Uchi is in flames and the Emperor is dead.
before the battle, we entered the throne room with Shinsei by our side. The
palace halls rang with the scream of madmen, and the castle stank of rotting
filth. We followed the Scorpion through the halls of the palace, to the heart of
darkness. I saw the look on her face as she stared into the eyes of the thing on
the throne. She has known him, lived here with his madness, and she remained.
Whatever else I may say of her, she is no coward. The beast that was our Emperor
was waiting on his Emerald Throne, and when we entered the room, he was
laughing. The battle was joined.
was over, two men lay dying upon the floor. At my feet, faint life struggled in
the heart of the Master of Earth. I reached to drag him from that place, but he
shook me away. The darkness which had placed claim upon his soul so long ago had
come to take him now, and the light of my hand was more than he could bear. He
asked for no words of comfort, cried no piteous cries of pain. One soft name,
and then, nothing.
the palace, my sister led the Crab against the Dark One's legion. Phoenix spells
and Lion bushi scattered across the field like confetti at a festival, and the
wall of the palace were stained with blood. The fight was brave that day, though
many Crab lost their lives on the fields around the palace -- on both sides. I
spoke to O-Ushi, and she told of men under her command who would be struck down
fighting the horde, only to rise in their defense moments later. She spoke of
the Daidoji who fought by her side during the battle, how he stood with her when
the bodies of their enemies had the faces of their own kinsmen, and she knew in
her heart why our ancestors called them "Iron Cranes."
battle is over, but our fight has only begun. We have torn down the terrible
banners and destroyed the dark magics that once tempted our brothers, but there
is still much of the Shadowland left outside the Wall. Root out this evil!
Rebuild the barrier that stands between Rokugan and the darkness. We must
remember the oaths our ancestors swore and this time, we must not fail them.
Among their ancient voices I can hear the battle shouts of my brother, and I
know he will give us strength to recover what we have lost.
is one thing more. Something I did not tell Toturi when the Clans met on the
field to crown him Emperor. I searched among the dead on the Imperial plain
before we led our men away, and I saw the face of every man who died upon that
of Kuni Yori was not among them.