"It'll have to wait, huh? Let's get to the ShinodaShrine!"
Ah, public transportation. The only way to get to other places.
Let's take the street car and go to Shinoda. There are important things that will happen.
There it goes. Time to go up.
"If you treat Inari like just a statue, the heavens will punish you for your disrespect!"
Inari, shinto deity.
"We Inari statues support the Kuzunoha clan. We are fragments of the Ukanomitama spirit. If you are unsure of anything, ask us to clear your mind of doubt. Our role is to support a Devil Summoner with assistance whenever he might require it."
"Tell you what. If you get better at the job... I'll let you on a little something. Come back later, okay, Mr. 14th?"
Well, there is something that will happen, something rather useful. Oh yes.
Dragon's Cave. Save points. No health refills, though.
Time to chat with the Herald. Again.
"Raidou the 14th, Devil Summoner of Kuzunoha, is something amiss? So, Raidou the 14th, it seems you have grown in strength since we met. You shall henceforth be known as Raidou the 14th, Promising Youth. I look forward to your growth in your efforts to safeguard the Capital's Peace. Is there anything else you require of me?"
Why yes, we need to go to the Dark Realm!
"Very well. I shall send you to the Dark Realm of the Capital. The Dark Realm lies behind the world we know. It is a place where demons roam freely. The border between the realms is thin, and demons sometimes enter this world by chance. Those who know how to look can see a demon's hand in most of our world's unsolved crimes. I am able to use the Ritual of Entry to connect our world with the Dark Realm."
Time to enter the DARK REALM.
And after a bit of swirling, Raidou is teleported to the DARK REALM OF THE CAPITAL, in Tsukudo Cho. You can telll it is dark because it is not as bright as it was before.
"Well, would you look at that."
Hey, a huge demon spider thing is threatening the girl with the glasses!
That cannot be allowed!
Well, shit, that's a challenge.
"ha! Looks like they underestimated us. Brian, let's show him what a Devil Summoner is made of. Looks like we will have to smack around this guy before he'll give up the girl, Brian."
The way is blocked, he cannot be accessed directly, so an alternate route needs to be found.
Ah, our first incense. As always, it is a permanent stat increase. No health refills when it is used.
And as always, it would be a damn waste to use it in any character other than the main. Using incense on a demon? Pure and simple waste.
Strength is needed.
"Who are you? I've never seen you around here... I am Nakisawame. I heal everyone..."
"I'll need 500 yen, is that okay? This might sting a little, but only for a moment... *sob* don't die on me, please..."
What a depressing healer. Much more agreeable than that asshole Dr. Dark, though.
It's always nice to see a demon being awesome when maxing out his loyalty.
Sleep bullets, as they name says, they are bullets that cause sleep.
Azumi can fly, flying is used to reach high places. And other things. Let's use her skill.
Vitality. Summoning demons can be tiring work. Especially when the summoner has to swing a sword and be as physically active as Raidou is. He needs to be able to resist his enemies' hits. He is no pansy ass black mage.
Oh hohoh. Meet Agathion, the newest member of Raidou's demonic crew. He can inspect, finding hidden treasure in the areas Raidou visits, and since Agathion is small, he can squeeze through small openings with the Sneak ability. And one of these is required, anyway.
More items to replenish MP are always appreciated.
"This is your first time in the Dark Realm, isn't it, Brian? Let me explain how things work here. A Dragon's Jaw is like a wall in the Dark Realm. You should be careful not to touch it. There's no way through. If there's one in the way, just give up and look for another way around it. If you run up against the laws of this world, you can get in trouble. Got it, Brian?"
Time to find an alternate way, then.
"The light of a full moon makes demons excited. Even little old me becomes a dangerous girls on nights like that. If you want us on your side, you should pay close attention to the phase of the moon."
More aphrodisiac stones from the stomach of a cow. Great.
"I'm just a kid, I'd never do anything bad like that..."
Uuuh. Yeah, right.
"You've never seen a wall like this before, have you, Brian? This one is made of negative waves. It bears a little bit of explaining, so sit tight. This wall is called a Shikimi no Kage. It's not indestructible... But every attack but its weakness is void. That's what it makes it so tricky. On top of that, there are several different types, and they each have a different weakness. The Shikimi no Kage in front of us can be destroyed with a Lightning attack. I know what you are thinking, and I can already tell you: Elemental bullets won't work. Gun attacks only work if it is weak against your gun, and of course, everything else would be useless. So, bringing out the electric bullets won't do you any good here. Unless you have a Volt order demon, this is the end of the line. That's about the size of it. Got it, Brian? Let's get to it then, don't forget to summon your Volt order demon."
Oh Agathion, you lovable... Thing... In some sort of urn.
This happened after two castings of Zio.
Agathion is lovely, isn't it?
Now the way is clear. Time to kick Spider Demon ass.
Well, first, second. Whatever. First with commentary.
So, the objective was to eliminate Raidou? Well, that is easier said than done.
Hey! This is not Digital Devil Saga!
And then she is gone.
This is the reason why one could not advance directly to the Tsuchigumos and had to take the scenic route. And what sights were seen. Yes.
Next: Meeting with Rin, again.
Demon profiles from the Compendium!
"A lesser demon from hell. Maintains the infernal boilers at Beelzebub's command. Torments humans in hell by throwing burning coal onto them"
"A water deity of the Azumi, a Japanese fishing tribe. It can control water. The three gods born from Izanagi after he returned from Yomi are said to be the tribe's ancestors."
"A Japanese 'piggyback monster' that jumps on peoples' backs as they walk along grassy paths.It's not easily removed, but if you can take it back home, it will turn into gold coins."
"A dream demon from German Lore. They can transform into various animals and cause night terrors. Like other demons, they feed on blood, but they will also drink milk from sleeping women."
"A general term for incorporeal familiars used by Judeo-Christian magicians. Once summoned it torments the target selected by the conjuror."