As Doctor Tau monitored the radio frequency band in his secret lab, the clouds above Emerald City began to darken. Our heroes were called by the Mayor to investigate the source of the darkening skies. Reports had been made of the dead coming to life and a strange hooded figure in the Emerald City Graveyard with an old-looking necromancy book—
“Book!” exclaimed Witch, rushing off to the graveyard.
The rest of our heroes followed, apart from Tau, who continued to monitor the airwaves. At the graveyard, zombies were indeed everywhere, and in the center was a hooded figure holding a tome with a strange glowing bubble of aura surrounding them. Witch immediately dove in, trying to snatch the volume, but was repelled away by the aura with significant force.
The necromancer threw back her hood and revealed herself to be Yomi Izanami. She vowed to show that the magic of House Izanami is far superior to House Lazura. “What the heck is House Lazura?” K12 thought to himself, before ‘remembering’ that Witch’s real last name is Lazura, and first name isn’t Witch.
A battle ensued. To make a long encounter short, Yomi made a giant lightning storm that hit everyone who was flying with considerable power, and also targeted our heroes directly with lightning bolts. The zombies on the ground swarmed and destroyed the platforms made by Hoenheim. Hoenheim was able to protect the unconscious bodies of K12 and Witch from the zombies by burying them, but in the end couldn’t do much against Yomi and her horde of zombies on his own, apart from hiding.
Hoenheim saw Yomi do something strange to Witch’s body, as though she was pulling something out of her. Then, the aura around Yomi contracted, Yomi disappeared, and the zombies all fell dead.
When Witch regained consciousness, she ran around looking for the book. She ended up over-exerting herself and fell unconscious again. Seeing this, K12 decided to pace himself. Our heroes returned to Doctor Tau’s lab, Hoenheim carrying Witch.
Hoenheim relayed to Tau what took place at the graveyard, and our heroes pondered whether Yomi would be gone for good now, or if they would have to do something about her. When Witch awoke, she answered this question.
“Must get book!”
What’s this book all about, anyways? And why is Yomi attacking our heroes? And why haven’t we heard about Yomi or Witch’s family before? What did Yomi do to Witch, anyways? And will the GM learn from his mistake on combat balance? Find out… well, right now actually.
Doctor Tau called up Shadow and asked her to dig up whatever she could about Yomi Izanami. Shadow said she’d get back to Tau in about a day. With the exhaustion from the combat in the graveyard, our heroes decided to reconvene tomorrow.
Witch went around asking people whether they had heard of Yomi Izanami, and where she might find her. She found out that Yomi had come to Emerald city about a month ago, and was gathering cultists, but isn’t looking any longer. One of her contacts said they would get back to her if they found anything relating to Yomi’s whereabouts.
The next day, K12 went to Wei Lin’s smoothie shop with Hoenheim. As he neared the store, he noticed the windows were shattered, and there was the sound of glass being swept coming from inside. K12 entered the store to see Wei Lin brandishing a broom, ready to defend herself. “Oh, is just you” she said to K12.
“What happened!?” K12 asked Wei Lin. Wei Lin told K12 and Hoenheim about how Witch came by and trashed her store. “She even call me old hag! I tell city that it not good idea to keep a witch around but do they listen to Wei Lin?”
K12 promised to look into the situation, and to have Witch pay for the damage done to the shop. As he left the shop, he called up Witch. Witch said she hadn’t been anywhere near the shop, but reminded K12 that it’s possible for witches and necromancers to change their appearance to look like someone else. Perhaps she was being impersonated by Yomi?
Doctor Tau heard back from Shadow. Apparently Yomi was involved in some kind of tournament in Europia, and was knocked out in the first round by one of Witch’s relatives. This whole stunt might be some kind of revenge.
Our heroes learned of a series of other petty crimes that were supposedly committed by Witch. Charles Lavalle reported that Witch came into Emerald Books and stole the entire Magic and Occult section. According to Francine Placard, Witch was spotted lighting the garbage pile at the city dump on fire, pouring toxic fumes into the surrounding area. The giant statue of an emerald in Emerald City Square was transformed into a giant statue of Witch. And TAISAR is filing a lawsuit against the city for “WITCH IS THE BEST” being engraved into the side of their building in giant letters.
Tau asked Shadow to be on the lookout for the location of someone that looks like Witch. Shadow soon called back with good news and bad news. The good news was that she found “Witch”. The bad news was that “Witch” was heading towards the Emerald City Superprison. Where Helga Jackson is. With three giant elemental creatures made of ice, fire, and lightning.
Our heroes rushed over as fast as they could, intercepting the villains at the bridge leading to the superprison. Witch disguised herself as an Inquisitor. A reasonably lengthy battle ensued, which revealed that the GM had not yet “learn from his mistake on combat balance”. However, our heroes eventually emerged victorious. With the final blow, pseudo-Witch crumbled into a pile of rocks, and the three elemental golems disintegrated.
Wait, a pile of rocks? Wasn’t that supposed to be Yomi? If those were Yomi’s creations, then how powerful must Yomi be?
Will our heroes find Yomi Izanami and steal The Book for Witch? Will we finally return to balanced combat? Will Witch ever seek help for her addiction to ancient literature? Find out next time on Protectors of Emerald City!