Letter 8 (secondary)
To Arms! To Arms!
Imperial Palace has been taken -- the Imperial Line has been struck down! All
the petty whining of the Crane, their Iaijutsu Masters and their diplomats,
could not protect the Emperor from the doom brought to him by the Scorpion. Now
there is only our wrath and our courage left to defend the Empire. Gather on the
Osari plains, my comrades, and we shall march to the palace and remove this
Usurper from the Emerald Throne with the fury of our blades! Toturi has left us
in our time of need, and vanished without trace -- we shall have our revenge on
the Crane for their part in that matter, once the fields of the Emperor have
been returned to the Hantei line. For too long, the Crane have stolen our lands
and our honor, and the Akodo have allowed them to take from us what was
rightfully ours. Now we must prove that even weakened by Toturi's arrogance and
pacifistic prattle, the Lion are still a clan to be feared.
are those who once said that the Crane were the right hand of the Emperor, and
the Scorpion were the underhand -- now both has [sic] failed his trust, and
there is only the Lion, the heart of the Emperor and his left hand -- to guard
his line. Although the Emperor has been foully murdered by the Usurper, there
are rumors that the son of the Imperial line may have survived, hidden within
the palace by his last faithful servants. For the sake of the Empire, I pray to
the Fortunes that it is so.
me before the walls of the Imperial palace, and we will show all of Rokugan --
Crane, Crab or Scorpion, -- that the Lion are not so easily conquered. Meet me
on the field of battle, and we will have our victory!