The story began on the first of Needfest, 1150 I.C. (C.Y. 605)
Zeshyn the Dai-Kyu, Vanaran Archer
Seppun Ozawa, Human Monk, Imperial Families
Mirumoto Katsushiro, Half-dragon Samurai, Dragon Clan
Cortana Tsunoaru, Draeni Wizard (Iounmancer), Unicorn Clan
Tsugumi Kirigaya, Tengu Oracle, Crane Clan
and finally, the NPC;
Irda Na-Helena, Huchard Mystic (Knight-chandler), Jade Guardian (of the Diamond Throne)
Our session began on the 8th of Fireseek, 1150 I.C.
On reaching the Gentle Lily, Kagoki’s finest (well, only) inn, the group quickly discerned that conversations first stopped, then resumed in whispers when they first entered. Katsushiro singled out one of the knots of whispers and after some minor missteps, discerned that it was not the presence of his band that provoked the change in the room but some local problem from a few days prior, centered around what he referred to as “a band of out-of-control dwarven children” raising havoc and getting themselves arrested. On further discussion, the group decided to investigate further the next morning.
Before doing so, however, they went out to check the ship, where they found one of the aforementioned “dwarven children” hiding out. Introducing himself as Gilligan Oregatos, he explained that he was a gnome, from a city he called Greyhawk, and that he and his companions were on an mission of exploration for something he called the Society of Gnomergan. He further added that he and his companions had done nothing wrong, had been attacked, their possessions confiscated, and the bulk of his party incarcerated.
While Cortana remained behind with Gilligan, the rest of the party went to see the local Magistrate. Though the hour was still early, he invited the party to break fast with him, and got brought up to speed on his version of events. He claimed that they “dwarven children” had arrived in the town, put on a display of their gadgets, and disrupted the work in the area (he boasted the Kagoki was the center of Clan Scorpion’s agriculture). He then stated that most of their gadgets and the bulk of the prisoners had already been transferred to a local monastery, so that the shukenja there could divine the purpose of the gadgets and use their magic to force the interlopers to confess their true purpose.
The one item he had retained was a lump of silver metal about the size of a hand, that the party eventually managed to get working, though they didn’t know how to use it properly. Going downstairs to the jail (which everyone thought was perhaps a bit large for a “sleepy agricultural center”) to interview the remaining prisoner.
Alexos Wandfarr proved to be a surly yet visionary gnome, dressed only in a burlap sack. He espoused that the Magistrate and his men were barbarians, opponents of progress, and that borders were imaginary lines that would be gone in ‘50 years’, ushering in a new age of commerce, travel, and communication across the world. They really couldn’t get much out of him except that he seemed to have little respect for laws and authority. Eventually, as they conferred with the Ambassador on how she’s like to proceed, Cortana rejoined the group at the jail to see what was taking so long. It was finally decided that there was little they could do for him or his compatriots, but that they needed to decide what to do with Gilligan.
On their way back to the ship, it was pretty much decided that they’d take Gilligan a distance from town and set him loose, not wanting to simply hand him over to the authorities. Gilligan was very disappointed with this turn of events, and he asked the group to take him to a certain set of coordinates…. where, nestled amid a huge field of barley, they found a field of Black Euroth, a dangerous narcotic outlawed everywhere in Rokugan (and elsewhere, as Gilligan clearly recognized the plant from his travels. The party then believed that the gnomes had been incarcerated not because of their disregard of borders, but because they’d discovered the field.
Returning again to Kagoki, the party confronted the Magistrate anew, and his assurances that the field would be eradicated and those responsible punished sounded hollow to the group. After a fair amount of back and forth, Katsushiro finally drew on the Magistrate, and a melee ensued. Four guards and their dogs joined the fray, but in the end, Cortana put the Magistrate to sleep, and as the guards and their dogs succumbed to their wounds, the Ambassador finally called upon the remaining guard to surrender.
Kirigaya healed the guards, they took the Magistrate prisoner, and took him to Beiden to face judgement from his superior. In the end, Kagoki’s Magistrate was stripped of his position, and it was agreed that the gnomes would be released, but that they would be escorted to the Celestial Sea and told in no uncertain terms that they were to leave and not return. (Everyone was fairly certain that the field (and fields like it) would remain; Scorpion Clan was notorious for keeping their nobles hands clean of the vices they supplied).
After Beiden, the Ambassador said that she wanted to see the Wall, so the Songbird set sail south. Cortana deduced from conversations she’d had with Gilligan that the Songbird sailed along ley lines much like the Society did. Sometimes they traveled slowly, sometimes quickly; they took meandering routes, all in accordance with the presumed strength or intensity of the lines they followed. Cities and sites of magical significance always sat at the juncture of lines, both drawing power and energizing the lines themselves.
They sailed along the Wall for several miles, stopping occasionally at watchtowers and garrisons to learn news. Eventually they sailed past the wall, towards a small settlement that sat in the Wall’s shadow…
As we ended for the night, it was the 16th of Fireseek, 1150 I.C.