Yoritomo Mei wrote:"So are General Moto Daigoro's forces weakened or eliminated?"
"That remains to be seen. We will need scouts to learn of that, it is a recent development."
Shiba Michio wrote:"A question, Soshi-san. The Phoenix border will soon open as the ryu are released. We will move what forces we can to hold, but what forces will move against us? What forces will the Onyx move to try to reach the shore?"
"The Phoenix will face the same legions that besieged Toshi Ranbo. Though the general Okami is still missing, Daigotsu Jemaru has taken command after slaying the officer who took over when Okami vanished. His forces are hungry for Phoenix blood and will likely attack with unfettered aggression. This is an advantage, but know that many of the officers of that legion were trained by the former general and can show great guile."
Kaiu Oda wrote:Oda considers. "When the enemy possesses superior numbers it is generally preferable to have him waste them by forcing him to assault a fortified position. Would you happen to know which of these commanders could be goaded into launching unwise offensives?"
"Nearly of them can be goaded into an offensive. The location is of paramount importance however. Luring multiple forces of the enemy into a choke would be advantageous, as they may begin to fight one another for the honor of being first to face you. However", she says. "There is nothing to be gained from sitting back. It is my opinion that if hostilities resume in Spring, the only option is a sudden attack to take them off balance." She shakes her head. "That is why I propose that conflict does not begin immediately. It will take time to put everything in place, and winter will not have been kind to your soldiers at rest, not with the food shortages. Get your men rested and well, allow Kanpeki to subjugate his own generals for a time, allow my clan to act on the inside to harm any order he creates. When your forces have recovered their strength, when Zogeku has had time to supply and reinforce you, when Haihime-san has learned what role she is to play in this--that is when battle should resume."
"Between my clan and your scouts, you have the means to keep tabs on the enemy. With the Mantis and Zogeku forces clearing pirates from the Crane shores, you will be able to resupply your armies."
Utaku Yamada wrote:Yamada nodded in agreement. "Sit on the mountain and let the tigers fight."
"Though this is the general statement, it is only during the fight that this will matter", she says with caution. "The enemy can summon troops from the pit quickly, and any chuda on hand can call forth Oni forces to refill the ranks if desperate enough. This is not a conflict we can wait out. The winner of any power struggle between the enemy warlords will have gained, not lost."