The many different samurai gathered at the shrine of the Eight Heroes.
There they met Otomo Miyako who was assigned to jouney to a Crane villiage and lend aid to the Doji governer there.
A group of Ronin had taken up residence in the Willow District and were causing trouble. There was other difficulties, but the letter the blind shugenja carried did not share that information.
Along the way the band of samurai started to learn of each other. The cousins Matsu Jun and Asahina Jun learned of another of their family line, distant cousin Utaku Khabob. The Ronin Kento shared a discusion of the Mirumoto style of combat with Mirumoto Tetsuyari. The young shugenja Shoshi Mika and Miyako started what seemed to be a tentative friendship. While the minor clan samurai Ujina Takezo, the Mantis samurai Moshi Osano-Wo, and the Man-at-Arms Tokagure Haruki often kept watch of the suroundings.
And it was well they did, for a day’s travel outside of the Crane city, these travelers were waylaid by Ronin Bandits. After a fierce battle, one was captured by Moshi Osano-Wo, the quiet Mantis.
This Ronin by the name of Tatami, surrendered his blades to Tetsuyari-san and awaits judgement to be placed on him by Osano-Wo-san. Untill that time, he has been expected to guard Mika-san.
He is to do so unarmed, untill which time he can be trusted.
With the bodies of the Ronin cremated, their swords saved so that they can be returned to their families or donated to a temple, the group set camp to rest and heal.
What mysteries are in the city?
What troubles face this group?
Can a band of samurai from such many different clans work together or will old grievences tear them apart?