The morning of the Lantern Festival
The party wakes up and hangs around town until the meeting at the guard house. Rumple gets her new clothes from the tailor, and Raagash goes to the apothecary exchanging herbs for a 40% off voucher for next purchase.
4pm. Party: Goes to guard house. The captain explains their jobs, positions, and how the festival works. Each receive a potion, Raagash borrows a hand crossbow, Thibbledroop & Clinka borrow shortbows.
5pm. Party: They arrive at the festival as the booths and whatnot set up. The party splits into 2 sections. Section 1: Rumple, Thibbledroop, Raagash. Section 2: Clinka, Kabuki, Mei. They settle in and notice certain interesting things to check out.
5-6pm. Section 1: Rumple & Thibbledroop go to the Trigrams booth and have their fortunes divined by the old shaman woman. Raagash checks out the illusion mages, combining his drow magic dancing lights with a similar illusion. The mage sends him to their friend to learn Smoke Ladder, he tries but does not seem to have the magic necessary to learn it.
Raagash heads to the stage area and overhears the sing-song girl Lily, from the Jade Dragon entertainment house in Fu Te, discussing with some other girls about recent ghoul sightings near her house. Raagash moves over and successfully strikes up conversation about what he heard. She tells him that while she hasn’t seen any there have been rumors, and whether they are ghouls or just some menacing people it was enough to worry her since she often walks home alone at night. She says that she’s sure the Magistrate and Advisor Kao will handle it though.
5-6pm. Section 2: Clinka goes to the Feng Shui divination and pays the Master to learn how to practice Feng Shui. After about 30 min of learning and repeating the incantations he successfully learns the Feng Shui divination spell.
Kabuki heads over to a booth with colourful masks. He looks them over but decides to ask the apparent crafter and seller if he has anything of higher quality as he would really like to have such a mask. The man says that traditionally the red phoenix mask is most popular during the Lantern Festival, he does in fact have one mask with him that he made for a performance at last years festival. He offers to sell him an ornate red phoenix mask with feathers for 1GP and Kabuki buys it and puts it in is bag.
Kabuki then notices the young man from the Shen Clan that he followed before. He watches him sit down with an older woman and slip her a pouch, they both have the same pin with a yellow stone. After a brief exchange, the 2 get up and walk away into the crowd. Kabuki dons his new mask and follows the man to a table where he joins other young and middle aged men. He doesn’t overhear anything that seems important, but does notice that one of the older men in the group also wears that same pin.
6-7pm. Section 1: Rumple heads over to the illusion mages and watches one controlling a soaring phoenix for a bit, she is quite impressed and tips very generously, the mage pauses to thank her and asks if she too is a mage. When rumple confirms he sends her to the Smoke Ladder Mage, they try to teach Rumple the spell and she comes very close but just can’t seem to get the hang of it. The mage suggests that perhaps it doesn’t align with her school of magics.
Following that, she moves to the dancing red panda next to the mages. The panda has a collar of bells with a name tag reading “Pabu”. The panda is very cute and she tries to pet it, the man says that Pabu seems to like her. Thibbledroop sees this from the nearby sake stand where he’s finishing off a bottle and heads over. He becomes infactuated with the cute furry creature and reaches out to pet it. Pabu chitters happily putting his paws on Thibbledroops chest and sniffing him. The man says that Pabu seems to really like him, it’s most unusual for him to be so excited over a stranger. Thibbledroop awkwardly bargains to purchase Pabu with Rumples help, and talks the man into selling him for 20GP.
Raagash goes to the Trigrams booth and has his fortune divined. He comes out and continues patroling around and sees 2 men talking excitedly, one seems to be wearing the happi of the Wang Ho school the other is a traveler wearing a black scarf. He stealthily moves closer to hear them, the local says “You can’t bribe or blackmail an honorable master of the Wang Ho Lightning Fist, you won’t succeed in this!” the one with the scarf says “You had better have made the right decision by morning, for the sake of your sister. I’ll be waiting at the Wa Ko Inn at 10.” Raagash finds one of the guards and relays the information that someone seems to be blackmailing a wang ho student and may have kidnapped his sister.
6-7pm. Section 2: Clinka and Kabuki meet up with Mei who is having tea with a friend. Kabuki asks if either of them know anything about the yellow pins meaning, they say that members of the Shen Clan seem to wear them but they don’t know the meaning.
Clinka heads over to the Marvelous Moving House of Trinkets. Inside it seems much larger and a korobokuru shopkeep welcomes him. They discuss a trade and the shopkeep agrees to trade the lightning stone for a clockwork toy of a frog.
As Clinka works on his clockwork frog, Kabuki comes into the shop as well. He has a look at some items then attempts to charm the shopkeep, but this korobokuru is very wise and knowledgable of magic, the charm spell fails. Now upset, the shopkeep demands to know why Kabuki tried to charm him. Rather than explain Kabuki moves to cast entangle around the shopkeep, however Clinka sees this and grabs his arms down before he can perform the spell. Displeased about his home being disrespected in such a way, the shopkeep demands they either give a very good explaination, or both leave NOW. Clinka stays behind a moment to apologize.
Kabuki steps out of the house of trinkets and begins patrolling again, he overhears 2 wealthy women talking about sightings of ghouls in Fu Te. They whisper quietly they don’t know how Advisor Kao can stand living so near the cemetery. The first woman says “He can’t possibly have something to do with those nasty rumors, right?” the second woman hushes her saying “Of course not! Don’t say such things in public!”
7pm. Party: The 2 groups rejoin as the lantern lighting begins around a small stage. They enjoy the fireworks and lanterns floating into the sky. Rumple and Thibbledroop light a lantern, gaining inspiration.
8-8:30pm. Party: Screams and the sound of battle break out as the White Tiger monks attack the temple of Kwang-Ying the Compassionate. The adventurers run with the downtown guards to aid the Kwang-Ying monks and engage in battle. after many monks and both Elites are defeated the White Tiger Master calls for a retreat. The adventurers manage to capture another 3 monks as they flee. The guard Captain thanks them and asks them to head to their lodging so the guards can clean up; they have arrests to make, wounded to heal, and a big mess to organize before they can end their night. He tells the party he will send word for them in the morning when the Magistrate is able to properly thank them.
Awarded the party 225xp each for fighting the monks.