My dear old
It has been
long since I heard from you, and your words stir memories in my soul that I had
thought were long lost. It is good that I remember them. The time of the Clan
Wars has passed, and there are those who say that the histories of our time will
be written by the victor - written to cover the past. It is only the memories of
people such as you and I who will know the truth. I pray that those times do not
die with us - that our struggle will not have been in vain.
tales which were told of Shoju's reasons were not entirely to be trusted. In the
wake of the return of Fu Leng, the prophecy which the Scorpions claim to have
been their motivation rings all too true, 'And the Last of the Hantei line shall
be the Doom of Rokugan.' After the Scorpion assaulted the Palace of Otosan Uchi,
the battle appeared hopeless. The Lion were lost, wandering aimlessly without
their Champion, the Crane wounded and too prideful to fight by the side of their
ancient enemy. The Phoenix had been all but crushed in the initial battles, the
Unicorn too far to be of use, and the Dragon were locked in their isolated
mountains, alone and unwarned. Of the other clans, only the Crab had the
strength to defeat the Usurper Shoju, and no man could know what truths lay in
Kisada's heart - or to whom his true loyalty belonged. This has been recorded.
been lost to time is the true nature of the battle - the struggle of wills that
tore the Scorpion from their exhalted position and left a broken throne, a
broken sword, and a broken man. I have collected the corresponances of the clans
from the days before the final battle, and kept them safe in a secret place. Now
it is time to open them again - to remind the Great Clans of the truth about the
origin of the Clan Wars and the beginning of the Time of the Second Thunders.
You hold in your hands the last letter of your people as was written so many
years ago. Use it well. Show those who will understand, and teach those who wish
to learn the truth about the past. It is in our hands to make certain the future
will never repeat the harsh lessons learned in the Clan Wars. It is our souls
who will pay the penalty if we fail.