I'm really happe that we are getting a Fiction Week that resolve outstanding story prizes. Thanks, Story Team!
I can also now see how it is possible to save techniques from corruption and destruction. Nicely done. I'm not sure how much the choices will have to do with Onyx Edition, though, because we haven't yet read about the opened seals and the coming darkness. That's why the desecration of the Shrine of Yoritomo came out of nowhere somehow. What is Kanpeki's motivation (or Yurishi's Motivation in case he lies about Kanpeki's involvement; he is the child of a solidified lie, after all) to defile the shrine and gift it to Jigoku? But it's great that an Irish win involves Justin Walsh's character Yurishi. Without Justin the L5R community wouldn't be what it is for many of us.
But I don't quite understand how the capture of one Scorpion character ensures that the clan won't be able to use the Traitors' Grove throughout Onyx Edition. Of course, this particular plot is not yet finished.
I certainly liked that oni and sea trolls are involved and that they obeyed the commands of a human character. It's not as cool as when Isawa Fosuta summoned Sentai no Oni (who was a often played card back then, not only by Shadowlands Horde or Spider), had him save Pale Oak Castle (White Oak Castle) from the Yobanjin to raze it himself, because he was raised there. But we Spider Players should work on a second kotei victory and the Story Team needs the possibility to up the ante for this case.
It's also great that the ST incorporated that the desecration was the result of Jack Murray accepting a Scorpion bounty. I want to see more of these subtle homages to the OOC world around the gaming tables. Also, Keep the OOC references below the fictions, they help to see the resolution of prizes even if they aren't overly obvious. The part with the Battle Maidens I would have thought is about saving the steeds, not the samurai-ko or their technique. But it's definitely better than some of the Samurai Edition prize resolutions: "He opens a treasure chest and finds Prize 1, Prize 2, Prize 3, Prize 4".
Keep the fictions coming, they've been enjoyable so far. They could use more conflicts for my tastes, though. But tastes do vary.