Tensions are high even in the earliest proceedings of court. Following an uncomfortable morning, Doji Sayuri seeks to learn more about the samurai in Akodo Torokai's service.
After meeting their host and settling in at Son of the Crane Castle, the samurai attend an opulent dinner hosted by Asahina Takeshi. They make the acquaintance of several fellow court-goers, and run into a few familiar faces as well.
After recovering from a night of celebration with the kitsune of the forest, the samurai bid their farewells and set out for court.
The entire cast & crew get together with alcohol and discuss 2018 in SITW, TTRPGs, L5R, and podcasts...among other things. Big and messy and full of bad words. Listen at your peril.
The samurai return to Kitsune Mori Mura, where Torokai confronts Crow about the incident in the cave. The next day, Kitsune Mara seeks each of them out for a final farewell.
Unable to sleep, Crow goes on a late night walk to clear her head, running into some unlikely company along the way. The samurai then make their final push into the forest, where Crow is forced to confront a past from which she can no longer run.
This episode contains significant violence. Listener discretion is advised.
The holidays can be a rough time for a lot of people, especially those of us under the LGBT+ umbrella. If you are struggling to make it through, we hope this message from our beloved Lion Dad can help to bolster your spirit for the season. From all of us in the Shadows in the West crew...happy holidays!!!
The samurai return to Kitsune Mori Mura to report their findings to Torokai and Toshio. Crow sets out to return the rescued foxes to their homes, and in the process meets someone quite unexpected.
Daiyu, Atsu, and Crow resume their search for poachers in the forest. Things don't go as planned, and they soon make a grim discovery with unsettling implications.
After searching the poachers' camp for clues, Daiyu, Atsu, and Crow return to Kitsune Mori Mura to tend to wounds and report their findings to Kitsune Toshio.