The Foo Dog is the protector of sacred buildings.
Kitsuki Kanko takes delivery of red jade lion dog from a porter who delivered it in thanks from “a patron”. Meanwhile he is bathing and changing into clean robes in preparation for an interview with the Chamberlain of North Wall City, complete with an ashigaru escort and the Shosuro/Mantis who showed up (from locations unknown) and waited downstairs for him. On their way through the city, the Crabs new Ashigaru find them and accompany them onwards to the NWC Daimyo’s residence (NOT the castle).
After a few twists and turns the Shosuro/Mantis slicks whips a knife across the astonished NWC ashigaru’s throat (horrifying the other two ashigaru) and drags his corpse into a small alley.
After some quick "planning"on one of the stunned Ashigaru’s advice, they go to a humble gaijin “spice merchant” in the Black Quarter who, after some serious haggling agrees to hide them for 5 koku AND keep a few items they would have to leave behind. As his Rokugani is pretty decent, and his wife is roku as well, the PCs listen in as he argues a bit with her about “having to leave another city” again and whatnot. His spices are mainly preservatives and various surfactants. He has skill with bodies of the dead? WTH? they are hidden under the house until dark. While there a NWC yuriki sto[ps by the business and has a bried chat with the proprieters. The Spice merchant takes the PCs extra stuff and plans to use it to frame an honest yoriki, later. After night falls the PCs escape through one of the myriad small tunnels under NWC into graveyard, being guided by the careful directions from the Merchant. They emerge in a small village graveyard through a beaten up wooden grate that is in better shape than it looks.
The fields and villages are swarming with search parties.