The group move on to Beiden to spend three days getting it ready for the negotiations. Kiyo has her brother, Doji Eien of House Katogama and Doji Shizue serve as scribes for the negotiations. The Crab and the Scorpions both arrive at the same time, down to the minute. They are led by Crab Daimyo, Hida Kisada and Scorpion Daimyo Bayushi Meokono.
The Negotiations begin with a civil lunch, where Bayushi Meokono tells the story of her first time meeting Hida Kisada. The negotiations then begin, Kiyo presented both sides with her reports and gave a general synopsis of what had happened, leaving out the word maho. She then brought in all of the witnesses to testify as to what had occurred in regards to the rumors and Soshi Megumi’s part in them. The stopped for the night and had a civil dinner, after dinner, there was a game of Sadane between Ayame, Midoriko, and a Scorpion Bard about a poem.
In the morning, the offended parties, Ayame and Hida Nori both give their accounts of the accusations made against them by Soshi Megumi. After their testimonies, each of the Emerald Magistrate’s party testifies as to the results of their investigation, with also giving their answers to the Scorpion Daimyo’s question (“To whom does one owe their loyalty, to the family they are born into, or the one they are married into?”). Following Kiyo’s testimony, the group moves on to lunch, where they have a very civil conversation. After lunch, Soshi Megumi is brought in to give her side of the story. She sticks with her own belief that maho had to have been used by Hida Nori in order to change over her cousin’s loyalty from the Scorpions to the Crab.
After she is found guilty, Soshi Megumi is stripped of her clan and name. She is then executed by her former Daimyo at sunrise.