Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora
<The Shore in Twilight, the Sky in Daybreak>

Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001


~ Chapter Two ~


Gyousou knew from very early on that the previous emperor's reign would not be far from ending. No matter whether a new emperor would be selected soon, Gyousou had the insight to avoid the chaos afterwards, and understood the importance of gathering talents in order to support the precariously tilting kingdom of Tai. Gyousou educated both military and administrative subordinates. Sakuken (ጧ), the land Gyousou was granted, was nicknamed "the little Tai." The military and administrative officials in the Ken, including even a lowly mayor, knew how administration works, and had a better grip of Tai's situation even compared to the original six ministers. They had helped in every end of administrative affairs since the later years of Kyou-ou Dynasty, and served successfully as the breakwater in the collapsing dynasty.

Many people at that time should have understood that Kyou-ou's reign would be drawing to its end. Risai also understood that Kyou-ou's dynasty was already tilting beyond repair, and would someday crumble. It would not be long before the dynasty completely collapses, Risai firmly believed. But she only firmly believed. She didn't foresee what would be necessary after the emperor's death, and what should be done at the present moment to achieve such necessities. It was unbelievable, but she didn't even have the faintest idea that such insights were necessary. However, Gyousou was different. Risai sensed that this was the overwhelming contrast between her -- her type of people and Gyousou.

Gyousou entered the court and supported the tilting government. After Kyou-ou's death, Gyousou's subordinates who came to rescue the sinking kingdom all became the pillars of a new dynasty, and Gyousou's government finally built a revolutionarily sturdy system. After coronation of a new emperor, there is usually a period of great chaos in government, and a period for gathering and allocating talents as ministers and provincial lords. In the case of Gyousou, such a period was absent. Considering how much time it would take usually, it is no exaggeration that Gyousou's dynasty builds itself in one night. It is a feat never heard of before.

-- Then, half a year after Gyousou's coronation, an incident broke out. At Bun Province (B) at the north of Tai, large-scale riots were invoked.


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