The harvest is coming in and the people seem to be happy.
Teiko joins Hotaru, Moto Boladai, Akodo Tokaji, and Isawa Asano up to the Ontzen and they all venerate the fortune of vision. Teiko finds another shrine to a local place spirit. A servant spirit – child of Yama no Yume. He cleans the shrine. Says that it will help us get up the mountain. The climb is easy, and Hotaru and Teiko talk about the difference between pants and frippery. Hotaru takes careful notes.
Find the shrine with the flat glossy black floor, papers and amulets hung up and nearly rotted away. Theres a dim red glow way below the glassy floor. Script on the wall is in a language we don’t understand. Possibly pre-empire writing, potentially from the pre-kami Isawa. Looks magically carved. All the charms are to soothe a spirit to sleep. Isawa Asano senses a very powerful earth spirit watching us, and a small earth spirit just hanging out. Yume-no-Yama says the little spirit is his child to assist people in maintaining this place. Says to restore the bindings and replenish the wards. The child spirit wants us to repair the trail. Says that there is another spirit here called The Blood of the Moon. Teiko says that this “Blood of the Moon” spirit is bad news.
There are the remains of two tables here. They probably had incense on them. The prayer flags are delicate and if there were a lot of people coming through here they would be disturbed. Teiko speculates that the obsidian in the field is seperate than this. Says that we will need to get more incense. Suggests a big Ban festival to get the old spirits laid to rest and the ancestors of the newcomers to get along. Need more lanterns, probably send them down the boats on the stream. Entertainers, drummers, dragon dancer troupe.
Moto Bolodai and Akodo Tokaji put coins in the shrine to Yama’s Child on the way down. It’s empty even though Teiko had put one in earlier.
Get a unicorn patrol in 2 weeks and look for stuff to take to Kyuden Isawa.
The granary is built, but the elder farmers say they need five more granaries. Could get three harvests. Says that they need one more in the spring, two more in late summer, and two more in the fall. Hotaru agrees that we’ll have to train some of the young boys in carpentry.
Isawa Asano and Kaori get the shrines in the valley all put together. There’s a blending of the old family ancestors and the newcomer ancestors. Teiko disappears with the unicorn. Kaori says that he’s going shopping for shrine stuff.
Moto Boladai sends off for – stuff for the festival (details left to Isawa Asano and Teiko), lanterns, incense, sake, medicinal herbs. (He suggested hookers and blow but we didn’t write that down.)
Hotaru sends off for the advice of tea farmers and wants to get tea seeds/shoots to try growing some here. Also requests cabbages, peppers, raddishes, herbs, onions, garlic. She also sends off for red paint, a variety of other lacquers.
The first day after the first night of the full moon, find weird footprints. Bare feet with weird thumblike toes. Find them on the eastern arm of the valley on the ridgeline. Find four or five sets of these large monkey tracks. Moved along the ridge and stopped to look over the town. They go back to the grove to Chikushido. The seeem to be scouting out the town in a martial way, and are walking all upright – no knuckle dragging.
Iron Shou has made Modo Boladai an EXCELLENT spear (Yari) with the unbreakable quality and an obsidian head. He says he thought he’d ruined it with a big crack, but he didn’t. He says his son (Shou the Third) has a talent for working obsidian.
Isawa Asano and Moto Boladai bring a trunk of costume jewelry and sake to go have a palaver with the ape spirits. The leader is wearing a daisho and light armor. The four others are wearing belly-bands and big clubs. Chimpachi leader of the warband of the Saru (ape) tribe. He is here to discuss our surrender. Says that we have murdered some of their kin and justice has not been met. They want us to give them the murderers and leave the valley. Chimpachi says that we must either fight tomorrow, duel tomorrow, or hand over people who’s blood will stand in for the murderers. Says they want Shosuro Atsushi, and everyone who struck down his cousin. All their armor and weapons (other than Chimpachi’s daisho) was made out of wood.
We’re leaving Smoking Waters for here for now…
3 XP for the session
1 XP for the previous log
Thank you DJ for soup
Thank you Paige for sake
Thank you Paige for mochi