Time of the Drowned Swords.

Winter Court
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A Fox's Tail
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Arrows from the Woods

Started 2nd day of Shinjo
Report 1 to Emerald Champion

I was travelling with the Topaz Champion’s group from Unicorn to Dragon lands. A Crab merchant by the name of Kiokuro, travelled with us with 7 wagons and 2 ronin.

We came upon the former town of Yasui. The entire town was a wasteland. All the 120 peasants were dead. There was not a single zeni left in this town. All usable food was taken and what was left was ruined. This appeared to have happened MONTHS before, and nothing had been done about the aftermath.

I commandeered some of the peasants travelling with the merchant, and gave them utensils to gather up the dead and make a funeral pyre. We burned all the dead and the utensils. Our shugenja cleansed the area as best they could. We camped here overnight and set out on the road the next day.

Three hours out, we came upon a huge “Ogre” using a tree as a club. He was accompanied by 8 “goblin” archers. The male ronin ran up to him with his sword and was batted away like a fly. Soon after this, he “rose” and started fighting on the side of the enemy. The female ronin ran away. It turns out this Ogre is a mechanical figurine being run like a puppet by 2 goblins and a former Crab Shugenja (Kuni witchhunter) who has been corrupted by the shadowlands. Drawings of this figurine by Takata Nagori are attached to this report.

The final tally of this battle, and the information gleaned is as follows: The “Ogre” is being run by the Kuni, with help from a group of local bandits. He approached them and offered to organize them and use make-up and trickery to make them look like goblins. He insisted they kill the 120 villagers of Yasui. He even killed 3 of the bandits when they refused, immolating one of them from the inside out. Also the male ronin that had been travelling with us was their advanced scout. He “rose” from the dead and treacherously attacked our group. Our group killed 4 of the “goblins” and our Crab Shugenja Takata Nagori finished off the Kuni with Tetsubo of Earth. Our Unicorn Bushi, Shinjo Jun, promised the 4 remaining bandits their lives if they showed us the details of the crimes. I decided the correct punishment for the 4 remaining bandits was to make them into Eta, and they buried the others.

We were told that in the next town we would find a merchant by the name of Kofuku, who was acting as the fence for all the stolen goods. I am turning in the 130 koku to the taxation office, as he was withholding the taxes from the Imperium. He is still being charged with aiding bandits and receiving stolen goods. He is being turned into you with this report. All of the items, 15 koku and food the bandits had at their hideout is being turned in as well, and I will keep the receipt for it and the 130 koku. This whole thing is a shocking example of bandit treachery. The samurai in charge of the town where we apprehended Kofuku is now in charge of all his holdings.

The very next day, as we approached the river ford(where there is a ferry pulled by a winch), we were attacked by 3 REAL Ogres. I was ensuring that Kiokuro, the 4 Eta and Kofuku were safe during the battle. Isawa Akiro gave Utako Anamarie a fire shield and she set one of the Ogres on fire. She finished 2 of them off, and Shinjo Jun finished off the other, but all of our group helped defeat them. This is the report of our voyage from Unicorn lands to the city of Waterhammer City.

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Wrath of the Kami

Unicorn lands start 23rd day of Bayushi

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A voice of peace

10th day of Bayushi

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The archer and the Wall

mantis lands 5th day of Shiba

The test of the Wall 25th day of Shiba

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A Play Retold

20th day, month of Doji

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Forest of the Fox

As the group entered the forest of the fox, they remembered the story that it takes most of one day to get to the castle, however by evening they had no sight of any village or settlement and set up camp for the night.

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Shiro Shosuro
Chrysanthemum Festival

During the Go tournament, one of the samurai there, a Ottomo Tamiko asked the Topaz champion where his travels where taking him and his group next. Tamiko needed to have a very important gift delivered down to the Fox Clan, but her duties where calling for her to be sent north to the Dragon lands. The Topaz champion decided a trip to the lands of the fox would be agreeable and they set out, from the Lion lands heading down, with a stop at Shiro Shosuro to see Shosuro Shizueko, who they had been in the topaz tournament together with and see if they could help the rebuilding of Shiro Shosuro. Due to the fact it was the same time as the Chrysanthemum festival when no one is suppose to work but bodies where still missing, Shizueko pleased with the Scorpion Champion to allow those that wished to work to still continue to do so. The Champion relented as he did not wish the souls of the departed to return as Gaki or worse. Takata Nagori remembered a talk he had with Shizueko, who wished to see all the different types of plays and dances of the empire, she realized that there would be one play that would always elude her, the crab draw lot play, she knew the only way to truly see one is performed by tired overworked crab on the wall, and that she had no place being there. The Crab engineers that where sent to the castle to help where actually gifted to her and made into the shosuro family, to put the scorpions minds at ease as then they could not return home with any scorpion clan secrets. He told them of her request and he purchased a copy of the play, “Birth of the Empire” which showed the Kami’s fall to Earth and the tournamet that brought the Hentei into power.

Over the next couple of days they recovered all the rest of the missing bodies with the help of Isawa Akiro and Takata Nagori, in asking the kami’s help. They also found a large steel walkin vault that must have been buried under the castle, it had the marks of Kaui Steel and the lock was made of Crystal. Shiba Tsuneo tried the crystal dagger he had he felt something flow from within him but the lock did not open. The next day the group with Shizueko her magistrate and everyone but Yoritomo Taiko, figured out how to open the vault, Shizueko and the magistrate went in, the magistrate and her returned, he declared he knew how it would be taxed, She then sealed the vault, and ordered the engineers to plan to place this in the center basement of the new keep they where designing so that it could be protected at all times. She then assigned a guard of dozen to stand watch over it at all times.

The draw lot play was hosted by the famed acting troup in its Silken Smile Theater, The play to a professional was a full failure, the actors did not know the lines and performed adhoc lines, the acting was horrible the combat scenes drawn out and overreacted blood loss. All in all a failure, but it was just as a draw lot play should be like. Shizueko tried her best not to laugh, but started enjoying the performance behind her fan to the relief of all. She declared it to be the most wonderful version of the story she had ever seen. The Silken smile troup has quietly decided that the play will never be held again in their theater, supposedly to honor this performance. That night she did a dance for the group after dinner that had many talking behind fans.

The next day before the group could leave, she performed a tea ceremony for the Topaz champion and his group, several members caught hidden messages in the service.

The group then headed down to Kitsune forest to deliver the gift from the Otomo.

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