The Keystone Project

Session 6

A new day breaks. Momoko recruits Aki and Haruno from Atamaishiyama and start back toward Lake Crystalmere. She tells them about the other races who live in the rest of the realm while they walk.

Shan is performing her morning exercises when she encounters a tiefling from the Reaving Falcon Warrior Lodge at her Shotokai Dojo, who challenges her to a fight. She manages to best him with little effort. Later in the day, she heads for the roughest bar in Dagna to see if the waitresses are having any problems, and how they deal with it. It is on the west side and typically frequented by the lumberjacks and tiefling warriors. The lumber camp is typically attacked by goblins, and sometimes the Reaving Falcon Warrior Lodge provides extermination services. Shan notices that one of the servers is male, and appears to be eye candy for the alpha females. Shan speaks to him and lets him know about the dojo, offering him to partake in one of her classes.

Amaira heads east to the grasslands to partake in a day-long “vision quest” to gain some meditative restoration, opening her mind to hear from other planes of existence. She comes across a mature tree that has always been healthy and home to a ant colony, and finds it has been savagely taken down with an axe. The ants are spilling out of the pulpy stump and into the grass, and the attack appears to be recent (within a week). Amaira determines this to be a divination and a reflection of something worldly: are we the ants? She puts out her hand and senses exploration and discovery. Amaira and Enamund continue on their quest…

Zorran is spontaneously inspired to take a meditative spell of his own and takes a day off from his official duties, hoping to reflect on the recent events. He spends his time in The Walled City.

The following day, Minako continues the journey with her apprentices, and the skies are getting cloudier. Aki appears to have a paper umbrella as the only protection from rain. Momoka hastens the pace so that they can reach town before the storm hits, and Aki is completely exhausted while Haruno appears to have managed.

Shan spends some time on the roof looking for possible holes where rain may leak through.

Amaira awakens the next day in the grasslands and sees the impending storm, and finds her boots missing from her feet and her hairbrush has been set out for use. After searching around the campsite, she finally the boots inside her bag! She curses “the ghost” and heads back to Dagna.

The storm begins, with pouring rain and lightning. The waiter Annick appears at Shan’s dojo and expresses interest in lessons.

Another day passes. Aki is looking unwell and appears to have damaged feet. Momoko heads to the Reaving Falcon Warrior Lodge with Aki in tow to seek out healing for his feet, and finds Faustina Bystrom conversing with some of the older members of the lodge. Estarus greets Momoko and ascertains her needs, and then brings her over to Faustina. Momoko also speaks about establishing an “embassy”, and gets a lead on an empty café, whose current owner enters negotiations with her.

Shan continues training Annick.

Zorran remains in The Walled City, continuing his investigation into the secret societies.

Amaira attempts to reconnect with the “official response squad”, and finds the new dojo with Shan and her student. She gives him a leering look, which embarrasses him and he shuffles away. They decide to meet in the evening at the dojo. Amaira continues to search and sees Momoko with her two apprentices and informs her of the meeting. Momoko didn’t know about the dojo, and Amaira mentions how she helped Shan with finding the real estate. Zorran being the last member, Amaira walks to The Walled City and seeks him out, eventually finding him at the pub Generations (full of samsarans). He greets her and offers a honey wine (tulip flavour), a specialty at Generations. Amaria informs Zorran of the evening meeting, and then enjoys wine and exotic foods.

The four convene at the dojo, and Amaira hasn’t quite sobered up yet. Shan reminds Amaira that it was her task to bring the food, so she ventures out to a viking restaurant and pays for a delivery meal. The restaurant staff are amused by the experience. Momoko mentions the vacant café, and Amaira offers to help as she did with Shan obtaining the dojo. Momoko also wants the group to ensure that those who talk about the tengu are “corrected” that the rescuers were just mountain men in feathered capes. Momoko also brings up gems under the mountain being guarded by lizard-like monsters.

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Session 5

The following day, the “official response squad” split up to take care of their own private business: Momoko decides to go home to visit her village and recruit apprentices; Shan and Amaira head to Dagna to work on setting up a base, with Shan’s focus on building a dojo and Amaira visiting with her rescued cousin Estarus; Zorran also leaves the Walled City for Dagna to investigate a samsaran who had moved there. {Amaira generates 4 points of influence with the Dagna folks to help Shan with her dojo, while Shan gets 2 points of her own, and obtains a “level 1” dojo with a downpayment.}

Zorran has difficulty tracking the samsaran named Tybrus, but eventually finds him at a bed and breakfast. After speaking with the landlord, Zorran’s request to relay a message is denied as Tybrus is looking to stay away from others of his kind… but he ends up going to knock on the door looking for Tybrus. The door opens and Zorran finds a darkened room with a lantern going, and Tybrus in the shadows with a crossbow. Tybrus is convinced he gets killed every lifetime for the last seven, not “unfortunate accidents” as Zorran had heard, and has received a letter, which Zorran requests to read. Despite Zorran’s best attempts, Tybrus remains suspicious.

Amaira finds Estarus at the family lodge. They talk about the capture and the future of relations with new lands that may encounter. Estarus speaks about his desire for raiding and how it felt good at the time, but in retrospect not so much after being on the “other side” with the hobgoblins. Amaira confides that she has yet to have feel the urge for destruction from the demon blood that runs through their veins.

Momoko heads to her village, with an uneventful day of travel.

The next day, Amaira seeks out a location for the headquarters of the squad. Zorran goes to the hall of lineage to research who may have chosen Tybrus as a target. Shan starts setting up the dojo using Amaira’s influence with the Reaving Falcon Warrior Lodge. Momoko reaches the village and meets with Okimoto.

Another day later, Shan starts outfitting the dojo with mats and dummies. Momoko seeks out apprentices. Zorran continues his research. Amaira finds herself unable to decide what to do.

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Session 4

The survivors are returned to Dagna, including some unknown humans (two) and halflings (four). The kenku who performed the daring rescue disappear as mysteriously as they came. Zorran drinks at the bar and tells stories. Momoko stays with the rescued to recuperate. Amaira helped the farmers repel an attack by the hobgoblins at South Crystalmere.

The next morning, Amaira wakes up after the battle — badly injured — and decides to rest at Elbert Grove’s estate in case the hobgoblins try another last-ditch attempt before their realm departs from this world, after healing herself up. Shan Puneko hears about the troubles with hobgoblins. Momoko also spends the morning tending to wounds.

Late in the afternoon, the hobgoblin realm disappears into the æther. Dolorian sends messengers to collect community leaders to meet with him to discuss the recent events. Amaira travels with Elbert to the Walled City, and meet with the mayor along with Zorran, Momoko, Faustina Bystrom, and Shan. Discussion surrounds having a policy for first contact, and setting up a diplomatic station to deal with newcomers. (Amaira gets confirmation from Faustina that Estarus survived the ordeal.) Shan demonstrates her abilities by breaking a log into kindling with her voice. Dolorian asks Momoko, Zorran, Amaira, and Shan to act as the contact force. Faustina says the Reaving Falcon will not be a standby army, but will be training to act when asked so long as they get pillaging rights.

Zorran invites his newfound team out to have some drinks, and Momoko pulls sake from her sleeve. Shan gets a large glass of milk, a delicacy in these lands. Amaira convinces Shan that a buried hatchet can grow into a hatchet tree…

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Session 3
While the mice are away...

The next morning, in the wee hours, Remilia and Momoko return to the Walled City to find Amaira and let her know about their rescue plans. Amaira volunteers to stay behind to gain reconnaissance on the hobgoblin visiting party, while the other two return to the camp south of town.

Zorran welcomes the hobgoblins and gives a tour of the city. The hobgoblin leader is impressed by the variety of peoples. He also takes interest in the apples by Lake Crystalmere, and Zorran gives him a “taste test” of beef prepared by magic regeneration. Negotiations on trade of metals also happens.

Coming upon the manor house, the hobgoblins quickly see the approaching party of Momoko, Remilia, and Amaira along with their fifteen farmers. The hobgoblin leader drags Amaira from her saddle with his whip. With a menacing sneer, one of the hobgoblins intimidates Remilia and Amaira with his knife. Amaira (synthesized with Enamund) claws the overseer through his defensive stance and takes him down.

Another hobgoblin moves in, fails to hit Amaira, and Amaira fails to retaliate properly, and lands a serious blow with his sword. Momoko tries her hand at the short bow while Remilia tangles with another hobgoblin. After a brutal fight, Remilia and Momoko fall to the hobgoblins, and Amaira escapes with six of the fifteen farmers…

Amaira returns to South Crystalmere to seek out Elbert Grove, and requests asylum. Elbert grants it to Amaira (the farmers are locals and therefore don’t need asylum), and calls for healers for the wounded returned.

Meanwhile, in the Walled City, six hobgoblin riders approach as the chieftain prepares to depart. Zorran calls for healers immediately. When the riders report it was the same assault team, Zorran offers the captured up as “undesirables”. The chieftain offers to take three of “your people” in exchange to have things “go back to the way it used to be” and to make up for the loss of four hobgoblins.

Zorran reports to Dolorian about the rescue attempt. Dolorian proposes giving them six of their dead, since they will be reborn anyway. War is not an option: they decide to give the negotiated items for free as compensation. When Zorran returns to the chieftain to tell him about the “gifts”, the hobgoblin insists on replacement for his men, not just “magic tricks”.

Zorran and the chieftain head to Dagna to discuss the actions of the tieflings with the leadership. Zorran announces that he “wishes to invoke the sacred right of diplomatic relations between our peoples”. The viking leader insists that it was not their people who led the second attack, as all of their people were already captured. The chieftain realizes that three were released, so there would be at most three “repeat customers”. When Tevon, one of the hobgoblins in the battle, says it was humans, Zorran speaks of Elbert as their defacto leader.

When the reach the Grove orchard, a rider at the edge of the property dashes inside. Amaira – hiding in the upper level of the house – stealthily listens to the conversation as Zorran approaches Elbert to talk. Elbert demands reparations for the nine captured humans from the samsarans, but more importantly their freedom. The chieftain implies that if the samsarans and the tieflings will declare their independence, then perhaps the humans as “free folk” are open to pay back for the losses incurred, pledging to “keep revenge to a minimum”.

Zorran heads to Dagna and announces the dire circumstances of the humans before heading back to the Walled City to engage a lock-down.

Word made its way to the tengu, and a jailbreak is made for Momoko and Remilia as well as the rest of the prisoners. Remilia gives her life in a heroic effort to help rescue the farmers.

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Session 2

After Zorran’s negotiation to release those in the fields, the injured are transported back to the Walled City, unconscious. Zorran locks the three adventurers in a secret room in the town hall and then reports to his mayor, Dolorian. Zorran and Dolorian return with a healer to the secret room, and all three regain consciousness after some medical attention. When it is revealed that Zorran gave the hobgoblins advanced notice of the party’s approach, Amaira lands a punch on him and chews him out for his transgression.

Remilia tries to discern what Zorran’s motivation was for the remaining prisoners. Amaira figures that Zorran was the one to negotiate the release of three, so he will also be needed to negotiate the release of the remaining twenty-one prisoners when the hobgoblins arrive the next day for a “diplomatic meeting”.

Zorran fills in the mayor on what happened, along with the earthquake, the bird with the cloth, and the tieflings gearing up in the direction of the collision. He then catches up with the three others to discuss “the signal” that Faustina Bystrom saw in the earthquake and the bird. Momoko figured it was simply their reaction to the incident, whereas Zorran figures it goes beyond that with the “bloodlust” the tieflings appeared to exhibit, implying that Faustina and her crew knew about the impending collision.

Momoko heads to the library to research hobgoblins. Amaira stops in at a pub hoping to learn what word has spread about the earthquake, collecting very little new information. Remilia finds a horse and heads to South Crystalmere to recruit the help of Elbert Grove. Zorran regales the pub with stories of his past exploits, and despite Amaira’s attempted booing, wins over the crowd.

Momoko tracks down Remilia before she leaves and proposes an attempt to rescue the captured while the diplomatic discussions are happening at the Walled City. The wealthiest man in the land, Elbert Grove, welcomes the two to his manor amongst the apple orchard. Remilia easily convinces him to assist in taking up arms against the hobgoblins.

Zorran’s assistant finds Amaira regarding the diplomatic meeting tomorrow, and requests that she keep herself out of sight in order to live up to the agreement that they would be tried as criminals. He does the same with Momoko and Remilia regarding their crimes (as Remilia asked, “The crime of being shot in the face?”). Momoko assures him that they will not be in view.

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Session 1
A whole new world

Remilia Atkascha accompanies Dave the turnip farmer to Dagna. When an earthquake strikes the world, Faustina Bystrom takes the turnip cart from Dave and takes off with Remila, Amaira Ordansdottr, and Yamada no Momoko in the wagon toward where a bird flew with a red ribbon in its grip. “The hand of the mayor” (Peter’s character) steals a horse and heads in the direction of the bird as well, overtaking the caravan.

About 45 minutes later at what used to be the coast (now a ridge-line where to two land masses impacted), “the hand” comes upon a new land, mostly appearing to be farm fields along with a large manor. A farmer with a couple of hounds awaits the Samsaran’s approach. He introduces himself as Antok, the trade representative, and “the hand” introduces himself as Zorran. Zorran joins Antok for peace, trade, and lemonade. The workers in the field appear to be slaves, mostly humans and halflings.

The others discuss tactics during travel (i.e. Amaira cautions Faustina to be careful). Hobgoblins assault the party from camouflage! The three women defend themselves, eventually all falling unconscious during the battle from their wounds. Zorran stops the hobgoblins from finishing them off, and convinces Antok to allow the three to be “extradited” for trial.

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