Ran, Tokaji, and Dakane head off to find the valley were Isawa Shingen is building the outpost. Boladai and Hotaru take the children and head back to Blue Well.
Shiba Ran decides that they will take an overland route. The group is caught by a blizzard and take refuge in a bear’s den to ride out the storm. It takes 3 days for the weather to clear enough that the group can push on.
a couple days after leaving the Bear’s den the group camps out. When Ran went out to get fetch water she sees O-Kappa-O. The kappa tells her that if she brings him Akodo Tokaji he will let her know a secret that will help them survive the next day, otherwise they are doomed. Ran goes back and tells Tokaji.
The next day Samurai Team San find the valley. The area has been heavily deforested. They shadow a deep rutted road further into the valley. They stop when they see watch towers in the distance. The watch towers are flying banners the look like the personal crest of Isawa Shingan but the colors are wrong. Shingan’s banner should be red phoenix on a orange field but the banners they see are of a black phoenix on a re d field.
Shiba Ran decided that they will wait until night fall to make their way closer to the towers. As evening approaches they see two different groups heading towards the watch towers.
The first group is several wagon loaded with trees as well as several large figure paired and carrying tree boles. Two people even as large as the ones they see should not be able to carry that weight.
The second group is several people walking in a awkward gait and carry large baskets on their backs. In the front of the group is a figure dressed in dark/black rob, carrying a staff, and face obscured by a takuhatsugasa.
Both groups pass go between the watch towers and head deeper into the valley.
As sun sets it starts to snow as the group making their way towards the towers. The snow quickly grows heavy severely hindering their vision. Shiba Ran decides that they will press on using the heavy snow fall as cover to get them pass the towers.
Getting closer to the towers they here a woman’s voice singing a lullaby as if to a child. As the group gets closer the song changes. Tune is now one that taunting them for trying to stealthily approach. They can not see who is singing the song but it grows nearer to the group as seems to be above them.
Ran orders Dakane and Tokaji to escape. What they have seen must be reported Blue Well and Smoking Waters. Shiba Ran prepares to fight. “Shosuro” Dakane calls upon the power of the kami and drives into the earth. Akodo Tokaji heads back the ways they came.
Ran hears rattling coming from the direction of the towers as if people are clumsily making their way down the ladders. She can not see the singer but the voice is getting nearer. Ran lets loose an arrow. It knows it’s way to the target and strikes true but this creature is a tainted thing of Fu Leng and cannot be harmed by regular arrow.
The foul things attacks. it looks like a flying head with it’s entrails hanging underneath. The creature wraps it’s entrails around Ran and she can no longer use her bow. She draws her wakizashi and continues to fight, She knows she has to give Dakane and Tokaji enough time to escape. Ran fights until she has nothing left as the creature slowly drains her of life. For Shiba Ran all goes dark.
Dakane uses the power of the kami to swim through the earth. He travels quickly and by dawn makes it back to the bear’s den where they took shelter from the blizzard 3 days earlier. Once Dakane has secured the cave he uses his influence with the kami to send messages to Tokaji and Hotaru. He tells Tokaji that he has made it back to the bears den and will wait 4 days for him. After that he is heading to report what has transpired. He then sends a message to Hotaru making her aware of the situation.
Akodo Tokaji makes his way along the rutted road at his best speed. After traveling for a couple hours her hears the vile baying of wolves. He knows he is being hunted.
Tojaki races through the night eluding his stalkers. Shortly after night gives way to dawn a small bird land on his shoulder. It is the work of the kami delivering Dakane’s missive.
He press on for 3 days, never stopping for more than moments as he tries to evade the tainted beast the hunt him.
Making his through the mountains Tojaki comes to a stream. He searches for a place safe to cross and quickly finds an area where the course narrows. Tokaji runs and bounds from boulder to boulder to cross the river. When he is half way across he hear a chortle from behind. Deftly leaping to the bank , he looks behind and sees O-Kappa-O grasping the rock on whick he stood moments ago. He continues on.
He runs from dawn to dusk and through the night. never stopping but neither do his pursuers. Tojaki pushes on but time and the elements take their toll and Tajaki stumbles and cannot get back up.
Dakane spends his first day laying wards to protect his refuge. He can finally rest. Days pass while he waits to see if Tokaji makes it back to the cave. On the morning of his third days waiting he hears the sickly bay of wolves near by. Using the power to move through the earth he goes out to see what the creatures are hunting. He soon finds a fetid looking wolf stalking towards the unconscious body of Tokaji. Using the same magics that he use to move through the earth, Dakane pull Taokaji into the ground as the creature pounces.
Dakane gets back to the cave with the body of Tokaji. He uses his magics to restore Tokaji, saving him from the ravages of frostbite and reinvigorating him after his ordeal. They quickly prepare to leave.
Time goes back to several days earlier. Hotaru and Boladai are making their way towards Blue Wells escorting the surviving children of the Iron. They travel for two days and are caught be the blizzard. They ae able to find refuge in the first village they come to and stay there until the weather clears enough for them to get back on the road.
On the first day back on the road, shortly after leaving the village. Something to hotaru does not seem right so they move off the road to find a spot to shelter. Up the road comes a figure dress in black robes and a takuhatsugasa that covers his face. Behind the figure moves people moveing in a strange gait carrying baskets.
Don’t remember being told what the XP was for the session. I presume 3.
Ben – for making burger
Dave – For bringing Greek tater salad
Ron – For bringing fruity drinks
Paige – For making Tornado cake