Return of the Righteous Moon

Battle in Oswa

The battle began with Basu & Abanii fighting the 5 members of the Wyld Hunt posse with Amaruq providing supporting fire from a distance. Wildly outmatched & unprepared for this caliber of enemy, Basu & Abanii were defeated almost without effort; their strongest blows hardly scratching the Huntsmen. Urika attempted to leap to the rescue by transforming into her War Form & leaping into the fray. Then, Sini/Chameleon cast a spell that compelled all who saw the symbol above her head to be compelled to solve a riddle before continuing to fight. Skillfully, she snared all the Huntsmen in her trap! The leader of the Hunt (Sheriff? Master?) broke free of the spell &, realizing he had lost the initiative, opened a portal to somewhere with a giant lion of asskickery & peaced the fuck out. Seeing their Boss dip set, 2 more of the Huntsmen followed his lead. The Lunars managed to detain 2 of the posse, but Basu and Amaruq had an accident with the Water Dragon’s head which became detached & arrowed.

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Something on the Horizon
5 New Lunar Exalts

Rolling back the temple door they found much of the village outside the temple in deep prayer. With themselves covered in a great silver light, the people of Oswa bowed down in worship to what they thought were the chosen of Ashka. None of the group took the time to correct this perception. They returned to the village and Chuylien and Little Squirrel’s bodies were brought back. That night another lunar by the name of silver needle crept into each of their homes and gave them a choice, be tattooed or risk being turned into a monster. All who took the tattoos were allowed to join him in two days when he and his men would leave the village. All took the tattoos except Urika. In the morning Abanii called for the group to meet to discuss what they had become. In the night he had also had a dream of many a great wheel with many faces he did not know. Sini found herself surrounded by a large group of villagers who believed her to be the goddess Ashka incarnate. Sini asked the village to give Little Squirrel the proper burial rights for her great sacrifice and to see that little squirrel would be quickly ushered into heaven with the prayers of her village. Urika told the sachems of Chuyliens crimes and that Chuylien was not fit to be buried with those who were to return to heaven.

That afternoon an airship from the Haslanti league landed north of the village with a group of traders and mercenaries, silver needle among them. A few hours later a group of elk herders known as the Elk Heart tribe arrived to rest and trade, and then a caravan from white wall showed up bringing much wheat and other provisions. As the group walked around meeting the trade delegations, Urika felt herself drawn to a strange man she had never seen before. He went into the village elder council chambers where he discussed the need for Oswa to submit to his master, the bull of the north. Urika entered the chamber to raise her voice in disagreement when she found herself quickly charmed by him. With the elders convinced of their need to join the bull of the north, the two disappeared to explore their … attraction to one another. As the night began to settle, Amaruq took a few moments to scan the area with the help of his bird only to find that a group of five was slipping into the village with the excitement of the new arrivals as distraction. They were not alone. After gathering his comrades, Abanii noticed that many of the village warriors began rushing in different directions. It seemed that the night had brought fresh disagreements between members of the trade delegations and the warriors were needed to quell the violence. As the warriors became distracted and rushed off to deal with the quarreling parties, Abanni and Myrdebasu found themselves surrounded by five men. The head man threw off the hood of cloak and shouted “Anathema you have corrupted this village enough, it is with the full authority of the immaculate dragons that I have come here to put down your heresy”. The other four figures began to press their advantage.

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The Lady of Five Faces
First Game

The village of Oswa is a small village of hunter/gatherers who have only recently started basic agrarian practices who live 2 weeks by horse east of White Wall in the Wawatusca river valley. As the tribe of the Elk Runner’s departed from Oswa from their yearly stop to trade and rest, the great war chief Runs with Wolves began interrogating individuals in a panic. His daughter, Little Squirrel, had gone missing. After Chuylien and Amaruq made a quick search, Little Squirrel was found close to the temple of the village goddess Ashka, lady of the five faces. After consulting the village sachems, it was determined that Ashka did indeed wish for other members of the village to enter and Abanii, Urika, Sini, Chuylien, Myrdebasu, and Amaruq were given the task.

Upon entering the temple of Ashka, the party found the walls of a great anti-chamber covered in masks of Ashka’s domains in the emotions of joy, mercy, contemplation, anger, and grief. Sini, a powerful medicine women who could open her self up to possession, opened her eyes with a new purpose searching for any nearby gods but could find none. They also found three stone passages but only one was open as the other two had caved in. After going through the remaining passage, they found themselves surrounded by small lights that floated around them to light the way. The passage quickly opened up into a massive cavern with a small rock ledge that followed along a cliffside with many small lights in the distance and more masks of Ashka on the walls. Crossing the ledge they found a large platform of dirt and rock and the distant lights were revealed to be the eyes of the temple guardians, odd monkeys born of shadow and anger. They attacked the party who sustained a few wounds after realizing that their movements were hindered while they weren’t wearing a mask or wearing a mask baring any emotion other than Ashka’s current one (at that moment grief). Once the right mask was found, it became clear that the guardians were incapable of finding them and the party scared them off quickly.

After going through the exit passage they found themselves in a large carst cave of stone walls that formed a hallway that ended with a massive stone door with slots to hold masks. As the party began to figure out which order was necessary to gain admittance, Myrdebasu climbed up to a rocky out crop where he found a group of heavily armed guild thugs. Michael took an immediate arrow wound that threw him back to the ground greviously wounding him. Sini began the rituals to open herself to possession from any spiritual willing to help as the group took cover and began fighting the guild mercenaries. After trading wounds and Urika healing as many as she could, Sini was possessed by the god of the physical temple Chunas who quickly dropped the stone spires the guild enemies were attacking the group from killing all who remained. The group took a few moments to rest and then asked Chunas where they might be able to find Ashka.

Quickly realizing they meant what he called “the intruder”, Chunas opened the massive stone door and took them quickly to the temple armory and then finally to the small chamber where Ashka resided. Incapable of opening the door himself, the party forced the last door open with a grief mask. Inside they found Little Squirrel and a faceless woman with a belt of masks around her hips, Ashka. The faceless woman climbed into the body of Little Squirrel, disappearing into the girl. Chunas grew angry at this and demanded the little girl be released it was quickly revealed that Ashka was no goddess at all but a fae who had long ago invaded creation and found herself stranded. She also realized that if the party let her go with the little girl she would bring no harm to them or the village. The group asked Ashka what she intended to do with Little Squirrel and Ashka quite bluntly revealed that little squirrels purpose was to sustain Ashka with sustenance for her long journey back to the edges of creation. Chunas was absolutely to do whatever got Ashka out of his temple as quickly as possible and stated he would let her out with the girl. Chuylien realized this meant that little squirrel would slowly have her soul eaten along the journey in an agonizing and horrifying process and decided rather than allow Little Squirrel to meet a vicious end, she would have to give her a final mercy.

As the group escorted Little Squirrel and Ashka out of the temple hearth room, they found a big empty room straight to the door. All the stone rooms, puzzles, and temple guardians had been an illusion by the Fae to confuse them. Rather than live with the knowledge that the little girl would be Ashka’s play thing and food, Chuylien put two arrows into the back of Little Squirrel’s neck killing her and forcing Ashka back into corporeal form. Chunas wishing to be rid of the fae joined the efforts of the group as a mighty battle ensued. Using her powers of beguilement, Ashka split the party in two by unnaturally forcing half the party to join her. Most of the mortal party members were beaten but none killed. Those who remained fought with the aid of Chunas until the fae was dead. Amaruq, before the end of the battle took a moment to cut the throat of his rival Chuylien and allowed his familar to feed on Chuylien’s cold body. With the Fae’s death, they found themselves covered in a silver light and those who were unconscious felt themselves awaken with the light of moon leading them to stand.

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