“…let’s go back already. I’m kind of tired, and I’ve been thirsty for a while now,” Mamoru complained tearfully with his hands still over his ears.
“‘A Study of the Holy Cherry Blossom Empire’ reports that all six of longest-reigning emperors had the same psychological ailment. Numerous researchers from the Historical Fieldwork Research Society/ Sakura Observation Group lost their lives investigating this topic.”
Apart from Mamoru, the rest of us had succumbed to a new form of hypnosis. The false minoshiro’s voice had penetrated our eardrums and was echoing directly inside our minds.
“Each emperor was granted a posthumous name depending on the deeds he achieved during his name. In some cases, there was also derisive monikers given by the public. Records state that during the coronation of the fifth emperor, the Emperor of Delight, the public’s cheers and applause went on for three days and three nights. It may sound like just an exaggeration, but the truth of the matter was later revealed. The first hundred people to stop clapping were turned into sacrifices. They were set on fire, and their blackened bodies turned into statues to decorate the palace. From then on, the Emperor of Delight was called the Emperor of Eternal Screams,1” the false minoshiro continued placidly.
“The thirteenth emperor, Empress Airin, was called the Queen of Sorrow. Every morning, she took joy in watching public executions of people who had displeased her in some slight way. It became customary for palace workers to fast so as not to throw up in horror during the executions.”
“…thirty-third emperor, the Emperor of Magnanimity, was nicknamed Wolf King his entire life, but it gradually took on a negative connotation. This was because he would often go out for a walk in the city on a whim, and leave a mountain of corpses in his wake, like the aftermath of a rampaging beast. The Emperor of Magnanimity’s PK image was of the maw of a giant beast dismembering the limbs of people, though parts of the corpses were said to bear the teeth marks of the emperor himself.”
“…Magnanimity’s son, the thirty-fourth emperor, the Emperor of Pure Virtue, was called the Heretic King after his death. When he was twelve, he strangled his sleeping father and fed him to the dogs. He was praised by the public, but he soon became paranoid of being assassinated himself, so one by one, he killed his younger brothers and male cousins and let roaches devour their bodies. But even though there were no longer many PK users who could usurp him, his rule was exposed to other threats. Assassination attempts by normal citizens began. In the end, the Emperor of Pure Virtue developed an abnormal obsession with feeding live humans to wild animals.”
“…sixty-fourth emperor, the Empress of Holy Beneficence, was nicknamed Owl Queen even before she came to power. She believed in all sorts of strange cults, and her PK manifestation was a monstrous owl that came out during the full moon and abducted pregnant girls, cut out their fetuses, skewered them, and offered them up on an alter to the deviant gods of these cults.”