Castle in the Sky: After the Wars

A Quiet Harvest Celebration
Adventure the First

With the harvest in, the town of Maebury gathered around the Malorn Tree for the Night of Lights, as the fire-flowers bloomed and flew.

Panic spread, though, as people noticed the flowers going dark as they rose; soon, people realized that giant spiders, sailing down the wind on parachutes of silk, were eating them. As the spiders touched down, the townspeople rushed to defend the tree.

After the combat, the village priestess gathered the Malorn pollen the spiders had collected. The Sheriff, Sir Andrew, appointed a group of young people who had distinguished themselves in the fight, to go to the Barony of Mount Pilot and report on the events of the festival to the Baron.

In a side note, it is revealed that a school friend of the players, Peggy Sue Smith, is missing, having vanished during the fight.

Characters present:
Fromage
Derrok
Elsbeth
Rand

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Meeting the Baron
Adventure in the Big City

Our Heroes journey to the Baronial Seat of Mount Pilot, where they meet up with Sir Andrew’s daughter Murphy, who has been studying at the Dojo of a famous sword master. On Court day, Murphy takes her oath of fealty to the Empire, becoming Dame Murphy, and the rest of the party relates the events of the Fire-Flower Festival.

Fromage requests reward for bringing the message, and Baron Kristofer assigns them the tax payment due from Dorji Shrine. The only hitch? They have to go and collect it themselves. Fromage manages to talk the Baronial Exchequer into giving them a letter of credit, secured by the taxes of Maebury. Fromage, Darrok, and Rand go on a spending spree, “equipping the party” for the journey, until Murphy discovers the letter and confiscates it.

Finally ready, the party sets out for Dorji.

Players present:
Fromage
Darrok
Rand
Elsbeth
Murphy

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On the Road to Dorji
Adventure in a Traveling Band

Our Heroes, well equipped to travel, take the road to Dorji Shrine. On the second day of travel, they encounter a tree fallen across the road. When they alight from their wagon to deal with the tree, an ambush is sprung.

Bandits, former ashigaru, or low-ranking soldiers, are fought off. Darrok, the party’s ranger, tracks their back trail to their camp, where the party discovers Melanie, a pretty half-eleven sorcerer, who has been held captive by the bandits.

The party detours half a day off their trip to locate Melanie’s home, only to find the town sacked, and Melanie’s home burned. There is no indication of what became of her parents. The sorceress decides to join the party.

A few days later, the party comes to an abandoned farmhouse, where they find a blind female musician being confronted by a group of former-Ashigaru bandits. The party intervenes, and discovers that the blind woman can take care of herself… her cane conceals a sword, with which she proves quite proficient.

After the battle, the blind woman reveals that the shrine is less than an hour’s walk away, and that the town has become overrun by former soldiers, many of whom are now bandits. The party decides to cache their horses and wagon at the abandoned farmhouse and try sneaking through the woods to avoid the town on their way to the shrine.

Players present:
Fromage
Darrok
Rand
Elsbeth
Murphy
Melanie

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Two Houses, Alike in Dignity
Adventure in a Gambling Town

Our Heroes valiantly sneak around the troubled town, and reach the Dorji Shrine. There, after paying reverence to the Goddess and her Prophet, they met with the shrine’s abbot. The Abbot agreed to deliver the taxes to them, but only if he could be sure that they could convey the taxes safely through the town.

It is determined that there are two criminal factions operating in town. The first, led by an older man named Frank, was relatively benign; with the end of the war, however, a second wanna-be boss named Stu had shown up.

Stu and his faction took advantage of wandering veterans, and staffed their brothel through debt bondage. (Slavery within the Empire is illegal; indentured servitude and debt bondage, however, are legal).

The party agreed to these terms, and visited the town.

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