Shen Chun/Crazed Raksha
Disciples of the Sect:
Red Eagle (Little Bai)
Dim-Witted Chen (Shen Chun)
GOLDEN WAY ALLIANCE
An alliance of orthodox sects lead by Shen Chun (Zhao Kang-Green Cat Kang) and his wife Da Mei Mei. They wield the wind saber of Sunan and the Phoenix Crown of Bao. Their alliance includes Temple of the Jade Mercies, remnants of Relentless Corpse Sect, Purple Cavern Sect, Nature Loving Monk Sect, Dehua Sect, Golden Dragon Sect and connections with the House of Paper Shadows.
THE SOUTH WIND SOCIETY
Rivals to the Golden Way, they have been absorbing sects in the south and in Hai'an. They are led by Cunning Dragon and have absorbed: Tree Dwelling Nuns, Perfect Heaven Lineage, Southern River Sect, Sun Mai Sect, Glorious Death Cult, Crescent Moon Sect, and a small group lead by Silent Dagger.
Rulers:Zhen Dao Empire: Emperor Zhao
Hai'an: Queen Ai Nu
Li Fan: King Yuan
ZHE VALLEYYang Shen, Min and Ong negotiated with the dying spider, Hua Yin. Large as a city block, her collapsed body still towered over the party.
Yang Shen held a blade to her chest and said "I will let you live if you are willing to comprise and work with me as an equal."
"I don't think we can trust her," said Ong.
"If she does what we say, we let her live, if she acts against us, we kill her," said Yang Shen.
"But she might just kill us in the middle of the night, I don't know if this is wise Shen," said Ong. "Where do you intend to keep her?"
"She knows our abilities are superior and we can kill her anytime we want. I will keep her in Zhe Valley to help me rebuild Canyon Sect."
"If that is what you want to do, I won't stop you, but I must return to the Golden Way," Said Ong.
Ong soon left, Min remained, mainly out of curiosity and interest in the Hua Yin's nature.
"What are you exactly?" Yang Shen asked.
"I am the first strand."
"What is that and can you send your spiders beyond Zhe Valley?"
"I began as a strand of hair from the Enlightened Goddess," Said Hua Yin. "I control all the spiders, they are the people of the First Strand."
"What do you want?"
"To grow my power, to feed and be mighty."
"Do you cultivate Qi? Do you need martial heroes?"
"I feed on the people of the Second Strand," She said and pointed at Yang Shen and Min.
"If you intend to eat us, that just won't do," Said Yang Shen.
"Any humans will do," She said. "I do not intend to eat you."
"How many do you need?"
"It is difficult to calculate, but perhaps more than 100. You said we would work together, if I agree to this, which it seems I must, then would I be your equal?"
"Well you would have a place of importance and honor in the sect," Said Yang Shen.
This conversation continued for some time and Shen agreed to make her the Guardian of The Valley (it came to light that she had eaten the previous one). She was also promised to be given disciples (a number of men equal to 20% of the sect total). After this matter was settled Yang Shen and Min left for Dee to rendezvous with the escort company Shen had hired.
THE GOLDEN WAYBack at the Golden Way Sect Headquarters, Shen Chun returned and met with Lingsu.
"Chief, there have been a number of attacks on people in the areas around our headquarters."
Lingsu then described explained that peoples' homesteads were being ransacked for supplies and the bodies left riddled with wounds. He also found remains of the weaponry, and brought out a number of shattered metal pellets. He also had information that there were at least three groups of men responsible for the attacks in the area.
They brought out Xiao Hai to examine the objects and he explained they were bullets from machine guns from the Era of the Divine Dragon (about 500 years after the present). Shen Chen asked Lingsu to see if they could try communicating with the groups responsible and see if working with them was possible.
Lingsu and Shen Chun discussed the situation and believed that the problem with people slipping through different times into their own was growing worse. Not only that but there were an increasing number of earthquakes locally as well. They decided they had to find a solution.
Shen Chun had his Yen Li priest brought in and asked him if there was a worthy god to petition to help deal with this problem. The priest told him that Lishi Xiao, the Ten-Thousand Fold God in charge of records, history and who was believed to take thousands of different forms at a time in order to complete his many tasks, would be ideal. He performed the ritual petition and burned 50,000 spades worth of paper currency.
Ong arrived and met with a Yen Li sorcerer he had called for named Zhen Guan. He told him about the situation on his island and explained he needed pills that could temporarily transform spirited beasts into normal men and women. Zhen Guan said he could and promised to make 50 pills for a high price.
Later, Lingsu Arrived with a man dressed in strange clothes. He had a group of similarly dressed men, all armed with advanced firearms and said his name was Squad Leader Zhao. He explained that he arrived here with a platoon and that their Platoon Leader believed they were in enemy territory and not listening to reason. They clearly came from the future and had slipped through time like the others. He offered to work with Shen Chun provided the sect leader help him deal with his Squad Leader. They made a spoken agreement and Zhao offered that he might be able to replicate some of his weaponry.
Yang Shen and Min arrived in Dee, where they met the 75 men of the Zun City Escort company. They went to Ghashir Manor and spoke with Gashir Al-Anmar who agreed to sell him Celestial Plume in large quantities. He purchased over 300 pounds for 1,500 spades per pound. They then bought carts and fitted one of them with a panel to conceal the goods. They traveled toward the Banyan but had an encounter with some soldiers. They allowed the soldiers to inspect the wagons, and one of the men spotted the panel. Yang Shen immediately offered him a bribe and the soldier kept quiet.
From there they continued back and stopped at Wu Pen, and spoke with Wei-Yan Jun of Mountain Dragon Inn. Yang Shen made arrangements to work with him, if he could distribute Celestial Plume in the Banyan and sell what they had on a regular basis. Wei-Yan Jun agreed provided Yang Shen provided support against any meddling Martial Sects or Heroes.
From there they continues on to Zhe Valley.
GOLDEN WAYAn old man arrived and asked to speak with Shen Chun. The man said "I hear you wish for the help of the Ten-Thousand Fold God?"
"Yes, we are in a deep crisis."
"I am authorized to lend advice. But am not authorized to reveal many details to you."
"You cannot stop the situation from growing worse or tell us how to stop it?"
"I can say that the Golden Stele, the great artifact in Heaven's hall of records that records all that has passed, is illegible to the Ten Thousand Fold God. Only if the problem is pulled from its root, can this be stopped."
Shen Chun puzzled over this and the man gave evasive responses. Ultimately Shen Chun settled that they would need to identity the root and use the Chariot to eliminate it.
This is where the session ended.