Exalted - The Venemous Monk

Session #6: An Old Man and a Hot Chick Walk Into Jades... [4/25/14]

Both Ruko and Alundra find safety in a small cave opening. They manage to slip the persistent archer and get some needed rest. Ruko awakens to find a note from Alundra saying that she is going to scout ahead, and he should wait here.

Having some time to kill, Ruko hunts for some food. As he goes along, he hears voices. He hides in a tree, and below him comes a girl on the back of a wolf and a tall man with a large sword. He overhears the two talk about chasing bandits, follows them for a bit, and then decides they are not a threat and returns to the cave.

On the second day, Alundra returns and tells him that there are wild beasts that have been stalking near the town of Jades. Ruko reveals his seeing the two travelers and the issue with bandits. They head off and by nightfall arrive at Jades. The town is surrounded by a tall wooden wall with a bronze gate with the symbol of The Realm.

In order to get past the posted guard, Ruko disguises himself as an old man. Leaning on his “granddaughter” Alundra’s arm, they talk their way into town. The town is a dingy, worn former mining village. On their way to The Dusty Cavern, the local inn, they notice carts with the symbol of the Cabal Ganju.

They get to their room and hatch a plan. Since Ruko cannot show his face for fear of being identified, Alundra will scout around the next day and see what information she can gather.

That night Ruko has a strange dream where he is standing beneath a vast sky of stars. A shooting star flies off to the east and explodes over a vast forest. He hears a whispered message from Wei Zhang saying, “Head toward the west. You will find that in which you seek.”

Ruko is then awoken not only by the dream but by a single piercing scream. He rushes to the window and sees two cloaked forms dragging a woman to the western part of town. Ruko climbs out his window and follows them into an abandoned mine that has been barricaded off.

The path is pitch black, but Ruko uses his keen hearing to follow along. They get to the bottom of the interminable tunnel system, and they pass through a second tunnel past some guards with the help of his kung-fu antics.

When he reaches the end of the last tunnel, he sees the two cloaked guards holding the woman, who turns out to be Maribell Walters, near a vast pit at the center of the room. An unearthly growling comes from the pit, and the Mayor’s daughter looks horrified as she stares down into it.

Ruko rushes toward the men and pulls Maribell Walters aside to safety. He mule kicks the two men and then sweeps one of their legs, and he tumbles into the pit. The ground begins to rumble, and the other soldier rushes off. Ruko helps Maribell Walters up and runs with her down the tunnel. Using his monkey leap technique, he leaps up to the rising platform being controlled by the fleeing cloaked soldier. Ruko kicks the man to his death, and as they reach the top and escape, they sneak past more men saying, “My God, has it been awakened?”

Ruko manages to get himself and Maribell Walters back to the tavern, and he steals some clothes for her to disguise herself with. They start to sneak away, and as they attempt to get away, a line of soldiers accompany a regal-looking man in effeminate purple and gold robes toward the center of the town. The man, who Alundra recognizes as the Dragon Blooded ruler of Jades, Deris, tries to calm his people and urges them to go back to heir homes.

There is a shout from the caves, and during the uproar, Ruko and his two female companions manage to sneak off. As Ruko escapes, he sees the caravan of the Cabal Ganju heading off toward the south. Wanting to keep Maribell Walters safe, he leads them back to the cave in the forest to rest.

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