ZCW note 30jan2010
At an afterparty, at the house of Zhao Wu (Master of Horse for the Taiga), we found various maps referring to "Iron Mountain". However, we found one very fine tapestry-map which still said "Bear". Zhao Feiyan, Wu's wife, says that she sees "Iron" there.
I discussed much of the Spider Plot with Zhao Feiyan (also known as "The Pearl Of The Taiga"). This is a risk, but we're going to have to get allies somewhere. I asked her about notable events in the Taiga which could possibly have been Spider Moments (when the name of the country was changed). The most momentous recent event in the Taiga was the burning of the Black Spire, which is their current year referent. (It is the third year of the Spider since the burning of the Black Spire.)
If you go to gamble at the Bone Dicer's place in the City of Spires, it's not recommended to bring friends, and it's not recommended to make small talk.
It occurs to me now that when we packed Niyo (the courier in Unwelcome Invitation) into a crate and sent him to the Port of Propitious Voyage, we sent him straight to the Obsidian Warlord. Oh well.