The man did put thought into it, but could not not seem to come up with a good answer.
"There are some... threats in and around the valley. Mikutoro, fancies himself an adventurer, claims to have not only visited a ghost town in the mountains but returned. He is overly fond of his drink, it is likely that he just had to much. None have gone out as far as he claims and returned."
His eyes spark up after a though.
"Oh, the maps! Kawauso Modan is said to have been sending out scouts and explorers to make maps of his own. Thats a bit of a journey to get to Koutei Issui mura"