Story: The prologue
Several weeks ago, mysterious golden plants have sprouted across the land. They have spread rapidly, covering at least an acre per half-day and tainting most of the land’s vegetation in the process minus the trees and the grasses strangely enough.
Yet, many have praised these plants for its powerful effects upon consumption. It is said that the grains of these plants have a pleasant taste none have ever tasted before. It is also said that it had the power to compromise weaknesses of certain inhabitants they might have and lift all the toxins contained inside plants that it taints in exchange for odd coloring and loss of flavor. It was also an excellent anti-aging agent and contained various precious metals that can be extracted for other uses.
Many have dubbed this plant: “Kinmai” or Gold Rice because of its resemblance of the said grain. Due to its versatility, the value of these plants sky-rocketed since the first day. Despite of this fact, many were willing to share with one another. But there are those who would do anything to take control of all the plants in Gensoukyo for their own greed, selfishness, and personal gain.
Hakurei Shrine. The miko (priestess) had just finished her chores. With a cup of tea in her hands, Reimu Hakurei stared at the golden fields across Gensoukyo.
Reimu 「 How long has it been since these things started appearing out of nowhere? Not that it matters much to me as long I have a month supply of them or even a year’s worth. 」
??? 「 Ah, right at her usual spot. 」
From the magical forest west of the shrine, Marisa Kirisame appears before Reimu.
Reimu 「 Oh, it’s you. What do you want? 」
Marisa 「 Hey, what kind of greeting is that? I’m surprised nothing is being done about these gold rice thingies, especially by you. Anyway, something’s not right about them. You ever notice that the Kappas have been acting a little odd since they showed up? 」
Reimu 「 Come to think of it, they have been awfully quiet lately... 」
Marisa 「 Well, when I flew by the riverbank I saw hundreds of them swimming down the stream. 」
Reimu 「 That’s close to where the Human Village is. I wonder why? 」
Marisa 「 Don’t ask me! They were cheering so loud for no reason and I think I heard some of them chant something weird. They were also carrying something odd. I couldn’t tell above water. 」
??? 「 They are carrying weapons. A KA-74 Danmaku Shooter, as they call it.」
A mature figure suddenly stands between the two. There was no doubt that it was Yukari Yakumo with her ability to manipulate boundaries.
Reimu 「 What are you doing here? 」
Yukari 「 I thought I could join in with you and enjoy tea as you do not have anything important to do. Jokes aside, I came to warn you of the Kappas’ approach to the village. They are launching an attack. 」
Reimu 「 An attack!? On the village? 」
Marisa 「 No way! Why would they do such a thing? 」
Yukari 「 I’ve yet to get the facts straight, but they are likely after the plants. 」
Reimu 「 This is serious. I have to go to the village and warn them quick! 」
Yukari 「 By the time you’re there, it would already be too late. The best thing to do is to carry the villagers to safety. Although, that hakutaku is there. She can conceal the entire village from them. So why would you bother? 」
Reimu 「 D-Don’t imply that I’ve been lazy lately! Something tells me that the Kappas will have a way to get though it. No, I’ve got a very bad feeling about this. You’re coming with me! 」
Marisa 「 Wha- hey! 」
Reimu 「 We’ll have to investigate their strange behavior later. 」
And so both Reimu and Marisa head towards the Human Village with haste.
Appeared behind Yukari was her fox shikigami, Ran. She brought news to Yukari that the mistress of Scarlet Devil Mansion and her band of maids were beginning to make their prowl. A cat shikigami, Chen, appeared beside Ran. She told Yukari that two odd shaped spheres went up in the sky enroute to the moon last night. She did not make an attempt to give further warning to the miko and the witch, but grinned with amusement.
Yukari 「 Things are starting to get a lot more interesting. 」