The second evening of the Topaz Championship featured a feast for the contestants and notable guests , put on by the Kakita Dueling Academy. During the feast, each Topaz contestant was permitted to personally present themselves before the Emperor.
During the feast, several plots were unfolding.
*Tsuruchi Nobohide noticed that the ronin Kenji was acting strangely. He was focused on the Lion Clan Champion, Matsu Hoketsatu, and did not touch his food.
*Shosuro Maru approached Matsu Chigitsu to learn about why he had attempted to sabotage the Championship in numerous ways. She was met with cold hostility and threats.
*Isawa Mitsuko had seen that Doji Keitomaru had become a nervous wreck since the appearance of a Crane courtier. She correctly assumed this to be his father. She decided to continue to watch him in case he made any reckless moves.
*Doji Kenji spent most of the dinner chatting with Bayushi Kachiko, until she was pulled away by Doji Keitoaru who wanted to speak with her privately.
After this point, the feast came to an end and the guests were allowed to mingle in the gardens surrounding the Academy.
*Nobohide attempted to talk to Kenji to get a read on his intentions, but didn’t get very far before the ronin excused himself and talked to the Emerald Champion, leading him into the gardens. The Mantis resolved to follow the ronin.
*Shosuro Maru was approached by the Emperor’s eldest sons, Hatsu and Kobashi, who wanted to continue the contest of frivolous flattery. They presented her with gifts which the Scorpion used to garner notoriety among the other samurai present. Ultimately, she chose to spend the evening with Kobashi.
Nobohide watched as Kenji drew Hoketsatu into the most secluded part of the Kakita gardens. He also noticed that he was being followed by Akodo Gintaku, the Akodo daimyo. When they stopped moving, the ronin produced a dagger and fatally stabbed the Lion Clan Champion, causing chaos to erupt throughout the Academy.
*Tsuruchi Nobohide rushed to get help for the fatally wounded Matsu Hoketsatu, but he was beyond the help of healers.
*Shosuro Maru correctly identified that Hoketsatu had been poisoned by jellyfish toxin.
*In the aftermath, the Lion and Crane seemed to be on the verge of coming to blows over the identity of the ronin: a member of the now defunct Tsume family. Doji Kenji realized that each contestant had a Great Clan sponsor and he approached the Imperial Herald, Miya Shikan, with this knowledge. The records were quickly checked and it was discovered that Tsume Kenji had in fact been sponsored by a minor Akodo daimyo. This quickly removed the teeth of the Lion Clan’s fury, and Matsu Nimoro was pulled from the Championship to prepare himself for training to replace his father.
*Isawa Mitsuko drew Keitomaru aside from the crowd and asked to show him some shugenja abilities. She conjured a flame kami and let him ask it a question. Once he had left, she asked the kami what his conversation with Kachiko had been about. It was revealed to her that Doji Keitomaru had approached the Scorpion bushi to ensure that he win the following day’s Iaijutsu Tournament, by any means necessary. Armed with this knowledge, Mitsuko tried to stop that from happening.
*Later that evening, Bayushi Kachiko seduced Doji Kenji. The next morning, she revealed to Kenji that she was a married woman, and planned on using their night of passion as blackmail unless he agreed to throw the tournament.
The tournament went as predicted, with few upsets. Doji Kenji defeated every opponent he encountered, including Bayushi Kachiko, despite her threat of blackmail. Ultimately, it came between Doji Kenji and Kakita Amiko, with Kenji emerging victorious and earning the enmity of the other Crane.
The end of the tournament concluded the Emerald Championship with Doji Kenji being awarded the coveted position. Doji Kenji and Tsuruchi Nobohide both changed their names to Domotai and Sho respectively. Before the PCs packed up to return home, however, they were summoned to the Imperial Herald’s tent. Inside, they found both Miya Shikan and the Joyous Prince himself, Toturi XII. There they were given a secret task: to travel throughout Rokugan, promoting the generations long peace of the Toturi Dynasty. With this new pilgrimage, they were sent to the Lion town of Chugo Seido to reflect on their duty.