A Week Ago
Yasuo Kurosawa stared up at the thatched roofs of the Ise Grand Shrine, it had been many years since he had the rare opportunity to see the interior of the sacred site. When he was a boy, his father had granted a brief glimpse of the interior, as part of his duties as the Occultus representative. His father was a gifted mage, whose spirit magic bid the lesser Kami to perform great feats of mysticism, and the fact that he had even been granted his position, much less entreat his son, was a rare privilege. Even for the non-mags of Japan, Ise Grand Shrine was a most holy site with restricted access, as it was claimed to be the home of the sun goddess Amaterasu and held deep societal and religious signifigance. Japan's branch of the Occultus Magica were equally barring of any mages wishing to learn of the secrets within, for what they deemed reasons of greater risk. Old power rested here, along with ancient artifacts which promised that old power to those who possessed them. To protect these veins of imminence, the wards that surrounded the Shrine, and the forest itself, were immensely powerful and forbid any entry by uncleared magi or greedy spirits.
That is what made the extensive damage in the Shrine's most recent break-in troubling. Before yesterday, few people could hope to see what lay beyond the walls with their own eyes. Now? The walls were gone. The Shrines were laid bare for the first time, and much of the local police had to work at keep prying eyes away. Not only that, the Occultus were out in force, hidden among curious townspeople, but carefully observing.
However, Kurosawa was not here to guard the secrets of the shrine, as much as he wished to keep his father's legacy alive. The real reason of his visit was to meet another mage, Kagami Miyuki, and assist her in her ongoing investigation into a missing summoner. He had made sure that her entry into the forest and the park surrounding the shrine was permitted, along with any additional investigators she had deemed necessary for her task. The two were supposed to meet at the steps leading up to the shrine's walls, or what remained of them. Unfortunately, waiting there had made him pensive, knowing the damage to the site from the reports, and he had broken away from their spot in order to see more for himself.
Deciding he had taken up a enough time to sate his curiosity, he made his way back to the stairs, whipping out his phone. He thumbed through his contacts, before finding the number he had used to get in touch with the renowned ice mage, and sent her a few texts.
Yasuo-san wrote:kagami-san this is yasuo-san, I'm making my way down to the stairs
Yasuo-san wrote:are u there yet
He tried to hurry, knowing that he was in the wrong already for being late to his own meeting.Yasuo-san wrote:i had to check on something