Six Impossible Things
Kaia's past life research
A popular folk heroine, the Princess of Blades has spawned entire sagas that embroider on her courtship of Silver Talon and their exploits. While the Deliberative has vast catalogs of folk tales that can be traced to her monomyth, the facts are sparse. What is known is that the Princess of Blades trained for years with every sort of weapon, and studied under some of the most powerful sorcerers and generals of the day. As a teacher in her own right at two different schools for martial skill, she was well known to many of the warriors of Creation. Though many sought her hand, she vowed to take no lover who could not match her in battle. Even after it became clear that she offered no quarter to her suitors, many still pursued her. Silver Talon’s proposal arrived inscribed on a small jade dagger, no bigger than a paring knife. He proposed that a competition was in order, and laid out the rules: seek champions of your own choosing and defeat them. If any lesser warrior of Creation could best her, she wasn’t worthy of his suit. He would do the same. Without delay she began her quest. Herself a five time winner of the Wandering Games, she began to seek out past champions and to challenge them. Out of respect for the Games, she allowed them to live if they asked for quarter and one by one she defeated them. Likewise, Silver Talon is said to have found sifu of every style of martial arts the Deliberative has a name for and to have bested them in single combat. A year and a day after his initial challenge, they met at the Arena of Atlaaki in Rathess. Never one to miss a chance for fame, the Princess of Blades brought a Recorder of Everlasting Glories. That recording (later recovered by Ra-Sutketh of Rathess) shows that she and Silver Talon battled for three days and three nights, never stopping for food, drink or rest. As dawn broke on the fourth day, she finally bested him and cast him down into the dust of the Arena. Having lost her powerbow, daiklaive, goremaul and dire lance during the fight, she raised a broken piece of the arena’s stone floor to deliver the deathblow. Instead of crushing his head though, she hesitated. Then she removed her recorder and the two left Rathess together. The next confirmed sighting was five years later, at the next Wandering Games. They entered the as a team, and together they won and claimed the coveted Wyldstar. They had the artisans cast their vows into the half-formed dreamstone before it set. After this they departed, striking out into the wyld and out of history. While apocryphal accounts, peasant wisdom and folk tales have them righting wrongs, rescuing the helpless, despoiling the land and terrorizing the peasants in equal measure for centuries thereafter, there is no confirmed contact from a reliable source after this point.
As commander of the feared Dusk Legion, Righteous Arrow held the line against a wyld surge that lasted five years. With her golden bow in hand, she is recorded to have personally destroyed hundreds of Rakshasa as she led her legion from one overrun village to the next. Her campaign to evacuate the survivors of the southeastern jungle villages was complicated by the fact that, due to the wyld surge in the area, many of the villages were in the Bordermarches and some as deep as the Middlemarches. Nevertheless, she led her soldiers on one lightning raid after another, diverting the Fair Folk with a ruse here, destroying an outpost there, never letting up long enough for them to make a solid push. She was able to both pin the armies of the Fair Folk in place and still strike deep behind their lines to liberate one village after the next. Her campaign is estimated to have saved more than ten thousand lives and also had the not insignificant effect of holding a full-fledged invasion of Creation in place for years. After the wyld surge receded the Rakshasa went with it, leaving Righteous Arrow in control of the entire region.
During the Iron Uprising, Nightfall Rain was instrumental in defending heaven from an attempted coup. A corrupted sect of sorcerers and military commanders, including Nightfall Rain’s own mentor Glory in Victory, sought to raise themselves above the Incarna and seize the Games of Divinity from the gods. When put to a vote, the measure was roundly defeated, and Glory in Victory stormed out of the session. It was later discovered that they had positioned operatives carefully for just such an occasion. Seizing control of one of the Yu-Shan gates they launched a full scale siege of heaven. While most of the Deliberative debated whether to get involved, and if so the best way to go about it, Nightfall Rain was already in position in heaven. While Glory in Victory distracted the Deliberative, Nightfall Rain somehow predicted the cabal’s actions, gained access to heaven through a previously undiscovered gate and took command of the armies of heaven, as was her right as Chosen of the Unconquered Sun. Instead of a complacent city with a few scattered defenders, Glory in Victory’s usurpers ran headlong into the massed armies of heaven. Sulinia, goddess of right action in battle, is said to have balked at Nightfall Rain’s order of no quarter but in the end it made little difference. When the bodies were prepared for burial later, small tokens of Malfean iron were found on each of the conspirators, leading some to believe this was evidence some or all of them could have been akuma. Nightfall Rain maintained a garrison in Yu-Shan for decades, but eventually took up the burden of the Creation Ruling Mandate again and returned to Meru. Her final posting of record was training the elite Dragon Blooded warriors garrisoned in Meru.