A FINAL RESPONSE
In the days following Lurin’s Threats, the spirit of the village had been wounded by Shinji and his forces. With the loss of our Shugo, we have entrusted the future of the war effort to the honorable UGOKOYAMA ATSUKO. And so it is that the Village of Sakuragakure is wounded, but not defeated. It is the intent of the interim Shugo Ojou-Sama to carry out the will of Oijin and the Village until he is reclaimed - dead or alive.
However, in this period, the King of Lurin - Mika - has yet to dismantle the production of Opium, nor has he delivered unto us the salt by which we may preserve our fish. More perverse is that Mika has still yet to relinquish the iniquitous actors who find shelter in his domain. However, Shugo Atsuko is a forgiving and noble woman. Though she believes Mika may be acting with his greatest of intentions in his denunciations of necrotic beings, his lack of action casts a shadow of doubt upon his words. When evidence is brought to light to such a degree, any sensible leader would denounce darkspawn. Even if they were darkspawn themselves. However, Atsuko Ojou Sama still does not believe this to be the true case, by mere hunch.
A hunch is not decisive, thus, the Radiant Shugo Atsuko has deemed it necessary to provide a public account of the stance of the Oyashi peoples, so that all across Braevos may understand the motivations of the village and WHY we have chosen to pursue conflict.
ISSUE I: SCRISA ANARION
In a previous proclamation, the Shugo Oijin had already elaborated - at length - our grievance with Lurin with respect to the Princess Scrisa Anarion. To summarize, it was revealed to the Village of Sakuragakure that the Princess Scrisa had been involved with, and masterminded a Black Market dubbed the “Catacombs”. Hirano Shinji (also known as Gashadakuro) was welcomed into the confines of Lurin and had even worked alongside the Princess, who herself admitted that she thought she could use their power as her own. As a result, Hajime Aizumi had been presumably brutally murdered within the confines of Lurin. In the subsequent investigation, it was revealed to the Shugo Ugokoyama Atsuko that Scrisa had both the means, and supply, to procure an endless amount of cadavers for wretched purposes.
ISSUE II: LUMIA ANARION AND THE ATRONACH
In a subsequent incident, the Princess Lumia Anarion had ventured to the Village Hidden Amidst the Sakura so that she might claim a Katana that she had ordered from Ugokoyama Atsuko. Accompanying Lumia on this venture was that of an Atronach who exhibited great malice. When inspected at the gate, the Atronach declared that it was a weapon and that, had the Village decided to refuse it entry, it would have “destroyed” all who would oppose it. Upon hearing this, the Shugo commanded both the Construct and Princess Lumia to leave, to which he was ignored. The Shugo Kato Oijin thus drew his weapon and engaged in combat to forcibly remove the Atronach, where the construct proceeded to attempt and murder the Shugo, Ugokoyama Bata, Hajime Kosuke and a child - Watanabe Wei. In the subsequent battle, many villagers suffered grave burns and wounds - all while the Princess Lumia observed in silence, having made no effort to thwart the Atronach’s actions or issue commands to cease. Too did Princess Lumia depart amidst the battle, refusing to be held accountable for her entourage.
In the following months and years, the Shugo’s Warband had thus decided to engage in a punitive campaign to settle both disputes with regards to the Lurinite Government as well as to search for Necromantic cabals hiding within the city. One may decry Civilian Casualty as one rightly should given the nature of war; however, the Shugo Atsuko emphasizes that civilians were not targeted without reason. It was in the presence of both Ugokoyama Atsuko and Danzen, that the very population of Lurin professed that there was no military or organized guard force, and that it was instead the community mob that administered justice. As a result, the only Military target that could exist IS the population itself. In the realm of sport, this is called a DI.
Yet still, our actions are not without mercy. We have not blindly murdered the civilian population, and have offered mercy to many who had acted with honor. The intent remains noble: send Lurin a message. Further, the Village emphasizes that NO CHILD was targeted in our campaign, and that the only time a child had been harmed was when they dived IN FRONT of a charging Horse-of-War, most likely to paint the Samurai as barbarous. Yet still, the child was not slain.
Though King Mika holds issue with our strong-willed response (most often citing a lack of diplomatic envoy), we emphasize that a Samurai’s envoy is his weapon. Further, Sakuragakure had reached the reasonable conclusion that attempting to extend words rather than steel would have fallen on deaf ears. After all, both Scrisa and Lumia are of Royal Title and had been deputized with official power within the realm of Lurin. It would have been greatly disrespectful to assume that a King had no knowledge pertaining to the actions of his councilors, let alone his own daughters. Too do we refuse to believe that Mika was unaware of the “Catacombs” or any other wretched affair in his city, given that it took two outsiders - Ugokoyama Atsuko and Danzen - a total of one hour to uncover their existence.
Nonetheless, the time has passed. By now the necrotics that King Mika had sworn to apprehend and extradite have likely already altered their disguise or fled the city of Lurin, assuming that Lurin is truly searching for these wicked beings. If the King is to claim that he had intended to, or had failed to do so, then his lack of communication thus far indicates a negligent interest in the affair. Should Mika claim that the Village had yet to send an envoy (thus explaining his failure to act), then it shows that his intent to purge evil beings was conditional upon Sakuragakure’s diplomacy. And so it is that the Village of Sakuragakure is distrustful of King Mika’s intentions; after all, any sane man would profess a hatred of the Dark to save face! But Shugo Atsuko is a graceful, forgiving and trusting woman.
And so it is that the Shugo Ojou-Sama, Ugokoyama Atsuko, wishes to offer a final olive branch in the pursuit of peace. Upon acceptance of these terms, all grievances levied by the Villagers of Sakuragakure shall be forgotten and both the Lurinite and Samurai may join hands in brotherhood towards the destruction of Shinji.
THE TERMS ARE THUS:
45 Barrels of Salt. This is to aid the Village in preserving food amidst its famine, as well as to act as weregild to both the Kato and Ugokoyama Clans.
The Total Dismantling of the Opium Trade; no poppy shall be grown upon Lurinite Soil. Opium is a blight upon the spirit of the descendant, and has led many-an-easterner astray.
The arrest and extradition of the Barrowlord Astark, harbored by the local population.
The arrest and extradition of the Necromancer Elliphas, harbored by the local population.
IN THE EVENT that the Lurinite Government cannot surrender these villains, they shall consent to a FAIR and ORDERLY inquisition to attempt and root them out, the terms of which shall be discussed and agreed upon as potential future Allies between our people.
In Conclusion, it is the expressed interest of the Shugo Ojou-Sama to fight the root causes of evil as UNIFIED DESCENDANTS. Thus, Ugokoyama Atsuko implores you to toss away your pride and join as brothers in the pursuit of true Virtue. Further, upon acceptance to these terms, the honorable Tar of Numendil shall speak to the Lurinite Government with respect to extending an invitation to join the GREAT HERO PACT. Failure to meet these terms will result in the perpetuation of the War of Poppies, a counteroffer is considered refusal, inquiries are encouraged but they will not put pause on the conflict. Furthermore, the conflict will continue until these reasonable demands are met, this is not a threat but a warning we want Lurin to be as darkspawn free as you do, Mika. There is always a chance to meet on the battlefield not as enemies, but united under a common goal.
SHUGO OJOU-SAMA, Ugokoyama Atsuko. Legendary Sanbushi, Rising Sun Templar, the Riveter, Onna-Busha of the Village Hidden Amidst the Sakura.
TENZO-SAMA, Ugokoyama Danzen. Legendary Sanbushi, Rising Sun Templar, Samurai of the Village Hidden Amidst the Sakura.