- Jian Wu aka Two (played by Christian G.): TBA. Tagline: TBA.
- Jiao Ting aka Eight (Played by Chris D): TBA. Tagline: TBA.
- Liang Jing Min aka Five (Played by Randy H.): TBA. Tagline: TBA.
- Nongmin Chushi aka Seven (played by Rory F.): TBA. Tagline: TBA.
- Sheng Yi aka One (Played by Calvin J): TBA. Tagline: TBA.
- Zhiyu Zhige aka Nine (NPC): TBA. Tagline: TBA.
- He Bohai aka Eleven (NPC): TBA. Tagline: TBA.
- He Donghai aka Twelve (NPC): TBA. Tagline: TBA.
- Ko Lenfan aka Four (NPC): TBA. Tagline: TBA.
- Laoshu aka Mouse aka Three (NPC): TBA. Tagline: TBA.
- Meiyou Ren aka Six (NPC): TBA. Tagline: TBA.
- Rang Baozhai aka Ten (NPC): TBA. Tagline: TBA.
Previously . . .
The group had headed back towards the Black Order HQ to take care of Nongmin’s arm. They’re already aware where the last position should be opening up and the stars aren’t quite right for that that night, with the astrological occurrence happening the following night. Sheng Yi checks with Rang about the final location, the palace itself is sitting on top of an artificial hillock on top of a true hill making it the highest point in the city. There’s multiple shrines and temples on the top of the hill as the Emperor is also the major religious leader. Now they’re trying to find out who is behind it all other than just the Black Silk Rebellion, they don’t have much on the way of an identity. She also informs them that the last portal can only be opened after the other three have been and it requires Imperial Blood.
Planning Stuff and Things
Jian Wu, Jiao Ting, Liang Jing Min, Nongmin Chushi, Sheng Yi, and Zhiyu Zhige
The Order’s Inquisitorial Office
Ninth Month 19th day, 1006 Zao Dynasty, 23rd hour
Jiangzihua, Ketuso Province
Rang has been hitting the books hard and has discovered that the doors the cultists have been opening are the locking mechanism of a bigger door to somewhere else. Anywhere else actually. This powerful gate can lead to Hell, the Spirit world, any physical place . . . or even to the high Heavens. Since no one has seen or heard from the gods in millenania this last thing gives the whole team belly aches. Does reaching Heaven make you immortal? Is this whole thing just a ascension rite to become one of the spirit immortals or is it something else. The portal’s opening in the middle of the Imperial Palace doesn’t make things any easier, but it’s the highest point in the city and is heavily fortified and protected.
With the night coming, Jing Min goes to take the spear and the Undercity Prince out on a nice date while Nongmin goes to create some tassels with his TK. Sheng Yi reviews the information and documents that they’ve currently got around. Wu and Mouse head out on a date night together to get some food together. Ting, knowing that Rang has been working all day, makes sure that she gets refreshments and food before investigating and getting used to the shenshou. Zhiyu and Ren head for the marketplace where there’s lots of people and vendors. There’s plenty of people there, with people hushed and there’s a feeling like a calm before the storm.
Jing Min gets to enjoy a rather delicious feast at the Undercity Prince’s home, multiple courses and delicious wines, the spear berates Jing Min for being soft which Jing Min just lets slide off of him.
The team decides to just ride on their authority to get into the palace and surprisingly split up to try and relax some instead of going straight into the palace right away. The portal can’t be opened until the next day anyways and splitting up to look for more information on the streets isn’t exactly a bad idea.
After Action Report (GM)
We started late with this game and it ended about half way through planning because my power went off. Sigh. This was the last episode for the first half of Season 1. I think it went rather well overall. We last Calvin due to life and though I had originally wanted to 32 episodes for Season 1 I decided that stopping at this huge plot point was not only okay, it mirrored how real life TV shows tended to do: put things at a high tension point and then stop and air the rest of the episodes later. This isn’t exactly how the C-Dramas do it (they usually have two episodes per night over the course of 24-25 weeks and do 50ish episodes). I think this was a success, but it was a new campaign and those are almost always rocky from the beginning. It’ll take another season to figure out if the game is a keeper – which I think she is. Just needs more work. More collaboration.
Bonus report here.