Our trek to Imagawa’s keep from the valley was long and arduous. It rained from the moment we left the valley floor till we were welcomed into courtyards. We were given lavish rooms and fresh changes of clothes before we were ushered to dinner. Imagawa spared no expense on the elegant meal his servants prepared for the court.
Imagawa had the three of us held after dinner and began questioning us about the bar fight in Suruga a week ago. Erik played dumb which shocked me to a degree. I was as forthcoming and I cared to be and Nakano merely recounted the happenings. Imagawa, however was disinterested in our explanations. It truly felt like he was sizing us up from our stories. Imagawa was just interested in our abilities and our telling of the tales.
It was also revealed to us that the Nagao we captured in the valley was in fact a decoy. So the real Nagao is still at large and could be marching on Suruga as we sat idle with Imagawa.
Imagawa asked the three of us to investigate a gathering of ninja at a stronghold not too far from Suruga. After a night of discourse, we all outfitted ourselves and set out to Shiga at morning.