A roundtable of clues and murder suspects ensues, and somewhere the Tamori decides to locate Mirumoto Nari because the other Mirumoto (Yonaka) smells a rat. Well, guess what? The real Mirumoto Nari is discovered to be dead by the Shugenja’s friendly spiritual water stoolie. Huh.
The PCs send the monk out with an urgent message for Hakenka, who is out “hunting”. Meanwhile, Mei takes the Hitomi 1/2 blood heir, younger half-brother Sokoi, to a hermitage for safekeeping from the vagaries of politics and poison.