Fools and Forests
[This letter is made of simple paper. The writing appears smaller than normal, with the occasional smudge, as if written in poor lighting and while trying to keep all movement to a minimum.]
RY 1158, 16th Day of the Month of the Sun
I am learning to despise ronin. Beyond the…difficulties associated with the Kaeru at Kyuden Ikoma, now we must deal with a rogue band here at the borders of Shinomen. While I can appreciate their notions of loyalty to the Empire, I am dismayed at the manner with which they seek to pursue it. The Legion of the Wolf was made honorable by its leader, may he rest in peace in Yomi, and I doubt that the leaders of this rabble have anything so noble in mind. Even more alarming, they apparently seek to grow by stealing from honorable Clans, then handing off the reins of power to a Wind of their choosing (no doubt the Bastard, as he would share a sort of kinship with this lot).
They have been attacking Scorpion scouts and rangers, so I have doubts that this will soon spark off a silent war amongst the trees, and can only hope that the Clan will show discretion, as there are much bigger issues at present that needs their attention.
With all that in mind, now you will fully understand what I mean when I say that my largest problem lies not with the world around me, but with my companions. By command of the Anvil, the honorable Naseru-sama, we have been accompanied by a certain Lion, one who shares a rivalry (read: near hatred) with Naomi, which I fully expect to result in either at least one challenge before this quest is fulfilled, or the death of one of the pair.
Oh well, at least I’ll be getting more practice. I must remain at the top of my game, if my plans are to succeed.
Hiding from squabbling women,