In lights of the recents events I felt it was most prudent not to wait until my return to share with you what has transpired.
| Master Satoru had a patient under his care named Isawa Masaka that had been corrupted by the powers of the maho. Shortly after our arrival the poor man succumbed to this evil and proceeded to attack the residents of the household. The shugenja had turned into a kyonshi, but of a stronger form than those we had encountered. It had retained some of his knowledge of his prior life, and thus, was able to cast spells. Fortunatly, ever valorous, Mirumoto Takeshi once again rose to the occasion and slain the abomination before anyone was seriously injured.
I inquired to the other guests, Master Shosuro’s apprentice, Nambu Musashi and Isawa Arika, the victim’s nephew, if they knew the circontances by which Isawa Masaka had been corrupted. Unfortunatly, they did not know. The man had been brought to Master Shosuro’s home and left their door steps, it not known by whom. I could not establish if the Isawa Masaka had fell victim to a maho-tsukai or if he was a practitioner himself, consumed by the black art.
Master Satoru interrogated the eta at length but he was not able to enlighten us further in the manner the dead heimin were slain and corrupted or in the nature of what was at play. Unfortunatly, his knowledge of the Taint seems to mirror mine. However, he did have some medicine he provided Takeshi-san, which should chase away any trace of the Taint that might have taken hold in his body. Master Shosuro offered us hospitality, but it was not the last of the perils we had to suffer that day. In the middle of the night, we were attacked by three assailants armed with ninja-to. I was lucky to escape any harm but if it were not for the stalwartness of my companions I would have not seen another day.
I fear this assassination attempt is related to our investigation on the maho-tsukai activities since we were attacked indiscriminatly. One of the attackers was captured and I will try to interogate him to see if I can confirm my suspicion. My host spoke of using torture to extract information out of him but I will try to let me convince the assassin to tell us what he knows willingly. A desperate man will say anything to save himself but someone who want to save his soul has no reason to offuscate his heart.
I must apologize that I this moment I am not able to bring you more answers. I will endeavor myself to be your eyes and ears on this matter.