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Narrator: Once upon a time, in a faraway land... There was a tiny village by the name of Kamiki. Legend tells of a horrible beast that threatened the residents. It also tells of the wolf that risked it all to protect them. Controlling the very fabric of existence, this wolf stood up against a beast many times its size and banished the darkness. This ethereal wolf's valiant act ushered in an era of tranquility. The villagers' hearts swelled with respect and adoration of the wolf.
Chapter 1: Cave of Nagi / Kamiki Village
(Illustrations of a quaint little village and silhouettes of various characters scroll across the screen, as the narrator begins telling his tale.)
Narrator: 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 8 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 Nami, 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 8 thrashing necks. Orochi stood tall before him, anxious for another sacrifice. Nagi leapt with incredible grace, swinging his blade valiantly. On and on he 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 its 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 mystical 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 strength, 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 sunshone 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 statue of the wolf within it. Nagi's sword was christened "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 had passed since Nagi and Shiranui's heroic exploits. It happened so quickly that no one in the village even took notice.
(The camera zooms into the Moon Cave and focuses on a sword as an unidentified person approaches it.)
???#1: Is this the legendary sword? Is this Tsukuyomi, the sword that banished the dreaded Orochi? ... ... No... it couldn't be. It's just a legend... Nothing but a fairy tale!
(The man lifts the sword and the silhouette of a giant eight-headed beast appears.)
???#2: O, he who seeks power... He who has broken my bonds... Speak the words, "I wish darkness unto the world." Utter that prayer unto me, and unleash my power.
(The man quickly runs away, as the giant beast unleashes his evil and darkness spreads across the land. The scene shifts to Kamiki Village, where we see the statue of Shiranui.)
Narrator: A horrible tragedy suddenly swept over the land. However, there was one village that seemed to escape the terrible curse. The tiny settlement of Kamiki Village enjoyed the protection of a sacred tree. It is here that the real story begins.
(Wood Sprite Sakuya is introduced.)
Sakuya: How troublesome! This is just like the ancient prophecy of doom. What has transpired to bring about such calamity? We must act quickly! There is no time to lose! My power has diminished over the years I've spent protecting this area. I don't have much time left in this world. Amaterasu, now is the time. We have never needed your power more. Shine your divine light upon this broken and polluted world. Let your heavenly rays become our hope as you guide us all!
(Sakuya tosses a flat, round object that lands on the back of the wolf statue, which causes it to spring to life. Okami Amaterasu is introduced.)
Sakuya: Ah! Such divine white light! Such beauty and grace! The only one capable of such a wondrous spectacle is none other than our mother and the origin of all that is, Amaterasu! How delightful to see that the savior whose brave sacrifice sealed away the evil demon so many years ago has not changed one bit. Seeing you emerge after so many years spent as a statue brings happiness to my heart! *sniff*
(Ammy lets out a quiet howl and lies down.)
Sakuya: ... ... Amaterasu... Gaze above you and take in the condition of the sky. Since your untimely departure from our midst, the world has succumbed to devious and vicious beasts. They have ravaged our fine and bountiful country of Nippon... But never have the circumstances been worse than they are at this very moment. Please use your powers to banish the darkness and punish those who would do us harm. ...Hm? Eh? What is this? Has something stolen its way into my robe? Ho ho ho... Ooh he he he... A ha ha ha ha ha ha! Phew! What on earth? You again?
???: Ow ow ow ow ow! Are you nuts? Boy, for a little thing, you sure make a big fuss! I was just tryin' to make the conversation a bit more interesting, that's all.
Sakuya: Were you napping in my clothes again, bug?
???: Bug? I told you a thousand times not to call me that! I'm a wandering artist. The name's Issun!
(Wandering Artist Issun is introduced.)
Issun: I'll show you just how great I am and it won't be long till you're bowing before my great brush!
(Issun shows a scroll with a painting of Sakuya on it.)
Issun: Well, whaddya think? Even cuter than the real thing, no?
(Issun jumps onto Ammy's nose.)
Issun: What's with you, furball? You look kinda down in the dumps. Actually... You look kinda familiar... Got it! You look just like that statue of Shiranui!
(Ammy eats Issun, but promptly spits him out.)
Issun: Whoa! Whaddya think you're doin'!? Are you crazy? A handsome guy like me should never be covered in wolf slobber! You'll regret messin' with the great Issun! Don't make me use my prized sword, Denkomaru against you!
(A loud roar is heard all around.)
Issun: Wh-Wh-What's that growling sound? And why's it so dark, anyway?
Sakuya: O, great god Amaterasu... I've used all the power I have to protect Kamiki Village. The village lives on. Their spirits lie encased in my fruit. Cut it free, and the village will be reborn! I trust in you. I know that you
will lead us down the right path. Only your awesome power can restore life to the world.
Issun: The tree's returned to normal, huh? That Sakuya girl sure said some weird stuff. The villagers' spirits are being kept inside the fruit... That's the fruit. That girl said that if you cut it down, the village will be restored. But it's awfully high up there. If you don't use some kind of special power, there's no way you're gonna reach it. This darkness is really gettin' to me, too. A lot can happen while you're taking a nap.
(A portal opens at the base of the tree.)
(Ammy examines the fruit.)
Issun: That fruit sure is growin' in a high place. The only way we're gonna reach that is with some kind of special power.
(Ammy heads in the opposite direction of the portal.)
Issun: What in the world? There's something blocking the road leading back to the village! Am I still dreaming?
(Ammy tries again.)
Issun: Ouch! Is there a wall here or something?
(Ammy enters the portal.)
Issun: Where are we? It got awfully quiet all of a sudden. I don't remember any place like this in the village. Well, we better keep our eyes peeled. You can use the right analog stick to look around. The L1 button changes your point of view. Boy, you really look so helpless. You sure you're gonna be OK?
(Ammy approaches a stand with a mirror on it.)
Issun: Hold on! That's an Origin Mirror! They say once your reflection appears on its surface... your memories will be stored in the mirror for all eternity! Well, to put it shortly, you can save your progress here. But make sure you have what you need to save your progress. I'm talking about a memory card (8MB) (for PlayStation2), silly! And let me give you a little advice. You should save a number of game files. That way, you could always go back if you get stuck or something. Gotta be prepared, 'specially while you're still learning the ropes!
(Ammy approaches some pots.)
Issun: Look at all those pots just waitin' to be broken! If you bust 'em, there might be something good inside. Press the square button to bust 'em with your head!
(Ammy busts a pot.)
Issun: Way to go, my furry friend! You can do that anytime you see something
you can break.
(Ammy approaches a high ledge and spots a treasure chest on it.)
Issun: Whoa, whoa, hold on there, furball! Get a load of that! That chest looks mighty tempting. Let's go check it out. Getting up that high oughtta be a piece of cake. Press the X button to jump. Then press the X button again to do a wall jump. But make sure you press it firmly so you jump really high!
(Ammy jumps up the ledge.)
Issun: I knew ya could do it. They say, "Good luck is found in high places." So, keep your eyes peeled. We don't wanna miss any treasure!
(Ammy approaches a broken bridge.)
Issun: Looks like the bridge is out. This shouldn't be so hard, um... Amaterasu, was it? That's kinda long. Mind if I call ya "Ammy"? Listen, Ammy... Ever heard of the spirits of the brush? Good brushwork has its own soul, 'least that's what they say. Just watch. It'd take all day to explain... A picture's
worth a thousand words, right?
(A brush appears on-screen and paints over the broken part of the bridge, restoring it like new.)
Issun: Nice, huh? Just a little technique I've mastered called Rejuvenation. It's one of many brush techniques that use divine power. It's a brush god power that can restore broken or missing things. I've practiced really hard just to master this one technique. But there are 13! Each one is a power of one of the 13 brush gods. Originally, all 13 were a single powerful deity. When the deity died, its power was split into 13 separate gods. The gods now dwell within objects all around us, but... God or no god, how could anyone have the power to
master all 13!?
(Ammy approaches a small monument that reads "River of the Heavens".)
Issun: The River of the Heavens? They mean the fabled stardust river? But I sure don't see anything like that around here. It couldn't be that little puddle over there, could it?
GAME SCRIPT IS BEING COPIED FROM GAMEFAQS.