Blood is spilt as the Gozoku clash with the forces of the Imperialists. As the Great Clans continue to pursue their own agendas within the Courts, individuals make plans in secret. Those who have no one to trust are forced to work from the shadows. In the Imperial City, a deadly assassin stalks the streets, seeking the blood of those who work against the Throne. Heroes, villians, merchants, and martyrs... all live and die for what they believe.
At the heart of it all lies the Emperor... pawn of the Gozoku, symbol to the Imperialists, and maybe, just maybe, the most dangerous man in Rokugan.
Chapter Twenty-one: Gifts and Favors
Chapter Twenty-two: Crossed Swords
Chapter Twenty-three: No Matter the Cost
Chapter Twenty-four: Plans Within Plans
Chapter Twenty-five: Killers
Chapter Twenty-six: Vengeance
Chapter Twenty-seven: Blood and Pain
Chapter Twenty-eight: Broken Threads
Chapter Twenty-nine: Lessons
Chapter Thirty: The Future