The story began on the first of Needfest, 1150 I.C. ( C.Y. 605)
Zeshyn the Dai-Kyu, Vanaran Archer, Crab Clan
Seppun Ozawa, Human Monk, Imperial Families
Cortana Tsunoaru, Draeni Wizard (Iounmancer)/Rogue, Unicorn Clan
Arimura Kasumi, Human Fighter, Unicorn Clan
Raen d’Arth, Human Magus, Gaijin
and Maerk the Red, Kakaran (Warforged) NPC Cleric of Wee Jas, Gaijin
Our session began on the 20th of Wealsun, 1152 I.C.
On the morning after her resurrection, Kasumi had found a single raven feather on the nightstand next to her bed. She showed it to her companions, none of whom knew the significance of the feather. Later that day, they used their amulet to return to the Confluence, exited in the city of Boronia, took yet another ocean voyage (this time on the Sea of Fallen Stars, where they dropped the ninth stone).
Arriving in Raven’s Bluff, they returned yet again to the Confluence, exited this time in Krystophan on Krynn, and repeated their actions with the tenth stone. There was some debate over whether they should keep the eleventh stone, just to be certain that nobody could just collect it off the bottom of an ocean, but by the time they finally returned to Shatura in Sunela, they decided instead to drop it into the active caldera of Mount Tevastra, on the western border of the province of Ilasnal on their way back to Rokugan.
Arriving back in Otosan Uichi on the 24th of Reaping, they quickly noticed two things. The number of huchard airships patrolling over the city (but flying Imperial colors) had nearly tripled since their last visit, and by the somber flags otherwise being flown over the city, that some important personage had recently died. By the time they had moored the Wren, they knew that it had been the Emperor himself, Toturi I, who had been assassinated in his private chambers on the 10th of Reaping.
Meeting with Minister Seppun, the party learns the details. Toturi was found in his private quarters with a dagger jutting out of his chin. The blade itself, while well made and otherwise of obvious Rokugani manufacture, was not distinctive enough to identify the assassin. Powerful abjurations had been cast, obscuring the divinations that had been subsequently cast to try and identify the killer(s). Toturi had one official heir, his son Hito (age 5) born to his wife, Fama in 1147 I.C., and apparently a boy named Kaede Kaneka, a bastard born to a geisha he’d had a fling with nineteen summers ago. The heads of all the Clans were currently in the Imperial City, arguing the merits of either boy to lead the Empire in this troubled time.
On hearing that the Clan heads are in residence, the group asks if their former companion, Katsushiro, is present, and they learn that he is. The broach their tentative plans to track down his father, Tatsuya Nakadai, who they had last seen at the Temple where they’d stolen the eleven capstones of the Well of Twilight in Astariim. For his part, Katsushiro reveals that he had petitioned his own Daimyo on several occasions, wishing to be temporarily released from service so that he might deal with his father himself, but had thus-far been rebuffed, the situation at home to volatile for one of his best officers to be away. Katsushiro at first seems reluctant to delegate this task, but admits that if he cannot do it, he trusts his former companions to do it for him. He asks only that if possible, that the body of his father be returned to him, so that he might conduct the rites to ease his passage into the Spirit World.
The party then spends several more days concocting a plan to draw Nakadai out to a place of their choosing. Having recently traveled to Silverymoon and been impressed by the libraries there, the group uses both Chan Clar of Tsonlai and Minister Seppun’s unnamed spy in Arfa Dumor to leak word that they will be there for several weeks, camped out in the ruins of Myth Glaurach, doing research tied to the final stone of the Well of Twilight and the copy of the Esoterica Ebonwand that was bound to Mehe Jurlfalra.
While stalling for time in the libraries, Kasumi seeks knowledge about the feather that she found; several deities have feathers in their motif, but the only one that makes any sense for the pace where she was resurrected is the former-mortal-now-demigod Varn Damocles.
On the 11th of Goodmonth, the party’s plans come to fruition. Having collectively spent Hero Points to both warn themselves of the dragon’s approach, and buy themselves a few rounds to prepare in advance of his arrival, their camp is quickly the center of an obviously magical thunderstorm, which reveals Nakadai in his full Dragon-form, obviously touched by the Shadowlands Taint. He has brought with him a quartet of oni (of the Gofla tribe) and an ogre magi.
As we broke for the evening, Maerk was preparing to invoke Divine Intervention (as Nakadai seems largely content to fly above the party, blasting them with spells), Raen is nearly unconscious, and Maerk is near death himself, the victim of two failed saves (Fireball and then Cone of Cold). Only one of the oni has been slain, two more are regenerating, and the final one is now flying and seems intent on slaying Maerk….
It is the 11th of Goodmonth, 1152 I.C.