Does whatever a spider can
Welcome back, true believers! When we last left our hero, she was engaged in danmaku against the invading force of Miko(wo)Man! Who is this masked heroine, you ask? She's your friendly neighborhood Spider-Youkai!
Born as Kurodani Yamame, she lived with her aunt and uncle after her parents had been exterminated by youkai hunters. She was talented with her webbing, a prodigy, and was expected to become an architect as the best and brightest Earth Spiders are known to do. However, she would secretly go and sing at oni bars for money as the masked idol Pretty Magical Masked Soldier Yamame-Chan. Pretty Magical Masked Soldier Yamame-Chan soon became known as the idol of the underground. She had a lovely singing voice and enjoyed it but feared disappointing her aunt and uncle.
However, one night when Yamame was singing, her Aunt Benihime came to pick Yamame up from the bar where she was "totally conducting an in-depth study of oni architecture." Right outside the bar, Aunt Benihime was mugged and Pi-chun'd by a youkai that had dine and dashed from the bar earlier. Yamame had been too busy singing as Pretty Magical Masked Soldier Yamame-Chan to stop her and felt the crush grip of irrational guilt plaguing her mind. *
She quit singing as Pretty Magical Masked Soldier Yamame-Chan *
. She took up the mask she once used for singing and vowed that if the oni were too drunk to stop petty crime in the underground, then she would! She vowed that as long as she lived, no first stage boss would have to lose her aunt like she did!
She knew that criminals were a superstitious and cowardly lot so she dressed up as herself, a hated youkai, in order to strike fear into their hearts. She became Spider-Youkai!
Swinging above the Ancient City, dangling from the cave ceiling, she kept her steady gaze of justice and vigilantism trained on the city. When she saw a crime in progress, she would swing down and collar thieves as if they were some sort of small, flying insect. Like, gnats.
Early in her career, when she was full of heady righteousness and felt ready to take on the whole underground, she befriended the Tsurube-otoshi that hung throughout the underground and enlisted their help in spotting evil. The results of this were mixed but she came out of the experience a little smarter and with a steady friendship to one of the Tsurbue-otoshi, Kisume.
Her greatest triumph was discovering and revealing that a prominent non-oni brewery was using child labor and was watering down the sake. Alarmed, the oni establishment staggered into action and shut them down for violating alcohol quality regulations. Yuugi herself awarded Spider-Youkai the key to the city for her brave actions. The Bridge Princess promptly took back the key and returned to her bridge.
A more personal triumph was dueling five people of varying involvement before facing the mugger that Pi-chun'd her aunt. She captured every spell card.
The city has become a safer place under the watchful eye. She has been successful in reducing the minor crimes often ignored by the oni and even solved some larger Incidents in the underground, sometimes teaming up with notable underground figures.
One day, she had gone to visit Kisume and encountered an unfamiliar figure in red and white. And thats where the last issue ended, true believers!
We pick up now and... oh, Spider-Youkai has been defeated by Miko(wo)Man. Tune in next time for the crisis event spanning multiple titles: Maximum Reimu-age, 'nuff said!
edited 16th Mar '11 9:42:01 AM by Bocaj
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