Emperor: The 9th year on the reign of Hantei XXXVIII
While travelling to the Phoenix lands, Empress Hantei Hochiahime (Hantei XXXVIII’s fifth wife) and Hantei Sotorii (the heir to the throne) are captured by Bloodspeakers intending to sacrifice the pair to fulfill an ancient ritual. A ronin by the name of Yotsu, who was travelling through the mountains with his child, witnesses the attack and follows the Bloodspeakers to the ritual site. Yotsu, unable to defeat so many enemies single handedly replaces Sotorii with his own child and flees back to Otosan Uchi. When word of the attack reaches Hantei’s ears he sends the Imperial Regions to kill the cult. No sign of the cult or the Empress is ever found. In recognition for his sacrifice, Yotsu is given the name Yotsu Yatoshin (the name of Hantei’s father) and a small fiefdom in the Mountains of Regret.