While Akodo-san returned to our lodgings, Sojiro and I continued our search for clues.
We used backalleys to reach the spot where rioting was taking place. I noticed one of my clan’s bushi dragged off and the rest of the squad being hard pressed. So without thought I dove in, scroll ready for casting and buffed up a few of these wariors.
But suddenly I lost all capacity of sight. I felt the tendrils of panic starting to constrict my chest when I heard heard those commoners begin to scream in panic. That’s when I realised some unknown magical effect was blocking our capacity to see. It’s the strangest thing and some spell I’ve never heard of before.
Luckily this effect dissipated soon, and our bushi quickly pressed the advantage.
Strangely when the dust settled there was no trace to be seen of Sojiro. I decided to accompany the bushi to their headquarters to talk with some people. This is where Sojiro later showed up.
Talking with some bushi, and some infiltrators, and thinking over the map, we came to the conclusion that the origin of these riots had to be somewhere in the Southern part of the city. That’s also where the original fortress of the minor clan alliance is situated.
By the time I’d finished my round of talks Sojiro had once more disappeared. I decided to try and find him, and managed to track him towards the South. But eventually I lost all trace of him, and I decided it would be more useful spending my time looking into our case instead of trying to locate our monk.
So eventually I headed towards the old fortress.
When I got there I immediately noticed the place was guarded by unsavoury looking types. I used my spells to get a better look at one of them
It was immediately clear to me that these men were ronin standing guard over the fortress.
I returned to the clan headquarters and looked up the infiltrators. We agreed to sneak in and have a look around.
We found written evidence these ronin had been hired to cause trouble. And upstairs we saw their leader, a wellknown piece of filth who’d so far managed to stay out of the authoroties’ hands. And we discovered a child. Thinking she was most likely kidnapped I decided to try and get her out.
When we got outside we ran into Sojiro who didn’t like me doing things behind his back, without his approval and reminded me I was working for him. I was so taken by surprise I didn’t even think to tell him it’s hard to consult him on things when he always runs off without a means of contacting him.
But in short order: the entire city was in uproar by that point. We talked to the governor, but he had his hands full. So we decided to raid the fortress on our own. The child we sent to Akodo-san for safekeeping.
I led our small force to the stairway leading up, and then enchanted our battlemaiden and Sojiro’s blades; they made quick work of the enemies up there. Looking around we found all the evidence we needed, and devided the ronin’s warfunds for safekeeping.