People of the living world fear the dark and hide themselves.
People of the land of the dead slip into the darkness and dominate it.
People in the past said that one could meet apparitions at that time...
the time of disasters...'
There is more to this world than what we humans can see. We have glaring blind spots where creatures of the Far Shore lurk. Often, they are content to let us live our lives peacefully, but there are dark beings among them - the ayakashi. All bad things that happen in the world can be attributed to the taint of the ayakashi and though the gods fight to vanquish these negative spirits, there are too many for any real progress to be made.
The gods themselves inhabit the Far Shore as well and stay away from the Near Shore - the world of humans - as much as they can. However, they hear every wish and they are dedicated to their followers, doing whatever they can to fulfill the prayers that are brought to them with the help of their divine weapons, the shinki. Shinki are departed souls turned to tools by the gods themselves, made to serve. While they are similar to the ayakashi, shinki have been given human names, so that they may live like humans, though not quite as humans.
Many of the gods continue to live simply because there are humans that believe in and pray to them. They are, in every sense, immortal. Their physical bodies can be killed with great effort, but they will simply reincarnate after their death. Sometimes, the Heavens use this to their advantage, killing off one incarnation of a god in order to birth a new generation that will be more willing to do what the leaders of the Heavens want them to do. No one can ever quite grasp what it is that the Heavens are looking to accomplish, but the general consensus is that they want to keep the peace between the Near and Far Shores.
Lately, though, the Heavens have taken their meddling up a notch. Not only are they executing gods from all over the world, they are reincarnating those gods using the souls of sentient beings from every possible universe in existence, causing those beings to be ripped from their homes and forcing them to become gods and confining them to only being able to enter a small portion of the Near Shore - specifically Japan. Not only that, but in their attempts to bring over 'new' gods, they have dragged too many souls into their world. These excess souls are being quickly named and turned into shinki which are then gifted and bound to the new gods.
There doesn't seem to be and end to the meddling of the Heavens. How many souls will they steal from other worlds? How many gods will they kill and reincarnate in order to get their way? Will anyone be able to return home? Or will they forever be stuck here: