The season so far: Our intrepid adventurers burn down an inn, (it was for the greater good, really. A house filled top to bottom with charnel of tourists and regulars alike would’ve been murder on the realty value of the neighbouring houses.) and afterwards reunite with an old colleague from work.
While sightseeing in a dilapidated warehouse district (it was a shortcut to the wizard tower) the party is ambushed and are threatend by an street-urchin, who in turn gets eaten by an Oni. The Oni apparently had been tagging along invisibly since the burning of the inn.
The Oni soon learned that street-urchins from karrd city, while appetising after a long steak-out, aren’t great on the digestive system. That, plus the attempts to clear it’s palate by eating the party, meant the druid had to release it from it’s misery.
While most of the team made interesting discoveries about Oni anatomy, and ransacked what was left of the warehouse ( ‘collateral damage’ ) they’d fought themselves into, the bard went off on their own.
Forty gold, a small statue of a dog, and a purple gem later the party re-unites with the bard and finds the alley without a speck of blood, signs of the previous scuffle or a tiny corpse. Conversations will be had in time, but there are only so much things besides ‘I didn’t know you could do that with oni-hands’ you want to learn in one day.
Having cast ‘fly’ on herself the wizard sees no issue with landing on private property and disturbing the owner by knocking on the curiously gleaming metallic door ‘It is polite!’
Only by talking at the speed of a cheetah chasing a gazelle slathered in mustard, the wizard was then able to acquire the address of the notoriously taciturn and curt ‘lady of the tower’. Added incentive was not dying by heat stroke, thirst or boredom as a living statue. Note to self: don’t piss off magical ladies in towers adjecent to lakes but if you do, be so annoying that the very idea of your presence for eternity is sufficiently abhorrent to release you from a curse/rune what have you.
The statue of the dog turned out to be rather precious and will most likely cause trouble later on.