After leaving the Islands of Silk and Spice, the group of samurai assigned with contact and inspection of the Crab clan journeyed to a point just south of the Valley of the Centipede. Along the way, a drunken Mantis samurai pantomimed the group and insulted them dearly, to which the Kakita took without umbrage and let the manners of the man so low to insult the founding Kami of the Scorpion clan lead him into trouble elsewhere, turning his cheek. The party followed his example, except for the Scorpion, who was not present to defend his family’s honor.
Disembarking, and ridding themselves of the foul presence of the uncouth Mantis samurai, a plan was quickly implemented which involved riding south along the coast, through Seawatch Castle to Shinden Asahina, and from there, to Yasuki Yashiki and across the bay to Clear Water Village. It is assumed that the written word of the Emperor will be enough to allow them to cross, and the path was laid out before; our heroes did set forth.
Arriving, some small amount of days later, at Seawatch Castle, the party was given audience with the daimyo, and a thoughtful gift had been presented to and accepted by the daimyo. The group was then asked to dine with the court that evening, during which the arrival of a Miya herald allowed all present to know that the Divided Empire War was officially over, and the healing of the Empire would begin. The mission to bring the Crab Clan back into the embrace of the Great Clans was of even larger importance. However, after the story of how the Phoenix, Bayushi, and Togashi arrived and dealt with the Emperor was spoken to the crowd, they began to murmur amongst themselves, and find excuses to leave to write missives to their superiors.
A couple days later, the group began to leave Seawatch castle, preparing to trod the coastal road towards Shinden Asahina.