That the Spider now foster 100 Yoritomo children into Daigotsu bushi and paragons of Shourido is very interesting, and I hope this story continues. Maybe we'll even get someone as cool as Hotako from this co-operation.
This might be a pivotal moment for the mantis, remember... they are almost dying out. Now 100 Yoritomo children could really be the future of the clan, and they belong to us. I see a Mantis on the side of Spider once the time jump happens at this point.
I'd rather he wasn't offered as a target, but I get that the Story Team needs to offer characters players care about, and there aren't many on the list that I care about. Of course, some are blank characters but for their cards, and kind of a headscratcher for me. I just don't see why some of the characters are on the list.
Because there is not much to go off of here. What spider charecters actually matter right now besides Naishi, Atsushi, Kanpeki, and Kuroko? None really. Atsushi is looking to be our perspective character so they cant off him. They dont have many real favorites to put on there.
What I dislike, however, is that Shibatsu is on the Kill List for the autumn season. That implies that the is not important for the fortcoming plot of the Spider. Because if he were, he should have been offered as a target to kill. He is one of the few Spider(ish) characters for others to care about him, and he is a Spider prize that I feel hasn't reached its full potential.
I think that he's on the list specifically because people care about him. Each of the lists have one or two that the clans are attached to, but the rest are just filler. Shibatsu is definitely there to create some tension amongst the fan base as he is the Prime Target for all the clans, either to save, kill, or Taint.
I think so, too. But this also means that he is not supposed to be the Spider Champion or play a a bigger role in the clan. Otherwise he wouldn't be offered. Why he isn't listed as a Spider character is beyond me, too. But I hope that he survives, pure or corrupted.
If we are assuming that the Heirs was not decided until the Spring this makes perfect sense. They have cards for the next year and a half, If Shiabatsu was going to legitimately become the clan champion of the Spider then his card would have been made and thus, he would not be expendable. They cant say he does, because Onyx makes it all irrelevant anyway.
Its clear that his main role in the story was done. He played his part in the heir conflict. But Seiken won and now there really isn't a point to Shiabatsu, he cant stand and defend the Spider, because we are committing blasphemous treason, he cant rule the spider, because its clear that isn't happening because of Onyx and we voted against the Iweko.
The same would probably be happening to Seiken if Shiabatsu took the throne. Because of the necessity of the Heirs conflict neither heir needed a long term plan in case they won, because Onyx was literally on the way. Our prize was to get the heir, then we had the chance to put him on the throne, we failed and thus there really isn't anything to go along with for it. The only heir that really matters at this point is the emperor.
His becoming "champion" was just to give a catalyst for Kanpeki turning on the throne, nothing more. It might be sad to say he never lived up to his potential because, well he didn't, we lost.