Falling Souls

Game Master Me'mori

A chance encounter in a ruin leaves a pair of brothers with a decision to make and a problem to overcome. As the clock is ticking, what will they find in their searches? What are they leaving in their wake?


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M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

I suppose the other thing we need to do is sell off the wine and linen we got from the ogre. Kichiro could work on that.


MAPS

Alright, let's take a bird's-eye abstracted view of the start of the day and we can zoom in as we run into issues.

As you arrived in the evening of the previous day, let's start with Gather Information rolls from each of you and what you're focusing on, if anything.


MAPS

Time: 1d4 ⇒ 2
That scouting took two hours for Kichiro to get the general lay of the Inner Ring, with a couple of places earmarked for the both of you.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

I feel like I should start tracking Kichiro's food budget more closely at this rate. :D


MAPS

That's a bit more granular than I feel you need to get at present. Kichiro has money, food is plentiful(...), and there is nothing impeding his acquisition of it. You could count each meal as having twice the cost, if you want to represent the consumption.

That would mean that Survival successes would need to be enough to feed three people or Kichiro will have to mark off a ration to offset it, his eating habits are a bit distinctive, and when pressed it could be an option, but I'd also allow that to offset the hunger increase by 1 point bringing it to.. @15, I believe?


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

Just counting him as two people for how much he eats sounds like an easy and quick way of representing things. :)

The save DC for to avoid attacking randomly is 12 right now, and 10+the number of times he's cast in a day to avoid the addiction.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

Thinking about things, darkleaf cloth leather lamellar armor would be more appropriate to the area we're in. :D Would that be available here? Otherwise Kichiro will probably just go for masterwork leather lamellar.


MAPS

Around Hihibo, you're correct in that you'll find more metal applied to things than you might find in say, Miumi. They've got the availability and price to experiment with (or refine) ideas that would be too costly elsewhere. That armor idea works, though you'll find metal-exclusive items at ~5% cheaper, if that makes a difference.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

Even with that the darkleaf cloth is cheaper. And I do feel like leather lamellar is more thematic than a chain shirt, so I'll probably go with that.


MAPS

The shopping can be done in an abstract sense, as that is something that would be easily available. Interaction and exploration would require more focus. The (most immediate) notable points in your stay would be:

• Satoshi's Crafting
• Your presence as newcomers

There are a couple things that could become/are becoming available depending on how the two of you go about it, but those two are foremost. There are a couple of threads that the two of you have, but neither of you have tugged on them yet.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

Yeah, kind of still debating on what hooks Kichiro would bite on still.


Kitsune Technician 2 HP 18/18 AC 19 Fort +2 Ref +7 Will +5 Gadgets 5/5 Perception + 7 Focus? Yes

Satoshi is likely to zone out a bit as he gets into crafting.

His oddly rapid construction of a rickety but functional alchemically-propelled rickshaw might attract some attention though, which he will likely be oblivious to unless specifically pointed out.


Kitsune Technician 2 HP 18/18 AC 19 Fort +2 Ref +7 Will +5 Gadgets 5/5 Perception + 7 Focus? Yes

There, actually updated Satoshi's sheet with stuff I've done so far. Need to decide if I want to do some more shopping, though.


Werehare Inquisitive 3/ Seeker 3/ Bard 3

Apologies. A bit under the weather. On the upswing, though.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

Hope you feel better quickly!


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

I feel like Kichiro has been deliberately ignoring all possible plot hooks. XD Maybe I need to tweak how I'm writing him...


Kitsune Technician 2 HP 18/18 AC 19 Fort +2 Ref +7 Will +5 Gadgets 5/5 Perception + 7 Focus? Yes

Satoshi, while preceptive, is surprisingly oblivious to plot hooks.
Or perhaps it's not all that surprising.


MAPS

No worries about that. It is to be expected, really. The two of them have one goal in mind— figuring out what happened and how to deal with it. Investigating anything else that doesn't collide with them would be a distraction, and they've got enough. It doesn't mean that there aren't threads to pull, but there is no reason that you have to pull them.

Speaking of, there were a few other things that the Ogre had that have not been addressed, if I remember correctly?


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

I think we sold it all already? At least I don't have it on my sheet any more.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

I suppose if we wanted a diversion here, Satoshi's invention getting stolen could keep us busy for a while. :D


MAPS

Perhaps... (innocent expression)


Kitsune Technician 2 HP 18/18 AC 19 Fort +2 Ref +7 Will +5 Gadgets 5/5 Perception + 7 Focus? Yes

Satoshi does not have the best security credentials. At least not yet. Give him a few more levels and he'll figure out 'cover it in traps' at least.

Right now his best defense is that Technicians fall more on the Mad Scientist as opposed to Practical Engineer side of inventing, and their Inventions are inevitably confusing to operate and terribly unergonomic for anyone who isn't a Technician.

That said, the existence of Insights that allow for overcoming those issues, and the fact that Inventions still count as non-magical, does prove that they are in fact using real (if soft) science, and they are theoretically replicable.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

I'd say right now we could probably skip ahead to either leaving town or some complication that will prvent us from leaving town immediately. :D


MAPS

Did you want to detail the tavern Kichiro found? I didn't know whether you were going to, or wanted me to do so.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

Honestly I'd been planning on skipping the tavern entirely. I kind of want a break from the slice-of-life pace right now.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

I don't think I've shown you this artwork I got of Kichiro yet. :)


MAPS

That fits. I was wondering about the "terribly lean because of Hunger", and did not expect the "Chonk to keep the Hunger away". I like.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

Yeah, I imagine that his metabolism *is* kind of crazy thanks to the Hunger... but he's overeating so massively he's still getting a bit chunky regardless. :D This picture is kind of a bit future for him, still--he's only got two tails right now (or two branches of his tail, given how it's working).


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

I think we're at a 'time for the next event' point now.


MAPS

So the questions to be addressed are:
- How to proceed? Allow time to hunt or travel all day?
- Next destination?
- Would one of you roll a d10 to determine what occurs on this day?


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

1d10 ⇒ 6

To be honest I don't remember what the map said was next along our path.

Kichiro is voting to hunt along the way.


MAPS

Question: How high can Kichiro jump in a move? The creature is along the branch of a tree.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

Well, at present he'd have a +12 to Acrobatics for jumping, so taking 10 would get him five feet up, plus being Large so his body is longer.


MAPS

Travelling direct or foraging along the way? Also, which direction?


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

Foraging along the way, and I'll admit I've completely forgotten what the next destination was. XD


Kitsune Technician 2 HP 18/18 AC 19 Fort +2 Ref +7 Will +5 Gadgets 5/5 Perception + 7 Focus? Yes

...So have I!

We go wherever we're going!


MAPS

So, as far as I understand things, the intent was leaving Morinoya to understand what was going on. Hihibo was the first notable stop, but is there still a grand destination?


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

Our eventual goal was to contact Guoten Shuma, head priest of the temple at Sakakabe, who was Chieko's teacher.


Kitsune Technician 2 HP 18/18 AC 19 Fort +2 Ref +7 Will +5 Gadgets 5/5 Perception + 7 Focus? Yes

But, of course, that will be quite a ways away.

And the hoops we might have to jump through to even talk to someone that high ranking...


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

We *do* at least have a letter of introduction.


MAPS

There is the opportunity to bolt on a Cooking subset if there is interest?


Werehare Inquisitive 3/ Seeker 3/ Bard 3

Rhythm has been off because of work, moving soon. I'll be posting tomorrow.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

Travel safely!


Werehare Inquisitive 3/ Seeker 3/ Bard 3

At this point, the best I can provide is color, but I'm here.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

I don't know, you could always have some ninjas burst through the door and attack. :D

(To be more serious, I would be interested in some kind of event in town here)


Werehare Inquisitive 3/ Seeker 3/ Bard 3

At the risk of giving a peek behind the curtain, there are a few here depending on where the two of you decide to focus your attention.


Kitsune Technician 2 HP 18/18 AC 19 Fort +2 Ref +7 Will +5 Gadgets 5/5 Perception + 7 Focus? Yes

I'd guess that at least something will happen at those fancy baths if nothing else.

Poor Satoshi is cripplingly shy. Somewhat like myself!


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

Hmm... should we narrate ourselves along a little more in situations like this? Like go ahead and say we went up to the desk and paid for entry into the onsen?


MAPS

That is a good suggestion, to be honest. It does facilitate the narrative flow as chunks of (non-combat)actions that typically don't necessarily have a visible [Event] trigger. I do have a few things set up, but I am working on simply posting without building up a block of text for the flow. You've got good timing though. There should be a post up near this time, and we can adapt going forward.

My work schedule has changed somewhat, as I am effectively at and starting work at 3am, finishing by noon. I do have near the weekend off, but I really have just been adjusting, and that's on me for not communicating that. Apologies.


M Corrupted Kitsune Shifter (Apex Shifter) 2 | HP 21/21 | AC: 18 T: 14 Fl: 14 | CMB: +4 CMD: 18 | F +7 R +7W +2 | Init +4 | Perc: +8 Scent | Spell Points 5/5 | Current Effects: Kitsune form

One point of clarification, when you say "the recent bruise with a trace of spirit" is spirit here a trace of alcoholic spirits or is Kichiro scenting a remnant of an incorporeal being?

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