[LNH/ACRA/WRIMO] Anal-Retentive Archive Kid: A Judicious Use Of Overkill #7
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Fri Nov 19 20:52:15 PST 2010
Anal-Retentive Archive Kid: A Judicious Use Of Overkill - part 7
A Legion of Net.Heroes miniseries for the RaccoWriMo writing month
Written by and copyright 2010 Saxon Brenton
After dispatching the ninja, Anal-Retentive Archive Kid paused again
to think. He had to decide what he would do about the late Oyabun Sukoyoza.
The Yakuza themselves were not a problem. They had thought to set
themselves up outside the reach of the law, and ARAK intended to
demonstrate that while that may have been so that they were not beyond
the reach of either justice or retribution.
The crime family's oyabun was a different type of problem. The man
was dead and was expected to be coming back soon. Certainly the sorcerer
Mr Tokufuja was working to the tradition that the spirits of the deceased
resided in the netherworld for 49 days before moving on to a final reward.
Depending on whether you used the actual moment of biological death, the
signing of the death certificate, or of the funeral rites those 49 days
had either already passed or would be running out this evening. If the
shade of Sukoyoza was not already free and lingering with malicious intent
then he could be expected to arrive at the climax of the ceremony.
Normally this would not be a big deal. Whether it be elevation to
one of the numerous Shinto heavens or relegation to one of the even more
numerous Shinto hells, reincarnation in the mortal world, or even
apotheosis to the position of a guardian family spirit, it would all have
worked out in the end.
However what ARAK had found in Mr Tokufuja's memories was a plan for
something quite different. Oyabun Sukoyoza wanted to continue in death
what he had worked to build in life: Heading a crime syndicate. He
intended to use the supernatural equivalent of standover tactics and
gangsterism to build a crime syndicate among the Japanese after world and
then continue outwards into other cultural spirit spaces for as far as
his reach could stretch.
The starting point would be to have Sukoyoza raised as an ancestral
spirit for his clan. That at least wasn't unusual or even particularly
Nor would the accumulation of awe and therefore at least some
additional power. In the Shinto mindset things were kami because they
were awe inspiring and therefore had spiritual power. Once ARAK grasped
the idea he found it terrifyingly plausible to have mythopoaeic
monsters wandering around using standover tactics to increase the fear
and awe of the Oyabun Sukoyoza and thereby raise his standing as a kami.
There were questions of course. Would he be able to leverage enough
power? And if he did, would it be the right sort? Shinto was big on
purity, and kami power derived from standover might be too dark to gain
Then again that whole question was probably moot, since as ARAK had
already recognised the scheme relied on the fallacy in the symbolism of
the superiority of the man-made over the natural world. Oyabun Sukoyoza
wanted to harness the concept of crime dominating society dominating
the world? That was nice. Anal-Retentive Archive Kid was sure that a
thunder god like Susano-o-No-Mikoto would take great pleasure in pointing
out the error of his assumptions in the most destructive manner possible.
So in the end the problem of the crime lord would probably be self-
correcting. However, he would likely take offense at ARAK's activities,
in which case it was in the LNHer's best interests to nip Sukoyoza's
apotheosis at the bud before he became too powerful.
Which led inevitably to the next question. Should Anal-Retentive
Archive Kid kill off all the Yakuza members first, thereby preventing
key parts of the ritual that Mr Tokufuja had constructed from happening?
Or should he wait for the ceremony to go ahead, and then use the holistic
decreator to unmake the oyabun when he arrived here?
The former had the advantage that Sukoyoza would never became
anything more than (at most!) an ancestral guardian spirit, and was more
likely to be a wandering ghost. The downside was that ARAK might not get
the chance to destroy the spirit if it didn't turn up at this building
The latter had the advantage of definitely having the oyabun arrive
here, in ARAK's line of sight. Moreover, Sukoyoza would be momentarily
distracted in the inevitable few seconds of gloating at his elevation to
minor godhood. Villains always were. The downside was that at that
point ARAK would have to handle the destruction of both Oyabun Sukoyoza
and his Yakuza hordes.
When you put it that way there really was only one sensible option.
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Saxon Brenton University of Technology, city library, Sydney Australia
saxon.brenton at uts.edu.au saxonbrenton at hotmail.com
"These 'no-nonsense' solutions of yours just don't hold water in a complex
world of jet-powered apes and time-travel." - Superman, JLA Classified #3
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