I leap back, avoiding the swipe, Hou-qong help me! those claws!
Let's try using the confines to my advantage.
I spring to the left, against a beam, then use the beam as a spring board to launch an attack. I am trying to turn the tiger so that Ba …
Of course! This beast is much quicker than I anticipated. My thrust meets blank space and she's moved to change the angle on me. Is the confined space of the hut in my favor? Not sure, but I'm keeping my eye on the door in case a hasty retreat is ca…
Flat-footed. Much larger opponent, enclosed space.
I collapse into the tortoise-stance with my sword in front of me. Then I quickly slide my left foot back and lunge of the beast.
Level bonus+3, str+2, magic sword+1, opp AC +6…
I move forward slowly and take a closer look at the small shrine (as best I can without letting down my guard).
Is there anything about it that seems to indicate a connection with a cat-like beast?
"Milady? I need to speak with you."
I follow the instructions and chant the prayer. I can't really be sure my sword has been blessed by Hou-qong, but I can't do much more.
"Let's take a closer look at this hut."
I'd like to make a circuit around it. Are they other paths? Any other d…
I inspect the baskets and then look over the bakemono. Does this copse seem like a rendezvous or even a camp they regularly visited? What were they doing here, I wonder?
"Unless something strikes you as immediately useful," I gesture to the baskets…
I go to one knee and gently stake several arrows in front of me.
I find my chi center and fire. With a single sweeping motion, I launch 3 more arrows, almost before the first one strikes.
Each arrow finds it's mark. A throat, a chest, a head, and …
"Why don't you skirt around to the other side of the trees. I'll fire a few arrows then charge them. It should be obvious when I do. Then you come at them from behind. Sound like a plan?"
[If there are more than 8, I'd like to take a bit longer to …
"Ho! What's this! A gift indeed!"
The scroll is has a small illustration. It is actually more of an invocation, perhaps.
It depicts Huo-qong (called Hakkonshi in the Shogunate). She is holding the paraphernalia of a part of her legend: a mirror, a…
I bow to Oroshutaki. And depart without further words.
After Ba Jiao reminds me of the beggar's riddle, I say. "A tree perhaps? With two boulders?"
Is the beast's trail still evident? Lacking any other specific direction, we keep following it. If …
I look to Ba Jiao with a raised eyebrow. I only speak a pigdin of the shogunate tongue and have no idea what that word means.
"Oroshutaki-san, Nakano-san, can you offer us any boon to help defeat this beast?"