Maki, the shrine maiden serving in an old Ionian shrine of a once prosperous village, now devotes her life to taking revenge on the one woman who has ruined the peace Maki had before.
Years ago, this village Maki lived in was a peaceful community, thanks to her parents who were powerful guardians of the local shrine, with the ability to summon powerful ancestral spirits, using themselves as the medium. With this ability, they were able to fend off any threat whoever tried to lay a finger on their village, especially the Noxians. Maki was still a young shrine maiden-in-training at the time, living happily and striving to become just like her strong parents. Unfortunately, such good moments didn’t last long.
One day, Maki’s father returned home from hunting empty-handed, which was rather unusual, considering he would usually at the very least bring back a couple of jungle fowls. Maki’s mother seemed concerned, but when she started to ask, he shoved her aside without a single ounce of emotion. Never has her husband been so cold to her, so Maki’s mother asked more questions. Once again, he ignored her, instead asking if he could be left alone in his room. Grudgingly, his wife accepted, thinking he would perhaps tell her in the evening.
Evening was soon to come, but news of a Noxian invasion came. While the villages were forewarned of it as usual, this time the Noxian’s numbers were in the ten thousands, more than ever before, possibly due to how powerful Maki’s parents were. However, there was no sign of Maki’s father at the front line. Villagers hurried to the shrine, crying at his room’s door for help. But to no avail, there was no answer. In all the haste, they forced open the door, only to find the room empty with the window open. Maki’s father had fled.
Devastated by this finding, many decided to flee for their lives. Maki’s mother, however, urged everyone not to bow down to the odds and fight till the end. She told Maki to take the divine weapons that were stored in the shrine and give them to Maki’s father who had seemingly fled. Maki obeyed and set off toward the mountain.
Two hours later, after searching for her father without rest, Maki found her father accompanying a woman among the bushes. This woman had tails and ears, and she seemed to be part-fox. Apparently they were embracing each other, kissing with passion. As she hid, Maki was confused, which turned into anger. As she was about to reveal herself, her father’s body fell away from the fox-lady. His body lay on the floor without any sign of life. Absolutely stunned as to what just happened, Maki stood there in place, unable to move. She overheard the fox-lady talking about how simple-minded men were, easily charmed by pretty women and that he deserved this death. And swiftly, in the next second, she fled.
Maki leapt to her father’s body, hoping that he was fine, seeing that he had no visible injuries. Sadly, no matter how much she shook his body, her father was lifeless. He was not breathing and his skin was already becoming cold. She knew now that he was dead.
Holding back her tears, she rushed back to her village to tell her mother of this news, but when she returned, everything she knew was gone. The invasion was over and there were no signs of any survivors among the dead bodies on the floor. And her mother was nowhere to be found. After the death of her father, this was too much for her to hold in. Maki broke into tears, as everything she had known was now nothing but ashes.
With what was left, which was the shrine she had lived in and the divine weapons her father had used, Maki started to head back to the shrine, promising herself to live on so she can exact her revenge. From that day onward, she resolved to train more than she has ever before. And soon, she’ll head out to exterminate the fox who had caused the end of father, along with the fate of her village. She also held within that she couldn’t forgive the Noxians who had invaded Ionia and destroyed her home.
“I don't seek to kill my enemies and inflict retribution. I seek to avenge my people and correct the wrongdoings of this world.”
- Maki, the Shrine Maiden.
(A special thank you to GreenMoriyama for translating Maki's lore into Japanese. 本当ありがとうございました.)