Our scene opens as Katsumi Anigama, a cat-lion half breed, falls to his knees at the side of his lifeless teacher, Master Kugio. Anigama’s sword, dripping with dark congealing blood, falls from his failing grip clanging to the ground. Its impact sends an echo into the now silent field. Anigama, once a mere student of the daisho, weeps at his master’s side. Tears fall uncontrolled, dripping down from his whiskered face.
Though silent, the field is not empty. It is filled with mounds of fallen and parted flesh. It is hard to tell the origin of the remains of Oni bodies. At least a dozen lay in the blood-soaked broken stalks of wheat, soiling their once perfect golden color.
After a moment of mourning for his master, Anigama cleans his blade from the silk sash from his master’s dusk blue komono, in ceremony of his revenge. As he takes the silken cloth, an unraveled scroll falls from Master Kugio’s open garment. Anigama picks it up, opens it brief to discover that it is empty, except for a single character written in a crimson ink. It reads, “Find me”. Puzzled, but somewhat blinded by honor, Anigama tucks the scroll in his robe, sheaths his paired daisho. He must catch up to the two Oni who escaped!