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x Go west
Deeper into the forest, you feel an odd sense of magic emanating from there. Your instincts are telling you to go check it out. The miko can be dealt with at a later time. The forest is closest and any inhabitants there might have more or less a better idea of what that miko is up to. Possibly even any weaknesses she might have. While it is normally not within your judgment to take advantage of such things like a coward, in order to attain what you want, some sacrifices must naturally be made.
As you walk further into the forest, deeper and deeper, the foliage gets thicker and thicker, and your sensing ability starts becoming cluttered. This forest is indeed enchanted, many, many youkai about and plenty of rampant leftover magic hanging in the air. It would be a bit difficult to predict if something had snuck up on you. But this confirms something; your sensing ability is still up to snuff, which means the total lack of spiritual energy you felt from that miko was indeed all a cover up. In order for her to down tune her powers like that...she must be much more exceptionally stronger then you had ever thought. This will require lots more care now.
"M-Master Satoko, if I may ask, where uhm...where are we going?"
"We're seeking out anyone who might know the whereabouts of my pendant, and possibly any information on that damnable shrine maiden that attempted to imprison me. Keep an eye out for any form of living life that can speak, Jaaku."
"Yes, mi'lady!" You stop for a moment and look down at your impressionable impish slave. He's squinting and looking about in a foolish manner. You're not terribly impressed by it, that's for certain.
"Oh! Yes mi'la-OOPH!" Another swift kick has sent him flying into a nearby tree. This is so laughably easy, it's almost amusing.
You stop suddenly though, someone approaches. They appear to have a wide array of magic too. After such an incident you had with the miko, awareness might have been risen. Brash actions would be against your better judgment for now, so you take care to keep your hands inside your sleeves as the mysterious person comes closer. You're not about to let your guard down, however.
"Uggh...M-M-Master Satoko, if I may, could you please refrain from using such violence on me in the future? My lowly life-drained body can't take much more I'm afr-"
"Oh! Y-Yes, mi'lady?"
"Get out of sight. Someone comes."
"Oh! O-...Oh." Your infallible impish servant then looks around and races up a nearby tree, hiding behind it's many leaves. Perfect.
As the entity draws closer, you turn towards them. You end up spying a short, black and white witch, apparently gathering mushrooms. She also appears to be bright and cheerful, ugh. You can't stand people like these. You'll have to resist the urge to mindlessly slaughter her for now though, she might hold valuable information.
"Let's see, a few more should do it..oh, hey there!" As expected, the witch greets you with sickening excitement and runs over to you in a way that you can only describe as disgusting. "Never seen you 'round before, what's your name?"
"It is impolite to ask someone's name without introducing themselves, first."
"Oh, right, silly me." The witch knocks herself on the head like a moronic jester and bows to you in the first ever smart gesture made by this fool. "I'm Marisa Kirisame, I own the magic shop not too far from here! Now, your turn!"
"Just call me Satoko. I have a few questions I want to ask you."
"Alright then, shoot!"
_ Ask about the miko
_ Ask about the surrounding area
_ Ask about her powers
_ Ask if there are others occupying this forest
_ Ask about the pendant