Part 37: The Star Conception Festival (Part 1)Special Events II: The Star Conception Festival
What in gods name is this thing for?
Hm? Oh, sorry. I was trying to figure something out. Well get back to the Polyoshka and its vague purpose in the next story update. For now, were taking a look at the next Japan Event (even though this one technically already existed in Granvania, just in a different form).
Just like with the Autumn Festival, Alfie does not have one of these events (shes also currently dead so, yeah ). That means were starting with Arie.
Unlike the Autumn Festival, none of the Maidens get unique costumes or CGs for this one. Well take a look at Arie, Femiruna, Ruka, Farun, and Mirei, since they are the Focus Maidens at the moment. After that, Ill include some of the Bottom 7 Star Maidens in detail. The rest will stay as summaries.
~Star God Academy Field~
Also, pay no mind to the date up in the corner. The Star Conception Festival events will only trigger when you try and bond with a Star Maiden during the Winter months (December, January, February). The reason the date says June in these screenshots is because Im viewing them in the database, which uses the in-game date of the save file you choose.
I heard you have a similar ceremony in your world too.
Oh yeah, Mana mentioned something about a festival thats similar to Christmas. Yeah, I wouldnt mind checking it out.
Then, if youd like would you mind joining us for the Star Conception Festival?
It may be rude to ask you to join, but if youd like
So well be there with all those kids, huh?
If you dont want to, thats quite all right. Every year, the priest and I chaperone the children But the priest has caught a cold this year
Oh, well, I could give you a hand with that. I dont want to leave you hanging. Not after what happened at the party that one time.
Really? Thank you! The children will be overjoyed.
Ooh, pretty. Beats the crap out of that gaudy Christmas tree garbage.
Come on, everyone. Are you done with the decorating?
Now, lets exchange presents.
[Child A]: What a pipsqueak! I thought Gods Gifts were big and strong!
Were big enough to kick your ass. Little shit.
Hey now, dont say that!
[Child A]: Even I can kick his butt!
This little brat Okay, fine. Im willing to accept that challenge. Come on Child A, lets see what youve got.
C-Come now Please forgive them, Itsuki, theyre only children
Its fine. Im sort of used to it.
[Child A]: Hey! Who do you think you are! Jerkwad!
Hold on a second Is this the little player that asked Arie to marry him? Are we moving in on his action? HA!
You sure have your hands full.
Lets exchange presents now. Um, Itsuki Did you bring a present to be exchanged?
Of course. Its just something simple, though.
[Child A]: Hey! Teachers whispering to Gods Gift in secret! Theyre totally dating! Theyre a couple!
In your face, Child A! Arie is ours! At least until the thread votes on which Maiden we actually want and the others are left by the wayside.
Good grief Im sorry, Itsuki. Now, lets start with the present exchange. Come, children. Lets sing the song.
And 1, and 2, and
*The ear-splitting sound of the terrible singing of children then follows. Thankfully we dont have to actually hear it*
Be safe as you head home, children. Phew Thank you, Itsuki. The children loved it.
I bet they did. They spent most of their time teasing me
But everyone said they wanted to play with you again.
Well, if its you asking me, then sure.
Thank you. Speaking of which, what present did you get?
I got some candy. Im going to guess that it wasnt from you.
Right. My present was a hat. My fluffy hat is incredibly popular.
Well, its definitely appropriate for the season.
Its unfortunate my present didnt go to you
Why cant we have nice things? I wanted an Arie hat its cool
So instead take this.
Hm? Whats this?
Its small, but its a protective charm. It has fluffy wool woven into it. Can you take it with you as a good luck charm inside the labyrinths?
Of course I will. Ill gladly take anything that helps protect me. Thank you, Arie.
I should be the one thanking you. Because of you, this turned out to be a very fun Star Conception Festival.
I know with the children, it can get a bit too lively
Not going to lie I do like it when things are a bit quieter.
And thats all for Arie. The children got in the way of anything romantic happening and Star God apparently rigged it so that we didnt get an awesome Arie Hat.
Maybe Femirunas will go a little better.
~Star God Academy Hallway~
Hey, Femiruna. Do you want to go check out the Star Conception Festival with me?
I do not mind.
Thats what I was told.
Itsuki, what are you going to wish for ?
Im not really sure. Inviting you was kind of the first step. Didnt really put any thought into the festival part.
Please Star God make the Conception PLUS Anime not as bad as it looks.
*sigh* As expected of someone who never plans anything out. Very well I do not mind going with you.
Really? Thanks, Femiruna.
You had other plans?
No, it is nothing.
~Great Star Tree~
Is this your first time at this festival?
The tree isnt lit up in this event. At least not yet.
Usually, I come here with Mother and Father. But they are quite busy, so after praying, they immediately return home.
Oh, I see Then is it really okay that youre here with me this time?
Then I guess youre stuck with me all day.
What ?! What a lewd way of phrasing it!
Wait what? What was lewd about that?
Y-You have no need to concern yourself over me. I am used to this sort of thing. Let us hurry and pray to the Star God and return home!
*After some praying that its doubtful Star God is listening to because hes an asshole*
Okay, the praying is done. We can head back now, if you want.
You said you would be with me all day
But you said you wanted to just pray and go home.
Itsuki, what did you wish for from the Star God?
Me? Well um I wished that wed always be together
How corny. You probably say that to everyone.
Youre not wrong.
No I dont.
Really now? Well whatever. My wish has been the same since I was a small child
Thats kind of sad.
But this year, my wish was a bit different.
Whats different about this year?
Hehe Well, I have been greedier this past year.
Just this year, huh?
What is with that face?
No, its nothing. Dont worry about it.
My wish every year is rather modest. But It was a problem this year. No matter how much I wish for, it is never enough.
Wait, so whats different?
There are so many joyous things that have occurred at the academy. So many interesting things Like with Tarua and Farun
What the sweet Christ happened with Tarua that could be considered interesting?
*A time skip happens here for some reason. I guess we dont get to hear about all the things that Femiruna thought was interesting*
Whew I talked more than usual there.
Yeah, its getting late. We should head back.
Hehe This year seems different from all the others. The most different thing is that you
It was fun. Now good day to you!
*And Femiruna fucking hauls ass out of that conversation*
Not bad, but I felt like that scene was a little incoherent/unclear. Could have been written a bit better than that. Oh well, I guess thats what happens when youre trying to write these in a somewhat neutral way that accounts for the fact you can trigger them at any point in the story/character route.
~Star God Academy Classroom~
Ruka, the Star Conception Festival is going on right now.
Why are you talking to me about it?
Can you not even show up long enough for me to give you a gift? I heard thats what they do at the festival.
Do it if you want. Youll just be exchanging gifts with yourself.
Thats kind of harsh, dont you think?
Hmph Anyway, I have to be at the orphanage for the Star Conception Festival.
Do you want some help with it?
I guess Id be thankful if you helped But how am I supposed to introduce you to everyone?
Im just a friend, arent I? I dont think anyone will care that much.
Whoah. Thats a huge leap, Ruka. Dont get me wrong, they will mercilessly tease you about having a boyfriend, but calling you a tramp? I doubt that.
Ruka, none of them are going to think that.
I-I just dont want anyone to misunderstand!
Is there any way I can get you to accept my gift?
Youre coming on a little strong now, Itsuki.
Th-Then, once its over, Ill contact you through the magic transmission device.
Thats fine with me. Ill wait for you.
Y-You really dont have to do this Well, goodbye for now.
~Great Star Tree~
She just messaged me, so I guess that means shell be here in a little bit
*Ruka then runs in*
Did you run the whole way? You didnt need to rush like that. I would have waited.
I overate, so I just wanted to get some exercise in! Its not because I felt bad about making you wait or anything.
If you say so. Well, heres the gift I got for you. Thanks for everything, Ruka. I appreciate all of your help.
H-Hmph. Youre welcome. Can I open this?
Of course. Its your gift.
Whats this? A ribbon ?
I figured it would be better to get you something you could use regularly. I tried to get something that matches your style.
Um This is from me. Sorry its leftovers, but its my fried chicken. I put it in some containers. I wanted to get you something proper, but
Hey, dont ever feel bad about food. Itsuki is a man of simple pleasures.
I didnt have time before preparing the party, so Ill buy you something later.
I think this is fine, but if you insist, then Ill look forward to it.
I cant get you anything too expensive, so dont expect too much. With that out of the way, Im going back. The party isnt over yet.
Wait, you left the party and came all the way out here just for me? Sorry about that. I thought the partying would have been over by now.
Theres no deep meaning behind it. So, goodbye then.
Right. Oh! Wait a second!
Do you still want something?
Here. This is for the kids.
I-I cant take that. What am I supposed to say when I give this to them?
You could always say its from Santa.
Hes an old legend that was turned into a corporate mascot. Dont worry about it.
Hes part of the Christmas tradition from my world. He has a sleigh thats pulled by reindeer and delivers presents to good children on Christmas morning.
Oh? I dont understand Is he like some gift fairy?
Well Actually, never mind. Ive got an explanation written down with the sweets. Just read through it later. Put the gifts next to their pillows.
Oh? That sounds like fun. Thank you. Ill read it later. Are we done here? Um Thank you for the gifts for the kids Oh, and for my gift too
Um While Im here, maybe I should use the ribbon you just gave me. Help me tie it.
You want to put it on right now?
I-I want you to see if it looks good on me!
STOP USING THAT PHRASE! It sounds stupid!
Okay. What do I need to do?
Hold on. Let me untie the one Im using. Its long, so its a ton of work just to tie it up All you have to do is hold down my hair
*A fade-to-black happens as Itsuki helps Ruka tie the ribbon no, we wont actually see the ribbon when it fades back. Are you crazy? Its not like they have an accessory system that could have been easily employed here (as well as a ribbon accessory that can be given to anyone, including Ruka). Sheesh*
Hmph All done. What do you think ? H-How does it look?
I think it looks great. Its hard to imagine you without it.
H-Hmph Im not wearing a ribbon for you, you know? But it does feel comfortable, so Ill be sure to take good care of it
One more thing.
What? Theres still more? Why dont you say it all at once?
Well, its just I saw you with your hair down earlier. I think it made you look really mature. It suits you in its own way.
Too bad we couldnt see it. Seriously, this event was begging for a CG.
D-Dont stop me just to stay [sic] that Jerk No matter how much you compliment me, I wont change my hairstyle.
Ill make you help me tie it again
H-Hmph. Dont cause too much trouble for me next year. Well A happy New Years to you then.
That went on for a while. It was sort of sweet though in a strange way. You know, when you get past Rukas stupid tsundere crap.
~Star God Academy Classroom~
Itsuki, are ya goin to the Star Conception Festival?
You mean the Christmas thing? Yeah, I was thinking about it. Why?
Then do ya wanna go with me?
Im in the same boat, you know.
Since we both dont know, isnt that just perfect? Please, Itsuki!
Sure, I dont mind.
Everyone does it, right? I wanna do it too! Lets meet up in front of that tree. See ya later!
Just getting right to the good stuff, huh? Im cool with that.
~Great Star Tree~
Hey! Sorry I didnt mean to make you wait
Hey, Itsuki. Take a look at that. The decorations are great.
Its gigantic I dont think Ive seen a tree that big in my world.
What was it like in your world?
Its a day when family and lovers spend time together.
Oh, lovers, huh. I wouldnt understand But this is really romantic. Im sure itd be fun goin a [sic] date here.
I didnt expect you to think about stuff like that.
Course I do Seein the starry skies always feels so romantic to me
I did think bout that durin my travels, Ill have ya know.
You could always try walking around with me. What do you say?
Hehe Thats a cute thing to say. Right now, my heart is full of warmth. An I got that thanks to you. So thanks, Itsuki. Well, thats it for this topic.
So you dont want to walk around ?
Oh, right. Here. Not sure if youll like it, but
Haha. My hearts racin~ Can I take a look inside? Lets see Oh gloves?
I was told that theyre really popular in town at the moment, so I Uh Farun?
Can ya open up my gift now?
Sure I guess Oh, its-
This kinda feels weird, right? Sorry
Were like a couple.
Huh ? Oh, right. I guess ya can look at it that way. Huh Just thinkin that were wearin the same thing
I mean, judging by those thong straps youve got up around your hips and the kind of swimsuit that Itsuki apparently likes to wear those gloves are probably not the only clothing youre wearing thats similar.
I-Im suddenly feelin really embarrassed bout it
Why? I like them.
I-I know, but I just feel bad bout it. Are ya sure youre okay bout lookin the same as me?
Im fine with it. Are you not?
I-Its not that at all! Theres no way I dont like em!
O-Okay So, were gonna have the same look then Hehe, it kinda feels more precious this way. Thanks for the wonderful gift, Itsuki!
*Some time passes*
Huh? Looks like people are goin home.
Looks like everything is wrapping up. We should probably do the same.
Right. Thanks for comin here with me today. I got a taste of what its like to be lovers.
Just kiddin! Ahaha! Thanks for the present! See ya later!
That was fine. I think the glove conversation dragged a bit longer than it needed to, but overall it was sweet.
~Star God Academy Classroom~
I want you to go with me
I dont mind but why are you so eager to go with me?
I was asked by His Majesty to make the Great Star Tree shine brightly this year. Its supposedly to follow the custom of your world.
Custom? Oh, you mean like the lights on a Christmas tree.
Its more flashy and interesting that way. But Narcisstes didnt seem to like it.
Narcisstes can go to hell. Were still looking for answers on that life stealing alchemist circle in his basement.
Thanks to him, I had to redo it. Hes so troublesome despite the busy season.
He does seem like the micromanaging type.
In the end, I made simpler lighting. Today is the lighting ceremony after all.
Sounds easy enough.
Thank you. Then lets go.
~Great Star Tree~
Looks like a big turnout. The king was on stage earlier, why werent you up there too?
Fair enough. Either way, Im looking forward to this.
The decorations you made. You always do really good work.
Yes. Im looking forward to that as well.
I am sort of nervous though. Im standing right next to the person that made them.
[Announcement]: Thank you for gathering here today. The countdown will now begin.
Here we go
[Announcement]: Five Four Three Two One Zero!
This loses a bit of the impact when we just saw this exact CG like 4 times before this.
Why are you laughing?
Nothing. I merely thought to myself about how childish your reaction was. How does it compare to the ones on Sora? Please tell me your thoughts.
This is a lot better.
Yeah, I like this more restrained look. Christmas decorations/lights in our world are super tacky and abused. Some people turn their houses into a miniature sun.
I think you did an amazing job.
Youre quite honest. It feels special when you compliment me. Will you compliment me some more?
Okay, take it easy now. Its getting weird.
Eheheh. Thank you, Itsuki.
Looks like the crowd is loving it as well. Are you sure you dont want to go up on stage?
I only made what was requested of me.
Until its not up to their lofty standards, then they want to know who made it so that they can send threats and insults until their demands are met.
Im going to return now.
Well, I know who made it. Youre the one that created this amazing show.
Heheh I told you I didnt care. Youre so strange.
Im returning to my lab. See you later.
That one started out okay, but I think it went a little too far with the praising Mirei aspect. Not that I dont think she deserves praise, mind you. I just think they went overboard with Itsukis gushing over her.
Well pick up the rest in Part 2, since the update is too big for a single post.