Wednesday, June 7, 2017

DISPOSABLE DISCIPLES SESSION 50: THE CHARIOT OF DU QIAN

This is a log for my ongoing Disposable Disciples of Bone Kingdom campaign. You can see the previous session HERE.  Note that I began recording sessions, so this has allowed me to do more detailed session logs.

Player Characters: 

Shen Chun/Crazed Raksha
Little Bai
Qui
Ong Lao
Min (Feiyan)

Disciples of the Sect: 

Red Eagle (Little Bai)
Mount Dao/Biggest Sister (Little Bai)
Filial Cricket (Little Bai)
Dim-Witted Chen (Shen Chun)


Sects: 

The Righteous Outlaws
Calamity Star
Ou Jinghzhu
Tea Master Houzhou

Stone Palace Sect (Also called Golden Way)

A gambling hall and criminal network in Yun Hu. Currently under control of party, with Weeping Lotus managing it. They've absorbed many other sects into this organization including Crocodile Sect, Blades of the Weeping Lotus, Temple of the Jade Mercies, Relentless Corpse Sect and more. Recently they joined with Relentless Corpse again when Shen Chun arranged a marriage with their leader Da Mei Mei. 

Members:

Shen Chun (King)
Da Mei Mei (Queen)
Weeping Lotus (Right Vanguard)
Silent Dagger
Feng (Accountant)
Gu (Head Chef)
Little Bai
Min
Scholar Shen (a scholar who has been writing a story about Little Bai's life)

Dancing Scorpions
Criminal network in Yun Hu

Relentless Corpse Sect

Da Mei Mei

Temple of the Jade Mercies (see Stone Palace)

Abbot Wei Zhao
Abbess Bao-Yu
Yao Tu-On
Yao Chun
Yao Ba

Southern Hill Sect

Yellow Mantis
White Chysanthemum
Green Mantis (Dead but important)

Twin-Fisted Eagle Sect

Twin Fisted Eagle
Jade Fist

Bone Breaking Sect
Destroyed and taken over by Drunken Hero Kang

Glorious Death Cult

Led by Supreme Master Tung, who says he is a god of death



THE COURT OF SHEN CHUN 
The group re-organized in the south. Shen Chun and Da Mei Mei gave birth to a baby girl named Ying, and invited their allies in the martial world to announce the birth. A woman calling herself Duo Bai arrived. She claimed to be the daughter of Lady White Blade, and requested to become Sing's instructor 'so she can defeat the Yan one day'*. Ong politely requested to test her skills and they had a friendly duel in the reception hall. She charged and impaled him with her sword, and he told Shen Chun that her skills were acceptable. 

Shen Chun used the Righteous Staff of the Mantis to see Lady Duo Bai's past misdeeds. Within its swirling orb he saw her being tutored by Strange Phoenix, an argument ensued and she slashed her teacher's leg. 

He asked her about her relationship with Strange Phoenix and she said that Strange Phoenix was her aunt. After discussion with Da Mei Mei, Shen Chun agreed to take her as his child's martial arts instructor. 

Lady Duo Bai asked to be called Green Blade, and was taken into the sect as the instructor of Ying and all the sect children. 

Later a man named Qima Sao arrived and was granted an audience in the reception hall. He said he was the former head of the Astronomical Office in the Empire and hoped to be accepted into the sect in a similar capacity. He fled during the invasion and wanted to help protect the south. 

He too was accepted. 

Shen Chun decided to depart for the Chamber of the Ageless Guardian to retrieve the Chariot of Du Qian once again (they tried once before). Ong and Min went east by ship to find their new island. 


QUI IN THE BANYAN 

Meanwhile Qui had a number of engagements in the Banyan. He had arranged three duels, one with Iron Clawed Lion King at Chrysanthemum Lake, another with Gentle Demon of Zhe Valley and a third with Laughing Fox at Sun Mai Temple. 

First he went to The Valley and was greeted by men in fine robes who took him to their master's reception hall. Gentle Demon asked why he wanted the duel and Qui said it was to grow his reputation. 

Gentle Demon nodded and walked to face his opponent. Qui unleashed a terrifying attack, digging his hands into Gentle Demon's flesh and draining his life. Gentle Demon was hurled back and threw his guan dao, slicing Qui's leg. 

Gentle Demon then called him a bastard and said Qui had days to live. Qui dragged him out of the reception hall and to the edge of the canyon in the valley. Gentle Demon told him he was the only person who knew where the antidote was, that he had been poisoned by Black Naga Venom. Without the antidote he would die, so he wanted Qui to return to him to discuss business (and also agree never to reveal the outcome of their duel to anyone). 

Qui snapped Gentle Demon's neck before his men. He then demanded to know where the antidote was and brought his entire retinue of people into Zhe Valley hall. 

The senior disciple of Zhe Valley warned him that they had over 400 men in the valley, and while he surely had plenty of powerful masters among him, they were simply outnumbered. 

Qui calmed and asked to search Gentle Demon's chambers for an antidote. The head disciple allowed this. He found no antidote, merely a note addressed to him saying that Gentle Demon would see him in hell and that there was no antidote inside Zhe Valley.

He eventually learned that Gentle Demon had left the valley before their duel and place the antidote somewhere in the Banyan. Qui knew he had no more than ten days to live, possibly a lot less. So he used a meditation technique to slow the poison and buy himself time. He then decided to go to Xuilan Meadows and see if Timeless Perennial could help him. 

Without his meditation technique, he surely would have died on the journey, but he bought himself time and made it to Xuilan meadows. Timeless Perennial said she could help him but that he would have to perform a task for her at some point in the future (and he must agree to it, no matter what it was). He accepted provided the task did not violate the rules of proprietor set by his master. She agreed and gave him a pill. She then told him to return every few months for another dose. 

He left and went to Sun Mai Temple and faced Laughing Fox, who was in a placid mood. Within moments he did the same to Laughing Fox as he had to Gentle Demon, draining his life by digging his fingers into the flesh. Laughing Fox acknowledged defeat but asked to learn the technique. Qui agreed to teach him, if he lent his hands to getting revenge against Thundering Guan. Laughing Fox was delighted by this and began training in the new technique. 


ONG AND MIN AND THE ISLAND OF GUSHAN

Before leaving, Ong found a farmer and paid him to come with them to the island. Arriving at the new island, Ong and Min found a temple of Gushan with a towering Gushan Head and a vast swath of bells. The temple was surrounded by jungle. At the beach a group of Hechi award them. 

The Hechi claimed to have come into existence when the island was created. They said there was a book with a history of their people in the temple when they arrived, but they knew it to be a lie (Hechi are goat men with horns on their head capable of discerning falsehoods). 

They explained that the jungle was inhabited by spirited beasts. Ong, Min and Bone General (Ong's Ogre Demon servant) went into the jungle and searched. They encountered a monkey demon, which they fought and Min sucked into one of her orbs. 

As they walked back to the temple, Bone Demon asked Ong what his intentions were. Ong explained that he wanted to spread Gushan in Qi Xien. 

"I have some experience with this sir, the people of Qi Xien are quite resistant to these sorts of deities; if I might suggest possible courses of action?"

"Yes, of course."

"I believe only two approaches can work: deception or force. If we use force, I think we should create an army." 

Ong nodded. "Your people, are there more of you we can bring into our cause?"

"Yes, but many are sealed in powerful chambers like the Four Demon Pagodas and Yao Gong Palace. My people still feel the humiliation of our defeat and long to reclaim our standing. I think if we restored some of them, they would join you."

Ong nodded. 

He left Bone General in charge of the island, while he and Min left back for the mainland. 

SHEN CHUN ACQUIRES THE CHARIOT OF DU QIAN

Shen Chun and his men reached the Chamber of the Ageless Guardian and acquired the Chariot of Du Qian**.

This is where the session ended. 



*The Yan had just invaded the empire and taken over the palace, which was why the group fled south. 

**The Chamber of the Ageless Guardian will appear in an upcoming PDF called The Tournament of Daolu, so to avoid spoilers, I have not mentioned anything that occurred while he was in the chamber. 

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