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Long, long ago...
A tiny hamlet known as Kamiki lay nestled in a grove of proud and beautiful cherry blossoms. Each and every tree around the quiet burg was honored as a god. However, the village was not without its dark secrets.
To satiate the appetite of Orochi, a fearsome cave-dwelling beast, a young maiden was offered as a sacrifice at the annual festival. With a body like a mountain and eight heads mounted on necks the size of tree trunks, its blood-red eyes alone were said to curse anyone who gazed into them. No one dared disobey the horrific beast.
When the night of the sacrifice drew near...A mysterious white wolf appeared outside the village. This wolf, its coat as brilliant as snow ,was dubbed Shiranui. The wolf kept a watchful eye on anyone who ventured outside the village, and made a habit of patrolling the streets at night. People assumed the wolf to be a familiar of Orochi.
One villager took it upon himself to face the fearsome Shiranui. The warrior, Nagi, attempted many times to challenge the wolf. But his attempts were thwarted by Shiranui's swift movements.
Before long, the night of the accursed festival had arrived. A white plumed arrow heralded the coming sacrifice. Piercing the sky, the arrow sunk its shaft squarely into the home of Nami, the village's most beautiful maiden. Nagi, harboring a secret love for her, was enraged by this sign. Determined to put an end to Orochi once and for all, Nagi traveled to the beast's cave in place of his beloved.
The Moon Cave, a place as dark as evil itself, served as Orochi's home. As Nagi stood bravely before the entrance...A beast appeared, eyes glowing crimson upon eight thrashing necks. Orochi stood tall before him, anxious for another sacrifice. Nagi leapt with incredible grace, swinging his blade valiantly. On and on be sliced, well into the moonless night...But Orochi's hide was like steel. The blade left nary a scratch.
At long last, Nagi, his energy spent from the intense battle, dropped to his knees, fatigued and gasping for breath. He knew he was staring death in the face. It was then that the wolf appeared. As if to protect Nagi, it stood its ground before Orochi. In the darkness of the cave. the wolf's coat shone brilliantly. Alas, it was Shiranui, the wolf that dwelled outside the village. Baring its fearsome claws, Shiranui leapt toward Orochi. Orochi reared its terrifying heads, readying fangs for battle. The two beasts struggled wildly, thrashing in the darkness.
Mysterious and terrifying, the spectacle continued. Shiranui summoned gusts of divine wind to counter Orochi's flames.
As Orochi closed in on Shiranui, sharpened claws glistening...A gigantic tree suddenly sprouted forth, shielding the wolf. Shiranui fought gallantly to gain the upper hand. However... Orochi, protected by a mysterious power, was not easily bested. Shiranui, covered in gashes, majestic coat dyed crimson, stood exhausted before the mighty Orochi.
Orochi saw a chance to strike what would be the final blow. But Shiranui refused to give in. With its last ounce of stength, the majestic wolf gazed heavenward and unleashed a mighty howl. Suddenly, the black clouds overhead dissipated. The light from above glinted off Nagi's sword as a beacon of hope.
Guided by his sword, Nagi, who had been taking shelter in the shadows, stood proudly to face his adversary. Channeling all his strength into his scarred and battered arms he leapt ferociously toward Orochi, his sword poised high. The golden sword danced in his hands like a puppet on a string. One by one, Orochi's fearsome heads separated from their owner.
Orochi's broken body collapsed in a lake of its own blood. In that instant, the curse that plagued the villagers was lifted. As the battle subsided, the sun shone once again in the sky. Shiranui had succumbed to Orochi's poison and struggled to breathe. Nagi scooped the beast into his arms and returned to Kamiki.
When they reached the village, Shiranui was no longer moving. The village elder gently stroked the wolf's head. In response, Shiranui let out a hoarse and pitiful bark...Then closed its eyes and drifted off as if into slumber.
Peace had at last returned to Kamiki Village. In honor of Shiranui's heroic exploits, the villagers erected a shrine and placed a statueof the wolf within it.
Nagi's sword was cristened "Tsukuyomi" and placed inside the Moon Cave. The villagers all looked forward to an age of endless peace...
However, this is not the end of the story...There is more to this tale than most people know. 100 years have passed since Nagi and Shiranui's heroic exploits. It happened so quickly that no one in the village even took notice.
Set in an unspecified period of classical Japanese history, Ōkami combines several Japanese myths, legends and folklore to tell the story of how the land was saved from darkness by the Shinto sun goddess, named Amaterasu, who has taken the form of a white wolf. It features a distinct sumi-e-inspired cel-shaded visual style and the Celestial Brush, a gesture-system to perform miracles.
The game is set in Nippon classic history, and begins with a flashback to events 100 years prior to the game's present, and describes how Shiranui, a pure white wolf, and Nagi, a swordsman, together fought the eight-headed demon Orochi to save Kamiki village and the maiden Nami, Nagi's beloved. Shiranui and Nagi are unable to defeat Orochi but manage to seal the demon away. In the game's present, Susano, a descendant of Nagi, accidentally breaks Orochi's seal, and the demon escapes and curses the lands, sapping the life from every living thing. Sakuya, the wood sprite and guardian of Kamiki village, calls forth Amaterasu, the sun goddess and reincarnation of the white wolf Shiranui, and pleads her to remove the curse that covers the land. Accompanied by the inch-high artist Issun, Amaterasu is able to restore the land to its former beauty. Throughout the journey, Amaterasu is hounded by Waka, a strange but powerful individual that seems to have the gift of foresight, and further teases Amaterasu and Issun to his own mysterious ends. Additionally, Amaterasu locates several Celestial Gods who have hidden in the constellations that bestow upon the goddess powers of the Celestial Brush to aid in her quest. Soon, Amaterasu, along with Susano, must battle Orochi to protect Kamiki village and rescue Susano's beloved, Kushi, recreating events from 100 years prior. This time, the duo are able to fully conquer the demon, causing a black, evil spirit to float northward. Amaterasu continues to remove Orochi's curse on the land, defeating other demons that release similar dark presences floating northward. Amaterasu travels to the north to find the source of these evil spirits, the wreckage of a ship able to travel through the stars, the "Ark of Yamato". Waka appears and reveals himself as a member of the Moon Tribe, a race that had supplied the Ark of Yamato to the Celestial Beings, who used it to escape from Orochi's assault on the Celestial Plain and sail the heavens, unaware of the evil spirits imprisoned on the Ark which attacked and killed all but himself, resulting in the Ark crashing to earth. Amaterasu defeats Yami, the final demon controlling all the evil spirits, and rids both the Ark and Nippon of these evil beings forever. With her mission done, Amaterasu departs with Waka on the Ark to sail the stars together.
Spirits of the Brush
God of Rejuvenation
The dragon god, Yomigami, is the master of restoration and contains a power that can restore broken or missing things. With this god freed Amaterasu can use the brush to fix broken objects such as the waterwheel in Kamiki Village, or replace things like Mrs. Orange's drying pole.
God of Power Slash
Tachigami may resemble a mouse, but there is tremendous power in that tiny frame. The Power Slash technique allows Amaterasu to slash through most any object with a simple horizontal paint stroke. This can be used to break through various barriers, collections of clay pots, or even as an attack against enemies!
God of Sunrise
Amaterasu always had this ability within her, but the right moment was needed for her to use it. By painting a circle in the sky, she can make the sun rise at any time of day or night.
God of Bloom
Sakigami is one of the three flora gods entrusted with the techniques known as Greensprout. Sakigami's particular brushstroke is Bloom and, with it, Amaterasu can make flowers and trees blossom simply by painting a circle around withered limbs or barren ground.
God of Water Lily
Hasugami is another member of the Hanagami trio of flora gods. Hasugami's power allows Amaterasu to create water lilies. Simply paint a circle on the water and watch as a lily appears! This newfound vegetation is strong enough to hold Amaterasu's weight and makes it possible for her to traverse large spans of water.
God of Vine
Tsutagami is the third member of the Hanagami flora triumvirate and bestows the power of Vine on Amaterasu. This cymbal-clapping creature gives the ability to draw a line from herself to an object with a hook (such as an open Konohana Blossom) and, essentially, reel herself to it. This makes exploring lofty areas possible!
God of Cherry Bombs
Bakugami, the boar-like god balancing atop a giant bomb, grants Amaterasu the power to create Cherry Bombs that can blow open the entrance to secret caves. Not only that, but well-timed use of the Cherry Bomb brushstroke can also prove effective in battle. Cherry Bombs can stun an approaching enemy and sometimes even destroy it at the same time!
God of Waterspout
Nuregami is known as the God of Water and grants Amaterasu the Waterspout tecnique. With this ability, Amaterasu can make water flow from one place to another. Draw a line from water to another location to make the Waterspout work. This serves to extinguish fires, rejuvinate springs, and to simply move water about. Lastly, look for sources of Power Springs and paint a straight line upwards into the sky from them to form a giant geyser of water that can withhold Amaterasu's weight!
God of Crescent
Yumigami hid the moon's reflection, but was swallowed by the legendary fish, the Whopper. Thanks to Amaterasu's fishing skill, she has been freed and can now bestow the power of the Crescent brushstroke. By painting a half-moon crescent in the sky, Amaterasu can turn day to night whenever she wishes. This certainly helps her find the buried chests that inly glow at night!
God of Galestorm
Kazegami's return from the shadowed world has gained Amaterasu another god power. Now she can use the Galestorm brushstroke to blow aside piles of leaves, and to even whisk large objects around.
God of Inferno
The flaming phoenix statue contained the God of Inferno within it. Thanks to Amaterasu, Moegami is free to fly again. Moegami's Inferno ability allows Amaterasu to make fire flow from one place to another, much like the Waterspout tecnique. Draw a line from a fire source to any object you wish to melt or ignite.
God of Mist
The sheepish God of Mist known as Kasugami carries and enormous flask on her back and uses it to partake in her special time-altering abilities. By drawing two horizontal lines, Amaterasu can also slow down time for all around her. Amaterasu can continue to move about at her normal speed, but all else will slow down.
God of Catwalk
The frisky cat, Kabegami, has fled to the top of Catwalk Tower to escape the swirling whirlpool of the sea below and is ready to grant Amaterasu her special power. With the help of Catwalk and the special Kabegami statues scattered across Nippon, Amaterasu can climb straight up walls of any height. To do so, draw a line up the face of a wall from one of the green cat statues. The ink will glow purple when placed over a Kabegami statue. Position the camera so that you can see the top of the wall, then paint aline up to it. It's possible to also draw lines sideways and downward. as well.
God of Thunderstorm
Thunder grants Amaterasu the power of the Thunderstorm brushstroke, which allows her to harness lightning from the storm clouds overhead and direct it at enemies and metallic objects. Like other elemental brushstrokes, the ink will change color when interacting with lightning. Look for the yellow ink to know that you have connected with your target.
God of Blizzard
The final Spirit of the Brush will not be freed until Amaterasu conquers the one-armed bandit of Wawku Shrine. Itegami, the bullish God of Blizzard will stampede from the heavens and grant Amaterasu this final ability. Blizzard allows Amaterasu to draw a line from any frozen object to another object and freeze it solid. With this ability, she can even freeze the windblown snow into an icy platform capable of holding her weight. As powerful as this ability is, always remember that snow and ice can melt-- nothing is frozen forever!
Character Positions (visit the forum post "Character Positions" for more information)
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Amaterasu Brush Spirit of Sunrise:white_wolf9088
Kazegami Brush Spirit of Wind:clone2131
Kabegami Brush Spirit of Catwalk:Moonlight_Wolf
Yomigami Brush Spirit of Rejuvenation:mikeimp91
Tachigami Brush Spirit of Power Slash:jessua-chan
Sakigami, Hasugami, and Tsutagami Brush Spirits of Flora:*3 spaces open*
Bakugami Brush Spirit of Cherry Bomb:*1 space open*
Nuregami Spirit of Waterspout:Kaileena
Yumigami Brush Spirit of Crescent: dani16
Moegami Brush Spirit of Inferno: suzumiyatamama
Kasugami Brush Spirit of Mist:godime
Gekigami Brush Spirit of Thunderstorm:chaos1024
Itegami Brush Spirit of Blizzard:Sota228
Orochi: *8 positions open for each of his heads*
Head of Flame: *1 position open*
Head of Darkness: *1 position open*
Head of Water: *1 postion open*
Head of Poison: *1 position open*
Head of Wind: *1 position open*
Head of Light: *1 position open*
Head of Lightning: *1 position open*
Head of Earth: *1 position open*
Twin Demons Nechku (the silver one) and Lechku (the gold one):*2 positions open*
Blight:*1 position open*
Spider Queen:*1 position open*
Crimson Helm:*1 position open*
Good Characters (more will be added later)
Issun the Wandering Artist:Eleni1234
Wood Sprite Sakuya:*1 position open*
Canine Warriors: *8 positions open*
Chu/Hayabusa (the dark brown dog): *1 position open*
Jin/Ume (the dog with scars): *1 position open*
Ko (the light brown, collie-looking dog): *1 position open*
Rei (the white dog with green spots): *1 position open*
Shin (the greenish dog with a white underbelly): *1 position open*
Tei (the reddish brown dog with flower markings on the side): *1 position open*
Gi (the husky-looking dog): *1 position open*
Chi (the pinkish dog): *1 position open*