Emperor: The 21st year of the reign of Hantei XXXVIII
Emerald Champion: Doji Satsume
Clan Champions: Hida Kisada (Crab), Doji Satsume (Crane), Togashi Yokuni (Dragon), Akodo Toturi (Lion), Shiba Ujimitsu (Phoenix), Bayushi Shoju (Scorpion), Shinjo Yokatsu (Unicorn)
Mirumoto Takishi, Shinjo Smith and Kuni Matsuda accompanied Kitsuki Kaagi to the Festival of the Humble Turtle, held each year in the Lion town of Kenson Gakka. The festivities were disturbed by a number of bad omens and strange occurances. It became clear that a number of key members of the Daymio’s court were acting strangely, including the Lion General Akodo Ikare. When Ikare’s son was kidnapped, clues at the scene implicated the local monks, and Ikare promptly rode out and order their slaughter. Some of these monks managed to escape to nearby Scorpion lands and an army soon appeared, demanding that the Lion hand over Kenson Gakka due to Ikare’s actions. Knowing his forces would be unable to win the fight, Matsu Kioma ordered Kenson Gakka to be abandoned.
The magistrates noticed that a number of people at the festival had a tattoo at the base of their necks. Akodo Ikare, his personal guards and a number of the monks killed by Ikare all had these marks. It was discovered that there were numerous undergound tunnels beneath Kenson Gakka – as the town was built by the Scorpion it was likely they would know how to exploit these to allow easy access to the town. It was this knowledge that forced Kioma to abandon the holding.
To complicate matters, the leader of the monks, a man named Noshin, had been possessed by the kami of the local river. This lead to him achieving a form of enlightenment that allowed him to discern some of what was occuring at Kenson Gakka. He survived Ikare’s attack and, together with the Zokujin Kakera, he seeks a way of returning the kami to its rightful place
In retaliation for Ikare’s actions, the Crane attack the Lion and the two armies meet on the Plains of Gaiju Shindai. Over 500 samurai are lost in battle between the two armies.
When Ikare ordered the slaughter of the monks, amongst their numbers were visiting Crane monks who had come for the festivities. Ikare’s actions are branded as cowardly and bring great dishonour to his family. At this years Winter Court, tensions between the two clans are high as negotiators attempt to broker peace.
During the Winter Court festivities a number of meetings are arranged between the daymios of the Kuni and Yogo families (Kuni Yori and Yogo Junzo). It is not known what the two could be discussing but rumours circulate that its must have something to do with the Shadowlands.