The month of Virgo is known for the fertility festival. It’s your typical Holy Day; you know, with lots of orgies.To Kai Leng E’Kansh, this festive season is the best time to curry favor with Ru Pi‘s boss. As his criminal activities grow, Kai Leng will inevitably meddle in with this crime lord’s business if he comes in blind. So it’s best to meet this Jaka the Slug before that happens.
Jaka the Slug, as it happens, owns a seedy cantina. From the few familiar places, everyone seemed to think that this was a hive filled with the scum and villainy that prey upon the academy.
Their server looked like a lamarakhi, so Mu took the chance to strike a conversation. He called himself Mar Duk, and he seemed quite interested in the stories of the party. Meanwhile, Ru Pi arrived and provided them with hints on how to deal with Jaka. She wasn’t of much help, though, as she seems to have hired some… men for the Virgo festivities, herself.
Finally, Jaka calls on Kai Leng. “Ha! There you are. Let me see you, Kai Leng of the E’kansh Clan. Now, now, we should talk business.” Jaka laughs as he presses a button to release a trapdoor underneath a happy dancing crabman. “The fool!” the patrons laugh. “He didn’t know he would be food!” Kai Leng looks around – they are also standing on trap doors.
The laughter suddenly dies when Jaka declares that they are talking business. People start to fill out. Kai Leng apologizes for cutting into their student profits and offers gifts for his consideration. But repacked and repackaged, in the off-chance that this was accidentally stolen form him.
Jaka takes this as an insult. “DO YOU THINK I CAN’T AFFORD THESE THINGS?” He shouted.
Ever the smooth talker, Kai Leng appeases him. And soon the objection has morphed into “VERY WELL WE WILL TAKE THESE GIFTS. YOU SHOULD BE RELIEVED THAT IT PLEASES ME.”
Jaka then notes Kai Leng’s skill in moving products, and propositions him into circulating some of its wares throughout the academy. Every month, 500 SP worth of product will be provided, which Kai Leng must then convert it into 1000 SP of silver. He negotiates him down to 800. “Well, Master Jaka is a shrewd negotiater, but fair.” Said the cockroach herder.
“HA-HA! HE FELL FOR IT. I AM TRULY A MASTER NEOGITATOR. ALRIGHT, RESUME FESTIVITIES.”
Before they are dismissed, Mu nudges Kai Leng. “Ask him about the crab art thingy.”
The group proposed a funded expedition to retrieve crab folk art. They can show it in an exhibit, charge exorbitantly high fee for viewing, and then sell drugs to attendees.
“CRAB ART SCULPTURE? IS THIS THE THING THAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT, MAR?” As it turns out, the lamarakhi server is exceptionally-dressed assistant to the slug.
“AH. THE HIPSTERS. AND WE CAN MOVE PRODUCT RIGHT UNDER THE MALABAS’ EYES!”
“FIND SOME OF THIS ART, AND I WILL FUND THIS EXPEDITION. TRULY, I AM SMART.”
Meanwhile, Rohan decides to pay Leri a visit. They worry about the disappearance of the Topaz dragon, and their de facto positions as its ambassadors. Rohan is nervous. Leri is hopeful that maybe the daragon just forgot forgot. Rohan really wishes it did.
Mu tries to call for a GA (fund-raising) but finds out that Ling has become vice president of her org. So she tags Kai Leng and together they go to the Discordians. Ling is ecstatic as he shows box of scroll. But once he rips box open. he realizes that the scroll inside is wrong. Ling rages like they have never seen before. He tells Kai Ling and Mu to steal it for him, throwing 333 SP in their direction.
Kai Leng decides to investigate. He first checks out the library and it’s obvious that the Discordians have been here. Traps have been triggered.
Baffled, they talked to Afagu. As it turns out, the Malaba family devised the trap gauntlet to deter potential thieves. But they transferred the actual scroll to Pa Pali, a slug who lives in the West of the Yellow City. Afagu tells them Malabas have been planning to steal it by manipulating the Discordians into getting it for them. Mu dissuades Afagu and Kai Leng corroborates how dangerous it is to use Ling for the mission. Afagu instead proposes that they just tell the dragon that the scroll is in Westside, but the party dislikes the idea as it means that dragon may come and just go on a destruction spree.
They instead decide that Mu will send a missive to Dian about the scroll problem.