Introduction to the Mountain of Faith | Wiki Touhou LostWord

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At the foot of the mountain, Reimu’s first encounter is with the god of autumn leaves, Shizuha Aki. Poor Shizuha’s job is to paint each leaf her color, before she violently strikes the tree trunks to knock the leaves off. Take the time to remember her if you see the vibrant leaves of autumn. The first boss of this game is the most popular little sister of Shizuha Aki, the harvest goddess in Gensokyo, Minoriko Aki. A comment from Reimu regarding the goddess’ sweet potato scent angers her, at the sacrilegious idea that a shrine maiden would think of eating a god. It is quickly dispatched. Reimu is hungry now, so it’s better to quickly climb the mountain and clear up the incident.

In short, these two are the first of several gods that Reimu and Marisa encounter in this game. In an interview, ZUN mentioned that this is when gods become much more apparent within Gensokyo. Although it may seem a bit intimidating, the Shinto concept of a god is very different from Western ideas. In every object exists a divine spirit, or so it is believed. The “myriads of gods” or “Yaoyorozu no Kami”(Eight Million Gods) are meant to represent this idea. Gods are not too different from Youkai in that they support each other through faith, as Youkai do through fear. However, some gods do not need this faith, such as the Amatsukami(Heavenly Gods), of which Eirin from Imperishable Night may be one. That is, gods may become more prevalent, but many will prove nothing more than level 1 or 2 bosses.

Moving forward, under the cover of autumn trees near the base of the mountain, a river meanders through the forest. Here we are greeted by Hina Kagiyama, a goddess of misfortune. She collects nagashi-bina dolls, dolls that are cast adrift on a river to purify humans from misfortune. Hina considers the youkai mountain too dangerous and therefore tries to prevent Reimu/Marisa’s passage upwards. She collects misfortune by rotating her body and also scatters it in danmaku form in the same way. However, she is unable to dissuade them for long, and the protagonists fly higher up Youkai Mountain. * needs more

Following the river, they are soon greeted by Nitori Kawashiroafter breaking his high-tech optical camouflage gear. A Kappa, proclaiming herself a friend of humans. She too tells them to turn back because Youkai Mountain is too dangerous. Of course, the only way to make Reimu and Marisa listen is to beat them. On the contrary, they beat the hydrokinetic kappa and progress deeper – in Tengu territory.

A massive waterfall roars down the side of the mountain here, the fairies even burst out behind it to attack. Halfway up, a tengu patrolling wolves, Momiji Inubashiri tries to stop our progress – she is defeated of course. Like Daiyousei and Koakuma, she doesn’t have an official in-game portrait, but has become quite popular. At least she got a name. Finally, at the top of the waterfall, we meet a familiar face. Aya Shameimaru, crow tengu journalist, reporter, and this time, reinforcer of the Tengu territory. She doesn’t want to fight you, because the new mountain god has also caused them problems, but the intrusion is an offense in itself, so she compromises and spares us (thank you myriad gods, because Peerless Le wind god is bad enough as is). Once defeated, she agrees to take the protagonists to the top of the mountain, where the new shrine and its god have settled.

The shrine is massive, and flying its way takes up almost the entire scene. Assaulted by fairies as usual, you are finally stopped by a peculiar green-haired girl, whose outfit looks familiar. Sanae Kochiya, wind priestess, Arahitogami(living god), and maiden of the sanctuary, greet you now. She proselytizes aggressively, emphasizing the importance of faith in Gensokyo, though to Reimu, she might as well preach to the choir. Sanae’s background is interesting, and she remains one of the few humans to have entered Gensokyo since modern times. This aspect of his character is very present in later works, seen in his enthusiasm for science and discovering new things in Gensokyo (such as exterminating the Youkai). However, right now, all she is is an obstacle. So Reimu and Marisa teach him the way things are done in Gensokyo, through a Danmaku battle, against his power to cause miracles. Surprised at her loss, she wonders why Reimu doesn’t have more followers considering her strength. Reimu doesn’t know either.

Final step. Flanked by Onbashira, huge wooden pillars found at a specific shrine, you hover over the shrine on top of the mountain. No midboss this time, you face the final boss directly: Kanako Yasaka, the imposing new god of the mountain (self-proclaimed at the time). Surrounded by Onbashira with the backdrop of a huge moonlit lake, Kanako’s first appearance is quite dramatic. Its supposed goal is to save Gensokyo by once again filling the hearts of its people with faith. Reimu doesn’t believe his goals coincide with the continued existence of the Hakurei Shrine, and Marisa is quite happy with the way things are now, so they fight.

After a fierce Danmaku battle, if the protagonists emerge victorious without using Continue, progress to each character’s good ending. If a continue was used, skip to the wrong ending (and try again!). This is the main story of Mountain of Faith. In the aftermath, Kanako attempts a more diplomatic strategy, with the people of Youkai Mountain, and her negotiations with the Tengu and Kappa work out quite well, and going forward, their lives are quite intertwined. She even gets a branch shrine at Hakurei Shrine, as for humans, climbing Youkai Mountain is quite a challenge.

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However, you know that we still have a matter to settle. Reimu and Marisa wonder about some things. During Marisa’s encounter with the new god, Kanako claimed that the mountain itself was her object of worship and that they had never seen the inner sanctum of the new shrine. If Kanako’s place of worship were not the innermost part of the shrine, whose was it?

This question prompts them to ascend the Mountain to the inner sanctum of the sanctuary. Kanako greets them again, this time warning them not to disturb her still sleeping friend. Now they really had to know, and therefore, defeat her once more. In the most intimate parts of the Moriya shrine, they encounter its true original god. Suwako Moriya.

He is a cheerful and energetic god, like Kanako too. She explains the reason why they ended up here. With diminishing faith in the outside world, Kanako made the executive decision to move her shrine to Gensokyo. Suwako was not happy with it, but having lost to Kanako in the Suwa War centuries ago, Kanako had official ownership of it. The deal they made amounted to co-ownership however, as Kanako couldn’t control the cursed gods of the land, so Suwako stayed. Truth be told, Suwako didn’t really care, as her faith was growing, and while their relationship might seem like a bitter rivalry, according to ZUN, they are close friends. However, she was jealous of the “festival” Kanako and Suwako attended without her, so you must listen to her pleas and join her in a Danmaku battle one last time.

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