Riverbed Soul Saver/Story/Prologue

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幾多の人と妖怪を熱狂させた宗教ブームが過ぎ去った反動か

はたまた、気温が上がり続けるという外界の気象異常のせいか。

その年、幻想郷を再び酷寒が支配した。
Perhaps in response to the passing of the religious fads that had gotten so many humans and youkai fired up,

or perhaps because of the abnormally-rising temperature in the outside world...

That year, Gensokyo was once again dominated by a terrible cold.
怠惰な巫女・博麗霊夢と、普通の魔法使い・霧雨魔理沙は神社の炬燵から動かなかった。
動かないまま、遠く次元を隔てた場所に居た。
The lazy shrine maiden Reimu Hakurei, and the ordinary magician Marisa Kirisame, were huddled against the shrine's kotatsu. They were in a place away from the distant dimension, not budging an inch.

紫「あら二人とも大変よ、このままでは幻想郷最大の危機が訪れるかも知れない」

Yukari "This is a serious problem, you two! At the rate things are going, Gensokyo may soon face its greatest crisis yet."

妖怪の賢者にして幻想郷の管理人・八雲紫が、二人を自邸に召喚したのだ。

すぐ傍の炬燵では、彼女の友人の西行寺幽々子、その従者の魂魄妖夢、
なぜ此処に居るのかいまいち不明なパチュリー・ノーレッジといった面子が
台上に広げられた解読不能な戦略図を囲む。

矢継ぎ早に不平不満を畳みかける霊夢・魔理沙に対し、賢者は次のように説明した。
The two of them had been summoned by Yukari Yakumo, a great youkai sage and the administrator of Gensokyo.

At another kotatsu nearby, Yukari's friend Yuyuko Saigyouji, her attendant Youmu Konpaku, and Patchouli Knowledge (whose reason for being there they weren't really sure of) were poring over an incomprehensible battle plan spread out on the table.

Reimu and Marisa both groaned in quick succession. The sage continued her explanation.
近年多発している、巨大建造物や天を貫く大樹といった規格外の大物が

外から流れ込んで来る事例を受け、紫はこの数年、密かに対策を講じていた。
幻想郷のオーバーフローを防ぐべく、外界と幻想郷の境界部に緩衝地帯となる領域を
大きく増設したのだ。異空間、或いは異界という言葉がしっくり来るだろうか。
今パソコンでこれを読んでいる賢明な諸氏ならばお分かり頂けるだろう。
「こちらの世界」から日々幻想となってゆく存在。

狭い狭いこの幻想郷単体で、いかにして受け入れられようか。
For the last several years, structures such as huge fortresses and sky-piercing trees had been drifting in from the outside.

In response, Yukari had been secretly taking measures to combat this.
To prevent Gensokyo from being filled to bursting, she'd greatly expanded the unaffiliated region that formed the border between Gensokyo and the outside world.
The terms "pocket dimension" or "Otherworld" would describe it quite well.
The wise audience members currently reading this on their computers should probably be able to understand.

In the small, cramped space of Gensokyo itself, would there really be room to take in all the beings that pass into fantasy from "our world" every day?
そして今ついに、その不思議な世界に、外側からかつてない

大質量の何か(と冷気)が押し寄せて来たので。
先に異界に派遣された妖夢は、あまりの異様な寒さに、真相を知る事無く

風邪を引いて戻って来ただけであった。
And now, a huge amount of never-before-seen somethings (and cold air) was migrating into this mysterious world from the outside.
Youmu had been dispatched to the Otherworld shortly before, but she caught a cold from the frigid air, and had to come back without discovering the truth.
本格的に幻想郷に侵攻される前に、協力して犯人を水際で成敗して追い返す。
その為には霊夢の力が必要だ――
They planned to work together proactively, driving away the culprit from the shorelines before Gensokyo could be invaded. Thus, Reimu's power was necessary---

紫「そう、これはスペルカードルール成立以来、およそ初めての試みとなる『幻想郷防衛戦』よ」

魔理沙「(初めてじゃないだろ…間欠泉の時そんな感じだったろ…)」
霊夢「(結局私らが動かなきゃいけないなら、いつもの異変と大して変わらないような…)」
魔理沙「まあ結界の外で戦うってのは心が躍るな。私も連れて行ってくれよ」
紫「勝手になさい、はい鍵」

魔理沙「やったぜ」

Yukari "Indeed. This shall be our first trial of the 'Gensokyo Defense Operation' since the Spell Card rules were established."

Marisa "(It ain't really the first... We did this sorta thing during that 'geyser' debacle back then too...)"
Reimu "(If we've got to go fix it, in the end it's not that different from your usual incident...)"
Marisa "But hey, fighting outside of the barrier sounds pretty interestin'. Take me along too!"
Yukari "Knock yourself out. Here's your key."

Marisa "Woohoo!"

結界の外は、霊夢達のような幻想郷の人間にとっては

本来なら生涯立ち入れない閉ざされた世界。
そこに立ち入る為に結界に穴を作る「鍵」(妖夢の失敗を踏まえて暖房機能付きだ)を

持たせて、二人をかつてない異界での戦いに送り出す紫。
For the humans of Gensokyo like Reimu and co., the outside of the barrier was a sealed world that they could never set foot into for their whole life.

To create holes for entry into the barrier, Yukari gave them each a "key" (with a heating function, to avoid a repeat of Youmu's failure).

With the keys in hand, the two were sent off to do battle in the unknown Otherworld.
その姿を、物陰から密かに見つめている影があった。豪族である。 Several figures saw them leave, watching secretly from the shadows.

神子「聞こえたな。幻想郷を我らの手で治める為、秘中の秘(ブラックボックス)である

   境界の仕組みを今こそ我らの英知で解き明かす好機である。
   鍵か…私が希望の鍵を作ってやる!」
布都「ククク…我にお任せを!」

屠自古「やってやんよ…」

Miko "Did you hear that? This is a perfect opportunity for us to use our wisdom and find out the secrets of the barrier's construction. With the knowledge of that 'black box', Gensokyo shall be ruled by our hand!

A key, hmm...? I, too, shall construct a 'key of hope'!"
Futo "Heh heh heh... Leave it to me!"

Tojiko "Let's have at it...!"

――幻想郷という小さな神域を守り、また奪うべく、三者三様の人間達が未知の異世界へと挑む。
幾重の境界の深淵に沈む、光の届かぬ昏い王城へ。
---To protect and take back the small precincts of Gensokyo, the three humans set forth to an unknown plane, each with their own intentions in mind.
Sinking down into the abyss of that many-layered boundary, to a dusky royal castle where light did not reach.
「彼女」が守る物。果たして金銀財宝か、忘れられた禁断の叡智か―― That which "she" protected: was it a wonderous treasure as expected, or forbidden wisdom long since forgotten---?
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