Topaz Magistrates

Bells of the Dead Part I
The Quest to Clear Usagi Ozaki and the Hare Clan

The group finds itself traveling to Shiro Suzume, home of the Sparrow Clan. They meet with Emerald Magistrate Miya Katsu who asks them to track down Usagi Ozaki who has been accused of a crime that Katsu doesn’t believe he committed. They also agree to take Miya Sasame with them allowing her to map the areas of the Empire they visit.

The group learns of the 4 people who condemned the Hare Clan and on whose testimony the Clan was disbanded and destroyed. Toritaka Bonugi was found killed in his library. Kitsune Hamato has gone missing and is presumed dead. Daidoji Unoko and Yasuki Taka (head of the Yasuki family) are both believed to still be alive. They have reason to suspect that Ozaki has already or soon will visit them.

The group makes it to the Crab lands where they find Ozaki and the strange man Koda who attacks Ozaki. Koda is defeated, but Ozaki is comatose and seems to be possessed by a spirit of some kind.

The group travels to Traveling Peddler Village where there is a monastery that may be able to help Ozaki and happens to be where Taka is living.

Before they can do much there, a tsunami hits the village.

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The Haunting of Shiro Usagi

The Topaz Magistrates are reunited, though some could be considered worse for the wear.

Isawa Sora takes her quest to find information to free her grandfather’s spirit from Jigoku to the Imperial Capital where she finds Hida Kyuzo. Shinjo Winter is also near the capital as she is training with the Unicorn troops.

Nori, still reeling from the loss of his family and village is visited by Togashi Yasuhiro who bears a message for him. Shiro Usagi is haunted and the ghost needs their help. Having tried to save the Hare Clan, Nori feels a strong need to help. They travel to Otosan Uchi to get passage by boat to Ryoko Owari where they can travel overlans to the ruins of Shiro Usagi. They meet up with their friends at the capital.

The group travels to Ryoko Owari where they meet Miya Katsu who requests they visit him at Suzume Castle when they are able.

The group travels to Shiro Usagi and find a small village still remains. They meet Muso, a former Hare bushi. He explains what has transpired in the two years since the clan was dissolved.

They learn that Otu, the son of one of the village farmers, has seen the ghost(s), but his description doesn’t match what a ghost should look like. They learn that Otu is really the youngest son of the late Clan Champion Usagi Oda. The farmer Genko took in Otu to protect him.

The group investigates the ruins of the castle and find where people have been digging looking for who knows what. The ghost of Oda appears to Nori lamenting the loss of his sons and the clan sword. The group realizes that Oda means that his youngest son is in trouble, right now, and head back to the village.

A band of Scorpion ronin are attempting to kill Otu for telling others of the “ghosts” and the magistrates step in to stop them. When the dust settles, the Scorpion have been vanquished and Otu saved.

The Scorpion were looking for maho artifacts in the ruins and created the ghost story to keep people away. They didn’t realize there really was a ghost.

Having satisfied the Oda’s wishes, the group heads back to meet with Miya Katsu.

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Opium War Part III
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Opium War Part II
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Opium War Part 1

Back on the job in Ryoko Owari, just in time for open warfare to break out among the Scorpion Opium cartels.

Well, as open as anything gets with the Scorpion.

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