The characters hide from the Jade Fist by staying at the Ohashi Inn, in the Chrysanthemum district. They camp out and discuss what to do with the statuette. Kumiko insists that they should still try to destroy it. Saeko suggests selling it to the Jade Fist, because they have experience dealing with these sorts of things, and they appear to want it anyway. They don’t immediately come to a conclusion and go to bed. Overnight, they have disturbing, twisted dreams filled with a hungry, dark energy. It’s all teeth and terror, and they wake up covered in sweat.
The group reluctantly agrees that fencing the statuette seems like the best option at the moment. They are eager to get it out of their possession. Odo reports back to his clan and sets up a meeting with Watanabe Reiko, the chūnin of the Jade Fist that Morimoto had been in contact with. Later that afternoon, they meet at Matsunaga's Noodles to negotiate.
Reiko apologizes for attempting to accost the characters and proceeds to negotiate in good faith. After some back and forth, she agrees to purchase the statuette in exchange for loot. She hands over a small bag of holding which contains:
- 2,195 cranes
- cloak of protection - you gain a +1 bonus to AC and to saving throws when you wear this cloak.
- circlet of comprehending languages - when worn, you can use an action to cast comprehend languages at will.
- gloves of missile snaring - when a ranged weapon attack hits you while you’re wearing these gloves, you can use your reaction to reduce the damage by 1d10 + your Dexterity modifier, provided that you have a free hand. If you reduce the damage to 0, you can catch the missile if it is small enough for you to hold in that hand.
- 4 potions of healing
When Reiko gets up to leave, half the restaurant gets up with her, and the characters realize that they’ve dodged a pretty gigantic bullet.
Now that he is reconciled with his clan, Odo is recalled into service, and leaves the characters. Realizing that the Kobayashi problem goes deeper than they suspected, the decide that the next step is to do as much investigation as possible.
Running total: 3975