Petrie Clan

Strange Allies

First, let me be clear. I really, really hate maho – dark magic – hate it a lot! I’ve been a performer all my life and someone in the Doji family thought they could make better use of my talents, so now I’m a courtier. First assignment – travel to some minor clan daimyo’s estate, perform, find out all I can about some secret conference, and, oh, by the way, keep my eyes open for a lost Crane samurai – Tokosuken.

Okay, travel – easy; perform – nobody better; find out about conference – ask around because people love to talk; lost samurai – might get lucky. No problem, right?

So I got there and not only was there a not-so-secret conference led by some weird samurai in black armor, but there’s another group there as well. Interesting band – Samurai from the Dragon, Mantis, and Unicorn clans, a monk, a ronin, and a Scorpion shugenja. Apparently they were there because of the conference but not as a part of the conference. Confusing, right? And everybody thought I was there with them! As it turns out, for an odd mix, it’s a fairly impressive group. Several of them had been heroes at that nasty battle near Kyuden Kakita and they all seemed to be samurai of the first rank. Even the Scorpion seemed to know what honor is.

Let’s see. Travel – check. Perform – well received and much honor to the Crane clan. Conference – not a lot to tell (since there was Crane delegate! Why was I here again?) So, mission accomplished, right? Not exactly.

Remember that maho thing? It seemed that the Daimyo and the secret conference were under attack by dark forces. Peasants wer actually attacking the samurai, and then they attacked the Daimyo and all his guests on a hunt, right near a ravine. I took it upon myself to protect the Daimyo’s children and managed to bluff my way out of trouble. The entire hunting party took heavy losses and some were captured. This group of heroes I’m with? Really impressive. If it hadn’t been for them, all would have been lost. Including me.

Then, the Scorpion using his own magic, infiltrated the camp and discovered that the peasants were really being possessed by samurai using some maho from beyond Rokugan. And they were going to assault the Daimyo’s castle.

We prepared for the siege. A huge army of zombies, possessed peasants and samurai moved in a wave attempting to overwhelm the castle. I can’t say enough about how impressively my new band fought. The Mantis archer, even after being hit by a volley of arrows, took out one of the enemy commanders, and even put an arrow right in his eye. Then he recovered the fallen Sun Tao banner! The Dragon inspired everyone, leading his men into the thick of the fighting and then defeating one of the monstrous peasants single-handedly in a duel. The monk, after demonstrating amazing battle skill, took it upon himself to keep our battle banner flying. The Unicorn fought bravely alongside the delegates from the conference who, although many were less skilled in battle, brought honor to their clans. And the ronin put himself wherever he was needed, at great personal cost.

Meanwhile, the Scorpion and I were deep in the bowels of the castle, interrogating the possessed peasant that the Scorpion had captured. Putting my performance skills to use, we were able to find out valuable information about this threat, not only to the daimyo, but to all of Rokugan.

Meanwhile, just as the enemy forces seemed to be succeeding, an army bearing the Spider mon arrived and fell upon the attackers from the rear. This new army was apparently affiliated with the weird samurai in black armor and with their help the battle was won.

Afterwards, my band was highly honored, and we were given credit for holding the line and saving the day until help arrived. Notably, the Lion commander honored the Scorpion by giving him his warfan, the Spider clan would be presented by the daimyo to the Imperial court, and the ronin was offered membership in the Daimyo’s clan.

But the biggest surprise came when the black armored samurai revealed himself to be Tokosuken!

Thick and heavy void
Utter silence in distance
Nothing is beyond

- Kakita Kyoko

Jigoku Eruption

Greetings Esteemed Ikoma Akiyama!
I humbly offer this, my latest contribution to the collected Ikoma Libraries. This is the fifth entry in my annals of heroism that I have witnessed on my current travels.

Continuing on from my previous missive, Makoto began dragging his wakizashi along the outline of the giant spider carved into the ground. Where the tip of the sword traced the ground, the lines of the spider glowed an ever brighter green.

Strider, our new Mantis companion, let his arrows fly – the first through one foot, dropping Makoto with the second. As he fell, the floor erupted as three huge Kamu no Oni burst into the room. The huge bright red headless monsters with enormous jaws attacked as Makoto lay on the floor mumbling, backlit by the bright green light from below. In an instant Kakita Tokutsuken was gone, and Tron, the follower of Shinsei, was swallowed whole. Togashi Ryuu, Shosuro Xun-si, Strider and I quickly left the cavern in order to warn the village and find a better position from which to launch an attack.

As we ran, we saw the Kamu no Oni cower as an even greater oni – Arugai no Oni, the Immortal Engine of Destruction – rose from the green pit. Xun-si called upon the earth kami to create an earthquake, but suddenly, the center of the village collapsed into the pit and behind Arugai, Jigoku spewed forth a sea of oni.

At this point, allow me to pause in the narrative of our experiences, as I take a few moments to detail the experiences of our two companions lost in Jigoku. My source will become apparent momentarily.

Tron and Tokutsuken woke to find themselves in the sickly greenish world of Jigoku. They walked endlessly without advancing, a figure resembling a crow watching from the top of a mountain. Suddenly they found themselves confronting an old oni in a kimono leaning against a tree. He offered to show them the way out for a price. The Crane gave the old oni a warfan, and told the monk to tell a particular Matsu that he had given himself for her, and suddenly Tron found himself surrounded by flame and transported to a giant obsidian gate.

Meanwhile, we reported the dire news of the Jigoku invasion to the Daimyo who pointed out that the Crane were already preparing to fight a Lion army on the verge of attacking. Strider took a horse to inform the Lion commander about the Jigoku invasion, and as you know, the Akodo army moved in to assist the Crane in this emergency. The rest of our group went to research our foes to determine possible defensive strategies. We determined the nature of many of the oni we would be fighting and it quickly became clear that we would be fighting a battle for the safety and security of all of Rokugan.

Appropriately then, when we returned, we found that the Lion and Crane armies had been joined by a contingent of Seppun and the Jade Champion and his entourage.

Our group separated to join the fight where we would be most useful. Our Scorpion Shujenga attached himself to the Jade Champion, the Mantis joined the Lion archers, our tattooed Dragon moved to the front lines, and I attempted to assist the Crane Daimyo with his tactical decisions. As we moved forward, we were joined by Tron, who, after stepping through the obsidian gate, found himself returned to us. There was no sign of Tokutsuken.

Swiftly the battle began. The combined armies were initially able to smash into the forces of Jigoku before they were able to organize, inflicting heavy damage. Although the Scorpion and I were injured, our companions were able to make their presence felt.

Then the battle began to turn against us. Many on our side were wounded or killed. Strider managed to save a squad of archers single-handedly. Tron and Xun-si each took down their own oni opponents. I found myself facing an Oni no Nosloc. Tragically, the only Dragon on the field, Togashi Ryuu, fell taking on the Arugai himself.

In part due to Ryuu’s sacrifice, the battle once again began to turn in our favor. The oni found themselves caught between the Lion and Crane armies, and the Arugai was destroyed through the efforts of the Mantis and the incredible power of the Jade Champion and his followers, guided by the skill of Xun-si. I was able to take out a Wakeru no Oni.

From that point, the combined clan army began the slow and steady push until the oni were routed and we were victorious.

Afterwards, after we received healing, we were commended by both the Crane Daimyo and the Lion Commander, an act that I hope will strengthen relations between our clans. As you know, the Jade Champion has commissioned an octagonal wall to be built around the Jigoku pit, now referred to as the Scar of Kakita. Each corner tower is to be manned by one of the Great Clans.

Observation: The Crane’s failure to protest the permanent presence of other clans so close to the Kakita Academy is most likely due to their unwillingness to admit their failure to protect against the invasion in the first place. I’m sure the term “Scar of Kakita” will forever burn in their memory.

Final notes: I will be returning to Lion lands soon after sending this missive, as I have discovered that even an historian needs to be able to fight to defend the honor of the Lion, and I am woefully lacking in that endeavor.

As I was leaving, the Dragon were erecting a statue to Togashi Ryuu, the only Dragon in the battle, and the only one of our companions to fall. It was an honor to have served with him, and may I be so bold as to say that his honor and battle prowess made him as worthy as any of our Lion heroes.

Finally, Doji magistrates have been relentless in their inquires as to our experiences and of the fate of Kakita Tokutsuken. I am amused at the image of Tokutsuken, bringing his Crane perfection to Jigoku. What a poem that will make!

Ikoma Hibiki

Mantis in the Rice

Greetings Esteemed Ikoma Akiyama!
I humbly offer this, my latest contribution to the collected Ikoma Libraries. This is the fourth entry in my annals of heroism that I have witnessed on my current travels.

Following our previous encounter with the rebellious peasants, our group investigated a hut filled with large bags of rice. Inside one of the bags, we found a Mantis warrior, drugged and unconscious. Under the bags lay a tunnel going off into the darkness. It was decided that this matter involving the uprising and the Mantis warrior, Strider, should be taken up with the local Daimyo.

We presented ourselves with our new Mantis companion to the Most Excellent Crane Daimyo Daidoji Kohiro. He was most concerned to hear news of the uprising, especially since it was incited by treasonous words found in a widely distributed manual on rice. I was able to draw upon my calling as a historian as I expounded upon the history, methods and goals of the organization apparently responsible – the Kolat.

Although he was greatly concerned over the news that we reported, his greatest concern focused on one of our assailants from the shadows – a ronin wearing a Lotus emblem – the emblem of the Daimyo himself. The Daimyo readily identified the ronin as one of his sons, Makoto. We were then commissioned to discover the source of the rebellion and informed that if the Daimyo’s sons were involved, we were to deal with them appropriately as they would no longer be considered his sons. However, he expected conclusive proof of their wrongdoing – a consideration we would keep in mind.

Investigating the tunnel seemed to be the most promising lead, but two problems presented themselves – scouting the tunnel and providing transportation for our valorous one-legged Battle Maiden. The Scorpion, in a surprising act of teamwork, provided the solution to both by summoning an earth kami, who not only provided insight into the terminus of the tunnel, but also, for the price of two week’s manure from the Battle Maiden’s Utaku steed, he would serve as her mount.

The tunnel lined with wooden beams led to an immense room filled with a huge dome of granite. The only breaks in the smooth surface of the dome were stone doors bearing a carving of an eye, barely open – the symbol of the realm of dreams. Upon entering the room, the kami/mount found a glowing rock and proclaimed it, “Good stone.”

Our Unicorn companion, Ida Sayuri, took it and immediately felt new strength from what was revealed to be the Stone of Water. Similar stones were found by others – Strider experiencing greater quickness from the Stone of Air; Soshuro Xun-Si , the Stone of Earth giving greater stamina; and Togashi Ryuu, improved agility bestowed by the Stone of Fire. Our Crane brother, Kakita Tokutsuken, however, immediately fell into a deep trance from the Stone of Void.

Moments later, the granite doors opened, revealing a second interior dome. Between the domes ran a corridor with two stone tables in each of the four areas between the doors. On each of the tables rested a representative from each of the seven clans with an additional Crane samurai. At the head of each prone figure stood a figure robed in black, chanting. Ryuu, Brother Tron, Strider and Xun-Si entered through the openings to stop the black robed figures, since both our Scorpion and Dragon companions sensed the evil spiritual manipulation that was taking place. The battle to “kill the black robes” was fierce with many of our warriors seriously injured. They were able to triumph with the assistance of our new companion’s arrows and Tokutsuken fighting for us in the dream realm. Even the earth kami aided us by carrying Sayuri through a wall and eating the leg of one of our enemies. We were able to eliminate all of the black robes before they were able to complete their vile task, save one who may have finished his efforts on one of the captive Cranes.

Finally, triumphant but bloodied, we entered the inner sphere to find ourselves confronted with a giant carved spider embellished with the stink of Jigoku. Between the fangs, glowing green, stood Makoto the Daimyo’s son.

Regrettably, Esteemed Sensei, at this time I must step away from this history of our adventures to take care of some pressing business. I will finish this particular story in my next missive to you.

Ikoma Hibiki

Of War and Rice

Morning breaks as once again the seven gathered before a weary Daimyo Daidoju Kohiro. What was to be a celebration of the ancestors had become a nightmare for the Daimyo. Now he had to ask them for help again. The Mantis clan representative had slipped away and Daidoju Kohiro knew that he was heading right for the Lion lands. The Lion would use the death of their Representative as justification to take, by force, this Daimyo from the crane clan.

The seven debated the best course of action to save the Daimyo. The two chooses were either to head to the Crane sword academy or to the imperial stronghold to request neutral aid. The final plan was to make way to the academy first to provide warrior support for the Daimyo.

The plan hatched they headed with haste to the Academy. The lion clan sprung an ambush upon the Seven by making their presence known. The Lion scholar Ikoma Hibki backed away from the seven. Then Kakita Tokotsuken stepped forward and challenged the leader Hokbo Nabu to a duel to first blood for safe passage.

The two warriors began to face off. The cool autumn air sent a lone golden leaf sailing between the warriors. Then faster then any eye could see Kakita Tokosuken’s blade in a beautiful strike to Hokbo Nabu’s cheek drawing the first blood. Hokbo Nabu stood in surprise the blood dripping from his cheek.

The Lion Clan honored their agreement and withdrew from the crane lands. Ikoma Hibki choose to leave with his clan. He was then sent to deliver the Lion Clans demands to Daimyo Daidoju Kohiro. Ikoma Hibki worked to buy the beleaguered Daimyo time for reinforcements to arrive.

The six arriving at the out skirts of the academy. The beautiful idealistic setting of a crane village was not what greeted them. The village was in flames and a Ronin stood among the rebellious villagers.

Shosuro Xun Si stepped forward called upon the Kami of fire and quenched the fires saving the Village. Ide Sayuri charged through the villagers and placed her lance in the Ronin. Kakita Tokosuken charged forward and in a stroke of beauty struck a villager. Hida Grom charged forward with his mighty weapon and began to cleave through villagers. The shear number of villagers seemed overwhelming and managed to land several blows upon the honorable warriors. Togashi Ryuu stepped forward and fire leapt from the simple monk and three villages were encased in flames.

The tide seemed to be turning when a second Ronin arrived and began to strike at the warriors. Brother Tron began to do what he could to help those injured. Togashi Ryuu managed to send a blast fire again before being knocked to the ground. Ide Sayruri rode down the first Ronin and began to strike at the nearby villagers.

The Second Ronin Came up and struck Hida Grom. The mighty Crab warrior fell to the ground as the Ronin fled. The villagers took the opportunity to take their anger out on the fallen Crab and killed him and dragged his body into the night.

The warriors were able to to remove the rest of the rebellious villagers. Shosuro Xun Si noticed pamphlets that some of the villagers had. He pointed out the pamphlets and the subversive message contained within.

The warriors turned and moved towards the rising moon and the Academy to get help for the besiged Daimyo Daidoju Kohiro.

SESSION 2 Recap - Togashi Ryuu
"He's dead, GM!"

“He’s dead, GM!”

Gathering behind Daimyo Daidoju Kohiro we seven samurai (no relation to the venerable film) beheld an unusual sight. Lying prone on the tatami of his room encircled by a ridge of sinister black powder was the body of Matsu Tetsuko, a warrior of the Lion Clan. I hoped his spirit had safely traveled to Meido (the realm of waiting) as his body was no longer fit to house it. It looked as if some alien thing had torn its way out of his torso, flinging blood and spattering gore around the room and across the fusuma (opaque sliding panels) which divided the upper floor into guest quarters. The burning lamp shed light on his futon and personal belongings which were still neatly rolled by the rear wall near a small round window. I remember an old saying, A living dog is better than a dead lion but I do not know if my new companions have a sense of humor, and so I choose not to share this thought aloud.

The Daimyo commanded us to investigate this matter and report to him our conclusions. I wondered WWKD, What Would Kitsuki Do? So I asked the Daimyo, “Who rests in the rooms to either side?” “The Crab Shugenja Kuni Miro to the left and the Unicorn Warrior Ide Sayuri to the right,” replied Daidoju-dono. {He must be a devout man. Even though he out ranks me so, he never stares in my face but looks modestly to the side. I have noticed my new companions also do this. I am humbled by the honor they all show me.)

We bowed as the Daimyo left. Hida Grom and Brother Tron went to inquire of the Crab Shugenja. Ikoma Hibiki, having observed the body and the strange powder, left to go and search his scrolls for information to aid us. Shosuro-san summoned a servant to take his intricately carved obsidian hairbrush gift to his room for safe keeping. He then carefully observed the scene, taking due care not to come into contact with the unclean remains. I followed the Unicorn to her room and she declared that her possesions were undisturbed. The Scorpion searched the Lion’s belongings and discovered a paper which he politely choose to keep safe. The Crane deigned to speak to the servants but learned little. Feeling in need of the calm blessings of the tea ceremony, the Crane Kakita Tokotsuken invited us to join him as he performed it. Ide Sayuri accepted and they left. Hida-san and Tron-san informed Shosuro-san that the Crab Shugenja had felt a terrible dark presence in the next room and marshalled his strength to oppose it to try to protect the household.

The Scorpion Shugenja turned to the lamp and cast a spell to ask the flame what it knew of the man in the room. He learned that a woman came to see the man and he was happy when she arrived, then afraid, then dead. Having used much magic and it being late, the Scorpion went to his room to retire for the night. Sliding his door open, he beheld the unwelcome sight of the female servant lying dead on his tatami, still holding the precious gift from our hostess, but no longer wearing her face in its accustomed place. He sighed and calmly slid closed the portal. Nothing could help the servant and he could not sleep in an unclean room. He walked to the door of the living Lion and tapped politely. “Ikoma-san it is I, Shosuro Xun Si.” When the Scorpion explained his discovery, the Lion politely offered to share his humble room.

The next day we were at table when a servant cried out stridently, “She’s dead and the Scorpion killed her!” As our gazes shifted to Shosuro, Ikoma commented, “they must have found the servant with the hairbrush.” At that remark, we rose and went in a group to view this new corpse. I stared at the smooth expanse where her face wasn’t and thought hard. “This servant was killed by an oni, not a samurai,” I announced to our group. They turned their attention to me, then in honor of my knowledge, glanced modestly away. “This is the work of an oni who steals the faces of those it confronts who show it fear or other emotions.” Shosuro said, “Thank you, Togashi-san. I fear that the oni was drawn by the gift your wife honored me with. Perhaps it was meant as a trap for her.” The Crane and the Scorpion with the Lion went to speak with our hostess and the children.

Ikoma-san informed his companions that his research showed that the Lion Warrior may have been killed as part of a summoning spell which could have brought an oni from Jigoku through him. The Scorpion gave the Crane the paper he had found among the Lion’s belongings. The Crane was dismayed to learn that the wife of our host had written a love letter to the dead lion. When they were allowed into the family’s room, the Crane cleverly asked the boys to fetch their kendo swords to show him. When they happily left, Shosuro Xun Si, Kakita Tokotsuken and Ikoma Hibiki confronted her with the letter. She tried to blame it as a forgery by a commoner, apparently forgetting how few commoners can read or write at all, let alone eloquently and gracefully. This defense was not believed.

We seven were gathered later that day making plans to get more information when we were interupted by a guard bearing the body of our hostess. She too, had lost face. Literally. Kikita Tokotsuken, Ikoma Hibiki, Brother Tron and Ide Sayuri raced into the family’s rooms looking for the oni. I, (Togashi Ryuu), Shosuro Xun Si and Hida Grom raced in the direction the guard had come from. In the ornamental pool in the courtyard below the coy floated papers. I quickly gathered them and read what was written. I learned that our hostess had been sent a year ago as an ambassador to the Crab lands with her brother, Tsuni. Sadly he was hurt and infected by a monstrous oni. Refusing to let the Kuni priest save his soul at the cost of his life, she instead tried to save both and kept neither. His loss seems to have unhinged her, Shosuro and I believe that she tried to summon him fron Jigoku but instead called the face stealing oni. The Crab warrior read only the first sentence and became angered by the phrase “Barbarous Crab lands” and so did not grasp the meaning of the pages.

The Crane hatched a plan. Kakita suggested that Hida,Shosuro, Ide, and I wait nearby incase of conflict while Ikoma, Brother Tron, he went in to talk with our host. Reluctantly the Daimyo granted permission for the three of them to enter the family’s private room and search. Sliding open the door from the roka (wooden floored hallway which surrounds the partitioned rooms)to the Daimyo’s quarters, the three samurai were surprised when his wife turned towards them and demanded, “What are you doing here?”

“What are you doing here since you are dead?” the Crane inquired pointedly. The oni shrugged and shifted, its face sliding from the aristocratic hostess to the brush carrying servant to other countenances it had stolen. Grabbing Kakita, the oni threw him bodily through the exterior wall. Ikoma called the rest of us to the fight with the demon. Ide whistled for her horse. Hida flourished his mighty axe. Shosuro cast a spell. I bared my dragon tattoo. Brother Tron moved in.


We seven samurai successfully whip our foe.
What adventure awaits us next month?

Session 1 Recap - Tokutsuken
Haiku Recap

sent for honors sake
gifts for hosts and ancestors
sleepy little town

meals and poems enjoyed
witness to a secret shame
Mantis and Crane clash

Shrines of honored dead
silent prayers like smoke rise
screams pierce the silence

darkness slips through this village
duty binds our swords

reckless abandon
passion unchained leads to wounds
perhaps wisdom gained

honored dead walk here
undaunted, glory shines bright
hooves and flames rend flesh

perfectly silent
the void, stillness precedes thought
one heartbeat, attack

clans fight together
overcoming fear and death
a samurai’s call.

Festival of Ancestors

“You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

The town of Ichikai, a small Crane village bordering both Lion and Imperial territories, hosted a Festival of Ancestors. Invitations were sent to each of the Great Clans, who reciprocated by sending a representative to celebrate with them. The Festival’s host, Daimyo Daidoji Kohiro and his wife, Asahina Mitsuo, welcomed guests upon their arrival and had their servants show them to their rooms.

Several guests had already arrived prior to the players:

The remaining representatives had just arrived and settled into their rooms before heading to dinner:

  • Ida Sayuri, a fierce Battle-Maiden and the Unicorn Clan representative
  • Kakita Tokutsuken, a Crane warrior-poet who settles for nothing less than perfection.
  • Ichoma Habiki, an eloquent historian and bard from the Lion Clan.
  • Togashi Ryuu, a disturbing and knowledge-thirsty young monk experiencing life outside the Dragon’s mountains for the first time.
  • Tron, a Brotherhood of Shinsei monk from the Temple of a Thousand Fortunes with knowledge of healing.
  • Hida Grom, a Crab mountain of a man wielding a lumberjack-like axe as if it were a toothpick.
  • Soshuro Xun-Xi, a Scorpion shugenja eager for revenge against those who caused the death of his wife.

Once the party had settled, the Feast of the Ancestors began! As night fell, a rainbow variety of colored lanterns could be seen lighting up around the village from within the Daimyo’s home. Seafood and rice dishes were brought out for the many courses of the meal, and guests were informed there would be a haiku competition to honor their ancestors.

Unfortunately, Daidoji Kohiro’s recorder and historian was missing while the haikus were recited, and they have gone missing. The recorder, one Kawasa Shima, has been summarily executed for the loss of such great gifts.

The winner of the haiku competition, the honorary Shosuro Xun-Xi, received an intricate Obsidian Hairbrush from the Lady Asahina Mitsuo for his eloquent poetry and sincerity to the Festival of Ancients.

Following the Feast, the guests were taken to the town square where statues had been erected to each of the Kami:

The center of the square contained a stonework seal of the Emperor inlaid into the ground, and the Kami were set into a semi-circle north of the seal. A small shrine to Shinsei stood opposite the Kami in the southern portion of the square.

As the guests approached the statues, a few were individuals notably missing: Yoritomo Kanachi, Kuni Miro, Matsu Tetsuko, and Asahina Mitsuo. Regardless, each present representative kneeled/prayed/meditated at their shrine, they felt a serene calm come over them as if the Kami themselves were looking down on them. The peace didn’t last, however; screams erupted from the village moments later. Daidoji Kohiro stormed forth with his men to deal with whatever problems might lie ahead.

Left alone in the darkness of the village’s square, a few of the more perceptive samurai noticed decomposing forms emerging from the darkness. As they shambled closer, their formless faces emerged into the light: no eyes, no noses, no mouths…just smooth skin ironed over an otherwise normal body.

The following fight was bloody, and Hida Grom suffered grevious injuries as one of the zombies landed a nearly lethal barrage of blows from his spiked club, but was saved as the protective spirit of Hida himself granted him mystical healing. Soshuro Xun-Xi launched the Obsidian Hairbrush at one of the zombies, and the spectral form of Bayushi himself appeared from behind the zombie to cut its throat and ferried it off to the spirit realms.

After the battle concluded, Soshuro retrieved the hairbrush and discovered a packet of parchments on the ground where the zombie had been: “A Farmer’s Guide to Rice.” Daidoji Kohiro returned, having succeeded in fighting similar creatures, and bid everyone return to his home to ponder the sudden arrival of Jigoku’s creatures so far into the Empire. Upon arriving back at his home, a servant informed him that there had been a murder in his home while the village was being attacked…


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