godsoffortune: (baths)
The Far Shore Mods ([personal profile] godsoffortune) wrote in [community profile] thenearshore2016-04-15 06:57 pm

003 | Save The Boats

Who: Everyone!
What: It's a few days after Hinamatsuri - time for a party!
When: Late evening (March 5, 2016) into early morning (March 6, 2016)
Where: The banks of the Kamo River
Summary: The Heavens have thrown together an outdoor party to celebrate Spring and ALSO to ask the Far Shore residents to keep the boats from Hinamatsuri from coming to shore.

Hinamatsuri is celebrated in Japan on March 3 every year. It is a festival to celebrate all of the young girls of Japan, not as important as their own birthdays, but certainly a big day for all families with a little girl among their household. It's perfectly normal for all of the cuties to dress up and get all sorts of delightful treats out of the day.

One of the normal festivities is a ceremony during which ornamental dolls are placed on tiers on boats and floated down the river. It is thought that all of the bad luck for the coming year floats down the river with the dolls, taking that bad luck away from their young girls to keep them safe for another year.

But the boats don't always make it all the way down the river like they're supposed to, and the Heavens sometimes like to make sure that the year will be full of less bad luck for the people of Japan. So they have decided to have the almighty gods do some legwork and disguised it as a fun Springtime party! They expect gods and shinki alike to push the boats away from the shoreline wherever they see them venturing near.

New gods and shinki will have been ushered immediately to the party as well, given all of the normal information, and then left to mingle among their new cohorts. This is a perfect opportunity to introduce the newbies to both their co-workers and the kinds of jobs they'll be expected to perform.


A luxurious buffet is set up for everyone to enjoy. There are all kinds of foods to enjoy, though they all seem to be of a local variety. The Heavens have apparently used the funding from their own temples to purchase local food and support local businesses at the same time. In particular among the food and copious amounts of booze, you will find some Hinamatsuri staples - hina-arare, hishi mochi, chirashizushi, and a salt-based clam soup called ushijiru. Among the booze you'll find shirozake, a sake made from fermented rice, also a regular fare of Hinamatsuri.

The Boats

As if they are literally overflowing with bad luck, the boats seem to be making a desperate attempt to land themselves upon the shoreline. They are reluctant to make their way back into the water and will gladly run people down if they're allowed to and are happy to ram into someone over and over again to try and get their way. When they are finally pushed back to the center of the river, they will begrudgingly continue on their way. Of course, some of them will simply sink because of the weight of all that bad luck, but who can really blame them.


As expected of a day dedicated to celebrating children, there are dozens of children running around and playing games during the festivities. It's hard to distinguish, but some of them appear to be human children while others are shinki. They are happy to let anyone in on their games and will gladly bother adults to come play with them or to let them try some of the liquor. (Mods will be available to play out any child interactions you may want, just flag us down.)


Off to the side, there is a tiny table set up with a small, nicely written sign that reads "Gentle Counselling". On the other side of the table is a sweetly smiling shinki who is willing to listen to your problems and answer any questions you might have. She is also here to help out any gods that are having a hard time dealing with knowing about how their shinki died and any shinki that is having trouble coming to terms with the fact that they are dead.

In Summary:
  • Keep the boats off the shore
  • Enjoy the food and booze and spring atmosphere
  • Have some fun with cute little kids
  • Seek counselling if you need it!
  • Flag the mods in the top thread if you'd like an NPC
  • Have fun~
pachintoki: (dead fish)


[personal profile] pachintoki 2016-04-18 05:52 am (UTC)(link)

[That hand Ross is grabbing right now though? Yeah, it belongs to your boss, kid. You're really gonna stop the great Inari-sama from eating all the sweets he wants?

Anyhow, Gintoki will look at Ross with a pretty typical emotionless expression for him. Your move, kid.]
Edited 2016-04-18 05:54 (UTC)
shiitan: (🔥 11)

[personal profile] shiitan 2016-04-18 11:12 pm (UTC)(link)
[Ross matched that expression with an indifferent expression of his own. If nothing else, this was a chance to show what the great Inari-sama could expect from his shinki. In this case, his move was to glance at the aforementioned sweets and take the mochi with his free hand, eating it right then and there.

...Yeah, you should probably start hiding your sweets from him, Gintoki.]

Your hand's in the way.
pachintoki: (-ears-a god of foxes)

sorry not sorry

[personal profile] pachintoki 2016-04-19 03:41 am (UTC)(link)
[Gintoki won't make a move, just yet. He won't pull his hand away, he won't get irritated, no, he'll just watch Ross take that mochi.

He'll wait. He'll wait right up until the mochi is just at the other's mouth. He'll wait until Ross is about to take a nice big, sweet bite.

And then -- ]

Come, Sonki.

[this is the worst kind of cheating]
Edited 2016-04-19 03:42 (UTC)
shiitan: (🔥 5)

[personal profile] shiitan 2016-04-19 05:29 am (UTC)(link)
[At the sound of his vessel name, Ross directed a withering look at his god before changing into his sword form. The mochi was about to go splat against the table now too, but that was the least of his worries. From his point of view, the worst part of it was that there was absolutely nothing he could do to change back on his own. He had to rely on someone else for it, and that felt so unfamiliar even though he couldn't explain why.

Well, at least now he knew that he would have to be sneakier about this sort of thing.]
pachintoki: (do not dwell on the past - do not dream)

[personal profile] pachintoki 2016-04-19 07:23 am (UTC)(link)
[Gintoki will smoothly catch the mochi with the plate Ross was hoarding before.

It wasn't the first time Gintoki had called the name, but the large sword in his hand was still something he wasn't used to. He'll stick Ross in the ground without ceremony and take the plate of mochi himself, then pick Ross up again and sit down on a picnic blanket near the river, laying the vessel down next to him in the grass.]

Ne ne, Ross-kun. Thanks for gathering this plate for me. It's such a great way to show how much you wanna please me, or something. You're learning so much. Here's a reward for you, okay?

[And he'll set a single mochi on top of the sword. After shoving a few of the sweets into his mouth, he'll look over again.]

Aren't you gonna eat it? Oi oi, you should take advantage of free food.

[and he'll . . . smush the mochi a bit onto the sword. smush smush]

Edited 2016-04-19 08:24 (UTC)
shiitan: (🔥 6)

[personal profile] shiitan 2016-04-20 09:59 pm (UTC)(link)
[Oh hell no. Those were his sweets and Gintoki was eating them! And smushing them on him! Not to mention that he had been set on the grass when there was a blanket right there. If it was possible to radiate irritation, then he was sure doing that right then. Or rather, he knew it was only irritation, but to anyone else it might have come off as something like killing intent. Oops~!]

If you're going to reward me, change me back instead.

[He was new enough at being a shinki that he still wasn't completely sure whether anyone could hear him, but desperate times called for desperate measures. It was also worth noting that he was kind of making that sound like an order even though he wasn't in any position to do so.]
pachintoki: (-ears-kitsune)

[personal profile] pachintoki 2016-04-28 05:54 pm (UTC)(link)
[Could gods hear shinki? It was a good question, Ross. The answer won't be too obvious, as Gintoki will continue to do exactly what he was doing, patting the mochi into the sword absently as he stuffs his face with sweets. The few tails he's sporting at the moment twitch a bit lazily as he watches the boats in the river.

Pat pat. Pat pat. ]
shiitan: (🔥 11)

[personal profile] shiitan 2016-04-29 07:17 am (UTC)(link)
[Ross took Gintoki's silence as a no. That aside, he had to wonder how much longer those mochi were going to get wasted for the sole purpose of spiting him. Now his last line of defence was to keep himself from witnessing any more of this situation. There was one easy way to do that, luckily!

Yup, he was going to doze off. It was more difficult to manage that, considering his still simmering irritation, but he was sure going to try.]
pachintoki: (-ears-black and white)

[personal profile] pachintoki 2016-05-03 11:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Oi oi, it's not nap time. You gotta finish eating first.

[He'll tap on the sword a few times. Yeah, they had more of a connection than he wanted to let on to Ross, but the other would find out sooner or later. He'll actually call out Ross' shinki name again, so he's not stuck as a sword anymore.

But before he can do anything, Gintoki's shoved a few more mochi into Ross' mouth.]

They're so good, right? You better not waste any of them.

shiitan: (🔥 5)

[personal profile] shiitan 2016-05-10 06:05 pm (UTC)(link)
[The fact that Gintoki seemed to know right away that he was trying to take a nap did not escape him. Still, he made no effort to show that realization. It seemed like something that would be worth keeping in his back pocket for a little while yet.

And so, he was left with little else to do except chew and swallow the mochi that was unceremoniously shoved into his mouth.]

Oh, I won't. I'll do whatever I can to make sure none of them get wasted.

[Given his expression and the methods he was thinking of right then, that wasn't necessarily a good thing.]
pachintoki: by me (sakura sake)

[personal profile] pachintoki 2016-05-13 03:18 am (UTC)(link)
[Good thing his master wasn't really paying attention, as some of the boats had caught his eye and he was watching one get moved back towards the middle of the river. ]

That how it should be, you know. Like, you can't get mad just because someone's telling you something right, that's, I mean, it's so immature. . .

[he's mostly just mumbling to himself through a mochi. Sorry Ross-kun. You might have been more entertaining to him as a sword.]
shiitan: (🔥 9)

[personal profile] shiitan 2016-05-14 12:31 am (UTC)(link)
[Really, he was totally fine with having the attention taken off him. It was certainly better than spending more time as a sword. But...]

What's that? It's hard to understand what you're saying when you're mumbling, but I accept your apology. It takes a lot to admit that you were being immature. I'm so proud of you, boss.

[His tone was very flat when he said that, of course.]