Legend of the Five Rings: Shadow Mountain

Episode 19: Roll Earth

L5R 19

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ROLL FOR TAINT.

Ryoma HIRUMA SCOUT being pursued by six trolls. Charactrers save. Scout knows secret passage into fort. This is a grim first encounter with the Shadowlands.

Interior of Hiruma Fort

DAIGOTSU BUSHI OUTSIDE TRIES TO MAKE THEM COME OUT AND JOIN HIM… GOT ONE TO COME OUT YESTERDAY

Story: Outer wall taken through treachery. Aika, Shota, and Emiko were on guard duty. Aika went on rounds. He hurried back when he heard the gate being raised. When he arrived, Shota and Emiko had their throats slit but no blood, the gate was up, and the mechanism for lowering it jammed with rocks.

Ten men lost in the ensuing battle.

The trolls and the damned bushi roasted the dead samurai and dead trolls for dinner.

The Four Remaining Hiruma

THEY ARE ALL HAVING NIGHTMARES ABOUT THE BUSHI OUTSIDE… IF THE PCS STAY, THEY DO AS WELL.

Aika → A perfect servant. Believes treachery gave the yard to the trolls.

Noriko → Brave novice. And a maho-tsukai corrupted during a recent trip to Kyuden Hida. Tainted.

Itsuki → Nervous novice. He feels foul, slimy, there as punishment, Grima Wormtongue mixed with Bill Paxton in Aliens.

Taiga → Grizzled veteran. He has been corrupted by his time in the Shadowlands. Think Mad-Eye Moody. He keeps human blood in a container which he often takes secret sips from, and uses it to keep his taint from showing. However, his supply will run out in a day. Tainted.

Rentaro → Commander, cool as steel, loyal as a dog with orders to hold the fort no matter what and not abandon it, as the fort is the right eye of the Hida. He also believes that all his men are loyal, and will not allow Kuni Handshakes. Tainted

Ryoma → Sullen, surly, frontline soldier who has seen too many of his friends dead. He takes full advantage of his right as a frontline soldier to bitch and moan about the leadership that puts his ass on the line. He also swears a lot in modern idiom. Tainted

Core Clues in Meeting with Ryoma
Outer wall taken through treachery. Aika, Shota, and Emiko were on guard duty. Aika went on rounds. He hurried back when he heard the gate being raised. When he arrived, Shota and Emiko had their throats slit but no blood, the gate was up, and the mechanism for lowering it jammed with rocks.

Ten men lost in the ensuing battle.

The trolls and the damned bushi roasted the dead samurai and dead trolls for dinner.

THEY ARE TOLD THAT DAIGOTSU’S PARTY WAS LAST SEEN ENTERING THE DOMAINS OF BIG STINK, THE GOBLIN CITY.

Fort Goblin Crush
Basement: Well stocked
First floor: Muster room, dais for meetings.
Second floor: Living space. Bunks, kitchen, meeting room, etc.
Third floor: Armory
Fourth Floor: Watchtower
Bamboo Column: Lookout.

4. The Battle: 8 trolls, four of which are archers, 3 Akaname pg 216 Enemies, and Daigotsu Hiruchi, and a maho-tsukai traitor perhaps….
A. Taunting letter to all of them from Daigotsu. he is impressed by them, and wants them to join him. Unless the Hiruma spies have lost their skill, they already know where to find him.
My dear friends,
Lovely Kuni Asami,
Beautiful Hida Sumi,
Handsome Yogo Hachigo,
Brilliant Kuni Nerukawa,
Delicious Mirumoto Kaneda,
I am most flattered that in your eagerness to join my cause you have entered the lands of my father. Here, the land is so pure no alien seed can find purchase in its embrace, and the air is untroubled by the calls of birds. In its stark beauty and purity, I hope you can find the peace you could not discover in the lands of the so-called emperor.
Know that as eager as you are to find me, I am equally eager to see the five of you once more. It is too bad that the Bayushi could not join you. Samurai of your quality are rarely seen, and the reputation of the bushi who killed two with one blow has drifted even over these lands.
I have offer you service in my command. You have proven yourselves samurai equal to any I have ever seen. I promise you power, riches, and victory, and ask only your loyalty in return. Unless you are not half the samurai I think you are, you know where to find me. I will await your arrival, only tarry not too long. Business presses me.
Your Eager Master,
Daigotsu
4.9. They find a village. Animals wander around. it is in a circle of black blood, with foul kanji written around its demense.
The Spider wanted to kidnap Kuni Mokuna, but it was no mean feat. They used a magic spell to bring the entire village that he was in to the Shadowlands, and replace it with the ground from the Shadowlands, including some evil beasties.
The village is perfectly intact, animals still roam it. But there is not a single person there. They can find the home of Kuni Mokuna and investigate it…
Caravan tracks lead away from the village.
5. Andy pours out all of their water. Mike can figure it out. If they have abandoned Fort Goblin Crush, it falls to the Spider. If they saved it, they can come back and get fresh water.

6. They find a caravan guarded by 10 goblins and 5 ogres, with humans in cages going somewhere… They see the caravan in the distance, entinering a canyon through a plateau. If they attack, the goblins start killing the prisoners.
7. If they take out the caravan, they rescue Kuni Mokuna. he is a leading shadowlands researcher…
8. They hear of a prison at the end of the canyon, where dozens of samurai are being taken, and Kuni Mokuna tells them that he overheard that samurai are being tainted and transformed into servants of Fu Leng…
3. Totally normal city which is infested by the Dead God
At village, told that the Spider are heading for BIG STINK, GOBLIN CITY .

Next time….
Run into the caravan with human prisoners…. Put Hiruma from Fort Goblin Crush on board…
Prison for human prisoners….
Shadowlands Mysteries
Naga are awake and killing and skinning people. They live in underground speldor, which Fu Leng has never known. Ultimately, they are the allies the PCs can leverage into defeating the army that stands at the Kaiu Wall.
The Nezumi have forgotten who they are because Fu Leng killed the god which was their hive mind.
City of Goblins allied with Spider Clan?
Volturnum, ruins of troll capital in shadowlands, home of Oblivion’s Gate. DAIGOTSU IS GOING TO OBLVION’SGATE, THERE HE WILL RESURRECT HORDES OF ROKUGANI DEAD AND USE THEM TO MAKECOUNTLESS, POWERFUL, BLOODSWORDS…

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