Dragon's Song

The Song Box - Episode 2

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Dai Nanhai hadn’t been at the “festivities” at the monastery and had missed all the excitement. But some of the other street kids in the area had told him about the fight and he’d shown up to check out what had happened. As he arrived, the mooks were being led off by the police. He headed inside and found the rest of the heroes there, starting to clean up the mess they had helped create.

After the dust had settled in the monastery, the heroes head back upstairs to see what it was that the mystery swordsman had been after. The swordsman had been standing in front of a small shrine. Apart from the usual bowls of sand holding incense sticks, and a picture of the departed, it also head a carved stone bowl and a carved box. It was the box that the swordsman had been interested in.

The head monk, Brother Tan Kiu-Wai, explained that the shrine was dedicated to the previous head monk, who had passed away a couple of years earlier. The items in the shrine were special to him, and the monastery had kept them in place as solid links to the departed.

After discussing the actions of the swordsman and trying to figure out where he had leapt to from the front of the monastery, Lightning Su took advantage of the confusion to sneak back up the shrine. While no one was looking, she quickly pocketed the box before anyone was any the wiser.

With things at the monastery calming down, the heroes decided to return to the Eating Counter to unwind. They discussed the events and compared notes on the swordsman.

While they were there, two men came into the restaurant and walked over to the heroes. They introduced themselves as Charles Tam and Danny Pieu, two members of the HK Police’s Terrorism Response Group. They had a few questions to ask about the fight at the monastery, and when the heroes mentioned they thought the swordsman had been interested in the carved box, the two police said that the box had been subsequently stolen.

After they ask a few more questions, the two cops hand out business cards and say they’ll be in touch. With that, they leave.

With not much else to do, the heroes go their own separate ways for the evening. A few of them look into a few things.

Raymond

Raymond Johnson, using his journalistic skills, hits the library. Intrigued by the strange attire and look of the swordsman, he hits the books looking for information about the distinctive blue sword his opponent used.

After a while, he finds a picture of it, and discovers it was called Blue Lightning. It was the signature weapon of a master swordsman from the 1850s, a man named Yuen Chung,

Digging a little further, Raymond finds a picture of Yuen Chung, who looks suspiciously like the swordsman they encountered earlier that day at the monastery. He was one of three master swordsman, the other two being Han Kuang and Lei Wai-Tak, who collectively went by the name of the Three Brothers. The brothers fought hard against the British rule in China, and disappeared in the mid-1860s.

But if swordsman is in fact Yuen Chung, that would make the him over 150 years old, and he didn’t look much past thirty…

Lightning Su and Dai

Lightning Su and Dai Nanhai decide to do some research into the box she stole from the monastery. After some hunting, Su discovers the box is made from rare imperial semi-fossilised Phoebe Zhennan wood. Highly prized by the Chinese dynasties, she guesses that the box is from the Southern Song Dynasty.

She gets in touch with her fence, Buddy Ha, to see if there are have been any inquiries about such items. He said that he had been approached by someone who was interested in such things, but when she asked who, Buddy refused to divulge the name of his clients, reminding her that that was how the business ran for security reasons.

Shortly afterwards, she gets a phone call from another of Buddy’s “finders”, a fellow thief named Markie Wei. Markie is a bit shaken, telling Su that he wanted to meet up.

Su and Dai meet up with Markie at at an all-night diner, and he tells them that he’d been doing a job acquiring a rare wooden and jade abacus, from a high-rise apartment. But he was beaten to the punch by a guy in long white robes, who had a long ponytail at the back and the front of his head shaved, just like the swordsman from the monastery. He tried to catch the guy, but the guy took the abacus and jumped from the apartment’s balcony. But instead of falling, he seemed to fly off into the night.

Thinking that it might be same swordsman as the group had encountered earlier, Su asks if the mystery thief was about 5’6", the height of the swordsman earlier. Markie says that the thief he saw was much taller, around 5’10" or 5’11".

After learning that the box is from the Song Dynasty, Dai offers to show Su something. Taking her to his secret hiding place, he shows her the box that his father had given him when they were separated. Both of them are amazed by the similarities between the two boxes.

Afterwards, because it’s late, Su takes Dai back to crash at her apartment, and he’s amazed at how opulent it is, because he’s used to living on the streets.

Olaf

After taking an early night at home, Olaf Mikkelson is awoken by his mobile phone going off in the middle of the night. There’s been a break-in at an estate on Hong Kong island, and as he’s on call, he’s asked to attend.

Shortly afterwards, he arrives at the home of Sylvia Yun, a rich Chinese widow. She explains that she was awoken by a strange noise coming from her late husband’s study. When she went to investigate, in the moonlight she saw a strange man with a long ponytail making off with a Jade Bell, an expensive artefact that had been her husband’s prized possession.

While he’s taking her statement, he’s surprised by the arrival of Charles Tam and Danny Pieu from the TRG. They’re not saying a whole lot about why they’re there, and demand to be given copies of Olaf’s paperwork on the case in the morning. Olaf, in returns, politely asks for copies of the TRG’s casefiles, and is told he’s not cleared for that.

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