The Tengu: Portmaster, I have heard rumours that the oni warlord, Obanak, is terrorizing the island of Ai Jei. No doubt he seeks gunpowder, with which to wage war. Finally, we shall have our chance to stop him!
Player: You shall have it. Tell me, Sojobo, what led you to what you do?
The Tengu: I am the Mask of the Ten Gu. The Ten Gu are the wise leaders of the benevolent Gu people. They created me as a repository of their wisdom and knowledge.
The Tengu: They gave me sentience so that I could share the wisdom, and judge when one was worthy to hear it. But the Gu are not a practical people, and they forgot to give me legs.
The Tengu: I was filled with benevolence and altruism, but no method to take it out into the world, only impart it upon those who would visit me in my tower. I was trapped and frustrated...until Shanao set me free.
The Tengu: What else could we do with such freedom, but right the wrongs of this world?
Player: Why did Shanao take on your quest?
The Tengu: That is something you will have to ask him, but some other time - he's asleep at the moment, the old coot. Anyway, we must go - that oni won't stab himself to death.
The Tengu: Shanao wants me to tell you something, Portmaster. You asked before why he set me free. He is a sky orphan - the last of his kind.
Player: Sky orphan? I've heard of sea orphans before, but not sky orphans.
The Tengu: It's a similar affliction, but Shanao's people share traits with birds and other flying creatures, instead of creatures of the sea. They were ostracised and preyed apon. An offshoot of the Purists called the Lead Foot hunted his kind to extinction.
The Tengu: Mind your language, old man!
The Tengu: Shanao was their sole survivor. He washed up on my island after an attack that saw his people killed.
The Tengu: I know, Shanao. I mourn them too.
The Tengu: In his grief he sought solace, and he found it atop Mount Kurama, in the highest perch of the temple there. It so happened this place was my home. We forged an alliance that day.
The Tengu: He would wear me and set me free, and I would teach him how to survive on his own. His thoughts were never of revenge, but we did seek justice, and in time brought the Lead Foot to task.
The Tengu: I'm asking him Shanao. Be patient.
The Tengu: Shanao wishes to know if we could sail to his old home on the Teardrop Islands. Word has reached us that a sky orphan spirit haunts it. He wishes to lay it to rest.
Player: How could I deny such a request? Thank you for sharing your story with me. My ship and crew at your disposal, Shanao.
Player: You're welcome? I think. He did just say thank you, yes?
Player: So, are there any Purists left who can still stand?
The Tengu: Haha! They can all stand. We did not need to hurt them in the end.
The Tengu: We'll do that next time, Shanao. The Purists were more than happy to give us information. They want to distance themselves from this conspiracy.
Player: If even they don't get involved, it must be bad.
The Tengu: It's a Purist plot, alright. The perpetrator is none other than my nemesis, Benkei - an extremist even by Purist standards.
The Tengu: He aided Obanak's island assault in exchange for weapons - tetsu oni clubs, no less - and he raised the sky orphan spirits so he could discover the location of the sky orphan's most sacred temple.
Player: To what end?
The Tengu: It seems he is raising an army to oppose the reign of the seasingers within Wushanko.
Player: Well, it's his funeral...
The Tengu: You misunderstand, Portmaster. As powerful as the seasingers are, they are generally a peaceful people - only some of their number aim to subjugate the east. There is a relic within the sky orphan shrine that would give Benkei the power of the skies!
The Tengu: It's alright, Shanao. We shan't let him desecrate your people's final resting place.
Player: No need to ask, Sojobo – you have use of my boats. Just tell me, where are you headed?
The Tengu: We require passage to the Pearl Fortress. Once there, Shanao can fly us up to Haka-su. It sits on a peak of the mountain overlooking the fortress.
Player: What’s there?
The Tengu: It’s the final nesting place of the sky orphans, along with their collected knowledge and...
The Tengu: ...the Fenghuang Feathers. They are said to have been plucked from the great leaders of the sky orphans, and are imbued with their power. Just one feather would give Benkei the power of flight, and would allow him to control the spirits of the sky orphans - perhaps even Shanao too!
The Tengu: We must stop Benkei. If he succeeds, I fear he will not stop at the seasingers, and the Purists would be quick to back his success. Anarchy would fall over Wushanko, and all non-humans would be in danger.
Player: Very well – may the winds be in your favour.
The Tengu: It's just me today, Portmaster - Shanao is...resting.
Player: Is he okay?
The Tengu: I'm afraid Shanao will soon sing his last song. He's no spring chicken anymore, and the fight with Benkei hurt him more than I thought.
Player: I didn't realise.
The Tengu: He doesn't like to talk about it, or rather he doesn't like ME to talk about it.
Player: What will happen to you if he dies?
The Tengu: Unless I can find another to wear me, I will be a mask again. He may be an ornery old crow - and a tiny bit cuckoo - but we've achieved so much together. Things just wouldn't be the same without him.
Player: Are you planning to go after Kakashi? My sources tell me he's bad news.
The Tengu: The Way of Gu dictates we must see this through to the end, whatever the outcome. Besides, we have a secret weapon in Benkei!
The Tengu: We sent Benkei back to Kakashi as a spy. We'll wait for an opportune time and then strike. Shanao should be up for that much, at least!
Player: What do you need?
The Tengu: A ship to Yamada Island - that is from where Kakashi will launch his assault on Paradise and its many seasingers. By the time we arrive, Shanao should be well nested.
Player: You have it, but on one condition. Lay off the bird puns!
The Tengu: Are you sure you want me to 'lay' off them? Haha!
Player: Glad to hear it. Wait, how did I understand that?
The Tengu: You get used to his mumbling. We stopped Kakashi's assault on Paradise, but it wasn't pretty. Before we got there, he'd been killing sea creatures - so many dead.
The Tengu: At least Benkei proved he intends to honour his new allegiance to us - he managed to steal back the remaining Fenghuang Feathers. The sky orphan spirits abandoned Kakashi at the final moment!
Player: And what of Kakashi?
The Tengu: He escaped - Shanao was too tired to chase after him...but we'll get another chance. Benkei is still with Kakashi, though I fear his position has become more perilous.
The Tengu: For now, at least, the skies are clear.