The path of snow and swords
XP = 2300
Duration: 1 days and 1 night
Finished on: Moldain the 18th of the month of Eirmont of the year 1032 After the Coronation of the First Emperor of Thyatis (AC)
The Band of the Wolf takes the biggest cart and the two strongest horses from the Village of Nimshi and move as fast as they can into the Jungle of the Tiger Men to find and retrieve the body of the giant that Merkel and Axetor killed. If a study of the body can be made, the theory that they are Ogre Magi permanently enlarged could be proven.
When the Band reach the location they see two giant eagles in a tree looking down to the dead giant who has slowly broken the tree that was holding him with his weight. They still have time to get the body and take it to the Village.
Yoshirous tries to look around the jungle but it’s already getting dark. He feels shadows moving, branches breaking, something waiting. Raizak decides to start the process of shrinking the body to make it easier to transport. When he starts casting the spell, an Ogre Magi shoots a Cone of Cold and disrupts his spell doing a lot of damage. Dio uses Truesight magic to discover that the Ogre Magi are around them transformed into Clouds of Smoke and ready to attack. He is able to tell the others and bless them before the battle starts.
Troyus starts hearing a whisper “ Leiliana…. Leiliana… “. He asks the others, but they cannot hear it. He tries to dismiss it but then the voice changes to that of Leiliana Greyward and calls his name “ Troyus, help! “. Another voice of a child “ Father, help! “ He rides his horse at full charge inside the jungle. “ I have to help them, I will use my whistle if I need help. “ he tells the others.
Troyus falls into a trap set up by the evil Yeng Lo Zhung. He painfully discovers that Yeng can animated at least six of his cursed blades who attack him and Nathaniel J. Flint who shortly follows him.
Yeng has some kind of magic that makes Troyus and him speak the truth at the same time they are stabbing each other. “ I work for the Lupus Inferni and you should have checked your backpack for magic marks when they let you leave the jail of Waping Piao. “
“ I want to know were is Troyus Machistes! “ Troyus feels the voices trying to pull the information Yeng wants from his mind. “ I won’t betray my word. “ he answers the Dark Samurai.
Yeng is hit again and confess, “ Your enemy is on Waping Piao and he has your woman and son as hostages. That’s why I know their names. “
Troyus hits him and his dancing swords as strong as he can and Flint, who is trying to take Troyus away from the battle, does the same hitting Yeng with his whip. One of Yeng’s baldes is broken in half by Troyus’s greatsword. A portal opens to take away the Dark Samurai back to the Shadow Lands. They have been fighting on a path of tainted land all the time. The gate tries to swallow both Troyus and Flint and Troyus falls inside the Shadow Lands. From inside Troyus body has uncontrolable comvulsions as an ugly centipede spirit exists from his mouth and attacks Yeng. Troyus is able to escape not without first recognizing the Centipede as Doraku who was sent by the spirit world to punish Yeng.
With a sword cut in his chest, the fallen giant is still the mission, but now Raizak needs to uses his magic to battle the dangerous ogre magi opponents. Carceran runs with his horse through the middle of the battle and jumps inside the body to do the needed study of his insides. The giant starts to regenerate, his flesh closing around Carceran, snuffing him and entangle him in his organs. Merkel’s wolf tries to help Carceran attacking the giant but instead bites Carceran. Veitor is able to pull him out of the closing wound on time. Carceran, covered in blood (some his own) and ogre’s flesh, after puking he shouts to the others: “ It’s an ogre, let’s get the hell out of here. “
The rest of the Band are able to dispatch the giant eagles and ogres. “ They will regenerate, we have to leave. “ They do see that fire damage doesn’t heal on the ogre’s flesh as easy as cuts and other wounds. They did charm monster spell on one of the ogre and discover that they will attack Nimshi in two to three weeks.
The Band returns to the Village of Nimshi to report their findings. Nazahn Tun makes counsel with his trusted leaders and his friends Troyus Machistes in full armor, Yoko Kurama and Pi Kalu are allies of the Village of Nimshi and the Band of the Wolf. Carceran explains the truth that the Ogre Magi have the ability to permanently grow proving that the information on Kaminaggi’s book about the The Blood of the Demon God is true. Kaminaggi advices the Elder to use a difference strategy than all the other attacks made by the ogre magi in the past decades. Nazahn ask Troyus Machistes for advice " You are a Thyatian General. How will you handle this? "
Troyus didn’t want to be placed in this position after all this time, he is old and tired, but he understand the dangers. " Sent word to Waping Piao about the menace, they should be prepared if we fall. A direct attack is the best approach, to make them use their resources before they can use them to cheat and attack us. "
" That is very good advice and I have more to add: " interrupts Kaminaggi " The Ogre Magi are power hungry and greedy. The Ogre Leader must have the Black Scroll and the remanent of the Blood of the Demon God in his posession. He will not easily share that amount of power with anyone. "
" Find and kill the Ogre Magi leader, return and destroy the Black Scroll and the Blood. Looks like a very straight forward plan. " adds Machistes.
" One that we should implement. " adds Flint " They know less of our abilities than yours. They won’t expect us to do a direct attack to his Ogre Magi Ox Clan Strongholds. "
Nazahn Tun agrees and leaves his forges fired on so that the Band can craft, buy and prepare for the mission. " We need less than a week. I can teleport to Waping Piao, cash Onedea’s reward, talk to the authorities about the menage and return. "
" I wil write a letter for the Province Governor Guin Po. He is my friend. "
" The Lupus Inferni are still after us. " speaks Daero
" I can go with Raizak, disguise us both and gather as much information as I can. It will take 8 to 9 hours to do all these if we go together. " adds Flint
" I shall go too. I have to rescue Leiliana from the bastard Volet Firespitter. "
The rest of the Band of the Wolf look at each other. They know this is a mistake that can jeopardize the whole mission, and get Troyus fall into a trap and killed. They cannot be in two places at the same time, and they cannot leave him alone.
" We will discuss that while preparing to teleport there, Troyus. "
Average Encounters CR: 12.
Ogre Magi Ox Clan’s ogres
Yeng Lo Zhung
_ Treasures Found:
2000gps of Yeng Lo Zhung’s obsidian broken sword
3000gps from the killed Ogre Magi
_ Total Wealth: 5000gps
_ Wealth per Adventurer: 500gps each
_ Other Treasures: N/A
_ Adventure XP: 2300xp
_ Adventure XP Awards:
__ Sam Award:N/A
__ Bilbo Award: N/A
__ Éowyn Award: N/A
Average Party Level: 11
Nathaniel J. Flint
Daero of Alfmyr
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