Sunday, March 20, 2016
After a battle with a wasteland spirit and giant mobats, our adventurers arrive at the accursed temple of the Opiwang. Before them stands a massive temple, a 3 tiered ziggurat of gigantic proportions. Here they meet animated cat statues of stone and black panthers. Their progress is hindered by traps until they meet the leopard lord who is held captive who offers aid to the party in hopes they destroy the Opiwang. (Though he has little faith in the party) they find a blind naga who is also held captive, the shukenja heals the naga and is freed. The stairs guarding the 3rd level of the ziggurat is protected by the Ochimo that remain! A samurai's motto is never let them see you sweat, nevertheless our brave samurai lost his psychic duel with the fire Ochimo. Time after time the Ochimo unleashed torrential torrents of fire upon the party, only to wave them off with superior saving throws. The battle continues...
Our adventurers decide to venture towards the center of the island looking for the temple of the Opiwang (dead spirit king). From a rudimentary map they visit a pirate encampment marked on the map, only to find the encampment was completely destroyed except for an ancient shrine and plenty of undead. Along the way they find a camphor tree whose essence carries a powerful spirit who aids the party in many ways. After battles with giant spiders, spider trolls and oni, they meet a powerful river dragon who carries the party to the wastelands of the Opiwang where a temple is located somewhere within.
With difficulty our samurai, kensai, shukenja and wu jen are commissioned by the family Ko to investigate the spirit disturbances on the island of Akari. Here they meet skeptical help by island folk who warn them about the Ochimo the spirit warrior. At every step they are warned to beware or leave. They decide to meet the Ochimo head on in confrontation, only to be beat by the town's scribe who is planning on selling them out. The plan backfires on the scribe and instead it is the scribe who is disintegrated to a pile of dust an inhaled by the Ochimo. Our brave adventurers manage to defeat the Ochimo at great cost only to learn that there are 3 more spirit warriors found on the island.