After getting poked and prodded by my various fans to ‘check out Suma’ and told ‘go to Suma’, ‘Suma’s awesome’ etc etc, I get worried that no city will be able to match the build-up.
Kind of like how everyone and their brother told me that I had to see Pulp Fiction, that it was the greatest movie ever, that it would change my life and so on. I watched it and thought. “Hm. Pretty good movie. Interesting.” But after the build-up, anything less than Citizen Kane would have been a disappointment.
We enter Suma and, for some reason, make our way down to the docks, noting a massive warship called the Setsudanki. Apparently we don’t have much trouble blending into the crowds, because we immediately become privy to all the ‘chatter on the street’, or as I like to call it :
Apparently the local Daimyo (Arai) is hosting a banquet for a Daimyo from the northern islands. And Jesse and Annabel are breaking up. And Sean likes Dororthy, if you know what I mean. And David was caught behind the local inn with…
We find Suma’s castle, and note a number of flags on the towers of same, although none of us can detect the golden trim which marks a ‘contest’ flag.
Again with the gossip!
We make ‘discreet enquiries’ and learn that the flag we seek is kept in a guarded room in the banquet hall of the castle. I guess everyone on the street was just privy to this sensitive information.
The three of us resolve to separate and to use our own individual skills to find the flag.
I can :
- Attempt to enter, disguised as a courtesan;
- Attempt to enter, disguised as a samurai;
- Scale the outer wall to assess the defences (no word on whether the Climbing skill is needed, but I assume not)
- Leave the city.
Well, leaving would just be giving up, so that’s a non-starter as an option.
As a wise man once said :
How can I resist a chance to dress as a courtesan? I knew all that hip-swinging would come in handy!
I stroll into the pleasure quarter, find another courtesan called ‘Winter Moonlight’, and bribe her to help me with my disguise.
Interestingly, she also lights a candle, during our preparations, to Vagar the Deceiver, god of liars, thieves and cut-throats. Charming.
In any event, now that I’m dressed to the nines, I make my way to the gate, carrying a lute (!) to complete my ensemble.
The guard at the gate tries to wreck the party by stating that all courtesans for the evening are ‘already inside’. Thinking on my feet, I claim to be one of the visiting dignitary’s courtesans, specially summoned for the evening from his ship.
The guard does everything but give me a wink to acknowledge that I’m probably making up a story but, rather than asking for a bribe (which I would have expected), he assigns two samurai to escort me to the banquet hall.
En route, I can either attack both of my escorts or continue into the hall. Well, the flag I seek is, allegedly, in the banquet hall, so I might as well take the chance to check it out in my disguise.
Unfortunately, security is tighter than I’d hoped. I am taken directly to guards who report to the visiting Daimyo, and they confirm that I am unknown to them.
Stats : All modifiers : 0, Endurance : 20, Inner Force : 3, Shuriken 5
NOTE : There will be no update tomorrow, as I will be away for my firm’s annual lawyers’ retreat. There’ll be no alcohol involved. No sirreeee.
Web-page recommendation : If you’ve got several hours to spare, have a read of Things my girlfriend and I have argued about. It is a simply hilarious list of (possibly slightly exaggerated) topics of debate between the writer and his partner.