Black Lady (a label with connections to Hitsujigumo), has announced their first series! Themed around seasons, the series covers four candidates who step in to take the place of the head of your family after your father passes away.
The 昭和 (Shōwa) era.
A household, coated only in the deepest blacks…
In a certain mountain village of an unspecified prefecture exists the household of the 谷家 (Tanike) family, reputed to be wealthy. But due to a long-established custom, others were expected to avoid the household…
After the head of the household passes, however, the mother and the daughter (you) of the Tanike family devote themselves to searching for a new heir to continue the legacy.
And the person who appears is…
The first candidate in question appears to be 松本正和 (Matsumoto Shouwa), an industrialist from Okayama who was close friends with the father of the Tanike family (the MC’s father). The following monologue is apparently his:
“I’ve always continued living, imagining what type of woman you would be. Even as I moved from place to place, those thoughts were my heart’s only comfort.
In the spring, I caught one glance and knew it was you.
If everything ends now, I have something to say to you.
You, and this black household are both mine. I will never hand them over to anyone else again.”
“Please rely on me. In place of your father.”
An excellent student, Shouwa continued his studies up until senior high school before he was conscripted into the army. After returning from service, he established his own business in Okayama and was successful in his exploits.
When sickness forced the head of the Tanike family to step down, Shouwa gained the trust of your father and became your fiancé.
literally no idea, or possibly just uncreative usage: -las/as/s (Skolas)
notes: - Prime Servitors seem to favor the “-iks” suffix (Sepiks, Orbiks, Kaliks, Simiks) - Any name ending with a “s” seems to be most common. The letters “i” and “k” are also widely used in conjunction with other letters
So, imma tell y'all a secret that I’m not supposed to. Hunters keep track of how to take down everyone they know, should things go bad.
And the King of this is Cayde-6. He has a contingency plan for everyone he knows that he and Andal worked out long ago over a drink (well a drink for Andal anyways).
Zavala: “I’d fight him hand-to-hand! I’m serious!! He’d never expect it! He’s got one good punch, but if it misses it takes him longer for a second shot than the First Curse!!”
Shaxx: “I’m not one for clichés, but that sucker is getting a shotgun/melee combo. There’s no way I’m letting him finish that shoulder charge!”
Saladin: “Salamander? Pshaw, he’d be easy. He’s got a giant [retracted] axe!! Just run up and stab him, it’s gotta take like thirty seconds for salad bar to swing that thing…”
Ikora: “I’ll be honest a Warlock who can work a shotgun scares me; I’m dumping every bullet from my primary at her while backing way the [retracted] back!!”
Banshee-44: “What? Why would I kill Banshee? Fine, well, if you gotta–I’d use invis and get him from behind. Ain’t no way I’d let him get a shot off, there’s a monster hidden in those memories!”
Petra: “Oh that Awoken chick upstairs? She strikes me as a sidearm kinda gal. I’d probably just snipe her and be done with it.”
Eris: “Well she’s a Hunter, and I’m pretty sure I can take on any Hunter alive… Yes, absolutely I can kick your ass Andy! Have you seen yourself with a primary?? It’s sad. Anyways, though, for Eris all that darkness and Hive mumbo-jumbo kinda scares me, so I’d just waste a Super to get her done with.”
Andal: “Dude I wouldn’t kill you!! You owe me way too much glimmer for me to wipe you!!!…fine, if you gotta know, I’d hire some sorta [retracted] mercenary to get my money from you! What? You kidding me?! A rogue squirrel could kick your ass, dude!!”
“It is the lone wolf, once cornered, who has the worst bite.”
Taniks, the Scarred, a mercenary known for the theft of Aksor from the Prison of Elders and the murder of Hunter Vanguard Andal Brask, sells his services to any Fallen House willing to pay the right price. It is believed by the Fallen that he is undying, a living huntsman whose physical self is joined with a mix of technologies, each pilfered from legendary treasure troves. But treasure is not the only currency of value to Taniks. His true ambitions rest in the challenge of the feats in front of him, and the rewards simply allow him to exist free of any Kell’s rule.
“Could use a hand these days, Andal. Things startin’ to go pear-shaped on us. The Speaker’s less useful than ever, the factions in the Tower operate more and more independently - we have to ask them for help. It’s embarrassing. And now? Cultists, Taken, and a missing Queen. Wonder how much of it you saw coming.
Still, I like to think I’ve given us some strength. Some direction. Some urgency. We need it; need that momentum. Thought I wasn’t cut out for it at first. But you always knew what you were about, didn’t you?
‘Sides, turns out it’s kinda fun being the one who calls the shots. Just wish I was doing some of the shooting, too. Anyway, even after all this, funny thing is that I’ve only got one regret:
Someone took my vengeance from me.
But Taniks is dead, so I suppose I’ll have to turn my sights to darker targets. In the Tower or out of it - we’ll give ‘em hell; don’t you worry about that. This old cloak ain’t hung up yet.
Sorry, old friend. Shoulda been me that pulled the trigger.”