In the era of Emperor Edition, noble warriors of the Crab struggle with the burdens of their clan and how they fit into a bold new Empire. One of the Empire’s greatest boons has become the Crab’s greatest enemy: peace.
This official fiction was originally published on March 4th 2012, on www.l5r.com.
By Robert Denton
Edited by Fred Wan
Beyond the Kaiu Wall, the Shadowlands were silent. Not the forbidding stillness of a predator's gaze, nor the eerie stillness of which they were famous, the quiet of menace, the calm of death. This was a silence that stirred in the gentle brush of the wind, parting the haze of orange fire curtaining the black of night, as if to reveal the sky-strewn constellation-faces of the Fortunes. It was as if the land had temporarily abated its inherent blasphemy. It was peace. Peace in the Shadowlands. Even the River of the Last Stand, normally loud with reckless crashing, was silent. The lands themselves were peaceful. The Shadowl