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This is the second episode in the first season of Born to the Blade, an eleven-episode serial from Serial Box. This episode is written by Marie Brennan.
After a sharp, violent start to their adventures on Twaa-Fei with the execution of the escaped Kakutan Golden Lord, Oda No Michiko and Kris Denn are settling into the tense life in the embassy that binds six nations in an uneasy peace. They are young and ambitious, and perhaps in over their heads. Michiko arrived to serve both her country and her empire, but the death of the Golden Lord has revealed him to be her grandfather, and his presence among the ancestors she communes with is overwhelming. As the Quloo warder Ojo Kante attempts to strengthen an alliance against the Mertikan empire, Michiko tries to suppress her grandfather and clumsily makes an effort to turn Kris away from the newly arrived -- and unduly charming -- Adechike and his uncle Ojo, who hopes to turn the young Rumikan into an ally. It ... does not go as planned.