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Our magistrates arrive at the Watchtower of the east. This tower predates the Kaiu Kabe itself. It once served as a northern guard, looking for signal fires from the south from troops stationed to defend against a Shadowlands attack. Since the building of the Carpenter Wall it had been rendered almost completely useless, and had remained largely abandoned. Those who now served here were mostly criminals, dishonored samurai and those fallen into disfavor.
The athmosphere is grim and reminds our heroes of a prison, The Tower's Taisa (captain) Hida Banruken welcomes the magistrates and their traveling compainions and appoints them their rooms. Some time after dark, Kuni shidjiro joins them and they discuss what happened before and their next course of action.
Being a bit paranoid, the group decides to post guards throughout the night.
During Yasuki Kyoshi's watch, he lights a quick opium pipe in his room whe he suddely hears the blood curdling scream of someone falling to his death flashing by his window. However, when he looks outside, there is nothing to be seen. Kyoshi summons an air spirit that confirms to him something is amiss, the Tower is haunted. He goes out in the yard where he encounters some Hida.
Meanwhile Hoshi Eisai has come under attack, the Magistrates wake up to the sound of fighting. Mirumoto Sadamasa is fighting a Ghost Maho Bujin and with the help of our heroes the attacker is defeated.
While Kyoshi continues his investigations, Kakita Mitsurugi prepares to do another performance of his play. he recieves help from a local Kaiu with building a proper stage.

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Kyoshi discovers there are three power groups operating in the tower: The Iron Pincers, backed by the Hida, The Syndicate, backed by the Yasuki and the Ghostfaces, backed by the Kuni. It is clear these groups operate outside the laws of Rokugan and that at least one of these had something to do with the death of the ronin. The other members largely ignore his investigations and the athmosphere is getting grimmer by the minute, leaders of the three groups all claim innocence and point fingers at the others. Only when Kuni Shidjiro and Hida Buruke interfere the magistrates make a break trough. Apparently the Ghostfaces killed the ronin in order of the Yasuki Syndicate whom the victim owed money to.
Heads roll and tainted individuals meet their death at the hands of the Magistrates and in the end, the leader of the Syndicate is granted permission to ask his lord for Sepukku.
In the evening Kakita Mitsurugi performs an excellent rendition of the play with suberb Mae Dancing skill, all the onlookers are greatly impressed and Doji Harudoki even comments she will sponsor Mitsurugi should he ever wish to perform the play in Otosan Uchi.
Content with their actions, the heroes continue their journey and arrive a couple of days later in "The Belly of the Crab" Kuda Mura village.

 


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Shidjiro
04/02/2013 4:55pm

I must confess that I feel myself guilty in not handeling quicker concerning the haunting. It seems that the "bigger" picture is taking much of my time and I must not forget to keep to my true cause, eradicate all maho at all times. Maybe it was also a bit because Kyoshi seems a bit confused in his word choises and he also gets more agresive towards me every day. I tried to honor him but it seems to be something personel. However it must be said that the attack of the Ghost Maho Bujin was most disturbing, although it showed my teammates that I am now a true Maho killer. Note to myself; as we travel farther it seems maho is even more uncontrolle than before, I had interfere 3 times in this Tower to eradicate this evil.

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Mitsurugi
28/02/2013 4:00pm

After the attack deep in the night by the horrible Ghost Maho Bujin I came to realize that our dragon companions bear a heavy burden.
I feel deep in my soul that the unborn child is the most important thing in our quest. I would never have tought it possible but I have to admit even my great play is dwarfed by this. I have always felt kinship to the dragon clan when I read their epic acomplishments and feel I have to pledge my sword to the safety of this trio and the destiny they follow.

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Kyoshi
02/03/2013 11:44am

Traveling to the homeland, week 4
Outclassed again! This can't be happening! Sure, I solved the mysterious death of whats-his-name, friggin' nobody, but when the true fighting began, I wasn't even around. And to make things worse, Shidjiro killed het Maho Bujin! AGAIN! This makes me so ANGRY! I'm shaking again... I can't let them see me like this. But the sweet opium seems to be losing it's potence. Usually, when I light up, I'm good for several hours, sometimes even days. But this CRAP I've bought seems to be working less every time. I've really got to score some good stuff any time soon... perhaps then I can have a good nights rest.

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