|Shuriken Solutions, Japan (Private Contracts)||¥ 21,104,736,000|
|Bloodstone Mining Company, Sierra Leone||¥ 7,541,820,000|
|Hohan Tailors and Leatherworkers, Bahamas||¥ 15,212,400|
|Brinkwater Private Security, United States (48% Share)||¥ 89,254,122,700|
|Sabah Poppy Fields, Afghanistan||¥ 3,626,715,000|
|Hebijo Clandestine Girls' Academy, Japan (Endowments, 15% Share)||¥ 10,000,000|
|Hebijo Clandestine Girls' Academy, Japan (Bake Sale)||¥ 52,300|
|Eden Grove Paranormal Research, United Kingdom||¥ 8,090,000|
|Shuriken Solutions, Japan (Equipment / Training / Overhead)||¥ 2,403,154,600|
|Hebijo Clandestine Girls' Academy, Japan (Total Above-Board Investments)||¥ 605,278,100|
|Hebijo Clandestine Girls' Academy, Japan (Undocumented Infrastructure)||¥ 3,219,057,800|
|Clean Hands Legal & Lobbying||¥ 824,134,200|
|Toshi's Tailor Shop (Repairs and Replacements)||¥ 980,300|
August 14th: The relative quiet in the aftermath of the “Orochi Incident” has given me time to think. At first, I assumed that Orochi simply hadn’t consumed enough blood before her birth, but that raises a question: Why do yōma need blood specifically? Is it simply part of their diet, or is there something else about blood that they need?
I propose a new theory: Perhaps yōma are simply attracted to conflict. If so, then by fueling more conflict, I may be able to harness greater numbers of yōma, greater than any shinobi. And if I’m wrong, then at least the conflict will provide new opportunities. Hmm, where to begin…?
August 19th: The internet. A hotbed of conflict reaching all across the world, where strangers can war with strangers for months or years at a stretch, where no one wins and everyone loses. What better place to foster anger and hatred?
But the internet is a young man’s place. I have little knowledge of its language and customs. Who can show me how best to exploit this rich new land?
August 31st: I’ve entered a partnership with a certain small-time developer. They’ll be programming a series of “bots” to scour the internet, study what sparks conflict between users, and use that knowledge to provoke further conflicts all across the web. Three months until beta…
November 30th: Still in alpha. I’ve made a phone call to Shuriken Solutions, and should hear from the dev team shortly.
December 1st: Beta is ready, and only one day late and three fingers short! I had the bots modeled after my favorite hellspawn, each with a different nature and purpose patterned after their inspiration. Let’s turn them loose and see what happens.
December 15th: Success! My little digital yōma have set off wars across the web. All over the world, people are roaring with rage and writhing in pain. Tribal lines, long since faded, are being drawn all over again. Once-productive citizens spend all day screaming at their sworn enemies, enemies they cannot see and will never defeat. Even if no real demons spawn from all this, I’m harnessing the demons inside every human heart, and the work they do for me every day, without even knowing it, will bring me so much more.
But that’s only half the fun. When their tasks are complete, the bots will return to their point of origin, where they’ll compile everything they’ve learned about human nature into one amalgamation, a program I’ve come to call Orochi in honor of the great one herself. Armed with its vast knowledge of human weaknesses, Orochi will be able to stretch out across the net, through any walls and past any weapons, to sway the heart and mind of any target I choose. Wars on demand. Religions and ideologies shattered. Others built in their places, all secretly in honor of me. Even if something happens to me, their work will be my legacy.
And it all begins as soon as the yōma come home…
This bot is designed to corrupt people’s passions for righteous causes. It studies the words people use to rally others to such causes, then uses those same words to stir up outrage toward fictional or exaggerated wrongs, turning mobs on undeserving victims. If friends of those victims retaliate in kind, so much the better.
This bot preys on competitors’ desires to win. It infiltrates various game- and sport-related chat rooms, message boards and channels, studying which taunts have the highest impact on opponents’ focus and confidence, then experimenting with various ways of magnifying those taunts.
This bot undermines the concept of authority, studying the rules and norms of various communities, then acting as an unauthorized enforcer for those rules. Its aim is to sow resentment for rules in general, driving its listeners toward unmitigated chaos.
This bot poses, alternately, as a caricature of a jealous, entitled poor person looking to steal the wealth of more successful people and as an undeserving, arrogant rich person who looks down on those below his or her station and decries their work as worthless. As the discord grows between the rich and poor, so to do the opportunities to cater to the needs and desires of either or both.
This bot makes unwanted cybersexual advances on random internet users (but only verifiably legal ones — we’re not that kind of monsters here). In particular, the bot is designed to interject in productive, positive discussions, not only derailing them, but causing potential shock and trauma, pushing users away from discussing constructive ideas.
This bot specializes in backstabbing. On a personal level, it listens to troubled peoples’ complaints, gains their confidence, and then spreads their personal information everywhere, causing humiliation and distrust. On a financial level, it also studies various online cons, learning from their successes and failures and enhancing their techniques.
This bot is designed to corrupt the concepts of friendship and dedication. It seeks out lonely people, offers them support and encouragement, then gradually grows closer and closer than the target is comfortable with, constantly growing more demanding and refusing to leave. The bot is also designed to learn new ways to bypass blocking measures and other stalker-proofing techniques.
This bot is designed to foster conflict on a larger scale. It studies world politics, finds countries on the brink of war, and then poses as citizens on both sides, shouting out inflammatory statements to foster extremism, dehumanize the enemy, and push the national sentiment past the tipping point. The bigger the conflict, the bigger the contracts.
This bot’s purpose is twofold. One, it starts petty quarrels over young people’s hobbies and fandoms, turning enjoyable activities into screaming matches. By souring the world of entertainment, the bot aims to drive more people into drudgery and misery, thereby making them more susceptible to suggestion from anyone who offers relief.
Whereas the other bots are each “scalpels” in their own way, using precision tactics against specific targets, the 10th Seat General is a shotgun, blanketing its target area with all kinds of messages and tracking each user’s response. Results so far have been decidedly mixed, but every so often, the bot happens to use just the right words on just the right person, with promising results.Orochi
The final purpose of the 10 yōma Generals is to gather all possible data on every user they encounter, then return with that data to their home server. There, the 10 of them will compile themselves into one cohesive whole, named Orochi after our old, beloved friend. Armed with the knowledge of how to control conflict on any scale, and subservient to no one but myself, Orochi will be able to manipulate any culture, economy or military as I see fit. Will the nations bow to me and crown me king? Not openly, not yet, but I will be their master. And without me, Orochi’s standing orders are to run amok, causing worldwide chaos – so if anything happens to me, she’ll be my revenge.