22 December 2062 [continued]
Today was an extremely eventful day. In addition to everything
I experienced just getting into Seattle for the first time,
I have been contacted by a group of like-minded people.
Apparently, Kitsune alerted them to my arrival. Perhaps
he thinks that the asoociation would be mutually beneficial.
I met the leader, a Amerindian man named Kenji, at the Soyzchuan
Palace noodle shop near the temple. We shared a hearty meal
of noodles, and I shared several of my favorite Ainu folktales
with him. Kenji seemed to enjoy the stories and, after I
finished, told me that I would hear from the group again
soon. On the way back to Arrow's apartment, I was attacked
by an ork man, who proved to be very capable with his tetsubo.
After fighting briefly, he took his leave and indicated
that he did not necessarily share Kenji's opinion of me.
If this is how everyone in the group conducts themselves,
I may have to reconsider joining. Also, I attracted the
attention of the Lonestar cops again. Apparently, a troll
running, even if he is running home, is a suspicious thing.
Fortunately, the ork had left me bruised enough that the
cops believed my story and gave me a ride to Arrow's apartment.
I returned to my futon on the floor, relieved to be intact.
23 December 2062
Last night late, we received word from Titus that his magical
group had a job for us. After the rest of the team scouted
and strategized, I was sent to obtain filter masks, so that
we could stand the nasty environment of the ash wastes in
Pullyallup. I also spoke with Kitsune again, promising to
send patronage his way. I tried unsuccessfully to obtain
more information than we had about the building we needed
to investigate. In doing so, I did try contacting my friend
Lari, but I was only able to leave her a message. I also
spoke to Sauly the cab driver, who frequents the Off-Duty
bar. He moonlights as a driver for a variety of tasks that
require discretion, but did not know anything about a warehouse
in the middle of the ash wastes.
24 December 2062
Today was spent investigating the mysterious warehouse
itself. Careful surveillance revealed that I know nothing
about car repair and that nobody seems to regularly travel
by road towards or away from the building. Tonight, Arrow
and I snuck in closer to the building and discovered the
front door appeared strangely cold to thermal vision. Arrow
was able to sniff out jet fuel, leading us to discover a
hidden hangar door in the ground some distance from the
building. I was able to use rice-paper walk to sneak past
the pressure sensors hidden around the door. We were unable
to determine an obvious way to enter the complex, so we
are taking turns watching over the course of the night.
25 December 2062
I happened to be on watch at 7 AM when a helicopter approached.
The hangar opened up, allowing another to leave, only to
be replaced by the new one with military precision. During
the change-over, the whole area is monitored by four cameras.
I shared this with my team, who decided we should sleep
on it and prepare to infiltrate the complex the next morning
during the 7 AM helicopter exchange. After resting in the
motel, we obtained some necessary supplies, such as climbing
gear. We happily filled our bellies at the Soyzchaun Palace
before setting out for another night of scouting. As we
drove out to the wastes, I realized that today is Christmas,
but the city seemed only slightly less busy. I am glad that
I was not raised to celebrate such a commercialized holiday.
I may not really be a Buddhist anymore, but at least I know
26 December 2062
Around midnight, I went scouting again, but I was not as
successful this time, since I set off the sensors twice
while attempting to sneak around the hangar again. Afterwards,
I spent the early morning hours in meditation and recalled
a saying Master Daizui enjoyed:
Even the clumsiest man is a ninja when the water buffalo
I have taken this to mean that the pressure sensors will
ignore us when the helicopter passes over, creating lots
of noise and vibration. The team hopes to use this effect
and a little stealth to gain entry to the complex. As expected,
the helicopter exchange happened at 7 AM, and we made our
move. We entered the compound with little difficulty. Titus
and Fifi used invisibility spells to enable the team to
get in position to deal with the guards and technicians
left in the hangar. For my part, I dispatched the two technicians
with well-placed roundhouse kick, largely unnoticed, since
I was under Titus's invisibility spell. We proceeded through
the complex with some difficulty, especially when we encountered
two mages with toxic spirits and effects at their disposal.
Defeating them allowed us to pass through a rift in the
Astral plane, where we encountered a large crow spirit under
the control of some powerful magic. I wanted to stay and
explore this strange place, but we had other duties requiring
our attention. An elevator led us to the surface and a large
room where many crow shamans were being held captive. After
killing the technicians, we freed them from the strange
devices that held them. As we made our way out of the building,
we discovered the Astral rift had disappeared. Fifi arranged
transport through her fixer, and we attended to the bewildered
shamans. They had been held for months in some cases, and
we thought it best to send them home with a good meal, so
we returned to the Soyzchuan Palace and had the special.
It had real meat and was quite good. I think I will become
a regular at this restaurant.
Most importantly, though, I have worked off my debt to
the group and earned enough extra to get a place of my own.
I must remember to properly thank Arrow for her hospitality.
I also need to learn how to use this gun I retrieved from
one of the guards at the warehouse complex. I would very
much like to see the Astral world again, but I feel certain
that it has many dangers for which I would be ill-prepared.