jewelfox: A portrait of a female anthropomorphic fox, with a pink jewelled pendant and a cute overbite. (Default)

Tamamo-no-Mae is perhaps the most famous -- and tragic -- foxwoman in Japanese folklore. Variations on her story have been told and retold, the gist of which is that she was a kitsune (fox) who took on human form and became the Emperor's courtesan. But she was found out by an onmyōji (magician), declared to be the cause of the Emperor's illness, and chased out to the plains of Nasu and killed.

The retelling of her story in Fate/EXTRA, a visual novel / roleplaying game for the PlayStation Portable, is especially stark. In it, she grows up as a human and does not even realize that she is a fox until her ears suddenly sprout from her head. She manages to conceal them for an entire month, before being found out.

Here are some excerpts from the scene where she tells the player character her life story:

Pictures, transcripts, and discussion of transphobic violence behind cut )

jewelfox: A portrait of a female anthropomorphic fox, with a pink jewelled pendant and a cute overbite. (Default)

So I was walking home briskly from a late-night grocery run, when a cat crossed the street in front of me. I stopped and looked at it, immediately thinking of how to approach it and if that was possible, when I noticed it didn't look right.

Its tail was fluffy and distinctly-shaped, and its muzzle was pointed.

I watched it disappear into the brush, trying to process what I'd just seen. Then I bowed deeply in the direction it'd gone, and walked slowly past, glancing over my shoulder afterwards.

I'd read that there were foxes in town. I hadn't realized they were so skinny.

I spent half the walk home contrasting my comfortable life with theirs, and trying to think it there was any way I could help them. I briefly wished that I ate meat, so that I could've left something out as an offering, but I'm not sure that this would've been a good idea anyway.

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