Brothers, our Champion has returned.
I have been
directed by him to tell you of the dark times that have descended on our Empire.
You have no doubt heard by now that a new army of Shadowlands creatures walks
the land. Commanded by the undead shugenja, Yogo Junzo. What you may not know is
that Junzo is connected somehow to another, far darker power - a power which has
taken control of the Emperor himself.
Fleet of Hida Kisada struck the Imperial City without warning. The Crab
destroyed the Lion army stationed there and occupied the surrounding area, while
Kisada and his son Yakamo stormed the palace with the intent of taking the
throne. None yet know what occurred there, but scant hours later, the Crab army
retreated from the city, scattering to the four winds. Rumor has it that The
Great Bear was slain by the Emperor's hand, and that his son has been corrupted
to the will of the Shadowlands. Tales of sprung up of the young Hantei wielding
magics that the blackest shugenja will not touch, and throwing armies about like
a child's toys. Unfortunately we cannot confirm any of these ravings. None who
have entered the Imperial Palace have thus far emerged alive.
As if this
were not grim news enough, Junzo's horde had unleashed atrocities upon the
Empire that would chill the blood of even the bravest samurai. We have not yet
ascertained the exact connection between Junzo and Hantei but it is clear that
the two are acting together. Even Yokuni, in his beneficent wisdom, could not
have anticipated such darkness. With the Imperial City in shambles and an army
of Shadowlands monstrosities walking the lands, we must take steps to ensure
that this evil does not engulf us. If Hantei were to acquire the knowledge which
we possess, he would be unstoppable.
ordered most of our forces back to our mountain strongholds in anticipation of
an assault from either Junzo or the Imperial City. If they come for us, they
will have to take us in a location of our choosing. Mirumoto Daini has been
granted permission to remain with the Naga, while Togashi Mitsu and his legion
is tattooed men continues to move with Toturi's rag-tag army. With the Crane
victory at the Asahina Temples, perhaps these forces can join together in a
common effort against Junzo and his allies.
Hitomi is lost to us. She treads a path that none of us can follow, and we must
abandon her to the destiny she has embraced.
has come to hold fast our course. Hantei has been lost, and we must prepare to
defend ourselves against the darkness which claimed him. If we stand strong, and
Toturi is truly the man Yokuni claims he is, we may yet survive this night to
see the coming of a new day. Courage, Brother.