Monday, July 10, 2023

Poll Result: Patrons' Choice Topic for July 2023

Every month Phantom River Stone holds a poll among our patrons to choose a topic for the blog in the coming month. After tallying the votes (including accumulated votes from previous months), the winning topic that has been voted this time is:

"Unlocking the Mystery: The Significance of Two Letters"

Within the world of Shenmue, a tale unfolds that revolves around two intriguing letters near the start. These letters set the stage for the enigmatic narrative to unravel.

The first letter, written by Ryo's late father, Iwao Hazuki, takes on a poignant meaning after his untimely demise. Ryo discovers it on his father's desk, and as he reads the words of advice and wisdom, a realization strikes him.

It seems clear that Iwao had a sense that his life was in peril, prompting him to leave the letter out for Ryo to find.

Adding to the intrigue, a second letter arrives from Hong Kong, sent by a mysterious individual whom Ryo later learns is named Zhu Yuan Da. It is written in cryptic Chinese script, and arrives shortly after Iwao's passing.

As Ryo has it translated, he uncovers that it was sent as a warning to his father but its arrival was too late to have served its intended purpose.

This raises an important question: how did Iwao Hazuki come to be aware of the imminent threat to his life? To explore this further, in this upcoming post we will examine the letters closely, comparing the Japanese and Chinese sources with the English translations provided by the game. Perhaps within these texts, additional clues or alternative interpretations may be discovered that can shed light on this mystery.

Stay tuned for the upcoming article, where we delve deeper into the secrets of the letters.

This topic was suggested by blog patrons Patrick Fuller and James Brown.

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