Clan Noriaibasha has had very little for me to do of late. This is no hardship, but it is rather boring. There is only so much time one can spend practicingin the castle courtyard.
But tonight, I have found a task that needs doing in Iga Province, near to Hoshiakari village.
In a nearby town, a priest of Amaterasu is bedeviled by bandits in the woods near his shrine. Such unrighteous miscreants cannot go unpunished. I creep through the mountain terrain, hidden amongst the trees and bushes, ready to destroy them as soon as I find them.
It is good to help out my own province.
This is the kind of job where the gleam of light off a blade might give me away, so I am using aand a , one in each hand. I can stow the jō in my belt when needed, and simply use the bō for reach.
Ahead, I see some light. As I creep closer, I see that they have lit a campfire for the night. This will be too easy. I smile beneath my ninja mask, and prepare to throw a smoke bomb into their fire, the better to disorient them and claim the benefits of surprise…