Third day of the month of the monkey. 1129
Eighth day is the Setsuban Harvest festival. Start of harvest season.
Month of the Rooster.
Middle of the month of the Dog – winter hits.
Last day of the month of the Dog (2 months hence). End of the harvest season. Paper lantern festival Bon Festival-DB. Clean up graves. Rememberance festival. March of the dead – hang lanterns to guide the dead to the realm of the esteemed ancestors. Put the lanterns in the river to guide souls to the afterlife. Fireworks and parades.
Some urgency to get the peasants out before winter (not a requirement).
Shinjo Todaji, Goldfeather the eagle. Make a somewhat favorable impression. Mention that the horses are eating more grain than they can afford.
Utaku Chien-Do – Battle leader, not here.
Utaku Chiei & brother – Great watch tower was unmanned (at that time). Roads and bridges in okay condition – still needs some work.
5 days to northern watch tower. Sweeping on patrol. Says she could do it one day with two remounts.
(Paige remember to put the map on the map section.)
Kitamahari – Aoijiroi Province. Northern Watchtower. (Now up on the wiki.) Very old, bastion against the Yobanjin raiders. Changed hands several times in the clan wars. Currently unmanned.
Travel and stay with peasants each night.
Find the tower. Dead shiba bushi. Find his daisho, and letters to his wife. Burn him, and keep remains.
Setsuban Festival in the Village of Nesting Swallow. Say that the tower was abandoned 2 years ago. They say that wealthy and important folk would stay here on the way to Smoking Waters. This is Aljoroi province, and Smoking Waters is in a Kogen Province. Next village north is Starry Pond (in Kogen Province). Kogen Province is ruled from Lost Traveller castle where the Kogen province daimyo resides. Except there is no current daimyo. (That might get decided at Winter Court). The castle is to the west. Smoking Waters is to the north.
Forest is expanding. Hunting yields fowl and a boar. Wolves eat entrails that night. The road is poorly maintained, potholed, and washed out. Isawa Mori is about a mile off to the right. Cone shaped mountain in a long green valley. Broad well-made road goes into town, and then west toward Lost Traveller. River comes down from the mountain and goes into the Isawa Mori.
Cluster of larger buildings near base of mountain. 40 structures. Fields with small groups of huts (maybe 100 or so). Massive swarms of small birds erupt out of the golden and green fields of buckwheat. (Good for noodles!) And fields of soybeans. Looks like they are growing really well. 600 koku worth of grain available. That’s 50 samurai for a year, or maybe a hundred or more peasants. Large sprawling structure halfway up the mountain. See smoke coming from it. (Steam from the springs?) Large burned down structure – probably a small castle. The peasant huts are pretty nice, relatively sturdy, and contain some furnishings. 40 homes for samurai, many are quite nice. Some abandoned in haste, but many were not. Find daisho stands, but no weapons. Stone paved central square. Really big inn – 100 guests. Teahouse. Clothing shop. Religious knick-nacks. Looks like the doors were forced in and the shops looted. Several stables behind the inn.
Make our way up the stone path – smell a weird smell like fireworks. Smell rotting fruit – cherries and plum trees line the path. Plums are sour, but cherries are sweet with large stones. The trees are about 9 ft tall. Were once carefully tended, but are now growing wild. Not as much fruit as there should be. What’s eating it? Looks like toddlers have been consuming the fruit. Raccoons? Monkeys? Spirits?
Path follows stream up the mountain. Artfully arranged stream parallels the path. Pools and small waterfalls. Find a hot spring onsen (hot spring resort). Hear a weird noise over the chatter of the river. Scare some monkeys out of a pool. Chain of pools coming down the mountain, the higher pools are hotter. The front of the building is fine – the back is torn up. Doors busted, shoji torn, full of monkey leavings. Tatters of wall hangings and scrolls. Scratched up teak furniture. Six big buildings, and six small buildings.
6 days back to Morning Glory Castle.
The unicorn go back for peasants.
Thank you Ben for food 3 points.
Thank you DJ for dessert and chopsticks 3 points.
Thank you Jack for sake 3 points.
Thank you Ben for music 1 point.
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