Exalted: Great Forks

Chapter Two

Zhao and Kage land and approach the camp on foot. They see the camp flies the tricolor flag of Great Forks – scarlet, blue and gold. The two are challenged for their identities and invited into Camp Emerald. Zhao and Kage tell Sergeant Tylel they are investigators investigating a connection between the Blight and a series of disappearances and murders in Great Forks.
Zhao and Kage are approached by an immaculate monk who introduces himself as Gangfeng. Zhao returns the introduction and Gangfeng recognizes him as Fenfang’s friend. A tense moment and verbal sparring follows as Gangfeng poorly conceals an apparent dislike for Zhao.
Sergeant Tylel introduces them to the House of Learning scholar Taga and his research students Taga and Baeda. Taga explains Camp Emerald was established to research this Malfean intrusion. Taga uses an enchanted stone which flashes when in the presence of a Malfean influence. The stone flashes while the group is talking prompting Zhao to request they visit the Blight.
Zhao, Kage, Gangfeng, Taga and escorting soldiers arrive at the edge of the Blight. Zhao enters the Blight and confirms the center is a square shaped hole of unknown depth spouting flames. He then meditates in an attempt to recall the memories of that disastrous day night. Zhao remembers frustration with his father Pei Shen for pulling the camp so far off the main road. Pei Shen patiently explained it was a favor for Tai Shen, his favorite sister in law. Tai Shen was married to Yun Liu Shen (Pei’s brother) a ne’er do well actor of middling talent. Yun, it seems, wanted to perform a play for the troupe and being this far off the road meant less chance for travelers to stop by and watch. Although Pei enjoyed performing for travelers, he agreed simply because Tai asked. While Yun Lui began his play, Zhao remembers Pei asked him to help Aunt Po Lan with the troupe’s costumes She was a superstitious sort and Zhao was to help distract and calm her down. Then he was in a tent tending to his favorite niece Cheong who had wandered off and returned sick when the sounds of screaming and long flames appeared.
Meanwhile, Kage investigates the area and learns the charred skeletons if moved then vanish and appear in the place they had fallen. The group returned to the camp. Zhao uses his Zenith caste ability on a skeleton to no effect.
Once back at camp, Gangfeng directs veiled vehemence towards Zhao and Zhao replies back with cool calm. Gangfeng tells Sergeant Tylel he must return to Great Forks as soon as possible. Sergeant Tylel lit the signal fire. Kage meets the Wagon Sprit, Zhao and Kage tell Sergeant Tylel and Tage they are returning to Great Forks. The leave the camp towards to the main road but instead cut across intending to circle around back the Blight. Kage spots and captures a scout and the two return with him to the camp. They interrogate the scout and learn his name is Laren and he works for a mercenary group known as the Spite of Skulls. Zhao convinces Laren in exchange for work to tell them what he knows of the Spite’s plans. The Spite of Skulls was hired to scout Emerald Camp. The hirer is arriving very soon then they are to attack the camp and take no prisoners. Gangfeng cancels his return plans and stays to help defend the camp. Zhao and Kage decide to stay as well.
That night the camp is attacked. Zhao and Kage rush from the tent to defend themselves. Zhao joins the battle at the front gate with Sergeant Tylel. Kage, seeing assassins discarding Great Forks uniforms after murdering the watch tower guards, leaps at them. With Zhao (towel whipping) and Kage’s (stab stabbing) help, the defenders drove back the attacking forces to past the front gate. Just beyond the camp’s light, the attackers are regrouping.

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One Shot - Jesse - Wyld Hunt in Great Forks
One Shot - Wyld Hunt

You will each play a Dragon Blooded Shikari of the Wyld Hunt. You have a small band of loyal warriors under your command. Your current target is a newly Exalted Lunar responsible for the deaths of dozens of innocents. It has been 3 weeks and over 100 miles since last saw your prey. The trail has let to Great Forks.

(See Dragon Blooded – EX3 pg. 541+)

Choose one of the examples – Air, Earth, or Fire.

Battle Groups under your command :
Warrior Monks : Size=1, Drill=Average, Might=0
Ranger Band : Size=1, Drill=Average, Might=0

Your target is an Eastern Barbarian Slave that Exalted about 3 months ago. You know that time is against you as you must find and destroy her before others of her kind offer her sanctuary. To complicate matters further, Great Forks is not a place you can just walk into with any form of authority. The Lunar has been seen in the following forms : An Eastern Female, Very Attractive, Dark Brown Skin, Dark Green Hair + A Large Brown & White Eagle with Black Talons and a Crest of Green Plumes + An Immense Bear with Dark Green/Black Fur and Black Claws.

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Chapter One

To present himself as a celestial exalted in Great Forks, Kage disguises himself as Shadow’s Light and meets with Shield of a Different Day and Porren, the spirit of the Palace of the Three. At first, Shield doesn’t believe Kage is a Solar. When requested to reveal his identity, Kage hesitated but agreed when Shield promised only the three would know his true identity. Shield warned Kage to be careful how far over he crosses the legal line in his activities and scolds Kage when Kage says he may know what this city needs more than Shield. Shield then threatened to kill Kage if he betrays Great Forks.

To present himself as a celestial exalted in Great Forks, Zhao meets Spinner of Glorious Tales at a city park. Spinner tells a story of a stranger who approaches a farmhouse asking for shelter for the night. The farmer and his wife are suspicious of the visitor who is from a suspicious people. Spinner invites Zhao to continue the story. Zhao tells how the stranger is turned away for three nights but each night the farmer and his wife find repairs and improvements to their house and lands and finally allows the stranger to stay the night. Spinner continues the story. The stranger leaves but hears those who believe he has broken a law arrive at the farmhouse and threaten the farmer and his wife to betray the stranger. Zhao then continues the story. The stranger returns and all the neighboring farmers unite against those who hunt the stranger as the farms and lands are more bountiful than ever before. The crowd applauds. Zhao expresses surprise at this encounter and Spinner replies “A man’s story reveals truths”

Ereset Deman approaches Zhao and pitches a play with an ongoing storyline featuring a first age Solars. He wishes to emphasize the Solar’s hubris and eventual regret.

Fenfang reveals her estranged brother Gangfeng is in town, an immaculate and wants to meet Zhao for dinner.

Kage shows Zhao the manor of the Dragonblooded Shiladen Mne and the hidden shrine to the Unconquered Sun. Zhao invites Shiladen to a play. Shiladen declines the invitation and responds with his own invitation to a party. Zhao accepts.

Zhao hears the rumor about the missing actors. The missing actors all work for at the Onyx Opera House and are Meden a male slave who lives in the Slave Quarter, Janic a man who lives in a boarding house, Ipet, a woman who lives in an apartment and Te who lives in an apartment with a roommate.

Zhao, Fenfang and Kage visit the Onyx Opera House, talk with the owner Fallens Ara and find no evidence. Fallens says the Great Forks constabulary is investigating. Fallens say the last person to see Te is her roommate.

Zhao, Fenfang and Kage visit the Stage Tavern. They find Te’s drunken roommate and escort her home. They find evidence someone may have entered through a balcony. They also find a square burned into a table. The square prompts Zhao’s memory of the night of his Exaltation and resulting Blight.

Zhao, and Fenfang go to Janic’s room in the boarding house. They discovered a burned square on the floor.

Kage goes to Meden’s room in the Slave Quarters. Kage discover a cowering man beneath the second cot in Meden’s room. The man is terrified and babbles about “a corridor of infinite stars.” Kage finds a burned square on a wall covered by blankets.

Returning to Zhao, Kage realizes he is being followed by Splint. Kage confronts Splint. Splint offers to include Kage in a job to steal jade from Talan Gwynek. Kage recognizes Talan as one of Zhao’s friends and refused. Kage does not tell Zhao about Splint’s upcoming robbery.

Zhao, Fenfang and Kage meet back at Zhao’s apartment.

Zhao decides to go to the Blight to see if his memory is correct. Using his sorcery, Zhao flies Fenfang and Kage the 300 miles arriving just after dawn at the Blight. They see a camp flying Great Fork’s flag about a ¼ of a mile from the Blight. They prepare to set down and approach the camp.

Zhao has dinner with Gangfeng at a public restaurant the next evening and a party at Shiladen Mne’s manor the night after.

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