@vssCollab@twitter.com The enormous peak leaned to hover over Reizei and my view from the portal. Darkness from the spirit’s shadow *heralded early *night. Its eyes glowed bright, fixed on me through the portal window my tengu friend shakily held. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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@vssCollab@twitter.com Reizei took to the sky for safety.

*Twilight’s soft hues were blotted out as the mountain emerged from the river, cresting higher and higher above the horizon.

My heart sank. Did our chance *vanish? All of Japan must have felt the tremors. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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My voice emerged as a squeak. “Great mountain spirit, apologies for disturbing your slumber. My associate and I wish to hear your story, to save it for posterity.”

The ground rumbled violently. Reizei’s cellphone blared a *major earthquake warning. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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@vssCollab@twitter.com My host tree quaked in *protest over the mountain spirit's presence despite being on the other side of the portal window. This is your opportunity to *influence generations and share this kami’s story if you just muster the courage to ask. @vsscollab@twitter.com LiminalChronicles

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Still, the *event had been noticed. Bulbous eyes, much larger than my house, opened as if awakening from a deep sleep. The ridge blinked slowly.

Reizei waited for several moments. “Master?”

I gulped. Despite earlier rehearsals, my mind blanked. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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I couldn’t *feel the wind rushing by, but I could hear it. Seeing *lush forest below took my breath away. My own perspective had been limited as a ground dweller.

Reizei quietly landed across the river from the remote mountain. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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@vssCollab@twitter.com Reizei tested an idea that allowed me to stay put and yet help explore. On his camera’s lens, he opened a small portal allowing me to see his surroundings and communicate. Then he took to the sky.

Would we be able to *build rapport with the mountain? @vsscollab@twitter.com LiminalChronicles

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Tuna has always been chill. Now-a-days he needs a little help to look out the window. Still the best boy ever.

What makes Dr Aya say the bar Banzai Izakaya is "Hands down, the best drink establishment in Okayama Prefecture."? (Be sure to read the team secrets!) worldanvil.com/w/liminal-chron

@vssCollab@twitter.com We combed the map for anything that matched the clue. Bingo! A *branch ran into the Nonogawa river!

*Dread crept in and clung. Approaching this powerful yokai had no *undo. We’d face the consequences, good or bad. @vsscollab@twitter.com LiminalChronicles

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@vssCollab@twitter.com We combed the map for anything that matched the clue. Bingo! A *branch ran into the Nonogawa river!

Dread crept in and clung. Approaching this powerful yokai had no *undo. We’d have to face the consequences, good or bad. @vsscollab@twitter.com LiminalChronicles

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@vssCollab@twitter.com His wings flicked open to slow his descent. My tree’s leaves flutter wildly in the gust.

“I have news! The historic society dug up an obscure reference. They say *telltale sign of the mountain’s location is that it sits directly in the river.” @vsscollab@twitter.com

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@vssCollab@twitter.com I certainly didn’t want to *tangle with it, if didn’t wish to share its story. But surely, it wouldn’t mind a single *question.

My rumination halted when Reizei returned, diving from the sky at full speed to meet me on the veranda. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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@vssCollab@twitter.com Was there a *relation between the uptick in yokai activity and the story of the Mountain with Eyes? Would it be wise to *disturb such a large yokai? It may wish to be left in *solitude. Mountains’ moods changed with the weather. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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Reizei’s peculiar tengu and Nonogawa *dialect was sometimes hard to understand. But he never *stewed over it. He slipped on his sandals to hand deliver the message. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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@vssCollab@twitter.com Reizei drafted a *letter for me to the Nonogawa River Valley Historic Society inquiring about who might know the tales of the Mountain with Eyes. Undoubtedly, the group would put the letter in the *circuit of the group’s folklore archivists. @vsscollab@twitter.com

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