The administrator was persuaded to spare the party execution. The group was sentenced to a fine and and banishment from the Youshanai Isles, but as the sentence was declared, the Jade Champion entered the chamber to confront the administrator.
The party had a disturbing dream that saw the Empress being attacked by the Crane Clan, with the Scorpion rushing to her aid.
After awakening, the party was informed that they had been found on the shore by the ronin Aireiko, the Witch-Hunter leader Kuni Zanayo, and the samurai-ko Yoritomo Haruko.
The imperial administrator of the Youshanai Isles,Miya Onako, sent the party to collect taxes while helping the Witch-Hunters. The village of Osogane said they had no rice to pay with, but offered a rare original copy of the Book of Sun Tao in place of their taxes.
After defeating the bandits plaguing Crab villages, the party stayed the night in the village of Minoshiro. However, overnight, they were beset by assassins that they managed to fight off.
The party returned to the Wall with ashigaru reinforcements, and Hida Shinichi suggested that the party might assist the Kuni Witch-Hunters with their inquisition into what they suspect is the influence of Jigoku in the Youshinai Isles.
The group set out out from Clear Water Village with a group of Witch-Hunters, but a savage storm capsized their ship and sent the party and crew overboard…
The party followed Hida Shinichi’s suggestion to investigate the reason why some villages had not raised their ashigaru levies. The party headed to the village of Minoshiro Mura, where they found a bandit gang holding the village for ransom.
Yuriko was able to rally the peasants and the party led an attack on the bandit camp.
The battle was fierce, but both it and the session ended when Hinata challenged the bandits to a duel and their champion fell to Aoki’s sword.
Along the way, the group encountered pirates, Shadowlands creatures, and a Spider Clan scouting party.
After being escorted to the Wall by Witch-Hunters, the party met the unpersonable Hida Shinichi, who suggested they find somewhere to help where they would not be in the way.
The party now must decide how to assist the war effort; will they venture into the Shadowlands to rally the nezumi, help fend off bandits and raise ashigaru levies, ride to call the Unicorn to arms, or make their contribution elsewhere?