Thursday, 12 June 2008

Been a While

Goodness, it has been a long time. But, now I'm here again. Isn't that exciting.

So ... massive catch-up since March.

The sieves were made [Wendell still won't go through], foreigners were contacted and [eventually] told me that they'd never had a problem with the mill leaking, but why don't I try this stuff? The stuff [that would be the cryo-tape, for those of you poor souls who actually dare to ask about this] arrived and seems to survive LN temperatures. Unfortunately, Wendell has learnt to teleport. I really hope that he was badly treated because I can't go back and make him suffer... Though it's entirely possible that he's not the problem. I presume that the teleportation is caused by small holes in the cryo-tape and masking tape [which also seems to be able to mostly cope with LN temperatures, who would've thought?] allowing him to get through. Anyway, we're hoping that they'll cope better with shorter time spent in the LN... Results indicate that they don't. I think I shall spend the rest of the day sulking. Either that or throw myself out of a window.

In game news... We hunted down Agasha Sosuke, including spending plenty of time underwater with a bunch of fishmen and lobsterwomen. We discovered him trying to locate a box he'd left there a very long time ago, before he turned into an evil tainted git. Yashamaru came along in the void and, after we'd killed everyone [though we hadn't yet got around to decapitating Sosuke], Sosuke came back to life, started some spell and was attacked by Yashamaru, we all ran away, while there was a huge explosion behind us. The explosion shook down some jasper, which Ishie stopped to collect. At least, she tried to, Kamenosuke felt she should keep running away from the exploding mass of fish remains. After the explosion, Ishie and Kamenosuke gathered some jasper to add to her gypsum previously obtained from an obliging cave. Nagataka had spotted Sosuke's box and picked it up and off we went, back to the world outside of the lake. Yashamaru and Sosuke had completely disappeared. Waynnnnnnne was eaten by work, and so Hideo had some family business to attend to and disappeared. Kitsu Sedami joined the magistrates, however we are still looking for a fourth player. We opened Sosuke's box, and discovered dried cherries with a distinctly metallic smell. Ishie has them, is completely convinced they've been treated with some sort of alchemical process and is just waiting for Sedami to dry out and open the accompanying piece of paper in the hopes that it will provide some clue. The fact that it's written in a script that Ishie technically shouldn't be able to read is completely irrelevant [that's what grandmothers are for, after all]. Work on the elixir progresses reasonably well. Ishie has made friends with the water kami in the ladies bathhouse, picked up a bunch of tiny earth kami from the underwater adventure and had a contained made to keep them in check and is using the two to reveal what's in the elixir. She knows there are 7 ingredients. She knows what 5 of them are. One of Yumiko's grandchildren went missing. We found him stuck in an old, abandoned cellar, that had been completely sealed in except for one small child-sized hole. With the help of an eta child, we rescued the kid, removed the other children's skeletons, including the one that was luring the children in there. We later found the woman he'd been with dead in the maze. She was one of the servants from Three Herons and they'd disappeared on the day that the Three Herons people went home. Though Kamenosuke insists on corresponding with Yeiji, it's probably not an entirely bad thing since she wants him to get her married to some guy the other magistrates met in Toshi Ranbo. Also, she's keeping us informed of any dubioud goings-on that we need to know about. Particularly important considering Hanchero's mother [see later] told us that they kept an oni there and that Doji Akitaka [Yeiji's father] was part of her group. So, the remaining magistrates joined Isawa Hanchero and his yojimbo [she's a Shiba, I can never remember her name - though technically they're both ronin] in attacking his mother's oni. We defeated it, resulting in an infected hill. After giving us a chance to talk to what seemed to essentially be his mother's spirit Hanchero was too far gone for anything and chose to kill himself. We burned both him and the oni [though separately] and went back to town. A couple of days later, a jade magistrate [Yogo Shigeri] arrived. She gave us the jade tea that the Kuni had sent for us, interrogated us about what's been going on around here and, yesterday, went with us to see about the cleansing of the now tainted hill. She's very good with horses and really likes pickles. We know about the last one, thanks to the water kami in the ladies bathhouse. You see, it decided that it was lonely and that it would like a fish. So I asked Taniko to see about finding a suitable fish. She stole one from the koi pond at her father's inn. It was a rather large fish and was too big to fit in one of the bathhouse's washbasins. So Ishie went to the kitchens in search of something to put the fish in. The servants there suggested a rather large barrel, that happened to be full of pickles. So, the next day, the fish was happily swimming in its barrel in the bathhouse and the castle was dining on pickles. Though Harumi did suggest that she'd see about finding the fish a more aesthetically pleasing home for the fish. Hopefully this means that the water kami will be both happy and helpful. Anwyay, we went off to the hill with Shigeri, where we found a half-eaten dead goat. We tracked the insectoid tracks, where we found a very large cockroach. After some deliberation we decided to draw out and kill the cockroach, though this was not without its hazards for Ishie. Kamenosuke was injured and, while trying to heal him, Ishie was once again tempted by kansen and very nearly tainted. She managed to resist, however and also managed to resist experimenting with the elixir on Kamenosuke. He wasn't particularly badly injured, so it wasn't terribly necessary. Besides, if she used it on him, he'd want details about it and while Ishie might try lying about it to other people, she wouldn't [couldn't] lie to Kamenosuke. And he would not be happy if she used it on him and he knew what was in it.
Next week: poetry contest and elixir back-engineering.

Hopefully, I won't remember anything else, since I'm going home now, in the attempt to actually be on time for yoga.

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