Book of Star Mythology/Story/Prologue

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――守矢神社。

幻想郷の外からやって来た二柱+αの神様が、日々人気取りの策を巡らす場所である。

---The Moriya Shrine.

The place where the two(+) gods from outside Gensokyo plotted day after day to boost their popularity.

雲一つない8月の空を見明げ、八坂神奈子(神様その1)は新たな手を考え出した。

元来、古い暦の元では、これ位の時期に七夕が行われていた。しかし幻想郷においても
人里にはすっかり太陽暦が浸透し、最早旧暦の事など覚えている人間は少なくなった。
ならば誰もが忘れてしまった旧七夕を、守矢新七夕と名付けてプロデュースしてみては?
皮肉にも新七夕は、梅雨の関係で星の見え具合が現在の七夕より勝る。
それ故に何でも願いが叶うと宣伝すれば、無知な人間はたちまち乗って来るだろう。
それに何より、物事は最初に名乗った者勝ちだ。
永い時を生きて来た狡猾な神霊――つまり神様――は、それを良く知っている。

As she looked up at the cloudless August sky, Kanako Yasaka (god #1) thought of a new plan.

Originally, under the lunar calendar, Tanabata would be held around this time. Even in Gensokyo, however,
the solar calendar had spread through the Human Village, and few humans remembered the old calendar any more.
So why not take that old, forgotten Tanabata, and market it as a New Moriya Tanabata?
Ironically, thanks to the end of the rainy season, the New Tanabata was much better for stargazing than the current one.
Plus, they could rope in more foolish humans by advertising that they'll grant any wish, too.
And more than anything else, the first to announce a new idea is the one to profit!
As a sly divine spirit-- ie. god-- who'd lived a long time, she knew this fact very well.

洩矢諏訪子(神様その2)が更なる手を打ち出した。

イベントを盛り上げ、また販売して利益を挙げる為に小道具が必要である。
彼女はありふれた花である朝顔に目を付けた。ありふれた花であるが
七夕成就の象徴として知られる。加えて品種改良なりペンキを吹き付けるなりで
派手な色に変化させれば、無知な人間はたちまち欲しくなるだろう。
朝顔の栽培係・兼宣伝係には、神社の神様見習い・東風谷早苗が抜擢された。

Suwako Moriya (god #2) also had a simple idea.

They'd need some props in order to advertise the event and sell for a profit.
She set her eyes upon the common morning glory. Despite how common they were, they were well-known
as a symbol of a fruitful Tanabata. Plus, by selectively breeding and/or spray-painting them in a variety
of flashy colors, more foolish humans would surely covet them. Sanae Kochiya, the shrine's god-in-training,
was selected as the best candidate for cultivating and marketing the flowers.

早苗によって人里で新七夕が周知され、里が朝顔で覆い尽くされた頃、異変が勃発する。

人々の身の程知らずな願い事は神霊――欲の具現――となり、織姫と彦星の再会を
象徴する朝顔を通じて、空の星々に影響を及ぼしてしまった。
僅か一カ月で再び天の川が開通し、織姫・彦星と白鳥の星・夏の大三角が輝き出す。
そして慌てたように降り出す大雨――天からの七夕中止のお知らせ・催涙雨。

Thanks to Sanae, news of the New Tanabata spread through the village. Once the village was filled with morning glories,

however, an incident began. The humans' conceited wishes became divine spirits-- embodiments of desire. They passed through
the morning glories, those symbols of Orihime and Hikoboshi's reunion, and began to influence the stars in the sky.
Less than a month after the previous Tanabata, the River of Heaven opened once more.
The summer triangle of Orihime, Hikoboshi and the swan began to shine.
And then, as if some celestial wrath had been invoked, a torrential rain-- the 'rain of tears' that signaled Tanabata's premature end.

博麗神社の巫女・博麗霊夢は激怒した。

必ずかの邪智暴虐の守矢を除かねばならぬと決意した。

Reimu Hakurei, maiden of the Hakurei Shrine, was outraged.

She made up her mind to go take care of those tyrannical Moriyas no matter what.

普通の魔法使い・霧雨魔理沙には事情はわからぬ。

けれども異変と天体に関しては、人一倍に敏感であった。

Marisa Kirisame, ordinary magician, had no knowledge of the situation.

Nonetheless, she was much more sensitive than most to both incidents and celestial bodies.

――星明かりの下、「彼女」は目線を上げた。

ふうと息をつき、古く分厚い書物を一息に閉じた。
巻き起こる超自然の魔法の風。一薙ぎにされた周囲の松明は、消えるどころか
より旺盛に、不吉なゆらめきを増して燃え盛った。

---Beneath the glow of the stars, "she" lifted her gaze.

Exhaling deeply, she clapped the old, heavy book shut.
A supernatural, magical wind rose up. The torches around her flickered,
then flared up more strongly and ominously than before.

瞳を一杯に開き、魔力を帯びた七夕星を見上げ―― Opening her eyes wide, gazing up at the stars of Tanabata now imbued with magic---
「彼女」は願いを唱えた。 "She" recited a wish.
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