Wednesday, October 7, 2020

TTJP Season 1 Episode 14

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Casting: Tiger Team!

  • Jian Wu (Two) (Christian) 11M; Smith and guy with huge sword
  • Jiao Ting (Eight) (Chris D) 11M; Reckless grappler
  • Liang Jing Min (Five) (Randy) 11M; Noble, on the outs with family
  • Nongmin Chushi (Seven) (Rory) 11M; He talks to spirits, inquisitive and charming more than creepy, despite possibly being insane. Perhaps a wee bit too friendly to strangers.
  • Shang Yi (One) (Calvin) 11M; Natural leader and archer.
  • Zhiyu Zhige (Nine) (Laurie) 11F; Sorcerer specializing in healing.
  • He Bohi (Eleven) 11M; Twin, grew up near the docks.
  • He Donghai (Twelve) 11M;, Twin, powerful grappler
  • Ko Lanfen (Four) 11F; Solid Order devotee.
  • Laoshu (Three aka Mouse) 12F; Quiet and deadly with a knife.
  • Meiyou Ren (Six) 11M; Also good with a blade, possibly any blade.
  • Rang Baozhai (Ten) 14F; Our bookworm and nerd.


So everyone has spent their saved experience and some bonus points from 3 years of training and are quite a bit better than we last saw them.  Note a few changes in the casting list for hints.
Jian Wu got stronger and added some Talents, perks and other things letting him do massive cutting damage to the neck.
Jiao Ting added more DR, ST, and some special traits letting him do more on his Slams (still a favored tactic) plus increased Judo and Karate and is good at Knee strikes.
He Donghai has become a vey good grappler.
Mouse got even deadlier with her knife, and does does Rapid Strikes to the vitals.
Meiyou Ren learned a Technique called Greater Whirlwind and used it to great effect.
Chushi added Awareness to Channeling, purchased Medium, TK 6, and Spirit Form. Also modestly increased his combat skills to 11, though still ST 8.
I didn't really get to observe everyone else's upgrades.

A Trip to Town

Our group is sent to bring back provisions from a nearby town, part of its tithe.  Its a week there and back and fortunately Chushi spent points learning Teamster so is no longer working from default.  Also now has Animal Handling (Equines) to help take care of the horses. And Zhige has Veterinary in case things get really bad for them, not to mention her sorcery.
Many in the group have obtained weapons from the groups blacksmith Jian Wu and we get some provisions and gear for the trip from stocks.
The first night out, were still in the valley but post guards as were in the woods and to get in the habit. Chushi hears something during his watch and signals Zhige who is also awake (all the PC's and several NPC's have Reduced Sleep so we dont need a full 8 hours rest) and goes to check it out. Recognizing its the sound of a Kharakara staff which has metal rings to scare away small animals (carried by some Buddhist priests) he goes to the road and observes an old woman. He stands out so as not to startle her and greets her and she in turn greets him by name and directs him to take her to the camp, naturally he does just that.
OOC There is some discussion how Chushu should not be allowed to stand watch anymore...
She enters camp where some have woken up and introduces herself as the Spirit of the Moon. Chushu nods, thinking of course she is and that explains everything. Some are a bit skeptical but most wise enough not to be too obvious about it and Chushu courteously offers her something to eat.
She sits down and explains the group is headed into trouble as the village is beset by bandits and were greatly outnumbered.  She offers to throw the bones for us, getting mildly annoyed with Zhige who can read them and silences her to keep from telling everyone what they say.
Note: Need to ask her to teach me how to read them too, as he only knows Fortune-Telling (Dreams).
She does get the bag of bones tossed to her as a gift though so the Spirit Lady is not very annoyed after all.  Also were all given a silver coin to toss in the water sometime after we survive and we can call on her.
Thats cool!

The Fight!

We do a bit of scouting and opt for most of the group going in the center across the main bridge with two small groups of flankers. There are 31bandits, a handful with bows.  Most clustered in the south around the village square, a few to the north.
Mouse, Zhige, and Ren head towards the north, Jian and two others flank from the south around some buildings and the rest head straight in. We get initivive and surprise them with some opening attacks as we drive across the bridge.
Its a long and brutal fight, 12 vs. 31  so I wont cover it all.
Ren accounted for the most deaths, though he also took the most hits. At one point he was fully surrounded by 6 bandits and killed 5 of them in an impressive Greater Whirlwind attack. I think he killed that remainder and 2 more before things were over.
Jian got the next most kills, mostly with a form of aggressive parry and his huge sword.
Mouse probably came in a close third, she was hung up on one guy who kept passing his death checks.
Everyone else got at least 1 kill except for Rang who stayed out of the fight and held the wagon.
Everyone (most of us are 11) did impressive against bandits in leather armor, showing why the Order earns its tithe.
We ended right after the fight as the game lasted longer than normal, about 5 and a half hours, much of that the fight.


Next time Chushi should probably threaten the dead bandit leader with an ignominious burial to see where their camp is and get the villagers back some of their stuff plus make sure there are no stragglers.

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