After handing off the evil gaijin artifact to the Asako Inquisitors, and endured a pointed questioning at their hands, our heroes were free to make their way back to the capital.
Naturally, that journey would not be without incident. Traveling through back roads along the western edge of Phoenix lands, they arrive at Basket Weaving Village. The villagers are unusually wary of the traveling samurai. The Hida finally invites the innkeeper over to join them and the Bayushi offers food, the innkeeper is confronted with the situation and asked what is going on. He admits that a bandit gang has moved into the area and is preying on travelers, it also keeps a close watch on the village and their attempts to sent messengers to get help has failed gruesomely. They learn the bandits number around twenty and that the village is expected to report to them about travelers and the innkeeper asks what they want the bandits to know. There is some debate about what to say, but the message that reaches the bandits is that the samurai have been riding hard to get their sick friend to treatment.
The next morning, our heroes head out, prepared for battle underneath their straw cloaks. Read the rest of this entry ?