In a distant kingdom, in an age long forgotten, the darkest day has dawned... Black clouds hover over the Imperial palace and lightning flashes in the sky. The Crane Champion makes a final stand at an ancient shrine against an army of Shadowlands madmen led by his tainted imitator. The Dragon Clan has disappeard deep into the mountains while the Lion defend the Emperor from the armies of Great Bear of the Crab Clan. The Phoenix come closer every day to embracing forbidden magics they have sworn to destroy while the Unicorn begin to realize the toll the war has taken on the peasantry. And in the Imperial Palace, Bayushi Kachiko has seen the realization of an ancient prophecy. This is the darkest day, when hearts and souls will be tested. Those who are worthy will become legends. Those who are not will become consumed by the ancient eveil who laughs on the Emerald Throne.