In the time since I last posted about them, both Kaigan and Plague Island reached what basically amounted to the end of Season/Book 1. We’re taking a break from Plague Island to do some Torchbearer in it’s every other weekly slot, but in Kaigan we moved right on to season 2 with a new cast of characters, just having session 1 a while back, and having session 2 scheduled for this Friday.
The new cast is somewhat removed from the old situation, but they’re still in the same city, so there will still be some ripples. As far as our new cast is concerned, the big picture that resulted from the events of Season 1 is that Yamoto Kaito’s Assassin was never caught, although there is evidence that it was someone inside the clan who did it, many inside the clan blame the foreigners. His son and rightful heir, Kenji, was also the target of an assassination attempt on the same day and went into hiding for his own safety, in doing so, he missed the news of his father’s death and his funeral as well. Kenji has his own ideas about building relationships with the foreign organizations, but his inexperience and party boy lifestyle lead some to question his fitness for his father’s position. As a result, the Jade Orchids are divided and in chaos, leaving them rather ineffective in their role as the city’s mediators. And the Rising Dragons and the Eye remain at the verge of going to war.
Our new group consists of the two owners of a bar in the coveted Dock district, Okoi Osoku, Kaigan native, and Upton O. Goode, a foreigner, as well as their main muscle Kenshin “Axe” Ito. The Leaky Bucket is a bar primarily frequented by foreigners and foreign blooded Kaiganese. It does alright, but Okai and Upton supplement their income by using their basement as “discreet storage” for those bringing things into or out of the city that they would prefer to be kept quiet. Finally, they as manage several dealers and turf for narcotics for the Eye, under supervision of a right bastard Tsuyoshi Shinjo. It is this last business that is giving them the most grief at the moment.
Tsuyoshi has a rather “hands off” management style, so long as he gets his cut, factor this in with the fact that a clan war may be pending, and the chaos going on with the city’s mediators, and certain ambitious underlings of his see this as an opportunity to take a piece of their rival’s pies.
Enter, Koga Nobu. Koga’s dealers occupy turf adjacent to the Leaky Bucket Crew, and he certainly has the desire to expand. Lately, street toughs and thugs have been harassing and assaulting our protagonists dealers turf, and while there is no EXPLICIT connection between them and Koga, Koga’s dealers move right in and somehow have no problems with them.
Before the first session, I had the entire party roll resources against their lifestyle obstacles to get a feel for their financial situation. This is normally not a great idea because starting PCs generally need a chance to get some cash to meet their lifestyle. But, in this case, leaving them broke was the point, and everyone involved knew it. Needless to say they all failed. So they started off with guys moving in on their turf, not quite having enough profits to give Tsuyoshi his cut, someone was stealing from the til at the bar, and Axe was going to be on the streets if he didn’t make rent next month.
We started with Tsuyoshi coming for his money. He wasn’t exactly happy with them coming up short, but they managed to convince him that they would get him back, with interest, next time. That wasn’t QUITE enough for him, so he demanded that they do him a favor as well, he wanted to use their storage room for an unspecified item coming in soon. They pushed their luck a bit and tried to get some PAID extra work out of him, but he said it sounded like they had a lot on their plate, and said he’d think about it if they did well on getting him his money next month and looking after his item.
They decided to send Koga a message and went and robbed and killed some of his dealers in the middle of the night. They left the younger one alive to deliver the message, and Axe gave his name (because he wanted to develop a reputation), much to the other’s annoyance (as they were hoping to avoid being PERSONALLY implicated, while still sending a message of some kind). That taken care of, they decided to wait to see Koga’s next play, and spend the next few days reviewing their books and staff records to try and see when money was going missing from the til.
This being before computers and only a partially literate party, it took them a few days to review, but they managed to succeed and narrow it down to a few names. As one of my players put it “In what other game do you get excited over an Accounting roll?”. I hadn’t fully fleshed out the list of suspects yet, so we called it there. This Friday I hope to deal with that, as well as Koga’s response and Tsuyoshi’s job, but we’ll see where the PC’s beliefs take us!
Current PaDC score: 1/31