"What's going on here?!"
"Why did chief Kimiyoshi end up dead? Was he cursed by Oyashiro-sama?!"
"It's still six days until Watanagashi!"
"How will Oyashiro-sama's wrath be quelled over this death?!"
"Oryou-san, do you know anything about this?!"
The town council was growing increasingly agitated as the meeting progressed, but Sonozaki Oryou remained calm and silent. Finally, the elderly woman opened her mouth to give a quiet but stern order.
In an instant, the room fell silent as all eyes turned towards the Sonozaki family head. Sonozaki Oryou was the ultimate authority in Hinamizawa, and anything she said was to be taken as law.
"This death was no accident. Nor was it the will of Oyashiro-sama. We have reason to believe that there are filthy outsiders infiltrating our village and have fulfilled this murder for their own selfish reasons, using the name of Oyashiro-sama."
A few people in the room fidgeted awkwardly. Oryou herself, as well as the whole of the Sonozaki family, had been accused similarly in regards to the previous years' deaths...
"We must find these heathens and eradicate them at all costs," Oryou continued. "We will not have them defiling and terrorizing our village any longer."
Shortly after, the meeting was adjourned and the villagers present all headed back to their own homes for the night. As the sun rose the next morning, everyone had to wonder how they would identify the killers among them...