We did a big xp/artifact audit.
Wavehopper asks Saibok to wed his sister, to fulfill a promise to Wavehopper’s “father”
Saibok agrees to have tea with her.
- Saibok checks over the weapons and preparing for combat.
- Running Star proofreads Fox’s erotica.
- Fox revises his erotica with Star’s help.
- Zandau studies the tactical arts.
- Sky trains martial arts and athletics.
We arrive at last to the Freehold!
It was long ruled by King Leorn, good but morose.
His wife went a-questing but never returned.
A few months ago he was married to a new bride, but the night of the wedding saw the arrival of the Unshaped.
The Unshaped slew the king and has been terrorizing the Raksha who live here.
Fox gives Star his Armor of the Unseen Assassin and dons the Soulsteel Celestial Battle Armor.
We drop anchor offshore and ride the Dolphin to the coast.
Sky scouts in her bird form while we walk, reaching the village by midnight.
We see water-filled claw-marks of relative stability; evidence of our Water Dragon’s plight.
As we approach, hobgoblins wreak chaos – they are slain.
Wavehopper introduces us to the survivors, holed up in the town’s pub.
Fox attends to the town’s smith, and all the other wounded Raksha.
The next morning the smith begins his assessment of the armor.
Zandau talks to Arienne, wise and odd – if we undergo a story-quest against this Unshaped, we can lull it into a state of vulnerability.
- The Cup – Compassion – Show mercy or kindness
- The Ring – Temperance – Overcome treachery or deception
- The Staff – Conviction – Show dedication despite distractions
- The Sword – Valor – Overcome adversity or conflict
- The Hear – The Core Emanation – A Shaping Battle, but for us this is the time to strike.
Wavehopper’s sister, very high essence, appears and flirts with Saibok. She resembles Saiyuki, a woman Saibok was unable to save from falling to her death from the Imperial Mountain.
The Sword has taken the visage of the old king, built around his bones and wearing the old crown, changed. Its gemstone shone like the sun, the frontpiece jade, and the chain and clasp of starmetal and moonsilver. The crown so-changed has empowered the corpse of the king, giving him strength against orichalcium and jade, but not the other two.
We prepare to enter the monastery.
Wavehopper performs a Sword Shaping Action and breaks the lock, allowing us to enter the monastery’s depths.
The first chamber we enter is an open-aired garden, brightly lit.
An old woman is suspended in a cage above the ground being tormented by a gaggle of hobgoblins.
We defeat the hobgoblins and rescue the old woman.
She is the Compassion emanation of the Unshaped.