The group was called before Daidoji Kenta two weeks after their last assignment. They were informed that they will be wintering in Shiro Akodo as guardians of Doji (Inoue) Saya. They were provided travelling papers to allow them access to Lion Clan lands, and informed that they are only permitted to carry their Daisho, which must be peace-bound. After gathering their gear, they headed out on horseback. After their first day of riding, they stopped at a roadside inn. Upon waking, Doji (Saito) Katsu found a note warning of an assassination attempt on Doji (Inoue) Saya, which is to take place at Shiro Akodo. After discussing the note with the others, they set out once more.
While traveling to the meeting point, Daidoji Tadasu noticed signs of an ambush ahead. While discussing how to handle the ambush point, the group did not notice that the bandits had encircled them. The leader stepped forward and requested a toll from them. He was rewarded by being struck with a spell from Daidoji Sakura. After a brief fight, 4 of the bandits lay dead, and Kakita (Nakashima) Hayate lay unconscious. The bandit leader sounded a retreat, and while the rest of his band escaped, he was taken in the throat by Tadasu’s thrown wakizashi.
The group arrived at the meeting point, a small village in northern Crane lands. They informed the local yoriki of the incident with the bandits, and went to meet with Doji (Inoue) Saya. After informing Saya of the threat to her life, she told them that many at court may have issue with her. After their next night of travel, they once more stopped by another roadside inn. During the night, while a watch was set, a rock was thrown through the rice-paper window for Saya’s room. The only sign of who dd it were a set of footprints in the dirt, leading back to the inn. The group arrived in Shiro Akodo without further incident.
When the group went to introduce themselves to the Lion Clan Champion, Akodo Shigetoshi, they were turned away and told that he was very busy at the moment. While being led to their rooms, Daidoji Tadasu overheard as the Scorpion Clan emissaries were shown right in. After looking over a guest list, Saya found many people who had reason to take umbrage with her: Ikoma Koji, Shosuro Miyako, Yasuki Hiroko, and Yoritomo Sumiko all had possible cause.
After settling in, Doji (Saito) Katsu and Daidoji Tadasu escorted Doji (Inoue) Saya to mingle. Katsu made the acquaintance of Yoritomo Sumiko, who he arranged to have tea with later, meanwhile Tadasu went for a walk in the garden with Shosuro Miyako. Meanwhile, Kakita (Nakashima) Hayate and Daidoji Sakura took an uneventful trip to the local temple to Bishamon.
At dinner, Shosuro Yukiko made a thinly veiled insult against Daidoji Sakura, which caused Sakura to respond angrily. After dinner, Katsu performed a lovely tea ceremony for Yoritomo Sumiko, and they spoke at length about various subjects. After a small amount of mingling, everyone then headed to bed . . .