(info from the previous post:
If we let Lion into our lands, Scorpion will probably be able to repel them. That means they'll most likely set up camp in our territory, and take it over.
If we were to resist Scorpion (or even ally ourselves with them too carelessly), there is much the same risk. It could be even worse, since worse things could happen to their reputation at court than to become protectors of the Plains of the Golden Sun, even as poor Sparrow falters in its charge.
If we resist either too directly, and are wiped out before the Emperor convenes the winter court, then surely the offending major clan will be censured, but you can't return land to dead clans. They will keep their new holdings with a slap on the wrist.
For now we have allied ourselves with Scorpion through the general(?) Bayushi Hiroshi, whom we met ont he road. In this thread, we allied ourselves with Wasp, more or less, through Shinichi whom we just met on the road. Note that we _still_ haven't met with bureaucrats or leaders of either clan -- which worries me -- though messages have supposedly been conveyed. We have a chop from each man as a symbol of alliance.)