Hm, since we already covered "crazy Alice," I'll have to try a different angle.
I didn't try to make this one a narrative (or so longwinded), it just came out that way. I did
try to use overblown adjectives, though - I love overblown adjectives.
Alice - Ruin
Alice's world ended when the invaders confronted her mother. She watched from a distant hilltop as the benevolent goddess Shinki razed the spires of Makai with spears of fire and volleys of bullets. The Mother of Makai was unused to being defied; her power was enough to crush these interlopers many times over, but she was wild and clumsy in wielding it. Alice knew that this same power would be used to revive her fellow Makajin and restore the city to its former glory, but standing in the red glare as demonic wings of light filled the sky and devastation fell in thundering waves, it was distant comfort.
(The experience would have a similar effect on Reimu, leading her to create the spellcard system; Gensokyo wouldn't be so easy to rebuild, after all.)
As Shinki's favored daughter, Alice bore a grimore that would grant her a measure of the goddess's amazing power. Eager for revenge and blaming them for what had happened, she challenged one of the invaders to a duel... and fell. Not only did relying on raw power cause random destruction, but it would fail you when you needed it the most! She sat and pondered her loss as a new Makai City rose from the scorched grit and her old friends returned to life.
Alice couldn't continue as she was. This new Makai was exactly the same as the one Shinki had pulverized, but it didn't feel like home anymore. With mother's blessing, she set out to find herself, eventually settling in Gensokyo after some multiversal adventures. She had grown in her walk between worlds, becoming not only a woman but a youkai as well. Even her closest friends have only heard cryptic hints of the things she did and saw in that strange year.
One thing that Alice has learned about herself is that she's not a destroyer. If she must fight (and she must, Gensokyo being what it is), she will fight with skill, cunning and precision. A battle that forces her to resort to brute force is a battle she doesn't deserve to win. Makai's sky on that awful night is always fresh in her memory, full of eldritch flame and shrieking power. She will never
bring such ruin down on anyone. She thinks herself a coward for fearing her own power, but it takes another kind of courage to submit to beatings from youkai she could brush away in an instant.
So it is that her grimore, full of terrible secrets and godly might, remains locked and hidden at her side. It has not been opened since her fateful duel, and won't be for a very long time. She can't deny it forever, though; as the daughter of a Goddess, Alice has a birthright to fulfill. The dolls, her children, are not just weapons, tools or expressions of her new philosophy.
edited 25th Sep '11 2:50:31 AM by Durazno