The Forest of Spirits (Alpha Group)

The Story So Far...

Been a long road...

Prequel: We Be Goblins!
Four goblin heroes of the Licktoad Tribe go on a quest to find fireworks. They are happily successful despite their run in with Vorka, the Goblin Cannibal.

Book 1: The Brinewall Legacy
The party meets at the Rusty Dragon Inn, Sheriff Hemlock requesting that they deal with the Licktoad Goblins that have been growing bold due to their possession of fireworks. Once they reach the goblin camp, they find that the place was raided by skeletons recently. After tracking the skeletons to a cave the party finds a tian treasure. The treasure also contained a note from Ameiko’s grandfather, and she commissioned the party to take a caravan to Brinewall to find out the truth about her family. At Brinewall, however, Ameiko fell into a coma. Searching for answers, the party faced off against Kikonu, the oni who controlled the fortess with the help of his spurned harpy lover. After facing the half-fiend monstrosity in the basement, the party found a secret vault guarded by Ameiko’s ancestors. Inside was the Amatatsu Seal, proof that Ameiko was meant to be empress of Minkai. Visions showed that Oni rule the nation through their Jade Regent puppet. However, the Seal acted like a beacon so the party had to leave quick before Oni descended on them.

Book 2: Night of Frozen Shadows
Heading north into the Lands of the Linnorm Kings, the party begins to escort Ameiko to Tian-Xia. The seek a guide in Kalsgard but find them mysteriously unwilling for business. The search for Ameiko’s family sword is quite difficult as well. Turns out the oni ninja clan The Frozen Shadows was behind both the sword’s theft and the imprisoning of the only guide crazy enough to escort them. After facing down the Ogre Mage, Kimandatsu, the party headed north towards the Crown of the World.

Intermission: Eyes in the Dark
The party was plagued by the illusions of the Red Bishop; a mothman that took offense to the party’s activities in the first book. He was dealt with.

Book 3: The Hungry Storm
After many weeks of overland travel, the party reached Iqaliat, a small Erutaki village. Ulf wanted to regain his bearing here, but the village had problems of its own. The tribes shaman had angered a White Dragon and was trying to blame the party. After facing him and the dragon, the party learned their way was still blocked by the Morozko, a hungry storm. The erutaki believed something strange was happening at the Storm Tower, a strange tower near the pole, that might be responsible. There, the party found Katyana, a Half-fiend sylph that was trying to cover the world in ice. After killing her, her soul was ripped out and fused with the Morozko. After being chased by the now sentient storm, the party found a secret tunnel to escape the weather. Not to be outdone, Katiyana (now a ghost), possessed a yeti chief and tried to kill the party. After freeing him the Yeti were most grateful and guided the party through the caves.

Intermission: The Harrowing
Sandru and Shalelu went missing and the party tried to track them down, ending up in a storybook world called the Harrowed Realm. In order to escape they had to find several tokens then confront the Patchwork Lord, a skin-stealing dragon.

Book 4: Forest of Spirits
Arriving in Ordu-Aganhai, a city in the Tian-Xia country of Hongal, the party received a king’s reception. The city’s bored prince used them as an excuse to throw a five day long feast in their honor. After much food and contests, their presence finally was noticed by their enemies. Ninja attacked and ruined the final feast (and the prince’s romantic intentions for Teak). The kitsune Miyaro helped the party fight the ninja and offered to escort them to her superiors who wanted to aid Ameiko’s quest. She wanted to take them to the Kami. Passing through the Forset of Spirits, the party became host to several spirits, while driving others off. The Kami wished the party to enter The House of Withered Blossoms, a prison that once held the very oni which now control Minkai. Their laws prevent them from entering as long as a single oni was within. Finding the upper floors crawling with Aranea (including their drunk, opium-addicted master) and the bottoms filled with a hobgoblin army, the party learned much of the oni’s history as well as defeated Kimandatsu.

The Five Storms oni are ruled by Anamurumon, a owerful Wind Yai. His plan is to sire a child to take the Jade throne so he may rule through him. With the royal families all but extinguished he is close to victory. However, he is weak to weapons imbued with royal honor (of which the party has three: a katana, a naginata, and a daikyuu

Intermission: The Needs of the Forest
Teak’s sister appeared demanding her aid in protecting the Forest of Spirits. She needed help with a ritual to bind a corrupted creature that was poisoning the land. Problem is, she didn’t mention her plan to bind it into Teak. She wanted to kill Teak to end the blight once and for all but the party stayed her. Teak’s wildshape has been corrupted by this.

Book 5: Tide of Honor
Exiting the forest. Minkai has finally been reached. Miyaro guided them to a ronin camp. The eader, Jiro, at first scoffed at the idea that Ameiko was empress (especially since someone else recently made a similar claim) but he agreed to help the cause if the party would help him with a local group of bandits. The bandits controlled a powerful fortress and also had several horse-riding patrols. Jiro would lead his men against the riders while the party sacked the fortress. Not only did the PC claim the fortress as their own, but Ameiko was able to open the vault which only someone of royal blood could open and found Jiro’s family sword. For its return, Jiro pledged eternal loyalty and promised to see Ameiko to the throne.

Jiro now acts as commander for your army and had placed three taks for success.
1: Hire or buy off the ninja clans.
2: Get the merchants on our side.
3: Get what nobility we can behind us.

The ninja’s agreed to sell their services (the Jade Regent is bad for business) but only under one condition: someone already has a contract out on them and their honor prevents them from doing business until this is resolved. The party killed the ninja that was hunting them and bought the ninja’s loyalty.

For mission two, the party was told to work through the Geisha to make contacts. They are having problems with the disappearance of one of their own but agreed to help if you find her.

For mission three, many would join your cause if asked, but a man named Sikutsu Sennaka stands in your way. He is a powerful and cruel daimyo who supports the regent. He is very well armed and guarded by over 100 men. No one knows how to get to him yet.

Ameiko has grown nervous of becoming empress, but more distressingly, word that Amaya Kaijitsu, her half-sister may be making a move for the crown has left her quite shaken. Given Ameiko’s history with her family, she is afraid of how this will turn out, despite having never met Amaya.

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