Imperial Lore

Imperial Heroes

Waheiji Nansui

Formerly Yuutsuru Nansui, eldest daughter of Yuutsuru. Nansui became the first mortal Empress when she married the Divine Prince after a lengthy courtship, in which Waheiji chose her from seven potential brides. Her ardent desire for peace in the newly-forming empire was a driving force behind the end of its expansion at its natural borders, and her wise contributions to Waheiji’s policies helped create and preserve the century of peace that began with his reign.

Kaibansō

The line of the first mortal servant of Radiant Kagayaki and Shining Senkō. Kaibansō was a pious woman gifted with the ability to speak with the kami. When Kagayaki and Senkō went among mankind, Kaibansō swore her tribe to them at once. For her fealty, she became caretaker of young Waheiji during his infancy, and went on to become one of his chief advisors after his divine parents departed the mortal world. She compiled the Manual for the Divine Prince.

Kuraikoe

Kuraikoe was an observant, patient man whose skill with invective and rhetoric allowed him to manipulate his peers to a high degree. His tribal holdings lay near Kaibansou’s, and the two were loose allies in the time before the gods went among mankind. When Kagayaki and Senkou arrived among Kaibansou’s people and began teaching them the secret arts of the gods, Kuraikoe immediately recognised the change that would shortly overtake the world. He quickly went to his ally’s territory to attach himself to her rising star, and made himself indispensable during the founding of the empire by wielding his silver tongue and influence to win others over to the gods’ banners.

Imperial Relics

Musubutō

When the Primordial War ended, the gods sealed their accord through the marriage between Senkō, the Shining Lord of Steel, and Kagayaki, the Radiant Lady of the Sun. Though each of the gods bore arms and armour as befit their divine birthrights, to celebrate his wedding, the Lord of Steel forged eight blades for his fellow gods.

However, though all were pleased by the gifts, the Clear-Eyed Lord of the Mountain made prophecy when he beheld them: that none of the gods would wield the blades that Senkō had forged for them, for their fate lay elsewhere.

Sure enough, though the swords were indeed fine, the gods did not wield them, preferring instead the divine weapons that they had always carried, each tied to its bearer’s domain and power. Instead, as followers began to flock to the gods’ banners, each sword was in turn given to the closest among the god's companions, as an affirmation of their bond. Swords were given to Yagarō, Fujizuru, Hakato, Shinjugawa, Itsumaru, and Tōyama.

Though she accepted her brother-in-law's prophecy, Radiant Kagayaki did not bestow the sword her husband had given her upon any of their followers. Instead, she carried it with her always as a symbol of the union between Heaven and Earth, and never drew it once as a vow of peace within their Empire.

In the fullness of time, Kagayaki and Senkō bore a child, whom they named Waheiji, and the Radiant Lady of the Sun bestowed upon the child the sword that her husband had forged. Together they named it Musubutō for the unity it represented, and it has come to form the core of the Imperial inheritance, passed down from Emperor to Emperor ever since.

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