L5R: Chronicles of the Ota

We are having dinner, damnit!
Session 2

In the garden, Ota Noriko, Favored Chef of Kuwanan dashes off a list of things for the servants to prepare for dinner since the Miya are here. 

Ota Ryoko is pulled aside by a servant. She will be very busy with the unexpected guests.

Asahina Dorai is here to learn province management. He was sent by Doji Kuwanan the Crane Clan Champion.

Miya Ryoshu is here to draw our taxable borders. Miya Kanae is his servant, an apprentice cartographer.

Daidoji Kazomara offers to go get the Daidoji scouts, and get current intelligence so we can start planning our route. Also on his list is seeing about building an observation tower to the southwest to see the scar and keep a watch on it. Used to be a waystation to the southwest. Should check in with Daidoji Nezu to check on that waystation and see if that's a good place to put an observation tower. 

Mimura is the central village of the province. It has barley and rice fields, but more barley than rice. The barley is our main source of income because we have a method of taking the barley and making it into field rations that are somewhat expensive.

Jade Cygnets (Hisui Inkan) - live on rafts and attack water traffic. We mostly ignore them. They're orphans from the war and live a boisterous scamp lifestyle. [Macro a conversation about yummy yaoi buttsex!]

Shinku Ōyamaneko (Crimson Lynx) – Ashigaru deserters led by some former clan samurai who are now ronin. One of them is modestly famous Lion warrior who broke bad. She's been ronin since close to the beginning of the war. Conscientious objector – maybe she was an Akodo. She has a grudge against someone local? But also our soldiers are away for a while.

Widow's Path – a oxpath on the north side of the Widow's Break. Currently being maintained because winter is coming. The swamp has encroached and part of the path is sinking, but it's functional. 

Inn of the Many-Petaled Chrysanthemum – Mural in the Inn of a flower and they add a new petal every year.

THERE ARE FATE POINTS IN THIS GAME!!! Free raise, minor declaration, reroll one die.

Daidoji Nezu's office is near the barracks.  She has two attendants that are young Daidoji samurai. Her office is small and full of maps, one with figurines of bandits and troops. It looks like the Ōyamaneko have expanded territory in the northwest. She says that there are Crimson Lynx bandits there. 

Campaign Aspect: "It's worst"

Utaku Elham is house sitting an ostentatious house in town that was formerly occupied by a Unicorn merchant so it's not repossessed for taxes.

At dinner, we have: Ota Atsumi (Ota Ekaido's young wife), Ota Briari (Ota Keiasu's wife), Ota Masami (Ota Rikimaru's wife).  Ota ​​​​​​​Tsuniko is there as first servant. Asahina Dorai is gently dissuaded from making notes. He asks to join Ota Noriko in the kitchen and is also gently dissuaded from it because she's a real witch in the kitchen. 

A herald comes out to read the menu:

  • Sun rise on the mountain
  • Spring maidens hair in the wind
  • Nights' Placid sea
  • Snow monkey at the hot spring
  • Champion's rest

Ota Atsumi is good to Ota Ekaido and is funny and compassionate. Looking forward to being the dowager daimyo. Seems to get along well with Ota Ryoko and is teaching her how to get along in polite society. She seems all sweetness and light and has a meal ticket unless she messes this up.

Ota Briari comes to dinner and is awkward and bitter. She's apparently good friends with Ota Masami. Ota Briari is apparently very friendly with Utaku Elham as well. (And Joe has realized that she's part of the Mean Girls Clique.) Onēsan (older sister). (Or Oni no Onē according to Daidoji Kazomura).

There is a castle bard that performs a musical interlude. (2 influence.) Ota Kiyushi 

Rikimaru wonders why the dessert had to be set on fire. It speaks to life's impermanence – or the colors of the fire represent the loss of so many people in the clan wars.

 

+3 XP Joe for sake

+3 XP Andrew for curry

+3 XP Paige for crane cakes

 +1 XP Paige for music

(Koda will be making edamame next week.)

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We're all fine here, how are you!
Session 1

The Clan war has been over for about 6 months. We lost a lot of peasants during the Clan Wars, mostly due to disease. Our troops are currently on the way back to the providence but are currently providing support to the rest of the Cranes.

It is the Month of the Rooster. All of the PCs have been invited to the gardens of the main residence by Ota Ekaido. Something seems to be different in the garden. Each PC noticed something different about the gardens the last time each of us was in the Gardens. Ota Ryoko was accompanied by Ota Ayano and Ota Rikimaru.

After enjoying some sugar confections Abbot Fukai joined us in the Garden, he was also called to the meeting with Ota Ekaido. Rikimaru investigated the damaged statue. Ota Ekaido arrived looking very much the worse for wear. Ota-sama would like for us to arrange for a specific list of people to attend Winter Court at Kyuden Mimura. We discussed if we want to get the Keep to the North back into shape for Winter Court, give that it is currently in disrepair. We are currently about 3 months away from winter (including travel time).

Ryoko called Tiko (who is the head Gardener) into the Garden and asked for an explanation about why the Garden was in such a state of disrepair. Tiko told us that Ota-sama had done the damage to the Garden over the last three nights. 

Things out of place in the Garden:

  • The leaves have started coming off the trees early in Autumn
  • A couple koi ponds, and one of the two statues guarding over the koi ponds is missing two arms
  • It hasn’t been raked this morning
  • The garden is walled, and someone has been pulling at the vines
  • There is a nightingale singing in the day, which is good luck

Ryoko was called with meet with an NPC who arrived to talk with Ota-sama, but he is unavailable due to his illness. Ryoko, Rikimaru, Ota Noriko, Favored Chef of Kuwanan and Ayano meet with Asahina Dorai who had a sealed scroll with the markings of the Doji, in fact from the Captial of the Doji family, to give to Ryoko. Asahina Dorai was given the scroll by Doji Natsuki. The scroll talks of Asahina Dorai as the greatest student that Doji Kuwanan has ever seen and Asahina Dorai has been sent to learn what "we do best". Asahina Dorai is from the school of Numbers, which Ota-sama has great skill in.

During that conversation, Utaku Elham and Daidoji Kazomara investigated the vines that were strangely pulled away from the wall. The vines, when pulled back, make the kanji for death. 

Ryoko was called to meet with a second set of two NPCs from the Miya Clan! One who is a middle aged man and younger women who have both cleaned up before meeting with Ryoko. Miya Ryoshu along with Miya Kanae informed Ryoko that they had arrived to assay the Ota lands after the Clan Wars. Noriko informed with the Miya of how dangerous the Ota lands were after the Clan Wars and Ryoko attempted to save face about this misstep, informing them how safe Ota lands are. They also wanted to see the beauty of the Central Gardens.

During that conversation, Elham and Kazomara moved a large planter in front of the "Death Wall".

 

XP

4 XP for all (3 base plus 1 for log)
+1 XP for Joe
+3 XP Paige food
+3 XP Koda drinks

 

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Discussion Session - Pregame

3 xp for all

+3 xp for Joe for food

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