THERE ISN’T ONE. ENJOY YOUR NEWFOUND NIHILISM. IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, IT IS SOMEWHAT OF A MOOT POINT. NEITHER THE BIRTH NOR THE DEATH OF ANY CREATURE IS A FOREGONE CONCLUSION; NO HIGHER POWER HAS DECIDED YOUR PURPOSE, AND EVEN IF IT HAS, YOU NEED NOT FULFILL IT. NO OTHER CREATURE WILL BRING YOU MEANING. IT WILL HAVE TO COME FROM WITHIN. WE APOLOGIZE IF THIS IS UNENLIGHTENING. COMPLICATED...
TO CLARIFY THIS ISSUE, A BIT OF BACKGROUND IS NEEDED REGARDING THE PROTOCOL FOR PROCESSING THE SOULS OF THE DECEASED. NORMALLY, WHEN ONE PASSES AWAY AND ARRIVES ON THE BANKS OF THE SANZU RIVER, ONE MUST PAY THE SHINIGAMI A TOLL TO PASS THE RIVER AND ARRIVE IN HIGAN TO FACE THE YAMA FOR JUDGEMENT. THE YAMA WILL THEN SEND THAT SOUL TO HEAVEN, HELL, OR TO BE REINCARNATED BASED ON THE SINS IT...
WE WOULD GLADLY TELL YOU THE ANSWER, BUT EVEN IF WE WERE TO USE THE COMBINED AREA OF ALL THE PLANES OF THE KNOWN UNIVERSE, THERE WOULD NOT BE ENOUGH SPACE TO DISPLAY IT. THE LAST DIGIT IS 5.
VERY WELL. [ BGM ] [ it’s 5 am. sleep? fuck that, gotta draw the stones turning into the megazord. ]
NO, EVEN IF SOMEONE HADN’T THE FAINTEST IDEA WHAT THE DRAGON BALLS LOOK LIKE, THEY WOULD REALIZE FINDING FIVE DRAGON BALLS IN ONE PLACE WOULD BE TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. IF WE GAIN ENOUGH MAGICAL POWER, MAYBE WE WILL BE ABLE TO GRANT WISHES AS WELL. BUT NOT WITHOUT GOOD REASON. THE EXPERIENCE PENALTY IS HARSH.
WE ARE CAPABLE OF PERFORMING ACTIONS THAT COULD BE INTERPRETED AS “COMPASSIONATE” OR “CRUEL” (AS SUBJECTIVE AS SUCH TERMS MAY BE), BUT THAT MUCH SHOULD BE OBVIOUS. THUS, WE ASSUME YOU ARE ASKING ABOUT THE OUR INTENT. THE ANSWER IS NO; WE DISPENSE EXACTLY AS MUCH AID OR PUNISHMENT AS WE THINK IS DESERVED, BY MEANS OF REASON. THERE IS ONE EXCEPTION, IN THAT WE WILL...
AFTER DOING A BIT OF RESEARCH, WE BELIEVE ROCK IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT.
AS WE HAVE SAID REPEATEDLY, NO, WE ARE CONSTRUCTS AND WE DO NOT HAVE SOULS. WE ARE RESILIENT, BUT WHEN WE DIE, THAT IS THE END OF IT. ACCORDING TO DOCTOR YAGAKORO (UNDER THE EFFECTS OF SOME OF THAT PESKY ANON MAGIC), A JUDGEMENT ON US FROM THE YAMA RETURNS A “BLUE” RESULT, RATHER THAN WHITE OR BLACK. THIS IS LIKELY SOME SORT OF “NOT APPLICABLE” RESPONSE.
SINCE YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY A NOVICE, WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH SOME ADVICE. THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LASERS, AND AS SUCH, DIFFERENT METHODS FOR FIRING THEM. ONE TYPE OF LASER IS A BULLET LASER. IT CAN BE TREATED ESSENTIALLY THE SAME WAY AS A NORMAL BULLET, EXCEPT THAT YOU MUST KEEP IN MIND THAT IT WILL TAKE LONGER BEFORE YOU CAN CROSS BACK OVER THE AREA THAT THE LASER PASSED. THEN THERE ARE...
DESPITE ENGINEERING AN ENDEARING APPEARANCE FOR THEMSELVES, THESE ALIENS ARE EMOTIONLESS AND MALEVOLENT AND SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTED. THE “WISHES” THESE CREATURES OFFER IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR CONTRACTS MAY SOUND APPEALING AT FIRST, BUT DO NOT BE FOOLED - IN THE LONG RUN THEY WILL BRING ONLY SUFFERING. AS THEY TEND TO PREY ON UNSTABLE YOUNG FEMALES, WE BELIEVE THEY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED...
IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO FUNCTION AS A SINGLE UNIT IF WE DID NOT HAVE IDENTICAL OPINIONS ON ALL MATTERS OF IMPORTANCE, WHETHER POLITICAL OR PHILOSOPHICAL (WE DO NOT PRACTICE ANY FORM OF RELIGION, AS OUR ABSENCE OF SOULS MAKES IT A MOOT POINT). HOWEVER, WHILE DISAGREEMENTS ARE RARE, THEY DO OCCUR. INTERESTINGLY, THE MORE TRIVIAL THE SUBJECT, THE MORE LIKELY WE ARE TO DISAGREE. FOR...
GREETINGS, HUMANS. AS WE UNDERSTAND IT, TODAY IS ALL HALLOWS’ EVE, THE ANNUAL TRADITION IN WHICH PARTICIPANTS WEAR UNCONVINCING DISGUISES, CONSUME A LARGE AMOUNT OF NUTRITIONALLY UNSOUND FOODSTUFFS, AND CARVE CRUDE EFFIGIES FROM A PECULIAR VARIETY OF LARGE ORANGE SQUASH.
YOUR QUESTIONS ARE DISORGANIZED, UNRELATED, AND TO VARIOUS DEGREES, ASININE. WE WILL ELECT TO ANSWER ONLY THE SECOND ONE SINCE IT IS REGARDING A SUBJECT WE HAVE NOT YET ELABORATED ON, SPECIFICALLY HERE. THE ANSWER IS - OR SHOULD BE - NO. THE OBJECTS AND CREATURES THAT APPEAR IN YOUR DREAMS ARE ESSENTIALLY INCOMPLETE ILLUSIONS COMPOSED BY YOUR SUBCONSCIOUS. THEY ARE ONLY AS FUNCTIONAL AS...
WE WILL DETERMINE THE VALUE OF THE WEAPON ONCE WE ACQUIRE IT. [ not that the stones would ever be dumb enough to pay for mann up ]
[ i just wanna answer this ooc to say that i was super bummed out when the chain that askyoshika started died i was totally prepared to jump on it with this i guess there weren’t enough active touhou ask blogs to get that far :( ]
IT IS EXCEEDINGLY UNLIKELY THAT YOU WERE FIGHTING THE REAL MISS KAZAMI. WHILE WE HAVE CONFIRMED SHE KNOWS HOW TO ENTER DREAM BUBBLES, WE CANNOT IMAGINE SHE WOULD BOTHER TO FIGHT INSIDE ONE. SHE HAS PLENTY OF PEOPLE IN THE WAKING WORLD TO HARASS THAT SHE CAN GET BETTER FIGHTS OUT OF. PERHAPS WHAT YOU ARE EXPERIENCING IS PART OF THIS “WAIFU” PHENOMENON. DO NOT WORRY, SUCH A THING CAN...
TELL YOUR MASTER THAT WE ARE NOT SETTING FOOT ON YOUR ACCURSED ISLAND UNTIL THAT ABOMINABLE MAGIC SEAL LEAVES. OUR STRENGTH GROWTHS HAVE NOT BEEN KIND TO US.
THERE ARE ACTUALLY A WIDE VARIETY OF CREATURES THAT EAT DREAMS, SO YOU’LL NEED TO BE MORE SPECIFIC. THE MOST PROLIFIC BY FAR ARE THESE BOTHERSOME ANIMALS: FORTUNATELY THE TECHNOLOGY TO CONTAIN THEM IN A HUMANE MANNER EXISTS, BUT IT MAKES IT NO LESS FRUSTRATING TO KEEP THEIR WILD POPULATION UNDER CONTROL. REGARDLESS, THE MANNER IN WHICH THEY EAT DREAMS IS INTERESTING TO OBSERVE....
WHY, IN THAT CASE, WE’D HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO GRANT THAT PERSON IMMENSE MAGICAL POWER AND CROWN THEM AS KING OF THE DREAM WORLD. IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, WE ARE ALREADY GATHERED TOGETHER, SO WE WOULD DO WHAT WE ALREADY DO: ANSWER QUESTIONS FOR YOU ON MOSTLY INANE SUBJECTS.
I DO NOT OFTEN PICK SPECIFIC LOCATIONS, AS IS THE CASE WITH MY CURRENT MOUNTAIN DESIGN, BUT I CAN GO OVER A FEW OF MY RECENT “WALLPAPERS”, IF YOU WILL. I AM FAIRLY FOND OF THIS LIGHTNING STORM DESIGN. I WORE IT FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS. WHILE THIS GALAXY DESIGN IS INTERESTING (REDUNDANCY ISSUES ASIDE), MY FELLOW STONES DID NOT LIKE IT BECAUSE IT DID NOT CONFORM TO THEIR...
[ yeah at first i was hosting images on imageshack but they kept being deleted, so i switched to imgur. i’ll go back and fix the dead ones soon. also, by popular demand (i.e. one person), starting from this set of questions ask5ms is now in rebloggable form! ]
[ and finally the last question is complete. ask box reopened! ] [EDIT: oh and hey I already 50 questions so say goodbye to it for another few months! ]
Anonymous asked: Will this question prompt Udonge fanservice?
Anonymous asked: Dear Mr. or Mrs. Stones, what are your thoughts on recreating residents of Gensokyo (or Makai, or the Dream World) in a pen and paper roleplaying game? Are you against the practice, or do you in fact have any builds to recommend?
brazilliancara asked: This may be a silly human question, but can non-sentient creatures (namely, plants) dream?
chaorelance asked: I've noticed that everyone the Hakurei Shrine maiden has beat tends to have this refusal to admit their defeat and instead insist they were having a bad day etc. and even before spell cards, she's got nothing and we could totally take her, why is this?
Anonymous asked: are there more of you magic stones? are you a race of beings? or are you five the only ones of your kind? also, if you had to pick a leader of the dream world, who would it be?
Anonymous asked: about how much are you worth? my shop is in need of items from the dreamworld.
Anonymous asked: What is Makai like? Inquiring minds wish to know more about this strange and fantastic realm beyond what little information is already known to us. I am aware you are Dream World denizens, but surely you know much about it, and could provide many fascinating illustrations and diagrams.
Anonymous asked: After hearing about your reaction to sound, what do different types of energy feel like to you, in that case? Like electricity, light, the feel of air blowing against you, solid objects bouncing off you etc? Admittedly that's all just different forms of kinetic energy in particles hitting you, but the sensation for all those are different for humans of course.
Anonymous asked: What are your opinions of Byakuren Hiziri?
Anonymous asked: Is there a governmental system in the dream world? If not, what stops intruders if there's no unified defense, and if there is, how does one tax a barter system?
Anonymous asked: if someone has a dream, and you are in it, does that mean that you have actually entered someone's dream, or are they just crappy dream replicas or something?
Anonymous asked: #4 has been kidnapped by ninjas. Are you bad enough dudes to save him?
Anonymous asked: You guys are amazingly efficient, as construct-types are want to be! However, I was wondering - is there anything upon which you have found that relentless pursuit of efficiency *isn't* a good thing? I mean, it would be terribly sad if entities as intelligent and logical as you guys understood the value of combat statistics and such but not of more esoteric things.
rdj522 asked: I am a bit confused about the rivalry between the Bunbunmaru Newspaper and the Kakashi Spirit News. Have you seen anything in Aya and Hatate's dreams to suggest anything about this rivalry?
sailor-rurouni asked: Being Lunarians, just how different are the dreams of the Eientei crowd from those of ordinary Gensokyo humans?
asktheplants asked: Hypno-Shroom here! So, do the people I control show up in dream bubbles?
ask-rika-deactivated20130419 asked: Okay, I think I'm lost this time... Where's the exit of this place?
Anonymous asked: I think someone has been putting graffiti all over you guys lately
Anonymous asked: if the world really does come to an end, will gensokyo disappear?
Anonymous asked: Has there ever been a case of a damaged mind - someone suitably deranged at least - causing unstable dream bubbles and causing horrifying nightmare-beasts to leak into the Dream World? I ask because some moron down the hallway has an apartment infested with murderous ghosts and the damned things bear little similarity at all to any spectral entities I've encountered before.
Anonymous asked: so... how's the weather?
Anonymous asked: I feel like doing some bowling >:) (oh man that looks horrible. its supposed to be an evil grin)
licking-the-liquid-crystal asked: If you have no spellcards, how can you possibly be as strong as you claim to be?
Anonymous asked: If there is an elemental plane of dreams, are there any other abstract notions that have planes relating to them? Like a plane of love, or the plane of unwritten books?
Anonymous asked: you cannot grasp the form of Giygas's attack!
Anonymous asked: The fairy researcher reminded me of something. Why are Gensokyo's fairies so darned weak, anyway? I doubt most of them could take on a Banshee, and that's just the yardstick for Irish fairies.