"I apologize, brother, but I was in the midst of combat and missed most of what he said. ...his last words were that you were just as dead as he, and in his final moment he cried out the name Chimon. I know of nobody by this name. Worry not, I'm sure it's just an idle threat as he faced death." Boota tries to reassure you, saying "besides, we've seen there's no oni that could be a threat to you!"
Emily, however, doesn't seem as convinced and shrinks away at the name Chimon. She says that he was a legendary dragon that once ruled over the shadowlands and very nearly killed Shoten and conquered the material plane. But he was defeated long ago.
You realize that instead of poison it was just an acidic substance, and with Boota's first aid the wound is cleaned out. You search the demon's body looking perhaps for some clues and find:
-His greataxe, the edge chipped from use, with a red sash tied to the head that billows behind the weapon as its swung. The blade occasionally drips with the green acid. This is a +3 corrosive burst greataxe.
-The armor appears well made, though it's heavier than you're used to and would slow you down. +3 o-yoroi.
-He wears a cloak, that on closer inspection appears to be made from full pig skins cured and tied together. It's gruesome and unnerving, but does radiate magic. +4 cloak of resistance for those willing to wear it.
-His belt is made of tanned leather with iron studding. You feel stronger just touching it. Belt of giant strength +4
-The helmet you knocked clean earlier has a single gold coin fashioned to the front. A common good luck charm. You think that might explain how he was able to weather your MIGHTY POWER BLOW. the Jingasa of the Fortunate Soldier gives +1 luck bonus to AC and negates the first crit or sneak attack suffered each day.
-Finally, searching the area, you find 756 gold pieces in a small chest behind the creature's throne. You also find a couple objects that may be valuable: a bronze rice bowl with intricate carvings of oni along the side, and a libation cup made from a large horn with gold trimming. Additionally, his blood-stained dagger is gold plated with small rubies embedded in the hilt.
As you and the other ursine finish securing the area, you see a figure rushing towards the farms from the forest. He wears dark, covering clothing, and looks like one of the scouts that accompanied the army. He approaches Boota, and tries to catch his breath. You're within earshot of the conversation. The scout has a look of desperation as he explains the situation... "Boota, m'lord, dire news. The three mercenaries that went ahead... they doubled back and infiltrated the temple. They stole our ship! They just grabbed it and left! Ryoko has already sent our fastest messengers, but we're weeks from the capital. We're on our own."
The good mood that Boota's been in since the battle fades quickly into anger. Then, dawning realization as he turns to look at you. "Asmundr. You came to us with those mercenaries... no, those pirates. Tell me you had nothing to do with this, brother?"
okay, quick ooc. They definitely stole the ship. They definitely ignored the entire valley of encounters i had planned haha, said fuck it, and put on an ocean's eleven level heist instead. They also knew we had split you into another group and they were leaving Asmundr behind. They thought you'd never go along with it (which i think is probably true) and maybe even try to stop them. That being said, they most definitely screwed asmundr over. Though it worked narratively, i don't think it's ever fair to do something that'll massively affect another character while the player isn't there. so i'm happy to work with you to change things or make it right by you. What do you think?