After considering your options, you decide to try to blend in with a group of traders heading though the Vanchow Gate. As you are walking towards the traders, you notice a group of Terrestrial Gods milling around one of the many tchotchke booths in the plaza. You hear one of the gods arguing with the peddler.
“I don’t know how you can get away with charging so much for this cheap crap. I can get idols on the Blessed Isle for a third of the price!” the god says.
“Then maybe you should have bought your idols before coming to Yu-Shan. If you aren’t going to buy something, then move along. I got other customers.” The peddler turns away from the Terrestrial God. The God is speechless at such poor treatment.
You decide to take the opportunity to cause a distraction. Pulling a piece of Quintessence out of your pocket, you take aim at one of the Unconquered Sun idols sitting on a shelf above the god. Ping! The idol is unbalanced and is knocked off the shelf. It hits the god square in the head.
“First you snub me and then you attack me. Do you know who I am? I am Quidel of the Combusting Precipice. I have thousands of worshipers in Creation who offer prayers to me daily to avoid offending me. I….“ The Volcano god continues on for a while.
Ignoring the god’s ranting, the peddler picks up the fallen idol and looks around to see how it managed to fall off the shelf. You duck behind a planter, but can’t help peeking over it to see what happens. Not finding the culprit, the peddler shrugs and turns back to the Terrestrial God, idol in hand. One of Sol Invictus’ four arms is broken off. “I’ll give you this one for twenty-five percent off, if you’d like.”
The god roars in frustration. The air begins to heat up around the god and a few of the wooden idols light on fire. “Are you crazy?! What do you think you are doing?” The peddler says, as he tried to put out the flames. You duck your head back down behind the planter and put your hand over your mouth to hide your giggles.
As the argument between the Terrestrial god and the peddler heats up, you notice that your group of traders is about to approach the lions. You dash past the fight, hiding behind the crowd that has gathered to watch it. You quickly catch up with the traders. The lions, distracted by the now burning tchotchke booth, wave the traders though.
You follow the traders down a long tunnel. Soon you pick up the scent of damp earth and rain. You heart starts to speed up and you hold back your desire to run ahead. You always loved visiting Creation.
You emerge from the gate outside of the city of Vanchow. From your vantage point, you can make out the Sword of Creation.
What will you do now?
- Catch a ride on a ship to the threshold
- Lose yourself in the city
- Find a caravan to head away from any Yu-Shan Gate
OOC: Svante escapes to Creation hiding with a group, but I couldn’t help but include the Volcano God. Gold Star for Caladon for their suggestion!
You have money! You just got your weekly allowance from Nanny! It’s in your bookbag. You have plenty of Quintessence pieces….which dissolve into nothing when you reach Creation. Oops. Good thing you have this apple.
As for skills, you can read and write and have some basic knowledge (Lore) and have some skill in math (Bureaucracy). You speak the Language of Yu-Shan and have picked up the street language of the Blessed Isle (Linguistics). You know to be sneaky with all of your air duct eavesdropping (Stealth) and have a pretty good arm (Thrown). Oh and of course you know Martial Arts! Maybe you can get a job as protecting the caravan from bandits!
Actually, 12 year-olds on the Blessed Isle aren’t that far behind you in school. Kids in the Threshold are kind of dumb, though they seem to have a lot more fun than you do.
Nanny… She is going to be so worried
You would never refer to Vanchow as the Imperial City. It’s not really that large of a city. It is only important because of its significance to the Shogun’s Military.
You remember Akachi pretty well actually. Unlike most of Yu-Shan, Akachi’s clothes are not flashy, but very practical. He wears no jewelry except for a plain wedding band on his left hand. He has always treated you with kindness. However, those time when you really screw up (like when you tired to sneak into the Jade Pleasure Dome), it is Akachi that comes and puts the fear of Saturn into you. He has never hit you, but one look and you know that you are in deep deep trouble.
((However, when asked to describe Akachi, Svante will give a different description every time, unless Akachi is standing right in front of him. You also don’t remember that moment of confusion before you recognized Akachi. However, unfortunately for Akachi, you do remember that he wants to drag you though the Wyld. ))