League of Guardians Commitment to Protect All Sapient Species

When the League of Guardians was first created, it only served to protect the Yokai, since mortals had been the cause of most issues the League dealt with. Humans had hunted yokai and driven them from their homes. But after the Japan's population started to decline. Instead of yokai prospering with fewer mortals, the yokai population mirrored that of the mortals. Upon this discovery, the League decided to protect all sapients - mortal and immortal. Both needed to survive, for their fates were linked. An imbalance could prove disastrous for both groups.   Thus the most controversial document in the history of the organization was drafted. Soujoubou wrote and convinced the ruling council to sign 'League of Guardians Commitment to Protect All Sapient Species' pact, ensuring that all self-aware life would be protected. After that, the Task Force for the Discovery and Conservation of Semi-Sapient Slimes gained much traction. Slimes were added to the list of sapient beings and the wording of the document was expanded to include them.   The League stores the pact in it's archives in Kyoto.  


In 2012, an investigation into the hunting of a pack of boar yokai, lead Guardian Morine Kichiro to a small village struggling to survive. A dam was built cutting it off from easy access to roads and supplies needed for the town to thrive. He found the culprits, who were not aware the herd of boar they were chasing off from their fields, were yokai. These old farmers only wanted to keep the creatures out of their crops. The small community needed that harvest despirately. Most of the young people had moved to the big cities for the job opportunities, and the older generation did not have energy to replant nor time to to do so before winter.   The more Morine-san investigated the more links he found between humanity and yokai. Each depended on the other. The more young people left for cities like Osaka, Kyoto, and Tokyo, the fewer mortals were born, due to long hours put in at work. Thus the fewer people to tend the shrines and fuel belief in the kami and other spirits of the less densely populated areas. Those spirit beings were beginning to fade away at a rate all too similar to the human population decline. When he visited the larger cities, he thought the yokai there would be much stronger, but they were congregating together in the densely populated areas and relying on numbers to help protect themselves.   He brought his report to the League, which could no longer deny that yokai life was not more important than its human counterpart.
Yokai and mortals alike, we are all in this together
— Morine Kichiro

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Cover image: by Odette.A.Bach (Art), AWV (text)


Author's Notes

Part of this article was inspired by this video by Tokyo Lens.

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