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Bayushi Kachiko, Imperial Advisor and Mother of Scorpions, has fallen far from her high position. After disputing with Shoju in the aftermath of the Emperor's death, she has been exiled to Toshi Ranbo, far from the Imperial City of Otosan Uchi, and held under house arrest for treason. Now stripped of everything she once held close, what is Kachiko's road forward from this point—and where might that road lead?