Makai Wiki #2: Luna and Selene

As the red-and-orange twilight passes and the sky turns into deep blue, two moons show their face. Luna and Selene they are called, the two daughters of Mother Earth. One will not grow tired of watching their beautiful faces, for they are ever changing.

Unlike many other rocks floating in the space, Luna and Selene have cloudy skies and rich biospheres. No two days are alike, for a plethora of lifeforms are constantly striving to make best of their lives on the moons’ surfaces.

Vast oceans cover the azure Luna, making it a paradise for marine life. The occasional islands are actually tips of the highest underwater mountains.

The turquoise Selene on the other hand is dominated by lush rainforests. Although there are no major seas, countless lakes and rivers are found across the globe.

Originally only plants and animals inhabited the two moons, but since the development of advanced portal networks aย  few hundred years ago, numerous human settlements have been built on the moons’ soil. They have become popular locations for spending holidays, but permanent residence is difficult to obtain due to strict international regulations.

A look at the wall

The bedroom of Nami’s forest cottage is decorated with a single picture hanging on the wall (aside from the flower patterns all over the place, of course).

According to Nami the picture is old but magically preserved to ever appear as freshly painted. She cites the historical records, telling that the author was inspired by an encounter with a winged messenger at a huge evergreen forest, which used to be called the Emerald Garden.

No-one knows who the painter actually was. The painting was found in the forest, apparently in the same place where it was painted, with a short description in poetic form:

At the first light I saw her
reaching for the dew-laden petals,
feathers gently dancing to the rhythm
of mild morning wind.

Chatting with Nyanko: “Tsundere”

<Nyanko>: Maya-nyaa! ๐Ÿ˜€

<Maya>: Just ‘Maya’ is fine…

<Maya>: Uh, this is probably the 1000th time I say that >_>

<Nyanko>: Mmmmmyes! Nyanko gets a prize?! Nyaa xD

<Maya>: I should be the one getting the prize… really.

<Maya>: Anyway, what’s up?

<Nyanko>: Mmmm… the Sun is. O_O

<Nyanko>: Oh, but I was going to ask Maya-nyaa something!

<Maya>: It’s not about cat food again, is it?

<Nyanko>: Uhh… Rin said Nyanko’s not going to get anything with catnip in it for a while ;_;

<Maya>: …

<Nyanko>: Mm… but that’s not it. I heard this word “tsundere”

<Nyanko>: What the nyaa that means?

<Maya>: Nothing to do with nyaa, certainly.

<Maya>: It’s a kind of strange personality =.

<Nyanko>: Like Nyanko? Nyahaha xD

<Maya>: Strange all the same, but certainly nothing like Nyanko =_=

<Nyanko>: ;_;

<Maya>: It’s a kind of person who likes someone but keeps acting all cold and spiky.

<Nyanko>: Ah! A stupid person ๐Ÿ˜›

<Maya>: Err… more like shy and clumsy.

<Nyanko>: You should smile at the people you like! And hug them ๐Ÿ˜€

<Maya>: Well said ^o^

<Maya>: Anyway, for some strange reason the tsundere types often tie their hair to twintails.

<Nyanko>: Elementary school girls often do that. D’you think they are “tsunderes”? ๐Ÿ˜€

<Maya>: They are probably too young to have such troublesome personalities.

<Nyanko>: Thought so xD

<Nyanko>: Mmmmnyaamm.

<Maya>: Really? ;0

<Nyanko>: I’m gonna ask Rin to make me twintails, too!

<Nyanko>: But worry not, Nyanko’s gonna stay soft and warm! And nyaa! ๐Ÿ˜›

<Maya>: Huh, good luck with that. A bit less “nyaa” wouldn’t hurt though. I_I’

<Maya>: Oh, and send me a picture when you are done ๐Ÿ˜€

<Nyanko>: YesNyaa!

Character Highlight: Nyanko

Miss Shirakawa, as talented as she may be, used to be a fairly ordinary young mage at the Academy of Magic.ย  However, one day her life changed abruptly as a lost human spirit invaded her pet cat Nyanko and fused with its soul into a Magical.

Nyanko used to have a habit of waking miss Shirakawa up in the morning by climbing on her stomach and purring loudly.ย  On the fateful morning, she was woken up not by the cat, but by a young girl with cat ears and a tail instead. Although she first dismissed it as a dream, miss Shirakawa soon realized what had just happened.

As a well-read scholar miss Shirakawa was aware that the law required her to either adopt the newborn Magical as a daughter, or give her away to officials. Although she slightly hesitated at first,ย  Nyanko’s childish frolic and unchanged affection towards her soon awoke miss Shirakawa’s motherly instinct.

Nyanko couldn’t remember almost anything from the previous life of her human part and insisted to keep the same name as the former pet cat. As a newborn Magical, her mental age was determined to be close to a human 5th grader. Soon enough, she started her school life at the Academy’s elementary school.

Years passed and Nyanko entered the senior high school, where she befriended with a red-haired aspiring young mage, Maya. Together they would pull pranks and have little adventures, only to be scolded by miss Shirakawa afterwards. Even after graduating, Nyanko and Maya would actively keep in touch with each other, sharing their funny moments and sometimes even seriously discussing magics.

Makai Wiki #1: Magicals

Magicals are hybrid souls, born when spirits of the dead invade living creatures. Unconsciously the spirit seeks a familiar lesser lifeform, typically an animal or a plant, and attempts to take residence in its physical container.

For nearly all dead people will move on to the Realm of the Dead, it is a rare occurrence that one will become an unstable spirit capable of invading other physical bodies. The exact conditions are unknown, but strong attachments to the material world seem to play a big part. Ironically, though, newborn Magicals typically lose most of their memories when their soul merges with a soul of a lesser creature. Additionally their mental ability and general knowledge usually reverts to preteen level.

As their name suggests, Magicals tend to have extraordinary magical abilities. They are almost always capable of shapeshifting and typically take a humanoid form with some distinctive features from the host organism.

In big cities it is not unheard of that someone’s pet becomes a Magical. Although this naturally causes some confusion, the modern law states that the pet owner must either adopt the newborn Magical or bring her to the nearest Academy of Magic. Many choose to adopt, because the Magical inherits the former pet’s feelings towards it’s master. Some do not, though, for the same reason.