The adventure begins with the arrival of the deputation of the Scorpion-Phoenix clan alliance to Mantis lands, with a Dragon monk leading the small group to meet with the Emperor, who had removed himself from his home due to war encroaching on his castle’s walls. After showing deference, the Dragon spoke of the war being over, and the Clans hopefully working together to ascertain the condition of the Crab, the last clan, who stayed out of the war and barred themselves from Rokugan, and from whom no contact had been made for 8 years until 2 days before, when the Crab Clan Champion fell from thin air, onto the floor 10 steps away from where the monk now stood. The Champion spoke his last words, delivered a parchment, and died, turning to stone on the spot.
Due to the nature of the letter, the Emperor accepted the reunification of the Empire, and immediately asked for the various talents of the Clans to assist him in an information gathering. Such was the makeup of the group that it served as a new symbol of Rokugan; although the individual members would argue about what has come to pass, working together to further the goals of the whole was of the highest importance. It came to pass that several of the current court functionaries and emissaries from the other lands had, in their entourages, members who could serve on this team to solve the issues in Crab lands; a Crane Kakita Duelist, a Lion Matsu Shugenja, and a Unicorn Moto Bushi. The Scorpion Bayushi courtier and Phoenix Isawa Shugenja who accompanied the Togashi Monk were happy at the prospect of assisting by joining this team, and so, after some preparation, they set off on the first leg of their journey together, riding one of the boats of the esteemed fleet of the Mantis.