Legend of the Five Rings: Echoes

Session 18: Nightmares and (Wet) Dreams

...in which the bad guy is reading a pillow book.

How quickly does the
dream change into a nightmare.
But will we still wake?

Hall of ancestorsThe Echoes traveled further north, into Lion territory, to close yet another Spirit Scar. Along the way, however, Sanjuro left to be with his wife, concerns of assassination attempts still fresh in his mind.

The others made it to the scar, located within a Lion ancestral crypt. Bringing the group into the closest spirit realm, Yamako found herself in the Realm of Dreams.

However, they entered directly into the net of a corrupted Dream, which turned their brief stay in the Realm into a nightmare, pitting the Echoes against each other. Only by accepting help from the Lying Darkness within her soul, was Sakura able to pierce the illusion and help free her friends.

From there, it was easy to close the scar, and subdue the guardian—a simple maho-tsukai of no talent who was easily knocked unconscious by Takeshi, and then executed by Yamako.

Comments

I’ve failed as the Echo of Compassion.

The boy wouldn’t have died had he not been Tainted. He was a bloodspeaker; of course he was Tainted.

Hida showed restraint by only knocking him out. In my anger…

Perhaps the boy could have been useful. Perhaps he could have given us information we needed. Perhaps he would have used Maho to get inside of our heads or otherwise harm us. We’ll never know because I never gave him that chance.

The boy was who Kanshu was hunting and his death angered the Jailer of Hell. It’s possible that by dying, he can be cleansed of his evil in the next life, and such a thing infuriated the Jailer. He threatened to take me to Jigoku in exchange. As it is, I’m supposed to hand over a tainted soul to him within the week .. or else.

I need to figure out what Realm is closest to the Scar before crossing over the next time. Yume-do was not somewhere any of us should be. The Baku no Oni gave me a vision of Isan when he was about ten or so. I knew it was wrong and that it wasn’t him—he called me big sister and I was the younger twin—but it was still painful. I miss him terribly and it is only two weeks before the anniversary of his death.

I’ve not even been an adult for a year and I’ve already done so much.

What Aishiro, my … Utsukushi’s little brother said, about me becoming a Spirit again and being the Guardian of Kitsune Mori echoes in my mind. I can’t just dismiss it completely out of hand. I have Toshiro and our children and the other Echoes, so I can’t agree to it readily. I’m human now and I have a human life.

But …

If Toshiro does … gulp … die soon … like he feels is going to happen. If Sakura succumbs to the Lying Darkness. When Hida leaves this life to join Akasha and not the Karmic Wheel. If Sanjuro continues to let himself be manipulated, or becomes the manipulator …

If the Echoes are no more .. then what for me?

Fox is Human now
Mortal Life Happy but Tough
Forest Calls my Soul

 

My wife will probably be overly verbose, and seek to explain away her moment of temper.

There is nothing to explain. He practiced maho, obeyed Kage, and defiled the shrine of his ancestors. She did her duty, angrily.

Kanshu… will be a problem, though. He is not a Magistrate, not a servant of the Emperor… and not human. Though we may be working together for now, ultimately we are at cross-purposes. He wants all souls to go to Jigoku… even those that could be purified before heading to their next life.

And now we are done in Lion lands… two more, and then Kage… peace may be at hand soon.

Deathfrisbee2000

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