- Big Chon (Played by Chris D.): TBA. Tagline: “TBA.”
- Lin Shisheng (Played by Scott R.): TBA. Tagline: “TBA.”
- Myaing (Played by Emily S.): TBA. Tagline: “TBA.”
- Yang Wen (Played by Will M.): TBA. Tagline: “TBA.”
- Zhao Liu (Played by Travis E.): TBA. Tagline: “TBA.”
- Highlady Long Xing (NPC; Played by L. A.): TBA. Tagline: “TBA.”
Previously . . .
When we have last left off, the group has gone to see the ladyship Long of the Dragon Clan who had deigned to visit the poor town. A runner has brought Zhao a letter from the constable with the names of the bandits turned in and about 1/5th of the money that they should have gotten. It’s obvious that he believes that there’s nothing that he can do about them since he’s got the power. A debate ensues about what to write the Lady Long, but Yang Wen creates a beauty piece of material to get her attention and an invitation is sent back to them almost five minutes before theirs has arrived. Apparently despite a corrupt bureaucracy, things are incredibly efficient.
The Lady of the Manor
Big Chon, Myaing, Yang Wen, Zhao Liu
The Singing Hare
Sixth Month 13th day, 1017 Zao Dynasty, 11th hour
Jiangjinshou, Nanchun Province
They’re ushered into a rather amazing setting with black marble, gold inlays, plenty of guards and everyone is on their best behaviour, excluding Big Chon with his rather uncouth nature. The heads of the Bo and the Shi clans are quite nervous being in the presence of the Lady Long. Zhao takes the lead and speaks about what has happened with the Shi and Bo clans and the former prefect, how their mine was stolen and how the feud has begun. The large amount of bandits, the kidnapping, the pittance that was paid via the constable. The lady is quite displeased, demanding that one of her attendants firmly request the constable’s presence before hearing the problems of the Bo and Shi clans.
The head of the Bo clan claims that he’s been wronged over the years and demands more than his share of the mine while the Shi clan head demands the same in his favour. They try to argue while the young folks are questioned about the marriage. The Lady demands their immediate marriage and the alliance of the clans whereupon the mine would be returned. The two heads begin to argue about who would rule the new clan, and that the eldest, the Bo clan head, would be the best leader. She declares that the two lovers would be the rulers as they are the ones that united the clans. There’s a rather large party that occurs with the planning of everyone to celebrate their wedding.
With things happening, Big Chon goes back to his work since things are now all peaceful. Zhao sources up some rather nice liquor with the help of Lady Long and speaks with her about making sure that thing are going well inside the town. There’s a nice split as thanks for bringing things to Lady Long’s attention. Yang goes to crafting things for the party while Lady Long tries to get him to do some work for her. The observation of the estate lands reveal the shadow of a rather large koi in the pond that Yang attempts to observe but can’t catch sight of again. There’s multiple days of getting prepared, with dresses made and black markets checked.
The constable apparently dislikes the group after his corruption is exposed, constantly making side eyes at Zhao’s when they encounter each other. The dress is quite beautiful and the decorations are amazing. The high lord of the dragon clan is often in the capital city, a courtier, though it’s said that he flies to see his wife near every night. Lady Long gifts the bride one of her pieces of jade while most of the rest are trying to find a gift.
During the preparations, the miners from the mine that had been employed by the Dragon clan are quite nervous as the new clan won’t need their services. The Lady Long decides to shake things up by offering them extra pay to deal with the hazardous shafts that would flood with magma unexpectedly along with better tools which they contact the local blacksmith to manufacture. He’s just barely able to make decent tools for them with a lot of effort as the party goes on around him.
Everyone has been invited to the party, everyone important has come around to attend with Big Chon staying at his forge to complete the tools. There’s not much reason for him to attend the ceremonies while he has work to deal with. Lin Shinsheng and Yang Wen carouse around looking for anyone that causes trouble while Zhao makes connections. A week from the current day, the party and the after party are successes with the revelries lasting several days. Everyone has had plenty of fun.
After Action Report (GM)
Today saw the first time in a long while that my campaign adversary (aka L.A.) was in a new campaign. It was great having her there and she quickly got along with all the other PCs (I thought). This was her first time doing a video+VTT so she was a bit shy, but it worked out great. L.A. is portraying the Highlady Long Xing – the nominal leader of the nobility in Jiangjinshan. While not exiled from the Capital city, she is in this backwater town for a reason – which has not been revealed yet.
The PCs worked hand in glove with Highlady Long and overall I was pleased by the results. She’s offered to give them patronage to help her clean up the town and the PCs seemed to really go for that. We’ll see how it goes.
We had technical difficulties starting out and switched from Hangouts to Discord after a bit. Travis also was having some issues and had to quit early – when Emily got booted from her ISP we called it early. Which sucked because we had a good rhythm going.