Monday, January 16, 2017

DISPOSABLE DISCIPLES SESSION 31: INTO THE HOUSE OF PAPER SHADOWS

This is a log for my ongoing Disposable Disciples of Bone Kingdom campaign. You can see the previous session HERE. 

Player Characters: 

Shen Chun
Little Bai
Silent Dagger
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 party decided to go to the House of Paper Shadows to kill Fearless Cat. First they traveled back to their headquarters, where Little Bai received a message from Magistrate Ouyang of Tung-On. Little Bai had been sending letters to magistrates and this was a reply. The magistrate seemed confused about some of his claims and asked for a meeting in two months time. 

The party then decided to travel in groups of two to Xuanlu. Once there, they would meet and masquerade as pork merchants before going to the house of paper shadows. 

In Xuanlu, Little Bai met Head Constable Yu. He said "My name is Heroic Bai, and I am the constable of Gaoxing. I am here to inform you that I am now the King of Constables, and need to know if there are any mysteries to be solved." 

Constable Yu was confused and asked for paperwork or a decree from the king. 

Little Bai seemed confused by the request. 

The constable explained "Well, you are constable of Gaoxing, which is part of the Zhan Dao empire, but I am constable of Xuanlu, a city in the kingdom of Hai'an. Any such title would require authorization from the king."

"You don't seem to understand," said Little Bai "Justice transcends such concerns, it is about something must bigger. Tell me, do you stand against justice?"

"No" said the constable. "In fact I would like to help, but to do so it makes things so much easier if you have official paperwork from the King or Queen, even a local prefect would do. However I am told there are a great many unsolved mysteries in Dee, where lawlessness is the rule of the day. Should you care to go there and enforce justice, I will write a letter on your behalf to the prefect."

Little Bai seemed satisfied with this exchange and joined the rest of the party. They headed to the House of Paper Shadows and enacted their plan. They knocked on the door and.....

[REDACTED]

....they burst into Fearless Cat's chamber and surrounded her quickly. Unloading one attack after another, the party, despite their grievous wounds, was able to destroy her, with Min administrating the final blow. Once they had her, they interrogated her for information and Chao killed her.

This is where the session ended. 

STORMS OF THE MARTIAL WORLD SESSION TEN: THE PLUM TREE MONK RETURNS

This was the Ninth session of a new Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate campaign. See the NINTH SESSION LOG to read about the previous session. 

Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate is our wuxia RPG. It is available HERE in PDF. It should be out in print in about a month. 


Characters
Peng Ke-Yen: Eccentric daughter of a merchant who goes against conventions and is notable for her white and black streaked hair. From Dashen village. 

Peng Pei: Daughter of two low Yen-Li priests. Also from Dashen village. 


Zhendao: A former slave of a man named Zhao. 


Shin Du: A performer and actor who is a perfect shot with the bow. 


Song Pei: A one-armed physician. 


The players continued north by boat, and went back to Dashen, Peng Pei and Peng Ke-Yen's village. There they went to Pei's house and found her mother, Biyu, a Yen-Li priestess. She was alarmed by the tattoos on Zhandao's face, which marked him as a potential criminal. They explained he was a former slave and that he hadn't committed any crimes. Reluctantly she let them stay if they did work around the homestead for her. 

Because he only had one arm, Biyu assigned Song Pei the task of watching the cat outside, while the rest of the party did manual labor. While watching the cat, he had the sense he was being watched. Looking around he spotted a slow loris in a nearby fruit tree staring at him. He mentioned it to Biyu and she said it was only a monkey. 

Ke-Yen went outside the village to lay markers for Brother Wolf and Zhendao followed. That night the two of them stayed in the forest, Zhendao sleeping in the trees. 

Song Pei spoke with Biyu about the cure he was trying to create for Sister Fox. He explained the situation, that she had been afflicted with Life-Ebbing Venom and that he believed he could create a cure with the blood of a god, but wasn't sure how to proceed. She told him that he needed a special Gu vessel to contain the blood, and that he would require then venom of specific creatures to make it workable. He would need Divine Silk Worm, Stone Spider, Yellow Tree Snake, Centipede of the Yellow Forest and Shadow Scorpion. 

In the middle of the night, Brother Wolf arrived and awakened Ke-Yen. She tried explaining that she acquired the Thousand Painful Deaths Flower but had given it to Granny Wind, and that there was another way to save Sister Wolf, but communication and clarity are not her strength. She ran back to the village to get Song Pei, Peng Pei and Shin Du. They walked to the clearing to find Brother Wolf and Zhendao in awkward silence. There Song Pei attempted to explain his plan, but as he was doing so, he spotted the loris monkey in a nearby tree looking at him. He pointed to it and Brother Wolf said "Run. Run right now."

Shin Du and Zhendao remained behind, but everyone else fled in different directions, with Ke-Yen following Brother Wolf. 

The Loris Monkey transformed, its body fuming with purple energy and rising up to the size of an enormous man. Shin Du found his arrows did very little to it. 

The create ran toward brother wolf and unleashed a blast of Qi, sucking his life from his body. 

Shin Du and Zhendao followed to lend a hand. Song Pei and Peng Pei ran to get Biyu. 

The party were able to occasionally strike the creature, who they believed to be the Plum Tree Monk. But their attacks only seemed to have temporary effect. 

Brother Wolf dropped to the ground, lifeless. Ke-Yen flew into a rage and attacked the Plum Tree Monk, but he easily fended her off. Shin Du was struck with a terrible claw attack that nearly killed him, slicing deep cuts across his upper body. 

The Plum Tree Monk searched Brother Wolf's body, found a talisman and took to the sky. Shin Du aimed his bow and fired at the talisman. It dropped and the Plum Tree Monk didn't notice (Shin Du got a Total Success on his attack). 

They retrieved the talisman and saw that it said Wolf Fortress on it with an image of a mountain pass on it. 

When Song Pei, Peng Pei and Biyu arrived they tended to Brother Wolf. He was clearly dead. Ke-Yen insisted they do something to help him. Biyu said only Master Qinwen Keeper of the Seven Talismans could bring the dead to life, and there was always a terrible cost. 

Ke-Yen asked about Qinwen and where to find him, insisting they go right away. 

Song Pei pointed out that the Plum Tree Monk was likely heading to this Wolf Fortress and that was probably where Sister Fox was. She would be in great danger and if they went to Qinwen's now, she might be killed. 

Ke-Yen decided that she would go to Wolf Fortress (which they had to find) then go to Qinwen. Biyu would go with them. 

Song Pei attempted to retrieve blood left on the ground from the Plum Tree Monk, but it boiled through anything it touched. 

Biyu tended to Shin Du, who was in a great deal of trouble. She healed him with a palm technique but the wound would not close and continued to open and harm him each day. 

Looking at the talisman, they were eventually able to determine that the mountains depicted on it was a pass near the village of Jinsa. They left and headed toward Jinsa. 

On their way to a town called Shei, they were stopped by bandits who blocked the road. Zhindao used Granny Chang's Thirteen Dagger Strike killing most of the bandits and sending the rest into flight. 

In the city they found a place called The Silk Worm Society of the Opulent Hill. They spoke with a woman named Fei who seemed to be the head of the organization and bribed her until she told them she could procure a Divine Silk worm for them. However it was expensive and would take a month, since Divine Silk worms were exclusive to the Hai'anese king. If they met her at the Hill of Opulent Fruits, she would give it to them. 

They left the town and headed along the road to Jinsa. On the way, Song Pei noticed something odd about the road, a slight rise ahead of them. They stepped forward and prodded it, causing it to collapse and reveal a spiked pit. 

Zhendao looked around and saw a figure in the woods. He ran after it and found a small boy there. The boy stood his ground. 

"Why did you build a pit trap in the road" He asked. 

"To catch bandits," The boy said. 

The rest of the party walked over and Song Pei asked "Do you catch many bandits this way?"

"All the time" the boy replied. 

They asked for his name and he said it was Gao. He also eventually revealed he had never in fact caught any bandits. He said his parents were both death. Zhendao and Song Pei took some pity on him and offered to escort him to Shei where they could find a monastery to take him in. 

As they travelled along the road, Zhendao saw the boy walk up beside him, pull out a dagger and try to stab. He quickly sidestepped and hit the boy with the flat of his sword, knocking him out cold. 

When the boy woke up he asked "Why did you try to kill me"

"You killed my father, you bastard," the boy mumbled. 

"Who was your father?"

"Master Zhao of Yun Hu"

Zhendao killed the boy before anyone could do anything. He then apologized to Biyu for his actions. 

The party then made their way to Jinsa. It was a small village but had several academies and wine shops. They went to The Academy of the Ink Stained Sword and spoke with Master Wu Shan. When they explained the situation they were facing he said it seemed like a righteous causes and would gladly give them free access to his books on alchemy and medicine. Song Pei and Shin Du spent the day pouring over the material and concluded that the key would be using the blood within hours after it was extracted, otherwise it would lose its potency. 

From Jinsa they went to the mountain pass and found a gate where the Plum Tree Monk was camping (luckily they spotted him before he spotted them). They snuck around, taking the long way. They were attacked by needle traps in the pine tress, which they easily deflected and had to make their way around a poisoned pond, but came to the fortress and found Sister Fox. They spoke with her and learned that she carried the Life Keeping Stone on her, but was not aware of its properties (for example they knew it required living sacrifices to function, yet she did not appear to know this). 

She agreed to travel south with them to Heaven Palace Sect to speak with Qinwen Master of the Seven Talismans. 

This is where the session ended. 


Monday, January 9, 2017

DISPOSABLE DISCIPLES SESSION 30: A FRIENDLY COMPETITION

This is a log for my ongoing Disposable Disciples of Bone Kingdom campaign. You can see the previous session HERE. 

Player Characters: 

Shen Chun
Little Bai
Silent Dagger
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

YUN HU
Ong and Min left Xiaomin in Yun Hu and went to the Jade Temple south of the city so Ong could learn more about Gushan. When they arrived, they entered and heard a heavy chanting that wore down their bodies. Ong followed the sound to a chamber where the nuns established by Temple of the Jade Mercies were continuing to chant in an effort to break apart the massive jade deposit. The Gushan statue that was in the chamber had been completely destroyed by the chanting, laying in shattered pieces on the ground.


Speaking with the head abbess, Ong was given one of the remaining fragments that had a head. Later he found a small one that was somewhat intact as well. Once he had these they headed back to Yun Hu to help Xiaomin, but before leaving he summoned a storm and listened to the Gushan head speak. Very faintly it whispered "The answer is on the feet". 

When they returned to Yun Hu, they asked Xiaomin for more information. She seemed embarrassed and reluctantly showed Min in private that on her foot was a tattoo of five satchels. Ong knew that the Nature Loving Monks used satchels to mark rank, so they found a beggar in the city, and offered to buy him food. 

The beggar took Ong to a nearby restaurant and began ordering a large number of dishes. The bill for the meal was hundreds of spades, but the beggar answered his questions. He said that all beggars carry satchels, and the number denotes rank. But the only man with  five satchels that he knew of was Hong Mai the arrogant apothecary. The beggar told Ong that Hong Mai was a high ranking member of their 'clean clothes division' and pointed to his shop down the road. 

They went to Hong Mai's shop, the Banyan Sage, and asked him if he knew who Xiaomin's father was, explaining that she came from Purple Lotus Temple. He told them that he didn't always have five satchels and that if the tattoo was related to rank in the sect, it was likely someone else. 

They asked for his help. He was reluctant initially and it was clear in their interaction that he looked down upon the regular beggars. He thought for a moment and said "Perhaps if you do something for me, I can shed light on this lady's parentage."

Ong and Min asked what he wanted and he said "That filthy beggar, Ping Wu carries a letter or decree. I would like you to steal this letter and bring it to me. I promise to tell you everything I know at that point. You can find him quite easily sleeping in a cave down by the canal" 

They said they were friends of the beggars and didn't want to steal anything, but would go speak with him. Hong Mai tried to talk them into doing his bidding, but they were wary of his aims. He rapidly changed the subject to the sale of some Banyan Sage Root and they left for the cave with Xiaomin. 

When they reached the cave, they waited and Ping Wu soon approached. He paused, looked at them cautiously and asked who they were. 

Ong, who had been preparing food by a fire, looked up and offered him a bowl of rice. 

"How do I know that isn't poisoned?" He asked. 

Ong took a large bite of rice and swallowed. Ping Wu smiled and sat down to eat with him. They asked him if he knew who Xiaomin's father might be. He said he couldn't. 

They explained that she was brought to Purple Lotus Temple as a child, and had five satchels tattooed on her foot. 

"Someone obviously wanted to get rid of her," he said. 

They told him it was clear someone in his sect was her father. 

"No one in my sect would have such an ugly child!*" He replied. 

People did not tend to perceive Xiaomin as ugly, so this claim seemed outrageous to Ong and Min. The more they pushed on the matter, the more belligerent he became, so they finally sent Xiaomin away and tried to reason with him. He flatly refused to help them, and asked them to leave, taking their 'bitter rice' with them. 

They took her back to the sect, and waited for the party to return. 

YAO GONG PALACE

The rest of the party traveled to Yao Gong Palace with Chao to find the Purple Spirit Manual. On the way they stopped in Shin Yu and found an old man at a lean-to offering his guide services. They agreed on 15 spades a day, he gathered his things and lead them into the mountains. On the first day from Shin Yu, a thick cloud descended upon them and grew heavier with each passing day until it was a glassy purple haze. 

They walked up a winding pathway with steep descents on either side. The fog obscured their vision, and continued to intensify, despite the aridity of the area. Jade Priestess fell and tumbled to a ledge, but managed to climb back up. She and Silent Dagger tied a rope to each other for extra safety. Chao had everyone rip their robes at the shoulder so they could identify each other in a fight if need be. 

When they got to the entrance of Yao Gong (a deep underground temple) they found the door smashed in and bodies of nuns all around. Little Bai led the way. He passed through a archway with a phoenix and a ghostly creature emptied from the arch to attack. They smashed the stone of the arch as the creature attacked. When the arch was destroyed, the creature faded. 

At the end of a long hall, Silent Dagger found a trail of blooding leading down winding stairs. A floating paper lantern bobbed in the air like a squid in water and tried to land on his head. Chao countered its descent with an arrow, and Silent Dagger sliced the lantern in half. A severed head slipped from the lantern. 

They continued to explore, eventually coming a bridge over a river over mercury. Naturally everyone was fearful and used whatever abilities they had to get over safely (leaping, flight, walking on air, etc). Chao approached the river to inspect it, but a lashing arm came at him like a wave, wrapping around his throat and pouring mercury down his mouth. The others came to his aid and cut it down. But his left arm soon hardened and the transformed into a silvery substance. 

Silent Dagger suggested that he and Little Bai use their superior Qinggong to explore the rest of the complex while the rest of the group remained safely behind. 

They made their way through several chambers, at one point fending off a swarm of golden mercies. Eventually they came upon a lake of mercury, with a massive rise of gemstone in the center that appeared to imprison figures within its surface. Silent Dagger used Swift Stride to appear on an opposing ledge in a blink. Little Bai tried walking upon the air with his Fearless Stride of the Storm ability, but came crashing down into the lake. Initially he stayed upright, but quickly his body succumbed to the strange density and he struggled to fall face up rather than face down in the liquid metal. Silent Dagger flew over and pulled him out with a rope. He seemed okay and they continued on the ledge. 

They came to a sealed gate, and bolts of lightning rained down upon them. Little Bai was hit directly but unharmed. 

A cackle was heard of the lake. 

Fearless Cat appeared, looking like a misty figure hanging in the air. She was holding the Purple Phoenix Manual in her hand. 

"Your people want this?" She said. 

Silent Dagger tried to negotiate an exchange, but she waved her hand and it vanished in a swirl of fog. 

"Tell your leader, he is to come to the House of Paper Shadows, alone, if he wishes to have this. I do not wish to kill his men again." 

Then she vanished. 

Realizing what they came for wasn't there, they trekked back toward Yun Hu to decide what to do next. They carried Chao across desert, wastes and plains as his other arm, then his legs, turned to mercury. 

YUN HU
The party returned to Yun Hu they went to their physician and he began a two-day process to expel the mercury from Chao's body. Then they spoke with Min and Chao who explained their adventures in the south, their time at Purple Lotus Temple and their efforts to find Xiaomin's father. 

They introduced Xiaomin to Shen Chun and Da Mei Mei. When he asked why she wanted to join, Xiaomin said that the temple nuns said her temperament wasn't suited to the worship of Hen-Shi, and that Stone Palace Sect (not Sect of the Golden Way) seemed like a more suitable fit for her personality. 

They had her spar with Little Bai as a friendly match to test her skills. She unleashed a storm of daggers, which he repelled. But she blocked his attacks with her Iron Body. Shen Chun stopped the match once he saw her abilities. 

He accepted her as a member of the sect and asked Da Mei Mei if she wanted a new disciple. 

"I don't have time for a pet" she said. 

Shen Chun then asked the rest of the room and ultimately Silent Dagger agreed, with Jade Priestess' permission, to take her as a student. 

After she was inducted, Ong offered some of his services in exchange for help forming a temple of Gushan. They talked about other possibilities as well. 

They decided to go to Bone Kingdom, to speak with Kang about the competition and to (possibly) abduct someone there named Zhendao. Before they left, Little Bai was summoned by Filial Cricket, who pointed to a wealthy lacquer broker winning at one of the tables. 

"That man is cheating," He said. "He won nearly a million spades already."

"Cheating is a truly deceptive practice" said Little Bai. "I'll go talk to him".

Little Bai went over and said "I am the countable of Goaxing and you've been cheating. This is a grave offense, so I am going to detain you for questioning."

The man protested that Little Bai's authority didn't extend to Yun Hu, and said he had many powerful friends in Gaoxing, but Little Bai grabbed him by the arms and pulled him into a back room.

There he was questioned by Shen Chun and Silent Dagger. They checked the dice he was using and found them loaded. He said he was framed, but once they threatened to kill him, he immediately confessed. 

They promised to let him live if he gave them his lacquer brokerage services for free and submitted to a public humiliation so everyone would know that Stone Palace didn't abide cheating. 

They placed his hands on a table in the common area and announced his crime. Then they plunged two daggers into his hands. He screamed. 

Sheepishly and in pain, the man gathered his wives and left to return to Gaoxing. 

BONE KINGDOM
On the way to Bone Kingdom, Ong summoned another storm far off from the party and listened to the Gushan head speak. It said "Someone loses a head". He informed the party of the prophecy and they decided to avoid dealing with the Zhendao situation, and instead make the visit entirely about inviting Kang to the tournament. 

When the party reached Bone Kingdom they asked for a meeting with Kang. They were led into his courtyard where he had hundreds of men, several heroes and a boy. The boy scowled at them. 

"We would like to invite you to a competition on the first of the Demon Moon", Shen Chun said. 

Kang offered to send a champion, but they mocked him for this and Little Bai suggested it was cowardly for the leader of the martial world not to fight for himself a grand tournament. 

Kang eventually relented and said he would attend. They also pressured him to put his champion against their's. Again he was reluctant, but gave in when they hounded him with accusations of cowardice. 

A Kushen woman named Ho'elen stepped forward and met Little Bai. 

"It is my custom to let women strike first, so you may have the first strike," He said. 

She wasted no time and summoned a cloud of swords that threaded to impale him. He used Eyes of the Formless Interception to find the weakness in her attack, then deflected it back upon her. 

He then leapt at her with Blade of the Dancing Fox, carving into her with his sword. 

She responded by clutching his throat with a ghostly hand and suddenly Little Bai seemed to age ten years. 

In a rage, Little Bai said "Give me back my ten years of life" and flew at her with another series of strikes.

After the exchange, Kang tried to end the match, saying they should call it a draw before someone dies. However Shen Chun did not agree. With encouragement from Silent Dagger, Little Bai pressed again, impaling the woman through the chest and slicing open her belly. 

Kang was visibly angry, slamming his hand on his chair he said "I will pay this back tenfold, be gone from my sight. We will meet at the tournament."

They left rather quickly. 

Soon Kang appeared on the edge of the wall of Bone Kingdom. 

"I have something for you," he said throwing Ho'elen's head at the group. 

Silent Dagger caught the head and chucked it back, which Kang also caught. 

"Ten fold!" He said. 

This is where the session ended.  




Wednesday, January 4, 2017

DISPOSABLE DISCIPLES SESSION 29: CHAO RETURNS AS KANG

This is a log for my ongoing Disposable Disciples of Bone Kingdom campaign. You can see the previous session HERE. 

Player Characters: 
Shen Chun
Little Bai
Silent Dagger
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 BANYAN

The party was in the Hua Pi encampment where they had just formed an agreement. They finalized the details, telling the Hua Pi to wait for their instruction before going to Hai'an. From there the party traveled north. Along the way, while going through a mountain pass, a man appeared, wearing black robes. He told Shen Chun that Fearless Cat was nearby and wanted to speak with him privately. Shen Chun refused. 


They heard the sound of a suona horn beyond the man and started running. A swarm of bees appeared and chased them. They made it but their men fell behind and all 25 were stung to death. 

They escaped and made their way back to Yun Hu. From there they decided to find their old sect mate, Chao. From the beggars, they learned that his master, Supreme Master Tung was at the Endless Noodle Restaurant in East Gate. 

Little Bai spoke with Filial Cricket who explained that they had seven new recruits to his Heroic Sect. 

After these matters were addressed they went to East Gate and found Supreme Master Tung eating a massive bowl of noodles. He continued to eat as they spoke. They asked if they could speak with his disciple, Chao. He replied that Chao would only speak privately with Shen Chun, saying the others would have to leave. When the rest of the party left, a patron at another table, removed his face, revealing himself to be Chao. 

He spoke with Shen Chun who said they needed his help and wanted to know if he would agree to travel with them for a month. He said he would do it if they procured him a suona horn. 

They left for Xuanlu, where Silent Dagger explained a plan that involved Chao masquerading as Kang of Bone Breaking Sect. They took a sedan chair for Chao and everyone dressed as Bone Kingdom Disciples. 

In Xuanlu Silent Dagger and Chao petitioned to meet with the Queen. They were told that the protocols had changed. She would certainly meet with Kang, given his high standing in the martial world, but he could only take one other person with him, not a full retinue of guards. Reluctantly Silent Dagger agreed and they went in to speak with Queen Ai Nu. 

There, they asked her permission to move Hua Pi tribesmen into the former crocodile sect lands. She said she would consider it, but first would send a man to meet with the chief of the Hua Pi. 

They thanked her and left. 

After they left, the party talked and decided to go to Yao Gong Palace to retrieve the Purple Spirit Manual for Jade Priestess. 


HAI'AN 
Min and Ong Lao prepared to depart from Purple Lotus Temple but first they asked about finding a cure for Yuesheng (a Yen-Li Priest cursed by a Golden Raksha medallion). Wu Gaolin suggested going to the Temple of Supreme Righteousness. She also asked a favor, requesting that they take Xiaomin to Stone Palace Sect and recommend her to the sect chief. They agreed and set out. 

They reached the temple of Supreme Righteousness in the mountains and spoke with a female master who led the Phoenix vanguard of the sect. She listened and said she was concerned that the person receiving the cure was not worthy. Min spoke on his behalf and she agreed to cure him, provided he came to the temple to accrue merit and work on his past misdeeds. 

On the way to Yun-Hu, Min asked Xiaomin why she wanted to join Stone Palace. She responded that Gaolin had told her she would find her father in Yun Hu. Min asked for more details and Xiaomin told her she was brought to the temple as a baby and didn't know who her parents were. All she knew was that she supposedly inherited her father's looks and her mother's personality. 

From there, Min and Ong went to Stone Palace Headquarters where they spoke with Weeping Lotus. He explained that the new headquarters was on Stone Forest Hill and the master awaited them. He also agreed to meet Xiaomin and heard her story. He promised to help find out who her parents were and recommend her entrance into the sect once Shen Chun returned. 

Min and Xiaomin went searching for clues about Xiaomin's father. They talked and Min promised to help her. 

This is where the session ended.