Tasogare no Kishi, Akatsuki no Sora
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 2001
~ Chapter Three ~
"So -- If Tai-ou passed away, Taiki would start searching for the
next emperor, right? If Tai-ou was safe but Taiki passed away, Tai-ou
would soon follow Taiki's fate. In this case Taiki's fruit will form in
Mt. Hou, and a new kirin for Tai would be born to choose a new emperor."
" However Taiki is not dead. So there is no reason a new kirin will
be born, right? Also, there is no way Tai-ou passed away. As a result,
even if Taiki is safe, there is no reason for him to choose the next emperor."
" You have summed it up. Tai-ou and Taiki are both alive, so in
theory Tai has no change in administration."
" A fake emperor (gi-ou, 偽王) is in power, abandoning the ceremonies
to the heavens normally conducted by the righteous emperor, and turning
the country barren. Is there a way to remedy this?"
" However it has been six years since the messenger of Tai-ou's
decease arrived. If there is power to rise up against the fake emperor,
it should have been done long ago. Exactly because that is not possible,
Risai bet on her very life to come seek my help, didn't she?"
" Anyways, though En-ou has come all the way here, you have brought
no useful information. In the end, Tai's situation is all the information
you have on Tai, right? Furthermore, you have not even caught wind of
that a shoku occurred at Entyou (燕朝), causing
great disaster. That exactly is the proof that nobody could escape, including
the officials at the central government, the entrusted ministers who should
have a clear idea of the situation, and the people living at the capital.
Risai was the only exception. Tai's situation has turned that serious!"
" Even Risai made it clear that Tai's people have no method of rescuing
themselves. So, we may as well start by sending someone to search of Tai-ou
That! Syouryuu lifted his voice.
" Listen. No matter what, never send your imperial army to Tai."