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The Fifteenth Day of the Month of the Moth…
AN EMPEROR KILLED…
As the first moon of the harvest rose above Yongcun black smoke and cries of fear and agony rose over the city of Bianwei. In the midst of the festival of Wan Yue the city suddenly came under attack from within. Hundreds dressed as peasants and guards as well as others adorned in the wares of holy men suddenly sprang upon the people, blades drawn. Arrows came raining down from from all around alight with flaring orange flames. As blood poured and fires raced over the rooftops and across the streets the attackers made their way towards the Ruby Palace - home of Emperor Xiao Shang.
The attackers were lead by two men, a swordsman named Tsio Bu and a masked killer named Ubagai Wakuno - Tsio Bu meeting his end in the heat of battle at the hands of a young duelist while Ubagai Wakuno and his kin narrowly made it inside of the Ruby Palace.
As the bloodshed continued in the Imperial Square and throughout the rest of Bianwei the Emperor’s guard fought relentlessly against the vicious attackers in the throne room. Among the battle for the throne room was Keola, Imperial general and Swordmaster, a Honfokun ransutor named Fujiko, and a Zauri named Yazju - all three fighting the mysterious attackers to defend their emperor.
Amid the madness Ubagai Wakuno darted like a snake through wet grass towards the Emperor who sat cornered on his throne, Keola and all others unable to stop him. The entire throne room seemed to freeze in time as the slippery masked Wakuno seized hold of the Emperor like a frightened child and fiercely stabbed him to death.
Ubagai Wakuno - his foul deed done - escaped into the night as did the rest of his ilk. The attackers leapt over the walls, dispersed into the panicking masses, and took to the river leaving Bianwei in chaos in their wake. The great orange blaze and carrying screams of the people like a beacon of struggles to come.