The Mahou Ritual
Asako Otojiro and Kitsune Diuroku begins their investigation by talking to the village headman, a peasant by the name of Teinei, who confirmed that the peasant do indeed perform monthly ritual to placate the animals spirits of the forest. The ritual does involved blood-letting.
After talking with Kuni Aya, the pair decides to investigate the shrine where the ritual happens on their own. Aya allows this with the condition that if after doing so she believes the pair to have been tainted she will kill them both.
At the location, Diuroku communes with several animal spirits who directs him to the shrine’s spirit. A wrong choice of words caused the Spirit to unleash a storm.
Investigating the Pesants
Yoritomo Kobuo also visits Teinei inquiring about the peasant unrest, who directs him to the carpenter Futeki. The carpenter shows his clear displeasure with Sokazaka’s actions, but denies any involvement in any act of revolt.
Daigotsu Agra decides to approach the only person that have treated him with respect, Yogo Tanaka, who simply asks him for the happenings in Court, which he is unable to inform. Somehow, Tanaka convince him to get the information from Kobuo.
The Party Meets
In the midst of the storm, the party meets and decides to discuss the happenings inside the Golden Crane. Inside, they are overheard by Tanaka, who reveals that his is in fact investigating Doji Chonitsu and asks them for help. They decide to continue their discussion the next day.
The storm lowers the peasant’s morale to the point where they decide to revolt on the following day. Sokazaka’s forces are able to prevail, but the castle does receive some damage, and several soldiers are injured.
As the peasant revolt is being controlled, a warning is heard: the Lion forces are attacking. The already tired defenses of Kotansen Shiro are no match for the Lion,. and the castle soon falls.
During the Lion attack, Tanaka is killed while pursuing someone, or something. His lasts words: “Find it and kill it!” are spoken as he gives the party his journal. Inside it, they find papers appointing them as his yoriki, already signed by them!
During the attack, the statue of an 8-armed man that belonged to Sokazaka. At the mention of the thief, the Lion took insult explaining that they would never resort to stealing. Before the Crane could be slain, Kobuo spoke, requesting to be allowed to perform an investigation, clearing the Lion’s name in the process. The Lion Lord agreed, with the condition that, should they fail to find proof, then whole party will received the same punishment as the liar who misspoke. To assure that they will perform their work he appointed Matsu Arika as their …