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Blood Magic in the Twilight Mountains

Posted in: Play,Rokugan by Te Ka Mok on January 25, 2011

Princess, she stand there for a moment. Then she nod. “Yes, heal these poor people. I will join you soon.” I not sure, at first what she mean by that, but later, she beside me kneeling on cold hard ground, wrapping bandages. Hmmm, my first princess, sure but they not usually kneel and help with wounded, right?

As we work, she say to me “Neiki had some interesting theories about the magic that Seaonus is using. She thinks (Princess lowers voice) it might be blood magic.” I nod. “Oh yes, sure to be maho-magic. Smell like rotten meat, even earth smell like bad meat and rust, yes? Even you smell?” She sit back from human she wrapping. “But, but blood magic is punishable by death! Who would do that?” She clutch her neck, where jade pendant lay.

Recently old Mir’Itus help me with English. No more saying “me” now say “eye” for me. Confusing. I am me, yes? Point at me-self and remember to say “eye”. I do that now: “I not knowing what make man, or Nezumi, go to Taint side. We heal people and then deal with him, Mister Seaonus-san.”

Nya looks on as Tatsuoh directs rescue efforts

Some human, we save. Some we get and they having bite-bite marks all over legs. They say “Dark down there. No ideas what bite.” Some we get and they look chewed up, from bottom to top. Too manys of the bites and too much time gone.  I ask Grandpa to help those spirits go where they go, those humans.

Nightfall and we done with dead and wounded. Nezumi get stable all to ourselves. Human stay in houses with smelly human. Poor, poor human – they all smell of Taint. Some more, some less, but Taint. Gami-Gami, she insist sleep near door for the protection. We warm and cozy with horses, Princess wagon and plenty warm hay. At midnight, I wake to say prayers and think thoughts of spells. I no bad-bad shaman for to do dark things in night. I like the quiet black of night. Good for the reading and the thinking and memorizing. At my books, and I remember spirit walk this town – people shaky-fearful of spirit. Te’Ka’Mok would know if spirit is real. Creep-creep slow so to not wake Gami-Gami. Tell puppy Ookami to “sshhhhhh.” I sit on step. Wait. Listen. Look. I see lights in Twilight Mountains. Nothing else. Cannot say spirit or not spirit. Too bad.

Seaonus grovels before the Princess

Next day, early: Princess has Seaonus on knees and he shaky and crying over maho-magic. Try to tell her it for good. He asks for chance to kill self with sepooku ritual of killing. Bah! Stupid idea. Why that better than to be killed by beheader? Snick-snick and head gone. Better to die way, I thinking. Stomach stabby silliness. Princess say NO. Wait for the Magistrate to come by.

After he dragged away by mayor and sherrif, Neiki say to Princess “The Taint is strong. It is….. affecting me and will hurt everyone soon. We must find the crystal orb that Seaonus mentioned.”  I hitch up robe. Scratch leg and think. Must be in tower, yes? Bad feeling there. I think about spell book. Pages under my finger. Smell ink.  I sensing magics now. I walk to tower door. “Here. Crystal orb here. I go find.”

Discussions of who can enter the tower

Much talk-talk about tower and safety-ness. Princess no go up. Neiki can no go up. Lion come with me. Scorpion stay with Princess. And then old Mir’Itus must come and Gami-Gami. Yes-yes. Come all. We go up stairs. Crooked tower now so crooked stairs. Up-up-up. I telling Mir’Itus to be careful with crooked tower stones and one fall and hit me on head. Hurt-hurt muchly, but I Nezumi and I go on!

We find big orb. Big bad orb. Down-down-down stairs. Telling Princess we find orb and Neiki say we must draw the Taint from orb. Princess look at me. “I no learn this magics. I not live long enough to learn this magics.”
Nya Scorpion come over. “Princess, I have heard that we can use Nezumi blood to draw the Taint from the crystal.” She paused. “It has been done by great wizards of the Scorpion clan. It would not require a lot of blood. Just a small amount will do. Or so I have heard.”
I turn to Mir’Itus. “They talking about our blood, yes? Blood magics for to heal blood magics? No-no.” I shake my head. Princess see and say “I want to know what all of our options are. I have not made a decision.” I nod. “Use old Mir’Itus! He old! He blood still good, but he have not long to live, yes?”  Princess laugh and Mir’Itus glare at me.

Princess bite her lip and say “I have not made any decisions.”

Rokugan: Here's How It Is

Posted in: Meta-gaming,Play by Dyskko on January 24, 2011

The year is 1158 in the Empire of Rokugan. After years of unity and prosperity, the seven clans of the empire are threatening to splinter again.

An oni is said to have killed

the Emperor and Empress

While traveling through Scorpion lands, Emperor Toturi I and his wife, the Empress, were slain in a combat against Shadowlands creatures. They died leaving four children, but no designated heir. Their four children — the “Four Winds” — have begun a struggle for the throne. The Clans of the Empire argue amongst themselves as they decide which to follow.

Meanwhile, across the Empire, tensions are strained between the Clans. Without an Emperor to settle disputes, these scuffles are escalating to wars.

In the north, the great Sleeping Thunder Mountain erupts sending Dragon refugees fleeing into Phoenix lands. The Dragon Clan has used this opportunity to seize the land it formerly held under the Agasha family – land that became Phoenix land when the Agasha family defected from Dragon to Phoenix. This threatens war between these two most peaceful clans of the Empire. Worse, because casino online of the recent treaty signed between the Phoenix and Lion Clans, now the Lion Clan may be drawn into war as well.

In the south, tension has always been high between the Crab and Crane Clans. The Crab master builders and seasoned fighters have always had misunderstandings with the Crane fine artists and talented poets. Now, the Daimyo of the Crab Clan”s Yasuki family has died and the heir is of the Crane Clan”s Yasuki family. Crane soldiers have been seen entering into Minor Clan territory and making forays to claim the land for the Crane.

In the center, the Scorpion Clan”s diplomats have suggested a way to balance all the forces and create stability. They have proposed a marriage between the Lion Clan”s Matsu family and the Crab Clan”s Kaiu family. Both of these families are well respected in their clans, but not the ruling family. This means it will create a strong alliance, but not an obligatory one. Thus, it will not force one clan to go to war if the other is attacked. However, no clan would risk attacking either the Lion or Crab Clans for fear of retaliation from the other. After the Great Clan Wars (1123-1126), much is known about the might of the combined force of Lion and Crab. After all, it was their alliance that ended those wars and brought peace to the land.

So it has been decided. A Scorpion Embassador, Nya, will travel with Lion Clan Mastu Tatsuo, younger brother to the betrothed. After first thaw, they will travel to Crab Clan lands bringing gifts of treaty. Then, they will escort Crab Clan Kaiu Kaede, betrothed princess to Lion lands. Kaiu Kaede will be joined in matrimony with Matsu Takeo in midsummer.

Thus begins the story of their travels.

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