Legend of the Five Rings

Magistrate!

Miko's journal

To whom it may concern, this is the journal of Soshi Miko, shugenja of the Scorpion clan, and guest of the Akodo family of the Lion clan.

So far my time here had been fruitful but quiet.
Things started shifting when the emperor, glory be his name, wanted me to look into a legend. Records had been found about the existence of a now lost clan in the forests south of the Unicorn lands. The emperor wanted me to go there and see if I could uncover evidence of this tribe.
For some reason Akodo-san deemed it necessary to accompany me on my travels, but I was happy with the company. The roads can get a lonely place.
In short, we met two other people who’d received an order to investigate: an Utaku battlemaiden and a Dragon monk.
Together we began investigating the forest.

The first thing I found was a recently abandoned teahouse. The former owner had left the documents of ownership ready to fill in a name to claim it. I’ve decided to take the documents without filling in a name. I want to think this over because I’m uncertain. It seems strange to find such an establishlent in this place, a long way from any villages. Maybe time will bring certainty.

We found the remains of an old fortress in the forest. Nature has taken over completely. But we found no signs of battle.
While investigating I heard something move about, and it seemed to head up into the trees. We followed in the same direction, and later I decided to try communicating with the air kami in the vicinity.

What happened next is a bit unclear. But it seems the kami made it possible for us to visit the place in the past, while it was still occupied. We spent some time with the people living there, and talked with them. I even communicated with the kami in that time. The information I gathered shows me that at some point the emperor lost his trust in the Tanuki clan and wanted them erased. The founder of this clan, a shapeshifter and kami, in turn decided to call the clan home into the beast realm. That is why the clan disappeared. Strangely enough we received records to take along as evidence. This shows clearly the kami did not merely allow us to see these events, but did something far more.

When we left the forest we headed to the capital to deliver our report to the office of the emerald magistrate.
The magistrate rewarded us for our service with a position within the office.
Our first task would be to head over to Pleasure City in Scorpion territory to do something about the riots that are going on in this city for weeks.
Now this seems to me as if the magistrate is taking away control over the city from my clan.
When I had the chance I visited an ambassador of my clan in the capital. He asked me to try and run damage control during this operation. If I could shift blame for this situation away from the Scorpion clan towards the alliance of minor clans, who controlled this city before us, it would greatly benefit us.
We also met a second monk who was going to join us, one of the Brotherhood, Sojiro.

The first thing I saw in this city was a great amount of bushi guarding certain intersections. The great lanes were all clear.
Later Akodo-san and Sojiro were heading into the city to investigate. Now Sojiro has been sweettalking Akodo-san for days, and it seemed obvious the planned to go without me. But I was adamant I was not going to be left behind. At first glance there was nothing to be found, not even in the narrow alleys. But when I called upon the light of the moon to guide my eyes I started finding grim remnants of battle. People had been clearing all signs of trouble but missed a few things that were revealed by my magic.
Maybe the governor of this city can shed some light on the matter when I have a private meeting. And maybe further investigation will reveal more.

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