Someone came to Smoking Waters for healing but the healing failed. Who is it? What happened? How do they feel about Smoking Waters? (Ron)
DJ: It was a Jade Magistrate. She came after the spa was up and running. Rumor is that it was a curse. She was not happy with Smoking Waters. Not a smear campaign, but she’ll have a nasty opinon to share.
What has everyone’s favorite irascible monk Teiko been up to? (Jack)
BH: He took it upon himself to make sure the obsidian mine was mined and it’s tapped out. He distributed it through the monk brotherhood. Iuchi Kasai has a stash of it, and he will return it to us. He thinks that’s all there is – but he’s wrong. But now there are some monk brotherhoods stockpiling Smoking Waters obsidian. Teiko has been here and then away.
Who, other than the Smoking Waters delgation, benefitted most from Smoking Waters paying all their debts early and having a surplus for the following year? (Ben)
PL: Shiba Fumiko did well because she was the patron of the SW folks. She’s viewed as having a head for good governance, and her name is being floated as a daimyo in 10-20 years. Mme Yuki has done extremely well with the traffic in her new inn, the Lotus and the Koi. it has a large koi pond with lotuses. She has a picture of the principals of smoking waters in the inn. Peasants are doing very well – they have more money and food than they’ve had in years. They’ve taken the surplus and are getting their kids married, and are beautifying the town. Nice lamp-posts, cleaned and improved peasant housing.
How did the initial bon festival go?
JL: It went really well. People got super drunk and had a great time. The other villages came by and it strengthed friendships between people of all the villages.
Is Tasuki Takai, our favorite Crab, still around? (DJ)
RF: He was being his onerous self. The people that were there were beginning to plot against him. BUT he was promoted and pulled back to Crab lands. They don’t like him, so they’ll send him back to Kyuden Asako.
Who is the daimyo of Kugen province? (Dbrain)
DJ: Isawa Togama, the poet, became the daimyo. Iuchi Kazai helped make this happen so that the daimyo will be an absentee landlord.
What sort of baggage, curse, vengeful spirit, magical powers, et cetera does the sword found in the castle foundation have? (Ron)
BH: Was weilded by a famous Lion general who never lost a battle. It was said that as long as the bearer was righteous they would never lose a battle. However, it broadcasts the user’s fears and sins to those “closest” to them. The weirlder doesn’t know this. That general was murdered in his sleep and the sword was stolen. Then the next guy was murdered in his sleep as well. Then it was given to Phoenix swordmiths to hold onto so it won’t cause more trouble. This sword is not widely known to be in circulation or what it is.
Asako Boladai’s widow – Shiori – what powerful politcian did she marry? How does she continue to show her displeasure with Smoking Waters? Who does she secretly support in Smoking Waters? (Ben)
PL: She supports Yasuki Kisai in Smoking Waters. She married Asahina Takuma. He’s still pining for Doji Inoue, but she’s great with that because she gets all the good parts of the marriage – money, political clout, lovely Crane accoutrements, but without the actual husband part of the deal. She’s a shugenja, and so Yasuki Kisa doesn’t mess with her. It’s rumored that she used “evil magic” to get rid of Bolodai.
Golden Hand Wei – how have business relationships with him developed? (Paige)
JL: After our first harvest where we had so much buckwheat, he funded a shoju brewery in Smoking Waters. He uses the route between Smoking Waters and Kyuden Asako as part of a smuggling route. That’s how Teiko got the obsidian moved. He sells the sacred water from the springs. He’s doing a lot of this to help poor people in the area.
What have the Dragon Clan defectors (Agasha) up to? (Jack)
RF: Their thing is experimental magic. They’re mostly doing well. A pocket of them in Nesting Swallow are experimenting with blood magic. A few peasants have gone missing. No one knows this yet. They left Dragon lands one step ahead of the fuzz. This is only a small group. The rest of the Agasha at Kyuden Asako are fitting in great. They see a wrong that can only be righted by blood magic.
Who was the famous duelist that came to Smoking Waters? How did he die or never leave Smoking Waters again? (Ben)
DJ: A Scorpion named Shosuro Sanzo. He’s blind. He came for the healing and now he can see. However, that completely made him unable to fight because vision distracted him. He died in the very first duel he fought with sight.
Did anyone ever retrieve the Jade Tea? (DJ)
BH: None of the three people that knew about it went to go get it. BUT Mme Yuki occasionally has some Jade Tea for special guests. Never answers how she got it or where it came from.
Did Chimpachi and the Saru clan return to Smoking waters? (DJ)
PL: The tribe can brachiate between times, so they’re aware of what’s going on. There’s a split in the tribe between the Ook-Ooks and the Ah-Ahs. One part of the tribe belives in Chimpachi. The other part belives that the humans succeeded where the Saru tribe was too cowardly to even try. The Ah-Ahs convinced the monkeys to leave the people of Smoking Waters alone, and the people of Smoking Waters made a special hot spring for the monkeys, and leave gifts for them there so they’re never hungry. Monkeys are now symbols of happiness, luck, and fidelity, and the village mascot of Smoking Waters.
What was prize of the ruins of the castle that was given to the daimyo? What is the second best peice that’s now in use and who is using it? What is the third best peice on display in the gift shop? (Ben)
JL: A sword with the handle and scabbard wrapped in dragon skin. Daimyo has top men looking into it. Second best was a war fan – Isawa Matyu gave it to Iuchi Kisai, but it was stolen. Third best peice is a spear, not of Phoenix make. Has a jade head. Hangs above the picture of the Smoking Waters delagation. Could be Gaijin. Could be from the spirit realm. Peasants guard it at all hours. Special sword given to nobility in other villiages.
RF: The other village heads are as hapless as Isawa Mattyu. They love to get together and bitch at the Bon festival (2 men, 1 women) because no one else can stand listening about how hard it is to be first banana.
How did the daimyo lose his arm once he got to Smoking Waters? Who was blamed? What happend to them? (Ben)
RF: The Artist is more used to being in the big city, but he toured Kugen province. The first time was all pomp and ceremony. Second was a smaller group. Third time, him and two bodyguards. He limped back into Smoking Waters from Nesting Swallow clutching his stump, and his guards were killed. It looked like his arm has been bitten off by a beak.
What resource has been a suprising source of wealth for Smoking Waters? (DBrain)
PL: The paperworks. Tsi Nodeshko has been making TERRIBLE paper for a year. But she’s VERY nearly got it. The lumpy paper was good for peasant stuff and grocery lists -
but the lumpy paper has become popular with some religiously oriented painters because it’s made from paper from the Isawa Mori. Golden Hand Wei also uses it for opium and he and Iuchi Kazai sell it.
The peasants took up a collection to create a shrine. Who or what is it dedicated to? How does the priest make life hard for samurai? (Ben)
JL: It’s to the people of Smoking Waters who left to go to the spirit realm. The Ah-Ahs were taking care of the village, so they scared off some bandits, and people thought it was the restless spirits of the dead samurai. Bolodai’s groomsman was walking his horse and a snake attacked him but the horse stomped it, which must have been the part of Bolodai’s ghostly spirit. All of their houses have been turned into secondary shrines.
How did Bayushi Taka do in Winter Court? (Paige)
RF: He’s not doing well, because he got crosswise with Yasuki Takai. Yasuki Takai got away with being a huge ass at a party that Bayushi Taka threw. It’s not his fault, but it was his party.
Shiba Fumiko (nee Bayushi) vs Doji Inoue – who won belle of the ball at Winter Court? (Paige)
DJ: Shiba Fumiko, by a mile. Her star is rising and continues to rise. Her husband has taken to the political games (Lady Ayame helped tutor him) and he is the Elemental Master of Earth. She spends a lot of time on the road between Kyuden Asako and Kyuden Isawa. Spends a lot of time in Compassion. She also visits Smoking Waters frequently.
Did Shiba Hachi finally bed Tsubaki? Pregnancy? Relationship? (Paige)
BH: Yes, and there is a kid, and she’s pregnant again. Shiba Hachi’s wife is so happy that there are children that she’s thrilled with the relationship. The family has never been happier. He is truly blessed!
What new superstitions have popped up among the peasants?(Ben)
PL: Monkeys are good luck. It’s a pilgrimage to leave a sweet at the monkey spring for good luck.
When a baby is born, the friends of the father guard the house the day before and a week after so it’s 8 lucky days of help for the new family. It’s starting to be a bit like a party and they drink too much sochu.
“I hope you get as lost as Hotaru-Bolodai-Tokaji-Asano.” It means you have a wild adventure and come back safe and covered in glory with wild stories. Each name has a connotation. Hotaru – changed. Bolodai – lucky in love. Tokaji – cautious. Asano – wise.
Shiba Hachi offered a favor to a mysterious air shugenja in Kyuden. What’s up with that? (Paige)
JL: Favor not called in, but the air shugenja is a maho user who works with the Agasha. He wants a baby.
Free advantage of 3 points. Or an extra 3 point advantage with an equivalently priced disadvantage. Can buy higher than that using XP. Must be related to what you were doing in the downtime.
Isawa Kaho is dead. Died in her sleep after a brief illness and was quietly burned.
Isawa Tsuko (the courtier) is daimyo of a Aoijiroi province/Nesting Swallow and Watchtower. She comes up frequently. Been to all 3 ban festivals.
The year is 1131.
Thank you Jack for sesame snacks
Thank you Ron for bread
Thank you DJ for soup
Thank you Ben for dessert