This log is for the nineteenth through twentieth sessions of a Wandering Heroes of Ogre Gate campaign. See the EIGHTEENTH SESSION LOG to read about the previous session.
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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.
Peng Biyu: Peng Pei's mother.
Blind Yan: A blind hero and connoisseur of fine foods.
Shin Du: A performer and actor who is a perfect shot with the bow.
Song Pei: A one-armed physician.
Sister Fox: Brother Wolf's Sister who is ailing from Life Ebbing Venom.
Feiyan: A yen-li priestess who is acquainted with Sister Fox.
A lot has happened. The party left the Palace of the Southern Thunder Goddess, having left two of the Phoenix Talismans with her (they are on a mission to place the Phoenix Talismans into the hands of powerful entities to help protect the world). They decided to go to the Southern Sea Demon next but didn't know where to find him. This took them to the City of the Lion God. Here they found multiple temples and priesthoods dedicated to different deities: a snake goddess, the southern Sea God, etc.
In the city, they found the people spoke Singh. They attended a banquet at the Temple of Phra Guo, the same goddess. There they befriended a priestess named Phung, who explained their religion to them. She spent a great deal of time with Shin Du.
They also went to the Temple of the Southern Sea God, learning that the priesthood was about to send an annual barge of offerings to the deity. They negotiated with the temple and were offered a place on the barge.
Song Pei went deep under the temple and was given an audience with the Snake Goddess, Phra Guo. He made an arrangement with her, promising to find her a worthy concubine from the north (a king or prince). To make sure he kept his end of the bargain, she placed a binding of energy around his heart, giving him two years before it would kill him. She also gave him a talisman that made him invisible to demons and spirits.
The next day the Blind Yan, Sister Fox and Peng Pei inspected the barge, to find it contained 300 virgins who were clearly going to be sacrificed. Blind Yan could not abide this and immediately attacked the guards on the ship. A massive fight broke out, but with the help of Sister Fox and Peng Pei, he was able to clear a path for the women to flee and beat back a swarm of attacking priests.
When Blind Yan and the rest of the group returned to their quarters, Phung told the party that they had to leave the city as the Temple of the Southern Sea God was after them. Shin Du asked her to come with them and she agreed.
They returned to their boat and decided to avoid the Southern Sea God entirely. Instead they would seek out either the Northern Sea Goddess or the Northern Thunder God. They headed to Daolu. There the captain of the ship told them he would go no further with them, and departed. They went to the Tea Palace Brothel, while Shindu and Phung stayed at the Heavenly Meat Palace.
At the Tea Palace Brothel, they secured a meeting with a merchant named Guan. He agreed to take them north, into the Yan lands. He wanted 40,000 spades, but they talked him down to 30,000 with a mutual investment in some blue pearls for sale in the north. He agreed to their terms and said they would leave in two days.
The intervening two days were routine. The only slightly out of the ordinary occurrence was as rat demon in Shin Du's inn room. But he and his wife managed to deal with it (though they were not able to secure recompense from the proprietor).
They departed by ship, and then took to land travel once they reached a small village further down the river. Master Guan took fifteen men with him and was prepared to buy horses from the Yan. They made their way through the mountains and that is when they ran into trouble.
Deep in the forest, they were attacked by five men in blue cloth. The men through blue pearls at them in scattered flinging motions and many in the party were wounded. As they fought, one of the trees began to attack. Song Pei noticed a human-lied face on its surface.
This was a grueling battle, and 10 of the merchants fell to the pearls. Song Pei managed to save 3 who were dying. They captured one of the attackers and tried to get him to talk. All he said was they had taken their sacred pearls from the city and this was forbidden. He then bit his tongue off when Song Pei pressed him for more information by sealing his accupoints.
The party decided to follower their attackers trail. This tool them to a place in the woods where more men (about fifteen) surrounded a vast maple tree with human-features growing like knots on its trunk. The thing had roots that moved.
Blind Yan rushed forward to attack and Shin Du launched flaming arrows at it. This fight was also a difficult one. Blind Yan was struck by one of the trees roots and and started to change hue. Ke-Yen over-exerted herself and became imbalanced in the fight, behaving strangely afterwards.
They did manage to kill all the men and the maple however.
After the battle, they checked out Blind Yan. Song Pei placed his talisman on Song Pei and energy flowed from it into his body. Thinking this might buy him some time, he made Blind Yan wear it. Blind Yan was not happy with this arrangement and tried to hit Song Pei with a piece of the tree root.
During the voyage north, Song Pei noticed that Blind Yan was no longer wearing the talisman. This forced him, Sister Fox and Peng Pei to head south and backtrack to find it. While they were gone, Shin Du discovered that Phung knew how to heal Blind Yan. He also noticed that Blind Yan's skin was changing color and texture. However when he tried to slip something in Blind Yan's food to make him sleep, this caused conflict and Blind Yan generated black Qi smoke, trying to flee. In the confusion, the other players returned. However they saw that someone had taken the opportunity to stab Master Guan (who was dying on the ground).
Song Pei healed Master Guan, while Peng Pei ran after Blind Yan. The two dueled. Peng Pei initially hit him with several potent finger flicks, but he used his blinding smoke again and this made the fight challenging for Peng Pei. She also found at close range, Blind Yan was very tough. He used Stick of the Rebounding Dog to send her in the air and she flung a pearl from the distance, dropping him to the ground. Then she crashed to the ground herself.
Phung performed her ritual on Blind Yan, and he was healed of his disease. He also returned to his normal friendly self.
In the aftermath, Song Pei accused Ke-Yen of stabbing Master Guan. Song Pei had inspected Master Guan's wounds and deduced that the only blade capable was Ke-Yen's jian sword. She didn't admit to stabbing but did say she didn't trust him.
The party continued north and made it to the Yan lands. They eventually reached the Summer City of Borgo. There Master Guan spoke with the Yan and secured a meeting with Tolokhan.
They found his yurt to be palatial, filled with guards and luxuries. He offered to buy their pearls. They explained that they needed to see one of the gods to the north over an important matter. He told them they would have to speak to one of the Three Northern Sages to be permitted to pass. He said he would send twenty men with them to Yosk (one of the sages).
Ke-Yen remained outside the yurt.
Inside he gave them fermented mares milk. When Sister Fox had difficulty swallowing the drink, he accused Daolun women of being weak. This angered Peng Pei, who challenged him to a drinking contest. They drank through the night, both getting very drunk. Peng Pei was able to keep up with him, but the contest was interrupted by activity outside the tend. Men came rushing in and spoke words in a language they didn't understand.
Tolokhan looked at the party and said, there is a fire, we must go.
This is where the session ended.