this is an au that takes place in the corpse party universe, several years after the end of blood drive. this post is just a general explanation of the au for anyone who wants to make a thread out of it and to shine light on some of the stuff i'll be writing later, but all posts after this made in this thread with this template will be fleshing out various scenarios in this au. this is. pretty involved as far as aus go, but you don't need any knowledge of corpse party canon to have a thread with ayumi here. reading this is pretty much all you need. <3
also, as a note, this plot deals in themes of death, curses, and is dark as a whole so if that's not your cup of tea than you don't need to read any further. this is just what happens when i think about corpse party too much lmao.
the setting has ayumi in her early 20s and yoshiki has yet to locate her new residence. she's somewhat regained the ability to speak, although still in drawn out, choppy, and sometimes short sentences in a low, barely audible voice. she says very little that she doesn't intend to say as it takes a lot out of her, though there are times when she might say something out of nowhere. her right eye was rendered completely blind after the confrontation with queen, hence the eye patch covering it always, and her left eye always has a far off, glassy look to it, as if she's in another place and time altogether. for the most part, her memories of heavenly host are a hazy mess. she knows there's something she wants to do, and that she has the book of shadows for a reason, but she can never quite remember what exactly she wanted to do no matter how hard she tries. more involved details of what happened escape her. in fact, there are times when the perspective of her memories and when they took place is so skewed that she seems to relive moments of her past at random for no reason. this is mostly an internalized affair as ayumi is rendered almost entirely immobile from the stomach down and is barely able to move around very much, if at all on most days, the nirvana too heavy a burden on her to do much of anything physical.
due to swallowing the nirvana, ayumi now possesses a great wealth of psychic power at her disposal. unfortunately, the power has to be released in some fashion on occasion as too big a buildup would make the nirvana much harder to contain inside her. at first, ayumi dispelled it normally, almost like a balloon deflating and with no real purpose, but as time went on, she turned to more lucrative ways to lessen the buildup. she began to study the spells held within the pages of the book of shadows, finding that she could use them with better efficiency than her past self. it was around that time that she began to offer her services as a psychic in possession of the most powerful energy known to the world of psychics and mediums and the most famous book of black magic to have ever been created. her home is protected from other psychics and invisible to the normal populace, and only those with a great desire - a desire so large they would give anything including their own lives to have it made real - can find her home, much less enter it. in this sense, ayumi has become something of a wish granter. payment, in more ways than one, is required if you make a request something from her.
whispers of a woman using black magic for profit run in the undercurrents of the occult world. no one truly remembers what a girl named shinozaki ayumi once did for the world, and she never gives her name out to clients, so no one knows just who has this kind of power or why they use it so flagrantly. it's unclear how exactly word of her got out in the first place, but some of the first traces of this rumor can be found on dead forums for the occult and witchcraft that haven't been used in years. from there it spread between various interested parties, mostly by people heavily into the occult and teenagers, and it's something of a vague, almost unreal rumor among normal people.
however, the exchange for these spells is extremely high, even more so depending on the level and the energy needed to cast it, and the curses left behind on the buyer are some of the worst imaginable. when people drop dead in the street or in their homes just hours for no foreseeable reason, it's likely because they made a deal with ayumi. the curse they take on could be anything from a painful death to living out the rest of their lives in misfortune. oftentimes, her clients are more likely to suffer the punishment of her deeds, either by agents of the reformed martuba's tomb or from the backlash of curses placed upon them. the new leader of martuba's tomb, mizuki magari, is particularly interested in finding this mystery woman, but has yet to find many leads on her whereabouts as most people involved either die or seclude themselves, and the protection on ayumi's house is not something that cannot be easily sensed by even the most powerful of psychics.
buyers can ask for anything they want, so long as it fits the bill as something that can be done through black magic. they can even request the resurrection of a loved one, if they're willing to be directly involved in casting such a spell. all buyers are warned in advance that they will take the full brunt of any curse or magical backlash caused by the casting, but even being in her home is a sign of either having nothing more to lose or wanting something so much that any sacrifice is worth the price paid. even ayumi herself doesn't always know just what will happen to someone who makes a deal with her. anyone who backs out before they can make a deal will have their memories wiped and they leave ayumi's home only to come to hours later not knowing what they were doing out in the first place. otherwise, they are safe unless they happen to find ayumi again and actually go through with what they came for the first time, even if they don't remember that first time. those who make deals with ayumi have a mark imprinted somewhere on their body resembling the skull on the front of the book of shadows, and should they try to reveal her location to anyone or do anything that goes against the spell, the mark will explode wherever it is on the barer's body. this wound is extremely fatal more often than not.
the book of shadows itself is usually silent, barring its groans and other unpleasant noises it makes with its tongue sticking out. it doesn't bother speaking to ayumi physically or in her mind, but ayumi will talk to the book out loud, sometimes in front of potential clients. the book has been known to scare some people off, either with its appearance or with the inhuman noises it makes. none of this really bothers ayumi, and at this point not even full-fledged screaming and maniacal laughter from the book will cause her to react as she might have once had. screaming and laughing coming from the book usually means that the buyer is in for something truly awful once the spell is cast, but nobody knows it at the time. the only one who really knows just what kind of curse a person will bear is the book of shadows, and it isn't revealing anything to anyone.
i may go back and add in stuff later as it gets more fleshed out but this in general is the gist of the au. like it said anyone is more than welcome to make a thread using this plot so if you happen to be interested please contact me and we'll work out the details!! this is not the kind of thread that can just be jumped right into so i prefer to do planning in advance, i.e. choosing a wish, deciding upon a curse for your character to have in the thread, any other details that need to be covered, etc. i'll even be making a post in this thread to keep up with all writings in this thread and outside it just in case anyone wants to be on track with what's happening. as this has the potential to be an ongoing plot with more than one character able to be involved for each thread, there are things that might change overtime as this would be happening in a continuity for ayumi. basically she will remember previous clients, even if only a little, and could mention them. this is a regular thing so. you can also come back with the same character if you really love suffering. but yeah i wrote a lot here so i hope someone enjoyed this word vomit. <33333