Emperor: The 16th year on the reign of Hantei XXXVIII
Emerald Champion: Doji Satsume
Clan Champions: Hida Kisada (Crab), Doji Satsume (Crane), Togashi Yokuni (Dragon), Akodo Arasou (Lion), Shiba Ujimitsu (Phoenix), Bayushi Shoju (Scorpion), Shinjo Yokatsu (Unicorn)
This year’s Topaz Championship is won by Kakita Ukyo who beats Bayushi Sugai in the final of the Iaijutsu Duel. The event is marred by the assassination of the Badger Clan Daimyo, Ichiro Akitomo, apparently at the hands of his karo (his chief advisor).
Bayushi Sugai is seen at the scene of the assassination, his katana covered in blood. He claimed to have witnessed Akitomo’s karo fleeing the scene and killed him. Karo is discovered to have paraphenalia associated with the secretive ninja in his possession. After hearing the testimonies of all present at the scene, Doji Satsume proclaims that the karo must have been responsible for Akitomo’s death, and clears Sugai of all wrong doing.
The word in the courts is that Akitomo had visited the tournament at the behest of Matsu Tsuko and Akodo Arasou who wished to form an alliance with the Badger Clan against the Crane. The Crane and Lion have been enemies for centuries, and the death of a potential ally of the Lion while visiting Crane lands pushes them one step closer to war.