Crime Pays

Chapter 2-Session 1
In which an assault begins with throwing Toshiro through a roof.

Toshiro was juggling knives in the tavern while Tempo sang “It’s Raining Elves” when a brute squad muscled through the doors. “Brother, isn’t that Mouse?” whispered Toshiro out the side of his mouth.

“And Partuur, and KaRak. Looks like they’ve all landed on their feet since we arrived in Athiisar. They must have heard about the rumors about that stinking fog over here.”

After passing around his hat amongst the revelers in the tavern and collecting a few coppers, Tempo led his brother over to where their friends had settled down.

“Don’t worry about the strangers, little ones,” began Mouse, “This is Keladry. She’s okay for an elf.” Tempo nodded at the fascinating woman. “You already know Drasak.”

“Indeed,” smiled Tempo, “but I didn’t know about you all joining the guard. What’s that about”

KaRak shrugged his shoulders. “Seemed like a good idea at the time. Brute Squad seemed like an easy enough grift. But we’ve heard a lot about some interesting goings on in the Shambles.”

“So you’re not here on business? I sense that Sheila, the owner, will be relieved. She’s been watching you since you walked in.”

Mouse ran his fingers through his bushy hair. “Nah. I heard from a city guardsman that the Beggar King has some treasure buried under the Shambles. Then KaRak found out that the Beggar King hasn’t been seen in a while; there’s something about a demon and dark rituals. All connected with this weird fog.”

Toshiro frowned. "That fits with what Tempo and I have heard. If you guys are interested, we could have a look and see what’s going on.


After scouting the area of the Shambles where the Beggar King holds sway, the company decided that storming the front gates with the requisite guards at the gate was too costly. Toshiro was outvoted when he suggested that they pick the locks at the back alley and sneak in that way. Instead, they climb to the roof of a building across the street from the enclosed compound. Partuur and Mouse grab onto Toshiro and hurl him across the gap. Windmilling his arms wildly as he flew across the street Toshiro easily cleared the space to the other side, rope unwinding behind him. He landed heavily on his feet and the rotting boards of the roof gave way. Toshiro found himself dangling a foot off the floor, hanging by the harness tied around him, in a dimly lit room filled with boxes and kegs and barrels. Cutting the harness free, tying it securely to a beam and then hiding in an empty crate was the work of a moment, which was all to the good considering the sounds of people rushing up the stairs outside this room.

Rooftop archers spot the adventurers on the other side of the street and begin to take position for what they correctly see as a coming assault. KaRak stands on the edge of the roof and bellows a war cry. Kaladry swings hand over hand on the rope across to the other side, hauling another line with her. Tempo takes careful aim and fires an arrow directly into one of the guard’s feet. When the archers return fire, the hail of arrows flies across the gap and one grazes KaRak, who instantly blinks out and reappears standing behind the archers. One of the guards, who has an arrow in his boot trips on it and falls over. Drasak calmly makes his way to the other side of the rope and projects from his clenched hands a throbbing coruscation of visible sound. The archers see the wave miss them and smile, but only until they realize that they weren’t the target. The wave slaps into the roof tearing a small hole in it, but then, an instant later, as the sound echoes in their ears, the roof begins to buckle, groaning heavily. The wounded archer rolls into the depression and the others struggle to maintain their footing.

Below, hidden in the crate, Toshiro pokes a hole in the crate and watches as ragged men climb up the stairs into the room. On the roof, Mouse, Partuur and Kaladry struggle to climb onto their feet.

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Chapter 1 - Session 2
Finding the Blue Dragon

PCs: Mouse; Partuur; Tempo; Toshiro; Ka’Rak; Drasak
Locations: City of Zindalankh along the Brightstar Lake
NPCs: Vallarim (Blue Dragon Lord of Zindalankh)

In which Ka’Rak, gladiator slave owned and cherished by Vallarim, loses a gladiator bout against life-sucking Netherillian gladiators and is banished by Vallarim for his defeat – and the party joins with him and Drasak to travel East toward Athiisar.

Vallarim – Tyrant of Zindalankh
Blue dragon

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Chapter 1-Session 1.6

The road to the unknown West passed by a long, deep blue lake. The lake has a name, and Hu Sen knew it, but of his escorts only Tempo was paying attention. Toshiro assumed he’d hear it again when Tempo added it to a song or poem.

But the name didn’t matter as much as what was in the lake: a long serpent, its scales a brownish red, its body ten feet in diameter, high and long enough to block the road while still keeping most of its body apparently in the lake. Mouse was initially excited about finding the blue dragon until Hu Sen knocked him on the head and told him this wasn’t blue.

The serpent, speaking in an ancient version of the language of Shou Lung, demanded the answer to a riddle before it would let anyone pass. Tempo quickly rose to the challenge, although he was stumped for quite a long time. Partuur was sure the poet would end up eaten.

Once Tempo beat the riddle, the serpent slithered into the lake — a process that took five full minutes, because it was a big serpent.

It was only then that the group discovered Hu Sen was missing.

While most were distracted by the serpent, Hu Sen, by this time of day already red-nosed from the flask he kept between Mouse’s shoulder blades, was distracted by a nymph that appeared at the edge of the forest. He clambered down and scampered off after her.

Fortunately, Mouse is pretty good at tracking. With Toshiro riding on his back, Mouse thundered through the forest until they spotted Hu Sen about to climb into a hole in a tree. The old man was rescued, although he didn’t see it that way.

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Chapter 1-Session 1.5
Are we there yet?

Hu Sen laughed hysterically when Toshiro Timone woke up screaming and scrambling from his bedroll. While Mouse attempted to talk him down out of a chalknut tree, Partuur scooped up a large thunderbug out of Toshiro’s bedroll.

“Harmless,” Partuur said, watching the little bug walk up and down his arm. “But they like warm bodies and dark places.”

“I know. I was the warm body!”

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Chapter 1 - Session 1
Setting out from Shou Lung
PCs: Mouse; Partuur; Tempo; Toshiro
Locations: Matisi (village in Chin Tung Province of Shou Lung)
NPCs: Yingjie (the bully); Kirioshi (Yingjie’s grandfather); Kihei Zaicho (aid to lord Ko); Ko Mei Kho (merchant lord); Hu Sen (venerable hairy man)

In which Partuur and Mouse get their butts kicked by a drunken bully - and the party is hired by the merchant lord Ko Mei Kho to escort the venerable Hu Sen to Nathan, a Shou community south of Athiisar. The party starts travel East along the Silk Road.

Hu Sen
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