Before morning arose on our trek to Shiga, Kyosado and I were stirred to a disturbance at the front gate of Imagawa’s court. I moved out and among the people who had gathered. They looked like distraught peasants. I asked them what they wanted and Erik and Kohei immediately flew over the courtyard wall and landed scattering the group. After we rounded up the peasants, we learned they are farmers from the northlands of Suruga province. Their lands have been attacked and razed by blurry shadowy figures that move at blinding speeds. General Okabe comes out and talks to the peasants and says he’ll look into the matter. We settle back into to sleep and set out just before dawn.
A few days down the road, we happened upon a trio of travelling buddhist monks. One of the monks offers to show us the ninja encampments. Erik delightfully took him up on his offer. The monk removed his robe and took off running at incredible speeds. After his jog, I was sent down to investigate the supposed camp. What I found however was a bustling small fishing village. Everything seemed too peaceful and too new. I reported back to the rest of my party and we decided to all walk down into the village. As we walked down the hill towards the shore, we saw through the illusion. The village was a mirage. And waiting in the midst of the vanished village was the buddhist monk from before. This monk was actually Hattori of the Koga.
Hattori informed us that Imagawa may be leading us on and has fed us a good deal of misinformation. However, Hattori would not tell us everything without us beating it out of him.