- Catherine – Kitsu Jiro
- Mark – Matsu Tashiro
- Fee – Ikoma Kazumi
- Rob – Kitsu Takahashi
- Jenny – Kitsu Tara
After the Gempukko ceremony the party are introduced to an old man Ikoma Hoshi. He is an Emerald Magistrate based in a village on the border of the Lion\Scorpion\Unicorn lands. He has been told that the he is to stay at the Kakita duelling school for a while longer than he had planned as there were four Diamyo present at the topaz championship and much business is planned between them. He wants the party to deal with any of his business back at the villages until he can return.
The party make there way to the village called bend in the river where the magistrate’s house is located, initially they mistake the governors palace as the magistrates home. A couple of ronin on guard point them in the correct direction. In the magistrates house there are a couple of older servants and they are happy to set up rooms for the party.
After stowing their gear and bathing the party makes its way to the local governors palace to introduce themselves. The governor is a much too handsom man in his early years called Ikoma Shoji – they hear about a terrible incident that had occurred a week or more before. A brother of one of the local important Matsu families had been murdered in the tavern by a Unicorn Clan girl. She has been arrested and kept under guard while everyone waited for the Magistrate to return home. In the meantime the Mother of the Unicorn, a fierce warrior of her clan, had been to visit her daughter and demanded her release then threatened the governor and the entire village. The brothers of the victim have also been in town to make sure that the girl is executed for the murder of their brother. There was only one witness, Kameko, a tailor in the house next to the tavern.
After meeting with the tavern owner Oniji the party get to see the room that the murder took place in. Jiro talks with all the kami in the room using her friendly kami but a cleansing ritual has been performed to remove any that would have been present at the time of the murder. They are informed that a travelling priest did the ritual at the tavern owners request. There is a sliding door leading outside from this room and opposite the room is the home of the tailor. She can be seen sitting at an open door matching threads and patterned cloth for what looks like a kimono. She appears very sincere and tells the party what she saw, the boy falling out the door and the girl holding the sword. The amount of blood that was said to have been in the room does not tally with the amount of blood described by the witnessed injuries, the boy would have had to be in the room longer than a quick stab suggested. She also noted that the ronin Shoko (with the top knot) was on the scene immediately and spoke with the girl, followed a little while later by the bald ronin Oda and some guardsmen. She had gone over to the boy to help as she has some skill with stitching wounds but it was too late. She also noted that the boy was wearing his best kimono that she herself had made for him.
Takahashi goes to the blacksmith/cooper to have an axe made for him. They seem honest hard working fellows.
Kazumi notices that there are some odd characters that have been watching them since they had been to the governors palace. Always staying out of sight and far enough away as to not arouse suspicion.
The party go to the guard house to speak with the prisoner, initially everyone is reluctant to allow the party in but in the end the governor allows it. Tara manages to install some trust between herself and the girl Shinjo Ai and is told of how the two had met at some markets over the last couple of years and later every couple of months at prearranged liaisons. Her mother had discovered this and told her to break it off as she had arranged a marriage for her within the Unicorn Clan. She had come to the tavern to break the news. The boy had become distressed and had threatened to take his own life. They fought over the sword he had taken from beside the bed, hers, his own having been left on the racks at the front door. She had left her horse at the stable and entered via the rear entrance. She had not seen the tailor. She did not remember what either of the ronin had said to her. Tara thinks the girl is lying about her mother just finding out about the affair but the rest appears to be true.
They meet the governor Shoji out walking with his yojimbo Shoko and he asks them how the investigation is going. He hopes that they find the girl guilty so that justice can be done. The party reply that they are still looking into things.
Kazumi spots even more unsavoury types hanging around watching them. Takahashi decides to tempt them out if they mean harm. He was correct and immediately he walks alone around the town a group of men dash from the well house and attack him. The rest of the party run to his aide but are intercepted by a second group. A vicious fight breaks out and all the bandits but one is killed, Tashiro manages to half one of the men with a single sword stroke. Takahashi is seriously injured as he single handedly holds off five of the ambushers. Jiro manages to get a nearby water kami to heal some of his wound. The guard eventually appear led by Oda and look horrified to see so many of the attackers dead and surprised that the magistrates are almost without injury. The guard recognise some of the men as working for the Matsu brothers. They attacked because the foreman of the men was under the impression that the magistrates were going to release the girl. The guardsmen want to arrest the last attacker but are overruled by the party and the boy is sent back with a message for the Matsu Brothers. The party return to their new home and are given some additional healing from the tailor who stitches up Takahashi and mentally fits him for a new kimono.