The Righteous Outlaws
Tea Master Houzhou
Stone Palace Sect (Also called Golden Way)
A gambling hall and criminal network in Yun Hu. Currently under control of party, with Weeping Lotus managing it. They've absorbed many other sects into this organization including Crocodile Sect, Blades of the Weeping Lotus, Temple of the Jade Mercies, Relentless Corpse Sect and more.
Bao Yang (Chief)
Shen Chun (Second Chief)
Weeping Lotus (Right Vanguard)
Gu (Head Chef)
Criminal network in Yun Hu
Relentless Corpse Sect
Da Mei Mei
Temple of the Jade Mercies (see Stone Palace)
Abbot Wei Zhao
Southern Hill Sect
Green Mantis (Dead but important)
Twin-Fisted Eagle Sect
Twin Fisted Eagle
Bone Breaking Sect
Destroyed and taken over by Drunken Hero Kang
Glorious Death Cult
Led by Supreme Master Tung, who says he is a god of death
The party took care of business in Yun Hu, managing some loose ends of the sect. An official came to Stone Palace and announced that Bao Yang was to be arrested and brought in to speak with Royal Inspector Zhao Liu of the Bureau of Justice.
Bao Yang refused to go without his retinue or weapons, so the official allowed him to take his weapons, and permitted his retinue to come provided they waited in the courtyard. He also said that Shen Chun was to appear before the Inspector as well.
When they arrived at the inspector's hall, they saw he was a tall and powerful-looking man. He was not intimidated by the group's reputation and said that all he cared about was law and order. He could easily arrest and execute Bao Yang but doing so would definitely cost him men, and at the end of the day, he simply wanted order restored to the city. If Bao Yang would agree to help restore that order, he would not pursue his investigations of Treasury Inspector Qu's death or the death of the city magistrate. Bao Yang agreed and the party returned to Stone Palace.
Meanwhile at eastgate, Chao waited outside an inn where he knew the house of paper shadows to be meeting. He trailed them when they left, following the agents to an encampment at the edge of town. There he killed a soldier in the camp, painted a mask of his face and donned his clothing. He then went to the central tent where Fearless Cat was insisting that the agents find Iron Temple and acquire the Thousand Painful Deaths flower. After issuing her commands and threatening dire consequences if they failed, she vanished in a trail of mist.
Chao left the camp and headed north to Yun Hu.
Back in Yun Hu, Bao Yang went to Master Zhao's and asked him to to look for any items or weapons of great power. Later that day, a box with a bloody map leading to Iron Temple arrived. Bao Yang investigated the matter and Master Zhao told him he had sent the box. He said Iron Temple was where the Thousand Painful Deaths Flower was located and that he his bandits had taken it from a merchant caravan (which explained the blood).
Little Bai had a time when he returned to Stone Palace, as a trio of men, each missing a leg, were waiting for the opportunity to fight him. He wasn't very impressed but agreed to fight. The exchanged blows in the hall and Min started taking bets. It didn't take long for Little Bai to defeat them.
The got to their knees and asked him to teach them his swordplay. He told them they would have to find his master. They said they wanted to learn from him. He said they were not very good, so he couldn't teach them. Then left.
Around this time, Chao returned to the palace and reported what he knew to Bao Yang. He also went and met with Five Dagger Chang to finalize plans for their attack on the Jade Shipment.
Flower Handed Snake returned to Stone Palace Sect with his retinue of flower maidens. Bao Yang told him to leave his weapons and people and come to the audience hall, but he refused. Bao Yang went personally with his men to insist on the matter.
Flower Handed Snake made clear he had no respect for Bao Yang, saying he sent armies to handle babies and was a notoriously deceptive person. He would not put himself at such a disadvantage.
Bao Yang suggested he change his tone, and Flower Handed Snake antagonized him further.
"If you don't adjust your manner of speaking," Bao Yang said. "I will smash your head in with my mace."
Flower Handed Snake said it would be a good thing to rid the world of a villain such as Iron Crab, so he was happy to fight.
The two sides clashed. Little Bai landed several blade strikes on Flower Handed Snake. Flower Handed Snake assumed a meditate stance and unleashed a hail of bladed petals that cut Bao Yang and Chao.
Chao interceded and said "There is no reason to fight. I respected your brother and we can work this out. Let's work together."
Flower Handed Snake tentatively agreed to stop and the battle abated.
Bao Yang told Flower Handed Snake he should listen next time and not be so outrageous.
"Next time I won't be so easy on you," Said Flower Handed Snake.
Again combat ensued briefly. This time they managed to knock out Flower Handed Snake. They tied him up and bound his disciples. When he woke, Bao Yang formed a deal with him. It took time, as Flower Handed Snake continued to hassle him. But they eventually agreed to go south together and deal with Southern Hill Sect, then face Fearless Cat for revenge over the death of Blue Handed Snake.
That night they dined. Over the meal, Little Bai antagonized Flower Handed Snake, but he ignored his words and shifted topic.
Before they left, Scholar Shen approached Little Bai and said he wanted to apologize and asked to be his chronicler. Little Bai allowed it but said that Shen would need to speak with the Sect leader, since he was pretty strict.
Shen went to Bao Yang and formed an arrangement.
They left and headed south with about 190 men plus their heroes. On their way to Twin-Fisted Eagle sect, they stopped at Songbird Villa to speak with Two-Timing Cockerel. They smoothed over concerns between the groups. Bao Yang said if they joined him, it would present an opportunity for a beautiful death (something he knew Two-Timing Cockerel was awaiting). He agreed to join, provided they let him fight Yellow Mantis one-on-one.
Then they went to Twin-Fisted Eagle sect and allied with Twin-Fisted Eagle Clan. Together the group, now numbering about five hundred, crossed over the River of Swarming Beggars and went to the Singing Pavilion.
Bao Yang took two long strips of paper writing "Surrender" on one and "Slaughter" on the other. He approached the five disciples of Southern Hill Sect drinking at the Pavilion and held up the papers.
"I come here with two possible outcomes: Surrender and Slaughter; which do you pick?"
"Slaughter" The men said.
Bao Yang's group butchered the men, then marched back to cross the river. As they approached they sensed men in the trees. When they got close to the bridge of the river, they saw hundreds of beggars, Nature Loving Monks, on the other side. To their south they also saw hundreds of Nature Loving Monks approaching.
Bao Yang called out trying to negotiate.
Someone shouted back that they would take his head.
This is where the session ended.