Journal of Miyara Kyosuke (75)
Goru and Bollo chatter away in barbarian.
Apparently Bollo wants to know if we have anything to sell.
Duruluma has been complaining about the lice, the
food, and Q's extortionate hold over the community. Anton is
still optimistic and hopeful, mostly because he has not been here quite
long enough yet to have his spirit broken.
I look around for some sort of stronger drink, and
comment aloud that they might have something like that. But of
course they do not understand me.
The townsfolk talk far too much about mning.
In fact, Anton and Duruluma get into a shouting match, as is normal for
I decide to experiment and see if it's possible to
get drunk on this beer. I stand among the disgusting peasants
while they tell their stories to me in some incomprehensible tongue. I
ask Hosei if he can make it stronger. He says he can't, and
doesn't have anything stronger, but all he has are spell
materials. He suggests boduka, which can be made from rotting
potatoes. Bollo wants to sell me some, and Hosei gives me a
couple of silver coins to pay for it. I hand over the silver, and
Bollo goes to get boduka. He brings a glass; it is actually very
When I tell Miyara about it, she gets him to bring a
bottle and another glass. She buys the bottle for two gold.
I am delighted to find something so good here, and
it's cold out here, so I drink a lot of it. The prattle of the
barbarians is now sounding less like an attempt at a language and more
like bad background music. The more Miyara drinks, the more she
speaks in Nipponese. This is good. We treat them to some
good drinking songs.
The keg runs out. Bollo thinks we should buy
the next round. We do -- it's only one gold -- and everyone
cheers. Miyara and I work on finishing the bottle of boduka.
About an hour later, we notice that Bollo is looking
longingly at the bottle of boduka, and tells us some story that
indicates he wants the bottle back. I suggest that the bottle
might be magical and ask Hosei if it is, while Bollo indicates to
Miyara that what he really wants is some boduka for himself.
Hosei tells me that it is not magical, in fact nothing here is.
In the interests of friendship, we give him some.
Eventually the boduka runs out. We walk
sedately back to our hovel, although we weave around a bit because Pito
does. In fact, everything is weaving a bit. We sing loudly
for everyone's entertainment as we make our way back.
The night passes uneventfully until about 3 am, when
we are woken suddenly. Something hits me very hard. The
entire hovel has collapsed on us. I quickly deal with the worst
of my wounds, then look around for Miyara. She is hurt
badly. I tend her wounds, which helps, but she's still in bad
shape. Many of us are, of course. I draw Rabena's attention
to Miyara and then get out of the way. I am not sure what
Eventually I regain consciousness, apparently under
Rabena's care, to find that most of the group are now in full health.
Here there is a break in the journal. It is known that Miyara
Kyosuke stayed in the village while several of the others attempted to
destroy the Stone by focussing its opposing powers through it, which
failed. There was then a fire at Bollo's peat moss storage area,
leading to a mass brawl triggered by a fight between Q and Bollo.
Soon after that, a group from the Empire arrived in the
town, with a prisoner who Kyosuke thought was here to drink him.
The man said it was not him, but the rest of the group, Miyara Miwa in
particular, believed the man was part of the solution to their problems.