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.