The Night Wars

The Journey continues
To the Eternal Fortress

7th day in Moon of the Cat, Year of the Mouse, Star of the Cock

After The Bitters day, the last day of winter, preparations are made to travel. Cold weather gear is refreshed, rations are acquired and plans made. On the 26th of the Mouse moon, they departed the steading of Spar’Ladar and chose to follow the traders path that, according to thier map, crossed the ancient road near Ran’kuk.

They have a disquieting encounter a few days later and then reach the edge of the weather protected Great Wood, or Dai’mu as the Elves their say, and discover that spring at the foothils of the Shoulders is not quite warm and cheery.

Following the trail, they have an unsettling encounter with a Clutch. They are forced to turn back a few days later as the trail is blocked…

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Everything leads to here...
Nakamura

Dear Aiko,

The war ground down to a halt. Winter began to break up and so, it would seem, did the enemy armies. Hard times still faced us, but one morning as the sun rose I felt a calling. Walking away from Naru I joined the Sun Rider in his progress across the sky. Me. Can you believe it? Walking a paladin’s path.

Then I met an foreigner waiting patiently in the Swan for the delivery of a book that would never come. I’m not sure what would have happened to him if I hadn’t come along that day… or me for that matter. This whole journey started with him and his book…

The search for that book lead us to The Dawn Caves and what appeared to be a new band of slavers using them as a hideout again. Only they weren’t simple slavers. They were devotees from another foreign land of a demon godling collecting people to fuel their fires.

With the welfare of our people in mind we followed those devotees through the portal they arrived in and found ourselves across the sea in Lo’an… where we have traveled the land learning its ways and about the Clutches that worship a demigod known as Eudoh… and yes, I have noticed the similarity to its name and my family name. I am afraid to ever mention it for fear of making that possible connection real.

Now we find ourselves deep in a magical wood waiting out the winter in a Elven city. Waiting for travel weather to seek out a place called The Eternal Fortress. Nothing bad can happen in a place named such, can it? What we have learned of this fortress seems to indicate that it is a home of supreme madness where time does not flow even and true and that whatever you seek can be found there. We seek weapons to kill demons and cannot find them within these lands themselves so to the Eternal Fortress we must go.

From there it is a simple task of finding the ice caves where Eudoh is currently trapped… but not for long we are told…. Where are these ice caves you ask? Why only within the Shoulders of the World… a very large, very high mountain range that divides these lands. It is our simple task to find it and destroy the demigod within. Not too hard, eh?

All I want to do is return home. I followed these people to keep them from stealing my people, and I find a much bigger story… a story I will not turn my back on, and in truth cannot, as the Sun Rider has seen fit to task me. Go figure that. But still. All I want to do is go home. I am finding it very hard to keep focused and even harder to see a clear path in front of me. I could really use your council right about now. You and your clear vision and strategic mind… that and your arms, both for your sword and the feel of them wrapped around me.

Right now I wait. I don’t wait well. But you know that. Send me strength, Aiko. I will need it.

Your Asuka

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Within the Unassailable
Arriving at Gui'cheng

16th day Moon of the Mule, Year of the Dog, Star of the Cock

After dealing with the remains of their encounter, they travel on a dark and sandy path, marked by joined tree arches. They come upon a place where large pods depend from several huge trees and the encounter the wood elves. As they approach the Elven holding of Gui’cheng, they discover that the residents are protected by thorned gates, and traps. They take up residents in the roots of a great tree and begin to search for information. Which proves to be a bit more difficult than expected, as they deal with the shock of a very different culture.

The decision is made to winter over in the mild weather while they gather what info they can…

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The Eastern Wood

10th day Moon of the Mule, Year of the Dog, Star of the Cock

After a couple of days of rest, Rhodhor created stone walls around the hole, and they continued on. A brief encounter with a Giant with no injuries suffered bouyed the spirits.

A few days later, someone marks their tents. And then they arrive at the Great Eastern Wood. As they are setting camp just inside to woods, they encounter a patrol of Grey Elves. From the elves, they are given instructions to reach the Great City of Gui’cheng. They are also given guidelines as to what is expected of them while in the woods. At the Golden Tree, they have a particularly unpleasant encounter that is dispatched with relative ease.

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To the Elves
A miserable excursion

Last day in the Moon of the Fish,Year of the Dog, Star of the Cock

Departing T’thrasii after determining that they will not be able to find much more. Even though the year wears late into the autumn, it is decided that travelling now will be easier than later, and that traveling on the stone roads will be that much safer.

Following several encounters, and enduring heavy rain, last night they head for a set of buildings not far from the road. Unfortunately, they suffer an incident in the dark, losing one horse, and nearly loosing Nakamura Asuka Eudahl

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Within the walls of the Crown
** GM Update **

16th day in the Moon of the Fish,Year of the Spider, Star of the Cock

They have returned to the Stone Crown, and again taken residence at the Hand of the Hag. Nakamura has an interesting encounter with the PReist of the Brothers of the Sun, and a Half Orc…

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Within the walls
** GM Update **

16th day in the Moon of the Fish,Year of the Dog, Star of the Cock

They have returned to the Stone Crown, and again taken residence at the Hand of the Hag. Nakamura has an interesting encounter with the PReist of the Brothers of the Sun, and a Half Orc…

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Return to T'thrasi'i
** GM Update **

21st day in the Moon of the Cock,Year of the Spider, Star of the Cock

The decision has been made to travel back to Stone Crown, and if the weather holds, on to the Alfish Holding of Gui’cheng. The hope is to gather more information about the place know as Eternal Fortress.

This afternoon, they encountered several riders, that Li Ming Li said are Loh’an slave raiders.

The weather has not been foul, but the wet winter is coming, with drizzle and fog in the mornings, and a heavy thunderstorm last night. According to Li MingLi, they will be leaving the Boundary River in a couple of days…

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A new direction?
** GMs Update **

18th day in the Moon of the Cock,Year of the Spider, Star of the Cock

After spending several days in the Chamber of the Leaves at Yit Nuvei’i they have decided that they will need to climb the great southern mountains to go to the Shoulders of the World, in search of a Mountain of ice, or the Frozen Fortress. They know that they may be able to start at the Cliffs of Ice, a port trading town somewhere in the north, in, or near, the mountains of the Shoulder of the World. However, as it is getting lat into the fall, a mountain expedition is not advised, so they have returned to Kas’Kashi’i, or Cliffs Watch, to find information, and maybe winter or find passage to the Cliffs of Ice. Nakamura has also spoken with a priest of The Sun, The Mighty, and has been given more information, that may prove useful…

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Journey to the West
** GM Update **

28th day in the Moon of the Mouse,Year of the Spider, Star of the Cock

It has been a long trip, crossing the grasslands and hills enroute to the Yit Nuve’i (Western School or Monastery), where Ming Li said they have information about the Maw’s or the Ice demon. THey hope to gain access to the archives, to give them some clue how to procede against it.

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