Higashi no Wadatsumi, Nishi no Soukai
Copyright Fuyumi Ono, Koudansya, 1994
~ Chapter Two~
gThatfs the truth. The people can still stand without the emperor and
others. It is only the emperor who cannot stand without his people. The
emperor feed himself by robbing of the harvests that his people earned
with their sweat on their forehead. For exchange, the emperor didnft things
that his people cannot do on their own.h
gIn the end, the emperor is nothing but a person who exploits and kills
his people. Therefore, within their abilities, they leniently exploits
the least they can, and kills the fewest they can. If the numbers are
kept at a minimum, the emperor is regarded as wise. But that never means
that he does no such deeds.h
g..Only five provincial lords survived. In three provinces, the provincial lord spaces created by the massacre of Kyou-ou are still left empty, as the local officials snatch control. The only provincial lord we can use is from the Province of Sei (õB).
Mentioning that, he called Rokuta.
Saihou is granted control of the province where the capital is located. At the Kingdom of En, that means the Province of Sei. There are the land, the people and the army, but actually the emperor only commands the army, and the lands are all split up and granted as rewards to officials.
g... Are you really that afraid of war?h
gThatfs not it. War is most disturbing to the people. I am the manifestation
of the peoplefs opinion, you know.h
gIt is better to end it all by killing a hundred now than saying we cannot
kill, and end up killing a thousand in the end.h
gDonft say such things to me!h
gShouldn't the numbers be a thousand times bigger?h
Rokuta jumped off from the table.
gI have told you to leave it to me, right?h
Rokuta turned back. Syouryuu was still facing the desk as before, with his wide back facing Rokuta.
gSo close your eyes and plug your ears for now. This is a path we must