Scenes from the The Empire
Four stories this time:Not the End
: Shiba Danjiro leads Phoenix forces to defeat the Unicorn with militarily applied magic and martial arts. Spells are cast and Unicorn are killed. They then pay respect to the dead both allied and enemy.Blood and Chrysanthemums
: Mirumoto Kyoshiro marries Doji Iza, who becomes Mirumoto Iza, to become co-governors of the Chuushin District of Toshi Ranbo. Kyoshiro enjoys the schadenfreude. A flashback reveals that a naked women gave him advice from a mysterious Abbot. A second flashback shows him visiting a Dark Temple when he first meets an old preist that was previously part of his story and then meets "Tsukete," Susumu Naishi from WC4 going by a new name, before a statue dedicated to Kyoso. "Tsukete" explains to Kyoshiro how he can really ruin Iza, he only has to join a group, marry her, take a position and willingly be a potential fall guy. Kyoshiro agrees and becomes Master Chrysanthemum. The Abbot, nearby bowing before Susumu, ponders about the irony of the situation.Strength of the Pride
: Matsu Chizuka leads her troops and lions into an ambush which they slaughter there way out of.The Boar Reborn
: Heichi Tochiko watches as Shiro Heichi bustles with new arrivals. Kuni Seifukusha comes up to talk to her about some stuff. Hida tadama is said to test new Boar Recruits by beating them silly. Kuni Renyu wants Seifukusha to test the Boar recruits for purity. Seifukusha talks about the 1k years of darkness dream world she read about in Fumisato's/Uji's dairies.