It was good to play out the consequences of actions that the players had initiated in the previous session.
And to step back from crowding out player decisions with a blast of content from myself.
There were two religious deeds: Gin the Gakusho won the attention of a Kami but did not attempt to Placate it and create some enduring relationship with it. Rokuro accompanied a 0-level Gakusho in an attempt to bury the remains of a murdered Buddhist monk with the correct rites. The village headman was able to pull it off.
The young priestess got the attention of the village Kami who was more than willing to use his minor magics to defend the village. The players declined to Placate him and ask him to call down earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.
A side note: Many Kami have the “Natural Phenomenon Power.” They can initiate a widespread natural disaster. However, they can also selectively reduce the Danger Factor for selected individuals. The mechanics would have obligated the Kami to start the disaster, and then try to reduce the Danger Factor in a particular area. And the Spirit Rank 3 Kami would have spent one use of Power on starting the Phenomenon, and up 2 two reductions in Danger. It is possible for a low-Rank Kami to start a Phenomenon that it cannot ameliorate.
A herald from the local fortress rode out to pass on a message to the headman: he was to prepare the village to participate in a massive search for the escaped prisoners, and to threaten death on anyone aiding them. Not enjoying being ordered about, young samurai Mistu approached the herald and dispatched him with an Iaijutsu quick draw. And they threw his body on the horse and sent it back home on the back of his horse.
The players employed the Kami’s powers to create a quagmire that ended up taking out a lot of the weird samurai. Takeda, the one-eyed thug who met Mitsu and the fortress gate, pulled himself out but met his end at the end of Rokoru’s chain. I believe one samurai made it across to surrender. A number of his fellows, on the other side of the mire, also wanted to surrender but were tasked to drag out the 2 warriors working with Makoto: Ashitari Kobe and Makoto’s future son-in-law Tsuzawa. The Kami animated the plant life in the fortress to aid in terrifying those two out of their hiding place.
Kobe and Tsuzawa burst out of the castle, forcing the weird samurai to retreat before them. The advanced ronin wielding 2 swords and Tsuzawa swinging the No-dachi belonging to the sorceress were able to make short work of the 4 men sent to capture them. An honorable death.
Kobe is furious and has sworn to end the lives of everyone who messed up his mission. Mitsu refuses to duel him, taking a hit to her On but making the point that Kobe is far beneath him. Rokoru challenges Kobe to a martial arts contest on the morrow, and Kobe accepts.
We will pick up from the moment where Kobe and Tsuzawa retreat into the fortress to recover. And we will find out what the Kami will do next, what Gin’s plans for the Kami and spiritual life of the village are. And see what actions Mitsu and Rokoru will take. And the morrow will bring Rokoru out of the fortress.