The Memoir of Kikimora, Part I
Upon searching through Atsuro's data files, I've come across the records of one of my predecessors. It's hard to seperate the memories sometimes, but the more I concentrated, the better I could picture myself as a country bumpkin otter prankster. Deciding to carry on in his honour, I have decided to write a journal of my own.
Today's events...I honestly did not find them remarkable. From what I can put together from the spirits that made me, there had
been a great battle that day against a Wendigo. And, there was also a fairly interesting scuffle involving a lady named Haru...there's something about her music that I find myself drawn to, but I cannot be certain why as of yet. However, two grand battles should not be the deciding factor in the value of a day if the other hours were spent merely searching for answers and failing at the task.
Really, I think that the thing I want to talk the most about only occurred within the past few moments. I managed to connect to Shiki's journal after Atsuro had given him an e-mail, and noticed that he is curious about demons such as myself. As the successor to the only previous journal writer, I feel it is my obligation to elaborate on his harmless queries.
Now, the forms of demons usually parallel beings from human folklore and religion. This is because that all living beings, humans included, radiate energy we refer to as magnetite. Humans wouldn't know this, as like demons themselves, magnetite can only be viewed in the world of demons. When a being has a strong belief in something, whether it be a religion, an aesop, or something else entirely, that magnetite becomes an anthropomorphic representation of that belief. For example, many cultures blame tricksters for their natural clumsiness and misfortune, which is how creatures like my 'parents' Pixie and Kabutso came into being.
Normally, demons gain strength and continue their existance by gaining magnetite through defeating other demons and absorbing their remains. It may seem barbaric, but when there's at minimum
one demon per each belief a living being can have, overpopulation would be an issue otherwise. However, not all beliefs are equal; so many people believe in some form of YHVH (or, as most refer to it as, God) that it would be impossible for a single demon to have equal strength. Thus, in order to gain the potential
for greater strength and move up in the world of demons, those formed of weaker magnetite join together (though whether it is more like marriage or sex depends on how you define the terms) to form a stronger being.
Now, it's time for the million dollar question that started this explanation. "Do we inherit merely the skills of our parents, or also the memories?" Well, as I had elluded to above, some memories do survive the transfiguration process. However, the sheer strain of balancing two entirely different lives can be enough to cause gaps in one's memories. In fact, trying to remember more than eight different skills can lead to difficulties for many.
Hopefully, that answered your question in a satisfactory manner. If I find enough inner passion, I may decide to continue these memoirs on a later date. But I need my rest, and my muse is leaving me, so I shall bid you all adieu for now.
P.S. Good night to you too, Shiki.