BORMURG, YETI CHIEF
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What was anticipated as a very tough fight against the Yeti Chief Bormurg (who was possessed by Katiyana’s ghost) and the whole Yeti tribe, ended quickly as Sky Blossom forced the sylph/fiend’s ghost out of the great Yeti. They easily chased her off, Katiyana again swearing revenge and retribution. After a two day celebration, the party was escorted from the Necropolis by a kindly Yeti guide, Tealorg.
Once on the surface, in the warmth of a blazing sun amidst the snowy Wall of Heaven mountains, it was easy navigation to the great demon gate along The Great Wall, before the city of Shenliang.
A stiff official, reacting to a caravan appearing suddenly along the snowed out Silk Road, an almost unheard of occurrence, examine the caravan with barely hidden suspicion.
The guards’ examination is strict and thorough. Just as it looks like the guards won’t allow the group into the city, however, a well-dressed man appears at the gate from within the city, prostrates himself (quite literally) before them, and makes a speech. He states that Prince Batsaikhar, overlord of Shenliang, wishes to personally welcome them to the city. The group is escorted to the Prince’s palace, where they are met warmly (suspiciously warmly).
Batsaikhar takes a fancy to the exotic Smriti, and suddenly declares that over next five nights he shall host five feasts, the Five Feasts of QinHo, and the party are to be his guests of honor.
Over the next five nights, the group are introduced to the most exotic dishes the Prince’s chefs can concoct, as well as unique and unusual entertainment. After each such entertainment, Prince Batsaikhar asks his guests to show him something similar from the magnificently verdant lands of the west. Luckily, the heroes are inventive and skilled, for it has gotten back to them that the prince is a man who does not react well to disappointment.
On the first night, Smriti bests his champion wrestler, which apparently puts the Prince off his romantic notions of the monk. After that, he instead shows a keen interest in the Cursed Lamp, and begins a bargain for its acquisition, to the party’s quizzical mirth.
On the fifth night, the prince’s final feast, the Feast of the Dragon, is an evening of celebration that takes place across the city. Street parades are held, featuring paper – or even silken – dragon puppets, manned by multiple performers. Fireworks explode in the skies above, while the party feasts on local delicacies offered by the local street vendors.
Rounding one narrow street corner, the group sees yet another large dragon puppet, along with several drummers and musicians. Suddenly, the paper dragon is thrown off, revealing a large group of ninja, intent on dispatching the party. For what reasons are unknown, and may remain that way, for these assassins have had their tongues removed.
This session was a cliffhanger, with the combat against the ninja to take place in our next session.