Monday, April 24, 2017

NEW FLAW: DYING IN THE MARTIAL WORLD

This is pretty directly inspired by the new Sword Master movie, where the assassin Yan Shisan is dying because his meridians are all messed up from over-exertion. So this is a flaw for characters who are dying from an ailment. Just an idea at the moment. I haven't fully fleshed it out yet or playtested. We will see how it works in game in the coming weeks.

New Flaw
Dying: You suffer from a permanent and lethal affliction. Eventually it will kill you. How much time you have left is uncertain. The precise nature of the illness is up to you and the GM but it is a constant concern. Anyone who takes this flaw must roll 1d10 against Hardiness every month. On a Success you lose 1 point of Hardiness. When you reach 0 Hardiness you die. On a Failure 1d10 is added to the next monthly roll. This is cumulative so two months free would result in a 3d10 roll. The monthly dice pool resets to 1d10 after a success. 

In addition the player and GM should discuss the specific nature of the illness. Based on this, the GM should choose a handful of affected skills (between 2-5) that suffer a -1d10 Penalty when the disease is active (i.e. during months when you lose a point of Hardiness). 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

FLAG OF IRON DISCUSSION AND REVIEWS

Had a great discussion about Flag of Iron with Lady Cao Feng and Steve at the Bedrock Podcast. You can check it out here: 


I also reviewed some more martial arts movies. First up, Savage 5:


Next I reviewed Shaolin Prince: 


And Shaolin Intruders: 


Followed by Deadful Melody:



Saturday, April 15, 2017

DISPOSABLE DISCIPLES SESSION 43: A FEAST FOR GRANNY OX TAIL

This is a log for my ongoing Disposable Disciples of Bone Kingdom campaign. You can see the previous session HERE.  Note that I began recording sessions, so this has allowed me to do more detailed session logs.

Player Characters: 

Shen Chun/Crazed Raksha
Little Bai
Qui
Ong Lao
Min (Feiyan)

Disciples of the Sect: 

Red Eagle (Little Bai)
Mount Dao/Biggest Sister (Little Bai)
Filial Cricket (Little Bai)
Dim-Witted Chen (Shen Chun)

Sects: 

The Righteous Outlaws
Calamity Star
Ou Jinghzhu
Tea Master Houzhou

Stone Palace Sect (Also called Golden Way)

A gambling hall and criminal network in Yun Hu. Currently under control of party, with Weeping Lotus managing it. They've absorbed many other sects into this organization including Crocodile Sect, Blades of the Weeping Lotus, Temple of the Jade Mercies, Relentless Corpse Sect and more. Recently they joined with Relentless Corpse again when Shen Chun arranged a marriage with their leader Da Mei Mei. 

Members:

Shen Chun (King)
Da Mei Mei (Queen)
Weeping Lotus (Right Vanguard)
Silent Dagger
Feng (Accountant)
Gu (Head Chef)
Little Bai
Min
Scholar Shen (a scholar who has been writing a story about Little Bai's life)

Dancing Scorpions
Criminal network in Yun Hu

Relentless Corpse Sect

Da Mei Mei

Temple of the Jade Mercies (see Stone Palace)

Abbot Wei Zhao
Abbess Bao-Yu
Yao Tu-On
Yao Chun
Yao Ba

Southern Hill Sect

Yellow Mantis
White Chysanthemum
Green Mantis (Dead but important)

Twin-Fisted Eagle Sect

Twin Fisted Eagle
Jade Fist

Bone Breaking Sect
Destroyed and taken over by Drunken Hero Kang

Glorious Death Cult

Led by Supreme Master Tung, who says he is a god of death

THE SOUTH
After Min, Ong, White-Browed Tiger and Qui had defeated the Bone Queen, chaos began to grow in the City of the Spiral Crown. Ong announced that the old queen would soon return and that the people should make preparations. He then began issuing orders to make sure there was a smooth transition. 

Qui flew to Granny Ox Tail to bring her news of their success. He arrived at her valley in the evening and saw a group of men suspended near her cave in a cage. 

One of them said "Hey, why don't you help us out?"

"Who are you," Qui asked. 

"Merchants from Daolu."

"Let me see what I can do?"

"Just open the cage, let us out before she comes back."

Qui told the man to be patient and approached the cave entrance and announced his presence. 

Granny Ox Tail opened the entrance and came outside. 

"Granny Ox Tail, the task is competed, the Bone Demon and King are both dead."

"Good, I will gather my things and triumphantly return."

Granny Ox Tail re-emerged with eight swords strapped to her back wearing a crown. She grabbed the cage saying "Food for the road" and told him to lead the way. 

"Granny Ox Tail, lets get better food there, why don't you leave these men behind."

"I need food for crossing Batong Bridge, and these are prime delicacies: effete men from the north," She said. 

They debated the point, with Qui trying to convince her that Northern Men lacked flavor but she told him he was misinformed. 

"Since you are so fond of them, I will let one live."

Qui took out the man he spoke with and flew with him above the Batong Bridge and waited for her to reach the other side. When she arrived, the cage was empty and her mouth dribbled blood. 

The man thanks Qui for saving him. 

"What are you a merchant of?" Qui Asked. 

"I have been given the contract to find the Chariot of Du Qian."

"Very well," said Qui. "You better find a way to make yourself valuable to Granny Ox Tail. I don't know how long my word will protect you."

They went into the city, with Qui making sure the townspeople knew to prepare for her presence. 

As she came into the city to the adoration of her people, Min and Ong sorted out the situation with their Ogre Demon prisoners. 

Granny Ox Tail told Ong to order her palace rebuilt. He explained the details of the attack. 

Granny Ox Tail thanked him and began instructing Ong in a new technique after the festivities. 

Ong asked for permission to build a temple of Gushan in the north. 

"Who is Gushan?" She asked. 

"I am Gushan," Ong replied. 

"You may build a temple in the north."

Then she taught him a technique called the Crippling Winds of Gushan. She asked for a prisoner to be brought forward. Ong had a prisoner take to a post and tied there. 

"This technique is extremely dangerous, it is only for truly extreme situations," she said. Then she inhaled deeply and unleashed a chaotic wind on the prisoner. It whipped and swirled around him, and made his eyeballs burst. 

Ong then used the technique himself, mastering it, and causing the legs of a prisoner to buckled and break. 

Min talked to White-Browed Tiger about his plans. He told her he planned to continue capturing demons and working for the Holy Killers. 

Qui decided to head north toward the Pale Hills in Hai'an. Qui told his companions he would meet them in Yun Hu after he tended to his own business. 

Granny Ox Tail had Ong roast the merchant Qui rescued as soon as he left. Ong then went to speak with the Ogre Demons after securing permission from Granny Ox Tail to take them with him to the north. 

He could tell after examining them that two were male and one was female. 

"What are your plans?"

"Do not protract our execution." They said. 

"I am not, I want to take you north with me."

One of the Ogre Demons said "Why work with us after fighting us?"

"I respect your loyalty to the previous queen, I can work with folk like you. I need your help establishing a temple of Gushan in the north."

The Ogre Demon said "In Li Fan then?"

"Yes."

"Fine, I will go with you, but I recommend you execute these two savages, they cannot be trusted" said the Ogre Demon pointing to the other two. They immediately began howling and smashing with their shackles. 

Ong looked at them and asked "Is this true?"

The Ogre Demons protested, and Ong decided not to kill them. He then unbound the Ogre Demon who was willing to go and prepared him for the journey. 

The Ogre Demon retrieved his dab yai and was ready to go. "What's my role in your organization?"

"When I build the temple I want you to keep the grounds safe."

"This is a waste of my talents!"

"What can you do?"

"I once served the Demon Emperor, I can do many things."

"Then you can be my personal bodyguard and the enforcer of our Temple rules."

"Very well," Said the Ogre Demon. 

That evening they had a great feast, and Granny Ox Tail ate her roasted merchant. 

In the morning Min asked White-Browed Tiger to join them so she could learn some of his rituals. He said he had a matter to tend to but would meet them when he finished. They agreed to meet at Golden Way Headquarters in a month. 

He then demonstrated the power of his red spirit orb, withdrawing one from his robe and using it to blast a nearby tree into splinters. 

YUN HU 
Shen Chun tended to the daily function of his sect. 

Accountant Feng, after a request for information, brought information about the Lacquer Broker from Gaoxing who had promised them a good deal. 

"He has been murdered Chief. Someone broke into his home and cut off his head."

"Is there any more information?"

"An inspector has been placed in charge of the matter."

"Which inspector?"

"Technically Little Bai is the lead inspector of Gaoxing in these matters, but due to his absence, the magistrate has stepped in."

"I would like to meet this magistrate, please take me to him."

Shen Chun then traveled to Gaoxing with Accountant Feng and Fearless Dagger. There they spoke with the magistrate and learned more about the case. 

They were told that Shang Guan (the lacquer broker) was beheaded but that Inspector Cong Buzhi had all the details as he had been placed in charge of the matter. 

They went to Cong Buzhi's who greeted them and answered questions. He spent an inordinate amount of time sniffing the air around Shen Chun but was otherwise pleasant and polite. 

"What happened to Shang Guan?" Shen Chun asked. 

Cong Buzhi continued to sniff the air and said "His head was cut off...."

"That would be apparent."

"And before his head was cut off, someone used Sealing the Phoenix Technique on him; are you familiar with this ability?"

"No, what does is it do?"

"It is a technique that allows you to prevent someone from using their Kung Fu."

"Do you know who did this?"

"I am working on this presently but obviously whoever did it, would know Sealing the Phoenix. The person also struck the body with needles before killing him and administered a type of poison. I also have a witness who said he saw man with boyish features and a small frame enter the house before the killing." 

Shen Chun nodded "I will what I can find out about this."

"Can I ask why you are investigating?"

"Shen Guang was supposed to help us procure lacquer."

"Solving the case won't solve your lacquer issues I am afraid. But if it helps there is a woman named Jing who is my witness and I can place you in contact with her."

THE PALE HILLS
Qui made his way to the Pale Hills with a guide and Jagged Blade. There he tried to find the Pale Fox Gang and soon found himself surrounded by them. 

They told him to drop all his belongings. He negotiated with them and arranged to meet Pale Fox under the condition that he leave his men behind under their guard. 

Qui accepted and went to a cave where Pale Fox appeared before him adorned in jewels and fine clothing. 

"It is an honor to meet you Pale Fox," Qui Said. "My name is Qui, but most know me as Cunning Dragon. I would like to work with you to help increase your standing in the martial world."

"Why do you want to increase my standing, what do you have to gain?"

"Perhaps you have heard of the tournament that is set to occur?"

"Yes."

"Well I plan on entering and have a good chance of winning. Whoever wins becomes the leader of the martial world. Those who join me will rise, those who do not will fall."

"How do you know you will win?"

"I am called Cunning Dragon for good reason."

"You plan to cheat?"

"I plan to be strategic."

"I see. What would supporting you entail."

"I wish to form my own sect and you would serve as one of my chiefs."

"I would be co-chief of your sect?"

"Yes, of course since I am the founding member, I would need some seniority..."

"There are sects with equal co-chiefs," Said Pale Fox.

"There are but we will need some kind of hierarchy."

She leapt down from her high platform and said "Then you will need to beat me in a fight."

In a blur, she stabbed at him with her spear through the belly. 

Qui then crouched like a toad and croaked as his body launched like a battering ram into her chest sending her back many feet and causing her to cough up blood. 

Wiping the blood from her jaw she said "Very well, I will consider your offer."

They both began to meditate and heal then discussed a possible arrangement. Pale Fox said she didn't want to leave the Pale Hills. Qui asked her to leave for a time, then they could establish a base in the Pale Hills. 

"Is this agreeable to you?"

"I don't like the idea of it being unclear to my men who is in charge."

"You would be in charge of your men, and they will follow me only if it doesn't conflict with your command."

"What do I get besides prestige?"

"Wealth and power. I will give you ten thousand spades to start."

"That isn't very much."

"I expect to have more soon. What would make you happy?"

"Bring me the head of a man," She said. 

"Who?"

"Hero Feng."

"Why Hero Feng?"

"He and I have previous issues," she said. 

"Where is he?" Qui asked.

"Last I heard he was hiding at Purple Lotus Temple."

Qui bowed and said he would return with the head of Hero Feng. He then gathered his men and began traveling back to Golden Way headquarters. 

LI FAN 
Shen Chun had returned to his headquarters and was told that a man named Ling Su was there to speak with him. He had him brought into the reception hall. 

Ling Su entered dressed as a scholar and said with a bow "Shen Chun."

Shen Chun nodded.

"May we speak more privately?"

Shen Chun dismissed all but his wife. 

"You are aware that he Kushen are at the border and amassing troops?"

Shen Chun nodded.

"Are you also aware of the rumors that their leader has attained immortality?"

"I am not, how did he gain immortality?"

"They say that Loma the earth goddess granted him an elixir," Said Lingsu. "And I understand you are not on good terms with Kang?"

"We are not."

"Can we put these differences aside for the good Qi Xien?"

"What do you propose?" Shen Chun asked. 

"I want Kang to meet you in secret for a private drinking contest. If you win, he will hand over leadership of the martial world to you. The tournament will just be a formality."

"And what do you gain in return?"

Lingsu said "I would like to have a place at your table."

Da Mei mei said "My husband and I need a moment alone, please leave and return when we call you back."

After Lingsu left they discussed whether he could be trusted. They decided to send a spy after him but that his offer was beneficial to their sect if true. Shen Chun worried about whether he could win. Da Mei Mei said she would try to create a pill to absorb the alcohol in order to give him an advantage. 

They brough Lingsu back. 

"How would this all be arranged?" Asked Shen Chun.

Lingsu said "I understand that you would fear being ambushed. What I have arranged is a meeting on Snake Peak where only you and Kang would be present. The Lady of the Peak will ensure that neither side violates the agreement."

"And if I win the drinking contest I become leader of the martial world; what of the tournament?"

"The tournament would be a formality, and we have arranged for a new chief prize: The Chariot of Du Qian. This way there can still be a battle for something of value, but the leadership of the martial world would not be in question. We should not allow a tournament to get in the way and make us victims of the Kushen."

"I have heard what you said and would like to agree with it."

"Good. This will occur the 2nd day of the next month (ten days). Lady Xinyu will be there and ensure your safety." 

YUN HU
Qui arriverà in Yun Hu and began gambling at Stone Palace. Min and Ong soon arrived and greeted him there. Qui asked for an introduction to the leader of Golden Way. They had briefly met before but made no formal introduction. 

They brought him to the sect headquarters and introduced him to Shen Chun. 

Ong asked for permission to build a temple near the Golden Way Headquarters along the Fei River. Shen Chun gave permission. Min and Qui left and searched the Fei River for a good spot to build a temple. Ong found a place he believed had a good Qi flow and then went to find out how to gain permission to build a temple on the land.

Min then went to Yun Hu and purchased the Blood Invincibility Ritual at a book shop for 6,000 spades. 

Ong went to a magistrate and requested permission to build a temple of Gushan on the land. The magistrate explained that Gushan was not an authorized deity. Ong pressed the matter and tried to debate the magistrate. 

"I am not interested in this minutiae," he said. "Laws clearly stipulate what can and cannot be done."

"So I can only build a temple to a recognized deity?"

"Yes. But perhaps we can work something out. I could overlook a temple dedicated to Supreme Judge Yu for example but with a unique likeness of him. The cost would be considerable to you of course."

"How much are we talking?"

"Twelve thousand spades before any  of the normal legal matters are dealt with," He said. "This would just be for rights to build, but the land would still belong to the Empress."

Ong asked to think about the matter. Finally he agreed to pay. 

Qui appeared before Shen Chun and said "I think our interests are aligned if you still have an interest in getting rid of Thundering Guan. I was hoping we could form a secret alliance."

"To do what?"

"A new sect is forming under my leadership and I would like to serve both our interests and rally people against Thundering Guan. But I lack resources. If you could provide resources that would be helpful. I also plan on entering the tournament and have a good chance of winning. This could benefit both of us."

Shen Chun explained that the terms of the contest had been changed. 

"This is a sham, why would the leadership of the martial world be decided by a drinking contest....I will go and create posters announcing this outrage! But if this is how we think he leadership of the martial world should be determined I will drink poison if I have to!"

They talked some more and Shen Chun and after Qui whispered something in his ear, he agreed to loan money to him. Qui wanted 2 million spades, but was given 1 million. 

Qui thanks him and asked if he could take some men with him to Purple Lotus Temple to retrieve the head of Hero Feng and secure the alliance with Pale Fox. Shen Chun agreed to do so after his meeting with Kang. 

Qui went to Yun Hu to Translucent Frost Paper Making to make posters ridiculing Kang for holding a drinking contest for leadership of the Martial World. But he realized that his standing was so low, that the posters would likely have very little effect other than to shame him. This cost him 4,000 spades. 

Soon after Xiaomin returned and had an audience with Shen Chun. Her face was battered, her hair seemed in disarray. She carried a green bamboo stick and wore seven satchels. 

Bowing Xiaomin said "I have had my revenge."

"What is all this though?" Said Shen Chun pointing to the stick and satchels. 

"He insisted on making me his successor when he died."

"What does that mean?"

"I am the chief of the dirty clothes division of the northern Nature Loving Monks."

"Are you still with our sect?"

"Yes, I do not wish to work with those beggars....please send me to kill somebody, I desire to kill."

Shen Chun nodded and said "Very well, prepare to travel about nine days. We will go to kill Hero Feng. Do the beggars know what you've done?"

"The dirty clothes division has accepted me, but the clean clothes division has rejected me," She said. "But I don't care what those beggars think."

Shen Chun then asked her to be his new disciple. Xiaomin accepted and kowtowed to him. 

Later, in the silence of his reception hall as he contemplated the love in his heart for his wife Da Mei Mei, Shen Chun found his heart unsettled.

This is where the session ended. 















Saturday, April 8, 2017

GAMEMASTERING WUXIA

On the podcast I talk with Kenny about running Wuxia Campaigns. This is the first of several episodes. We will revisit this topic again in the future. 

Kenny and I both run wuxia campaigns but have slightly different approaches to preparation and keeping things flowing at the table. I thought it would be interesting to have a conversation about some of the challenges to running wuxia. 

You can listen to it here: 

Friday, April 7, 2017

DISPOSABLE DISCIPLES SESSION 42: TAKING OF THE SPIRAL THRONE

This is a log for my ongoing Disposable Disciples of Bone Kingdom campaign. You can see the previous session HERE.  Note that I began recording sessions, so this has allowed me to do more detailed session logs.

Player Characters: 

Shen Chun/Crazed Raksha
Little Bai
Qui
Ong Lao
Min (Feiyan)

Disciples of the Sect: 

Red Eagle (Little Bai)
Mount Dao/Biggest Sister (Little Bai)
Filial Cricket (Little Bai)
Dim-Witted Chen (Shen Chun)


Sects: 

The Righteous Outlaws
Calamity Star
Ou Jinghzhu
Tea Master Houzhou

Stone Palace Sect (Also called Golden Way)

A gambling hall and criminal network in Yun Hu. Currently under control of party, with Weeping Lotus managing it. They've absorbed many other sects into this organization including Crocodile Sect, Blades of the Weeping Lotus, Temple of the Jade Mercies, Relentless Corpse Sect and more. Recently they joined with Relentless Corpse again when Shen Chun arranged a marriage with their leader Da Mei Mei. 

Members:

Shen Chun (King)
Da Mei Mei (Queen)
Weeping Lotus (Right Vanguard)
Silent Dagger
Feng (Accountant)
Gu (Head Chef)
Little Bai
Min
Scholar Shen (a scholar who has been writing a story about Little Bai's life)

Dancing Scorpions
Criminal network in Yun Hu

Relentless Corpse Sect

Da Mei Mei

Temple of the Jade Mercies (see Stone Palace)

Abbot Wei Zhao
Abbess Bao-Yu
Yao Tu-On
Yao Chun
Yao Ba

Southern Hill Sect

Yellow Mantis
White Chysanthemum
Green Mantis (Dead but important)

Twin-Fisted Eagle Sect

Twin Fisted Eagle
Jade Fist

Bone Breaking Sect
Destroyed and taken over by Drunken Hero Kang

Glorious Death Cult

Led by Supreme Master Tung, who says he is a god of death


LI FAN 
At the Golden Way headquarters Shen Chun had just finished speaking with Da Mei Mei on the subject of the sect's reputation. He was informed that Iron Clawed Lion King and Beggar Wong were both waiting to speak with him. 

Iron Clawed Lion King bowed in respect and told Shen Chun that he came because he wanted help Shen Chun rise to the top of the martial world. He said they shared an enemy in Kang, who had killed his daughter with the help of Zhi Zhu. He wanted revenge and would pledge his support if Shen Chun helped him obtain it. 

They talked, and Shen Chun told him that he still had important matters to deal with regarding Kang, but would consider it. He also pointed out that Kang seemed to be on the verge of retiring from the Martial World. Iron Clawed Lion King dismissed this as Kang just being eccentric but expressed satisfaction with the meeting and when he left it seemed their organizations would find common ground in the coming months. 

When he was done speaking with Iron Clawed Lion King, Beggar Wong entered and began prodding around his hall. 

"You had asked about Little Red Mantis and his allies?" Beggar Wong asked. 

"Yes."

"I heard they went south."

"Where?"

"Beyond Mount Bao."

Shen Chun then summoned Xiaomin and when she arrived he said "A while ago we were trying to find her father. Do you have a name for me?"

Beggar Wong walked over and whispered "Ping Wu" in his ear. "And the mother is Wu Gaolin, a nun at Purple Lotus Temple."

"Is this well known?"

"Most people of high standing in my sect are aware of it."

Shen Chun told Beggar Wong to ask the chef for whatever he liked and dismissed him. 

"I have the information you asked for but must know your intentions," Shen Chun said to Xiaomin.

"I intend to kill my father."

"What about your mother?"

"I have not given much thought to my mother."

Shen Chun nodded and said "Who your father is could cause problems for us if you take revenge but I will leave it up to you. Your father is Ping Wu."

"I would like twenty days to handle this matter on my own and then I will return."

SOUTH OF HAI'AN
Min, Ong, Qui, White-Browed Tiger and Jagged Blade went with the Buffalo Men to the City of the Spiral Crown. Once in the city they planned their attack. They decided to have Qui go with the Buffalo Men and Jagged Blade to cause a disturbance at the front gate, while the rest of the group would take the hidden exit Min found earlier. Both groups decided to synchronize their actions. 

Qui approached the front gate and saw two Ogre Demons at the front gate, with many others inside the courtyard. He told the buffalo men and Jagged Blade to stay out of view in an alley. Qui then moved toward the gate as if drunk and started banging on the gate with a cup. One of the Ogre Demons walked over and said "What do you think you are doing?"

"Just enjoying the courtyard; any problem?"

The Ogre Demon went to prod him with a spear, but he swiftly backed away and said "Hey are you trying to stick me with your pole?"

"Your not allowed here."

"Can you answer a question for me?"

"What?"

"I heard the Queen is a demon and I have never seen a demon, so maybe you could show me demonic items."

The Ogre Demon charged toward Qui and chased him through the streets. Qui ducked to where his friends were and his men surrounded the Ogre Demon as soon as it came into view. 

Qui said "Drop your weapon and surrender, it isn't worth dying for."

The Ogre Demon threw his spear to the ground and they tied him up, then knocked him out with a few solid blows to the head. 

Qui went back to the gate to do the same thing, but found that another Ogre Demon had taken the post of the one he'd drawn out. 

As soon as they saw him, they gave chase, forcing him to flee. Once again he lead them toward the alley and had his men surround them. However when he told them to surrender, they refused. One of them released a terrible whining sound. 

Qui and his men battled with the Ogre Demons. The buffalo men charged forward and attempted to gore them. They divided into two groups, each taking one of the Ogre Demons on and digging their horns into them. 

The Ogre Demons speared one of the buffalo men. Jagged Blade then cut down the more heavily wounded Ogre Demon. 

Qui swung his sword at the remaining Ogre Demon and missed but the Buffalo Men brought it down with their horns. 


When Qui went back to the gate to continue his method of drawing out the guards, he saw a wave of Ogre Demons marching out of the entrance toward him. He ran with his men into the city bringing the Ogre Demons on a chase as they tried to loop back toward the entrance where two more Ogre Demons had taken up the post. He and his men engaged the Ogre Demons in a massive brawl. 

At the secret entrance Min, Ong and White-Browed Tiger spotted two Ogre Demon guards. Min expressed interest in trapping one of the Ogre Demons in her conch shell. White-Browed Tiger suggested it could be dangerous because of their nature but said they could attempt it with one of his orbs. White-Browed Tiger sat in meditation and a massive wave of energy fell from the heavens, crushing the entryway and pinning the Ogre Demons to the ground while cracking their bones. 

The Ogres got up and the party charged forward. Ong used Lashing Tiger and wrapped the Ogre Demons with his Chain Whip. 

Min used Blazing Hands of Hen-Shi on her hook swords and struck them, causing their flesh to burn. One of the Ogre Demons dropped dead. White-Browed Tiger then used his orb, reciting a sutra and drawing the Ogre Demon into it. 

He held the orb aloft and it swirled with purple and red mist, but also sparked with electric energy, causing hairline cracks to form on its surface. 

Back at the entrance Qui and his men tried to attack their way through the guards. Qui struck at two with the Flaming Dao of Propriety, bursting through their armor and scorching their flesh. 

The Ogre Demons responded by striking at Qui, their attack was like ice striking flame, and his Qi energy bled from his body. 

Min, Ong and White-Browed Tiger then dug through the rubble to find their way into the palace. Min and Ong snuck into the Queen's reception hall where they found a row of Ogre Demons standing before her and a cluster of officials trying to hold the main door shut against an inevitable onslaught. They snuck back down and informed White-Browed Tiger of the situation. 

White-Browed Tiger once again summoned the crushing heavenly energy, collapsing the palace ceiling. 

From outside, Qui and his men witnessed the destruction. 

Rubble poured down into the prison chamber where Ong, Min and White-Browed Tiger were. From the dust, the queen rose up into the sky, her form was enormous and wholly skeletal. 

The party and the Buffalo Men approached her. Ong said "Queen Su Qian, you are herby relieved of your throne and I am commanded to kill you on the orders of Granny Ox Tail."

Her eyes burned red with fire and she said "Do you think that just because you destroyed my palace you can end my reign?"

"I am a servant of Gushan."

"He is the weakest god of all," She replied. 

As they stepped forward to attack she launched ribs at them like massive spears, impaling Ong. 

Min unleashed a a blasting Qi breath causing the Ogre Demon guards to smash against the stones. 

Ong used hands of the Ox Tail, forming heavy blades on his forearms, and cut through several of the Queen's ribs. 

The Buffalo Men and Qui charged forward bringing down the remaining guards at the entrance. Qui made his way to the Queen and struck her with his Jade Valley Fist. As the energy of his attack swirled around her, she launched a rib at him which he dodged. 

"Restrain her!" Shouted White-Browed Tiger. 

Min launched at the Queen with Blade of the Dancing Fox, cutting through her rib cage. 

Ong grabbed the quee with his Chain Whip and White-Browed Tiger held up his orb and recited the sutras, drawing her into it. 

Ong shouted for the king, who stumbled from the rubble and said "Please spare me, I was enchanted!"

Ong then beat the king to death. 

This is where the session ended.