Tide of Honor
travel log of Kaitatsu
We journey south out of the Forest of Spirits and reach a waystone, the point
of no return before entering Minkai. Miyaru suggests we seak Hirobashi Jiro,
the leader of a group of Ronin, who is somewhere in the grasslands north of
Kasiai. Bragg drunkenly suggests that Lini's shadow extends far further than
it should as we cross into Minkai. We arrive at a settlement on the northern
edge of a riverbank, workers building things. Some conversation uncovers
that this is Hirobashi's encampment. We dine with Hirobashi and convince him
to speak to Ameiko passing a test of honour first. He offers to help us
against the Jade Regent if we can clear the area of bandits that plague the
encampment - he will ambush the raiding bandits while we infiltrate their
base, the fortress of Seinaru Heikiko, and kill their cheiften who is in
league with the local Daimio. Ameiko and Hirobashi get suspiciously close
over the course of the night.
to scout out the fortress, using flight and invisibility to do so. For a
standard assault the fortress is well guarded, and easily defendable. There
also appear to be wood golems inside. We attack four days later, and are
ready waiting when the bandits leave. We sneak in, trapping the guard at our
entrance point inside a sphere of force. We disable 2 more guards, one dying
to an overeager barbarian. Sneaking into a large wood filled room we provoke
a fight against some golems a shaman and his were-tiger friend.
Shaman, Kamuy Paro, surrenders to us rather than die, giving us information
on the complex. We do not trust him, but use the information to get a key to
the armory and directions to Gangasun's room. Lini sneaks inside and
paralyses Gangasun and we kill him. The mercenaries surrender and agree to
work for us, as does Kamuy Paro. We decide that Sandru should become
quartermaster/merchant for the fortress and Hirobashi asks us to open the
box the seal is in to reveal a secret cache of weapons, including an ancient
weapon belonging to the Jiro family. We decide to delay opening the cache
until we have secured more help - though Hirobashi begins trying to put a
divide between us and Ameiko.
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Hiro has three things that need to be accomplished :
Neutralise or bring to our side the ninjas
Make an agreement with
the geishas to gain access to the merchants
Combat the daimyo Sekutsu
Two weeks into our journey we're traveling through desolate plains when
we happen across a hut in the middle of nowhere and are stopped by an angel
of desna. He tells us that if we succeed in our quest the future of the
world is unclear, clouded in entropy and darkness and that Desna has ordered
The evil angel returns and fights him, winning, saying that she supports
us for now.
We reach the city and head to the House of the songbirds where we're
O'hakami greets us. We convince them to talk to us by asking to be
entertained by the geisha. We arrange to come back in two days.
We meet with O'kahaku, mistress of the house is unimpressed by our
attempt to broker a trade agreement, but I leave a message to encourage her
to talk to us again. We're invited back to a party, a cover to speak to us.
We're less circumspect this time and she agrees to help us if we investigate
the disappearance of one of the geishas. She disappeared while entertaining
a pearl merchant. She owned some kind of magical instrument.
We're given a note which contains an Inro, containing a silkworm cocoon,
two interlinked rings, three landed beads and a poem: "I must discover what
lies inside of myself, to enter your place, through dark and shadowed gates,
but the reflection is not me. "
We go to see the maker of the Inro, who gives us a vase full of cucumber
bath salts. We head to the port and ask around, finding that the geisha did
board the boat to the Pearl dealers island. We get a captain to take us to
the island, a four day journey. We arrive but are attacked by two dragon
turtles. We dispatch one quickly but the other gives use more trouble.
We rest overnight then head over to the main island. There are aquatic
ghouls that fish for pearls on behalf of the merchant - we think he's a
necromancer! As we get closer to the house we see some of the hob goblin
type Oni. He's definitely evil!
We explore the house, which seems largely abandoned, though an undead
servant takes us to a room to await " the master ". We explore further,
finding a tunnel down, and two routes onward. To the north is a corridor
that becomes black and white, making all things devoid of color.
Lini enters the ethereal realm and sees two women, including the geisha,
with a tiger/snake thing prowling between them. We explore a maze.
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Inside the maze we use the naginata to
check for mirrors around corners, making our way through it smelling the
bead doors till we find the correct one. Through it we come to a mirror that
looks different to the others, the reflection is in colour! As we step
though into the room Lini saw, a Neu attacks us, its serpent tail hissing
from the end of its tiger body as the monkey face insults us in Tian- we
dispatch it, Suishen taking the kill.
We discover O'Sayumi with no soul, under the effects of gentle repose. We
hide her in a rope trick and move on. Some way down the corridor we find a
room with the pearl merchant, Ugareda.
I begin to cast a spell and he tips a jar of pearls onto the floor,
starting a fight. Two shadows appear and Dren dispatches one using his
sword. Ugareda chain lightning's us and I almost die from strength drain
from the second shadow. After an epic magical battle we prevail, Bragga
beheading the necromancer and I heal those of us that were drained.
Dren takes the pearl that contains O'Sayumi's soul and grinds it
underfoot, absorbing her soul, unbeknownst to the rest of us. Were return
her body to the geisha, apologising that we were just too late to help her
and tell her we will have Ameiko visit to bolster our cause. We journey
north to Kakabi to meet with the ninjas.
Diary Of Knuckles The Uber Weasel (aka The Deathdealer Lord Of Mehana and
the 7th Sub Hell)
Crickets’ hair looks pretty, and she walks
nicely, she tells the most wonderful stories, I think I love her, but how do
I reconcile these feelings with my general evilness! Plus it would probably
break a few oaths I have taken, but what are oaths if not promises yet to be
broken? Life on this mortal realm is difficult, I am so conflicted!
Anyway back to the generally unexciting
story about a party of incompetents led by the beautiful Cricket.
One of the lummoxes says we need to go find
some people who dress in night time clothes. I find this plane so wearisome.
If only they could see the big picture they would realize their meaningless
meanderings mean nothing. Squirrel!!!
Oh look some tasty horses with beetles on
their backs have surrounded a caravan, Cricket the luminescent flies up to
get a better view the wind makes her hair billow out beautifully. Ooooo she
summons a dragon she becomes more powerful each day, soon she will rule all
the Nine Hells with me by her side. We however retreat to allow them to save
face and retreat in good order. She is so benevolent. We then proceed back
to the caravan looks like some people died in the caravan (boring). Looks
like they took the easy way out. Life is full of pain and hardship and best
to just check out quickly, I am going to recommend that Cricket suggest it
to her minions.
We enter the city of some place I can't
pronounce, Egg Nogg or something. People keep on looking at the beautiful
Cricket. They have good taste! They
look at the big blonde thing more though, I shall have to kill him once I
get back my true form, no one takes my mistresses limelight! Once again the
back stabbing Lini suggests that my mistress do something that is not in her
best interest and would potentially hurt her!! We only suffer her
impertinence due to the matters instructions, what did he say about leaving
a records of our thoughts, ooo ooo fire jugglers!
Oh while we are on the subject of the
minions I have decides the monk Terri can live, he amuses me. We shall make
him our Jester once Cricket rules the Nine Hells. We are still trying to
find the men in pyjamas, this is so tiresome!!
Some bald old man has come to talk to the
minions, my mistress is sat on a different table due to her elevated status.
Fat man leaves. Something about black locusts?? Sorry I wasn’t really paying
attention I was busy watching the flees jump up and down on the blonde
One good thing from the fat man talk it
looks like we have a week off! My mistress decides to take this time to
meditate and study. Not sure what, lots of words though. So I head out with
the minions. The monk Terri is carrying me like a good minion, he smells
like death, it smells delicious. Lini the Betrayer also comes with us. At
first I thought the monastery would be full of souls wailing but it appears
it is one of those boring ones with lots of meditation and not enough
Due to Knuckles not being with the other
minions we have skipped their stories. Plus they bored me to tears.
I have been told to summarize from the
discussions they have when they come back to inform my mistress of their
progress (apologies for the brevity but I fell asleep during some of it).
Rumours of the rise of the Amatatsu line
Evil Bragg goes to play songs and make
friends which will be nice for her. Everyone should always have at least one
friend. Oh coincidentally Bragg smells for those who don't know. She smells
like a goody two shoes!!
The walking food source goes to find others of his kind
to pick up on rumors of fly catching and stuff like that.
Lini the Betrayor unearths some usefull
information from the monks actually on the pyjama gangs. Dragon Shadow and
the Emerald Branch? Sound like hippies to me.
Amon Ra and the Raven Prince are the two
right hand men of the Jade Regent. He has a female seer, now that is
interesting, her heart would be delicious.
Dumb and Dumber, aka Morticia and Lars
Ulrish get held up by some guardsman, they get in a fight, they win.
Oh and one was a Blue Oni.
We go back to the market to see the pyjama gang at
last. Most boring week ever!
We meet Ishi, Kas and Kondo,
representatives of the pyjama gangs. Cricket takes over the conversation
isn't she glorious! She allows the other minions to talk sometime she is so
generous(to make them feel
better). Looks like another clan wants to kill us all, now this is serious.
Kai (an uber assassin) belongs to the Oni Mask Clan, a new clan.
We go camp outside the city, and are
attacked angels x2. That's just rude, bloody interfering morons, in my
normal form I would eat their very essences. Fight on!!!!
So we are under assault by 2 angels when a
Solar turns up! Now that gives even the mighty Deathdealer Lord Of Mehana
and the 7th Sub Hell pause, however the interfering dark one
turns up to deal with him. She is not all she seems though as a lowly
erinyes would be mincemeat to a solar but she is holding her own. how I
abhor this form, this chaos and battle fury makes my blood boil!
Eventually under the direction of the most
magnificent Cricket the lesser angels fall one by one. However the Solar
looks to strike the black angel down. Whats this! Lini jumps in front of the
Solar, I get a passing wink in at him as Cricket bowls Lini over and out
from the way of the descending sword. This gives enough time for the dark
one to kill to Solar.
After thanking us she informs us that the
uber pyjama man is closing in on Amiko. Cricket informs Amiko that she is in
danger (see master I don’t leave evidence written down!) The dark one offers
to transport us one at a time to the whimpering ones side to make sure she
doesn’t die (why do we care? Lini quite clearly is the important one, she is
just the route to access the throne and we can use Bragg for that? Or
So anyway what should have been a simple
teleport results in us all having to swear an oath to deliver Lini to the
jade throne room intact. My mistress has a slight diversion to speak to her
father in his bastion, she doesn’t see me at the back of the room in my true
form thankfully, I must introduce her to the idea of my true form slowly!
So Ends Chapter XXVII of “Rise Of Cricket”
as written by The Deathdealer Lord Of Mehana and the 7th Sub
Hell, Prince Consort To Cricket Empress And Ruler Supreme Over All The Hells
Past and Future
I must remember to remove this from my notes
From the Narrator
The party spent several days in the fortress which had
become full of people flocking to the banner or the Ameiko. Each day more
and more people were arriving, some to make money from the growing
settlement others to offer what resources they had to the cause.
During the lull the party assisted Ameiko
in doling out justice to a farmer who had kept a hoard of gold he found
instead of handing it over to her as law and honour dictated he should have.
The party convinced Ameiko that she should stick to the current laws and
execute him. She did so grudgingly and shed a tear as the sentence was
carried out. The local populace have learnt that she is not to be trifled
with but is also compassionate as she insisted the farmer’s family was taken
They were also visited by an injured Ronin
who told them of a failed coup by the Daimyo’s brother, he died in the
attack along with seven other Ronin.
The increase in numbers at the fortress
made it more and more difficult to seek out anyone who wanted to harm Ameiko
or the party, especially a ninja who was a master of disguise. The party
setup various methods to bait and find the ninja but he was able to sneak
into Ameikos quarters and stage a distraction. Fortunately several members
of the party stayed to ensure Ameiko was safe whilst the guards, Drendor and
Bragga chased the decoy.
After a brief fight the Assassin was caught
and killed having only managed one attempt to use is Assassination Ninja
ability against Ameiko (she survived).
The Ninja carried with him a strange old
coin that was picked up by Morticia who now seems to have gained several new
powers, at the same time it is slowly changing her personality to a more
chaotic and evil nature.
The negotiations with the 3 Monkeys (the
emissaries for the Ninja clans) was progressing as expected with them
demanding large sums of money to fight on the side of Ameiko when Morticia
showed them the coin. The Black Lotus and Dragon Shadow clans recognised it
and were willing to drop their fee for the item but the Emerald Branch
warned that the Artifact could prove a danger to the empire if it fell into
Mortica negotiated in private with the
Black Lotus and they have now agreed to support Ameiko for no fee. The
characters remain unaware that Morticia has joined the evil ninja clan with
her powers from the artefact and her proximity to the future empress (and
her own place in the line of succession) they leapt at the chance to have
her as part of their organisation.
Ameiko promised the agreed amount to secure
the services of the Emerald Branch clan but the Dragonshadow went away less
When the party returned to the fortress
they were greeted as heroes for the work they have done in securing the aid
of the local populace despite failing to secure all three ninja clans or to
unseat the local daimyo. I celebration was planned in their honour.
During the party the Jade Regent sent a force to attack
the fortress. A band of Oni attacked first seeking to break through the
defences and leave the population hiding within exposed to the attack by the
forces of the Daimyo.
Fortunately the party was able to hold of
the Oni slaying their leader and with the help of the defenders drive off or
kill the rest of his band. With the aid of walls of stone the keep held and
then counter attacked destroying the army of the Daimyo taking many
prisoners who were more than happy to swear new oaths to Ameiko and Jiro.
Thus ends book five of the Jade Regent.