There they met another wu who had been sent by the Six Lotus Mandarins of the Blood Court - a rival faction. Tensions mounted, but they were able to compromise due to the potential urgency of the information. They would take the tome together to Beijing and meet with both the Six Lotus Mandarins and the Fivefold Mandarins.
They read the reference in the book, a tale of God Slayer leading a great battle against the Shen centuries ago. Is this the same person? The same shen? Or is God Slayer a title? It seemed that they were only slightly wiser - but all information is important in such times.
At the meeting of Mandarins there were concerned faces, but no clear plan seemed to be voiced. The Mandarins spoke of information gathered from Thrace's computer. An interesting email that spoke of the ritual of Breaking the Demon Bonds, that it was inspired by the ritual against the Assamites but was much more potent.
Just as the meeting started to draw to an end, Ancestor Lung appeared. He said, 'It has come to my attention that the name of God Slayer has arisen once more. It is my considered opinion that...argh', the Ancestor, no sooner had he been introduced to the chronicle, began to rapidly rot. His scream echoed around the room before a moments tense silence. Bedlam ensued as the Mandarins all began talking amongst themselves, making phone calls and so forth. The Running Dragons checked the perimeter for signs of impending attack, but found none.
Information started trickling in, Lung's fate was shared by many - possibly all known ancestors throughout the middle kingdom. Chaos was sweeping through the ranks of Keui-jin. The Bodhisattva was missing, but had apparently anticipated the chaos and had left a haiku:
On a journey, ill:
my dream goes wandering
over withered fields.
The Fivefold Mandarins spoke of renewing the hunt for Thrace and suing for peace with the Shih. The Running Dragons decided to leave that with them, and left for Hong Kong.
Aki picked up key intel from Clive Cooper about the possible whereabouts of Qian Shi the child poisoner from their first weeks in Hong Kong. He cut through the MTR tunnels occasionally so Cooper had followed him. Got as far as a network of tunnels underneath the Peak. Plans to find him were afoot.