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> News of an attack, The palace is assaulted
duncanmatthias
post Jan 19 2018, 06:03 PM
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The Palace gates were opened as Sensai, Daimyo of the Snake Clan arrived escorted by guards from the Emperors personal guard. He was lead through the corridors direct to the Emperors Throne Room.
There he remained for perhaps 10 minutes.
When he left he travelled to the gates of the Palace and stopped, preparing himself for battle.

The Imperial Guard formed at the gates to the Palace Gardens, preparing for attack. Word of Naga, dishonoured of the Snake Clan, travelling through the streets and accompanied by two others, had reached them. As they entered the gardens the Guards gave them a single chance to surrender, and the conflict was engaged.
Within minutes the two assassins had hidden, or fled, and Naga stood against his foes. Overwhelmed by the wait of numbers he cut down close to 30 of the guards before falling to his wounds. A shadowy faceless figure appeared and carried his body away.

And Sensai waited.

Returning, more prepared Naga entered the gardens. The guards had withdrawn to the Palace itself. Standing outside the gates Naga found Sensai. None have talked about the details, but hushed words suggest that Argoth was present aiding Naga, even coercing him. The result however was the same Naga gave his life to Sensai, and the shadowy figure once again grabbed his body.

And Sensai walked, through the streets of the capital, and onto the road south heading to home as the sunset in Amlas.

Soon Naga, and the Shadow returned, and the assault on the Palace began again. The battle raged through the corridors, to the inner chambers and to the doors of the throne room. Over one hundred guards gave their lives, falling on the blades of Naga and the Assassins with him.

Stepping into the Throne room they realised their fate was sealed.

Seated on the throne the Jade Emperor remained calm. His guards prepared to give their lives. A single offer was given for Naga to end his life, in refusing Naga launched his attack.
The throne room sealed and the blood shed began, even has Naga’s life blood dripped from his body he clawed his way to throne and struck at the Emperor, only to find it was a trap. The Emperor had been prepared for the attack all day, and rituals wards had been prepared and miracles enacted.
As the Shadow, lurked and did nothing the other assassin with Naga fell and was killed.
When finally Naga’s life gave the Emperor, saddened, awoke the Kami of life.
“An example must be set, bring him back to life and kill him again”

Even as Naga drew breath the blade of the Kami of Death struck him down.

As the shadows of the Oni formed to claim his soul The Shadow stepped in and claimed it.

The other Assassin returned to life was killed again, but then given a chance to purge his dishonour. So the figure took his life, purging his dishonour. Perhaps by the gift of the fates, or by other powers, the assassin was blessed and the wash of the Kami’s power returned him again. His dishonour cleansed he departed to carry word of the actions of those present this day.

In the days that followed the Palace remained sealed. Eventually a statement was issued:

An attempt on the life of the Jade Emperor was made by the dishonourable Naga, former Lord of the Snake Clan. His life has been forfeit, though his body was taken by one of his accomplices, a faceless and nameless shadow, possibly believed to be Argoth. The other has been blessed by the Heavens and permitted to be returned over purging his sins with the ancient rite of Seppuku.
The Honour of Sensai is revealing the timing of this treachery, and of others in ensuring the Emperor was aware before it began, will be remembered.
And let the death of Naga serve as a reminder to all that seek to engage in acts of treachery, the Heavens, the Fates and the Celestial Emperor himself watch out for our lord and guard him against harm.


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