up with this dark sky? Maybe it's dark outside the
village, too!? Let's find some high ground so we can take a look!

[Ammy heads up the mountain path]

(Issun) There's definitely something strange going on. Let's find some high
ground so we can take a look!

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines a fourth statue]

(Issun) No good. Won't move a muscle. Everyone here was perfectly fine just a
few hours ago!

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines a sign]

(Issun) We don't have time to stroll around reading all the signs!

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines a large boulder]

(Issun) Who the heck put this big rock here? It's blocking the only road outta
the village. Doesn't look like you could squeeze through anywhere. Besides, I
don't even know if it's safe to leave the village yet.

***end optional***

[Ammy reaches a lookout platform on the mountain]

(Issun) This is bad... The sun's not even shining. It's as black as night as
far as the eye can see. And not a single villager can move a muscle... Is it
some kind of curse? Did a monster do this? It's not gonna stay like this
forever, is it? If only the sun were out to light our way... If you could draw
a circle in the sky, we'd have ourselves a sun! But I guess that'd be
impossible, even for a god like you. Maybe we better seek out another brush god
for help. Of course, if you had that kind of power from the start, That'd be a
different story... 

[Ammy draws a circle in the sky]

(Issun) Wh-Wh-What the!? Hm... Come to think of it, your name IS Amaterasu!
That's the name of the sun god! So, it'd follow that you had the sunrise
technique from the start. With it, you could even turn night into day... Wow!
You're no run-of-the-mill god, that's for sure! The flowing brush is like
music from the heavens. That's a line from one of my grandfather's poems. He
felt a skilled artist was like a musician of shape and color. Since you're such
a great artist yourself, why don't we name your brushwork after that poem of
his? It's called Celestial Brush! After all, your brush did bring out the sun!
Well, Ammy... Let's go back to the village! We gotta see if the villagers are
back to normal now.

***optional***

[Ammy fails to draw circle]

(Issun) Huh? You're not actually trying to draw the sun are ya? You sure you're
up to the task?

[Ammy fails a second time]

(Issun) Aw, forget it... I don't know what I was thinkin'. How could anybody
face the sky, draw a nice round circle, and expect the sun to actually appear?

***end optional***

(???) Hm? Who are you!?

[Village Elder Mr. Orange is introduced]

(Mr. Orange) A white wolf!? Not the one who fought that terrible creature with
Nagi!? You couldn't possibly be the legendary Shiranui! No, it can't be... That
story is 100 years old. Still, you look a lot like that statue of Shiranui. On
the other hand, you don't look quite as smart...

[Ammy growls at Mr. Orange]

(Mr. Orange) Wh-Wh-Whoa! No need to growl like that. Can you really understand
what I'm saying? Well, I'm not one to mince words. I just state the facts.

[A group of monsters attack]

(Mr. Orange) Hm? What's this sudden chill down my spine?

(Issun) Here they come, furball... Those are the monsters that've been plaguing
these lands. They sneak into villages and cause all sorts of trouble! Step
aside, furball! This is a job for my trusty sword, Denkomaru!

[Ammy defeats the monsters and a nearby spring is restored]

(Issun) Wow! You really get aggressive when you're mad, don't ya? Hey, you got
yourself some Praise. And look! See how that dried-up spring began flowing
again? That's because ridding an area of monsters restores the gods' power to
the land. People call it Divine Intervention. The more you restore the land to
its natural beauty, the more Praise you'll get. It's the source of your power.
Few people believe in gods these days, and that may weaken you, but if you try
real hard, your true power just might shine through! But boy, there's sure been
a lotta monsters around lately. And that Mr. Orange you tossed around up on the
sacred deck... Looks like he thinks you're a regular wolf. Seems the gods have
grown so weak people can't see them anymore. *grumble grumble grumble* Oh,
uh... Anyway, I'll show you around the village. I have a feeling we're in for
an epic adventure! This should be fun, furball!

***optional***

[Ammy opens a treasure chest by the spring]

(Issun) Why you little devil! Look at this sweet grub you found! Hey, wait...
This is animal food! Still, we could save it to give to animals. Let's use it
when we try to approach animals later. Something good might come outta using it
the right way! I know gods aren't supposed to use creatures in this manner...
But, what the heck! Let's make an exception this time! Oh, I almost forgot!
There was something I wanted to tell you! Whenever you wanna check the items
you've obtained, just press the START button to open the Fan Menu. While the
Fan Menu's open, you can check and use the items you have. There're other
things you can do there, too! The Fan Menu is your key to a successful
adventure!

***end optional***

***AUTHOR'S NOTE***
Technically, interacting with most of the villagers in Kamiki at this point is
optional (as are their follow-up responses) but I'm going to list all the
conversations before the story-specific events. Don't worry though, it doesn't
mess with the flow of the story. I'll make a note of when the story resumes, in
case you'd rather skip the optional stuff.

[Ammy heads down the mountain path and sees Mr. Orange]

(Mr. Orange) Ah... Great Shiranui... Oh no...

[Ammy examines a monument along the mountain path]

(Issun) This monument is a landmark for travelers in the area. Many once came
to see the sacred tree and Shiranui's statue.

[Ammy examines a statue at the base of Sakuya's tree]

(Issun) This statue of Nagi was erected to protect the village. You see, it's
located even deeper than Shiranui's statue. They must really revere him. But
still, wasn't there an even bigger statue of him around here?

[Ammy approaches a woman]

(Kushi) Well, what a fine looking wolf! What's your name? Mine's Kushi. It's a
pleasure to meet you.

[Sake Brewer Kushi is introduced]

(Issun) Working in the fields again, are ya?

(Kushi) Issun! Are you and the wolf together? This is where I grow the rice for
making my sake, you know. But I have to manage the harvest all on my own. It's
hard work. Maybe I should have Susano give me a hand again this year. Oh,
listen to me blabbering on! I just can't help chatting to you!

(Issun) Why, Ammy, I think you found a friend here! You'll meet many people who
want to talk to you like this. You should talk to them two or even three times.
Being a god and all, you can actually tell when to talk because you'll see a
triangle above their head. That means they still have something to say. It
might even be valuable information sometimes! They may just be muttering to
themselves, but it pays to listen!

(Kushi) Susano's a neighbor of mine. He's a little unusual, but... He goes
around with a huge sword slung over his shoulder. He's always practicing with
it. They say he's a direct descendant of our legendary hero, Nagi. And he loves
his sake, too. He often pops around here to buy it.

(Kushi) Make sure to say hello when you see Susano. He could use a friend, I
should think. He's always on his own.

[Ammy headbutts Kushi]

(Kushi) Eek! Oh, you scared me!

[Ammy approaches a boy]

(Mushi) Hm? A white wolf? Now that's just plain weird. Sure looks like a weak
little bugger... Think you could beat my dog, Hayabusa? Well, listen to this...
There's this field my mama tends to, you see... Well, Hayabusa managed to dig
up 9 Turnips in a row, even though my mama was chasing him around trying to
slug him! There are actually 10 Turnips in that field... Hayabusa is fixin' to
get all 10. 

(Mushi) Think you can dig up all the Turnips in my mama's field? Don't forget,
you'll have to avoid being slugged by my mama! I'll admit you're the better
canine if you can do it!

(Issun) Ack... She's gonna try to slug us? Not exactly my idea of a good time,
Ammy. At least you have your Celestial Brush and wicked brushstroke.

[Ammy digs up 10 Turnips]

(Mushi) Hey! That's... that's... The Oddly Shaped Turnip Hayabusa and I've been
looking for! That means... You've broken Hayabusa's record by digging up all 10
Turnips! Gosh darn it! ... ... Fine... You're the better canine...  Anyway, it
actually feels good to have a new goal to aim for.

(Mushi) Behold, the new king of hole digging, Snowy. Your name shall go down in
history here in Kamiki Village.

[Ammy headbutts Mushi]

(Mushi) Now that's the tackle of a hole-digging king!

[Ammy listens to Mushi's Mama]

(Mushi's Mama) I've had just about enough of this! I don't know if it's stray
dogs or monsters or what, but someone keeps messin' up my crops! Going around
digging holes with the triangle button... It makes me mad! If I catch you
diggin' around in here, you'll get a good thumpin'!

(Mushi's Mama) You didn't come all the way out here to find food, did you?
Well, so long as you don't start diggin' holes with the triangle button, you
can do what you want as far as I'm concerned.

[Ammy headbutts Mushi's Mama]

(Mushi's Mama) Whoa!

[Ammy approaches an old woman]

(Mrs. Orange) A white wolf! Now that's a rare sight. Did you come down from the
mountains just to play with us? Well, you'd better be careful, dear. Lately,
some monsters have been attacking the villagers.

(Issun) Do you even know who you're talking to, gramma? This here is Shiranui
reborn! The wolf and I have it covered. Those monsters are history!

(Mrs. Orange) Well, if it isn't Issun! And riding a wolf, are we? This one
certainly resembles Shiranui, especially the nose. Hmm... Well, I'd better get
back to my work. *mumble mumble*

(Mrs. Orange) Here to listen to the ramblings of an old woman, are you? Well, I
was doing the laundry, but when it was ready to dry, I noticed my drying pole
was gone. Oh, whatever shall I do?

(Mrs. Orange) Where did that darn pole go? How could something important like
that just disappear?

(Issun) ... ... Hm... She's missing something that should be there, is she?
You'd better help her out, furball.

[Ammy draws a drying pole]

(Mrs. Orange) A new drying pole!? Oh my! Where did that come from!? The gods
must have answered my prayers. How wonderful! Time to dry the laundry.

(Mrs. Orange) Well, I'm glad I was able to hang my laundry, but... The sun
seems to be so far away these days. Maybe it doesn't like all those monsters
that are lurking about? If only it would shine closer, my laundry would dry in
a second.

(Mrs. Orange) My laundry would dry in a jiffy if the sun would just shine
closer.

(Issun) You heard the lady. She wants the sun! Time to use you know what!

[Ammy draws the sun]

(Mrs. Orange) My word! The sun has suddenly drawn so close... My laundry will
be bone dry in no time. First my pole, and now this? Will the miracles never
cease? Maybe I ought to make some Cherry Cakes to offer to the sun. Come back
tonight if you want some, too, Snowball. No one makes better Cherry Cakes.
They're mouth-watering good!

(Mrs. Orange) Don't worry, dear. I'll make enough Cherry Cakes for you, too.
You just be sure to come to my house tonight, OK?

[Ammy headbutts Mrs. Orange]

(Mrs. Orange) Goodness! You're just full of pep, aren't you?

[Ammy approaches Susano's house]

(Issun) Sheesh... He's always snoring like a bear. This is the home of the
two-bit, middle-aged warrior, Susano. He goes around claiming to be a
descendant of Nagi. He's famous around here for his lineage, but he's awfully
lazy and too off-the-wall to be a descendant of a legendary hero. 

[Ammy enters his house and slashes a scroll hanging on the wall, revealing a
picture]

(Issun) Looks like an etching of that Kushi girl. I wonder if this guy actually
trains at all...

(Issun) Hey... Is it just me, or can you hear snoring from underneath this jug?

[Ammy breaks the jug and enters the basement, finding Susano fast asleep]

(Susano) Zzzzzz... I... am the... greatest...

(Susano) Zzzzzz... Oh... Kushi... Let's... *mumble mumble*

(Issun) Whoa... Looks like he ain't waking up anytime soon. He's out cold.

[Ammy headbutts him]

(Susano) *grunt* Zzzzzz...

(Issun) If that didn't wake him, nothing will. Let's just leave him for a while
and find somethin' else to do.

[Ammy approaches a man with a basket on his head]

(Komuso) Ah... I feel it. I sense it. Foul beasts dwell in this place!
Concentrate. Look hard. You see. Right behind you now...

[Monsters appear and Ammy defeats them in 12 seconds or less]

(Komuso) Humans are not witness to such battles, but I saw it! The fighting
went on for exactly 11 seconds! Hmm... You fight well. I have chosen the path
of Buddha, but in you I sense another power. And I see the path you have chosen
is also a path of truth.

[Ammy defeats the monsters in 13 seconds or more]

(Komuso) Humans are not witness to such battles, but I saw it! The fighting
went on for exactly 20 seconds!

(Komuso) The monsters may be gone, but this place still lacks life. The land
does not have enough power to give to the sacred tree.

[Ammy headbutts Komuso]

(Komuso) H-Heavens above!

[Ammy approaches two girls by Sakuya's tree]

(Camille) Wow! A white wolf!? I thought the statue of Shiranui had disappeared,
but you look just like it! It... didn't just come to life, did it?

(Camellia) Hey, sis, this dog's got something weird on its back.

(Camille) What? Stop being silly! That's how rumors start!

(Camille) After that nonsense about seeing a door of light here before...

(Camellia) But I did! I did see it! Right inside this shrine! There was a door
of light!

(Camille) I don't see any door of light!

(Camellia) But it was there! Inside this shrine! I saw it! *boo hoo*

[Ammy headbutts Camille and Camellia]

(Camellia) *sob*

(Camille) Hey! What do you think you're doing?

[Ammy returns to the lookout platform and finds Mr. Orange there]

(Mr. Orange) Ah... You're that unruly white wolf! That was quite a toss you
gave me. Well white one, I respect animals and their customs, but anyone who
causes trouble in this village shall be dealt with harshly. You are a spunky
little thing, aren't you?

(Issun) Hello, Mr. Orange. Still full of vim and vigor, I see.

(Mr. Orange) Say... Aren't you that little troublemaker, Issun? If I've told
you once, I've told you a thousand times... Aw, never mind. I've got better
things to do. *mumble mumble*

(Mr. Orange) Oh, hello again. That tree is known as Konohana. She's been
worshipped as our guardian deity for ages now. But her flowers and fruit
withered quite some time ago. What's more, I had a dreadful dream last night. A
giant monster appeared and swallowed up the whole village. Might it be a sign
of even worse things to come? I sure would like to see Konohana restored to her
former glory. Oh well, troublemakers like you couldn't possibly understand...

(Mr. Orange) I visit Konohana daily, hoping that she will grow strong again.
You two ought to do so too!

[Ammy headbutts Mr. Orange]

(Mr. Orange) I'm too old for this!

[Ammy listens to Mushi's Mama again]

(Mushi's Mama) Thanks to you, my son Mushi's misbehavin' again. Nothin' that a
bit of thumpin' won't sort out, though!

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Home of the Elder"]

(Issun) Mr. Orange lives here. He's a regular village celebrity.

[Ammy enters his house and examines the oven]

(Issun) Nothin' to eat here.

[And another sign - "Home of Hayabusa, the greatest hole digger in Kamiki"]

(Issun) This is Mushi's handwriting.

[Ammy enters Mushi's house and examines some food]

(Issun) No! If his mama catches you snacking, she'll clobber you good!

[And another sign - "Kushi's Sake House"]

(Issun) They say this sake's so good that people come from as far as the
capital city to buy it.

[Ammy enters her house and examines her bed]

(Issun) Mmm... Smells like her...

[Ammy examines a large pot]

(Issun) This must be where she ages the sake. Smells good, doesn't it?

[One more sign - "The Great Worrier Susano]

(Issun) Geez... It's not even spelled right.

[Ammy examines some swords in Susano's yard]

(Issun) Are these the swords he trains with? They're all rusty and don't look
like they've been used in years.

***The following can be heard when it's nighttime in Kamiki***

[Ammy enters Mr. Orange's house]

(Mrs. Orange) Oh, I almost forgot. I promised you some Cherry Cakes, didn't I?
I'll get you some fresh ones in a jiffy. You wait right there. Upsy-daisy...

(Mrs. Orange) Phew... Take these with you, dear. They're best when they're
fresh!

(Mrs. Orange) Back for more Cherry Cakes, are you? Well, I'll have to make some
more. Come back tomorrow evening.

[If you didn't meet her during the day]

(Mrs. Orange) My, what a beautiful coat of fur you have! I'll call you
Snowball.

(Mrs. Orange) You'd better go home and get some rest, too, little one. You
don't want to catch a cold, do you?

(Mr. Orange) What's the matter, Snowball? Hungry? A poor old thing like you
must have it hard out in the wild. Here's a little something for you.

(Mr. Orange) You want more? I suppose it wouldn't do any harm. Here you go.

(Mr. Orange) You still want more? Boy, you don't know when to stop, do you,
Snowball?

(Mr. Orange) Sorry. Nothing left for you. I sure hope you don't come back like
this every night.

[If you didn't meet him during the day]

(Mr. Orange) Ah... You're that unruly white wolf! That was quite a toss you
gave me. Well white one, I respect animals and their customs, but anyone who
causes trouble in this village shall be dealt with harshly. You are a spunky
little thing, aren't you?

(Issun) Hello, Mr. Orange. Still full of vim and vigor, I see.

(Mr. Orange) Say... Aren't you that little troublemaker, Issun? If I've told
you once, I've told you a thousand times... Aw, never mind. I've got better
things to do. *mumble mumble*

(Mr. Orange) Did you notice the sacred tree up on the hill in the village?
She's known as Konohana. She's been worshipped as our guardian deity for ages
now. But her flowers and fruit withered quite some time ago. What's more, I had
a dreadful dream last night. A giant monster appeared and swallowed up the
whole village. Might it be a sign of even worse things to come? I sure would
like to see Konohana restored to her former glory. Oh well, troublemakers like
you couldn't possibly understand...

(Mr. Orange) I visit Konohana daily, hoping that she will grow strong again.
You better treat Konohana with respect, you hear?

[Ammy enters Mushi's house]

(Mushi) Hey, it's the new king of hole digging, Snowy! You may have set a
record, but my mama flipped her wig! Still, Hayabusa's never gonna stop trying
to break it! My mama's gonna slug me if she finds out this was all my idea.

(Mushi) You never know. There could be an even better hole-digger out there!
Hole diggers of the world unite! We can't let my mean old mama win! My mama's
gonna slug me if she finds out this was all my idea.

(Mushi's Mama) You're always whisperin' to that white pooch, aren't you, Mushi?
You really can talk to dogs then, can you? If that Hayabusa digs one more hole
in my field, she'll be in for a hundred thumps from me!

(Mushi) Yikes!!!

(Mushi's Mama) He's a little rascal, my son. But he's an adorable kid, really.
And they say adorable kids need a good thumpin' from time to time!

[If Ammy didn't meet Mushi during the day]

(Mushi) Hm? A white wolf? Now that's just plain weird. Sure looks like a weak
little bugger... Think you could beat my dog, Hayabusa? Well, listen to this...
There's this field my mama tends to, you see... Well, Hayabusa managed to dig
up 9 Turnips in a row, even though my mama was chasing her around trying to
slug her! It was my idea, of course. Boy, mama'll be mad if she finds out!
Wanna break Hayabusa's record? Come by during the daytime!

(Mushi) There are 10 Turnips buried in my mama's field. Hayabusa's aiming to
dig up all 10 of 'em! Don't forget, you'll have to avoid being slugged by my
mama! I'll admit you're the better canine if you can do that! Boy, mama'll be
mad if she finds out this was all my idea! Wanna break Hayabusa's record? Come
by during the daytime!

(Issun) Ack... She's gonna try to slug us? Not exactly my idea of a good time,
Ammy. At least you have your Celestial Brush and wicked brushstroke.

[Ammy enters Kushi's house]

(Kushi) Zzz... Zzz...

(Issun) What a cutie pie! Ack... I shouldn't even be thinking about that...

[Ammy headbutts Kushi while she sleeps]

(Kushi) Oof! Zzz... Zzz...

(Issun) You may be a god, but c'mon! Have a little respect!

***BACK TO THE STORY!***

[Ammy listens to a man pushing a large boulder]

(Merchant) Heave! Heave! This is weird! My mind really wants to shift this
rock, but my body won't cooperate. It's like I'm made of lead! Could this be a
case of demonic possession? I sure hope not!

[Monsters appear and Ammy defeats them]

(Issun) Whoa, Ammy! You suddenly started glowing! That means your Divine
Attributes can be enhanced! ... ... Well, you sure look excited... Here, I'll
show you what I mean. Let's take a stab at enhancing your Divine Attributes!
I'm gonna open the Fan Menu where you'll see your Divine Attributes. Use the
Praise you've accumulated to enhance any attribute you want!

[Ammy enhances ink capacity]

(Issun) Well? Is it all coming back to you or what!? Huh? It's hard to notice
such a small enhancement? Oh, lighten up, furball! This is one big step for the
new and improved Amaterasu! Keep up the good work! Oh, I almost forgot! We
better check in on that dude!

***optional***

[Ammy doesn't enhance anything]

(Issun) Hey, wait a sec! You don't wanna enhance your attributes? Oh, I know! I
bet you're trying to save Praise for next time! Boy, you really like to think
ahead, don't ya? Well, I suppose that's a valid strategy, too! Keep up the good
work! Oh, I almost forgot! We better check in on that dude!

***end optional***

(Merchant) Ah... I feel as light as a feather now! Sadly, that doesn't make it
any easier to shift this boulder. Who went and blocked the only path out of
here anyway? There's no way I can get back to the city now. Say, pup, your
owner lives here in the village, right? So you must know that guy, Susano. Can
you get him to come here? They say he's the descendant of the legendary hero,
Nagi. If anyone can do something about this rock, it's him.

(Issun) That's strange... This boulder wasn't here before.

(Merchant) You want to get out of here, too, do you, pup? Then go fetch that
guy called Susano for me!

[Ammy approaches Susano's house]

(Issun) Sheesh... He's always snoring like a bear. This is the home of the
two-bit, middle-aged warrior, Susano. He goes around claiming to be a
descendant of Nagi. He's famous around here for his lineage, but he's awfully
lazy and too off-the-wall to be a descendant of a legendary hero. 

[Ammy enters his house]

(Issun) Hey... Is it just me, or can you hear snoring from underneath this jug?

[Ammy breaks the jug and enters the basement]

(Susano) Zzzzzz... I... am the... greatest...

(Susano) Zzzzzz... Oh... Kushi... Let's... *mumble mumble*

(Issun) Let's wake this guy up!

[Ammy headbutts Susano]

(Susano) What the!? Huh...? Ah... I feel so well rested! I planned to meditate
underground but fell fast asleep! Huh? Who are you? And what business do you
have with Susano, the greatest warrior ever?

[The Great Warrior Susano is introduced]

(Susano) Do even the beasts know of my great exploits now? Well, Fido, I'm not
looking for apprentices. Go back to the mountains and play with your monkey
friends. How dare a mangy mutt like you interrupt my meditation!

(Issun) Get a load of this guy. All brawn and no brains. Quit messin' around
and come with us!

(Susano) Hm? You snuck in here again!? Quit bugging me you... you... bug!

(Issun) I told you, don't call me a bug! C'mon, Ammy, We're taking him with us!

(Susano) What do you think you're doing!? Put me down this instant! What will
the neighbors think?

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines Susano's bed]

(Issun) What kinda weirdo sleeps underground? I hope he's not hiding cause he's
scared of the monsters.

***optional #2***

[Carrying Susano around, Ammy speaks to the people of the village]

(Kushi) Oh, hello Susano. Looks like you've made a good pal there. Snowy really
likes you.

(Susano) Uh... Yeah...

(Mrs. Orange) Oh... Susano! That sure looks like fun! But shouldn't you be
practicing your swordplay?

(Mushi) Boy, you're sure weird, Susano. Is that supposed to be some new kind of
training or what?

(Mushi's Mama) It better not be you messin' up my garden, Susano! You'll get a
good thumpin' if it is!

(Komuso) I-I hope you're not mistreating that fine wolf! 

(Camille) Whoa! What are you doing?

(Camellia) *sob, sob*

(Mr. Orange) Susano! Stop frolicking around. The day is meant for work. Come
give me a hand if you have time to waste like that!

***optional #3***

[Ammy tries to enter any house]

(Susano) Wait! Wait! Where do you think you're taking me?

***optional #4***

[Ammy takes Susano to the Cave of Nagi]

(Susano) Oh... This is the shrine built to honor Nagi. Huh!? Who fixed the
statue!? Hmph... Anyway, there's gonna be a statue of me next to it someday!

(Issun) What? Has this guy been here before?

***end optional***

[Ammy takes Susano to the large boulder]

(Susano) You mangy mutt! You brought me all the way here just to test yourself
against me? Then prepare to taste the wrath of my trusty blade, Tohenboku!

(Merchant) H-Hold on a minute! You're the legendary Susano?

(Susano) Yep! None other than Susano, the greatest warrior who ever lived! And
by the way, never interrupt warriors engaged in battle!

(Merchant) But I've got a favor to ask you. This huge boulder blocking the path
is really getting in my way. Can't you do something about it?

(Susano) What? ... ...

(Merchant) Come on! Please? I mean, you are Nagi's descendant, aren't you?
Surely one stone's no match for your mighty skills... right?

(Susano) Hm... It is certainly not beyond my ability.

(Merchant) Really? Great! OK, then! No time like the present. Go for it!

(Susano) Wait! A boulder of this size is not very easy even for me. This will
require my utmost focus to magnify the power of my sword. I shall retire to the
training grounds to make preparations. Wait for my return.

(Issun) Hm... I wonder... I've never seen the guy train seriously... ever.

***optional***

[Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) Can that guy really handle this? Oh well, I guess all I can do is
wait here.

***end optional***

(Susano) I know I told that merchant I could help, but a boulder of that size?
I don't care if I'm of a legendary bloodline, it's just too big! Hm? Oh no! I
can't believe I've run out of sake at a time like this! This won't do one bit.
That's it for today. I'll just have to train tomorrow.

(Susano) I can't train without sake to fuel the fire! Training will just have
to wait till tomorrow. "Why do today what can be put off until tomorrow?"
That's doing things the Susano way! Hah ha ha ha!

(Issun) Sake!? Hm... Oh yeah! This village has a sake brewing girl, doesn't it?

[Ammy rejuvenates the waterwheel at the mill]

(Kushi) What's this? The mill's been mended! Who on earth did that? I'd
completely given up on the idea of making my sake. But now I can get on with
polishing the rice. Well! No time like the present! I better get started.

[Ammy enters the mill]

(Kushi) You're interested in how to brew sake, are you, Snowy? Well, this
thing here's for polishing the rice, you see. Oh, I'll tell you what. I've got
something I think you'll like. Hee hee. It's just some leftover stock from the
store, but I made it myself! It's called Vista of the Gods! Oh, but are you
even old enough to drink, Snowy?

(Kushi) Brewing sake is my whole life, you know. One day I'll produce sake
that'll be remembered in legend forever!

[Ammy brings the sake to Susano]

(Susano) Hm? Hold it right there, Fido! That smell... Is that Kushi's famous
homebrewed sake? F-F-Fido, my friend! Did you bring me some of Kushi's sake?
Oh, what a glorious day! Ah... Good ol' sake! A man without drink is like a
warrior without his trusty sword! In fact, it is said that Nagi himself relied
on the power of sake in his battle with the dreaded Orochi. It's all so clear
now! Let the training begin!

(Susano) I'll just try a bit of my usual routine. OK, here I come!

(Susano) Feast your eyes on this! Susano-Style... Exploding Implosion!!!

(Susano) Huh!? Hiyaaaaaaah!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to power slash the first practice dummy]

(Susano) You shall not get off so easy next time, dummy!

[Ammy fails a second time]

(Susano) Let me get mentally prepared here. OK, here I come!

(Issun) Hey, furball! How 'bout lending the poor guy a hand? Wouldn't it be
quicker if you used Power Slash on 'em?

[Ammy fails to slash the practice rock]

(Susano) Ga ha ha ha! That's it! The boulder's bound to crumble with such an
impressive attack. I'll just have to try that one again.

(Issun) Hey, furball! Be a sport and help the guy out!

***end optional***

[Susano heads to the boulder]

(Susano) Susano-Style... Exploding Implosion!

[Susano (with Ammy's help) destroys the boulder blocking the exit]

***optional***

[Susano fails to destroy the boulder]

(Susano) Take this! Susano-Style... Exploding Implosion, Part 2!!!

***end optional***

(Merchant) Th-Th-That's amazing! You sliced that huge rock clean in half! You
really are something!

(Issun) Wow! I didn't think ya could do it, pops!

(Susano) ... ... Me either...  Err... I mean, of course I could! After all, I
am Susano, the greatest warrior ever!

(Merchant) You weren't just showing off when you said you're Nagi's descendant!
Someone like you'd have no trouble fighting monsters off, huh? Well anyway,
thanks a lot. Now I can start doing business again.

(Susano) Did you say, m-m-monsters? Oh, uh... Of course, no problem. This is a
job for the most skilled warrior in all of Nippon! Yes! I shall rid these lands
of their vile presence! Just sit back and watch the great Susano work his
magic! Aha ha ha ha ha ha!

(Issun) He shouldn't get all puffed up. He's nothing without us. Think he'll be
OK? The monsters outside the village are nasty.

(Sakuya) Ah... Glorious Amaterasu... What a pleasure to witness your heroic
deeds! I am in awe. When you cleaved the boulder into two, my heart skipped a
beat. To see your skills with the brush is to be witness to great art.

(Issun) Yeah? So do we get a reward or something, lady?

(Sakuya) I hardly think your participation had any impact, little bug.

(Issun) It's Issun! Issun, Issun, Issun! Stop calling me a bug! I'll crawl back
into your kimono if you say that again!

(Sakuya) My word!

(Issun) Aw relax, lady. Furball here's more comfy anyway. Let's get back to
that reward thing you were talking about. C'mon, Ammy. Put your paw up or
something... Go on, shake!

(Sakuya) I must apologize. I would like to reward you, but I'm afraid I haven't
the power. I can barely muster enough strength to make a flower bloom. Though
my body stands firmly here within the confines of the village, my roots spread
far and wide, protecting remote areas outside. These parts of me are known as
Guardian Saplings. They collect the praise and adoration that gives me
strength. The recent evil is eroding the Guardian Saplings... If this
continues, I will wilt away as well, and my power will vanish. Worse yet, the
dark power grows stronger with each passing day. Life as we know it will be
consumed utterly in no time.

(Issun) Aw, man... This is gettin' heavy.

(Sakuya) Great and powerful Amaterasu! Could I be so bold as to request your
assistance in rejuvenating these Guardian Saplings by lifting the curse that
enslaves them? I shall mark the locations of nearby saplings on your map. I
have grown tired... I haven't even the strength to speak now. I hope that my
request has not fallen on deaf ears... Amaterasu... May the fresh scent of
flowers protect you always!

(Issun) Bah... I'm always itchin' for a good fight, but... I sure don't wanna
poke my nose into this mess! Still, I'm stuck with furball here till I get all
the brush skills... Anyway, Ammy's a god and all... What could possibly go
wrong? Hey, did you listen to her, furball? You get the rest of the brush
techniques to save the world, and I'll steal and learn 'em! Yeah, that's the
ticket! At any rate, let's start by following those marks on the map!

***optional***

[Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) Okay, then. Guess I better offload some stock before heading back.
Feel free to take a look if you've been sent to do the shopping, pup.

(Merchant) Oh! Been sent to do the shopping have you, pup?

***end optional***

***If an in-game day has passed, some new optional dialogue is available***

(Mrs. Orange) Here to pester me about those Cherry Cakes, are you? Well, we ate
them all up last night. You'll have to wait until I make some more tonight.

***end optional***

[Ammy follows the path out of Kamiki]

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< 6 - HANA VALLEY/SHINSHU FIELD >                                      [ GS06 ]

[Ammy enters Shinshu Field]

(Issun) Huh? You probably know this already, Ammy, but... This here is Shinshu
Field, the most beautiful field in Nippon. At least it's supposed to be... But
ever since that incident, I've been getting a bad vibe. We better watch where
we're going. You can look at the map by holding down the L2 button. Let's pay
attention to the map as we push ahead.

(Issun) Ammy, that's the first Guardian Sapling marked on our map! It's
supposed to be a place for travelers to rest and recuperate, but just look at
it! It looks like it could fall over at any moment! This place is definitely
cursed from the looks of it! Places where evil has taken hold, luring monsters
from far and wide, are known as cursed zones. But I've never seen one this big.
It's withered all the plant life in the area, even the big tree! It'd take a
monster with powers beyond even a god to do this! ... ... That tree's an
offshoot of Sakuya. It protects nature in the area. Maybe the natural beauty
here would return if we revived it... But how the heck could we do that,
anyway?

***optional #1***

[Ammy enters the cursed zone]

(Issun) Holy cow! This is bad! It looked like your regular old cursed zone from
back there... But the evil here is far worse close up! It would curse a normal
person in a flash! I'm afraid it might even rob you of your power!

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines the withered tree]

(Issun) Will ya look at that, Ammy. This Guardian Sapling's a wreck. So that's
why Sakuya is hurtin' so bad... I bet the natural beauty would return if you
revived that tree. But how could you possibly do something like that? You'd
need a special power that could make a withered tree bloom.

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines a statue of a person]

(Issun) Another statue? Has everyone here turned to stone? They must've been
struck by some terrible curse. The only way to help them is to rid this cursed
zone of evil.

***optional #4***

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Nameless Man's House"]

(Issun) A long line of men who've protected Hana Valley live here.

***optional #5***

[Ammy approaches a man]

(Nameless Man) What just happened? I was out here chopping wood and communing
with nature as usual, when I heard a loud rumbling like an earthquake from the
lake. Then a huge gust of wind blew up out of nowhere. I don't know what
happened next, but when I came to, it was like this. My art workshop was just
across the stream there, but it up and vanished when this cursed zone appeared.
The earth must be angry. All I want is to live with nature in peace, man. But
now I can't. I noticed a figure running from the lake toward Kamiki. Whoever it
was, man, I hope mother earth kept them safe.

(Nameless Man) What's up, nature buddy? Curious about that cave? It's the
entrance to a place called Hana Valley... the sight of an amazing waterfall.
But monsters have moved in now. There's a trippy crystal ball that makes plants
grow enshrined there. You'd think gardeners would be flocking here for it!
Actually, not long ago that Susano guy went marching in there. It's weird.
Normally, he runs away at the sight of monsters. And he hardly seems the type
to try his hand at gardening. Anyway, it's bad karma, man. You could be
attacked if you went in.

(Nameless Man) What's up, dog friend? You really wanna check out Hana Valley,
huh? But you can't see the waterfall in there now because of the monsters. It's
giving me bad vibes. I wouldn't go in there, man.

***end optional***

[Ammy enters Hana Valley]

[Ammy defeats some monsters]

(Issun) Huh? We got rid of the monsters, so why did the gods' power disappear?
Guess the curse on the gods of these lands must be really strong. They can't
intervene till we do something about this stagnant air.

[Ammy approaches a weird tree]

(Issun) Hey, check out that tree! It's moving! Better be careful, Ammy...

[The tree throws a fruit at Ammy and she power slashes it back]

(Issun) Ammy! Did you just do what I think you did!? Did you use Power Slash to
hit the tree's fruit right back at it? Heh heh... It's wearing a taste of its
own medicine! Let's pass on by this creepy old tree while we can!

***optional #1***

[Ammy doesn't power slash the fruit]

(Issun) You see that!? It just threw some fruit at us! Show it we mean
business! Try to hit its fruit back at it! Draw one quick stroke to hit the
fruit. You remember how, don't ya?

(Issun) Look! You stunned it with its own fruit! Let's pass on by this creepy
old tree while we can!

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines a small statue]

(Issun) This statue's all dirty... Kind of feel sorry for it standing in a
place like this.

***end optional***

[Ammy fights and defeats some monsters, then sees Susano just ahead]

(Susano) Hm? What's all that racket? Oh, it's you, mutt! What're you doing
here? Go home! I already told you I'm not looking for apprentices. Anyway, Hana
Valley is no place for a mutt like you. Beyond this point lies my secret
training ground. It's the perfect place to hide - Er... I mean, to train! Now
scoot! Be off with ya!

(Susano) That's strange... I know there's a way through around here somewhere.
Hm? What do you want? I already told you, be off with ya!

[Ammy examines a large wall painting]

(Issun) Wow... Check out that wall painting. It's said that a crystal sphere
that makes trees grow is enshrined somewhere around here. Based on this
painting here, I'd say the rumor must be true. Still, something's not right.
Don't you think there's something missing from this painting?

(Issun) Looks like a painting of a ritual for making a tree grow, but... Don't
you think there's something missing from this painting? I know! The sun! That's
what's missing! Doesn't it just make you wanna draw it in yourself!?

[Ammy draws a sun and the path opens up]

(Susano) What in heaven's name!? How did that happen? Well, now I can go hide -
Er... I mean, now I can go train!

***optional***

[Ammy examines the finished painting]

(Issun) It's a wall painting of an ancient ritual. It ain't half bad, and
that's a lot coming from the great Issun!

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds to a new chamber with a tree sapling in it]

(Issun) What a strange place. Is this really the secret training ground Susano
mentioned? Speaking of which, where'd pops go, anyway?

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Sacred Tree Cherry Cascade"]

(Issun) I haven't seen anything remotely like a sacred tree around here.

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines the sapling]

(Issun) What's up with this tiny sapling? Hm? I smell a faint scent like
Sakuya's coming from this sapling!

(Issun) Why would a Guardian Sapling be so tiny like this? I mean, that wall
painting had a huge, magnificent tree in it! Maybe the monsters' evil is
keeping its power at bay. 

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines a puddle of water]

(Issun) What's up with this puddle? Looks pretty chintzy for what's supposed to
be a grand altar. I bet there used to be something on here.

***optional #4***

[Ammy examines an opening in the cave ceiling]

(Issun) I see... That's why there's an altar here. It's for worshipping the sun
that shines up there in the valley.

***optional #5***

[Ammy draws the sun in the opening]

(Issun) Huh? I bet something'll happen if we can just get this right. I know
this room's hiding some kinda secret!

***end optional***

[Ammy heads through a tunnel to another chamber and encounters Susano again]

(Susano) Rawrrrr!

(Issun) What now!?

(Susano) You... You foul beast! How did you get in here!?

(Issun) Foul beast?

[We see a bear, fast asleep, standing on a crystal sphere]

(Susano) You have some nerve sneaking into my private training ground. Now you
shall get a taste of my new secret technique!

(Issun) Your "foul beast" looks like an ordinary sleepy bear to me, pops.

(Susano) Enough talk! My blade thirsts for battle! Here goes nothing!
Susano-Style SUSANO!!! SU! SA! NO! SUSANO! Now for Susano-Style... Exploding
Implosion!!!

[Susano strikes the bear and he falls off the sphere, but is still asleep]

***optional***

[Susano misses]

(Susano) Wh-What the!? Let's try that again! Exploding Implosion...
Susano-Style SUSANO!

[Susano misses again]

(Susano) Wh-What the!?

(Issun) Ammy, looks like you're on again...

(Susano)  Let's try that again! Exploding Implosion... Susano-Style SUSANO!

[Ammy fails to power slash the sleepy bear]

(Susano) I said, Susano-Style... Exploding Implosion!!!

***end optional***

(Susano) Hm? Aha ha ha ha ha ha! That'll teach you, you foolish beast! You're
no match for my new secret technique!

(Issun) ... ...

(Susano) *cough cough* Um... Uh... Rest in peace, foul beast. The great warrior
Susano condemns the offense, not the offender. Anyway, there are other monsters
I must deal with! Aha ha ha ha ha ha!

[Susano runs off]

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines the sphere]

(Issun) This crystal sphere is filled with leaves. Is this sphere used in a
ritual for a good harvest or something? Hey, didn't that wall painting have a
sphere-like object in it?

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines the sleepy bear]

(Issun) Sheesh... It's still sleeping like a... well... a bear... What a
snore... Make's Susano's sound like a kitten's purr!

***optional #3***

[Ammy headbutts the sleepy bear]

(Issun) It's sleeping like a log. Can't believe it can sleep in a place like
this!

***end optional***

[Ammy rolls the sphere to the puddle in the previous chamber]

(Issun) Wow, someone had a lotta time on their hands to think all this up. So
this WAS that sphere in that wall painting! I bet this sphere here is magic or
something!

[Ammy draws the sun, the light focuses through the sphere, onto the sapling,
and makes it grow]

(Issun) Hey, is this a Guardian Sapling!? It's all withered like the others.
What the!? Who turned out the lights? Oh... It's another constellation, Ammy!

[Ammy draws the missing stars and a monkey appears]

(Sakigami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
My gratitude for releasing my body from its slumber. Please accept my humble
thanks in return for your great kindness. I am Sakigami, one of the triumvirate
of flora gods known as the Hanagami. My brethren and I have been entrusted with
the brush techniques known collectively as Greensprout. I now grant my humble
power to you. Use it wisely.

[Sakigami's power is returned to Ammy]

(Issun) That was Sakigami, one of the gods of flora! Apparently, the Bloom
brush technique can make flowers blossom simply by drawing a circle on a
withered tree. Hey! Maybe it'll make the withered Guardian Sapling blossom,
too!

[Ammy draws a circle around the tree and as it blossoms it restores all of Hana
Valley]

(Issun) Wow! Look at how everything grew back so quick! Sakuya wasn't kidding
about the power of the Guardian Saplings! So this is what Hana Valley's
supposed to look like... Seems Sakuya's Guardian Sapling has lifted the evil
curse. I'm not sure how weak the gods have become recently... But it must've
taken some wickedly strong power to suppress this magnificent Guardian Sapling.
Even if you are Shiranui reborn... We might be up against more than we
bargained for! Hey, Ammy! What about that withered Guardian Sapling outside? I
bet you could revive it like you did this one! And by bringing that Guardian
Sapling back to life, we might be able to lift the curse there, too! What are
we waiting for? Leap before you think, right!?

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to draw a circle around the tree]

(Issun) Quit fooling around, silly! Just draw a circle on the withered Guardian
Sapling.

(Issun) I said, just draw a circle on the withered Guardian Sapling! Imagine a
big ol' flower in full bloom when you draw your circle.

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines the tree after blooming it]

(Issun) Feast your eyes on that, Ammy! The Guardian Sapling's in full bloom!
With the power of Bloom, I bet we could revive the Guardian Sapling outside,
too!

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines the crystal sphere again]

(Issun) The Guardian Sapling recovered thanks to this crystal sphere! Who do
you suppose made this thing, anyway?

***end optional***

[Ammy encounters another weird tree]

(Issun) That creepy old tree just won't give up. I've got an idea, Ammy! Maybe
you could hit its fruit right back at it! And while it's stunned, you could use
Bloom to rid it of evil.

***optional***

[Ammy examines the small statue again]

(Issun) The statue's all dirty. But that's proof that it's been watching over
us for ages!

***end optional***

[Ammy encounters a patch of cursed grass]

(Issun) Whoa, Ammy, hold on! Hana Valley looks so much better now, but... What
about this gloomy patch of grass? You can use the power of Bloom to fill it in.
Just fill it with your brush, and Bloom will take care of it!

(Issun) There's just this one patch of gloomy grass. You can use the power of
Bloom to fill it in. Just fill it with your brush, and Bloom will take care of
it!

[Ammy draws over the cursed grass]

(Issun) There was a scroll here, too, eh? Ammy, this looks like the Travel
Guide! It's an ancient record of a pilgrimage across the land. If this were the
real thing, it'd normally be worth a fortune, but with all the copies out
there, you probably wouldn't get much for it. At any rate, if you ever wanna
read it, just press the START button to open the Fan Menu. It may sound rather
preachy, but it should at least help you in your travels.

[Ammy returns to Shinshu Field]

(Issun) OK! That's a new brush technique in the bag! Now, Ammy... Before you
get all excited and forget what you're supposed to do, I have an important tip
for you. Ready? OK then... If you ever forget what to do next, press the START
button to open the Fan Menu and then take a look at the Log Book. You'll find
your Journal there!

(Issun) Your Journal is a record of the important dialogue you've heard. It
shows all the important info ya have in that furry little head! Just dig up
info the way I just showed you, and you'll be able to recall important things!
Your adventure will be a lot easier if you remember this. Also remember, first
things first! OK, let's get going!

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to the Nameless Man]

(Nameless Man) Freaky... It looks like the river suddenly cleared up. I did see
Susano whizzing past here a little while ago... But surely it wasn't him who
cleaned up the river, was it? Nah, that wouldn't make any sense.

(Nameless Man) It's been ages since I've seen the river looking so healthy.
That magical crystal ball must be working its mojo.

***optional #2***

[Ammy tries to go back to Kamiki]

(Issun) Wait, wait, wait! Where are you going? What about the power of Bloom
you got? You can't just abandon that poor withered Guardian Sapling!

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines the Guardian Sapling]

(Issun) You know what you gotta do, right, Ammy!? You gotta return this poor
tree to its original state!

(Issun) Just look at this poor Guardian Sapling... You gotta use your power on
it! You forget, already? The power of Bloom, silly! Draw a big ol' circle on
the tree! C'mon! You gotta help Sakuya out here! Revive the tree!

***end optional***

[Ammy blooms the tree and Shinshu Field is restored]

(Issun) Wow! That nasty cursed zone is completely gone! The plants and animals
are back! And just feel that fresh breeze! Now that's what I call Great Divine
Intervention! If you keep on dispelling the evil curse like this, I bet the
gods of nature will lend you their powers!

[Ammy sees Sakuya's Konohana tree bloom in the distance]

(Issun) Hey, that's... That's Sakuya's tree, isn't it? Maybe she perked up
'cause you revived a Guardian Sapling? Well, we can stop by and see her later.
I mean, we're kinda on a roll here. How about we take a look around Shinshu
Field first? You've been gone 100 years, right? A good run around the place
will do ya good!

***AUTHOR'S NOTE***
Most everything that can be done in Shinshu Field is optional. As I did in the
previous section with Kamiki, I'm going to list all the optional dialogue now
and make a note of when the story resumes.

[Ammy examines the Guardian Sapling]

(Issun) This Guardian Sapling's back to normal. And the cursed zone that
covered this area is completely gone. Now it can protect this land as it once
did.

[Ammy listens to a merchant]

(Merchant) Now let's see... What am I doing here again? Oh, yes. I took shelter
under this Guardian Sapling when I heard that terrifying sound before like a
monster growling. Well, this is perfect! It's fate! Why don't I set up shop
here? You know where to come when you're sent shopping, right, pooch? Oh, yes.
I don't know if you'll understand this, but here goes... I'd like to ask you a
favor. It'll be a cinch with your nose. If you sniff out any nice bowls or
dishes lying about, don't just leave them to rot away. Bring them to me, would
you? If you turn up any treasures that are worth a bit, I'll pay you!

(Issun) Treasures? Hmmm... You found anything like that, Ammy? If you did, you
should just sell it. I mean, what are you gonna do with stuff like pots and
dishes? It's hard to sell stuff you've worked so hard to get, but don't worry!
All the treasures you collect will be catalogued in the Fan Menu!

(Merchant) What are you mumbling about? Have you got some things for me?

(Merchant) Out on shopping duty, are you, pooch?

[Ammy approaches a strange gate]

(Issun) Whoa!? What's up with this old gate? I don't like the looks of it...
It's just teeming with evil power. I can feel it! Still, you being a god and
all, we can't just ignore it. Whaddaya think, my furry friend? We going
through it, or what?

[Ammy enters the gate and defeats some monsters]

(Issun) So that's it. Those things are gateways to monster lairs! I've heard of
such gates before. They're called Devil Gates. Those monsters got a lotta nerve
building things like that! Let's tear 'em down wherever we find 'em!

[Ammy examines a small statue]

(Issun) This is a Guardian Statue, but... I don't think anyone's been here in
years. It's in pretty bad shape. I feel kinda sorry for it. Why don't you leave
an offering?

[Ammy destroys another Devil Gate, the area is restored, and Ammy examines a
sign that reads "Nameless Man's Kiln"]

(Issun) It's a big ol' kiln for firing pottery. Guess somebody works here. I
bet they could make some sweet pottery in a kiln like this!

[Ammy approaches a man lying on the ground, as if in agony]

(Ida) Ow, ow, ow! What's going on!? Ida of the Dangan Express never trips up!
I've fallen and I can't get up! Must be a curse...

[Express Messenger Ida is introduced]

(Ida) I don't have time for fallin' over! People are waitin' for mail. Those
monsters must have set some kind of trap for me as a joke. Darn it! I knew I
should have bought a Traveler's Charm! Hey, pooch! That's a Traveler's Charm
you've got there, isn't it?

[Ammy offers the Traveler's Charm to Ida]

(Ida) Oh! Yes! I feel so light! My body feels as light as a feather! Thanks,
pooch! You saved me. Can't hang about. Gotta catch up on my deliveries!

[If Ammy didn't have a Traveler's Charm to offer, monsters attack]

(Ida) My body's cursed by something. It's as heavy as lead. If only I'd bought
a Traveler's Charm! That'd sort this curse out.

[Ammy listens to Ida when he's running]

(Ida) Get outta the way! Comin' through! I've got a mountain-load of letters to
deliver!

[At night, Ammy listens to Ida when he's running]

(Ida) Get outta the way! Comin' through! I've got a stack of night deliveries
to make!

[Ammy examines a cat statue against a cliff wall]

(Issun) Hm? Hey, get a load of this statue's face! It's got the same blank
expression as you! Hee hee hee...

[Ammy examines a crack in a cliff wall]

(Issun) There's a crack in this wall. And there's a faint breeze coming through
it! It might be worth our while to knock this wall down!

[Ammy headbutts the cracked wall]

(Issun) You're sure all fired up, Ammy! You really think that hard head of
yours is gonna bust the wall down?

(Issun) Give it a rest, furball. This wall ain't coming down that easy!

[At night, Ammy listens to the Nameless Man]

(Nameless Man) I keep getting a faint whiff of blossoms from the cave recently.
A feeling of peace is like washing over my soul here, man.

(Nameless Man) It's always cool to see you, but try not to beg, OK? If you've
got the munchies, try this.

(Nameless Man) Still got the munchies? Alright... Take this.

(Nameless Man) I can't give you any more, man. I've gotta eat too, you know.

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Agata Forest Port"]

(Issun) The ferry between Shinshu Field and Agata Forest docks here. The ferry
used to run frequently, but it's been out of service ever since the water level
dropped.

[Ammy examines a stone monument]

(Issun) This waterway leads to Agata Forest. It's the most green and fertile
place in this region. I heard the villagers used to take the ferry to the
forest long ago.

[Ammy restores some cursed grass, then examines a crack in the ground]

(Issun) Wow... The ground here's really cracked up here, isn't it? I bet it
could be destroyed with a powerful explosion... BOOM! It'd fall apart like a
cheap souvenir.

[Ammy comes upon a dojo]

(Issun) Huh? What a pretentious sign! Ammy, this here's a Dojo. It's where
people come to learn sword fighting and martial arts. But who knows if they'll
train you here... Maybe if you're a good wolfy, they'll teach ya a trick or
two!

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Dojo"]

(Issun) This is a rundown dojo operated by some eccentric old man.

[Ammy enters the dojo]

(Onigiri Sensei) Well, what have we here? It looks like I have an adorable
lupine visitor. My name is Onigiri Sensei and this is my dojo.

[Fighting Master Onigiri Sensei is introduced]

(Onigiri Sensei) What business could a wolf like yourself have at a dojo like
this? Certainly you haven't come to study the fighting arts with yours truly!

[Ammy selects "Yes"]

(Onigiri Sensei) Ha ha! I like the cut of your jib, my furry friend! I'd very
much like to wile away the hours at play with you, but I'm afraid that this
place is far too dangerous for creatures like you. That is, of course, unless
you can cover the training fee...

[If Ammy selected "No" to the "come to study" question]

(Onigiri Sensei) I suspected as much. A place like this is no place for play,
friend. You should go outside where it is far less dangerous.

[Ammy chooses a skill to learn]

(Onigiri Sensei) I'll be a monkey's uncle! You've got the cash, have you? I
see... I suppose I have no choice. I'll do as you wish and allow you to enroll
in my dojo. Aaaaaaah... OOOOH!

***The remainder of the dialogue heard when learning dojo skills can be found
in the "Sidequest" section***

[After an in-game day has passed, Ammy encounters the Nameless Man at his kiln]

(Nameless Man) This is the life, huh? It's great to be clutching my axe again!
See this kiln, friend? It disappeared when the curse struck. My workshop is my
pride and joy. I'm stoked to have it back! I'm actually an artist communing
with nature on a deep level, man. I can hardly wait to start firing up some
pots again!

(Nameless Man) My first piece of work since I've restarted is almost ready.
I'll let you have it if it turns out well, man.

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Super Pyrotechnist Tama's House"]

(Issun) Smell that, Ammy? That odor could only be from... gunpowder! Hey, maybe
it's for fireworks! This is kinda exciting!

[Ammy reads a note pinned on the door of the house that reads "Sleeping like a
log. Come back at night."]

(Issun) You read the message. Guess we'll just have to come back tonight.

[Ammy examines a small monument that reads "Lake Harami"]

(Issun) It says this is Lake Harami. You know, from the legend of Nagi? But
it's kinda lost its luster... Probably 'cause the great Nagi's descendant is
Susano...

[Ammy follows a path leading out to the middle of the lake]

(Issun) Huh? We passed under the shrine gate and followed the narrow path...
So where the heck's the Moon Cave? It should be right here! Hey, what's with
that big ol' mountain over there? Since when did that appear in the middle of
Lake Harami? They say the Moon Cave is where Nagi slew the legendary beast. But
that huge mountain is way too big for the Moon Cave I remember. I mean, just
look at it. It's massive!

[Ammy proceeds to the mountain's entrance]

(Issun) Youch! What the heck!? There's some kinda barrier here! Never seen one
so powerful before. We'd be better off staying away from this thing!

(Issun) Told ya we should stay away from this barrier! That's some evil power
right there, I tell ya!

[Ammy tries to return to Kamiki]

(Issun) Huh? Heading back to the village, already? Check your map again. We
haven't seen everything there is to see. Besides, a lotta things change in 100
years. You should explore the whole area very carefully.

[Ammy chooses "Sounds good"]

(Issun) See? I told ya! The map shows lotsa places we haven't been yet. As long
as we're here, we might as well see all we can see!

[Ammy chooses "Maybe later"]

(Issun) C'mon! What's the hurry? Got a date or something? Aw, whatever. Let's
go back and check on Sakuya. We can use the map to explore Shinshu Field later.
It wouldn't hurt to visit each of those places marked on the map!

[After choosing "Sounds good", Ammy immediately tries to leave again]

(Issun) Aw, whatever. Let's go back and check on Sakuya. We can use the map to
explore Shinshu Field later. It wouldn't hurt to visit each of those places
marked on the map!

***BACK TO THE STORY!***

[Night has fallen on Shinshu Field and Ammy goes to Tama's house]

***optional***

[Ammy examines a picture on the wall]

(Issun) This looks like a design for fireworks! It's rather bizarre, though.
Wonder if it'll really work?

***end optional***

(Tama) No, no, no! That can't be right... It shouldn't be doing that...

(Tama) No, no, no! I checked and double-checked my formula!

(Tama) No, no, no!

(Issun) Hey! You there, got a minute?

(Tama) ...Hm? Whoa! What's this little wisp doing here?

(Issun) Hey, who you callin' a wisp! I'm Issun the Wandering Artist!

(Tama) Well, well, well. You're a little ball of fire, aren't you? I'm Tama.
Tama, the Flaming Pyrotechnist! That's what they call me.

[Flaming Pyrotechnist Tama is introduced]

(Tama) Listen up, you two. I'm just about to set off a hum-dinger of a doozy.
Take a look at the formula I posted on the wall there. My whole career as a
pyrotechnist has led to that formula, friends. It's for a little firework I've
dubbed the Midnight Wonder Boy! There's only one problem... Even though I know
the formula is sound, it's not working right yet. I know! Listen, pup. You've
got good eyes. Fiery eyes... Smoldering eyes... Maybe your red-hot glare is
just what I need to set this off! Feast your eyes on the greatest display the
world has ever seen! Hold onto your hats, kids. Here I go! The brightest
constellation in the sky - the Midnight Wonder Boy!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to help]

(Tama) Grrr... What's the problem? Well, if at first you don't succeed, try to
blow it up again, I say!

(Tama) You two are in it for the long haul, are you? You've got guts. I like
that. Ready to fire another one up? Batten down the hatches, kids. I'm goin'
for it! The brightest constellation in the sky - the Midnight Wonder Boy!

[Ammy fails again]

(Issun) This guy doesn't know how to follow his own formula! Looks like a job
for you, Ammy!

[Ammy fails again]

(Issun) C'mon, Ammy, help the guy out! Just follow the formula on the wall.
Your brush'll do the rest! You should draw a circle and then a line to stick
out of it. Better get this right before the poor guy's burnt to a crisp!

***end optional***

[Ammy succeeds, a fireworks display ensues, and a constellation appears]

(Issun) Holy smokes! That Tama may have a few screws loose but boy, can he
deliver! Hm? That light again... Oh, it's another constellation, Ammy!

[Ammy draws the missing stars and a boar appears]

(Bakugami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
Too often, it is easy to forget that which we cannot see. Hidden away, I had
lost track of you. But now my soul is at ease. I, Bakugami, god of explosive
force, lend my power to your cause. Use the Cherry Bomb to lay waste to foes
and obstacles alike!

[Bakugami's power is returned to Ammy]

(Issun) Hey, did another brush technique just come back to you!? That was
Bakugami, the god of explosions. His technique is called Cherry Bomb. Tama's
enthusiasm must've awakened the god's power in you! Well, what're ya waitin'
for? Let's give that Cherry Bomb a try! What about that cracked wall over
there? Why don't you try a Cherry Bomb on it? But be careful... *gulp*

(Issun) Whoa, look at that hole! It blasted that cracked wall to smithereens!
That Cherry Bomb is one destructive technique! I mean, just think what it could
do to monsters! It's gonna be tricky handling something that powerful! But I
bet you'll be using it all the time once you master it!

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails]

(Issun) Hm? You forgot how to draw a Cherry Bomb? It looks like a bomb. You did
it back at Tama's place, remember?

(Issun) I said, a bomb! You forgot already? It looks like a circle with a line
sticking out of it!

***optional #2***

[Ammy enters Tama's house and examines the drawing on the wall]

(Issun) The design for a deadly Cherry Bomb! That Tama is really something
else!

***optional #3***

[Ammy listens to Tama]

(Tama) I'm... I'm burned out...

(Issun) Bah... Doesn't look like he'll be up anytime soon.

[Ammy heads down a dirt ramp towards a lake]

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Moon Shrine"]

(Issun) People purify themselves here before visiting the Moon Cave.

[Ammy enters the Moon Shrine]

(Mika) Oh, dear me! Dear me! This is awful!

[Priest of Moon Shrine Mika is introduced]

(Mika) Ah! A most welcome guest has wandered into our shrine! Your timing is
immaculate, wolf! I need to speak to you. Outside is Lake Harami, Nippon's
largest lake. In the middle of it there was an old shrine called the Moon Cave.
But it's completely disappeared! Vanished into thin air! It enshrines the
wicked demon that Nagi and Shiranui once defeated. It housed Tsukuyomi, the
fabled sword that keeps the demon at bay. That demon... It's name was... No!
I'll be cursed if I say it! Anyway, the point is, what on earth has happened to
the shrine? It's guarded day and night by the Tao Master, Waka. On the one
occasion he has to go back to the city, this happens! Oh dear...

(Mika) Lately, there've been monsters haunting these parts as well. Those
mischief-making monsters are the worst! I expect this is their doing. Well,
maybe not this time. But they still need to be dealt with. I've already
prepared a wanted list for them.

(Mika) The gods will have marked all those wanted monsters with a sign. You'll
know as soon as you lay eyes on them. However, they're very cautious. They only
come out at night. Will you go put this list up somewhere obvious, wolf? I'm
sure some brave soul will step up to the challenge. May the gods protect you
always!

(Issun) Hey, this is a sweet job for us, Ammy! Let's keep this list handy and
take care of all those mischief-making monsters ourselves! I mean, we're gonna
run into 'em whether we like it or not. So, we might as well collect the
reward, too! Anyway, seems they only come out at night. Let's give it a shot!

***optional***

[Ammy listens to Mika again]

(Mika) You know, you really remind me of the Great Shiranui. You look exactly
like the sacred statue in Kamiki. Let us pray the Great Shiranui is looking
over you from on high. I've entrusted the wanted list to you. Good luck!

[Ammy headbutts Mika]

(Mika) Oh!?

***end optional***

[Upon exiting the Moon Shrine, monsters appear]

(Issun) What's with this monster? It's got an Exorcism Arrow stuck in it!
Exorcising Arrows are sacred relics for driving away evil. That means somebody
really wanted to get rid of this monster! C'mon, Ammy! Finish it off! Don't let
it get away!

[Ammy defeats the monster]

(Issun) That was one of those monsters from the Monster Notebook! And we just
happened to find it! Boy, you never know what you'll find next! You know that
Monster Notebook you have? Well, you can cross out the wanted monster you've
taken care of!

(Issun) The monster you just finished off is on this wanted list. Go ahead and
strike the name off the list with your brush!

(Issun) That's one less monster! At this rate, it won't be long before you can
cross 'em all out! Once you defeat all the wanted monsters, go see the priest.
Maybe he'll give you a reward!

(Issun) Well, Ammy... I think we've seen about all there is to see here in
Shinshu Field. Maybe it's time we checked in on Sakuya back in Kamiki Village.

***optional***

[Ammy listens to Mika again]

(Mika) Ah, hello, wolf. You're still carrying that wanted list? What!? None of
the names here were crossed out before! I thought I'd been sensing less
mischief-makers recently. So who's been dealing with them? Surely it wasn't
you? No, how ridiculous of me! A wolf couldn't take them on. Who on earth was
it, then?

(Mika) You're not really taking on the mischief-makers yourself, are you? You
wolves might be the gods of the forest, but they're tough adversaries, you
know, those monsters. Be careful.

***end optional***

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(Issun) Wow, what's all this? The village's just bustling with activity! Wonder
what's goin' on?

***Various optional conversations***

[Ammy listens to Komuso]

(Komuso) Ah ha ha! What a joy to see life returning to the land! Just 15 more
to go... We will be blessed with a miracle when all the trees are in bloom!

[Ammy listens to Mrs. Orange]

(Mrs. Orange) Well if it isn't Snowball. Hard at work guarding your territory?
A most refreshing breeze suddenly started blowing today. How many years has it
been since Konohana was green and fertile? Back then, the village's trees were
in full bloom.

[Ammy listens to Kushi]

(Kushi) This is the music old Mr. Orange does his dance to. Ah, it takes me
back. He used to dance like that every single day. How many years has it been
since the leaves blew about like this? It's nice to see our sacred tree,
Konohana, in such good health.

(Kushi) Ah, Mr. Orange's dance... It reminds me of my childhood. He could make
any withered old tree spring into bloom with that. But he gave up dancing a
long time ago now. He said it was because the power of the gods had weakened.
You'll find him at the sacred deck up on the hill.

[Ammy listens to Mushi]

(Mushi) Why if it isn't the new king of hole digging! That old man is all
excited about the sacred tree's recovery.

(Mushi) So what if that sacred tree came back to life? Just a boring tree with
leaves. What's the big deal?

[Ammy listens to Mushi's Mama]

(Mushi's Mama) I can't believe it! Our sacred tree, Konohana, covered in
leaves. Should be a good season for my turnips too then, I guess!

[Ammy goes to the sacred deck and listens to Mr. Orange]

(Mr. Orange) Phew... The blessing of the gods allows me to keep dancing like
this.

(Mr. Orange) Well, Snowball? Have you witnessed the majestic figure of
Konohana? She had been withered and leafless... But as you no doubt noticed,
she has made a miraculous recovery. My dancing must have made a connection with
the sacred tree. However, she still won't respond to my questions. Perhaps her
evil-plagued spirit has ascended to heaven!?  No, it cannot be! But if it has,
my secret Konohana Shuffle shall summon it back!

(Issun) Is that some kinda dance? Now you're talking, gramps!

(Mr. Orange) If only... If only I could harness the power of the earth!

(Mr. Orange) Come to see the Konohana Shuffle, have you? Well, I don't expect
my dance to have any effect right now. I need the power of the earth to save
the sacred tree's spirit. That is the only power that can restore all our
withered trees. And if I were to perform that secret dance, I... I would never
again... Oh, just look at me. I've become so gloomy in my old age. I shall save
the Konohana Shuffle until after all our withered trees are restored.

[Ammy goes to Sakuya's tree after listening to Mr. Orange]

(Issun) Heya, Sakuya, my little blossom! You're looking mighty fine thanks to
us! ... ... Hey, why doesn't she say something? And where is she, anyway? I
don't see any sign of her! She didn't kick the bucket, did she!?

(Issun) The tree came back to life, so where's Sakuya? She didn't die, did she,
furball!? Say it ain't so!

[Ammy goes to Sakuya's tree before listening to Mr. Orange]

(Issun) Heya, Sakuya, my little blossom! You're looking mighty fine thanks to
us! ... ... Hey, why doesn't she say something? Hm, come to think of it, I
haven't seen her around lately. She didn't kick the bucket, did she!? Come on,
Sakuya! Let's see that pretty little face of yours! I know. Let's ask old Mr.
Orange what's going on.

(Issun) The tree came back to life, so where's Sakuya? Maybe old Mr. Orange
knows what's going on.

[Ammy listens to Camille and Camellia]

(Camellia) S-Sis! This tree suddenly burst out in leaves!

(Camille) I-I know! I saw it too!

[Ammy headbutts Camille and Camellia]

(Camille) Crazy wolf!

(Camellia) *sob* *sniff*

[And again]

(Camellia) *sob*

(Camille) Hey! What do you think you're doing?

[If you didn't talk to him during the day, Ammy listens to Mr. Orange at night]

(Mr. Orange) Why it's Snowball! Where've you been? A most joyous event occurred
while you were gone.

(Mr. Orange) Well, Snowball? Have you witnessed the majestic figure of
Konohana? She had been withered and leafless... But as you no doubt noticed,
she has made a miraculous recovery. My dancing must have made a connection with
the sacred tree. However, she still won't respond to my questions. Perhaps her
evil-plagued spirit has ascended to heaven!?  No, it cannot be! But if it has,
my secret Konohana Shuffle shall summon it back!

(Issun) Is that some kinda dance? Now you're talking, gramps!

(Mr. Orange) If only... If only I could harness the power of the earth!

(Mr. Orange) Come to see the Konohana Shuffle, have you? Well, I don't expect
my dance to have any effect right now. I need the power of the earth to save
the sacred tree's spirit. That is the only power that can restore all our
withered trees. And if I were to perform that secret dance, I... I would never
again... Oh, just look at me. I've become so gloomy in my old age. I shall save
the Konohana Shuffle until after all our withered trees are restored.

[Ammy listens to Kushi at night]

(Kushi) Zzz... Zzz...

(Issun) Looks like Kushi turned in early again tonight.

***end optional***

[Ammy blooms all the barren trees, the listens to Mr. Orange]

(Mr. Orange) At last... At last, the answer to all my prayers! All the
village's trees have sprung back to life! It is time to harness the power that
dwells within the good earth. Yes! It is time for the Konohana Shuffle! I shall
summon back the spirit of the divine tree Konohana!

(Mr. Orange) But first, I must break my vow of temperance. I shall gingerly sip
this sake, and soon we shall see blossoms!

(Mr. Orange) Oh, yes. Yes! YES!!!

(Issun) Hey gramps, you OK? You got a real weird look in your eyes!

(Mr. Orange) Snowball! Issun! What you're about to see is the stuff of legends!
Behold, the secret of secrets! I give you... the Konohana Shuffle!

[Mr. Orange performs the Konohana Shuffle, Ammy helps bloom the tree buds, and
Sakuya appears]

(Sakuya) Ah... Great Amaterasu.

(Issun) S-Sakuya!? You're alive!? And you... Um... look very nice!

(Sakuya) Little bug friend... I see you are full of spunk as always. I also owe
this elderly gentleman my deepest thanks. What bravery! Mere words cannot
express the depth of my gratitude. Thanks to you all, I have been restored and
re-energized!

(Issun) *gulp*

(Sakuya) Of course, the one who deserves my thanks and respect the most is none
other than the glorious god Amaterasu! Praise be to you!

(Sakuya) I cannot guarantee that it will mean salvation for all of Nippon, but
if you restore the Guardian Saplings spread about the land, you too will
benefit from the power that results. I will remain in Kamiki, praying for your
mission's success. How I look forward to gazing upon you again! May the fresh
scent of flowers protect you always!

***optional***

[Ammy messes up while helping Mr. Orange]

(Mr. Orange) It didn't work! Not even a bit! The tree was supposed to become a
blaze of blossoms. Is the Konohana Shuffle nothing but a sham? No, it cannot
be! I won't give up! I shall keep dancing till Konohana blossoms! Once again,
the secret of secrets! The Konohana Shuffle!

[Ammy messes up again]

(Mr. Orange) That didn't work, either! The tree was supposed to become a blaze
of blossoms. Is the Konohana Shuffle nothing but a sham? No, it cannot be! I
won't give up! I shall keep dancing till Konohana blossoms! Once again, the
secret of secrets! I give you... The Konohana Shuffle!

(Issun) Grandpa's dance looks like it might actually work! Ammy! Give him a
hand, OK!?

***end optional***

(Issun) Aw, man... What now?

[A constellation appears, Ammy draws the missing stars, and a monkey appears]

(Hasugami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
Long have I hidden myself here among the nature of Kamiki. But the time has
come for I, Hasugami, proud member of the Hanagami trio of flora gods, to
reveal myself. May my power be of assistance on your grave quest.

[Hasugami's power is returned to Ammy]

(Issun) Holy smokes! That was Hasugami! With the Water Lily power, you can
create lily pads on water! You can use them to cross any body of water! Let's
try it out! C'mon! This way, Ammy!

(Issun) I've been eyeing that treasure chest out there for some time. Why don't
you create some lily pads here? Make 'em like stepping stones all the way to
the islet. The Water Lily brush technique creates lily pads on water. All ya
gotta do is draw circles on the water! C'mon, furball! Lemme see ya work
wonders with that brush of yours!

[Ammy draws a lily pad]

(Issun) Yes, that's it!

(Issun) Hey, hey! Wipe that smirk off your face, furball! At least we don't
have to worry about getting wet anymore! I know! Now that you have this new
power, let's use it to travel further outta the village! Remember the waterway
leading to the forest that I told ya about?

***optional***

[Ammy fails to draw a lily pad]

(Issun) What the heck was that!? Quit messing around and just draw a circle on
the water!

(Issun) You do know what a circle looks like, don't ya? Just draw a circle on
the water to make a lily pad!

***end optional***

(Issun) Our little Sakuya is back to her old peppy self, but... There are still
lots of Guardian Saplings that haven't blossomed!

***Various optional conversations***

[Ammy listens to Mrs. Orange]

(Mrs. Orange) Look at those cherry blossoms drifting over from Konohana. I
wonder if my husband is getting drunk over on the sacred deck. He can't
celebrate without falling off the wagon. Of course, he's the only one who
thinks nobody else notices.

[Ammy listens to Kushi]

(Kushi) Mr. Orange's dance worked! All the withered trees around the village
have sprung into bloom! Maybe now we'll be rid of all the monsters. Like the
old days. Oh, yes! The village festival's coming around again soon. We'll need
sacred sake for the celebrations. I must get started!

(Kushi) Konohana protects our little Kamiki Village here. When she's in bloom,
it brings the whole place alive. The atmosphere's just perfect for a festival,
don't you think? We'll need sacred sake for the celebrations. I must get
started!

[Ammy listens to Komuso]

(Komuso) Not a trace of evil remains here. Life in the village is restored! Ah
ha ha! You certainly look pleased with yourself! But still now a great darkness
shrouds your vision. May the enlightenment of Buddha await you!

(Komuso) May the enlightenment of Buddha await you!

[If Ammy didn't fight for Komuso earlier in the game]

(Komuso) The sacred tree in full bloom... What gracious beauty! But evil still
lurks in these parts. Concentrate. Look hard. You see. Right behind you now...

(Komuso) Humans are not witness to such battles, but I saw it! The fighting
went on for exactly 10 seconds! Hmm... You fight well. I have chosen the path
of Buddha, but in you I sense another power. And I see the path you have chosen
is also a path of truth.

(Komuso) Not a trace of evil remains here. Life in the village is restored! Ah
ha ha! You certainly look pleased with yourself! But still now a great darkness
shrouds your vision. May the enlightenment of Buddha await you!

[Ammy listens to Mushi]

(Mushi) I've never seen the sacred tree blossom before! Maybe I'll climb up it
to get a better look!

[Ammy listens to Mushi's Mama]

(Mushi's Mama) Kamiki's lookin' lovely with everythin' in flower. I should get
some lovely lookin' turnips this season too, then!

[Ammy listens to Camille and Camellia]

(Camellia) Sis! This tree suddenly burst out in flowers!

(Camille) What's going on!? Oh, I get it! This is a dream. It must be! If
someone would just hit me, I'll wake up from it.

(Camille) Trees bursting out in leaves and flowers... Weird things like that
only happen in dreams. If someone would just hit me, I'll wake up from it.

(Issun) She thinks she's dreaming, eh? Well then, give her a good whack!
That'll wake her up!

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Camille) Ouch! ... Huh? Am I still dreaming? So... flowers really did just
burst out all over this tree? But it can't be. Surely miracles don't really
happen... Do they?

(Camille) I guess I'll have to believe in miracles now. A bit.

(Camellia) There was a door of light over here.

(Camille) NO THERE WASN'T! That's impossible!

(Camellia) *sob* *boo hoo hoo*

[Ammy listens to Mr. Orange]

(Mr. Orange) No, no... I've already had enough to drink! *mumble mumble*

(Issun) Looks like gramps is in dream land...

[Ammy listens to Mrs. Orange at night]

(Mrs. Orange) Kamiki Village is suddenly filled with flowers! All my husband's
visits to Konohana finally paid off! Of course, he's always exaggerating
things. He claims he couldn't dance if it weren't for the battle. Bah, he'll
use any excuse to drink.

(Mrs. Orange) My husband is delighted to see Konohana's miraculous recovery. Of
course, he's using the celebration as an excuse to drink. He's the only one who
thinks nobody else notices.

[Ammy listens to Mr. Orange at night]

(Mr. Orange) *mumble mumble mumble* Oh Konohana, my beautiful blossom, how
about a date sometime?

(Issun) I'll just pretend I didn't hear that...

***end optional***

[Ammy leaves Kamiki Village and heads for the waterway to Agata Forest]

***optional***

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Agata Forest Port"]

(Issun) Ferry? We don't need no stickin' ferry! Forget about it! You could get
across easily by drawing circles on the water!

***end optional***

[Ammy enters Agata Forest]

(Issun) The cursed zone expanded into the forest!? I thought evil would shun
areas with so much grass and trees. It must really be some curse, the way it's
changed the forest...

[Ammy finds a Guardian Sapling]

***optional***

[Ammy examines it]

(Issun) That's a Guardian Sapling! What's it doing down here? Ammy! Time for
that magic brush of yours! Make that sucker bloom!

(Issun) It's a Guardian Sapling. Make it bloom with that brush technique of
yours!

***end optional***

[Ammy opens a treasure chest that appears after blooming the tree]

(Issun) A new Divine Instrument, guarded by a Guardian Sapling, eh... Wow,
Sakuya's gonna spoil you at this rate. Anyway, this is gonna make your life a
whole lot easier! The monsters are gonna try to get ya anyway they can. So you
need to equip a good Divine Instrument and practice with it! But remember,
there's more than simply equipping 'em. They can be equipped as a sub weapon or
a main weapon. A weapon's effect will differ depending on how it's equipped.
You can even pull off some secret techniques with your sub weapons. Even after
your 100 year nap, you remember that much, right? I know you're not too bright,
but no sweat. No thinking involved! Just try to equip that new Divine
Instrument as a main weapon!

(Issun) Got the hang of it? Well, lemme give you an example. You know that
mirror of yours? Well, it acts as a shield when equipped as a sub weapon. If
you're under attack, press the triangle button to guard with it! You should
test it out on the monsters in the area. Oh, and one more thing... You remember
what Sakuya said, don't ya? The sacred tree in Kamiki will bear a Guardian
Fruit each time a Guardian Sapling is revived. Make sure to stop by Sakuya's
tree whenever you return to Kamiki.

[Ammy hears a flute playing and encounters a strange man]

(???) Hark! The call of the heavens, the earth, the sea... They summon me forth
to defeat evil! Waka, the gods' gift to man, is here! Bonjour!

[Tao Master Waka is introduced]

(Issun) What's up with that guy?

(Waka) That crimson shading and Divine Instrument on your back... You look
kinda weird, but I reckon you pack a punch, baby.

(Issun) Hey! Think you're so special way up there, huh? Get down here and talk
face to - Wait, did he say crimson shading? Can he see Ammy's true form!?

(Issun) Hey! He drew a sword!

(Waka) Oui! This is how I get my point across, pun intended... The moment the
cursed zone started spreading across Nippon, I saw the shadowy figure that
removed the sacred sword Tsukuyomi flee into Kamiki Village and seal the
entrance with a huge rock. You guys know anything about that?

(Issun) This guy gives me the creeps. Better keep your eye on him! Huh? Ammy,
you getting all worked up again!?

(Waka) Magnifique! I wouldn't have it any other way! Now you shall get an
earful of my beloved sword! Behold, Pillow Talk! Let's rock, baby!

[Ammy and Waka fight]

(Waka) It's been quite some time since I've tasted your power, Amaterasu.
That's enough for now.

(Issun) Too late now! You're the one who picked the fight! Hey, wait! You know
this guy, Ammy?

(Waka) Heh heh heh heh. Well... That WAS pretty tactless. Excuse-moi, baby. You
see, I was looking into that cursed zone that struck this area. It consumed all
in its path, even the light of the sun. It is the curse of Orochi, the
legendary 8-headed serpent!

(Issun) O-Orochi?

(Waka) Do not utter that name without reason. That alone could curse the weak
of mind. Orochi was slain 100 years ago by Nagi and Shiranui, and its evil
spirit was sealed away in the Moon Cave, which I guarded. You know, the cave in
the middle of the lake over on Shinshu Field. But someone has gone and freed
Orochi by removing Tsukuyomi. The beast's evil has caused a cursed zone to
cover these lands. I never thought the sacred sword could be so easily removed.
Whoever did it waited till I was back in the capital. It seems things are afoot
that even I did not prophesize!

(Issun) We're way ahead of you, pretty boy! We've been busy dispelling the
curse left and right. That Orochi's gonna be mincemeat when we're through with
it!

(Waka) So, you're the ones who've revived the trees in this area... But a lot
of time's passed since Orochi's return. You'd better pick up the pace, ma
cherie.

(Issun) What!?

(Waka) I'm sorry to say, our battle just now was a big disappointment. You're
not what you used to be, Amaterasu. You may have defeated Orochi long ago,
but... One cannot dwell on past glories. You have weakened greatly during your
100-year slumber.

(Issun) That's enough! Now tell me about that shadowy figure you saw fleeing to
Kamiki! How do we know it wasn't you!?

(Waka) Relax, my little bouncing friend. Oh, I almost forgot! I have a little
prophecy for you. I can see into the future, you know. I foresee a log and big
thrills! You'll know what I'm talking about when the time comes! Anyway, I must
be off. The work of a prophet is never done. Au revoir, baby.

(Issun) What a freak! Who the heck does he think he is! Hey, wake up, Ammy! We
got work to do!

***Various optional conversations***

[Ammy examines a bench]

(Issun) Look, there's a place to rest here. I bet travelers used to use it back
when the ferry used to run.

[Ammy examines a large bud]

(Issun) That's a Giant Bud. It's a strange plant that engulfs buried treasure
'n brings it up. But no one's ever been able to open one of these things. It's
said that only the gods know the special way to make it open. You wouldn't
happen to know, would ya?

(Issun) That's a Giant Bud. It engulfs buried treasure 'n brings it up. It's
said that only the gods know the special way to make it open. Do you know how
to make this thing go into full bloom?

[Ammy examines a treasure chest on fire]

(Issun) What's wrong with this treasure chest? I bet there's some really sweet
stuff in there!

[Ammy encounters a man]

(Kiba) Oh! How funny! I don't think I've seen a white wolf before. What's your
name?

(Issun) What?

(Kiba) Come on! Tell me your name! You may only be a wolf, but manners are
manners!

(Issun) The name's Issun! And this furball here is Amaterasu!

(Kiba) ... That's a bit of a mouthful. Let's go with Chalky, shall we? As for
me, I'm the infamous fang trader... Yes, I am the great Kiba!

[The Great Fang Trader Kiba is introduced]

(Kiba) Now then, Chalky... You know about monster leftovers, right? You know,
what you get when you defeat a monster. I'm talking about the Demon Fangs!

(Issun) Demon Fangs?

(Kiba) All you need to do is tan those monsters' hides, and they drop a demon
fang just before they disappear. The aristocrats love to have them as a symbol
of power. They'll pay any price you care to ask! So then, Chalky... Got any of
them on you? Heh heh. Naturally I don't expect you to give them to me for free!
I, the great Kiba, have collected treasures from all over Nippon. We can do a
swap!

(Kiba) One thing to bear in mind, Chalky... I won't do you a swap for just one
measly fang! Go out and defeat lots of monsters and bring me back plenty of
fangs! Then I'll let you get your paws on my precious treasures!

[Ammy encounters a merchant]

(Merchant) Oh, what a pain! Deep in Agata Forest there's a big river called
Narai River. The bridge over it was destroyed in a storm the other day. So now
I can't get hold of any new stock. Luckily I've got quite a lot in reserve so I
can still trade. Feel free to take a look if you've been sent to do the
shopping, pup.

(Merchant) Oh! Been sent to do the shopping, have you, pup?

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Hitoshio Spring"]

(Issun) Wow! This water's crystal clear! A rather pretentious name, but
probably not far off the mark...

[Ammy listens to Karude]

(Karude) Well! Now there's something you don't see everyday! A white wolf...
You look just like that Shiranui. There used to be lots of animals here in
Agata Forest. But they started to disappear when the number of monsters
increased. Oh, listen to me! Now's hardly the time for that kind of chat.

(Karude) Hmm. I wonder what could have happened. I don't suppose you bumped
into my son in the forest, did you? Narai River was flooded during the storm
the other day, you see. The bridge to Kusa Village was completely washed away.
I asked my son to get to work on building a new bridge, but he's so busy with
that dog of his that he just won't make a start.

(Karude) The dog my son's so smitten with is called Ume. I found him injured in
the forest a long time ago. My son nursed him back to health, so he's a bit
over-protective. He's become so soft that he has no sense of adventure now at
all. But if a man lives in the forest, there are things he has to do! That's
why I'm determined to get him to build a new bridge. I'm sure he can do it. I
just have to trust in him and be patient.

[Ammy examines a large door]

(Issun) Hey, what's that creepy looking building doing here? This big ol'
gate's locked tight.

(Issun) How we supposed to open this huge gate? ... ... Ah well... Let's go
check out the area. Maybe we'll find a clue or two.

[Ammy encounters Susano]

(Susano) Hm!? Not you again, Fido! Tsk tsk... Why must you always dog my
footsteps? I'm busy practicing a new secret technique. You see, a terrible
monster lurks in Taka Pass beyond this forest. It goes by the name Crimson
something or other. And it's rumored to have 100 followers!

(Issun) Whaddya mean Crimson something or other?

(Susano) The name's slipped my mind, that's all! Anyway, I must rid Taka Pass
of that terrible monster, before it harms anyone else. But first, I must
practice my ultimate secret technique. Then again, the bridge to Taka Pass is
out, so why rush? But have no fear, once I master that technique, I shall
venture forth to slay the beast, even if I have to swim those turbid waters!
Now leave me be, you cur! I have some serious training to do!

(Susano) You pesky mutt! I already told you... I'm training to defeat the
Crimson something or other in Taka Pass. OK. I'll give you some food. Now be
off with ya!

(Susano) I don't have any more food for you. Go forage for fruit or whatnot in
the area.

[Ammy examines the broken bridge]

(Issun) Oh, man... The bridge's been washed away. Boy, what a torrent. I don't
think your Celestial Brush could help this time. Hmmm... What do we do now?

(Issun) The bridge was washed away by this torrent. I doubt even your Celestial
Brush could fix it. Let's explore the area as long as we're here.

[Ammy examines a monument]

(Issun) This is the famous Deep Abyss of Agata Forest.

***Back to the story!***

[Ammy encounters a boy]

(Kokari) Oh, poor Ume... I wonder if he's OK... Oh, hello there, doggie. You
all alone, too? I'm Kokari. Pleased to meet you.

[Boy of the Forest Kokari is introduced]

(Kokari) What, this? This is my fishing pole. Actually, there's no fishing line
or hook on it right now. But there's a reason for that...

(Kokari) My dog Ume and I were exploring a secret place the other day... An
ancient building known as the Tsuta Ruins. We'd never been able to get into the
ruins until we found a key deep in the forest. But when we went in, we heard a
horrible roar from deep within. I didn't waste any time getting out of there! I
locked the entrance to the ruins and hightailed it home. I thought Ume had
followed me, but he was nowhere to be found! I bet he's trapped back at those
ruins! He must be crying, all scared and alone...

(Issun) If you know where he is, then why don't you go rescue him? This is no
time to be fishing!

(Kokari) Yes, well, there's a reason for that. You see, on my way home from the
ruins, I fell near the water's edge and in went the key! I've tried my hardest
to fish it back out, but... I've lost all my line and hooks! All I have now is
this pole! WAAAAAA!!!

(Kokari) I've tried my hardest to fish out the key to the ruins, but... I've
lost all my line and hooks! All I have now is this pole! WAAAAAA!!!

(Issun) Man, this kid's a crybaby... Give 'em a good headbutt, Ammy! Maybe
that'll straighten him out!

[Ammy headbutts Kokari]

(Kokari) OUCH!

(Issun) Now cut that out! There's nothin' I hate more than a crybaby! You were
the one who left your dog in those dangerous ruins. So you gotta do whatever it
takes to get the key and go help him!

(Kokari) B-B-But...

(Issun) Listen here, kid... Fishin's all about attitude. Attitude! There's
nothing you can't catch with the right attitude! Fish, babes, or whatever. It
all can be yours! Go ahead! Act like you're having fun. We'll watch.

(Issun) Boy, this murky water sure gives me the creeps.

(Kokari) People call it Deep Abyss because they can't see the bottom. But
that's not why these waters are famous. Legend has it a humongous fish
swallowed the moon reflected on the surface of the water. No one knows if the
legend is true... But to this day, the moon never rises here in Agata Forest.

(Issun) Give the fairytales a rest, will ya kid? They're so gloomy. Think more
positive. Have fun, fun! OK, Ammy... Let's use that Celestial Brush of yours to
help him out. There should be some fishing line on his pole, but there's not...
Well, just make some by drawing a line from the pole to a fish!

***optional***

[Ammy waits too long to draw some line]

(Issun) Quit spacing out, furball! Make some fishing line by drawing a line
from the pole to a fish!

***end optional***

(Kokari) Whoa, did I actually get a bite!?

(Issun) Careful now, kid! Don't pull with all your might. You'll just wear
yourself out. Just reel it in nice and slow!

***optional***

[Kokari gets pulled into the water]

(Issun) Aw... Easy come, easy go... Just when you were gettin' the hang of it.
Gonna try again?

[If you choose "I've had enough."]

(Issun) Huh? Gonna quit already?

(Kokari) I knew it wouldn't work! I'll need more than a pole to catch fish.

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Kokari again]

(Kokari) I knew it wouldn't work! I can't fish with only a pole!

[Ammy headbutts Kokari]

(Kokari) OUCH!

(Issun) You'll never be successful bawling like that! C'mon! Give it a shot!
Think fun, FUN!!!

(Issun) C'mon you can do it, Ammy! Make some fishing line by drawing a line
from the pole to a fish!

***end optional***

[Kokari catches a large fish]

(Kokari) Wow, that's a big one! Hm? Hey! Th-That's the Ruins Key! It popped
right outta the mouth of that big ol' fish! Now I can go save Ume over at the
ruins. I'm gonna go all the way in this time! No running away for me now!

[Ammy takes the key]

(Kokari) Hey, give that back!

(Issun) Heh heh, good move, Ammy! We can't have the kid getting hurt on your
watch! Well whadda we waitin' for! We got a lost dog to find in Tsuta Ruins!

***optional***

[Kokari gets the key back]

(Kokari) I can't take my eyes off you for a second! Well, at least I have the
key now. I better go rescue Ume! To the ruins!

(Kokari) Now that I have the key, I better go rescue Ume! To the ruins!

(Issun) He's all talk and no action. Give 'em a good headbutt so we can take
the key.

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds to Tsuta Ruins and uses the key]

(Issun) Well, let's go look for that kid's dog. I'm actually hoping we might
find something more. Nobody's entered these ruins for ages, right? Just think
about it... There could be a fabulous treasure hoard hidden in there! Heh heh
heh... But enough talk. Let's start looking!

[Ammy enters the ruins]

(Issun) That's a pretty oddly shaped statue. Look at all that moss. Must've
been here for ages. And what's up with that weird water? I don't think you
wanna go jumping in there, furball. How 'bout drawing some lily pads so we can
check it out?

***optional #1***

[Ammy tries to leave the ruins]

(Issun) Hey, hey! Where ya goin', furball? We haven't found that dog, Ume, yet.
And there might be treasure hidden somewhere in these ruins.

[Ammy chooses "Yes!"]

(Issun) If you say so. At least we can get some fresh air outside. But don't go
forgetting what we're supposed to be doing.

[Ammy chooses "Not yet."]

(Issun) That's the spirit! No use giving up after we've come this far!

[Ammy tries to leave again]

(Issun) Hey, hey! You're not trying to leave again, are ya? We haven't found
that dog, Ume, yet. And there might be treasure hidden somewhere in these
ruins.

***optional #2***

[Ammy finds a blocked doorway]

(Issun) What's up with this white wall? Looks pretty solid. We're not gettin'
any further. I mean, I don't think even you could do something about this.
Let's find another way in for now.

[Ammy headbutts the wall]

(Issun) That's one solid wall! Even that hard head of yours won't work! Huh?
Did this wall just move? Nah... Impossible. Let's keep going.

***end optional***

[Ammy encounters a monster]

(Issun) OK! Now look for a chance to use your Celestial Brush! Still, this
thing's sure got a tough bud! Wonder if you could open its bud before you
attacked it?

***optional***

[Ammy examines a log with some mushrooms on it]

(Issun) Wow! Get a load of the size of these mushrooms! I kinda feel sorry for
'em, though. It's so gloomy in here. I bet a little sunshine is all it would
take to perk 'em up.

***end optional***

(Issun) A-Ammy... Hold on a sec. My nose's felt all itchy since those huge
mushrooms back there. Ah... Ah... Ah-choo! Dang it!

[Issun's sneeze echoes through the ruins and causes the ledge to crumble]

***optional***

[Ammy falls off the ledge, then makes her way back up to it]

(Issun) Ammy... Hold on a sec. It's happening again... My nose... Uh-oh...
Ah... Ah... Ah-choo! Dang it!

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds through the ruins]

***optional***

[Ammy examines a strange door]

(Issun) Hey, this door has some sorta weird lock on it. Hm... That's no
ordinary lock. I sense strong evil at work here.

***end optional***

[Ammy approaches Blockhead]

(Blockhead) Ga-ha! I am Blockhead! I guard this place so that all shall pass!
Er, wait... Make that, none shall pass! Do you really think you can penetrate
my air-tight defense? Ha! Impossible! Nothing can harm this body of mine! Of
course, there ARE those weak points of mine. A clean blow there would slay me
in an instant! But I wouldn't be foolish enough to expose such a weakness! Now
be on your way! None shall not pass!

(Blockhead) Ga-ha! What are you still doing here? You are wasting your time!
You shall never penetrate my air-tight defense! Oh course, there ARE those weak
points of mine. A clean blow there would slay me in an instant. But I wouldn't
be foolish enough to expose such a weakness! Now be on your way! None shall not
pass!

(Issun) The granite wonder here's really getting on my nerves! Ammy! Give him a
good headbutt or something so we can get by!

[Ammy paints the weak points on Blockhead]

(Blockhead) Huh!? Were my weak points so obvious? I have failed, but let it be
known I died a warrior's death.

***optional #1***

[Ammy paints the weak points wrong]

(Blockhead) Hee hee! That tickles! Now you shall feel my wrath!

(Issun) Hey, Ammy! Did you see that? Glowing spots appear on his body when he's
excited. How 'bout painting a dot on them in the order they appear?

***optional #2***

[Ammy defeats Blockhead and examines a key]

(Issun) This looks like an Exorcising Arrow for driving away evil. Hm... But
its tip is shaped like a key... In any case, I do sense its divine power for
driving away evil.

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds through the ruins]

***optional***

[Ammy examines a broken bridge]

(Issun) Wow, this bridge is a complete wreck. But for you, it's a piece of cake
to take care of this, isn't it?

***end optional***

[Ammy comes upon a polluted waterfall and examines a pot]

(Issun) Check out these pots! Poisonous water's spilling outta them! I bet this
is what's been harming the natural beauty amid the ruins!

[Ammy destroys the pots, which rejuvenates the ruins]

(Issun) Looks like the poison that was polluting this water has completely
cleared up! Now it looks like a great place for a swim! There's even a
waterfall! I bet it'd be loads of fun to go straight down it! Ah... What I
meant was a playful dog like Ume might do that. I-I haven't forgotten about
what we're looking for. Have you? And, of course, heh heh heh... I haven't
given up on hunting down some treasure, either!

***optional***

[Ammy examines some cursed grass]

(Issun) You can use the power of bloom to fill it in. Just fill it with your
brush, and Bloom will take care of it!

***end optional***

[Ammy rejuvenates a chamber in the ruins and a constellation appears]

(Issun) Hey, look! That light... There's a constellation here, too!?

[Ammy draws the missing stars and a monkey appears]

(Tsutagami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
I, Tsutagami, the last in the triumvirate of Hanagami flora gods, have humbly
awaited your glorious return for 100 years. May the fresh spring growth bloom
from your snow white form. Bring new life to the land that suffers under evil.

[Tsutagami's power is returned to Ammy]

(Issun) That was Tsutagami, the third and final god of flora! He's the god that
can make vines do his bidding! One folktale tells how Tsutagami used that power
to tie vines to his body so that he could fly through the air. Hey, that's a
Konohana Blossom, the flower of the gods over there! Try making a vine sprout
right out of it!

(Issun) Perfect! Wow, it sure is handy to have a god around! You can draw out
vines when the Konohana Blossom is open. Let's look around and see if any
others are blooming!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to draw a vine properly]

(Issun) What was that? Just draw a line from the Konohana Blossom to your body.

(Issun) So close, yet so far... Draw a line from the Konohana Blossom to your
body!

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds to the top of a large statue]

***optional***

[Ammy examines the top of the statue]

(Issun) Great... We made it to the top, but it's just a dead end!? Hm? What's
this? A hook? Doesn't it just make ya wanna tie something to it?

***end optional***

[Ammy removes the top of the statue using vines, enters the opening, and
proceeds onward]

(Issun) We really gonna go in there? Really? Are you serious? I'm getting a
real bad vibe here. What's beyond this door? You sure we're ready? Maybe we
should go back outside.

(Issun) Alright then! Let's go for it! Leap first, think later!

***optional***

[Ammy selects "We should go back."]

(Issun) Huh? We're going back!? Oh, ah... OK... If you insist.

[Ammy tries to go in after previously deciding not to]

(Issun) So, we really are gonna go in there? I'm getting a real bad vibe here.
What's beyond this door?  You sure we're ready? Maybe we should go back
outside.

***end optional***

[Ammy approaches a golden arch]

(Issun) Look, Ammy! There's a Golden Gate! It'll store the memories of all
you've done if ya pass through it. That way, if you ever die, you can start
over again from that point. It's a free pass to continue with your game, even
after you mess up! But it does have its limits... The stored memories will be
wiped clean if you quit the game. If you use an Origin Mirror to save a game,
your memories will be transferred there. Either way, passing through a Golden
Gate or saving with an Origin Mirror will allow you to continue your adventure!
Well, we might as well pass on through!

[Ammy falls off a high ledge]

(Issun) Owww! Nice going, furball! I keep telling ya not to space out like
that!

(Issun) Hey, something moved. Whoa... Check out this big ol' flower. We just
might've stumbled onto something here! Flowers like this are usually just
packed with treasure!

[Issun spots a dog at the base of the flower]

(Issun) Hey, is that a dog down there?

[The flower moves]

(Issun) Hey, lemme go, wolf breath! I'm all covered with your slobber again!

[The flower suddenly reveals itself as a monster]

(Issun) Check out that shadow! I see 8 - Wait, it couldn't be...!?

(???) Are you that dog that has been sniffing about? I will not allow you to
ruin my master's triumphant return!

[Spider Queen is introduced]

(Spider Queen) Sticking your nose where it does not belong will get you killed.
Speak your last words, fool!

(Spider Queen) How dare you! Dog is not usually on my menu, but I shall make
you an exception!

(Issun) Whaddya talking about!? I saw that dog you gobbled up! And besides,
this ain't no dog! This here is a god!

(Spider Queen) Well now! The beast can speak! Very well, then! I shall send you
back to where you came from! This shall not hurt a bit. Stand still for just a
moment...

[Ammy fights and defeats the Spider Queen]

(Narrator) And thus, Amaterasu was able to traverse the vine-covered ruins and
defeat the devious Spider Queen lurking within. The ugly arachnid's body had
been turned into a beautiful blossom and a feeling of tranquility reigned
throughout the ruins.
Inside the hearty blossom was discovered a tiny and defenseless dog, presumably
consumed by the fearsome Queen. Just when everything had begun to settle
down... Snarling Beast, a weapon long sealed away by the Spider Queen's magic,
appeared before Amaterasu's eyes.

(Issun) The Spider Queen was hiding a sacred weapon! Tricky old bag! Hmm...
Maybe we'll get more weapons if we defeat some other monsters! Anyway, I can't
wait to see what this one does! Look at that, Ammy! The dog's just sleeping!
Wonder if this is Ume. You know, the dog that kid was looking for. Let's bring
him back once he wakes up. But first... How about a good victory howl? It might
even wake him up!

[Ammy exits Tsuta Ruins and finds Kokari outside]

(Kokari) Bad doggie! Gimme back my key! I gotta go save Ume, quick! Huh!? Ume!?
Is that you!? Are you OK!? You're not hurt, are you? It must've been so scary
all alone.

(Kokari) What's wrong, Ume?

(Issun) About your dog, kid... He was deep within the ruins and he didn't seem
to wanna leave.

(Kokari) Really? How come, Ume? You mad at me for running away without you?

(Issun) Ya got it all wrong, kid. You only THINK you left your dog behind.
Truth is, he decided to stay at the ruins himself.

(Kokari) He did? But why?

(Issun) Maybe he was trying to set an example by showing you how anyone, even a
dog, could have an adventure.

(Kokari) ... ...

(Issun) Look at it this way - There's not much separating a boy from a man.
They grow up before you know it and accomplish great things.

(Kokari) ... ... I see... So, I guess you knew everything, Ume. Like how my dad
told me to go fix the bridge destroyed by the storm. And how I tried to get out
of it because I was scared of failing. But your fearless adventure has changed
me. You've given me the courage to stop shirking responsibility!

(Kokari) My dad's fishing pole! I lost that in the forest some time ago! Did
you sniff it out in those ruins? All by yourself? Well, I'm gonna fix that
bridge all by myself! Boy, is dad gonna be surprised!

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Karude]

(Karude) Hi there, wolfie. I don't suppose you've seen my son? It seems he was
out fishing at the Deep Abyss not long ago. He's nowhere to be seen now,
though.

(Karude) I hope my son hasn't started building a bridge at the rapids! Maybe I
worry too much. I should just butt out. The best thing I can do is to leave him
to his own devices.

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Kiba]

(Kiba) Hey, Chalky... How's the fang collection coming along? You should have a
few of them by now. I'll let you get your paws on my precious treasures if you
do!

***end optional***

[Ammy approaches the broken bridge]

(Kokari) Hey! I lassoed the rope to the other side. Look!

[We see Susano shooting down the river on a log]

(Susano) Hey, you there! Get that rope out of my way!

(Issun) Huh? Susano? What's going on?

(Susano) My new secret technique - Imploding Barrel, Flying Monkeys - was a
flop. I ended up being washed downstream on this tree trunk!

(Issun) Here he comes! Hold onto that fishing pole, kid!

(Issun) No wait, let go of it!

(Issun) No you guys, I said let go!!!

[Ammy, Issun, and Kokari get pulled onto the log with Susano]

(Issun) Ammy, use your Celestial Brush, quick!

[Ammy stops the runaway log]

(Issun) Phew... I thought we were goners... But it all worked out. Just look at
that new bridge!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to stop the log]

(Issun) Wa-Wa-Waterfall!!!

(Issun) We're gonna be here forever. Just put the brakes on the log! Draw a
vine from each of the Konohana Blossoms on either bank all the way to the log!

***end optional***

(Kokari) Did I do that?

(Issun) Heh heh, that's right! It was all you, kid! I don't know what was
eating you, but... You'll never get anywhere in life running from adventure!
You should thank your doggie for teaching you that!

(Kokari) I couldn't have done it without you, Ume. Thanks!

(Issun) Hey, where'd pops go? I'm sure it'd take more than that to kill the
guy. He's bound to pop up somewhere again!

***optional***

[Ammy listens to Kokari]

(Kokari) I did it, Ume! I did it! Now I know that I should never be afraid to
accept new challenges!

(Kokari) I just love using this fishing pole! Maybe I won't end up following in
my dad's footsteps.

(Kokari) You heard of the legendary fish? Well, I believe it lives deep down in
these waters. I'm gonna catch it someday, you'll see!

***end optional***

[Ammy approaches Taka Pass]

(Issun) Taka Pass lies ahead. Great plains in the mountains. Let's prepare for
the worst... But hope for the best! Well, let's get going, ya big furball!

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[Ammy enters Taka Pass]

(Issun) So, Taka Pass has been cursed, too... I bet we'll find a withered
Guardian Sapling around here.

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to the Tea Master]

(Tea Master) Oh! What's going to become of me now? That confounded cursed zone
is causing all sorts of trouble. And my most precious tool of the trade has
gone missing, too. I just don't know how I'm going to make a living anymore.

(Tea Master) No doubt this is the work of those mischievous moles. I bet
they're the ones who stole from me! And on top of that, I have to put up with
that awful cursed zone.

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to the Tea Customer]

(Tea Customer) I wonder what's become of Kusa Village now... It's up on Mount
Kamiji where the big windmill is. I heard some terrifying growls coming from
the shrine there. And I ran down the mountain as fast as my legs would carry
me! Then I realized that this area was all cursed, too. I never imagined that
monsters would come anywhere near us. It looks like the end of the world is
finally here.

(Tea Customer) I wonder what's become of Kusa Village up on Mount Kamiji...
There were some terrifying growls coming from the shrine there. And this area's
all cursed, too. I only had one little errand to run in Kusa. But now I can't
even get past the City Checkpoint to go home.

***optional #3***

[Ammy listens to a merchant]

(Merchant) Taka Pass is another place that's changed for the worse. It used to
be so nice to relax in the Divine Wind up here. But now it's just stopped
blowing altogether. That means I'm hardly doing any trade in talismans at all.
And there aren't many travelers coming by selling things either. A fresh fish
from Agata Forest would fetch a fortune right now. But there don't seem to be
any good fishermen there anymore. Anyway, enough of my complaining. Been sent
to buy something, pooch?

(Merchant) Taka Pass is a dangerous place since the Divine Wind stopped. There
aren't many travelers coming by selling things. Trade is tough. A fresh fish
from Agata Forest would fetch a fortune right now. Anyway, have you been sent
out to buy something, pooch?

[Ammy headbutts the merchants shop]

(Merchant) Hey! You'll wreck my shop if you're not careful!

***optional #4***

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "To the famous tree, Cherry Breeze"]

(Issun) Tree, huh? I wonder if it's one of those saplings...

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds through a tunnel and encounters Waka]

(???) Hark! The call of the heavens, the earth, the sea... They summon me forth
to defeat evil!

(Waka) Waka, the gods' gift to man, is here! Bonjour!

(Issun) You again!?

(Waka) Long time no see! Did you enjoy the little log adventure I prophesized?

(Issun) Why you...! Were you behind that near disaster?

(Waka) Moi? Of course not! I just had a fleeting glimpse of your future. You
see, I have the power to see that which is yet to come. Even if it were
something you'd rather not know...

(Issun) The half-baked prophet's at it again... If you're so great, then how
come ya didn't predict Orochi's return? Heh heh. What's wrong? Cat got your
tongue?

(Waka) ... ... Excusez-moi? You say something, my little bouncing friend?

(Issun) That's it!

(Waka) By the way, I saw your battle with the spider lady. A rather clumsy
attempt, I must say. How could a washed up old wolf like you possibly expect to
save the world? Ridiculous!

(Issun) What!? You were spying on our battle? And it never crossed your mind
that you could help out?

(Waka) Enough talk! There's only one way to settle this. Just go for it!

[Ammy and Waka fight]

(Waka) *pant pant* Not bad, ma cherie.

(Issun) Whaddya mean, not bad? You're all outta breath! Whaddya want, anyway?

(Waka) Oh, I almost forgot! I had a question for you. Have you been to Lake
Harami over on Shinshu Field yet? In the middle stands the Moon Cave where
Orochi's spirit was trapped. A barrier has blocked the entrance ever since
Tsukuyomi was removed. That means Orochi must still be in there. I want to get
through the barrier and enter the cave...But I'll need the Serpent Crystal in
order to do that. You wouldn't happen to know where I could find it, would you?

(Issun) Why d'ya have to pull out your sword just to ask that? And why d'ya
wanna visit Orochi's lair, anyway!?

(Waka) So then you do not know? Tres bien. Hmmm... So, that big windmill...
*mumble mumble* At any rate, I shall just have to find it myself. But before I
bid you adieu, I have a prophecy for you. I foresee a DOG-gone difficult
quest... Au revoir, baby!

(Issun) Hey, Ammy! Let's try and beat Waka to that Serpent Crystal! I can't
help feeling he's up to no good. Plus we just might find a new Celestial Brush
technique, too!

[Ammy blooms the Guardian Sapling and restores Taka Pass]

(Issun) Taka Pass is back to normal now! Without the cursed zone, it'll be
easier to find brush techniques! But first, that big windmill has really piqued
my interest. Didn't that half-baked prophet mumble something about it? Aw,
whatever. It's not going anywhere, anyhow. Let's take a good look around Taka
Pass, OK? I'm a bit worried about the people who live around here.

***Time for lots of optional stuff again***

[Ammy listens to the Tea Master]

(Tea Master) Thank goodness that confounded cursed zone has disappeared! It
should be business as usual again now. But those mischievous moles took my most
precious of possessions. I can't possibly work without my beloved Teacup!

(Tea Master) The cursed zone may have gone, but I still can't get back to work.
I need to get my Teacup back from those mischievous moles. But how!?

[Ammy headbutts the Tea Master]

(Tea Master) S-Stop that right now!

[Ammy listens to the Tea Customer]

(Tea Customer) Who'd have thought the curse would be blown away like that!? Now
I can get through the City Checkpoint and make my way home. Not before I've run
that errand in Kusa Village, of course. But it's hard to forget about those
terrifying growls I heard. Going back there isn't exactly an appealing idea.

(Tea Customer) My wife asked me to get her one of those famous Kusa Pinwheels.
She'll give me a wallop if I go back empty-handed. I don't know which is worse.
Those growls or an angry wife!

[Ammy headbutts the Tea Customer]

(Tea Customer) Wh-What are you doing!?

[Ammy comes upon a creepy house and a strange old woman]

(Mrs. Cutter) Hah! I was just looking for something tasty to put in my pot.
You'll do nicely, little mutt.

[The Horrible Mrs. Cutter!!! is introduced]

(Mrs. Cutter) You should keep us going until my husband catches us a big beast.

[Ammy headbutts Mrs. Cutter]

(Mrs. Cutter) You must have a death wish, you miserable mutt!

[Ammy enters the creepy house]

(Issun) Hm? The color's faded on this patch of floor. It's all rotted, like
it's been exposed to the elements. I wonder if there was a hole in the roof or
something?

[Ammy examines a pot]

(Issun) Step away from the pot, furball! That smells nasty!

[At night, Ammy listens to Mrs. Cutter while she sleeps]

(Mrs. Cutter) Guuurgh... Food... Nice, juicy flesh... Guuurgh...

[Ammy headbutts Mrs. Cutter]

(Mrs. Cutter) Hurgh!?

[Ammy examines a tombstone]

(Issun) Tombstones? Out here? Doesn't look like anyone ever visits... It's
kinda sad.

[Ammy examines the outside of the creepy house]

(Issun) What a dilapidated old house. Its rotted pillars are collapsing. I bet
we can get on top of the house by climbing up this one.

[Ammy examines the roof]

(Issun) It looks like this one part's been covered with wooden panels. A pretty
sloppy job, I must say... I bet you could easily smash it to bits!

[Elsewhere, Ammy examines a sign that reads "Mermaid Spring"]

(Issun) Spring, what spring? Did it dry up?

[Ammy listens to the Spring Girl]

(Spring Girl) I don't understand! The Mermaid Spring's always given us such
lovely, fresh water. How can it dry up all of a sudden!?

(Spring Girl) We rely on this Mermaid Spring. It's terrible that it's dried up.
I don't know what'll become of the animals of Taka Pass now.

[Ammy defeats a devil gate and restores the spring, then listens to the Spring
Girl again]

(Spring Girl) It's so wonderful that the Mermaid Spring has come back to life!
Maybe it's thanks to the legendary powers of the mermaids. Have you heard the
story? This spring's like a path for them. Sometimes they come up from the
bottom of the ocean. There are other springs just like this all across Nippon.
The mermaids come up to the ground to visit their favorite places. See? Part of
the water's surface is shining faintly. If you throw a Mermaid Coin in there,
the path will open up!

(Spring Girl) If you throw a Mermaid Coin into the water, a path will open up.
And if you jump in, you'll be whisked away to another spring! Mermaid Spring's
are like a path to far-off loved ones... Er! Um, never mind!

[Ammy headbutts the Spring Girl]

(Spring Girl) Ouch!

[Ammy examines the sign after restoring the spring]

(Issun) See that light? This is a special place known as a Mermaid Spring.
There's a wonderful legend about beautiful mermaids appearing here! They say
there are other Mermaid Springs throughout the land! You should visit them
wherever they may be!

[Ammy listens to Bingo]

(Bingo) There! There! There! There it is! My pendulum's calling out to me! The
treasure must be buried here! What are you staring at, pooch? Want to help me
dig up the treasure? My pendulum showed me where it was, but I've completely
lost track of where that was now. There must be some kind of clue around here
somewhere.

[Ammy encounters a man pushing against a mountain wall]

(Sasa Traveler) Huh. Pushing this wall's exhausting! Ah, have you caught the
scent of it too, pooch? The scent of the secret place that welcomes only the
good-hearted... The scent of Sasa Sanctuary! Everyone that tries to go there
gets lost around here. But that sacred gate there has to be a clue. This must
be the place! And, this is just between you and me, but... Sasa Sanctuary is
where all the Sparrows live, right? Well, I saw one of the young Sparrow girls
coming out of there! So I'm sure the Sanctuary must be around here somewhere!

(Sasa Traveler) I saw one of the young Sparrow girls coming out of here. So I'm
sure Sasa Sanctuary must be behind this rock somewhere! I wonder where that
little girl was heading off to... I hope she hasn't gone anywhere near that
nasty old couple. But never mind that. I must find the entrance to the
Sanctuary!

***Back to the story!(briefly)***

[Ammy proceeds up the mountain to Kusa Village]

(Issun) Yikes! What's this creepy evil atmosphere in this village!? There's no
cursed zone here, but I definitely sense evil.

[Ammy tries to use the Celestial Brush]

(Issun) No go, furball. Your Celestial Brush ain't gonna work in evil power
this strong.

***A bunch more optional stuff***

[Ammy listens to a merchant]

(Merchant) Of all the luck! I wanted to do some trading over at the Gale
Shrine. But it's been taken over by some monster and it's panic all around! Oh
well. I suppose I'll just have to make the best of it now. Have you been sent
here to do some shopping for your master?

(Merchant) Oh! Been sent to do the shopping, have you, pup?

[Ammy listens to Well Woman #1]

(Well Woman #1) You know, the priest of the shrine was gobbled up by that
monster. I'm sure that's what's stopped the divine wind from blowing. Monsters
have been attacking the Gale Shrine, you see. The strength of the shrine god is
growing weaker and weaker. The Divine Wind used to make the windmill there turn
like a charm. But that's not all...

(Well Woman #1) Speaking of the priest, Princess Fuse is quite admirable! It's
long been their family's duty to protect the shrine, you know. Though all alone
now, she still perseveres, shedding nary a tear. It's a shame no one does
anything to help her out, don't you think? Anyhow...

[Ammy headbutts Well Woman #1]

(Well Woman #1) Oy! Now's not the time for playing about!

[Ammy listens to Well Woman #2]

(Well Woman #2) How much longer is this going to go on!? Kusa Village is famous
all over for its Divine Wind. And yet now it's stopped blowing, and we're in a
terrible mess! That wind is our livelihood. And the air is foul without it. Oh!
Is there really nothing that can be done? Come to think of it...

(Well Woman #2) That descendant of Nagi's is supposed to be here, isn't he?
Maybe he'll take care of that monster for us. I'm sure the wind would come back
if only that monster was gone! At least, I hope so!

[Ammy headbutts Well Woman #2]

(Well Woman #2) Now's hardly the time!

[Ammy examines the well]

(Issun) Oh, I see. This is a fountain that uses wind power to draw up water.
Too bad it's not working now. Look how the ground's all dried up. I bet all we
need is a good strong wind to draw some water up.

[Ammy listens to the Flower Girl]

(Flower Girl) Hello, little doggy. This flower bed used to be really pretty,
you know. It was full of flowers, all thriving on the fountain water. But then
the wind stopped, and the water dried up, and now... But I'm watering them
everyday. I have to get them blooming again!

(Flower Girl) The flowers were so pretty here, but now it looks like it's
filled in with dead grass! But I'm watering them everyday. I have to get them
blooming again!

[Ammy headbutts the Flower Girl]

(Flower Girl) Ouch!

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Please water the flowers"]

(Issun) Looks like a child's writing. Wonder if that kid wrote it.

[Ammy listens to the Gourd Farmer]

(Gourd Farmer) Hmph. I can't get on with this at all. I'm trying to collect my
harvest, you see. But only Mr. Bamboo's baskets can hold enough of it. Have you
been to his house yet, pup? He lives here in the village. People come from far
and wide to buy his work. He's a real master. But he's suddenly stopped making
anything. He said he just can't get ahold of any decent bamboo anymore. Hm,
come to think of it...

(Gourd Farmer) Did you come across a slightly ramshackle house at the Taka
Pass? The old couple there were the last ones to order bamboo ware. Apparently,
they suddenly had to have a bird cage made for them. They've always hated
animals, so I wonder why they want a pet now?

[Ammy headbutts the Gourd Farmer]

(Gourd Farmer) Hey! Watch out for my gourds!

[Ammy enters the Inn and listens to Mrs. Plum]

(Mrs. Plum) What now!? A wolf!? Another non-paying customer is all I need! That
guy who came the other day has been a complete disaster. I let him stay because
he claims he's a descendant of Nagi. But he's hardly a monster killer! He
sleeps in the woods all day! And he makes an awful noise crying out in his
sleep at night. Maybe you could try chasing him off for me!

(Mrs. Plum) That guy who's always asleep back there says he's from Kamiki. I
remember hearing that some descendant of Nagi lived there. But it's hard to
believe old tales like his nowadays. Legend is legend. Imagine there being no
monsters in the world!

[Ammy examines a bear statue in the inn]

(Issun) This statue looks just like that sleepy bear. In fact, its face looks
more like a bear than the real thing!

[Ammy headbutts the bathroom door]

(Haruka) Eeeek! You're supposed to knock first! Can't you wait until I'm done?

(Haruka) Eeeek! I told you, wait until I'm done! Now get out of here before I
scream again!

[Ammy finds Susano sleeping outside]

(Susano) Uh... Ah... No, no... Not that...By the gods, I vow to... *mumble* You
won't ever... *mumble mumble*

(Issun) Hm? It's Susano! He's one tenacious dude. Wonder what he's doing here.
I bet he's having a nightmare about getting beat up by monsters. He seems
rather frantic. It'd be funny if it weren't so sad...

(Susano) That dream again! Is there no escape!? I thought by coming to the
village -

(Issun) Hey there, pops! Floundering around in your dreams, too? Must be nice
to be able to nap in the middle of the day like that. Greatest warrior ever, my
foot!

(Susano) Hm!? Poochie? And little bug!? Oh, uh... *cough cough* Here to disturb
my meditation again? Even in my dreams, I'm hard at work devising strategies
for defeating that crimson something or other. I came here to pray for victory
at the Gale Shrine, but... Lo and behold, that crimson something or other
occupies the shrine! Well, with my invincible sword, there's no need to pray,
but... Mankind's fate rests with me. I must be fully prepared. First, I must
sit here and come up with a well thought-out plan. Hm... Now where was I...

(Issun) Plan? Yeah, right! That's just your excuse to sleep!

(Susano) Can't a fella get some sleep? Oh, it's you again... I'm devising a
plan to defeat that crimson something or other. I thought I'd pray for victory,
but now that I think of it, drinking some of Kushi's sake back in Kamiki would
be more effective.

(Issun) Bah! He's not only a coward, but a lush, too!

[Ammy headbutts Susano]

(Susano) Blah!

***The following optional dialogue can be heard at night***

[Ammy listens to Well Woman #2 at night]

(Well Woman #2) I was chatting so much during the day that I've lost my voice!
I need to give it a rest now.

[Ammy headbutts Well Woman #2]

(Well Woman #2) ...!

[Ammy listens to the Flower Girl at night]

(Flower Girl) I wonder if the flower bed is coming back to life yet. It used to
be full of flowers, all thriving on the fountain water. But then the wind
stopped, and the water dried up, and now... But I'm watering them everyday. I
have to get them blooming again!

(Flower Girl) The flowers were so pretty here, but now it looks like it's
filled in with dead grass! But I'm watering them everyday. I have to get them
blooming again!

[Ammy listens to Well Woman #1 at night]

(Well Woman #1) I was talking so much today that my throat's as dry as a bone!
I'll talk up a storm tomorrow, too. No one gossips better than me!

[Ammy headbutts Well Woman #1]

(Well Woman #1) ...!

***Back to the story!***

[Ammy proceeds through the village and encounters Princess Fuse]

(Princess Fuse) Oh, this is most unfortunate. I have been possessed in a
momentary lapse in vigilance. And I was trying so hard to defend this
village... Now it shall be reduced to a horrid cursed zone. Alas, my
strength... it wanes. All is lost...

[Ammy defeats the monster possessing Princess Fuse and the village is restored]

(Princess Fuse) Hm!? Have I been freed from the evil curse? You have saved me,
but I do not know how.

(Issun) What the heck happened, sweetness?

(Princess Fuse) Oh... Are you familiar with my family, the Satomi House? No...
I can see now that you are not. Still, you may be of great service to me yet.
Will you not listen to what I have to say?

(Issun) You just keep talkin' pretty lady. Issun's listening!

(Princess Fuse) Oh, thank you! I am Princess Fuse, priestess of the Gale
Shrine.

[Princess Fuse is introduced]

(Princess Fuse) The Gale Shrine stands atop Mount Kamiji. Kazegami, the god of
wind, is enshrined there. The wind blowing down from there keeps the monsters
away. Known as the Divine Wind, it is venerated as our protector. However, it
suddenly stopped blowing one day. And that has allowed the monsters to sneak
into our village. Even I, the last remaining priestess here, was nearly slain.
That horrible monster is behind all of this!

(Princess Fuse) Will you hear the rest of my story? There is only one
explanation for why the Divine Wind stopped. It is that horrible monster,
Crimson Helm! The beast now dwells within the Gale Shrine. The monsters in
this area have all been under Crimson Helm's control ever since he appeared in
Taka Pass 100 years ago. My people, the Satomi House, keepers of the Gale
Shrine, have been battling the beast and his minions ever since... But last
year, the fiends attacked and killed the head priest while he was weakened by
sickness, and the Gale Shrine fell into their hands.

(Issun) I remember hearing that story. It was big news in these parts.

(Princess Fuse) If only I could vanquish Crimson Helm and free the Gale
Shrine... But I am no match for the evil barrier that now bars entry. There is
only one hope now. Only the warriors who serve the Satomi House can right this
wrong!

(Princess Fuse) Our last remaining hope for defeating Crimson Helm is... the
Satomi Canine Warriors! The Satomi Canine Warriors have protected the shrine
and served the Satomi House for ages, but alas... They are now scattered
throughout Nippon. If we could bring them together again, they could break the
barrier and retake the shrine.

(Issun) Really!? Then why don't ya just summon those puppies on back?

(Princess Fuse) I have already tried... But I have yet to receive any word of
their coming. I sense their presence nearby, but have yet to find them. What if
they were attacked and injured, or even worse... I beg you, would you please
sniff out their whereabouts? You might find this useful...

[Princess Fuse gives Ammy the Canine Tracker]

(Princess Fuse) I sense 5 of the Satomi Canine Warriors here in this village.
They're a temperamental bunch and don't take kindly to strangers, but they
should return to me once they see the Canine Tracker. The Canine Tracker will
guide you in their direction. Please use it, along with your strength, to find
them!

(Issun) Leave it to us, sweetness! We'll get 'em all back without a scratch!
Can't wait to see how she thanks us, Ammy! Heh heh heh...

***First, more optional stuff***

[Ammy examines some small statues]

(Issun) People pray to these little guys for a safe journey. Look at all that
moss. They must have been here forever.

[Ammy listens to the guard on the lookout post]

(Guard) I didn't think I'd be able to see it. My grandpa said he saw some kind
of island floating in the sky. Surely that's impossible...

(Guard) My grandpa said there's a land up there called the Celestial Plain.
That's where all the great gods are supposed to live. I don't know, though.
It's all a little far-fetched, if you ask me.

[Ammy tries to leave Kusa Village]

(Issun) Hey, that leads outta the village! Didn't you hear the Princess?
There's 5 Canine Warriors nearby. In fact, she said they're right here in this
village. We have the Canine Tracker, so we might as well go find 'em!

[Ammy selects "Leave them be."]

(Issun) Bah, you can't stick to anything unless you're glued to it. I bet
you've already forgotten the whole purpose of our mission!

[Ammy selects "Let's do it."]

(Issun) Good answer! Let's use the Canine Tracker to find 'em! Just follow it
wherever it may lead!

[Ammy tries to leave again]

(Issun) Hey, furball... You serious about finding the Canine Warriors? Didn't
you hear the Princess? There's 5 Canine Warriors nearby. In fact, she said
they're right here in this village. We have the Canine Tracker, so we might as
well go find 'em!

[Ammy listens to Komuso]

(Komuso) Ah! You're the white wolf I saw back in Kamiki Village! I'm traveling
the land to spread the good teachings of Buddha. There seem to be so many
places in need of guidance. I can feel it here, too. A sinister coldness in the
air. You have to be on alert at all times. ... Like now! Behind you!

[Ammy fights and defeats the monsters]

(Komuso) Humans are not witness to such battles, but I saw it! The fighting
went on for exactly 19 seconds! Hmm... You fight well. I may have devoted
myself to the path of Buddha, but your divine power is still always a delight
to behold.

(Komuso) The evil curse may be gone, but this place still lacks life. The
shrine to the divine wind that protected the village is dead.

[Ammy headbutts Komuso]

(Komuso) H-Heavens above!

***Back to the story***

[Ammy finds one of the missing dogs]

(Issun) What's a dog doing here? Hm? I think he's trying to say something! Let
me listen carefully. I can understand some animals... It's wagging its tail!
Bet it's that Canine Tracker you got there! Hm? What's that?

(Ko) Give me some food, I'm hungry.

(Issun) Sheesh... We just met and it's begging for food!? What terrible
manners!

[Ammy feeds Ko]

(Ko) I am full... My master, Princess Fuse, has summoned me. However, I didn't
want to go straight home.

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!? That means this dog's one of those Satomi Canine
Warriors!

[Canine Warrior Ko is introduced]

(Ko) Now that my stomach is full, I will return to my master.

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!? The way Princess Fuse talked about them, I
thought they were human. You think these fleabags are gonna be any help?

[Ammy finds the second missing dog]

(Issun) What's a dog doing here? It's wagging its tail, too. Must be that
Canine Tracker you have! Hm? What's that?

(Rei) Give me some food, I'm hungry!

(Issun) Sheesh... Why do these fleabags think we're gonna feed them?

[Ammy feeds Rei]

(Rei) I am full...

[Canine Warrior Rei is introduced]

(Rei) Now that my stomach is full, I will return to my master.

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!? Can you believe these guys!?

[Ammy encounters Mr. Bamboo]

(Mr. Bamboo) *sigh* What a pickle I'm in... Hm? Oh, what a cute wolf. I'm in a
pickle right now, wolfy. I'm a craftsman and I work with bamboo as you can see.
But I can't get any to work on right now. Oh, I shouldn't burden you with my
problems, wolfy...

[Craftsman Mr. Bamboo is introduced]

(Issun) Boy, that must be some big pickle if you're confiding in a wolf!

(Mr. Bamboo) Hello there, little sprite. Here to listen to an old man ramble? I
always gathered bamboo over in Sasa Sanctuary in Taka Pass. But I haven't been
able to get in there lately. The Sparrow Clan suddenly closed the entrance to
Sasa Sanctuary. Oh, how I do wish I could craft my bamboo ware... I'm an old
man and it's all I have left. To make matters worse, the festival's just around
the corner. I usually sell my work there, but I'm running out of time.

(Issun) Aw... It ain't the end of the world, gramps! What've we got ourselves
mixed up in now, Ammy?

(Mr. Bamboo) The bamboo in Sasa Sanctuary is perfect for my work. But the
Sparrow Clan closed the entrance without a word! *sigh* I'd really like to make
some bamboo ware. I'm an old man and it's all I have left. To make matters
worse, the festival's just around the corner. I usually sell my work there, but
I'm running out of time.

(Issun) What've we got ourselves mixed up in now, Ammy?

***optional #1***

[Ammy headbutts Mr. Bamboo]

(Mr. Bamboo) Umph!

(Issun) Ammy! I said, not so rough! He's no spring chicken, ya know!

[Ammy examines a piece of bamboo inside Mr. Bamboo's house]

(Issun) Now cut that out! You'll get a tummy ache eatin' stuff like that!

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Mr. Bamboo while he sleeps at night]

(Mr. Bamboo) *sigh* Oh, Kaguya... *sob*

(Issun) Kaguya? Wonder if that was his dearly departed wife's name. But it's a
rather modern name for an old woman.

[Ammy headbutts Mr. Bamboo while he sleeps]

(Mr. Bamboo) *sigh* Oh, Kaguya... *sob*

(Issun) Who's this Kaguya anyway? Some young thing you met at a bar? You go,
gramps!

***end optional***

[Ammy examines a bamboo tree]

(Issun) Wow... That's some major bamboo right there. That Mr. Bamboo really
must love his work.

(Issun) Boy, this is some insanely huge bamboo. What's with the strange glow?
Maybe there's something inside it!

[Ammy cuts open the bamboo and finds the third missing dog]

(Issun) What's a dog doing here? It's wagging its tail, too. Must be that
Canine Tracker you have! Hm? What's that?

(Chi) Give me some food, I'm hungry.

(Issun) Sheesh... Why do these fleabags think we're gonna feed them?

[Ammy feeds Chi]

(Chi) I am full...

[Canine Warrior Chi is introduced]

(Chi) Now that my stomach is full, I will return to my master.

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!? Can you believe these guys!?

***optional***

[Ammy returns to Princess Fuse after finding some of the missing dogs]

(Princess Fuse) Oh! It's my hero, the wolf! Thanks to you, 3 of the Canine
Warriors have found their way home! And thank the gods, they are safe and
unharmed. I am afraid I don't have much to offer, but please accept this.

(Princess Fuse) I can only hope that the other Canine Warriors are safe. I
still sense 2 more in the village. I'm counting on you.

(Issun) So far, this has seemed more like leg work than nose work...

***end optional***

[Ammy blooms some cursed grass and finds the fourth dog]

(Issun) What's a dog doing here? It's wagging its tail, too. Must be that
Canine Tracker you have! Hm? What's that?

(Shin) Give me some food, I'm hungry.

(Issun) Sheesh... Why do these fleabags think we're gonna feed them?

[Ammy feeds Shin]

(Shin) I am full...

[Canine Warrior Shin is introduced]

(Shin) Now that my stomach is full, I will return to my master.

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!? Can you believe these guys!?

(Issun) Hey, Ammy, how many of these Canine Warriors does this make? Maybe we
should go talk to Princess Fuse now.

***optional***

[Ammy listens to the Flower Girl]

(Flower Girl) They're out! They're out! The flowers are out! I gave them water
everyday, you know. I'll keep on watering them, too! For as long as it takes!

(Flower Girl) I'm so happy that the flowers are coming back to life at last.
I'll keep on watering them, too! For as long as it takes!

***end optional***

[Ammy returns to Princess Fuse, but runs into the fifth missing dog]

(Issun) Hey, Ammy. That fleabag's giving you the evil eye. I think it noticed
that Canine Tracker ya got there. Hm? What's that?

(Tei) My master, Princess Fuse, has summoned me. But first, I wish to try out
the skills I've honed on my journey.

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!?

(Tei) Princess Fuse forbids me to join in fruitless battles, but I want you to
prove your right to bear the Canine Tracker!

(Issun) Why you-! You've got a lotta nerve picking a fight with us! Well, bring
it on, ya fleabag! Right, furball?

(Issun) Yep, there was only one right answer! I dunno who this fleabag thinks
he is, but he's in for a surprise!

***optional***

[Ammy selects "No"]

(Issun) Huh!? You gonna run from this fleabag with your tail between your legs?

(Issun) It's growling! Bet it's that Canine Tracker you got there!

(Tei) You must prove your strength, O bearer of the Canine Tracker.

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!? You gonna let that fleabag talk to you like that?

***end optional***

[Ammy fights Tei]

(Tei) A worthy opponent, I see. Let us fight where we have more room!

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!? Sounds like fun! This time we'll be playin' for
keeps! Bring it on, fleabag. You're gonna wish you went straight back to
Princess Fuse when we're done with ya! Hey wait, if he's been summoned by the
princess, then... Maybe this is another one of the Satomi Canine Warriors!

[Canine Warrior Tei is introduced]

(Tei) I am done toying with you. Now you shall feel the wrath of the Satomi
Power Orb!

(Issun) Satomi Power Orb? Bah! Bring it on, dog breath. We ain't afraid!

(Princess Fuse) Oh, Tei!? I thought I heard something out here. You two aren't
fighting, are you?

(Issun) Huh? Fighting? Oh, ah, of course not. Just some friendly wrestling.
Look, not a scratch on either of us.

(Princess Fuse) ... ... Well, at least now we have 5 of the Satomi Power Orbs.
But you've been naughty doggies! Why did you not come home immediately when I
summoned you!?

(Issun) Hey, Princess, what's with those Satomi Power Orbs?

(Princess Fuse) Each Satomi Canine Warrior bears an orb of a different virtue.
The Satomi Power Orbs are the Satomi House's greatest treasure. I need the
orbs' power to break Crimson Helm's barrier. But the Canine Warriors never
listen when I summon them back! And 3 of them have yet to be accounted for! I
fear something may have happened to them. But there is no one I could send out
to help them... ... ...

(Issun) Hey, what's with that look, lady? ... ... OK, OK, I get the hint. We'll
find the rest of 'em, too! After all, I said we'd get 'em all back without a
scratch!

(Princess Fuse) Wonderful! I'll be forever grateful! I know the general
locations of the remaining 3 Canine Warriors. I shall mark them on your map.

(Princess Fuse) You have the Canine Tracker. They shall return here once you
have shown it to them. That is, if they have not been injured, or even worse...
Please, hurry. We must get the Power Orbs and break the barrier!!

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Princess Fuse]

(Princess Fuse) The remaining Canine Warriors are outside the village. Use your
map. They shall return here once you have shown it to them. that is, if they
have not been injured, or worse... Please, hurry. We must get the Power Orbs
and break the barrier!!

[Ammy headbutts Princess Fuse]

(Princess Fuse) Aaaaaah! You brute!

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Ko]

(Ko) The Canine Warriors have yet to gather. Tardiness is unacceptable.

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!? What a hypocrite!

***optional #3***

[Ammy listens to Chi]

(Chi) Are you a wolf? Where were you born?

(Issun) Yeah, come to think of it... Where were you born, Ammy?

***optional #4***

[Ammy listens to Shin]

(Shin) You bear strange markings. Is that some kind of new style?

(Issun) Huh? Oh, those red marks? I seriously doubt it...

***optional #5***

[Ammy listens to Rei]

(Rei) Nippon is covered in evil. We are no match.

(Issun) You got that right, ya mutt! That's why ya gotta help us out here!

***optional #6***

[Ammy listens to Tei]

(Tei) A worthy opponent, I see. Let us fight again one day!

(Issun) You got it! Ammy'll take ya on anytime, right furball!?

***optional #7***

[Later, Ammy listens to Princess Fuse again]

(Princess Fuse) Why, it's my favorite wolf and bug. Do you bring word of the
remaining 3 Canine Warriors?

(Issun) Hey, who you callin' a bug!? Anyway, about those dogs... Um, well...

(Princess Fuse) It is alright. Please find them, but do not endanger
yourselves. I sensed they were outside the village. I wonder if they still are.
If only I had the power to break Crimson helm's barrier myself...

***optional #8***

[Ammy enters the Gale Shrine]

(Issun) Hey, what's with this guy? I can see right through him!

(Yatsu) Hm? Who are you? How is it you can see me? I am Yatsu, the earthbound
spirit who haunts this area. Long has it been since any have ventured this way.

[Earthbound Spirit Yatsu is introduced]

(Yatsu) My eyes have failed me. I can no longer see. In their stead, my inner
eye can judge a person's true form. You appear to be a maiden most fair. What
could possibly bring you to the Gale Shrine? You must leave this place, for it
is no longer a shrine of the gods. It is now cursed and under the control of a
horrible creature. This is no place for a fair maiden such as you.

(Issun) Fair maiden? He talking about you, furball!? That's the funniest thing
I've ever heard. Aha ha ha ha ha!!!

(Yatsu) What's this? It appears the maiden is accompanied by a little booger.
Is the village to meet its end at last?

(Issun) Little booger!? He better not be talking about me!

(Yatsu) Mount Kamiji is the sacred mountain overlooking Taka Pass. It is the
source of the Divine Wind, which once blew down onto the village, keeping the
monsters at bay. But the wind stopped the day Crimson Helm took over the
shrine. The village is vulnerable to monsters without the Divine Wind. But the
Divine Wind was not our only loss... This shrine is home to the Serpent
Crystal. It is said to have the power to lift the 8-headed serpent's curse.

(Issun) Serpent Crystal? Wait... That's what that two-bit prophet's looking
for!

(Yatsu) Of course, nobody knows if it truly has such power. Nonetheless, the
Gale Shrine is under Crimson Helm's control.

(Yatsu) This shrine is home to the Serpent Crystal. It is said to have the
power to lift the 8-headed serpent's curse. Of course, nobody knows if it truly
has such power. Nonetheless, the Gale Shrine is under Crimson Helm's control.
Please, fair maiden, leave this dangerous place at once.

***end optional***

[Ammy goes to Sasa Sanctuary to search for one of the missing Canine Warriors]

(Issun) Ammy, isn't this the place that Mr. Bamboo mentioned? He said he
couldn't get any bamboo to make his bamboo ware.

(Underling #1) Hey, hey, hey! *chirp* Hey, you! Scruffy! What are you doing in
Sasa Sanctuary?

(Underling #2) Skipping in here with that innocent look on your face... You
have a lot of nerve for a wolf!

(Underling #1) You know this is the turf of the Sparrow Clan, right? We can't
just let you turn around and leave! Oh, no!

(Underling #2) We'll tan your hide and send you packing! Boss! Let this cocky
mutt have it!

(Underling #2) Hey, scruffy! D'you even know who this is? This is the mighty
leader of the Sparrow Clan. That's right, the Great Jamba!

[Big Daddy Jamba is introduced]

(Underling #1) OK, boss! Take it away! He's all yours!

(Jamba) ... *chirp*

(Underling #2) Uh-oh!

(Underling #1) The boss is... seriously angry!

(Issun) What the heck is going on here?

(Underling #2) Listen up, scruffy! The boss's precious daughter's been
kidnapped. And he's MAD!

(Underling #1) We're doing everything we can to find her. We've searched all
over. No one's getting through that gate until she's safe and sound. So go on!
Off with you!

(Issun) Huh? They're not gonna let us in? And what was that about their boss's
daughter being kidnapped?

[Ammy examines the gate]

(Issun) Bah! The gate to Sasa Sanctuary's shut tight. We can't get through here
till the Sparrow Clan changes its mind. Hey, didn't someone say the boss's
daughter was kidnapped?

[Ammy leaves Sasa Sanctuary and heads to the Cutters' house]

(Mr. Cutter) Hurgh!? Ga ha ha! What a tasty-looking mutt you are! First that
Sparrow and now a dog! This is going to be quite a feast!

[The Dreadful Mr. Cutter! is introduced]

(Mr. Cutter) Well then... Come on, mutt. It's dinner time!

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts Mr. Cutter]

(Mr. Cutter) Gargh! You've got some nerve, mutt!

***optional #2***

[Ammy enters the house and listens to Mrs. Cutter]

(Mrs. Cutter) Huh! What are you doing here, you shabby-looking mongrel? You've
got some nerve, coming into people's houses like this.

[The Horrible Mrs. Cutter!!! is introduced]

(Mrs. Cutter) I wonder if there'll be a moon again tonight. Moonlight can be a
real nuisance for us, you know. It seems to give us strange powers and makes us
show our true colors. So it makes it hard to keep up a pretense of normal life.
And we get so hungry on nights like that, too. Heh-heh-heh!

***optional #3***

[Ammy exits the house and runs into Mr. Cutter again]

(Mr. Cutter) You again, mutt! You won't get away from me this time! I'll have
you in my pot before you can even bare your teeth!

***end optional***

[Ammy returns to the Cutters' house at night, when the moon is out]

[Ammy bombs a hole in the roof, allowing the moonlight to shine in]

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Mr. Cutter as he sleeps]

(Mr. Cutter) Guuurgh... I'm... so hungry... Guuurgh...

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Mrs. Cutter]

(Mrs. Cutter) The moon's very bright again tonight, isn't it? Moonlight can be
a real nuisance for us, you know. It seems to give us strange powers and makes
us show our true colors. So it makes it hard to keep up a pretense of normal
life. And we get so hungry on nights like that, too. Heh-heh-heh!

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines where the moonlight shines in through the roof]

(Issun) The moon's shining through a hole in the roof! The light of the full
moon sure looks eerie in here. Monsters can't control themselves when exposed
to such light. We should drag any suspicious characters we see into this light!

***end optional***

[Ammy drags Mrs. Cutter into the moonlight, and she casts a monstrous shadow on
the wall]

(Mrs. Cutter) Aaaargh! You saw me! You saw me!

(Issun) Wh-Where'd that shadow come from!? It ain't human, whatever it is!

(Mrs. Cutter) So you saw me... Now I'm going to kill you! I'm going to eat you
all up!

(Issun) Bring it on, ya spooks! Come out and fight!

[Ammy fights and defeats Mr. and Mrs. Cutter]

[A Sparrow pops out of the basket that Mrs. Cutter was carrying]

(Chun) *chirp* Oh, it was so awful being locked away by those monsters! It
feels wonderful to be free again. Thanks so much, doggy. Here, let me pet you.

(Chun) My name's Chun, precious flower of the Sparrow Inn!

[Flower of Sasa Sanctuary Chun is introduced]

(Issun) Is this the girl the boss of the Sparrow Inn was looking for?

(Chun) I'd better get home otherwise Pop will be worried about me. But... If I
go alone, those monsters might catch me again. Would you come with me back to
Sasa Sanctuary, doggy?

(Issun) Bah, this brat's a handful. Oh well, let's hang with her for a bit.

(Chun) ... ... Stuuupid!

(Issun) Why you little...!

(Chun) Come on, doggy. Let's go!

[Ammy escorts Chun back to Sasa Sanctuary]

***optional #1***

[Ammy tries to leave Taka Pass while escorting Chun]

(Chun) Um, wait a minute, doggy! When do you think you might be able to take me
home?

(Issun) Don't be such a spoiled brat. We got things to do, ya know!

(Chun) ... ... Stuuupid!

(Issun) Why you little...!

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to the Sasa Traveler]

(Sasa Traveler) Hey! Where are you going with that young Sparrow girl? Wait!
That means Sasa Sanctuary really does exist! Oh! I want to go there! I want to
go to the Sanctuary!

(Sasa Traveler) I've been working away here for months and I haven't bathed
once! What I'd give to soak in the Sanctuary's hot spring! I can't give up! I
refuse to give up!

***end optional***

(Underling #2) Hey, hey, hey! *chirp* Hey, you! Scruffy! What are you doing in
Sasa Sanctuary?

(Underling #1) The whole Sparrow Tribe is on high alert at the moment. No one
gets through this gate until the boss's daughter is found. Huh? Ch-Chun!?

(Chun) Hi! I'm back!

(Underling #2) Chun! Are you... OK?

(Underling #1) Boss! Boss! She's back! Chun's back!

(Chun) Pop! Pop! 

(Chun) I'm sorry, Pop! I won't go out on my own again.

(Jamba) ... *chirp*

(Underling #2) Uh-oh!

(Underling #1) The boss is... delighted!

(Issun) You sure about that?

(Chun) This white doggy saved me, Pop. You'll give him something to thank him,
won't you?

(Jamba) ... *chirp chirp*

(Underling #2) The boss has accepted you. You're lucky.

(Underling #1) OK, then! You'd better come inside!

***Another chunk of optional stuff***

[Ammy examines a well]

(Issun) An inn's gotta have fresh, clean water, right?

[Ammy examines a bamboo fountain]

(Issun) Gotta love the rhythmic tapping these babies put out. The weight of the
water inside makes 'em move like a see-saw. Mankind sure is incredible, huh?
They made this thing with the sole purpose of making soothing sounds.

[Ammy listens to Mistress]

(Mistress) Welcome to Sparrow Inn! I'm a hostess here. Let us know if there's
anything you need.

(Mistress) We welcome all sorts of customers here. Humans and animals alike.
Customers are customers, after all. We do our best to please all!

[Ammy headbutts Mistress]

(Mistress) *squawk!*

[Ammy listens to the Bath Attendant]

(Bath Attendant) Ahem... W-Welcome! This is Sasa Sanctuary's long-running
Sparrow Inn. Yes, welcome! You're the one who rescued young Chun, aren't you?
It was chaos here for a while when she suddenly vanished like that. Thank
goodness she's safe now! Oh, yes! Thank goodness!

(Bath Attendant) Ahem... Well, luckily we're open again now. But Sasa Sanctuary
is a land of fantasy, far from the human world. We barely get any guests! Yes,
it's true.

[Ammy listens to Servant #1]

(Servant #1) *sigh* That's another month in the red. It's bad enough not having
any guests, but closing the place...

(Servant #1) The boss is horrible with numbers. But he's got a big heart.
That's why everyone goes along with him.

[Ammy headbutts Servant #1]

(Servant #1) Oof! *squawk!*

[Ammy listens to the Head Servant]

(Head Servant) You're... not staying here, are you? No, of course not! I
imagine that innocent look is what got you into Sasa Sanctuary.

(Head Servant) Only the purest of hearts are allowed into Sasa, you know. I'd
be surprised if we even got 5 people a year staying in our inn.

[Ammy headbutts the Head Servant]

(Head Servant) *squaaawk!*

[Ammy takes the elevator up to see the boss]

[Ammy listens to Underling #2]

(Underling #2) We've been waiting for you!

(Underling #1) You did a great job finding Chun. We wanna thank you, too.

(Chun) When I told pop about everything you did, he was really surprised.
Weren't you, Pop?

(Jamba) ... ... *chirp*

(Underling #2) Uh-oh!

(Underling #1) The boss is... very impressed with you!

(Issun) ... ...

(Chun) We want to give you everything in these baskets as a reward! You can
rest at the inn down below. And the hot spring behind the inn is great for
relaxing!

[Ammy listens to Jamba]

(Jamba) ... ... *chirp*

(Underling #2) Uh-oh!

(Underling #1) The boss is... very impressed!

(Issun) ... ...

[Ammy headbutts Jamba]

(Jamba) ...

(Underling #2) Uh-oh!

(Underling #1) The boss is... keeping quiet!

(Issun) Cut it out, Ammy!

[Ammy listens to Chun]

(Issun) ...

(Chun) ... ... Stuuupid!

(Issun) Why you little...!

[Ammy headbutts Chun]

(Chun) Get off!

[Ammy listens to Underling #1]

(Underling #1) The boss doesn't accept just anyone, you know. You're a lucky
mutt!

[Ammy headbutts Underling #1]

(Underling #1) What the...!?

[Ammy listens to Underling #2]

(Underling #2) We looked all over for Chun and couldn't find her. You're quite
something, Master Scruffy!

[Ammy headbutts Underling #2]

(Underling #2) Hey!

[Ammy returns to the main area of the inn]

[Ammy listens to Servant #2]

(Servant #2) The inn's open again, now that Chun's home. That old bamboo
craftsman came back like a shot!

(Servant #2) The old man's in the bamboo grove, is he? Sizing up the plants
again? The bamboo here is perfect for making things, apparently.

[Ammy headbutts servant #2]

(Servant #2) *squawk!*

[Ammy listens to Servant #3]

(Servant #3) Well, this is a first! I've never seen a wolf guest here before! I
hope you enjoy your stay.

(Servant #3) The inn might not look like much, but our service is second to
none! Our food is especially good. Some people come just for a taste!

[Ammy headbutts Servant #3]

(Servant #3) *squ-squawk!*

[Ammy listens to a merchant]

(Merchant) Well, I've sure ended up in a funny place this time! Maybe the gods
are telling me to rest. I have been working hard. But a trader never rests.
That's the salesman's curse! So if you've been sent to buy something, pup, take
a look!

(Merchant) This place sure does calm the soul. No time for relaxation, though!
Take a look if you need something!

[Ammy headbutts the merchant]

(Merchant) You're not going to knock anything off like that, pup!

[Ammy examines a game]

(Issun) There's a board game here, but it doesn't look like it's been used.

[Ammy listens to Komuso]

(Komuso) Ah-ha! My old friend, the white wolf! I heard there was good inn here,
so I came to take a look. And it really is a fine place, isn't it?

(Komuso) What are you looking so worried about? Ah ha ha! Relax! There aren't
any scary monsters around here!

[Ammy headbutts Komuso]

(Komuso) Heavens above!

(Issun) You better cut that out, furball!

[Ammy listens to Servant #4]

(Servant #4) Ah! It is you, isn't it? You're the one who rescued Chun!

(Servant #4) Tell me, did you have to fight anyone!? Was there a big battle!?
What kind of monsters did you have to fight? Tell me everything!

[Ammy headbutts Servant #4]

(Servant #4) Ooof! *cringe* Save it for the monsters, champ!

[Ammy examines some food on the table]

(Issun) Hey, don't go eatin' everything in sight!

[Ammy listens to Servant #5]

(Servant #5) Oh, there's so much to do! Out of my way, please!

(Servant #5) Come along, now! Don't get in the way! At least help with the
waitering instead of just walking around!

[Ammy headbutts Servant #5]

(Servant #5) *squawk!?*

[Ammy listens to Servant #6]

(Servant #6) *yawn* I'm so bored. I'm just killing time, really. I haven't got
any work to do at all.

(Servant #6) *yawn* I'm so bored. You sure get sleepy doing nothing at all.

[Ammy headbutts Servant #6]

(Servant #6) *SQUAWK!*

[Ammy examines a musical instrument]

(Issun) What a beautifully kept shamisen. Boy, I'd love to hear a song or two
from this baby!

[Ammy listens to a guest]

(Guest) Whoa! Now there are wolves serving here? Yup, this sure is a strange
inn, but the food is just great. Maybe I'm dreaming... I mean, an inn run by
sparrows!?

(Guest) When I was a kid, I helped an injured sparrow once. Now I feel like I'm
being rewarded for it or something. I can't help thinking I'm getting extra
special service somehow...

[Ammy headbutts the Guest]

(Guest) Huh!?

[Ammy listens to Servant #7]

(Servant #7) It's him! It's got to be him!

(Servant #7) When I was just a girl, a hunter came to my aid when I was
injured. I never imagined the same hunter would be staying here as a guest! I
must make sure he has everything he wants! Everything!

[Ammy headbutts Servant #7]

(Servant #7) Oof!

[Ammy examines a musical instrument]

(Issun) Hey, there's a koto here. Wonder whose it is?

[Ammy examines a giant bamboo fountain]

(Issun) Wow! Check it out! That's one huge bamboo tube! Could something this
big really work? These things tip back and forth from the weight of water
inside 'em. I dunno if it's plugged up or what, but it sure ain't movin'. I've
seen smaller ones in gardens that don't need much water, but something this
size would need some major hydro power!

(Issun) Look at the size of this thing! Whoever made it sure is skilled. These
things tip back and forth from the weight of water inside 'em. I've seen
smaller ones in gardens that don't need much water, but something this size
would need some major hydro power!

[Ammy examines a gate]

(Issun) The gate's shut tight. Hm... Doesn't look like it's locked... How the
heck are we supposed to open this thing?

***Back to the story***

[Ammy heads to the hot spring area and listens to Bath Attendant #2]

(Bath Attendant #2) E-Excuse me! Wait a minute, please! This is Sasa Bathhouse,
Sparrow Inn's famous natural hot spring. But I'm afraid the water's run out.
We're closed at the moment.

(Issun) Whaddya mean there's no hot water? This is a hot spring, ain't it?

(Bath Attendant #2) It happened the other day. There was a sort of earthquake.
I thought I heard a monster roar. Then the water just stopped flowing all of a
sudden.

(Issun) Earthquake and a monster roar? Wonder if it was that disturbance where
everything went black?

(Bath Attendant #2) Ever since then I've been praying for the water to return.
But it's not showing any signs of springing up again. Never before in the
history of Sasa Bathhouse has this happened! I'm so sorry you've come all this
way only to be disappointed. I blame myself! I must beat myself with my own
fried drumsticks!

(Issun) Hey, cut that out! We hate taking baths anyway!

(Bath Attendant #2) Please! Start again! I've prayed and prayed and prayed, but
the water still won't flow. This is it! The end of Sasa Bathhouse! It's dried
up now! What would my ancestors think? Beating myself with my own fried
drumsticks will be a fitting end!

(Issun) I already told ya! We don't take baths! Right, furball!?

(Mr. Bamboo) Oh, the smell of this bamboo sure brings back memories. The bamboo
from Sasa Sanctuary smells like no other! I can't wait to get started making my
bamboo ware. I must finish in time for the festival.

(Issun) Hey, it's the old bamboo dude!

(Mr. Bamboo) Oh, hello wolfy, little sprite. Thank you for all your help. Ever
since you found the Sparrow boss's missing daughter, entry to Sasa Sanctuary is
possible again. I wish I could thank you somehow... Is there something you're
having trouble with?

(Issun) Trouble? Nah... But that sparrow over there seems to have a problem.

(Mr. Bamboo) Oh, what's wrong, little sparrow?

(Bath Attendant #2) Please! Leave me alone! I have to put things right. I won't
set a bad example for the others. If I sacrifice my flesh to the gods, they
will revive the spring!

(Issun) Here we go again...

(Mr. Bamboo) You wish to revive this dried-up hot spring? I may be of some
assistance in that case.

(Bath Attendant #2) Wh-What was that!?

(Mr. Bamboo) This bamboo tube on my back reacts to underground minerals. I
should be able to easily detect where the hot spring water is.

(Issun) You sure about that, gramps?

(Mr. Bamboo) Yep. My bamboo ware never lies. First, I'll need some help. Now be
a good wolfy and dig me a hole. It'll be fun, like a game!

(Bath Attendant #2) Thank you! Both of you!

(Mr. Bamboo) Very well, I'll explain the hot spring digging game. When the game
begins, I'll start walking around. Your job is to rapidly dig so I can get deep
in the ground. But be careful! Many dangers lurk underground. I'll focus on
walking, so I won't be able to avoid danger. And if I get hurt too badly, I
won't be able to play anymore. But if I'm able to get deep underground, I'll
show you where the hot spring water will bubble up! Shall I explain it again?

(Mr. Bamboo) Very well, let the hot spring digging game begin!

***optional #1***

[Ammy chooses "No"]

(Bath Attendant #2) Wh-What?

(Mr. Bamboo) *sigh* You aren't very nice...

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to the Bath Attendant]

(Bath Attendant #2) Oh, it's you. Without your help, there's only one thing for
me to do...

***optional #3***

[Ammy listens to Mr. Bamboo]

(Mr. Bamboo) Come on, wolfy, how about some help digging. It's like a game! My
bamboo tube will show me where the hot spring water is.

***optional #4***

[Ammy fails to complete the digging game successfully]

(Bath Attendant #2) Oh, it's you two... What's happened?

(Mr. Bamboo) *sigh* I'm too badly hurt to continue.

(Issun) You gotta try harder, furball!

(Bath Attendant #2) The hot spring... What's happened to the hot spring? There
must be water somewhere! Surely! OK. Fried drumsticks are the only answer! If I
sacrifice my flesh to the gods, they will revive the spring!

[Ammy listens to the Bath Attendant]

(Bath Attendant #2) The hot spring... What's happened to the hot spring? There
must be water somewhere! Surely! OK. Frying myself is the only answer! If I
sacrifice my flesh to the gods, they will revive the spring!

[Ammy listens to Mr. Bamboo]

(Mr. Bamboo) I'm all banged up, but... I'll give the hot spring digging game
another try. I have the feeling I'm going to do it this time!

(Bath Attendant #2) Thank you! Both of you!

(Mr. Bamboo) Let's find a hot spring this time! Shall I explain how the game
works again?

(Mr. Bamboo) Very well, let the hot spring digging game begin!

***end optional***

[Ammy and Mr. Bamboo succeed in restoring the hot spring]

(Bath Attendant #2) Water! WATER! The water's flowing again!

(Mr. Bamboo) See? I told you. My bamboo ware never lies!

(Issun) Well done, Ammy!

(Bath Attendant #2) Thank you! Both of you! I'll never forget this! You both
have free access to the bathhouse whenever you want!

(Bath Attendant #2) Oh, I'll dance the hot spring hop forever more!

[A constellation appears in the sky]

(Issun) Look, Ammy! It's happening again!

[Ammy draws the missing stars and a snake appears]

(Nuregami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
I have remained hidden here, creeping along the water's surface. I, Nuregami,
god of water, am happy to bestow upon you my power. Moisten the thirsty earth
and restore the glory of nature!

[Nuregami's power is returned to Ammy]

(Issun) Nuregami? Oh, that's the god of water. That must mean you got the
Waterspout brush technique!

(Bath Attendant #2) Ouch! Hot, hot, hot! Fire! I'm on fire! No! The fried
drumsticks were a bad idea!

(Issun) Lucky for you, Ammy needs some practice. Ammy, try to put out that fire
with the power of Waterspout! Waterspout is a brush technique that harnesses
the power of water. Place your brush over water and then draw a line. The
water's power will pass into the line, creating a stream! But enough talk.
You'd better try it before he becomes a crispy critter. Put your brush on that
hot spring and draw a line to the sparrow.

[Ammy draws Waterspout and puts out the fire on the sparrow]

(Issun) Excellent! No fried sparrow for you, but at least you can make a
stream! But the power of waterspout doesn't stop there. See that bubbling water
in the middle of the hot spring? That's called a power spring. Water power is
concentrated there. If you draw a line straight up from that bubbling water, I
bet you can create an amazing column of water!

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to draw waterspout]

(Issun) Close, but no cigar... That's how you make a stream by drawing a line
from water. But to put out the fire, you have to draw the line to the sparrow.
Remember, water to sparrow! Draw a line to carry the water!

***optional #2***

[Ammy fails again]

(Issun) Hey, were you even listening to me? Waterspout is a brush technique
that harnesses the power of water. You gotta start drawing from a source of
water.

***optional #3***

[Ammy fails to draw a column of water]

(Issun) Wrong, wrong! See that bubbling water in the hot spring? Draw a line
straight up from it!

***optional #4***

[Ammy draws a crooked line]

(Issun) What was that? Well, at least you started at the bubbling water... But
you have to draw a line going straight up.

***end optional***

[Ammy creates a water column]

(Issun) That's what I'm talking about! Now you can control power springs!

[Ammy jumps up the water column and onto a high ledge]

(Issun) Hey, I didn't know you could do that! Maybe we could use this to find
treasure in high places? Let's draw a water column whenever we see a power
spring!

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to the Bath Attendant]

(Bath Attendant #2) Water! WATER! The water's flowing again! I'm saved! My
tasty fried drumsticks are saved! I'm in your debt. I will never forget what
you've done for me!

(Bath Attendant #2) So, would you like to take a dip in the water? It'll make
you feel great! The water can heal any injury!

(Issun) We're clean enough without a stinkin' bath!

[Ammy listens to Mr. Bamboo]

(Mr. Bamboo) If I put everything I have into my bamboo ware, perhaps I could
once again help others someday. I must go get some bamboo from the thicket deep
within the sanctuary, and that means I'll have to go through that gate. But the
gate won't open until this large bamboo tube sounds. And who knows when that
will happen... I'll just have to wait patiently.

(Mr. Bamboo) I'll have to go through that gate to get to the bamboo thicket.
But the gate won't open until this large bamboo tube sounds. And who knows when
that will happen... I'll just have to wait patiently.

[Ammy uses waterspout on the large bamboo fountain, which then opens the gate]

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Mr. Bamboo]

(Mr. Bamboo) Hurray! The gate to the bamboo thicket opened! But I think I'll
take a break in the hot spring while I'm here.

(Mr. Bamboo) My bamboo ware is like my own child. When I think about how my
bamboo ware can make people happy, it makes me happy, too!

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines a small statue along the path in the bamboo thicket]

(Issun) Travelers pray to this little guy for a safe journey.

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds into the bamboo thicket]

[Ammy listens to Tai]

(Tai) Tweeeet! Tweeeet!

(Issun) Whoa, get a load of tweety here! Hey, what's with all the chirping,
kid!?

(Tai) Don't call me kid! I have a name ya know. It's Tai! And I'm not chirping!
I'm crying! Tweeeet! Tweeeet!

[Crybaby Tai is introduced]

(Issun) Oh, you're crying... So, what's with that freaky cry of yours?

(Tai) Take's lost! He disappeared while we were out for a walk! Tweeeet!
Tweeeet!

(Issun) Who's Take? Is he a friend of yours?

(Tai) He's my dog. I lost my dog! Tweeeet! Tweeeet!

(Issun) Whoa, the Canine Tracker suddenly appeared! That must mean...

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Tai]

(Tai) Tweeeet! Tweeeet! My dog Take is lost! He disappeared while we were out
for a walk! Tweeeet! Tweeeet!

(Issun) Oh relax tweety. I'm sure your dog will be back.

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines a bench]

(Issun) This must be for the hot spring bathers after their baths. *shudder*
Baths... I hate baths...

***end optional***

(Issun) Hm? You see what I see, Ammy? Unless I'm hallucinating or something,
that bamboo over there looks like it's flashing. Maybe we'll find something
interesting inside if we cut it down!

(Issun) Bingo!

(Issun) What's a dog doing in there!?

***optional***

[Ammy cuts the wrong bamboo tree]

(Issun) No, no! You're supposed to cut down the bamboo that's lit up! It's so
obvious!

(Issun) Wrong again! Ya gotta aim carefully! Cut down the bamboo that's lit up
in a single stroke!

***end optional***

(Tai) Tweet!? T-Take! Take's back! Take? What's wrong, boy? Why are you
growling!? Tweet!? Wait a minute... Was it this white wolf who spirited you
away!?

(Issun) Oh, gimme a break! Hey, wait. I think this fleabag's trying to say
something! Hm?

(Take) White wolf... What right do you have to bear the Canine Tracker? Fight
me and prove that you are worthy!

[Canine Warrior Gi is introduced]

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!? This must be one of the Canine Warriors! That
Canine Tracker really set him off! What'll it be, Ammy?

(Issun) OK, you sure you're ready? Don't hold back now!

***optional #1***

[Ammy chooses not to fight]

(Issun) Hold on, fleabag! We gotta get ready first. We'll be right back.

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Tai]

(Tai) Wait a minute... Were you the one who spirited Take away!?

(Issun) Oh, gimme a break!

***optional #3***

[Ammy listens to Take]

(Take) What right do you have to bear the Canine Tracker? Fight me and prove
that you are worthy!

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy? You ready!?

***end optional***

[Ammy fights Take]

(Tai) Cut it out! Leave him alone! I won't allow you to bully Take like that!
Keep it up and I'll clobber you!

(Issun) Wait a sec, tweety! We're not bullying anybody! Right, ya fleabag?
C'mon, say something!

(Take) I know Princess Fuse summons me... It is my duty to defeat Crimson Helm,
defiler of the Gale Shrine. But I cannot return... This place is in grave
danger. The monsters will overrun Sasa Sanctuary without me. And the Sparrow
Tribe, they would all be... Oh, what shall I do?

(Take) What's this!? The Power Orb has chosen you. I need worry no longer. I
shall remain here and battle the monsters for the Sparrow Tribe! Even
separated, the hearts of the Canine Warriors beat as one!

(Issun) Huh? Hey, wait a second...

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Take]

(Take) The Power Orb has chosen you. I am now freed from my duty. Follow where
your heart leads!

(Issun) Huh? OK, whatever... I suppose it'll all make sense eventually.

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Tai]

(Tai) I won't allow you to bully Take like that! Keep it up and I'll clobber
you!

(Issun) OK, OK! The fight's over!

***optional #3***

[At night, Ammy listens to Tai]

(Tai) TWEEET!!!

(Issun) Hey, would ya mind losing that feaky face, tweety?

***optional #4***

[At night, Ammy listens to Take]

(Take) I must say, this child of the Sparrow Tribe is doting on me. It's a
little annoying... I'm not a pet.

(Issun) You don't say? Sorry to hear that.

***end optional***

[Ammy returns to the hot spring room]

(Mr. Bamboo) Ahhhhh... What a fabulous hot spring. Wolfy... I heard a ruckus
from afar, but... Why don't you wash off all that grime in the hot spring?

(Issun) H-Hot spring!? I think we'll pass... Anyway, isn't it about time you
started looking for bamboo?

(Mr. Bamboo) Oh... You're right. The festival is just around the corner. It
falls on the night of the full moon.

(Issun) The night of the full moon?

(Mr. Bamboo) Yep. Kamiki Village holds the Kamiki Festival on the night of the
full moon during this time of year. You've heard the legend of how the great
heroes Nagi and Shiranui defeated the terrible beast with the help of the gods,
haven't you? That's why the village pays homage to the gods and the sacred
tree. This year is the 100th anniversary of the beast's defeat. I'd better
finish that bamboo ware I want to sell at the festival.

(Issun) Hot dog! I just love festivals! We gotta remember to go back to Kamiki
Village on that day!

(Mr. Bamboo) Oh, and by the way, wolfy... I'd like to give you a little
something to thank you for your help in the hot spring digging game. It isn't
much, but you may find it useful. Here you go...

(Issun) Thanks, gramps! Whoa, that's some grubby pocket change.

(Mr. Bamboo) There are many small springs known as Mermaid Springs across
Nippon. They say you can pass between them by tossing in one of those coins. If
true, you could travel across Nippon in the blink of an eye!

(Issun) Really!? Those are some wicked coins! They must be extremely valuable!

(Mr. Bamboo) No, not really... You can even buy them at stores around here. I
only kept it because it was kind of cute. I don't have much, so you'll have to
excuse me.

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Mr. Bamboo]

(Mr. Bamboo) It's almost festival season. The full moon will soon rise. It's
been exactly 100 years since that beast was slain. But I always think of Kaguya
when I talk about the moon... Oh, how she used to love gazing up at the moon!
*sigh* There I go again, reminiscing about the past. I'll end up in the
poorhouse if I don't finish my bamboo ware soon.

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Bather #1]

(Bather #1) Sasa Bathhouse is famous for it's powerful geyser, you know. You
feel like you're flying when you're on top of the water jet!

***optional #3***

[Ammy listens to Bather #2]

(Bather #2) At last the bathhouse is back to normal. And there's nothing like
being the first one in!

(Bather #2) Aaah! The water's fantastic! Please! Would you mind not staring
QUITE so much!?

(Issun) Doh!

***end optional***

[Ammy goes to Agata Forest to find the next Canine Warrior]

***optional***

[Ammy finds Kokari by the Deep Abyss]

(Kokari) Oh, it's you again! Hey, have you seen my dog, Ume? He's always with
me when I'm fishing. He disappeared while I wasn't looking. You don't think he
could've fallen into the Deep Abyss, do you!?

(Kokari) The water in the Deep Abyss has always been a bit murky. But today you
can barely see into it and the surface is all ripply. My fisherman's intuition
tells me the legendary fish has awoken! People call it... WHOPPER. They say it
swallowed the moon reflected on the water's surface! You don't think Whopper
swallowed up Ume too, do you!? Well, I can't find him alone. Maybe I'll go talk
to that lady who's visiting Hitoshio Spring...

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds up the hill to Hitoshio Spring]

(Kushi) Mmm... The water here is so lovely and cool! Now, time to get to work!
Here's the barrel...

(Issun) Hm! Why lookie here, it's Kushi! Whatcha up to here, sweetie?

(Kushi) Oh! It's you! Snowy and Issun! I'm here making preparations for the
annual Kamiki Festival. I've come to get water for the holy sake we offer to
the gods. People say that the water here at Hitoshio Spring has divine powers.
We always mix it with the holy sake we use for the festival. That way we can
make 8 Purification Sake.

(Issun) Whoa, hold it right there sister! 8 Purification Sake!? You mean the
sacred drink of ancient legend?

(Kushi) That's right. It goes back to the legend of Nagi and Shiranui. It was
the miraculous sake that they used to defeat Orochi. Apparently they got the
beast drunk and cut off its heads! It certainly smells strong enough to
intoxicate anything.

(Issun) *gulp*

(Kushi) I don't know if the legend's really true or not. But we offer sake to
the gods at festival time and pray for peace.

(Issun) By the way, sweetie, I was wondering... You plan on filling this barrel
with water?

(Kushi) That's right! We need enough for all of the villagers. So I have to
fill this barrel to the brim!

(Issun) ... ... But how ya gonna fill such a big barrel with water? And even if
you can, how ya gonna carry it back to the village?

(Kushi) Hm? ... That's a good point. I hadn't thought of that because Susano
usually takes care of it. He can handle the barrel as if it was as light as a
feather. There's no way I can manage on my own, though.

(Kushi) How silly of me not to think this through! I wonder how I'm going to
get the spring water into the barrel...

(Issun) Silly girl...

(Kushi) How silly of me not to think this through! I wonder how I'm going to
get the spring water into the barrel...

(Issun) Well, I suppose you could fill the barrel with spring water if you
could harness the power of water.

[Ammy uses Waterspout to put some water in the barrel]

(Kushi) That's odd! How did the water get into the barrel all by itself!?

(Kushi) Isn't it strange how the barrel filled with water like that!? I wonder
if it'll keep going until it's full!?

[Ammy finishes filling the barrel with water]

(Kushi) Yay! How wonderful! The barrel's full of spring water already! This
will be plenty for the holy sake for the festival.

(Kushi) Excellent! Now we just have to get it back to the village.

(Issun) Carry it home!? But it must weigh a ton!

[Monsters suddenly attack]

(Kushi) Wh-What is it!? D-Do you want some of the spring water? S-Sorry! I'll
be getting this barrel out of your way s-soon...

(Susano) Back, you beast!

(Susano) Here I am just taking a walk, and look what I run into!

(Kushi) Oh! It's you!

(Issun) Susano!?

[More monsters appear]

(Susano) T-Take one more step towards the lady and it'll b-b-be your last!

[And some more]

(Susano) The g-great Susano, descendant of the Hero Nagi, f-f-forbids it! D-Do
not despair, my fair Kushi! Susano is here to s-save the d-d-day!

(Issun) Uh-oh, this looks bad...

(Susano) I... I swing my sword in the name of love! Susano-Style Sword of
Passion! H-Here I go!

(Susano) YOU! LEAVE! MY! KUSHI! ALONE!

***optional***

[Susano fails to strike down a monster]

(Susano) Ack! Wh-What happened? 

***end optional***

[Susano defeats all the monsters]

(Susano) Huh???

(Kushi) Susano! Watch out!

[Susano defeats one last monster]

(Issun) Hey, you did it, pops! That was amazing! You looked kinda scared at
first, but ya pulled it off for the lady!

(Kushi) Susano... Um, th-thank you. I didn't expect to see such ferocious
monsters here. Are you hurt?

(Susano) ... ...

(Kushi) Susano?

(Susano) I knew it... I knew it all along... Strange things have been happening
ever since then... First that boulder in Kamiki, then that battle with the
bear... And now this... My sword is possessed by a strange power. You listen to
me, O spirit who defiles my sword! I shall not be controlled like some puppet!
By the gods, I shall expose your nefarious scheme!

[Susano runs off. Ammy spits out Issun]

(Issun) Gross! Wolf spit! The magnificent Issun takes offense! Why I oughta -

(Issun) Hm!? Where's Susano? Where did he go running off to?

(Kushi) He left without saying a word.

(Issun) What was he thinking!? I mean, he just won the battle! Now it's time to
win the damsel's heart! At least he could've stuck around to help carry the
barrel!

(Kushi) It's OK. I think he's busy with other things. There's no need to bother
him with this. I'm sure I can manage on my own from here, anyway.

[A shout rings out from the forest]

(Issun) That sounded like that Kokari kid! Is he in trouble AGAIN!? We better
go check it out, Ammy!

(Issun) Whoa! The Canine Tracker suddenly appeared! So, that means...

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Kushi]

(Kushi) Oof! It's so heavy! You couldn't give me a hand, could you, Snowy?

(Issun) Wake up, sister! Does it look like my furry friend could carry that!?
This area should be free of evil power and the water has sacred properties, so
you definitely won't be attacked on the way back.

(Kushi) Oof! It's so heavy! You couldn't give me a hand, could you, Snowy?

(Issun) What did I just say? Sheesh...

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Karude]

(Karude) Hi there, wolfie. Have you seen my son, Kokari? He's been totally
obsessed with fishing lately. But I'm worried that he's not respecting nature
like he should. If he's not careful, he could get himself into all kinds of
trouble.

(Karude) Nature may be beautiful, but it also has a dangerous darker side.
People can even lose their lives to it if they don't respect it. I hope my son
hasn't got himself into any kind of trouble.

***end optional***

[Ammy heads to the Deep Abyss to find Kokari struggling with his fishing pole]

(Kokari) Grrr...

(Issun) Wow, looks like you got a big one there, kid! With all that noise you
were making, I was sure the monsters -

[A gigantic fish suddenly leaps out of the water]

(Kokari) Ume!!! Shoot! My line snapped! Curse you, Whopper! I'm gonna catch
you! You're gonna pay for what you did to Ume!

(Issun) Hey, kid! Where'd that humongous fish come from!? And wasn't that your
dog Ume in its mouth?

(Kokari) That was the legendary fish Whopper. They say it swallowed the moon
reflected on the water's surface! So it really does live in these deep murky
waters! Well, it's gonna pay for gobbling up good old Ume!

(Issun) Sheesh... That dog sure gets eaten a lot, doesn't he?

(Kokari) I don't have any fishing line left... But I'll snag that Whopper yet!
This shall be a battle to avenge Ume!

(Issun) Hey, Ammy, this is getting more interesting by the minute. That Whopper
or whatever it's called would be quite a catch. Let's stick around and see if
we can help him catch it!

(Issun) Now that's what I wanted to hear! Let's get psyched up!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "No way!"]

(Issun) That doesn't sound at all like you. Something wrong?

(Kokari) I'm gonna catch Whopper and avenge my dog, Ume! Where there's a will
there's a way! Right?

(Issun) Oh, yeah... Sure kid... C'mon, Ammy, let's help the kid catch Whopper!

***end optional***

(Issun) OK, Ammy, you got the basic idea, right? Draw a line from the tip of
the pole to Whopper! Don't let this be the big one that got away!

(Kokari) I got a bite!

(Kokari) I got a bite!

(Kokari) I got a bite!

[Kokari catches Whopper]

(Kokari) I knew I could do it. I finally caught Whopper!

(Issun) Heh... And here I was so worried about ya, kid. You're one fine
fisherman. You should be proud of yourself. Keep on fishin'! And make sure to
bring along plenty of line!

(Kokari) How could I ever fish again? I mean, what about Ume? He's never coming
back!

(Issun) Oh boy, the crybaby's back. Don't worry! After all, you - Hm?

(Issun) Look! The surface of Deep Abyss is as bright and shiny as a mirror! The
moon's reflection sure looks beautiful! Hm? Where's the moon? How come I can
only see its reflection?

[A constellation appears in the sky]

(Issun) Hey, look! Another constellation!

[Ammy draws the missing stars and a rabbit appears]

(Yumigami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
After your departure, I hid myself within the moon's reflection. Consumed by a
fish, I patiently awaited this day in its belly. Now that a glimmer of hope has
returned, I have returned. I, Yumigami, god of the moon, cover the earth in
pale moonlight. Use this light in conjunction with your own on your perilous
journey!

[Yumigami's power is returned to Ammy]

(Issun) Yumigami, the god of moon power... So Whopper really did swallow up the
moon reflected on the water! Now you have the Crescent brush technique! That
one lets you draw a crescent moon in the sky. It's said to have the power to
turn day into night. Wonder if it really works? Could drawing a curved line in
the sky really bring out the moon?

[Ammy draws a crescent moon]

(Issun) The moon, the moon! It's come out! Now you have the power to turn day
into night. Heh heh heh... Think of the nighttime pleasures that await! I know
that sounds tempting, but first things first! We still have that matter
Princess Fuse asked us to deal with.

***optional***

[Ammy fails to draw a moon]

(Issun) Hey, it didn't work... Are you really trying? Take a look at that moon
reflected on the water. Draw a nice curved line just like that!

(Issun) Quit messin' with me, furball! You see that moon reflected on the water
over there, don't ya? Well, draw a nice curved line just like that!

(Issun) Hey, isn't that the opposite? They say Crescent has the power to turn
day into night. Let's see ya do it!

***end optional***

[Ume comes flying out of nowhere]

(Kokari) Hey! I-I-I-It's Ume! He came outta Whopper's mouth! You OK, boy?

(Issun) I knew it would spit Ume out. That's why I told you not to worry. I
mean, just look at him. He looks like one nasty tasting canine!

(Kokari) ... ... Really?

(Issun) Yeah! Never seen an uglier looking dog in my life!

[Ume growls at Ammy]

(Issun) What!? I say something wrong!? Just trying to have a little fun like I
do with furball here...

(Ume) White wolf... How did you come to bear the Canine Tracker? Hm? There's a
familiar scent in the air... My former comrades... It emanates from your body!

(Issun) What the!? Well, it's none of your business how we smell! It's just
that we don't like taking baths, that's all! Hey, wait... Did he just say
something about the Canine Tracker?

(Ume) The Canine Tracker decrees that its bearer shall prove his strength. I
shall be the one to test it!

[Canine Warrior Jin is introduced]

(Issun) What the!? You're one of the eight Canine Warriors!? Ammy, this dog
means business!

(Issun) Never thought we'd be going up against you! Bring it on, snaggletooth!

***optional #1***

[Ammy chooses not to fight]

(Issun) H-Hold on there, my good canine! We gotta get ready first. We'll take
you on another time.

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Kokari]

(Kokari) What's gotten into Ume?

(Issun) Don't sweat it, kid. It's just the way of the wild.

***optional #3***

[Ammy listens to Ume]

(Ume) The Canine Tracker decrees that its bearer prove his strength. I shall be
the one to test it!

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!? He's got a lotta nerve. Ready to teach him a
lesson?

***end optional***

[Ammy fights Ume]

(Ume) I know Princess Fuse summons me... It is my duty to defeat Crimson Helm,
defiler of the Gale Shrine. But this child and his father saved me from certain
death. I owe my life to them. What am I to do?

(Ume) What's this!? The Power Orb has chosen you. I don't need to worry
anymore. Even separated, the hearts of the Canine Warriors beat as one! I shall
spend the rest of my years here under the guise of Ume.

(Issun) What? You're not going back to the Princess? After all we went through?

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Kokari]

(Kokari) Wow... That was some fight. Guess the animal kingdom's a rough place.

(Issun) Yeah... And it's a lot more complicated than people think.

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Ume]

(Ume) The subjugation of Crimson Helm is now in your hands. Please tell what
has transpired to my former master, Princess Fuse.

(Issun) Huh? But I'm more worried about you and the kid...

***optional #3***

[A bit later, Ammy listens to Kokari]

(Kokari) Hey there, doggie! I never thanked you for what you did for Ume!
Thanks so much! I couldn't have done it without you! I've been itching for a
bigger challenge since I caught Whopper. Someday, I wanna sail the seas and
catch even bigger fish! After all, a man's not a man without an adventure!
Well, time to hone my fishing skills!

[Ammy chooses "Not interested."]

(Kokari) Huh? Going already? Well, come back and see me sometime!

(Kokari) Fishing isn't just about catching fish, you know. Becoming one with
nature just might be the best part! I can't wait to experience the vast sea,
too!

***The rest of the fishing dialogue is the same as what's found in the 
Sidequest section of Agata Forest***

***optional #4***

[Ammy listens to Karude]

(Karude) My son looks like he's become stronger. Maybe he's realized the power
of nature and it's made him grow. Perhaps this forest is too small for him now.

***optional #5***

[Ammy listens to Kushi as she makes her way back to Kamiki]

(Kushi) Heave, ho! Heave, ho! Phew! Still got a way to go. It's taken ages just
to get this far!

(Issun) How'd you carry that this far!? And how are you gonna carry it the rest
of the way to the village?

(Kushi) Don't worry about that. I might not look it, but I'm quite tough.
Brewing sake's my life. If I can't manage on my own, where will I be?

(Issun) Wow, I underestimated you. I'll keep my mouth shut from now on!

(Kushi) Well, thanks for coming to see me anyway. Here's a little something for
your trouble.

(Kushi) Heave, ho! Heave, ho! You couldn't... give me a bit of help, could you?

(Issun) Look, sweetie, this four-legged furball couldn't carry that!

***end optional***

[Ammy heads to Kamiki Village to find the last Canine Warrior]

(Issun) Whoa! The Canine Tracker suddenly appeared! So, that means...

***If you enter Kamiki during the daytime, the following dialogue can be
heard***

[Ammy listens to Mrs. Orange]

(Mrs. Orange) My husband is so excited about the upcoming festival. I just hope
he doesn't get carried away...

[Ammy listens to Mr. Orange]

(Mr. Orange) Kushi was gone so long, she had me worried there. But thank
goodness she's come back safely! We'll have 8 Purification Sake for the
festival, after all! Oh... I can almost taste it!

[Ammy listens to Kushi]

(Kushi) Oh, hello Snowy! And Issun! How are you both? I'm busy making the 8
Purification Sake for the festival.

(Issun) Did you actually carry that barrel all the way here yourself!? You must
be really serious about your sake brewing!

(Kushi) I couldn't have done it without both of you. Now it looks like I'll
have the sake ready in time. Thank you!

(Kushi) Mmm... The flavor's really coming along. Almost there, I think. This
year's 8 Purification Sake should be super!

(Issun) Wow, she's really into it. Let's leave her alone.

[Ammy examines the large barrel]

(Issun) This must be where she ages the sake. Smells good, doesn't it?

[Ammy listens to Mushi's Mama]

(Mushi's Mama) Not long till the festival now. We have fireworks in the
evenin', you know. It's all very pretty. And a little 8 Purification Sake while
you watch them... Oh, yes! They say a legendary monster was defeated when it
got drunk off it. That's how good it is! Good enough to inspire outlandish
stories.

(Mushi's Mama) I wonder what kind of fireworks we'll have this year. I can't
wait to watch them with a little 8 Purification Sake! They say a legendary
monster was defeated when it got drunk off it. That's how good it is! Good
enough to inspire outlandish stories.

[Ammy listens to Sakuya]

(Sakuya) Great Mother Okami Amaterasu... The condition of the village tells me
that the festival draws near. I worry that this year's festival may bring with
it bad tidings. A great darkness casts its shadow over our land... Even I am
not fully aware of all that transpires in the darkness. It seems that a 
tremendously evil force lies in wait for us all. It is all I can do to remain
here and hope against hope. May the fresh scent of flowers protect you always!

[Ammy listens to Mushi]

(Mushi) Oh, it's the new king of hole digging...

(Mushi) Hey, what's eatin' you, kid?

(Mushi) Hayabusa stopped listening to me all of a sudden. He just sits there
like that all day and night. He won't even try digging up Turnips, no matter
what I say. He'll never be able to regain the crown of hole-digging king! Well,
forget him! I don't need a lazy, disobedient dog like him!!

(Mushi) That Hayabusa won't budge no matter how hard I try. Well, forget him! I
don't need a lazy, disobedient dog like him!

[Ammy listens to Hayabusa]

(Issun) How long are you planning to just sit there? You remind me of a certain
statue I saw somewhere...

(Hayabusa) Is that the Canine Tracker!? Have you come to take me back to my
master?

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!?

(Hayabusa) You must be on an errand from Princess Fuse if you bear that. But I
shall not move from here, for the festival will begin soon!

[Canine Warrior Chu is introduced]

(Issun) You've gotta be kidding me! You're one of the Satomi Canine Warriors!?
And you're ignoring the Princess's summons to wait for the festival!?

(Hayabusa) Come back here tonight. We need to have a man-to-man talk.

(Issun) Man-to-man talk!? Don't you mean dog-to-wolf?

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to Hayabusa]

(Issun) Hm? What's up with him? He hasn't moved a muscle. What's wrong, little
doggie? Nothing to do as usual?

(Hayabusa) ... ...

(Issun) Hmph... The doggie's ignoring me.

(Issun) How long are you planning to just sit there? You remind me of a certain
statue I saw somewhere...

(Hayabusa) Is that the Canine Tracker!? Have you come to take me back to my
master?

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!?

(Hayabusa) You must be on an errand from Princess Fuse if you bear that. But I
shall not move from here, for the festival will begin soon!

[Canine Warrior Chu is introduced]

(Issun) You've gotta be kidding me! You're one of the Satomi Canine Warriors!?
And you're ignoring the Princess's summons to wait for a festival!?

(Hayabusa) You bear the Canine Tracker, so you must know what it decrees. Men
settle their differences at night! Man to man, fist to fist!

(Issun) Man to man? Fist to fist? Don't you mean dog to wolf, paw to paw? You
gonna let this punk talk to you like that, Ammy!?

(Issun) You really can't say no to a fight, can you? Let's show what it means
to be the new hole-digging king!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses not to fight]

(Issun) Hold your horses! Ammy's gotta get ready first. We'll be back!

***end optional***

[Ammy fights Hayabusa]

(Issun) OK, you've got some explaining to do, ya doggie! Why ya ignoring the
Princess's summons to wait for the festival!?

(Hayabusa) I am not the real Hayabusa. The real Hayabusa died along with
Mushi's father when they were attacked by monsters deep in the forest. I
happened to pass by about that time, but I was too late. Right before Hayabusa
died, he begged me to protect Mushi. He foretold the coming of an evil arrow
from the sky. An arrow that would kill Mushi on the night of the full moon...
That is how I came to live here in this village. I have been waiting for the
full moon of the festival season. Nobody noticed I was not the real Hayabusa as
we are the same breed. The night of the full moon draws near. I shall not move
from here. My duty is to fulfill Hayabusa's dying wish. I must protect Mushi!

(Issun) We got a Satomi Power Orb, Ammy! What was all that he said Hayabusa
foretold? Something or other about an arrow that would kill Mushi? That's not a
very happy story for such a festive season. I hope it's not related to that
legend about Orochi and the arrow.

(Issun) Hey, Ammy! Looks like we've found the three Satomi Power Orbs that the
Canine Warriors had! Hmm... I know we promised to bring the dogs back, but...
Well... At least we can bring Princess Fuse the Power Orbs. But I wonder... you
think they can handle Crimson Helm over at the Gale Shrine?

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Hayabusa]

(Hayabusa) You know that old legend, right? Orochi, a horrible monster living
in a cave outside the village, would fire a white-plumed arrow into the house
of the next sacrificial victim on the night of the festival each year. That
Mushi kid couldn't possibly be the next victim, could he?

(Hayabusa) There is no need to worry about that. My duty is to fulfill
Hayabusa's dying wish. I must protect Mushi!

(Issun) I wouldn't worry about it too much. I mean, how could some old dog make
a prediction like that?

***optional #2***

[At night, Ammy listens to Mushi]

(Mushi) Oh, it's the new king of hole digging... What were you doing with that
no-good Hayabusa? You weren't trying to convince him to dig up Turnips, were
you? Well, don't waste your time! That stubborn fool won't listen to anyone!

(Mushi) How long does that Hayabusa plan on sitting by himself? Well, I'm sick
and tired of it. I don't care what happens to him!

***end optional***

[Ammy returns to Kusa Village and goes to see Princess Fuse]

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***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Well Woman #1]

(Well Woman #1) Hey! Have you heard about the wind god of the Gale Shrine? It
seems the wind god used to be a follower of the sun god! But the sun god was
killed by a monster 100 years ago, you know. And they say the Heavenly Kingdom
has been taken over and destroyed. It's like the end of the world.

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Well Woman #2]

(Well Woman #2) Ooh, I've got something really interesting to tell you! You
know Lake Harami in the eastern part of Shinshu Field? They say a monster's
growl can be heard through the shrine gate! And that the Moon Cave on the lake
just disappeared overnight! It's the curse of the monster enshrined there, I
suppose!

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to Princess Fuse]

(Princess Fuse) Why, it's my favorite wolf and bug.

(Issun) Enough with the bug thing already!

(Princess Fuse) I must speak to you about the 3 remaining Canine Warriors. I am
sensing something different about them. Do you bring no word of their condition
or whereabouts?

(Issun) ... ... Well, um... about that... we did find the other 3, but... Uh...

(Princess Fuse) You found them!?

(Issun) Well, yeah... It's kinda a long story, but I'm afraid they won't be
coming back. Instead, they gave us the Satomi Power Orbs.

(Princess Fuse) ... ... I see... Well, I did sense that the Canine Warriors had
changed in some way... Maybe they had a fateful encounter during their journey.
Perhaps strong bonds that cannot be broken have been forged. If they are to
live apart from the Satomi House, I have but one wish. I would wish them to
protect the peace under their new master, for that is the role they were meant
to fulfill.

(Princess Fuse) Well, at any rate, all the Satomi Power Orbs have been
returned! Now I can break Crimson Helm's barrier. I must get to the shrine.

(Issun) Whoa, check it out! The Power Orbs are spinning around us!

(Princess Fuse) How could this be? Have the Power Orbs accepted you as their
new master!?

(Issun) Master!? What're ya talkin' about, lady!?

(Princess Fuse) One does not choose to take the Orbs. They choose their master.
O magnificent Power Orbs, heirlooms of the Satomi House... Are these whom you
have chosen to decide the Satomi House's fate!?

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Princess Fuse]

(Issun) We're supposed to fight that Crimson Helmet thing!?

(Princess Fuse) The Power Orbs have chosen you. I have no right to question
them. Whether to face Crimson Helm is your own choice. All I can do now is to
pray for your good fortune in battle.

(Issun) Hey, lady, these Power Orbs won't go away.

(Princess Fuse) The Power Orbs' decision is final. There is nothing I can do.
They have been passed down by the Satomi House from time immemorial. Now they
shall break the evil barrier and lead us to victory!

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Rei]

(Rei) Do not fear the Crimson Helm, for the Power Orbs shall protect you!

(Issun) Easy for you to say... you're not the one going to face that red hat
thingy!

***optional #3***

[Ammy listens to Ko]

(Ko) Our prayers shall give you strength.

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy? Wonder if it's true.

***optional #4***

[Ammy listens to Chi]

(Chi) We shall await you here. We pray for your safe return.

(Issun) You will? Oh, uh... thanks?

***optional #5***

[Ammy listens to Shin]

(Shin) It is time we sleep, now that our work is complete.

(Issun) Can you believe this, Ammy!? What a bunch of slackers!

***optional #6***

[Ammy listens to Tei]

(Tei) The Power Orbs have chosen you. Eat this. It'll give you strength.

(Issun) Really!? Thanks!

***end optional***

[Ammy heads to the Gale Shrine, enters, and find Susano just inside]

(Susano) Susano-Style Sleeping Monk, Hidden Sake!!!

(Issun) What the!? Well, lookie here, it's Susano again!

(Susano) *grumble grumble* O spirit who defiles my sword! I am closer than
ever... Here at the Gale Shrine, where the beast makes its lair, your true from
shall be revealed! This cursed barrier may bar my way, but if I pray long and
hard, I shall eventually find a way in! ... ... *mumble mumble* *grumble
grumble*

(Issun) The lazy bum's talking in his sleep...

(Susano) Uuuh... Oooh... No, no... Not that... By the gods, I vow to...
*mumble* You won't ever... *mumble mumble*

(Issun) I thought he was just talking in his sleep, but... He seems rather
frantic. It'd be funny if it weren't so sad...

[Ammy approaches the barrier and encounters a spirit]

(Issun) Hey, what's with this guy? I can see right through him!

(Yatsu) Hm? Who are you? How is it you can see me? I am Yatsu, the earthbound
spirit who haunts this area. Long has it been since any have ventured this way.

[Earthbound Spirit Yatsu is introduced]

(Yatsu) My eyes have failed me. I can no longer see. In their stead, my inner
eye can judge a person's true form. You appear to be a maiden most fair. What
could possibly bring you to the Gale Shrine? You must leave this place, for it
is no longer a shrine of the gods. It is now cursed and under the control of a
horrible creature. This is no place for a fair maiden such as you.

(Issun) Fair maiden? He talking about you, furball!? That's the funniest thing
I've ever heard. Aha ha ha ha ha!!!

(Yatsu) What's this? It appears the maiden is accompanied by a little booger.
Is the village to meet its end at last?

(Issun) Little booger!? He better not be talking about me!

(Yatsu) Hardly anyone has visited the Gale Shrine since it has been cursed. The
strangely frenzied man over there is one of the few. He has been meditating
alone at the shrine's entrance. But his sleep is filled with nightmares that
make him cry out. I pity the poor man and would like to render what service I
could, but when I try to peer into his dreams, an evil force bars my way. Who
is this strange man?

(Issun) Come to think of it, Susano said something about being possessed. And
he's been acting all weird, like that time he helped Kushi.

(Yatsu) What's this!? I sense an intense power! It envelops your body... Could
it be the Satomi Power Orbs!? Fair maiden, the orbs would only choose the one
who is our savior. The 8 colors of light are living proof of that. Very well,
you may pass, O savior of the Satomi House!

(Issun) *gulp*

(Yatsu) Beware, fair maiden. Crimson Helm is a terrible foe. It is said that
when the 8-headed serpent was slain 100 years ago, Crimson Helm emerged from a
pool of the beast's blood. Never let your guard down.

[Susano wakes up]

(Susano) Wait, wait, wait!!! The door to the Gale Shrine has opened!? I must
have finally communed with the gods! The time has come, foul spirit! Now I
shall reveal your true form!

(Issun) No, pops, wait!!!

(Yatsu) Is not life dear to that man!? Beware, fair maiden. Crimson helm is a
terrible foe.  It is said that when the 8-headed serpent was slain 100 years
ago, Crimson Helm emerged from a pool of the beast's blood. Never let your
guard down.

(Issun) OK, we get it already... Now stop trying to freak us out.

[Ammy proceeds into the shrine]

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines a windmill]

(Issun) Wow, check out this awesome windmill. I'd love to make this baby
spin... But there's not a breath of wind in the air...

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines a lock on the elevator door]

(Issun) Whoa! Careful, Ammy. There's a Lockjaw here, too! We haven't got a
chance against it without the right key. First things first, let's go find that
key!

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines a pattern on the elevator platform]

(Issun) Hey, check it out. You can't even see the ceiling in this room! Wait a
sec... I've seen this mark on the floor before.

***end optional***

[Ammy rides the elevator to the top of the Gale Shrine]

(Issun) Now that's one big windmill! I saw it from down in the village, but I
had no idea it was this big! Hey, what's that? It's swirling round in front of
the big windmill. It almost looks like wind, but it's black and foreboding.
It's as if the wind were being forced in the opposite direction. I wonder if
that swirling evil air is what stopped the windmill? Maybe that's why the
Divine Wind stopped blowing? If so, it must be the work of that Crimson Helm!
Wonder how we could get rid of that evil air...

[Ammy draws a swirl in the sky to dispel the evil air]

(Issun) See! I knew that would bring the Divine Wind back!

(Issun) OK, one more left! We gotta blow the rest of that evil air clear outta
here!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to properly dispel the evil air]

(Issun) Hey, Ammy! I know you're trying to help with your Celestial Brush...
But we won't get anywhere if you don't stop and think a moment. Doesn't that
swirling evil air look suspicious? Maybe something would happen if you reversed
its direction?

(Issun) That swirling evil air is flowing toward the windmill, right? Well,
maybe it should be flowing away from it? I bet that's what's preventing the
windmill from spinning! What if you reversed the direction of that swirling
evil air? Try to draw over it in the opposite direction!

(Issun) I know, Ammy! See that gunky looking wind flowing toward the windmill?
Why not use your brush to trace over it in the opposite direction? The Divine
Wind has the power to drive away evil. All we need to do is add a little bit of
your brush magic! A fresh breeze is sure to blow that swirling evil air away!

(Issun) C'mon, Ammy! See that gunky looking wind flowing toward the windmill?
Why not use your brush to trace over it in the opposite direction?

(Issun) Oh, gimme a break! You already know how to do it! Just do what ya did
before! Draw over that swirling evil air in the opposite direction!

***end optional***

(Issun) All done! Now that the Divine Wind's back, I bet the big windmill
will...

(Issun) Yes, yes, yes!!! It's starting to spin! Look how strong the Divine
Wind's blowing! Sure hope this drives away the evil down in Kusa Village.

[A constellation appears]

(Issun) Hm!? Now what!?

[Ammy draws the missing stars and a horse appears]

(Kazegami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
For too long, I, Kazegami, god of wind, have walked a shadowed path. At last,
light shines upon me. Use my power to manipulate the wind! Banish those who
would seek to shroud this world in darkness!

[Kazegami's power is returned to Ammy]

(Issun) I bet it was the Divine Wind that brought the wind god back. Now you
can use Kazegami's Galestorm brush technique! Just draw the mark of Kazegami to
create wind! Let's try it out! Hey, that windmill looks like a good target!
Draw the wind mark like you did on that swirling evil air! Let's try to make
that windmill spin!

[Ammy draws Galestorm]

(Issun) Ah... What a refreshing wind! And that door opened when the small
windmill started spinning. This wind is nothing to sneeze at! You should try
this brush technique on a variety of things. But this is no time for us to rest
on our laurels! The big windmill's sending the Divine Wind down to the
village... But that Crimson Helm still lurks somewhere in the Gale Shrine. And
that Serpent Crystal Waka mentioned has piqued my interest. Let's turn this
place upside down till we find both of 'em!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to draw Galestorm]

(Issun) Hmm... You sure you're doing it right? It should look just like that
swirling evil air...

(Issun) You remember the shape of that swirling evil air, don't ya? Just close
your eyes and try to remember what it looked like. Got it? You know the shape
you're supposed to draw now?

***end optional***

[Ammy returns to the ground level of the Gale Shrine]

[On the way down, Ammy finds a treasure chest on fire]

(Issun) Hm... Wait a sec! These treasure chests... I bet you could put the fire
out without using water now!

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines the windmill on the bridge]

(Issun) It'd be a cinch for you to make this big ol' windmill spin now! C'mon,
Ammy, stir up some wind to make this sucker go!

(Issun) Oh, I get it! You have the right idea, Ammy... But I think you're
making the wind blow in the wrong direction. You gotta send the wind blowing
toward the windmill!

***optional #2***

[Ammy tries to leave the Gale Shrine]

(Issun) Hey, where ya goin', furball? It's too late to chicken out now! I don't
know who this Crimson Helm dude thinks he is... But we're gonna kick his fanny
back to wherever he came from!

[Ammy chooses "Let's stay."]

(Issun) That's right! We've come too far to back down now!

[Ammy tries to leave again]

(Issun) Hey, wait! You still wanna leave? I don't know who this Crimson Helm
dude thinks he is... But we're gonna kick his fanny back to wherever he came
from!

[Ammy chooses "I insist!"]

(Issun) Alright, whatever... But remember, we can't ignore Crimson Helm
forever!

***optional #3***

[Ammy listens to Yatsu]

(Yatsu) What's this? Are you leaving the Gale Shrine already, fair maiden? It
is a wonder that you even entered Crimson Helm's lair and survived. But if the
one chosen by the Power Orbs is no match for Crimson Helm, then the end of the
world must be upon us!

***optional #4***

[Ammy listens to Princess Fuse]

(Issun) About those orb thingies... They broke the barrier, but -

(Princess Fuse) The Power Orbs decision is final. There is nothing I can do.
They have been passed down by the Satomi Clan from time immemorial. Now they
shall break the evil barrier and lead us to victory!

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds through the Gale Shrine]

(Issun) Whoa! Check out those massive hanging scrolls! Looks like they're
enjoying that wind you brought back to life! But be careful! It'll blow us away
if it gets much stronger!

[Ammy proceeds down a hallway and examines a wall of fire barring the way]

(Issun) Youch! That's some major heat right there! Let's blow this fire out
with a gust of wind. Hurry up, before you're well-done and ready to serve!

[Ammy enters a large, empty room]

(Issun) Hm? You see that, Ammy? It's some kind of crystal. Looks like a berry
or something. I bet it's the Serpent Crystal for dispelling Orochi's barrier!
You know, the item that Waka guy was searching for. Sweet! We found it before
he did!

[A large monster suddenly appears]

(Issun) A crimson helmet... Hey, it must be Crimson Helm! Heh heh... He really
does look like one mean dude. Better psych yourself up for this one, furball!

(Issun) What the heck!? Aren't these the Satomi Power Orbs? They gonna protect
us or something?

[Ammy fights Crimson Helm]

(Issun) Huh!? Is he chickening out? After him, Ammy! Quick!

[As usual, Susano appears out of nowhere]

(Susano) Back, you cur! I'll handle this one. Charge!!!

(Issun) What the heck's he doing!? He's gonna get sliced and diced! Time for
some brushwork, Ammy!

[Susano (with Ammy's help) attacks Crimson Helm]

(Susano) YA! HYA! RAWR! TAKE THIS! TAKE THAT! AND THAT!

(Susano) And to top it off... Now for some wind!

[Ammy draws Galestorm to stir up some wind for Susano]

(Susano) Yes, wind! More wind!

(Susano) Now you're talking! Wait... there's more!

(Susano) Behold! The secret technique, Wind of Wrath!

***optional #1***

[Susano messes up when attacking]

(Susano) Yowch! Hot hot hot hot hot!!! Do you think you can defeat me with
that!?

***optional #2***

[Susano messes up when calling for wind]

(Susano) Let's try that again... O mighty wind! Heed my call!

(Issun) Wind? Maybe he means this...

***end optional***

[Susano finishes off Crimson Helm]

(Susano) Now I'm positive... This is not my doing. It's the gods! They toy with
me! Will you never stop mocking me! You hear me up there!? Are you happy now!?
Oh, why must I bear this burden of being Nagi's descendant? All I wish is to
live in peace! Do you enjoy dogging my every step!?

(Issun) You OK, pops?

(Susano) Blast you gods! I don't want your power! This whole world can fall to
ruin as far as I'm concerned. Enough of these "legends" and "Nagi's descendant"
stuff! Now, just leave me be!!!

[A giant shadow suddenly appears]

(Issun) Wh-What the heck's that!?

(Susano) Yikes!

(Susano) G-G-Go away! Huh? That voice... One after the other... You're driving
me crazy! Stop it! I don't want to hear about that now!

(Susano) Go away! Leave me alone!

[Susano runs off and the shadow vanishes]

(Issun) *gulp* What was that, Ammy?

(Waka) Bonjour! Oh, am I interrupting something?

(Issun) Oh brother... It's that half-baked prophet again! Hey, that's...
that's...

(Waka) What, this? It's the Serpent Crystal, and it's mine at last!

(Issun) You got a lotta nerve muscling in on our goods like that! We found it
first!

(Waka) It won't do you any good. I mean, I'm the only one who can dispel the
barrier with it. You know, the barrier at the Moon Cave, Orochi's stronghold.

[A loud roar is heard]

(Waka) Hm? You calling me, big boy? Heh heh heh... Keep your scales on, I'm
coming.

(Issun) Hey what's going on? Why ya goin' over to Orochi's place!?

(Waka) Heh heh heh... Oh, I almost forgot. Time for another prophecy. I foresee
a rendezvous with a sweet little thing. Anyway, I must be off. Au revoir, baby!

(Issun) Now you wait a second! Dispel the barrier at the Moon Cave? What the
heck's he up to? This is no time for your victory howl, furball! We gotta get
outta here and get on with our mission, quick!

[Back at the entrance to the Gale Shrine]

(Princess Fuse) Why, my favorite wolf and little bug have safely returned! When
the windmill at the shrine began spinning, I knew it was you. A most refreshing
wind began to blow down into our village. You have defeated Crimson Helm and
restored the Divine Wind! The Canine Warriors rejoice, but they're a handful as
usual... I don't know how to thank you for all you have done...

(Yatsu) I, too, would like to give thanks to these heroic travelers. And
Princess Fuse, last of the Satomi House, you have done well.

(Issun) What? You know Princess Fuse?

(Yatsu) Indeed I do, for I was her husband and head priest of the shrine! My
lingering fears about Kusa Village kept my spirit here, but thanks to you, I
can now travel to the great beyond. Princess Fuse and the Canine Warriors still
have much to learn, but I have no doubt they will prosper. I shall watch over
them. Farewell. I shall pray for your good health and prosperity!

(Princess Fuse) What is it, you two? What were you looking at?

(Issun) Hm? Oh, nothing... Anyway, Princess, there's no need to thank us. Just
keep protecting the village as head priestess of the shrine! I know you'll have
your hands full with those pesky canines!

(Princess Fuse) I have been rather feeble since the last head priest
perished... But as head priestess, I shall now dedicate my life to the shrine
while keeping the remaining 5 Canine Warriors in line!

(Issun) That's the spirit!

***optional***

[Ammy listens to Princess Fuse]

(Princess Fuse) I see that you must continue your journey... I shall pray for
your good fortune.

[Ammy listens to Tei]

(Tei) You are a worthy opponent. I take pride in knowing we have battled!

(Issun) Aw, shucks... You weren't so bad yourself.

[Ammy listens to Shin]

(Shin) We prayed for your good fortune. I'm so happy to see you are safe!

(Issun) Thanks! Those Power Orbs you guys had are really something else!

[Ammy listens to Chi]

(Chi) We shall protect this village now that Crimson Helm is gone.

(Issun) Really? Well, we're countin' on ya!

[Ammy listens to Ko]

(Ko) Our comrades prayed for you from afar, for our hearts beat as one.

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy? Take, Hayabusa, Ume... Thanks for your prayers!

[Ammy listens to Rei]

(Rei) Seeing Princess Fuse's smile gives us new strength.

(Issun) Wow... Never expected to hear those words from you!

***end optional***

[Ammy exits the Gale Shrine]

(Issun) Whoa there, furball! Let's think about our next step before we scurry
off. Was that shadowy creature with those heads really that monster? Our
future's pretty bleak unless we do something about it. I mean, I'm too young to
die! I'd like a chance to use all these brush techniques, too! ... ... You
didn't even so much as growl at that shadowy creature. You slayed that monster
long ago, right? I bet your partner Nagi was the stronger of you two. Or maybe
that legendary sake really packed a punch? ... ... Yeah, it must've been the
sake! Ammy! the legendary sake is back in that village, isn't it? And isn't it
about time for that village's annual festival? Let's go see if we can get a
taste of that special brew! it just might do us some good! Besides, a good
festival's always fun. If I could get Sakuya a little tipsy, then maybe... Heh
heh... Ammy, I suddenly feel like a new man. Let's go!

[Ammy heads to Kamiki Village]

[Upon reaching Shinshu Field...]

(Issun) Looks like it could start pouring at any moment. We might even be in
for a storm.

(Issun) That's what I call a full moon! Come to think of it... Doesn't the
Kamiki Festival fall on a full moon this time of year!? Oh no, they're gonna
finish off all the sake if we don't hurry! C'mon on Ammy, get the lead out!

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***optional***

[Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) Why aren't people getting ready for the Kamiki Festival tonight? I
won't sell anything like this! Don't suppose your owner sent you out to buy
anything, did he, pup?

***end optional***

[Ammy finds the villagers gathered outside Susano's house]

(Issun) Hey, what's everyone doing in front of Susano's place?

(Mr. Orange) You come out here this instant, Susano! You have some explaining
to do! How could you have drunk the sacred sake meant for Konohana!?

(Issun) Huh!? Susano did what!?

(Mrs. Orange) You can come out, Susano. We're not mad at you. You must've had
some reason to drink up the 8 Purification Sake.

(Issun) Uh-oh. This is bad. Why would you drink all the 8 Purification Sake,
pops!?

(Susano) I don't care if it's so special! I couldn't help myself. I just had to
have a drink!

(Mr. Orange) Well, it wasn't any old sake, and this isn't any old festival!
It's been exactly 100 years since Nagi and Shiranui's great victory! We've even
been blessed by a glorious full moon! How could you have done such a despicable
thing!?

(Susano) Leave me alone! I don't care about Nagi and his fleabag friend! I am
Susano, the greatest warrior who ever lived! *hiccup*

(Issun) There isn't a drop of 8 Purification Sake left!?

(Mushi) Susano was acting like a madman when he returned to the village. He
drank all the sacred sake and then holed up in his house. All the sacred sake
Kushi brewed is gone.

(Issun) Why'd he have to go and do that!? This is terrible. I mean, 8
Purification Sake is what saved the day in that legend! The timing couldn't be
worse, with the return of Orochi and all.

(Susano) The dreaded Orochi... It's all my fault. *hiccup* I'm to blame for all
your misfortunes!

(Mr. Orange) That's right, you fool! Do you realize what a fix we're in now
without any sacred sake!?

(Susano) It was I who committed that unspeakable act at the Moon Cave. It was I
who brought Orochi back to life! I have brought utter destruction upon the
world! *sob*

(Mr. Orange) Huh? What is that fool talking about?

(Susano) I was sick of hearing about how I'm a descendant of Nagi! *hiccup* I
wanted to prove it was all a lie by removing the sword Tsukuyomi. But the
legend was true, and I've unleashed an unspeakable evil! And the curse consumed
all of Nippon!

(Mr. Orange) This is madness! You removed the sacred sword that imprisoned the
dreaded Orochi!?

(Susano) I fled to the village out of fear... *hiccup* Then, I blocked its
entrance with a boulder and hid underground. After that, I tried fleeing here
and there... But the gods would not leave me be! Ever they stared down at me!
They let it be known that I'd never be forgiven... At least, not until I slew
the dreaded Orochi! *sob*

(Mr. Orange) I know that Tsukuyomi was removed and the Moon Cave vanished...
But if what Susano said is true, that would mean... Orochi's rite of
sacrifice...

[A loud roar is heard, and from the darkness an arrow shoots into the village,
nearly hitting Mushi, who is saved by Hayabusa, then finally striking Kushi's
house]

(Mr. Orange) "On the eve of the full moon, the 8-headed serpent shall appear,
and the accursed arrow shall mark the home of the chosen maiden." It is exactly
as the legend tells! If we don't offer the chosen maiden as a sacrifice, our
entire village will be wiped off the face of the earth!

(Kushi) Susano. You're no coward. If the gods tell you to fight, you're the
only one who can! You can do it. After all, you saved me, didn't you? I know
you can do it. I know you'll come!

(Mr. Orange) Wait, Kushi! You're not going to...!?

(Kushi) Behold, my Thunder Brew! The great Nagi intoxicated Orochi and defeated
him! My sake is my life. Surely it can intoxicate even Orochi!

[Kushi runs off]

(Issun) Hey, Kushi! Wait! She's not going to take on Orochi herself, is she!?

(Mr. Orange) No, Kushi! Wait!

***More optional chit chat***

[Ammy listens to Sakuya]

(Sakuya) Great Mother Okami Amaterasu... My greatest fear has come to pass...
"On the eve of the full moon, an 8-headed serpent shall appear... The accursed
arrow shall mark the home of the chosen maiden." The tragic past that haunts
this village is set to repeat itself. But this time, the dark forces at work
seem even more powerful. All I can do is pray that you are able to overcome
this great evil. May the fresh scent of flowers protect you always.

[Ammy listens to Camille and Camellia]

(Camille) Wh-What was that!? It's not a cue to start the festival, is it?

(Camellia) I'm scared, sis! *sob, sob*

(Camille) It's OK. So long as we're under the sacred tree, the gods will... The
gods will protect us!

(Camellia) Y-Yeah, that's right. They'll protect us.

[Ammy listens to Komuso]

(Komuso) Oh, protect us all! I felt it. I sensed it! An evil so great it
threatens to consume the entire land! Good heavens, what is it!?

(Komuso) Never before have I sensed such all-consuming evil. And evil forces of
lesser monsters around here have all vanished. It can only be the harbinger of
a great calamity! A disaster!

[Ammy listens to Mushi's Mama]

(Mushi's Mama) What was that loud noise outside just now? Was it thunder? I
felt a bit uneasy this mornin', so I decided to stay in. I told Mushi to stay
in too, but he went out anyway!

(Mushi's Mama) My Mushi's got the devil's luck. He'll be alright, no doubt. If
anything was wrong, his dumb dog would soon be back to tell me.

[Ammy examines a sign]

(Issun) Hey! What're ya doing? This is no time to be goofin' off!

[Ammy listens to Mushi]

(Mushi) Hayabusa... You saved my life! Is that why you were sitting there the
whole time!? Were you waiting to push me out of the way of that arrow!? I had
no idea! I've treated you so bad lately! I'm sorry! Forgive me, Hayabusa!

[Ammy listens to Mr. Orange]

(Mr. Orange) "On the eve of the full moon, the 8-headed serpent shall appear,
and the accursed arrow shall mark the home of the chosen maiden." Nagi and
Shiranui had put an end to that abominable tradition. But alas, it has come
back to haunt us! Oh, dear Kushi... Forgive us. There is nothing we can do.

[Ammy listens to Mrs. Orange]

(Mrs. Orange) Come out, Susano! Is the sacrificial arrow the work of that
legendary monster? Are we doomed to be devoured by that horrible thing? I'm
begging you! Come out and deliver us from this evil!

[Ammy tries to enter Susano's house]

(Issun) What's wrong with you, Susano!? Where's that Mr. Brave face of yours
you always put on?

(Issun) Hey, pops! Kushi went off all by herself!

[Ammy headbutts the door to Susano's house]

(Issun) Hey, pops! Open the dang door already!

[Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) What's going on!? The legendary hero Nagi called this village home.
I thought it would be a safe place to do business. But I think I'd better sell
up my stock and head back to the city. Don't suppose your owner sent you out to
buy anything, did he, pup?

(Merchant) OK! Time to get rid of all my stock and head back to the city. Don't
suppose your owner sent you out to buy anything, did he, pup?

***Back to the story***

[Ammy leaves Kamiki to head for the Moon Cave and catches up to Kushi upon
reaching Shinshu Field]

(Issun) You OK, sweetie?

(Kushi) *pant* Don't try to stop me, Issun. Or you, Snowy. If Orochi's chosen
victim runs away, disaster will befall Kamiki. But... That's not why I'm doing
this.

(Issun) What!?

(Kushi) There's too much suffering in the world. I'm going to use my sake to
rid us of this evil menace!

(Issun) Are you crazy!? We're talking about the dreaded Orochi here! That
attitude's gonna get you killed! You really think you'd win with a little jug
of sake!?

(Kushi) Yes, Issun... I guess I am crazy. But it's the only way. My sake is the
only answer. I'm going! And I'll defeat that monster with my sake!

[Ammy grabs Kushi to transport her to the Moon Cave]

(Issun) Not you too, Ammy! Dang it! Why ya gettin' all worked up? There's no
hope of winning! Well, don't say I didn't warn ya!

***optional #1***

[Ammy tries to go back to Kamiki]

(Kushi) I'm not going to run away, Snowy! I swear it!

(Issun) Ammy! Hurry up and take us to the Moon Cave!

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Mika]

(Mika) Kushi!? What on earth are you doing? I heard a deafening peal of thunder
from the village just now. Believe me. This is no night to be wandering about
outside!

(Mika) Ah... Hello, wolf. You're not taking Kushi for a walk, are you? Believe
me, this is no night to be wandering about outside!

***end optional***

[Ammy and Kushi reach the entrance of the Moon Cave and find Waka there]

(Waka) I knew you'd come, Amaterasu. I take it you enjoyed your rendezvous with
the sacrificial girl, eh?

(Issun) None of your business, ya half-baked prophet!

(Issun) Hey, that's the Serpent Crystal he stole from us!

[Waka dispels the barrier at the Moon Cave's entrance]

(Waka) Well, the Moon Cave is open. You've played your part. Now leave the rest
to me, Amaterasu.

[Orochi's shadow shoots out from the cave and grabs Kushi, then Ammy starts to
run after her and the barrier goes back up, trapping Waka outside and Ammy
inside]

(Issun) Why you... What's the meaning of this!?

(Waka) Meaning? Hmmm... Does the saying "like a moth to a flame" ring any
bells? I mean, you went in on your own accord, no? Of course, only one other
besides the victim is supposed to get in. I guess you really don't count, my
little bouncing friend! Ha ha ha!

(Issun) Dang it! Looks like we've been set up again, Ammy!

(Waka) But were you not planning to enter the cave anyway, ma cherie? It is
time for you to shine, Amaterasu! Now, let me leave you with this little
prophecy - Look, the moon! The moon! The moon came out! Heh heh. Pardon, ma
cherie... That wasn't a very good one. Au revoir!

(Issun) Bah... Guess we're stuck here. But we were planning on taking care of
that Orochi anyway! Cut it out, Ammy. It's no use. Let's go check the place
out!

[Ammy heads into the Moon Cave and we see Susano lurking outside behind a tree]

***optional***

[Ammy tries to leave the Moon Cave]

(Issun) Huh? What's wrong, Ammy? Don't tell me you've lost your nerve? Well,
you better find it again 'cause the exit's blocked now. There's only one way
out... We gotta defeat that Orochi and save Kushi!

***end optional***

[Ammy ascends some steps]

(Issun) Huh? Oh great... The stairway has crumbled away. God or not, this is
just too big a leap for you! We either have to find a way around, or we can go
our way. ... ... You know... Our way! It's so obvious! It's that saying of
mine! "Leap before you think." I know it'll take a lot of guts to do that now!

[Ammy jumps down the hole]

(Issun) Whoa... That was quite a fall. What've we gotten ourselves into this
time? Well, now that we're down here, I hope ya can sniff out Kushi's
whereabouts, furball.

(Imp #1) Hold it right there, fluffy. Whaddya think you're doing? What business
do you have at the Moon Cave, stronghold of our master, the great Orochi!

(Issun) Over there!

(Imp #2) !!! Oh!! You!!

(Imp #1) Never thought I would see your face here. I could spot you a mile
away!

(Issun) You fixin' for a fight, ya chumps!? Well, we don't have time to mess
around with bit players like you! But if you insist, then hurry up, so I can
cut ya to shreds!

(Imp #2) Why, you're just a dumb old wolf.

(Issun) Huh?

(Imp #1) Yeah, look at that foolish mug. You've got to be the dumbest looking
wolf I've ever seen!

(Imp #2) And to stray so far into a place like this... You're not too bright,
are ya, champ?

(Imp #1) I don't think fluffy here is much of a threat. Let's not waste anymore
time here.

(Imp #2) Yeah... I wonder if fluffy's just hungry...

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Imp #1]

(Imp #1) Boy o boy, do you look out of it, mutt. I kinda feel sorry for you.
Makes me wanna feed ya or something.

[Ammy headbutts Imp #1]

(Imp #1) What the!? Not bad for a mutt...

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Imp #2]

(Imp #2) Whaddya want, fluffy? You're not thinking about going through this
gate, are ya? Well, think again! The area beyond this gate is no place for a
mutt like you. Now run off and play somewhere else! I wonder if fluffy's just
hungry...

[Ammy headbutts Imp #2]

(Imp #2) Huh!? We don't have time for you, fluffy!

***end optional***

[Ammy heads into the Calcified Cavern and finds Kushi's Thunder Brew]

(Issun) Hey, isn't this that babe Kushi's sake? Hm, there's still some left.
But I'm not sure it'll be enough to take care of Orochi.

[Ammy defeats a devil gate and a treasure chest appears]

(Issun) Hey, this is one of those masks those Imps wear. But this one's so
plain. No design on it or anything. Of course, any respectable artist can't
resist a blank canvas. I mean, you just wanna paint something on it, ya know?
Hold on a sec, furball. I'm gonna spiff it up a bit!

(Issun) Hm!? Aha ha ha ha ha ha! It doesn't look half bad on ya! In fact, you
look better than your run-of-the-mill Imp!

***optional***

[Ammy doesn't like the drawing]

(Issun) OK, OK, furball, don't get all bent out of shape. Guess I'll have to
redo it. Gimme a minute, will ya!?

(Issun) Well!? Aha ha ha ha ha ha! Now you're talkin! Bet ya like it this time!

[Ammy chooses no again]

(Issun) Sheesh, you sure are picky. Guess I'll have to redo it again. Gimme a
minute, will ya!?

***end optional***

(Issun) Ta-dah! Now you're one mean lookin' Imp! ... But seriously, this is no
time to fool around! Only an Imp would get a kick outta wearing a mask like
this. While we're screwing around here, that Orochi's gonna take poor little
Kushi and... and... I can't bear to think about it!

[Ammy returns to the door guarded by the Imps]

(Imp #2) Hm? ... ... What're you doing here? Looking for intruders?

(Issun) ...?

(Imp #1) There was that silly-looking wolf a while back... but nothing else out
of the ordinary.

(Issun) ???

(Imp #2) We got this place covered. Get back to your post, now!

(Issun) Post? What post?

(Imp #1) The sacrificial ceremony for the great Orochi is to be held today.
Everyone's busy getting ready. There's no time to play around!

(Imp #2) Whaddya waiting for!? Get in there and help!

(Issun) Oh, uh... OK, I'm on it.

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Imp #1]

(Imp #1) Huh? What? Come on! We're doing our job like we're supposed to!

[Ammy headbutts Imp #1]

(Imp #1) Youch! Stop it! That hurt!

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Imp #2]

(Imp #2) Still loitering about here? The great Orochi doesn't put up with
slackers!

[Ammy headbutts Imp #2]

(Imp #2) Huh!? Come on! We don't want any trouble!

***end optional***

[Ammy passes through the door, into the central area of the Moon Cave]

***Note - there are numerous Imps in this area, but I'm not going to number
them all to differentiate them. Please keep in mind that each conversation with
an Imp is with a different one each time. Also, every item that can be examined
and every Imp you can listen to is optional (with a couple exceptions), so I'm
not going to include the regular "optional" warning for that stuff in this
part.***

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "To Kitchen"]

(Issun) *gag* What a foul stench! What the heck are they making in there?

[Ammy listens to the Imp by the ovens]

(Imp) Hm? This is a fine time for the chef to disappear! Last time I remember,
he was right in front of that big pot. Where could he be!?

(Imp) Last time I remember, the chef was right in front of that big pot. If
that appetizer's not done soon, Lord Orochi will eat us instead!

[Ammy opens the big pot and finds the chef inside it]

(Ajimi) Owie! Owie! Owie! Hot stuff! Hey, sweetheart! Yeah, you! Get me out of
here before I end up well-done! Owie! Owie! Owie!

(Ajimi) Phew... That was a close one, darling. I'm the fabulous head chef of
this kitchen, by the way. No need for formalities. You can just call me Ajimi!

[Head Chef Ajimi is introduced]

(Ajimi) I was cooking with such tender loving care that I totally spaced out
and almost cooked my own goose!

(Issun) Tender loving care?

(Ajimi) What an absolutely fabulous mask you have there, sweetheart. Say... How
would you like to be my assistant!?

(Issun) Assistant!? Oh, no I -

(Ajimi) I have to whip up a lip-smacking appetizer to whet Lord Orochi's
appetite before the time comes for the human sacrifice course. Please! I'll
make it worth your while!

(Issun) Wait, wait! We, uh... didn't come here to help, you see. Oh, how should
I put it...

(Ajimi) Tsk, tsk! Never mind that! It's just that I've run into a wee bit of a
problem. I'm almost done, but alas! I've run out of my secret ingredients! I
could finish up without them... But then I wouldn't be putting my heart into my
beloved's meal!

(Issun) Beloved? Well, I can relate to your obsession with detail. I mean,
quality does suffer when you cut corners. All artists know that! Anyway, I'm
in, fruitcake!

(Ajimi) That's fabulous news, sweetheart! There are 4 secret ingredients I'll
need you to find. Now pay attention. All of them can be found somewhere in the
Moon Cave. OK, here goes... Ogre Liver! Lips of Ice! Eyeball of Fire! Black
Demon Horn! Got that? OK then, I'm counting on you! Oh, silly me! I almost
forgot... Here, take this key with you. The rest is up to you, darling!

[Ammy listens to Ajimi]

(Ajimi) I need the following 4 ingredients: Ogre Liver! Lips of Ice! Eyeball of
Fire! Black Demon Horn! Got that? OK then, I'm counting on you!

[Ammy returns without finding any of the ingredients]

(Ajimi) Oh dear, what have you been doing!? How could you come back empty
handed like this!? I need those 4 secret ingredients! Now hurry up and go find
them!

(Ajimi) What do you want now? I need those 4 secret ingredients! Now hurry up
and find them!

[Ammy listens to the Imp by the ovens]

(Imp) Actually, I already knew that the chef fell into the pot. But that's OK.
I'm sure it would have only enhanced the flavor.

(Issun) Blech...

(Imp) Anyway, we're counting on you to find the seasonings. Look, the locations
are marked on your map. It should help you to locate them!

(Imp) We're counting on you to find the seasonings. It won't take you long if
you just use your map. Hurry! You know what will happen if we keep Lord Orochi
waiting!

[Ammy listens to the Imp on the elevator]

(Imp) Huh!? What do YOU want!? I bet you want to trade jobs with me! Well, the
answer is no! I've always wanted to operate this elevator. And now, finally,
it's MY turn! I couldn't wait to turn the crank! That makes the elevator move,
you know. When the water below recedes, I'm gonna raise and lower this elevator
to my heart's content!

[Ammy listens to the Imp by a large bell]

(Imp) *sigh* Where's the appetizer? Lord Orochi always demands an appetizer
before he dines on his human sacrifice. What's taking so long!? It should've
been ready by now! Lord Orochi's going to chew us up and spit us out if we
don't hurry! What on earth are those darn cooks doing!?

(Imp) Hey! Don't ring the epicurean bell yet! You're not supposed to ring it
until the appetizer is ready. Lord Orochi will punish us if it's rung before
that!

[Ammy listens to the Imp by the exit door]

(Imp) Hm...? Never seen you before. ... ... Not a bad mask... I like that
pattern!

(Imp) Not a bad pattern on that mask of yours. Hey, let's trade masks! No?
Alright, fine. Be that way. *sniff*

[Ammy uses the key to access a new area of the Moon Cave]

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Watch your step!"]

(Issun) Watch where you're going, furball!

[Ammy examines a strange post]

(Issun) Hm? Check out this eyeball lantern, Ammy. I don't trust the shifty-eyed
thing! It's kinda freaking me out! I'd feel a whole lot better if we could make
it shut somehow.

[After using Power Slash on the eyeball lantern, Ammy examines it again]

(Issun) Heh heh! It shut tight like a clam! It's like a switch or something.
Lets keep our eyes peeled for more of these!

[Ammy uses Waterspout to access higher ground in the central area]

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Breaks easily, so be careful!"]

(Issun) Careful now, Ammy... Better tread lightly.

[After falling off the broken bridge, Ammy examines a sign that reads "Give the
signal using the Bamboo Fountain."]

(Issun) Hm...

[Ammy listens to the Imp by the fountain]

(Imp) *sigh* I couldn't think of a more boring job than this. When I get the
signal, I open the valve over on that wall. And when I'm told to close it, I do
so. Day in and day out. I'm nothing more than a cog in the machine!

(Imp) When I get the signal, I open the valve over on that wall. And when I'm
told to close it, I simply close it once more. I'm nothing more than a cog in
the machine!

[After opening the valve, Ammy listens to the Imp]

(Imp) Don't you go opening the valve without the signal! I'm warning you! Lord
Orochi doesn't suffer fools lightly! Don't you realize we're just cogs in the
machine? Now be a good little cog and stick to what you're supposed to do!

[Ammy uses Waterspout to access another new area]

[Ammy examines the ground]

(Issun) Hm? You feel that, too? There's a wind blowing up from below.

[After using Power Slash on an eyeball lantern, Ammy examines the hole where
the floor just opened]

(Issun) Holy smokes! Get a load of that, Ammy! The water at the bottom of this
pit looks poisonous! Even you wouldn't stand a chance if you fell in there.

***optional***

[Ammy brings back less than 4 of the ingredients to Ajimi]

(Ajimi) What do we have here!? You found one of the ingredients! I just adore
you, powderpuff!

(Issun) Powederpuff?

(Ajimi) Hee hee hee! With each secret ingredient I add, my love for Lord Orochi
shall deepen!

(Ajimi) Yes? I still need 3 more secret ingredients. Don't keep me waiting
darling!

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to the Imp on the elevator]

(Imp) *gulp* Now that the water below has receded, I'm surprised to see how
deep the shaft is! I feel all weak in the knees! The elevator will go crashing
down to the bottom if I don't keep a firm grip on this crank here! So you
better not disturb me! Got it!?

[Ammy Power Slashes the Imp and rides to the bottom of the shaft]

[Ammy listens to an Imp]

(Imp) Hee hee hee hee! I guard the door here. Boy, I just love this job. It
makes life worth living! I recently added a special mechanism to the door. Now
it's really hard to open! The sight of people trying with all their might to
open the door makes me laugh my head off! Hee hee hee hee!

[Ammy opens the door and listens to the Imp again]

(Imp) You didn't actually manage to open that door, did you!? You gotta be
kidding me! If they find out somebody opened it... I'll be fired!

(Imp) How did you figure out that mechanism anyway? I never thought anyone
would open that door so easily. You're obviously not your average underling!

[Ammy examines a large frozen statue of a phoenix]

(Issun) Hm? What's with this iced statue? No wonder it's so chilly in here. ...
... Ammy, this is no ordinary chill. It's a kind of creepy feeling... I bet
there are monsters nearby! Better be careful!

[A monster appears, Ammy fights and defeats it, and the phoenix statue bursts
into flames]

(Issun) This phoenix is only a statue, right? I mean, it looks like it might
take off at any moment!

[A constellation appears, Ammy draws the missing stars, and a phoenix appears]

(Moegami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
Sealed away by the dark forces, I have spent years in this cave. Time passed,
but I was unable to make my way to freedom. But now, your power has lifted the
curse that plagued me. I, Moegami, god of flames, lend you my fiery power. Burn
a new source of light into the obscuring darkness!

[Moegami's power is returned to Ammy]

(Issun) Wow, never expected to find a brush god here! We got a powerful ally
just when we needed it! Moegami is the most fearsome of all the brush gods! Its
technique, known as Inferno, reduces almost anything to ashes!

(Issun) Hmm... Who should be our first victim? I know, that ice over there!
Listen up, Ammy! Inferno is based on the power of fire. You gotta place your
brush on a source of fire and draw a line. The power of fire will surge into
the line, creating an inferno! But actions speak louder than words, so try it
out on that ice! Place your brush on that flaming statue and draw a line to the
ice!

[Ammy draws Inferno and melts the ice]

(Issun) You did it, ya big furball! That's one hot technique! It'll probably
only singe a few scales off that Orochi. But it'll make crispy critters outta
the snake's underlings!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to draw Inferno]

(Issun) Were you even listening? I said Inferno is based on the power of fire.
So, you gotta place your brush on a source of fire and draw a line!

(Issun) Close, but no cigar! Now all you have to do is draw a line from the
flames! But remember to connect it to the ice this time. Remember, flames to
ice. Now draw a line to carry that fire!

***end optional***

[Ammy finds another elevator and listens to the Imp holding the crank]

(Imp) Whee! It's been so long since anyone stopped by! I was worried the crank
was going to rust from lack of use. Well... Let's crank this thing on up! Whee!

[After reaching the top, Ammy listens to the Imp again]

(Imp) Whee! So how did you like the ride? I've been doing this for 80 years.
That means you never have to worry when you ride with me!

[Ammy brings 2 of the ingredients to Ajimi]

(Ajimi) What do we have here!? You brought back more than one of the secret
ingredients!? Wow, you're good. I just knew you'd make the perfect assistant!

(Issun) It was nothing. Anyways, we're kinda in a hurry.

(Ajimi) Hee hee hee! With each secret ingredient I add, my love for Lord Orochi
shall deepen!

[Ammy listens to the Imp on the central elevator]

(Imp) Wheee! What a thrilling ride! I'm hooked on this job now!

[Ammy returns to the broken bridge]

(Issun) Whoops... Who was it that broke this bridge again? Well, Ammy, you are
actually heavier than you look... That power of yours could easily handle a
broken bridge. But why don't ya think about goin' on a diet first?

[Ammy examines the bridge sign]

(Issun) Wow, this old cave is literally falling apart.

[A loud roar echoes throughout the Moon Cave]

(Issun) That was Orochi, no doubt... Sounds like he's hungry or something! Oh,
no! Maybe he couldn't wait for his appetizer! He hasn't eaten poor Kushi first,
has he!?

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Skull Dunes, Don't play with the ball."]

(Issun) Ack... What's with all this sand crumbling off the ceiling!? Ammy, we
better be extra careful around here.

[Ammy Power Slashes an eyeball lantern]

(Issun) Huh? I thought I saw a path for a second when the sand blew by.

(Issun) Ammy, I wasn't seeing things, was I? I really did see a path when the
sand blew by, didn't I?

[Ammy listens to an Imp merchant]

(Imp Merchant) Hm? Here for a snack or something during your break? Well, take
your pick. Just don't try to stiff me!

(Imp Merchant) Boy, you sure take a lot of breaks. But I suppose I shouldn't
complain as long as you don't stiff me!

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "DANGER! Do not use the cannon! It's out of
order!"]

(Issun) I wanna do just the opposite when I see a sign like this. Guess I
should change my title to Issun the Fearless!

[After getting all the ingredients, Ammy returns to Ajimi]

(Ajimi) What do we have here!? You brought back more than one of the secret
ingredients!? Wow, you're good. I just knew you'd make the perfect assistant!

(Issun) It was nothing. Anyways, we're kinda in a hurry.

(Ajimi) Hee hee hee! With each secret ingredient I add, my love for Lord Orochi
shall deepen!

(Ajimi) OK! Now I have all the secret ingredients. It's time to finish off my
special dish! Feast your eyes on my fabulous skills, darling! With a true heart
and tender loving care, I shall prepare a symphony of demonic goodness!

[Ajimi makes the appetizer]

(Ajimi) Ta-dah! Introducing the crown jewel of appetizers! Guaranteed to bring
out maximum flavor in any main course! I give you my ultimate masterpiece!
"Dungheap slimebucket goulash"! This shall make that main course, Kushi, taste
1,000 times better! Well, we mustn't keep Lord Orochi waiting, sweetheart. Go
to the great hall and ring the epicurean bell. That shall herald the completion
of my appetizer masterpiece! The sound of that melodious bell shall draw open
the curtain on Lord Orochi's bloody feast!

(Ajimi) Powderpuff! What are you waiting for? If you don't hurry up, the
"dungheap slimebucket goulash" is going to get cold! Now hurry over to the
great hall and ring the epicurean bell. It shall herald the completion of my
appetizer masterpiece! The sound of that melodious bell shall draw open the
curtain on Lord Orochi's bloody feast!

[Ammy listens to the Imp by the ovens]

(Imp) Now all that's left is to ring the epicurean bell in the great hall.
Hurry! You know what will happen if we keep Lord Orochi waiting!

[Ammy listens to the Imp by the bell]

(Imp) Hee hee! At last! The meal is ready! Let the epicurean bell ring out! Let
it ring as many times as Lord Orochi has heads! Ringing the bell is normally my
job. But seeing how you've been just itching to ring it all this time, I'll let
you do the honors! Put your wicked body and evil soul into it! Make it ring out
with wild abandon!

[Ammy rings the bell and the meal is brought up to Orochi via the elevator]

[Ammy listens to the Imp by the bell]

(Imp) Now this is the scary part. If the meal does not please Lord Orochi,
those cooks will get their gooses cooked! *sigh* It's tough being an
underling...

[Ammy listens to Ajimi]

(Ajimi) At last, Lord Orochi shall partake of my masterpiece! Oh... I feel
tingly all over just thinking about it!

[Ammy listens to the Imp on the elevator]

(Imp) Phew... That sure was stressful! I wish I hadn't seen Lord Orochi's
throne room. There is something about that place that just terrifies me!

(Issun) Sorry pal, but... Would ya mind taking this elevator to that throne
room again?

(Imp) Wh-What!? Are you insane!?

(Issun) Oh c'mon. Please? I mean, I wanna take a peek at Lord Orochi's throne
room, too! C'mon, just this once!

(Imp) B-B-But... We're just Lord Orochi's lowly underlings! Lord Orochi will
surely gobble us up if we barge in during dinner! You really want to see the
throne room that bad!?

(Imp) ... ... I can see that you won't change your mind. I'll take you to the
throne room if you want to go that bad. After all, I was born to operate this
elevator!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Maybe not..."]

(Imp) Ha! I can see it in your eyes. You're really too scared to go look! Now
stop fooling around!

(Issun) Um... This big furball here... Er... I mean... I... changed my mind. I
really want to go see Lord Orochi's throne room. C'mon... Pretty please? Won't
you take this elevator to the throne room again!?

(Imp) You're not serious, are you!? We're just Lord Orochi's lowly underlings!
Lord Orcohi will surely gobble us up if we barge in during dinner! You really
want to see the throne room that bad!?

***end optional***

[Upon reaching the upper level, Ammy listens to the Imp again]

(Imp) You'll see the throne room once you're over that slope ahead. But if you
don't hurry, you better be ready to get gobbled up along with the appetizer
over there. Go grab a peek at the throne room and then hightail it back here!

[Ammy examines the appetizer]

(Issun) *gag* This appetizer reeks! Let's leave this disgusting thing alone!
That Orochi's gonna gobble up poor little Kushi if we don't hurry! Let's go
find that big worm!

[Ammy listens to an Imp merchant]

(Imp Merchant) Huh? What do you want in a place like this? Hm, now here's a new
face. Coming here shows great bravery. Want an offering for Lord Orochi?
There's plenty here!

(Imp Merchant) You look tough for a newcomer. Want an offering for Lord Orochi?
There are plenty here!

[Ammy ascends the ramp and enters Orochi's throne room]

(Issun) A-Ammy, look! Over there!

[Ammy spots Kushi and races to her, only to have Orochi burst forth from the
ground below]

(Orochi) O wild god of the heavens... 100 years have passed since you
imprisoned me here. How is it you have come back after perishing and turning
into stone? 100 years in a cold stony tomb... You reek of decay!

(Issun) I've heard enough! Bottoms up, big guy!

[Ammy attacks Orochi, but to no avail]

(Issun) That cheater has a barrier up! What are we gonna do now!? Any bright
ideas, furball?

(Issun) Run, Kushi! Run!

[Once more, Susano shows up out of nowhere]

(Susano) Hold it right there, vile serpent!

(Kushi) Susano! You came! I knew you'd come!

(Susano) Have no fear! Susano is here! Orochi and I have a score to settle.

(Issun) Pops!?

(Orochi) Long have I awaited your coming, O descendant of Nagi. Now we shall
fulfill this burning desire which has consumed us. The descendants of Nagi have
kept me imprisoned here for 100 years. Yet it is that accursed bloodline which
shall unleash my true power. A pact between Nagi's descendant and I, the great
Orochi, shall deliver unto me dark powers beyond all comprehension. Let us seal
the blood pact for all eternity!

(Issun) What the heck's serpent breath talking about!? A blood pact with Susano
will unleash Orochi's true power!?

(Orochi) O he who seeks power, your first chance slipped through your grasp.
But now the time has come for us to seal our eternal bond! Speak the words "I
wish darkness upon the world." Utter that prayer to me and seal our blood pact.
You too shall gain dark powers beyond all comprehension.

(Issun) Orochi's trying to tempt Susano! I bet that sneaky serpent was the one
giving pops those nightmares!

(Orochi) Now, utter the prayer! Let the words come from deep within! Recite the
words of our blood pact!!!

(Susano) Oh, I shall! I am the descendant of Nagi! Behold! Susano, the greatest
warrior who ever lived! Hear me, vile serpent who would seek to harm a helpless
woman! Your time is up! Feel the wrath of my trusty sword!

(Susano) Foolish beast! Did you really think you could deceive me!? The only
pact for me is the one that comes with my bloodline! If it is my fate to fall
battling evil, then so be it. I seek help from neither god nor demon! The
heroic bloodline of Nagi is all I require to slay you!

[Ammy sees the sake spilling into the moat around Orochi]

(Issun) Glittering gold sake... Is that 8 Purification Sake, Ammy!?

(Issun) Susano and Kushi made a miracle happen! Time to work your magic, Ammy!

[Ammy starts to battle Orochi]

(Issun) Your stupid face doesn't scare us, ya big worm! Quick, Ammy! The sake!
Shoot the 8 Purification Sake right into Orochi's gaping mouth!

(Issun) It's working! Heh heh! Take that, ya big worm! Keep it coming, Ammy!

(Issun) Look! That's one down! Don't stop there! Let's get the other heads
drunk, too!

(Issun) The worm's down! Looks like that barrier has finally dissolved. And if
that's the case... Then you're free to finish Orochi off with your weapons and
brush!

[Ammy fights Orochi and greatly weakens him]

(Susano) The time has come! O sacred moon of the heavens, come forth and pierce
this darkness! Bear witness to the beast's demise upon my trusty sword
Tohenboku! 

(Issun) Did he say moon? Right! The legend says the moon was shining when Nagi
slew Orochi!

[Ammy draws the moon and Susano's sword powers up]

***optional***

[Ammy waits too long to draw the moon]

(Issun) Hey, hurry it up with that moon already!

***end optional***

(Susano) Susano-Style Blade of Truth! GOOD! WILL! NEVER! GIVE! IN! TO! EVIL!

***optional***

[Susano misses when attacking]

(Susano) Is that the best you can do!? I'll show you how a real man fights!

***end optional***

(Issun) Finish it off, Ammy!

(Susano) No, Fido! I don't need your help this time!

(Susano) Now for the ultimate in Susano-Style martial arts! Celestial Cleaver!

[Susano slices Orochi in half and finishes him off]

(Susano) Dearest Kushi... Just as you devote your life to sake brewing, the way
of the sword is all I know... Yet I have failed, for I unleashed that foul
beast upon the world. I allowed evil to cloud my judgment. Who am I to claim
the right to wield a sword now? Alas, there is no reason for me to live -

(Kushi) Oh, Susano. Why do you look so serious? Come on! Laugh like you
normally do! Looking like that is what makes monsters turn up. So come on!
Laugh! Laugh like you do when you help me harvest the rice every year!

(Susano) ... ... Heh heh heh... Aha ha ha ha ha... Aha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
ha!

(Narrator) And so it came to pass that, 100 years after its first defeat, the
dreadful Orochi succumbed to Amaterasu and Susano's onslaught. As the foul
breath left Orochi's twisted body, the curse lifting, a powerful sword known as
Tsumugari appeared. It was the reborn form of Tsukuyomi, which had been
consumed by Orochi. Armed with this new blade, Amaterasu prepared for further
adventure.
At that moment, a mysterious evil force emerged from Orochi's corpse, splitting
off in all directions and flying off into the distant sky. At that time, no one
had any inkling as to just what that force was. The truth is, the real calamity
and chaos had yet to visit the world.
But for the time being, Kamiki found itself enjoying a new era of peace. Our
story, however, is far from over. In fact, it is just beginning...

(Issun) That's right, Ammy! We're just gettin' started! I mean, we can't let a
great adventure simply end like this. Now gimme one of those famous victory
howls of yours!

[Elsewhere, an unknown figure is gazing into a crystal ball]

(???) At last... At last the time has come. The unseverable bonds between
heaven and earth... Waka, the situation has grown urgent. You must return to
the city at once.

(Waka) Tres bien! Amaterasu... You may have slain Orochi this time... but do
not assume it will be so easy the next.

[We return to Shinshu Field]

(Issun) Check out that starry sky! I know they're up there somewhere, my furry
friend... Those constellations of the brush gods are just waiting to be found!

[Fireworks are going off in the distance]

(Issun) Whoa! That must've been one of Tama's fireworks. Wonder if the
villagers already found out that Orochi's dead? Oh, I know! It must be the
festival! They just started the annual Kamiki Festival! Oh, YEAH! Time to
party, furball! Back to the village! Hurry!

[Ammy and Issun return to Kamiki to enjoy the festivities]

***optional #1***

[Ammy tries to leave the village]

(Issun) Where d'ya think you're going? It's party time, furball! I mean, the
Kamiki Festival's only once a year! Let's cut loose!

(Issun) Hold it right there! Does the word "festival" ring a bell!? C'mon, it's
party time. Let's have some fun!

(Issun) Whaddya have, ants in your pants? Oh yeah, you don't have pants...
Anyway, why d'ya keep trying to leave? It's party time!

***optional #2***

[Ammy chooses "Right now!"]

(Issun) Fine, whatever... The festival's only once a year. But if you wanna
leave, then just leave! Why are you always in such a hurry? You do realize you
haven't got all your brush skills back, don't ya? So far you've found 9. Let's
see, there's Rejuvenation, Power Slash and Sunrise. Then there's the 3-part
technique of the gods of flora. You know... Bloom, Water Lily, and Vine, which
only count as one. And finally... There's Cherry Bomb, Waterspout, Crescent,
Galestorm, and Inferno. Wonder where the other 4 brush gods are hiding? The
remaining 4 brush techniques are the hardest to find. We've searched all over
the countryside already. Now that we've taken care of that Orochi and all,
maybe it's time we headed out to the capital city! If there are more people,
there could be more gods there!

***optional #3***

[Ammy chooses "Umm... No."]

(Issun) Good answer! Let's party hearty!

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) Ah-ha! There you are, pup! Can't deny it now! Nagi and his
descendants really are special. Beating Orochi like that... It's amazing! The
villagers have just started celebrating at the Sacred Deck. Yup, a peaceful
village like this wouldn't be a bad place to settle. So, better get on with the
business, I guess!

[Ammy listens to Komuso]

(Komuso) I felt it. I sensed it! The ancient monster disappearing with one
final roar! That man, Susano, has a relentless and mighty drive within him.
Huh? I sense a new driving force for Susano now. Could it be... love!?

(Komuso) You're curious about Susano's fortunes in love? Well, he should be
back here in the village. But I don't sense him anywhere. Perhaps he and his
special someone are talking in secret somewhere. You must not poke your nose in
their affairs too much, my friend.

[Ammy listens to the Nameless Man]

(Nameless Man) Hey, friend! Where have you been? Did you hear about Susano and
the monster, man? Freaky... He used to do his best to avoid trouble. I'll drink
a toast to him! To the brave warrior!

(Nameless Man) You want to knock back a drink, man? Cool. Just let me finish
this one off. Then we'll have some of Kushi's Thunder Brew out of that barrel!

[Ammy listens to Karude]

(Karude) Ah! You look like you're having fun, wolf. Just chased some monsters
off of your territory, have you? You know, the festival's a time to honor our
sacred tree, Konohana. Maybe the gods smiled on us and lent you their strength!
Ha ha ha!

(Karude) My son was really impressed when he heard what Susano did. It's made
him more determined than ever to make something of himself. Yeah, wanting to be
just like your heroes... That's what makes a man! Kokari, you grow up to be
good and strong, son!

[Ammy listens to Mr. Bamboo]

(Mr. Bamboo) Ah, are you well, wolf? Thanks to you, business is good. I'm
enjoying a celebratory drink. Ah... Looking at the crescent moon reminds me of
Kaguya. Do you know anything about her, wolfy?

[Ammy selects "How would I?"]

(Mr. Bamboo) I didn't think so. I'd be pretty amazed if you did!

(Mr. Bamboo) *sigh* It sure is a wonderful moon, isn't it? Say, wolf, do you
know anything about Kaguya?

[Ammy selects "How would I?"]

(Mr. Bamboo) Yes, you said so before. I suppose I should give up asking,
really.

(Issun) I don't even know why you bother answering him, furball.

***optional #1***

[Ammy selects "Yes, I do."]

(Mr. Bamboo) Oh, sure! How could a wolf understand what I'm saying! How
ridiculous!

(Issun) Then why'd ya even ask, bamboo brain!

***optional #2***

(Mr. Bamboo) *sigh* It sure is a wonderful moon, isn't it? Say, wolf, do you
know anything about Kaguya?

[Ammy selects "How would I?"]

(Mr. Bamboo) I didn't think so. I'd be pretty amazed if you did!

***optional #3***

(Mr. Bamboo) *sigh* It sure is a wonderful moon, isn't it? Say, wolf, do you
know anything about Kaguya?

[Ammy selects "Yes, I do."]

(Mr. Bamboo) Not again! Still, you're a kind wolf, worrying about my feelings.

(Issun) Don't encourage him, Ammy, he'll just keep blabbering.

***end optional***

[Ammy uses Waterspout to draw the Thunder Brew sake from the barrel to the
Nameless Man]

(Nameless Man) This stuff is killer, man!

[Ammy examines him]

(Issun) Whoa! That's some powerful stuff!

[Ammy uses Waterspout to draw the Thunder Brew sake from the barrel to Karude]

(Karude) Hu-Hurgh!

[Ammy examines him]

(Issun) Wow, he's down for the count!

[Ammy uses Waterspout to draw the Thunder Brew sake from the barrel to Mr.
Bamboo]

(Mr. Bamboo) Umph!

[Ammy examines him]

(Issun) Gramps? Gramps!? Speak to me!!! Stay away from the light!

[After they wake up from passing out from drinking the Thunder Brew, Ammy
listens to each of them again]

(Nameless Man) I feel like I've just had one heck of a nightmare, man. And how
come I don't feel like drinking the sake in that barrel?

(Karude) I guess I must've nodded off. I can usually hold my liquor, but that
festival sake is powerful.

(Mr. Bamboo) *yawn* I must've drifted off for a bit. I thought I saw Kaguya
right over there.

(Issun) Kaguya? That's your wife's name? Do you see dead people? *gulp*

[If Ammy draws more sake to any of the three men...]

(Nameless Man) Ooh! That hits the spot!

(Issun) Ammy, enough already!

[Ammy examines the Nameless Man]

(Issun) Wow, this sake's the real deal! He's out cold!

[Ammy listens to Kokari]

(Kokari) Nyah nyah! You can't catch me! Mushi's all fired up about that hole-
digging record again. Even Ume's no match for Hayabusa's hole-digging skills!
Well, I guess I have my own challenges to face, too.

(Kokari) This might be the last time I play with Mushi. You see, I wanna face
new challenges! I wanna see the world and become a real man, just like Susano!
But I'll never forget the time we spent fishing together, doggie!

[Ammy listens to Mushi]

(Mushi) Hey, it's the new king of hole digging, Snowy! I'm gonna be best
friends with Hayabusa forever! After all, he did save my life! We're gonna dig
up Turnips like there's no tomorrow!

(Mushi) Hey, the new king of hole digging, Snowy. I hope you're gonna show
Hayabusa your hole-digging skills again! We're practicing like crazy so we can
break your record!

[Ammy listens to Hayabusa]

(Hayabusa) You defeated Orochi and saved the village. I am sorry I was too busy
with my own duties to help you.

(Issun) Oh, relax. A dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do, right?

(Hayabusa) That was an amazing feat, defeating Orochi like that! But I will not
give up! I shall set a new Turnip-digging record!

(Issun) Huh? Ya must have a death wish, messing with that lady's field like
that!

[Ammy listens to Ume]

(Ume) I know it was you who slew the dreaded Orochi. That was quite a feat.

(Issun) Aw, shucks... We had a lotta help from Susano, too, ya know.

(Ume) I shall become a great warrior like you someday. My master and I are
going to go out and experience the world!

(Issun) Good for you guys! I can't wait until we meet again!

[Ammy listens to Tama]

(Tama) Hey there! Caught the festival scent and thought you'd come play, huh?
Well, what do you think? You like my latest works of art? Nothing like seeing
them up close! Don't get too close, though. Get ready to be amazed! Here I go!
The brightest constellation in the sky - the Fabled Duo Spectacular!

(Tama) Gah hah! There you are! Impressive, eh?

(Tama) I'll be firing off a whole bunch of magic tonight! Hold onto your hats!
Here I go! The brightest constellation in the sky - the Fabled Duo Spectacular!

(Tama) Gah hah! There you are! Impressive, eh?

[Ammy listens to Camille and Camellia]

(Camellia) Wow! Look! Look, sis! The fireworks are awesome!

(Camille) Yeah! We're so lucky to see a display like this on our travels.

(Camille) I could just give up on traveling and stay here forever!

(Camellia) Yeah! But we won't really stop traveling, will we?

[Ammy listens to Sakuya]

(Sakuya) Great Mother Okami Amaterasu... I am filled with unbridled joy at your
safe return! It would appear the final chapter of Orochi has been written. The
entire village is in your debt. Please accept their thanks. That said, what a
splendid evening! Even I'm feeling a bit intoxicated by the festival spirit!

[Ammy listens to Mushi's Mama]

(Mushi's Mama) Fireworks!

(Mushi's Mama) They're great fireworks! Really great! Prettier than ever
before, this year!

(Mushi's Mama) Fireworks!

(Mushi's Mama) What's this new sake of Kushi's? Thunder Brew, was it? Goes down
like a charm! And before you know it, the bottle's empty!

[Ammy listens to Mrs. Orange]

(Mrs. Orange) I'm so happy my husband's dance went so well again this year. Now
the spirit of Konohana, our sacred tree, along with the spirit of Orochi, can
rest in peace.

(Mrs. Orange) Maybe I should treat my husband to some of that sake I was
saving? He was looking forward to the sacred sake that Susano drank up. He must
be terribly disappointed. I set aside some sake for moments like this!

[Ammy listens to Mr. Orange]

(Mr. Orange) Oh, how wonderful! A truly joyous occasion! Susano defeated Orochi
and saved Kushi! It was as if the legend of old had appeared right before our
eyes! I had feared Susano would bring dishonor upon his heroic lineage. But
when I saw him as he dashed out of his door in his armor to save Kushi, he sure
was the spitting image of the great Nagi! How happy I was to see him like
that... *sob* Of course, I've never glimpsed Nagi in the flesh myself, but...
Say... Where did that Susano get to now? I was about to dance for Konohana
instead of presenting the usual offering of 8 Purification Sake! Anyway, it's
all his fault! He squandered all the sacred sake!

(Issun) Man, there's nothin' like a good festival. I used to go to festivals
all the time back home... *sigh* Oh, uh... I wasn't thinking about my mommy or
anything like that! Anyway, Ammy, you can't keep slacking off like this. Can
you even name all the brush techniques!? So far you've found 9. Let's see,
there's Rejuvenation, Power Slash and Sunrise. Then there's the 3-part
technique of the gods of flora. You know... Bloom, Water Lily, and Vine, which
only count as one. And finally... There's Cherry Bomb, Waterspout, Crescent,
Galestorm, and Inferno. Wonder where the other 4 brush gods are hiding? The
remaining 4 brush techniques are the hardest to find. We've searched all over
the countryside already. Now that we've taken care of that Orochi and all,
maybe it's time we headed out to the capital city! If there are more people,
there could be more gods there!

***optional***

[If you didn't listen to Susano and Kushi before listening to everyone else]

(Issun) ... ... Don't let it bother ya, Ammy. I haven't seen Susano or Kushi
around, either. It's not too hard to figure it out, though. I mean, a man and
woman disappear during a festival? That's a dead giveaway. They have the hots
for each other! I wouldn't go looking for them right now if I were you!

***end optional***

(Mr. Bamboo) Come to think of it, I haven't seen Kushi around, either. I sure
hope she's hard at work brewing up some more sake. Huh? Oh, uh... No, I don't
want to drink any, it's just, uh... After all that happened, I was just worried
that she might be possessed by an evil spirit...

(Issun) I don't think it's an evil spirit that's possessing her right now...

***optional***

[Ammy enters the Cave of Nagi and finds Susano and Kushi sitting together in
front of the Statue of Nagi]

[Ammy listens to Susano]

(Susano) Oh, it's you again. I see you sniffed me out once again, ya little
mutt! Well, I suppose, um... I should thank you. I may be the greatest
swordsman ever and a descendant of Nagi, but this great deed would not have
been possible without a follower.

(Issun) When did you become his follower?

(Susano) I commend your valor. Let us become brothers in arms!

(Issun) Brothers... in arms!?

(Susano) Don't be bashful. Let us pray before Nagi's statue. We're now
inseparable brothers in arms! What an auspicious day, right brother!? Susano
and his trusty dog-brother! Aha ha ha ha ha ha!

(Issun) Hey pops, this here's a wolf, not a dog! And this one has a name too!
It's Amaterasu!

(Susano) Oh, you take good care of my brother, little bug! My good mutt here
may have a pretty strange face but... still, you mustn't forget you are dealing
with a highly revered deity! Aha ha ha ha ha ha!

(Issun) Wh-What did you just say!?

(Susano) No need to worry. I'm protecting the peace here in Kamiki Village.
Behold, Tohenboku! I now rechristen it Susano Blossom! With this spirit blade,
I shall rend evil wherever it may be! Bet ya wish you had one of these instead
of that Divine Instrument!

(Issun) So you were able to see Ammy's true form from the beginning?

(Susano) Hm? You again? Bah, you can't do anything without me? *cough* Listen
up, you two. I'm uh... in the middle of something important with Kushi. You got
my drift? Now scram!

[Ammy headbutts Susano]

(Susano) Cut that out! I'm in the middle of something important here!

[Ammy listens to Kushi]

(Kushi) Oh, it's you, Snowy! And Issun too! How brave you both were! Everyone
here in the village is so grateful to you. We really can't thank you enough for
bringing us peace at last.

(Issun) Oh, c'mon, sweetie. Everyone plays their part in dangerous times like
these. There's no need for us to go around thanking each other.

(Kushi) Very well, Issun. Thank you. Now tell me, Snowy, are you really just an
ordinary wolf? The broken mill suddenly fixed, spring water flying into the
barrel... So many strange things have been happening since you came along. And
you certainly know how to put up a good fight, too!

(Issun) F-Fight!? What fight!? Oh, you must mean the brawl with Orochi.

(Kushi) Maybe you're a kind of god, here to keep the peace for us all. But I
know you wouldn't want people to make a fuss, so I've been careful not to tell
anyone too much about you. You can relax here in our village whenever you want,
Snowy.

(Kushi) Oh! Have you seen enough of the festival already? *mumble mumble*

(Issun) Boy, Ammy... You just don't get it, do you. I think they wanna be
alone. *nudge nudge* *wink wink*

[Ammy headbutts Kushi]

(Kushi) Wh-Wh-What are you doing!?

***end optional***

(Issun) Well, that wraps up this year's Kamiki Festival. Sure hope they can
have fun like this again next year! Well, furball, I think it's about time we
headed to the capital! We gotta find those other 4 brush gods!

[Ammy leaves Kamiki and heads off towards the city]

[Sakuya appears as Ammy enters Shinshu Field]

(Sakuya) Amaterasu... You have only just performed your duties, yet you plan to
leave? My heart aches at the thought of our separation.

(Issun) Sakuya, you didn't have to come all this way just to say goodbye! Boy,
you're pretty uptight for a tree spirit.

(Sakuya) But... At the instant of Orochi's passing, I... I quite clearly saw a
swirling black mist. In the confusion, I distinctly sensed an evil other than
Orochi. I'm not sure what it could be. Is there something else at work? Shinshu
has been restored. Of that there is no doubt. But nature's tormented cries ring
out in other parts of Nippon. Especially chilling are those emanating from the
capital in the Ryoshima Coast beyond the bridge in Taka Pass.

(Issun) Well... We were plannin' on visiting that place anyway...

(Sakuya) The black essence born of Orochi's husk... It was moving toward the
capital as well. I cannot say for sure exactly what that means. What I do know
is that whatever has plunged this world into chaos has not yet finished toying
with us. This ordeal is far from over.

(Issun) Is that it? No sage advice for us heroes?

(Sakuya) My apologies, little one. The challenges you face on your journey will
be many. But I know that, though you will grow weary, you will prevail. The
road you travel will be fraught with peril, but I pray that the fresh scent of
flora will protect you. Amaterasu... Issun... I wish you a safe and fruitful
journey!

(Issun) She's gone... A safe and fruitful journey? After what she said? Gimme a
break! But I always knew getting all the brush techniques wouldn't be easy. On
to the capital! First stop, the City Checkpoint at Taka Pass!

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[Ammy arrives at the City Checkpoint]

***Various optional conversations***

[Ammy listens to Mrs. Pine]

(Mrs. Pine) Oh, what a cute little doggy! Are you stuck here, too? That big
bridge over there? People call it the Big Drawbridge. It's what links Taka Pass
with the city. As you can see, they keep the bridge raised these days, though.
I wonder what's going on over in the city...

(Mrs. Pine) There'd be more customers if the Big Drawbridge was back to normal.
I can barely make ends meet the way things are right now. I've been running
this place by myself since my husband died. But maybe my tea serving days are
over.

[Ammy headbutts Mrs. Pine]

(Mrs. Pine) Ouch! That won't do my backache any good!

[Ammy listens to the Tea Customer]

(Tea Customer) Hey there, pooch! You hoping to head over to the city, too? I'm
afraid no one's going anywhere with the Big Drawbridge like that. Even the
Checkpoint guards don't know why it's been raised. I bet there's something a
bit fishy going on.

(Tea Customer) Hey, you understand what I'm saying, eh? Want me to let you in
on a rumor I heard? Apparently there's some mysterious illness in Sei-an City.
I wouldn't normally believe that kind of rumor, of course. But thinking about
when I first heard it... Well, it was right around the time the bridge was
raised! If the rumor's true, then I guess there's no hurry to leave here.

[Ammy headbutts the Tea Customer]

(Tea Customer) Ouch!

[Ammy examines a well]

(Issun) Hey, look at this old well. This must be where that Teahouse over
there gets its water.

[Ammy examines some small statues]

(Issun) Wow... This statue looks really old. It's one of those statues meant to
protect travelers.

[Ammy listens to a merchant]

(Merchant) Oh, what a pain! Now that the Big Drawbridge has been raised, I
can't get home! I heard Queen Himiko had issued an order to close off the city.
But why would she give orders like that with so little warning? I suppose I'll
just have to sell my goods here for now. You haven't been sent to do the
shopping, have you?

(Merchant) Oh! Been sent to do the shopping, have you, pup?

[Ammy listens to the merchant at night]

(Merchant) They send you out to buy things in the middle of the night, do they?

[Ammy examines some graves]

(Issun) Looks like graves for travelers who didn't make it to the city. What a
pity... May they rest in peace.

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Big Drawbridge"]

(Issun) We can't get into the city until they lower the drawbridge. I wonder if
there's something you could do to help.

[Ammy listens to a soldier]

(Soldier) Who!? What!? Oh, ah... Ahem... This is the Checkpoint for Sei-an
City. This Big Drawbridge is the only way in or out. But no one is allowed into
the city right now. That's an absolute order from Queen Himiko! Say, you know
the Phoenix Statues that protect this Checkpoint? Well, they burned with the
sacred flames that drove away evil... However, they had been out until
recently. The sacred flames should never go out. Maybe that rumor IS true!
You've heard that rumor, haven't you?

[Ammy chooses "No, tell me."]

(Soldier) You haven't heard the rumor about the huge cursed zone? Everyone's up
in arms 'cause it happened so close to the big day. By big day, I mean the
Kamiki Festival held each year. Plus, it was the 100th festival since that
monster was defeated. So everyone's saying that it's the 100-year curse! Of
course, I was the first one to start spreading that rumor...

(Soldier) Who!? What!? Oh, ah... The cursed zone is gone and peace has
returned! What's more, the sacred flames returned to the Phoenix Statues. Now I
won't have to worry about monsters sneaking up at night! Anyway, you've heard
that rumor, haven't you?

[Ammy chooses "A million times!"]

(Soldier) I see... Guess I can't remember who I've told it to. I've told so
many!

[Ammy headbutts the soldier]

(Soldier) Who!? What!? Time to eat already!?

[Ammy examines the Phoenix Statues]

(Issun) I really like these Phoenix Statues covered in flames like this. I bet
they'll keep protecting the Checkpoint like they always have.

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to Yoichi]

(Yoichi) Hello there! What's the matter, poochie? Why the sad look? You'll
never get anywhere looking like that. It's bad luck! I'm Yoichi, the greatest
archer among all the City Guards!

[The Greatest Archer Yoichi is introduced]

(Issun) Holy smokes! That's some bow ya got there, mister!

(Yoichi) What's this? You brought a friend along with you, poochie? This is my
trusty bow, Goldenfire, the most powerful in all the land! Guarding is rather
dull work, so I pass the time practicing archery. I'll show you what I can do.
Watch this!

(Issun) Wow! Bull's-eye!

(Yoichi) Pretty good, eh? There's not a target Goldenfire and I can't hit! Now,
my friends... Why not have a bite to eat and relax a bit?

(Yoichi) Look! The scared flames of the Phoenix Statues burn once more! But I
don't think you'd know what that meant, poochie. Go talk to that heavy-set
partner of mine over there for details. Suffice it to say, the statues' flames
should never go out. However, they had been out until recently. Then, on the
night when that moon suddenly rose, I heard a roar from Shinshu Field, and the
flames suddenly lit up again! Why do they keep going out and back on? Is it
some ill omen? At any rate, now I can give the sign by firing a flaming arrow.
That's the sign to lower the Big Drawbridge on the far bank. I was guarding
this City Checkpoint when suddenly the order was given to close the city. They
raised the drawbridge before I even had time to get back in. But I can shoot a
flaming arrow to signal them to lower it again, now that the Phoenix Statues'
flames are back. ... ... Still... I have nothing to look forward to back in the
city. I mean, I'm not cut out to be a City Guard. I really want to be an
adventurer and do magnificent things!

(Yoichi) I could fire a flaming arrow to signal them to lower the bridge... But
I have nothing to look forward to back in the city. I mean, I'm not cut out to
be a City Guard. I really want to be an adventurer and do magnificent things!

(Issun) A flaming arrow, huh? So all we gotta do is to light an arrow? Looks
like it's time for that new brush technique of yours, Ammy!

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts Yoichi]

(Yoichi) Ha ha! You're one gutsy little pooch, aren't ya!

***end optional***

[Ammy connects fire to the arrow, and the drawbridge is lowered]

(Yoichi) What in the world!? This is terrible! Nothing like this has ever
happened before! My arrow suddenly burst into flames! ... ... Oh no! I just
remembered I have business to attend to back in the city! Well, seeing how the
bridge is back down and all... I better get back to my guarding job in the
city. And I'm not just saying that only to disappear on some adventure...
Yoichi, the greatest archer, would never dream of such an act! Well, goodbye
and good luck!

***Various optional conversations***

[Ammy examines the drawbridge sign]

(Issun) The famous drawbridge leading into the city! And it's now open for all
thanks to you, Ammy!

[Ammy listens to the soldier]

(Soldier) Who!? What!? Wh-What happened!? When'd the drawbridge come down!?
Geez, I missed the big moment while I was sleeping!

[Ammy listens to Mrs. Pine]

(Mrs. Pine) What a relief it is to see the Big Drawbridge back to normal! It
made a terrific noise, though. I wonder what happened.

(Mrs. Pine) Hopefully I should be seeing a few more customers here now. And
we're finally rid of that awful cursed zone, too. Maybe there are gods up there
looking out for us after all. Anyway, I've got work to be getting on with!

[Ammy listens to the Tea Customer]

(Tea Customer) Looks like the bridge is down! I wondered what the fuss was
about. I suppose that means people can come and go to the city again. But if
that rumor was true, it might be best to wait a while.

(Tea Customer) If it's true that there's some mysterious illness in Sei-an
City, then maybe now's not the time to be dashing over the bridge. Prudence is
paramount when you're traveling. Remember that, pooch!

[Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) Was the lowering of the Big Drawbridge always so extravagant?
Anyway, I suppose it'll get a lot busier around here. Maybe I'll hang around
and set up my shop here. Hey, you're my 1st customer, pooch! What can I get
you?

(Merchant) Hi there! If you need anything, be sure to buy it here!

[Ammy examines a small statue]

(Issun) Look, there's a little statue here. It looks kinda sad all alone in
this remote place.

***end optional***

[Ammy crosses the drawbridge]

(Issun) Hey hey! The big city! You'll probably find the pace of city life
pretty shocking, Ammy, considering how you were stuck out in the boonies for
100 years! As for me, I can't wait to check out all the cute babes! Heh heh...

[Ammy enters Ryoshima Coast]

(Issun) Hey! What the heck's going on? Orochi's stupid cursed zone spread all
the way here? I mean, this is even past the City Checkpoint! And besides, we
already did away with that sneaky serpent. I can't believe the cursed zone
hasn't gone away here! It must've been one strong curse for this wasteland to
survive even after its maker croaked! Still, I wonder...

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines some graves]

(Issun) Must be a graveyard. See all those tombstones? Looks like they've been
here forever. They're so weather beaten.

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Ankoku Temple Bell. Do not ring without
reason."]

(Issun) You saw the sign, furball! Don't mess with the bell, OK?

***optional #3***

[Ammy finds a withered little Guardian Sapling and examines it]

(Issun) Hm? This is a Guardian Sapling... isn't it? The poor little thing
withered up before it could even bloom. You need to pep it up a bit before
making it bloom.

***end optional***

[Ammy blooms the Guardian Sapling and restores Ryoshima Coast]

(Issun) Whoa! That curse is outta here! Now this is the Ryoshima Coast I know
and love. Actually, I really don't know it all that well, but... See that
Sunken Ship? I don't remember ever seeing it there before. But anyway, Ryoshima
Coast is where you'll find the big city! Sei-an City is just a bit of a walk
from here. You'll find almost anything you could imagine there! How 'bout we
mosey on over furball!

***Various optional conversations***

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "To Ankoku Temple"]

(Issun) Ankoku Temple... That's quite a gate!

[Ammy listens to the Itinerant Monk]

(Itinerant Monk) Oh, how inconvenient. The ancient Ankoku Temple is at the top
of the hill here. But the priestess in charge is always busy and never there.
I'm afraid you've had a wasted journey like me, wolf.

(Itinerant Monk) Ankoku Temple's head priestess practices monster-subduing
magic. So if there is any trouble in the city, they call for her help. And
there's been nothing but trouble in Sei-an lately. I hope the priestess will be
back before too long.

[Ammy headbutts the monk]

(Itinerant Monk) Dear me! You must learn to be less aggressive!

[Ammy enters Ankoku Temple and examines various objects]

(Issun) People offer incense here.

(Issun) Wow, that's some statue! Somebody's gonna steal it if it's left out
here much longer. Who ever owns this thing should be more careful.

[Ammy listens to a fisherman]

(Fisherman) It's such a shame about the ship stranded out there on the rocks. I
mean, it was so close to the port. But then it was attacked by that terrifying
Water Dragon and sunk. People say there's an invaluable treasure in it, too.
But the Water Dragon makes it too dangerous to sail these seas.

(Issun) Water Dragon?

(Fisherman) You should think twice about bathing here, you know. The Water
Dragon wouldn't hesitate to snap up a wolf like you.

(Issun) What's this Water Dragon you keep talking about?

(Fisherman) You don't know about the Water Dragon!? The huge dragon god
rampaging about in the seas around here. It's supposed to be the god of the
sea, keeping peace in the oceans. But one day it just went crazy and started
attacking people. All the ships bringing food to the city were sunk by it. The
Queen herself must've been beside herself. Apparently there's an invaluable
treasure on that ship over there. But it's been left like that ever since the
Water Dragon sunk it.

(Fisherman) Interested in the invaluable treasure on the ship, are you?
Apparently it was carrying a huge cargo of treasure. I heard about this weird
mallet that makes you as small as a bug. You can get through gaps as small as
the eye of a needle with it. I can't think what on earth you could use it for,
though.

(Issun) ... ...

(Fisherman) Looks like you were expecting some cash instead, eh? Anyway, you
really shouldn't be bathing here. The Water Dragon wouldn't hesitate to snap up
a wolf like you.

[Ammy headbutts the fisherman]

(Fisherman) Argh!

[Ammy listens to a merchant]

(Merchant) Do you live around here, doggy? I've heard some nasty rumors from
the city. Do you know anything about it? Apparently, a mysterious disease is
spreading. They say people are dropping like flies. I know, I know. It's just
gossip. There's probably no truth in it. So let's forget about that, and get
down to business, huh? Take a look and see if I've got anything you've been
sent for!

(Merchant) What is it, puppy? Been sent to do the shopping?

[Ammy headbutts the merchant]

(Merchant) Hey! You'll damage my things!

[Ammy listens to the Animal Lover]

(Animal Lover) Where did he go... I just can't think where my Inaba could've
gone. It's one of the dangers of keeping pets. Have you seen him pup?

(Animal Lover) Where on earth has my little Inaba gone? You haven't seen him
around anywhere, have you, pup?

[Ammy headbutts the Animal Lover]

(Animal Lover) What the...!?

[Ammy finds Inaba and brings him to the Animal Lover]

(Animal Lover) Hm? What's that in your jaws... Is it...? It's not...? It is!
It's Inaba! My precious one and only black and white rabbit, Inaba! I've been
worried sick wondering where he'd gotten to. But you found him for me, pup. Oh,
I can't thank you enough!

(Animal Lover) I'd like to give you something to show my appreciation. Let's
see... I've got it! You can have this funny pearl I found at the beach. I hope
you and Inaba can be pals now.

(Animal Lover) Thank you for finding Inaba for me. I always come here to take
Inaba for a walk. But there are lots of monsters about, so I've got my lucky
charm. You should be careful too, pup.

[Ammy listens to Soldier #1]

(Soldier #1) What is it, pup? You want to cross the border? You'll have to
speak to my colleague if you do. Hey, pup. Do you know about the Moon Turret,
by the way? You know, the structure at the foot of Ankoku Temple. I heard the
view of the moon from there was amazing. Mind you, it's far too high for me to
get up there. It's a little ambition of mine to go moon viewing there one day.
I'd have to master jumping at the Dojo first, though. You look a bit heavy on
your feet. Guess it's out for you, too, huh?

(Soldier #1) I'd love to see the view of the moon from the Moon Turret. You
know, the structure at the foot of Ankoku Temple. It's far too high for me to
get up there, though. It's a little ambition of mine to go moon viewing there
one day. I'd have to master jumping at the Dojo first, though. You look a bit
heavy on your feet. Guess it's out for you, too, huh?

[Ammy headbutts Soldier #1]

(Soldier #1) Hey! Don't distract me!

[Ammy listens to Soldier #2]

(Soldier #2) This is the border between the north and south of Ryoshima Coast.
Many of our most treasured scenic spots lie beyond here. Unfortunately they're
all crawling with monsters at the moment. The border is here to stop them from
forming a gang. Of course, travelers used to stop by all the time in the old
days.

(Soldier #2) Are you hoping to get through here, pooch? Your owner's waiting
for you on the other side, I suppose. But Queen Himiko's orders were clear.
Nothing is to pass! Of course, travelers used to stop by all the time in the
old days.

[Ammy headbutts Soldier #2]

(Soldier #2) Hey! Quit playing up, pooch!

***end optional***

[Ammy heads into Sei-an City]

(Issun) Huh? What the...!? I thought the big city would be a happenin' place.
What's up with this funky looking mist!? It looks downright hazardous to your
health! I wonder if people can actually live normal lives in this nasty stuff.

***Various optional conversations***

[Ammy listens to the Tool Dealer]

(Tool Dealer) Oh, this is terrible. The Water Dragon is causing so much trouble
out in the sea. It's gotten to the point where I can't procure any goods to
sell. There used to be tons of fish both in Ryoshima and here in the city. But
the Water Dragon's antics have scared them all away. The price of fresh fish
has gone through the roof. What is it, pooch? Been sent to do the shopping,
have you? I don't have much for sale, but feel free to take a look.

(Tool Dealer) There used to be tons of fish both in Ryoshima and here in the
city. But the Water Dragon's antics have scared them all away. The price of
fresh fish has gone through the roof. What is it, pooch? Been sent to do the
shopping, have you? I've been finding it hard to get in any stock, I'm afraid.
Feel free to take a look, though.

[Ammy headbutts the Tool Dealer]

(Tool Dealer) Hey! You'll wreck my shop if you're not careful!

[Ammy listens to the Weapon Dealer]

(Weapon Dealer) Hello there, mutt! What are you doing out in the mist like
this? Now's hardly the time to be wandering around Sei-an. Not since that mist
arrived so suddenly. The cursed zone's appearance hasn't helped matters either.
Queen Himiko's gone and shut herself up in her palace. And everyone else is
hiding out inside their homes. Shouldn't it be the job of our leader to help us
through this? Anyway, business is slow to say the least. If you've been sent to
do the shopping, then get it over with!

(Weapon Dealer) Dear me. This mist is just so depressing. There are rumors that
it's sickened many of us. Shouldn't it be Queen Himiko's job to help us through
this? Well, business is slow to say the least. If you've been sent to do the
shopping, then get it over with!

[Ammy headbutts the Weapon Dealer]

(Weapon Dealer) Hey! You'll wreck my shop if you're not careful!

[Ammy listens to the Samurai Dandy]

(Samurai Dandy) I wonder what Queen Himiko has been doing all this time. She's
normally there for people, even us commoners. And until now she's been able to
protect Sei-an City from evil. I don't understand why she would suddenly shut
herself away! Queen Himiko, I beg of you! Please come to our rescue!

(Issun) Oh, man... This looks bad, Ammy.

(Samurai Dandy) Doesn't it have any effect on you, dog? When Queen Himiko
holed herself away, this strange mist came. And it seems to be making me feel
worse and worse every day. I can't even muster enough energy to buy medicine.
Queen Himiko! Where are you in our hour of need?

[Ammy headbutts the Samurai Dandy]

(Samurai Dandy) Urgh!

[Ammy listens to Hayate]

(Hayate) This is terrible! I need to deliver these letters without delay. But
I'm in so much pain that I can barely stand up! The mist's thickened again
today, too. Oh! Why does my body have to let me down, today of all days!?

(Issun) This mist does seem to make you feel sick and depressed. Ever heard of
anything like that before, Ammy?

(Hayate) The mist's thickened again today. I'm sick and tired of spending my
days here like this. I wish I could get moving again and deliver these letters!

[Ammy headbutts Hayate]

(Hayate) What are you doing!?

[Ammy examines a large torch]

(Issun) Now that's one big brazier! They must use it to light up the road at
night. But it's completely out now.

[Ammy examines a dried-up pond]

(Issun) Looks like a dried-up pond or something. I wonder where all the water
went...

[Ammy listens to a city dweller]

(City Dweller) *gasp gasp* I think I'm feeling worse and worse every day. And
people say the Water Dragon's causing all sorts of problems. Maybe the Ryoshima
Coast will never be at peace again. I can't bear all this worry and pain
anymore. Oh! When will it all be over!?

(Issun) I knew it, Ammy. This is no ordinary mist. I mean, it's all over the
city and won't go away. It's downright unnatural! Seems there are still some
people who are unaffected. But who knows what'll happen if this continues a few
more days.

(City Dweller) I can't bear all this worry and pain anymore. Oh! When will it
all be over!? What with the doom and gloom in the city, and rumors of the Water
Dragon's antics, I can't take much more!

[Ammy headbutts the city dweller]

(City Dweller) Um, can you not do that?

(Issun) Boy, you can be really nasty sometimes, Ammy!

[Ammy listens to another city dweller]

(City Dweller) Ow ow ow! I've been under the weather for a while now. Lately
the pain's so bad that I seize up when I'm out and about. Curses! I don't have
time for this. Ow ow ow! Stop staring at me, mutt!

(City Dweller) I'd assumed the mist would clear sooner or later. But it's
getting thicker and thicker! I won't let it get the better of me, though. I've
got spirit, I have! This gloomy mist can't stop me. I'll do what I've got to
do! You'll see!

[Ammy headbutts the city dweller]

(City Dweller) There's no need for that!

[Ammy listens to Soldier #1]

(Soldier #1) Argh! I'm so nervous all the time! See that cursed zone behind me
there? It's sending out all kinds of evil. It's tough work being a guard at a
time like this. I'd give anything to quit my job and get out of here. But the
Water Dragon has been causing havoc in the sea. They even say that lots of
boats have been sunk! So I've got the Water Dragon up front, and the cursed
zone behind. I just don't know where to turn!

(Soldier #1) That cursed zone behind us is sending out all kinds of evil. It's
tough work being a guard at a time like this. I'd give anything to quit my job
and get out of here. But the Water Dragon has been causing havoc in the sea.
They even say that lots of boats have been sunk! So I've got the Water Dragon
up front, and the cursed zone behind. I just don't know where to turn!

[Ammy headbutts Soldier #1]

(Soldier #1) You don't scare me!

[Ammy enters the carpentry shop and examines various objects]

(Issun) That's a carpenter's plane. They use 'em to smooth out wooden surfaces.

(Issun) This is one skillfully crafted saw. I bet there ain't a tree it
couldn't cut down.

[Ammy listens to Mr. Flower]

(Mr. Flower) Oooh... This oppressive weight... I cannot bear it...

(Issun) What's wrong, gramps? What's wrong? You sick or something?

(Mr. Flower) Huh? Oh, no. I'm not sick.

(Issun) You're not? What about all that about a weight you can't bear?

(Mr. Flower) It is my soul that ails me! A tremendous weight presses upon it!

[Blossom Protector Mr. Flower is introduced]

(Mr. Flower) Oh, what has become of our city? This accursed mist has covered
the entire area of late. It slowly but surely tortures us, as if we were being
strangled. At first, we thought that a thick fog had rolled in. But then people
started falling ill! Worst of all, the cherry blossoms I worked so hard to take
care of have withered and lost all their blossoms!

(Mr. Flower) Oh... Those cherry blossoms I so lovingly tended to... It breaks
my heart to see them all withered like that! If only this accursed mist would
lift... I could perform the Gura Shuffle and bring the blossoms to life.

(Issun) The Gura Shuffle? That sounds kinda familiar...

(Mr. Flower) I learned it from a certain flower dance master. Withered trees
will fully bloom when I dance the Gura Shuffle!

(Issun) There really is such a thing as a flower dance master?

(Mr. Flower) However, the Gura Shuffle will have no effect while this evil mist
remains. Hmph... When will this accursed mist lift?

(Mr. Flower) Oh... Those cherry blossoms I so lovingly tended to... It breaks
my heart to see them all withered like that! I learned the Gura Shuffle from a
certain flower dance master. Withered trees will fully bloom when I dance the
Gura Shuffle! However, the Gura Shuffle will have no effect while this evil
mist remains. Hmph... When will this accursed mist lift?

[Ammy headbutts Mr. Flower]

(Mr. Flower) Ouch!

[At night, Ammy enters the house and listens to Mr. Flower]

(Mr. Flower) *gasp* This oppressive weight... I cannot bear it...

(Issun) You OK, gramps? ... ... Oh, he was talking in his sleep.

[Ammy headbutts Mr. Flower]

(Mr. Flower) *gasp* *sputter sputter*

(Issun) We're supposed to respect our elders!

[Ammy listens to the Aspiring Carpenter]

(Aspiring Carpenter) Oh! What's going on? I don't know what came over me. I had
this incredible, sudden pain. And now I'm stuck here like this and I can't move
an inch! I'm so useless! Useless, useless, useless! If I don't get to work on
the canal with the boss, we won't be able to get the water flowing again! Oh!
What am I going to do?

[Ammy headbutts the Aspiring Carpenter]

(Aspiring Carpenter) W-Wait a minute!

[Ammy listens to Masu]

(Masu) Grrrr! I was traveling the country to perfect my martial arts. But when
I arrived here in Sei-an, I suddenly started to feel ill. I'd heard rumors
before that Queen Himiko's holy power was incredible. Surely this can't be her
doing! This mist across the city is suspicious, too... But I won't let it get
the better of me. Nothing gets the better of me!

(Masu) I'd heard rumors before that Queen Himiko's holy power was incredible.
Surely this can't be her doing! I can't have my journey end like this. I won't
let it get the better of me.

[Ammy headbutts Masu]

(Masu) Nothing gets the better of me!

[Ammy listens to Soldier #2]

(Soldier #2) I haven't been feeling too well lately. And I'm not the only one.
There are sick people all across town. Some of them are so ill that they've
taken to their beds. I'll be fine because I'm fit, but it's the weak folk I
worry about. To make matters worse, the Water Dragon seems to have gone mad.
It's causing all sorts of trouble out in the sea. It's only natural that
everyone's feeling so uneasy. If only Queen Himiko would show her face. I know
she must be busy praying, but the people would be so happy. I wonder what's
going on with her.

(Soldier #2) A strange illness in our midst, and the Water Dragon going mad...
It's at times like this that we need Queen Himiko's support. I just don't
understand why she won't come out of the palace. ... ... I'm sure she must be
in there praying for us or something. She's our ruler so I shouldn't really
question what she's doing.

[Ammy headbutts Soldier #2]

(Soldier #2) Hey! I don't have time to play around.

[Ammy listens to Soldier #3]

(Soldier #3) What do you want, doggy? Come to see Miss Rao, have you? You can
hear her give her sermons in the Lecture Hall up ahead. She's taking care of
things while Queen Himiko's in the palace. With the cursed zone and that
mysterious illness, life here in Sei-an is full of uncertainties at the moment.
We're so lucky to have someone like Miss Rao to lead us. She's there for all of
us, cats and dogs included!

(Soldier #3) Miss Rao really is an incredible person. She's actually head of
Ankoku Temple on the edge of Ryoshima. But Queen Himiko commanded that she come
here to serve as regent. I wonder what's going on with Queen Himiko at the
moment. We really need her support at a time like this.

[Ammy headbutts Soldier #3]

(Soldier #3) Oy! Watch what you're doing!

[Ammy passes through the gate leading to the Aristocratic Quarter]

(Issun) The city's bigwigs live across the bridge ahead. That area's crammed
full of awesome palaces. One of 'em belongs to Queen Himiko, ruler of Nippon.
You can tell because it's really huge. I've no idea what she's like, but I'm
not sure I'll like her. I mean, she doesn't seem to be doing anything about
this mist. Plus, I make it a point to never trust queens and the like anyway.

[Ammy listens to Benkei]

(Benkei) Hrmmm... Where did all the water go? *grumble grumble grumble* Oh,
hello, pooch. Thinking about crossing Gojo Bridge? Well, think again! This
bridge is a very special contraption! With one command, I can make it passable,
and another, impassable. But there's a reason why I cannot operate it right
now.

(Benkei) Stop pestering me. I cannot make the bridge passable right now! At
least not until the lake's water is restored and I get that elusive item...

[Ammy headbutts Benkei]

(Benkei) Hrmmm!?

***end optional***

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Keep out. Digging for water source."]

(Issun) They diggin' a canal here? Looks interesting, don't ya think, Ammy?

[Ammy listens to Naguri]

(Naguri) Curse that confounded Water Dragon, causing such a commotion! How can
the god of the sea be ruining the peace like this? I bet the dragon is to blame
for the state of this canal, too. All that fuss has caused the lake to plug
itself up!

[Master Carpenter Naguri is introduced]

(Issun) Hey, Ammy, looks like there's trouble over here, too. Seems the whole
city's a complete mess.

(Naguri) Hm? Oh, did you come here for a drink of water, wolf? I'm afraid it's
completely dried up. This canal was a really important source of water for us.
That's why I'm digging a hole to see if I can tap into it again. So many people
are sick now that there's hardly anyone to help out. In fact, I'm the only one
left. One lowly carpenter. But I'm determined not to give up. You get quite fit
doing my job. Now I can reap the benefits. I built almost everything you see
here in Sei-an, you know. So there's nothing I don't know about the place.
Wanna know where the key to this water source lies? It lies in Lake Beewa's
drain plug!

(Naguri) You certainly seem to listen well for a pooch. Maybe I should tell you
about Lake Beewa's plug then. Sei-an City is floating in the middle of Lake
Beewa. The water from it is what fills the canal around the city. But the
Water Dragon's antics have made the plug seal up. No wonder the canal is dried
up. And that's why we're in this sorry state now. I'm sure that the plug is
located beneath this area. If I can dig my way to it, the water should come
gushing out! It's pretty exciting, don't you think? If you think so, then maybe
you could help me out!

[Ammy chooses "Yes"]

(Naguri) It's a shame wolves can only answer with their eyes. Still, it doesn't
matter what you are if you're willing to help. Now, listen carefully while I
explain what you have to do.

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "No"]

(Naguri) Hm, what's with that look? Does that mean no? But you looked so eager
before. That's why I told you everything. Looks like I had it all wrong.

(Naguri) Hm, you look like you've got a bit of an agenda there, wolf. Have you
been thinking about what I told you? Then I'll ask you one more time. Are you
going to help me or not? What do you say?

***end optional***

(Naguri) Like I told you, Lake Beewa's plug is right below us here. I'll
concentrate all of my efforts on finding it. All you need to do is use those
claws and get digging! I'll use the hole you dig to get to the plug, and when I
reach it, I'll give it a good whack and open it up! If no water comes out, you
might need to give me a hand. So, do you understand what you have to do?

[Ammy chooses "Yes!"]

(Naguri) That looks like a yes to me. It's time for wolf and human to pool
their energy together! Let's get going!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "No clue."]

(Naguri) Your eyes look bright, but is there nothing behind them? Well, I'll
try explaining it again. Listen carefully this time!

***end optional***

[Ammy successfully restores the water to the canal]

(Naguri) Look, wolf! Look at this wonderful water from Lake Beewa! Sei-an has
had its fair share of hardships lately. The Water Dragon on the rampage, and
that strange mist all over... But it matters not what trials present themselves
to us. If we solve them one by one, we will emerge unscathed. I suppose my work
here is done for now. Thanks, wolf. You did a good job.

***optional***

[Ammy fails to dig up the plug]

(Naguri) Huh. This is harder than I thought. Surely I haven't gotten this all
wrong... No! I'm positive Lake Beewa'a plug is right underneath us! One hard
whack on it and I'm sure water will come out. I will not be deterred by
failure!

(Naguri) Do you know what failure is, wolf? Well, let me tell you. It's another
word for a success in the making! You just have to rise to the challenge and
make it happen.

***end optional***

***Various optional conversations***

[Ammy enters Naguri's shop and examines a hammer]

(Issun) That's an obscenely big hammer! And it looks like it's seen many years
of service!

[Ammy listens to Naguri]

(Naguri) Hello, wolf! How have you been? I still haven't gotten over the
excitement of our success! I can't seem to get back into regular work. I
suppose I just need some kind of motivation.

(Naguri) I still haven't gotten over the excitement of our success! I can't
seem to get back into regular work. You really are amazing when it comes to
digging, wolf. Maybe working with you like that has taught me something. It
made me realize I have a kind of calling I hadn't known about. I have a sudden
desire to pass my skills on to others.

[Ammy headbutts Naguri]

(Naguri) You've got some nerve, wolf!

[Ammy listens to another city dweller]

(City Dweller) Gurgh. I feel like my whole body's being choked by something.
I've been feeling rough ever since that cursed zone appeared. Many are even
worse off than me. Some have succumbed to illness. Oh! Our poor city! What's
happening to us!?

(City Dweller) Gurgh... We're all suffering so much at the moment. And yet
Queen Himiko just stays holed up in the palace. Please, Queen Himiko! Do
something! Help us!

[Ammy headbutts the city dweller]

(City Dweller) How dare you!

(Issun) Boy, you can be really nasty sometimes, Ammy!

[Ammy listens to the Aspiring Carpenter]

(Aspiring Carpenter) I don't believe it! There's water flowing in the canal
again! The boss must've done this. He must've done the work himself. And I
didn't manage to help him one little bit. I'm so useless, getting stuck here
like this! I just don't understand where the pain came from all of a sudden.
Oh! What am I going to do?

(Aspiring Carpenter) The boss managed to get the water running again all by
himself. I'm so useless, getting stuck here like this! I just don't understand
where the pain came from all of a sudden. Stupid disease! Are you trying to
ruin things with me and the boss!? Oh! What am I going to do?

***end optional***

[Ammy returns to the bridge and listens to Benkei]

(Benkei) Heh heh heh... At last, the time is near! Benkei the fisherman monk
shall lay claim to his 1,000th sword!

[Wandering Warrior Monk Benkei is introduced]

(Benkei) I have traveled far and wide challenging master swordsmen. And 999
swords have I claimed by my own hand. But now that I have defeated all who
would dare challenge me, that last sword has eluded me. I need but one more to
make 1,000! And thus, aimlessly I have wandered... That is, until a legend drew
me to Sei-an City. It is said that a Living Sword lies in the depths of Lake
Beewa!

(Benkei) Have you heard the legend about Lake Beewa? Even I could barely
believe it when I first heard, but they say a Living Sword swims freely about
in these waters! If true, it would make a fitting addition as my 1,000th sword!
This bridge is a very special contraption! With one command, I can make it
passable, and another impassable. As you can see, it makes for a fine place to
fish. It grieves me to cut off access to the city, but I'm afraid this bridge
shall stay this way while I fish for the Living Sword! Of course, that may be
easier said than done...

(Benkei) This is no mere fishing trip for me. This is a true battle with the
Living Sword! Therefore, I must arm myself with the right weapon. That fishing
rod over at the Tool Dealer in town would be perfect! Oh, you should see it! It
is the purest of white, like new fallen snow. There is no chance of victory
without that rod! Alas... It would appear that I cannot afford it. Oh, what am
I to do... Hrmmm...

[Ammy buys the rod and returns to Benkei]

(Benkei) This is no mere fishing trip for me. This is a true battle with the
Living Sword! I must therefore arm myself with the right weapon. That fishing
rod over at the Tool Dealer in town would be perfect! Oh, you should see it!
It is the purest of white, like new fallen snow. There is no chance of victory
without that rod! Alas... It would appear that I cannot afford it. Oh, what am
I to do... Hrmmm... Hrmmm? Th-Th-That's...! That's Blinding Snow, the rod from
the Tool Dealer! With that fine rod, I would at last have a chance against the
Living Sword! Now be a good doggie and give it here!

[Ammy chooses "Hand it over."]

(Benkei) Oh, happy day! I have never fished before, but it should not be much
different from a good swordfight! Now, to catch that 1,000th sword. I shall
engage in mortal combat with that elusive Living Sword!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "No way."]

(Benkei) Bad doggie! Did you not hear me!? I must obtain that 1,000th sword!

(Benkei) Desist in your stubborn refusal, you cur! I could catch that elusive
living sword with Blinding Snow. Will you not offer me that fine rod? It is my
only hope for obtaining my 1,000th sword!

***end optional***

(Benkei) Hrmmm? I have been holding my rod over this water for some time now.
However, the Living Sword has yet to bite. But you know what they say -
"Patience is a virtue." I shall sit here as long as it takes!

(Issun) Ammy... Hoodhead here's never gonna let us across at this rate. Time
for some of that angling magic of yours. Show him how ya do it! Fish that
Living Sword outta this lake!

[Ammy chooses "Sure."]

(Issun) Bah... Hoodhead sure is a handful. I wonder if there really is such a
thing as a Living Sword anyway.

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Not interested."]

(Issun) What!? Don't ya wanna get across the bridge?

***end optional***

(Issun) OK, Ammy, you got the basic idea, right? Draw a line from the tip of
the pole to the fish! I dunno exactly what we're fishing for, but don't let it
get away!

(Benkei) I think I hooked something!

(Issun) Go for it, hoodhead! Pull, pull! Don't let it get away!

(Benkei) You won't get away from me!

(Issun) Go for it, hoodhead! Pull, pull!

(Benkei) You won't get away from me!

(Issun) Go for it, hoodhead! Pull, pull!

***optional***

[Benkei fails to reel the fish in]

(Issun) Aw... Easy come, easy go... Just when you were gettin' the hang of it.
Wanna try again?

***end optional***

[Benkei catches the Living Sword (a cutlass fish)]

(Benkei) The gods be praised! At last! At last I have fulfilled my dream!

(Benkei) ... ...

(Issun) ... ...

(Benkei) So that is the Living Sword? That is what I have been pursuing all
this time?

(Issun) Aw, don't take it so hard. I mean, that WAS one big Cutlass Fish. And a
cutlass IS a kind of sword, isn't it? Plus, what're the odds of catching an
ocean fish in a lake!?

(Benkei) Spare me such solace! But enough about that. A monk never goes back on
his word! I shall make this jigsaw bridge passable once more!

[Benkei lowers the bridge]

(Benkei) I have come to realize how foolish my obsession with swords is. ...
... But fishing... Now that's a most worthy pursuit!

[Ammy crosses the bridge, heading to the Lecture Hall]

(Issun) Whoa! Stop, Ammy! I thought this mist was coming from the lake or
mountains... So, what's that stuff rising from the Imperial Palace!? Let's keep
going, furball!

[Ammy finds Waka waiting at the end of the bridge]

(Waka) Well, well... Look what the cat dragged in... What took you so long, ma
cherie?

(Issun) Ack... Not you again! Well, you can't fool us! We're not gonna forget
what you did to us back at Orochi's cave! And why do you keep popping up
wherever we are anyway? What're you up to this time?

(Waka) Hm? Excusez-moi, but I have no time to follow you around. You see, I'm
busy looking for something.

(Issun) Bah... Some prophet you are. Shouldn't you already know where to look?

(Waka) Well, maybe "look" isn't the right word. I already KNOW where it is.
It's just... Getting there is proving to be a bit of a problem. Suffice it to
say, I want it quick and easy!

(Issun) Quick and easy...? Wait a sec... Don't tell me you're behind this funky
mist? Is this part of a plan to conquer the city and take over the world!?
You're always up to no good, so I wouldn't be surprised...

(Waka) The world? Not bad, my little bouncing friend. You're only half wrong...
I seek the other world... I desire a path to the heavens.

(Issun) A path to the heavens? Oh, stop beating around the bush and let us know
what's on your mind!

(Waka) Heh heh heh heh... This path concerns you, too, ma cherie.

(Issun) Huh?

***optional***

[Ammy tries to walk away from Waka]

(Issun) No, wait, Ammy! Let's hear what that half-baked prophet has to say!

***end optional***

(Waka) This city is in quite a bad state, is it not? Especially this ghastly
mist that torments its people...

(Issun) You think we're stupid? We see right through you, pretty boy! Ha! We
got ya all figured out! This funky mist and your so-called path to the
heavens... You're in cahoots with Queen Himiko!

(Waka) A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. So just take it
step by step. You must first deal with this mist. It is slowly but surely
killing the people of this city. Wait too long, and it's au revoir! The damage
will already be done.

(Issun) Why you-! Talking about it like it's someone else's problem! You're
behind it all! Admit it already!

(Waka) Even if I was... What good would come out of arguing about it here?
Methinks you should be doing something about the mist now. How about a tip this
time instead of a prophecy? "Go through the hole in the wall, little ones!" ...
... Ahem... Let me put it this way... Even the most solid defense has a tiny
gap like the eye of a needle! Or something like that... Understand, ma cherie?

(Waka) This poisonous mist is quite dangerous. Wait too long, and it's au
revoir! The damage will already be done. How about a tip this time instead of a
prophecy? "Go through the hole in the wall, little ones!" ... ... Ahem... Let
me put it this way... Even the most solid defense has a tiny gap like the eye
of a needle! Or something like that... Understand, ma cherie?

(Issun) C'mon, Ammy! I'm sick of talking to this guy.

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to the city dwellers lined up outside the Lecture Hall]

(City Dweller #1) Rao is the head of Ankoku Temple outside the city. But she's
come all the way here to help us. She always makes the effort to come when we
need her. And she's extraordinarily beautiful, too! I feel a thousand times
better just looking at her!

(City Dweller #1) Rao always comes to the city to help us out when she can.
Queen Himiko's not lifting a finger at the moment. But as long as we've got
Rao, we don't need anyone else! And she's absolutely stunning as well, you
know!

[Ammy headbutts City Dweller #1]

(City Dweller #1) Oy! Careful!

(City Dweller #2) Rao's been head of Ankoku Temple for as long as I can
remember. She's so lucky, always looking so beautiful and young. If only I
could say the same thing about myself!

(City Dweller #2) Have you been to Ankoku Temple? It's really something, just
like Rao herself. She's so lucky, always looking so beautiful and young.

[Ammy headbutts City Dweller #2]

(City Dweller #2) That hurts!

(City Dweller #3) I came to listen to Rao's sermon again today. My old back's
been terrible since that weird mist came along. But Rao's sermons make me feel
better in an instant!

(City Dweller #3) Listening to Rao's sermons make me feel better in an instant.
She'll probably come up with a way to get rid of this mist soon, too!

[Ammy headbutts City Dweller #3]

(City Dweller #3) Oy! Watch my back, will you!?

(City Dweller #4) I wonder how much longer it'll be before it's my turn. This
horrible choking mist is driving me crazy. I'm lucky if I can get any work done
at all lately. I have to come and see Rao at least once a day to stay sane!

(City Dweller #4) I wonder how much longer it'll be before it's my turn. I
really need to see the lovely Rao soon.

[Ammy headbutts City Dweller #4]

(City Dweller #4) Ouch! What are you doing!?

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to the soldiers at the entrance to the Lecture Hall]

(Soldier #1) This is the Lecture Hall where the regent, Miss Rao, gives her
sermons. She bestows guidance on people who have lost their way. Don't worry,
mutt. Miss Rao doesn't discriminate. You'll get your turn if you go to the end
of the line and wait.

(Soldier #1) This is the Lecture Hall where the regent, Miss Rao, gives her
sermons. You'll get your turn if you go to the end of the line and wait.

[Ammy headbutts Soldier #1]

(Soldier #1) Hey! I'd stop that right now before you regret it!

(Soldier #2) Hah! Even dogs are coming to hear Miss Rao speak! Look at the
crowds she draws in! They're all waiting to hear her comforting words. Some of
them might not have the purest of motives, of course. She is incredibly
beautiful, so it's to be expected. If only I didn't have to stand guard, I
could meet with her too.

(Soldier #2) Come to see Miss Rao, have you, pup? Then you'd better get in line
like the rest of them.

[Ammy headbutts Soldier #2]

(Soldier #2) Stop it! I don't have time to play around.

***end optional***

[Ammy enters the Lecture Hall]

***optional***

[Ammy tries to exit through the back door without approaching Rao]

(Rao) Wait! Why are you in such a hurry!?

***end optional***

(Rao) Well... Who'd have thought there'd be a wolf in here of all places? The
world is in turmoil. Have you come to listen to one of my sermons, wolf? Then
allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rao. I'm the regent of Sei-an City.
Appointed by Queen Himiko herself.

[Priestess Rao is introduced]

(Rao) So what's troubling you then?

(Issun) Holy cow, this sister's stacked!

(Rao) Excuse me? Oh! You've got a cute little fairy with you!

(Issun) The name's Issun! And by the way... It only looks like I'm staring at
your melons!

(Rao) ...Melons?

(Issun) Aw, never mind... Anyway, so you're runnin' things around here? Well,
there's a funky mist covering the city... And there's talk of a Water Dragon or
something off shore. So what's up with the queen holing herself up in her
palace? The people of her city are dropping like flies, ya know. How can she be
so lazy at a time like this?

(Rao) So you've sensed the evil forces over Ryoshima too, then? I heard that
dreaded Orochi was resurrected in Shinshu Field, though a brave swordsman
vanquished him again. The ripples of those waves of chaos are reaching
Ryoshima, too. The Water Dragon terrorizes the sea and an ill mist covers
Sei-an. And in these last few days, the situation has intensified. I don't know
what's happening to our peaceful Nippon!

(Issun) She said something about waves of chaos growing stronger recently...
Hmm... A creepy shadow did scurry off when we defeated Orochi... Wonder if
whatever it was took root here on Ryoshima Coast.

(Rao) What are you muttering about, Issun?

(Issun) Well, this will no doubt come as quite a shock, but... The great slayer
of the dreaded Orochi is right before your eyes. Behold, the great Amaterasu!

(Rao) What!? This wolf!? But... I heard it was a swordsman called Susano!

(Issun) Huh!? Oh, uh, well... he may have dealt the final blow... But Ammy here
did most of the work, I tell ya! And if you don't believe me... Ammy's gonna
show ya some divine powers, right here, right now!

***optional***

[Ammy doesn't do anything]

(Rao) ... When will I see your friend's divine power then, Issun?

(Issun) You want it, you got it, sister! C'mon Ammy. Show her one of your
Celestial Brush techniques!

***end optional***

[Ammy draws Galestorm, causing a strong wind to blow through the Lecture Hall]

(Rao) What was that!?

(Issun) You like it? That was one of Amaterasu's divine powers. A mere taste of
what the Celestial Brush can do!

(Rao) Celestial Brush...? What a mysterious and fearsome power you wield,
Amaterasu!

(Issun) Ya got that right, sister! There ain't nothing Ammy can't do!

(Rao) Maybe this wolf... Maybe this wolf could help me with my quest!

(Issun) Your quest? What more could you want? You're already stacked to the
ceiling!

(Rao) ...Never mind. Forget I said anything. Now that I've lost my Prayer
Slips, the situation is completely hopeless.

(Issun) C'mon! Tell us what you want!

(Rao) It doesn't matter. Just forget about it. I have many favors I want to
ask, now that I've seen your powers. But without my Prayer Slips, there is
nothing anyone can do.

***optional #1***

[Ammy headbutts Rao]

(Rao) H-Hey!

(Issun) Oh, the wonders of nature! A deep valley between two lofty peaks!

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines some books]

(Issun) Look at all these books and scrolls! I can't read any of this stuff,
but it sure looks impressive!

***end optional***

[Ammy leaves through the back door and proceeds into the main area of the
Aristocratic Quarter]

***Various optional conversations***

[Ammy listens to Komuso]

(Komuso) Ah, you're that white wolf I keep bumping into all over. I'm traveling
the land to spread the good teachings of Buddha. There seem to be so many
places in need of guidance. I can feel it here too. A sinister chill in the
air. Concentrate. Look hard. You see. Right behind you now...

[Ammy defeats the monsters in less than 30 seconds]

(Komuso) Humans are not witness to such battles, but I saw it! The fighting
went on for exactly 17 seconds! Your performance was most admirable. I've seen
you fight many times now, and I'm constantly surprised by your incredible
strength. Even the great darkness that lies before you is probably nothing that
you need to fear. It seems that your journey is still not nearing its end. I
want you to take this. It will protect you along your way.

(Komuso) The evil forces may be gone, but the city still lacks life. The
threatening shadow above it is just too vast.

[Ammy headbutts Komuso]

(Komuso) H-Heavens above!

(Issun) Lay off the guy already, furball!

[Ammy enters a house and listens to the people inside]

(Okuni) In the ocean swims a mighty beast, 'Tis he who keeps the sea at peace.
O, what magnificence we behold! In this Water Dragon, o so bold! It's a song my
grandma taught me. Apparently, the Water Dragon that's causing havoc in the sea
is actually a god from the Dragon Palace at the bottom of the sea. Did you know
that, doggy?

(Aristocrat #1) Urgh! A dirty dog in my lovely mansion! Get away from me, you
flea-bitten hound! This is no place for the likes of you!

(Aristocrat #1) You've got some nerve, you mangy mutt! How dare you come into
our house like this! Get away from me, you flea-bitten hound!

[Ammy headbutts Aristocrat #1]

(Aristocrat #1) H-How dare you!

(Aristocrat #2) Well, well! It's not every day I have a dog visiting my
mansion! What is it, little one? Are you hungry? Or have you fled here from
that chaos over at the Ryoshima Coast? I don't have anything for you, but you
can stay as long as you'd like.

(Aristocrat #2) Are you finding my mansion nice and comfortable, dog? I don't
have anything for you, but you can stay as long as you'd like.

[Ammy headbutts Aristocrat #2]

(Aristocrat #2) Oh ho ho! Like to play, do you, dog!?

[Ammy approaches the palace gate]

(Soldier #1) We're Queen Himiko's bodyguards. She's in her palace at the
moment, praying for the city. I'm under orders not to let anyone disturb her.
And I take orders seriously, so that means you too, mutt!

(Soldier #2) You can see the cursed zone stretching out before you. The whole
city is engulfed in a sinister air. But we won't let it lay a finger on Queen
Himiko. No, we guards won't let any evil get the better of us!

(Issun) Bah, Himiko's people all sound like a bunch of parrots. But you can't
just attack anyone. You're a god, after all. Let's just leave him alone.

[Ammy enters another house and listens to its occupants]

(Aristocrat #1) Oh, what a sweet little doggy! Maybe you could lend an ear to
that poor husband of mine. He's been so troubled lately, he'd talk to anyone!

(Aristocrat #1) I've not been feeling well myself lately. That mist enveloping
the city is just so incredibly thick. It really starts to get you down after a
while.

[Ammy headbutts Aristocrat #1]

(Aristocrat #1) W-Watch what you're doing!

(Aristocrat #2) *mumble mumble* I wonder what's wrong with the Emperor. His
illness must be the cause of his strange behavior...

(Aristocrat #2) I don't suppose you've got time to hear my woes, have you,
pooch? I've served under the former Emperor of Sei-an City and been at his side
for more years than I care to remember. But then he suddenly took to his bed
with a terrible illness. He's been like a completely different person ever
since. He was always such a modest and benevolent ruler in the past. But now he
surrounds himself with guards and turns the needy away. There's even a rumor
that he imprisoned a girl for no reason. It's the illness that's doing this.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt!

[Ammy headbutts Aristocrat #2]

(Aristocrat #2) D-Do be careful!

***end optional***

[Ammy listens in on the guards at the gate of the Imperial Palace]

(Sentry #1) Psst! ... ... Psst! Can you hear me?

(Sentry #2) What? We're supposed to be on duty!

(Sentry #1) Well, it's just... I wanted to ask you something. Um, what's your
opinion of His Highness?

(Sentry #2) What do you mean? Surely you're not doubting the worth of our
honorable Emperor! True, he's had to take to his bed because of this strange
illness. But I'm full of hope that he'll soon make a speedy recovery.

(Sentry #1) And I am too, of course! But there's something about his strange
illness that bothers me. That swirling mist is a little out of the ordinary,
don't you think? The moment the Emperor took ill, it started to come from his
room. And then, before we knew it, it had taken over the whole city! People
are really starting to suffer from it, too. Well? Don't you think it's all a
bit of a coincidence?

(Sentry #2) ... ... It's definitely odd. I'll grant you that. But it's no use
trying to ask His Highness how he feels. He just sends everyone away, and he
won't even see a doctor. So I don't see that there's anything we can do about
it.

(Sentry #1) But what about that girl locked up in the cell all alone? She
shouldn't be locked up like that. She's done nothing wrong!

(Sentry #2) You mean that girl called Kaguya, right? Hm. Orders are orders, so
we had no choice but to lock her up. But I can't quite see why His Highness
wanted us to do it. The city's in a real mess ever since he took ill like this.
I wonder what's going on inside the palace...

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Sentry #1]

(Sentry #1) Hello, wolf. I wouldn't come any closer if I were you. We're under
orders to defend the Emperor with our lives. You'll leave now if you know
what's good for you.

(Sentry #1) Hm? What is it now? Is it the swirling mist inside the palace
that's bothering you? Er... It's nothing, really! That's what the Emperor told
us to say, anyway. It's nothing! You'll leave now if you know what's good for
you.

[Ammy headbutts Sentry #1]

(Sentry #1) Hey! Stop that, wolf!

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Sentry #2]

(Sentry #2) Huh!? A white wolf! How unusual! What are you doing here at the
Emperor's palace? Come to steal treasure from under his nose while he's ill?
You no-good hound! Get out of here right now! If I catch sight of you again,
I'll have you for my dinner! Actually, I don't think I'd want to eat such a
dirty-looking beast. But get out of here, anyway!

(Sentry #2) You pesky mongrel. It's the Emperor's orders that no one's allowed
through. And that includes wolves as well as people! Even a mosquito couldn't
get past our super-tight security! Am I getting through to you? Then get out of
here!

(Issun) Such tight security can only mean one thing... Whatever's causing that
swirling mist must be in this palace! Wonder what kinda person the Emperor is.

[Ammy headbutts Sentry #2]

(Sentry #2) Wh-What are you doing!?

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines a small crack in the wall of the palace]

(Issun) Hey, look at that, Ammy. There's mist pouring outta that little hole.
Too bad you're so big, otherwise we coulda checked out this hole. I don't like
this palace. Something smells fishy here.

***end optional***

[Ammy finds Rao's Prayer Slips in the bushes by the Imperial Palace]

(Issun) Hm? Check out these slips of paper. Looks like each one has a spell or
something on it. But I have no idea how to use 'em. Don't think they'd do us
much good.

[Ammy grabs the slips and heads back to Rao]

***optional***

[Ammy tries to enter the palace grounds]

(Issun) Are you trying to return these slips to where they came from? I really
don't think this is the right place, furball...

***end optional***

(Rao) What have you...!? My Prayer Slips! You found them? In this huge city!?
Thank you! They're indispensable in my fight against the evil beings. I was
sure one of them had stolen them from me. Thank goodness! Yes, your ability to
sniff things out really is a divine power. Your name's Amaterasu, correct,
wolf? Well, Amaterasu, would you put your powers to use for us?

(Issun) Hm? You saying we're the answer to your prayers?

(Rao) I'm saying you are our only hope. As you have seen, Ryoshima Coast is in
turmoil. All because of the evil rising from the darkness... Because of the
forces of darkness.

(Issun) Forces of darkness?

(Rao) Yes. Next to them, the monsters out there in the wild are nothing!
They're starting to spread over Ryoshima Coast. And with Queen Himiko confined
to her palace, it all falls to me. Normally, I'd use my holy powers to dispel
any threat to the city. But this foe is too strong for me. So I have no choice
but to ask this favor. Lend me your powers!

(Issun) So that means we'd end up helping Himiko after all? I dunno... Sounds
kinda fishy to me.

(Rao) There are some who think the queen is a coward to shut herself away. But
she cares for her subjects. She's praying for our protection. But even she
can't calm the Water Dragon and exorcise the city. Not without that sacred
treasure to enhance her holy powers. That's what I want you to help me find!

(Rao) Please, Amaterasu! Let me ask you once again. Will you listen to what I
have to ask?

[Ammy chooses "Sure."]

(Issun) Aw, what the heck... Let's hear what this stacked babe has to say.

(Rao) Stacked? Anyway... When you came here to the city, did you see it? Right
off the coast near the Ryoshima border, there lies a sunken treasure ship, a
victim of the Water Dragon's rampage. That ship was a trading vessel, working
between here and abroad. It was transporting a great treasure, ordered by Queen
Himiko. But the Water Dragon attacked every ship in the water. It sunk the ship
and its precious cargo right in front of the port! The Fox Rods that the queen
had finally managed to locate, a matchless treasure with the power to defeat
any foe, would have been Sei-an City's. If we had the Fox Rods now, we could
drive out the evil beings. Amaterasu, will you come to the treasure ship with
me, and help me search its cargo for the Fox Rods?

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Not Interested."]

(Rao) But, please! Reconsider!

***end optional***

(Issun) You want us to do what!?

(Issun) You want us to search for treasure on a sunken treasure ship? Well, I'd
do anything for a cute babe, but... If my boss here says no, there ain't much I
can do. Well, boss? We gonna help this busty babe, or what?

[Ammy chooses "Yes"]

(Issun) Bummer! Well, the boss has spoken... Huh? What was that, Ammy!?

(Rao) Thank you, Amaterasu! You're a true savior! OK, let's go to the treasure
ship right away, then! Although... We must wait a while until the new moon
rises in the night sky. In the shallows where the ship ran aground, called the
Lunar Lagoon, the tide only recedes when the new moon is seen from the Moon
Turret. When the tide's out, it's easy to get into the treasure ship. We'll
meet at the ship, on the night of the next new moon.

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "No"]

(Rao) But, please! Reconsider!

***end optional***

(Rao) You haven't forgotten, have you, Amaterasu? In the shallows where the
ship ran aground, called the Lunar Lagoon, the tide only recedes when the new
moon is seen from the Moon Turret. The holy treasure, the Fox Rods, is on that
ship. I'm sure of it! When the tide's out, it's easy to get into the ship.
We'll meet at the ship, on the night of the next new moon.

(Issun) Boy, Ammy, you seemed really eager to help her! Well, I couldn't say no
to those two either. But we can't let our guard down. I mean, who knows? That
busty babe might be Himiko's puppet. And if they're up to no good, then we
should get our hands on those Fox Rods before they do!

[Ammy heads to the Moon Turret]

(Issun) What, Ammy? You wanna climb up this tower? I bet there'd be a fine view
from up there. But it won't be easy. I don't even think you could do that wall
jump of yours here. You'd probably just bang your head on the ceiling. Of
course, it'd be different if ya had double the jumping power...

[Ammy examines the tower]

(Issun) Hey, Ammy, something's fishy about this tower. This would normally call
for one of your famous jumps... But I think it's just too high this time.

(Issun) I think it's just too high even for you to handle. That is unless you
could leap twice as high as you just did.

[Ammy heads to a dojo on a small island nearby]

***optional***

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Come on in. Bring your friends."]

(Issun) Is it just me, or does this place seem desperate for customers?

***end optional***

(Onigiri Sensei) Look who's here! Greetings, my little wolf friend!

(Issun) Huh? Hey, gramps. What're you doing here?

(Onigiri Sensei) I am as elusive as my fighting skills, friend. Be it a lone
isle among the waves or the most frigid mountain peak, I forge a warrior's path
throughout the land. And what has brought you here? Do you once again seek my
tutelage in the fighting arts?

[Ammy selects "God Technique: Holy Eagle"]

(Onigiri Sensei) So you once again choose to try your hand at the fighting
arts? I suppose I have no choice. I'll do as you wish and allow you to enroll
in my dojo. But I must warn you... I won't hold back this time! Aaaaaaah...
OOOOH!

(Onigiri Sensei) Waaaah... Are you mentally prepared to handle the ultimate
challenge? Step inside to test your might...

(Onigiri Sensei) Let the lesson begin! We'll practice the Holy Eagle god
technique. Take these tips to heart and remember them as we train.

(Onigiri Sensei) Well? Did you understand?

[Ammy selects "Yes"]

(Onigiri Sensei) Ah... Very well, then... I'll grant you this Technique Scroll.
Check it when you forget what it means to be a warrior.

(Onigiri Sensei) Understand it with your body as well as your mind. En garde!

(Onigiri Sensei) That's enough for now! Very impressive. You have shown me your
warrior's spirit! You mustn't neglect that spirit. Train everyday to keep it
strong. You may go now. Show those foul creatures the true nature of the
warrior!

(Onigiri Sensei) Listen, wolf. Gaining experience in a single skill is
admirable. But you must never lose the drive for self improvement. You have
seen the Moon Turret here on the Ryoshima Coast, no? Why, you could even jump
to that height! Practice this often! I pray that you never forget what it is to
be a true warrior.

[Ammy returns to the Moon Turret]

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines the Moon Turret]

(Issun) Oh, c'mon, furball! It should be a piece of cake for you! Put some
spring into it!

***optional #2***

[Ammy fails to jump onto the Moon Turret]

(Issun) Hey, what's up with you!? Oh, I know... You wanna climb up this. Well,
you learned that move, didn't ya? What are you waiting for!? Jump with
everything ya got!

***end optional***

[Ammy jumps up onto the Moon Turret]

(Issun) Wow, what a nice view! Too bad it's spoiled by that Sunken Ship. Sorry
looking thing, ain't it? Hey, look! What's that strange pattern on the bottom
of the sea? Looks like a huge crescent moon or something. It's shaped too
perfectly to be a coral reef.

(Issun) Hey, what was it that busty babe said? Something about the Moon
Turret... Wonder if she meant this thing. Now what was it she said...

(Issun) See that strange pattern on the bottom of the sea? Looks like a huge
crescent moon or something. Wonder if it's some sorta hint.

[Ammy draws a moon in the sky and the sea around the sunken ship clears away]

(Issun) Holy smokes! That's not something you see everyday! Wonder if it's safe
to walk on that lagoon.

[Ammy jumps down, heads over to the sunken ship, and enters it]

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< 12 - SUNKEN SHIP/IMPERIAL PALACE >                                   [ GS12 ]

(Issun) That door looks cursed. They probably sealed it up like that to keep
looters out. But I've never seen such a sinister looking curse before. I sure
hope this whole ship isn't one big curse. At any rate, this puppy ain't gonna
be easy to dispel.

(Rao) Amaterasu!

(Issun) B-Busty babe...

(Rao) You're here already, both of you! I'm sorry I'm late. My political duties
delayed me.

(Issun) This is the treasure ship you were talking about, babe?

(Rao) Yes... This is where the Fox Rods Queen Himiko was looking for are. It
was sunk by the Water Dragon, and now it's filled with monsters. But my holy
powers can easily deal with a few dozen monsters. There's nothing to worry
about. Let's go in!

(Issun) That's all fine and dandy, babe. But what about this cursed door here?
Was it sealed up like that to keep looters out? Or maybe it's the curse of
those who died when the Water Dragon sunk their ship. That thing's just
seething with an intensely evil power.

(Rao) So, there's a cursed door to stop anyone from getting through... I see.
That's a neat trick.

(Issun) You got that right. We better find another way in.

(Issun) Hm!?

(Rao) It's time we joined forces, Amaterasu. There'll be more barriers sealed
by magic as we get further inside. When we come to them, I'll use a Prayer Slip
to break the seal. So if you don't mind...

(Rao) So, Amaterasu... Handling the Prayer Slips is my affair. But I would like
your assistance in targeting. Don't worry. What I ask is not difficult. You
know how to manipulate the brush of the gods, I believe? Use that power to
guide the Prayer Slip from my hand to its target. So, let's practice on the
curse barring the door, shall we?

[Ammy draws a line to the cursed door]

(Rao) Fantastic! As long as I have my Prayer Slips, there's nothing to be
afraid of. Not even monsters! Enough practice now. Great treasure awaits! Let's
go find the Fox Rods!

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to draw a line to the door]

(Rao) What are you doing, Amaterasu? Guide the Prayer Slip in my hand to the
door's cursed mark. You better get practicing.

***optional #2***

[Ammy tries to leave the sunken ship]

(Rao) Amaterasu! We haven't found the Fox Rods yet. Where are you going!?
Surely you're not afraid of the Water Dragon, are you?

[Ammy chooses "Search some more."]

(Rao) Oh, I thought you were leaving! Come on. We mustn't lose any more time in
our hunt for the Fox Rods.

[Ammy chooses "Let's leave!"]

(Rao) But you... Amaterasu! You told me you'd help me, didn't you? And I... I
believed you. Well, I'm waiting right here until you decide to honor your
promise!

(Issun) Stop deciding things on a whim! You disappointed that busty babe. Well,
nothing really to do here. Let's hurry up and get back.

***optional #3***

[Ammy returns to the ship after leaving]

(Rao) You had a change of heart, Amaterasu? It's funny. I'm scared the Water
Dragon might attack at any moment. But somehow when I'm with you, I find new
depths of courage. So come on. We can't lose any more time in our hunt for the
Fox Rods.

***end optional***

[Ammy heads deeper into the sunken ship]

(Issun) Whoa... Just look at those treasure chests! Heh heh heh heh! We're
gonna be millionaires, even before we find those Fox Rods!

[Ammy enters a chamber where starlight shines in through a break in the hull]

(Rao) Isn't it beautiful? Even a ship doomed by the Water Dragon can enjoy the
starlight. But it only looks like this inside the ship when there's a new moon.
As soon as the sun comes up, cold seawater floods the ship again. Yes, this
ship has suffered a cruel fate.

***optional***

[Ammy examines a large scale]

(Issun) Whoa! Check it out! That thing's huge! Looks like a humongous balance
scale or something. Wonder what it was used for. It's only got weight on one
side. That's what I call an unbalanced balance!

***end optional***

[Ammy draws a sun in the sky through the broken hull, causing the lagoon to
fill in and flood the ship]

(Rao) That's impossible! It can't be daybreak yet! Surely this can't be... You
didn't do this, did you, Amaterasu? Your powers can control the very movement
of the heavens!

[Ammy enters a room with a large cannon and examines it]

(Issun) I bet this puppy could do some major damage! They probably used it to
protect their treasure. ... ... Hm? There's something on it. Looks like some
mark. Could it be...

[Ammy eventually reaches the treasure room and obtains the Lucky Mallet]

(Rao) What is this!?

(Issun) Finally, something interesting! Wait... This is a Lucky Mallet. Is this
what you were looking for, babe?

(Rao) It can shrink people down until they become so small that they can pass
through the eye of a needle. Certainly, a tool with such powers is a great
treasure... But it doesn't provide an answer to Queen Himiko's prayers for
peace.

(Issun) Hm... Someone else mentioned an eye of a needle lately. Oh, yeah. It
was that half-baked prophet Waka back in Sei-an City. Remember? He said
something like even the most solid defense has a tiny gap like the eye of a
needle. Wonder what kinda place he was talking about.

(Rao) Amaterasu, it seems what I was looking for isn't on this ship.
Unfortunately, we must leave without it.

(Issun) Aw, cheer up, babe. The ocean's a big place. You'll find what you want
somewhere!

(Rao) That may be so. But going into the ocean now is suicide. Well, as long as
the Water Dragon is still about, that is...

(Issun) Sheesh. Nobody can shut up about that thing. You'd think the Water
Dragon ruled Ryoshima Coast or something! Well, don't forget we have boss Ammy
here with us. Let's go think things over back in the city. I'm sick of this
ship!

[Ammy swims back to shore, carrying Rao on her back]

(Rao) Hm? C-Can't you you swim any faster, Amaterasu?

(Issun) Huh? I mean, what'd ya expect, babe? Ammy's a wolf, not a speedboat!

(Issun) ... ... Oh, I get it, babe... You wanna go to the bathroom, right? Heh
heh heh. We don't mind... And there's nothing but wide-open sea all around.
Nobody's looking! Go ahead! That's what everyone does!

(Rao) You don't understand! This swelling of the waves is a sign that it's
coming... We'll be helpless if we're attacked here.

(Issun) Here we go again... If it IS that... Water Dragon, was it? If it is...
We'll take care of the beast in a jiffy! It'll regret the day it messed with
us!

[The Water Dragon bursts out of the sea and attacks]

(Issun) Wh-Wh-What the!? Where'd that thing come from!?

(Issun) Is THAT the Water Dragon!? Look out!!!

[Ammy seemingly gets gobbled up by the Water Dragon, then washes up on the
shore]

(Issun) Huh!? Where are we? We're not... *gulp* Oh, cruel world! I'm too young
and handsome to die! ... ... Er... On second thought, maybe we just washed up
on the shore... Did you see what attacked us? It was huge! What the heck was
it, Ammy? Nobody told me something like that was on the loose around here! And
what's with that busty babe!? She just took off without us! Boy, I'm gonna give
her a piece of my mind next time we meet!

[The Lucky Mallet suddenly pops out]

(Issun) Hm? This mallet just jumped out by itself? Whoa! I hate to see treasure
run off like that! After it, Ammy!

[Ammy follows the mallet back to Sei-an and through the city, to the walls of
the Imperial Palace]

***optional***

[Ammy listens to Rao when passing through the Lecture Hall]

(Rao) Oh! Thank goodness you're safe, Amaterasu!

(Issun) Hey babe, what're you doing here? And how come you didn't tell us about
that monster!?

(Rao) I-I'm sure I mentioned something about the Water Dragon... Didn't I?

(Issun) ... ... Bah, whatever... Anyway, you'd better not be trying to trick
us!

(Rao) What are you talking about!? I was nearly eaten alive too, you know! But
however did you get away? You're a rather slow swimmer...

(Issun) What did you just say? ... ... Take that back! Ammy gets kinda
sensitive about her flaws.

(Rao) Sorry...

(Rao) The Fox Rods... If they're not on that ship, then where on earth are
they!? If they're lost in the sea, the vast realm of the Water Dragon, there's
no way we'll ever find them!

(Issun) Oh, cheer up! I'd hate to see you and your two friends cry.

***end optional***

(Issun) Heh heh! Now we got you cornered, you... you... mallet! No treasure's
ever escaped from the great Issun! I'm gonna sell ya to some greedy merchant,
and - Hm? Hey, wait... Check it out, Ammy. Isn't this the palace where that
swirling mist is coming from? You made us chase you here for a reason, mallet?

(Issun) Wait, I think I get it. The Lucky Mallet can shrink people, right? You
wanna shrink Ammy here. Then you want us to go into that creepy looking hole,
don't ya? I dunno... Why would hammerhead here want us to go in there? ... ...
Still, it might be worth checking out, Ammy. I mean, this palace has gotta be
the source of that mist. If Queen Himiko's not gonna do anything about this
mess, then it's up to us to find out the truth! Anyway, we haven't found a
single brush technique in this darn city! How could we possibly pass up this
palace? OK, mallet! We'll enter the hole. Now come on and work your magic on
furball here! Ready to get hammered, Ammy?

[Ammy selects "Bring it!"]

(Issun) Now that's what I wanted to hear! Furball's all yours, mallet! Hammer
away!

***optional #1***

[Ammy selects "No way!"]

(Issun) Huh? Don't tell me you're scared! Aw, c'mon! You're a god! How bad
could it hurt?

(Issun) Quit stallin', Ammy! We gotta hammer you down to size so you can fit in
the hole. Ready for a good beating, furball?

***optional #2***

[Ammy selects "I'll pass!"]

(Issun) Oh, don't be such a baby! We gotta hammer you down to size so you can
fit in the hole. Ready for a good beating, furball?

***end optional***

[Ammy shrinks and enters the small hole in the palace wall]

(???) Aha ha ha ha ha ha! You should see the look on your face! A few shakes of
a Lucky Mallet reduces things to my size! It's not for clobbering people or
anything, silly! Boy, I'll never get tired of messing with your head!

[Ammy growls at the stranger]

(???) Huh? What's gotten into you? You forgot what I looked like already? Now
you listen here, furball. You better remember me this time or else! I'm Issun
the Wandering Artist! You got it?

[Wandering Artist Issun (x 1000) is (re)introduced]

(Issun) Besides, I'm so dashingly handsome. Who else could it be? Bet you see
me in a new light now! Hey! I'm talking to you! Aw, forget it. Let's check out
the palace. We gotta find out what's behind that swirling mist. You may be no
bigger than a dust bunny now, but I bet ya still got a lotta fight in you!

(Issun) Well, time's a wastin'! But there's something you need to know first. I
mean, this IS like a brand-new world to you. I'm here to help you when you
really need it. For example, see that chest all wrapped in chains over there?
If you can guide me over to it with your Celestial Brush, I'll pop on over and
snatch whatever's inside! C'mon! Let's try it out right here!

[Ammy draws a line and guides Issun to the chest]

(Issun) Now that's what I'm talking about! Heh heh. Nothing stands in the way
of my trusty sword, Denkomaru! But listen up. I don't want you gettin' any
funny ideas. I may be one mean sucker, but don't go launching me at monsters. I
mean, I just might lose it if you did that. You'd have to clean up my bloody
aftermath. OK. Now that everything's clear, let's get going!

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to guide Issun to the chest]

(Issun) What the heck was that? You were supposed to draw a line from me to the
chest. I ain't gonna help you if you can't even do that.

***optional #2***

[Ammy tries to leave the palace]

(Issun) Leaving already!? We're not done here yet! We haven't even figured out
what's behind this mist!

[Ammy chooses "Not yet."]

(Issun) Good answer. Now stop mucking around! We got some explorin' to do!

***optional #3***

[Ammy chooses "Let's leave."]

(Issun) What, you have to go to the bathroom or something? OK, whatever. Hurry
it up so we can finish exploring the palace.

***optional #4***

[Ammy chooses to return to the palace]

(Issun) Ammy! Will ya make up your mind already? We don't want those
gatekeepers to think we're up to something. Let's have the mallet shrink you
again!

[Ammy chooses "Not yet."]

(Issun) Why do you keep stallin', ya big furball!? We got work to do!

***optional #5***

[Ammy listens to the sentries]

(Sentry #1) Hello there, wolf. You like this place, don't you? There seems to
be quite a commotion inside the palace. You haven't been sneaking in there,
have you? We'd get in hot water if you had, so I hope the answer's no!

(Sentry #2) What have you been trying to do, eh? You won't get past our
security, wolf. No matter what you do. Keep running around if you want.

(Sentry #2) What do you want? Are you trying to ask me to open the gate? You're
a spineless little pooch, aren't you? Just get out of here!

***optional #6***

[Ammy chooses "Shrink on!"]

(Issun) Now that's what I wanted to hear! Furball's all yours, mallet! Hammer
away!

***end optional***

[A (giant) soldier steps in front of Ammy]

(Issun) Whoa! That was close. Better watch out, Ammy. Remember. You're no
bigger than a dust bunny now. Better watch it, or we'll end up on the bottom of
someone's shoe! Heh heh. Now you know what I have to deal with! Anyway, this
mist is getting thicker, isn't it? I knew there was something fishy about this
palace!

[A spider hangs overhead]

(Issun) See that, Ammy? That's what they call a Blocking Spider. Those nasty
buggers just won't let you by sometimes! They normally leave you alone, but
they can be unpredictable. Just watch their moves. Better safe than sorry!

[Ammy jumps on the foot of a soldier]

(Issun) Whoa... Why'd ya hitch a ride? Tired of walking or something? Well, big
guy here doesn't seem to mind, so knock yourself out!

[Ammy hears someone crying]

(Issun) Hey, what's that? Sounds like someone's crying.

(Issun) Isn't that a jail cell? Someone's in there. But I can't tell who she
is. She's got her back turned. They usually turn out to be ugly when they turn
around anyway. Plus, we don't wanna attract any attention if she raises a fuss.
Forget about her. Let's keep going.

[Ammy tries navigating around the feet of a soldier]

(Soldier) It's that little roach that's been running around lately! No, wait! I
think it's that dung beetle from the bathroom. Yuck!

(Issun) Grrr... This guy's got a lotta nerve!

[Ammy passes by the jail cell again]

(???) Hello? Is somebody there?

(Issun) Hm?

(???) Are you mallet bearers? It's hard to see from here.

(Issun) Mallet bearers? What the heck are you talkin' about?

(???) Oh, who are you?

(Issun) Oh, uh... Just a couple of passersby... Are you that girl we heard
crying before? Sounded kinda fake if you ask me. You're not some no-good
monster trying to trick us, are ya?

(???) What? Oh... No, at least I don't think so. I came to Sei-an City to sell
some of my grandfather's bamboo ware. But the Emperor who lives in this palace
had me arrested.

(Issun) Your grandfather's bamboo ware? Is your grampa that Mr. Bamboo back in
Kusa Village?

(???) You know my grandfather? He raised me back in Kusa Village. My name is
Kaguya.

[Moonlight Beauty Kaguya is introduced]

(Kaguya) But I'm afraid that's about all I can tell you. I don't know why I've
been imprisoned here. I don't even know who I really am or where I originally
came from.

(Issun) A-Another babe... How could Mr. Bamboo have such a cute granddaughter?
Well, you just sit tight, honeypie! We'll get you out! The great Issun's gonna
straighten out that mean old Emperor. Then I'll come back and set you free!

(Kaguya) No, I... Um...

(Issun) Don't sweat it, sweetie! You just sit tight! We're gonna search every
nook and cranny of this palace. And I'm gonna give that Emperor a piece of my
mind when we find him! So, don't you worry your pretty little head. My partner
may not look like much now, but furball here is actually the great Amaterasu!
Now just sit back and relax. We got it covered. Let's go, Ammy!

(Kaguya) I don't know if this will help, but... The Emperor buried some
treasure in the corner of his garden. But please don't do anything too risky,
you two.

(Issun) You just leave it to us, honeypie!

[Ammy blasts a hole in the garden grounds and proceeds down into a new area]

(Issun) Jackpot! Heh heh! Why would the Emperor hide his treasure here? I could
smell it a mile away!

[Ammy comes across another spider]

(Issun) Check out that funny-looking thing, Ammy. That's what they call a
Platform Spider. You see, they just go back and forth like that all day.
They're basically harmless, unless you stay on their backs too long. Some of
'em don't like it and may end up throwing you off!

[Ammy blasts a hole in a wall and enters what appears to be a storage room]

(Issun) A flask? Is that considered treasure?

(Issun) Uh-oh! That's a Blocking Spider, Ammy! Wonder why it got so bent outta
shape all of a sudden. Now we're gonna have a heck of a time getting out of
here.

***optional***

[Ammy examines the flask]

(Issun) Hey, check out this flask. It's hanging by a string. Why would this be
considered treasure? Well, we won't find out until we get it down here.

***end optional***

[Ammy uses Power Slash to cut the string holding the flask up, then gets sucked
into it]

(Issun) Hey, Ammy, there's a strange mist in this flask, too. But it's somehow
different from that mist outside. I dunno... It feels kinda comforting.

***optional #1***

[Ammy heads towards the opening in the flask]

(Issun) Huh? You wanna go back outside, Ammy? You just gonna leave this mist in
here?

***optional #2***

[Ammy waits too long to act]

(Issun) Why would the Emperor hide a flask here? Hmmm, it might be this mist
bottled up here that he's hiding.

***end optional***

[Ammy draws Galestorm and blows the mist out of the flask]

(Issun) Wow, you're getting good at that one! Almost too good! I dunno why the 
Emperor hid this flask here, but he shouldn't be hogging such comforting mist
all to himself!

[A constellation appears]

(Issun) Hey, it's that starlight again! What's it doing here!?

[Ammy draws the missing stars in the constellation and a sheep appears]

(Kasugami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
After our separation, I took to wandering the corners of the Earth. Before
long, I was sealed away here by a sinister power. Your arrival has broken that
seal. Now, I, Kasugami, grant you the power of mist. Glisten over all creation
like fleeting dew!

[Kasugami's power is returned to Ammy]

(Issun) So that's why the Emperor hid this flask like it was treasure.
Kasugami, the god of mist, was trapped inside! They say Kasugami can wrap the
world in a thick mist that slows down time for all things. I really did feel
like I was in a dream world with no sense of time. ... ... But enough of that!
That's one awesome power you just got back, Ammy! If the legend's true, that
brush technique can slow down any monster with a single stroke, even a Blocking
Spider! Let's try out that new power of yours right away, Ammy!

(Issun) Just draw the mark that's there on the flask. That'll show that pesky
spider who's boss!

[Ammy draws Veil of Mist]

(Issun) Wh-What the!? The Blocking Spider slowed down! That really is
Kasugami's legendary time-slowing technique! Wow, Ammy. You really pack quite
an arsenal of techniques! Blocking Spiders should be a piece of cake from now
on! We'll slow down anything in our way, no matter how fast it is! I figured
out something else, too! The Emperor must have a screw loose or something. I
mean, why would he possibly wanna trap Kasugami in there? I bet it has
everything to do with that swirling mist out there!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to draw Veil of Mist]

(Issun) Hm!? Nothing happened. Was it really nothing but a legend!? You sure
you can't draw the mark that's there on the flask to slow down any monster?

(Issun) It didn't work this time, either. Darn it! I really hoped it was more
than a legend. You sure you can't draw the mark that's there on the flask to
slow down any monster?

***end optional***

[Ammy returns to the upper grounds of the palace]

***optional***

[Ammy listens to Kaguya again]

(Issun) Heya, Kaguya. You were right about the Emperor hiding treasure in his
garden. Thanks to you, Ammy here got another brush technique back!

(Kaguya) Don't do anything dangerous on account of me. Please be careful, you
two.

(Issun) You just leave it to us, honeypie! We'll get you outta there once we've
raked that Emperor over the coals and figured out what's behind that swirling
mist.

(Issun) Aw, c'mon, honeypie. Relax! We'll get you outta there once we've raked
that Emperor over the coals and figured out what's behind that swirling mist.

(Kaguya) You'll no doubt encounter many guards before reaching his room. Please
be careful. I'd feel awful if someone stepped on you!

***end optional***

[Ammy sneaks past the guards and into the room where the Emperor is sleeping]

(Issun) Hm!? Hey, look over there, Ammy! Isn't that the Emperor!? I'd heard
that he was sick in bed. But I never expected him to be the source of that
funky mist! Now, how we gonna straighten out this royal oaf? I mean, we're
still too big to fit through his mosquito net.

***optional***

[Ammy approaches the net and examines the Emperor]

(Issun) Yikes! Look at all that mist! What the heck's this royal oaf got inside
him? I mean, how could he be spewing out that much mist?

***end optional***

[Ammy climbs up to the rafters over the Emperor]

(Issun) Check it out, Ammy. The Emperor's directly below us. It's like the
royal oaf's mouth is just begging us to dive on in!

(Issun) OK, we're over the Emperor's head now. Let's dive into the gasbag's big
ol' mouth!

[Ammy jumps in]

(Issun) Are we inside the Emperor's body now? Wow, Ammy. you're one fearless
wolf. This should be the fastest way to get to the root of the problem.

(Issun) Hey, what's this funny looking thing here? Oh, I know! It's that dangly
thing that hangs down in the back of the throat! I bet if we tickled it, this
royal oaf would sneeze. That's probably our best bet for getting outta here!
But let's save that for later. We're goin' the other way now!

***optional***

[Ammy examines the "dangly thing"]

(Issun) I bet he'd sneeze us out if we tickled this dangly thing here. That
might be the easiest way to get outta his body.

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds down the Emperor's throat]

(Issun) Wonder what's in there. I have a feeling we're in for trouble. You're
not gonna turn back now, are ya, Ammy?

[Ammy chooses "No way!"]

(Issun) Good answer. OK, you know the drill! Leap before you think!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Right now!"]

(Issun) Huh? You chickening out!? Bah! You're hopeless!

(Issun) Ready now, Ammy? Are you sure this time?

***end optional***

[Ammy descends deeper into the Emperor's body]

(Issun) No way! This is insane! That mist... It's alive, Ammy!

[The mist swirls around, creating an empty(?) suit of armor]

(Blight) Under my control, this body breathes evil mist over the city. And you,
mutt... You dare attempt to clear the skies of my poison!? Waging battle with
me inside a human body will be no easy task. Even now, Goldnail, the mighty
sword, cries out for your blood! Come! Step forward so that I, the indomitable
Blight, may cut you down!

(Issun) Heh heh, I'll step forward all right! You're a real piece o' work,
Blight! Better say your prayers!

(Blight) You uncultured wretch! Be warned. We are in the very bowels of the
Emperor. If we fight here, his body will not...

(Issun) Gimme a break! A little action here will help him wake up! But never
mind that. You're the one behind that poison mist! Possessing a human body may
be an elaborate trick, but it ends now! With my supreme blade Denkomaru, I, the
magnificent Issun, shall rend that hunk of junk you call a sword!

[Ammy fights and defeats Blight]

(Narrator) Blight, a disease residing within the Emperor's body and born of the
intense hatred and evil of the cursed sword Goldnail, was the source of the
acrid mist that had plagued the capital's citizenry. But even a creature so
despicable and full of hatred was no match for our intrepid heroes Amaterasu
and Issun.
Blight's defeat brought with it a lifting of the acrid fog. The Emperor, now
freed of evil's influence, returned to normal. Amaterasu and the others had
earned a brief moment of respite. However, evil conspired to cut the tranquil
scene short.
From Goldnail's defeated form rose the familiar blackness. The spirit of evil
and hatred that had resided within the sword, black as midnight and deep as the
sea, rose slowly skyward. Make no mistake... This was undoubtedly one of the
foul spirits that dispersed from Orochi's broken body. Quickly and steadily it
rose. Then, it shot off toward the distant sea and over the horizon. It moved
with purpose, as if to a rendezvous with a lost friend. Amaterasu and the
others had no time to rest. If they were truly to restore the capital to its
normal routine, they still had to deal with the threat of the Water Dragon.
This tale is far from over... Hey, you! Aren't you forgetting something?

(Issun) You had it coming big time, gasbag! You aren't even in the same league
as the magnificent Issun! Well, furball, that's that! How 'bout one of those
victory howls? Oh wait, I almost forgot! That babe Kaguya's still locked up!

(Issun) Ammy, seems pops is still snoozing away. How 'bout we just take control
and make him unlock her cell? Why bother with waking him up to explain
everything, anyway? Huh? You don't get it do ya? Watch and learn, my furry
friend!

(Issun) First, I'll stir up his stomach like this, and then...

(Issun) What the!? Yikes!!!

[Ammy and Issun take control of the Emperor's body]

(Issun) ... ... What the!? Hey, are you OK, Ammy? Looks like we managed to make
the Emperor stand up. C'mon! We gotta get this royal oaf moving. Let's get him
over to where they're holding Kaguya!

***optional***

[They go in the wrong direction]

(Issun) Ack... I guess this controlling humans business is harder than it
looks. We gotta get big shot here over to Kaguya's cell, not this way. OK,
let's head for her cell now.

***end optional***

(Soldier #1) Your Highness! You're well enough to walk around again!? That
Kaguya girl was imprisoned just as you ordered, sire. But she's done no wrong,
so I can't understand why... Er, um! Not that I'm doubting your bountiful
wisdom, Your Highness!

(Soldier #2) Your Highness! I know you have already refused to see a doctor.
But surely it would be wise to seek treatment! Some people are even starting to
say your illness is what's... Er, um! Not that I think anything of the sort, of
course!

[They reach Kaguya's cell]

(Kaguya) Are you... the Emperor!? But if you're here, does that mean those two
are...!? Oh dear! It's all my fault! How shall I ever apologize?

(Issun) Hm... Let's see... How 'bout you start off by making me 100 dumplings!

(Kaguya) Huh?

(Issun) Heh heh... Just pulling your leg, sweetie!

(Kaguya) That voice!

(Issun) You think we'd buy the farm that easy? The Emperor was being controlled
by a nasty stomach virus. But we took care of it. Things should get back to
normal soon. Now, let's make this royal oaf open your cell! Let's see...

[They open the cell and free Kaguya]

(Kaguya) Oh, thank you! I thought I'd never get out of there.

(Issun) No time for chit-chat, bamboo girl. We freed the Emperor from that
monster controlling him. But things are still a bit dicey around here. We're
gonna hightail it outta this place. I suggest you do too! Now let's see here...
Oh, yeah... Coochie coochie coo!

[Ammy and Issun get sneezed out of the Emperor]

(Issun) Heh heh... I can tell what you wanna do, Ammy! I agree. That'll make it
feel like we've set things straight here! I mean, we've already freed that
bamboo girl. Now, give one of those victory howls to wake up the Emperor!

[The Emperor regains his senses, and Ammy listens to him]

(Emperor) Hmm... I wonder what was wrong with me. People say I took to my bed
with an illness, but I don't recall. I remember meeting with a bamboo seller
called Kaguya. And I remember a secret treasure for crossing a sea of fire...
But I've totally lost my memory of what happened after that. It's almost like I
was possessed by a strange spirit.

(Issun) Bah, talk about a troublesome emperor! But Kaguya's safe and all. Guess
we can cut him some slack.

(Emperor) A white wolf... And a curious bouncing ball... I have an uncanny
feeling that I had a dream about you two. I must apologize to Queen Himiko for
my unforgivable blunders!

(Issun) Himiko...? Yes! That's it, Ammy! This city's a complete mess. And Queen
Himiko's not doing a thing about it! There's no excuse for her just sitting
around in her palace! Boy, am I gonna give her a piece of my mind!

(Emperor) Ah, the lovely white wolf. For some reason, I seem to feel so relaxed
when you're around. I have this peaceful feeling, as if you know me inside out.

(Issun) Oh, I know you from the inside, believe me!

(Emperor) I'm collecting Demon Fangs, you know. If you have any for me, you can
take some of my treasure. People will probably say I'm foolish giving treasure
to a wolf. But you're my lucky wolf! I'm certain some good will come of it.
Surely you've collected lots of them, eh? What do you think? Would you like to
make a swap?

***optional***

[Ammy swaps 80 Demon Fangs for the Fog Pot and Kasugami appears again]

(Kasugami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
Our separation had weakened me. My power had scattered like mist. Your heart,
pure enough to pierce the darkness, reawakened me. The seal of mist will
protect you. My power has reached its peak. I hereby bestow upon you the power
of Mist Warp!

(Issun) Whoa! Never expected something like that from a flask! Bet that royal
oaf didn't even know what was in this thing. Now about Mist Warp... I don't
know exactly how to use it. But the important thing is you got another
technique back!

***Before leaving, Ammy listens to the various folks around the palace***

[Ammy listens to the Emperor]

(Emperor) If you look closely, Demon Fangs seem to differ slightly. I'd like to
collect each and every one of them if I could! What do you think? Do you want
to swap yours for some treasure?

(Emperor) Come and visit me again when you have more Demon Fangs to swap!

[Ammy headbutts the Emperor]

(Emperor) Ha ha! Always so full of energy!

[Ammy listens to Soldier #1]

(Soldier #1) The Emperor's back to his usual gentle self again. It seems he was
possessed by some kind of malevolent force. I'm worried about the strange air
stretching across Nippon. I hope it isn't headed for Sei-an City, too.

(Soldier #1) It's one less thing to worry about now that the Emperor's better.
We just have to hope he finds time to rule between treasure-hunting!

[Ammy headbutts Soldier #1]

(Soldier #1) This is no place to horse around!

[Ammy listens to Soldier #2]

(Soldier #2) That poisonous air disappeared as soon as the Emperor got better.
Maybe it had something to do with whatever was possessing him. Anyway, I hope
everyone else recovers from the illness, too.

(Soldier #2) That Kaguya girl isn't in her cell. I hope she was released. If
the Emperor's madness was due to some evil spirit, then I wonder what business
it had imprisoning an innocent girl.

[Ammy headbutts Soldier #2]

(Soldier #2) Look out!

[Ammy listens to Sentry #1]

(Sentry #1) Hey there, wolf! So you have snuck into the palace then! I had a
feeling that you were in there, but I turned a blind eye. It was almost like I
knew that some good would come of it. I'm not sure exactly what happened, but I
do know that the Emperor's back to his usual gentle self! Oh yes! That girl,
Kaguya, has been released safe and sound, too! She came running outside
earlier, looking happy as can be!

(Sentry #1) It must have been terrible for Kaguya at night in her cell. She was
probably so lonely that she spoke to the moon for company.

[Ammy listens to Sentry #2]

(Sentry #2) Well, if it isn't the white wolf... Coming out of the palace!? That
means you must have snuck your way in somehow! ... ... You did well... Thank
you.

(Sentry #2) How did you manage to sneak inside the palace, then? You may be
just a wolf, but you have some kind of divine air. If you have special powers,
then maybe you could teach me some? One that would help me get out of guard
duty would be nice!

***end optional***

[Ammy exits the palace and finds Kaguya outside]

(Issun) Heya, bamboo girl! What're ya doing spacing out here? I mean, you're
free now. You could go anywhere you want.

(Kaguya) Oh, hello you two! I hardly recognize you! You were so tiny when we
first met. You certainly cut a dashing figure at full size!

(Issun) Ya think so!? Well, actually, I hear stuff like that all the time!

(Kaguya) Huh? Oh, yes... I meant you, too, Issun...

(Issun) Anyway, the city is a dangerous place right now. You should head back
to your grandpa's house. That Emperor fella's got an eye for that treasure of
yours, right? You should get away before others start sniffin' around! Plus,
your grandpa seems awfully lonely, ya know.

(Kaguya) Really!? Oh, I see... That dear old man thinks of me as his own
granddaughter. I would really like to return, but...

(Issun) You're not his granddaughter? You mean your real family lives somewhere
else? Aw, anyway... You should just go see him if you feel that way.

(Kaguya) ... ... I know nothing of my past. I don't even know who I am or where
I came from. My first memory is of waking up in a bamboo grove. The bamboo
cutter took me home, where I was lovingly cared for. To repay his kindness, I
helped him with his bamboo ware.

(Issun) If that's the case... Then why don't you hurry up and go see him!?

(Kaguya) I know nothing of my past... But I do recall one faint memory...

***optional***

[Ammy tries to move on]

(Issun) Hey! You don't want to hear the rest of her story? It seemed like that
bamboo girl wanted to say something else. Sometimes you can solve problems just
by being a good listener. Are you so busy that you have to abandon a damsel in
distress? C'mon, let's hear her out!

***end optional***

(Kaguya) I thought long and hard while I was imprisoned. It was then that I
remembered being in a small, dark room long ago. That's all I can think about
now. And... I feel I must get there as soon as I can! ... ... I cannot escape
that feeling...

(Issun) Hmm... That's a pretty weird story. I mean, you don't even know where
it is you want to go back to!

(Kaguya) Bits and pieces of my memory are coming back in flashes. Together they
form a vision... I see a Royal Crest inscribed in earth amid a grove of bamboo.
I must go to Sasa Sanctuary! There, it shall all become clear!

(Issun) Huh!? What's gotten into you!? I mean, first with the dark room... And
now you suddenly want to go to Sasa Sanctuary!?

(Kaguya) I don't know to where I must return. But I have this intense feeling
in my heart... It drives me forward to my ultimate destination. It drives me to
seek the Royal Crest. I must leave for Sasa Sanctuary at once!

[Kaguya runs off]

(Issun) Hey, wait! Bamboo girl, wait! Aw, she's gone.

[Ammy returns to the Commoners' Quarter]

(Issun) Sweet. The cursed zone vanished along with that funky mist. Looks like
the city's come back to life! Ammy, bet ya never saw a happenin' place like
this 100 years ago! This must be exciting for you, being from the country and
all. Now, I know you just want to have fun, but don't go overboard. I mean, I
don't want you to forget what you're supposed to be doing.

***Note - There is now a TON of optional dialogue available from the citizens
of Sei-an, in both the Commoners' Quarter and the Aristocratic Quarter. Some of
it will be listed here, but a lot of it is related to various sidequests, which
can be found in section 23 - "Sidequests".***

[Ammy listens to Aristocrat #1]

(Aristocrat #1) Aaah... It's been a long time since I've seen my husband look
so happy! Although we're in the Emperor's service now, my husband and he were
great friends during their school days. There's nobody happier than him now
that the Emperor's better.

(Aristocrat #1) As soon as the Emperor recovered, that awful mist vanished. And
I suddenly felt better than I have in ages. Maybe now we can finally go back to
normal life again.

(Aristocrat #1) It really is wonderful news that the Emperor's well again.
Maybe my husband and I should go pay him a visit.

[Ammy listens to Aristocrat #2]

(Aristocrat #2) Have you heard the news, pooch? It seems that the Emperor has
gotten over his illness at last! He's back to his gentle old self, thank
goodness! I can't tell you how relieved I am! *sob*

(Aristocrat #2) It's no coincidence that the mist left when the Emperor
recovered. He must have been possessed by some evil being. I'm sure of it. But
he's well now and that's what counts. We civil servants honestly couldn't be
happier!

(Aristocrat #2) It's so wonderful that the Emperor is well again. We civil
servants honestly couldn't be happier!

[Ammy listens to the soldiers at the entrance to Queen Himiko's palace]

(Soldier #1) You're a persistent one, aren't you, mutt? For whatever reason,
the curse seems to have dissipated. There's still a sinister presence on the
Ryoshima Coast, though. But we won't let it lay a finger on Queen Himiko. No,
we guards won't let any evil get the better of us!

(Issun) Bah, Himiko's people all sound like a bunch of parrots. Maybe they can
stand up to the evil of those monsters, but I bet they're no match for the
brush techniques of the gods!

[Ammy uses Veil of Mist to sneak past the guards and enter the palace]

[Ammy examines some objects in a side room]

(Issun) A koto and a shamisen... What an elegant room. But it looks like it's
just used for storage now.

[Ammy examines some treasure in another side room]

(Issun) Wow, check out all that treasure! Would it be wrong to pocket a little?

[Ammy listens to a handmaiden]

(Handmaiden) Why, it really is you... Her Majesty Queen Himiko has foreseen
your coming. You must not delay. Please, Queen Himiko awaits on the top floor!

(Issun) Himiko's waiting... for us?

(Handmaiden) If you're really the ones Queen Himiko has been looking for, even
a boiling sea of flames won't stand in your way, will it?

[Ammy headbutts the handmaiden]

(Handmaiden) Please don't do that!

[Ammy rides the elevator to the top floor]

(Issun) Whoa! What the heck!? What's all this lava doing here!? You may be a
god now, but... You'd end up a crispy critter if you fell in this stuff! That
Himiko's sure making things difficult. She must really have a good reason for
wanting to keep people away.

[Ammy gets caught by the guard when leaving the palace]

(Soldier #2) Hey! How did you get in here, mutt!? This is terrible! How did you
get past our foolproof defenses!? How could we let Queen Himiko down like
this!? Hurgh! Get out of here, mutt!

(Soldier #1) That beautiful mist that suddenly enveloped us... It had special
powers, you know. Enough to drive even us guards to distraction.

[Ammy enters a building and listens to some soldiers]

(Soldier #1) People are saying that this place was under some kind of curse. It
was like I was having an awful nightmare the whole time. It was horrible! The
Ryoshima Coast was engulfed in evil! I'm petrified just thinking about it. I
just have to keep telling myself it was all a bad dream.

(Soldier #1) There are all sorts of problems facing the Ryoshima Coast now. For
our part, we can make efforts to improve security. If only Queen Himiko would
say some words to boost morale. I wonder why she's not showing her face in our
time of need.

[Ammy headbutts Soldier #1]

(Soldier #1) Stop it! That's dangerous!

(Soldier #2) I've no excuse. I was totally off my guard and unprepared. It's
unthinkable that we were cursed at a time like this. I feel so humiliated. I've
brought shame upon my whole family. I must devote myself to guard duty more
than ever to make amends!

(Soldier #2) Halt! Where did you crawl from, you flea-ridden beast!? What do
you think? I'm trying out my new scary guard routine. Actually, security is
really tight at Queen Himiko's Palace. You'd better not hang around too long.

[Ammy headbutts Soldier #2]

(Soldier #2) Argh!

(Soldier #3) Hey there, doggy! What brings you to a dull old place like this?
This is just the guardroom for Queen Himiko's Palace. There's nothing here
that'd be of interest to you.

(Soldier #3) Things have been getting really chaotic here lately. People in the
east are talking about an 8-headed monster! And that's just one of many crazy
rumors here in Ryoshima. You look incredibly unruffled, though. I wish I was!

[Ammy headbutts Soldier #3]

(Soldier #3) You've certainly got spirit, doggy!

[Ammy listens to Komuso]

(Komuso) White wolf... Although smiles have returned to people's faces, it does
not mean that pain has been abolished from our world. I will rest now from my
travels. Here I will recite my holy chants. For the living who are in pain, and
the dead who have suffered. Our paths may be different, but our principles are
the same... May the enlightenment of Buddha await you!

[Ammy listens to Rao]

(Rao) Have you noticed that the mist over the city has suddenly disappeared?
There must have been some change in the Emperor.

(Issun) We'll take credit for that, thank you very much! Hey, wait... What
about you, sister? Why didn't you try to help the Emperor? Couldn't your
mystical powers have located the source of that mist? I knew it! You and Himiko
are up to no good!

(Rao) That... That was my mistake. But I'm just a priestess, you know. I can't
go snooping around the Imperial Palace for no reason. Anyway, if you cleared up
the mist, then I offer my congratulations. So, then. Now that that's resolved,
it's on to the next problem...

(Rao) All of what you've done so far is amazing. However, the Water Dragon is a
much bigger problem. No trading ships can get through. The city's food is
running low. And the evil besieging our fair land still looms large in the
shadows. Now is exactly the time we need them! If only we had the Fox Rods!

[Ammy listens to the people outside Rao's Lecture Hall]

(City Dweller #1) I feel so much better now that that awful mist has
disappeared. Queen Himiko still hasn't showed her face, mind you. What could
she possibly be doing in her palace all this time? I don't like to say it, but
I've got a bad feeling about this.

(City Dweller #1) What can Queen Himiko be doing inside her palace all this
time? I don't like to say it, but I've got a bad feeling about this.

(City Dweller #2) It was quite bizarre. As soon as that mist disappeared, so
did my old back aches and pains. Cured in a flash! Rao can make everything
better. She's our savior!

(City Dweller #2) Long live Rao! She can make everything better. She's our
savior!

(City Dweller #3) Rao isn't just about Buddhism. She's also good at martial
arts. I saw her fighting off some monsters once. She was a real force to be
reckoned with, I can tell you! We don't have anything to fear as long as Rao is
here!

(City Dweller #3) Rao certainly knows her stuff when it comes to martial arts.
I saw her fighting off some monsters once. She was a real force to be reckoned
with, I can tell you! We don't have anything to fear as long as Rao is here!

(City Dweller #4) I wonder how much longer it'll be before it's my turn. The
mist may have cleared, but my heart's still full of clouds. I really need to
see the lovely Rao soon.

(City Dweller #4) I wonder how much longer it'll be before it's my turn. Why is
it that I always seem to be the last one in line!?

[Ammy listens to the Weapon Dealer]

(Weapon Dealer) Hello there, mutt! I haven't seen you in a while. When the mist
disappeared, the cursed zone vanished with it. Everyone here in Sei-an is
thrilled! Anyway, business is slow to say the least. Have you been sent to do
the shopping again today, mutt?

(Weapon Dealer) Hello there, mutt! It's good to see you looking well as usual.
With the town back to normal, Queen Himiko may show her face again. Anyway,
business is slow to say the least. Have you been sent to do the shopping again
today, mutt?

[Ammy listens to the Tool Dealer]

(Tool Dealer) Now that the mist's gone, there are a lot more people coming and
going. The water in the canal is clean again, too. Maybe now the fish from Lake
Beewa will come back. That means there'll probably be people fishing here
again. There were always delicious fish over in the Aristocratic Quarter. I bet
there are already people fishing again over there. Anyway! I don't have much in
stock thanks to the Water Dragon, but business is business and I'd like to sell
what I do have. Have you been sent out to buy something, pooch?

[Ammy lights the large brazier and examines it]

(Issun) It sure lights up the city when lit!

[Ammy listens to Soldier #2]

(Soldier #2) I suppose I should be happy now that that terrible mist has gone.
But I just can't seem to shake my bad feelings. I mean, how long is Queen
Himiko going to hide away in the palace? People in town are starting to
complain that she's not around. And I don't blame them. I can tell you because
you're just a dog.

(Soldier #2) No one's seen Queen Himiko since that mist came along. People in
town are starting to complain that she's not around. And I don't blame them. I
can tell you because you're just a dog.

[Ammy listens to Soldier #3]

(Soldier #3) Come to listen to Miss Rao again, doggy? You're very dedicated.
We're so lucky to have her here giving her sermons. Now the mist has gone and
the city's back to normal. And it's all thanks to her, I'm sure! She's just so
wonderful!

(Soldier #3) Queen Himiko has been holed up in the palace all this time. But
Miss Rao's been there for us. She helped us pull through.

[Ammy listens to Raiden]

(Raiden) Hey! Am I right in thinking that you can actually see me? Ah ha ha! Of
all the things! So the ghostly Raiden is finally spotted by a living being...
And it turns out to be a cute little doggy!

[Lightning Ghost Raiden is introduced]

(Raiden) Why are you staring at me like that? OK, so I don't have any legs. But
isn't that normal for a ghost in Nippon? I was killed by a bolt of lightning,
you know. It's great. I never get hungry, I never tire. It's fun all the way!
There's just one problem...

(Raiden) I've realized that it's not always easy for ghosts. I mean, it can
actually get a bit boring floating about everyday. And no one can see me, so it
gets lonely at times. Still, it's great fun most of the time. I should be able
to enjoy using my spooky powers!

[Ammy listens to a little girl]

(City Dweller #1) The waves part and then we see, a demon face across the sea.
Bringing monsters in our midst, the face draws closer in the mist. My
grandfather used to sing that song all the time. It mean's there's an island
that looks like a demon, and it's going to bring lots of monsters here. It's
scary! Have you heard of it, doggy?

[Ammy listens to another little girl]

(City Dweller #2) The north wind blows and blows. To the nothern sky, evil
goes. The north wind blows and blows. In the northern land, evil grows. It's a
song my grandma taught me. She said that scary monsters are born up in the
Northern Lands. I wonder what kind of a place it is. Have you heard of it,
doggy?

***Back to the story!***

[Ammy leaves Sei-an and heads to Sasa Sanctuary to find Kaguya]

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< 13 - SASA SANCTUARY/NORTH RYO COAST >                                [ GS13 ]

[Ammy heads to the bamboo grove at Sasa and finds Mr. Bamboo and Kaguya there]

(Mr. Bamboo) The gods be praised! Is it really you, Kaguya? I never thought I'd
see you again after the Emperor suddenly summoned you to Sei-an City. Kaguya...
Dear Kaguya...

(Kaguya) It feels like ages since we last met, grandfather. My, look at all
those new wrinkles. Have I worried you so? Oh, grandfather... *sob*

(Issun) I thought you guys would run into each other here. I'm happy for you
two!

(Mr. Bamboo) Oh, Kaguya. Let us live together happily ever after! We could sell
my bamboo ware, just you and me!

(Kaguya) Huh!? Oh, uh...

(Mr. Bamboo) Hm? What's wrong, Kaguya? Do you have to return to the Emperor?

(Kaguya) No, that's not it. It's just... I cannot live with you, grandfather.

(Mr. Bamboo) Huh? Huh...!? What are you talking about, Kaguya!? You're not
eloping or running away from something, are you?

(Kaguya) I didn't know you were here, grandfather. It would have been better if
we had not met before I departed.

(Mr. Bamboo) Depart? Where are you going?

(Kaguya) I'm not sure. The Royal Crest carved into the earth here in Sasa
Sanctuary... It calls to me!

[Kaguya uses some mysterious power and a hole opens in the ground where the
Royal Crest was]

(Issun) What the!?

(Mr. Bamboo) Kaguya, what are you doing?

(Kaguya) It's as if I'm being driven by some invisible force. Below this
crest... Far below the earth... Something linked to my mysterious past awaits!
I must go! I must see what lies within this hole!

[Kaguya jumps into the hole]

(Mr. Bamboo) Kaguya... Kaguya!!!

(Issun) No! Don't do it, bamboo girl! It's too dangerous! After her, Ammy!

[Ammy plays a digging game with Kaguya and a rocket ship rises from the hole]

***optional***

[Ammy fails the digging game]

(Issun) Told ya it was too dangerous! You shouldn't go jumping into mysterious
holes like that!

(Kaguya) I care not what dangers lie ahead! Something linked to my mysterious
past awaits! I must go! I must see what lies within this hole!

(Mr. Bamboo) Kaguya... Kaguya!!!

(Mr.. Bamboo) No! Kaguya... Kaguya!!!

(Issun) Pull yourself together gramps! Quick, Ammy, we gotta help Kaguya!

[Ammy selects "No way!"]

(Issun) What!? You selfish little furball! She needs our help!

***end optional***

(Issun) B-Bamboo girl!? Wh-What the heck!? Looks like a bamboo shoot, except
it's metal and insanely huge!

(Kaguya) This... This is what was calling me. It's the link to my mysterious
past!

(Mr. Bamboo) ... ... Kaguya... I knew... I knew that this giant bamboo shoot
was buried here in Sasa Sanctuary...

(Kaguya) You did!? But...

(Mr. Bamboo) One day, many years ago, I came here to cut down some bamboo.
Suddenly, this giant bamboo shoot appeared right before my eyes! Your cold and
nearly lifeless body came tumbling out. Then, this giant bamboo shoot
disappeared back into the ground. You were as cold as ice and looked like you
might die at any minute. I quickly picked you up and rushed home. My dearly
departed wife and I nursed you back to health. We had always wanted a child.
You were like a blessing from the heavens. You brought joy into our lives. I
couldn't tell you the truth. I feared that if you found out, you would seek out
this strange bamboo shoot. I feared that it would take you away from us
forever! Don't go! Don't go, Kaguya!

(Kaguya) Grandfather!

(Issun) ... ... *sob*

(Kaguya) I always thought of you and dearly departed grandmother as my real
family! And that feeling shall never fade. Though I may leave, my heart remains
with you. Remember that! But I cannot stay here with you. A mysterious force is
calling me. I cannot resist. I must discover where I came from! Don't worry. I
will come back to you. I just need to know. So, I beg you, oh grandfather
dear... See me off with a smile on your face!

(Mr. Bamboo) OK... I will Kaguya! Go wherever you may! I only ask that when you
get there, you remember one thing. You are my precious grandchild. Never forget
that! You are my dearest, most precious grandchild!

(Kaguya) Oh, grandfather!

(Issun) His precious grandchild... ... ... Huh? Oh, I wasn't thinking about
home or anything... No, really!

(Kaguya) Issun, Amaterasu... I'm forever grateful to you. I could never thank
you enough for what you did for me... But please, accept this as a token of my
appreciation. It was my sole link to my mysterious past. But now that I'm
returning home, I shall need it no longer. May it help you in your travels. It
is time. Time for me to depart. Thank you, you two! Thank you, grandfather!
Farewell, and may we meet again someday!

[Kaguya boards the rocket and blasts off to the heavens]

(Issun) Well, it's gone. Wonder where it's headed. I hope that bamboo girl has
a safe journey wherever it leads. ... ... Hey, Ammy! Get the lead out! We got
sidetracked helping that bamboo girl. Let's get going. We have work to do. We
gotta rake that queen over the coals! She's got some explaining to do!

***optional***

[Ammy listens to Mr. Bamboo]

(Mr. Bamboo) Kaguya... she's gone. So that giant bamboo sprout was a cradle to
take her home. *sigh* My prayers are with you, dearest Kaguya.

(Mr. Bamboo) I've never worked this hard on my bamboo ware before. I'm going to
build a bamboo palace by the time Kaguya returns! My prayers are with you,
dearest Kaguya.

[Ammy headbutts Mr. Bamboo]

(Mr. Bamboo) Umph!

(Issun) Ammy! I know you're just trying to cheer up gramps here. But, c'mon!
Not so rough!

***end optional***

[Ammy returns to Sei-an and goes to Queen Himiko's palace]

(Issun) A pool of lava's the last thing I expected in a palace. You may be a
god now, but... You'd end up a crispy critter if you fell in this stuff! But we
won't give up that easy! Did Himiko really think this could stop the great
Amaterasu!? Why don't you just equip that thing you got? That Himiko's sure
making things difficult. She must really have a good reason for wanting to keep
people away. Let's keep going, Ammy. But be careful.

[Ammy equips the Fire Tablet that Kaguya gave her, swims through the lava, and
reaches the room where Queen Himiko is]

(Issun) Hey, Ammy! I bet that's Himiko. Looks like that freaky shut-in is
prayin' or something!

(Issun) Heh heh. The security here was pretty tight... But nothing we couldn't
handle!

(Issun) Yeah! You tell her, Ammy!

(???) Benevolent Amaterasu... I have been waiting for you. And Issun the
traveling artist, you too, of course.

(Issun) Hey, how d'ya know our names? Anyway, first things first. You knew
about that funky mist and the Water Dragon, didn't ya? You've got some
explaining to do! Tell us what you're up to!

(???) ... *sob* My people... My poor people... Their suffering torments me.
Sickened by this mist, and terrorized by the Water Dragon... The cries of their
pain wash over me like a torrent! *sob sob*

(Issun) We know what's going on here. You're tormenting the people of this
city. You must be a monster feeding off the ill will it generates! Now stop
stalling and raise this grimy old curtain. C'mon! Show yourself, ya old hag!

(???) ... Issun. Your words are very harsh. But you are right. It was rude of
me to hide my face from you.

(???) Benevolent Amaterasu... I, Himiko, the ruler of Sei-an City, offer my
most sincere apologies.

[Queen of Sei-an City Himiko is introduced]

(Issun) ... ...

(Himiko) As ruler, I can't stand by and watch my people suffer. I, Himiko, will
not allow this evil to darken Sei-an. My prayers will not cease until we are
rid of this curse! Until I have located the hateful monsters' stronghold, Oni
Island!

(Issun) What's this about a monster stronghold? Are you saying that's the
source of your city's problems? Can't say I've ever heard of Oni Island or
whatever ya call it. And whaddya mean you're trying to locate the island? I
mean it's an island, right? It couldn't have just floated away!

(Himiko) Oni Island is elusive. It vanishes each day at sundown, shifting to a
new location. No one knows where in the vast, wide ocean it will reappear. So
even if I wanted to dispatch an army there, it would never arrive.

(Issun) You don't say... Still, why'd ya stay cooped up in this room all day
long? I mean, what good will it do to simply pray day in and day out?

(Issun) She's tryin' to mess with us!?

(Himiko) This is the treasured crystal ball. My family, the Yamatai Clan, has
ruled Sei-an City forever. This crystal ball has been passed down through the
generations. I can foresee the future in it. It told me you were coming. And it
will tell me where in the ocean Oni Island will appear next.

(Issun) Interesting... You could find Oni Island in a jiffy with that thing!

(Himiko) Exposing a stronghold like Oni Island demands much holy power. But if
our enemies knew about my prayers, they would stop at nothing to prevent me in
my mission. That is why I have locked myself away. Prayers are our only hope.
But the spearhead of the enemy's forces may already be on its way.

(Issun) ... ... Heh... That's a pretty good story, queeny. But I'll go along
with it. I mean, what the heck! I'd do anything for a pretty lady! Heh heh heh
heh heh!

[Issun tries to approach Himiko]

(Issun) Ouch! Thanks for the warning...

(Himiko) Be careful! You cannot approach me now. By taking this crystal ball in
my hand, a powerful magical barrier is erected to dispel any misfortune. You
will be struck down by divine forces if you try to approach. This crystal ball
ensures my safety. Even if my enemies learn of my prayers, the barrier will
protect me from their attacks.

***optional***

[Ammy tries to leave]

(Himiko) Wait, Amaterasu! There is still much we have to discuss. Will you hear
my request? The request of all my people?

***end optional***

(Himiko) Amaterasu. I entreat you once again. Will you hear my request? The
request of all my people?

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Sounds boring."]

(Himiko) But you must! Amaterasu. I entreat you once again. Will you hear my
request? The request of all my people?

***end optional***

[Ammy chooses "I guess so."]

(Himiko) The mighty Water Dragon now threatens the peace of the oceans. I don't
know why it has suddenly turned to savagery. The Water Dragon is a sea god
whose task is to maintain order. So, though it may cause harm, we invite chaos
if we try to slay it. In fact, without the Water Dragon, Oni Island is beyond
our reach.

(Issun) What the heck's that supposed to mean?

***optional***

[Ammy tries to leave again]

(Himiko) Wait, Amaterasu! You cannot leave without first giving me your answer.
Will you grant my request? The request of all my people?

***end optional***

(Issun) Quit beating around the bush, and just spit it out already!

(Himiko) The key to reaching Oni Island lies in the Water Dragon. Even if the
crystal ball shows me the location of the island, the island's powerful shield
will prevent us from reaching it. Any attempts to break the shield will only
result in our own pain. But the Water Dragon could break the shield with ease!
It could form a bridge over the sea to the island.

(Issun) So you're saying that you'll reveal the location of Oni Island and the
Water Dragon will break the barrier around it? Is that the only way to get into
the enemy's stronghold? But what about the Water Dragon? It's out of control,
right? I seriously doubt it'll be happy to help us.

(Himiko) That is why I must ask for your help, Amaterasu. Your powers could
calm the Water Dragon and get it to help us. I cannot leave this palace, for my
prayers require all my energy. You are the only one who can take on this
important task!

(Issun) You gotta be kidding me!

(Issun) You want us to make friends with that rampaging Water Dragon? Well, I'd
do anything for a cute babe, but... If my boss here says no, there ain't much I
can do. Well, boss? We gonna help Himiko, or what?

[Ammy selects "Yes"]

(Issun) Bummer! Well, the boss has spoken... Huh? What was that, Ammy!?

***optional***

[Ammy selects "No"]

(Himiko) But... you must!

***end optional***

(Himiko) Oh, Amaterasu! You are truly benevolent! So, I entrust you with this
Border Key. Use this key to cross the border, and continue into the land
beyond.

(Himiko) It is said there is a race which controls the Water Dragon. They live
in the sea beyond the border, in the Dragonian Domain. They may have some
connection with the dragon's recent behavior. Please calm the Water Dragon and
open the path to Oni Island!

(Himiko) Benevolent Amaterasu! Use that key to cross the border, and continue
into the land beyond. It is said there is a race which controls the Water
Dragon there. They live in the sea beyond the border. In the Dragonian Domain.
They may have some connection with the dragon's recent behavior. Please calm
the Water Dragon and open the path to Oni Island!

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts Himiko, but is deflected by the barrier]

(Himiko) There is no cause for alarm, Amaterasu. No regular monster could break
my crystal ball's magical barrier.

***end optional***

(Issun) Now look at the mess you've gotten us into, furball! Well, at least we
know who's been controlling that Water Dragon. Let's go pay the Dragonian
Domain a visit!

***optional***

[Ammy listens to the handmaiden]

(Handmaiden) O great Amaterasu, mother to us all... Will you not answer the
prayers of Queen Himiko?

***end optional***

[Ammy heads for the gate to North Ryoshima Coast]

***optional***

[Ammy listens Rao when passing through the Lecture Hall]

(Issun) Heya, babe! I had a word with Himiko. Judging by her face, I'd say
she's not a bad apple after all!

(Rao) You were allowed an audience with Queen Himiko!? I haven't been able to
meet with her recently. I'm certainly relieved to hear that she looks well...

(Rao) I'm relieved to hear that Queen Himiko is well. But I also hear the Water
Dragon's tyranny has reached new heights. No trading ships can get through. The
city's food is running low. And the evil besieging our fair land still looms
large in the shadows.

***end optional***

[Upon reaching the border, Ammy listens to the soldiers]

(Soldier #2) Hm? Hey, that's a Border Key! A permit from Queen Himiko for
crossing the border! What on earth are you doing with something like that?
Rules are rules. Anyone bearing that is allowed to pass here. You must be on
some very important business, I suppose. I'll open the gate straight away.

(Soldier #2) So, you're free to pass. You're the first animal Queen Himiko's
ever allowed through.

(Soldier #1) How does an animal like you get clearance to cross the border?
Sometimes I wonder what the Queen's thinking...

[Ammy enters North Ryoshima Coast]

(Issun) Now then... Where's this Dragonian Domain? Sounds like something that
might be under the sea. But I'd rather not have to get wet if I could help it.
And it's not 'cause I'm afraid of that pesky Water Dragon! It's just you swim
so slow that you practically put me to sleep!

[Waka appears out of nowhere]

(Waka) Bonjour, Amaterasu! I trust you enjoyed your "little" adventure through
that hole? The city's air has sure cleared up thanks to you.

(Issun) Just ignore him and maybe he'll go away. C'mon, Ammy!

(Waka) Why so grumpy today? Didn't you notice the view? It used to be one big
cursed zone out here. But yours truly pulled off one of those Great Divine
Interventions!

(Issun) What?

(Waka) I really wanted to wait for you two. But I couldn't stand leaving the
sea in such a cursed state. Ah... The sea off Ryoshima Coast is back to its
beautiful self. Is this what they mean by prettier than a picture, my little
friend?

(Issun) ... ... What's that supposed to mean, pretty boy?

(Waka) Oh, just a little something I overheard somewhere. So, my little
bouncing friend. You're a wandering artist, no? I want to see how beautiful
your paintings are. Just one would be fine. Pretty please?

(Issun) Huh? My art's none of your business! Why should I show you anyway?

(Waka) You really are in a bad mood today. You're not one of those imposters
who claims to be an artist, but could not paint a picture if his life depended
on it, are you?

(Issun) What!?

(Waka) Oh, nothing... It is just something some old man mentioned. His
grandson, who was also his apprentice, ran away from home. And he took the old
man's painting of a wood sprite with him. Do you think he might claim to have
painted that masterpiece? I mean, there are so many unscrupulous people out
there. Sometimes it is hard to spot an imposter in the wide world of art. But
you wouldn't know anything about that, would you?

(Issun) I don't know what the heck you're talking about! Now make like a tree
and leave! Or you can stick around if you'd rather get sliced and diced!

(Waka) Excusez-moi! You do not have to get all hot under the collar! It would
appear I have struck a raw nerve. Well, since I have no prophesies or anything
for you this time, I suppose I'll just be on my merry way. Au revoir, baby!

***Various optional conversations***

[Ammy listens to a merchant]

(Merchant) Hmm... Ah-ha! Yes, that's a great idea! That would sell like hot
cakes! A donut in the shape of Oni Island! The 'Doninut'! It'll be great.
Look... You can see Oni Island from here. This is the perfect spot to sell Oni
Island merchandise! Gotta make the best of a bad deal, right? Or you wind up
miserable. That demon-shaped island appeared out of nowhere a while ago when
the Water Dragon went crazy and the city got that weird fog. All that's
happened since that island turned up! And everyday it looks like it's in a
different place, too. There can't be a weirder sight anywhere in the world!

(Issun) Oni Island, eh? Bet it's gonna be tough gettin' over there. And once we
get there, I bet we'll wish we never did!

(Merchant) What are you muttering about? It's time to liven up and do some
business! You on shopping duty, pooch? Then take a look!

(Merchant) Working in view of Oni Island's taking years off my life! But never
mind! It's time to liven up and do some business now! You on shopping duty,
pooch? Then take a look!

[Ammy headbutts the merchant]

(Merchant) Hey! What are you so excited about, pooch?

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Umi's Restaurant"]

(Issun) Mmmm... I just love the smell of seafood.

[Ammy enters the restaurant and listens to the waitress]

(Waitress) Oh! Er... Welcome! We're happy to see anyone in here at the moment,
even a dog! There just isn't any fresh fish available these days. We've hardly
got any customers at all! We're well known for our chef Mr. Umi's fresh fish
dishes! I hope you'll get to try one of them.

(Waitress) If you're looking for Mr. Umi, he's out back. He seems really
worried about his cooking at the moment. See if you can cheer him up a bit!

[Ammy headbutts the waitress]

(Waitress) Oooow!

[Ammy examines a basket in the kitchen]

(Issun) Wow, it's just packed with every kinda seafood imaginable. No nibbling,
furball. These look like some serious ingredients!

[Ammy listens to Umi]

(Umi) Goodness gracious! Whatever will I do? Even I, the great chef, Umi, can't
cook without ingredients! I'm at the end of my rope!

[Cyclone Chef Umi is introduced]

(Umi) Listen, doggie. Can I bend your furry little ear? There's no good fish
here lately, and I can't cook without fish! I feel like I'm starting to lose my
touch. I've had enough! There's gotta be something around here that'd make a
good meal! ... ... ... ...

(Issun) ... ... Hey, whaddya lookin' at!?

(Umi) Hmph! No, it'd be too much effort getting all that fur off you. I need
some juicy fruits of the sea to show what I can do! And they must be fresh!
It's an insult to the sea and the fish if the dish goes wrong! Now, I don't
know what the story is with the Water Dragon, but I do know that the fish I
need aren't being caught! Still, I've asked the fisherman. I can't do any more
than that. I guess all I can do is sit tight and wait for good news. *sigh*

[Ammy headbutts Umi]

(Umi) Ouch!

[Back outside the restaurant...]

[Ammy listens to a girl]

(Girl) Oh, hello, doggie! Have you come to see Catcall Tower? You can hear it
from here... that cat crying. It sounds so sad. The tower was built on that
island a long time ago. They say there's a huge cat statue at the top. It used
to be a real cat before, but after it lived for a really long time, it turned
into a god. Then it built the tower to watch over the world from the top. But
the tower was so high, the cat got scared and couldn't come down. It was up
there for so long that it turned to stone in the end. And it's been alone up
there ever since. That's why it cries like that, even now. Isn't that just the
saddest story you've ever heard?

(Girl) Huh? You want me to tell you about Catcall Tower all over again?

[Ammy selects "Yes indeed."]

(Girl) The tower was built on that island years and years and years ago. They
say there's a huge Cat Statue at the top. It used to be a real cat before, but
after it lived for a really long time, it turned into a god. Then it built the
tower to watch over the world from the top. But the tower was so high, the cat
got scared and couldn't come down. It was upthere for so long that it turned to
stone in the end. And it's been alone up there ever since. That's why it cries
like that, even now. Isn't that just the saddest story you've ever heard?

[Ammy selects "Not really."]

(Girl) I bet you think my story's not true, don't you, doggie? But there are a
bunch of cat pawprints over the tower walls. They've got to be from the cat god
that climbed up it. But it's been alone for ages and ages. It's so sad. I bet
it's hungry. I wish I could take it something to eat.

[Ammy headbutts the girl]

(Girl) Hey! Dogs are so mean!

[Ammy listens to Yoichi]

(Yoichi) Well! There's a face I know! It's been a while, poochie!

(Issun) Hey, you're that apple guy who was over by the Big Drawbridge! We
didn't see you in the city. Whaddya doing here?

(Yoichi) Well... I've had a complete change of heart since then. I gave up my
old job and set off on a journey to hone my skills! This suits me much better
than my formal duties back in the city. Nippon's best archer and his bow,
Goldenfire, are still in top form! Here, poochie. Why not have a bite to eat
and relax a bit?

[Ammy headbutts Yoichi]

(Yoichi) Ha ha! You've got a hard head on you, pooch!

(Issun) What, is that some sorta training to hone your skill?

(Yoichi) You got it! See that fruit hanging on the tree over on that little
island? That's what I'm aiming for. I'm going right back to the basics. But
that fruit is as hard as stone. Nothing damages it. Even if I hit it dead
center a hundred times. It sounds strange, but that's what makes it a good
target. Here, poochie. Why not have a bite to eat and relax a bit?

[Ammy draws Waterspout from the golden pond to Yoichi's arrow and when the
arrow hits the fruit, it causes it to ripen]

(Yoichi) What in the world!? M-My arrow... It just made that fruit ripen! These
arrows must be possessed or something! ... ... Oh, no! I-I just remembered.
I've got to be somewhere! Er... Where was it again? Never mind. Gotta go! Can't
be late! And just for the record, I'm not running away. I'm not scared. Well,
goodbye and good luck!

[Ammy examines the Guardian Sapling]

(Issun) Wow, this Guardian Sapling's just bursting with blossoms. Wonder how
long this puppy's been watching over the Ryoshima Coast.

[Ammy draws a lily pad, heads out into the ocean and gets attacked by the Water
Dragon]

(Issun) Whoa! I thought we were goners! ... ... How'd we get outta that mess?

[Ammy enters a hut and listens to Mrs. Urashima]

(Mrs. Urashima) Well, well. Ain't you a fine-lookin' wolf? White as snow! What
ya doin' in an old beach house like this, then? I ain't got nothin' for you.
But you can rest here if you like.

(Mrs. Urashima) Urashima is always out fishin' on his own. He must be lonely
without any friends, poor thing. I feel terrible for him, but there's nothin' I
can do. It makes me so mad, bein' so helpless.

[Ammy headbutts Mrs. Urashima]

(Mrs. Urashima) Ouch!

[Ammy examines a painting]

(Issun) Now that's what I call a fish... Even if it is only for show!

[Ammy examines some seaweed]

(Issun) Wow, they even dry their own seaweed.

***Back to the story***

[Ammy approaches a group of children picking on another boy]

(Bully #1) Hey, Urashima! So you got taken by that Porca guy, right? And he
took you to a castle at the bottom of the sea!? If that's true, where's that
Porca now, huh?

(Bully #2) Yeah, where is he now?

(Bully #3) Yeah, where is he?

(Issun) What're they talking about?

(Urashima) It ain't Porca. It's Orca! He's an emissary of the Dragon Palace.
And he only comes for people worthy of goin' there.

(Bully #1) Yeah, right! Didn't your mom teach you not to tell lies? Let's get
him!

(Bully #2) Yeah!

(Bully #3) Get him!

(Issun) Hey, whaddya think you're doing? Only cowards gang up on people like
that!

(Bully #1) Hey! Who's that? Good timing. I'm bored of playing with him now.
Come on! Let's go play somewhere else!

(Bully #2) Yeah!

(Bully #3) Let's go play!

(Issun) Whaddya think those little brats were talking about, Ammy? What did
they mean by a castle at the bottom of the sea?

(Issun) Hey kid, how long you plan on staying like that? Hey, I'm talking to
you. What's wrong, kid?

(Issun) Hey, kid. Hello? Anyone home?

(Issun) Hello!?

(Issun) Hello!? What're we gonna do? Any bright ideas, furball?

[Ammy headbutts Urashima]

(Urashima) ... Hm? I musta dozed off... I reckon I do that a lot on the beach.

[Fisherman Urashima is introduced]

(Urashima) I dunno who y'all are, but I sure 'preciate your wakin' me up. When
I ain't got the strength to go home, sometimes I nap here.

(Issun) You were sleeping? Bah! You really had us worried, hunched over so long
like that! You're not sick or injured, are ya?

(Urashima) No, sir! I'm fit as a fiddle, I am! Just takin' a nap on the beach
is all.

(Issun) Oh... Well that's a relief. Anyway... What was that about a castle at
the bottom of the sea? Would you mind filling us in?

(Urashima) ... No one ever believes me 'bout that. There's a land under the sea
here in Ryoshima. The Dragonians and the sea god live there in the Dragon
Palace. The Dragon Palace is an amazin' place... Real purdy. I haven't been
there in a dog's age, though.

(Issun) Dragon Palace!? Land of the Dragonians!? They're the ones controlling
the Water Dragon! Himiko said so! So just how does one get down to that palace,
bucket boy? How could a chubby... Er, I mean, big-boned lad like you elude that
Water Dragon and make it all the way down to the bottom of the sea?

(Urashima) The Water Dragon was much nicer in those days. But ya can't just
choose to go to the Dragon Palace, see. Only worthy people can go. If you're
worthy, an emissary called Orca comes to get ya.

(Issun) So this Orca dude is an emissary from the Dragon Palace? And just how
do you get to meet this guy anyway?

(Urashima) Now that's one question that ain't so easy to answer. Y'all see that
pier over yonder? That pier's where I met Orca. I was lookin' out to the sea,
when he came with the mornin' sun. Orca only comes if you're worthy of the
Dragon Palace, I reckon.

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts Urashima]

(Urashima) Dangnabbit! Why's everyone always pickin' on me!

***end optional***

[Ammy goes to the pier, draws a moon, then a sun]

(Issun) Something's coming!

(Issun) Why's this big fish look so happy? It's kinda creepin' me out.

(Urashima) Aaah! Orca! Orca! It's you! It's been a dog's age! I stopped
countin' the years! Did you come to take me back to the Dragon Palace?

[Urashima jumps aboard Orca, only to be thrown into the ocean instead]

(Issun) Orca? This is that emissary or whatever of the Dragonians!?

[Dragon Palace Emissary Orca is introduced]

(Orca) At last, one worthy of visiting the Dragon Palace. Hop on! I'll take you
to the Dragon Palace.

(Issun) Hear that, Ammy?

(Orca) I'm second to none when it comes to swimming! Even that Water Dragon's
no match for me!

(Issun) You heard'im! What're we gonna do, Ammy? Oh, I guess you already made
up your mind!

[Ammy jumps aboard Orca]

(Issun) This is Orca? Heh, not a very creative name. He looks kinda fishy, pun
intended. Wanna hitch a ride?

[Ammy chooses "Yes"]

(Issun) You do? Well, I don't suppose we have much of a choice. We might as
well take advantage of him now that he's here.

(Orca) I'm second to none when it comes to swimming! That Water Dragon's no
match for me!

(Issun) Hear that, Ammy? You believe him? Maybe we should have him take us to
the Dragon Palace!

(Orca) ... ... I'm afraid I can't do that yet.

(Issun) Huh?

(Orca) You must complete the final ordeal decreed by Otohime. Only then will
you be worthy of visiting the Dragon Palace.

(Issun) Hear that, Ammy? Hey, Orca. Is this Otohime chick your boss or
something? She's got a lotta nerve letting that Water Dragon run amok! Listen,
Orca, we wanna ride down to the Dragon Palace. So let's hear about that ordeal
you were talking about!

(Orca) The entrance to the Dragon Palace is a whirlpool, but it's hidden right
now to keep out the evil beings that plague this area. You must find the
whirlpool amid this vast sea. That is the ordeal decreed by Otohime.

(Issun) Hear that, Ammy? Sounds like a piece of cake! I mean, this sea's packed
with places beggin' to be explored. We'll just have to check 'em out till we
find that whirlpool!

(Issun) Well, what're we waiting for!? Full speed ahead, fish breath!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "No"]

(Issun) Me neither! I mean, he looks kinda slow. I don't wanna wind up being
Water Dragon Bait or anything!

(Issun) Well, you are a terrible swimmer, furball... Then again, Orca here
looks kinda fishy... You really wanna hitch a ride on this guy?

***end optional***

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< 14 - CATCALL TOWER/DRAGON PALACE >                                   [ GS14 ]

[While swimming around on Orca, Ammy hears a cat meowing somewhere in the
distance]

(Issun) Where's that meowing coming from? Hmm... I think it's coming from that
tower. It's kinda creepy, but let's go check it out.

[Ammy heads for the island with the tower]

(Issun) Hm... Sounds like that annoying meow's coming from the top of this
tower. Hey, look at those paw prints on the wall. Isn't that the mark of
Catwalk? It's one of the 13 Celestial Brush techniques! Wait... Maybe that
means...

***optional***

[Ammy examines the paw prints on the tower]

(Issun) Those paw prints are the mark of the god of the Celestial Brush
technique, Catwalk. That means... Well you know our motto, Ammy... Leap before
you look!

***end optional***

[Ammy starts climbing the tower]

(Issun) Hey, hey, what's gotten into you, Ammy!? You trying to get to the top
of the tower or something? You're one enthusiastic furball!

[After a looooooong climb, Ammy reaches the top of the tower]

(Issun) Ammy, look. There's a kitty cat over there. Wonder what it's doing all
alone up here? It couldn't have climbed all the way up by itself, could it?
Surely there couldn't be anything to eat all the way up here.

[Ammy gives the cat some fish]

(Issun) It stopped meowing.

[A constellation appears in the sky]

(Issun) Hm? A constellation!? Here!?

[Ammy draws the missing stars and a cat appears]

(Kabegami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
The swirling whirlpool of evil below has driven me to this height. From this
perch, I observe the world below and its descent. If my power is needed once
again, I, Kabegami, god of walls, shall gladly offer a bridge of hope to the
realm below!

[Kabegami's power is returned to Ammy]

(Issun) Hey! I'm not your personal toy to be played with like that! Wait a sec.
That must've been Kabegami, one of the 13 gods! You know, the one with the
Catwalk brush technique! And this kitty right here is a messenger of the gods.
And here I thought it was just some stray cat.

(Issun) Whoa, check it out! The statue's starting to glow! Oh, I get it! The
Kabegami statue is telling you to use the Catwalk power! Ammy, put your brush
on the statue and draw a line up the wall! That'll let you transfer the god's
Catwalk power into the wall!

[Ammy draws Catwalk up the side of the wall]

(Issun) Yes, yes, yes!!! Will ya look at that, Ammy! The mark of Kabegami has
appeared on the path you drew from the Kabegami statue! Now you can climb walls
anytime you want, simply by summoning the mark of Kabegami like that! Speaking
of which, remember those other Kabegami statues we saw? We should try your new
brush technique on them, too!

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to draw Catwalk properly]

(Issun) Hey, you listening to me, furball? The Kabegami statue is telling you
to use the Catwalk power! Put your brush on the statue and draw a line up the
wall already!

[Ammy fails again]

(Issun) It almost worked! Still, a rather sad attempt, I must say. Catwalk is a
technique for climbing walls, right? Well then, don't be so stingy with your
lines, OK!?

[And again]

(Issun) You spacing out again? The Kabegami statue is telling you to use the
Catwalk power! Just put your brush on the statue and draw a line up the wall!

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines the giant cat statue at the top of the tower]

(Issun) Whoa! That's one big kitty statue! This must be the top of the tower.
Doesn't that wind feel great!?

***end optional***

[Ammy descends Catcall Tower and returns to Orca]

(Orca) The entrance to the Dragon Palace is a whirlpool, but it's hidden right
now to keep out the evil beings that plague this area. You must find the
whirlpool amid this vast sea. That is the ordeal decreed by Otohime.

(Issun) Yeah, yeah... We already know that! Now let's go find it already! Hi-yo
Orca, away!

***optional #1***

[After climbing Catcall Tower, Ammy returns to land and listens to the girl]

(Girl) Huh? You want me to tell you about Catcall Tower all over again?

[Ammy chooses "Not really."]

(Girl) It's called Catcall Tower because you could hear a cat crying there. But
the crying's stopped recently. Maybe the cat god's made friends with someone. I
hope so! Then we won't have to worry about the poor thing being so sad.

***optional #2***

[Using Catwalk, Ammy climbs a mountain wall and examines a grave inside a cave]

(Issun) Must be the grave of a traveler or something. I mean, why else would it
be all the way out here?

***end optional***

[Night has fallen, and using Catwalk, Ammy climbs the wall to Watcher's Cape]

(Watcher) Huh? Someone there?

(Watcher) This is Watcher's Cape. It's said the gods once used this place to
return to the heavens. At night, this place offered a great view of the starry
sky. Even the whirlpool galaxy was visible from the cape's tip!

(Issun) Whirlpool galaxy?

(Watcher) It's a group of stars. They form the shape of a great spiral, like a
heavenly whirlpool. But since the demon-shaped island appeared out at sea,
there are more and more monsters about, and the skies have dulled. The
magnificent starry view can no longer be seen.

(Watcher) I'm here in the hope that I'll be able to make a wish. But shooting
stars are rare now, not like before. *sigh* If only a star would shoot across
the night sky... Then I could make a wish upon it. If you wish upon a star, it
always comes true! Even the whirlpool galaxy might appear in the sky again! Why
don't you stand next to me and help me look for shooting stars?

[Ammy draws a star in the sky]

(Watcher) There! A shooting star! I've got to make my wish right now! Hmm... I
wish that the sky was as magnificent as it was in the past, and that the
whirlpool galaxy was visible again!

[The sky clears and the whirlpool galaxy appears]

(Watcher) Th-That's it! The whirlpool galaxy! My wish really did come true!

(Watcher) The whirlpool galaxy really is amazing! Have you noticed, doggie?
There's that huge whirlpool galaxy in the sky, but it's not reflected in the
sea at all. See? There should be a whirlpool in the sea, under the one in the
sky. It's the entrance to the domain of the sea god. But when the demons began
to stir, the whirlpool galaxy was obscured. And the whirlpool in the sea
disappeared, too. In the past, both the whirlpool in the sky and the one in the
sea were powerful vortexes, each spinning like a mighty windmill. 

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts the watcher]

(Watcher) Hey there!

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds to the tip of Watcher's Cape and examines the inscription on a
monument]

(Issun) "When the whirlpool galaxy spins in the distant heavens, a whirlpool
shall open up below." Ammy, I have a feeling we'll be seeing that entrance real
soon!

(Issun) "When the whirlpool galaxy spins in the distant heavens, a whirlpool
shall open up below." The whirlpool must be the Dragon Palace entrance Orca
mentioned. But I don't really get this "when the whirlpool galaxy spins" part.

(Issun) Wow... Check out that whirlpool of stars! It's like a huge windmill in
the night sky. They say the whirlpool galaxy is the key to the Dragon Palace.
If so, then the whirlpool entrance should be somewhere under it! Hmm... The sea
looks pretty calm to me. And the whirlpool galaxy isn't even swirling. Whadda
we gotta do to make that whirlpool entrance appear?

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines a picture on the ground]

(Issun) That whirlpool picture kinda looks like a windmill or something. Think
it has something to do with that whirlpool of stars? Didn't we just read
something about whirlpools above and below?

***optional #2***

[If Ammy examines the picture before listening to the watcher]

(Issun) That whirlpool picture kinda looks like a windmill or something. Why's
this place called Watcher's Cape anyway? The view's nothing to write home
about.

***end optional***

[Ammy draws Galestorm and the whirlpool galaxy starts spinning]

(Issun) I think you're on to something. Maybe we're supposed to blow that
starry whirlpool round and round. Try it again, Ammy! Keep using that wind
power of yours!

[Ammy draws Galestorm two more times and a whirlpool forms in the sea]

(Issun) Look! The whirlpool entrance to the Dragon Palace! The whirlpool
galaxy's bringing it to the surface! OK, Ammy! It's about time we got on down
to that Dragon Palace! Let's go teach those Dragonians a lesson. They're gonna
pay for not keeping that Water Dragon on a leash!

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines the whirlpool galaxy ]

(Issun) That whirlpool galaxy's amazing. I can't stop watching it!

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines the painting during the day]

(Issun) That starry whirlpool sure spins fast at night. Guess it takes a break
during the day.

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines the monument again]

(Issun) "When the whirlpool galaxy spins in the distant heavens, a whirlpool
shall open up below." Nice going, Ammy! You spun that baby like a windmill!

***optional #4***

[Ammy listens to the watcher]

(Watcher) Look, doggie! Look there! See that giant eddy under the whirlpool
galaxy? That's it! The entrance to the domain of the sea god!

***optional #5***

[Ammy listens to the watcher during the day]

(Watcher) The bright whirlpool of the sky, and the deep whirlpool of the sea!
Ah, I can't wait for nightfall!

***end optional***

[Ammy returns to Orca and sets out for the whirlpool in the sea]

(Issun) Hi-yo Orca, away!

[Ammy arrives at the underwater Dragon Palace]

(Issun) Finally, Ammy! We made it through that whirlpool down to the bottom of
the sea. This must be the Dragon Palace in the kingdom of the Dragonians! Their
leader, Otohime, controls the Water Dragon. We'd better not let our guard down!

[Ammy approaches the entrance to the palace]

(Security Guard #1) Halt, you white beast!

(Security Guard #1) What business do you have in the Dragon Palace?

(Issun) You talking to us?

(Security Guard #2) The Dragonian kingdom is no place for land dwellers. State
your name!

(Issun) Who do you think you are, talking to us like that? Besides, you're the
ones who let the Water Dragon run amok! I'm Issun, the wandering artist and
protector of Queen Himiko, ruler of Sei-an City! Now hurry up and go fetch your
leader, Otohime, for me. Chop chop! I've no time for lowly servants!

(Security Guard #1) Himiko? Queen Himiko from Sei-an City?

(Security Guard #2) Then that white beast must be -

(Issun) Hey, what're you two babbling on about? You gonna go get Otohime or
not?

(Security Guard #1) This way, O beast of white!

(Security Guard #2) Her Royal Highness will receive you in the throne room.

***optional***

[Before proceeding to Otohime, Ammy listens to the ladies in the palace]

(Security Guard #3) Has your journey here tired you, O esteemed guest of
Otohime? It's been decades since we had a land-dwelling visitor here. And a
lupine guest at that! I must say, this is quite unusual. I wish I knew what
Otohime was thinking...

(Security Guard #3) I shouldn't really ask a guest, but that red make-up of
yours... Is that some kind of fashion from where you come from?

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Security Guard #3) Uh!?

(Security Guard #4) Beyond here lies the Soothing Spring. It's a place of
relaxation for us Dragonians. So only our own are permitted beyond this point.
You must turn back!

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Security Guard #4) What are you doing!?

(Security Guard #5) This lead's to the Water Dragon's garden. The Water Dragon
lives there. But it has become violent. The Dragon Palace wouldn't stand a
chance if the dragon was angered. So only our own people are permitted beyond
this point. You must turn back!

(Issun) Ammy, doesn't it seem like we've been meeting lotsa girls lately? I
mean, how long has it been since we ran into a guy? I only half hope they don't
take advantage of me! Heh heh heh heh!

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Security Guard #5) Hey! That hurts!

[Ammy listens to Mrs. Turtle]

(Mrs. Turtle) Ooh? Since when do they let dogs into the Dragon Palace? Still,
I'm not one to turn my nose up at a customer! Even a dog! This is the palace's
treasure vault. And I'm the vault keeper. But everything's got its price, see.
Wanna buy anything?

(Mrs. Turtle) Hello, pooch! Fancy buying something? I'll give you a good price.

[Ammy examines some items in the vault]

(Issun) They don't call this the Dragon Palace for nothing. The bottom of the
sea is just heaped with sunken treasure! *gulp* OK Issun, control yourself...

(Chancellor #1) *sigh* What on earth's happening to the Dragon Palace these
days? The Water Dragon going mad, and the forces of darkness invading...
There's no end of worrisome things going on.

(Chancellor #1) The Water Dragon going mad, and the forces of darkness
invading... What on earth's happening to the Dragon Palace these days?

[Ammy headbutts the chancellor]

(Chancellor #1) What the...!?

(Chancellor #2) Hm. Canine visitors are few and far between here. Presumably
the guards allowed you in here, then? I see... You're no ordinary wolf, are
you? No doubt you're part of some plan Otohime has devised. You'd better hurry
to the throne room and meet with her!

(Chancellor #2) I don't know who you are, but I sense a strange power in you.
No doubt you're part of some plan Otohime has devised. You'd better hurry to
the throne room and meet with her!

[Ammy headbutts the chancellor]

(Chancellor #2) What are you doing!?

(Chancellor #3) This is the Dragon Palace. A sacred place, inhabited by us
Dragonians since ancient times. And our first guest in ages is an animal like
you! Nothing's predictable here in Ryoshima, I suppose.

(Chancellor #3) Listen here, pup! Otohime is a very busy woman! Don't get in
her way!

[Ammy headbutts the chancellor]

(Chancellor #3) Oh!

[Ammy examines some scrolls]

(Issun) How can they even have scrolls underwater?

(Security Guard #6) Huh!? Oh, it's you. Otohime invited you, right? But what on
earth does she want with a wolf? At any rate, she's upstairs in the throne room
right now.

(Security Guard #6) Otohime is upstairs in the throne room. You're keeping her
waiting!

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Security Guard #6) Oof!

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds upstairs to Otohime]

(Security Guard #1) Welcome, both of you.

(Security Guard #2) Welcome to the Dragon Palace. You are in the kingdom of the
Dragonians now.

(Issun) I couldn't care less who or what you are. All I'm interested in is that
lady sitting on her rump over there! That's your leader, right? Well, we have
some choice words for her!

(Otohime) Yes, it is I, Otohime, ruler of the Dragon Palace and leader of the
Dragonians.

[Leader of the Dragonians Otohime is introduced]

(Issun) ... ... Er... Uh... Ahem! Anyway, we wanted to ask ya something. You
know that Water Dragon that's been running amok lately? It's under your
control, right? Well, why don't you keep that thing on a leash? And what's with
sending your emissary to come get us? Are you really that desperate?

(Otohime) ... ... The Dragonians are prepared to do whatever is necessary.
Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...

(Issun) What the!? You know about Ammy?

(Otohime) The Water Dragon is our guardian deity and protector of the seas. It
kept the peace by pacifying chaos wherever it reared its head. But that all
changed just one month ago.
Oni Island, the dark place of ancient legend, suddenly appeared. Evil beings
swarmed into the sea, and laid siege to the Dragon Palace. We mustered our
forces to battle, but the enemy was too strong. Most of our realm fell into the
hands of the forces of darkness.
It was then that the Water Dragon appeared. With overwhelming strength, it
routed the enemy's forces. But the enemy's leader, the Dark Lord, had
unimaginable powers! The Water Dragon nearly fell in the face of his onslaught.
So great were his wounds that he flew into an uncontrollable rage.
The dark forces then pulled back from the sea, leaving behind these chaotic
waters plagued by the rampaging dragon.

(Issun) So you're saying that control of the Water Dragon -

(Otohime) We never had control of the Water Dragon. It is our guardian deity.
But its madness now endangers us as much as anyone else.

(Issun) You've got to be kidding me! The Water Dragon is supposed to break the
barrier on Oni Island. What hope do we have of attacking the enemy if it won't
help us!?

(Otohime) Indeed, there is little hope left. It appears that all has gone as
the Dark Lord planned.

***optional***

[Ammy tries to leave]

(Security Guard #1) Please wait, Amaterasu!

(Security Guard #2) Otohime still wishes to speak with you!

***end optional***

(Security Guard #1) Would you like to listen to her Royal Highness once more?

[Ammy chooses "No"]

(Issun) Bah! We don't need to hear all that stuff again! We can't break the
barrier on Oni Island without the Water Dragon. Himiko prayed so long and hard
to locate that dang island, and now we can't even get on it! C'mon, Ammy!
You're a god, ain't ya? Don't ya have some secret weapon hidden up your sleeve?

(Otohime) Please, wait. It is true we cannot control the Water Dragon. However,
there is still a way to harness its power.

(Issun) There is? Then why didn't you just say so!?

(Otohime) It is a deed of last resort and fraught with great danger. Alas, it
is beyond our power. That is why we summoned you, Amaterasu.

(Issun) You probably want us to go tie a leash around the dragon, right? Well,
we're not gonna do anything crazy like that! It's not like we couldn't pull it
off or anything. Right, Ammy? I mean, Orca would probably help us out, right?

(Otohime) This deed of last resort is as follows. You must retrieve the Dragon
Orb!

(Issun) Dragon Orb? What's that?

(Issun) So you're saying we can just forget about the Water Dragon and go hunt
for the Dragon Orb thing? Sounds like a piece o' cake. I mean, we're
treasure-hunting pros!

(Otohime) We already know the location of the Dragon Orb. It lies in the belly
of the Water Dragon. You must enter the Water Dragon's body.

(Issun) Come again?

(Otohime) The Dragon Orb is the essence of the Water Dragon's power. With it in
my possession, I could easily break through the barrier that protects Oni
Island. Will you not enter the Water Dragon through its gaping jaws and
retrieve the Dragon Orb that lies deep in its belly? With it, I could break the
barrier that protects Oni Island.

(Issun) Now wait just a second, lady!

(Issun) Go get some orb from the Water Dragon's stomach!? Are you nuts!?

(Otohime) That is the only way left to break the barrier on Oni Island. Will
you not enter the Water Dragon through its gaping jaws and retrieve the Dragon
Orb that lies deep in its belly? With it, I could break the barrier that
protects Oni Island.

(Issun) Whoa, slow down there, sister! I make it a habit of never saying no to
a pretty face. But if my boss here says no, there ain't much I can do. Well,
boss? We gonna help this chick, or what?

[Ammy chooses "Yes"]

(Issun) Bummer! Well, the boss has spoken... Huh? B-But, Ammy!?

(Otohime) O great Amaterasu! Your compassion is truly as deep as the sea! And
you are ever quick to decide. This amulet will allow you to enter the Water
Dragon's garden.

(Issun) Water Dragon's garden?

(Otohime) That is correct. The Water Dragon makes its lair in a garden here at
our palace.

(Issun) Here... at this palace? That thing lives here!?

(Otohime) It does. But it will not attack us as long as we leave it be. I doubt
we could come out alive if we entered its lair. But I truly believe that
Amaterasu can retrieve the Dragon Orb. I shall pray for your safe return.

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "No"]

(Otohime) I beg you to reconsider!

***end optional***

(Otohime) The Water Dragon has dug a lair here at the Dragon Palace. It will
not attack us as long as we leave it be. I doubt we would come out alive if we
entered its lair. But I truly believe that Amaterasu can retrieve the Dragon
Orb. I shall pray for your safe return.

(Security Guard #1) I, too, shall pray for your safe return.

(Security Guard #2) May the Water Dragon watch over you.

(Issun) Watch over us!? He'll probably WOLF us down!

[Ammy headbutts Otohime]

(Otohime) A-Amaterasu!?

(Security Guard #1) O great Amaterasu... I shall pray for your safe return.

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Security Guard #1) What are you dong!?

(Security Guard #2) O great Amaterasu... May the Water Dragon watch over you.

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Security Guard #2) Not in front of Her Majesty!

[Ammy leaves the room]

(Issun) Look at the mess we're in now! Why ya always so eager to please!? Aw,
forget it. Let's go get that barrier-breaking orb. The Water Dragon's garden
should be around here somewhere.

***optional***

[Ammy listens to a security guard]

(Security Guard #6) Isn't that a Shell Amulet!? But that gives you access to
every single part of the Dragon Palace! Oh no! You're not heading for the
Water Dragon's garden, are you?

(Security Guard #6) You have the key to go wherever you want in the Dragon
Palace. But you're not heading for the Water Dragon's garden, are you?

***end optional***

(Security Guard #5) Oh! You've got a Shell Amulet!? That means Otohime must
have found you worthy. Forgive my rudeness. You may pass.

(Security Guard #5) This lead's to the Water Dragon's garden. The Water Dragon,
no longer our kind guardian, makes its home there. The Dragon Palace wouldn't
stand a chance if the dragon was angered. Be extremely careful.

[Ammy approaches a hole in the ground and sees the wide open mouth of the Water
Dragon inside]

(Issun) ... ... Hm!? What the...!? It's that pesky Water Dragon! How many times
did that rampaging sea monster almost finish us off? So it makes its home here,
eh? That's one huge, nasty-looking mouth on that thing. Think we really could
go in there and come back out alive? I mean, we're not talking about the
Emperor's stomach here!

[Ammy jumps down the hole, into the mouth of the Water Dragon]

(Issun) Well, here we are. This is the Water Dragon's stomach, huh? Is it just
me, or is it unbearably hot and humid in here? Hmm... With the way this dragon
is running amok, I'm sure we'll see all sorts of gruesome things down here. I
just hope I don't lose my lunch... Think we're really gonna find that Dragon
Orb in here, Ammy?

***optional #1***

[Ammy tries to leave]

(Issun) Hold it right there, furball! You gonna leave without the Dragon Orb!?
Who knows if we'll ever catch the beast sleeping again? You're gonna get us
killed if we keep sneaking in and out!

[Ammy chooses "Let's stay."]

(Issun) Phew... Quit freaking me out like that!

***optional #2***

[Ammy chooses "I want out!"]

(Issun) Bah, you're always changing your mind. But I'm used to it. If you have
to leave, then just leave!

***optional #3***

[Ammy tries to leave again]

(Issun) Not again...  You gonna leave without the Dragon Orb!? Who knows if
we'll ever catch the beast sleeping again? You're gonna get us killed if we
keep sneaking in and out!

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds through the inside of the Water Dragon]

(Issun) Hm? What's that? It's all tangled up in all this flabby stomach muscle.
Looks like a glass ball or something.

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines the ball]

(Issun) It's a glass ball or something. Wait a sec... I wonder if it's...

(Issun) This glass ball is all tangled up in this muscly stuff. The Water
Dragon sure doesn't wanna give it up. Must be something really important.

***optional #2***

[Ammy Power Slashes the muscly stuff]

(Issun) Bah, it won't budge. That Water Dragon sure doesn't wanna give this
thing up. Must be something really important.

***end optional***

[Ammy proceeds a little further in]

(Issun) A dead end? I don't know where we are now, but I don't like the look of
that red liquid there. It'd probably digest us in a second if we fell in!

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines some... stuff]

(Issun) I think I'm gonna be sick... Look at that hunk of tissue. Looks like
it's keepin' a lid on that disgusting liquid.

***optional #2***

[Ammy Power Slashes the tissue]

(Issun) Yuck, it's all squishy squashy. And what's with that bright red liquid
that keeps falling from it? Would ya stop messing with it, furball? You're
grossing me out!

(Issun) I bet that fleshy mass is keepin' a lid on that red liquid! We're
history if that thing blows! I'm warning you, Ammy! You better stop messing
with it!

***end optional***

[Ammy uses Waterspout to draw the liquid up to the tissue]

(Issun) What the heck are you doing!? That red liquid is raining down now!
What'll happen if that fleshy mass dissolves? Hmm... Now you got me interested,
too!

[Ammy dissolves the tissue]

(Issun) What the...!? The whole place is flooded with that icky red liquid! We
came to find the Dragon Orb, not to end up lunch!

[Ammy returns to the previous area]

***optional***

[Ammy examines the glass ball again]

(Issun) We gotta do something about this ball that's stuck here. But thanks to
you, the whole place is covered in this red liquid! We're gonna get digested
alive if you keep fooling around like that!

***end optional***

[Ammy uses Waterspout to draw the red liquid to the muscly stuff encasing the
glass ball]

***optional***

[Ammy examines it again]

(Issun) The red liquid is dissolving that muscly stuff! Good thinking, furball.
You're smarter than you look! But you've gotta apply more. The glass ball's not
out yet!

***end optional***

[Ammy breaks the glass ball free]

(Issun) Nice work, Ammy! We finally got that Dragon Orb! Now we should be able
to break the barrier on Oni Island! Once Himiko locates the island on her
crystal ball, the enemy's stronghold will be totally exposed!

(Issun) Boy, you sure had a hard time pulling that orb out. I wonder if the
dragon's gonna be OK? Let's go, Ammy. I mean, we got the orb. No use sticking
around here.

[Ammy turns to leave and some monsters appear]

(Issun) What the heck!? Are these the vengeful spirits of the people the dragon
gobbled up? No, wait... These aren't spirits. That weird color can only mean
one thing... Foxfire!

[Ammy fights and defeats the monsters]

(Issun) What the heck was that? It was kinda freaky. Looked like a bundle of
bamboo tubes or something... I know! I bet those are the Fox Rods that busty
babe wanted! You know, that ultimate weapon against the Dark Lord.

[Suddenly, everything starts rumbling and collapsing]

(Issun) Ack! I knew it! You should have tried to pull that orb out more gently!

(Issun) I'm too young to be digested! Let's get outta here!

[Ammy escapes from inside the Water Dragon and finds herself floating in the
sea as the Water Dragon sinks to its death]

(Issun) The Water Dragon... It's dead... Now what're we supposed to do? We have
the Dragon Orb, but no Water Dragon for it to control! No matter how hard
Himiko tries to locate Oni Island... Without that dragon, there's no way we can
break the barrier.

(Issun) Hey! Something's coming!

(???) Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all... I'm afraid
there's no time left for me to speak now. But I do need to thank you.

(Issun) What for? And who are you anyway?

(???) I am King Wada, the 27th king of the Dragonians.

[King of the Dragonians Wada is introduced]

(Issun) King of the Dragonians? So then, you were that Water Dragon!?

(Wada) It was I, the Water Dragon, god of the sea, ruler of the deep. O great
god Amaterasu. As you well know, there are ill omens heralding the coming of
great strife throughout Nippon. Even the Dragonians have suffered under the
forces of darkness. They seek to prevent me from using my power... The power to
break the barrier that protects Oni Island... I waged battle against the Dark
Lord and consumed the Dark Instrument he wielded. But the instrument lodged in
my stomach and drove me to madness.

(Issun) Instrument of the Dark Lord? You mean this thing?

(Wada) Yes, the Fox Rods. Without the Fox Rods, the Dark Lord has limited
power. Now all of the monsters are doing everything they can to locate them.

(Issun) I see... They're like a key to his power or something.

(Wada) I can rest easy knowing they are in your hands, Amaterasu. I also ask
that you give my wife, Otohime, the Dragon Orb. It is the heart of the dragon.
It will bring peace to my people. Alas, my end is near. I have slain many
innocents while in the grip of madness. I pray that their souls may rest in
peace in these watery depths, these deep blue waters the people of Ryoshima
Coast so dearly love. Farewell, Amaterasu. I shall pray for your good fortune.

[Ammy returns to the garden of the dragon and Rao suddenly shows up]

(Rao) Amaterasu! You made it...

(Issun) B-Busty babe...

(Rao) I saw the crazed Water Dragon thrashing about from the shore. So I
hurried here to the Dragon Palace, just in case...

(Issun) Aw, you don't have to worry 'bout us! I mean, nothing can stop 'ol Ammy
here. Not fire, not water, not -

(Rao) Tell me, Amaterasu. What happened to the Water Dragon? Did he reveal the
secret of penetrating Oni Island?

(Issun) Hey, it's not nice to interrupt. I was on a roll, babe! Anyway, the
Water Dragon was actually the Dragonian king. He turned into a dragon to
protect the Dragon Palace.

(Issun) He even snatched these Fox Rods from their boss!

(Rao) You found the Fox Rods!?

(Issun) Come to think of it, weren't you lookin' for these, babe? Aren't they
the ultimate weapon against the evil beings? Hey, wait a sec... What about what
you said about the Fox Rods? You know, about the ship sinking before they
reached Himiko? Why'd we search that stupid ship if they weren't really there!?

(Rao) If you're still upset that I put you in danger, I'm sorry! But time is of
the essence now. Give me the Fox Rods! Quickly!

(Issun) Now you just hold your melons, babe! I mean, if those monsters are
frantically searching for them, whoever has 'em will have a huge bull's-eye on
their back!

[Ammy gives the Fox Rods to Rao]

(Rao) Amaterasu?

(Issun) I hope you know what you're doing, ya big furball!

(Rao) It's an eerie light they give out. Yet somehow alluring. With this, my
holy powers will reach their limit. I can destroy every last demon there is!
Protecting Queen Himiko with this great power - that is my duty. Don't worry,
Amaterasu. I must hurry back to the city now. I shall honor my duty with my
life!

[Rao runs off]

(Issun) With your life? Don't go getting yourself killed, babe! Aw, she's
gone...

(Issun) Hey, Ammy! Quit spacing out! We gotta deliver that Dragon Orb we got
from the Water Dragon to Otohime right away! We probably can't count on the
power of the Water Dragon anymore, but the Dragonians still consider the Dragon
Orb as their treasure. We better return it to them.

[Ammy heads back to see Otohime]

***optional #1***

[Ammy tries to leave the palace]

(Issun) Wait! Where ya goin'!? Let's return that Dragon Orb to Otohime! You
know that's the right thing to do.

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to a security guard]

(Security Guard #6) What are you doing, going in and out of the Water Dragon's
garden? The whole Dragon Palace could be destroyed if you upset it!

***end optional***

(Issun) I'm back, baby!

(Otohime) Oh, what a relief to see that you are unharmed. And what of the
Dragon Orb?

[Ammy gives the Dragon Orb to Otohime]

(Otohime) You retrieved the Dragon Orb from the dragon's body!? I have no words
to express my gratitude. Now that I have the Dragon Orb, I can harness the
power of the Water Dragon and break the barrier around Oni Island.

(Issun) About that Water Dragon... It sunk to the bottom of the sea when we
took that orb thing. Does that mean the King of the Dragonians is... I mean...
Is that King of the Dragonians really your -

(Otohime) Yes, it is true. The Water Dragon was King Wada, my husband. He
performed the ancient Dragonian rite of transformation in order to battle the
forces of darkness. But he was gravely wounded and flew into an uncontrollable
rage. If the King is dead, then the law of succession must be fulfilled. The
Dragon Orb had to be recovered, whatever the cost. And alas, the cost was the
King's life... Hear me, Issun. As I have said before, the Dragonians have the
resolve to do whatever is necessary. We mustn't hesitate.

(Issun) ... ...

(Otohime) Now then, Amaterasu. What of the Dark Instrument of the Dark Lord?
Surely you found it lodged in the Water Dragon's belly?

(Issun) Oh, you mean the Fox Rods? Queen Himiko's attendant took it. She said
something about using its power against the evil beings.

(Otohime) Himiko's attendant? It is true the Dark Instrument has unfathomable
power... But evil beings are doing all in their power to find it, too. I truly
hope this attendant you speak of is trustworthy. All hope would be lost if it
fell back into evil hands.

[A bright light suddenly shines from the Dragon Orb]

(Issun) Yikes! What's up with this thing!?

(Otohime) A revelation, perhaps... Perhaps King Wada wishes us to see something
before he departs!

[The Dragon Orb shows Rao being chased by a large shadowy monster]

(Otohime) Do you have any idea what that vision meant?

(Issun) C'mon, Ammy!

(Otohime) Where are you going, Amaterasu!?

(Issun) No time to explain now, babe! We gotta get over to Ankoku Temple quick!

(Otohime) Remember, Amaterasu, there is still hope! I shall wait here for Queen
Himiko's revelation. Let us meet once again wherever Oni Island may appear! May
the god of the sea watch over you!

[Ammy takes off and rushes to Ankoku Temple]

***optional #1***

[If Ammy tries to listen to anyone (with a few exceptions)]

(Issun) No time to talk now, Ammy! We gotta hurry over to Ankoku Temple and
save that busty babe!

***optional #2***

[If Ammy tries to go to any other area]

(Issun) Hold it in, furball! You can go later! We gotta hurry over to Ankoku
Temple and save that busty babe!

***optional #3***

[Ammy listens to the merchant at North Ryoshima]

(Merchant) Hey, look at that serious face! Anything wrong? If you're in a
hurry, we can make it quick!

(Merchant) Hey, calm down! Calm down! If you're in a hurry, we can make it
quick!

***optional #4***

[Ammy listens to the soldiers at the gate to Sei-an]

(Soldier #1) We've just received orders not to let anyone in or out of Sei-an.
No one is allowed to pass this point. Sorry, pup. You'll have to go for a walk
someplace else for now.

(Soldier #1) Sei-an City's seen one disaster after another. But security's
never been this tight before. I wonder what's going on.

[Ammy headbutts the soldier]

(Soldier #1) Hey! I'm not going to let you through, whatever you do!

(Soldier #2) Sei-an City is sealed off by Queen's orders. No one's allowed to
enter the city, not even a dog! You'll have to wait until the security is
relaxed.

(Soldier #2) I don't know why we've suddenly received these orders. But you'll
just have to wait until the security is relaxed.

[Ammy headbutts the soldier]

(Soldier #2) Uh-uh. You're not coming through. I've got my orders.

***optional #5***

[Ammy listens to the Animal Lover]

(Animal Lover) There are lots of monsters about here, so I've got my lucky
charm. You should be careful too, pup.

***optional #6***

[Ammy listens to the merchant at Ryoshima Coast]

(Merchant) What are you looking so mad about, puppy? If you're in a hurry to
buy something, I'll take care of you!

(Merchant) Hey. Calm down. If you're in a hurry to buy something, I'll take
care of you!

***end optional***

[Ammy approaches Ankoku Temple and sees a vision of Rao]

(Issun) Whoa, it's the busty babe! Huh!? She's gone...

[Ammy approaches the base of the temple stairs and sees her again]

(Issun) W-Wait, babe, wait! She wants us to follow her?

[Ammy sees Rao go behind the temple]

(Issun) Not again... Where does she want us to go!?

[Ammy sees Rao pass through a wall of solid rock]

(Issun) What the!? You see that, Ammy? That busty babe went right through the
wall!

[Ammy discovers a hidden entrance in the rock wall and examines a well inside a
small cave]

(Issun) Who would have thought there'd be a secret passage here? You feel a
draft coming out of the well? It must lead to that busty babe or I'm a monkey's
uncle! Hurry, Ammy! Leap before you think, right!?

[Ammy enters the well and examines a corpse in the underground tunnel]

(Issun) Hey, there's a body here. Wow, looks like it's been laying here
forever. There's nothing but bones and some clothing left. Hm... Now where have
I seen clothes like that before?

[Ammy exits the secret passage and finds herself at Himiko's palace in Sei-an]

(Issun) Huh? Isn't this... Himiko's Palace? Why is there a tunnel from Ankoku
Temple to here?

***optional***

[Ammy approaches the guards at the palace gate]

(Issun) Wait! Wait, Ammy! I think the busty babe was trying to tell us
something! I mean, she was so quiet and looked so sad. There was something
different about her this time... I wonder where she was trying to lead us.

***end optional***

[Ammy enters the palace and listens to the handmaiden]

(Handmaiden) Your... M-M-Majesty... Qu-Queen... Himiko...

(Issun) Hey toots, what the heck happened!?

(Handmaiden) ... ...

(Issun) She passed out...

(Handmaiden) ... ...

(Issun) She won't come to. What was that she was saying about Himiko!?

[Ammy proceeds to Himiko's chamber on the upper floor of the palace]

(Issun) Huh? What the heck happened!? Hey, pretty lady! Himiko! ... ...
She's... She's... dead...

(Rao) It was terrifying... A monster ten times my height appeared... It
destroyed the magical barrier and left Queen Himiko like that...

(Issun) Busty babe? Is that you? What monster are you talking about? That
ginormous thing that attacked you at Ankoku Temple?

(Rao) I'm... I'm scared now... The evil beings we must defeat to save the
people in the city... Their leader is such a mighty beast! No human could stand
up to it! Our feeble mortal resistance is futile!

(Issun) Dang it! Himiko said she'd be OK as long as she had that crystal ball.
So how the heck did this happen!? Hey, Ammy, why d'ya keep staring at the busty
babe? Himiko's dead! Aren't you the least bit sad?

[Ammy growls at Rao]

(Issun) What's wrong, Ammy!?

(Rao) Amaterasu? What are you doing?

(Issun) Down, Ammy!

(Rao) Have you lost your mind? Are you in the grip of the evil curse as well?

(Issun) Huh!?

(Rao) Kan-ji-zai-bo-satsu Gyo-jin-han-nya-ha-ra-mi-ta-ji Sho-ken-go-on-kai-ku
Do-is-sai-ku-yaku...

[Ammy leaps at Rao, but misses]

(Issun) What the...!? What's up with those freaky eyes of yours, babe!? You're
freaking me out!

(Rao) Ha ha ha ha ha... Hah, ha ha ha ha! Well, carrying on with this any
longer would spoil the fun. You are a cunning beast, Amaterasu. I lured you to
the treasure ship as bait for the Water Dragon, but you escaped and managed to
get your paws on the Lucky Mallet. You even cleared the city of the poison
mist. You also started searching for Oni Island to bring down my fortress, and
you even managed to tame the mighty Water Dragon!

(Issun) B-But...

(Rao) But now that the Water Dragon has gone, my fortress is impregnable! And
Himiko is but a lifeless corpse. You'll never know where Oni Island is now! Ha
ha ha ha ha! Luck must be on my side. Occupying the body of this priestess,
Rao, made it so simple. Breaking Himiko's magical barrier was easy once I got
close to her.

(Issun) Ammy, where's the busty babe we know and love!?

(Rao) It's all thanks to this item you got back from the Water Dragon! All
because the Fox Rods are mine once again! Amaterasu... You foolish beast! To
think that you parted with this mighty source of magic so easily. Know that it
was you who revived the power of the Dark Lord!

(Issun) She's really the Dark Lord!? The grand master of evil beings!?

(Evil Rao) The Fox Rods made the crystal ball's barrier shatter like glass! Oh,
if only you'd been here to see Himiko die! I think I'll take the crystal ball
with me in the event that one of your pathetic friends tries to locate me. And
if I deal with you now too, Amaterasu, nothing will stand in the way of my
world of evil beings!

(Issun) Ammy, remember the Dragonian king's revelation? He was showing us how
fox-face here killed the real busty babe! Boy, she's a real good faker! She had
me totally fooled! And look what she did to poor little Himiko! Well, at least
we won't have to worry about Oni Island anymore. We're gonna finish you off
right here!

[Ammy fights Evil Rao and appears to have the upper hand, but...]

(Issun) OK, we have her now, Ammy! Let's finish off that fox-headed wench!

[Ammy lunges to attack and is repelled by a magical barrier, then Evil Rao
transforms into a giant shadowy beast]

(???) Ignorant fools! Did you really think it would be that easy!? I have
powers beyond belief! Here is but a taste of what the Dark Lord can do!

(???) Hmph! Petty deity! It is only the size of this room that saved you. It is
far too small for me to unleash my true fury. However, resistance is futile,
for your last remaining hope is gone. I shall now return to Oni Island and
rally my dark forces! Then we'll go forth and crush all who stand against
Darkness. Mwa ha ha ha ha ha!

(Narrator) Amaterasu had allowed the Dark Lord to slip away. The display of
evil sent chills down the wolf's spine. Amaterasu and Issun were left to wallow
in overwhelming sadness. Himiko had remained steadfast in her quest to find Oni
Island. In the end, she lost her life at the hands of the Dark Lord. With
Himiko died all clues to the location of Oni Island. Amaterasu and Issun were
left with nary a shred of hope. Giving up on their quest seemed the only
option...
That's when they noticed that the blood caked crystal ball spewed forth by the
Dark Lord clearly displayed an image of Himiko. Issun, doubting his eyes,
listened intently as Himiko began speaking. She explained that Oni Island would
not be easy to find and that she had determined to become ethereal and enter
the crystal ball herself in search of clues. She had allowed herself to be
consumed in order to use the Dark Lord's power. She was also aware that the
Dark Lord now possessed the Fox Rods. All was planned. Himiko's will infused
the crystal ball with great power. The fortress housing the dark forces
materialized.
Oni Island appears only at sunset in a certain location. The place revealed by
the crystal ball was none other than a spot just off the northwest shore of
Ryoshima Coast, near the spot known as Watcher's Cape. Oni Island would appear
again at Watcher's Cape at the next sunset. A small glimmer of hope returned to
our heroes' hearts.
Just as the image of Oni Island faded from the crystal, a deep crack appeared
and split Himiko's image. She had paid the ultimate price for manipulating the
dark power. The crystal itself had been spent. The destiny of Himiko's very
soul had been inextricably intertwined with that of the crystal ball. A burst
of blinding light heralded the crystal's demise. Himiko's soul was caught up in
the shattered fragments... and drifted serenely toward the heavens above, even
as she prayed fervently for Amaterasu's safe passage.

(Issun) Ammy! The sun's gonna set soon! Oni Island's gonna disappear! That
revelation Himiko risked her life to tell us... Whatever we do, we can't let it
go to waste! Who cares if we can't break the barrier on Oni Island. Let's make
a beeline for Watcher's Cape, Ammy!

[Ammy makes haste and rushes to Watcher's Cape]

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines Himiko's body]

(Issun) Himiko... It can't be!

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Issun) Hey, I feel your pain, furball. But that won't bring her back to life.

***optional #2***

[If Ammy tries to listen to anyone or go to any area other than Watcher's Cape]

(Issun) Hey! The sun's gonna set if you don't get the lead out! Let's make a
beeline for Watcher's Cape, Ammy!

***optional***

[Ammy listens to the Weapon Dealer]

(Weapon Dealer) It looks like my luck's run out. Business was great when the
Water Dragon was causing such a fuss. Lots of fools were buying weapons and
saying they'd fight it. But it sounds like the Water Dragon's gone quiet now.
And so has my business! You're the best customer I've got at the moment!

(Weapon Dealer) The Water Dragon's not causing trouble anymore. It's good news
for most folk, but not so good for a weapon dealer. You're the best customer
I've got at the moment!

***optional #3***

[Ammy listens to the Tool Dealer]

(Tool Dealer) Finally, it's back to business! Apparently the Water Dragon has
disappeared. Now that the sea's calm again, I can buy new stock at last. I'm
going to be in for a busy time, thank goodness!

(Tool Dealer) Hello there, pooch! Now that the sea's calm again, I can buy new
stock at last. I'm going to be in for a busy time, thank goodness!

***end optional***

[Ammy reaches the Sei-an gate and the guards take notice]

(Soldier #1) How on earth did you get into the city!? Security's so tight, no
one should be able to get through. Oh, well. I don't suppose we need to worry
about a dog too much. You look far too cute to be a demon in disguise, anyway.

(Soldier #1) Sei-an's still on heightened security. But for some reason I'm
feeling rather nervous all of a sudden. I just hope nothing happens...

(Soldier #2) I thought you were hanging around out there! Security here should
be foolproof! How did you get in? At least it was only a dog that slipped
through. We'd better get our act together or evil beings may slip in.

***optional #1***

[Ammy tries to draw a sun in the sky]

(Issun) Huh!? The sun didn't come out? Don't tell me some evil power has
disabled the Sunrise technique? Is it 'cause that Dark Lord is on the loose on
Oni Island?

[Ammy tries again]

(Issun) It ain't gonna work! Just forget it, Ammy! We better hurry!

***optional #2***

[Ammy tries to draw a moon]

(Issun) No, wait! Oni Island will disappear to who knows where if night falls!
Don't let that revelation Himiko risked her life for go to waste!

***optional #3***

[Ammy fails to reach Watcher's Cape in time]

(Issun) Nighttime already!? That means... Oni Island has vanished from the
waters off Watcher's Cape. We'll never be able to find it again!

[Ammy finds herself reset to the North Ryoshima border gate]

(Issun) Hm!? I should slap myself for being so negative! I'm a complete idiot!
Time's too precious to waste. That revelation Himiko risked her life to tell
us... Whatever we do, we can't let it go to waste! Who cares if we can't break
the barrier on Oni Island. Let's make a beeline for Watcher's Cape, Ammy!

***end optional***

[Ammy reaches Watcher's Cape just in time and finds Otohime waiting]

(Otohime) Why, Amaterasu!

(Issun) Hiya, babe! How'd ya ever find this place?

(Otohime) I sensed Queen Himiko's fathomless regret upon her last breath. It
made its way to the distant halls of the Dragon Palace. Behold, the sun! Even
now it sinks down beyond the sea. Once it is gone, so too shall Oni Island
disappear. No one knows where it will appear next. And no art known to mortals
can divine its location!

(Issun) That may be true, but listen... It really doesn't matter because we
can't break the barrier. I mean, the Water Dragon was our only hope, and it's
dead now.

(Otohime) The Water Dragon is not dead in the true sense of the word. I can
harness its power with a sincere prayer to the Dragon Orb. Behold, Amaterasu!
I, Otohime of the Dragonians, shall transform into a dragon and break through
the wall that divides. May I serve you as a divine bridge to the heavens!

[Otohime transforms herself into the Water Dragon and breaks through the
barrier at Oni Island]

(Otohime) Now, Amaterasu! You must cross while life yet courses through these
veins!

(Issun) OK! Hang in there, babe! We'll be back in a jiffy! Sorry, furball.
Looks like Millet Dumplings aren't in your stars. You'll have to settle for
kicking some monster butt on Oni Island!

[Ammy proceeds along the back of the Water Dragon towards Oni Island]

(Issun) Listen up, Ammy. Himiko's probably watching over us, so... Promise me
you won't give up for some stupid reason like you're hungry or have to go to
the bathroom!

[Ammy chooses "Of course!"]

(Issun) OK then... I'll hold ya to your word!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Wait a minute."]

(Issun) What!? You gotta be kidding me! Otohime's gonna be history if we don't
hurry!

(Issun) Now shape up or ship out! Himiko's probably watching over us, so...
Promise me you won't give up for some stupid reason like you're hungry or have
to go to the bathroom!

***end optional***

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< 15 - ONI ISLAND >                                                    [ GS15 ]

***optional #1***

[Ammy tries to leave]

(Issun) Come on, Ammy. Stop fooling around. We haven't even made it into the
enemy's castle yet! How could we face Himiko if we chickened out now!?

(Issun) Don't even think about it, furball! We haven't even made it into the
enemy's castle yet! How could we face Himiko if we chickened out now!?

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Otohime]

(Issun) What the heck ya doin', furball! You're gonna break Otohime's
concentration! Cut it out!

***end optional***

[Ammy approaches a small pool of lava]

(Issun) Whoa... That looks nasty. Normally, we'd be crispy critters if we
touched that stuff. But it shouldn't be any different from water for you now,
Ammy! C'mon! How 'bout some of that water magic of yours!?

(Issun) Normally, this lava would burn us to a crisp. But it shouldn't be any
different from water for you now, Ammy! C'mon! How 'bout some of that water
magic of yours!?

[Ammy draws Waterspout and rides the lava spout up, then proceeds to the inner
chambers of the castle]

(Issun) Oni Island... You'd have to have a pretty warped mind to build a castle
here. I bet those two-bit monsters think they're big shots living here. Let's
teach 'em a lesson by fightin' our way to the top and draggin' that fox-headed
wench down by the scruff of her neck!

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to an imp merchant]

(Imp Merchant) Who goes there? Hey, how did you get in here? You ain't come to
invade us poor folk of Oni Island, have ya? If you have, you've got me to
answer to! A fight to end all fights... And the best way to settle it? With a
bit of business, of course!

(Imp Merchant) Business is like a battle. I'd put my life on the line for it,
too! I don't care who I have to take on... I ain't plannin' on giving nothin'
away!

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines a strange pedestal]

(Issun) What's up with this pedestal? Looks like some kinda contraption. And
what's with this hole here? Wonder if it's a keyhole...

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines a large gate]

(Issun) Bah... Doesn't look like we're getting by these bars.

***optional #4***

[Ammy examines a steel door]

(Issun) Wow, this door's really shut tight. Hm... It's gotta pretty strange
mark on it. How on earth would somebody open a door like this, anyway?

***optional #5***

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "To the Labyrinth of Torment", followed by a
list of rules]

(Issun) Wow, these monsters actually have rules and stuff.

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to the Demon Slip, Tobi]

(Tobi) Hm? Excuse me, good sir. Might I ask what you are doing here?

(Issun) Huh? Did that scrap of paper just say something?

(Tobi) Scrap of paper? Do not dishonor me with such an unflattering name. My
name is Tobi!

[Evil Being Tobi is introduced]

(Issun) Yeah, whatever. So whaddya want, motor mouth?

(Tobi) I serve as a gatekeeper of Oni Island. My job is to keep suspicious
people out. I have never seen you around here before, good sir. Who are you and
what business do you have here?

(Issun) You talking to my fine furry friend? Well, this here is Full-Throttle
Ammy! We gotta get up to the top of this castle ASAP! Sorry! No time to shoot
the breeze with ya!

(Tobi) I am afraid I cannot allow that. Did you not here me? I am a gatekeeper
of Oni Island. But let us dispense with the formalities. So, good sir. You are
known as Full-Throttle Ammy, are you? Well, I fancy myself a fine racer too,
you know. How about we challenge each other to a race? Just a race to see who
can reach that exit gate over there first. That sign there explains how to race
against me. But as you said, let us stop shooting the breeze. From now on, let
our race do the talking!

[Ammy gets through the gate before Tobi and finds him again just ahead]

(Tobi) Not bad, good sir! But that was a mere warm-up for me. Now you shall see
what I really can do. Now, I ask you, good sir... Can you bear being skewered
alive? Stumble and you will fall headfirst into a sea of needles! Well, can you
bear such a thing?

(Issun) What're you talking about? I mean, who possibly could!?

(Tobi) Well, whatever happens, please do not give up. It is so exciting to
finally have a worthy opponent after so long!

[Ammy beats Tobi again]

(Tobi) You seem a bit winded, good sir. Do not risk your life by overdoing it.
Hee, hee. The terraced passage ahead is not all that dangerous. Shall we?

[Ammy beats Tobi yet again]

(Tobi) I must warn you now, good sir. The true horror of the Labyrinth of
Torment starts here. Perhaps it would be best if we turned back now.

(Issun) Heh heh. Gettin' cold feet, aren't ya, scrap? Now stop blabbing and
let's get on with it!

(Tobi) I was hoping you would say that, good sir! The passage of saws lies
ahead. This is where I get serious!

[And yet again]

(Tobi) What a fine race you run, good sir. Full-Throttle Ammy is a fitting name
indeed. But I cannot bear to lose again. It is a matter of personal honor!
Well, shall we? The passage of demonic wheels awaits!

[Full-Throttle Ammy takes first place again]

(Tobi) I am absolutely astonished! I never thought you could keep up with me!

(Issun) Aw, get over it, scrap. You're just not as good as you think you are!

(Tobi) ... ... Very well. Let us try something a bit different this time. No
disrespect intended, good sir, but do you think you can beat me in the chamber
of delay?

[Furball wins again! (What a surprise, eh?)]

(Tobi) None of my comrades have ever made it this far! It would appear you are
not an opponent to be taken lightly. But I have had enough! It shall all end
here! I, Tobi, shall risk it all in the passage of needles!

[As usual, Ammy wins]

***optional***

[Outside in a new area, Ammy examines a steel door]

(Issun) It won't budge an inch. That mark sure is strange. I bet there's some
trick to this one, too. Wonder how we could open it.

***end optional***

[Ammy approaches a large statue of a tiger]

(Issun) Now that's one fierce-looking statue. Look at how it's roaring up at
the storm clouds. It's as if it's ready to leap up and take a bite outta the
moon! But here's the problem. There's an enormous bow, but no arrows. The lack
of a crucial element spells disaster for any masterpiece.

(Issun) What a waste leaving a cool statue like this out here. It looks like a
ferocious tiger bearing a humongous bow. But there's something missing here...

(Issun) It looks like a ferocious tiger bearing a humongous bow, but... It just
doesn't look right without an arrow.

[Ammy draws an arrow and the bow fires a lightning bolt into the sky, revealing
a constellation]

(Issun) Wow... The arrow blew away the storm clouds! Hey, look!

[Ammy draws the missing stars and a tiger appears]

(Gekigami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
The evil forces which dwell here had sealed me away... But your arrival
awakened me and restored the light within. You who walk the same battlefield as
I, Gekigami, god of thunder, deserve the power of lightning. Use it to crush
our foes!

[Gekigami's power is returned to Ammy]

(Issun) At last, the 12th god, Gekigami! Thunderstorm, the fearsome brush
technique for controlling thunder, is his trademark. I'm sure you can master
that one, Ammy! It belonged to you once! I know! See that sword statue over
there? Try striking it with a bolt of lightning! When you see lightning
shooting from the storm cloud, simply draw a line connecting it to the statue!
That'll guide the lightning down to the target! Go on, give that sword statue
a good zap!

[Ammy successfully draws Thunderstorm]

(Issun) Awesome! A lightning strike like that will zap an enemy real good! Hey!
It looks like your lightning strike opened that door. I wonder if it's
controlled by some electrical mechanism or something. That was a freebie! Let's
head for the top of the castle with your new technique! ... ... Ammy... There's
only one more of those Celestial Brush techniques to go. Once you get that
one... I will have seen all the techniques. Won't be much longer now. ... ...
But this is no time to shoot the breeze! We should get goin', furball!

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to draw Thunderstorm]

(Issun) What the heck was that? You're supposed to draw a line to the statue
the moment the lightning flashes!

[Ammy fails again]

(Issun) Do you even know what you're doing, furball? First, take a look at the
sky. When you see a bolt of lightning, put your brush on it. Then, all ya gotta
do is draw a line from it to the sword statue. It's a technique similar to
Inferno and Waterspout.

[Ammy fails once more]

(Issun) Almost! But your line missed its mark. OK, just relax and try it again.
Try to draw a line from the lightning to the sword statue!

***optional #2***

[After drawing Thunderstorm, Ammy examines the statue of Gekigami again]

(Issun) Thanks to you, the Thunderstorm statue has regained its majesty!

***end optional***

[Ammy continues on through the castle] 

***optional***

[Ammy comes upon a small metal treasure box, and examines it]

(Issun) *sniff sniff* Ah, the sweet smell of treasure! But I can tell it ain't
gonna be easy to open this chest. It's gonna take more brain than brawn.

(Issun) Hmm... There's a bronze ornament on the top of this treasure chest.
Hm... Lemme think... C'mon, Ammy! You gotta try thinking up something, too!

***end optional***

[Ammy finds an electrical key]

(Issun) Hm? Wonder if that's a key. Pretty strange looking one if it is. You
gotta be careful about what you pick up, Ammy. I mean, who knows what might
happen. You might get zapped or something. Don't say I didn't warn ya!

[Ammy takes the key and a bunch of electric floor panels create a new surface]

(Issun) Hm? Whoa, what's with these contraptions? 

(Issun) They lit up in a weird pattern! I wonder if it has anything to do with
that little gizmo you just picked up... I sure hope it's not gonna trigger some
kinda trap.

***optional***

[Ammy examines a steel door]

(Issun) I bet this door would open if ya gave it a good zap! There's probably a
tool around here you could use for that.

***end optional***

[Ammy finds herself back in the room where she first entered the castle]

[Ammy places the electric key in the pedestal and a gate opens]

[Ammy approaches a large statue of a demon holding a sword]

(Issun) Hm? Now that's what I call a statue! Too bad it's wasted on the no-good
monsters here. Still, there's just something not right about it.

(Issun) Especially that raised sword there. I've seen Seven Strike, the
legendary 7-pronged sword, but never a 9-pronged sword!

***optional***

[Ammy examines the statue]

(Issun) The more I look at this statue, the more I can't help feeling that
there's something wrong with it. I mean, look at that bronze sword. It's
pointing toward the sky. I've seen Seven Strike, the legendary 7-pronged sword,
but never a 9-pronged sword!

***end optional***

[Ammy destroys the statue and proceeds into a new area, triggering a trap]

(Issun) Yikes! Ammy! What did you do this time!? Better think of something
quick!

***optional***

[Ammy examines some boards on a wall in a hallway]

(Issun) What's with this wall? Save your strength. Looks well reinforced to me.
Hey, wait... I feel a faint breeze coming through!

***end optional***

[Ammy continues on and bumps into Tobi again]

(Tobi) S-Sir? So, you have made it this far, have you? I must tell you, good
sir, the time for fun and games is over. For it is my sworn duty to stand guard
here. But, during our competition - Oh, how shall I put it... I became rather
fond of you, good sir. The sight of you, risking your life in a gallant
charge... That is something I simply must see again! Heh heh... Have I failed
as a gatekeeper for feeling so?

(Issun) ... ...

(Tobi) So, you see, good sir... I wish to live a life of competition! To come
this far only to give up? No, that is not me. I care not if I am a failure as a
gatekeeper. Let us make this a race for the ages!

[Ammy wins again, continues on, and comes upon Blockhead]

(Blockhead) Ga-ha! I am Blockhead! I guard this place so that all shall pass!
Er, wait... Make that, none shall pass!

(Issun) Oh, you again... You really want me to keep picking at your weak
points?

(Blockhead) What are you talking about? Ahem... Now, where was I? Oh, yes...
You are that terrible assassin who has been slaying my brethren. The White
Demon of Death!

(Issun) Heh heh, looks like ya got a new nickname, furball!

(Blockhead) I foresaw your coming. I am the shadowy ruler of Oni Island. Be
warned! I am far different from my brethren! Though you may be the White Demon
of Death, you cannot slay me! Now be on your way! You shall not pass!

(Blockhead) Ga-ha! What are you still doing here? You are wasting your time! I
am the shadowy ruler of Oni Island! And I am far different from my brethren!
Though you may be the White Demon of Death, you cannot slay me! Now be on your
way! You shall not pass!

(Issun) Wallflower here's really getting on my nerves! Ammy! Give him a good
headbutt so we can get on with our mission!

[Ammy hits the weak points and destroys Blockhead]

(Blockhead) Oh my! So that's the true power of the White Demon of Death!!! You
so easily struck at my weak points. And after I trained so hard to cover them
up, too... I, Blockhead, submit to defeat. Still, I am the shadowy ruler of Oni
Island. Do not dishonor me, at least in my hour of death. I shall succumb to
oblivion with honor!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to hit the weak points]

(Blockhead) Ga-ha! Is that the true power of the White Demon of Death? How very
disappointing!

(Issun) Hey, Ammy, aren't you forgetting something!? Did you see those glowing
spots on his body? You're supposed to aim for those, remember?

***end optional***

[Ammy finds Tobi just around the corner]

(Tobi) I am indeed no match for you, good sir. Your eyes, ever focused on
tomorrow, have led you to the climax. Of course, I do not mean our petty little
races. O mighty warrior who seeks the castle's summit on Oni Island... The true
climax of your adventure is close at hand. Tobi never felt such competitive
fire until you, good sir! Though I cannot join you, I shall send you off with a
final dash!

(Issun) Scrap...

(Tobi) Alright, good sir! Now for the race to end them all! Make it one that I
shall never forget!

[Ammy proves victorious one last time]

(Tobi) Truly amazing, good sir! I am so glad we could part like this. I hope my
final dash pleased you, good sir.

(Issun) Heh heh, you're not half bad for a scrap of paper. And even though
you're an enemy, I guess I should commend you!

(Tobi) I feel so very fortunate to have such a great man as yourself witness my
final moment...

(Issun) Hey, hey, Scrap! Why ya talkin' like you're about to vanish at any
second?

(Tobi) I have violated the precepts and shall thusly be erased. So it is I who
must bid you farewell. I shall now accept my fate for abandoning my duty as a
gatekeeper.

(Issun) Y-You mean...

(Tobi) Oh, don't be sorry for me, good sir! This was the life of my own
choosing. I treasured it, and no one can ever take that away from me. Though I
may have been born a mere servant of spirits, I should at least be allowed to
do what I please at my passing, for otherwise, my life would have been in vain!
I fear I shall not be able to guide you the rest of the way. I wish I had a
bouquet of flowers to present you at this farewell. But, alas, I must part with
you empty handed. Please forgive me. Farewell, good sir. And good luck...!

(Issun) Tobi... It was more than a petty little race. Perhaps I wouldn't even
have gotten this far without you. With that true spirit of competition you
showed me, I can now face the biggest challenge of my life so far!

[Ammy finally reaches the top floor of the castle and makes her way onto the
roof]

(Issun) You feel that weird vibe this place is givin' off, Ammy? It may be
quiet now, but I've got a major case of the creeps. I know she's watching us
from the shadows! She's ready to strike at any moment! You ready, Ammy!?

[Ammy chooses "Yes!"]

(Issun) Excellent! I can't wait to cut loose and go berserk! Let's teach that
fox-headed wench a lesson!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Not sure..."]

(Issun) Huh? What's there to think about? She's close by, I can feel it! Now
snap out of it, furball!

(Issun) Otohime will think we're a joke if we don't get on with it! Fox face is
ready to strike at any moment! You ready, Ammy!?

***end optional***

(Issun) Well... Looks like we've finally reached the top of the castle. Now
where's that fox-headed wench hiding? The great Issun's gonna avenge Queen
Himiko!

[Ammy howls, the cloudy sky clears, and a constellation appears]

(Issun) A constellation... here? I can't believe it could shine in such an evil
place.

[Ammy draws the missing stars and a huge 9-tailed demon appears]

(Ninetails) Ho ho ho ho ho... So, Amaterasu... You have crept into my castle
like a sneaky little mouse, have you? By the power of Yami, ruler of the Land
of Darkness, I, Ninetails, have been made lord of Ryoshima Coast! You needn't
have come all this way just for me to kill you. I would have found you and done
so just the same. Just like I did to Queen Himiko!

(Issun) Yami? Land of Darkness? Never heard of either of 'em! And I don't
remember ever giving you my OK to rule Ryoshima Coast!

(Ninetails) Yami is the absolute ruler of all evil beings. He is the ultimate
symbol of darkness. And he is nothing like those false gods of your fairytales!

(Issun) False gods? You're the one going around pretending to be a priestess
and building fishy hideouts like this! We're gonna expose you for what you are
once and for all!

(Ninetails) Ho ho ho ho ho! We shall see, O furry one. Prepare to face the
wrath of my terrible power! A power far beyond your so-called gods!

[After a fierce battle, Ammy defeats Ninetails]

(Narrator) Himiko's death had been avenged! Amaterasu's tenacity had proven too
much for Ninetails. The fearsome beast lay defeated, its true nature laid bare
for all to see. In death, it was reduced to no more than a tired old fox.
Oni Island, pining for its master, raised a din and began to crumble. Like a
funerary offering, it scattered into flowers.
Otohime, who had transformed into the Water Dragon, returned to the Dragon
Palace, her role fulfilled.
Ninetails' monstrous countenance, removed from its master, moved skyward,
transforming into a wisp of pure and utter blackness. There, it joined the
spirit of its defeated master. Even Blight showed up, lending a hand to the
fallen Ninetails. Pulsing and undulating, they intertwined in midair. Then, the
black mass moved toward the land to the extreme North. Four such blackened
spirits had emerged from Orochi's corpse. Perhaps these two were off to join
their remaining brethren. Left behind were Ninetails' words about the Dark
Lord, Yami. Could it be that this formidable creature resided to the North?
Amaterasu, sensing a dark presence, trembled.
The diminutive Issun, who had accompanied Amaterasu bravely, felt a tinge of
hesitation in his heart, for he had predicted that the journey would end when
all 13 powers were restored. With only 1 power remaining, a tiny frown creased
his face. At any rate, their next target was waiting in the frozen North. Their
adventure was far from over...

(Issun) No time to rest on your laurels, Ammy! Defeating Ninetails didn't bring
Himiko back... But at least you can send her spirit off with a heroic howl!

[Back at Watcher's Cape, Ammy encounters Waka]

(Waka) Bonjour, Amaterasu! Been on a little fox hunt over on Oni Island, have
you? By the looks of it, I'd say you had a rather rough time. Was that wily fox
really so formidable? Aha ha ha ha ha!

(Issun) Why you...!? How can you say that! Himiko's dead, you heartless swine!

(Waka) Hm!? Oh, I see... Well, I never expected to see you acting like such a
little whelp. After all, Queen Himiko was resigned to her fate. Even you knew
that, did you not, Amaterasu?

(Issun) What are you talking about!? Anyway, you're the last one on earth we
wanna see right now. Now get outta my face, you two-bit prophet!

(Waka) My my, what a fabulous mood you're in today. Your anger is enough to
cloud the sky. See, I told you. That thunder is coming from north of Shinshu
Field. It no doubt heralds the coming storm. Well, ma cherie, I must bid you
adieu. But first, let me leave you with this - A shocking zap and it opens!
Phew... Feels good to get that one off my chest! And while I'm at it, I'll just
make a little mark on your map.

(Issun) Hey, who said you could do that!?

(Waka) Did you not plan on going there anyway, ma cherie? You know... In the
direction of the evil that sprung from the wily fox's body?

(Issun) OK, whaddya up to this time, pretty boy?

(Waka) Heh heh heh... Oh, it felt SO good to prophesize after such a long
break. Now you see me, now you don't! Au revoir!

[Ammy heads off for Shinshu Field]

[Upon reaching Shinshu, Ammy approaches a strange building on the hilltop]

(Issun) ... ... This has been here for ages, but... Nobody knows what it's for.
There are many things like that in Nippon. No one knows when they were built or
even who built them... But I suppose people have more important things to think
about.

***optional***

[Ammy examines a door on the building]

(Issun) There's something written here. Hm... Never seen such writing before.
Even I can't read it. Wonder what it says?

***end optional***

[Ammy draws Thunderstorm, hits the building with a bolt of lightning, and the
door opens]

(Issun) Ammy, do you know where this hole leads to? You know, there was a foul
smoke rising from Ninetails which flew off to the Northern Lands. That's what's
waitin' for us on the other side of this tunnel. Anyway, what's up with that
creepy lightning? I'm gettin' a bad feeling about this...

[Ammy proceeds through the tunnel and makes her way north]

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< 16 - KAMUI/WEP'KEER >                                                [ GS16 ]

(Issun) Brrrrrr...! Is it cold here or what!? How could anywhere be so darn
cold!? I know Kamui's the northernmost part of Nippon, but c'mon! I don't
remember it ever snowing THIS hard before. Listen, Ammy. I'm gonna hunker down
in this fur coat of yours. You try to find us some shelter from this nasty
blizzard!

***optional***

[Ammy tries to head further into Kamui]

(Issun) This is crazy, Ammy! This blizzard's gonna freeze us in our tracks!
Let's pull back for now!

(Issun) Ammy! We can't keep going like this! Let's pull back for now!

***end optional***

[Ammy enters a small hut]

(Issun) Brrrrrr!!! Look! Fire! Fire! Guess we're not gonna freeze to death
after all!

[A man wearing a wolf mask stands up from behind the fire]

(Issun) What's your problem, Ammy? I'm allowed to relax in front of the fire,
ain't I?

(???) ... ...

(Issun) Yikes! You...!?

(???) ... ...

(Issun) You see that, Ammy!? I'm not talking about that silly mask. I mean his
sword! That puppy's a bona fide masterpiece!

[The stranger goes outside, and Ammy follows after him]

(Issun) Looks like he means business!

[Ammy and the stranger fight, and halfway through the battle, he transforms...
into a wolf!]

[The fight continues, but... stalemate]

(Oki) Not bad, white one. I am Oki, warrior of the Oina tribe.

[Oina Warrior Oki is introduced]

(Oki) You are obviously not of our tribe. And I can see that you are no mere
wolf, either. What name do you go by?

(Issun) This here is Amaterasu, the great savior of Nippon! But enough about
that. Why'd you hafta go attack us? And what are you doing with that sword in
the first place!?

(Oki) Oh, I see you have a Poncle with you. Wait. Is that Issun? I haven't seen
you around in ages. Must be nice to be able to roam Nippon on the back of a
wolf, huh? I heard you got tired of painting, and ran from this land in disgust
about a year ago. So why did you come back? Did you have second thoughts?

(Issun) Why you...!

(Oki) I don't know who you two think you are, but you're nothing like the
legendary Shiranui and the Pint-sized Warrior!

(Issun) Bah! Put a cork in it, will ya? Why don't you start by telling us why
you have that sword!

(Oki) This sword? I have this sword because the time to wield it has come.

(Issun) What?

(Oki) As you well know, Kamui is a harsh land covered in snow and ice. And the
monsters that infest the region only make our life worse. Yet we, the Oina
Tribe, have managed to survive to this day. It is because the sacred Ezofuji
mountains have watched over us. However, our mothers and protectors, our most
sacred of mountains, have been taken over by those demons!

(Oki) Yes. I speak of the twin demons, Lechku and Nechku. They had been
imprisoned at the twin summits of Ezofuji. But they suddenly broke free one day
and began their deadly assault upon the land of Kamui. The snow storms grew
more intense, transforming Kamui into a frozen wasteland.

(Issun) Those demons are back?

(Oki) Many of our tribe have been killed by their relentless attacks. It was as
if they roamed our land in search of something. But they mercilessly
slaughtered all the Oina they came across. The good earth is losing its power
and its soul. Without these gifts of the gods, Kamui will become uninhabitable.

(Oki) I must slay those wretched demons now, before it is too late!

(Issun) What about the villagers!?

(Oki) They should be battling the cold that blasts down from Ezofuji. After
all, our village lies at their base. It is only a matter of time before Kamui
becomes an icy tomb.

(Issun) An icy tomb!? Then what're ya doing out here with that guardian sword?
Why did you bring it out of the village?

(Oki) Did I not say the time to use the sword has come? You've heard of the
prophecy of salvation, have you not? "The wall of ice shall shatter and open
the way to the heavens when Kutone, the guardian sword, glows silver." It means
that when this sword glows silver, ridding the village of this abominable
blizzard will be childs play!

(Issun) The sword's gonna start glowing?

(Oki) Yes, but Kutone will not wake until it has tasted more monster blood. So
I will continue slaying the foul beasts wherever they may be, until Kutone
lights our way to victory!

(Oki) It appears the blizzard has lightened a bit. I know not when the demons
will launch another terrible blizzard, but now would be your best chance to
flee to the village.

(Issun) Wait a sec, Oki... I can't believe the chief let you take that sword. I
mean, he tanned my hide once for just touching the darn thing!

(Oki) I already told you. The time to wield it has come. "The wall of ice shall
shatter and open the way to the heavens when Kutone, the guardian sword, glows
silver." It means that when this sword glows silver, ridding the village of
this abominable blizzard will be child's play! But Kutone will not wake till it
has tasted more monster blood. So I will continue slaying the foul beasts
wherever they may be, until Kutone lights our way to victory!

[Ammy heads into the village and finds Yoichi the archer]

(Yoichi) Oh, it's you again, poochie!

(Issun) Hey! Aren't you...!? I knew it! You're that master bowman. The apple
guy! What're ya doin' all the way out here in this nasty blizzard!?

(Yoichi) Well, you see... I've come to realize something since setting off on
my travels. It's my bow. It seems to bring about misfortune. So I decided to go
far away where I couldn't cause any trouble. And what do you know, I ended up
all the way up here in the north! Anyway, poochie, why not have a bite to eat
and relax a bit?

(Issun) You sure you're gonna be OK out in this blizzard!?

(Yoichi) Hey! This is Yoichi you're talking to, my little friend! The
mysterious path of an archer is unsheltered from the elements. We concentrate
only on our actions, which define our lives. When I'm shooting, I care not what
the temperature may be. Hm... No doubt all of that went over your heads a bit.
Anyway, poochie, why not have a bite to eat and relax a bit?

(Yoichi) Clear your mind, then even ice will feel warm to the touch... Anyway,
poochie, why not have a bite to eat and relax a bit?

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts Yoichi]

(Yoichi) Ha ha! You've got guts, I'll give you that!

***end optional***

[Ammy connects Yoichi's arrow to a lightning bolt and blows a mountain apart,
revealing a Guardian Sapling]

(Yoichi) Wh-Wh-What the...!? Now my arrows bring on thunder!? ... ... This
can't be a coincidence! Doesn't seem like a curse, either. This must be fate!
This has to be a sign from the gods. It's my destiny to live and die with my
arrows!

(Yoichi) All this time, I've been saying I wanted to do big things. But I was
really just traveling so I could have an easy life. Now I see there's no such
thing as an easy path. Not when you devote yourself to mastering one thing. The
gods have shown me my true path! The path of archery!

(Issun) So what're ya gonna do now?

(Yoichi) The time's come for me to stop being so whimsical. My real journey
starts here and now! We must have some kind of strange link between us. It's
only when you two are around that the gods show their hand! I'll never forget
both of you. If we ever meet again, let's share a few apples together!
Farewell, my friends!

[Yoichi runs off]

(Issun) The apple guy's gone... Boy, he sure was all fired up. Even more so
than usual. Maybe he's finally found his reason to live. If only all of us
could do that...

[Ammy blooms the Guardian Sapling and restores Kamui]

***Various optional conversations***

[Ammy examines some wood in Oki's hut]

(Issun) This is a tree used for practicing sword strokes. Looks like it's seen
a lotta use.

[Ammy listens to a merchant]

(Merchant) ... ... Oh, hello there, wolf! I had a feeling I wouldn't get much
business in this blizzard. And it looks like I was right. I suppose an animal
like you wouldn't understand. But it's tough trading in the snow, looking out
for monsters! The thing is, I can't just leave. Some people need me. Can you
imagine how hard it is? If you have any sympathy at all, you'll buy something!

(Merchant) Do you really understand how difficult things are for me? It's
really tough trading in the snow, looking out for monsters! If you have any
sympathy at all, you'll buy something!

[Ammy headbutts the merchant]

(Merchant) What's wrong!? Don't you have any money!?

[Ammy enters a hut and examines a target]

(Issun) There's an arrow smack-dab in the middle of the target. Whoever did
this must be a crack shot!

[Ammy examines a wall with a large symbol painted on it]

(Issun) This is the mark of protection of the Oina tribe here in Kamui. Let's
forget about this place. We got better things to do.

(Issun) The mark of protection of the Oina tribe... What's so interesting about
that? Let's forget about this place. We got better things to do.

***end optional***

[Ammy heads up the path to Wep'keer]

(Issun) Whoa! It's like the whole village has been frozen solid. I wonder if
anyone's still alive...

***optional #1***

[If Ammy tries to examine any signs]

(Issun) Hey, Ammy, c'mon! We've got better things to do!

***optional #2***

[If Ammy tries to enter any houses]

(Issun) No good. This door won't budge.

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines a large gate]

(Issun) This path leads to Ezofuji, a pair of sacred mountains. I bet the
gate's shut tight to keep the demons out.

(Issun) This gate ain't about to budge. Let's come back later. I'm sure we can
find something else to do!

***end optional***

[Ammy heads to the upper part of the village]

(Samickle) Halt! Who goes there! This is the house of the village elder. If you
need something from the elder, you must go through me. I'm Samickle, top
warrior of the Oina tribe!

[Oina Warrior Samickle is introduced]

(Issun) Sheesh! Who does this guy think he is!? Well, at least we finally met
someone from the village. So whaddya doin' standing around in the middle of
this blizzard?

(Samickle) Hm!? That grating voice... Is that you, Issun? What in the world are
you doing with that strange white wolf?

(Issun) That's none of your business, pal! Anyway, what's with this village?
It's a total mess. Is it true demons have taken over Ezofuji?

(Samickle) You must have been gone for some time if you don't know that. Save
your questions for when you get back to your own village. That is, of course,
if it hasn't already been buried by the snow. Oh, and take that suspicious wolf
with you, too.

(Issun) Why you little...! We're done talking to you! Let us into the chief's
house now!

(Samickle) No. You may not pass. We normally don't even let strangers into the
village. And I've told the villagers not to let them into their houses. They
will obey me. For I am Samickle, chief of Wep'keer! Now be on your way!

(Issun) Hold on a second! You!? Chief!? What happened to old man Kemu!? He
didn't buy the farm, did he!?

(Samickle) Fool! Of course he's still alive! But he's been greatly weakened
battling the demons. Now their hideous monsters are trying to finish him off,
since only the elder's Volcanic Incantation can foil their plans. That is why I
became chief of the village. I must protect the elder from the monsters lurking
in every corner. Now be on your way!

(Issun) Let us by, Samickle! You want us to make you!?

(Samickle) I sense extraordinary power in this white wolf. But if you do not
heed my warning, I'll devour you where you stand! Now be on your way!

(Issun) Still as stubborn as a mule, I see... C'mon, Ammy! I've had it with
this village!

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts Samickle]

(Samickle) Begone at once!

***end optional***

[As Ammy is about to exit Wep'keer, Kai comes running after her]

(Kai) Hey, wait!

(Issun) Hm?

(Kai) You guys! Wait up!

(Issun) Well, I'll be! I haven't seen you in ages!

(Kai) Issun! It is you! I thought I heard you talking to Samickle.

(Issun) I just thought I'd come back and see how things were after my trip. I
can't believe what's happened to the village since I've been gone. And that
Samickle's still as stubborn as ever! When did HE become chief!?

(Kai) Well... A lot's happened this past year... Look, you'll freeze if you
stay outside too long. Why don't you come rest at my place? And bring your
white wolf, too.

[Ammy goes to Kai's house]

(Kai) Brrr. At least the cold is a bit more bearable inside. It's really been
ages, hasn't it, Issun? And it's a pleasure to make your acquaintance as well,
wolfie. I'm Kai.

[Oina Girl Kai is introduced]

(Issun) This here's Amaterasu, otherwise known as No-Bath Ammy! Now let's cut
to the chase. There's so much I wanna ask you. First of all, about those demons
that are plaguing Kamui... What the heck brought that on?

(Kai) No one knows for certain. Those twin demons, Lechku and Nechku... They
were sealed away by a brave Oina hero years and years ago. And they have been
enshrined at the Wawku Shrine ever since. Then, one day, they suddenly stirred
and went berserk. A terrible blizzard descended upon Kamui.
Kemu set out for the shrine at the top of Ezofuji to pacify them. But they
nearly killed him. He was no match for their evil magic. Samickle managed to
get to him just in time and bring him back. Then they got even more violent and
turned Ezofuji into a glacier!
They unleashed a blizzard to smother Kamui in a layer of ice and snow. Chief
Samickle's trying to protect the village while Kemu recovers. But there's
nothing we can do against those demons.

(Issun) You really are in a fix if old man Kemu's prayers don't work.

(Kai) The day before the twin demons suddenly went berserk, we heard what
sounded like an earthquake from Shinshu Field to the south. On that fateful
day, Kemu declared that the evil force from the south had made its way here to
Kamui. Kamui is sometimes called the land of hidden darkness. And there's a
legend that says all demons are born from this land. I wonder if all the
world's demons are coming back to Kamui now. A black shadow passed overhead
from the south recently and vanished into the Wawku Shrine as if it'd been
swallowed up. Actually, I think the blizzard's been stronger since then...

***optional***

[Ammy tries to leave the house]

(Issun) Wait! Wait, Ammy! I'm not done talking with Kai yet.

***end optional***

(Issun) Kai, there's something else I want to ask you. What's Oki doing with
the sacred sword Kutone? I saw him with it outside the village. How could old
man Kemu let him take it at a time like this?

(Kai) Oh. You met Oki? He left here with our sacred sword the morning after it
all started. As soon as Samickle was chosen to take Kemu's place as chief, Oki
just took the sword and left without permission. People from the village have
tried to persuade him to bring it back, but Oki chases them off. He says he'll
defeat the demons himself.

(Issun) He just walked away with the sacred sword? He didn't even ask
permission!?

(Kai) Well, everyone admits Oki's a great warrior. Even Samickle does. But it's
impossible to defeat those demons all by himself! I just don't know why he did
it. Now, of all times.

***optional***

[Ammy tries to leave again]

(Issun) Wait! Wait, Ammy! I'm still not done talking with Kai!

***end optional***

(Issun) One last thing, Kai. It's about Samickle. He seems awfully nervous
about protecting old man Kemu. It's 'cause of Oki, isn't it?

(Kai) Well, everyone's angry at Oki for taking the sword like that. But you
see... Well, Samickle would never say it, but he believes in Oki more than
anyone else does. He's convinced Oki will come back and help the village.

(Issun) So then why'd he have to snap at us like that? He even told furball
here to get lost!

(Kai) ... Well, the day after the village was attacked by the demons, Lika went
missing.

(Issun) Lika? As in Lika, your -

(Kai) That's right... My little sister. We scoured the village and the
surrounding area. But we couldn't find her. She just vanished.

(Issun) Not poor little Lika, too... Why would those demons mess with a little
girl like that!?

(Kai) We don't know for sure if the demons are behind her disappearance. But
they would certainly have reason to seek her out. You see, Lika... Lika holds
the fate of this village in her hands!

(Issun) The fate of this village?

[A howl is heard in the distance]

(Kai) That was Kemu's howl! He's calling to you, Issun. He's summoning the both
of you.

(Kai) Kemu's calling for you two. He's been out cold for ages, but it sounds
like he's come to. You'd better not keep him waiting. You don't want to be
rude.

***optional #1***

[Ammy headbutts Kai]

(Kai) Hey! Careful!

***optional #2***

[Ammy tries to leave the village]

(Issun) Hey, where do you think you're goin', furball? We'd better go see old
man Kemu before he kicks the bucket.

***end optional***

[Ammy goes to Kemu's house]

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Samickle]

(Issun) What, you still got a bone to pick with us or something!?

(Samickle) ... ... The elder summons the white wolf to his home. You may enter.

(Issun) Well, it's about time! Outta our way, chump.

(Samickle) Grrrrrr...

***optional #2***

[Ammy headbutts Samickle]

(Samickle) What are you doing!?

***end optional***

(Kemu) ... ... ... ... ...

(Issun) ... ... This is the village elder, old man Kemu, but... Looks like he
might've already kicked the bucket. ... ... How many times did gramps here tan
my hide? Bah, this is no time to be dredging up the past...

(Kemu) Grrr! Who was that bad-mouthing me!? Looks like there are some hides to
be tanned!

[Kemu chases Ammy around trying to smack her, and Ammy headbutts the old man]

(Kemu) Hm? What happened? Was that a dream? Was I sleepwalking again?

(Issun) Sheesh... Old man snooze-a-lot tans hides in his sleep, too!?

(Kemu) Why, is that little Issun!? So then I wasn't dreaming!

[Wep'keer Village Elder Kemu is introduced]

(Kemu) I thought I heard Samickle talking to someone outside. I must say,
Issun... You've grown... barely at all since I last saw you.

(Issun) Aw, put a cork in it, gramps! Did you summon us just 'cause ya wanted
someone to clobber!?

(Kemu) Ah, yes... Let us get down to business, eh? It is the white wolf I
wished to speak with. You've no doubt already heard this from Kai, but... Her
little sister, Lika, has gone missing.

(Issun) Yeah, we know about that. She disappeared about the time the demons
started running amok.

(Kemu) That's right. And her disappearance threatens the very existence of our
village!

***optional***

[Ammy tries to leave the house]

(Issun) What the heck!? Some invisible force is blocking the door! I bet the
old man's workin' some freaky voodoo on us.

***end optional***

(Issun) Kai said something like that, too. I can see why you'd be worried, but
don't ya think you're exaggerating a bit?

(Kemu) No, we are not exaggerating! Besides, you have been gone so long, how
could you possibly know? Lika has gained spiritual power far beyond my own. Her
power is now the key to saving the land of Kamui!

(Issun) Huh? Are you saying Lika's power can defeat those demons?

(Kemu) Not exactly. There is another reason we need her power. It is for
Ezofuji, the protector deity of Kamui.

(Issun) Ezofuji?

(Kemu) As you know, Ezofuji is formed from two active volcanoes. Each year, I
recite the Volcanic Incantation. That triggers an eruption that warms this
frigid land of Kamui. But the demons' power has plunged Ezofuji into an icy
slumber. Day by day, Kamui grows weaker and weaker, colder and colder. If we
don't have Lika recite the Volcanic Incantation soon, the land of Kamui will
become an icy tomb for us all!

***optional***

[Ammy tries to leave the house]

(Issun) What the heck!? Some invisible force is blocking the door! I bet the
old man's workin' some freaky voodoo on us. I guess he's still got somethin' to
tell us.

***end optional***

(Issun) Why don't you just recite the incantation yourself, old man?

(Kemu) I would if I could! But I no longer have the strength to pray in this
raging blizzard.

(Issun) Any idea where Lika could be?

(Kemu) That's the problem! We've searched high and low for that girl with no
luck. Still, there is one place we have yet to look.

(Issun) Where!?

(Kemu) Yoshpet, the mysterious forest of deception!

(Issun) *gulp*

(Kemu) I caught a faint whiff of Lika emanating from Yoshpet. After all, I do
have the keenest nose of all the Oina tribe! I suspect she could be somewhere
around here on your map.

(Kemu) I'd like you to conduct a thorough search of that forest.

(Issun) You've gotta be kidding me. I wouldn't touch that place with a 10-foot
pole!

(Kemu) O white wolf, you are our last hope!

(Issun) Not me!?

(Kemu) Chief Samickle must remain here to protect the villagers. And Oki has
left the village on some fool's errand. You're the only one left!

(Issun) Hold on a minute, old man. Do you even know who this furball is!?

(Kemu) Do not mock me, little sprite! That pure white coat... Those crimson
markings... And that Divine Instrument... This is none other than the legendary
wolf, Shiranui! That name is known far and wide, even in this distant land of
Kamui. But I never dreamed the legendary wolf yet lives!

(Issun) Well, actually this here is -

(Kemu) Shiranui, please! You must help us! Lika must recite the Volcanic
Incantation soon. Without her, the land of Kamui will become an icy tomb! I beg
you. You must find Lika! I had warned the villagers to be wary of strangers.
But I will make a special exception for you. And I will open the village's far
gate that leads to Laochi Lake. You should get what you need from the village
before you set out.

(Kemu) I've no doubt Lika is in the mysterious forest of Yoshpet! But it is a
dangerous place into which we rarely dare venture. Please, Shiranui! You must
lend us your strength! If we don't have Lika recite the Volcanic Incantation
soon, the land of Kamui will become an icy tomb for us all! I beg you. You must
find Lika!

***optional***

[Ammy examines a mask over the fireplace]

(Issun) There's a raccoon mask here. I guess old man Kemu is still into 
collecting cheesy stuff like this.

***end optional***

[A horn blows and the gate to Laochi Lake opens]

***Before heading to the lake, Ammy explores the village***

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Village Elder Kemu's House"]

(Issun) Old man Kemu lives here. He's the village elder.

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Samickle's House"]

(Issun) This is where that stubborn ox Chief Samickle lives.

[Ammy listens to Samickle]

(Samickle) The elder must have summoned you because he wanted you to go to
Yoshpet. Don't forget to take that charm if you plan on entering the forest.
You'll find it at the edge of Laochi Lake north of our village.

(Issun) Aw, put a cork in it. We know that already! OK, Ammy. Let's get going!

(Samickle) Well then, let me give you this bit of advice. Do not underestimate
the land of Kamui.

(Issun) Never said I did! Now cut me some slack already. I'm going to find
Lika, ain't I?

(Samickle) I'm warning you not to underestimate the power of nature. Kamui is a
harsh land, with or without the demons' blizzard. But you're a Poncle. You
should know all that, right? Do not get yourself killed by underestimating
mother nature.

(Samickle) If the elder has accepted you, then you are a guest of the Oina. I
have told the villagers that they can trust you. Some may even be able to help
you. You should speak with them. Try the girl who lives at the edge of Laochi
Lake north of here, too. Remember, Kamui is a harsh land. Do not get yourself
killed because of something foolish now.

(Issun) Yeah, thanks... I'll remember that. But you really don't need to worry
about us!

[Inside Samickle's house, Ammy examines some books]

(Issun) Look at all these books. Come to think of it, Samickle was an avid
student of folklore and historical biographies.

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Kai's House"]

(Issun) This is where Kai and Lika live.

[Inside Kai's house, Ammy examines a loom]

(Issun) Hey, here's Kai's loom. Come to think of it, she was pretty good with
her hands.

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Right to the Snowy Waterfall Left to Kai's
House"]

(Issun) Well? Where to, Ammy? 

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Do not leave the door open!"]

(Issun) Got that, furball? People in this icy land keep their doors closed for
obvious reasons.

[Ammy listens to Sea Lion Mask]

(Sea Lion Mask) Brrr... It's getting colder by the day. We'll all be blocks of
ice before long if this carries on! What horrible time for little Lika to go
missing! Surely she didn't really go into that forest!? If she did, there's
nothing we can do to help her.

(Sea Lion Mask) I hope Lika didn't go into that forest under some kind of
spell... If she did, there's nothing we can do to help her. I bet you wouldn't
go near the place, would you, wolf?

[Ammy headbutts him]

(Sea Lion Mask) Hey! That hurts!

[Ammy examines a wood pile]

(Issun) Looks like firewood for the fireplace. These folks need enough to last
them through the whole winter.

[In another house, Ammy examines a fireplace]

(Issun) That's one big fireplace. They build 'em big in this chilly land!

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Caution: Ice underfoot"]

(Issun) Now don't go slipping and breaking your neck, ya big furball.

[Ammy listens to Squirrel Girl]

(Squirrel Girl) Oh! What's this? Are you just an ordinary wolf? You must've
come into the village to find shelter from the cold. That dreadful day that
comes once every 100 years is near. We've been squirreling food away in
preparation for a year now. But the blizzard's making our daily lives even
harder. And Lika's gone missing, too. I don't know if we'll make it.

(Squirrel Girl) Lika's missing of course, but then there's Oki to worry about,
too. He took Kutone, our treasured sword that used to be enshrined near Laochi
Lake at the foot of Ezofuji. What was he thinking to take it and leave? This is
hardly the time to fight amongst ourselves, right? Ah, just talking to a wolf
helps take my mind off the cold!

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Squirrel Girl) Argh!

[Ammy examines a pot of food]

(Issun) Hey! No snacking! Food is an important commodity in these parts,
furball.

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Wep'keer - Village of the North"]

(Issun) This is Wep'keer, village of the Oina tribe.

[Ammy listens to a merchant]

(Merchant) Brrr. It's freezing! Kamui's been a mess ever since those demons
went berserk. Villagers have been slaughtered... Poor Lika's been kidnapped...
Body and soul alike have been frozen solid. But you... The village elder has
welcomed you as a guest. You'll want to use the opportunity to do a bit of
shopping, huh? So how about buying some local products, wolfie?

(Merchant) Kamui's climate is pretty harsh, huh? I could fix you up with
something to keep you warm on your travels. So how about buying some local
products, wolfie?

[Ammy tries to use mist warp and leave Wep'keer]

(Issun) Wait a sec, Ammy! This is no time to mess around with that thing!

***Back to the story***

[Ammy goes to the Ezofuji area and heads up the mountain path]

***optional #1***

[Ammy examines an altar]

(Issun) This is the altar where the sacred sword Kutone was enshrined. There's
a great view of Laochi Lake and Ezofuji from here. That's why they come here to
pray to the mountains each year. Too bad the sacred sword isn't here now. The
altar is also dedicated to the Ark of Yamato. It's said the ark has been frozen
in Laochi Lake for countless ages. Look, you can see it down there in the
frozen lake. That's the Ark of Yamato. Ezofuji and the Ark of Yamato... This is
a very sacred place for the Oina tribe.

(Issun) Ezofuji and the Ark of Yamato... They're both steeped in history. It
sends shivers down my spine just looking at 'em!

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines the Wawku Shrine gate]

(Issun) This is Affun Gate. You must pass through it to reach the Wawku Shrine.
But they keep the gate shut tight to prevent unwanted visitors.

(Issun) Affun Gate has been shut tight.

***end optional***

[Ammy enters a house and listens to Tuskle]

(Tuskle) I know who you are! Yes, that divine look of yours is unmistakable.
You're the legendary white wolf Shiranui, aren't you?

(Issun) Wow... They've heard that name here, too. Well, I suppose Shiranui's
legend did travel across the sea to Kamui. Guess it really resonates with the
Oina 'cause they're so spiritual.

(Tuskle) Oh! Issun! It's been quite a while. So you're still alive!

[Oina Shaman Tuskle is introduced]

(Issun) Heh heh. I ain't ready to kick the bucket yet! I just left on a little
trip. That's all!

(Tuskle) Well, I'm glad to see you safe. As you can see, we haven't been so
lucky here in Kamui. Since the monsters were revived, many people have lost
their lives.

(Issun) Yeah, I've heard all about it. So, what's up with those demons coming
back? And where the heck is Lika?

(Tuskle) Hm... The demons have shut themselves up in Ezofuji's Wawku Shrine.
They're responsible for the fierce blizzard raging throughout Kamui. We're
managing to keep some of it at bay thanks to Affun Gate. But when the day
comes, Kamui is sure to freeze over completely. That's not what worries me
most, though. What worries me is how the demons were revived in the first
place. Kemu noticed it as well, but just before the demons made their return, a
dark force traveled here from the Southern Land. We both felt an evil energy
flowing into Kamui. That's when the demons woke up, as if in response to it.

(Issun) Southern Land... Oh, she must mean Nippon! In other words, she's
talking about the return of Orochi, Ammy!

(Tuskle) There have been so many monsters here in Kamui that some people even
call it the birthplace of evil. I can't help thinking all this havoc in Nippon
has its root in Laochi Lake, the eternally frozen lake at the foot of Ezofuji.

(Tuskle) There is a large lake called Laochi at the foot of Ezofuji. I think
the reason Kamui is called the birthplace of evil is because of the Ark of
Yamato that rests in the lake.

(Issun) The Ark of Yamato... Anyone from Kamui knows that story. It's said that
the legendary iron ark fell from the heavens. My grandpa used to tell me that
story. Long, long ago in the age of myths, an iron ark fell from the Celestial
Plain above and sunk into Laochi Lake. The Celestial Plain is the land above
where gods dwell. The gods are known as Celestials there. The ark that the
Celestials were on came crashing down to this land.
It was as if they were being chased by something. What they didn't know was
that onboard with them were countless monsters. One by one, they were consumed,
till all the celestials were dead.
Once the ark crashed, the monsters disembarked and started ravaging the lands.
The world hasn't been safe since. It's said that monsters still rise from the
lake's depths. That must be why they call it the lake of demons.
That's about all I know about it.

(Tuskle) Hm... I do have one thing to add to that. And that's the story of the
one surviving Celestial of the ark.

(Tuskle) The ark fell to this world from the Celestial Plain. It was full of
monsters which killed the Celestials on board. But the legend tells that there
was one man who survived. He managed to escape from the hell that the ark had
become. He then fled, going into hiding somewhere in our world.

(Issun) Hm... First time I've heard that.

(Tuskle) They say the reason monsters still emerge from the ark in Laochi Lake
is that the Ruler of Darkness is still searching for that man.

(Issun) Ruler of Darkness? Does he have a name?

(Tuskle) It's all just a legend. No one knows if it's true or not. No one has
ever set foot on it. But the ark brought tragedy to our world, that's for sure.
If the powers of darkness in the world are gathering in Kamui, I believe it's
because the Ark of Yamato is beckoning them. ... ... Hm? I apologize for
chatting so much. Now, if you've come all this way, am I to assume you have
Kemu's permission? I speak of permission to enter Yoshpet, the forest of
confusion.

(Issun) ... ... Yep, that's right. I really couldn't care less, but Ammy here's
another story.

(Tuskle) The entrance to the forest is sealed with the Oina crest. It's our way
of protecting the place from evil. There's no way that I can break the seal.
But if the elder has ordered your entry, then I must comply. Shiranui, you may
have the Oina amulet, Sewaprolo!

(Tuskle) With that amulet, you can pass by the Oina crest unhindered. And you
can proceed on into Yoshpet. If the elder has deemed it to be right, there can
be no mistake. You are the one who can find Lika! Find her before it's too late
and Kamui freezes over!

(Tuskle) Now that the powers of darkness seem to be growing in our world, it
can't be mere coincidence that they seem to be gathering in Kamui. The ark fell
to this world from the Celestial Plain. It was full of monsters, which killed
the Celestials on board. But the legend tells that there was one man who
survived. He managed to escape from the hell that the ark had become. He then
fled, going into hiding somewhere in our world.
They say the reason monsters still emerge from the ark in Laochi Lake is that
the Ruler of Darkness is still searching for that man. It's all just a legend.
No one knows if it's true or not. No one has ever set foot on it. But the ark
brought tragedy to our world, that's for sure. If the powers of darkness in the
world are gathering in Kamui, I believe it's because the Ark of Yamato is
beckoning them.

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts Tuskle]

(Tuskle) Watch what you're doing!

***end optional***

[Ammy heads off for Yoshpet, but bumps into Kai just before exiting Wep'keer]

(Kai) How did it go with Kemu? Did he want to talk to you about something?

(Issun) It was a little more than a leisurely talk. We were asked to go look
for Lika in Yoshpet.

(Kai) Yoshpet... You mean the forest in the east? I don't think anyone's been
there to look for her yet.

(Issun) Well, that doesn't surprise me. I mean, that forest isn't exactly a
prime tourist spot.

(Kai) Issun... Are you really going to go back there?

(Issun) Who says I'M going back? I was using the royal "we". I was talkin'
about furball here. Yoshpet is like another world. Get lost and you might never
return. But don't you worry. Ammy here will find Lika!

(Kai) ... If that's the case, I'll lead the way.

(Issun) What!?

(Kai) I know you must be worried, Issun, but we haven't got much time.

(Issun) What do you mean?

(Kai) The demons are waiting for the Day of Darkness. It's a solar eclipse that
occurs once every 100 years. Kamui will be in total darkness for a whole day
when it happens. Without sunlight, and with the demons' blizzard going on, no
living thing in Kamui will be able to survive the day. There are only a few
days until the Day of Darkness. If Lika's not here to recite the Volcanic
Incantation by then...

(Issun) ... ...

(Kai) Amaterasu, you're no ordinary wolf, are you? Kemu wouldn't have asked you
to do this otherwise. Maybe you're the reincarnation of the white wolf,
Shiranui. You must be very strong if you can cope with Issun.

(Issun) And your point is...?

(Kai) Sorry... Anyway, there's no time to lose! I'll lead you into the forest,
Amaterasu. Come when you're ready. I'm going ahead to the edge of the forest.

[Kai runs off, then Ammy follows]

(Issun) The mysterious forest of Yoshpet. The entrance's been sealed by the
Oina crest. They did that to protect it from the monsters in these parts. That
forest originally had its own power that kept them away. But I wonder if
Yoshpet has lost its power. After all, no place is safe from evil in this land
now.

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< 17 - YOSHPET/PONC'TAN >                                              [ GS17 ]

(Issun) ... ... The eastern forest... The ancient people of Kamui dubbed it
Yoshpet. It means "consuming forest" in their ancient language. They say the
forest will swallow you up if you lose your way. Kai said she'd be waiting for
us here... I wonder where she is...

[Ammy proceeds a bit further and finds Waka waiting]

(Waka) Hm? Why, Amaterasu!

(Issun) Bah, not that half-baked prophet again!

(Waka) What are you looking for now, ma cherie? I'm still looking for
you-know-what. But this cold sure is making it difficult.

(Issun) Like we really care, pretty boy! If you're gonna be doggin' our tracks
like this, you'd better tell us who you really are!

(Waka) Who I really am?

(Issun) That's right! I mean, we already know that you're up to no good!

(Waka) Excusez-moi, but I don't know what you are talking about. I'm just
looking for a certain path. You could say I am a seeker of the eternal heavens.

(Issun) Aha! Now I know why you keep babbling on about a path to the heavens.
You're planning a wolf murder! Then, you'll take Ammy's place in heaven!

(Waka) Huh!?

(Issun) Heh heh. By that look I take it I've hit the nail on the head. That
also explains why you keep turning up wherever we go. A path to the heavens?
Bah! More like a highway to you-know-where!

(Waka) You misunderstand me, my little bouncing friend. The path to the heavens
I seek is not a vulgar thing such as that. My path to the heavens slumbers here
in the land of Kamui. I seek a heavenly ark.

(Issun) Heavenly ark?

(Waka) That's right. In Kamui, there is a ship of iron locked in ice. I can
sense it now. It is almost within my grasp. You too know this, do you not,
Amaterasu?

(Issun) Hey! Leave furball outta this!

(Waka) Well, I must bid you adieu. No need for any prophecies this time. Au
revoir!

[Ammy continues on and meets up with Kai]

(Kai) I've been waiting for you, Amaterasu. Did you know that Yoshpet means
"consuming forest"? It is said that those who lose their way here can never
escape. Even the monsters try to avoid the place as much as they can. Our tribe
has long been entrusted with protecting this forest. That's why the entrance is
sealed with the Oina crest. Recently, however, the forest's power has been
weakening. So it's hard to know what might be awaiting us inside.

(Issun) ... ...

(Kai) But if we can make it deep inside the forest, we'll come to a special
place. It's a secret place that humans can never reach.

(Issun) ... ...

(Kai) I had something of a connection with the place when I was small. That's
why I know the way. Right, Issun?

(Issun) ... ...

(Kai) There's a chance that Lika might be there. We're all depending on you,
Amaterasu! Well, it's time to begin our expedition into the forest. Run as fast
as you can! Are you ready to go?

[Ammy chooses "Of course!"]

(Kai) Let me warn you first. Do not underestimate this forest, OK? The tree
pollen here has the power to confuse beasts. We Oina can't stay in here long,
and I doubt you can either. None of us want to get lost in the blizzard and die
out here. So make sure you follow me and don't fall behind!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Wait a minute."]

(Kai) What!? Don't tell me you're scared!

(Kai) There's no time to lose! We can't afford to hand around here. We have to
hurry into the forest. You're ready now, right?

***end optional***

(Kai) O spirits of the air, earth, and sea... protect us with your divine
powers!

[Ammy follows Kai through the forest]

***optional***

[Ammy fails to make it through the forest]

(Kai) Amaterasu! Are you alright!? Thank goodness! You'd have frozen to death
if I wasn't around! Please try harder, Amaterasu!

(Kai) We can't afford to waste time hanging around here! Come on! We need to
get deep into the forest fast! Ready this time?

(Kai) OK! Then follow me! Make sure you don't fall behind.

***end optional***

(Kai) Here we are. It's been a while since I was last here, so I wondered if
I'd make it. You know, after all this time, it hasn't changed one bit!
Amaterasu, this place is Yoshpet's little secret. Welcome to Ponc'tan, home of
the Poncles. I'm sure Issun will tell you a lot more about it.

(Issun) Ack...

(Kai) Anyway, Kemu sensed Lika's presence here, right? If we don't find her
before the Day of Darkness begins, and she doesn't perform the Volcanic
Incantation, Kamui will freeze over for good! We're really counting on you,
Amaterasu.

(Kai) This is Ponc'tan, home of the Poncles. It's a secret place that humans
can't reach. Anyway, Kemu sensed Lika's presence here, right? If we don't find
her before the Day of Darkness begins, and she doesn't perform the Volcanic
Incantation, Kamui will freeze over for good! We're really counting on you,
Amaterasu.

***optional #1***

[Ammy tries to head back into the forest from where she just came]

(Kai) Amaterasu! Wait! Surely you're not giving up after coming this far!

***optional #2***

[Ammy tries to continue on through the forest, past Ponc'tan]

(Issun) Stop right there, Ammy! I'm not gonna be your guide here, and that's
final!

***end optional***

[Ammy approaches the tree stump which houses Ponc'tan]

(Issun) This place hasn't changed a bit. Ammy, the Poncle village, Ponc'tan, is
in this tree stump. Too bad you're so big. I'm sure you'd like to go in there
and chat with the locals.

[The Lucky Mallet suddenly appears]

(Issun) Hey, isn't that...!? Yeah! It's the Lucky Mallet! What's it doing here?
Don't tell me it wants to repay you for your kindness!

(Issun) Who knew tools could be so loyal? I guess you could visit Ponc'tan if
you were smaller. Well, furball? Ya gonna go in or what?

[Ammy chooses "Yes!"]

(Issun) ... ... Really? Well, I suppose you could ask the villagers about Lika.
But you'll have to go by yourself. I ain't goin' in there! This slick helmet of
mine could get ruined in such a gloomy place!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "I'll pass."]

(Issun) You read my mind, Ammy.

(Issun) How long you plan on staring at this stinky old village, Ammy? Don't
tell me you actually wanna shrink down and go in there.

[Ammy chooses "I'll pass." again]

(Issun) Then let's get outta here already!

***end optional***

[Ammy shrinks and enters Ponc'tan]

***optional***

[Ammy exits right away]

(Issun) Mm!? That was quick. Any sign of Lika? Go back in and ask around, but
leave me out of it!

(Issun) Will you stop going back and forth already! Either stay in there till
you're done or let's get outta here!

[Ammy chooses to go back in]

(Issun) Bah! Just don't make me wait forever! Maybe that mallet will bang some
sense into you!

***end optional***

[Ammy approaches a house with two guards standing at the door]

(Guard #1) Hold it right there!

(Guard #2) Are you some kind of wolf?

(Guard #1) You can't be an ordinary wolf if you got into Ponc'tan like this.

(Guard #2) We demand that you introduce yourself!

[Ammy just stands there]

(Guard #1) ... ...

(Guard #2) That's weird. We can usually understand animals.

(Guard #1) I have no idea what's going on inside this wolf's head!

(Guard #2) But this strange make-up and the Divine Instrument looks so...

(Guard #1) I have a feeling I've seen them somewhere before, too.

[Ammy tries to approach the door]

(Guard #1) H-H-Hold it right there!

(Guard #2) I remember where I recognize you from!

(Guard #1) You look just like the wolf in the scroll at old Ishaku's house!

(Guard #2) Does that mean you're a friend of our chief Ishaku?

[Ammy barks]

(Guard #1) I thought so.

(Guard #2) Then I suppose we'd better let you in.

(Guard #1) This is the home of Ishaku, chief of the Poncles.

(Guard #2) He's resting inside at the moment. Please go in.

(Guard #1) He's old and has become quite weak.

(Guard #2) His eyes are particularly bad, so keep that in mind.

(Guard #1) Make sure you don't give him any trouble.

(Guard #1) Ishaku, chief of the Poncles, lives in this house.

(Guard #2) He's old and has become quite weak.

(Guard #1) Make sure you don't give him any trouble.

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts the guards]

(Guard #1) What are you doing!?

(Guard #2) Ouch! That hurts!

***end optional***

[Ammy enters the house]

(Ishaku) Hm? Hmmmmm? I recognize that smell! Who's there!?

[Ammy barks]

(Ishaku) ... ... No... It can't be... But I'd know that bark anywhere. You must
be... A-Ammy!?

[Ammy barks]

(Ishaku) Ammy! It is you! When you departed this world after that brutal
battle, I never imagined I would see you again! My eyes have started to fail me
in my old age, but... But I can sense it. I can sense the tears you're trying
to hide, too.

[Ammy just stands there]

(Ishaku) Yes. Go ahead and ignore me. That's the Ammy I know. I don't know how
you managed to make yourself so small. But that rudeness of yours leaves me in
no doubt of who you are!

(Ishaku) I'm no longer the young boy you remember me as, Ammy. I've grown to
become the leader of Ponc'tan. Yes, I am the legendary swordsman, Ishaku!

[Legendary Swordsman Ishaku (Self-proclaimed) is introduced]

(Ishaku) I've gone up in the world since we last met, wouldn't you say?

[Ammy just stands there]

(Ishaku) You can give me that look, but I know you're impressed! But really...
I'm sensing something about you that worries me. Your divine powers have
weakened considerably. I assume you haven't retrieved all 13 of them yet, have
you? Things have certainly changed since we last fought together. People no
longer have faith in the gods like they used to. So I suppose it's only to be
expected that you're weaker now. It's sad to see you without your old strength.
But let me tell you straight, Ammy. In your current state, you can't possibly
fight off the powers of darkness.

[Ammy just stands there]

(Ishaku) So tell me... Don't you have a companion traveling with you this time?

[Ammy just stands there]

(Ishaku) Is that a no? You mean you came all this way alone!? I wasn't
expecting to see you with anyone in particular, mind you. Oh, well...
Nevermind. It's no big deal. Ammy, I'm sure you already know this, but... In
your current state, you can't defeat the Ruler of Darkness. We Poncles always
knew that darkness would come one day. That's why we've been training to be
Celestial Envoys.

(Ishaku) You seem to have forgotten absolutely everything! Celestial Envoys are
the messengers of the gods. The gods cannot live on unless people believe in
them. We Poncles are the only ones who can communicate with gods. And we train
as artists to teach the world their divine power. Then only the very best of us
are chosen to be given the honor... The honor of being named a Celestial Envoy!
I was the 6th Celestial Envoy when I traveled with you. But I'm old now, and
I'm not as strong as I used to be. So I decided to take everything that I've
learned, and teach it to my people! I've been very strict, but it's paid off.
Now almost all of them have what it takes to be a Celestial Envoy! So, Ammy.
Take a look around the village and talk to them. It's up to you to decide who
will be the 7th Celestial Envoy. Whoever you choose will accompany you on your
journey. Their amazing paintings will show the world your divine power. If
people believe in you, your powers are sure to return. Then, and only then,
will you be able to defeat the darkness.

(Ishaku) Would you like me to tell you about Celestial Envoys again?

[Ammy chooses "No"]

(Ishaku) So, Ammy. Take a look around the village and talk to the people. It's
up to you to decide who will be the 7th Celestial Envoy. Whoever you choose
will accompany you on your journey. Their amazing paintings will show the world
your divine power. If people believe in you, your powers are sure to return.
Then, and only then, will you be able to defeat the darkness.

***Note - Nearly all conversations in Ponc'tan are optional, but I'm not going
to list them as such (except when "choices" are offered). It all fits well
within the story dialogue, so no worries.***

[Ammy headbutts Ishaku]

(Ishaku) I see you still disrespect your elders!

(Guard #1) Hello, wolf. Did you finish talking with Ishaku?

[Ammy just stands there]

(Guard #2) Well, I hope it went well.

(Guard #1) He always enjoys having visitors, so come back and see him soon.

(Guard #1) What is it? You didn't finish talking with Ishaku?

[Ammy just stands there]

(Guard #2) Hmph. We can never tell what you're thinking.

[Ammy listens to a merchant]

(Gengo) What an unusual customer! Say... You're a god, aren't you? We hardly
see any here these days. Listen up, god wolf! I collect things I find in the
forest. It's sort of a hobby. Do you want to play shop with me? It's a pretty
serious game!

(Gengo) Hello, god wolf! Did you come back to play shop? It's a pretty serious
game!

[Ammy headbutts Gengo]

(Gengo) I'm not very good at sumo!

[Ammy listens to Mono]

(Mono) Oh, this is unusual. We don't often get visitors here. Wow! I've never
seen such a small animal in my life! Most animals try to gobble us up and we
end up all slobbery. But you're far too small to be able to do that! You've got
some cute markings on you, though. I suppose you're not an ordinary animal.
Wait a minute! You're not the god that Ishaku's always talking about, are you?
Oh my goodness! So this is what a god looks like! I never saw one before. We
Poncles are the only ones who can see the gods, you know. Now I know why.
Humans would never be able to see something so small!

(Mono) Hello, little god! We Poncles are the only ones who can see the gods,
you know. I suppose it's because humans can't see something so small!

[Ammy headbutts Mono]

(Mono) That hurts!

[Ammy listens to Kunu]

(Kunu) Hey! You're a wolf! How did you manage to get into the village? Hmm. It
must be fun playing about outside. I wish I could, but I have to practice
painting the whole time. All of us here are given lessons by the village elder,
Ishaku. He can be really strict sometimes! I've got a long way to go before I
become a great artist. If only I could paint like Issun. Then I'd be able to
help the gods.

(Kunu) A Poncle called Issun used to live here. And boy, he could paint! He was
the grandson of the village elder. So he had painting lessons every single day.
But the elder was too hard on him. He never praised his grandson, no matter how
well he painted. One day, Issun decided he'd had enough. He and the elder had a
big fight, and he left the village for good.

(Kunu) The elder had high hopes for Issun. That's why he was strict. I'm
terrible at painting, and he's always very easy on me. I bet he'd love Issun to
come home. He could become a great artist and help the gods! I don't have a
hope of ever being that good.

[Ammy headbutts Kunu]

(Kunu) Hey! Don't be so mean!

[Ammy listens to Mrs. Seal]

(Mrs. Seal) ...Hm? Look at your white fur! And those strange red markings... If
I'm not mistaken, you're Amaterasu!

[Ammy just stands there]

(Mrs. Seal) No! There's no mistaking it! Ishaku said you left the land of the
living long ago. But here you are! Whatever have you been doing all this time?

[Ammy just stands there]

(Mrs. Seal) I suppose there's no point in questioning you, dear. Now then, I
think I can hazard a guess as to why you're here. No doubt you want me to make
you a seal, like I did 100 years ago. My seal-crafting is unrivaled! I suppose
you remember that, eh?

[Seal Craftsman Mrs. Seal is introduced]

(Mrs. Seal) Well, I'd gladly make you one of course, but... I can't give you a
big discount just because you're a god. The best price I can offer you is...
99,999 yen! That's as low as I can go! I'd say that's a real bargain
considering my skills!

[Ammy chooses "Yes!]

(Mrs. Seal) That's the spirit! Very well, then. I'll make you the finest seal
around! For free, naturally.

[Ammy just stands there]

(Mrs. Seal) Why do you look so surprised? You should know I wouldn't dream of
taking your money! I shouldn't have teased you like that, but... This is the
most important work I've had in 100 years. And I'm going to do my best job
ever! Now, the first thing we need to do is decide on a design. You see the
board on the wall there? Use your brush and paint the seal design you'd like!
It can be anything! Your name, a pattern you like... Anything! Summon the
artistic fire from deep within, and paint it on my board!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "You're crazy!"]

(Mrs. Seal) What!? Crazy is passing up a great offer like this!

(Mrs. Seal) I don't know if 99,999 yen is cheap or expensive, really. But I do
know that you get what you pay for in this world. Anyway, I don't have time for
idle chatter. Off you go now!

[Ammy leaves the house, then enters again]

(Mrs. Seal) Oh! What are you doing back here, Amaterasu? You look so desperate
to get one of my seals. But the best price I can offer you is... 99,999 yen!
I'd say that's a real bargain considering my skills!

***end optional***

[Ammy paints a design for Mrs. Seal]

(Mrs. Seal) Hm. So, this is your artistic fire. I suppose there is some kind of
indescribable heat to it! Now, are you sure this it?

[Ammy chooses "It's perfect!"]

(Mrs. Seal) Wonderful! This is the one! This design is an expression of your
inner self. And now I'll devote all of my own soul to making it for you! Oh!
There's one thing I should mention... Don't ever come here again for I really
need to concentrate. If you trust my skills, you don't need to look over my
shoulder. No doubt you have your own things to be getting on with, anyway. Our
paths are sure to cross again when the time comes. Trust me. It's all about
destiny. Now you be on your way! Don't look back. Just follow the path you
believe in!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "I can do better."]

(Mrs. Seal) Hm. You have quite the artistic temperament there, don't you? Not
to worry. Keep on working at it to your heart's content. It can be anything!
Your name, a pattern you like... Anything! Summon the artistic fire from deep
within, and paint it on my board!

[Ammy paints another design]

(Mrs. Seal) You don't have to worry about what I think of it. This decision is
one for you, and for you alone. If you're confident that this is the one, just
say the word. I'm ready and waiting to do a magnificent job for you!

[Ammy chooses "I can do better." again]

(Mrs. Seal) I thought so. I could tell by your face, dear. Not to worry. Keep
on working at it to your heart's content. It can be anything! Your name, a
pattern you like... Anything! Summon the artistic fire from deep within, and
paint it on my board!

***end optional***

[Ammy headbutts Mrs. Seal]

(Mrs. Seal) Oh! What happened to respect for your elders!?

[Ammy listens to Miya]

(Miya) Huh? You're a bit small for a wolf, aren't you? And it looks like you're
wearing some kind of strange make-up. You're the first visitor in this village
who isn't a Poncle. My name's Miya. Pleased to meet you!

[Poncle Girl Miya is introduced]

(Miya) You know, there was a lost child in the forest the other day. She
wandered even deeper into the forest and disappeared through the Spirit Gate,
looking almost possessed.

(Miya) The Spirit Gate is a relic that lies deeper inside the forest. It's a
strange gate that takes you to another place and another time. But people say
that opening the gate invites misfortune. We Poncles always make sure we steer
well clear of it. But when I saw the girl wandering deeper into the forest, I
decided to follow because I was worried about her. I saw the gate open the
moment she stood before it. And then it was like she'd been swallowed up! Do
you think I should tell the elder about this, wolfie?

(Miya) Would you like me to tell you about the Spirit Gate again?

[Ammy chooses "No"]

(Miya) Hm... I hope the girl who was swallowed up by the Spirit Gate is OK. Do
you think I should tell the elder about this, wolfie?

[Ammy headbutts Miya]

(Miya) Hey! What are you doing?

[Ammy listens to Mura]

(Mura) Hey! That's amazing! A wolf the same size as us! Hm, it's all a bit
suspicious if you ask me. How did you manage to find your way so deep into
Yoshpet? Even the Oina tribe can't hold out in this forest for long. Any other
creatures die out there in an instant! Long ago, there was an Oina girl who got
lost out there, though. She was on the brink of death, poor thing. One of our
tribe, Issun, found her out there. He helped her find her way back to the edge
of the forest. Hm... It's funny remembering her after all this time. I suppose
she must be all grown up by now.

(Mura) Issun became good friends with that girl he rescued. He went to visit
her in Wep'keer quite a few times. The elder got really angry with him for
neglecting his painting. In the end, Issun ran away. That was a long, long time
ago. I wonder what he's up to these days. I suppose he hates painting now. The
elder was always nagging him.

[Ammy headbutts Mura}

(Mura) Wh-What's that for!?

[Ammy listens to Hotaru]

(Hotaru) Wow! We don't usually get animals here! The trees in this forest give
off a strange pollen. Most animals and monsters stay away because they don't
like it. We're lucky because it's kept our village safe over the years. There
have been more monsters on the prowl lately, though. They're starting to come
deeper and deeper into the forest. You're a bit small for a wolf, and have some
strange markings. But you don't seem to be a bad wolf, which is all that
counts!

(Hotaru) Where do you come from? We often go out to play outside in the forest,
you know. The world's too big for us, so we hitch a ride with some animal. The
elder of our village once traveled around with a white wolf. And he defeated a
really scary monster! All of the Oina tribe know that story. They started to
call animals who carry Poncles "Poncle Bearers". And they treat them with great
respect.

[Ammy headbutts Hotaru]

(Hotaru) Wah! Get off!

***optional***

[Ammy exits Ponc'tan]

(Issun) You've gotta be kidding me! You can't be done already! I ain't gonna
wait for you if you don't stop dragging your paws!

***end optional***

[Ammy returns to Ishaku]

(Ishaku) What is it?

[Ammy just stands there]

(Ishaku) Hmph. Ignoring me again, are you? It doesn't matter. I can tell what
you're thinking anyway. You're thinking about the Spirit Gate, aren't you? Only
a fool would be interested in something like that. That loathsome gate invites
misfortune, I tell you! If you open it, you'll be engulfed in a vile, sinister
air. There's no reason in the world you'd ever need to open it! Anyway, it
can't be opened without my trusty sword, Denjinmaru! Nevermind that. How's your
search for a Celestial Envoy going? It must be hard to choose with all the
talent here!

[Ammy just stands there]

(Ishaku) What? Is there something you want to tell me? Just for the record, I
don't have a grandson anymore! That no-good rascal gave up on his training and
ran away with one of my treasured paintings! He's no longer a grandson of mine!
I've washed my hands of him.

(Ishaku) You're thinking about the Spirit Gate, aren't you? Only a fool would
be interested in something like that. That loathsome gate invites misfortune, I
tell you! If you open it, you'll be engulfed in a vile, sinister air. There's
no reason in the world you'd ever need to open it! Anyway, it can't be opened
without my trusty sword, Denjinmaru! Do you understand me? I don't want you
going near that gate!

[Ammy exits Ponc'tan and returns to Issun]

(Issun) You done yet? ... ... What? It looks like you want to say something?
... ... The Spirit Gate? Are you tellin' me Lika went through it!? Heh. You're
as easy to read as a book. Well, I ain't gonna go in there, either. It's
nothing but trouble. If you have to go, ask that old man Ishaku to be your
guide -

(Miya) Issun...? Is that really you!?

(Issun) Who's there!?

(Miya) Issun! It's me, Miya!

(Issun) Mm? Oh! Miya!

(Miya) So you've finally come home! And I bet you've become a real Celestial
Envoy! Just like grampa Ishaku and everyone knew you would be! But why won't
you come into the village? Oh, I get it! You don't want to go see him, right?

(Issun) Put a cork in it!

(Miya) What!?

(Issun) And what's with this Celestial Envoy business? Gimme a break! What good
would it do to become something like that!? I'd rather live happy and carefree!

(Miya) I can't believe you'd say that... So does that mean you don't paint
anymore!? We Poncles are supposed to help people believe in the gods. Otherwise
the gods will remain forever powerless, remember?

(Issun) I said, put a cork in it! If you like painting so much, go for it! But
you can count me out! Go hawk your silly ideas and harebrained plans somewhere
else!

(Miya) Issun!

(Issun) Go away! We're busy! We have urgent business beyond the Spirit Gate!

(Miya) What!?

(Issun) Listen. I don't have time to help ya with your boring old paintings.
Let's get outta here, Ammy!

(Miya) Issun, wait!

(Miya) Issun... Are you really going to the Spirit Gate? Are you trying to find
a little Oina girl by any chance?

(Issun) ... ... C'mon, Ammy! We've wasted too much time here already! Let's go
already!

***optional #1***

[Ammy heads in the wrong direction]

(Issun) Hey, the Spirit Gate is the other way, you know. You really wanna go
back to the forest entrance?

[Ammy chooses "Yes"]

(Issun) Then what are we waiting for!?

[Ammy enters Yoshpet again]

(Issun) You wanna return to Ponc'tan Clearing? Well, fine then. Follow me.

***optional #2***

[Ammy chooses "No"]

(Issun) Then let's go. The Spirit Gate is in the depths of the forest.

***end optional***

[Ammy enters Inner Yoshpet]

(Issun) OK, Ammy... The Spirit Gate is further on this way. Even we Poncles
hardly go that far into the forest. Nobody knows when it was made or even who
made it. They say that opening the gate only invites disaster. But I doubt
we'll find any curiosity seekers around there. After all, no one but the chief
of the Poncle clan can open it. Plus, the road to the forest depths is like a
maze. It's even more confusing than the part Kai guided us through! But if
you're really bent on going through there, I'll be your guide. What's it gonna
be, Ammy?

[Ammy chooses "Of course!"]

(Issun) OK. Let's run full speed to the Spirit Gate! Now stick close to me,
furball. I don't want you gettin' lost!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Not yet."]

(Issun) Then why did I waste my time telling you all that stuff!?

(Issun) Stop stallin', ya big furball! I told ya I'd be your guide if you
wanted to go look for Lika through the Spirit Gate! You should take me up on it
before I change my mind!

***end optional***

[Ammy follows Issun through the forest of Inner Yoshpet]

***optional***

[Ammy fails to get through the forest]

(Issun) We're in the middle of the forest, and you're tired already? Any idea
how tough it was to drag you this far!? Now, c'mon furball! Run with everything
ya got this time!

[Ammy chooses "Wait a minute."]

(Issun) Here we go again... If you've got somethin' to take care of, get it
over with now!

(Issun) Get the lead out already! Next time, I'm leaving you all alone in the
forest!

***end optional***

[Ammy reaches the clearing where the Spirit Gate is]

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< 18 - SPIRIT GATE >                                                   [ GS18 ]

(Issun) This is it. That big ol' hunk of wall right there is the Spirit Gate.

(Issun) The Spirit Gate... Nobody knows when it was built or even who built it.
All we know is that it's been here since the age of myths. And that's a whole
lot older than even old man Ishaku! The Poncle chief's clan has served as its
gatekeepers for generations. It's said that needlessly opening this gate only
invites disaster. But I have no idea what kinda disaster it might be. I'm gonna
force this gate open! After all... We have no other choice if Lika's on the
other side of this thing! Stand back, Ammy.

[Issun uses his sword, Denkomaru, to open the Spirit Gate]

(Issun) Boy, old man Ishaku would have my head if he knew what I just did.
Let's just keep this between you and me, Ammy. Just look at that light. Looks
way too pretty to be anything that invites misfortune.

(Issun) What are ya lookin' at, furball? The door's open, ain't it? Do you have
the guts to go on through it? If you turn back now after all I've been through,
I swear I'll... Hm!? Oki!?

(Oki) Hello again, Issun and... Amaterasu, was it? I thought I'd come and join
the fun. I've never seen the Spirit Gate open before. They say opening it only
invites disaster.

(Issun) What're you doing here anyway? And how the heck did you get this far
into Yoshpet to begin with?

(Oki) Ah, you must be talking about this forest's power to confuse beasts.
Indeed, we half-man, half-beast Oina should feel the effects. But it seems the
sacred sword Kutone has kept me safe. This is no surprise, as the sword itself
has driven me here. "The wall of ice shall shatter and open the way to the
heavens when Kutone glows silver." As the prophecy foretells, when Kutone
starts glowing, it is a sign that the demons shall soon fall. What's more, some
say that even the heavens will be within reach.

(Issun) What the heck's that supposed to mean?

(Oki) Heh heh heh... Anyway, it hasn't even begun to glow. I must not have
slain nearly enough monsters yet. If that's the case, this Spirit Gate should
be just the thing! I'll give those monsters of misfortune a taste of Kutone!

(Issun) Oki, wait! We have no idea what's on the other side of this thing. All
we know is Lika somehow ended up going through it. I guarantee you're gonna
find more than you bargained for in there!

(Oki) That's what I'm hoping for... For the sake of Kutone!

[Oki enters the Spirit Gate]

(Issun) No! Wait, Ammy! Maybe this isn't such a good idea...

[Ammy jumps through the Spirit Gate]

(Oki) Hm? This doesn't look so bad. What was all that talk about the Spirit
Gate and misfortune?

(Issun) Hey... This place looks familiar.

(Issun) Yeah, that's it... It looks just like Kamiki Village.

(Oki) Kamiki? You mean that tiny village in Shinshu Field? That's where the
whole legend of Orochi began. I've never crossed the sea and set foot on Nippon
before. The divine guidance of Kutone must have led me here! The monsters of
this land shall now taste its cold steel!

[Oki runs off]

(Issun) No, Oki! Wait! What about Lika!? He's gone... Oh, well. Anyway, this
really is Kamiki Village, isn't it? But I'm getting a different vibe from here.
Hm?

(Issun) That's strange. Why's there a full moon again already?

***Note - Once again, I'm not going to make a notation for optional dialogue
(with a couple exceptions) since it all fits in so well with the story.***

[Ammy examines the Spirit Gate]

(Issun) Hey! Where do you think you're going!? I mean, we still have unfinished
business, right? Now snap out of it and let's get going!

[Ammy tries to draw a sun in the sky]

(Issun) Huh? Why's it so dark? The sun's out, isn't it?

[Ammy examines a small sapling]

(Issun) Hey... Isn't this where Sakuya's tree was? What's this dinky little
seedling doing here?

(Issun) Where's Konohana? I didn't come out here to see this dinky little
seedling!

[Ammy finds a little girl]

(???) Hm...? Wait a shecond... You're shome kinda god, aren't you? I'm a wood
shprite. They call me Shakuya!

[Young Wood Sprite Shakuya is introduced]

(Issun) What'd she say her name is? Shakuya? Sounds kinda familiar... Anyway,
where the heck's Sakuya's tree?

(Shakuya) Shakuya? That's me!

(Issun) Yeah, yeah... We know already, kiddo... We grownups are busy right now.
Why don't you go off and play?

(Shakuya) Eshcuse me, god... Are you looking for me?

(Issun) Did you say god? Hm... I guess the innocent eyes of a child can see the
truth, Ammy.

(Shakuya) Ama? Ama, Mr. Bug, and me, Shakuya! Let's be friends, OK?

(Issun) Mr. Bug!? Better watch it, kiddo!

(Shakuya) Ama... When did you get to Kamiki Village, anyway?

(Issun) I knew it! We ARE in Kamiki... We'd better have a look around, furball!

[Ammy headbutts Shakuya]

(Shakuya) Owie! Jusht because you're a god, you can't go hurting people!

[Ammy listens to two sisters]

(???#1) This is our little seedling. We're looking after it. It's gonna grow
really, really big. And one day, it'll be a guardian god, watching over all
Nippon!

(???#2) Sis... This dog's got something weird on its back.

(???#1) Oh, yeah. Wow, what beautiful markings!

(Issun) Huh? You mean to tell me you can see this furball's true form?

(???#1) D'you live around here, wolf? We decided we wanted to plant a Guardian
Tree in Nippon. So we set off on a trip with the seedlings of this Konohana
tree. The Konohana tree's revered as a sacred guardian where we're from.
Wherever it grows, happiness grows with it. And we heard Nippon was a place of
sadness, so... I'll be so happy if our Konohana tree helps even a bit. And the
air in this village is so clean and pure. I'm sure it'll grow into a beautiful,
big tree.

(???#1) Hey, where's that little girl we were playing with before? She's
disappeared...

(???#2) Shakuya! Shakuya! Come out and play, Shakuya!

(???#1) It's not Shakuya. It's Sakuya!

(???#2) No it's not! It's Shakuya! That's exactly how she said it! *boo hoo*

[Ammy headbutts them]

(???#2) *sob*

(???#1) Hey! What d'you think you're doing?

(???#1) Crazy wolf!

(???#2) *sob* *sniff*

[Ammy examines a stone monument]

(Issun) This monument is a landmark for travelers in the area. Hmm... Looks
brand new. There's not a scratch on it.

[Ammy goes to the sacred deck and listens to an old man]

(???) I pray for your swift growth, Konohana... *mumble mumble* ... ... Hm!?
What do you want with us!?

(Issun) Heya, gramps! Still tearin' up the dance floor I see! So what happened
to the sacred tree? It got so small all of a sudden. Someone put a curse on it
or what?

(???) What are you talking about, you fool! I'm lovingly raising this seedling
to bring peace to the land. It shall drive away Orochi and all of his minions!

(Issun) Orochi? Aha ha ha ha ha... Where the heck have you been, gramps? That
sneaky snake's pushin' up daisies right about now.

(???) I don't have time for this nonsense, you fool! Year after year you come
to our village to claim the sacrifice. And this time you've even learned to
speak! Well, today's the day I say enough is enough!

(Issun) Whoa! Settle down there, gramps... We don't want you throwing out your
back or anything.

(???) Silence, you foul beast! Today's the day I say enough is enough!

[Ammy headbutts him]

(???) You foul beast!

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Home of the Village Elder, Mr. Grapefruit"]

(Issun) Grapefruit? Doesn't Mr. Orange live here? And who ever heard of such a
silly name as Mr. Grapefruit anyway?

[Ammy enters the house and examines some food]

(Issun) Seems there's nothing to eat here.

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Home of Nazo"]

(Issun) That Mushi still has terrible handwriting. He even wrote his own name
wrong this time!

[Ammy enters the house and examines a small altar]

(Issun) Hm... I don't remember this little altar being here. And this room
looks a little different, too...

[Ammy listens to the lady tending the garden]

(???) Hm? You don't fool me, ya dumb wolf! Pretendin' to come sniffin' out a
sacrifice for Orochi, while all the time you're just waitin' to dig up my
field!

(Issun) Huh? Gimme a break, lady! I've got too much on my mind as it is.

(???) Shiranui! Don't think you're gettin' any of my vegetables!

[Ammy headbutts her]

(???) Oof! You've got nerve!

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Nami's Sake House"]

(Issun) Nami? This is where Kushi lives, isn't it?

[Ammy listens to a young lady]

(Issun) Heya, sweetie! How ya doin'? I hope you can cut that Susano some slack.
He's so shy that -

[She screams and runs inside her house]

(Issun) What was that all about?

[Ammy listens to a young boy]

(???) Hey! You're Shiranui! We don't need any of Orochi's familiar's 'round
here!

(Issun) Shiranui? Orochi's familiar? Does that have something to do with our
slaying Orochi? Heh heh. Well, you're gonna have to wait in line for an
autograph.

(???) Shut up! The only one who's gonna get slain is you, you monster!

(Issun) Monster!? What's gotten into you, Mushi?

(???) Still coming around here, Shiranui!? Well, you're not gonna get away with
it this time!

(Issun) Hey! Wait! What the heck's gotten into you!

[Ammy headbutts him]

(???) Why you...! You're just asking for it!

[Ammy listens to an old woman]

(???) Tonight is the night of the full moon. That sad day is once again upon
us. This year, the lovely young Nami will be Orochi's next victim.

(Issun) Lovely young Nami!? Wow, she sounds hot! Where's she at?

(???) Hm!? Oh, my... Is that Sh-Sh-Shiranui!? Please, I'm begging you! Have
mercy on me! I'll make you some yummy Cherry Cakes!

(Issun) Yeah, yeah. Whatever you say, gramma... Now what about that lovely
young Nami you were talking about?

(???) Oh, my... Are you still here!? Well, I don't have anymore Cherry Cakes
for you! I even gave you the ones I was saving for snack time!

(Issun) Oh, uh... Sorry about that, gramma.

[Ammy headbutts her]

(???) Oh, my... Have mercy on me!

[Ammy listens to a merchant]

(Merchant) Hm...? That perfect white coat... Those razor sharp eyes... Y-You
must be Shiranui! Waaah! Someone, help me! I don't taste good! No, no! I'd be a
terrible sacrifice!

(Issun) What the heck!? He thinks you're gonna eat him or something! Hm... He
does kinda look plump.

(Merchant) I'm as plump as a dumpling, but I'm poisonous! Yes! Poisonous!
L-Look! I'll sell you anything you want. P-Please, spare me!

(Merchant) Waaah! It's back again! L-Look! I'll sell you anything you want.
P-Please, spare me!

(Issun) What're you so afraid of? We're paying customers you know!

[Ammy headbutts him]

(Merchant) Waaah!

[Ammy tries to leave the village]

(Issun) Where do you think you're going, furball? The Spirit Gate must've
brought us to Kamiki Village for a reason. I mean, didn't that even occur to
you? Something's not right here. Let's check things out a bit longer.

(Issun) Will ya stop wandering around already? The Spirit Gate must've brought
us to Kamiki Village for a reason. I mean, didn't that even occur to you?
Something's not right here. Let's check things out a bit longer.

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "The Great Worrier Nagi"]

(Issun) Nagi!? Who's he kidding? I see he still can't spell, either... That
Susano must've finally lost his marbles.

[Ammy finds a man sleeping in the backyard]

(???) Zzzzzz... I... am the... greatest...

(Issun) Heh... Pops hasn't changed a bit.

(???) Zzzzzz... Oh... Nami... Let's... *mumble mumble*

(Issun) N-Nami!? Don't tell me this bonehead's cheating on Kushi!

(???) Zzzzzz... Oh... Nami... Let's... *mumble mumble*

(Issun) How dare he disrespect Kushi like that! Go on, Ammy! Give him a good
knock upside the head!

[Ammy headbutts him]

(???) What the!? Huh...?

(???) Ah... I slept like a log! I must've dozed off while training to defeat
that no-good Shiranui! Hm? Who are you? What do you want with me? I'm Nagi, the
greatest warrior ever. Wait a minute... Y-Y-You're... Shiranui!

(Issun) You still dreaming or something, pops!? I mean, greatest warrior ever!?
Gimme a break!

(???) You brought along a little pea-sized monster this time? Well, I have you
now Shiranui, you monster!

(Issun) Monster? C'mon, pops! Wake up! You must still be dreaming! And what's
with this Shiranui business? You still obsessed with the past?

(???) The past? Stop speaking nonsense. Look at that moon! Tonight is the night
when the moon waxes to its fullest! It marks the day when Orochi shall claim
his human sacrifice.

(Issun) Orochi? Wait a second... What the heck's going on!? This sinister
air... That jerk Orochi must be stirring! How's that possible!?

(???) Hmph... Too late to feign innocence, Shiranui. We know you come each year
to size up Orochi's human sacrifice.

(Nagi) But this time things are going to be different. I, Nagi, shall put an
end to your devilish work!

(Issun) Orochi... Nagi... No, it can't be...! Right, Ammy!? I mean... The
Spirit Gate couldn't have possibly sent us back to Kamiki Village 100 years in
the past, could it!?

[Ammy and Nagi fight]

(Issun) Uh-oh... You knocked him out cold. Wonder what's goin' on... I mean, he
keeps calling himself Nagi. I thought he was Susano. Then again, he looks just
like the statue of Nagi in the village! Hmm... That vibe in the village and the
villager's reactions... And now this big ol' full moon! Now I'm positive. We
really did go back to Kamiki Village 100 years in the past! I get it now.
Everybody thought Shiranui came to the village before the festival to size up
the next sacrifice. They thought Shiranui was Orochi's familiar or something.
So that's why he called you Shiranui and wanted to fight you. ... ... Hey, wait
a second... Where's the real Shiranui then? Uh-oh, I have a bad feeling about
this. I just hope our coming here hasn't totally messed up history!

[The villagers have gathered at Nagi's house]

(Issun) Hm? Look. The villagers are all gathered in front of his house.

(Mr. Grapefruit) Nagi! Please come out! We need your help! Shiranui once again
roams our village. It seeks to size up Orochi's next victim! The moon is at its
fullest tonight... And the dreaded Orochi...

[A loud roar is heard and an arrow comes shooting into the village, striking
a house]

(Mr. Grapefruit) The accursed arrow has marked the home of the chosen maiden.
This will be the 100th maiden since this terrible rite began! Must our village
suffer such tragedy yet again!? Poor Nami... To think we'd end up having to
send you to that beast.

(Nami) I believe in you, Nagi! You have trained long and hard to slay the
dreaded Orochi. I shall not lose faith! I'm not afraid to face Orochi in the
Moon Cave. I know you will put an end to Orochi and this dreadful rite! I'm
going to go change into the white sacrificial robe. Please, everyone. Go hide
in your homes. It is not safe out here!

[Nami runs off to ready herself]

(Issun) Bah, that Orochi... I'm sick of him and his antics! ... ... Hm? Hey!
Wait! Maybe it wasn't such a good idea knocking Nagi out like that. I mean,
what about the legend? You know, the legend says Nagi disguised himself as the
maiden to be sacrificed and then slew the dreaded Orochi. But how's he going to
do that if he's out cold right here!? This is gonna change history itself!
What're we gonna do? We'll have to look for Lika later! We gotta think of
something quick. Hmm... Well, I guess we should make sure things go just like
in the legend. That means we'll have to dress Nagi up like a maiden! Now then,
where to begin... Oh, I know! Nami said she was gonna go change into a white
sacrificial robe. We gotta swipe that robe and put it on Nagi, then get him
over to Orochi's place! That should more or less fulfill the legend. At least,
I hope it will... Anyway, we better hurry before Nami takes off! Let's go swipe
that white sacrificial robe!

[Ammy approaches the robe]

(Issun) Hold on a sec! Look at that, Ammy. That's Nami. She's bathing in the
lake! And look! The white sacrificial robe's there for the taking! Hey, what's
with the glowing barrel of sake? You think it could be that 8 Purification
Sake!?

[Nami looks around suspiciously, but doesn't see Ammy]

(Issun) Keep it down, furball! Nami must be purifying herself before putting on
the robe. Pretty noble of her, considering Orochi's gonna gobble her up. I bet
it's her devotion that made the legendary 8 Purification Sake. If I could just
get an up close view of her like this... I'd... I'd... Heh heh heh heh...
Anyway, this is our big chance, Ammy! Let's snag her white sacrificial robe
while she's busy bathing! You ready!?

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to quietly sneak up and steal the robe]

(Nami) Eeeeeek! Help! Someone, help! Shiranui's prowling about the village
again!

(Issun) What the heck was that, you numbskull! Of course she's gonna see us if
you splash around like that! You gotta walk up slowly and silently. Then once
you're close enough, snatch the robe!

***optional #2***

[Ammy fails again]

(Nami) Eeeeeek! Help! Someone, help! Shiranui's prowling about the village
again!

(Issun) What the heck was that, you numbskull! You gotta be more careful! You
gotta walk up slowly and silently. Then once you're close enough, snatch the
robe!

***optional #3***

[Ammy gets the robe, but fails to get away silently]

(Nami) Eeeeeek! Help! Someone, help! Shiranui's prowling about the village
again!

(Issun) What the heck was that, you numbskull! We almost had it that time! Now
we gotta start all over again!

***optional #4***

[Ammy gets the robe and tries to leave the village without dressing up Nagi]

(Issun) Hold on a second. Aren't you forgetting something? The legend says Nagi
disguised himself as the maiden to be sacrificed and then slew the dreaded
Orochi. We gotta dress Nagi in that white sacrificial robe from Nami so that
the legend can play out like it's supposed to!

***end optional***

[Ammy snatches the robe and sneaks away with it]

(Issun) Way to go, Ammy! The white sacrificial robe is ours. Now, let's go get
that Nagi into this thing!

[Ammy returns to the unconscious Nagi]

(Issun) OK, we got the robe. Now all we gotta do is get pops here into it!

[Somehow, Ammy puts the robe on the unconscious Nagi]

(Issun) Heh heh... Doesn't he look pretty? Now Nagi can pretend to be the
maiden sent to be sacrificed. This should be just like the legend said! Right,
Ammy? Not bad, if I say so myself! Anyway, let's get on with it. Let's take him
over to the Moon Cave before he wakes up. After all, he's all dressed up for
his date with destiny!

***optional #1***

[With Nagi in tow, Ammy heads over near Nami]

(Nami) Eeeeeek! Nagi!? What are you doing with Shiranui there!?

(Issun) Stop messing around like that, Ammy! History's gonna get all mixed up
if ya don't do this right!

***optional #2***

[With Nagi in tow, Ammy listens to the two sisters]

(Peony) What are you doing!?

(Peoni) *boo hoo*

***optional #3***

[With Nagi in tow, Ammy listens to Shakuya]

(Shakuya) Ah! What are you doing, Ama? Give me a ride, too! Please! Pleeaase!

(Shakuya) Give me a ride, Ama! Pleeaase!

(Issun) Settle down, little one! This ain't a game, ya know.

***end optional***

[Ammy enters Shinshu Field]

(Issun) So this is Shinshu Field 100 years ago... Hey, you've given a piggyback
ride to the Moon Cave before. But it was that babe Kushi last time... The view,
not to mention smell, was a whole lot better then. I'm not sure I'm liking this
whole going-back-to-the-past business.

[Ammy passes through Shinshu and heads to the Moon Cave]

(Issun) Hm... There's no barrier this time. That Orochi must think no one would
dare come in here. We should still be careful no matter how unprepared that
snake is. I mean, if you think about it, you managed to slay Orochi 100 years
ago, but you died too. And you were at your peak back then! Legend says you
appeared each year around the time of the sacrifice. Back then you were called
Shiranui and were said to be a monster. So how come you didn't just go get rid
of Orochi right away? Well, I suppose you had your reasons. But I bet it made
Orochi think you were a big fat chicken.

[Nagi wakes up (finally)]

(Nagi) Huh? Where am I? What in the world!? Why am I wearing this!?

(Issun) Hey, pops! You finally came to! Now you can pretend to be the human
sacrifice and slay Orochi. Then Nami will fall for you big time!

(Nagi) What are you talking about!? Oh, yes. Of course! I am Nagi, the greatest
warrior who ever lived!

[The ground shakes violently]

(Issun) Brace yourself, Ammy! Here it comes!

[A large shadowy head shoots out from the cave, snatches up Nagi, then throws
him back out]

(Issun) Looks like Orochi can taste the difference between man and maiden!
Well, this is it, Ammy! Psych yourself up! We're about to face Orochi in peak
condition!

[Ammy heads into the Moon Cave and makes her way up the stairs to Orochi's
chamber]

(Issun) Look, Ammy. The sake barrel!

(Issun) Too bad Orochi didn't drink it down when he tried to eat pops. But I
guess things are never that easy. Still, it ain't over till it's over. I mean,
victory is still up for grabs, ain't it?

[Upon reaching Orochi's chamber, Ammy sees a familiar face]

(Issun) Hey, isn't that... Oki!?

(Oki) An evil power lured me to this cave. And now that you're also here, there
can be no doubt. This must be Orochi's stronghold!

[The ground shakes violently once more]

(Issun) Hm!? Ammy, there's someone passed out over there! Oh, no! It's Lika!

[The ground crumbles and Orochi arises]

(Oki) So this is the dreaded Orochi...

(Issun) Ammy, this time's the real deal! Remember, you just barely managed to
slay Orochi at your peak. And in the end, you died, too!

(Orochi) Fools! How dare you stand in my way! I shall claim my 100th sacrifice
and become god of the underworld! Then I shall bring eternal darkness upon all
the land! But first, you shall pay for defiling my dark sanctuary.

(Oki) I am a stranger to these lands. Your words mean nothing to me. Now,
Kutone shall feast on your blood. That should be more than enough to fulfill
its need!

(Issun) No, Oki! Wait! Lika's on Orochi's back!

(Oki) I care not. For Orochi will be my ultimate offering to the sacred sword!
Kutone will devour the beast down to the very marrow in its bones!

(Issun) Hey! This is bad! The sake's not even ready yet!

[Oki attacks Orochi and Issun pours the sake into the moat around Orochi, then
Ammy attacks as well]

(Issun) Hey! Get out of the way!

(Oki) Silence! Kutone! Awaken! The time has come to glow silver! Grant me the
power of the heavens!

(Oki) What the...!?

[Oki's attack has no effect and he gets swatted away by Orochi]

(Issun) Oki!

(Oki) I don't understand... Why won't Kutone awaken!? Why, Kutone? Why?

[Orochi is about to finish off Oki, when suddenly...]

(Nagi) Hold it right there, vile serpent!

(Issun) Ammy! Is that who I think it is?

(Nagi) Behold! Nagi, the greatest warrior who ever lived! And from this day
forth, guardian deity of Kamiki Village! Hear me, vile serpent who would do
violence upon the weak! Your time is up! Feel the wrath of my trusty sword!

(Nagi) Shiranui, I don't know why you are here, but... Orochi is mine! I shall
slay the beast!

(Nagi) The time has come! O great gods of the heavens, sweep away these dark
clouds! Bear witness as the beast succumbs to my trusty sword Bokunenjin!

(Issun) Wait... This all sounds familiar... Oh yeah, the legend of Nagi! His
sword gained power over evil when the moon shined upon it. At least that's what
they say!

[Ammy howls, the sky clears, she draws a moon, and Nagi's sword transforms and
powers up]

(Oki) His sword... It's...

(Nagi) Hm!? What devilry is this!? My sword... It suddenly blazed gold! It must
be the heavens which aid me! I shall wield this divine gift with all my might!
Nagi-Style Blade of Truth!

***optional #1***

[Ammy waits too long to draw a moon]

(Issun) Hey! Hurry it up with the moon already!

***optional #2***

[Ammy fails to help Nagi attack Orochi]

(Nagi) Is that the best you can do? I'll show you how a real man fights!

***end optional***

(Nagi) GOOD! WILL! NEVER! GIVE! IN! TO! EVIL!

(Nagi) Now, for the ultimate in Nagi-Style martial arts! Celestial Cleaver!

[Nagi strikes the killing blow and defeats Orochi]

(Narrator) The moment that the legend of Nagi was fulfilled... It was the most
beautiful sight that one could imagine. Bathed in moonlight, Nagi's sword
twinkled, reflecting golden light. With Orochi's body cleaved, the beast was
sealed for 100 years. The sword was dubbed Tsukuyomi and enshrined in the Moon
Cave.
Little Lika, the Oina girl who had been tainted by Orochi's dark power, had her
curse lifted and returned to normal.
However, one man, Oki, did not show such signs of recovery. Orochi's power had
interfered with his most desperate attack. Despite the grave danger, Kutone did
not exhibit the silver glow. Oki's heart burned at the thought of what Nagi's
sword had wrought. Thoroughly humiliated and boiling with rage, he skulked away
into the darkness, making sure that no one lay eyes upon him.

(Nagi) Heh heh heh heh... Aha ha ha ha ha ha! I have slain the beast! I, Nagi,
have defeated the dreaded Orochi!

(Issun) We know, we know. Now will you stop repeating yourself?

(Nagi) I commend your bravery, Shiranui! But it was I who felled the foul
beast! Aha ha ha ha ha ha!

(Issun) Yeah, whatever. Furball here did all the work! Anyway... Where did Oki
go? He left without a word. Well, at least we saved Lika.

[The ground begins trembling and a strange portal appears in the sky]

(Issun) I've got a bad feeling about this. What's that Orochi up to now? I
thought he was dead!

(Issun) Hey, pops! You'd better get over here! Quick!

[A boulder appears overhead and falls down on top of Nagi, however...]

(Issun) Pops!

[Shiranui appears at the last second and saves Nagi]

(Nagi) Sh-Shiranui...!?

(Issun) Ammy!?

[Ammy is standing off to the side with Lika, looking on with the others at
Shiranui]

(Nagi) You... You saved my life!?

[The cave starts crumbling apart, and a Poncle appears, shouting a warning]

(???) Hey, you guys! This battle is far from over.

(Ishaku) Now get outta here while you still have the chance!

(Issun) Is that...!? Old man Ishaku!?

[Nagi picks up the injured Shiranui and makes for the exit, with Ammy, Issun
and Lika right behind]

[Upon reaching the exit of the Moon Cave, Ammy, Issun and Lika find themselves
back at the Spirit Gate in Inner Yoshpet, returned to the present]

(Issun) ... ... You know that wolf who helped Nagi... That was Shiranui. Or in
other words, that was you 100 years ago. That was how you met your end after
your venture with gramps. You battled and slew the dreaded Orochi, only to die
yourself. ... ...

(Lika) Issun? Is that you?

(Issun) Hm? Lika! It's been ages! Too bad we had to meet like this. What made
you go through the Spirit Gate anyway?

(Lika) Spirit Gate? What's that? All I remember is two owls appearing in a
dream. They invited me to come play with them in the forest. Next thing I knew,
I woke up there. Thank goodness you and your doggie came to save me!

(Issun) You had a dream about two owls? Aren't the guardian gods of Kamui owls?
Why would the owls lead you here?

[Issun looks at the sky and sees the sun has started to disappear]

(Issun) ... ... Look, Ammy! The sun! It's starting to wane!

(Issun) The Day of Darkness is about to begin! This day-long solar eclipse only
happens once every 100 years!

(Lika) Day of Darkness? What's that?

(Issun) It looks like something's taking a big bite outta the sun. Ammy, you're
the sun god... What's gonna happen to you if the sun disappears!?

(Lika) Sun god? What's that?

(Issun) Lika! You can recite that Volcanic Incantation, can't you? It's
supposed to make that frozen mountain Ezofuji erupt, right? Well, you better do
it 'cause Kamui's gonna freeze if you don't!

(Lika) Volcanic Incantation? What's that? You mean that prayer we offer to the
mountain by the lake? Yeah! I can mimic that prayer of old man Kemu perfectly!
He's even told me that I do it really well!

(Issun) I know, I know! That's why we need your help back in the village! Let's
go, Ammy. Back to Wep'keer as fast as you can!

[Ammy races back to Wep'keer]

***optional #1***

[Ammy tries to examine the Spirit Gate]

(Issun) Hey! What are you doing!? We gotta take Lika back now! We're gonna
freeze to death out here!

***optional #2***

[Ammy tries to use Mist Warp]

(Issun) What are ya doing, Ammy? We gotta get back to Wep'keer before everyone
freezes to death. Little Lika's gonna freeze, too, if we don't hurry!

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines the Lucky Mallet at the entrance to Ponc'tan]

(Issun) What are ya doing, Ammy? We gotta get back to Wep'keer before they all
freeze to death. Little Lika's gonna freeze, too, if we don't hurry!

***optional #4***

[Ammy tries to head in any direction away from Wep'keer]

(Issun) I can't even breathe in this nasty blizzard. We better get to Wep'keer
quick! Lika's gonna freeze to death!

***end optional***

[Ammy reaches Wep'keer]

(Issun) Whoa! Now that's one nasty blizzard! It's blowing in from the rear of
the village. Anyway, we gotta get Lika to the altar. We're almost to the edge
of Laochi Lake!

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) Lika! Y-Y-You're safe!? I thought the demons got you. I didn't think
we'd see you again! But here you are! This is great! Well, you'd better get on
with the Volcanic Incantation right away. Unless you want to buy something
first, that is...

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Squirrel Girl]

(Squirrel Girl) Lika! You came back safe! But with the blizzard and the sun
blotted out like this... Is there any hope left for us now? Is it too late for
the Volcanic Incantation? Here we are in a mortal crisis, and I'm paralyzed
with fear! All I can do is wait to be turned into a block of ice!

(Squirrel Girl) No! There IS something I can do! I can pray. That's what I can
do! O spirits of the air, earth, and sea. Grant us light! With this Volcanic
Incantation, we offer ourselves to you!

***optional #3***

[Ammy listens to Sea Lion Mask]

(Sea Lion Mask) Brrr... L-Lika!? Are you OK!? The Day of Darkness is already
upon us. It's so cold, my whole body feels like it's freezing up. There's no
way you can perform the incantation in these conditions! Come keep warm in here
until the Day of Darkness passes.

(Sea Lion Mask) *yawn* I'm getting a bit sleepy... ... ... Huh!? No! I'll never
wake up again if I fall asleep now! ... ...

***end optional***

[Ammy enters the Laochi Lake area at Ezofuji]

(Issun) Sheesh! What's up with this nasty blizzard! I mean, where the heck does
this thing come from!?

[Ammy reaches the altar]

(Issun) Huh? I thought everyone would be gathering at the altar. But nobody's
here. Not even old man Kemu or Samickle! We can't make Lika pray here all alone
in this weather. Doggone it! Where the heck did everyone go?

[Ammy heads up the mountain path to the Wawku Shrine gate]

(Issun) What's everyone doin' here!? Hey! I brought Lika, everyone! So what's
up with this nasty blizzard!?

(Kai) It's... It's the Day of Darkness.

(Tuskle) This day comes once every hundred years. Now it's upon us again.
That's why the monsters are making the blizzard even fiercer. And Oki... How
could he be so irresponsible at a time like this? He destroyed the gate here on
his way to the Wawku Shrine!

(Issun) What!?

(Tuskle) I tried to stop him, but he was waving the Kutone sword about. And he
was through the gate before I could do a thing. Now Kamui could freeze over
whether the eclipse comes or not!

(Issun) Oki suddenly disappeared after we defeated Orochi. Never thought he'd
come here and do something like this. I bet he just wants to steal all the
glory for himself!

(Kai) No! Oki's not like that. I understand why he took the divine Kutone
sword. He was trying to do what was right for the village. When the two demons
got violent at the shrine on Ezofuji, it was Oki who came to Kemu's rescue!

(Issun) Huh? I thought Samickle was the one who saved old man Kemu.

(Kai) Oki acted as bait so that Kemu and Samickle could escape. They survived
because Oki acted as their shield and fought for them! Oki is the strongest
among us, but even so, he was no match for them. He was lucky to come home
alive.

(Issun) Wow! That's quite a feat surviving a battle against two demons.

(Kai) But he was angry that he couldn't defeat the demons. So he took the sword
and left the village to fight again. I know it's unforgivable that he stole the
sword like that. But he was just trying to do the right thing. All he cares
about is doing what's best for the village!

(Issun) ... ...

(Tuskle) It won't be long before the eclipse makes the sun disappear. If the
Volcanic Incantation doesn't start Ezofuji erupting, Kamui will get colder
until it freezes over completely. Please, Lika! We're relying on you to make
this work!

(Lika) ... ... Oki always told me what kind of Oina he wanted me to become. He
told me to be a good Oina and use my power to help everyone. Do you think it'd
help everyone if I prayed like I always do? Who cares about this stupid
blizzard! I'm gonna pray for our mountain to come back to life!

(Tuskle) That's my girl! Let's go, my little warrior! If you don't start the
incantation soon, it'll be too late!

[Tuskle and Lika go to the altar]

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to Kai]

(Kai) There was another reason. Another reason why Oki went off with the divine
Kutone sword. "The wall of ice shall shatter and open the way to the heavens
when Kutone glows silver." Legend has it that the sword has the power to ward
off evil. That's why Oki left the village with it. He was going to use the
sacred sword to fight the monsters alone!

(Kai) He always seems to be doing reckless things, but he'd never do anything
that would hurt someone else. He's just so absorbed that he's lost sight of
himself. Oh, I hope he comes home safe!

[Ammy headbutts Kai]

(Kai) Argh! What are you doing!?

***optional #2***

[Ammy listens to Samickle]

(Samickle) Grrrrrr! The cold air from the mountains will freeze our people to
death unless I can shut this gate!

(Samickle) Grrrrrr! I'm going to keep trying to shut this gate until the
Volcanic Incantation can be recited!

[Ammy headbutts Samickle]

(Samickle) I don't have time to play with you right now!

***optional #3***

[Ammy listens to Kemu]

(Issun) Hey, gramps! Gramps! Don't overdo it now! Those demons will do you in
if you don't cut this out!

(Kemu) Leave me be! If I'm not able to recite the Volcanic Incantation, then
I'll utter the prayer to shut the gate!

(Issun) Yeah, but it doesn't seem to be working, does it?

(Kemu) Grrr... O Gate! Shut, shut, shut!

(Issun) Please, gramps! Go home already. You'll catch a cold out here!

[Ammy headbutts Kemu]

(Kemu) Oh, my poor back!

***optional #4***

[Ammy goes to the altar and listens to Tuskle]

(Tuskle) If only we could be of some help to Lika. I feel so powerless! Please,
Lika, we're all counting on you! Make Ezofuji erupt before the sun disappears!

***optional #5***

[At the altar, Ammy listens to Lika]

(Issun) She'll freeze to death praying in the middle of a storm like this. But
there's nothing we can do! Hang in there, Lika!

(Issun) Ammy, don't disturb her prayer! Once that big ol' gate blows all the
way open, there's only one way to stop that freezing air that blasts out. We
gotta destroy those two demons by the altar on the mountain peak.

***optional #6***

[If Ammy leaves the Ezofuji area]

(Issun) If those demons keep this up and the sun never comes out again, it'll
be the end of Kamui and maybe even Nippon itself! Even little Lika is trying as
hard as she can to survive.

***end optional***

[Ammy enters Wawku Shrine]

(Issun) We really gonna go through there, Ammy? The ruins of the Wawku Shrine
lie within Ezofuji. It's a strange place discovered by the people of Wep'keer
long ago. At the peak lies an altar with the statues of the twin demons. And
the trail up there is littered with odd contraptions.
The twin demons are known as Lechku and Nechku. Their altar statues came to
life and terrorized this land long ago. They were defeated and imprisoned by a
legendary Oina hero.
But it seems they have broken free and are once again wreaking havoc. This
can't just be a coincidence. I mean, remember what that no-good Ninetails said?
You know, something about Yami, ruler of the Land of the Darkness. I don't know
exactly who this Yami character is, but all sorts of strange things started
happening once Orochi returned. Who knows if this mountain shrine has anything
to do with all that, but I think we need to be extra careful this time!

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***optional #1***

[Ammy tries to leave right away]

(Issun) What? You wanna leave the shrine, Ammy? Well, I don't mean to rush you,
but the Day of Darkness is gonna blot out the sun. If those demons are still
alive during the eclipse, Kamui's gonna become one giant block of ice! What are
you gonna do? Save your own skin by running away?

[Ammy chooses "Not yet!"]

(Issun) Heh heh. You sure about this, Ammy? We should probably hightail it
outta here if you have any doubts.

[Ammy turns to leave again]

(Issun) So you really wanna leave, huh? Well, don't let me stop you. What are
you gonna do? Save your own skin by running away?

***optional #2***

[Ammy chooses "Let's go!]

(Issun) Heh heh. So you really are just a coward, eh? I guess even gods can be
that way sometimes.

***end optional***

[Ammy approaches some weird looking cannons]

(Issun) Wait a sec, Ammy! See those cannons over there? I'm not so sure they're
there to greet us. Let's take it slow and easy...

[Ammy enters a room with a large scale hanging over a chasm]

(Issun) What the...? Is this a kinda game or something? Are we supposed to
balance against that weight on the other side? Well, in case you haven't
noticed, I don't weigh a ton!

***optional***

[Ammy examines a small potted plant]

(Issun) A houseplant... here? Is this one of those demons' tricks? On second
thought, maybe it is just a plain old houseplant. Look how healthy it is.
Somebody must be taking great care of it.

(Issun) Hmm... This plant is nice, but kinda plain. What this boring old shrine
needs is something a bit more flashy! You know, like if this plant grew bigger
and thicker!

***end optional***

[Ammy progresses through the shrine and makes her way to an outside area, where
she encounters some spiders]

(Issun) Stop! Stop, Ammy! See those glowing red beasts? Those are Flame
Spiders! They resemble a Blocking Spider or a Platform Spider, but as you can
see, they'll burn ya real good if you touch them! Let's play it safe, OK? You
might get hurt if you try to hitch a ride like you usually do.

[A little further ahead, Ammy comes across a snow-making machine]

(Issun) Ammy, look! Check out this big contraption! It's got a nasty blizzard
blowing right out of it! Can you believe those no-good demons? They're trying
to turn Kamui into a giant ice cube with this thing! We gotta stop it now,
Ammy! Your techniques should be up to the task! I mean, this contraption
doesn't look all that complicated.

***optional***

[Ammy enters a small cave next to the snow machine]

(Issun) Hm? Hey, Ammy, check out this huge pattern carved on the floor.

[Ammy blows some leaves off the floor to reveal the rest of the pattern]

(Issun) Whoa... This looks like a really old pictograph or something. I know it
takes loads of skill to convey meaning through art... But this pictograph takes
that to a completely new level!

***end optional***

[Ammy stops the snow machine and a constellation appears in the sky]

(Issun) Look! I think it's here! That 13th and final brush technique you lost!
We finally found it!

[Ammy draws the missing stars and a bull appears]

(Itegami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
In your absence, I took shelter here, only to become trapped. Beings of evil
defile the world with impurity and darkness. Like a mighty snow flurry, I,
Itegami, god of ice, have returned! I grant you the ability to freeze your foes
to absolute zero. I am the last of the 13 gods you sought. You now possess the
power to put an end to the evil forever!

(Issun) The 13th and final brush god is Itegami, the god of ice. You know what
this means, Ammy! You've now recovered all the brush techniques you lost! Hm!?
Whoa, check out Itegami, Ammy!

[With her full power restored, Ammy regains her ultimate Divine Instrument,
Solar Flare]

(Issun) Well, I guess that's it. We've found the long-awaited 13th and final
technique! Itegami's Blizzard power can freeze any monster to the bone! A
fitting power to top off the rest. Like icing on a cake! Hey, check out that
Flame Spider over there. It'll make a perfect first victim. Place your brush on
a mass of ice to harness its power, and then draw a line to the Flame Spider.
Do that, and the power of ice should rush into your brush! Go ahead! Give that
bone-chilling brush technique a try!

[Ammy freezes the Flame Spider]

(Issun) Ha ha! That no-good Flame Spider's frozen solid! So that's the power of
Blizzard, the final brush technique... ... ... At last... I've seen all 13 of
your techniques! The 13 Celestial Brush techniques! The power of the gods! ...
... Well, the celebrations are just gonna have to wait. The first order of
business is gettin' outta here alive. I mean, what use will all the techniques
be if I'm dead? Now don't go doing anything stupid and getting us killed, Ammy!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to freeze the spider]

(Issun) Aw, c'mon! We've come so far. Don't let me down, Ammy! Blizzard is a
technique that harnesses the power of ice. Place your brush on that mass of ice
and then draw a line!

[Ammy fails again]

(Issun) That was almost a blizzard! Now stop holding back and just do it! Once
you place your brush on the mass of ice to harness its power, just draw a line
to that no-good Flame Spider!

***end optional***

[Ammy continues on and returns to the inside of the shrine]

***optional***

[Ammy examines a gate]

(Issun) This gate ain't gonna open. There must be some sorta trick to it. Look.
There's a hole smack-dab in the middle.

(Issun) There's a hole smack-dab in the middle of this gate. I wonder what was
in there...

***end optional***

[Ammy continues on through the shrine and comes upon a passage with no floor]

(Issun) Whoa, whoa! Why do you always have to be so reckless? I mean, open your
eyes, furball! There's a big ol' hole there! You'd better be more careful. I'm
too young and handsome to die! ... ... Hm? Hey look. This pit's got all that
sparkly stuff in there!

[Ammy examines the pit]

(Issun) Hey, what's with all this sparkly stuff? Oh, I see. Ice crystals are
blowing up outta this pit.

(Issun) By the way, Ammy... Did ya know the Blizzard technique can freeze more
than monsters? See those ice crystals swirling about in the air? Well, you can
instantly freeze them into one giant block of ice!

[Ammy progresses through the shrine and reaches an outside altar on the upper
levels, only to be attacked]

(Issun) Heh heh... Look who's here. This guy doesn't waste any time. I like his
style!

[A large mechanical owl is hovering above]

(Issun) This must be the Silver Demon, Nechku. He's one of the twin demons that
turned Kamui into an icy waste! What luck finding him alone! Sorry, fella! I
know you just recently woke from a long slumber, but you're gonna have to go
back to being a statue again!

[Nechku starts to fly off]

(Issun) Hey, where's that birdbrain going!? Huh? Look! Over there!

[Issun and Ammy see Shiranui on the other side of the altar]

(Issun) Isn't that you... From 100 years ago, Ammy!? I don't get it. What's
that old self of yours doing here!?

[Shiranui fends off an attack by Nechku with nary any effort]

(Issun) Whoa!

[Ammy and Shiranui leap into battle together against Nechku, besting the owl
easily]

(Issun) Wow! You guys really did a number on birdbrain there! Quick, Ammy,
before your old self steals all the glory! Finish that demon off!

[Suddenly, the Golden Demon Lechku comes bursting into the area, with a
straggler hacking and slashing at it]

(Issun) What the...!? That's... The Golden Demon, Lechku! And look! Isn't that
Oki!?

(Oki) At last... At last I have you cornered! I'm going to finish you off this
time. Kutone shall blaze silver once more!

(Issun) Those demons aren't finished yet. Better back off for now, Ammy!

(Issun) No, Oki! Don't!

(Oki) This is what separates a hero from the rest! You are about to witness
history in the making! Kutone, trusty sword of the great hero Oki, shall awake!

[Oki charges forward to attack the owls, but Shiranui gets in his way]

(Issun) Has he lost his mind!?

[Through some strange magic the owls freeze time, halting the actions of Ammy
and the others]

(Issun) What the heck!? I can't... I can't move!

(Oki) Hm? Grrrrr!

(Issun) I... I can't even breathe... Oki... Get away... from... there...

(Oki) You... demons... Curse you!

[Just as Lechku is about to strike a killing blow against Oki, Shiranui breaks
free of the time-freeze and knocks Oki out of the way, only to get struck down
herself, then the twin demons make their escape and fly away] 

(Oki) Now's the chance! I can finish them off!

[Oki sees Shiranui hanging over the edge of the deck as Ammy struggles to hang
on and keep her from falling]

(Issun) C'mon, Ammy! Pull! Just a little more!

[Just as a tree is about to collapse on Ammy and Shiranui, Oki strikes with
Kutone and slices it in half, saving the wolves]

(Issun) Oki! Your sword!

(Oki) Hm!?

(Oki) Kutone... It's glowing silver! By the great spirits of the air, earth,
and sea! I was so blind. I should have known!

(Oki) At last I understand. The sacred sword Kutone, defender of Kamui, could
not possibly wake while the heart of its wielder was clouded with selfish
desire. That is why I couldn't defend Kamui with this sword, let alone protect
the lives dear to me!

(Issun) Now don't start turnin' all sappy on me, Oki! You gotta focus. Focus!
Finish off those demons and you'll restore peace to your village!

(Oki) O spirits of the air, earth, and sea... And the sacred sword Kutone!
Grant me the power to save this land of Kamui!

(Issun) Now you're talkin'!

[Ammy listens to Oki]

(Oki) It seems those demons fled to the altar on the opposite side. But I have
no idea how to get there. This shrine is like a maze. We need something to lead
us in the right direction.

(Oki) Wait... Remember when this wolf struck one of the demons? Did you see the
strange glowing piece that flew off of it? Maybe this shrine and those demons
operate in a similar way. If only we had something to lead us in the right
direction...

[Ammy examines Shiranui]

(Issun) Shiranui... Did you travel 100 years into the future just to help us? I
don't know if you two are a divine comedy or divine tragedy. But Shiranui's
hurt pretty bad. We better hurry, Ammy!

(Issun) We gotta do something about Shiranui. It's a battle against time now.
Better get the lead out, Ammy!

[Ammy finds a gear on the ground]

(Issun) I have no idea what we just found, but it sure looks interesting.

(Oki) Amaterasu! This wolf isn't going to last much longer. I owe my life to
this one now. I can't let this wolf die like this!

(Issun) Don't worry. I know this wolf's companion must be around here
somewhere. You'll know him right away. He's a Poncle just like me.

(Oki) Hm... So this wolf has a Poncle companion as well. And it looks almost
exactly like Amaterasu... What's going on? Even their scents are the same.

(Issun) It's a long story, believe me. And this is not exactly the time to be
talking. We gotta chase down those demons!

(Oki) You're right! We must finish them off. Let's do it together this time!

[The platform they're on becomes an elevator and descends down into the central
area of Wawku Shrine]

(Oki) Listen, you two... I'm going to stay here with this wolf. You go on
ahead.

(Issun) What?

(Oki) I can't leave this one here all alone. What happened to this wolf is all
my fault.

(Issun) Oki...

(Oki) Don't worry. I don't intend on having you fight those demons alone. I'll
catch up with you once I finish off the rest of the monsters and make sure this
area is safe. Keep forging ahead until then.

(Issun) Oh, come off it already, Oki. You're not really all that tough. I mean,
with your plan, we'd end up having to worry about you! But... If you insist,
we'll leave this area to you. We'll go on ahead to where those demons are. Look
after that wolf, OK?

(Oki) I will! O spirits of the air, earth, and sea... Grant these two your
divine power!

[Ammy listens to Oki]

(Oki) Don't you worry about this wolf. I'll catch up with you once I finish off
the rest of the monsters and make sure this area is safe. Keep forging ahead
until then. O spirits of the air, earth, and sea... Grant these two your divine
power!

[Ammy examines Shiranui]

(Issun) Shiranui...You've been hurt pretty bad. You wait right here. We'll
finish off those demons. Then we'll be back to help you in no time. ... ... I
know you're worried, Ammy, but let's let Oki handle this. Plus, Oki will have
some help. I know Shiranui has a companion just as good as me. Gramps can't be
too far away.

(Issun) Look, it won't do any good sitting here worrying about Shiranui. We owe
this other furball here big time! So let's go finish off those demons!

[Ammy uses the gear on a gate and opens a new passage]

***optional***

[While progressing through the shrine, Ammy comes upon an imp merchant]

(Imp Merchant) Who goes there? Hey, how did you get in here? You ain't come to
invade us poor folk of Wawku Shrine, have ya? If you have, you've got me to
answer to! A fight to end all fights... And the best way to settle it? With a
bit of business, of course!

(Imp Merchant) Business is like a battle. I'd put my life on the line for it!
I don't care who I have to take on... I ain't plannin' on giving nothin' away!

***end optional***

[Ammy arrives at another altar-elevator and finds Oki waiting]

(Issun) Oki!? How'd you get here so quick!?

(Oki) Actually... I owe it to that wolf and his little friend. A Poncle
appeared after you left and told me to go help Amaterasu.

(Issun) ... ...

(Oki) So that was the wolf's companion you were talking about, right? That wolf
really seemed to perk up when that Poncle appeared. It looked like the wolf had
recovered somewhat. I sensed they had a bond. A bond that made me feel they'd
be OK. So I left them and came rushing here.

(Issun) ... ...

(Oki) But enough talk for now. I take it that if you're here, those demons must
be somewhere up ahead. Well, Amaterasu? Will you fight alongside me?

[Ammy chooses "Let's rumble!"]

(Oki) O spirits of the air, earth, and sea... Grant us your divine power!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Head back."]

(Oki) What!? Have you suddenly lost your nerve?

(Oki) We cannot delay any longer! The people of Kamui are counting on us. Will
you fight alongside me?

***end optional***

[The elevator rises and Ammy and Oki find the twin demons topside]

(Issun) So this is where those birdbrains went. They're trying to hide while
they lick their wounds!!

(Oki) We can't let these infernal contraptions get away this time. And I don't
think we have enough energy to chase them down again.

(Issun) Them? Get away again? Heh heh... No prey has ever eluded my trusty
Denkomaru more than once!

(Oki) Nor my own!

[Ammy and Oki attack Lechku and Nechku]

[During battle...]

(Oki) Now, Amaterasu! Pull me back like an arrow and fire me at those demons! I
will pull them down to the ground!

[Ammy and Oki defeat the twin demons]

(Narrator) The twin demons which had suddenly awoken atop Ezofuji, and tried to
lay waste to the land of Kamui were defeated. They disappeared in a burst of
petals, thanks to Oki and Amaterasu.
However, a giant cloud, black as night, cast a shadow on the scene. Blight...
Ninetails... the twin demons Lechku and Nechku... The souls of each were swept
into the cloud as it moved. It drifted toward the Ark of Yamato at the bottom
of Laochi Lake. "The Ark of Yamato is beckoning all of the world's darkness
within." Tuskle's words echoed ominously, awakening Amaterasu's heart.
All the sacrifices, all the life lost in the name of good... Was it all in
vain? Shiranui, Amaterasu's 100 year old incarnation, was fatigued and
exhausted by the intense battle.
However, when Shiranui noticed the glow of Oki's sword, Kutone, a sly smile
seemed to crease the wolf's tired lips. Satisfied with this bright glimmer of
hope, Shiranui struggled to rise and put every last ounce of strength into
passing through Ishaku's gate back in time... Back home... As Amaterasu and
Issun looked on, they were fully aware that Shiranui headed back into the face
of danger... to the battle with Orochi. After saving Nagi from the clutches of
death and aiding them in their own quest, Shiranui would die a hero, marking
the beginning of the legend of Orochi.
As Ishaku left the scene, his eyes betrayed the sort of toughness one exhibits
when preparing for a grave event.

[Ammy and Oki let out a victory howl]

(Narrator) Amaterasu and the others returned to the foot of Ezofuji. There they
saw Lika, praying intently. The storm had subsided. Then, as if to celebrate
their hard won victory, the twin volcanoes of Ezofuji erupted in great pillars
of flame. The villagers felt the warmth on their skin and wept tears of joy.
However, Oki merely surveyed the scene stoically, remaining silent. Although
the evil demons had been driven away, the thought of having taken the sword and
caused so much grief weighed heavily on his heart.
The only one who could ease the burden of his woes was Samickle. The chieftain
who had rescued Kemu from the shrine stepped forward. Silently, he approached
Oki, offering an outstretched hand. His eyes betrayed the complexity of the
emotions behind the gesture. Oki, realizing the gravity of the scene, extended
his hand in turn. The moment they shook hands, Wep'keer was reborn into a
village far too strong to ever fall victim to evil again.
As for Kutone, the sword that vanquished the twin demons, it was returned to
its pedestal by Oki's own hands. And as long as the glow remained, no evil
dared draw close. Kutone's gleam spoke of a power too great to succumb to evil.
At that moment...
A brilliant flash of light shot forth from Kutone striking squarely on the
frozen surface of Laochi Lake. Though the lake had never shown any sign of
melting, cracks began to open up along its surface. The legend of the iron ark,
Yamato, said to have fallen from heaven, and the holy Laochi Lake which it
called home, was revealed to be more than a mere legend before all those
present.

[The ark rises and hovers above the lake, a door opens, and a rainbow bridge
appears, stretching from the ark to the shore]

***optional #1***

[Ammy listens to the crowd gathered at the altar by the edge of the lake]

(Oki) "The wall of ice shall shatter and open the way to the heavens when
Kutone glows silver." The prophecy's wall of ice is not the demons' blizzard.
Rather, it is the ice on our perpetually frozen lake.

(Oki) Amaterasu... If that ark is the way to the heavens, then you must embark
upon it. Though we have not known each other long, I can already tell what sort
of being you are. For you, the realm of the gods lies ahead. It is a journey
the rest of us cannot take. You knew that, didn't you, Amaterasu?

(Samickle) The Ark of Yamato... They say it fell from the heavens. It is indeed
imposing.

(Samickle) Legend says the Ark of Yamato is the root of all evil in our world.
To think we would suffer such misfortune after the demons were defeated and
warmth returned to Kamui!

(Lika) Tuskle, I'm scared!

(Tuskle) Th-The Ark of Yamato! It's floating in the sky!

(Tuskle) How can such an enormous thing float into the sky like that!? It must
mean what the old legend says is true! The legend about how this ark, which was
sunk in Laochi Lake, fell from the Celestial Plain and into our world. It says
the Celestials who fell to our world with it, were eaten up by countless,
vicious monsters... By the army controlled by the evil Ruler of Darkness, Yami.
So the Ark of Yamato IS related to the powers of darkness!

***optional #2***

[Ammy runs up the hill to the gate at Wawku Shrine and listens to Kai and Kemu]

(Kai) The Ark of Yamato... Sunk to the bottom of the frozen Laochi Lake... I
never imagined it was so enormous!

(Kai) Legend says, hundreds of monsters come out at night from under the ice at
Laochi Lake to terrorize our world. That's why Laochi Lake is known as the lake
of demons. And that Ark of Yamato, sunk at the bottom of the Laochi Lake... I
wonder if it has something to do with the legend...

(Kemu) The sacred sword Kutone... Its silver light has shattered the perpetual
ice on Laochi Lake!

(Kemu) "The wall of ice shall shatter and open the way to the heavens when
Kutone glows silver." So, the legendary "way to the heavens" meant the Ark of
Yamato? The root of all evil in our world is the way to the heavens!?

[Ammy ascends the rainbow bridge to board the Ark of Yamato]

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< 20 - ARK OF YAMATO >                                                 [ GS20 ]

(Issun) W-Wait! Wait, Ammy! You know what'll happen if you cross this rainbow
bridge and board the Ark of Yamato, don't you? I mean, that boat is bad news.
The people of Kamui all know that. It's the most hated and feared thing in all
the land. Even legends have nothing good to say about it or Laochi Lake. And
you know there's no turning back once you board that thing. Huh? You look like
you wanna say something... "Resolve"? You mean you've got the resolve to pass
the point of no return?

[Ammy chooses "Of course!"]

(Issun) I see... Well, I guess this is it then. Ammy... Don't you go dying like
you did 100 years ago.

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "I'm not sure..."]

(Issun) But, Ammy...

[Ammy heads up the bridge again]

(Issun) Well, Ammy... You know there's no turning back once you board the Ark
of Yamato. So do you have the resolve to pass the point of no return?

***end optional***

[Ammy continues up the bridge]

(Issun) W-Wait a sec, Ammy! Um... Well... We've been through a lot together.
How long's it been since we first met? It all started in the valley of Sakuya's
chest... Then we laid the smack down on Orochi... Then that fox wench... We
even went inside an Emperor's body, and traveled to the bottom of the sea.
Then, before I knew it, I found myself back in my own land. And now it all ends
with the appearance of the legendary ark. But for you, it's just the start of
an even greater adventure. Sorry, Ammy... I'm afraid this is where we say
goodbye. As I told you from the beginning, I joined you so that I could steal
those 13 brush techniques of yours. We've found them all during our travels,
and now each and every one has been etched into my mind.

[Issun draws a small flower in front of Ammy]

(Issun) It's not like I've mastered them yet, but... I plan on having loads of
fun with my newfound skills. It's a bit sad to see you go, but ya gotta do what
ya gotta do! Take care of yourself, pal!

[Issun heads down the bridge and Ammy chases after him]

(Issun) No! Ammy, no! Look... You're a god. I'm a sprite. We live in completely
different worlds. The road ahead may be a tough one, but it's one you're just
gonna have to walk alone. Heh heh. I know, I know... It's just, I got things I
need to do too, ya know. Now let's wrap this up. I can't stand long goodbyes.
Farewell, my furry friend!

[Ammy chases after Issun again]

(Issun) Hold it right there, furball! How many times do I have to tell you? We
gotta go our separate ways! Now leave me alone, you thick-headed lump of fur!!

[And out of nowhere...]

(Waka) He's right, ma cherie! Your way lies with this ark.

(Issun) You again!

(Waka) At last... At last, a path to the heavens has opened up. Oh,
fantastique! How long have I yearned for this moment? 200 years? No, it must've
been much longer.

(Issun) Bah! What're you babbling on about now, ya big fruitcake. A path to the
heavens? On that creepy old hunk of junk? What a fitting exit for a half-baked
prophet like you! I have no idea what you're up to. And frankly, I don't care.
I'm not a part of this anymore, so I'm gonna split! Have fun, you two!

(Waka) Afraid of the legendary ark, are we?

(Issun) What did you say?

(Waka) Well, if you must go, then go. Besides, only those worthy of the trip to
the heavens may board the fabled Ark of Yamato. You never had a ticket, and you
never will!

(Issun) Why you witless, two-bit, half-baked prophet! You're just trying to
trick me into getting on that stupid boat! I'm not gonna fall for something
like that. I'm no fool! So there! Wait a sec... I know! Maybe I should just hop
on board your little boat. Yeah... And then... I should tear the place apart as
a little parting gift to you!

[Issun tries to enter, but is repelled by a magical barrier]

(Waka) Heh heh heh... Don't blame me. I already told you. Only those worthy of
the trip to the heavens may board.

(Issun) ... ...

(Waka) But you didn't need me to tell you that, my little bouncing friend. You
know very well why you can't board this ark. Do I not speak the truth, little
Celestial Envoy?

(Issun) ...!

[The rainbow bridge begins to fade from under the trio]

(Waka) Well, it's about time.

[Ammy and Waka leap aboard the ark and Issun falls down into the lake]

(Issun) Aaaaaaaaah!

(Waka) My little friend! I have another prophecy for you! Listen up, because
this will no doubt come in handy for you. It takes two to tango. The bond of
the brush shall intercede! I thought I'd give you the long version since it was
my last. Pretty good, don't you think?

(Issun) ...

(Waka) Those unwilling to fulfill their own destiny cannot board the ferry to
the Celestial Plain. Life is all about resolve. Outcome is secondary. It is
resolve that determines the value of your life. You have no doubt met many such
resolute people in your journeys. Well, my little bouncing friend... I must bid
you adieu! Shall we, ma cherie? We have a date with destiny, and we mustn't
keep her waiting!

[Ammy looks down at Issun as the hatch to the ark closes and seals her inside]

[Ammy encounters a spirit]

(Marco) My goodness! I can hardly believe it! My eyes may have been enveloped
in darkness all this time, but I know when I see a divine being before me!
Okami Amaterasu, you've returned home! I, Marco, would like to welcome you on
behalf of all Celestials!

[Celestial Being Marco is introduced]

(Marco) ... ... Oh! I made a mistake. I said that you'd returned home, but of
course I was wrong. This is the inside of the dreaded ark which fell from the
heavens. It's nothing like our wonderful home, the Celestial Plain. Alas, only
my spirit remains in this world. It's been imprisoned here for many years.
Perhaps it was my destiny. Okami Amaterasu... I'd be so grateful if you could
bestow upon us a small gift. Not only for me, but for the others who succumbed
to death. In exchange I will give what I can. I'm sure that it would lift
everyone's spirits.

[Ammy headbutts Marco]

(Marco) You're so strong!

[Ammy follows a pathway leading to a side room and encounters another
Celestial]

(Hakuba) Goodness! If I'm not mistaken... You're from our home, the Celestial
Plain. It's you, Okami Amaterasu! Who would have thought we would meet again
after all this time? All my waiting under the dark, cold ice has paid off. We
Celestials may have lost our physical form... But our spirits live on and are
with you for all eternity!

[Celestial Being Hakuba is introduced]

(Hakuba) We were heartbroken after the battle on the Celestial Plain, when you
fell to this world with that monster. We managed to escape before it happened,
but... Little did we know the tragedy that was about to befall us.
After we ran away from the battle, we boarded the Ark of Yamato hoping to get
away. But not long after we set sail, countless monsters appeared from the
depths of the ark. Having nowhere to run, all of us were devoured by the
monsters.
This ark, which was built by the lunar civilization, turned out to be a cargo
ship designed to transport thousands of monsters. Not long after setting sail,
the ark lost its rudder, and plummeted down to this world. The Celestials on
board, each and every one of us, were slain.
I don't know why the Moon Tribe built such a thing. But when the ark fell to
this world and brought such tragedy... Well, it was nothing short of a
disaster. Okami Amaterasu... It seems that the ark has begun to move again
after all this time. But this place is like a nest of dark beings. Please take
care not to be sucked into the darkness.

(Hakuba) Ah! Even as a spirit, the nightmare continues. After we ran away from
the battle, we boarded the Ark of Yamato hoping to get away. But not long after
we set sail, countless monsters appeared from the depths of the ark. Having
nowhere to run, all of us were devoured by the monsters.
This ark, which was built by the lunar civilization, turned out to be a cargo
ship designed to transport thousands of monsters. Not long after setting sail,
the ark lost its rudder, and plummeted down to this world. The Celestials on
board, each and every one of us, were slain.
I don't know why the Moon Tribe built such a thing. But when the ark fell to
this world and brought such tragedy... Well, it was nothing short of a
disaster. Okami Amaterasu... It seems that the ark has begun to move again
after all this time. But this place is like a nest of dark beings. Please take
care not to be sucked into the darkness.

[Ammy enters the room, jumps into a portal, then fights and defeats Ninetails
again]

[Upon exiting the room...]

(Hakuba) Okami Amaterasu! It seems one of the dark beings has disappeared. If
only all the evil power would leave our midst. Then I'm sure the ark would
return to the Celestial Plain. Ah... I was ready for immortality. But now it
seems the time has come for my spirit to take leave. It's brought joy to my
heart to have met you before I depart. I hope that you will return to the
Celestial Plain, Amaterasu. And that you will bring light to this world once
more.

[Ammy enters a second room and fights and defeats Crimson Helm again]

[Before entering a third room, Ammy encounters another Celestial]

(Sado) It's you, Okami Amaterasu! I did wonder when the ark began to move. Lo
and behold it's the guardian of our home, the Celestial Plain!

[Celestial Being Sado is introduced]

(Sado) Why did such tragedy befall us? This ark was built by the lunar
civilization as a rescue boat. It had been enshrined in the Celestial Plain for
many years. We believed it would be safe. In order to ensure our future
existence, we fled to the ark when the monster attacked us. How could we have
known this ark would become our coffin!? I don't know... Maybe it was our
destiny. Perhaps it was all decided from the start.
That monster, Orochi, who attacked the Celestial Plain, had suddenly come
flying across the sea of stars. And after destroying our people and our
homeland, it went on to cause pain and suffering in this world. Perhaps...
Perhaps it was all pre-ordained by the Moon Tribe.

[Ammy enters the room, fights and defeats the Spider Queen again, then exits]

(Sado) Okami Amaterasu! I sense the presence of someone here on the ark...
Could it be that man from the Moon Tribe!? I can feel his pain, somewhere deep
down inside this ark. Amaterasu, you must save him without a moments delay. You
must stop the seeds of tragedy from being sown! In order for the evil in this
world to be exorcised, the sun god Amaterasu must return to the Celestial
Plain. I pray that you will watch over the world from the heavens. And that you
will bestow peace upon us all!

[Ammy enters a fourth room and fights and defeats Orochi again]

[Before entering a fifth room, Ammy meets one more Celestial]

(Azumi) I've been waiting for you, Okami Amaterasu! My fleeting spirit will
disappear at any moment. I'm glad I was able to hold on long enough to meet
with you.

[Celestial Being Azumi is introduced]

(Azumi) Long, long ago, you and Orochi fell together to this world. Then you
waited for the Chosen One to put an end to Orochi's life. You waited patiently
for countless moons, until finally the Chosen One, Nagi, was born. Together you
sent the monster of the moon to its fate. You didn't realize it, but that was
just one ripple in the wave of darkness!
It's exactly 100 years since the legend of Nagi. The monster was quietly
recovering its strength for all those years, until it used Nagi's descendant,
Susano, to complete its revival. And once again it tried to destroy this world.
When you defeated it, the next stage of its plan began. It cursed the land with
its evil power.
And the world was soon overrun with monsters from the ark.
Orochi's evil essence was more than enough to power them all. The smoldering
powers of darkness exploded throughout Nippon.
And the world was thrown into a storm of chaos never seen before. After that...
Well, you saw with your own eyes. The evil powers that left those monsters you
defeated have all gathered here in the Ark of Yamato. Exorcism of the roots of
evil is a daunting task. You must keep your eyes open for what's in the center
of it all!

[Ammy enters the room, fights and defeats Blight again, then exits]

(Azumi) Okami Amaterasu... It has begun at long last... The waves of darkness
have finally begun to roll. All this evil power... I cannot hold on much
longer! Amaterasu, there is one final thing I must tell you. The man of the
Moon Tribe with the golden hair... I want you to tell him something. The
Celestials will never forget how he fought alongside you when Orochi attacked.
We are forever grateful!

[A pillar of light appears on the central platform and Ammy steps into it]

(Marco) Okami Amaterasu... Just being able to see you with my own eyes... I
can't tell you how much joy it brings me. It pains me that I can't remain with
you until the end. But I know that you won't let us down. Now I must join the
others, but I'll never forget you and how we used to play in the fields in our
homeland. I pray that you will always shine bright, Amaterasu!

[Ammy is teleported to a large arena and finds Waka attacking a big sphere]

(Waka) There you are, Amaterasu. I thought I could handle this before you
arrived. But it seems I have met my match. Heh heh... This brings back
memories, ma cherie! Remember when we faced Orochi together on the Celestial
Plain?

(Waka) Behold... It is shrouded in darkness, but make no mistake. This is none
other than Yami, the evil Ruler of Darkness. It was he who slew the Celestials
on board this very ark and brought misfortune upon the land of mortals! Of
course, it's too dark to see his true form now.

[The ground rumbles and shakes]

(Waka) And so it begins... The dreaded Day of Darkness is upon us!

[Yami drains Ammy of all her Celestial powers and she nearly falls unconscious]

(Waka) Distorted time and space brings about this phenomenon. This ill-fated
day only occurs once every 100 years. Nobody, not even the gods, has the power
to stop it!

[Yami fires a blast of energy at Ammy, but Waka steps in the way to hold it at
bay]

(Waka) Still, I shall stand firm and fight this battle! For it was I who
brought the Ark of Yamato to the Celestial Plain, but I was oblivious to the
evil that lurked in its depths. I caused the death of countless innocent
Celestials and brought a curse upon the land of mortals! However, I cannot
reset my actions nor undo the past!

[The blast of energy proves too much for Waka and exhausts his efforts]

(Waka) Amaterasu... "Orochi can only be defeated with the power of the Chosen
One." That's what I told you. And you waited for me without question. You
waited patiently in this land of mortals... You waited for the day that Nagi,
the Chosen One, was born. You believed in me despite knowing that I count
myself among the ranks of the accursed Moon Tribe who had escaped from the
lunar realm. I was deeply moved by your earnest spirit. That is why my faith in
you has not waned since that fateful day when we engaged Orochi in battle side
by side.

(Waka) Amaterasu, you must return to the Celestial Plain. You must do so in
order to bring peace to this world!

[Yami fires another blast, sending Waka into the depths of the ark, then sets
his sights on Ammy]

[A series of battles ensue during which Ammy regains her Celestial Brush
techniques one by one]

[Ammy defeats Yami, and hears Issun's voice from somewhere in the distance]

(Issun) Heh heh. Not bad, furball! Well, you know the drill. Let's have one of
those famous howls of yours!

[Ammy howls, when suddenly, Yami attacks once more and drains Ammy's power yet
again, as the world becomes engulfed in darkness]

[From off in the distance, we hear the voice of Issun]

(Issun) Bah... That furball's always spacing out like that. Ammy can't get
anything done without my help!

[Ammy hears the voices of the people of Nippon she met during her adventures]

(Camellia) Is that doggy crying somewhere, sis? Is that why the sunshine has
disappeared? *sob*

(Camille) I haven't seen the doggy for a while now... Did my saying there's no
such thing as gods cause all this?

(Mushi) Snowy, the hole-digging king... I never dreamt that you were a god!
You're gonna make Hayabusa a nervous wreck if you don't get that sun shining
again soon.

(Princess Fuse) Amaterasu... Thanks to you, we can protect our village by
ourselves. But you must be strong and triumph over evil, for the Canine
Warriors so dearly wish to see you once more!

(Tama) Hm... That god sure was burning with passion. I dunno what happened, but
if that mongrel doesn't come out of hiding, I'll have to send up a really big
one to reignite that passion.

(Mr. Bamboo) Ho! So that wolf was really a god? Perhaps I should have made an
offering of my bamboo ware. It may be my fault that the sun has ceased to
shine.

[We see everyone looking at drawings of Amaterasu by Issun]

(Mr. Orange) Who would have ever thought that that rascal was really Shiranui
reborn!?

(Mrs. Orange) My, my. How that god loved my Cherry Cakes! Could this darkness
be caused by hunger?

(Jamba) *chirp*

(Underling #1) Uh-oh!

(Underling #2) The boss is... praying!

(Kushi) Snowy... Did something happen to you? Why has the sun suddenly
disappeared?

(Susano) Fido won't roll over and play dead for evil! No brother of mine would
dream of it! Ha ha ha!

(Oki) Something in your brushwork touches the heart, Issun. You never abandoned
your life as an artist after all. When one tries to master something, it ends
in either success or failure. But it is in the attempt itself where you find
the true value. Believe in your own power and walk your own path.

(Otohime) Issun... I see you have finally heeded your calling. Your resolve is
plain to see in your drawing. It has the power to move people's hearts and
inspire their faith in the gods! Amaterasu, their faith shall be your power!

(Ishaku) Ha ha ha! He did it! My grandson did it! Look at the spirit behind
this beautiful brushwork! He truly deserves the title of Celestial Envoy! It's
work like this that can show the true glory of the gods and guide people to the
right path. There's one thing I'm sure of, Amaterasu. You've found a much
better companion than I could ever be!

[We see Issun throwing his drawings of Ammy to everyone]

(Issun) OK, everyone! I know it's kinda hard to see in this darkness, but get a
load of my latest work! Issun the wandering artist presents his interpretation
of the great god Amaterasu! Can you hear me, Ammy? You're not floundering about
without me, are ya? You gotta pull yourself together! I finally chose my path.
And I have the resolve to see it through! I've started to roam the land as your
missionary. But you gotta take care of things on your end, too! Don't look so
sad. Just psych yourself up like we always did, remember?

(Issun) Oops, I almost forgot. Check these out, everyone! It's the great god
Amaterasu descending from the heavens! Pretty good, huh? Ammy was smiling down
from the sky just a little while ago. Something musta disturbed the furball's
concentration, though. That's why the world has gone dark. Without Ammy, we
can't take a refreshing nap outdoors. Rice won't grow. Plants and flowers will
wither. Laundry won't dry. Monsters will roam about like they own the place. In
other words, our world will be a total mess! No one wants to live in a world
like that! Especially me! So, c'mon everybody! Let's join together to call upon
the great god. Let's show Ammy that we truly believe! Put your hands together
and pray. Let's make our gratitude obvious! I mean, we shouldn't pray only when
we want something. We should consider how the gods must feel once in a while.
We should even take on some of their burden. If you pray with all your heart,
maybe the sun will cheer up and show itself once again, lighting our world with
its heavenly glow! After all, the best thing about the great god Amaterasu is
that happy-go-lucky spirit! Right, Ammy? Answer if you can hear me, ya big
furball!

[The prayers of all the people of Nippon are drawn to Ammy and restore her to
full power!]

[Another fight, and Ammy defeats Yami once and for all!]

[As per usual, Waka shows up out of nowhere, in the cockpit of the ark]

(Waka) Fantastique, Amaterasu! What a long and winding road it's been, eh, ma
cherie? But at last our arch nemesis Yami, the Dark Lord who brought darkness
upon the land of mortals, has been annihilated for all eternity. I must say, I
was really surprised by your little bouncing friend. You couldn't have done it
without him.

[Ammy jumps into the cockpit with Waka (and licks his face!)]

(Waka) Ha ha ha ha ha... That tickles! Down! Heel! You're going to lick me to
death! Well, Amaterasu! Time to embark to even stormier seas! Making the world
a better place is never easy! You must return to the Celestial Plain and set
things in order. Only then can you usher in a new age of peace in the mortal
world. Our journey is far from over, ma cherie!

(Waka) Now, full speed ahead! First stop, the Celestial Plain!

[Ammy and Waka fly off to the heavens aboard the Ark of Yamato]

(Issun) The path to heaven, eh? Heh heh heh heh! Kinda sounds like fun! You
remember what I said the first time I met you, Ammy? "There's no stoppin' me
once I've made a decision!" So I'm going, furball! And there's no way you're
gonna stop me! I'm gonna pull out all the stops and inspire people's faith in
you! You're gonna have more believers than you know what to do with! You'll
see! Until then, take care of yourself, ya big furball!

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< 21 - POST-GAME >                                                     [ GS21 ]

[We see paper drawings scattered all around a room as the narrator speaks]

(Narrator) And that concludes this most secret of tales. Well, then. I'd say
that's enough storytelling for today. This story contains the hopes and dreams
of many fine people. Keep it close to your heart and cherish it.

(Narrator) What's that? You want to know why I alone know this tale that no one
knows? You listened to the whole story and never figured it out? You missed the
whole point! Geez... What's wrong with you? I suppose I'll have to tell the
whole story all over again... You'd best learn to show my brush the respect it
deserves! ...Anyway, I'm tired. Let's call it a day. If you're eager to hear
more, I can tell you the rest of the story some other time. Until then, do your
best to live up to the heroes I told you about. It's time to roll this scroll
up and give it a title. Okami Amaterasu's Adventure. Come back again, OK? Until
next time... 

[The narrator is revealed to be none other than Issun!]

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< 22 - MISCELLANEOUS DIALOGUE >                                        [ GS22 ]

This section contains optional dialogue heard at various points in the game
when you can break from the main story and revisit other areas. A brief
description is given to let you know when said dialogue can be heard in
relation to the current storyline events taking place.

< KAMIKI VILLAGE >

[After clearing Tsuta Ruins, Ammy listens to Mrs. Orange]

(Mrs. Orange) Kamiki Village is suddenly filled with flowers! All my husband's
visits to Konohana finally paid off! Of course, he's always exaggerating
things. He claims he couldn't dance if it weren't for the bottle. Bah, he'll
use any excuse to drink.

(Mrs. Orange) My husband is delighted to see Konohana's miraculous recovery. Of
course, he's using the celebration as an excuse to drink. He's the only one who
thinks nobody notices.

[After clearing Tsuta Ruins, Ammy listens to Kushi]

(Kushi) Mr. Orange's dance worked! All the withered trees around the village
have sprung into bloom! Maybe now we'll be rid of all the monsters. Like the
old days. Oh, yes! The village festival's coming around again soon. We'll need
sacred sake for the celebrations. I must get started!

(Kushi) Konohana protects our little Kamiki Village here. When she's in bloom,
it brings the whole place alive. The atmosphere's just perfect for a festival,
don't you think? We'll need sacred sake for the celebrations. I must get
started.

[After clearing Tsuta Ruins, Ammy listens to Mr. Orange]

(Mr. Orange) Snowball! Behold, the great Konohana! What a glorious sight! Her
lofty height seems to touch the clouds! But Konohana shall become even more
beautiful. I shan't perish until my dream is fulfilled!

(Mr. Orange) Phew... I'm just happy my old lady didn't catch me drinking. When
she's angry, she could scare the pants off monsters. At any rate, I'm on the
wagon now! I shan't ever drink again! Now you two, pay more respects to the
sacred tree!

[After clearing Tsuta Ruins, Ammy listens to Sakuya]

(Sakuya) Ah... Okami Amaterasu... Beloved mother to us all. I am flattered that
you have judged my prayers worthy. The village creatures that threaten our
world are growing in strength. It is of the utmost importance that we exercise
great caution. As you rejuvenate each Guardian Sapling, I sprout a new fruit.
These are known as Guardian Fruit. They contain wondrous treasures that I am
honored to offer you. Each time you revive a sapling, you may return to Kamiki
for more. Here... Receive my offering. Your journey will be a long one, but
perhaps this will aid you. May the fresh scent of flowers protect you always.

(Issun) Got that, furball? Revive a sapling and you'll get some fruit! Don't be
shy! There's nothin' like a present from a hot babe!

[Ammy examines the fruit]

(Issun) Ammy, will ya just cut down that fruit, already? Don't be shy! There's
nothin' like a present from a hot babe!

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[After the festival, Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) Things around this place have really settled down now. Come to think
of it, when I saw that huge rock sliced in two, that was the very dawn of
Susano's legendary exploits, wasn't it? I saw a pivotal point in history. Phew,
talk about responsibility! I guess I'll take his lead and become a legendary
salesman... Secure your place in history by buying something from me now!

[After the festival, Ammy listens to Susano]

(Susano) Oh, hello there, brother. How've you been? I must forge my strength
with rigorous daily training! Then I shall win Kushi's heart! Er... I mean,
then I'll strike fear into the hearts of those monsters!

(Issun) C'mon, admit it, pops. You're on a road to nowhere.

(Susano) Hello there, brother. Been busy forging the mind and body? I keep
thinking about that Orochi battle. It was a miracle, indeed! I'm not sure if I
could've done it without Nagi's teachings. He said we must forge our strength
with rigorous daily training! He slew Orochi and saved Kamiki 100 years ago,
just like me. I wonder what kind of man he was. Wish I could've met him...

[Ammy headbutts Susano]

(Susano) Ouch!!! You coward! I wasn't ready for that!

(Issun) You'll never be ready if you keep slackin' off, pops!

[After the festival, Ammy listens to Mrs. Orange]

(Mrs. Orange) Things have quieted down now that the festival's over. After
going through some very rough times, I'm just looking forward to next year's
festival!

(Mrs. Orange) Here for your Cherry Cakes, eh? Well, you'll have to wait until
this evening, dear. I've got too much laundry to start cooking right now.

[Ammy headbutts Mrs. Orange]

(Mrs. Orange) Goodness me! I see you're excited, too!

[Ammy listens to Kushi]

(Kushi) You're looking well today, Snowy! You know the new Thunder Brew I made?
Everyone liked it at the festival, but I haven't sold any since then. Maybe it
was a bit too strong for people? I think I'll work on making a sake that perks
people up. Yes, he'd like that. Hee hee hee.

(Issun) Hey, sweetie, you're not talking about HIM, are ya!?

(Kushi) How are you, Snowy? The rice is looking like it should do really well
this year. I can't wait to harvest it! I wonder if he'll help me again like
last year.

(Issun) Kushi, sweetie! Don't you think you're rushing things a bit?

[Ammy headbutts Kushi]

(Kushi) Behave yourself, Snowy!

[After the festival, Ammy listens to Mushi]

(Mushi) It's the king of hole digging, Snowy! My mama's really on edge now that
Hayabusa and I have become best buddies and have been practicing our Turnip-
digging skills! But I'm sure your 10-Turnip-in-a-row feat will never be
forgotten!

(Mushi) I knew it all along. That's not the real Hayabusa. The real Hayabusa
died a long time ago. I mean... How could he have survived when the monsters
killed my pa? That wasn't the real Hayabusa that came home without a scratch...
I know Hayabusa wouldn't have left my pa to die like that. He would've fought
to the bitter end to protect my pa! But I don't care whether that's the real
Hayabusa anymore. I mean, he saved my life! That arrow would've killed me! I
just want him by my side. That's all I need!

(Mushi) Hey Snowy, king of hole diggers! I've made up my mind! I'm gonna buff
up so I can protect the weak, just like Hayabusa does!

(Issun) That's the spirit, kid! But you should know better than to dig up your
mama's Turnips!

[After the festival, Ammy listens to Hayabusa]

(Hayabusa) My master has somehow changed lately. He now lives for the future
rather than the present.

(Issun) Hey, that's great! He's finally found something else to do other than
dig up Turnips!

(Hayabusa) I have seen into the future... My master shall become a magnificent
warrior!

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!? This is one prediction I hope hits the mark!

[After the festival, Ammy listens to Mushi's Mama]

(Mushi's Mama) People say the monsters have all settled down recently. But my
Turnips are still being pilfered by someone! I'm going to be mighty busy
thumpin' whoever it is! Except... Well, you know...

(Mushi'a Mama) Mushi's changed. He's not the little kid he was before. He's
starting to look like a man. Reminds me of his pa when he was a young man!

[After the festival, Ammy listens to Mr. Orange]

(Mr. Orange) Why if it isn't good old Snowball! This year's festival was
another great success! It was your first time, wasn't it? Well, how did you
like it? I bet you can't wait to see me dance again next year!

(Mr. Orange) I'd better start polishing my dance moves for next year's
festival! Today I shall dance up a storm once again!

[Ammy headbutts Mr. Orange]

(Mr. Orange) Why, Snowball! Do you want to dance, too!?

[After the festival, Ammy listens to Camille and Camellia]

(Camellia) *sigh* The festival's over.

(Camille) Yeah. I suppose we should think about leaving here soon.

(Camille) Where to next?

(Camellia) I want to go somewhere with lots of pretty flowers!

[Ammy headbutts Camellia]

(Camellia) Ouch!

(Camille) Hee hee! I think the wolf likes you!

[After the festival, Ammy listens to Sakuya]

(Sakuya) Great Mother Okami Amaterasu... May the fresh scent of flowers protect
you always!

[After the festival, Ammy listens to Mr. Orange at night]

(Mr. Orange) Back for a handout, Snowball? Here you go.

(Mr. Orange) You want more? I suppose it wouldn't do any harm. Here you go.

(Mr. Orange) You still want more? Boy, you don't know when to stop, do you,
Snowball?

(Mr. Orange) Sorry. Nothing left for you. You look awfully healthy for a
beggar.

(Mr. Orange) I'd better start polishing my dance moves for next year's
festival. I'll be over at the Sacred Deck practicing when it gets light out.
You should come over and join me.

[After the festival, Ammy listens to Kushi at night]

(Kushi) Zzz... Zzz... Oh Susano, I like your cute eyes... Hee hee hee...

(Issun) C-C-Cute!?

[Ammy headbutts Kushi]

(Kushi) Oof! Oh... How fearless...

(Issun) What the heck's she dreaming about? Or do I even wanna know?

[After the festival, Ammy listens to Susano at night]

(Susano) Zzzzzz... My sweet Kushi, something's in your hair. Let me... *mumble*

(Issun) He's putting the moves on her, even in his dreams!

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< SHINSHU FIELD >

[After clearing Tsuta Ruins, Ammy listens to Mika]

(Mika) Surely Master Waka's business in the city must be finished by now. I
feel helpless without him. I hope he gets back soon. Maybe it was Master Waka
who got rid of the wanted monsters! Yes, I suspect it was. That makes me feel
much better.

(Issun) Hey! Is that creep taking credit for our work!?

[After clearing Tsuta Ruins, Ammy listens to Tama]

(Tama) Hey there, pup! Thanks for watching my fireworks the other day. Midnight
Wonder Boy's done. Now I need to make a festival display.

(Tama) I need an even more amazing idea for the festival... Ha ha ha... You
just wait and see! I'll shock everyone with something really spectacular!

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[While heading to Kamiki to find the last Canine Warrior, Ammy listens to Mika]

(Mika) Soon the full moon of the 15th night will rise in the sky... Then we
give thanks to our sacred tree in the Kamiki Festival. I'm not exactly sure
when the festival tradition started, but until Nagi and Shiranui laid that
monster to rest 100 years ago, the festival marked the occasion of another
human sacrifice. And even though it's been 100 years since peace was restored,
I can't help but be reminded of those chilling times.

(Mika) The Kamiki villagers have started preparations for the festival. It'll
be the 100th anniversary of that evil monster's downfall. Not a great time for
the Moon Cave where it rests to go missing! I just pray it's not a sign that
something awful's about to occur. Even though it's been 100 years since
Kamiki's peace was restored, I can't help but be reminded of the chilling past.

[While heading to Kamiki to find the last Canine Warrior, Ammy listens to Tama]

(Tama) Not long until the annual Kamiki Festival now! And not long till my
latest and greatest work is complete! I'm gonna shock everyone with one heck of
a show!

(Tama) I bet you two are curious about my latest work, aren't ya? OK then. I
guess I could give you a sneak preview. Get ready to rock, you two! Here I go!
The brightest constellation in the sky - the Fabled Duo Spectacular!

(Tama) Ahem! Of course, I won't use quite so much gunpowder at the festival.

(Tama) You wanna check out my latest work again, I bet. OK, but make sure
you're paying attention this time! Get ready to be impressed! I'm goin' for it!
The brightest constellation in the sky - the Fabled Duo Spectacular!

(Tama) Play time's over, kids. I've got work to do, so head on home.

(Issun) Sheesh... This guy's even crazier than you, furball.

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[After defeating Crimson Helm, Ammy listens to Mika]

(Mika) Have you come here seeking shelter from these foreboding clouds? I've
never seen such a dark sky over Shinshu before. They say the sky blackened when
the demon demanded a sacrifice. And today is the day of the Kamiki Festival! I
don't like it. This is the 100th anniversary of that evil monster's downfall...
I just pray it's not a sign that something awful's about to occur.

(Mika) This is the 100th anniversary of that evil monster's downfall... I just
pray it's not a sign that something awful's about to occur. Even though it's
been 100 years since Kamiki's peace was restored, I can't help but be reminded
of the chilling past.

[After defeating Crimson Helm, Ammy listens to Ida]

(Ida) Hey there, pooch. You still hangin' about? Doesn't the weird sky bother
you? Today's the Kamiki Festival, but that won't stop the rain, huh? If I
wasn't so busy workin', I'd be curled up at home right now!

[After defeating Crimson Helm, Ammy listens to the Merchant]

(Merchant) Ah, it's you, pooch. Come to see the Kamiki Festival, have you? I'm
looking forward to the fireworks display, personally. But the weather's not
looking too promising. I hope it doesn't impact too badly on sales. You haven't
been asked to buy any festival things, have you, pooch?

[After defeating Crimson Helm, Ammy tries to draw a sun]

(Issun) Huh? Why's it so dark? The sun's out, isn't it?

[After defeating Crimson Helm, Ammy tries to leave Shinshu Field]

(Issun) Hold it right there, furball! Where ya going now? I mean, just look at
the weather! How 'bout we get back to Kamiki Village before it starts pouring?
Maybe that girl Kushi will have something yummy for us to eat!

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[After the Kamiki Festival, Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) Hello, pooch. You're OK, are you? I thought the sky looked a bit
funny the night of the festival. They say that's because Orochi came back to
life! And that's not all. Kushi, the brewer, was singled out as his sacrifice.
But then this guy called Susano defeated Orochi and saved her! It all sounds a
bit far-fetched to me. It's as good as a fairy tale! But if it's really true...
Well then the monsters ought to calm down a bit, right? And it would be safer
for you to play around here, pooch. Well, with all the shopping duty, maybe you
have no time for that. So whaddya say, pooch? Ready to browse my wares?

[After the Kamiki Festival, Ammy listens to Mika]

(Mika) I hear Susano defeated that wicked monster. Is it really true? I have
noticed the monsters here in Shinshu are less violent. And even though the Moon
Cave still hasn't turned up... The Guardian Statue where the Moon Cave used to
be is tiny. It's a tiny little thing of a boy and girl holding hands. Maybe
that evil demon's curse has finally been lifted.

(Mika) The Guardian Statue where the Moon Cave used to be is tiny. It's a boy
and girl holding hands. Maybe they were sacrificed to the monster. It's sad
that the treasured sword, Tsukuyomi, is still missing. But at least we've got
Susano to protect us if anything happens.

[After the Kamiki Festival, Ammy examines the Guardian Statue where the Moon
Cave used to be]

(Issun) A Guardian Statue... It's stood out here since the Moon Cave
disappeared. The gods of the land must be purifying the curse. It makes me feel
better, even if it is rather small.

(Issun) What a magnificent statue, even if it's rather small. Let's liven it up
with some flowers!

[After the Kamiki Festival, Ammy listens to Tama]

(Tama) Another year's festival has come and gone... I'm all burned out. I
wonder if I'll ever be as fired up as that again... Y'know - So fired up, your
heart won't stop pounding. Bam bam bam!

(Issun) Sheesh, this guy's all washed up.

(Tama) My time's past now. Those days when my heart wouldn't stop pounding...

(Issun) Pull yourself together, man! Ammy! Do one of your big bangs! Make it a
real big one!

[Ammy headbutts Tama]

(Tama) It's no good. That's not gonna get me fired up again. It won't bring
back the old bam bam bam!

(Issun) This is proving more difficult than I thought... This calls for
something more drastic!

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[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to Tama]

(Tama) It's no good. That doesn't do anything for me at all. It needs more bam
bam bam!

(Tama) My time's past now. Those days when my heart wouldn't stop pounding...

(Issun) Sheesh... We're back to where we started from! This calls for something
even more drastic!

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[After a day has passed since getting the stray bead, Ammy listens to Tama]

(Tama) No, no, no! That can't be right... It shouldn't be doing that...

(Tama) No, no, no! There's nothing wrong with my formula...

(Tama) No, no, no!

(Issun) Thanks for the good time, Tama! Lookin' forward to more of those wicked
fireworks next year!

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[After bringing Lika to Ezofuji, Ammy listens to Ida]

(Ida) Hey there, pooch! You wanna play, do you? I've been bored without any
decent competition around! It'd be great to have a friendly race.

(Ida) Ready... GO!

[Ammy catches Ida]

(Ida) Phew! Same as ever, huh? You haven't gotten any slower! Here, call it a
prize! Competin' with you really makes me feel alive! Let's do it again
sometime, huh?

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< AGATA FOREST >

[After restoring Taka Pass, Ammy listens to Karude]

(Karude) Hi there, wolfie. Listen to this! My son managed to build a bridge
over at the rapids! Would you believe it!? He's all grown up all of a sudden!
Maybe I was being a bit too over-protective of him before.

(Karude) My son headed off to the Deep Abyss again this morning. It looks like
he's finally found his path in life.

[After restoring Taka Pass, Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) Hey there, pup! The bridge to Kusa Village has been repaired! Now I
don't have to worry about running out of stock anymore. I've got plenty of
things on sale today! Care to take a look?

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[After the Kamiki Festival, Ammy listens to Karude]

(Karude) Hi there, wolfie. It's good to see you running about as usual. What is
it? Are you looking for my son? I'm afraid he's not here in the forest anymore.
He said something about finding his dream, and went off traveling. If you see
him along your way, be sure to say hello.

(Karude) I don't know exactly where my son is at the moment. But I'm sure he's
doing well wherever he is. If you see him along your way, be sure to say hello.

[After the Kamiki Festival, Ammy listens to Kiba]

(Kiba) Hey, Chalky! Long time no see! How's the fang collecting going? Speak up
if you've managed to get hold of a good few. Then I'll let you get your paws on
my precious treasures!

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[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to Kiba]

(Kiba) Hey, Chalky! I hear one of the aristocrats is collecting some amazing
treasure. I bet you could get anything out of him with a few demon fangs. Heh
heh. Don't forget little old me though, eh?

(Kiba) I hear one of the aristocrats is collecting some amazing treasure. But
I'd go for money over treasure any day! Come on then, Chalky! Let's do some
business! You can have some of my treasure for those money-making fangs!

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[After meeting Kokari in Kamui, Ammy listens to Karude]

(Karude) Hi there. You're that wolf my son took to so much, right? He went off
traveling, you know. Have you seen him along your way? I wonder how he's
getting on all on his own...

(Karude) I wonder how my son's getting on traveling about on his own... Maybe
I'm worrying too much. It's a sign of getting old.

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< TAKA PASS >

[After defeating the Cutters, Ammy examines some food in their house]

(Issun) What a nasty smell. What the heck does that spooky couple eat?

[After defeating the Cutters, Ammy examines some graves outside the house]

(Issun) I bet they're the graves of that old couple's victims! We've avenged
your deaths. So you guys may rest in peace.

[After defeating the Cutters, Ammy examines the well]

(Issun) This well's gross, just like those spooky old bags.

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[After defeating Crimson Helm, Ammy listens to the Sasa Traveler]

(Sasa Traveler) I've been working away here for months and I haven't bathed
once! What I'd give to soak in the Sanctuary's hot spring! I can't give up! I
refuse to give up!

[After defeating Crimson Helm, Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) Aaah, I've missed that smell! It's great to feel the Divine Wind
from Kusa Village again. This place was always so pleasant to live in before.
If it goes back to normal, then business should boom. Maybe it's started
already! Been sent out to buy something, pooch?

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[After the Kamiki Festival, Ammy listens to the Merchant]

(Merchant) Well, it's business as usual again today! If you've been sent to do
some shopping, here's the place!

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< KUSA VILLAGE >

[After finding the sixth Canine Warrior, Ammy listens to Mrs. Plum]

(Mrs. Plum) Can you believe it!? You know that good-for-nothing guy from
Kamiki? After all that lazing about, he suddenly disappeared! Said something
about going after a monster. A likely story! I did force him into doing some
cleaning and other jobs, though!

(Mrs. Plum) It's strange, but I kind of miss that lazy guy now that he's gone.
It'd be nice to get him back here to rub my shoulders at least.

[After finding the sixth Canine Warrior, Ammy listens to the Gourd Farmer]

(Gourd Farmer) Yep, you can't beat one of the Bamboo Cutter's baskets! Look! It
doesn't matter how much I put in, it never overflows! Hmph! Looks like this
craftsmanship is lost on you, huh? But it's a world apart, I tell you! Look
closely and you'll see.

(Gourd Farmer) No one seems to understand why I like these baskets so much.

[After finding the sixth Canine Warrior, Ammy listens to Princess Fuse]

(Princess Fuse) I sensed they were outside the village. I wonder if they still
are. If only I had the power to break Crimson Helm's barrier myself...

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[After defeating Crimson Helm, Ammy explores Kusa]

[Ammy listens to Well Woman #1]

(Well Woman #1) My, oh my! The big windmill at the Gale Shrine's turning again!
How wonderful it will be to see things get back to normal around here! The town
will be bustling with people visiting the shrine again. Well, never mind that
now...

[Ammy listens to Well Woman #2]

(Well Woman #2) Goodness me! The Divine Wind's blowing again all of a sudden!
No more monsters! And I'll be able to get the washing dry again! Maybe Princess
Fuse's dogs got rid of the monsters at the shrine. Anyway...

[Ammy listens to the Flower Girl]

(Flower Girl) Hello, little doggy! Guess what!? The windmill's turning again!
The flowers look so happy, sitting there in the breeze!

(Flower Girl) Hee hee hee. Do you like flowers too, little doggy?

[Ammy examines the well]

(Issun) The wind's blowing again, but the fountain is still all dry. I know it
uses wind power to draw up water, so what's the problem?

[Ammy draws Galestorm and restores the well]

(Flower Girl) Whoopee! Whoopee! WHOOPEE! I can't believe there are so many
flowers! They look prettier than ever! I'm so happy! Happy, happy, happy!

[Ammy examines the well again]

(Issun) The windmill's spinning and drawing up water! The villagers don't have
to worry about water anymore!

[Ammy listens to Mrs. Plum]

(Mrs. Plum) It's incredible! The big windmill at the shrine is moving again!
Does that mean Crimson Helm is dead at last!? Remember that guy who said he was
related to Nagi? Susano was his name. Surely he wasn't the one who did it!?

(Mrs. Plum) It looks like he probably is a descendant of Nagi after all. I knew
he was something special from the start, I tell you.

[Ammy listens to the guard on the lookout tower]

(Guard) Ah, it's wonderful to feel a nice breeze blowing again! And I can't
tell you how happy I was to see the windmill start up. Princess Fuse is
amazing, ousting that Crimson Helm brute like that! Now Kusa Village can sleep
easy again at last.

(Guard) I wonder if I'll be able to spot that floating island in the sky. My
grandpa said there's a land up there called the Celestial Plain. That's where
all the great gods are supposed to live. I don't know, though. It's all a bit
far-fetched, if you ask me.

[Ammy examines some large streamers]

(Issun) These huge carp streamers must look awesome in a strong wind. Wouldn't
ya love to see them in action, Ammy? Well then, I think you know what you need
to do!

[Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) It looks like the village is back on its feet again at last!
Hopefully the big windmill back in action should draw in the crowds. Now's my
chance to get business thriving! I've got plenty of beaming smiles in stock,
that's for sure!

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[After the Kamiki Festival, Ammy returns to the Gale Shrine and listens to
Princess Fuse and the Canine Warriors]

(Princess Fuse) How many times do I have to tell you!? Pay attention or you'll
be in big trouble!

(Issun) ... ...

(Princess Fuse) Oh... Hee hee hee hee. Not you. I'm training these canines.
Would you like to join in, white wolf?

(Issun) Oh, uh... I think we'll pass...

(Princess Fuse) There's no room for half-baked training with these 5! I'm going
to transform them into the Kusa 5, bane of all monsters!

(Issun) Whoa, she's got a real serious look in her eyes!

(Rei) I had never seen Princess Fuse angry before. That was really something...

(Issun) Yeah... I know what you mean.

(Ko) I have thought of a better name than the Kusa 5! What do you think of the
Dirty Dogs?

(Issun) Dirty Dogs? Um... Well, I suppose it's kinda catchy...

(Chi) Your defeat of Crimson Helm has proved yourself worthy to join us!

(Issun) Huh? Oh, uh, thanks, but no thanks...

(Shin) I'm so tired... We have been training from sunrise to sundown.

(Issun) Oh c'mon! Don't be such a baby! You gotta harden that body of yours!

(Tei) I'm the leader of the Kusa 5. We have vowed to protect Nippon!

(Issun) You hear that, furball? I think we really can count on these guys!

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< SASA SANCTUARY >

[After blooming the Guardian Sapling in Taka Pass, Ammy goes to Sasa Sanctuary]

(Issun) Mmm... Don't ya just love the smell of bamboo? Looks like there's a
road here. Let's see where it takes us.

**The remainder of the dialogue is the same as the main story dialogue***

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[After defeating Crimson Helm, Ammy listens to the Sparrow Clan]

[Ammy listens to Jamba]

(Jamba) ... ...

(Underling #2) Uh-oh!

(Underling #1) The boss is... nodding off!

(Issun) Whatever. Let's leave him alone, Ammy.

[Ammy listens to Chun]

(Chun) Hey, do you know my little brother, Tai? He's really funny. You two
should be friends.

(Issun) Well, he does have a funny face...

[Ammy listens to Underling #1]

(Underling #1) Tai never listens to anyone, but he really looks up to you.
There must be something really special about you.

[Ammy listens to Underling #2]

(Underling #2) Take never listens to anyone. But he's different with you. How
do you do it?

[Ammy listens to Tai]

(Tai) Tweet!? It's the white wolf again! Take always cheers up when you stop
by.

[Ammy listens to Take]

(Take) Wait, I can sense it... You have answered the Power Orbs' calling and
defeated Crimson Helm. I choose the right one. O great hero!

(Issun) Hero? Is that hero, or heroine, Ammy?

[Ammy goes to the bamboo thicket and listens to Mr. Bamboo]

(Mr. Bamboo) Sunlight pouring down on bamboo stretching towards the heavens...
This place is like paradise on earth for me. I give thanks for being born into
a world with such beauty.

(Mr. Bamboo) Now let's see... Which bamboo looks the freshest? I must also give
thanks for such magnificent bamboo.

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[After the Kamiki Festival, Ammy listens to the Sparrow Clan]

(Underling #2) Ah, Master Scruffy!

(Underling #1) Welcome, welcome! The stories about you have reached here, you
know.

(Chun) You defeated Orochi, didn't you!? The forest animals are all talking
about it. Aren't they, Pop?

(Jamba) ... *chirp*...?

(Underling #2) Uh-oh!

(Underling #1) The boss is... crying!

(Issun) What's that supposed to mean?

(Chun) Come by here anytime, doggy! Everyone in the inn enjoys your stories!

[Ammy listens to Chun]

(Issun) ... ...

(Chun) ... *tweet*

(Issun) Huh!?

[Ammy listens to Underling #1]

(Underling #1) I hope you tell all our young ones here about your heroic
exploits.

[Ammy listens to Underling #2]

(Underling #2) You're plucky, Master Scruffy, that's for sure! How can one run
into the enemy's camp without any weapons or armor?

[Ammy listens to Tai]

(Tai) Tweet! I've been waiting for you, white wolf! You're the talk of the
forest, you know! Did you really defeat a horrible monster? Tell me all about
it, please!

(Issun) Looks like you finally won tweety over, furball!

[Ammy listens to Take]

(Take) Could it truly be Shiranui!? No other than the legendary white wolf
could defeat Orochi!

(Issun) Hey, I was there, too! Anyway, you protected the village all by
yourself. Not too shabby!

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< CITY CHECKPOINT >

[After restoring Taka Pass, Ammy examines a sign that reads "Big Drawbridge"]

(Issun) We gotta cross this drawbridge to get to Sei-an City. But it looks like
the drawbridge is up right now.

[After restoring Taka Pass, Ammy listens to a soldier]

(Soldier) Who!? What!? Oh, ah... Ahem... This is the Checkpoint for Sei-an
City. This Big Drawbridge is the only way in or out. But no one is allowed into
the city right now. That's an absolute order from Queen Himiko! Say, you know
the Phoenix Statues that protect this Checkpoint? Well, they burned with the
sacred flames that drove away evil... But they suddenly went out one day! Now
I'm afraid monsters are gonna sneak up on me when it gets dark! The sacred
flames should never go out. Maybe that rumor IS true!

(Soldier) Who!? What!?  Oh, uh... Have you heard that rumor? You know, that
rumor about the huge cursed zone. Everyone's up in arms 'cause it happened so
close to the big day. I mean, the Kamiki Festival held each year. Plus, it's
the 100th festival since that monster was defeated. So everyone's saying that
it's the 100-year curse!

(Soldier) Who!? What!? Uh... No one's allowed into the city. That's an absolute
order from Queen Himiko! I've been guarding this Checkpoint with my life ever
since the Phoenix Statue's sacred flames went out and that rumor began. You've
heard that rumor, haven't you?

[Ammy chooses "No, tell me."]

(Soldier) You haven't heard the rumor about the huge cursed zone? Everyone's up
in arms 'cause it happened so close to the big day. By big day, I mean the
Kamiki Festival held each year. Plus, it's the 100th festival since that
monster was defeated. So everyone's saying that it's the 100-year curse! Of
course, I was the first one to start spreading that rumor...

[Ammy chooses "A million times!"]

(Soldier) I see... Guess I can't remember who I've told it to. I've told so
many!

[After restoring Taka Pass, Ammy listens to Yoichi]

(Yoichi) Hello there! What's the matter, poochie? Why the sad look? You'll
never get anywhere looking like that. It's bad luck! I'm Yoichi, the greatest
archer among all the City Guards!

[The Greatest Archer Yoichi is introduced]

(Issun) Holy smokes! That's some bow ya got there, mister!

(Yoichi) What's this? You brought a friend along with you, poochie? This is my
trusty bow, Goldenfire, the most powerful in all the land! Guarding is rather
dull work, so I pass the time practicing archery. I'll show you what I can do.
Watch this!

(Issun) Wow! Bull's-eye!

(Yoichi) Pretty good, eh? There's not a target Goldenfire and I can't hit! Now,
my friends... Why not have a bite to eat and relax a bit?

(Yoichi) What is it, poochie? Do you want to pass through to the city? Well, we
have a problem then. I was guarding this City Checkpoint when suddenly the
order was given not to let anyone enter. Look. See how they raised the Big
Drawbridge on the far bank? Normally, I'd fire a flaming arrow as a signal to
lower it. But there's nobody at the guard post over there. Wonder if my
comrades in the city would notice if I fired an arrow. No matter... I don't
have anything to light an arrow with, anyway. You see, the sacred flames of the
Phoenix Statues suddenly went out. It's been one thing after another, lately.
Anyway, at least I can get some well-earned rest. Why not have a bite to eat
and take a break with me?

(Yoichi) You can't go to the other side while the drawbridge is up. I might be
able to signal them to lower it with a flaming arrow. But unfortunately, I
don't have anything to light an arrow with. You see, the sacred flames of the
Phoenix Statues suddenly went out. Anyway, at least I can get some well-earned
rest. Why not have a bite to eat and take a break with me?

[Ammy examines the Phoenix Statue]

(Issun) The Phoenix Statue, eh? Bet it'd be really impressive if its flame were
burning.

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[After curing the Emperor of Sei-an, Ammy listens to the people at the CC]

(Mrs. Pine) We're getting a few more people passing through here these days.
Business is picking up for my little tea shop again at last. Life's full of its
little ups and downs, as they say!

(Mrs. Pine) That man's been here for an awful long time. He looks a bit like my
son, come to think of it. I'm so busy here lately. Maybe I could ask him to
help me out.

(Tea Customer) Hey there, pooch! Guess what I heard. A guy who came from the
city told me that weird illness has gone! I guess that means I should be on my
way. Or maybe not! I'd feel bad to leave the old lady on her own. She reminds
me of my dear old mother, rest her soul. Surely staying here for a few more
cups of tea wouldn't hurt.

(Tea Customer) I could help out with the tea shop when it gets too much for
her. You be nice to the folks you meet during your travels, too!

(Merchant) Sei-an City wouldn't be what it is today without Queen Himiko. She
does a wonderful job of governing in this dangerous land. She's always done her
best to protect us and keep us safe. I wonder why she suddenly closed off the
city like that. People say there are more and more monsters outside lately, so
I suppose it's wise to raise the bridge to keep them out. Anyway, I'd better
get back to work. What can I get you today?

(Merchant) Hi there! Is there anything I can get for you?

(Soldier) Who!? What!? Hey, where'd my partner go? I better stand guard to make
sure no suspicious characters slip by! By the way, you've heard that rumor,
haven't you?

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[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) You've been to the Ryoshima Coast, right, pooch? So maybe you've got
some idea of what's going on in the city? A little while ago, the sky over
there turned really dark. And then a strange black thing came flying past! It
went off to the north at the most incredible speed! Maybe it was some kind of
bad omen of things to come. Have you got some kind of doggy sixth sense about
these things?

[Ammy chooses "Yes!"]

(Merchant) ... ... You're trying to tell me you do sense something, right?
Still, what a silly blank expression... Never mind. Is there anything I can get
you?

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "I don't think so..."]

(Merchant) ... ... Hm, you look like you don't have any kind of sense at all.
Never mind. Is there anything I can get you?

***end optional***

(Merchant) You know, that strange black thing that flew off to the north... Do
you know what it is through some kind of doggy sixth sense?

[Ammy chooses "Yes!"]

(Merchant) Oh, stop making that face, silly. Come on, now. Get your shopping
done and leave me in peace.

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "I don't think so..."]

(Merchant) You're a funny one, aren't you? Come on, now. Get your shopping done
and leave me in peace.

***end optional***

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< RYOSHIMA COAST >

[After curing the Emperor, Ammy listens to one of the soldiers at the border to
North Ryoshima]

(Soldier #1) What is it, pup? You want to cross the border? You'll have to
speak to my colleague if you do. But Queen Himiko's ordered the border to be
sealed off. I'm sorry, but I'd give up if I were you, pup.

(Soldier #1) The monsters seem more agitated than usual as of late. They act
like they own Ryoshima Coast now. Thanks to Queen Himiko and Miss Rao, it's
still safe here. But it's dangerous past this point. You better stay here, pup.

[After curing the Emperor, Ammy listens to the fisherman]

(Fisherman) You can't swim in the sea, pooch! It's too dangerous! The Water
Dragon's in there with its mouth wide open! I can understand wanting treasure,
but don't risk your life for it!

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[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the soldiers at the border to North
Ryoshima]

(Soldier #1) Hello there, pup. You're free to come and go as you please now.
But there are still monsters about in Ryoshima Coast. You take care of
yourself.

(Soldier #1) You're a real character, aren't you, pup? You know, you're the
only animal who keeps coming through here. Well, it's good to see you're
enjoying yourself, anyway!

(Soldier #2) Hello, pooch. Everytime I see you, it reminds me... Thinking back,
you brought us her last order... I mean, it was the last order we received from
Queen Himiko to let you pass. That makes you special to us gatekeepers, you
know.

(Soldier #2) Now that Queen Himiko's gone, we're the only ones left to guard
Sei-an. We've got to be even more vigilant than before to keep monsters out. If
only everyone trying to cross the border was as cute as you!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) Hello there, puppy! I hear they've been having a rough time of it in
the city recently. But things don't get any better by sitting around worrying.
So let's forget about that, and get down to business, huh? Take a look and see
if I've got anything you've been sent for!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the fisherman]

(Fisherman) The waves are much calmer now, don't you think? And I haven't heard
of the Water Dragon attacking for a while. Guess it'd be OK to go in the sea
now, huh?

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the Itinerant Monk]

(Itinerant Monk) Change comes to all things in this world. Buddhism is
all-encompasing. To die at the hand of a demon... Rao truly lived as the great
Buddha did. Oh, benevolent Amitabha. Have mercy...

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy examines the graves by Ankoku Temple]

(Issun) I bet this untended grave is where the real busty babe's soul lies. May
she and her two bouncy friends rest in peace.

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy examines the well and the corpse in the tunnel
behind Ankoku Temple]

(Issun) Never expected there'd be a hidden passage to the city here. I bet that
evil being who was disguised as that busty babe built it as an invasion route!

(Issun) Aw, man... These old bones are all that's left of the real busty
babe... Poor thing... Left out here like that all this time. May she rest in
peace.

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[After a day has passed since winning the stray bead from Hayate, Ammy listens
to him again]

(Hayate) Hey there, pooch! You wanna play, do you? I've been bored without any
decent competition around! It'd be great to have a friendly race.

(Hayate) Ready... GO!

[Ammy catches Hayate]

(Hayate) Phew! Same as ever, huh? You haven't got any slower! Here, call it a
prize! Competin' with you really makes me feel alive! Let's do it again
sometime, huh?

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< SEI-AN CITY >

[After speaking with Kaguya outside the Imperial Palace, Ammy listens to the
sentries]

(Sentry #1) Oh, it's you again, wolf. You certainly seem to have made a friend
of the Emperor. He said we should let you come and go whenever you want! You
know, it's unusual to see a wolf with white fur like yours. Maybe that's why
the Emperor likes you. He loves curiosities!

(Sentry #2) Well, if it isn't the white wolf back again! Guard duty's been so
much easier with the Emperor back to normal. It's always better to serve a
leader who rules fairly. The city's back on its feet again, too. And it's all
thanks to you! A wolf that brings luck... I can see why the Emperor likes you.

(Sentry #2) Have you seen the Emperor's treasures yet? He has some very unique
things you can't find elsewhere. Hidden treasures from across the land...
Treasures money can't buy. You should go see for yourself!

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[After curing the Emperor, Ammy enters a restaurant and examines various
objects]

(Issun) Check out all these pots. Just goes to show you how obsessed chefs get
with their work. Of course, I can't tell 'em apart. I dunno a thing about
cooking!

(Issun) Looks like veggies used in cooking. I suddenly feel hungry...

(Issun) Whoa... You'd need one heck of a fire to heat this massive pot up. I'm
talkin' major burn-the-house-down firepower!

[Ammy listens to Yama]

(Yama) My study of the art of cooking must go on. I will not abandon my
cherished dream! Though this means I must start the ultimate dish again from
scratch, such challenges make life worth living, right, pup?

[Ammy listens to the waitress]

(Waitress) *sigh* The afternoon is so relaxing. I mean, everything's all ready.
Now all we have to do is wait for the customers!

(Waitress) A big smile is the key to serving customers!

[Ammy headbutts the waitress]

(Waitress) What was that for!?

[At night, Ammy listens to the waitress]

(Waitress) Oh, I'm so busy! Hey, you're in my way!

(Waitress) I can't believe how busy I am! Who has time to smile when serving
customers!?

[Ammy headbutts the waitress]

(Waitress) Tsk! Now I have to wash my hands!

[After curing the Emperor, Ammy examines the crack in the wall that she snuck
through when she shrunk]

(Issun) Hey, where ya think you're going, furball? The mist that was covering
the city's already gone. We can go in through the front gate this time!

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[After transporting the Aspiring Carpenter to the boss's place, Ammy returns
and listens to them again]

(Aspiring Carpenter) Boss! Please, boss! Surely today's the day you'll say yes!
I know I'm weak and useless. That's why the mist got to me. But no one could be
more passionate about work than me! Please, boss! Please let me be your
apprentice!

(Naguri) ... ... You hopeless dreamer. How many times do I have to tell you I
don't take apprentices? And yet you still keep coming back and pestering me.
Very well. I'll work you so hard you won't know what's hit you!

(Aspiring Carpenter) B-Boss... Yes, boss!

(Naguri) You'd better be fit for the job tomorrow. I'll be working you so hard
you won't know what's hit you.

(Aspiring Carpenter) I'll be ready, boss!

(Aspiring Carpenter) Thank you so much for letting me be your apprentice, boss.
I'll learn absolutely everything you've got to teach!

(Naguri) You big buffoon! What are you chattering on about!?

(Aspiring Carpenter) Er, s-sorry, boss!

[After a day has passed, Ammy listens to them again]

(Naguri) Hey! How come you're not standing up straight? Your personality's
twisted so your back is too, that's why!

(Aspiring Carpenter) S-Sorry, boss!

(Naguri) Hey! Mind where you're looking! You'll end up being mangled if you
don't pay attention!

(Aspiring Carpenter) Forgive me, boss!

(Aspiring Carpenter) I really admire the way that you work, boss.

(Naguri) Enough! Too much talk, not enough work. That's your problem.

(Aspiring Carpenter) Y-Yes, boss!

(Aspiring Carpenter) I'm still so far from being able to equal your great
skill, boss.

(Naguri) See the wood with your heart, not just your eyes.

(Aspiring Carpenter) I-I'll try, boss!

[Ammy listens to them at night]

(Naguri) Hey! Why have you got such a small appetite? I'll tell you why! You
don't work hard enough to get hungry.

(Aspiring Carpenter) I'll eat more, boss!

(Naguri) Hey! Can't you eat any faster? Eat fast, work fast, die a happy man.
That's my philosophy!

(Aspiring Carpenter) I'll be sure to take that to heart, boss!

(Aspiring Carpenter) You've got a formidable appetite, boss!

(Naguri) Enough chatter! What's your mouth for!?

(Aspiring Carpenter) Er, f-for eating, boss!

(Aspiring Carpenter) Are you hungry? Here, you can help me out with this.

(Aspiring Carpenter) Oh, you still want to help out?

(Aspiring Carpenter) You've got quite an appetite, too.

(Naguri) What's all this!? You're still only halfway through!

(Aspiring Carpenter) Th-Thank you for the meal, boss!

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[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the Weapon Dealer]

(Weapon Dealer) Can you believe my luck, mutt? The Ryoshima Coast used to be
quite a dangerous place. But now we don't hear any stories about monsters at
all. It's almost like all of the evil around here has disappeared! That means
no one needs to buy things from me anymore. You're my only customer now, mutt!

(Weapon Dealer) You have to help me out here, mutt! It's so peaceful here now.
It's like all the evil's gone for good. That means no one wants to buy anything
from me anymore! You're my only customer now, mutt!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the Tool Dealer]

(Tool Dealer) It's been nice and peaceful here in Ryoshima lately. The bigwigs
seem to be kicking up quite a fuss, but we common folk are happy as long as
we're fit and healthy! It's business as usual again today!

(Tool Dealer) It's business as usual again today! Have you been sent to do the
shopping, pooch?

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy returns to Tao HQ and listens to Kamo]

(Kamo) We couldn't do a thing this time. Of course, we wanted to protect Queen
Himiko. But she ordered us to stand down. Maybe she knew something that we
didn't... Whatever the reason, this is a heartbreaking outcome for us. What
will become of the Tao Troopers now that she's dead?

(Kamo) I must be strong! Queen Himiko is dead now, but our duty to support the
ruler of the capital must go on. I shall continue to serve Sei-an City under
Capt. Waka!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to Mr. Flower]

(Mr. Flower) Flowers soothe the soul, don't you think? My power alone is
insignificant. But blooming flowers have the power to brighten people's lives.
That is why I dedicate my life to them!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to a little girl]

(City Dweller #1) Hi, doggy. Have you heard of the Celestial Plane? Um... Or
was it the Celestial Plain? Anyway, my grandfather told me all about it.
Apparently it's a land high up in the sky where the gods live. If it really
exists, then I wish I could go visit. Then I could make lots of really nice god
friends!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to Naguri and the Aspiring Carpenter]

(Aspiring Carpenter) I still have a long way to go before I match you, boss.

(Naguri) Enough! Some things go without saying.

(Aspiring Carpenter) Y-Yes, boss.

(Aspiring Carpenter) I'm starting to be able to imitate the look in your eyes,
boss.

(Naguri) Enough! You've still got an awful lot to learn.

(Aspiring Carpenter) Y-Yes, boss.

(Naguri) Hey! Your posture's not too bad now, boy. Keep up the good work.

(Aspiring Carpenter) Y-Yes, boss!

(Naguri) Hey! You've got a good look in your eyes there, boy. That's what you
need to be able to talk with the wood, you know.

(Aspiring Carpenter) Th-Thanks for the tip, boss.

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the soldiers]

(Soldier #2) Poor Queen Himiko! I was so disloyal, complaining about her and
doubting her, when all the time she was praying for our safety. And she even
gave her life to save us from evil! I had no idea. I'm so ashamed of myself.
Forgive me, Queen Himiko! Oh! It's just too much to bear! *sob*

(Soldier #2) Oh! Queen Himiko! You gave your life to protect us all from evil.
Now I'll put mine on the line to defend your beloved city! Oh! It's just too
much to bear! *sob*

(Soldier #3) I can't believe that Miss Rao was killed all that time ago. And
that nasty old fox was pretending to be her! Miss Rao must have sufferd so
terribly. There's a lesson to be learned from this tragedy. From now on, we
must open our eyes and see the truth.

(Soldier #3) There's a lesson to be learned from this tragedy. From now on, we
must open our eyes and see the truth. Let us pray for the repose of Rao and
Queen Himiko's souls.

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the people in line at Rao's Lecture
Hall and the soldiers]

(City Dweller #1) I can't believe Rao was killed and then possessed by a
monster. Now I know how she kept her beauty for so many years.

(City Dweller #1) To think that we were listening to that monster day after
day... It makes me shiver just to imagine it! But the real Rao used to give
sermons here in the old days, too. So it's only right to come here every day
and pray for her soul.

(City Dweller #2) How terrible! We've lost both Rao and Queen Himiko at once!
What will become of us now? Not just here at Sei-an, but over the whole land of
Nippon! Everyone's trying to put on a brave face, but deep down we're all
feeling desperately worried and uneasy.

(City Dweller #2) I suppose Queen Himiko remained silent about what was going
on because she wanted to avoid disrupting our lives. So we mustn't just give up
and let ourselves be beaten! We'll get back on our feet again! We just need to
be positive.

(City Dweller #3) Dear me... I heard the news. Queen Himiko gave her life to
save the city. How could we not have realized what was going on!? We're all
fools! Each and every one of us!

(City Dweller #3) I'm going to pay my respects to Queen Himiko every single
day. It's the very least I can do.

(City Dweller #4) I wonder how much longer it'll be before it's my turn. There
are rumors flying around that Rao's gone. I hope it's not true. After all this
time, I haven't even met her once!

(City Dweller #4) I wonder how much longer it'll be before it's my turn. I'm
not even sure what I'm lining up for anymore.

(Soldier #1) This is the Lecture Hall where the regent, Miss Rao, gives her
sermons. She's always come here whenever Queen Himiko asked her to. We've been
guards here for as long as I can remember. I can't believe we were working for
that murderous evil being!

(Soldier #1) I'm not crying! No, no. I've just got a bit of dirt in my eye.
Dear Miss Rao... We'll guard this place for you even in death.

(Soldier #2) Dear Queen Himiko and Miss Rao... The sacrifice you both made for
our city is enormous. That's why we'll have to do our utmost to keep the peace.
Your devotion to Sei-an City lives on inside us all!

(Soldier #2) Queen Himiko! Miss Rao! Behold! We take it upon ourselves to keep
Sei-an City peaceful forevermore!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to Okuni]

(Okuni) I wonder what the Dragon Palace is like. I bet it's surrounded by fish
and coral. It must be really pretty. I wish I could go swimming with the fish.
It'd be such fun!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to some aristocrats]

(Aristocrat #1) The city's finally returning to its normal lively self. But
now's not the time to be resting on our laurels! Even we noblemen have to pitch
in to get Sei-an back on its feet!

(Aristocrat #1) Queen Himiko dearly loved Sei-an. So it's up to us to return it
to its former glory in her honor. Nay, we can show our respect for her by
making it better than ever!

(Aristocrat #2) Poor Rao. She was such a kind and gentle person. I can't
believe she was killed and then impersonated like that. It seems I really had
the wool pulled over my eyes there. You know, usually I detest dogs. But if you
look long and hard enough, maybe even the dirtiest of dogs can start to look
quite cute...

(Aristocrat #2) Poor Rao. She was such a kind and gentle person. Maybe I'll go
over to Ankoku Temple to pay my respects. It's dangerous out there, though. You
be careful too, doggy.

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to another pair of aristocrats]

(Aristocrat #1) First the Emperor's illness, and now Queen Himiko's death...
How could we not have realized there was an evil being among us? We'll have to
be much more vigilant from here on out!

(Aristocrat #1) Now that Queen Himiko is dead, the Emperor will have to take
over. Collecting treasure is all well and good, but we need him to take control
of the running of the city now. We civil servants will be right behind him all
the way!

(Aristocrat #2) We're all feeling so bewildered, but we mustn't give in to it.
It's important to keep calm and keep battling on. We don't have Queen Himiko
and Rao to look after us anymore.

(Aristocrat #2) My husband thinks it's up to the Emperor to take Himiko's
place. But now's not the time to be looking for a successor. It's up to us city
folk to be strong and fight for ourselves.

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the soldiers in the guard building]

(Soldier #1) I can't cry! I won't cry! It's our duty to protect the city now
that Queen Himiko is gone. And until we fulfill that duty to the best of our
abilities, I refuse to shed any tears! *sob*

(Soldier #1) Defending Sei-an will be our way to avenge Queen Himiko's death.
Until true peace returns to our home, I refuse to shed any tears! ... ... *sob*

(Soldier #2) My heart feels so empty with Queen Himiko gone. We were supposed
to be protecting her, not the other way around! I feel so ashamed! But more
than that, I feel so sad! *sob* Oh, Queen Himiko! Forgive me!

(Soldier #2) I just can't relax now that Queen Himiko's gone. Maybe we used to
depend on her too much. We'll have to come to terms with dealing with things
ourselves now. But not before we've shed a few more tears for our dear Queen...

(Soldier #3) Hey there, doggy! Taking a walk here, are you? It looks like we're
starting to get back on track at last. We just need to address the problems
facing us as best we can. The thing is, it doesn't all end when peace is
restored. Oh no, that's just the beginning. Protecting this place is going to
be a job for life.

(Soldier #3) We'll do all we can to keep the peace we're now enjoying again.
This blissful peace that the late Queen bestowed on us from heaven!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the soldiers at Himiko's palace
gate]

(Soldier #1) Qu-Queen Himiko! We knew this would happen, but we carried out our
duty as ordered. Whatever your orders were, we would follow them gladly!

(Soldier #1) *sob sob* ...Queen Himiko! No! Now isn't the time for tears! Until
a new leader is appointed, we're still your guards. And we'll go on to protect
this city just as you always did!

(Soldier #2) Queen Himiko had faith in us. That's why she chose to stand up to
the evil beings. So we don't have time for tears, much as we miss her. We may
be without a leader now, but the palace must be protected. We'll continue to
stand guard as a testament to our respect for her.

(Soldier #2) Standing guard here at Himiko's Palace like I always did, I can
almost hear her voice as she strolls through the garden. *sob sob* Until the
day we die, we shall remain Queen Himiko's guards!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the Emperor]

(Emperor) Hello, wolf! I got hold of a very interesting treasure just recently.
It's a valuable item that enables you to walk on water. If you had enough Demon
Fangs, I might consider giving it to you.

(Emperor) Come and visit me again when you have more Demon Fangs to swap!

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[After bringing Lika to Ezofuji, Ammy listens to the Emperor]

(Emperor) Hello, wolf. Have you brought me some Demon Fangs? Then let's swap
them for some of my treasure!

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[After the ark rises, Ammy listens to the Aspiring Carpenter and Naguri at
night]

(Aspiring Carpenter) The food's been delicious lately.

(Naguri) There's plenty more where that came from!

(Aspiring Carpenter) Th-Thank you, boss.

(Aspiring Carpenter) Hey! Let's see how you like this!

(Aspiring Carpenter) Why stop there? There's plenty to go around!

(Aspiring Carpenter) I suppose I should've known you'd be keen on eating.

(Naguri) Hey, you two! Make sure you leave some food for me!

(Aspiring Carpenter) Thanks for the meal, boss!

(Naguri) Hey! You've got a decent appetite at last! That's the way. You need to
build up your strength for tomorrow.

(Aspiring Carpenter) Thanks for the meal, boss.

(Naguri) Hey! You're looking a lot stronger lately. A carpenter's strength is
one of his best tools, you know.

(Aspiring Carpenter) Absolutely, boss!

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< SUNKEN SHIP >

[If you learned Holy Eagle and entered the sunken ship before going to Sei-an]

(Issun) This door's cursed? They probably sealed it up like that to keep
looters out. But I've never seen such a sinister looking curse before. I sure
hope this whole ship isn't one big curse.

(Issun) It must be cursed. Wonder how a simple seal for protecting treasure got
so evil. I bet this puppy ain't gonna be easy to dispel. Let's come back again
later.

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< NORTH RYOSHIMA COAST >

[After meeting Orca, Ammy listens to Urashima and the bullies]

(Urashima) Howdy there, pooch! Y'all make it to the Dragon Palace? That
whirlpool done sucked ya to the bottom of the sea, huh? I'm happy as a pig in
slop to hear y'all made it. Anyway, I reckon I'm in a bit of a pickle right
now. I wanna go fish in the sea, but these folks are in my way.

(Bully #1) It really was at the pier. Por... Or... Orca, I mean! We didn't
believe him, but Urashima was telling the truth. Oh, Urashima! The Great
Urashima! We were wrong and you were right all along!

[Ammy headbutts Bully #1)

(Bully #1) Hey! Quit bullying me!

(Bully #2) Oh Urashima! The Great Urashima! We were wrong and you were right
all along!

[Ammy headbutts Bully #2]

(Bully #2) Bad dog!

(Bully #3) Oh Urashima! The Great Urashima! You're so cool!

[Ammy headbutts Bully #3]

(Bully #3) Ouch! That hurt!

[Ammy listens to Urashima at night]

(Urashima) That whirlpool done sucked ya to the bottom of the sea, huh? I'm
happy as a pig in slop to hear y'all made it. I sure wish I could go back there
one day. Just once... There's a Treasure Box there that brings back lost time.
I want that box more than anythin'. I mean, I need it...

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[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy brings the Treasure Box to Urashima]

(Mrs. Urashima) Well, what's ticklin' you, wolf? Brought me a nice souvenir
from your travels, have you?

(Urashima) There you are, pooch! Lookin' pleased with yourself, huh? But never
mind that. You know that demon island out in the sea? It disappeared in a
cloud of petals, before my very eyes! And the Water Dragon's calmed down, too.
Somethin' good's about to happen. I'm sure of it!

(Urashima) Howdy there, pooch! Y'all make it to the Dragon Palace? I reckon
you're pleased as a tick in a dog pound now that that awful demon island done
gone away, huh?

(Urashima) ...? Well, I'll be... If it ain't that Treasure Box I've been
lookin' for! Y'all went to the Dragon Palace to get this for me!? Thank you...
Thank you kindly! That time I drowned, they revived me at the Dragon Palace,
see. That's why I'm stuck in a body that just won't get any older. I'll always
look like a young'un. Forever and ever. Meanwhile, everyone around me's gettin'
older and older. But with this Treasure Box, I reckon I can return to normal.

(Old Urashima) *cough cough* Phew... Well? How do I look?

(Mrs. Urashima) Honey! Is that really you!?

(Old Urashima) It sure is! Your husband's back!

(Mrs. Urashima) You're back! You've finally come back to me!

(Old Urashima) And I'm here to stay. I ain't goin' nowhere. I'll never leave
you again, dear.

(Old Urashima) I dunno how I can ever thank you enough... But I want y'all to
have this. It ain't much - just a token. I found this pretty stone on the sea
bed. It brought me luck, see!

[Ammy headbutts the couple as they hug]

(Old Urashima) Hey! I was enjoyin' an emotional moment there!

(Issun) Can't you see they wanna be alone, furball?

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy boards Orca]

(Orca) You two are amazing! I've seen about all of this vast sea there is to
see, but I've never met such courageous heroes who were such poor swimmers. The
Dragon King is no doubt having a good laugh deep under the sea!

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy? That was half a compliment at least. Give us
swimming lessons sometime now that the sea's at peace again!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the watcher]

(Watcher) Did you see what happened to the demon-shaped island!? It just
disintegrated in a puff of flowers! I went back home because it looked like a
storm was coming. But for some reason, I wasn't afraid, so I came back. And
when I did, I saw that! Wow, I'm so lucky!

(Watcher) I always enjoyed looking at the night sky. But watching petals dance
in the mid-day breeze... That's special!

(Watcher) The view's a lot better here now that the demon island's gone. The
roar of the sea and the smell of the beach... Nature's great!

(Watcher) I always enjoyed looking at the night sky. But it's just as pretty in
the daytime, too.

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy enters Umi's restaurant]

(Waitress) Mr. Umi suddenly cheered up! His fisherman's working really hard to
bring him fresh fish. We still haven't got many customers, but they'll soon be
back when they hear Mr. Umi's cooking again!

(Waitress) I love fresh fish. But Mr. Umi's even more lovely! Oops!

(Umi) The fish must be fresh! The dish must be quick! Oh, I love cooking! I
must thank the sea for its fruits! So bring on the fish - any fish! There's
nothing Umi can't prepare!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) D-Did you see that? Oni Island vanished in a puff of petals! What an
amazing sight! I don't know what it was, but I bet we won't see the island
again! The sea off Ryoshima Coast will go back to normal - calm again. I bet
you want to buy something to celebrate, don't you, pooch?

(Merchant) I'm pleased Oni Island's gone. I can relax more now. But it's a
shame I can't sell my famous 'Doninuts' anymore. Anyway, are you on shopping
duty, pooch? Then take a look!

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[If Ammy tries to enter the whirlpool in the sea without the aid of Orca]

(Issun) Now hold on a second! I know exactly what you had in mind, you crazy
furball! You're right, this whirlpool is the entrance to the Dragon Palace. But
jumping into it all by ourselves is just plain suicide! Don't make me do that
again!

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[After having been to Kamui, Ammy listens to Mrs. Urashima]

(Mrs. Urashima) My husband's back! I feel like a young lover again. It's taken
years off him, I tell you!

(Issun) I wouldn't exactly say that...

(Mrs. Urashima) Look at me! Gettin' the jitters about my man comin' home! I'm
gonna blush when he comes in! It's not right for a woman my age!

[After having been to Kamui, Ammy listens to Old Urashima]

(Old Urashima) Howdy, pooch! You're lookin' mighty happy as usual! Thanks to
you, I can have a life with my wife again. Nothin' makes me happier than
spendin' time with her. I reckon I really owe you one!

(Old Urashima) I'm in a bit of a fix, see. I've gotta go out fishin', but look
at all these kids... I'm easily distracted. If I get invited to play, I'll say
yes! Well, I reckon I could go play for a bit, right?

[After having been to Kamui, Ammy listens to the bullies]

(Bully #1) Urashima got really old... in just one day! But he's forgiven us,
even though we were nasty to him. We wanna be a cool old man like him, too!
Come on, Grandpa Urashima! Come play with us!

(Bully #2) Come play with us, Grandpa Urashima!

(Bully #3) Grandpa Urashima! Come play with us!

[After having been to Kamui, Ammy listens to Mr. and Mrs. Urashima at night]

(Old Urashima) I love my wife. I'm never leaving her side...

(Old Urashima) I love my wife. I'm never leaving her side...

(Issun) That's too much information. Let's get outta here, Ammy!

(Mrs. Urashima) You know I love you too, dear. Look at the stars with me.
They're twinklin' beautifully tonight.

(Mrs. Urashima) You know I love you too, dear. Look at the stars with me.
They're twinklin' beautifully tonight.

(Issun) Let's get outta here, Ammy!

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[After the ark rises, Ammy listens to the Watcher]

(Watcher) There's a beautiful sky again tonight. Peace throughout Nippon!
That's what I wish for! But not on a star. We'll make it happen. All by
ourselves!

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< DRAGON PALACE >

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to the people at the palace]

(Security Guard #3) Ah, our noble guest! I heard all about your exploits! How
you defeated Ninetails, the murderer of our mighty King Wada! I had no idea you
were such a great warrior!

(Security Guard #3) Our noble guest... No, the greatest warrior, Amaterasu! It
would be an honor to take combat lessons from you sometime!

(Issun) Oh, the things I could teach you, sweetie! *nudge nudge wink wink*

(Security Guard #5) Otohime told us all about your brave exploits. You land
dwellers have some hidden strengths, it seems!

(Security Guard #6) We haven't seen you for ages! What have you been up to?
Everyone here's talking about you!

(Security Guard #6) You must tell me about all your brave deeds sometime,
Amaterasu!

(Chancellor #1) Gentle King Wada is gone now. But Otohime has bravely stepped
into his shoes. *sob* She's so wonderful! *sob*

(Chancellor #1) But Otohime has bravely stepped into his shoes. We'll work
harder than ever before to manage your affairs!

(Chancellor #2) What a joyous time! The Dragon Palace has a new leader! Otohime
will shine in her new position as ruler of our people.

(Chancellor #2) The King would've been delighted. *sniff*

(Chancellor #3) We lost too many in the fight against the Dark Lord. Queen
Himiko, Rao, and our very own King Wada. That's why we must never let the peace
we have now slip away. Those of us who are left will protect it to the end.

(Chancellor #3) Queen Himiko, Rao, and our very own King Wada... Those
sacrifices won't be in vain! We'll guard this peace to the end!

(Security Guard #2) Your deeds shall never be forgotten at the Dragon Palace.
Glory to the great god Amaterasu!

(Security Guard #1) Why, it is Amaterasu, savior of the Dragonians! Words could
never possibly thank you enough for what you have done!

(Otohime) Why, Amaterasu! It's so good to see you. What tidings do you bring?

(Issun) You OK, babe? I mean, that was one heck of a feat you pulled off. You
had me worried!

(Otohime) I had no choice but to perform the rite of transformation. Such
traditions are normally reserved for kings. But the people of our realm have
accepted me as their ruler. Henceforth, I devote my life to protecting our
people and the sea!

(Security Guard #1) All hail Queen Oto! We shall follow wherever Her Majesty
leads!

(Security Guard #2) Glory to the Dragonians!

(Otohime) Amaterasu, there was something more I wish to tell you. I carry the
child of my dearly departed husband, King Wada. I have every hope our child
shall grow up to be a fine leader, and maybe someday, even King or Queen of the
Dragonians. We Dragonians shall protect the sea for all eternity!

(Security Guard #1) All hail Queen Oto! We shall follow wherever Her Majesty
leads!

(Security Guard #2) Glory to the Dragonians!

(Otohime) I know not how I shall ever thank you for what you have done. This
could never begin to repay my debt to you, but please accept it as a token of
my eternal gratitude.

(Otohime) May good fortune forever smile upon you, Amaterasu. We Dragonians
shall protect the sea for all eternity!

(Security Guard #1) All hail Queen Oto! We shall follow wherever Her Majesty
leads!

(Security Guard #2) Glory to the Dragonians!

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After a day has passed since restoring the swirly-whirly, Ammy listens to the 
Dance Troupe]

(Dancer #1) Spring, flex, jump! La, la, la! Spring, flex, jump! La, la, la! Hey
there, cutie! Wanna dance?

(Dancer #2) Spring, flex, jump! La, la, la! Spring, flex, jump! La, la, la! The
troupe leader's decided we've got to get in shape. That's why we're dancing
like this. But I don't know if it's doing any good. D'you think it is?

(Dancer #3) Spring, flex, jump! La, la, la! Spring, flex, jump! La, la, la!
There's nothing the Dragon Palace Dance Troupe can't do by dancing!

(Dancer #4) Spring, flex, jump! La, la, la! Spring, flex, jump! La, la, la! So
doggie, do I look any tougher to you now?

(Dancer #5) Spring, flex, jump! La, la, la! Spring, flex, jump! La, la, la! I
knew it! Brute strength is the only answer in the end. From now on, the Dragon
Palace Dance Troupe's motto is muscle!

[Ammy examines the swirly-whirly spring]

(Issun) There's some seriously hard rock here. But I bet you could dig through
it if you practiced enough.

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< KAMUI >

[After listening to Kemu in Wep'keer, Ammy listens to Oki]

(Oki) What do you want now? I'm busy hunting down and slaying monsters. Do not
dwell here too long lest Kutone claim your lives as well!

(Issun) You can't fool me, Oki. I heard the truth from Kai. You took that sword
without permission, didn't you? I talked to the new chief, Samickle, and he
said -

(Oki) I don't care what he says. He's not fit to be chief! I should be the one
to protect the village. No monster can defeat me as long as I wield Kutone!

(Issun) Where do you get off being so cocky? Mark my words. You're setting
yourself up to crash and burn.

(Oki) You washed-up artist. What do you know of the ways of the warrior? Crash
and burn? Look at you with your cheap paintings!

(Issun) My art is none of your business! Forget this fool, Ammy. Let's get
outta here.

(Oki) What do you want, you washed-up artist? How about showing me one of your
second-rate paintings?

(Issun) Put a cork in it, Oki! Forget this fool, Ammy. Let's get outta here.

(Oki) Hmph... An excellent idea. And make sure you don't come back. Unless, of
course, you want Kutone to claim your lives, too!

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[After bringing Lika to Ezofuji, Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) Have you noticed the sun disappearing from the sky? That means that
the eclipse we have every 100 years has begun. It's scary when the sun goes
away. I hope it'll come back again. I'd better sell off my stock before Kamui
freezes over. Come on, wolf! Take something off my hands! Anything will do!

(Merchant) It'll be terrible when the sun disappears in the eclipse! I'd better
sell off my stock before Kamui freezes over. Come on, wolf! Take something off
my hands! Anything will do!

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< WEP'KEER >

[After exiting Ponc'tan, Ammy listens to Kai]

(Kai) Amaterasu! Have you found Lika? No... Not with that look on your face, I
guess. There's a hidden village of Poncles called Ponc'tan in Yoshpet. I bet
there's some sort of clue to Lika's whereabouts there. There are only a few
days until the Day of Darkness. If Lika's not here to recite the Volcanic
Incantation by then... Please, Amaterasu! Find Lika! For the whole village's
sake!

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[After bringing Lika to Ezofuji, Ammy listens to Squirrel Girl]

(Squirrel Girl) The sun's blessed warmth is gone. Kamui will freeze over and
become a land of evil demons! What a chilling thought... And there's nothing I
can do about it.

(Squirrel Girl) No! There IS something I can do! I can pray. That's what I can
do! O spirits of the air, earth, and sea. Grant us light! With this Volcanic
Incantation, we offer ourselves to you!

[After bringing Lika to Ezofuji, Ammy listens to the merchant]

(Merchant) I've heard all about the Day of Darkness. It sounds scary. The sun
completely disappears... What'll happen to all of us then? Will the sun ever
come back again? Does that mean the spirits of the air, earth, and sea will all
die? The more I think about it, the less I like the sound of it... Why don't
you buy something to take my mind off it?

[After bringing Lika to Ezofuji, Ammy listens to Sea Lion Mask]

(Sea Lion Mask) Brrr... It's so cold, my whole body feels like it's freezing
up. Come keep warm in here until the Day of Darkness passes, wolfie.

(Sea Lion Mask) *yawn* I'm getting a bit sleepy... ... ... Huh!? No! I'll never
wake up again if I fall asleep now! ... ...

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[After the ark rises, Ammy listens to Squirrel Girl]

(Squirrel Girl) Ezofuji's back to normal again! And it's all thanks to Lika and
the village elder! If we manage to live through the Day of Darkness, I'll spend
every waking hour I have helping to restore Kamui!

(Squirrel Girl) I wonder if Oki's OK. If he'd just have a change of heart and
come back, we'd all be more than happy to welcome him again. Imagine our young
chief, Samickle, working with Oki's support. With those two together, Kamui
would be in safe hands. It'd be a better place for wolves, too, you know!

[After the ark rises, Ammy listens to Sea Lion Mask]

(Sea Lion Mask) I've always believed in Lika. I knew she could do it. I just
knew it from the start! There aren't many of us Oina folk left now, but we'll
make sure Kamui stays a safe and peaceful land!

(Sea Lion Mask) Lika and the others are a bit late, aren't they? Maybe they're
still performing the Volcanic Incantation. But the Day of Darkness will soon be
upon us... I hope they get back soon. I'm a nervous wreck here.

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< PONC'TAN >

[After bringing Lika to Ezofuji, Ammy goes back to Ponc'tan]

(Issun) Not this place again. Boy, you're weird. Well, furball. Ya gonna go in
or what?

(Issun) Then get in there and do what ya gotta do already! I'm staying. Nothing
is gonna change my mind. This slick helmet of mine could get ruined in such a
gloomy place!

[After bringing Lika to Ezofuji, Ammy returns to Ishaku's]

(Guard #1) Hello, wolf. Here to pay another visit to Ishaku?

[Ammy just stands there]

(Guard #2) I'm assuming that means yes.

(Guard #1) He's been full of energy since your last visit.

(Guard #2) It's quite incredible! He even regained his eyesight!

(Guard #1) Why don't you show your silly... Er, handsome face to Ishaku?

(Guard #2) I'm sure he'll be thrilled to see you.

(Ishaku) This village is blessed with light from luminous moss. That's why no
one else has noticed. But I can feel it... The Day of Darkness is almost here.

[Ammy just stands there]

(Ishaku) Don't look at me like that, Ammy. Yes, you're right. I do have a
grandson. His name is Issun. Even when he was small, he had the potential to
surpass me. I expected a lot of him, so I trained him really hard. But it
backfired and he ended up hating painting. I doubt he'd even pick up a brush
nowadays.

(Ishaku) If you ever bump into him on your travels... Please tell him that I'm
praying for his happiness. And give him this. That's all I can do for him now.
But I love my grandson. More than anyone could ever know!

(Ishaku) It's been so difficult for me ever since Issun ran away. I tried to
pretend that I never had a grandson. But who could ever forget the joy of an
adorable grandson? Issun... He may not be perfect, but he's a good boy. He's
stubborn like me, though. That's why he won't come home. I have no idea where
he is now or what he's doing. I just hope he still has a love of painting deep
down inside.

[After bringing Lika to Ezofuji, Ammy listens to Miya]

(Miya) Issun's such an idiot! All that talk of wanting to lead a happy and
carefree life... When really he's just a big coward! He ran away because he
didn't believe in his paintings! I was taught that when you try to do something
well, you don't do it to be praised by others. You do it to challenge yourself!
But I guess Issun got sick of all that. What a fool!

(Miya) If I was as good as Issun, I'd never give up. No matter what anyone
says, I'll keep on painting. But I can't paint the kind of pictures that appeal
to people. Only Issun can. Issun is the only one who can follow in Ishaku's
footsteps. Hmph! What an idiot he is!

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< INNER YOSHPET >

[After the ark rises, Ammy examines the Spirit Gate]

(Issun) Who knew the Spirit Gate was a door to 100 years ago? How in the world
would something like that even work?

(Issun) I think we're done with this Spirit Gate, Ammy. Now stop wasting my
time! Let's get outta here!

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< SPIRIT GATE >

[Before stealing the robe, Ammy examines a sign that reads "The Great Worrier
Nagi"]

(Issun) Geez... It's spelled wrong. Heh... All brawn and no brains.

[Before stealing the robe, Ammy examines a sign that reads "Nami's Sake House"]

(Issun) The house where the legendary sake is brewed. Ah... I can slightly
smell that bewitching scent.

[Before stealing the robe, Ammy examines some barrels in Nami's house]

(Issun) These are barrels for brewing sake. Seems Nami really loves brewing! I
bet she'd give Kushi a good run for her money!

[Before stealing the robe, Ammy examines a sign that reads "Home of the Village
Elder, Mr. Grapefruit"]

(Issun) This is where Mr. Orange's ancestor Mr. Grapefruit lives.

[Before stealing the robe, Ammy examines a sign that reads "Home of Nazo"]

(Issun) Mushi's ancestor Nazo... I guess mischief is passed down through the
generations.

[Before stealing the robe, Ammy listens to the two sisters]

(Peony) What was that roaring sound just now? That wasn't... That wasn't the
evil Orochi, was it?

(Peoni) I'm scared, sis!

(Peony) No one knows where Orochi surfaced from. But ever since it appeared,
the world's gone crazy. I pray to this Konohana sapling to protect us!

(Peoni) I-I pray too!

[Before stealing the robe, Ammy listens to Shakuya]

(Shakuya) Orochi is choosing his shacrifice... Looks like we're in for another
shcary feshtival.

(Issun) Hey, wait a sec... You're Sakuya, aren't ya? The wood sprite?

(Shakuya) I already told you that, Mishter! I'm Shakuya, and this is my tree.
You're jusht now figuring that out?

(Issun) Now I've really seen everything... This little brat here is actually
that hottie, Sakuya!

(Shakuya) Hey! Don't call me a brat! When I grow up, I'm gonna be really
shtrong! You'll shee! But... I'm not big enough to protect the village yet...
*sniff* Waaaaaaaaaah!

[Before stealing the robe, Ammy examines the small sapling again]

(Issun) So this is Sakuya's sacred tree 100 years ago. Wow, I can't believe it
grew so big from something this small. And that goes for Sakuya's body, too!
Heh heh heh heh...

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< 23 - SIDEQUESTS >                                                    [ GS23 ]

This section contains dialogue for the various sidequests and mini-games, with
a couple exceptions which were included in the story segments of the main game.
All of these quests can be done at any point in the game, prior to entering the
Ark of Yamato. They are listed here according to what area in the game they
take place at.

< SHINSHU FIELD >

[Ammy listens to the Nameless Man]

(Nameless Man) Earthenware's like a mirror into the soul, man. Whatever mood
you're in, good or bad, it all comes out in the pots! Check this out! I just
finished firing my first piece!

(Nameless Man) I love flowers. Single-flower vases are my specialty. You can
have it if you like it!

(Nameless Man) What's the matter, man? Don't you like my vase? It'd make a good
offering to those weather-beaten Guardian Statues. Still, I guess a wolf
doesn't have much need for vases, huh?

[Ammy brings the vase to a Guardian Statue, then examines it]

(Issun) Check out the Guardian Statue now! It looks great thanks to you. See,
even the Guardian's smiling!

[Ammy listens to the Nameless Man]

(Nameless Man) Looks like you snatched that vase and took it somewhere. I guess
even wolves appreciate fine art.

(Nameless Man) Still looking after that first vase I gave you, buddy? I've
come up with one that's even better! Check it out, man.

(Nameless Man) My potter's intuition is starting to come back to me, man. You
can have it if you like it!

(Nameless Man) What's with the "it looks just like the last one" look? Look
closer, man! Can't you see how perfect the coloring is?

[Ammy takes the vase to a Guardian Statue, then returns to the Nameless Man]

(Nameless Man) Hi there, nature buddy. Enjoying the vase I gave you? Hopefully
it's happily embracing a stunning flower by now.

[Ammy listens to the Nameless Man]

(Nameless Man) The White Connoisseur returns! Don't worry. Just a nickname I
cooked up for you, man. Look! I've just finished my third piece! See that sober
shading? An expert like you knows what it means, huh? We're two of a kind, you
and me. Here, take it!

(Nameless Man) You're getting the earthenware bug, too, I'd say. Why don't you
try working some clay yourself? Ha ha ha ha!

[Ammy takes the vase to a Guardian Statue, then returns to the Nameless Man]

(Nameless Man) You pestering me for another already, White Connoisseur? You
can't rush genius! My work takes careful planning, man.

[Ammy listens to the Nameless Man]

(Nameless Man) Hey, White Connoisseur! Your nose never lets you down, huh?
You're just in time to check out my fourth masterpiece, man! Getting the color
just right was a challenge even for me! Go ahead, take it. Do with it what
nature tells you to.

(Nameless Man) Do you know what "acquired beauty" is, friend? Like, the more
you use something, the more beautiful it becomes. So use that vase however you
want, and watch it improve with age!

[Ammy takes the vase to a Guardian Statue, then returns to the Nameless man]

(Nameless Man) White Connoisseur... My next piece won't be ready for a while. I
intend to make the finest example of pottery ever seen! It's gonna be totally
out of this world, man! But perfection takes time! Don't pressure me, man.

[Ammy listens to the Nameless Man]

(Nameless Man) ... ... ... ... ...

(Issun) Hey... Is that...? Can it be? Yeah! It's him! It's that guy! Heeey!!

(Nameless Man) Like, don't be so loud, man! No need to disrupt nature's harmony
with a loud voice. You don't need to squeal like a rat for me to hear you.

(Issun) Did he just call me a rat?

(Nameless Man) Still, getting excited about my next masterpiece is only
natural. And so now...

(Issun) *gulp*

(Nameless Man) Allow me to unveil my greatest creation! Well? See the
irresistible charm of its naive simplicity? It's so great, like, I don't even
know what to do with it. Here, White Connoisseur! You look after it!

(Nameless Man) See the irresistible charm of its naive simplicity? It's so
great, like, I don't even know what to do with it. You'd better look after it,
White Connoisseur!

[Ammy takes the final vase to the last Guardian Statue, then returns to the
Nameless Man]

(Nameless Man) So how's my best ever vase doing, White Connoisseur? I guess I
shouldn't bother asking, huh? I'm sure you found the perfect place for it,
friend. Let me give you something to say thanks. It's trippy, man. Y'know, I'm
not sure that vase was even real. I don't think I have what it takes to make
another like that. The lifestyle of a master potter isn't an easy one, man. But
that's exactly why I became one! The real challenge has, like, only just
started. Back to work!

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[Ammy listens to Ida the messenger]

(Ida) Phew! I'm firin' on all cylinders again today! So? What do you want?
What's with the twinkle in your eye, pooch? You wanna race? OK! Lightnin'
Ida'll give you a run for your money!

(Ida) Ready... GO!

[Ammy catches Ida]

(Ida) Phew! You caught up with me already!? I'd never have guessed it, but
you're a real sprinter, pooch. That's one point for you! Ha ha ha!

(Ida) I'd better speed up if I'm losin' to a wolf! I'm gonna polish up these
golden feet of mine, so come back soon!

[Ammy listens to Ida again later]

(Ida) Hey there, pooch! I'm always runnin' about, so it passed me by... But I
just heard that Susano took on Orochi! That guy's really something, huh?
Maybe there'll be less monsters gettin' in the way in Shunshu now. Anyway...
You haven't forgotten our little competition, have you? I've been practicin'!
I'm a whole lot faster than I was before! Anyway, can't chat! Gotta fly!

(Ida) Ready... GO!

[Ammy catches Ida]

(Ida) Phew! You caught up with me again? You sure are fast, pooch! A top
sprinter. You've got 2 victories under your belt now! Ha ha ha!

(Ida) Your four legs carry you like the wind, pooch! I'm gonna polish up these
golden feet of mine, so come back soon!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to Ida once more]

(Ida) Ah-ha! There you are. Listen, pooch. I need to talk to you. I, Lightnin'
Ida, wanna challenge you! I wanna take back the title of Shinshu's No. 1 once
and for all! You've totally outclassed me up to now. But I'm not gonna run
staring at your tail waggin' any more, pal! And just to show you how serious I
am this time, I'm putting up my family treasure, the Gimmick Gear, as my stake.
I still remember it... That night of a thousand shootin' stars... One of them
just fell right out of the sky into my lap. That was the Gimmick Gear. That
steel cogwheel just dropped down right in front of me. It couldn't be just an
accident. The gods must've planned it. They were tellin' me to keep runnin' for
the rest of my life. To keep deliverin' my mail as fast as I possibly could. I
live for my job. And that gear's my good luck charm. And I'm puttin' my faith
in it now. I know it'll help me win! So... Time we got this show on the road,
right? Come on, then!

(Ida) Ready... GO!

[Ammy catches Ida]

(Ida) What!? No way! Lightnin' Ida of the Dangan Express... Beaten in the
greatest and most important match of my life? ... Ha ha ha... You haven't just
scored a point off me this time... That's gotta be worth a million points! Ah
ha ha ha ha ha! Well, a promise is a promise, pooch. My lucky charm's yours. It
should always belong to the No. 1 sprinter in Shinshu.

(Ida) My little brother from Ryoshima said he'd seen an amazin' wolf. Guess you
must've made a name for yourself over there too, huh? Well, you're the fastest
creature I've ever met, that's for sure. I guess the gods won't mind if I'm
relinquishin' the title of Shinshu's No. 1 to you. But it's an important title.
So make sure you honor it, OK? I'm gonna keep on runnin' and runnin' and
runnin', and one day I'll take the title back from you. You'll see!

(Ida) It's funny. I feel refreshed now that I gave you my lucky charm. Rarin'
to go! But I know I mustn't rush it. That's what competin' with you taught me.

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[Ammy finishes off Mika's Monster Notebook. *Note - the dialogue is the same
after defeating each monster]

(Issun) OK! Another mischief-making monster down! Well, you know what to do, my
furry friend!

(Issun) A quick slash of your brush should do the trick!

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to cross the monster's name off the list]

(Issun) What? Still trembling with excitement or something? Cross the name out
with a straight line from left to right.

***optional #2***

[Ammy crosses off the wrong name]

(Issun) No, not that name!  Strike off the name of the monster you finished
off.

(Issun) Wrong again, furball! You're supposed to strike off Onimaru the
Incorrigible!

***end optional***

[After all the monsters from the list are defeated]

(Issun) Well whaddya know! You've taken care of all the names in the Monster
Notebook! Won't the priest be happy to hear this! He might even give you a
reward! Heh heh heh heh heh...

[Ammy returns to Mika]

(Mika) Ah, it's you, wolf. What are you doing back here? ... ... I don't
believe it! Every single one of the wanted monster's names is crossed out! Come
to think of it, I haven't sensed any of them recently. But... who on earth
could have managed this? It's absolutely wonderful! I want you to give this to
whoever it was, wolf. Understand?

(Mika) The mischief-makers are gone now, I can finally sleep at night. But the
sacred sword, Tsukuyomi, is still missing. I just pray nothing terrible is
going to happen...

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[After learning Cherry Bomb 2, Ammy draws a double CB for Tama]

(Tama) Oh! Was that a double whammy?

(Tama) A-Amazing!

(Tama) It's coming back to me now... The old bam bam bam of my heart pounding!

[After learning Cherry Bomb 3, Ammy draws a triple CB for Tama]

(Tama) Whoa! Was that a triple whammy?

(Tama) U-Unbelievable!

(Tama) It's coming back to me... I'm Tama. That's it! Tama, the Flaming
Pyrotechnist! Thanks, pup! You've rekindled my fiery spirit. I want you to have
this bead I found around here in return. OK then! Can't sit around here getting
senile. I've gotta come up with some ideas for next year's festival!

(Tama) Gah hah hah. It takes a while for me to get into gear. But once I'm
firing on all cylinders, nothing can stop me! I'll have some great new
fireworks lined up for next year's festival.

[Ammy headbutts Tama]

(Tama) Wh-What!? The gunpowder caught fire again!?

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[Ammy enters the dojo]

(Onigiri Sensei) Well, what have we here? It looks like I have an adorable
lupine visitor. My name is Onigiri Sensei and this is my dojo.

[Fighting Master Onigiri Sensei is introduced]

(Onigiri Sensei) What business could a wolf like yourself have at a dojo like
this? Certainly you haven't come to study the fighting arts with yours truly!

[Ammy selects "Yes"]

(Onigiri Sensei) I'll be a monkey's uncle! You've got the cash, have you? I
see... I suppose I have no choice. I'll do as you wish and allow you to enroll
in my dojo. Aaaaaaah... OOOOH!

***optional #1***

[If you selected "No", then return and speak with him again]

(Onigiri Sensei) So you've come again, my little lupine friend. Have you come
to sharpen your skills?

***optional #2***

[If you selected "Yes", but try to leave the dojo]

(Onigiri Sensei) Where do you think you're going!? I won't sit idly by while
you try to run from your destiny!

(Issun) Ammy! You're gonna get yourself killed!

(Onigiri Sensei) Does your fear cause you to hesitate? Step inside and let the
training begin.

***end optional***

(Onigiri Sensei) Waaaah... Are you mentally prepared to handle the ultimate
challenge? Step inside to test your might...

(Onigiri Sensei) Let the lesson begin! We'll practice the 4 Winds Reflector
technique. Take these tips to heart and remember them as we train.

(Onigiri Sensei) Well? Did you understand?

[Ammy selects "Yes"]

(Onigiri Sensei) Ah... Very well, then... I'll grant you this Technique Scroll.
Check it when you forget what it means to be a warrior.

***optional #1***

[Ammy selects "No"]

(Onigiri Sensei) Pay attention when I speak, worm! I'll explain again. You'd
best listen well this time!

***optional #2***

(Onigiri Sensei) Would you like to hear the tips again? Listen good this time
and remember what I say!

(Onigiri Sensei) If you need more instruction, check the Technique Scroll I
gave you. This technique can only be mastered by the best. It is not something
to be learned. You must have the inate ability. Train until your muscles
ache... Then train some more!

***end optional***

(Onigiri Sensei) Understand it with your body as well as your mind. En garde!

(Onigiri Sensei) Hm... Not bad! Keep it up!

(Onigiri Sensei) Not quite... Put more energy into it!

(Onigiri Sensei) Is that all the strength you can muster?

(Onigiri Sensei) Yes! Let your warrior's spirit burn bright!

(Onigiri Sensei) That's enough for now! Very impressive. You have shown me your
warrior's spirit! You mustn't neglect that spirit. Train everyday to keep it
strong. You may go now. Show those foul creatures the true nature of the
warrior!

(Onigiri Sensei) What's the matter? Have you gone yellow on me? Go out there
and use your new skills to fight evil!

(Onigiri Sensei) Had enough, eh? Listen, wolf. Gaining experience in a single
skill is admirable. But you must never lose the drive for self improvement. I
pray that you do not forget that.

(Onigiri Sensei) Eh? I see you're still here, my lupine pupil. Do you wish to
delve further into the fighting arts?

[Ammy chooses to learn another skill]

(Onigiri Sensei) So you once again choose to try your hand at the fighting
arts? I suppose I have no choice. I'll do as you wish and allow you to enroll
in my dojo. But I must warn you... I won't hold back this time! Aaaaaaah...
OOOOH!

***From this point on, the only dialogue that changes is when Onigiri Sensei
mentions the name of the skill Ammy is learning***

[After learning all the skills available at this location, Ammy listens to him]

(Onigiri Sensei) Have you come to play again, wolf? I'm sad to say that I have
nothing left to teach you, friend. Go on outside and frolic! Enjoy yourself!

(Onigiri Sensei) Unfortunately, I have nothing left to teach you. Go on outside
and frolic! Enjoy yourself!

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< AGATA FOREST >

[Ammy approaches a house in a cave]

(Issun) Huh? What's a house doing here in this cave? How could anyone live here
with that cursed zone spreading around?

[Ammy enters the house and listens to an old woman]

(Madame Fawn) Ha ha ha... You've come white wolf. And you look troubled. You
may call me Madame Fawn. I read bones to see the future. I knew you would come.
I saw it in a vision.

[Bone Reader Madame Fawn is introduced]

(Madame Fawn) It looks like the world outside is in great chaos. This is not to
say that it was not predestined to happen. However, this year is special...
This is the 100th year since Nagi and Shiranui's adventure. You saw the
enormous cursed area on your way here, did you not? Land rendered barren... All
who approach tainted by darkness... Only one creature possesses the power to
control this... Orochi! Even so, the rate at which it spreads... Incredible...
The curse can only be lifted by restoring the Guardian Saplings. Perhaps you
will encounter one hidden here in Agata Forest. That's enough idle talk for
now! I'm trying to run a business here. Like I told you... I am a fortune
teller. The bones reveal all. If you have money, I can even tell your future,
wolf. Interested?

[Ammy selects "Pay"]

(Madame Fawn) Aha! Then let us listen to what the bones have to say, friend.
Waaaaaaaaaaaaah! It's coming to me! I can see it! In the dense and leafy
forest... Inside a cave sealed by a rock... A part of the wood sprite waits to
be revived. It waits for a holy bomb to break the cracked rock! I can't tell
you any more for now. You'll have to seek out clues yourself. Ha ha ha...

[Ammy selects "Don't pay"]

(Madame Fawn) Come back any time you're in need of my services. Ha ha ha...

[Ammy returns to Madame Fawn]

(Madame Fawn) I knew you'd come, white wolf. You are troubled... Well then...
If you have money, I'm ready. Interested?

***optional - If your first visit with her is after blooming the Guardian
Sapling***

[Ammy enters the house and encounters an old woman]

(Madame Fawn) Ha ha ha... You've come white wolf. And you look troubled. You
may call me Madame Fawn. I read bones to see the future. I knew you would come.
I saw it in a vision.

[Bone Reader Madame Fawn is introduced]

(Madame Fawn) It looks like the world outside is in great chaos. This is not to
say that it was not predestined to happen. However, this year is special...
This is the 100th year since Nagi and Shiranui's adventure. You saw the
enormous cursed area on your way here, did you not? Land rendered barren... All
who approach tainted by darkness... I can see the curse has been lifted... It
appears that some brave soul has stood up to Orochi. That's enough idle talk
for now! I'm trying to run a business here. Like I told you... I am a fortune
teller. The bones reveal all. If you have money, I can even tell your future,
wolf. Interested?

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to Madame Fawn after meeting Waka]

(Madame Fawn) Aha! Then let us listen to what the bones have to say, friend.
Waaaaaaaaaaaaah! It's coming to me! I can see it! On the shore of a pond, a
young child requires guidance... Retrieve the key from the dark depths of the
lake... Only that key can open the gates to the forbidden ruins! I can't tell
you any more for now. You'll have to seek out clues yourself. Ha ha ha...

***Only the new fortune dialogue will be listed from this point on***

[After unlocking Tsuta Ruins]

(Madame Fawn) Your expression shows no doubt at all. You should continue along
the path you believe to be correct.

[After clearing Tsuta Ruins]

(Madame Fawn) A bridge washed away in a storm... Although a child tries to fix
it with his father's rod... A bridge that size may require a miracle.

[After restoring Taka Pass]

(Madame Fawn) In a village protected by divine wind... Evil forces have
squelched the blessed breeze... The time has come to assemble the 8 spirits
once again!

[After finding the first five Canine Warriors]

(Madame Fawn) The 8 spirits are eager to undo the evil that blocks the wind. A
sparrows' inn lies in a plain. Restore their parched land... A proud canine
spirit shall be reborn!

[After finding the sixth Canine Warrior]

(Madame Fawn) The 8 spirits are eager to undo the evil that blocks the wind.
Aid a troubled girl near a holy spring deep in the forest. A proud canine
spirit shall reappear.

[After finding the seventh Canine Warrior]

(Madame Fawn) The 8 spirits are eager to undo the evil that blocks the wind.
Once again set foot in the village protected by a tree. A brave dog spirit
waits patiently for your arrival.

[After finding all the Canine Warriors and before going to the Gale Shrine]

(Madame Fawn) The 8 spirits are eager to undo the evil that blocks the wind.
All have assembled... Swing wide the shrine gates. A beast of fire lies in
wait.

[After defeating Crimson Helm]

(Madame Fawn) Aha! A beautiful sake brewer... An arrow with white plumage...
After a 100 year sleep, the legendary beast returns. The time has come to take
a stand! Purge the evil for good!

[After the Kamiki Festival]

(Madame Fawn) Across the windswept plain, a colossal gate stands tall... Raging
fire ignites a cannon... A new pathway is opened, ushered in by a thunderous
din.

[After restoring Ryoshima Coast]

(Madame Fawn) A large and prosperous city has lost its water. A sharpened blade
must be raised from the water around the city. A new path will open before your
eyes.

[After lowering the bridge in Sei-an City]

(Madame Fawn) With the grand city leaderless, a priestess steps in to
facilitate... The secret lies in the sunken ship! Escort her there... A
fantastic treasure awaits!

[After exiting the Sunken Ship]

(Madame Fawn) A spreading mist blankets the grand city... Use the treasure to
enter a tiny opening... Reveal the true nature of the fog!

[After curing the Emperor of Sei-an]

(Madame Fawn) The queen is cloistered beyond a region of molten rock... Only by
making the dreams of the bamboo girl come true can the path to the queen be
made accessible!

[After speaking with Queen Himiko]

(Madame Fawn) Use the key held by the cloistered ruler... A young man awaits
near the sea... As the sun emerges, so shall an emissary emerge from the deep.

[After entering North Ryoshima Coast]

(Madame Fawn) The emissary from the depths leads you to a small island... Climb
the tower that pierces the sky... A power that was once yours shall be
retrieved!

[After clearing Catcall Tower]

(Madame Fawn) The feline form is an inviting one... Walls are not obstacles...
From the cape, observe the sky... When the stars are reborn... The way to the
undersea kingdom will be clear!

[After defeating Ninetails]

(Madame Fawn) The plains at which the journey's beginning was prophesized... A
strike of divine lightning shall throw open the gate... A barren silver land
beckons.

[After reaching Kamui]

(Madame Fawn) In a land so cold that frost clings to your very soul... Stray
arrows fly... Thunder will help them find a target... A part of the wood sprite
will appear to you!

[After blooming the Guardian Sapling in Kamui]

(Madame Fawn) In a land so cold that frost clings to your very soul... If you
come across the village chief by chance amid the snow... A new destiny will
make itself known!

[After getting the Sewaprolo from Tuskle]

(Madame Fawn) In the land of snow, the woods beckon to and deceive travelers.
Enter the forbidden gate within to retrace the steps of the past. The demon of
destiny will make itself known.

[After bringing Lika to the gate at Wawku Shrine]

(Madame Fawn) A pair of icy mountains look down over the frozen land... Lay
waste to the demons within the hallowed shrine... At the bottom of the accursed
lake, a path to heaven opens.

[After the ark rises]

(Madame Fawn) The beginning can be found on an iron vessel in the land of snow.
Deep within, a grudge from the past must be settled... The route to the future
awaits!

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[Ammy encounters the sleepy bear from Hana Valley]

(Issun) Hm? Isn't this that bear that was sleeping back in Hana Valley? Man,
he's still sleeping!? Let's call him sleepy.

[Newly Dubbed Sleepy is introduced]

(Issun) That's one happy bear. Seems he really likes spheres.

[Ammy headbutts Sleepy]

(Issun) Hey, that's animal abuse!

[Ammy rolls a large cabbage to Sleepy]

(Issun) Finally! Oh, you gotta be kidding me!? He went back to sleep!? Boy, I
sure wish I could sleep like that...

[Ammy rolls a large walnut to Sleepy]

(Issun) Finally! Oh, you gotta be kidding me!? He went back to sleep!? Boy, I
sure wish I could sleep like that...

[Ammy rolls a large beehive to Sleepy]

(Issun) Hm? Did he finally open his eyes? Guess he really likes this sphere.

(Issun) Still, I just can't tell what kind of sphere he likes the best.

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[After restoring Taka Pass, Ammy listens to Kokari]

(Kokari) Hello there, doggie. I've discovered the joy of fishing! I don't even
need line or hooks, just the true spirit of fishing! Wanna watch me fish,
doggie?

[Ammy selects "Ya, sure."]

(Issun) OK, Ammy, you got the basic idea, right? Let's catch a big one! Just
draw a line from pole to fish!

[Ammy draws a line from pole to fish]

(Kokari) I got a bite!

[Ammy catches a fish]

(Issun) Way to go, Ammy! The more you fish, the more larger fish will come!
Keep it up!

[Ammy catches another]

(Issun) You're on a roll, champ! Don't give up now!

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to reel the fish in]

(Issun) Aw... Easy come, easy go... Just when you were gettin' the hang of it.
Gonna try again?

***optional #2***

[Ammy selects "I've had enough."]

(Issun) Huh? Gonna quit already?

(Kokari) Dang it! No luck this time. But fishing is either hit or miss. You
gotta be patient.

[Ammy listens to Kokari after quitting]

(Kokari) Fishing isn't all about catching fish, you know. Becoming one with
nature just might be the best part. Whaddya say, doggie? How 'bout we gaze into
the water together?

[Ammy selects "Not interested."]

(Kokari) Huh? Going already? Well, come back and see me sometime!

***end optional***

[Ammy chooses to stop fishing]

(Issun) Heh, I got so excited I forgot everything else! You're right, we gotta
get back to business!

(Kokari) That was fun! Let's be thankful for the blessings of nature.

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< TAKA PASS >

[Ammy encounters Moley and the Molsters]

(Moley) Hey, hey, hey! Stop right there! How dare you walk around our turf
without permission!? I won't let you get away with it! I'm Moley of the
Molsters!

[Molster Leader Moley is introduced]

(Moley) All of the territory beneath Taka Pass is under our control. We can't
just allow people to come wandering in as they please. How are we supposed to
relax with intruders like you around? I'll have to get you to leave some of
that behind to make up for it. You know what I mean. That gold-colored thing
used in shops!

(Issun) Huh? Oh, I get it... You're just a pack of thieves extorting money.
Well, pigs'll fly before you shake us down! We should teach you a lesson!

(Moley) Huh huh huh. You've got some nerve. Fine! If that's the way you want
it. You'll regret this! Come on, men! Molsters! The special dust cloud
formation!

[Ammy headbutts Moley]

(Moley) Hurgh! It'll take a lot more than that to hurt me! If you want to
fight, let's fight properly!

***optional #1***

[Ammy headbutts a molster]

(Lil' Moley) Gurgh! We have to protect the boss!

***optional #2***

[Ammy gets hit by a molster]

(Lil' Moley) You ain't got the best of us yet!

***end optional***

[Ammy headbutts Moley again]

(Moley) Gurgh! Trying to pick a fight, are you? Then try this on for size!

[Ammy headbutts Moley a third time]

(Moley) Yurgh! I don't understand it! How do you manage to stand up to our
special dust cloud trick?

(Issun) Heh heh. Had enough of hard-headed Ammy? That'll teach ya. Don't mess
with the gods, fur face! Crime doesn't pay, remember that! I expect you guys to
stay on the straight and narrow now!

(Moley) ... ... I do know the difference between right and wrong. It's just
that... well, I was lonely. No matter how long I wait down here, no one comes
to see me. That's why I behaved the way I did. I just wanted to get your
attention, that's all. Please, white doggy! Will you be my friend? I promise
I'll behave myself from now on. Honest! You're just what I need, doggy. If you
stay, then I won't have to be lonely anymore!

(Issun) Um... This is just getting stranger by the minute.

(Moley) *sob* I know I shouldn't show my feelings like this. I'll go back
underground now and shed my tears in private. I suppose it's goodbye, then.
Come back and visit soon, won't you, doggy?

[Moley gives Ammy a Golden Teacup]

[Ammy later returns and listens to Moley]

(Moley) It's you, doggy! You're back! I'm stuck down here underground all the 
time. But just knowing you'll come to visit makes my heart soar!

(Issun) Well, isn't that special...

(Moley) Come on, then. Let's play! The Molster dust cloud formation! It doesn't
matter who wins!

[Ammy headbutts Moley]

(Moley) Hurgh! Ah, that's just like you, doggy! But the game hasn't started
yet.

[Ammy headbutts Moley a second time]

(Moley) Gurgh! You can be pretty tough sometimes, doggy! On to the next round!

[Various responses when Ammy gets hit by Lil' Moley]

(Lil' Moley) When we mean business, we mean business!

(Lil' Moley) How's that? Just like the boss ordered!

(Lil' Moley) No one gets away with disrespecting the Molsters!

[Ammy headbutts a Lil' Moley]

(Lil' Moley) Yurgh! Boss! Now's the time!

[Ammy headbutts Moley a third time]

(Moley) Yurgh! You're really amazing, doggy! You've got such enthusiasm when
you tackle me like that! It's a real inspiration, you know! Thanks for playing
with me. Here, have this thing I dug up.

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[Ammy brings the Golden Teacup to the Tea Master]

(Tea Master) Hey! That's my precious Teacup, isn't it!? Did you snatch it back
from those mischievous moles for me?

(Tea Master) Thank you! This is my good luck charm for doing good business.
Well, one good deed deserves another. Here...

[The Tea Master gives Ammy a Golden Mushroom]

(Tea Master) What do you think? It's pretty impressive, eh? A customer of mine
gave it to me as payment a while back. It's got such divine air. I had no idea
what to do with it. It's yours now anyway, pooch. Do with it what you will!

(Tea Master) Business has been going well since you returned that teacup to me.
It was made by a famous potter from Shinshu Field. I've had it ever since I set
up shop. I can't do without it now.

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[Ammy brings a Pinwheel to the Tea Customer]

[Tea Customer) Oh! Isn't that one of the famous Kusa Pinwheels? My wife asked
me to get her one of those. But I've been too scared to go near the place. I
don't suppose you'd be able to give me that one, would you?

[Ammy selects "Yes"]

(Tea Customer) Thanks, pooch! You saved my life! Now I don't have to worry
about my wife giving me a wallop!

(Tea Customer) I'll be on my wife's good side, thanks to you. Now I can finally
make my way home without having to worry. Aaah... What a relief! I feel so
relaxed at last.

(Tea Customer) It's a weight off my mind to have got that souvenir for my wife.
I suppose I don't need to rush back. I could relax here a while!

***optional***

[Ammy selects "No"]

(Tea Customer) Please! I beg of you! My wife'll wallop me if I don't get her
one.

(Tea Customer) I'll be in trouble if I don't take back one of those Pinwheels.
My wife'll give me a good wallop if I go back empty-handed! But I've been too
scared to go anywhere near Kusa Village lately. I don't know which is worse.
Those growls or my wife angry!

***end optional***

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[Ammy helps Bingo dig for treasure]

(Bingo) There... This is it! The treasure's revealed its hiding place. It wants
to be found! Precious treasure... You want so much to meet me!

(Bingo) Precious treasure, lying hidden beneath me... I, the great Bingo, will
soon set you free!

[Expert Excavator Bingo is introduced]

(Bingo) ... ... What do you want, pooch? You like to dig as well, do you? I
know! You could help me unearth the treasure!

(Bingo) That's the spirit, pooch! Those claws of yours are destined to hunt out
treasure. Well, I suppose I should explain what I need you to do. The treasure
is deep inside this hole. The pendulum shows where. I'm following the path that
the pendulum is showing me. So if you could clear the way by digging, that
would be perfect. When the pendulum swings wildly, that's where the treasure
is. Then all you need to do is dig it up! What do you say? It's quite simple,
don't you think?

(Bingo) Well, I suppose we'll just have to see where your digging takes us.
Let's get started!

***optional #1***

[Ammy chooses not to dig for treasure]

(Bingo) Hmph! Where's your sense of adventure? If I manage to find it, I won't
be sharing it with you!

(Bingo) Precious treasure, lying hidden beneath me... Have no fear! I'll soon
set you free! What do you say, pooch? Want to help me unearth the treasure?

***optional #2***

[Ammy doesn't understand the instructions]

(Bingo) Hm... I suppose I'll just have to try explaining it again. The treasure
is deep inside this hole. The pendulum shows where. I'll follow the path that
the pendulum shows me. So if you could clear the way by digging, that would be
perfect. When the pendulum swings wildly, that means the treasure is close.
Then all you need to do is dig it up! Well? Do you understand now?

***optional #3***

[Ammy fails the digging game]

(Bingo) Oh! We didn't find it. But I won't give up. I won't stop until the
treasure's mine. Are you with me, pooch?

***end optional***

[Ammy succeeds and finds the treasure]

(Bingo) At last! The treasure! I've been searching for it for so long and now
it's finally mine! ... ... ...But what is it? I don't know what we've gone and
dug up here, pooch. Maybe there's something wrong with my pendulum. ... ... No,
it looks like I've just found something totally unexpected...It's you! Your
extraordinary gift for digging holes, pooch! Any treasure hunter would be lucky
to have you on his side. That passion you have for digging holes is a pleasure
to behold. Make sure you never lose that passion, won't you, pooch? If you
promise me that, you can have this piece of junk! And I won't give up, either.
I'll be forever hunting treasure!

(Bingo) Ah, the romance of treasure hunting! You feel it too, right? It doesn't
really matter what you dig up. What's important is how you dig it!

(Bingo) I've really got a bug for treasure hunting. The romance of it! I'll
probably be swinging my pendulum until the day I die. I'll definitely find
something really valuable next time. It's dreams like this that make men, MEN!
Right, pooch?

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< KUSA VILLAGE >

[Ammy encounters Blockhead]

(Blockhead) Ga-ha! I am Blockhead! I guard this place so that all shall pass!
Er, wait... I mean, none shall pass!

(Issun) Hey, haven't I seen you before?

(Blockhead) What are you talking about? I am the one and only Blockhead! And
those who would claim otherwise are in for it! Are you trying to break through
my air-tight defense? Ha! Impossible! Nothing can harm this body of mine! Of
course, there ARE those weak points of mine. A clean blow there would slay me
in an instant! But I wouldn't be foolish enough to expose such a weakness! Now
be on your way! None shall not pass!

(Blockhead) Ga-ha! What are you still doing here? You are wasting your time!
You shall never penetrate my air-tight defense! Of course, there ARE those weak
points of mine. A clean blow there would slay me in an instant! But I wouldn't
be foolish enough to expose such a weakness! Now be on your way! None shall not
pass!

(Issun) The granite wonder here's really getting on my nerves! Shake him up
with a headbutt! After that you know what to do, right?

[Ammy headbutts Blockhead, then paints his weak points]

(Blockhead) Huh!? Were my weak points so obvious? I have failed, but let it be
known I died a warrior's death.

***optional***

[Ammy fails to paint the weak points]

(Blockhead) Hee hee! Hey, that tickles! Now you shall feel my wrath!

(Issun) Hey, Ammy, aren't you forgetting something!? See those glowing spots on
his body? You're supposed to aim for those, remember?

***end optional***

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[Ammy listens to Haruka]

(Haruka) I was silly to think I could come here alone and... Oh, what am I to
do... *sigh*

(Haruka) Maybe I should resign myself to falling in battle... No... The whole
meaning of my journey would be for naught...

(Issun) Hey, what's eatin' ya, little lady?

(Haruka) Hey, you're that dog that doesn't knock!

(Issun) Yeah, Amaterasu here can be a bad little wolf sometimes. I'm Issun, by
the way. Let's hear YOUR story, cutiepie!

(Haruka) My name's Haruka. My father was murdered by monsters. I set out on a
journey to avenge his death, but I quickly discovered I was no match for such
terrible creatures. I had no idea how I'd ever get my revenge.

[Ill-fated Beauty Haruka is introduced]

(Haruka) Say... You may be small, but you ride a big wolf. You must be a
fearless warrior! Would you go take care of my enemies for me? Look, here are
their pictures!

(Haruka) Each monster will be marked in the same manner. You'll know them the
moment you see them. But they are very sneaky and only venture out at night.
Please, exact my revenge upon those denizens of the night!

(Issun) Leave it to me, little lady! The Magnificent Issun's gonna strike down
your enemies for you!

(Haruka) A few days ago, I thought I had found one of my enemies, but it turned
out to be just a withered old tree. What's worse, I slipped, fell over a cliff,
and landed in a pond! I think I'd better leave this revenge business to others.

(Issun) Sound like a good idea.

[Ammy headbutts Haruka]

(Haruka) Whoa. Nice tackle, little warrior!

[Ammy listens to Haruka later on]

(Haruka) Hello, little warrior, back already? I guess this revenge business is
too dangerous for you. I'll exact my revenge myself. And I swear I won't whack
anyone on the head mistakenly thinking it was a monster, like I did to my dad
one time.

(Issun) No, no, wait little lady. I think you should leave it to us.

[Ammy finds a wanted monster]

(Issun) Hey! That monster has an Exorcism Arrow stuck in it, too! That means
somebody really wanted to get rid of the beast! Don't let it get away!

(Issun) That was a monster from the Revenge Contract! And we just happened to
find it! Boy, you never know what you'll find next! You know that Revenge
Contract you have? Well, you can cross out the monster you've taken care of!

(Issun) The monster you just finished off is on this wanted list. Go ahead and
strike the name off the list with your brush!

(Issun) That's one less monster! At this rate, it won't be long before you can
cross 'em all out! Once you defeat all the enemies, go see that girl. Maybe
she'll give you a reward.

[Ammy returns to Haruka]

(Haruka) Little warrior! Long time, no see! You look extra bouncy today.
Something happen?

(Haruka) None of the names were crossed out when I gave that to you! Hurray!
Who's my little hero! Keep it up and you'll soon finish off all my enemies!

(Haruka) You really are amazing, little warrior! One time, I knocked down a
beehive with a rock meant for a monster. How was I supposed to know my dad was
napping under that hive!?

(Issun) Umm, this doesn't have anything to do with your father's death... does
it?

[Ammy defeats another wanted monster]

(Issun) OK! Another monster down! Well, you know what to do, my furry friend! A
quick slash of your brush should do the trick!

[Ammy defeats the final wanted monster]

(Issun) OK! Another monster down! Well, you know what to do, my furry friend! A
quick slash of your brush should do the trick!

(Issun) Well whaddya know! You've taken care of all the names on the Revenge
Contract! Won't that girl be happy to hear this! She might even give you a
reward! Heh heh heh heh heh...

[Ammy returns to Haruka]

(Haruka) There's my little warrior! I'm so happy to see you're OK!

(Haruka) ... ... No way! All my enemies' names have been crossed out! Come to
think of it, I've been feeling more upbeat lately. You've really exacted
revenge on all my enemies! Words can't explain how happy I am! I promised you a
reward, but this is really all I have...

(Haruka) Sorry I can't offer you anything else for all your hard work. But my
father treasured that, and I hope you will, too.

(Haruka) Well, little warrior and his trusty white steed... Farewell! I think I
just might go on a journey to hone my skills, too!

(Issun) I think we'd all live a bit longer if you just stayed here.

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[Ammy returns to the Gale Shrine and listens to Princess Fuse and the Canine
Warriors]

(Issun) Hiya, fleabag! You look just the same as last time! Why don't ya change
that fur coat of yours once in a while? ... ... Oh, lighten up! I was just
messin' with ya!

(Issun) Why the long face? Money problems? Well, you could always sell that fur
coat of yours! Aha ha ha ha ha ha... Aw... You guys are no fun. You've been
training so hard that you've forgotten how to laugh!

(Issun) Hey, want me to read your palms? Nevermind. You need hands to have
palms, and you've only got feet! Aha ha ha ha ha ha... Oh, I'm just joking, ya
fleabag! C'mon, say something!

(Issun) ... ... Sheesh... Do they all have that same sulky face!?

(Issun) Hey, Princess Fuse, how's it going? Are those 5 Canine warriors falling
in line? They look awfully bored. You sure they're even awake?

(Princess Fuse) Why, it's the white wolf and little bug! How nice of you to
return to the Gale Shrine. I have been waiting for you.

(Issun) You have?

(Princess Fuse) I have trained the remaining Canine Warriors. Introducing the
New Satomi Canine Warriors, the Kusa 5! Rain or shine, they shall battle
monsters and all their evil. Here in Taka Pass none can match their power...
Please test the power of the Kusa 5 for yourselves!

(Issun) Huh!?

(Princess Fuse) Pretty please! It would be an honor to have the bane of Crimson
Helm and Orochi battle against the Kusa 5!

(Issun) Heh heh. Well, if ya put it that way...

(Princess Fuse) But first, there is something I must mention. The Kusa 5 is a
tough, battle-hardened group. They won't hold back once the match begins. Once
their honor is on the line in fierce battle, I would not be surprised if one of
you fell in battle. The Kusa 5 is at least 10 times more powerful than Orochi!
This will be a life or death struggle. You must prepare to face a battle unlike
any you've seen before! Will you accept the challenge!?

(Issun) ... ... That's a dumb question! You really think this stubborn wolf
would back down!? Right, Ammy!? We gonna do this death match, or what!?

[Ammy chooses "Bring it!"]

(Princess Fuse) Excellent! O faithful Canine Warriors, members of the Kusa 5.
Prepare to face the invincible white wolf and little bug. Let's make it a fair
and clean fight!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "I'm scared!"]

(Issun) What!? C'mon, Ammy! She's just bluffing! Don't tell me you're scared!?
Aw, whatever... I guess you need to get ready first. I know we could take 'em
on now, but you're probably right...

(Princess Fuse) White wolf, little bug... Please, just this once! The Kusa 5 is
a tough, battle-hardened group. They are at least 10 times more powerful than
Orochi! You are the only ones who could possibly challenge them! Will you face
them in this battle for life or death!?

(Issun) Who do you think you're talking to, lady!? You've crossed the line!
C'mon, Ammy, let's teach 'em a lesson!

***end optional***

[Ammy fights and defeats the Kusa 5]

(Princess Fuse) Enough! What magnificent techniques you have! You are most
worthy of my praise!

(Issun) Nah... We probably just got lucky this time. Anyway, was it just me, or
did I see the other 3 join in, too?

(Princess Fuse) Indeed you did, for even when apart, their hearts beat as one.
In their hour of need, the other Canine Warriors appear.

(Issun) So then where were they during the Crimson Helm battle!?

(Princess Fuse) Um, well... You see... In any event, it is now clear! The white
wolf and little bug shall forever be the standard for which the Kusa 5 aim!
Thank you for your most excellent guidance! The Satomi House shall continue
keeping the peace!

(Princess Fuse) Now, my friends... Please accept this as a token of the Satomi
House's friendship... As long as you bear this, you shall have our eternal
goodwill!

(Princess Fuse) White wolf, little bug, you shall forever be our standard! Your
names shall be remembered in Kusa Village for all eternity.

(Issun) Oh, really? Well, that's quite an honor. Now, how about you stop
calling me little bug already!?

(Rei) The look of delight on Princess Fuse's face was extra special. *sigh*

(Issun) Yeah... I know what you mean.

(Ko) It was great fun battling against you. Come and play with us again!

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy!? We have some new playmates!

(Chi) Practice makes perfect! I do not want to lose, no matter what!

(Issun) I get it, OK? Now will ya just relax?

(Shin) I'm so tired from all that training day after day. But I'm awake now
that I've seen such power!

(Issun) Huh? Kinda late now!

(Tei) Our battle was a great experience for me. I shall now forge my mind and
body in a bid to surpass you!

(Issun) You hear that, furball!? This fleabag's got guts!

[If Ammy headbutts any of the Kusa 5]

(Issun) Whoa! He's like a brick wall or something!

=   =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =   =

< RYOSHIMA COAST >

[Ammy listens to Hayate]

(Hayate) Wow! I am on fire today! I feel as light as anything now that that
mist's lifted from the city. No time to lose, then... Super-fast Hayate's gotta
get back to work!

[Super-fast Hayate is introduced]

(Hayate) Huh? What d'you want? What's with the cheeky twinkle in your eye,
pooch? You wanna race? OK! Super-fast Hayate'll give you a run for your money!

(Hayate) Ready... GO!

[Ammy catches Hayate]

(Hayate) Wow! You caught up with me already!? I'd never have guessed it, but
you're a real sprinter, pooch. Looks like you've got one victory now!

(Hayate) I better speed up if I'm losin' to a wolf! I'm gonna polish up these
golden feet of mine, so come back soon!

(Hayate) Hi there, pooch! You ready to race me again? I've been practicin'! I'm
a whole lot faster than I was before! Anyway, can't chat! Gotta fly!

(Hayate) Ready... GO!

[Ammy catches Hayate again]

(Hayate) Phew! You caught up with me again? You are fast, pooch. A top
sprinter! Wow! You've got two victories under your belt now!

(Hayate) Your four legs carry you like the wind, pooch! I'm gonna polish up
these golden feet of mine, so come back soon!

(Hayate) Ah-ha! There you are. Listen, pooch. I need to talk to you. I,
Super-fast Hayate, wanna challenge you! I wanna take back the title of
Ryoshima's No. 1! You've totally outclassed me up to now. But I'm not gonna run
staring at your tail waggin' any more, pal! And just to show you how serious I
am this time, if you beat me, I'll hand over my job to you! Well, time we got
this show on the road, right? I'm not gonna lose this time. Not today! Let's
sprint!

(Hayate) Ready... GO!

[Ammy catches him again]

(Hayate) WHAT!? I don't believe it! I, Super-fast Hayate, the fastest runner in
Ryoshima, beaten in the once in a lifetime decider of deciders? ... ... ... ...
Ha ha... Ah ha ha ha ha! I lost! I really lost! To this shaggy beast! That's
another one to you then, pooch! Or another million, huh!?

(Hayate) My big brother in Shinshu Field was tellin' me about a wolf. It's you,
isn't it? You must be real famous over there, huh? Okay, so anyway... a promise
is a promise. I'm handin' over all Ryoshima deliveries to you. ... ... ... ...
... ... What d'you look like that for? You don't look very happy. Surely you
don't think I should carry on doing it? I lost! ... ... You do think I should
carry on with the deliveries, huh? Oh, well. If you really insist, then I'll do
it! You're pretty kind for a wolf. I won't forget. As a symbol of our
friendship, I want you to have this. It's not much, but it's yours now. I'm
gonna keep runnin' as long as I live. And one day, I'll be fast enough to beat
you!

(Hayate) Just you wait, pooch! I'm gonna keep runnin' as long as I live. And
one day, I'll be fast enough to beat you!

=   =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =   =

< SEI-AN CITY >

[Ammy listens to Benkei]

(Issun) Hm? Hey, Hoodhead! Whatcha up to here?

(Benkei) Oh! You are just in time to witness history in the making! I finally
realized how empty the life of a sword collector is. Now I am hooked on the
thrill of fishing! Will you not join me in my newfound passion!?

[Ammy selects "Sure."]

(Issun) Oh, why not!? We could afford to kill a little time. Let's psych
ourselves up, Ammy!

***optional***

[Ammy selects "Not interested."]

(Benkei) Well, I suppose you two need your rest. Wah-ha ha ha ha ha!

(Benkei) Oh, how pleasant it is leisurely waiting for the fish to bite. Will
you not join me in my newfound passion!?

***end optional***

(Issun) OK, Ammy, you got the basic idea, right? Draw a line from pole to fish!
Let's catch a big one!

(Benkei) I think I hooked something!

[Ammy catches a fish]

(Issun) Way to go, Ammy! The more you fish, the more larger fish will come!
Keep it up!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to reel the fish in]

(Issun) Aw... Easy come, easy go... Just when you were gettin' the hang of it.
Wanna try again?

[Ammy selects "I've had enough."]

(Issun) Huh? Gonna quit already?

(Benkei) What terrible luck! But I shall remain composed amid my failures.
Fishing is far more thrilling than sword fighting! Wah-ha ha ha!

***end optional***

[Ammy catches another fish]

(Issun) You're on a roll, champ! Don't give up now!

[Ammy chooses not to continue fishing]

(Issun) Huh? Gonna quit already?

(Benkei) This is more difficult than I thought. However hard you practice,
you'll never know if you can win. Fishing is far more thrilling than sword
fighting! Wah-ha ha ha!

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[Ammy enters the restaurant and listens to Yama]

(Yama) Hello there, pup! You look like someone who appreciates fine cuisine!
Proper diet is the key to life! Eat well and be healthy! I'm Yama, top chef in
Sei-an City! Pleased to meet ya!

[Fiery Chef Yama is introduced]

(Yama) Whaddya think about this huge pot on this giant stove? Impressive, eh? I
invested every yen to my name into 'em. I had to get 'em special order for what
I'm aiming to do. Ever heard the tale about that mushroom? There's not a single
chef in the world that doesn't know about it. I'm talking about the legendary
Golden Mushroom! I've spent decades trying to master the culinary arts, but
I've yet to make a dish that truly satisfies me. If only I could get my paws on
one of those Golden Mushrooms, I'm sure I could prove my true skill by making
the ultimate dish! I already have this huge pot and giant stove. All I need now
is a Golden Mushroom! Then I'll master the art of cooking. That is my dream!

(Yama) ... ... Hm? Could it be!? Is that...!? Is that the legendary Golden
Mushroom!? That sparkling gold color... That captivating shape... Yes, there
can be no doubt! Where in the world did you find it, pup!? Oh, never mind
that... With that mushroom I could fulfill my dream... My dream to master the
art of cooking! Please, pup, please! I must have that mushroom! What could a
dog do with it anyway?

[Ammy gives the mushroom to Yama]

(Yama) Really!? Oh, thank you. You're such a good pup! With this Golden
Mushroom, I will attempt to make the ultimate dish! My long-cherished dream
will finally be fulfilled!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses not to give the mushroom to Yama]

(Yama) B-B-But...!? You don't plan on becoming a master chef yourself, do you!?

(Yama) Please, pup! Won't you reconsider? I must have that mushroom! What could
a dog do with it anyway?

***end optional***

(Yama) ... ... Hm? Oh, yes... The ultimate dish! I was so overwhelmed by
emotion when the legendary Golden Mushroom came into my paws... Not a day has
passed without my preparing this huge pot and giant stove for this day! And now
the time has come! I shall wait no more, pup! Today, the fiery chef Yama will
prepare the ultimate dish! Now watch carefully, pup. You may learn a thing or
two! Behold, Yama's super deluxe Fan the Flames Dance!

[Ammy draws Fireburst and lights the oven for Yama]

(Moegami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
My power had diminished while you were away. But that man's zeal and your own
pure heart have restored my power. I have harnessed his fervent energy to
bestow upon you a new power. Unleash your wrath in a mighty Fireburst!

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to help light the oven]

(Yama) What? What!? The pot's not getting hot enough for the ultimate dish. I
fanned so hard, but it didn't even come to a boil! Maybe I didn't stir up
enough air?

(Issun) I'm beginning to wonder about this guy... Hey, what's up with that
thing back there? Isn't that the mark of Moegami, the god of Inferno, drawn on
it? Did he put that there, thinking he could harness the power of Inferno to
heat up that huge pot? Did he really expect the gods to answer his selfish
prayers!?

(Yama) I could complete my dish if my huge pot got hot enough. A man must not
give up once he decides to do something. That's why I'll try again! Right here,
right now! Today, the fiery chef Yama will prepare the ultimate dish! Now watch
carefully, pup. You may learn a thing or two! Behold, Yama's super deluxe Fan
the Flames Dance!

***optional #2***

[Ammy fails again]

(Yama) Nothing seems to work! The pot's not getting hot enough for the ultimate
dish. I fanned so hard, but it didn't even come to a boil! Maybe I didn't stir
up enough air?

(Issun) You're asking the impossible, pal! I mean, putting the mark of Moegami
there, thinking you could harness the power of Inferno to heat up that huge pot
of yours. Did you really expect the gods to answer your selfish prayers!?

***end optional***

(Yama) I did it! My long-cherished dream, the ultimate dish, is ready! I give
you... Rice Stew Eruption! Well, whaddya think, pup? Pretty impressive, eh?

(Issun) Not bad, but we can't tell how it tastes just by looking at it. But
enough about that... I never thought you'd get the power of Moegami here, Ammy!
Remember that mark on the wall? Draw that and you can invoke the power of
Inferno anytime you want! Use it to reduce those mean old monsters to ashes!
Heh heh. They won't know what hit 'em!

(Yama) Hmmm... Come to think of it, I was so worried about the heat that I
completely forgot about how the ultimate dish would taste. So I guess my study
of the art of cooking must go on. I must continue until I fulfill my cherished
dream.

[Ammy headbutts Yama]

(Yama) A kitchen's no place for roughhousing, fool!

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[Ammy listens to Camille and Camellia]

(Camille) Hey! Aren't you that wolf we saw back in Kamiki Village? We traveled
a long time to get all the way here. I guess you've been traveling yourself.
I've just about had enough of being on the road.

(Camellia) Look, sis. It's that dog again. There's some pretty make-up on its
back.

(Camille) Here we go again! It's just a normal white dog, I tell you! You're
always making up such strange stories. You need to take a bit more interest in
the real world! OK, so we saw those flowers appear back in Kamiki, but flowers
blossom all the time. People see it everyday. Maybe if trees appeared right
here out of nowhere, well... Just stay in the real world for once!

(Camellia) B-But I can see the make-up right there! *sob*

(Camellia) Sis, this dog really is wearing some kind of make-up.

(Camille) Oh! Not this again! I only believe what I can see. I might be ready
to change my tune if a tree suddenly appeared out of nowhere right in front of
me. But since we both know that won't happen, you may as well give up!

(Camellia) B-But I can see the make-up right there! *sob*

[Ammy draws a couple dots on the ground and makes two trees grow]

(Camille) Oh... my... goodness! I don't believe it! Right in front of us! A
tree just appeared right in front of us! How can that be!?

(Camellia) Wahoo! A brand new tree! The gods must have made it!

(Camille) ... ... But gods aren't the only ones who can create trees. Maybe if
there was rain right after the tree appeared... But otherwise, I don't believe
in it. There are no gods!

(Camellia) It was the gods who made that tree before, sis.

(Camille) There's no such thing as gods! Maybe if there was rain right after
the tree appeared... But otherwise, I won't believe in it. There are no gods!

(Camellia) I believe in the gods! It was them who made that tree! *sob*

***optional #1***

[Ammy headbutts Camille]

(Camille) What do you want, wolf?

(Camellia) *sob*

***optional #2***

[Ammy headbutts Camellia]

(Camellia) *sob*

(Camille) What are you doing!?

***end optional***

[After learning Deluge, Ammy returns to Camille and Camellia, makes a tree
grow, then makes it rain]

(Camille) Oh... my... goodness! No way!

(Camellia) Wahoo! It rained! It rained! The gods made it rain!

(Camille) It's funny because I was just thinking... I was just thinking about
it raining after that tree appeared. But that means... It means the gods must
know what I'm thinking! Um, can you hear me, gods? Do you really exist?

(Camellia) Hello, doggy! I found a pretty round stone the other day. I'm sure
the gods must have dropped it. Here, it's yours.

(Camellia) Um, doggy... Can you tell me who does your make-up for you?

(Camille) I can see it now, too! It's very faint, but I can see it! I can see
the sign of the gods right there!

(Camellia) Ooh! Isn't that great, doggy? You managed to make my sister see your
true colors!

(Camille) We're traveling around in search of our ancestors' hometown.
Apparently they planted divine trees all over Nippon. And legend has it that
they let the gods live in our land. I never believed in that story until now. I
thought we'd just be wandering around forever. But now I know that there is an
end in sight! It could still be a long journey before we discover the place.
But somewhere out there we'll find it, surrounded in divine trees!

(Camellia) I'll help you find it, sis! Let's go back to the land of our
ancestors!

***optional #1***

[Ammy headbutts Camellia]

(Camellia) Ouch!

(Camille) Hey, wolf!

***optional #2***

[Ammy headbutts Camille]

(Camille) Wah!

(Camellia) Ha ha ha! The doggy obviously likes you, sis!

***end optional***

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[Ammy listens to Blossom]

(Blossom) That strange mist that was all over town has gone now. But my father
still hasn't been able to wake up. Rumor has it that it was the mist making
everyone ill. So why won't the gods make my father better now? All I need is
medicine. Then I could make him well. But I'd never have enough money to buy
something like that. Herbal Medicine... How frustrating! It's available nearby,
but I can't get any!

(Blossom) Oh! Somebody help my father! All I need is medicine. Then I could
make him well. But I'd never have enough money to buy something like that.
Herbal Medicine... How frustrating! It's available nearby, but I can't get any!

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts Blossom]

(Blossom)  Argh!

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to Blossom's Papa]

(Blossom's Papa) *wheeze* *sputter*

(Issun) I wonder if he's OK. I mean, he still looks sick even though the mist
cleared away.

(Blossom's Papa) *wheeze* *sputter* *sputter*

(Issun) Hang in there, gramps! I'm no doctor, but... This doesn't look like
your run-of-the-mill illness.

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts Blossom's Papa]

(Blossom's Papa) Oh, my!

(Issun) You don't cut anybody any slack, do ya, furball?

***end optional***

[Ammy goes to the Tool Dealer, buys some Herbal Medicine, then brings it to
Blossom]

(Blossom) ...? I-I-I don't believe it! Is that what I think it is, doggy?
You've got some Herbal Medicine there, haven't you!? How could a dog manage to
get hold of something so expensive? ... ... Why are you looking at me like
that? Do you want me to have it?

(Blossom) I don't believe it! You must have been sent by the gods, doggy. Thank
you! Thank you! Now I can make Pop better at last.

(Blossom) Pop... Is the medicine working? Oh, please let it work! I just want
you to wake up, that's all. I want to hear your voice again!

(Blossom's Papa) ... ... *gasp* *gasp* *sputter sputter* Huh!? What!?

(Blossom) Pop woke up! I managed to make him wake up! I feel like I'm dreaming.
Thank you, doggy. Thank you so much!

(Blossom) I'll stay right by his side until he's completely better. Thank you,
doggy. Thank you so much!

(Blossom's Papa) *wheeze* Blossoms... Cherry blossoms...

(Issun) Gramps!? You awake!? Phew! That's a relief!

(Blossom's Papa) *wheeze* Blossoms... Cherry blossoms... Oh, Sei-an City's
cherry blossoms in full bloom... If I am to die, I sure wish I could see them
first...

(Issun) Hm? What's gramps rambling on about cherry blossoms for?

(Blossom) Please, Pop! That's enough now. I thought he was just a bit sleepy at
first. But he just keeps repeating the same thing over and over. It's such a
shame! I was so happy when that medicine worked.

(Blossom) Please, Pop! That's enough now. If you keep on groaning, you'll just
make yourself worse.

[After blooming all the trees in town, Ammy listens to Blossom's Papa again]

(Blossom's Papa) ... ...

(Issun) Hey, gramps! Gramps! Wake up!

(Blossom's Papa) ... ...

(Issun) Hey, gramps! Look outside! The cherry blossoms are in full bloom! It's
a perfect day to enjoy them! Stay away from the light! If you don't wake up
this instant, I'm gonna give ya a good whack!

(Blossom) Oh! What am I going to do? It's my father... He's lost consciousness
again.

(Blossom) My father... He's lost consciousness again. Maybe the gods are coming
for him this time.

[Ammy headbutts Blossom's Papa]

(Blossom's Papa) Huh!? How could you do that to a sick old man!? Wait... Oh,
that smell... I cannot resist! The cherry blossoms of Sei-an City must be in
full bloom! Time to eat, drink, and be merry! Oh, happy day!

[Blossom's Papa runs outside]

(Issun) He's gone... What the heck was that all about?

(Blossom) Oh, yes... I almost forgot! My father has another illness which
cannot be cured.

(Blossom) My father adores the flower-viewing festival. But he gets too excited
and hurts his back every year. I made him promise not to go, but the flower
fever struck again!

[Ammy heads outside and listens to Blossom's Papa again]

(Blossom's Papa) Hurrah! Yippee! Time to eat, drink, and be merry! Oh, happy
day! Hey, pooch, care to dance?

(Issun) Gramps... Shouldn't you take it easy? You were practically dead!

(Blossom's Papa) Hurrah! Yippee! Time to eat, drink, and be merry! Oh, happy
day! Hey, pooch, care to dance!?

(Issun) Maybe it was all his partying that nearly killed him. This is one
sickness for which there's no cure!

[After a day has passed, Ammy listens to Blossom again]

(Blossom) This is so embarrassing! I can't show my face in public! My father's
become obsessed with seeing flowers. He'll be like that until the cherry
blossoms are gone. To be struck with a case of flower fever just as he was
recovering... What rotten luck. I don't know which of these diseases is worse!

(Blossom) My father's become obsessed with seeing flowers. He'll be like that
until the cherry blossoms are gone. I stopped him from flower-viewing because
he always hurt his back. Maybe that's why he got sick. Oh, well. At least he's
back to what you could call normal, right?

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[Ammy listens to Mr. Flower]

(Mr. Flower) Oh, hello again, pooch! Just look! The air in Sei-an City is
crystal clear today! What a relief after that accursed mist that had covered
the city. That no-good mist withered all the trees I so lovingly tended to. But
it's gone now, as you can plainly see. Sei-an City looks like her old self once
more!

(Mr. Flower) Would you care to see the Gura Shuffle, pooch? Do not doubt my
resolve. I shall dance when the time has come. But the city's wounds are deep.
If I did the Gura Shuffle now, I doubt my strength would suffice. I mean, just
look at the great cherry blossoms here on my roof. That is the sacred protector
of Sei-an City, but... As you can clearly see, it has been possessed by evil
spirits. It will take considerable power to make such cursed trees bloom. I'm
overwhelmed by the sheer number of them in this city. So, I shall save my dance
till the trees that aren't possessed bloom. That way I can borrow the power of
the profusely blooming blossoms!

(Mr. Flower) I am sure you would like to see the Gura Shuffle, but... I shall
save my dance till the trees that aren't possessed bloom. Just 20 more to go!
If I can borrow a little power from each tree that blooms, I can drive out the
evil spirits and make the city's trees bloom!

[Ammy runs around town and blooms all the unpossessed trees]

(Mr. Flower) At last! The time has come! Though few in number, the trees that
have bloomed are lending me their power! Now I can drive away the evil spirits
with my dance. I shall make those cursed cherry blossoms bloom! Sorry to keep
you waiting, pooch! At last you shall witness my Gura Shuffle! Come along if
you wish to see me dance! Are you ready? I give you... The Gura Shuffle!

[Ammy follows Mr. Flower around town, blooming the newly uncursed trees]

***optional***

[Ammy fails to bloom an uncursed tree]

(Mr. Flower) My dance failed!

(Mr. Flower) I must not have been doing it right! The trees are supposed to
burst with blossoms when I perform the Gura Shuffle! The curse of the evil
spirits is stronger than I imagined. But I shall not lose faith in the Gura
Shuffle! I shall perform it as many times as it takes!

(Mr. Flower) The trees are supposed to burst with blossoms when I perform the
Gura Shuffle! I shall not give up! The evil spirits possessing the trees shall
be banished! And the city's trees shall once again bloom with blossoms! This
time I will show you what you have been wanting to see! Come along if you wish
to see me dance! Are you ready? I give you... The Gura Shuffle!

(Issun) Bad Ammy! You're having fun watching him struggle, aren't ya!? Hurry up
and give the old geezer a hand before he keels over!

***end optional***

[Ammy successfully blooms all the uncursed trees]

(Mr. Flower) Phew... It worked! It worked! I got a bit out of control there.
Frankly, I wasn't sure I could drive those evil spirits away. But when I
thought about how happy the people of this city would be, I knew I had to make
these trees bloom one way or another! I care not whether it was my dance or the
power of the gods that made them bloom. As long as the recovery of our cherry
blossoms delight the people, I have no complaints!

(Mr. Flower) How do you like our cherry blossoms now that they are in full
bloom? As long as the recovery of our cherry blossoms delight the people, I
have no complaints!

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts Mr. Flower]

(Mr. Flower) Ouch!

***end optional***

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[Ammy enters the dress shop, examines some items, and listens to the workers]

(Issun) Wow, look at all these colorful fabrics. I'd never be able to choose
which one I wanted.

(Issun) Check out this beautifully dyed kimono. The color's so vibrant! Just
imagine a cute babe wearing this... Heh heh heh heh heh!

(Issun) Look at all these fabric dyes. A veritable rainbow of colors to stir an
artist's heart!

(Mrs. Fan) Oh, what a worry that man is! My husband's trying to come up with a
fashionable new design. He's so absorbed in the next room, he won't lift a
finger to help me! Now of all times, when that rumor has driven all our
customers away! Maybe you could go and give him a good talking to, eh? Ha ha!

(Mrs. Fan) That rumor has been a real blow to business, I can tell you! Did you
see the row of willow trees outside our shop? People say a strange ghost
appears there at night! Not that it seems to do anyone any harm, mind you.
Perhaps it's just my hubby's laziness that's bad for business. Maybe you could
go and give him a good talking to, eh? Ha ha!

(Mr. Chic) Hmm, this is a real puzzle. Oh, hello, white doggy. Want to keep an
old worrywart company? I run this kimono shop, you see, but I feel it's time
for a change. I'm getting a bit sick and tired of seeing the same old colors. I
was just trying to think up an exciting new design.

[Kimono Designer Mr. Chic is introduced]

(Mr. Chic) The thing is, it's not quite as easy as I'd hoped. I'm at such a
loss, I'm tempted to ask you for help, doggie.

(Mr. Chic) Do you think you can help me come up with a new design that could
catch on all across the city? Take a look at that kimono back there. I've found
that simply by staring at it, one can draw inspiration. Yes! Surely staring at
it is the way to go! It's simple!

[Ammy draws a swirl on the kimono]

(Mr. Chic) Wh-What? Good heavens! How did that design end up appearing there
all by itself!? Maybe my inspiration worked on the kimono, after all!

(Mr. Chic) If a design miraculously appeared from the kimono being stared at,
then maybe my inspiration's taken on a sort of divine quality! In that case, I
can probably come up with something even better! Here goes! You could lend a
paw too, white doggy!

[Ammy chooses "Why not."]

(Mr. Chic) Okay! Are you ready? Look hard at the kimono... Your head will
doubtless be assaulted by inspiration!

[Ammy draws a zig-zag]

(Mr. Chic) Yes! Yes! That's it! There it is! My vision right there in all its
glory! An exquisite texture born of a primitive force... And another design
original beyond belief!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Not now."]

(Mr. Chic) B-But! This is a golden opportunity! You have to seize the moment
while you can!

(Mr. Chic) I'm on a roll now! Make hay while the sun shines, I say! You'll help
me again, right, little dog!?

***end optional***

[Ammy heads across town and listens to a little girl drawing on the sidewalk]

(City Dweller) La la la. Drawing, drawing, it's so fun! What do you think,
doggy? Do you like my picture? Huh? Oh no! I've run out of Charcoal. And I was
having so much fun. I want to draw another picture! I want more Charcoal!

(City Dweller) Oh no! I've run out of Charcoal. And I was having so much fun. I
want to draw another picture! I want more Charcoal!

(Issun) She wants some Charcoal? Do you suppose there's a store around here
that sells it?

[Ammy buys some Charcoal from the Tool Dealer and gives it to the little girl]

(City Dweller) ... ... Ooh! Is that Charcoal you've got there, doggy? Give it
to me! Give it to me! Give me that Charcoal!

[Ammy chooses "Give it to her."]

(City Dweller) Yay! Thanks, doggy! Now I can draw another picture. Come back
and see it, won't you?

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Show it to her."]

(City Dweller) Hey! That's so mean!

(City Dweller) Oh! I want to draw another picture! I want more Charcoal! Give
it to me! Give it to me! Give me that Charcoal!

[Ammy chooses "Show it to her."]

(City Dweller) Hey! That's so mean!

(Issun) You know Ammy, you can really be mean sometimes.

***end optional***

(City Dweller) I'm not some ordinary kid, you know. I'm a fashion wiz! I always
know what design will be the next big hit! Hmm, I wonder what it'll be this
time...

[Ammy returns to Mr. Chic to draw the design the little girl thought of]

(Mr. Chic) Oh, you're back, white doggy! I've been hoping to come up with an
even more novel design. So I've been attempting a bit of design psychography,
so to speak. But it just doesn't seem to be working anymore. I know! You could
lend a paw again and see if that helps! Maybe a bit of your passion mixed with
my own will do the trick! Okay! Let's get right to it! Look hard at the 
kimono... Your head will doubtless be assaulted by inspiration!

[Ammy draws a "star" pattern]

(Mr. Chic) Yes! Yes! That's it! There it is! My vision right there in all its
glory! An exquisite texture born of a primitive force... And another design
original beyond belief! That pattern almost seems as if it could make something
happen. You certainly show great skill at this, friend!

[Ammy goes back and forth now, getting new patterns from the little girl, then
drawing them on the kimono for Mr. Chic]

(City Dweller) Look, doggy! Isn't it pretty? This is my latest design, the star
pattern! If you look up at the stars at night, you forget all your woes!

(City Dweller) Look, doggy! Isn't it cute? This is my latest design, the love
pattern! I wonder if dogs understand what love is, though. Ha ha!

(City Dweller) Look, doggy! Isn't it viewtiful? This is my latest design, the
"henshin" pattern! Women often want transformation. ...Into real beauties!
Henshin-a-go-go, baby!

(City Dweller) Look, doggy! Isn't it nice? This is my latest design, the
happiness pattern! It's a clover, see? Clovers bring us luck and happiness!

(City Dweller) Look, doggy! It's quite bold, don't you think? This is my latest
design, the character that represents gods! This character can protect you from
scary monsters! My mom said that the gods all died ages ago, though. Maybe
that's why the monsters are always up to no good.

(City Dweller) Thanks for always coming to look at my pictures, doggy. Do you
like drawing, too? In that case, I'll give you this as a sign of our
friendship! Pictures have a special power, don't you think? I want to draw lots
more pictures that will make people happy!

(City Dweller) La la la. Drawing, drawing, it's so fun! I want to draw lots
more pictures that will make people happy!

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[During the day, Ammy listens to Masu]

(Masu) Ah, I feel so refreshed! I realized something when that gloomy mist went
away. Suddenly, I felt so much better again. Now I can enjoy fulfilling my
ambition at last! Do you know who I am, mutt? My name is Masu. I'm a warrior
traveling the land to perfect my martial arts!

[Traveling Warrior Masu is introduced]

(Masu) The truth is, there are some monsters I just have to defeat. I have a
list of all of them in a special manifest. I call it the Monster Manifest. They
all deserve what's coming. When I finally manage to defeat all of them, then I
can stand proud and tall as a true warrior!

(Masu) What is it, mutt? Do you want to see my Monster Manifest? I'm afraid
that's not possible. It contains the names of the most vicious monsters out
there. The likes of you would probably faint just from looking at it.

(Masu) What is it, mutt? Do you want to see my Monster Manifest? You're a
persistent one, aren't you? I already told you no! Even if I had a few drinks
at night and relaxed my guard, I'd never let this manifest out of my sight or
show it to a soul!

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts Masu]

(Masu) Do you dare challenge a warrior to a fight!?

***end optional***

[At night, Ammy enters the restaurant and listens to Masu]

(Masu) *hiccup* I never let that Monster Manifest out of my sight. Until I've
defeated every last one of the scoundrels in it, my journey will never end!
What do you want, mutt? You want to see my Monster Manifest? Sure, why not?
Take a look. It's no skin off my back.

(Masu) All of the monsters in there deserve what's coming to them. And I'm the
only one who can do it, too.

(Masu) Hey there, doggy. Do you want a drink? *hiccup*

[Ammy finds a monster from the manifest]

(Issun) Hey! That monster has an Exorcising Arrow stuck in it, too! That means
somebody really wanted to get rid of the monster! Don't let it get away!

[Ammy defeats the wanted monster]

(Issun) That was one of those miscreants from the Monster Manifest! And we just
happened to find it! Boy, you never know what you'll find next! You know that
Monster Manifest you have? Well, you can cross out the monster you've taken
care of!

(Issun) The monster you just finished off is on this wanted list. Go ahead and
strike the name off the list with your brush!

(Issun) That's one less monster! At this rate, it won't be long before you can
cross 'em all out! Go see the drunken samurai once you defeat all of them. I
can't wait to see his face when we show him the full list!

[Ammy defeats another wanted monster]

(Issun) OK! Another one down! Well, you know what to do, my furry friend!

(Issun) A quick slash of your brush should do the trick!

[Ammy listens to Masu at night]

(Masu) Zzz... Zzz... You no-good monsters... I'll show you... Zzz...

[Ammy listens to Masu during the day]

(Masu) Hmmm. Where in the world is that Monster Manifest of mine? Hey! Isn't
that my manifest!? Hm? I could've sworn the list was full when I gave it to
you. Don't tell me you're going around hunting these monsters down! How dare
you! Give it back! Give it back this instant!

(Masu) You no-good thieving mutt! Give me back my manifest! Give it back this
instant!

[Ammy defeats all the monsters on the manifest]

(Issun) Well whaddya know! You've taken care of all the names in the Monster
Manifest! I bet that drunken samurai will be shocked when he finds out! Still,
I can't help feeling we robbed him of his fun.

[Ammy returns to Masu]

(Masu) You no-good thieving mutt! Grrrr! Look at the names of my monsters!
They've all been crossed out! I just don't understand it... But it's wrong of
me not to recognize the good you did. A true warrior would acknowledge such a
thing. I don't need this anymore. You can keep it. You really are quite
something, mutt.

(Masu) You know, to be honest... I wanted this violent business to be over as
soon as possible. But I couldn't do it, so I was just roaming around aimlessly.
Now that this has happened, I've made up my mind. I'm going to start a new life
somewhere else!

(Masu) I owe you my thanks, mutt. I'm going to start a new life somewhere else!

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[Ammy listens to various people around town and learns about a thief]

(Samurai Dandy) Hello, dog. How are you doing? The city air is a hundred times
better than it was before, eh? And I feel right as rain again! It's like
getting rid of a curse. But there's still something bothering me. There's been
a thief here in the city for a long time. He disappeared during all the fuss
about that awful mist. But now that the city's back on its feet again, the
no-good lout has made his return! He works so quickly that no one has a hope of
catching him. The lowlife's name is Hayazo!

(Samurai Dandy) How do I know Hayazo's back in town if he's that fast? That's
what you're wondering, right? Well, it's quite simple. I'm one of his victims!
He stole my precious Glass Watch! I was here the other night, and I noticed it
was missing. I looked all over for it, but it was too late. Someone bumped into
me. It was so fast it must've been him! My precious Glass Watch! That wretched
Hayazo!

(Samurai Dandy) Hayazo's so fast that no one can catch him. But maybe you can
sniff him out. Dogs are meant to be good at that. My precious Glass Watch! That
wretched Hayazo!

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts the Samurai Dandy]

(Samurai Dandy) Stop that! Go find someone else to play with!

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to Momotaro]

(Momotaro) Huh!? I see you, you evil white puffball! Heh heh... I'm pretending
to be a demon hunter. It's a game where you defeat monsters from Oni Island.
But it's all just pretend. I'd be too scared to do it in real life. Hey! Do you
want to pretend to be my servant?

(Momotaro) You don't look like you take much notice of what people say. Would
you pay more attention if I gave you some food? Not that I have anything I can
give you, mind. If only I had those Millet Dumplings grandma made for me. I'm
sure you'd love them, and then we could play together. I must've dropped them
when someone bumped into me before.

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts Momotaro]

(Momotaro) Hey! Is this a new game!?

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to a city dweller]

(City Dweller) Hi there, mutt. That mist seems to have vanished. Now I feel
raring to go! I'll be having a few drinks in Yama's Restaurant tonight!

(City Dweller) What's wrong with you, mutt? Why are you staring at me like
that? See some kind of troubles in my eyes, do you? Ha ha ha. Why would I have
any troubles!? All's well with the world as far as I can tell. Too well, even!
I'll be having a few drinks in Yama's Restaurant tonight!

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts the city dweller]

(City Dweller) Watch it!

***end optional***

[At night, Ammy listens to the city dweller in the restaurant]

(City Dweller) It's no good. I'm finished! Completely and utterly finished!
*hic* Of all the luck! The mist may have disappeared from the city, but my life
couldn't be gloomier! *burp*

(City Dweller) *hic* I'm finished! Completely and utterly finished! I finally
got together enough money to buy Kiku a present, and someone's gone and
snatched it away! Without that Chrysanthemum Hairpin... I'm finished!
Completely and utterly finished!

***optional***

[Ammy headbutts the city dweller]

(City Dweller) Hey! What are you doing!?

***end optional***

[Ammy rides a waterspout up to a strange building floating above the city]

(Kamo) Hm? Amaterasu?

(Issun) Huh? How'd ya know Ammy's name?

(Kamo) Oh! That little bouncing guy's with you, too! Well, Capt. Waka did say
you guys were inseparable!

(Issun) Who you calling little!? Wait a sec... Did you just say Capt. Waka?
That imbecile's a captain!?

(Kamo) We work under Capt. Waka, and he reports directly to Queen Himiko. We're
the Tao Master Special Investigation Troop. But you can call us the Tao
Troopers for short!

[Tao Trooper Kamo is introduced]

(Issun) Tao Troopers? I don't know if I like the sound of that...

(Kamo) This is our headquarters. But Capt. Waka is out on a special mission
right now. He told me about you two before he left. And he said you could
inspect our headquarters if you wanted.

(Issun) Bah... I knew that half-baked prophet was up to something. He knew we
were coming. I bet the place is just crawling with traps! Keep your eyes
peeled, Ammy!

(Kamo) Capt. Waka's a very busy man. He's almost always away. The few times
he's here, he's busy behind his desk. There are always strange images projected
on that desk of his. Only Capt. Waka can control those devices. It's over our
heads. The captain's quite an unusual person.

[Ammy enters Tao headquarters and listens to Abe]

(Abe) Oh, this is terrible, just terrible!

(Issun) Hey, what's wrong, chief!?

(Abe) Listen to this... I've always been fascinated by Capt. Waka. That's why I
trained so hard to join the Tao Troopers! I'm still considered a new recruit!

[Novice Tao Trooper Abe is introduced]

(Issun) You actually care about that half-baked prophet? Bah! That IS terrible!

(Abe) No, no, that's not what I meant! The terrible part came after I joined!
I'd only been in the Tao Troopers for a few days when I lost my Tao Mask! Each
member only gets one!

(Issun) Tao Mask? Oh, you mean that thing the other guy was wearing over his
eyes? What's the big deal about that?

(Abe) It is a big deal! The captain's going to skin me alive if I don't find
it!

(Issun) Heh... That half-baked prophet sure has some weird hang-ups.

(Abe) I went out for a walk to show off my new mask to everyone. That's when
this strange man bumped into me. He must have stolen it right then!

(Issun) How could you not notice someone taking a mask right off your face?

(Abe) I can't believe I lost my Tao Mask! Each member only gets one! The
captain's going to skin me alive if I don't find it! Say... Would you fellows
mind searching around the city for it? I can't leave my post, and there's no
one else I can ask! You must help me, please! If you find it, I'll tell you a
secret about Capt. Waka!

***optional #1***

[Ammy headbutts Abe]

(Abe) Hey, cut it out!

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines a computer]

(Issun) What kinda contraption is this? Who could trust anyone that secretly
uses something like this?

***optional #3***

[Ammy examines a statue]

(Issun) Now that's an impressive statue! Wait. I take that back... I don't
wanna compliment that guy's stuff.

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to a soldier]

(Soldier) I can't believe it! That cursed zone was enormous, but it's all
disappeared! I'll bet it's because I worked so hard at my guard duty. The gods
must have taken pity on my being all alone! I should take advantage of my good
fortune! It's about time I caught that no-good criminal once and for all!
Hayazo... He's been up to his old antics again since the mist went away. He
only operates at night, though. It gets pitch black here, so it's impossible to
spot him. So it stands to reason that we just have to make it brighter. I
suppose I just have to wait until the big lanterns are lit.

(Soldier) That confounded Hayazo! I can't believe he'd steal on this street.
He's taunting me! Hmph. I'm going to arrest him if it's the last thing I do. He
only operates at night, though. It gets pitch black here, so it's impossible to
spot him. So it stands to reason that we just have to make it brighter. I
suppose I just have to wait until the big lanterns are lit.

[Ammy lights the large brazier by the guard]

(Soldier) Look! I don't believe it! The gods must have heard my pleas. The big
lanterns have suddenly become aflame! This must be a sign from above. The gods
must be telling me to catch Hayazo! He may have gotten away with his crimes in
the darkness up to now. But there's nowhere for him to hide with all this
light! He must be taking cover somewhere nearby. Now I just have to lie in wait
until he shows his face!

(Soldier) There's no stopping me now with light in those big lanterns! I won't
let you have the run of this city much longer, Hayazo!  He must be taking cover
somewhere nearby. Now I just have to lie in wait until he shows his face!

[Ammy finds Hayazo hiding inside a rock]

(Hayazo) Heeee hee hee hee! Ya found me! Not bad, pal. Not bad at all! Lemme
introduce myself! The name's Hayazo, Master of Thieves! I was born to pick
pockets, ya see. They say I even picked the midwife's pocket when I was born!
Nice to meet ya!

[Master of Thieves Hayazo is introduced]

(Issun) Master of Thieves?

(Hayazo) Yep! But pickin' pockets ain't my only skill, ya know! I can run fast!
Even faster than a wolf!

(Issun) Huh!? You saying you could take us on, mister!? You may be a master
thief, but furball here is a master snatcher! No matter who it is, this furry
snatcher just gets the goods! Especially from sleazy thieves like you!

(Hayazo) Heeee hee hee hee! Think ya can take somethin' from me, do ya? Well,
no one can catch my vanishin' act! No one ever has, no one ever will! Mess with
me and you'll eat my dust! You gonna take me on? Well?

(Issun) Heh heh. You're toast, Hayazo! There's no escape once Ammy here sets
after some prey!

(Hayazo) Go ahead! Give it a shot! You're no match for the skill of Hayazo,
Master of Thieves! First 1! Then 2! Get 'em in order! I split apart and take
off in a cloud of dust!

[Ammy catches Hayazo]

(Hayazo) Fiddlesticks!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to catch Hayazo]

(Hayazo) Heeee hee hee hee! Well I'll be... You've got some impressive skills!
But that's not enough to defeat Hayazo, Master of Thieves! Mess with me and
you'll eat my dust! Got it!? Heeee hee hee hee!

[Ammy tries again]

(Hayazo) Heeee hee hee hee! Still think ya can get the goods back from me!? Go
ahead! Give it a shot! No one's ever defeated my vanishin' act! Get 'em in
order! I split apart and take off in a cloud of dust!

***end optional***

[Ammy retrieves the Glass Watch and returns it to the Samurai Dandy]

(Samurai Dandy) Hm? Oh, it's you, dog! What's that you've got there? Surely
it's not my precious Glass Watch!

(Samurai Dandy) How in the world did you get it back from Hayazo? You must be
some kind of miracle worker!

(Samurai Dandy) It's amazing that you got my watch back from Hayazo! That watch
is important to me. Thanks for getting it back. I'll make sure no one else ever
gets their hands on it again. Oh, would you like something to eat, dog?

[Later, Ammy finds Hayazo again]

(Hayazo) Heeee hee hee hee! Happy 'cause you got the goods back, are ya!? Well,
you ain't seen nothin' yet! My vanishin' act can't be beat! First 1! Then 2!
Get 'em in order! I split apart and take off in a cloud of dust!

[Ammy catches him again]

(Hayazo) How'd ya do that again!?

[Ammy retrieves the Millet Dumplings and returns them to Momotaro]

(Momotaro) Hey! My Millet Dumplings! Where did you find them? Thanks for
bringing them to me instead of just gobbling them up!

(Momotaro) I've been pretending to be a hero defeating demons on Oni Island.
Why don't you play with me? I don't mind that you're just a dog.

(Momotaro) I'll be the hero defeating demons, and you can be my loyal servant!
I'll give you the Millet Dumplings my grandma made. Then you'll play with me,
right? Here you go!

(Momotaro) You want some more Millet Dumplings? OK, Here you go!

(Momotaro) That's all there is! So when are you going to pretend to be my
servant?

[Ammy finds Hayazo again]

(Hayazo) Heeee hee hee hee! Happy 'cause you got the goods back, are ya!? Well,
you ain't seen nothin' yet! My vanishin' act can't be beat! First 1! Then 2!
Get 'em in order! I split apart and take off in a cloud of dust!

[Ammy catches him yet again]

(Hayazo) It won't be so easy next time!

[Ammy retrieves the Chrysanthemum Hairpin and returns it to the city dweller]

(City Dweller) Hm? Hey! That's my Chrysanthemum Hairpin! I spent a fortune on
that thing. Someone stole it from me and I'd given up on seeing it again. I
don't know where you managed to come by it, mutt. But I can't tell you how
happy I am that you did! Thank you!

(City Dweller) Well... I suppose that means it's time. Time to tell Kiku...
Time to tell her I, er, I, um... I love her!

(City Dweller) Now I can tell Kiku... Now I can tell Kiku I love her! Maybe
we'll end up getting married. Hee, hee. What a great dog you are!

[Ammy listens to the city dweller during the day]

(City Dweller) Hi there, pup. Thanks again for before. I suppose you came to
ask how it went with Kiku, right? Patience, patience! I thought about it a bit,
you see. And I realized it's too important a thing to be rushed. I've decided
to hold off on confessing my love for her. Just until everyone in Sei-an is
living in peace again. I'll wait until all the troubles here are resolved
first. And then I'll make my move!

(City Dweller) I'm not going to tell Kiku I love her yet. Not until everyone in
Sei-an is living in peace again. I'll wait until all the troubles here are
resolved first. And then I'll make my move! Dear gods... If you're looking down
on me, please let my declaration of love be a success!

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy listens to him again]

(City Dweller) Hi there, pup. Taking another walk around town, are you? Yep, me
too! You can't beat it! I don't have any troubles. Nope, all's well with the
world! I'll be having a few drinks in Yama's restaurant tonight!

[Ammy listens to him at night]

(City Dweller) Curses! I'm a fool! I forced myself to wait for the right moment
to confess my love. But now Kiku's angry with me for making her wait so long!
Fool, fool, fool! I'm such a fool! *hiccup*

(City Dweller) Curses! I waited too long and now Kiku hates me for it! Fool,
fool, fool! I'm such a fool! *hiccup*

(Issun) Oh, cheer up. We'll come back and check on ya again sometime!

[Ammy listens to the soldier]

(Soldier) ... ... It's impossible. He's just too fast. There's no way I can
catch up with him. I guess I'll just have to pretend I didn't see him.

[Ammy finds Hayazo once more]

(Hayazo) Heeee hee hee hee! No one has ever gotten this far against me. I can
see it in your eyes. You mean business with that shockin' attack of yours! You
leave me no choice! You'll never catch me with my 5-way vanishin' act! First 1!
Then 2! Get 'em in order! I split apart and take off in a cloud of dust!

[Ammy catches him for the last time]

(Hayazo) Well, I'll be darned! To think you'd defeat my vanishin' act. I got
nothing else up my sleeve. But I'm glad we were able to compete! Your lightnin'
fast skill was truly impressive! I'm done pickin' people's pockets! From now
on, I'm gonna be a fleet-footed detective like you! No more stealin' for
Hayazo, Master of Thieves! Well, except for those skills of yours!

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to catch him]

(Hayazo) Heeee hee hee hee! I see you're no match for my 5-way vanishin' act!
Now you know what I'm capable of when I get serious. Mess with me and you'll
eat my dust! Got it!? Heeee hee hee hee!

(Issun) C'mon, Ammy! We've made it this far! Your Celestial Brush is just
begging to take that thief down! You know... First 1! Then 2! Get 'em in order!

***optional #2***

[Ammy finds him again]

(Hayazo) Heeee hee hee hee! You just don't know when to give up, do ya? Well, I
don't hold back when someone's tryin' to catch me! I'm gonna perform my 5-way
vanishin' act tonight, too! First 1! Then 2! Get 'em in order! I split apart
and take off in a cloud of dust!

***end optional***

[Ammy retrieves the Tao Mask and returns it to Abe]

(Abe) Huh!? That thing you're wearing... Isn't that my Tao Mask that was
stolen!? You brought it back for me!? Oh, thank you! Really, I mean it!

(Issun) Heh... He looked better without that silly thing.

(Abe) Well? How do I look?

(Issun) Oh, uh... Not bad, I guess. As long as you're happy...

(Abe) Really!? Anyway, I'd like to give you this to thank you for finding my
mask. If you hold that bead in your hand and wish with all your heart, I, Abe,
shall come rushing to your side - Anytime, anywhere!

(Issun) Yeah, right...

(Abe) Just kidding! Now for your real reward... You know, that secret about
Capt. Waka I promised to tell you? Well, I've always been absolutely fascinated
by Capt. Waka. That's why I've studied so much about him! You wouldn't believe
what I found out!

(Issun) Try me...

(Abe) OK, the Tao Troopers have been around for over 200 years, but there's no
mention of any captain before Capt. Waka! Pretty strange, huh?

(Issun) Er... I don't get it.

(Abe) In other words, if you look back over our 200-year history, the only
captain's name that ever pops up is Capt. Waka's! That would make Capt. Waka
over 200 years old!

(Issun) Now you have my attention. 200 years is nothing for someone like me,
but for a human? Now that's just plain weird.

(Abe) There's also the matter of that magical projection device... Only he
knows how to use it. He really is a mysterious figure!

(Abe) If you look back over the Tao Troop's 200-year history, the only
captain's name that ever pops up is Capt. Waka's! That would make Capt. Waka
over 200 years old! He really is a mysterious figure! That's what I find so
fascinating! I want to be just like him!

[Ammy listens to the soldier again]

(Soldier) Hayazo... Though he was most certainly guilty, he had a habit of
secretly returning items to their original owners. Ahh... I'll never forget
that cat-and-mouse chase we had.

[Ammy listens to Raiden the lightning ghost]

(Raiden) Hey, dog! Did you see my powers in action!? I thought there wasn't
enough to keep me occupied everyday. But that was before I realized I was
capable of that! Maybe I could put it to good use and start helping people out.

(Raiden) My powers know no bounds! I am the one and only great lightning ghost,
Raiden!

[After bringing Lika to the gate at Wawku Shrine, Ammy listens to the city
dweller again]

(City Dweller) I did it! I did it! Guess what, pup!? I'd been working really
hard with not much time for anything else. And then Kiku came along and told me
she loved me! That's obviously the way to do it. A man has to just go his own
way and let the ladies come to him!

(Issun) I dunno if that hairpin had anything to do with it... Maybe it's more a
matter of "all things come to those who wait"! Anyway, that's one less thing we
need to worry about now, Ammy!

[Ammy listens to him again at night]

(City Dweller) Curses! Now's the real moment of truth. I don't want Kiku to
hate me. So I can't make even the tiniest of mistakes!

(Issun) Hey, whatever happened to "a man has to go his own way"!?

[After a day has passed, Ammy listens to him again]

(City Dweller) Hi there, pup. Taking another walk around town, are you? Ha ha!
Kiku and I have been as happy as can be, you know. I don't have any troubles.
Nope, all's well with the world. I'll be having a few drinks in Yama's
Restaurant tonight!

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[Ammy listens to the Aspiring Carpenter]

(Aspiring Carpenter) With the water flowing and the mist gone, everything's
back to normal! I had a really strange illness that put me totally out of
action. But now I can try to patch things up with the boss at last. I can't
waste any more time! I need to take a ride along the canal to get to the boss's
house. But that stupid ferry doesn't seem to be turning up! I need some kind of
miracle to get me to the boss now. There must be a boat I can use somewhere!

(Aspiring Carpenter) I need to take a ride along the canal to get to the boss's
house. But that stupid ferry doesn't seem to be turning up! I'd resort to
anything to get to the boss and patch things up. I'd even ride a frog or a leaf
to get there if I had to!

[Ammy draws a lily pad on the water]

(Aspiring Carpenter) Aha! It's a miracle! Looks like this lily pad heard my
cries! Now I can go to the boss's house. It's about time I started my
apprenticeship! I don't have an oar or a sail or anything. But the wind and my
enthusiasm should be enough to take me there.

[If time remaining is 02:00 or more]

(Aspiring Carpenter) I can't believe I managed to get here so fast! It's a
miracle! My devotion to the boss is what did it. I'm pretty nervous about
seeing him again after all this time.

***optional #1***

[During the ride, if Ammy takes too long to transport him]

(Aspiring Carpenter) Oh! This is so frustrating! I thought enthusiasm alone
would be enough to get me there.

(Aspiring Carpenter) This is too slow! Can't it go any faster?

***optional #2***

[If time remaining is 00:30 - 01:59]

(Aspiring Carpenter) Well, it took a while. But at least I've made it to the
boss's house in one piece. I'm pretty nervous about seeing him again after all
this time.

[If time remaining is 00:01 to 00:29]

(Aspiring Carpenter) That took forever! Maybe I'm not as devoted to the boss as
I thought! No, I'm sure that's not the case. Well, I mustn't keep him waiting!

[If time remaining is 00:00]

(Aspiring Carpenter) Huh. That was quite a journey. It took so long that I'm
more exhausted than enthusiastic. Still, the real work starts now. I need to
show the boss I'm ready!

***optional #3***

[Ammy headbutts the Aspiring Carpenter]

(Aspiring Carpenter) Now that's what I call enthusiasm!

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to the city dweller at the Ferry Port by the Kimono House]

(City Dweller) Um... What have I been doing? I've completely lost my memory
since that cursed zone appeared. Well, there's one thing I do remember. I was
on my way to the Carpenter's House. So I was waiting for the ferry to take me
there. And it's still not showing up, even after all this time! I'm sick and
tired of waiting! I don't care what I have to use. As long as it floats, I'd
try anything to ride along!

(City Dweller) I really need to get to the Carpenter's House. But there's no
sign of the ferry whatsoever! I'm sick and tired of waiting! I don't care what
I have to use. As long as it floats, I'd try anything to ride along!

[Ammy draws a lily pad on the water]

(City Dweller) A lily pad!? Well, I suppose it's better than nothing. Come on,
then! Let's go! To the Carpenter's House! Full speed ahead!

[If time remaining is 02:00 or more]

(City Dweller) Ha ha ha! This is great! I didn't think a lily pad could get me
here this fast! This'll make a funny story!

***optional #1***

[During the ride, if Ammy takes too long to transport him]

(City Dweller) Can't this leaf go any faster?

(City Dweller) Maybe it would have been quicker just to walk.

(City Dweller) Oh no! I'm so late!

***optional #2***

[If time remaining is 00:30 - 01:59]

(City Dweller) Well, at least I made it over here. It was a bit slow, though.
Maybe my expectations were a little too high.

[If time remaining is 00:01 to 00:29]

(City Dweller) Oh no! Look at the time! I suppose I was foolish thinking a leaf
would be fast enough.

[If time remaining is 00:00]

(City Dweller) Oh no! Of all the bad luck! All that time I wasted for nothing!

***optional #3***

[After successfully transporting him once, Ammy listens to him again]

(City Dweller) That ferry just never seems to turn up! I really need to get to
the Carpenter's House, too! I'm sick and tired of waiting! I don't care what I
have to use. As long as it floats, I'd try anything to ride along!

***optional #4***

[Ammy headbutts the city dweller]

(City Dweller) Ouch! Get off, mutt!

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to another city dweller at another Ferry Port]

(City Dweller) Are you out for a walk, doggy? That horrible, heavy mist has
completely vanished now. We're all feeling so much better, physically and
emotionally. Now I can finally pay a visit to the Weapon Dealer again. It's
long overdue, I can tell you! But I wonder what's going on with the ferry. I'm
not up to walking far, so I thought I'd ride along the canal. But the ferry
doesn't seem to be showing up even though it's time. Maybe I need to figure out
another way to get there.

(City Dweller) Oh, what should I do? I was hoping to make a delivery to the
Weapon Dealer. But the ferry doesn't seem to be showing up even though it's
time. I'm not up to walking far, so I thought I'd ride along the canal.  Maybe
I need to figure out another way to get there.

[Ammy draws a lily pad on the water]

(City Dweller) Wow! Look, doggy! My wish came true! This will make a perfect
little boat! Take me to the Weapon Dealer, please, mister lily!

[If time remaining is 02:00 or more]

(City Dweller) Wow! That was incredibly fast! Thanks, mister lily! You did a
great job there.

***optional #1***

[During the ride, if Ammy takes too long to transport her]

(City Dweller) Er, now what time was my appointment supposed to be?

(City Dweller) I might be running a bit late already.

(City Dweller) All this lazing about is enough to make me forget my
appointment.

***optional #2***

[If time remaining is 00:30 - 01:59]

(City Dweller) That was a bit too leisurely for my liking. But you did your
best, mister lily!

[If time remaining is 00:01 to 00:29]

(City Dweller) Looks like I'm going to be late for my appointment now. Was I a
bit too heavy for you, mister lily?

[If time remaining is 00:00]

(City Dweller) Oh no! I've completely missed my appointment now. I suppose I
should keep better track of my schedule from now on.

***optional #3***

[After successfully transporting her once, Ammy listens to her again]

(City Dweller) I need to make another delivery to the Weapon Dealer. It doesn't
look like the ferry's going to put in an appearance. If only another lily pad
would come floating my way. Maybe that's asking a bit too much of the gods,
though.

(City Dweller) Look! Look! It's the little lily boat again! Take me to the
Weapon Dealer, please, mister lily!

***optional #4***

[Ammy headbutts her]

(City Dweller) Um, can you not do that?

(Issun) Boy, you can be really nasty sometimes, Ammy!

***end optional***

[Ammy listens to a city dweller at the Ferry Port at the Carpenters' Workshop]

(City Dweller) The cursed zone seems to have completely disappeared now. And
there's water back in the canal all of a sudden. This must be the work of the
gods! Now we just need the ferry up and running to give us rides. We rely on
that ferry, you know. But it's still out of action. I want to go to the East
Street, but it's hard to figure out how... I'll just have to find something
that floats! Anything will do!

(City Dweller) I want to take a ride along the canal to the East Street. But
the ferry's out of action, so it's hard to figure out how. I'll just have to
find something that floats! Anything will do!

[Ammy draws a lily pad on the water]

(City Dweller) Well, this is just perfect! I don't know where it came from, but
it'll do the trick nicely. Time to set sail for the East Street!

[If time remaining is 02:00 or more]

(City Dweller) What a great trip! I got here so fast! And you don't have to pay
anything like you do on the ferry. It's the perfect solution!

***optional #1***

[During the ride, if Ammy takes too long to transport her]

(City Dweller) Can't this lily pad go a little bit faster?

(City Dweller) Maybe I would've been better off walking.

(City Dweller) Oh no! Is that the time already!?

***optional #2***

[If time remaining is 00:30 - 01:59]

(City Dweller) Hm, well, at least I got where I was going. It wasn't very fast,
though.

[If time remaining is 00:01 to 00:29]

(City Dweller) That took forever! Maybe it would've been quicker to walk.

[If time remaining is 00:00]

(City Dweller) What was I thinking, getting on a lily pad like that!? How could
I have thought the wind would get me here fast enough!?

***optional #3***

[After successfully transporting her once, Ammy listens to her again]

(City Dweller) It's time I traveled out to the East Street again. It would be
foolish to expect that thing to show up again. I really doubt I'd be that
lucky.

(City Dweller) I need to get to the East Street now. If only that thing were
here. But I suppose I'd never be that lucky.

(City Dweller) Well, well, well! This lily pad should be comfortable enough.
Time to set sail for the East Street!

***optional #4***

[Ammy headbutts her]

(City Dweller) Watch what you're doing!

***end optional***

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[After defeating Ninetails, Ammy returns to Himiko's palace]

(Handmaiden) Ah, it's you, Amaterasu! I can't thank you enough for all you've
done. That's the grave of our ruler, Queen Himiko. I'm sure your blessing
would expedite her journey to heaven. Perhaps you could sprinkle divine water
on her grave. Please help her spirit to be released.

(Handmaiden) That's the grave of our ruler, Queen Himiko. I shall perform a
mourning dance in her honor. I'm sure your blessing would expedite her journey
to heaven. Perhaps you could sprinkle divine water on her grave. Please help
her spirit to be released.

[Ammy uses Waterspout to sprinkle water on Himiko's grave, and Nuregami
appears]

(Nuregami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
Being so removed from you had weakened me... In fact, I was very near death
until your pure heart awakened me. I, Nuregami, have harnessed the power of her
tears... Drench the land with benevolence! I grant you the power of Deluge!

(Issun) Deluge... Hey, I've heard of that one! Isn't that a power derived from
Waterspout? All ya gotta do is draw the mark of Nuregami, god of Waterspout, to
make it pour like cats and dogs! Now what did that mark look like again...?
Well, anyway, if that power has awoken here, that must mean Himiko is still
watching over us!

(Handmaiden) What a beautiful shower that was! I'm sure that Queen Himiko's
spirit has risen in peace. Amaterasu, holy mother of us all... I pray that you
will have a safe journey.

(Handmaiden) We must look to the future. That's what Queen Himiko would want. I
have faith that her people will live each day to the fullest. Amaterasu, holy
mother of us all... I pray that you will have a safe journey.

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[Ammy climbs Gen's tower and enters]

[Ammy examines some machinery]

(Issun) Check this contraption out! It's held together with copper wire. But
look! It's missing a part right smack in the middle. I wonder if this thing
even works.

(Issun) Don't get carried away now. You're not the god of mischief, ya know!

(Gen) *sigh* My masterpiece is but one step away from completion. All I need is
the final part! My invention would dramatically improve people's lives. It is
the greatest test of my talents thus far!

[Contraption Maker Gen is introduced]

(Gen) I know not how you made it all the way up here, snowflake. It is unusual
for me to have visitors. But your timing could not be better. I needed a break.
Would you like to hear the new scientific theory I'm advocating?

(Issun) Oh, uh... No thanks. We're not really into that kinda stuff.

(Gen) No! Wait! We could talk about something else. I am quite the traveler and
have seen much of Nippon, you know. And I have collected many strange odds and
ends during my travels. Sculptures never seen before. Strange stones unlike any
others. Such things have led me to believe that many ages ago Nippon was home
to a completely different civilization from ours.

(Issun) A different civilization?

(Gen) Of course, no one would ever believe me. But still I gather these odds
and ends for my contraptions. I have a wide range of them in the works. The
odds and ends I find are of no use in and of themselves, but with some
ingenuity, together they become living contraptions. My odds and ends are like
dear old friends to me!

(Issun) Well isn't that special... Can we go now?

(Gen) No, please wait! This is where it gets interesting! As you doubtlessly
noticed, I am nearly done with my masterpiece. However, I am missing the very
last piece! I have come so far only to be thwarted at the very last step! My
masterpiece cannot come to life without that one final piece. *sigh*

(Gen) *sigh* To be thwarted just one step from completing my masterpiece! All I
need is just one Gimmick Gear. Without that single gear, my contraption will
not move an inch. My contraptions truly are living creatures!

[After getting the Gimmick Gear, Ammy returns to Gen]

(Gen) Many a contraption have I built. City Checkpoint's Big Drawbridge, and
Gojo Bridge here in Sei-an City... And now my masterpiece is but one tiny step
away from completion. All I need is a single Gimmick Gear! Without that single
gear, my contraption will not move an inch. Must I once again roam these lands
in search of the final part? ... ... Hm!? Snowflake! That gear of yours...!
Could that be a Gimmick Gear, the very last part I require!? Hmm... It appears
to be the perfect size and shape. Indeed, that is the very gear that I am
missing! Give it here! Please! I must have that gear!

[Ammy chooses "Yes"]

(Gen) Oh, thank you, my fine furry friend! When my masterpiece is complete, I
shall write your name in small letters near the end of my encyclopedia of
contraptions!

(Issun) ... ...

(Gen) Now, to complete my masterpiece!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "No"]

(Gen) What!? This is most unexpected! A vile white demon determined to disrupt
my grand achievement!

(Gen) The fate of the city's people is tied to your Gimmick Gear. That means
you hold the fate of Sei-an City in your hands... Or should I say... paws?

(Issun) Really?

(Gen) Give it here! Please! I must have that gear!

***end optional***

(Gen) Are you ready, snowflake? You are about to witness history in the making!
My contraption is about to come to life. This shall herald a monumental advance
in people's lives. Now, for the moment of truth... I, Gen the Contraption
Maker, give you my masterpiece... Lightningbringer!

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to help]

(Gen) ... ... I have failed.

(Issun) ... ...

(Gen) Do not look so surprised, snowflake. Why, this sort of thing happens all
the time! There could not possibly be a flaw in my design. I just need to let
it sit a bit and then lower the lever again!

(Issun) I doubt that's gonna work... I mean, just look at that contraption
there. The copper wire right there in the middle is disconnected.

(Gen) Listen, snowflake... Failures are an inevitable part of great inventions.
The trick is to transform those failures into success! After all genius is 1%
inspiration and 99% luck!

(Issun) Luck? What happened to the perspiration part?

(Gen) No, I'm pretty sure it's luck... Anyway, it will work this time! I, Gen
the Contraption Maker, give you my masterpiece... Lightningbringer!

***optional #2***

[Ammy fails to help again]

(Gen) ... ... I have failed yet again.

(Issun) ... ...

(Gen) I told you, snowflake - do not look so surprised! This sort of thing
happens all the time! There could not possibly be a flaw in my design. I just
need to let it sit a bit and then lower the lever again!

(Issun) Aw man, there's no way this thing's ever gonna work like that. Even I
noticed that the copper wire there is disconnected... I wonder if he needs some
lightning-like power... See? Right where the copper wire is disconnected.
Doesn't it look kinda like a lightning bolt?

***end optional***

[Ammy helps Gen get the contraption working and Gekigami appears]

(Gekigami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
My power had diminished while you were away. But that man's zeal and your own
pure heart have restored my power. I have harnessed his fervent energy to
bestow upon you a new power. Light up the sky with a Thunderbolt!

(Gen) LOOK! LOOK! My design was not flawed after all! It may be a bit
overpowered, but... At least my masterpiece is complete at last!

(Issun) ... ...

(Gen) It would appear that you do not quite understand. Such a grand invention
as this may well be beyond your comprehension. You should go look up at my
house from outside. Then perhaps you shall see the true grandeur of my
masterpiece!

(Issun) Wow, that's really something getting this huge thing to move. But
enough about that! Remember that shape you drew, Ammy? You know, the shape to
fill in the missing part of the wire? Well, that's the mark of Gekigami, the
god of lightning. Just by drawing that mark, you can summon lightning anytime,
anywhere you want!

(Gen) My invention shall dramatically improve people's lives. You should go
look up at my house from outside. Then perhaps you shall see the true grandeur
of my masterpiece!

[After some time has passed, Ammy returns and listens to Gen again]

(Gen) Did you see my masterpiece? It is a contraption for keeping time. I call
it the money clock! After all, time is money! Never allow yourself to waste it!

(Gen) The money clock, my time-keeping contraption, is a masterpiece! The only
question now is what to make next. I am most happy when I am working on ideas
like this!

=   =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =    =   =

< NORTH RYOSHIMA COAST >

[Ammy examines a Divine Spring]

(Issun) Hey, there's money in here. Maybe it's one of those Divine Springs. The
god of the spring is said to help those who toss in some money. Never expected
to find a Divine Spring here, though...

[Ammy offers 40,000 yen]

(Issun) Whoa! Check it out. The spring got all sparkly! This spring must love
money! I bet something good'll happen if you make a bigger offering.

(Issun) Nothing good ever comes outta having too much money! Why not cleanse
your body and soul by tossing some in?

[Ammy offers 40,000 yen two more times]

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Don't make an offering."]

(Issun) Aw, don't be such a cheapskate! Make a generous offering! How else will
you receive the favor of the spring's god?

***end optional***

(Bakugami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
Only a heart as pure as your own can pierce the darkness. I, Bakugami, feel a
kindness flowing from within you. I had grown weak while you were away, but now
my strength returns. You may now create two Cherry Bombs at once. Use this
power well!

(Issun) Bakugami's Cherry Bomb technique just got more powerful!? Hmm... Just
think about what you could do with 2 Cherry Bombs at once! Let's try it, Ammy!
Create a Cherry Bomb and then another right next to it!

[Ammy examines the spring again]

(Issun) It's sparkling with satisfaction from your offering!

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[Ammy examines a Divine Spring]

(Issun) The god of the Divine Spring helps those who toss in some money.
Anyway, nothing good ever comes outta having too much money! Why not cleanse
your body and soul by tossing some in?

[Ammy offers 20,000 yen]

(Issun) Nothing good ever comes outta having too much money! Why not cleanse
your body and soul by tossing some in?

[Ammy offers 20,000 yen two more times]

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Don't make an offering."]

(Issun) Aw, don't be such a cheapskate! Make a generous offering! How else will
you receive the favor of the spring's god?

***end optional***

(Tachigami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
Only a heart as pure as your own can pierce the darkness. I, Tachigami, can
feel the kindness flowing from you. Our reunion has restored my power to its
former sharpness. Your Power Slash shall become even more powerful. Use this
skill well.

(Issun) The bite of Tachigami's Power Slash got more powerful!? Hmm... Does
that mean you can cut hard things you couldn't cut before? Boy, I can't wait
till you try it out!

[Ammy examines the spring again]

(Issun) It's sparkling with satisfaction from your offering!

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[Ammy listens to a fisherman on the dock of a small island]

(Fisherman) Hi there, pup! Some folk worry about the Water Dragon an' all, but
if you're gonna fish, you've got to fish in the sea. All you need's thick skin
against the mean'ole sea! If you've got that, you hardly even need a line!

(Issun) Yeah, right...

(Fisherman) That chef, Umi, wants me to catch him somethin' special. Only one
fish fits that bill! The King of the Sea - the Marlin! I'm gonna haul in a big
one, and give that old guy the shock of his life! Wanna see some real fishin',
pup? Then stick around!

(Issun) OK, Ammy, you got the basic idea, right? Draw a line from the pole to
the fish! Let's catch a big one!

(Fisherman) Hey, I got a bite!

(Issun) Way to go, Ammy! The more you fish, the more larger fish will come!
Keep it up!

(Fisherman) Hey, I got a bite!

(Issun) You're on a roll, champ! Don't give up now!

[Ammy chooses to quit fishing]

(Issun) Heh, I got so excited I forgot everything else! You're right, we gotta
get back to business!

(Fisherman) Darn it! This just isn't workin'! I'm not even close to catchin' a
Marlin like this. If I could just get hold of that rod... No! An angler doesn't
give up just because his tackle's not right!

[Ammy goes to the merchant, purchases the Marlin Rod, then returns to the
fisherman]

(Fisherman) Let's see if I can catch another big one today! ... ... Hey, pup!
D'you know what you're carryin' there!? Any fisherman would kill for that rod!
It's the Marlin Rod, isn't it? With a rod that tough, there's no fish you
couldn't reel in! Even the great King of the Sea, the Marlin! Be nice, pup! You
know that rod belongs to me!

(Fisherman) Let's see what this Marlin Rod's got, huh? Guess you'll wanna stick
around to see this, right, pup?

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Not interested."]

(Fisherman) You're goin'? Oh, well. Come back any time.

(Fisherman) Squarin' up to the sea and readyin' your rod... Yup, that's what
fishin's all about! And now I've got the Marlin Rod, I've practically got that
Marlin in the bag! So stick around if you wanna see some real fishin', pup!

***end optional***

[Ammy chooses "Sure, why not?"]

(Issun) OK, Ammy, you got the basic idea, right? Draw a line from the pole to
the fish! Let's catch a big one!

(Fisherman) Hey, I got a bite!

(Fisherman) Hey, I got a bite!

(Issun) Wow, looks like it's gonna be a big one!

(Fisherman) This has gotta be a big ol' Marlin!

[Ammy catches a Marlin]

(Fisherman) Take a look at this! The mighty King of the Sea, the Marlin! It
finally hits the sand! I've been fishin' here in Ryoshima for a good few years
now, but I've never bagged one as big as this before! No time to waste! That
prima donna chef will only take the freshest fish! I'll run this over to him
now. See ya!

[After an in-game day has passed, Ammy listens to the fisherman again]

(Fisherman) Hey there, pup! It's been a while! D'you get a taste of that great
big fish at Umi's Restaurant? With that chef at the knife, everyone's happy -
even the fish! Wanna see some good fishin', pup? Then stick around!

[Ammy chooses "Sure, why not?"]

(Issun) OK, Ammy, you got the basic idea, right? Draw a line from the pole to
the fish! Let's catch a big one!

(Fisherman) Hey, I got a bite!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to reel the fish in]

(Issun) Aw... Easy come, easy go... Just when you were gettin' the hang of it.
Gonna try again?

***end optional***

(Fisherman) Hey, I got a bite!

[Ammy catches a fish]

(Issun) Way to go, Ammy! The more you fish, the more larger fish will come!
Keep it up!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses to quit fishing]

(Issun) Huh? Gonna quit already?

(Fisherman) Great job! God of the sea, we thank you!

***end optional***

[After a few rounds of fishing, Ammy quits again]

(Issun) Heh, I got so excited I forgot everything else! You're right, we gotta
get back to business!

(Fisherman) Well? Now you see how big the sea is, huh?

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[After catching a Marlin, Ammy listens to Umi]

(Umi) Hello, doggie! Feast your eyes on this lively wiggler! That awful Water
Dragon had scared off all the fish in the sea. But just look at the size of
this Marlin! I need juicy fruits of the sea to show what I can do! Only the
freshest will do! Now that I've finally got my hands on some fine ingredients,
it's time to sharpen up my knives and my skills again! Seeing as you're here,
doggie, why don't you stay and watch? It's not often I get a fish as good as
this one. And not often you'll get to see knife skills like mine close up!
Enough chit-chat! There's no time to lose! This freshness can't got to waste.
It'd be an insult to the fish! Stand back, doggie! The great chef Umi is about
to unleash his Cyclone Slice!

[Ammy successfully helps Umi]

(Umi) Wa... Wahoo!!! My best handiwork ever! My skills were getting a little
rusty, but now I've reached new heights! I've matured! The fish must be fresh!
The dish must be quick! If I sharpen up these blades, I'll be serving up a
whale next time!

***optional #1***

[Ammy fails to help]

(Umi) Uh-oh... This is bad. Thanks to the recent lack of fish, I haven't had
any practice. My skills are so rusty, I can't even whip up a cyclone anymore!

(Issun) What's this guy trying to do? I dunno why he's talking about a cyclone,
but... Isn't that the mark of Kazegami, god of the Galestorm, back there? What
does wind have to do with cooking? Doesn't seem like wind blowing would do much
here...

(Umi) These two knives... They're all I've got. Sure, I've never worked on such
a huge fish before, but if a man gets worried about size, he won't achieve
anything! Stand back, doggie! The great chef Umi is about to unleash his
Cyclone Slice!

***optional #2***

[Ammy fails again]

(Umi) This is really bad. Thanks to the recent lack of fish, I haven't had any
practice. My skills are so rusty, I can't even whip up a cyclone anymore! How
can I call myself the cyclone chef now!?

(Issun) There he goes again, rambling on about nonsense. I dunno why he's
talking about a cyclone, but... Isn't that the mark of Kazegami, god of the
Galestorm, back there? What does wind have to do with cooking? Doesn't seem
like wind blowing would do much here...

***end optional***

(Kazegami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
My power had diminished while you were away. But that man's zeal and your own
pure heart have restored my power. I have harnessed his fervent energy to
bestow upon you a new power. Dance like a raging Whirlwind!

(Issun) He'd make a better warrior than a chef, the way he wields knives! Hey,
I just thought of something, Ammy! Whirlwind, that other power of Kazegami, is
pretty intense. I bet his enthusiasm was what awakened it! If it could do that
to a Marlin, just think what it could do to those pesky monsters!

(Umi) My skills were getting a little rusty, but now I've reached new heights!
I've matured! The fish must be fresh! The dish must be quick! If I sharpen up
these blades, I'll be serving up a whale next time!

(Issun) Well, just don't get carried away. You could hurt yourself.

(Waitress) What's all the noise about!? Has Mr. Umi finished preparing a new
dish?

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< DRAGON PALACE >

[After getting the Shell Amulet, Ammy heads to the Soothing Spring]

(Security Guard) Oh! You've got a Shell Amulet!? So you have the permission of
Otohime? Forgive my rudeness. You may pass.

(Security Guard) Beyond here lies the Soothing Spring. It's a place of
relaxation for us Dragonians. But after the Water Dragon made its nest in the
palace garden the Soothing Spring's flow slowed to a trickle. Every day since,
the Dragon Palace Dance Troupe has been trying to entice water back.

[Ammy listens to the dancers]

(Dancer #1) Spring forth, spring! La, la, la! Spring forth, spring! La, la, la!
Hey there, cutie! Wanna dance?

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Dancer #1) Feel like dancing with us, huh?

(Dancer #2) Spring forth, spring! La, la, la! Spring forth, spring! La, la, la!
This is the swirly-whirly spring, a twirly whirlpool of happiness! Its waters
make amazing things happen to you! It'll spring into action any time now, so
don't go yet!

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Dancer #2) Hey! Did you just touch my behind!?

(Dancer #3) Spring forth, spring! La, la, la! Spring forth, spring! La, la, la!
There's nothing the Dragon Palace Dance Troupe can't do by dancing!

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Dancer #3) Stop that!

(Dancer #4) Spring forth, spring! La, la, la! Spring forth, spring! La, la, la!
So doggie, which one of us is the prettiest?

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Dancer #4) Oof!

(Dancer #5) Spring up, spring! Loo, loo! Spring up, spring! Loo, loo!

[Ammy headbutts her]

(Dancer #5) Hey!

(Dancer #5) Is it just me, or are the others singing something different? That
Water Dragon's causing havoc now that it's settled in the palace. It snores so
loud, and everytime it stirs, there's an earthquake! I dunno if that's why, but
our swirly-whirly spring's dried up. Us Dance Troupe girls have been ordered to
do a water dance. But this dance wouldn't get any spring flowing again! No, I
say we need to smash through the rock under the spring. If we hit water, that
would get the spring going again. If only someone would help and dig a hole
where the spring was.

(Dancer #5) I knew this dance wouldn't get the spring going again! If you ask
me, we need to smash through the rock under the spring, and try to hit water
down there. If only someone would help and dig a hole where the spring was.

[Ammy digs a hole]

(Dancer #5) Oh! Why are you digging this dried up spring, doggie? Hoping to
smash the rock under the spring to find water, are you? You must have a good
nose on you! That was my plan, too! Come on then, doggie! Help me dig down
under the spring! We'll see if we can smash through the rock and revive the
spring!

[Ammy chooses "Sure!"]

(Dancer #5) OK then! Here we go!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Not interested."]

(Dancer #5) Oh... I see...

(Dancer #5) Come on, doggie. Don't be like that. Dig under the spring with me
and help me break through the rock.

***end optional***

(Dancer #5) I'll tell you how we're going to dig through. Although... I guess
you're pretty good at digging already, huh? Once I'm down to the deepest rock,
I'll hit it as hard as I can. You just focus on digging and get me down to the
deepest point! Got it? Or do you want me to explain that again?

[Ammy chooses "I'm fine."]

(Dancer #5) Great! Don't let me down!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "One more time."]

(Dancer #5) You weren't listening, were you? I'll tell you how we're going to
dig through. Although... I guess you're pretty good at digging already, huh?
Once I'm down to the deepest rock, I'll hit it as hard as I can. You just focus
on digging and get me down to the deepest point! Got it? Or do you want me to
explain that again?

***end optional***

[Ammy digs through the rock and finds water to restore the spring]

(Dancer #5) Yeah! Right on! Wahoo! I smashed right through that rock! And look
at that! The spring's gushing again!

***optional***

[Ammy fails the digging game]

(Dancer #5) Well, you're a lazy mutt, aren't you? You're a disgrace to dogs,
giving up part way through like that!

(Dancer #5) Well, everyone messes up once in a while! But next time I'll smash
right through that rock!

***end optional***

(Dancer #5) ... ... Er... The spring's running again, but... ...?

(Dancer #1) A swirly-whirly spring without a swirly-whirly... It's just a
boring old spring!

(Dancer #2) The spring's back again! But where is the swirly-whirly?

(Dancer #3) If the swirly-whirly isn't swirling, we dancers don't have a hope
of getting married!

(Dancer #4) The refreshing water of the swirly-whirly spring... That was the
one thing I looked forward to more than anything!

(Dancer #5) This isn't good. The swirly-whirly is missing!

(Issun) The whirl's gone?

(Dancer #5) Exactly! It's the swirly-whirly that's kept us all in good health
up to now. Without it, we'd lose the will to live! Anyway, enough! Just whining
about it's not gonna help, is it? Everyone! We've got to summon the
swirly-whirly back again! We'll transfer our passion and enthusiasm into the
spring, by running around it as fast as we possibly can!

***optional #1***

[Ammy waits too long to take action]

(Dancer #5) I-I can't go on... Even I've got my limits! But the Dragon Palace
Dance Troupe never gives up! We'll keep running around until the swirly-whirly
comes back!

(Dancer #5) Come on! We've gotta summon the swirly-whirly back again!

(Issun) Here we go again...

(Dancer #5) We'll transfer our passion and enthusiasm into the spring, by
running around it as fast as we possibly can!

***optional #2***

[Ammy fails again]

(Dancer #5) I-I can't go on... Even I've got my limits! But the Dragon Palace
Dance Troupe never gives up! We'll keep running around until the swirly-whirly
comes back!

(Dancer #5) Come on! We've gotta summon the swirly-whirly back again! We'll
transfer our passion and enthusiasm into the spring, by running around it as
fast as we possibly can!

(Issun) Ammy! I see a faint whirl starting to form! The whirl's just one step,
or should I say one stroke, from coming back!

***end optional***

[The dancers run around the spring, Ammy draws a swirl on the water, and
Nuregami appears]

(Nuregami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
Followers in need and your own pure heart have restored my power. I, Nuregami,
have a new power to bestow upon you. I have harnessed the fervent energy of
those in need to create the power called Fountain. Use it well.

(Dancer #5) Yeah! Right on! Wahoo! The swirly-whirly's returned to the spring!
The swirly-whirly spring's real name is the Swirling Spring. It's a portal the
Dragonians made to connect to the land. If you jump in when it's swirling, you
can go to different places. Sometimes we girls use it to get out and have some
fun on land! Oops! You won't tell Otohime about that, will you? Anyway, thanks
for all your help, doggie. Here, have this! You'll be surprised at what's
inside!

(Dancer #5) I knew it! Brute strength is the only answer in the end. From now
on, the Dragon Palace Dance Troupe's motto is muscle!

(Issun) Oh... Well, good luck with that. Boy, Ammy, that's one mean brush you
wield! I bet you could summon one of those travel whirlpools any time you want
if you use that technique on a Mermaid Spring! Now we can travel across Nippon
for free! Guess it pays to help people every now and then!

(Dancer #1) The swirly-whirly spring, with its swirly-whirly... It's the most
amazing spring in the world!

(Dancer #2) Look at the swirly-whirly! Isn't it beautiful? I feel better just
looking at it.

(Dancer #3) As long as the beautiful swirly-whirly is swirling, we dancers can
go out looking for wonderful husbands!

(Dancer #4) The refreshing water of the swirly-whirly spring... Now I can enjoy
it again!

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[After exiting the Water Dragon, Ammy rejuvenates the bones in the garden and a
treasure chest appears]

(Security Guard #5) Huh!? That box you're carrying... Isn't that the Treasure
Box!? You know it contains the gasps of mermaids? It's found at the base of the
millennia coral that takes seed but once in 1,000 years! And it grows heavier
with each mermaid death. One leaked gasp is said to bring on old age in an
instant. But that's an old legend. No one knows if any of it's true.

(Security Guard #5) Any human who eats the flesh of a mermaid lives for 1,000
years. So many times, it's been the cause of misery and suffering. In fact,
there was once a man who drowned at sea and washed up here. We fed him with
mermaid flesh to revive him. It was the only way. But who knows if that was
really the best thing to do...

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< KAMUI >

[Ammy examines a Divine Spring]

(Issun) The god of the Divine Spring helps those who toss in some money.
Anyway, nothing good ever comes outta having too much money! Why not cleanse
your body and soul by tossing some in?

[Ammy offers 100,000 yen]

(Issun) Nothing good ever comes outta having too much money! Why not cleanse
your body and soul by tossing some in?

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Don't make an offering."]

(Issun) Aw, don't be such a cheapskate! Make a generous offering! How else will
you receive the favor of the spring's god?

***end optional***

[Ammy offers 100,000 two more times]

(Bakugami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
Only a heart as pure as your own can pierce the darkness. The kindness
overflowing from your heart has further strengthened me. The destructive power
of three Cherry Bombs is now yours! I trust that you will make good use of it.

(Issun) Bakugami's Cherry Bomb technique just got even more powerful!? Hmm...
Just think about what you could do with 3 Cherry Bombs at once! We're on a roll
here, Ammy!

[Ammy examines the spring again]

(Issun) It's sparkling with satisfaction from your offering!

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[Ammy listens to Blockhead Grande]

(Blockhead) Ga-ha! I am Blockhead! I guard this place so that all shall pass!
Er, wait... Make that, none shall pass!

(Issun) Not you again... You just never learn, do you? Then again, I gotta hand
it to you. You're one persistent dude.

(Blockhead) White Demon of Death... Finally you have come this far. In the name
of the Blockhead clan, I, Blockhead Grande, strongest of our clan, rise up to
stop you!

(Blockhead) I know of your deadly skills. They have been the end of my
brethren. And I have not underestimated you. Indeed, I have been training daily
to ready myself for your arrival. My body is now as hard as steel. I defy you
to find any weak points. Go right ahead! Strike my rock-hard body to your
heart's content!

(Issun) It'll be our pleasure. But lemme ask you. How come you guys never take
the offensive? I mean, how do you expect to ever win that way?

(Blockhead) Hmph... The Blockhead clan never resorts to such boorish acts. Take
the beating, then dish it out! That is our clan's philosophy! Now, the time for
talk is over. Come! Strike me if you dare!

(Blockhead) Take the beating, then dish it out! That is our clan's philosophy!
Come! Strike me to your heart's content!

[Ammy hits the weak points and defeats Blockhead Grande]

(Blockhead) Huh!? No... This cannot be! You have struck every last one of my
weak points! And after I trained so hard to cover them up! Your sight is not of
this world! It is like the eyes of the gods! O White Demon of Death... Behold,
the moment of death is upon me. May this image be burned into your eyes for all
eternity!

***optional***

[Ammy fails to hit the weak points]

(Blockhead) Ga-ha! Is that the true power of the White Demon of Death? How very
disappointing!

***end optional***

(Issun) Blockhead Grande... I'll see to it that your epic tale lives on
forever!

*   *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *    *   *

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Wali's House No Monster's Allowed!"]

(Issun) Heh. Does this guy really think a sign's gonna keep monsters out?

[Ammy enters the house and listens to Wali]

(Wali) Oh! What have I done!? If this carries on, Kamui will be ruined! I have
to do something to stop them! But I'm no match for those assassin monsters...
Oh! What am I going to do!?

(Wali) Hello, wolfie. What are you doing out in the blizzard? I envy you. You
must have such an easy, carefree life. What I wouldn't give to be like you! I'm
doomed to spend my days here, living in fear of those monsters.

(Issun) What's eatin' you, young man? You might feel better if you just talk
about it.

(Wali) ...! Oh! You have a Poncle with you? A white wolf and a Poncle!? That's
like the old legend! This must be the will of the gods. They must have told you
to come here and help me!

(Issun) Nah... Ya got it all wrong, young man. I'm not -

(Wali) I find that whole "young man" thing a little patronizing. I've got a
proper name, you know. I'm called Wali.

[Distressed Youngster Wali is introduced]

(Wali) Listen to my tale, messenger of the gods. It all started just over a
year ago. I was living in Wep'keer, the village up in the mountains. It's home
to Kutone, the divine sword that protects Kamui. Because the village elder
always treated it with so much respect, I couldn't help feeling curious. So one
day, I touched it. I only touched it a tiny, tiny little bit! Honest! Ever
since then, I seem to be cursed with bad luck. My sandals broke, I was rejected
by the girl I liked, I banged my toe countless times, and an icicle fell on my
head! And on top of all that, this awful blizzard came along. Now those
assassin monsters are out in the wild trying to kill me! I didn't want to cause
more trouble, so I came to live here.

(Issun) Wow. I can't believe you survived this long all by yourself. So, what
did those assassin monsters do to you?

(Wali) Well, it's very strange. You see, they're always staring at me from way
off in the distance. I know what they're up to. They're trying to break me
emotionally. Then they'll come in for the kill. You have to help me, wolfie!
You have to get rid of them! See, here is a list with their names!

(Issun) Boy, you sure are a thorough young man...

(Wali) I think the gods placed some kind of mark on the assassin monsters.
You'll definitely know when you see one. They're very wary, though. They only
come out at night. Please get rid of them for me so I can sleep peacefully
again!

(Wali) The assassin monsters were staring at me again the other day. I could
see their burning red eyes on their bright white bodies. Oh! I'm so frightened!

(Issun) You sure that wasn't just little white bunnies?

(Wali) Help me, wolfie! Get rid of those awful monsters for me!

***optional #1***

[Ammy headbutts Wali]

(Wali) Wh-What are you doing!?

***optional #2***

[Ammy examines the fire]

(Issun) Ahhh... Nothing like a good fire.

***end optional***

[Ammy encounters a wanted monster]

(Issun) Hey! That monster's got an Exorcising Arrow stuck in it, too! That
means somebody really wanted to get rid of the monster! Don't let it get away!

(Issun) That was one of the assassin monsters from the Record of Penance! And
we just happened to find it! Boy, you never know what you'll find next! You
know that Record of Penance you have? Well, you can cross out the monster
you've taken care of! The monster you just finished off is on this wanted list.
Go ahead and strike the name off the list with your brush!

(Issun) That's one less monster! At this rate, it won't be long before you can
cross 'em all out! Whenever you have time, you should finish off the assassin
monsters. I'm sure that'll put that young man's mind at ease.

[Ammy returns to Wali]

(Wali) How's it going with those assassin monsters, wolfie? Ah! None of the
assassins had been dealt with when I gave that to you! Well done, wolfie! I
knew you could do it. Just keep at it until every last one of them is gone!

(Wali) I only touched the divine sword, Kutone, a tiny, tiny bit. But it's
caused so much trouble. For you as well, wolfie. I burned myself on the stove
yesterday, you know. Can you believe those monsters would stoop to that level?
I'm so wretched I could cry!

(Issun) Aw, now you're gonna make me cry, too!

[Ammy finishes off another monster]

(Issun) OK! Another assassin monster down! Well, you know what to do, my furry
friend! A quick slash of your brush should do the trick!

[Ammy finishes off the rest of the assassin monsters]

(Issun) OK! Another assassin monster down! Well, you know what to do, my furry
friend! A quick slash of your brush should do the trick!

(Issun) Well, whaddya know! You've taken care of all the names in the Record of
Penance! I bet that young man's gonna be happy to hear this. Let's go give him
the news right away, Ammy!

[Ammy returns to Wali]

(Wali) How's it going with those assassin monsters, wolfie? ... ... WOW!!! All
of their names have been crossed out! You did it, wolfie! You finally did it!
Now I can go to the toilet again without looking over my shoulder! And I don't
have to crawl about on the ground when I go outside!

(Issun) I suppose so...

(Wali) Thanks so much, wolfie! I don't have much to give you as a reward. But
you can keep this as a token of our friendship. It was terrible of me to put
Kamui in danger like that. And I had to rely on you to fix the mess I made.
I'll become strong enough to fight my own battles from now on!

(Wali) It's funny. I only touched the Kutone sword a tiny, tiny bit. And yet it
made the monsters suddenly start attacking. Hey, this must mean... I'm the
legendary hero recognized by the divine Kutone sword!

(Issun) Talk about delusions of grandeur...

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[Ammy enters the dojo and listens to Onigiri Sensei]

(Onigiri Sensei) Look who's here! Greetings, my little wolf friend!

(Issun) What the!? Not you again? Can't you just pick a place to run your dojo
and stick with it?

(Onigiri Sensei) I've already explained myself, no? Be it a lone isle among the
waves or the most frigid mountain peak, I forge a warrior's path throughout the
land.

(Issun) Wow, you are one serious dude. And here I thought you were laid back.
Your face really changes when you get down to business!

(Onigiri Sensei) And what has brought you here? Do you once again seek my
tutelage in the fighting arts?

***Additional dialogue is the same as what can be heard at the dojo in Shinshu
Field and Ryoshima Coast, except for the names of the skills.***

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[Ammy listens to Kokari]

(Kokari) Huh!? Is that you, doggie!? Remember me? We played together back in
Agata Forest.

(Issun) Kokari!? Is that you!? How'd you get all the way out here?

(Kokari) I wanted to become a real man like Susano. So I took my dad's fishing
pole and set out on an epic journey. You know, I liked the river, but it's
nothing like the vast sea. It makes me realize just how insignificant my life
was.

(Issun) Wow. You're no longer that crybaby I met back in Agata Forest! Now that
I think about it, you look more grown-up, too.

(Kokari) Heh heh. You really think so? I've seen a lot of Nippon's great
outdoors, but the vast icy sea of Kamui is a far harsher environment than
anywhere else. If I could prove myself equal to the harsh wilderness here,
maybe I could become a real man like Susano.

(Issun) There he is again, gettin' back to nature with his fishing pole. And
without line or bait to boot.

(Kokari) Now I know why my dad cherished this pole. When I hold it in my hands,
I can hear Mother Nature herself speak! Hey, doggie. How about we do some
fishing? Just like old times! I wanna show you what I can do now!

[Ammy chooses "Ya, sure."]

(Issun) OK, Ammy, you got the basic idea, right? Let's catch a big one! Just
draw a line from pole to fish!

(Kokari) I got a bite!

(Ammy) Way to go, Ammy! The more you fish, the more larger fish will come! Keep
it up!

[After a few rounds of fishing, Ammy chooses to quit]

(Issun) Heh, I got so excited I forgot everything else! You're right, we gotta
get back to business!

(Kokari) Wow! I can't believe I caught one that big! Have I finally become a
real man? No... I still have a way to go.

[Ammy headbutts Kokari]

(Kokari) Wow! Now that brings back memories!

[Ammy listens to Ume]

(Ume) Why, look who we have here. I could smell you two a mile away!

(Issun) Ume? Is that really you? Wow, just look at you. You've really become
something! But you're still as ugly as ever! Hee, hee!

(Ume) I see you have become stronger. But Kokari and I have, too! We have
traveled many roads and seen many things. But I suppose you may still best us
in fishing or fighting.

(Issun) You hear that, Ammy? He's still dishing out those half-compliments of
his!

(Ume) Nowhere else is the environment as harsh as here in Kamui. I shall hone
my skills here so that I can better protect Kokari! That is how I shall repay
him for saving my life!

(Issun) You go, dog! You're gonna be all bark AND all bite!

[Ammy listens to Kokari once more]

(Kokari) Fish are strong creatures, even in this frozen wasteland. You can
really learn a lot from Mother Nature. I wanna learn what it means to be a real
man!

(Kokari) Huh? Going already? Well, come on back if you change your mind!

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< WEP'KEER >

[Ammy examines a sign that reads "Welcome to Snowball Playground!"]

(Issun) Hm... Such messy writing. Must've been some kids fooling around.

[Ammy enters the Snowball Playground and listens to Otter Mask]

(Otter Mask) Woohoo! I've been playing in the snow and trying to make a big
snowball. It got a bit bigger than I planned, though! All of the grown-ups
complain about the snow. But we kids love being outside. It doesn't matter how
cold it is! Why don't you try making a big snowball too, wolfie? I'm only a
kid, so that's the biggest I can manage. But you're bigger than me, so you
should be able to do better. Just keep on rolling that one there. Make it
really, really huge!

[Ammy rolls the snowball around and makes it bigger]

(Otter Mask) Keep going! Make it bigger! If you roll it over lumps of snow,
it'll grow really fast. You're bigger than me, so you should be able to make it
huge!

[Ammy rolls it around some more]

(Otter Mask) Woohoo! You did it, wolfie! I've never seen a snowball so huge! I
can't believe you got it so big. It's almost scary! But really cool, too!
You're definitely the snowball king of Kamui now, wolfie!

(Issun) First hole-digging king, and now snowball king... Boy, you sure have a
bunch of silly titles!

(Otter Mask) You're definitely the snowball king of Kamui, wolfie! I'll never
forget you. And that giant snowball you made!

(Otter Mask) I'm going to make big snowballs like you when I grow up. One day,
I'll make a snowball so big, no one will believe it! One as big as Mt. Ezofuji!

(Issun) Wow, this is one ambitious kid.

[Ammy headbutts Otter Mask]

(Otter Mask) Hey!

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< KAMUI/LAKE EZOFUJI >

[Ammy examines a Divine Spring]

(Issun) The god of the Divine Spring helps those who toss in some money.
Anyway, nothing good ever comes outta having too much money! Why not cleanse
your body and soul by tossing some in?

[Ammy offers 120,000 yen]

(Issun) Nothing good ever comes outta having too much money! Why not cleanse
your body and soul by tossing some in?

[Ammy offers 120,000 yen two more times]

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Don't make an offering."]

(Issun) Aw, don't be such a cheapskate! Make a generous offering! How else will
you receive the favor of the spring's god?

***end optional***

(Tachigami) Ah... Amaterasu. Origin of all that is good and mother to us all...
Only a heart as pure as your own can pierce the darkness. I, Tachigami, can
sense purity and light flowing from within you. Thanks to you, my power has
again reached its peak. You can now easily slash through anything you deisre!

(Issun) The bite of Power Slash got even more powerful!? Hmm... Does that mean
you can cut even harder things than before? Boy, I can't wait till you try it
out!

[Ammy examines the spring again]

(Issun) It's sparkling with satisfaction from your offering!

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< YOSHPET >

[Ammy listens to Kai]

(Kai) Amaterasu! What in the world are you doing here? Well, honestly... I knew
you'd come back here! When we ran through the forest together before, I was
really surprised to find that you could keep up with me. No one's even come
close to beating me in a race before. Ever since that day, I've had this
burning question in my head. Which one of us is the fastest? I'm absolutely
desperate to know once and for all! And that's why you came here, too, right?
So... Shall we race?

[Ammy chooses "Yes!"]

(Kai) OK! We'll race through the forest to the clearing. Whoever gets there
first is the winner!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "I'm busy."]

(Kai) Oh! Really!? Then what are you doing here at a time like this?

(Kai) Come on, Amaterasu! I'm absolutely desperate to know once and for all!
And that's why you came here, too, right? So... Shall we race?

***end optional***

[Ammy and Kai get ready, get set...]

(Kai) O spirits of the air, earth, and sea... Bestow upon me your divine
powers!

[Ammy wins the race]

(Kai) B-But! That's not possible! I ran as fast as I could. How could you
possibly have managed to get past me like that!? I suppose this is what happens
if you take on the great Amaterasu.

(Kai) Well, it's kind of a relief in a way. Ever since the first time I met
you, the only thing on my mind has been which one of us can run faster. I was
losing sleep wondering about that! Thanks for finally putting my mind at ease!
Now I can see you off on your travels without a heavy heart!

(Kai) I'll be praying for you to have a safe journey. Here, take this.

(Kai) You're really incredible, Amaterasu! I know you can handle anything that
comes your way. Now I can see you off on your travels without a heavy heart!

***optional #1***

[Ammy loses the race]

(Kai) I won! I won! I can run faster than the Great Amaterasu! Kai of the Oina,
the fastest in the world! ... ... Why are you staring at me like that? Are you
trying to tell me you didn't give it your best shot? Fine. The I'll take you on
again! Come back to the forest entrance and we'll have a rematch!

(Kai) I'll race you as many times as it takes for you to admit defeat! Come
back to the forest entrance and we'll have a rematch!

***optional #2***

[After losing, Ammy returns for a rematch]

(Kai) OK, it's time we finished that race of ours now! Are you ready to try
again?

[Ammy chooses "You bet!"]

(Kai) OK! We'll race through the forest to the clearing. Whoever gets there
first is the winner!

***optional #2a***

[Ammy chooses "Wait a minute."]

(Kai) What!? But we haven't finished yet!

***optional #3***

[Ammy fails to reach the clearing in time]

(Kai) Are you OK, Amaterasu? I turned around and realized you weren't there.
But I'm impressed that you got back here on your own.

***optional #4***

[Instead of racing, Ammy tries to leave Yoshpet]

(Kai) Amaterasu... You're thinking about that ark, aren't you! We don't have to
race if you don't want to.

***end optional***

[After winning, Ammy listens to Kai at the entrance to Yoshpet]

(Kai) I can't believe you can run faster than me, Amaterasu! Would you mind
racing me again? I bet I could learn a thing or two about speed from you!

[Ammy chooses "You bet!"]

(Kai) OK! We'll race through the forest to the clearing. Whoever gets there
first is the winner!

***optional***

[Ammy chooses "Wait a minute."]

(Kai) Yes, of course. You don't have the time for this kind of thing at the
moment.

(Kai) I know that you have a really important duty to fulfill. But could you
just race with me one last time? Just once! I bet I could learn a thing or two
about speed from you!

***end optional***

[Ammy wins a second time]

(Kai) You're really incredible, Amaterasu! I know you can handle anything that
comes your way. Now I can see you off on your travels without a heavy heart!

(Kai) You've proven that you can forge any path, Amaterasu. Now you must ready
yourself and set out on your final journey.

[Ammy loses a second time]

(Kai) You're not performing up to snuff today, Amaterasu. Maybe you just
weren't ready to give it your all.

(Kai) Cheer up, Amaterasu. It's only a race. Plan ahead and drive yourself
forward! You can do it!

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< 24 - CONTACT INFORMATION >                                           [ GS24 ]

mookiethebold[at]yahoo[dot]com

- Please mention Okami as the subject, otherwise I'll delete it on sight.
- Please be polite. I will not respond to any mail I deem to be rude.
- Please be patient. If you have a question(s), I generally send responses
  within a week, but sometimes circumstances prevent me from doing so.

Feel free to email me...

- If you liked this guide and just want to say so.
- If you have a question specifically pertaining to this guide.
- If you noticed an error and have specific info about a correction. Once I
  confirm it, you'll be given credit whenever the next update occurs (spelling
  and grammar errors do not count). 

Do not email me...

- If you want to complain.
- To ask for help regarding the main game. There are walkthroughs for that, as
  well as the message board.
- If the answer to your question can be found within this guide.
- To send spam or a virus.

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< 25 - CREDITS >                                                       [ GS25 ]

Thanks to - 

Clover & Capcom: For the game!

CJayC & SBAllen: For GameFAQs!

Me: For writing the darn thing!

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< 26 - DISCLAIMER >                                                    [ GS26 ]

Okami Game Script
For the Playstation 2 and Wii
copyright 2007-2008 Santo Lofaso

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