The Hunting

Session 3

The group started with waking up in the grove of Compassion and Justice. They were offered food and drink before needing to plan how to get out of the grove. The group considered many options. Eventually, they dug their way under the wall. However, widening the hole for Tai to get out took considerable effort and time. When Kenta (siege) came around the wall, Cahaya made loud conversation with the Spirit of Compassion and Justice in order to hid the sound of digging. The spirit of Compassion and Justice had been very distracted and focused on something else.

Eventually, the group discovered that Cahaya’s family had traveled north from Milaka. The group got out of the grove, and heard Kenta speaking with the hunters the group had encountered previously. The hunters were the reinforcements for the siege.

Unable to do anything to help Compassion & Justice, the group headed north-north-east, towards the town just north of Milaka.

It was a two day trip to go to Milaka, so the group decided to stop on the way at the Temple to Hospitality. It had felt corrupted, or… broken somehow? A shadow of its former self was what the group eventually settled on.

The group then moved on, feeling very uncomfortable. They ran into a man with poor clothing and a hunting bow.

Tai approached the man, and the group offered him food. He wanted meat (not allowed by society). The man was danya. Koizumi got him more food. He also called himself by Danya.

The group had been going to bring Danya with them, but Cahaya realized that it may not be safe for Danya with his family.

The group showed Danya what he should eat, and then left, saying their farewells.

The crossing across the river was a ferry crossing, and rather nervewracking for Tai and Koizumi, although Cahaya seemed to enjoy it.

After the group crossed the river, they made it to the village just north of Milaka. It felt like death and there were fewer people than normal. The guards in the town were wearing CoL colors. The guards were also paying close attention to the merchants. There was a spirit presence in the manor house that felt familiar to Cahaya. At the gate were two stone elementals. Tai recognized them and they recognized Tai.

The group went up to the stone elementals and asked to be let in. The stone elementals would not let the group in. Cahaya mentioned that it was a friend of his who was not expecting him, and one elemental went to check. The other elemental spoke with Tai briefly, saying things like “traitor” and such.

Eventually, the group was let in. There were many more elementals than most would expect. Cahaya did not recognize the noble sitting there very well. They played politics for a while, making small talk. Cahaya learned that she was named Yuushi and this town was Karodake.

The group was eventually brought to a small room. Under the bed was a trap door. The group moved the bed to block the door, and then went under the trapdoor. Down a secret ladder there were crates that had people inside of them. Inside the room there were three spirit nobles, one which Cahaya recognized strongly, one spirit touched, and one spirit touched spirit (Koizumi). There were many elementals patrolling the room. The group needed to get the people trapped there. The group did this while the guard shift was happening. During the escape, the enemy spirit noble froze Tai. The group escaped to hide in a shed, with Putra, Intan, Ratu and the Voice.

Session 2


We begin at the Temple of the Spirit of the Breeze that Blows through the Leaves
It is morning
Koizumi did not sleep easily in her tree
Tai tends the temple
Cahaya and the proprietor are talking
—>Koizumi falls out of tree on her
-Babbling about the Spirit of Compassion and Justice

They leave in a hurry to the southwestish following trails
-Koizumi is dashing around from tree to tree
-Cahaya and Tai are exhausted; Tai tries to stop them
-They are gaining on a group; Koizumi investigates
it’s a hunting party
Koizumi sneaks around the group
Cahaya and Tai pose as a noble entourage
—>Koizumi rejoins as a pet

They enter the group
-They have bows, spears, and things
-We push our way through w/ class
-The unmoving stops us “haven’t I seen you somewhere?”
—>Cahaya claims to be from Mallakah, have been gone 14 mo.
—>Milaka has burned “I am afraid that you no longer have a home”
—>It is dangerous for one so young to travel alone. Would you join us? (no)
Someone thinks they recognize Koizumi
—>Koizumi runs away; we chase + 3 servants
—>Cahaya turns them away

Once we are out of sight, Koizumi shifts
The trail is getting smaller
We reach a clearing with a hedgewall
-a stone wall around it
Koizumi tries to fireball, and then gnaw it
Tai tries to force it open
Cahaya magics a sponginess
Tai and Koizumi put fire into it

A person arrives
-Teenager (16, male) with booming voice
-I put this wall here and will not be removing it for the likes of you
-Kenta – under orders from Hotaru
-He is a spirit noble created by the Children of Life
—>He agreed to it rather than death
Koizumi very angry, demonstrates power
—>Demands entry
Cahaya requests entry as well, Tai follows

Koizumi is greeted by a mixture of people inside quad-sized clearing
-Human, spirit, etc
-Tacklehugs the old wizened main in chair (animal features)
-“This is my father”
Warm and accepting environment, but gloom overhead
Koizumi asks for his help
—>This is all my fault. That I didn’t do the right thing when I was with her"
—>Have you learned nothign from our years together?"
Koizumi and Cahaya are fed.

What can I help you with?
-She’s gathering spirit nobles by producing them
-How do Spirit Nobles work? People can assume positions if necessary
-She is forcing people to try to be spirit nobles

The man we met was the Spirit of Siege
Spirit of C&J will stay to ensure C&J remains
—>Some may join our cause

Cahaya wants to find his mother
—>A mystic foretold that he would becomea spirit noble
C&J assures him mother is physically safe, emotionally distraught
—>Father is dead
CJ suggests forming a list of potential allies: Brainstormed List of Spirit Nobles
—>Their positions may be researched
Also mystics and other diviners to speak w/ spirits

Session 1
The Hunting Begins

In the morning, the group woke having fled from the Children of Life. Koizumi, while still asleep had hidden her tail and ears. Tai had meditated, not having needed sleep. Cahaya woke up first. The first thing that Cahaya did was to check outside for the Children of Life. They were gone. However, the group determined that they probably shouldn’t stay in the same place, so they woke up Koizumi. The group headed away, but not directly away, namely west, towards the mountains. There was not much civilization on the way, although the group discovered that the area had been charted by official explorers before.

While the group was traveling, Koizumi mentioned that she is running from someone, namely, someone female.

The group ran into people who we don’t know who they are. Koizumi sneaks ahead and finds that there are 6 of them, 4 adults and 2 children and a donkey. The nomads felt worrisome to her, but the group was hungry so they went to speak to them anyway. Koizumi hid in a tree.

The nomads were frightened of Tai at first, and deferential towards Cahaya. They offered Cahaya food, and he accepted their offer, but asked them if they wanted to eat with him as well. Meanwhile, the littlest child had spotted Koizumi and started throwing rocks at her. Needless to say, the two of them did not get along. However, when Koizumi shape-changed back into human, they were deferential to her as well. Cahaya hadn’t noticed until then that she was dressed as Unmoving. Cahaya deferred to Koizumi, as is proper, him being low unmoving caste and her being higher. The group journeyed with the nomads west, perhaps taking them away from their original path eastward. The group warned the nomads that an eastward journey might not be safe, due to the Children of Life. The nomads did not know much about the Children, but Cahaya told the nomads that they were angry about something and Koizumi mentioned that the CoL were looking for her because she refused to join them.

The group traveled west for half a day, coming to a river. Determining that past the river was not safe, they turned back. The group traveled to the south-east, while the nomads separated from the group, travelling in a different direction. Koizumi stayed on Tai’s shoulder, afraid of the water. Eventually the group slept for the night.

In the morning, the group arrived back in civilization. Cahaya smelled fire ahead, smoke that was recent but from a flame dying out. He also sensed that there were no strong spirits ahead, but there was a spiritual anomaly.

Ahead, the group found a village, smoldering. Koizumi and Cahaya headed straight for the spiritual anomaly, while Tai headed for the field. Koizumi and Cahaya found a man where the spiritual anomaly is. Both Cahaya and Koizumi independently discovered that the man was cursed by a spirit. Koizumi worked on healing his body of the burns on it, while Cahaya went to go find out what Tai was doing.

As it turns out, the field was full of bones of the dead. Tai was using magic to give them a proper burial, cremating the bones into ash. Cahaya offered to help, but was not really in the state to do so.

When Cahaya and Tai returned, they found that Koizumi had been unable to heal the man of his curse, but was somewhat successful in healing his physical injuries. The man mentioned that the CoL had wanted him to serve them. He did and followed their orders and then the pain and burning followed. Cahaya began a prayer to the Spirit of Death, but the man told him that his prayer had no one to reach.

Eventually, the group left, and the man ended up coming with them. He gave us some more information on the motives of the CoL. He told the group that they chose him because he was strong and well suited to her purposes. He also mentioned that they had no particular reason to attack the farm, but they are making an army of spirit nobles.

The way they are doing this is by trying to create nobles, out of people who are loyal to them, for the domains that do not currently have a spirit noble attached. We determine that the only way to stop the CoL is by gathering an army of our own. Koizumi knew where to start. She called out to the spirit of Compassion and Justice to help. Although the group got no response, they were sure that something heard her.

At this point, Tai realizes that the group hasn’t actually introduced themselves to the man or gotten his name. He is called Goro.

The group ended up following Goro to the temple of the Spirit of the Breeze that blows through the Leaves.

Inside the temple there were four people, a woman at the hearth, a farmer, and a couple at the table. Koizumi went to the woman at the fire, Goro and Cahaya went to the farmer, and Tai watched. While Goro seemed to know the farmer, the farmer was insulting and condescending to Goro. Now, being quite insulted that the farmer was insulting his traveling companion and someone who was clearly a friend of his, Cahaya informed him not so kindly that Goro had fallen on hard times and the farmer had stepped out of line. Koizumi helped Cahaya in insuring that the farmer understood this fact. Tai, on the other hand, may have scared Goro with the fact that he is a fire elemental. The farmer agreed to help us find lodging and brought us to the old lady, the spirit noble of the place.

Cahaya tried to recruit her in the morning, but she proved unwilling, being afraid of the risks to her and hers.


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