(Clan Mantis/Yoritomo's Alliance)
dear old friend,
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 that 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.
the 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 thier motivation rings all too true, 'And the Last of the Hantei line
shall be the Doom of Rokugan.'
the Scorpion assaulted the Palace of Otosan Uchi, the battle appeared hopeless.
The Lion were lost without thier Champion, the Crane wounded and too prideful to
fight by the side of thier 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 thier 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 loyalties belonged. This
has been recorded.
has been lost to time is the true nature of the battle - the struggle of wills
that tore the Scorpion from thier exalted position and left a broken throne, a
broken sword and a broken man. I have collected the correspondences 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
Clan Wars and the beginning of the Time of the Second Thunders.
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.
how long has it been since I last heard from you? I was pleased to see your
letter - pleased to hear that your apprenticeship goes well. I, too, have heard
about the struggle on the fields of war, and the coup that has plagued the line
of Hantei. Let the Greater Clans struggle, it is not our affair. No matter which
house controls the Empire, we will suffer under the badge of Ronin, as we always
have remained in the lands of the Mantis, teaching their warriors with the bow
and the sword, and instructing their soldiers in the nature of tactics. They do
not have much, for they are a minor clan, but their leader - a man known as
Yoritomo - says that the Greater Clans will one day fall, and we will all take
our places among the leadership of Rokugan. An idle dream, perhaps, but one
which has captured the hearts of many, and his men fight with the courage to
equal even a Lion.
pay is fair, in koku and horses, and the Crane have great need of wavemen to
supply them in thier battle against the Lion, so I am content. Perhaps when
thier money runs slim, I will travel to the lands of the Emperor - whatever the
outcome, I have a feeling that more war will be coming as a result of this coup,
and more war means more money for a mercenary. Perhaps we will meet there and
fight side by side.