The best and brightest of the Samurai have come forward for the year 1500 Topaz championship, hosted in the village of Tsuma, in the crane lands. This year had the honor of seeing many of the Imperial family and champions,
Toturi Nagana, female, eldest daughter of the Emperor ,Toturi Yanagio, Male, eldest son of the Emperor, nicknamed “Kukikami” Air Spirit, Miya Daiyo, female, Daimyo of the Miya and Imperial Herald, Jade Champion, Moshi Tako, Emerald Champion, Shiba Yahiko, and Imperial Treasurer, Kasuga Tsukasao.
The first days activities of Sumai, Heraldry, Athletics, Horsemanship with bow and sword, and Law went uneventful. That first evening, both Totrui children and the Miya slipped into the inn where the contestants where staying to meet and talk with them. Isawa Akiro played go with Totrui Nagana, and defeated her, she was impressed enough with him to gift him her personal go board. Afterword a quick discussion was held as Nagana forgot she was suppost to gift that to the winner of the go tournament the next day, her brother told her not to worry and left to get items arranged.
The second days events of personal combat, Poety went without a issue, then Yanagio announced that instead of a go tournament, there would be a kite tournament to honor the kami of the air that where very playful for the last couple of days. Then the quiz of court and etiquette was held. That evening, during the great Tsi Egg hunt, Kitsune Kurako went missing, a search party found her dead in the river, she died from the Maho spell no pure breaths. The Jade and Emperald Magistrates questioned all the contestants, the only ones that where separated from their groups where Kakita Sakimiko and Matsu Itoeko, however they confessed that they had arranged a duel between them, which explained why they where wounded. It was announced the following morning to all the spectators that Kitsune drowned in the river tragically.
The iaijutsu tournament came down to Shiba Tsueno and Akodo Yasamura, as the two favorates Kakita Sakimiko and Matsu Itoeko both bowed out of the tournament. In the end Shiba Tsueno won and became Topaz Champion.
Before the naming ceremony as everyone was starting to relax and enjoy the beginning of the festivities, a group of Shosuro guards approached covered in grime and blood, they explained that Iuchiban attacked Shiro Shosuro and caused the hill to collapse upon itself, killing all there, Shosuro Shizueko who was in the tournament was now the family champion. The unicorn gave steeds to her for her to use to get home as quick as possible and the crab sent a gift of engineers to the castle also. The guards did have a message for the Miya to give the empire, Iuchiban had claimed the title Dark oracle of Earth….