Players find a back road and follow it south away from the village. While on the road they come upon a trader caravan being attacked by a pair of insect-like oni. The discover a lair and larval oni as well. They are able to save most of the peasants and the caravan. The peasants offer to smuggle the players to the city.
Safely hidden in the smuggling compartments, along with several caches of arms and armor, the players travel towards the City of Lies.
The caravan happens upon an old ruined shrine being defaced by Legion soldiers. The soldiers begin to search the caravan when an imprisoned spirit is released. The spirit decimates the soldiers but is placated and dismissed by Namiku.
Within a day’s travel from the city the players are attacked by a pack of large fire bats. These creatures were arcane creations sent after the party. Who sent them, and why?
Players arrive in Ryoko Owari. The secure lodgings in the poorer district. While out gathering supplies they hear a muffled cry. Investigating they happen upon a group of ruffians fighting a pair of Scorpion samurai and making off with a young woman. One of the samurai lay bleeding in the streets. Nobu revives the fallen samurai. During the fight one of the ruffians runs away with the woman. The rest of the ruffians are defeated. Before they can talk to one of the ruffians Soldiers arrive and secure the scene.
The players are interrogated by Obsidian Magistrate Seppun. They are let go with a warning to “not be heroes”
The players are met by a Scorpion agent. He invites them to the Scorpion compound to meet with his master.
While heading to the Clan Compounds the players are attacked by 8 White Hand thugs. They are intent on capturing the players. The players are able to soundly defeat the thugs with only Nobu falling.