1 September, 2011 18:00
“There is no greater art than the hunt.” – Daidoji Masashigi, Eight Century Daimyo
The Test of the Topaz Champion, Day 2
- Caught Jack up with the game.
- Ikoma Zai proclaims to Akodo Unmei that if he (Unmei) succeeds in taking the Akodo Blade from Wakao Zai will offer support. Unmei convinces Zai that he is not allied with Shosuro Atari and Unmei apologies to Zai in a courtly manner.
- Ide Imizu at Medinaat-al-salaam accepts a Favor in return for giving certain items to Isawa Xen-Gbo (a sash tied very thin behind his obi; a pouch with one of the five fingers of jade inside; calligraphies up the pouch in Senpet). Xen-Gbo does some “crazy shit” (muslim paladin crazy bastard style) with it. (I think the character might be going off the deep end!)
- Bayushi Denbe approaches Shosuro Atari regarding Wakao’s defamation (stain the Crane’s feathers) and is reassured that Atari has everything under control.
CONTESTS: Go, Archery, Hunting
- Shosuro Atari and Doji Wakao speak about Kakita Akemi over the Game of Go. Atari wins resoundingly and belittles every single move that Wakao makes during the game drawing out the Crane’s ire. Wakao loses face (and honor and glory) for his extreme show of emotion when he flips the board into Atari’s face (-4 honor for being duped into a show of dishonor).
- Shosuro Atari intimidates Akodo Shotako into throwing her bow on the ground in anger in front of the Wasp Clan Champion, Tsuruchi. Unmei attempts to take her place when she storms away, but Tsuruchi “ain’t havin’ it”. Shotako loses 1 rank of honor when she fails an Honor Roll and 5 boxes of Glory for losing face. Matsu Tsuko berates Shotako for her dishonorable behavior and states that if she performs such an action again she will follow Kitsu Konoko into Meido! When Unmei speaks with her later Shotako vows that she will remove the stain of her dishonor by killing her new enemy, Shosuro Atari (Sworn Enemy!)
- Gossip circulates around the court that Doji Wakao and Akodo Unmei each intend to challenge the other to a Blood Duel (Duel to the death) over the various slights against each other’s honor. Most believe this will occur. Atari is a real dick!
- Soshi Saku (A real bastard) has Doji Wakao (poor man) say that “Usagi Kamahime showed me a good time last night” before a group of Crane further spreading his dishonor and shaming her.
Pinchy Pinchy: Shosuro Atari, Soshi Saku, Hiruma Do
Fire Brigade: Akodo Unmei, Isawa Xen-Gbo, Akodo Shotako
Birdies: Kakita Shino, Doji Wakao, Isawa Hanori
Dragon Sex Party!: Agasha Gojinka, Mirumoto Otokan, Togashi Gohan
Guys That Kind of Suck: Hazu, Usagi Kamahime, Yuriko
Dudefellas: Shiba Takako, Moto Xuren, Bayushi Denbe
- Shosuro Atari deliberately falls behind his group to pursue Doji Wakao on his own (in an obvious manner).
- Unmei falls behind his group (not on purpose, he just needs to work out).
- Shino, Wakao, and Hanori encounter Atari while finding a Tsu Fish Egg.
- The same Gaki (Toshigokujin) that attacked Ikoma Zai and Soshi Saku’s group on the way to Tsuma have hunted the group (following Saku’s scent) and taken over the bodies of more ronin. They ambush various parties in the woods.
- Akodo Unmei is assaulted alone and holds his own for a while, but is eventually taken down by a superior foe. The Gaki “kills him” and begins to feed.
- At the same time as the Gaki attack, Atari taunts the “Birdies”, specifically Wakao, and draws out the magistrate. He hopes to cause an attack while he knows that Bayushi Denbe waits nearby ready to retaliate. However, Kakita Shino draws up in defense of Wakao and declares to Atari that if Atari speaks once more he, Kakita Shino, will be force do silence him for good. Of course Atari speaks. Kakita Shino sheathes his blade and begins walking menacingly towards the Courtier, ready to kill. Wakao follows suit while Isawa Hanori watches in amazement. Atari begins to flee and sees Bayushi Denbe and his attendant both ready to strike.
- Xen-Gbo, Saku, and Do arrive in time to see a Gaki “killing” Akodo Unmei. Two more rise up from Tsu Fish pools and the group has to finish off three of the creatures. Xen-Gbo actually commits a finishing blow on one with his crazy muslim paladin technique and his new Soul Sword. Two more (for a total of five in all) begin to arise about a 100’ off and home in on Soshi Saku (BEACON!). They are ambushed by Team Death Dragon and dispatched quickly.
- Asahina shugenja arrive as Shino and Wakao are about to attack Atari. They stop the combat (without realizing it) and survey the situation. They move on not long after. Overhead, the fiery form of a phoenix (Phoenix Master Isawa Tsuke) flies past.
- After all have returned from the woods, the judges and Crane offer apology for the dishonor of being home to such terrible spirits. They declare the Hunting Contest Null and Void and grant 2 points to all contestants.
Deaths: Shiba Takako is found eaten alive. Yuriko is found ripped apart by Gaki. Moto Xuren is found eaten as well, but with a thin-bladed line slashed across his throat.
Severely Wounded: The ronin Hazu in defense of the Mantis. Usagi Kamahime, despite her fantastic run through the woods to retrieve help (it was her call that alerted the Asahina and Tsuke).
- Soshi Saku sends a letter to Isawa Tsuke stating that he believes himself to have been the cause of the attack and that he takes responsibility. Isawa Tsuke informs him that his spiritual disharmony is something he will not be acknowledging to the Crane because he believes it dishonors the Phoenix. He informs Saku to keep the knowledge, like Void magic, to himself.
Experience: 10 (+previous game 24xp): 34 Total
Glory: Shosuro (gains 2 boxes Glory for his Sumai duel, 3 boxes for his tournament courtier experiences thus far Infamy, 2 boxes for the Story at the final contest, 5 boxes of Infamy for Wakao’s encounter)
Glory: Unmei gains 5 boxes of Glory for his place as Second to Kitsu Konoko’s seppuku. 3 boxes for combat in the woods.
Glory: Togashi Gohan receives 4 boxes of Glory for his good showing on the first day. 3 boxes for combat in the woods.
Glory: Soshi Saku receives 3 boxes of Glory for Combat in the woods.
Glory: Isawa Xen-Gbo receives 3 boxes of Glory for Combat in the woods.
Allies: Remind me about these later.
Enemies: Shosuro Atari gains Sworn Enemy (Akodo Shotako)