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Chapter 3 — Kaji Kumi
~ 8th of Chu, the Year of Ji Chou, morning
outside Bunden, Wa


The morning light filtered through the bamboo leaves above them, casting a green light upon their campsite as they awoke or exited trance to the pleasant sound of the flowing stream to the east.

   As always, Belvin was up at dawn. After his morning prayers, he sat cross-legged on the ground, having gathered bamboo stalks from around the forest floor, which were piled before him. He called upon his druidic magic and began waving his hands intricately back and forth. The bamboo pieces began to dance and move with unnatural flexibility, weaving themselves into the shape of a large basket. After only a few moments, a large, water-tight basket with a long handle for carrying over one's back sat finished on the ground. This would be the basket for carrying around the carp dragon, Tanoshihire, when they returned to Uwaji, hopefully later in the day.

   Haketoko had returned to the village the night before to inform her boss, Kaji Kanamura, that the party would join him for cards in the morning. Solisar had explained to her that they would need more magic to be able to communicate and had to wait until morning for that. Hakam had further instructed her with the following: "We all need to be present, including our bodyguard, and if we play, he must answer our questions."

   As they packed their things together for the trip back to the village, Szordrin expressed surprise that Hakam would be joining them, since card playing was illegal in Wa. The lawyer justified his presence by explaining that, as an official emissary from a country where cards were not illegal, he would be able to observe.

   They made the short journey together back to Bunden, were greeted by the same constable at the gate as before, and entered. Haketoko had told them that she would meet them behind the inn, so they began heading into the center of the village. Hakam, however, explained that before they went with her, he had two quick errands to run on his own. He would join them at the inn in about a half hour. "I need one of the silver bars, Szordrin," said the cleric, holding out ten gold pieces. "This should cover it." Szordrin took the coins and handed Hakam one of the ch'ien. Then the cleric left them and headed south between two of the large shop minka.

   The cleric's two errands were to visit the sick woman and to heal her of her disease, as he had promised. This he did quickly, not even remaining long to receive the thanks and praise from the shocked and delighted family. His second stop was to the trinket dealer, Tensui, where he returned the silver bar to the man, since Szordrin had, in his mind, sold the clothing yesterday for an unfair price. Tensui was dumbfounded, but again, Hakam did not wait around to discuss the matter further. He simply turned, departed the shop, and headed down the dirt road to the inn.

   "That was quick," said Belvin.

   "I told you that I would be," said Hakam. "Now, where is the Wanese woman?"

   "She just told her people that we are here," said Sofi.

   Haketoko came out the back door to the inn just then. "Kaji Kanamura is ready for you. He has agreed to your terms. Please follow me." She gave a bow and seemed to be acting more formal than they were used to seeing.

   Haketoko led them up the stairs in the center of the inn and to the hall to the left. At the door to the small room where Hakam and Solisar had met with Ishi, the innkeeper, the day before, she stopped. "Those of you who will be playing or observing may continue around the corner and down the hall." She then spoke to Sofi, and Solisar translated. "Women are not permitted to play with men; do you wish to play a separate card game with me in the tea room? It is called e-awase."

   "Only if Kytharrah can play too," said Sofi through Solisar.

   "Kytharrah?"

   "Me!" said the minotaur.

   She nodded. Hakam gave her the ability to speak in Wa-an again, and then the two women and the minotaur entered the tiny room.

   The others rounded the corner and walked down the short hall past the western-facing windows. At the end was a huge, hulking man. He was bald and shirtless, and his body was covered in intricate tattoos of dragons, oni, flowers, and warriors. He nodded at them, slid the door open behind him, and stepped aside so that they could pass.

   This room at the corner of the inn was about fifteen feet square and had a low table on a tatami. Nine bowls were arrayed on the center of the table, just as Haketoko had described, and tiny cups of sake had also been provided. Sitting on the floor in the corner of the room on the other side of the table was an older man, presumably Kaji Kanamura. Kanamura was almost as large a man as his body guard at the door. There was a second massive bodyguard, also shirtless and covered in tattoos, standing watch on a small connected balcony that overlooked the road on the southern side of the building. The guard at the door stepped back out of the room and slid the door shut.

   Solisar did not see any magic auras, nor did Hakam observe any chaotic ones.

   Kanamura gave a seated bow. "Yokoso. I am Kaji Kanamura. I take great delight in being challenged by new players. Which of you shall be my three opponents for this game of karuta?"

   Solisar sat next to Kanamura, and, moving clockwise from him, Belvin and Szordrin seated themselves on the other side. Among them, they had enough magic so that all three players could converse with Kanamura in Wa-an, and Solisar introduced himself and his companions. Hakam and Leokas stood to the back and observed. "No cheating," Hakam said firmly in Common, "especially you, Szordrin."

   Kanamura silently raised his arm in some sort of hand signal, and the guard at the balcony entered the room with a medium-sized pouch. "Twenty-four shells per tael," said the guard in a gruff voice. They purchased 48 shells each to begin, as that is the amount of shells that the guard first handed to Kanamura, enough for a minimum of six hands.

   After arranging the shells in front of him, Kanamura gave a bow, and they each bowed back. Then the man slipped his kimono from his shoulders and let it fall to his waist, baring his chest. His torso also was heavily tattooed, like the guards. Solisar observed that since the kimono had fallen over the obi, the belt, it covered the man's sword. It also meant that there was nowhere for him to be hiding any cards.

   Kanamura did not pause for any conversation; he immediately began filling each of the eight outer bowls with a shell, so the others followed his lead and anted up. Kanamura then dealt the cards, five to each person, and turned over the top of the deck to reveal the trump suit for the first hand, chalices.

   Solisar earned the most shells in the first hand. ("It must have been the luck of a beginner," he commented, not wanting to offend their host.) Belvin dominated the second hand without comment. They all played mostly in silence, as Kanamura never spoke beyond his initial greeting and seemed intently concentrating on his hand and upon looking each opponent in the eyes, trying to read their facial expressions. His opponents were wizards, however, and Belvin was more intelligent than average as well, so for all three of them, the logical plays came quite easily. While the middle phase of each round could involve bluffing and strategy, for the most part, they played algorithmically, and who won each hand came down mostly to the luck of the draw.

   The luck of the draw was against Szordrin, however, and he was the first to run out of shells. He sat back and continued to observe.

   Solisar then decided to introduce some small talk to the table. "When did you learn to play kakkuki?"

   "I have been playing since I was a boy, and my older brothers taught me," answered Kanamura, without looking up from his cards.

   "This version of the game is new to me," said Solisar, "but the betting phase is similar to that of a game that we play in the west called talis, and it uses many of the same cards."

   Kanamura glanced up at Solisar briefly, as if to discern if the elf were trying to distract him.

   Szordrin spoke up, while the others were laying down cards. "So, I would propose a modification to the rules. After the trump card is revealed, it would make the game more interesting if three additional cards were turned face up, which anyone could use in combination with their own hands to score points."

   Kanamura looked taken aback. "You would change the rules of a game that have been in play for generations?" Szordrin could not read whether the Wanese man was angry or just surprised.

   "Think of it as a new game to try sometime," said the tiefling wizard.

   Kanamura seemed to consider this and laid down a card. "Your play," he said to Solisar.

   "Since you are so accomplished a card player," Szordrin continued, "why not invent a new game of your own and become known for that?"

   "I shall give it some thought," said Kanamura, still looking at his cards.

   It was the first phase of a hand now, and the shells in the bowl for the sequence of cards had been building up for several hands. Solisar managed to claim them with a run of nine-knave-knight in the trump suit.

   "Oh ho ho!" said Kanamura, with a raise of an eyebrow. "Your ancestors favor you this morning." Apparently, he was not upset to be beaten by a good hand.

   Solisar now had enough shells to take more chances and raise in the second, betting phase. He quickly drove Belvin and Kanamura to fold. Solisar also played all his cards in the second phase, meaning that this hand did not even have a third phase.

   "You are a good opponent," said Kanamura.

   Kanamura and Belvin still had at least eight shells, so they were able to play another hand, and the cards were dealt again.

   Kanamura had an excellent hand, but Solisar, once again, had a better hand, playing the trump version of two of the otherwise winning cards that Kanamura placed down.

   "I have another rules suggestion," said Szordrin. "Suppose a rule were added where, upon being dealt a hand, each player, one time, would have the option of rejecting those five cards and instead receiving another?"

   "I would not like such a rule," said Kanamura, "for it would make it far easier to keep track of the probabilities of which cards were in play instead of in the deck."

   "Have you played many card games in your past, Szordrin?" asked Solisar.

   "In the Underdark, it was a popular activity."

   Solisar knew that the drow played a game called sava, but it was not a card game; it was more similar to elven coroniir or human chess but with a dice-rolling element. He kept his doubts about the other wizard's comment to himself, however.

   Another hand went strongly in Solisar's favor.

   Kanamura looked embarrassed. "I am not playing well this morning. I am glad that my uncle is not here to see me bring so much dishonor to his legacy! You have beaten me fairly, but I admit that I am also distracted by these ideas for new rules. What was the first idea that you shared?"

   Szordrin repeated the option of a set of shared face-up cards from which any player could score.

   "I will pay for more chips for you," said Kanamura to Szordrin, "so that we can play one more hand with this new rule, but let us start with only one face-up card to begin and see how it works."

   This they did. When Kanamura was dealt his hand, he grinned. "Ah, now I shall regain my honor."

   Kanamura indeed had a sequence of four cards for phase one and so also was the first to go out in phase three, but Solisar still managed to earn the most shells in the round overall. There was friendly debate about how to handle a situation when the face-up card was a single scoring card in the first phase, and this discussion lasted as long as two whole hands.

   By now Kanamura's persona had changed considerably since before the game began. "I have never considered such interesting options before!" Kanamura exclaimed.

   Now that Szordrin was back in the game, he managed to win the next hand with a pair of pairs in phase two. Just then, a messenger entered the room and came and whispered something in Kanamura's ear.

   "Arigatogozaimashita. This has been a very enjoyable morning, my guests," said Kanamura, "and now I have many new ideas to consider. I am happy to have had the opportunity to meet gajin with a sense of fun and honorable competition.

   "However, I know that you came here not just to play cards with an old man. You should speak with my brother, Kaji Norizane, at the largest building in the village. He will be able to connect you with the information that you seek."

~~~~

   "It was barmy!" Sofi exclaimed as they were walking to the yakuza house. "I mean, I am not the most canny blood, but I did not expect.... Well, Kytharrah never made a single mistake, not one! It is a good thing that we were not playing for money; I would have lost all my jink!"

   The game that Kytharrah and Sofi had played with Haketoko was called e-awase. It used the same deck as kakkuki but only the black suits. The cards were arranged in a grid face down and turned over two at a time in an attempt to make pairs. If you overturned a pair, you kept those cards and went again. If the cards were not a pair, you turned them back face down, and it was the next player's turn.

   Kytharrah was beaming, knowing that his little sister was impressed with him.

   They approached the west side of the large minka. It was only a single story, but it covered more ground than even the shoya's house. The main entrance was open now, with two large men guarding the jambs. Haketoko had run ahead to tell her "family" that guests were coming, and one of the large guards from the inn — now fully dressed with a robe covering his tattoos — was walking ahead of them as an escort.

   "Kytharrah, let us go visit Imoko at the shrine again," said Sofi, knowing that she would not be welcome in the building. He agreed, and the two veered off from the others.

   "Sif and I will stay here outside on watch," said Leokas.

   The two men at the entrance made no comment or movement as the other four came up the steps and into the entrance room. It was about 25 feet wide with a large tatami on the floor. A weapon rack with swords was against each end wall, and other boxes and crates were in the corners. The opposite wall had two windows and a doorway into a central courtyard of sorts, and white lilies floated in blue vases on each side of this open exit.

   A third man, not quite as large and intimidating as the other two, was in the entrance room and asked what business they had in house Kaji Kumi.

   Hakam replied, "We just came from a meeting with Kanamura, and he asked that we speak with his brother."

   "Kaji Norizane," added Solisar.

   The man who escorted them nodded in agreement to the guards, and then he turned and went back toward the inn. The smaller man asked them to wait and entered the courtyard through the smaller, open doorway.

   He was gone for less than a minute. "You may enter the central garden. Uncle Norizane will come to you shortly."

   The garden was fifteen feet square, with a little pool of water surrounded by rocks in the center. There were open entrances back into the building to the north and south and a smaller, shut door to the east. The minka was apparently a square in shape, with an open center to the sky. Haketoko was in the room to the south, sitting on the mat with her back to them and combing her long black hair. Two men stood in the room to the north conversing quietly, too quietly for them to make out any of the words.

   One of those two men stepped down into the courtyard with them. He was wearing a dark blue kimono and looked to be about 60 years old. "Aisatsu, guests to our house. I have heard that you impressed my brother Kanamura with your ideas for card games." (The man did not look at all like Kanamura.) "Welcome to the home of our kumi." The magic did not translate this last word. "What business do you gajin have in our town?"

   Hakam thanked the man for his hospitality and then explained that they were there to investigate the death of a former ambassador named Yunoko. "We believe that the shogun's previous investigation came to the wrong conclusion."

   Norizane nodded. "You would need to speak with the oyabun about that, but the oyabun is particular about whom he speaks with. I can put in a good word for you, on account of the good word that I have already heard from Kanamura, but you would need to bring a gift for your host, to do him the honor necessary to be welcomed into his presence. If you already bear such a gift, I can deliver it to him and see if he is able to see you. Or you may leave and return upon obtaining something suitable for his station."

   "Forgive us," said Hakam. "As you know, we are foreigners to this land. We do not know what an appropriate gift would be for one as esteemed as your kumi's oyabun. Perhaps you might be able to provide us with an example."

   Norizane replied, "Yoshio, the oyabun, does like to collect small magical trinkets. I do not mean powerful magics or weapons but simple things, more for entertaining others than for true displays of power. That is what I would recommend."

   "I have some interesting alchemical means of creating fire," said Szordrin, "but only one time. Should the gift be something that can be used repeatedly?"

   "I am not a collector of magic items myself," said Norizane. "It is ultimately up to you to see what gift would be pleasing to the oyabun. Whatever you decide, I shall take it to him, and he will make the judgment of how worthy a gift he deems it to be."

   Szordrin considered instead gifting Yoshio with a sunrod, a sort of rod of iron with a tip at the end. When this tip was struck against a hard surface, it triggered an alchemical reaction and glowed brighter and longer than a torch without any of the heat. Szordrin explained the details to Norizane while holding it out for him to see. "It will glow for six hours."

   Norizane seemed interested and agreed to take the item to Yoshio. "I shall return to you with his response soon. Wait here in the garden." He entered the smaller door on the east side of the little courtyard, sliding the screen shut behind him.

   While they waited, the door opened again, and an old woman came out with a tray of tea. "Would you like to drink any tea?" she asked.

   They accepted the cha, but Belvin told them in Elven to pause before drinking it. He sniffed it and tasted it, to ensure that they were not being poisoned. He nodded to the others approval. It was delicious tea, not quite as high quality as the tea that Hina had served but definitely better than the tea served by Shoya Nambu.

   When they had finished the tea, Kaji Norizane returned to the garden, and the woman took the tray with the empty cups back into the house. "The oyabun seemed pleased with the gift that you had me present to him in your behalf. He was quite intrigued by it. He would like to meet with you now. Whenever you are ready, you may join him in the onsen. If you pass through the door behind me, you will enter the kitchen, and there is a screen immediately on the right. You may undress behind the screen, and the onsen is in the room beyond that."

   The word onsen was not translated by their magic, and his mention of undressing seemed rather odd to them without any context. They kept this confusion to themselves however.

   They stepped up into the kitchen. The old woman was sitting on the floor by the irori, the fire pit, stirring the contents of a pot. The southern third of the kitchen was currently divided off from the rest by paper screens. More noticeable than the smoke rising from the irori was steam coming from the other side of the paper screens. Belvin noticed the scent of familiar herbs carried with the steam. One of them slid the right side of the screen open and passed behind. The others followed. There was a bench behind the screen, and a few buckets. A set of clothes was hanging on hooks on the wall, and this wall opened up into the corner of the minka, the floor of which apparently was almost completely filled by a large circular stone bath. When their eyes adjusted to the steam, they saw a large man standing at the far end of the bath, the water up to his waist. His chest was, not surprisingly, highly decorated with tattoo ink. He held a tea cup in his right hand and was sipping from it slowly. Left of the man in the bath was a tray of tea, with the sunrod lying upon it. A tattooed guard wearing only a small loincloth stood guard on the bathing man's right, though he carried no weapons beyond his massively thick arms, which were crossed in front of him.

   "Welcome, tomo," said the bathing man with a deep but pleasant voice. "I thank you for your most fascinating present. I am Kaji Yoshio. Please, join me in the water. It is freshly heated." Indeed, they saw at a near corner a large brass basin tilted on its side, having emptied its contents into the bath in the floor.

   Belvin started undressing without hesitation, and Solisar slid the door shut to give them privacy from the kitchen. It was a bit crowded behind the screen, but they managed to strip and to hang their clothes next to the oyabuns on the remaining hooks. Solisar was hesitant to place their magic items out of sight, so he made sure that they were set on the bench where they would be visible from the water, and the others did the same.

   They lowered themselves into the water one at a time. It was very hot — too hot at first — but soon felt soothing to their muscles. The oyabun said nothing until they all had entered the spa, sipping his tea while he waited for them all to join him. Solisar scanned the bath room and saw no magical auras anywhere, apart from Szordrin's faintly glowing, very pale skin.

   "Ah!" said the oyabun, as if sighing in pleasure on behalf of his guests. "See, here we are, host and guest, naked and exposed before each other as a sign of trust. What questions do you have for me?"

   The oyabun was probably about 45 or 50 years old, but he was more muscular and fit than most men his age. He would have been alive but very young when Yunoko died. Hakam began his questioning in much the same way as he did with Kaji Norizane.

   The cheerful countenance of Yoshio faded at Hakam's words. "Yes, I remember that day. It is the day that my father and uncles were murdered by the shogun without a fair trial." Solisar sensed a seething rage in the man's voice, which he was trying hard to hide behind a smile to his guests.

   "That is the conclusion to which we have come as well," said Hakam, nodding. "However, we were hoping that you could provide further information about her true murderer."

   "Regretably, I have no knowledge of who killed the woman. I only know that it was no one in Kaji Kumi. We had great respect for the woman Yunoko. She understood the role that we play and our importance to the existence of this town."

   "We believe that we know the man," said Hakam, "but to call him a man would not be correct. We believe the murderer to have been a rakshasa, a kind of spirit or oni, and we believe that he was wounded when murdering her. He can change his form to appear as a human, but we think that he would be missing his right hand, even when in such a form of deception. I suspect that you must know of most people who pass through this village; does such a description sound like anyone you have seen?"

   "Would this have been around the same time that she visited our village the day of her death?" asked the oyabun.

   "Likely so, yes, but perhaps in years after that as well."

   "I recall no gajin, no strangers, with only one hand. A strange man did visit the town before the ambassador arrived and was then murdered, the day before, claiming to be a kashindan, a tax collector, from Uwaji. While it is true that the government sends different kashindan to collect taxes each season, I suspect that this man was a special agent from the shogunate, looking for a way to frame us. The man had two hands, however, but it was the day before. I do not know if he still had two hands the day after, for we did not see the man again."

   "Did you ever hear of any of the villagers reporting seeing a copy of themselves?" asked Belvin.

   Yoshio shook his head. "This is a small village, and we have many eyes among my nieces and nephews. I have heard no such tales."

   "It is possible that the rakshasa was working for or pretending to be working for the shogunate," said Hakam, "as we also believe that the rakshasa had impersonated one of your emperors in the distant past."

   Yoshio made a brief expression of surprise but not necessarily of disbelief. He then nodded. "I shall speak truthfully that I am biased in my answers to you, as I have no love for the shogunate. Thus, I would not be surprised to learn of such pretense and deception."

   "Do you know any further information about this man, this tax collector? Did he ever return here?"

   "I do not know his name, but you might speak with Aunt Yoritoko. She is the keeper of the house. You may have already seen her. You will likely find her in the kitchen here after dressing. She was young then and worked at the inn. She was the one who notified us of the kashindan's arrival. Perhaps she can tell you more about him."

   "There was also a gajin merchant," said Solisar, "who visited some time before the murder and who was the reason that Yunoko came to Bunden on the day that she was murdered."

   Hakam added, "It is possible that he was related to this rakshasa, perhaps setting a trap for Yunoko."

   "I know of this man too. The story is simple. I am sure that you will find it uninteresting and unhelpful, but at least you will have enjoyed a warm bath and have clean and soft skin. The gajin trader was an agent from the shogunate. He sold a series of tainted decks of cards to our fence at the edge of town. The decks had been enchanted, so that the shogunate could catch us breaking his foolish laws. My brother, the waka gashira, learned of this scheme and sent the wakashu to teach the man a lesson, which I am sure that he learned. This, unsurprisingly, caught the notice of the abassador for the gajin, this Yunoko. She came to speak with us. She met with my brother, Fujifusa, (not here in the onsen, of course, for that would be inappropriate, dishonorable, and unbecoming. Fuji was a man of respect, as all yakuza are.) It is regretable that she was found slain the next day, but we had nothing to do with that."

   "Did you also know a man named Onran," asked Szordrin, "who was the husband of Yunoko?"

   "I have never heard of this name. Yunoko spoke with the oyabun, who was Fujifusa, directly and without her husband present. I did not converse with her. I know the basics of what they spoke, for I was saiko-komon to Fujifusa. I was young for the role, but I have been with the kumi since only a boy."

   Hakam queried Yoshio about the bridge where Yunoko was murdered. "Is the bridge east of the village known as a place of ambush to travelers? Or is there anyone in your group who might have witnessed events at the bridge that day?"

   "The people of this village have been tasked by the shogunate to maintain the road from here to Uwaji, and thus there have been members of the kumi who have repaired the bridge in the past. The village carpenter would be the man to tend to the bridge itself, but the road and the grounds around it are also tended by the villagers, and the lanterns along it are made here in Bunden too. If you are asking me if we of the yakuza ever have 'used' the bridge in the administration of justice, I tell you that the wakashu generally work within the village walls, unless they are tossing an unwelcomed individual outside those walls." The man smiled, but maintained a calm tone as he spoke this last sentence. "It would be dishonorable to go beyond the bounds of our authority."

   "Are there no bands of highwaymen in the region about?" asked Hakam.

   "Between here and Uwaji? No. It is too close to the city, and the forests are not deep enough to shelter such criminals. There are indeed robbers and bandits as one travels west. It is more dangerous as one heads into the mountains. Such bandits know not to challenge our kumi here."

   "May I ask where it was that your family members were executed?" asked Solisar.

   "They were lined up along the road near the bridge," said Yoshio.

   "Where were they buried?"

   "They were not buried. The law of the land is that the executed are not permitted the honor of a burial."

   The party could not think of any further questions for the oyabun. Also, they were starting to feel a bit dizzy from being in the hot water for so long. Yoshio seemed to observe this. "I sense that you have soaked long enough. If you have no further questions of me, let us dry ourselves and dress. I have business elsewhere in the building, and Brother Norizane can show you out after you have spoken with Yoritoko, if you so choose."

   After they had clothed themselves again and entered the kitchen, Kaji Yoshio crossed the room and entered another to the north, sliding the door shut behind him. The old woman who had served them tea still crouched by the coals, working on her soup. They greeted her and asked about the so-called tax collector.

   Yoritoko did not remember the kashindan's name, but she did note the following. "He could not have been from Uwaji; he must have lied to us and to the shoya. When I cleaned his room, I found that his clothes were of a silk only made in Rukimbaru, not Uwaji." They remembered that Rukimbaru was the emperor's city and also the home of Yunoko's family.

   "Did you happen to see what the man's hands looked like?" asked Hakam, but she had never actually seen the man from up close; she had only cleaned his room as the maid at the inn and heard about his claims.

   "Did the shogun's real tax collector later arrive?" asked Hakam.

   She did not know, but she did say, "The kashindan are not known to be consistent at their tasks. There is little order to their comings and goings."

   Norizane entered the kitchen and then led them back to the main entrance. Leokas and his wolf were there waiting for them. Solisar and Szordrin were convinced that the oyabun had been truthful with them, and they quickly updated the forest elf on what they had learned within.

   They decided to return next to the inn to ask Ishi, the innkeeper, about the kashindan. Ishi also remembered the man, though he too did not recall his name. "I did not have a long interaction with the man. Kashindan collect their money directly from the shoya; I only know about him, because one of my maids seemed to think that he was not really a kashindan. Even so, he came, spent the night, collected the taxes, and left the next day.

   "I thought it strange though," he continued, "because the man wore gloves the whole time that he was here at the inn and never took them off."
Session: 127th Game Session - Monday, Jan 04 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Standard conditions require the player to place bets for a certain amount in order to receive a bonus or win. This amount is called wager - the amount of bets (wagering amount) and is usually defined as a certain amount of the value of the bonus, deposit or bonus plus the deposit.
For example: you received a bonus of $ 10 from the casino, according to the conditions you must make bets in the casino in the amount of $ 100, i.e. $ 10 x10 = $ 100. Naturally, the fewer bets a player needs to make, the better, that is, the less the amount of wagering. In addition to the standard conditions for the amount of the withdrawn amount, you can meet other conditions, as many casinos will not count your bets in the wagering amount if you have made bets on roulette, baccarat, craps. The fact is that these games allow the player to make practically risk-free bets, for example, on red and black at the same time. Recently, casinos have increasingly banned the wagering of blackjack and video poker bonuses or have set higher wagering requirements for these games. Bets are credited to the wagering amount if you played only in slot machines. Anyway before how to take a bonus read the rules for bonuses on the casino website Terms and Conditions. If you unknowingly received a bonus automatically at the first deposit, then in order to refuse it, do not make any bets, but immediately go to the casino support and ask to withdraw the bonus from your account. If you have already made at least one bet in any game in the casino, the bonus will not be removed from you and you will have to wager it completely.


No deposits required

bonus As the name suggests, a player can claim the bonus without making any deposits! Yes, you can just get $ 5-25. All bonuses received at the casino must be wagered. What does it mean? Bonus wagering requirements may vary depending on the casino. Some casinos require to wager the received bonus amount in X10, X30 and even X99 times the amount. Some casinos require winnings to be withdrawn above a certain level. To receive a bonus, you need to send a letter, fill out a form on the website or enter a coupon number in the software, and even just register a gaming account in a casino, after which the coveted money will appear on your account (depending on the type of casino).
There are also bonuses that are given to you for a certain time, say for one hour. Unfortunately, they are not entirely deposit-free. These are the so-called "1 free hour" bonuses - you download the software, get money, say $ 1500 for a temporary special account, play for one hour. After that, everything that you won in excess of the amount given to you is transferred to your real, game account in the casino, as a bonus. But the amount of your winnings from this hour of the game should not exceed $ 200 and will be transferred to your account only after you have made a minimum deposit of $ 20-50. That is, in fact, it turns out that you can earn a $ 200 bonus on and as a result you are playing for $ 220. Of course, before you can withdraw all your winnings, you still need to wager it 30x times. Generally,


First deposit bonus (fixed)

Almost all casinos offer a bonus for the first and subsequent deposits. There are two main types of bonuses: fixed and percentage. The amount of the fixed bonus is usually strictly indicated in the conditions, as well as the amount of the minimum deposit that must be made to receive the bonus. The size of the bonus usually ranges from $ 20 to $ 200, as well as the size of the deposit. The bonus can be equal to the deposit, slightly more or slightly less than the deposit, but in a not very large range. Percentage bonuses are usually expressed as a percentage of the deposit. The most frequently offered conditions are 10-25% of the deposit amount up to $ 300. Such bonuses are good if you have enough funds for a large deposit, otherwise you will not be able to receive a significant amount. Normal wagering requirements. It is necessary to place bets from X30 to X50 times the size, although there are deviations. Some casinos charge the bonus automatically at the time of the deposit, others require filling out a form on the site or entering a coupon number, read the conditions on the casino sites!
Different casinos have different conditions for withdrawing money until the conditions for wagering the bonus are met. Some casinos allow you to withdraw the amount of the deposit until the wagering requirements are met, others do not allow any withdrawal of money, others allow you to withdraw the amount minus the bonus amount, in the fourth you can withdraw part of the bonus in proportion to the bets made. After fulfilling the conditions, you will be able to withdraw money in full unless, of course, this is a "sticky" bonus.
Be careful about sticky bonuses. According to the terms, you cannot withdraw such a bonus even after fulfilling the wagering requirements. That is, you can get money in excess of the deposit only if you really win!


Monthly bonus

Some casinos offer first deposit bonuses every month! That is, in fact, you receive a fixed bonus every month. The conditions for receiving a bonus are usually the same as for first deposit bonuses. Bonuses are usually provided automatically after your first deposit in a new month.


Comp points

"comp-points from complimentary points" , they are also "loyalty points"- these are additional points that are awarded to the player for the bets made by him. Having collected a certain amount of points, they can be converted into money. The usual amount of comp-points accrued is 0.1% of the value of the bets made, however, sometimes they can charge even more, depending on the casino's chances in a particular game. Almost all casinos have comp points, it is convenient to see the value of your bets using them, but they do not bring a lot of profit. In some casinos it is possible to convert comp points into money for any amount, in some they require you to earn a certain minimum level. You can view your accumulated comp points in the casino in the "Casher", "Bank" or "Cassa" section .


Prizes, sweepstakes, gifts, tournaments

Tournaments ", Draws "the draw, a raffle, the lottery" , prizes of "prize" , gifts "free gifts" - this is an additional opportunity to get something, playing at online casinos.
Tournaments - you usually pay a certain fee ($ 10- $ 25), get a certain amount (for example, $ 1000), and the one who after a while wins more gets a prize (a round sum of money). It is clear that you cannot cash out that same thousand, this is only tournament money. But if successful, the prize will be considerable, up to $ 1000.
Many casinos offer different types of raffles. The most common conditions are: you make a certain deposit of $ 10- $ 100, play a certain game, for example, slots and get into the drawing of several sums of money. Another option is to just be a casino player, fill out the form and wait for the winnings. The chances of winning are not very high, but if you still play at this casino, then why not take part.
Prizes are usually given to the best players, for example, the best player of the day, that is, the one who wins the most or makes the most bets. There may be more options, read the letters coming to you from the casino.
Some casinos offer free gifts, some trifle to anyone, for example, a gambling magazine. Others offer to make a deposit for a certain amount and then they will send a present, usually more significant. It is clear that there is a greater chance of getting a gift from large players.


Bonus. Invite a friend to the casino.

This type of bonus is probably the "most delicious" one because you get money for your friends. More friends, more money.
In the original, this bonus is called "Refer-a-friend" , which can be translated as "recommend a friend".If you know a person who also does not mind playing in the casino, then you can send him an invitation to the casino and receive a cash bonus to your gaming account. To do this, the casino in which you play, you must indicate your friend's e-mail. A friend will receive a letter from the casino with an invitation, if he uses this invitation, registers at the casino, makes a minimum deposit, then you, as the one who recommended him, will receive a small bonus of $ 15- $ 50. There are little or no wagering requirements for this bonus. Many casinos offer this type of bonus.


Bonuses for special types of deposits

Many casinos now offer many different deposit methods. Some offer extra money for using one of these methods. Apparently, alternative payment methods for casinos are cheaper than credit cards, so they encourage customers to use them. The amount of the bonus on such deposits is usually defined as a small percentage of the deposit (about 10-20%), but in some casinos you can receive a bonus for every deposit! The amount of wagering for such bonuses is different, it can be small, and maybe even outrageous, read the rules on the casino website.
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Journal Entry 7: The Ruins of Sebseska
Journal of Gibbs
Cerberus Assembly Order of Dunamantic Inquiry

Baroness Iresor,

Much to my surprise, Sunshine, Leon, and Tichu have all agreed to assist Ashok and I on during our mission to the ruins of Sebseska. I know it is a breach of protocol to involve others in Assembly business; however, I fear that Ashok and I would have perished before even entering the ruins were it not for their assistance. I do not believe any of them have ascertained the true nature of our mission yet, nor do I believe any of them to be connected to the Kyrn Dynasty. If it is at all possible for the Assembly to compensate them in some way for their assistance I would greatly appreciate it. Now, for my update: I write this as we rest briefly deep within the ruins of Sebseska.

After the Wavechaser altered course for the ruins, our group met in private to open the chest we recovered from Chief Kaimana's sunken home. The chest contained an extra-dimensional space (much like a bag of holding) and so by "picturing" the items and reaching my arm in I was able to retrieve the journal of past chiefs and the driftwood that Chief Kaimana referred to.

The journal contained entries from 96 different Ki'Nau chiefs dating back to 75 post-divergence. The entries prior to the 44th chief were in a language I am unfamiliar with. It appears that wars between the Ki'Nau and the Sahuagin occur roughly every 3rd or 4th chief. There was a period of ~10 chiefs beginning in 173 PD where there was peace. At the start of this period the Ki'Nau encountered a tribe of Yuan-Ti claiming to be Ki-Nau from the south. They presented the chief with a piece of driftwood that they claimed was from the wild mother (Sunshine tells me that the wild mother was thought to be the deity that bound the elements to their physical laws). The Yuan-Ti offered their assistance in battling the Sahuagin. According to the Yuan-Ti, the Sahuagin stole the love of their god and this piece of driftwood is the key to reclaim it. "The time will come when this wood, in the hands of the righteous, would be burned but not burnt and is key to freeing the oceans." Fucking savages...

One of the earliest pages of the journal (that I was unable to translate) contained an image of a dodecahedron... I think Ashok and I are on the right track!

Heidi skillfully navigated the Wavechaser as close as she could to the marshy coast near the ruins and our group departed. Fucking Tichu had the nerve to blow Heidi a kiss as he left... Some of us proceeded on rowboats and some of us proceeded by trudging through the marsh. As we neared the coast we encountered a monstrous "sharkconda" and a group of undead. The sharkconda nearly killed Tichu (pity) but thanks to Sunshine turning the undead and my own martial prowess (I skewered the sharkconda through its gills) we prevailed.

After navigating the murky swamp for another hour we arrived at a temple shining in the sun. Clear, cool water poured from many stone-carved snake mouths adorning the ziggurat structure. At the top of the ziggurat was a snake-head with three eyes adorned with many shining green jewels. Perhaps this structure was built by the Yuan-Ti and not the Ki'Nau?

After a great deal of effort, our group managed to open the stone door at the top of the structure. The inside of the temple is lit everywhere by magical torches that appear to be ever-burning. A painting of a phoenix-like creature adorned the floor and a small, tattered piece of paper was tucked in a corner. Following a hunch based on the journal of chiefs, I tried igniting the driftwood in one of the torches. Indeed, it did burn but was not consumed by the flame. Placing the driftwood on the phoenix caused it to glow with arcane energy and opened passageways deeper into the structure. Simultaneously, it also caused the entryway to close behind us...

Miraculously the burning driftwood also allowed us to translate the writing on the tattered piece of paper: "The Ki'Nau cannot hide their transgressions"

Travelling deeper into the structure we have encountered a series of puzzles based on fire and water. Many of the doors in here appear to be keyed to only allow a specific number of people through at a time. We successfully recovered a small stone-carved figure of a dragon ("the dragons may be keys"), a scimitar of warning, adamantine plate, and a decanter of endless water. Ghosts as well as water and fire spirits seem to be the only beings occupying the structure. Just now, we encountered a tree root system that may have some relation to the wild mother.

Many of us are becoming exhausted and it may soon be necessary to attempt to sleep within this structure. May the light of the Luxon protect us.





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Case 09 - Don't ask for whom the Fish bubbles
I.G.I.,

Important events have occurred that I am requesting intervention for. Target was reached in Silvery Minow. Assassination attempt occurred while questioning. Turns out it was a local law enforcement officer named Mac. He was either possessed or acting as a medium for the Stygian. Detained and shipped to larger town for prosecution.

Another shadow creature appeared and attacked group. Took form of a big bull. Concerning that this type of event keeps happening around our group. Have actively been addressed by supposed Stygian or unidentified follower. Suggest caution on locations of future jobs -- avoiding high populated areas may be best. At least until we figure out how we're being tracked.

Team member was presumably abducted during investigation. JXN was last seen boarding boat called "The Bad Touch" along with person of interest. That person's body was found along shoreline the next day. No contact from JXN. Possible that he could of simply chosen this path, but seems unlikely. I strongly suggest we prioritize his recovery. For his own sake and for what he knows about the group and this organization.

Just arrived close to next case. Will await your correspondence before taking action on JXN.
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