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Session 1
In Which A Disparate Gaggle of Lunars Form A Group

Session 1 summary:

◦ Loxodon and Bhael were in one of Sapphire’s libraries- Bhael studying a map, Loxodon arguing with a librarian in a vain attempt to gain access to a restricted section. Giving up, Loxodon headed for the door, and on the way spotted Bhael, and his Tell of horns. Loxodon waited outside the library until Bhael left, took him aside and revealed their kinship, explaining to Bhael about Lunars and the Silver Pact. Loxodon then took him back to his place for further discussion and sharing of knowledge, and offered Bhael a place to stay and some spending money, which Bhael accepted readily.
◦ Meanwhile, Bright Feathers (female) and Ryu met in a high-class teahouse, where they flirted and Bright Feathers passed her contact details on.
◦ Loxodon left Bright Feathers a coded note alluding to his discovery of an un-tattooed Lunar, and suggesting they meet at the teahouse opposite his guesthouse the next morning.
◦ Tacitus got drunk on cheap swill, and went to sleep on the alley behind Loxodon’s guesthouse. Upon waking, he stumbled into the teahouse, to try to cure his hangover.
◦ Ryu decided to take breakfast in a modest teahouse, incidentally opposite Loxodon’s guesthouse.
◦ Loxodon took Bhael for breakfast in the teahouse, and introduced him to Bright Feathers (male). Bright Feathers attempted to convince Bhael of the urgency of obtaining the Moonsilver Tattoos, but despite the argument seeming flawless, Bhael held true to his view that, while the tattoos may be desirable in the future, they were not a high priority for him.
◦ Ryu and Tacitus both overheard snippets of the conversation- enough to inspire interest (and suspicion), and Ryu also noticed their Tells- but Loxodon noticed instantly that both of them had overheard, and immediately clocked their Tells, but remained silent, believing the conversion of so many Lunars in one spot, and his insight into their nature, to be the work of Luna. Tacitus fetched another drink and sat down at a table closer to Loxodon, Feathers and Bhael.
◦ Loxodon pitched the idea of introducing Bhael to a wise Lunar Elder he and Feathers are acquainted with, who lives in the Silent Crescent Forest. Bhael agrees, and Feathers concedes to accompany them.
◦ Loxodon invited Tacitus along. Tacitus blanked him, finished his drink and left, but waited just outside the teahouse. Bhael and Feathers looked askance at Loxodon, who explained that Tacitus was another Lunar (“It’s in the eyes”). Loxodon then met Ryu’s eyes and asked if he’d like to join them. Ryu agreed to the adventure, and clocked that Feathers is the lady he met the night before.
◦ The four of them agreed to go back to Ryu’s for an evening of fine wine, before meeting back at the teahouse in 3 days to leave to visit the Elder. They left the teahouse, and didn’t notice Tacitus as he followed them to Ryu’s rented mansion.
◦ As they approached the door to the mansion, Feathers surreptitiously scanned the area for anything suspicious, and spotted the skulking Tacitus. She called out to him, and pointed out his presence to the other Lunars. Tacitus fled, and was promptly pursued by Ryu in Arctic Eagle form, Feathers in Bird of Paradise form, and Bhael running really fast. Bhael caught up first, and asked him to slow down, telling him they didn’t want to hurt him. Tacitus turned, transformed into Scorpion-Man form, and told him to stop chasing him. Hearing some commotion, Loxodon armour-charmed-up and transformed into an elephant, preparing to weigh in as might be necessary. Ryu swooped down, transforming back into Raccoon-Man form and told him to stop running, and not to be afraid of fellow lunars, and that they just wanted to know what he wanted- why he was following them.
◦ Tacitus turned back into human form, declaring that this would just bring trouble down on all of them if they continued in this fashion, and that if they let him leave now, he’d meet them again soon to discuss matters. Ryu and Bhael told him to meet them in 3 days at the teahouse, and Tacitus agreed, then disappeared into the night.

(Let me know via comments if there are any newances I missed, or if I’ve misrepresented anything or such >_<.)
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Session 2
In Which Those Lunars Travel Some Distance, and Kill Some Bugs
  • The night after the eventful night which concluded Session 1, Loxodon conjured a messenger demon, and contacted Elder Crouching Panther to inform him of Loxodon’s discovery of a Casteless Lunar and to ask permission to bring Bhael to him for further convincing on the subject of tattooing. Elder Crouching Panther responded via Infallible Messenger, granting such permission and commending Loxodon.
  • Bhael spent his preparation time studying maps and the lay of the land in textbooks as accurate as he could procure. Within three days, and with Loxodon’s help, he had managed to draw up a very detailed map of the route they were to take – complete with points of interest and areas where certain perils and plunder were to be expected.
  • The day before the meeting, Ryu purchased a fancy howdah, and that night Tacitus snuck into the mansion grounds and successfully concealed himself within the howdah.
  • Ryu and Lady Bright Feathers arrived at the teahouse for the arranged meeting, and flirted classily. Lady Bright Feathers has her effects and some travelling paraphinalia with her.
  • Loxodon and Bhael arrived outside, Loxodon already in elephant form with Bhael leading him.
  • Ryu sent his servants for his Yeddim Winibago-Workshop, the howdah, and his other effects.
  • They waited a while for Tacitus, but conclude he won’t be joining them, and depart.
  • Ryu travelled in his Winibago-Workshop, working on designs while not personally driving the cart; meanwhile, the others travelled in the howdah, with Loxodon “entertaining” everybody with academic lectures on various subjects. Lady Bright Feathers and Bhael joined in with Loxodon in a debate regarding local history and lore. Tacitus remained hidden.
  • They stopped for the night, where after eating, Bhael and Lady Bright Feathers provided entertainment around the campfire, while Loxodon read then fell asleep, and Ryu completed blueprints for pump-action crossbows; improved, telescopic war-fans; and salt-spreaders. Tacitus, unnoticed, appropriated leftovers from their meal once the others were asleep, before returning to his hiding place.
  • Upon waking, it was assumed that Ryu’s servants had cleared away the leftovers, and the journey was recommenced. Bhael cross referenced his own maps to some books he had brought with him and found that somewhere to the North of the location they were destined for contained telltale signs of an ancient Dragon King settlement. When engaged in conversation about it, Loxodon was unsure, but re-assured Bhael that Elder Crouching Panther would likely know more.
  • Within the Forest of Compassion, an attack by a half-dozen Bangi Flies brought Tacitus out of hiding: two were incinerated by Ryu’s Moonsilver Alchemical Fire Weapons, one by Tacitus’s Claws, and the remaining three by Loxodon’s casting of Death of Obsidian Butterflies.
  • Tacitus studied one of the Obsidian Butterflies, while Ryu collected a dozen of them and Bhael searched for useful herbs in the nearby foleage, finding dock leaf, coriander and hemp plants.
  • Tacitus did not return to hiding, but did not respond to the others’ friendly overtures towards him, except by accepting some tea made by Lady Bright Feathers. Bhael struck up a conversation with Loxodon, after witnessing his sorcery first hand, about his Mentor – an Artisan Sorcerer and Lore keeper for the First Age. Upon hearing Bhael’s mentor was a member of the Mountain Folk of legend, Ryu immediately wished to go and visit them sometime in the future, which seemed to cause Bhael to respond apprehensively. Lady Bright Feathers attempted, multiple times, to use her charms and her feminine wiles to encourage Tacitus to open up to the group; but to no avail.
  • That evening, Ryu added obsidian edges to his “improved war-fan” design, and sketched plans for an obsidian-shard-filled petard grenade. Once the others had fallen asleep, Tacitus snuck into the Winibago-Workshop and into Lady Bright Feather’s cabin, watched her sleep a while, then crafted her a delicate metal rose, leaving it in the cabin anonymously before retiring to his bedroll.
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Session 3
In Which The Party Arrive in Ssaaneth, and Get To Know The Locals
  • Everyone awakes. Bhael hunts and kills a deer, which Tacitus spends the journey gutting and skinning. Ryu Sacred Hunts a winged praying mantis, and Lady Bright Feathers Sacred Hunts a leopard. Bhael convinces the others to detour to the ancient Dragon King city of Ssaaneth.
  • Loxodon and Ryu spot movement within an almost-prestine section of the city, and Lady Bright Feathers transforms into her Spirit Shape and flies off the investigate. Ryu joins her in Arctic Eagle form briefly, and flies back to the others with the direction of the people and their rough description.
  • The inhabitants of the city are initially wary, but show the party to the Council chambers, where Lady Bright Feathers succeeds in winning over the Councillors, who permit them free reign of the city, with guides to show Ryu and Tacitus around the greenhouses and laboratories, and to show Loxodon and Bhael to the library (though the latter two must ask the Librarian for permission to view the restricted section). Lady Bright Feathers remains with the Councillors, charming them into revealing information about their culture, such as their belief that they are descended from the Dragon Kings, that the possess a small quantity of Moonsilver in their vaults, and that they are preparing for a celebration the next evening for the Equinox. In return for her providing an impressive dance performance, they would be willing to trade the Moonsilver to her.
  • Loxodon and Bhael spend the rest of the day researching in the library. Bhael copies some local maps and reads some modern history books. Loxodon attempts to gain entry to the restricted section, but to no avail- indeed, while he is occupying the librarian’s attention, Bhael manages to pass unnoticed into the restricted room!
  • Ryu and Tacitus are taken on a tour of the greenhouses and laboratories, during which Ryu manages to charm many free samples from the Snakemen, and Tacitus succeeds in stealing a seedpod from a Leaf Armour plant. Ryu is told of the city’s possession of some Moonsilver, but fails to secure a deal for it, though doesn’t turn his guide off the idea.
  • Loxodon pulls an all-nighter, while the others retire to either the howdah or the prepared accomodation.
Please feel free to add any amendments or additions!
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Session 4
In Which The Equinox is Celebrated, and Crouching Panther is Encountered
  • Everybody awakes. Ryu goes to Lady Bright Feathers’ chambers, where he presents her with a pair of custom extendable war-fans, decorated with obsidian and light-emitting crystals. A messenger arrives for each of the party, inviting them to breakfast, where seats have been prepared for them at the high table.
  • Conversation is struck up, and the itinerary of the festival is uncovered- a harvest celebration, which Lady Bright Feathers and Bhael discover will include a sacrifice to the Unconquered Sun of the hearts of the “Dragon Kings”’ worst criminals; and as the sun sets a carnival-like celebration dedicated to both the Unconquered Sun and Luna, followed by a sacred hunt. Lady Bright Feathers is made uncomfortable by the revelation regarding the sacrifice, but refrains from objecting out of respect for the “Dragon Kings”’ culture. Bhael is not unmoved, but seems more intellectually engaged by the question of whether the Unconquered Sun would appreciate such a “tainted” sacrifice.
  • Ryu spends the main part of the day in his workshop, working on some crystal bolts for Bhael and some light-emitting necklaces. Lady Bright Feathers and Bhael mingle at the bazaar, involving themselves in conversation with the locals. Loxodon spends his time in the library; while Tacitus wandered the Bazaar, silently observing. All but Lady Bright Feathers noticed the presence of a dark-skinned, Moonsilver-tattooed man with a black, feline tail Tell- Loxodon bowed; Tacitus unsuccessfully attempted to follow him without his notice; and the others acknowledged him respectfully.
  • Lady Bright Feather’s performance was truly phenomenal, the grace and expressiveness of her dance impressing even the most jaded observers. The fireworks that Ryu made were equally impressive, leaving everyone in awe. Lady Bright Feathers was appraoched with many gifts from admirers, and one of the Councillors approached her, promising that they would entrust their Moonsilver artifacts to her at a short ceremony at dawn the next day. Ryu quickly crafts memorabilia of the Pack, and generates even more good feeling towards them among the inhabitants of Ssaaneth.
  • All of the party but Bhael notice in their pre-hunt toast-glasses a shimmering message asking for a meeting at the conclusion of the hunt- at sunrise. Loxodon strips to a loin cloth and reveals his tattoos and caste mark, while Lady Bright Feathers reveals her caste mark and makes her Tell unmistakeable.
  • When the light of the full moon hits him, Loxodon sets off into the forest immediately, not waiting for the rest of the hunting party, or even the rest of his Pack. Loxodon, Ryu and Lady Bright Feathers are the only ones of the party who participate in the hunt; Bhael stays behind to talk more with those “Dragon Kings” who are not participating, while Tacitus becomes involved in a bar-room brawl, after which he patches up his opponents. The three hunters obtain the forms of several animals between them- Lady Bright Feathers hunts a Snake, Ryu hunts a Lemur and a Winged Praying Mantis, and Loxodon hunts a Tree Strider, a Bhangi Fly, a Spider Monkey and a Cheetah. Bhael and Tacitus have short conversations with Crouching Panther, resulting in Bhael gathering his belongings together in preparation for departure, and Tacitus becoming somewhat confused…!
  • As dawn approaches, the group gather by the clock tower. Lady Bright Feathers receives the Moonsilver, which she directs to be stored in the Yeddim cart, before leading the cart to the clock tower. When they are all there, Crouching Panther approaches them, and uses the Cloud Trapeze spell to summon a cloud large enough to carry them all, including the Yeddim cart! He invites them all to his Manse for a comfortable venue for their conversation, and an opportunity to meet his real Dragon Kings friends. Everybody boards the cloud.
  • The Pack gains a 2-dot Cult in Ssaaneth!
  • Loxodon falls ill with a mysterious tropical disease, collapsing while on the cloud. (Aka, Ben can’t make next session :P)

Moonsilver Artifacts

  • 5 x Moonsilver Hearthstone Amulets, each in the design of one of the original Lunar castemarks. These add 1 mote per hour to the bearer’s essence regeneration rate when a hearthstone is placed in the amulet’s socket; and have a commitment of 1 mote.
  • 2 x Moonsilver Dragon Tear Tiaras, which add 1 dice to Perception rolls or 3 dice to rolls requiring Occult sensitivity (except sorcery). They have a commitment of 2 motes, and bear 1 hearthstone setting.
  • 3 x suits of Moonsilver Lamellar armour (concealable under heavy cloak, 3m commitment, +8L/9B soak, hardness 5L/B)
  • 2 x Moonsilver Reinforced Breastplate (4m commitment, +10L/9B soak, hardness 8L/B, fatigue 1)
  • 1 x Spear Thrower of Exalted Prowess (5m commitment, speed 4, accuracy +3, damage +3L, range 120 yards; can produce essence javelins for 1m each with stats 4/+4/+7LP/170)
  • 1 x Illusion-Shattering Mirror
  • 1 x Translation Crystal (3m to activate, no commitment, translates any document it’s placed on into Old Realm)
  • 5 x Dreamscape Tutor Gems
  • 5 x Moonsilver Hearthstone Bracers
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Session 5
In Which The Party Arrive At Crouching Panther's Manse, and Reach a Satisfactory Arrangement
  • Tacitus and Ryu medically treat Loxodon, ensuring his condition is stable.
  • Crouching Panther lands the cloud in front of his impressive Manse, a largely wooden structure with many symbols and associations of Luna in the form of carvings and plaques and such. He leads everyone inside: Bhael follows eagerly, while the others check their surroundings first, find them to be safe, and Tacitus fireman-lifts Loxodon over his shoulder and carries him inside, bringing up the rear.
  • Crouching Panther leads the way to a large hall, lit by candles and sparsely furnished, with the exception of several thousand-comforts lounges. He transforms one into a chaise-longue for Loxodon, invites the others to sit, and does so himself. Lady Bright Feathers introduces Bhael, and Bhael explains that the two met in Ssaaneth; Crouching Panther explains the Silver Pact to Bhael, and says there’s all the information he could want on the subject, including the Moonsilver tattoos, available in his Archives. Unfortunately, while he will shortly alert his Dragon King friends to the Pack’s arrival, and arrange an unlimited meeting between them and the pack, he can only open his archive to those attuned to the Manse, and attunement to the Manse is conditional upon agreement to a set of terms.
  • Those terms: help him discover what the Seven-Stranded Vine are plotting- he knows it’s serious, and that they’re attempting to recruit Dragon Kings for it, but cannot investigate personally because the Seven-Stranded Vine knew him as a mortal, and he was with them when he Exalted. Also, swear to ‘hasten Tacitus and Bhael’s reincarnation’ should they ever fall to chimerism; and never reveal the falsity of the Snakemen of Ssaaneth’s history to them. The party all agree to the terms.
  • Crouching Panther leads everyone in the meditation of attunement to the Manse, before showing them the way to the library. After a fair time studying various subjects, a bell rings in the library, and beyond the door the candles are lit in a path to a tea lounge, where various teas and tisanes and refreshments await them- along with two Dragon Kings: Tanith, a Raptok, and Khurshid, an Anklok. Lady Bright Feathers is her charming self, instantly winning over the pair; while Bhael and Ryu are also charming and warmly received; and Tacitus makes a neutral impression. Lady Bright Feathers inquires as to their feelings regarding the current inhabitants of Ssaaneth, and finds that they share Crouching Panther’s curiousity and protective instinct towards the new culture. Bhael asks about Tanith’s encounter with the “mysterious, powerful woman” Crouching Panther mentioned as the Seven-Stranded Vine agent who’d been recruiting Dragon Kings; and Tanith tells him her description, and how she gave Tanith no problems when Tanith refused her ‘offer’ of joining her cause in exchange for her help restoring the Dragon Kings to power over humanity.
  • Crouching Panther joins the dinner party, and answers Tacitus’s geomancy questions- the Alternate Locations of the Manse are: the shore of the Thousand Dragon’s Lake in An-Teng, near Arjuf on the Blessed Isle, in Chanta in Halta, and in a cave in Abalone, in the Wavecrest Archipelago. He talks to both Tacitus and Bhael about the tattoos, telling Tacitus that the Silver Way is not so far from his own philosophy, and describing the benefits and drawbacks in full. Tacitus responds by leaving to smoke outside the Manse, while Bhael politely declines, seeing more advantages in the flexibility afforded by the lack of tattoos, and considering the threat of chimerism remote.
  • Ryu leaves just before moonrise to work on his crafting projects and spend the night in the yeddim van; while everyone else returns to the archives for a while before retiring to bed.


    Miscellaneous Observations
  • Crouching Panther seemed oddly humble for an Elder. Those knowledgeable about sorcery might theorise that one of his sacrifices for sorcery could’ve been his arrogance.
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Session 6
In Which They Return to Sapphire, and Commence Investigations
  • Everyone awakes in Crouching Panther’s manse, and depart to the shore of the Thousand Dragons’ Lake through the Alternate Locations power. They emerge in a gazebo set back from the lake-shore, surrounded by undergrowth. Bhael fishes briefly, while Lady Bright Feathers and Ryu undergo their beauty regimes then flag down a sailing ship, the occupants of which are very happy to give them all a lift to Sapphire in return for Feathers’ promise of on-board entertainment.
  • The sun is starting to dip in the sky by the time they pull into Sapphire. The party bids the boaters farewell, and head to Ryu’s rented mansion to discuss their plans. Then Feathers socialises in teahouses, Ryu seduces a group of students, Bhael goes fishing and makes conversation with passers-by, Loxodon summons a demon with Tacitus standing by in case the binding should fail (it doesn’t), and Tacitus then goes out and listens in on conversations in bars. All (bar Loxodon) obtain useful information, in their own unique ways.
  • All spend the night in the mansion, and breakfast together (with Ryu’s student friends) in the morning, where Ryu and Feathers question Kharyu, one of the students Ryu seduced, and charm her into telling them anything they want to know, as Ryu had received the impression that she knew something of the Seven-Stranded Vine’s activities. She gives them the same name that Tacitus had obtained the night before, connecting it to some odd exchanges around the colleges.
  • After breakfast, Loxodon sends his demon to scout out the address Tacitus obtained the night before, and he and Tacitus spend the morning crafting together, melting the unwanted Reinforced Breastplate into a Moonsilver Plant Tray (effective Artifact 1: when attuned for 3 motes, speeds the growth and maturation of plants significantly), while Lady Bright Feathers looks on. Tacitus briefly leaves during the cooling in order to purchase some high-quality compost and fertiliser. Ryu worked further on his Skin Like Mountain’s Oil fruit plant, and his ‘scope’, after promising Kharyu a trip to a spa and new clothing for the soiree at Cerulean College that evening (which Feathers had found out about, and to which Kharyu was already planning to attend as a student there). Bhael goes off on his own to investigate the bridge he was told shadowing figures (one misshapen) were seen under. He finds trace evidence on a demon-summoning haven taken place there a few days ago, and the faint remnants of footprints, which he follows.
  • Lady Bright Feathers decides to see where Bhael has got to, and, in bird form, finds him still following the trail, and aids in locating the destination point- it is the Seven-Stranded Vine safe-house which Crouching Panther had told them about. Feathers nonchalantly peers into the upper windows, while Bhael obtains knowledge of the layout and floorplan of the house through Charm use. Feathers sees a number of suspicious objects, particularly through one window. Using their hearthstones, they communicate with Loxodon, describing some of their findings, and debating over the best method of confrontation with the cult.
  • They all gather at the mansion for lunch, where they talk further.
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Session 7
In Which The Party Attend A Party
  • After lunch, Loxodon relapsed with his mysterious jungle illness and retired to bed. Tacitus instructs Loxodon’s demon to return to the “abandoned” teahouse and see if anybody’s returned there, and report back to him; while Feathers goes socialising and the others go to the market.
  • At the market, Ryu purchases fine clothes for himself, Feathers, Bhael and Kharyu; and bodyguard garb for Tacitus. Bhael plays his flute for a book-stall to attract custom in return for a single tattered volume of romantic poetry. Ryu also purchases perfumes and jewellery, before the group return to the mansion to deposit their purchases and then head to the spa.
  • Bright Feathers charms some of An-Teng’s movers and shakers, increasing her influence and improving her information network, while hearing all the hot gossip; which largely seems to be regarding a talanted craftsman by the name of Jaskaran, whose jewellery and watches are particularly talked about, but whose name is also attached to fine carpentry and metalwork, masonry and the production of tintures and tonics. After receiving several promises of future patronage from powerful figures, Bright Feathers makes her way to the spa, subtley switching into her male form before arrival so as she could better privately converse with Bhael and Ryu.
  • Loxodon’s decanthrope returned to Tacitus somewhat worse for wear, with scratches and other injuries: as well as four humans being present at the “abandoned” teahouse, there had been three dematerialised blood-apes, apparently summoned as guard-dogs. Tacitus effectively administered first aid, while the Decanthrope described the layout of the building and the four human occupants.
  • Having ensured the demon’s well-being as far as possible, Tacitus retired to a decent-looking teahouse and ordered a cheap plum wine to boost his courage and pass the time before the party. At the spa, Feathers informs Bhael and Ryu of the buzz surrounding Jaskaran, and of her intent to commission a piece of jewellery from him. Ryu seems jealous, and Bright Feathers reassures him that her interest is purely of a professional nature, and that she intends no slur to his own talents by it.
  • Tacitus, Bhael, Feathers, Ryu, and Kharyu regrouped at the mansion, where one of Ryu’s servants ran to hire a rickshaw to take the to the Cerulean College’s Pavilion, where the soiree was being held. Ryu dazzles the party-goers with his entrance.
  • From across the room, Quaneisha recognises Kharyu, and approaches her in welcome. Ryu and Bright Feathers introduce themselves; Bhael just smiles and nods in welcome; and Tacitus remains stoney-faced, giving Feathers a “don’t you know who she is?” look when Quaneisha isn’t looking. Charmed by Ryu, and only moments later suddenly inclined towards Lady Bright Feathers as a friend, Quaneisha offers to introduce them all to her friend Jaskaran, and they meander in that direction through the party. The full-moonlight shines through the glass ceiling of the zen garden in the middle of the room, and Tacitus quickly seems even less sociable than usual.
  • Bhael separates from the group, and spends the evening first reading his ratty book, and then reciting memorised poetry exerts to groups of pretty young ladies, making a wonderful impression among them resulting in a thoroughly pleasant evening of conversation and dancing.
  • Shortly after Bhael parted ways with the others, there’s a flash, as of light on a mirror, and suddenly Quaneisha seems to have disappeared, and Tacitus can’t be seen either. Tacitus has in fact kidnapped Quaneisha, and dragged/carried her out of the building and into the grounds, avoiding the patrols of the few guards, and out of sight under a large tree with drooping branches. He releases her and, looking intimidating, demands information on the cult. Quaneisha doesn’t look cowed, but doesn’t attempt to lie either: the cult stands for traditional Tengese cultural values, and honours She Who Lives In Her Name as she is the Principle of Hierarchy, and also similarly deprived of her rightful place due to the actions of unrighteous usurpers. The Cult mean no harm to the people of An-Teng, only to the Dragon-Blooded “overlords”; they intend to return An-Teng to its traditional political system and protect and restore its cultural values. Tacitus picks her up by her throat, holds her for a moment, and then drops her again and informs her she can leave before turning away. She asks what a child of Luna is doing here anyway, to which he responds by drawing his sword and whipping around to face her, blade extended. She doesn’t move, tense but smirking slightly. He orders her to say nothing more, and leaves hurriedly.
  • Feathers and Ryu look around for Quaneisha but don’t see her, and notice that they can’t see Tacitus either, but put it to the back of their minds for the moment and continue on to introduce themselves to Jaskaran. The man seems a little shy, but his manner is charming and humble, and his grace and beauty are extraordinary. He speaks with pride of his crafts, and expresses his honour at being commissioned by Bright Feathers. He and Ryu speak a while, a little tension between them as Ryu perceives him as a rival, and the subject turns to personal philosophies, Jaskaran pleased to see that Ryu shares his mind in believing in the right and duty to fight to protect oneself and those one loves, for what one believes in, and for what rightfully belongs to one. Ryu attempts to discern whether Jaskaran in a child of Luna, but can see no proof in favour of the theory.
  • Tacitus encounters Lady Bright Feathers, after she tries to communicate with him via the Hearthstones, but only says he has to leave. Feathers grabs his shoulder in a death-grip, forcing him to remain still, and asks her questions regarding Quaneisha’s whereabouts again. He responds by pointing in the direction that he left Quaneisha in, and says that he didn’t do anything to her. Feathers looks disappointed at him, and says that that wasn’t the way they wanted to do things. Tacitus replies that didn’t she mean it wasn’t the way the Silver Pact did things, and disappeared into the night.
  • Lady Bright Feathers runs off in the direction Tacitus pointed, to find Quaneisha walking towards her, slightly rumpled, brushing herself down and fixing her hair. Showing concern, Feathers asks what happened and what she can do, and Quaneisha tells her about Tacitus questioning her (though not his man-handling, nor the subject of his questions), asking how long she’s known him- and believes her when she says they’d only hired him that night due to being short-staffed. She says that Tacitus seemed to have his own agenda, but wouldn’t elaborate further. She warmly accepts Feathers’ invitation for quiet drinks at Ryu’s mansion for herself and Jaskaran, and they all catch rickshaws to the mansion.
  • After disappearing, Tacitus heads straight for the worst bar he can find, and starts a bar-room brawl. None of the eight men who fought him walked out of the bar that night, all being left in various states of unconsciousness by Tacitus, who checked none of them were in danger of dying before leaving. He slunk away into the night, avoiding the notice of the alerted watchmen and guards.
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FOOD

Hey guys,

This post is here for a couple of reasons. One, for you all to comment with what foods you dislike, so they can be avoided in anything I make for the game in future (and to say any foods you would particularly like to see!); two, to ask what you’d think of me providing food every week? This would have to be conditional on each of you being willing to donate a little bit of money towards ingredients- exact amount negotiable (though it should be the same for everyone), perhaps around £2? I’d be absolutely happy to cook every week, I just can’t really afford to cook for six every Wednesday evening! >_<

Let me know what you think!

P.S. This will not be back-dated, so don’t worry on that front.

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