Age of Emperors
The Phoenix Empress
The Empress of Rokugan. Kasumi is a proud, noble woman, bred to be Empress. At forty she is still considered a beauty and often sets the year’s fashion at court. She has born the Emperor four healthy sons and has been a dutiful wife, but it is rumored that the two have grown apart, particularly with the emergence of Mineko, the Emperor’s new concubine.
Known Advantages: Benten’s Blessing, Imperial Spouse, Ishiken-Do
Known Disadvantages: Bitter Betrothal
Kazue learned that she is the idol of Isawa Okita when they had lunch with her.
She rode in the Royal Parade alongside her husband, the Emperor Akodo V. The two seemed to exchange harsh words.
She was accused by Miya Utamura of having an affair with Kakita Meiji. She denied what she called “obvious lies”, and claims to have never even met Meiji before. Utamura offered his own life as testimony, so sure was he in what he saw. She was unable to explain why Utamura would lie, and Ikoma Kaii gave testimony that he saw Meiji sneaking about the Seppun Palace. Kakita Meiji was sentenced to be tortured and executed, and under torture he also testified of his affair with the Empress.
She committed jigai to cleanse her shame. Publicly she was forgiven by the Emperor for her treason, and the Phoenix still remember her fondly.