The gang is sent to a tournament of the Samurai by request of Seppun Ayumu to stand in for the invitation of Asako Shizu of the Phoenix Clan at the Pale Oak Castle.
It was a tournament of the arts, with competitions in painting, haiku, dancing and tea ceremony. Isawa Shima won the contest, earning the gift of Asako’s Fan.
Asako Shizu was murdered at the tournament and the gang was tasked with investigating. Shiba Reikun and Mirumoto Rai were the prime suspects, but the gang wasn’t able to find hard evidence and Mirumoto Rai was convicted of the murder and forced to commit seppuku.