(HOLY CATS BRYAN IS HERE!)
We make our way through the Isawa Mori as the moon starts rising over the treeline. The tunnel starts to glow and and a troop of ape warriors strides out. Chimpachi (armor and daisho), and a half dozen warriors (haramaki and clubs).
Shiba Kasai and Iuchi Kazai are near the front of the group. Everyone else is in a loose semicircle behind them. Chimpachi looks very severe and stoic, but the rest of the troop is ooking around.
Iuchi Kazai wades into the breach, saying that he wishes there to be peace. He broaches the idea that the O-Kami are a problem for the O-Saru, and although the Saru think we’re weak, but we’ve killed two of their number anyway. Chimpachi says that we have one month to bring him the head of the chief of the O-Kami tribe. He says that even if he has to fight a war on two fronts.
We leave, and a conversation is had. Akodo Tokaji wants to solve the O-Kami problem and then turn on the O-Saru with our O-Kami allies and wipe them off the map, like the base honorless bastard that he is. Hotaru wants to deal with the O-Kami and the sue for peace with the O-Saru (like we said we were going to do). Moto Boladai translates that as “dig more obsidian”. Ishkendo-san says that he can’t get us to Chikushido.
As we get back, Badger Sister Fang says we’ve been gone for a week and that Shiba Ran is in over her head. We realize we now have 3 weeks left til the next full moon – which is our deadline and as well as the Bon Festival. We hear a boom, and Fang allows that a whole bunch of performers have come back with Teiko. There are fireworks specialists, gymnasts, and dancers now in town. Shiba Ran is looking a little frazzled, and keeping accounts on a lap desk. Taiko has helpfully written them all IOUs.
Shiba Kasai takes over Shiba Ran’s lapdesk, and then after a while Iuchi Kazai takes it over. The fireworkmakers want 20 koku, the dancers want 12 koku, and both want food and lodging if they get snowed in. The monks don’t want koku, but they want food and lodging as long as they’re here.
Iuchi Kazai and Shiba Kasai discuss inviting people from either Nesting Swallow (south, home of Isawa Goemon) or Blue Well (west, living in tents) can come, or our favorite Daimyo candidates.
Lost Traveller Castle is the provincial seat, and it’s a town and a castle. Ideally, Smoking Waters is the wealthiest town in the province. The other towns are Blue Well and Nesting Swallow and they’re just farmland.
Taiko and Isawa Asano talk and Taiko says it’s very strange that the O-Kami have done these things. Perhaps it’s only one pack that has gone mad. Taiko says the O-Saru have a small and very discrete territory. Taiko says O-Kappa-O would know how to get to Chikushido.
The Unicorn have come by, with peasants in tents, headed to Blue Well. They also had letters (and Taiko, and performers). There are two miners that showed up at Moto Bolodai’s behest. Iuchi Kazai directs them to dig in the
Shiba Kasai, Akodo Tokaji, Isawa Asano, and Hotaru head into the Isawa Mori to talk to O-Kappa-O. Isawa Asano offers to wrestle O-Kappa-O, for 5 questions if he wins, and 2 questions if he loses. Sadly, Isawa Asano realized that he didn’t ask for them “entirely honestly and without attempts to misdirect”.
During the fireworks, Hotaru finds a body of a mauled Unicorn with a broken saber. He was face down in the mud.
Akodo Tokaji makes a bet (DUMB!) with O-Kappa-O. If Akodo-san can guess which of three treasures is most valuable, Akodo-san can keep it. There is a smooth round stone about the size of a cobblestone with one flattish side, an ornate jade scroll case, quite large, with golden dragons, and a sword hilt with no blade.
The sword hilt Not a broken blade, but one with no blade, it smells very faintly of old blood, smoke, and sweat. It looks to be very simply and crudely made. Plain oak handle with cord wrapped around it, sweat stained. No tsuba. The blade is gone-gone. No chunks left. Could have shattered and all fallen out, could have been removed. The sword hilt did not look wet when examined.
Scroll case has no smell. Incredibly elaborate workmanship. Ruby, onyx, diamond, emerald, and opal? eyes in the little golden dragons. Individual scales are etched into the dragons (size of the head of the pin). Jade is very thin, somewhat translucent, and there is a thick scroll inside. The endcaps are not endcaps – its one solid piece of jade.
The rock smells like clean lake mud. It is a smooth, nondescript river rock. Very slightly flat on top. There are no rivers nearby that would make this kind of rock. Yellow-brown bread colored rock.
Isawa Asano asks how to get to Chikushido to the O-Kami territory. East one day in the Isawa Mori is a stone hill that curves up to the sky. It is a favored place for the O-Kami to sing to the moon. At the base of the hill is a cave that goes to the O-Kami’s lands in Chikushido.
Akodo Tokaji chooses the rock, which turns into water. Akodo Tokaji slices his wrist, spraying his blood all over O-Kappa-O and then O-Kappa-O leaps on Akodo Tokaji with intent to murder.
+3 XP for game
+1 XP for log
Thank you DJ for chocolate tubes and spongecake-icecream sammiches
Thank you Ben pork stir-fry with glass noodles.