There is much to speak of, and not enough time. I shall be succinct.
ronin Toturi has evaded our wrath for two years, but no longer. You know that he
has come out of hiding from the Dragon Keeps and now leads their army against
the Crab. He defeated them at Beiden Pass and now hopes to starve them out of
Yasuki Palace on the fringes of their provinces. But what is waiting for Toturi
in the lands of the Crab is a trap. He thinks that he must only face Yakamo, but
he is wrong. Hida Kisada, the Great Bear himself, is also waiting for him, along
with armies of dark legions from the west. While we do not publicly approve of
such actions, we know that the Shadowlands army will cause Toturi to retreat to
Beiden Pass, and when he does, he will find the Unicorn army he left there to
guard it not as friendly as when he left it. We have made a pact with the
Unicorn: If they assist us in destroying Toturi, we shall give them half the
Crane lands we shall capture. Also, a hidden Scorpion army led by Toturi's
childhood friend, the Crane Champion Doji Hoturi, is waiting in the north for
his retreat. Toturi is trapped on all sides.
the meantime, our Champion is laying waste to the Crane armies. With the help of
the Crab, we managed to destroy Kakita Castle, and now she lays siege to Doji
Castle. Only the pathetic armies of the Crane are there to protect their lands.
An upstart army of Phoenix is also there, led by the samurai-maiden Shiba
Tsukune. Of course, I need not tell you of her crimes against our Clan. Soon,
both she and the Crane will be finished and we shall divide their lands with the
Unicorn for their trust and alliance. As for the rumors that it was the Lady
Scorpion who "created a false Hoturi" we can only say that the Crane
have been driven to great lengths if they expect the Empire to believe such a
lie. Lady Kachiko has spoken with our Champion, and assured her that the Crane
have lost favor with the Emperor and that we are his most favored. It was also
Lady Kachiko who suggested the alliance with the Unicorn, and she has urged Lady
Matsu to take quick action against the Crane before they are able to
re-establish communication with the rest of the Clans; we have done so. The war
is nearly finished. The Crab and Dragon will destroy each other and the naive
Unicorn will be at our beck and call as the Phoenix drive themselves to darkness
with their "Black Scrolls." The Throne is safe and we shall be sitting
on both sides of the Emerald Throne, as it should have been since the beginning.