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At last, here's a new episode!
Tale 18: The Tale of the Western Prophet
After Ash spent the better part of the day breaking in his new harp, Yukanmune, we made our way to the temple of Chamizu for the night. We arrived not long before evening prayers, so Ash got to play Yukanmune to accompany the two hymns the disciples sang that evening ("Arceus Watches From the Sky" and one of my favorite evening hymns, "Moonlight Falls Upon the Land.") He didn't sound too shabby, so much so that he got a few compliments when prayers were over.
When the disciples had left, Ash told the high priest the reason for our journey. "I have heard troubling rumors that the Grand Emperor seeks to awaken the dark dragon and try to control him, and so we are traveling to seek out the Jeweled Shrines and use the sacred gems to awaken Arceus."
The high priest nodded. "It has been foretold by Hitomi, the Silver Seer, that a mad emperor would try and harness forbidden power."
"I know of her--she lives far away on the peak of Mt. Baiyin far to the west." Dawn interjected.
"That, and her prophecies are almost always correct." I added.
"Arceus granted her immortality and her great wisdom as a reward for her devotion to Him." the high priest went on. "Two hundred years have passed since the last time a prophecy of hers did not come to pass, so she is someone you can trust for guidance on your travels."
"What can you tell us about the prophecy?" I asked.
"It goes like this..." the priest began as he lit the candles on the ends of the main altar. "A thousand years after Yofune's fall,
A king gone mad will rise
To try and call him forth from the underworld,
Bringing Kinmura to its knees as he flies..."
"Makes sense...if Yofune is ever awakened from the underworld, Kinmura will be destroyed." Ash mused.
"The next part concerns you, young warrior." the priest went on. "But as Kinmura's people look northward,
A red star shines in the skies
Which will bring forth the Six Points of Magic
So Arceus will also rise."
"That's it!" I cried when the lightbulb went off in my head. "Ash is the red star, and our journey to the shrines awakens the Six Points of Magic."
"And the six jewels from the Jeweled Shrines awakens Arceus in turn." the priest smiled. "In order, they are Lauki, the ruby of fire, Maiki, the emerald of earth, Vesiki, the sapphire of water, Tuliki, the topaz of wind, Yoki, the amethyst of darkness, and Kirki, the diamond of light."
"Yes--we currently are searching for Lauki." i explained.
"Running about Kinmura wily-nily won't get you anywhere." the priest cautioned. "It would be wise to make the perilous journey to Mt Baiyin and visit Hitomi to learn the locations of the Jeweled Shrines."
Ash nodded. "We understand and accept this challenge, no matter what happens."
"Yes, the Grand Emperor must not awaken Yofune." I agreed.
The priest then led us to the hallway to the visitor's quarters. "Then you may rest here tonight before one of the disciples escorts you through the pass to Haradori in the morning."
"Pika." Pikachu gave the priest a little bow before running to catch up with Ash.
"My companion says thank you for your hospitality." Ash replied as we made our way to a room to rest for the night.
Little did we know, the night was going to be anything but peaceful.