brings news from all corners of the Empire. To the west, our brother Daini
returns with ancient allies. From the east, we hear news of the Test of the
Emerald Champion. To the north, the Phoenix tell of the Black Scrolls and to the
south, our scouts bring news of the actions of our army and the ronin Toturi.
instruction from the Fallen Lion, our brother Daini has returned with the Naga.
His messengers tell us that he does battle with the Shadowlands and their
shugenja-general, the twisted and corrupted Yogo Junzo. Daini tells us he has
learned much of the Shadowlands in his battles, and his knowledge will prove to
As for the
east, we have learned of the Lady Scorpion's attempt to put our own Mirumoto
Hitomi into the Emerald Armor. Our battle-sister has fallen under the Lady
Scorpion's sway, her poisoned tongue has darkened young Hitomi's heart and
filled it with dreams of revenge. However, it was not Hitomi who won the
tournament, but the Gray Crane, Kakita Toshimoko. Even with the ancient power of
the Obsidian Hand, Hitomi was unable to defeat the Iaijutsu Master, and only the
magic of the Hand was able to save her life.
finding of the Obsidian Hand also comes the finding of the Black Scrolls. You
know now that it was the shugenja Yogo Junzo who opened the First Scroll, and
the prophecy speaks, "When the First is opened, so shall follow the
others." The Phoenix Elemental Masters have taken to studying the power of
the scrolls, but they have found themselves being corrupted by their power. We
must not hear the Scrolls' siren song and find ourselves tempted by their power
as the Phoenix have done. They will find the secrets the Empire must know, but
we must remain pure from their influence, for only purity may save us now.
And do not
forget Toturi in the south. Our Champion gave to him the Fan of Command and
chose him to lead our armies. We have much to learn from his knowledge of
tactics and strategy. He has taken Togashi Mitsu as his advisor, and with his
knowledge, they shall make our army into a deadly force.
faithful. Be true. A dark time is coming, and we must be strong. And when the
darkness of midnight fall upon us, remember that you are Dragon. You are never