Torii no Meido

The Seed of Truth

Something old, something new; something "borrowed," something blue...

During a bonsai-growing contest at Kakita Doichi’s estate near the Crane city of Tsuma, it is soon apparant that some of the samurai have been brought here by ulterior motives. The most vexing figure is a woman by the pseudo-name of Bayushi Feiya, who breaks into the underground brewery and violates the remains of Doichi-san’s wife to retrieve a nemuranai of sorts. Though a few ambitious samurai arrive in time to save “Feiya’s” brother, the ronin Nigon, they are shamed by allowing the murderer and thief to escape.

Kakita Doichi, in an effort to downplay these events, decides not to let the conclusion of the contest to be deterred. Akodo Mirito is declared the winner and is rewarded with a betrothal to Doichi’s daughter, a crane duelist by the name of Kakita Rizu. Given the young crane samurai’s hot-headed nature and the historical feud between the clans, only time will tell if the young Akodo can truly consider this prize to be a blessing.

In the meantime, Kakita Doichi tasks the young samurais who failed in their duty by letting “Feiya” escape with the task of tracking her down and suggest they inquire at the Lotus Brotherhood who have a temple in Scorpion lands near the Spine of the World mountians. The pendant which Feiya was after did, after all, come from a monk who hailed from this temple…



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