Report from Zhuge Liang to Emperor Brutus I
Again I hope the letter finds you and the empire in good health and order. We have made it to the city of Champoor. I must say that if ever a place deserved its reputation this city is it. It is mostly lawless and chaotic. I can see how this would be an ideal place to hide or rumormonger. In order to learn a bit more about the lay of the city and who is in charge we have purchased two new citizens for the empire. After using their local wisdom we got a rough idea of the city. Next Rycathus and I ventured to the entertainment district and after some gambling and maneuvering managed to form a business relationship with the owner of the Phoenix Casino here, Lady Nehomah. she ultimately helped us in finding out about the players on power we would need to see kto find the answers of where the missing person in the murder mystery was. This led us to going to the slum district to meet a mysterious gang lord who rules the slums and which we found out was a beastman of Rat origins. A side note to this i ultimately recruited a group of roughly 20 children as well which wil become citizens from the slums. I couldn't help it with the poor conditions they live in and some of the talents they displayed. We ultimately met the Ratman and after making a bargain to kill a rival for him in exchange for information we set ourselves to the task. the mortal rival of his was skilled but quickly dispatched in a duel and his gang routed. the Ratman seized the territory he controlled and kept his word in giving us the information we needed. The woman is rumored to be held in the Satraps palace.
Once Zhao and Chean'De joined us we decided to do a ruse and I impersonated a Ysyr Noble to demand the missing woman as a runaway from me be returned. Getting the necessary closes and palenquin together we met the Satrap Dragonblood and held a negotiation. He offered to provide me information on my search for a Martial Artist master i need and also to give me the woman which he has in a cell. In exchange he wanted us to retrieve an orb from Jetahs Price shadowland. After some bickering back and forth and several insults the bargain was made. With that we went to prepare and ultimately entered the Shadow land of Jetahs price. Relying on Rycathus and Basil we were ultimately able to fend of a few random attacks and retrieve the orb. It was pitch black and seemed to absorb and hold immense death energies. Right after we removed it we were faced with an unexpected encounter. Jetah came out of no where and after a brief chat he attacked us. Our guide was killed and Chaen'De used the Ghost lantern he had with him to keep our location lit so we could see as wel las to fight against Jetah. He was a savage opponent but we ultimately managed to slay him. Taking his spear and the orb we managed to leave the Shadowland back to creation proper.
However like all good stories this one had a not unexpected turn. The Satrap aide and a squadron of his men were waiting at the place we returned. He stated we were to give him the orb and the satrap will summon us later to give us the agreed person and information. Needless to say we did not agree. Ultimately we made them back down and went to rest and recover ourselves from the hard battle. I did send a letter of protest to the Satrap to let him know due to his violation of the agreement and trying us to hand over the item before we met then trying to make us forcibly go to the palace that he had broken our agreement. It did not take long for him to contact us to apologize and try to explain. It got worse when the Satrap had to say that the woman held prisoner had escaped and he no longer had her so had broken the deal. Ultimately we settled on an agreement where a god of deals held the orb in a sealed box that they did not know the contents of for a period of time to give him a chance to capture the woman. In exchange for this He agreed to split his earnings from his profits of running the city with us for as long as he remains the satrap. This is for an amount that roughly equals 1 talent of jade a month. We also now have a permanent access to attend the vale market as we wish. We will of course also try to find the woman as well in case we can earn ourselves extra profits. We will keep you informed.