The Era of the Heavenly Empress
An Ikoma Samuria-ko wanting to prove her value to her family
Ikoma Machiko is the second child of Ikoma Atsu. Her older brother, Yotsuken, has just inheritied the family lands as their father retired. However, he is preparing for the duel in the winter of 1172, and refuses to lead his troops to war. Machiko is frustrated, and would be happy to lead the soldiers.