Yesterday’s session began with Akodo Kenji, diplomat of the Lion Clan having just spoken to the former Crane Clan champion, Doji Kurohito, informing him of the nature of the Gozoku, and earning Kurohito’s assistance in destroying the Gozoku stronghold in the Scorpion Lands. Together with Kurohito, they returned to the Crab-Scorpion border to speak with Hida Kisada. The Great Bear welcomed the two guests, and Kenji handed a crystal bauble to the Great Bear, informing him that it would react in the presence of Gozoku Agents who were mostly equipped with Shadow Brands. Hida Kisada noted that the bauble was reacting at the very moment, and realized that the joke assassination attempt by Kenji wasn’t exactly a joke after all.
Kenji confessed that he was wearing a Shadow Brand, and had joined the Gozoku a year ago, but only for the purpose of being a double agent of the Lion Clan. Of course, the fact that the Shadow Brand could take control of his body was something that Kenji didn’t really bring up. Kisada acknowledged Kenji’s honesty (though commented that Kenji was probably the worst and best Lion Clan samurai he’d ever met) and decided to go with the Lion Diplomat’s plan. With Kenji’s assistance, Bayushi Sunetra opened the Scorpion Borders to welcome Kisada’s army as a delegation for military exercises. Yogo Honnouji assisted in the matter, and soon the combined Crab-Scorpion army was ready to assault the Shadowed Tower.