Embers in the Wind
A Theoretical Study Extrapolating The Nature Of Kitsune Divinity On The Marked Of Kurama
To live a fulfilled, honourable, ordered life equates to the most mortal form of divinity. The priorities of a Kitsune regadrless of location, background, ethics or status should be first and foremost to bring honour to the state of Erehwon, then to their family, then to Inari by following her divine message and then to themselves. This is the founding sociological and theological precepts that have allowed Kitsune society to become (and consistently remain) if not a “better” then certainly a more stable civilization than many other mortal ken.
Not without deviation, naturally. Various cruel and brutal wars with our faerie cousins have taken us both almost to the brink of destruction. The strict regimentation employed by the Shogunate and its predecessors have been too stifling not just for individuals but for groups of like minded defectors who have their own place in our history books. And of course not to mention that our isolation from Sumeru has not allowed us to avoid the cataclysmic events that have rocked its foundations – as separate as we keep out books our history is as inextricable to our Sister of the Strange Sky as it is to our spiteful brethren across Erehwon.
Despite all of this though, we are guided by our our belief in out Messenger – the first Kitsune to ever reach full divinity through no external methods but by following the path of order and enlightenment – and that has gifted us with the most noble of honours that our mortal ken have yet to obtain :-
Regiment and order will be a founding principle of Kitsune society for as long as there are kitsune capable of understanding its importance, and so will the worship of Inari.
Of the vast pantheon of deities proven to have a presence either here or on Sumeru, Inari is certainly one of more measured Gods (for reference, a breakdown of this can be found in the works of Cleric Seydon and his “Comprehensive Guide To Orders Of Mortal Faith”) Most importantly though it is through Inari’s word and nature that we understand divinity, not as something to seek out and take, or as a reward for a set of actions, but as simply a state of being, achievable through no feat but to exist according to Order. It is through Inari we understand that each one of us has the potential for complete divinity, proven possible by the (admittedly rare) experienced and documented cases of those individuals such as Eight-And-A-Half-Tails who is expected to transcend on bodily death.
All these statements, known to all Kitsune, are not written here as a reminder of our nature but as a build up to a discussion of Kitsune psychology. Encouraged by the belief of our own potential divinity it is easy to see how our strict adgerence to tradition and regulation drives our society forward, and why also the Kumiho are our most feared monstrosities. Given what is known of Kitsune divine nature and our understanding of Inari’s divine nature and of her constant battle with the none-tailed demon Kurama, a question has always lingered in my mind as regards to the spiritual nature of the Kumiho.
Upon completion of transformation does the inherent divinity of the previous Kitsune dispell?
Why should it? Admittedly it would be more than impossible for such a creature to reach the heavenly heights of Inari, but her great war with Kurama proves that there is more to divinity than goodness and order. Whether they could attain the heavenly nature of those incredible individuals as Eight-And-A-Half-Tails is not what is beign questioned. As of yet though we have no evidence to suggest there is a fundamental spiritual change as there is a physical one, especially as the Kumiho status is not a willing transformation. Only a God could at complete random whim alter the physical and spiritual make up of a peoples, and to do so would be in complete contrast to the ordered nature of our Lady Messenger. Not though by the Nine-Tailed Fox, such a feat would remain entirely within his nature and his capabilities.
This is as far as any philosophical or experimental thinking on such matters has progressed and documented. However, I find myself interested in the motives of the Fox-Demon – should indeed he be the cause of Kuminho transformation. With all the powers divinity grants at his fingertipes it seems unlikely that and God no matter how chaotic would use it to affect such a magical race and world on such a minature scale for no practical purpose. All of this is, of course, entirely hypothetical – the purpose of these notes are to explore the theory that the leap of logic is not great enough that the idea of a purpose for the Kumiho could be ignored.
Personally, given the following statements I believe the purpose could be more terrible than the Kumiho themselves. The war that goes on between Inari and Kurama is kept in balance (so we understand) by the faith and ascension of truely lawful and enlightened Kitsune who can aid her. For the Devil-Fox to succeed, he would need his own Demi-Kitsune. This, coupled with the inherent divine nature of the fox-folk, leads me to believe that in the same way that a Kitsune who’s life is so good and ordered ascends to divinity, perhaps a Kumiho who’s nature is so evil and chaotic, who lives long enough and is wicked enough to remain uncaptured and its thirst for destruction grows so great it cannot be contained in the form it has been granted will reach its own kind of transcendence.
A war between two armies of such beings would lead to more chaos than Nine-Tailed Kurama could ever achieve alone.