The Era of the Heavenly Empress
Kitsu Diaki's true love
Kitsu Diaki meet Kikiyo while studying in Mantis Lands, and feel in love with her at a young age. She has always been a part of his life, but he managed to offend her betrothed, who demanded a duel to the death.
To everyone’s shock, Diaki not only accepted, but agreed to a kenjitsu duel. Diaki won, but Kikiyo said she was not certain what he had become, and looked at him as a monster. Her family took her back to Mantis lands.
After slaying Kakita Masumune when his defeat of Kitsu Diaki led to the latter’s seppuku, she traveled to Crane lands. There, she burnt the Kenshinzen dojo to the ground, slaying three more of the famed duelists with her magic, before fleeing to the holdings of the The Serpent of the East.