During the long, dark period of the Great Wars,
an elite class of soldier rose from battle.
Their unbreakable code was simple...
possess a noble heart of courage,
right conduct, and absolute devotion to one's master.
From out of those years of bloodshed, an empire would emerge.
Its power would assimilate persons of every color,
creed, and faith.
This uncontested rule eroded the traditions of the great knights,
but not for all.
Lay down your swords, you may walk free.
I'm the official envoy of the Emperor. I carry a message for Lord Bartok.
I welcome you to the castle. I will take the message.
The message is for you master.
Anyone who wishes to speak with my master must first speak with me.
Do you believe that the words of the Emperor are fit for a mere retainer?
I have no doubt that your arrogance is effective in other houses.
Therefore, it is a mistake I am willing to forgive.
What is your name, foot soldier?
I'm certain that the Emperor himself
would want to know who has been so charitable toward his envoy.
An introduction would have been the right place for you to start.
I am Commander Raiden of the Seventh Rank.
Your name is well known to me.
Forgive my presumption.
This comes directly from the capital?
Sealed before my eyes by the Emperor himself.
I am ordered to the capital to meet with Minister Gezza Mott
to review new protocols and duties.
This is a farce!
The new protocol is the bribe expected of me at that meeting,
and for no other reason than to remain in his good favor.
This minister's influence has grown considerably since your last term.
He is favored to succeed as First Council.
I will not tolerate this kind of bribery,
either in my own pocket or in my capital.
-你怎麼想 -我聽您的 主公
-What are your thoughts? -I follow you, My Lord.
Since when do you speak anything but truth?
Say what you think.
Well, if it's truly the injustice of corruption which upsets you,
then perhaps you might have been so passionately moved to act
before you arrived in your own court.
What exactly do you mean by that?
I mean that it would be prudent to examine
if this is simply a matter of pride.
It's not a matter of pride, it's a question of dignity.
-So you will refuse the duty. -I refuse the extortion!
My Lord, corruption within the capital is nothing new.
How is this different from any other absurd new tax?
When a man like that can demand a bribe out in the open,
with no fear of recourse,
we're headed for a dangerous time.
You think I hold on to an idealism that no longer exists?
-Sir? -I'm fine.
-Let me call the physician. -He's examined me.
When? What did he say?
You will not speak of this to them.
My beautiful ones return.
And how did your studies go today?
Lilly's music instructor has said that she's the most advanced student.
-Of course she is. -I think he's exaggerating.
And I think he's an astute judge of talent.
Either that or he's prepared to request a raise in his wages.
Now, will you play something for me?
Not all confrontations will be one-on-one as now practice sessions.
I was not aware we were practicing such a scenario.
There are never warnings in battle.
Not all adversaries will adhere to the warrior's code as we do.
You must always be on alert.
We must begin preparations to leave immediately.
We've been summoned to the capital.
Lieutenant, will I be joining the convoy?
That is the Commander's decision.
With all respect, sir, I believe I'm ready.
If the Commander made decisions based on what others believed about themselves,
half these men would have my position.
Gather the men to prepare for our journey!
You startled me.
How long have you been standing there?
Your humor is not on par with your stealth.
It is an unfair advantage to use your skills upon your wife.
Trust me, it is you who has the advantage over me.
And what might that be?
I heard the official messengers had arrived.
I take it they didn't carry good news.
Why do you say that?
You may be able to hide your presence from me, but not your thoughts.
We are summoned to the capital.
I thought you were not expected until the turn of the season.
-It is a request from our new minister. -For what purpose?
Nothing worth disturbing our evening for.
You mean you do not wish to discuss it.
No, I mean I will soon be apart from you
and I can think of many better things
to occupy our time with.
It's difficult to argue with that logic.
Come with me.
My great-grandfather, a ferocious warrior.
Not well-liked, but he was responsible for expanding our lands
into the province it is today.
he alone was responsible for protecting these lands during the Great War.
You would've taken pleasure in knowing him.
I have no heir.
我將會是第十代 也最後一代 葬在這裏的人
I will be the tenth and last generation buried here.
30 years ago this month,
and against all counsel,
it was idealism that led me to invite you into my home.
A young man with an empty soul, muddied by drink,
and as dark as the graves of those who crossed his path.
But it was idealism that saw through all of that
to the man I see before me.
Now you give me better advice than I give myself.
When I have departed this world,
these lands will be in your care.
-My Lord. -My name will be yours to uphold.
But your sword is to be passed to an heir. I am merely your retainer.
You are the heir to my spirit.
Our bond has been earned, not inherited.
-不 主公 -接劍
-No, sir... -Take the sword.
-You be safe. -Of course.
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