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midwinter : (08 November 2017 - 03:29 PM) Ok, playing with headphones is definitely superior
midwinter : (08 November 2017 - 03:31 PM) I knew the music in Rei's house changed after Miku's chapters start but I never noticed it has these little bumps and rustles that make it sound like something's moving in the house
midwinter : (08 November 2017 - 05:41 PM) also there is more ghost talk during Kei's phone call!
midwinter : (08 November 2017 - 05:41 PM) i couldn't hear most of it, though, I need to listen again
Hex : (08 November 2017 - 06:12 PM) Yesss, headphones.  I think you can hear doors being closed in Rei's house too.
Hex : (09 November 2017 - 01:03 PM) Damn, I didn't know they were closing down the miiverse until too late.  My screenshots.  :(
midwinter : (09 November 2017 - 01:40 PM) Argh, no backups? That sucks :(
Hex : (09 November 2017 - 01:48 PM) On the bright side, I still have an album full of pretty scenery and Hisoka looking confused.
AnimalLover4... : (10 November 2017 - 05:59 AM) Nintendo shouldn't have shut down Miiverse.
AnimalLover4... : (10 November 2017 - 05:59 AM) People loved it.
AnimalLover4... : (10 November 2017 - 05:59 AM) And they should have incorporated it onto the Switch.
Hex : (12 November 2017 - 12:51 AM) Finally finished TEW2, t'was excellent.
GreekShadow : (12 November 2017 - 05:14 AM) I'm glad you enjoed it Hex!How was it comparing to the first one though(,which i personally disliked)?
Hex : (12 November 2017 - 12:11 PM) I've only played the first for a few hours (didn't like it much either), but it was a big improvement.  The gameplay is fun, the stealth works a lot better, the open world map isn't too big but there's sidequests (one with a cool ghost lady!) and some interesting things to do.
Hex : (12 November 2017 - 12:17 PM) I was really impressed with the story since it was one of the things that put me off the first. The last 20 minutes were so good, definitely one of the best endings I've seen in awhile.
Daz Hinasaki : (12 November 2017 - 07:17 PM) Hey guys I'm finishing fatal frame 1 on my twitch channel tonight! :) love you to join me https://www.twitch.tv/chunzbunz
GreekShadow : (13 November 2017 - 05:36 AM) oh sounds cool thank you hex!And for me also the story of the first one put me off,glad the second one is better
Hex : (16 November 2017 - 12:01 PM) TIL: ghost marriage is actually practiced in China.   :staffsan:
Rheo : (16 November 2017 - 12:13 PM) O_O
Rheo : (16 November 2017 - 12:13 PM) oh yeah there's a local movie here called The Ghost Bride and the actress playing that is half-Chinese

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Fanfiction Fatal Frame II Deep Crimson Butterfly Mio Amakura Mayu Amakura

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 02:46 PM

This is just a little "what if?" AU fic  - well, more of a fic summary really - I put together for my own amusement to go with the Deep Crimson Butterfly OST. Some of the tracks seemed to make the frame of a story in my head, so in the end I just went with it.

 

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When she’s 17, Mio Amakura attends the Shadow Festival at the Kureha Shrine (#1, Shadow Festival), near the village where she spent her early childhood. She hasn’t lived in the region for a long time, but in a few months most of the valley will be inundated by a dam being built nearby. This is Mio’s last chance to see the places where she played as a child, and during the Shadow Festival, she hopes to say a final goodbye to her father, who disappeared in the forest when she was very young, and her sister Mayu, who fell from a cliff while they were playing in the woods and died.

Soon the festival will reach its climax as hundreds of lanterns are released into the sky, but Mio wanders away from the crowd and into the woods (#2, Lights between the Trees).  As the sounds of music and chatter fade behind her, she senses something calling to her from deeper in the forest (#3, Trance). Before long she has left the festival far behind, but she doesn’t realise it: ahead of her, in the distance, she can make out the glow of fire, and someone is chanting a slow, sad song (#4, Lost Path).

Thinking she has circled back to the festival once more, she follows the path and comes out in an unfamiliar place (#5, Misono Hill), a hill overlooking a cluster of houses that she doesn’t recognise. Apart from the braziers burning on the hilltop, the place looks ancient and derelict, but the path she followed to get here has disappeared, so she has no choice but to go down into the village (#6, Deserted Streets).

Mio wanders from house to house, but everywhere is empty. She’s about to turn back when she sees a figure disappearing into one of the dilapidated buildings. For reasons she can’t explain, he makes her think of her father, whom she only knows from photographs. She follows, but immediately senses something wrong in this house (#7, Distortion). The air is stale and heavy, and there’s the sense of a powerful and sinister presence.

As it turns out, that sense was not in the least exaggerated. Mio is pursued through the house by a series of hostile spirits (#8, Ayako; #9, Blind Demon; #10, Broken Neck; #11, Hospital Patient). Mio tries to make her way back to the exit, but panic and disorientation set in (#12, Iron Heart); she loses her way, and the ghosts close in around her (#13, Taboo).

But the end never comes. Mio opens her eyes to find herself back on the street, all alone (#14, Open Air) before a grand gateway. Was it just a hallucination? Did she imagine everything, including her father’s spirit? Or did he help her somehow, at the last minute?

Whatever the truth may be, she decides to trust in whatever force brought her to these gates, and goes through (#15, Whisper Bridge). She finds herself in a much grander house than any of the others. The quiet in this house is almost as unsettling as the overwhelming malice in the last one; as she explores (#16, Bloody Handprints; #17, Empty Rooms; #18, Footsteps in the Hall; #19, Flickering Room; #20, Grand Hall) she sees no one, and yet she never feels completely alone (#21, Sixth Sense).

Nothing attacks her, though, and in this house she manages to find out a little about the history of the village, and a possible way out. Armed with knowledge, she makes her way out (#22, Descend; #23 Cellar) and begins to explore the village with a new purpose (#24, Tachibana House; #25, Heaven and Earth). Once again she hears the sad song that led her to this place (#25, Distant Song), but it’s far and faint, and she can’t tell where it’s coming from.

The documents in the grand house spoke of the family crests of the village priests (#26, Family Crest), and Mio collects them one by one. Her explorations disturb the spirits of the village streets, and in the cemetery (#27, Cemetery) she’s ambushed by the ghosts of three children (#28, Children Playing Tag) playing a local variation of the game of demon tag that Mio vaguely remembers from her own childhood in this area. She evades the children and escapes to a candelit chamber in the bole of a hollow tree (#29, Old Tree), where hundreds of crimson pinwheels turn in the wind.

She uses the family crests in the mechanism, and goes to the shrine at the top of the hill (#30, Kureha Shrine), thinking her escape is near at hand. Another spirit attacks her there (#31, High Priest), speaking cryptically about the pain of the Remaining, but the door at the back of the shrine is open, and Mio escapes.

Behind the door she finds a staircase leading down under the earth, and a tunnel stretching into the dark. She follows the path as well as she can, but the web of passages is complex and labyrinthine, and rather than emerging into the forest, she finds herself in a great cavern. Moonlight shines down through a natural chimney in the rocky ceiling, and far at the back of the cave a few braziers burn, but her eyes are drawn by the darkness in the centre of it all. It could be an old mineshaft, its shape is so regular, but somehow she knows it’s nothing any human created. It both repels and draws her, and from within, she can almost hear voices (#32, Abyss).

She approaches the pit, reluctant to get any closer but unable to resist its call.  There’s a flat slab of stone placed before the abyss as if intentionally, like an altar, and as she passes it she senses someone behind her (#33, The Bird in the Cage). She turns in alarm, and the girl staring back at her is like a mirror image of herself. It’s impossible, but Mio recognises Mayu, the sister who died more than ten years ago. She should be just a child, but perhaps twins are different; perhaps Mayu never completely let go of life, because she never let go of Mio.

I’ve been waiting so long, Mayu says (#34, In a Dark Place). You won’t leave me now, will you?

From all around, Mio hears the song of the priests, the sorrowful chant that drew her to the lost village in the first place.  She is backed up against the stone altar, with nowhere to go. Mayu stretches out her hands.







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