Muse – Paper Cranes

Somè sat quietly near the great sea that divided Aslann and Shimragata. The peaceful serenity of nature allowed him a moment of reflection. Though it hardly lasted long. Gen, his shield, appeared before him. An obedient Kari he was, “Has she departed?”

“She has my lord.”

“There is confusion in your tone.”

“Forgive me. It is not my place to question.”

“Yet you stand before me with a tone longing for some satisfying answer,” Somè stated as a certain amount of silence overtook the conversation. Gen was a proper Kari, never forward with question. So, it was not surprising that he did not come out and ask Somè  why it was he allowed the queen to depart. “Do you know what is so special about this paper crane I am making?”

The question must have taken Gen by surprise because at first he did not offer a response. After a moment he stated, “Doesn’t the crane have some connection to the Ishi?”

“That is a curiously bewildered tone you have.”

“Pardon me for being forward. It is just, I have not witnessed you make such an item before and I have heard tales that it is a token of love of sorts given by the Ishi.”

The King of the Gods, Somè allowed a brief amused chuckle to escape his lips. “How time distorts.” With a pause he added, “The crane is nothing. It means nothing.”

“Then why do the Ishi hold it in such high regard?”

“Why indeed. I have always wondered why he allowed such an important detail to fade away.”

“He my lord?”

“The only one among the Ishi old enough to know; Kuro. There was a time when Rin was philandering. Gone away from the homestead, leaving Tearra in the care of his first born. To pass the time, he would recite prose from the works of Kita as he meticulously folded paper.”

“Into cranes?”

Somè never once glanced at his shield as he answered the young man’s question, “The crane is simply a phoenix without its tail. The symbol of the goddess. At some point, long before his little brother Mikio was old enough to understand, Kuro of the Ishi destroyed the tail of the phoenix.”


“I wish I knew.” Somè noticeably sighed as he held the small paper crane within his hands. After a moment of contemplating he added, “I would like for you to go to Aslann. The queen will be making her way to the Ishi and I think perhaps it is time you come face-to-face with the first born son of the death god.”

“Do you wish for me to engage him?”

“No. I am certain he will need no reason to attack you. Simply survive.” Somè glanced at the young man before him, “If you are not fast enough to do that, then let him cut you down for I need not one who is incapable of standing against a god among men.”

“Yes, my lord.”

Somè could hear a bit of disappointment as he placed the crane upon the table. Standing, he spoke while turning his back to the young man. “I chose you because you have the skill to stand against him. The speed to rival that monster. However, even a perfect choice can fail to live up to ones expectations. Enjoy the experience whether you live or die. That moment when Kuro of the Ishi strikes out as a true snake.”Gen’s tone had a subtle change to it as he responded, “I understand, my lord.” Somè did not need to be looking at the young man to know he was smiling and anticipating the experience that was about to come his way, “Is there anything else you wish of me?”

“Give my regards to the Elder of the Saruwatari while you are there,” Somè added as he allowed the peace of Shimragata to overtake him.



  1. Interesting that Somè is the one to tell us that Kuro destroyed the tail of the crane, that the crane is a symbol of the goddess Tearra. It puts Kuro’s leaving Tationy cranes in TEP all kinds of meanings, doesn’t it? Did it come to represent courtship because Kuro recited Kita’s poetry while he made them? *has a thought* What if Tearra told Kuro something about her passing that made him destroy the tail…? :O

    Gen freaks me out a little bit, mostly because it is clear he relishes the thought of fighting Kuro, no matter what the outcome is. He and Kuro haven’t engaged…yet, but it’s only a matter of time before they do. Gen and Somè look great, by the way. Very similar to their Sims 2 versions!

    • It is indeed interesting. I thought you might enjoy this particular muse. Kuro leaving the cranes for Tationy is filled with all sorts of meaning.

      Tearra did tell Kuro something about her passing as well as something about her rebirth that played a part in him destroying the tail. We will eventually learn what that is in a muse.

      We will also see Kuro teach the making of these cranes the other children of Rin as he raised and guided them, but it is not until Nao that it is given a meaning. Nao was all about asking questions of Kuro and he had to give him a satisfactory answer, his response is ultimately what determines the course laid out for the tradition of paper cranes while courting.

      HAHA, Gen has been looking forward to war for a long time and being chosen to fight the son of the death god is the highest honor. We will actually see a young Gen during training with others at some point when he is being chosen by Som(e). After I fix Som(e) face of course seeing I am not quite happy with it.

      Thank you. I appreciate that. They are both close, but still need a bit more work I think.

  2. I can’t help it, but like Some. There’s something really admirable in all that confidence. He’s relaxed and yet always ready to strike.

    That is interesting detail about Kuro and the cranes. There’s definetly more to it than it seems. I wonder what the connection is.

    Gen seems excited for a fight. Can’t blame him! Lets see if he survives…

    • I am glad to hear you like Som(e). He is quite confident, certainly commanding of the sun, the moon, the stars, and the very earth itself. Definitely, very relaxed and easy going. Though certainly never one to be taken lightly.

      Thank you. There is and the details about what it is all about come in the Paper Cranes Part 2. Which I posted last night as I try to finish up a million muses before the next chapter. HAHA.

      Gen is definitely looking forward to fighting Kuro. Anyone that considers their self a warrior would look forward to going toe-to-toe with Kuro. Just have to wait and see how he does. We already learned in the first chapter he can evade the attack of Kuro, but surviving a prolonged battle, only time will tell.

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