The Twisted Circle

In Which I Feel Compelled to Make a Post Even Though We Didn't Have Game
Ascending Water 765: I mean, June 2017, I guess
22 Thursday:

Part of the group hears about Shinnosuke's replacement.  We also took a walk to have dinner and then ice cream.  Presumably, others had adventures of their own.

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In Which There Was Even More Talking
Ascending Water 765: New plan. We might actually survive!
25 Venusday (dawn):

When we last left our intrepid Circle, various plans were being made.  Some of them had better survival rates then others.  

Kazu returned with Seven.  On the way, he discovered Nechara was an occupied city and the Dragon Kings were doing some kind of construction.  Eventually, upon hearing that Monkey would only stick around for a day or two, people decided that taking on the army to save all the humans might not be the best idea and came up with a plan to just save Féard's family.  People rested while Féard rested so he could contact his dad again and find out how much of his family was there.  Once that was determined, the Lunars would swoop in an swipe who they needed

26 Marsday:

Féard finds out only his uncle is with his dad, and that they volunteered to come

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In Which There Was A Lot Of Talking
Ascending Water 765: So many bad ideas
24 Mercurysday (night) to 25 Venusday (dawn):

Harmony and Shinnosuke go sneaking into the Dragon King camp.  Things get off to a bad start when Shinnosuke fails to climb a tree, but this doesn't stop them from their mission.  Harmony realizes there's a commotion a bit later around one of the command tents.  Upon investigation, he finds Shinnosuke has been captured and is being interrogated.   Harmony initially tries to get Shinnosuke's stuff back, but has to flee before he's discovered.

Hai'li and Monkey go to a Wood Court and convince them to help.

Kazu arrives at Great Forks and hands over some letters.  Harmony's mother is upset by his sudden disappearance and sends a letter back with Kazu, informing him to tell Harmony to read it as if she's yelling.  Kazu gives a report to Talespinner and gets some letters back saying Great Forks doesn't approve of our actions.  In a secret missive, they still disapprove and think we shouldn't do it, but Weaver of Dreams of Victory is willing to bless us if we insist.  Kazu then gives his shield to Dayshield's temple, telling them it her's to do with as she wishes if he's not back in 72 hours to retrieve it.

The Circle talks into the night deciding what to do.  Some people think we need to save Shinnosuke, some people think that can wait until the main attack, some people think that Shinnosuke is already as good as dead and that everyone else will die as well if we attack the Dragon Kings.  Eventually, Hai'li goes to fly over the encampment to see if she can spot Shinnosuke and around dawn sees his tortured corpse being thrown into the midden heap.  She rushes back crying.  The Circle is almost convinced that it's suicide to attack, until Féard discovered his father is alive and is with the captured Necharans.  This decides Hai'li that the Circle had to save them.  Kazu and Monkey had a sneaky conversation.  Kazu also gave DS his orichalcum longfang telling DS that he would be able to make more use of it in the battle than Kazu would.

Monkey wasn't happy about hearing about the ritual for turn humans into Dragon Kings and was going to talk to Raksi about what it was doing.  When questioning the Neverborn with Whispers, DS got something that roughly translated to "short answer is most die and return to the cycle, some stay behind."

 

XP minimums as of the end of Session 17:

assuming your character hasn't died, these are before any bonus XP you may have earned:

XP: 51  

"Solar" XP: 34 XP

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In Which Several People Come to the Conclusion That There's Something Wrong With Us
Ascending Water 765: also, goddamned sidereals

23 Moonsday (night):

Debate about Shinnosuke continues.  After an explosion, people question whether he's even alive.  Eventually Féard tells Shinnosuke via Infallible Messenger that if he doesn't come back Light's Valor is going to call in his Dragon King friends in the Wyld to come wreck shit if he doesn't come back in 12 hours.

Kazu practices his evil laugh for when Shinnosuke shows up.  Shinnosuke listens to the Circle talk about what to do when Shinnosuke shows up.  Eventually Shinnosuke decides he can't kill Kazu and lacks the courage to kill himself now.

The White Fox was listening to the conversation and told everyone she(?) wished to be called Bianca.  She thought Shinnosuke should give it time and said that a friend was arriving anyways.

Much to Kazu and the Darkening Sky's confusion, Harmony arrives by way of Stormwind Rider from a sorcerer he hired.  Everybody else thought this was all according to plan.  Féard insisted this is what Harmony told them he would do, DS insisted that, no, that plan was to go to Nechara and Kazu would go from there to pick up Harmony and why would he lie to him and Kazu if this had been the plan all along.  Needless to say, DS and Kazu were confused and didn't know why everyone insisted this was the plan.

24 Mercurysday:

That morning, everyone goes to Nechara by way of Stormwind Rider.  On the way the see a legion of Dragon Kings, around a dozen big dudes, and what appeared to be a high enligheted of the Void being carried on a palanquin, as well as 1000 slaves.  Needless to say, Hai'li wanted to save them.  More debate ensues, the sorcerer leaves with the Rathess notes and suggests we're insane and need help, also help if we plan to fight the army.  Discussion was had about groups that could be asked for help.

Hai'li goes to a nearby tribe of Raptormen and asks for help.  Eventually a scout is brought back to the Circle where Kazu and Harmony could speak their language.  All three go back to ask the elders for help and Hai'li's mentor Monkey shows up.  The Raptormen agreed to help as long as their only role was as a distraction.  Monkey was cranky to discover there was an Abyssal with them and asked to go back with them to talk to DS.

Monkey talked to DS, trying to find out why he should be trust (p.s. he shouldn't) and came to the conclusion the Circle was cracked.  He agreed to go talk to the wood-bloods to see if they'd help.

 

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Arrival at Rathess
Ascending Water 765: Deja vu?
20, Jupitersday:

A discussion is had about what to do. Feard wanted to use is wagons to rescue people, others were less sure of the wisdom of spending months wandering the forests to save people instead of going back to Great Forks and helping them defend.  A quick message to Harmony let us know intel on Rathess would probably be appreciated.  It was eventually decided we'd go to Nechara via Storm Wind Rider and beat up Dragon Kings along the way and save the humans we could.

21, Saturnsday:

We leave that morning.

22, Sunsday:

We arrive that afternoon.  Hai'li and Shinnosuke go to scout Rathess, the others go into hiding. 

23, Moonsday:

Hai'li and Shinnosuke scout.   They gather intel, but after sneaking into a ziggurat and witnessing a ritual chamber, Shinnosuke informs Hai'li that he plans to die here and take out as many High Enlightened as he can with him.  Hai'li tries to argue but fails to make an impact.  She rushes back to the others to tell them what happened and a discussion occurs about whether or not Shinnosuke should be rescued from his insanity.

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In which we learn about the hijinks of ancient Solars
Ascending Water 765: Surprise! They were pretty awful
20, Jupitersday:

We fast forward to the end of the fight, leaving Eaty-Guy/Randy alive for questioning.  He insists his name is,like, Ran'tee or something.  After some threatening, Eaty-Guy decides to cooperate in return for a clean death.  We get some answers about their powers, military strength and organization.  Eventually, because Hai'li is trying to find out what drives the Dragon Kings, the subject of mating comes up and Kazu turns bright red.  This summons the Fae Lord Light's Valor made friends with, and with him came two Dragon Kings who called themselves Lords of the Void and Lord of Blood, who were at the highest enlightenment of those paths.  Apparently Light's Valor made them and then sent them to fight for the Lords of Courage, Conquest, and Glory in the Wyld until such a time as he called them back.  He also had other questionable experiments to his name.  According to the Dragon Kings, the reason he's so strongly 'present' in Kazu is because some of his experiments.  Also, we learn Shinnosuke's prior incarnation was a dude who was called the Dark Knight who ruled the "City of Gleaming Stone Which Shone in the Darkness" through fear.

After the Wyld faded, a bird from Harmony came with a message wondering what had happened.

Eventually they left and we got into a fight since Kazu had a nervous breakdown over what Light's Valor did.  Shinnosuke seriously considered killing him then which Hai'li objected to.  A combination of Worthy talking them down and Kazu's travel capacity held of the decision.

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No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy
Ascending Water 765: ... Or PCs for that matter
20, Jupitersday:

We discussed battle plans.  Kazu was to occupy the Big Guy, also known as "Fred."  Hai'li and Shinnosuke were to take down one of the officers, while DS was to take down the army.  

It was a big ol' fight.  Armies clashed, or more accurately the Darkening Sky clashed with an army.  Kazu leapt into battle with Fred.  Hai'li initially fought "Eaty-Guy" (aka Randy) before becoming distracted by wanting to poison Fred.  Shinnosuke tried to stalk Sword-guy (aka Earl), and got a good hit in though he failed to take him down in one shot.  Eventually the army, Randy, and Earl all went after DS, though Earl was disheartened by his inability to hit Darkening Sky effectively.  Though things were looking pretty bad for DS since Randy sent him into initiative crash and DS wasn't having much luck getting out of it, partially because Worthy was using the manses defenses against the battle group and thus taking them out before DS could.


Eventually the Darkening Sky took out the army, Randy jumped on to Fred and called a retreat.  DS had gotten a second wind and jumped after Randy.  Fred dropped over dead from poison. Earl tried to cover their retreat.  Shinnosuke stealthed after the retreating Dragon Kings.  Hai'li tried not to get crushed when Fred fell over.

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Travelling to Northhaven
Asc Water 765: Remember kids, don't fly kites in stormy weather

18, Venusday:

The journey to Northhaven starts.  Harmony brings the simhata to Great Forks while the rest travel by way of Stormwind Rider.  Hai'li transforms into something small while the Darkening Sky flies a Shinnosuke kite. Which seems dangerous, but whatever.  While stopping for a break, they are accosted by Ma-Ha-Suchi's beastmen while Kazu grumbled about Wyld mutants.  Hai'li managed to diffuse the situation while we continued on the journey.

19, Marsday:

A stop to rescue villagers.  They're told to go south to the Dreaming Sea where they can be picked up.  Kazu and DS are baffled that people who live in the East are worried about starving to death.  Arrival at Northhaven.  Grandad is using to manse to fire lightning bolts at the assailants.  Talked about evacuation.  Feard built wagons.  Exalts attuned to the manse.  Dragon Kings were killed.  It was discovered that some of the "Dragon Kings" actually started human.

That night,  Shin and Hai'li went to cause trouble for the army and returned to report.

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Discussing What To Do About the Partycrashers
Ascending Water 765: I am way too tired to be elaborate today
17, Mercuryday:

Messages were sent to Harmony's dad and grandad.  Dad was skeptical, Grandad was already holding them off at the family manse.  The caravan was stopped.

The Darkening Sky checked to see in the Neverborn had any information to glean about the current events.

Plans were made to go help evacuate.  

Akamura revealed his real name, Sōseki Shinnosuke.

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Things Get... Interesting...
Ascending Water 765: Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die
16, Moonsday:

Kazu returns with the son of the Yesunshin chief, Unnar.  He reports that some enhanced ghosts tried to abduct the boy on the trip back.  Upon further questioning, he realized that he were old Marukan ghosts.

We discover that Clifton Mayhiros decided to commit suicide.  After investigation of the corpse and the cell the Lookshy delegates held him in, it was determined that he enacted somekind of ritual using nightshade to commune with spirits.  Those knowledgeable in the Shining Path said there was a ritual that people only used when they were desperate to commune with the Bishop.  Mayhiros received a suicide note from his brother and talked about it with Sejong.  Afterward, he proposed to end feud saying it was unresolved and Yesunshin agreed to go along with it.

Both Yesunshin and Wagasu joined the Confederation.  People also agreed to vote to increase military strength with the details to be worked out the next day. 

Aria and Harmony had dinner at a fancy restaurant.  

17, Mercuryday:

While people are discussing things, some oddly colored Dragon Kings come to crash the party.  Quite literally as their Stormwind Rider-like spell crashes through the walls.  They claim everything East and South of the Vaneha split (conveniently avoiding Ma-Ha-Suchi and Raksi's territory) at least until their ready to conquer us.  They claim they became unlightened enlightened through the Path of Blood, which Feard recognized as a forbidden path.  Dark Storm observed they were practically oozing necrotic Essence.

Feard and Harmony were quite worried about the fates of their respective families.  Hai'li was quite upset that they would be taking humans as slaves and denying them their freewill.

After "Marilee" got all glowy, they reluctantly acknowledged they couldn't do anything to us right now.  They were also not thrilled when Light's Valor made an appearance.  They ran off in a similar way to how they arrived.

The Confederation observed that they were surrounded by death-y forces and decided to up military power even more.  The Marukan's talked about going to the Bishop, which lead to Hai'li prodding Dark Storm into telling the Convocation what he know about the Shining Path.  The Marukan's still didn't want to believe him claiming "if he wanted me to kill my son I'd say no" to which Hai'li replied "Isn't that what happened with Clifton Mayhiros?" She got glared at.

After hearing Sijan's (ridiculous) idea of what Deathlords were and how they were created, Dark Storm also informed them as to the nature of the Deathlords and their relationship with the Neverborn.  Nezri asked him to swear under the Eclipse Oath that everything he said was true to the best of his knowledge, which he did.

"Marilee" and Kazu wanted a Wyld Hunt assigned to Kazu to kill him if he went crazy.  Hai'li thinks they're idiots.

After the meeting, Nezri and Hai'li went to get drunk. They also had an interesting conversation.

 

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